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THE PRINCESS (photo included)

Sunday, August 12, 2012



"This would be a man that loves going to work and does not dread it the night before. Upon entering the Magic Kingdom, one of the security guards said to Alli "Excuse me Princess, can I have your autograph." I could see that the book was filled with children's scribbles as the guard asked the same question of many little Princesses. Alli could not get over the fact that the guard thought she was a real princess. "
From Our amazing world! by Tony Patrick
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I found the above photo and caption on the web and thought it just too priceless and wonderful not to share.

Karen

  
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SIONED40 8/13/2012 2:36PM

  How wonderful...that is a memory she will never forget.

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FISHINGLADY66 8/12/2012 8:44PM

    Sometimes, someone just touches your heart. I'm sure he loves kids and his job. Wouldn't it be nice if all fathers loved their kids? That is priceless.

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KADYSMOM11 8/12/2012 5:15PM

    He is great to do that for the kids!

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PJSTIME 8/12/2012 5:01PM

    I love this and he has to be the best grandpa and father too.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/12/2012 4:29PM

    She is a real princess! I love it!

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/12/2012 10:42AM

    That was so sweet.
Maybe we should go find that security guard and see if he would ask for our autograph.




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ONE-HOT-MAMA1 8/12/2012 10:13AM

    awe that is so sweet.

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NELLJONES 8/12/2012 10:02AM

    Wonderful story!!

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VINGRAM 8/12/2012 10:01AM

    How swet! emoticon

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ANTIGGY 8/12/2012 10:00AM

    The pic is precious! Funny I ran across your blog because I was just invited to go on a trip with brother and sis-in law to Disney next month. Brother and I just happen to get the same week of vacation from our jobs. How coincadental is that! The little girl also remindes me of my granddaughter. She love to dress as a princess.

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Healthy frozen treat - For Ice Cream Lovers!

Thursday, August 09, 2012

I posted this on my Spark People teams. Thought you might like it.


I bought Oikos Greek Yogurt, Plain, and mixed it right in the cup with a heaping spoonful of White Chocolate flavored sugar free instant pudding. Stirred it very well, put the foil top back on and left it in the freezer for almost an hour.

A thin layer of ice had formed on top right under the foil. (I think I was supposed to stir it at least once while it was freezing.) I just stirred that right in and ate my frozen yogurt "ice cream". It was really good! And COLD. Just what I needed.

I have some sugar free "cheesecake" flavored instant pudding, I'll be trying soon. I think you must use GREEK yogurt because the regular kind has too much liquid in it.

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When I made the second batch of frozen yogurt yesterday, I put the contents of each carton into a glass ramekin with a snap on lid. Then I mixed in the spoonful of instant pudding and stirred well. Put the lid on tightly. When I took one out an hour later, there was no layer of ice on top. It was perfect!

This is really good. The Greek yogurt is richer than ice cream and the little carton satisfies me. If I was eating real ice cream I’d be eating a quart at a time, lol.

I've been trying to "like" plain yogurt for a long time, but even adding fruit just didn't make it right for me. The way I'm making this is perfect and frozen treats are so nice in the hot Texas summertime. It takes away my craving for ice cream and has only 5 gms of sugar (in the plain Greek yogurt) and less than 100 calories.

You could add any flavor of sugar free instant pudding that you want. I just stick a regular spoon in the packet and put a rounded spoonful into one carton’s worth of the yogurt. You could add more if you want sweeter.

Try it and let me know if you come up with a really fabulous flavor! (It's low carb, low sugar - 5 gms in the yogurt, low calorie - under 100 cal., and NO fat. What a deal, lol.)


Karen

  
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MADAMES 8/11/2012 2:55AM

    Can't wait to try this one...I love Greek Yogurt, and unfortunately, I also love ice cream!! If I can nix the ice cream for this recipe, that would be terrific!!

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BET212 8/10/2012 12:48AM

    Sounds great! Thanks for sharing!

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JUDY1676 8/9/2012 5:03PM

    Thanks for a good idea!

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CATHY629 8/9/2012 5:00PM

    I love greek yogurt mixed with a little ginger & honey,although i'm not sure if the honey counts as sugar.
I will try your recipe for frozen yogurt it sounds good.
Cathy

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GABY1948 8/9/2012 1:27PM

    I will try it...it sounds GREAT!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/9/2012 1:22PM

    It sounds fantastic. I know I would love it.

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JENNY888 8/9/2012 12:55PM

    Thanks for posting this. I am anxious to try it.

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BELTONWALKER67 8/9/2012 12:21PM

    Thank You! I really like the idea of 5 grams of sugar. I'm sitting here at the office eating vanilla yogurt with 11 grams of sugar as my mid morning snack. Will definitely check out your recipe. emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 8/9/2012 11:40AM

    I buy the Plain Chobani Greek Yogurt. I usually have yogurt with fresh fruit like peaches or apples with cinnamon for breakfast or a snack. I love it. Never thought about putting the sugar free pudding in it. Sounds so good. I will be trying this soon. Thanks so much for your suggestion.

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BRENJET 8/9/2012 10:51AM

    Yum! Thanks so much for letting us all know. I will try it today!

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LIVINGLIFENOW 8/9/2012 10:47AM

    sounds good.

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ZEEDRA 8/9/2012 10:27AM

    Sounds good!

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BEN09262009 8/9/2012 10:20AM

    Great Idea- I'll be trying this!

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Best Olympic Diet Tips

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Watching one of the Olympics commercials yesterday, I heard one athlete say, "I haven't ordered dessert in two years." Sounds like me. I guess I won't whine about it. I've only been avoiding desserts for about 8 months.

Here's another diet-helpful tip from the Olympians: They never give up!

If you've listened to some of the stories of past "failures" and of waiting another FOUR years to try again; if you've watched Makala Mahroney, considered to be one of the best gymnasts in the world, fall flat on her rear at the end of a perfect routine and lose the GOLD, in front of the WORLD; if you've heard the interviews of all who DIDN'T get a medal; you know why they call it the Olympic TRIALS.

You also know the athletes are so incredibly UPBEAT. They move on and tackle the next step, the next trial, the next competition, immediately. They are dedicated. They KNOW it's not easy, won't ever be easy, and that they must train continually to keep winning.

Sounds like us? Those of us trying to get thin and healthy and stay thin and healthy. There is no giving up, no stopping. It's our personal competition. We must stay in training to win.

And what do you hear in almost every competition? They must focus, keep their mind intent on everything they do, and trust themselves.

Our Gold medal is putting on cute clothes that fit; our body getting out of bed with no pain; moving easily across the floor; the yard; the walking path; the places we choose to go and the things we choose to do.

Athletes learn that lesson much sooner than we do. And to stay an athlete, they never forget it.

If "Life is a journey, not a destination" then being healthy is also, 100 times more.

Oh yeah, we can learn a lot about how to achieve a healthy lifestyle from the Olympians!

Karen

  
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ZEEDRA 8/9/2012 10:43AM

    Way to Go, Karen!



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PJSTIME 8/9/2012 6:15AM

    It's always to soon to quit.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/8/2012 10:52PM

    Great points!

Just tonight my mom was observing how many of the track & field athletes had such pretty skin. I said, well they have to eat well nutritiously and sleep and all that, to be good athletes and it just contributes to good skin!

Way to go - USA beach volleyball teams & the track & field medalists!

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SIONED40 8/8/2012 5:19PM

  First and foremost....its belief in yourself and faith that you can acheive anything. Our biggest trial is those negative thoughts and feelings that we battle everyday. We focus way too much on caring about how other people feel about us and we need to care about how we feel about ourselves. You can choose to feel good about yourself right now. You control those voices in your head and sometimes you need to tell them to shut up because you are worth it and are a great person.

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VINGRAM 8/8/2012 2:09PM

    emoticonI had not made that connection!

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GABY1948 8/8/2012 12:37PM

    What a wonderful and entertaining and TRUE blog! Thanks for sharing I am going to come back often to this one! HUGS

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WOUBBIE 8/8/2012 12:08PM

    I think this is another example of "Choose your "hard"
- it's hard being fit, but it's hard being fat. Which "hard" do you want?


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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/8/2012 9:55AM

    I don't give up either and am not big on desserts unless it's fruit. They should be saved for special occasions. That is the only time we had them when I was a kid. I knoe people who eat cake and pie every day. My parents were not big on sweets and neither was ever obese.

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DGAIL51 8/8/2012 9:37AM

    Sticktuitiveness???? Might not be a real word, but is what I have to do. Good blog to remind of that! Thanks,
Donna

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NELLJONES 8/8/2012 9:02AM

    It's the old fall down and get right up. Athletes learn that from day 1. Why do the rest of us have such a hard time of it?

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FISHINGLADY66 8/8/2012 8:10AM

    Thanks for sharing Karen.

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MADAMES 8/8/2012 8:08AM

    Great comments, Karen! That commercial really spoke to me also. This journey is really a journey over time. We have a lot to learn from these athletes...

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NANCYRUBIO 8/8/2012 7:27AM

    emoticona positive spin on the olympics and there great, medal or not! We are on a much smaller stage but we can all be winners.

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SFREY217 8/8/2012 7:12AM

    Great insight ! Thanks for sharing.

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STARCH!

Sunday, August 05, 2012

More than one person has asked me about my way of eating. I first explained this on this blog: Try This Simple Plan. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4759065


I’m going into a little more detail here.

First, let me tell you that I'm no expert in this. Or anything else, really, lol. This is just my own trial and error way to better health. I monitor my blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol numbers faithfully.

I use a protein drink that I get at GNC - Gold Standard 100% Whey. It has 24 grams of protein, 4 grams of carbs and 1 gram of sugar. It tastes surprisingly good just mixed with cold water. I buy the vanilla so it mixes well with anything I want to add. It's also very reasonable compared to other protein drinks. Thirty something dollars for a 2 lb. container which makes a lot of smoothies. There are lots of protein powders out there. Some of them have more carbs, if that is what you want. If you have a hard time adding enough protein, this one is a good way to get it.

When I say I avoid starch, please understand I don't search for every tiny gram of starch, lol. I feel that our diets are so poor to begin with that any change in the right direction really benefits us. So I DO EAT LEGUMES (dried beans). They have a lot of protein and fiber which, in my opnion, mitigates any starch they may have.

I simply stay away from potatoes, pasta, pastry, rice, bread, etc. Not sure if I've mentioned it but I realized not long ago that Joe and I had reformed our diets so much that we no longer consider "starchy side dishes" a part of our meal. That is HUGE CHANGE for the way I have eaten all my life. Dinner wasn't dinner if it didn't include bread, potatoes, pasta, etc.

Now dinner includes some sort of meat, veggie casserole or steamed or roasted veggies and maybe some sort of beans or lentils. Lunch is often a large salad that includes all of these things. I rinse canned pinto beans and add some to my salad, along with a boiled egg or two or some chicken breast and all the multi-colored salad things I can find.

I don't eat conventional fruits much. But if you do some research you find that tomatoes, avocadoes, peppers, olives are technically fruits, therefore I do eat lots of fruits, lol.

If giving up starch is really, really hard, just drastically decrease it.
Put lots of veggies in your rice or pasta. My "pasta salad", when I have it, is mostly veggies and grilled chicken with a little pasta in it. Just keep decreasing the starchy part and adding to the veggie part.

When I say veggies, I generally mean what WW and most diets usually consider FREE veggies. Those are non-starchy.

Here's the number one reason I'm sticking with this quest to avoid starch and eat more veggies. I absolutely FEEL WONDERFUL when I do it. I mean, there is a HUGE difference in the way I feel.

Starch seems to me to be a "heavy" food and when I eat it my mood is heavy. When I avoid it and eat veggies, a lighter food, my mood is also lighter. I sleep better. I move better. I'm just BETTER.

So the next time that you're planning a starchy dish for your meal, cut it in half with veggies, and see how that works. You have to start somewhere.

This is what I've learned that seems most important.

PERFECTION IS NOT NECESSARY.

Don’t even think you must be perfect about this.
Just head this general direction and you'll be so much better off.

Really.


Karen

  
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LAVENDERLILY 8/12/2012 3:40PM

    Hi Kren! Thanks for sharing!

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JEANNE229 8/6/2012 4:30PM

    "Carbs" (the starchy ones) always slow my losses, too.

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SIONED40 8/6/2012 1:40PM

  The most important thing is that you find an eating plan that you can live with and that works for you. I always say we need to find that way of eating that we actually enjoy for us to be successful in the goal of weight loss. Otherwise, we are more likely to gain it back because we get fed up with depriving ourselves or not loving how we are eating. I was lucky enough to find the way of eating that I love and its exciting to see the results while knowing I can do this forever if need be.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/5/2012 10:25PM

    I eat pretty much the way you do except that I eat fruit. I used to have potatoes at least 2 meals a day and sometimes 3 unless I was eating pasta or rice. Now they are saved for special occasions and when we have them we eat them only once a day in much smaller quantities.

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FISHINGLADY66 8/5/2012 9:19PM

    I'm glad this works for you. I don't drink protein drinks but I do eat low carb and hardly no sugar. Thanks for all your information. I love learning new ways of doing things and how it works for others.

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GABY1948 8/5/2012 7:10PM

    You are SO right, Karen! As you know, I have followed you with this (on paper) since you first started writing about it...and I am a TRUE believer! I am in the beginning stages of actually DOING it but you are RIGHT...I had begun to feel so horrid...just from gaining 13 pounds over the last year...it makes me know that you are right since I have gone back to many more veggies. I can't thank you enough. I do want to try the beans and separate them into 1.5c servings (I think that was what you did will have to go back and read it yet again) and also I am intrigued by the protein drinkk but a little afraid of it...I can't take many liquid "medicines" not that this is, but not sure I will take it...pepto bismol I can't take because I vomit it...I just can't stand things I can taste! LOL
Anyway, I am going to take another step toward you since I am already feeling so much better!
Again, THANKS for all your information!
Gaye

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DGAIL51 8/5/2012 3:13PM

    Great information, very practical. Theory is always good, but food on the table that you can eat is info I can use! lol. Thanks again. You are a gem indeed!

Donna

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ZEEDRA 8/5/2012 2:30PM

    That's a great outline, Karen. Thanks.
I've changed my bread habits a lot. I've tried no-gluten bread but the texture is a bit strange.
I'll check out the site you posted.
S

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PJSTIME 8/5/2012 12:00PM

    Thanks for the good information.

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MRSJERRYBUSH 8/5/2012 11:39AM

    I do something similar but include conventional fruits.

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BOYFRIEND? REALLY? (Or WHO is Joe?)

Monday, July 23, 2012

People are always asking me, "Who is Joe?" I mention him a lot and people can't quite figure out the relationship, lol.

I was married for decades to Jim, the love of my life. We raised two wonderful sons. He’s now deceased.

I met Joe about 13 years ago when he moved in next door to me. We became friends. He’s been my good buddy and best friend for all these years. He started by knocking on my door to say the postman had put my mail in his mailbox. That happened many times. Later I accused him of taking my mail for his own purposes, lol.

Initially, he invited me over for Reuben sandwiches, a specialty of his. I told him I didn’t like those and declined the invitation. When I told my friend Lillie about it, she said, what is now a famous QUOTE in our history, “You FOOL! A 35 year old man wants you to come over for dinner. You go over there and eat whatever he gives you!” LOL. I remind her often of when she called me a Fool. AND thank her, lol. (By the way, I now love Ruebens!)

I was about 50 yrs old then. Joe is 16 yrs younger than me. Which is why it took me so long to “catch on”. He says I needed a cheat sheet on dating, lol. I had been married all my life. I didn’t have a clue.

Anyway, we progressed. We both loved books and read a lot of the same non-fiction. We have traveled together and continue to spend time together every day. We don’t seem to tire of each other’s company. If I were younger, MUCH younger, I would call him my boyfriend, but I detest that word!

Surely, in our American English language we can come up with a dignified, more mature version of “boyfriend!” Once you’re over 40, it just sounds silly to me.

Joe has his own house. I have mine. We lived next door to each other until about 4 yrs. ago when I bought a house about a mile away. Joe had always stopped in to see me before he went to work, which is pretty early, about 5 a.m. I thought this would stop when I moved, but no, he drives to my house every morning. Now that I’m retired, I still get up at 5 a.m. Wouldn’t you do that if someone wanted to give you a hug and a kiss before work? We have a signal system. If my light is not on, it means I am not up and he doesn’t stop in. But I’m telling you, that’s a rare occasion, lol.

So here we are, very happy in our little world, together but independent. I get asked all the time when we are going to be married. NOT. I don’t want to. And what other reason do I need? Why do people try to talk me into something I don’t want to do? We are both very happy this way.

You can see photos of Joe on my SP photo page. And the photo of me in the red dress was taken about the time I met Joe.

So here is where I need some help from my imaginative Spark People friends. –
Think of another word for BOYFRIEND for all of us “mature people” who have them, lol.

Any suggestions?

Karen

I'm just looking for an easier way to introduce him!! LOL.




  
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MADAMES 7/25/2012 6:33AM

    What a sweet blog...I agree with Barbiecat....Joe sounds like a sweetheart.

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FISHINGLADY66 7/23/2012 9:41PM

    What a sweet story Karen. Being married to the same love of my life for 48 yrs., I'm at a loss as what you would call your "Special Friend". If all relationships were that special there wouldn't be so much violence in marriages. I'm so happy for you and Joe. Just keep loving life and being happy. You are both Special People. emoticon

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GLC2009 7/23/2012 9:27PM

    i used to call my husband, "my sweetie" when we were dating.

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MEME102 7/23/2012 8:15PM

    I like the term special friend!!! My dh is 3 years younger than me -- met online! I, too, didn]'t want to get married but he's such a keeper....I'd not have it any other way now! We've been married 4 years! I am so happy for you....

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BARBIECAT 7/23/2012 7:19PM

    what a great love story
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why not refer to Joe as your sweetheart.......that's what he sounds like

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DEMETERSCO 7/23/2012 6:58PM

    My good friend ?

I envy you the relationship and I'm happy for you, too. I have been a widow over 6 years and wouldn't want another husband or live-in relationship. But someone to go to dinner with, or a walk, etc. would be nice. A hand to hold, a little "kissy-face" as my grandkids call it ... that might be nice, too
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REDNBROWN 7/23/2012 6:35PM

    Thats such a good story! Boyfriend does sound a bit 'childish' too - I have been with my 'partner' (we also have 2 children together) for coming up 10 years. He is 4 years younger than me (he's 29, and I'm 33). I would really like to get married, he says he will ask when he feels like its the right time.
His family say that I am his wife already as we have been together forever, but I would like to make it official :)

Sounds like you and Joe have a fantastic relationship - I would call him my Toy Boy just to see what reaction I'd get lol!!

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CHRISTINASP 7/23/2012 5:21PM

    I like the word Fiancee... over here it's used also if there's no intention to get married. 'Beau' is nice, too. Or you could say 'the man in my life'. In my language for a while there was a trend to call your boy/ girlfriend ''my partner'.
Congrats on having such a fine relationship.

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SOPHIEMAE2007 7/23/2012 4:56PM

    I am 47 and asked the same question. It does sound silly since we are neither boy nor girl, we are man and woman with gray hair. I guess "friend" could work or even "significant other". At least he is not call you a "cougar". I also agree if you are happy with your relationship the way it is, why should you get married. I divorced 23 yrs ago and one of my friends will tell me, you don't want to date him because he is a free spirit, because you need to be married...that is what you really want. EXCUSE ME, how do you know what I want, it certainly isn't marriage. Having a SO in my life at this point in the game works for me. My friends don't get that maybe because they have the whole family thing going on. I didn't have kids, but I have my own house and I am fine running it on my own.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/23/2012 4:52PM

    Wow. Do I love this blog or what!! LOL. I can totally relate to this. I never wanted to get married again but on the 10th anniversary of my divorce from my first husband I married Benny. Thought I would NEVER do it but he talked me into it and I was almost puking on the minister at the wedding but I have not regretted it. Like you, though, I would have been perfectly happy like we were. By the way, I'm 5 years older than he is. We went through the years of not knowing what to call each other and watched others struggle with it so I would pop up with suggestions like concubine, main squeeze, LOL. Dad and Benny didn't appreciate it. LOL. Anyway I'm not sure what I would call Joe - maybe your soul mate. It applies. But I know what to call you, you are a cougar, GF!! LOL. Don't deny it! You're a cougar! I know because our son calls me a mini-cougar or lynx as you have to be 10 years older to be a full blown cougar. Who would have thought I had a cool cougar friend and didn't know it. This made my day and my days have been a little crummy lately so thanks, thanks, thanks for this cooler than cool blog!! emoticon

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SILLYHP1953 7/23/2012 3:32PM

    What a cool story explaining your relationship. How does he introduce you to his friends? Maybe he could help with his "title". I'm really glad this works for you, it sounds like a great situation.

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SIONED40 7/23/2012 1:52PM

  This is my special friend...I think that about covers it and I agree that you shouldn't have to lable your relationship anyway. Its your business and no one elses...the important thing is that you seem to have a wonderful friend and those are rare enough too.

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BBAHONORS 7/23/2012 1:06PM

    I think Beau is the perfect descriptor!

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VINGRAM 7/23/2012 12:40PM

    Friend works for me. emoticon

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KICK-SS 7/23/2012 12:34PM

    Sounds like an ideal situation. I've been widowed for over 20 years and I do like a relationship (if they're not too serious) and I've gotten so used to my own space, I can't imagine living with anyone or having anyone live with me. At 74, I doubt that is going to change.

I have to agree too that "boyfriend" sounds a little childish. Significant other sounds to me like living together. Maybe "dear friend", and/or what is wrong with just "my best friend"? That's probably what I would use.

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DGAIL51 7/23/2012 11:36AM

    Sounds like a perfect relationship! You are extremely fortunate to have found each other. What you have is extremely rare. Just enjoy. I agree that "boyfriend" sounds juvenile, but I don't know another word for it, so friend works, or best friend, even better.

Donna

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JEANNE229 7/23/2012 11:23AM

    My husband still calls me his roommate. That won't work for your situation, but I agree "boyfriend" brings up images of that teenage crush.

Don't let the nay-sayers ruin anything. This relationship sounds perfect.

Gentleman friend sounds stoggy and does not recognize your special relationship. "Special friend" seems also a little evasive. Nothing wrong with introducing him as your best pal, though.



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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/23/2012 10:32AM

    I sometimes talk about my significant other, other times, my partner. I agree, boyfriend sounds silly to me at age 62.

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JKURJACK1944 7/23/2012 10:30AM

    Old fashioned word, Swain or Beau.

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ZEEDRA 7/23/2012 10:11AM

    Didn't you ask this question before, Karen?
You have everybody stumped...I can see it as an editorial in the NY Times.
How about if you say: "This is My Joe."...or...use humour and say "This is Joe; we're going steady." :)
S

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PJSTIME 7/23/2012 10:03AM

    I don't have any special name but if I think of one I will let you know. I do agree "boyfriend" doesn't seem to fit this mature relationship.
I think you two have the perfect relationship and to heck with what others think. It is what is right for you two and this is working beautifully.

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BELTONWALKER67 7/23/2012 9:44AM

    I think "Best Friend" is a good one! My former husband & I are friends now after 32 years of a failed marriage. I use to introduce him as the "father of my children". Then I realized that didn't sound right...so now I introduce him as my friend. Congratulations and much happiness to both of you. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/23/2012 9:10AM

    Sounds perfect to me. I like to have my own space. Nothing like a best friend.

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TUFFYBIRD 7/23/2012 9:07AM

    It sounds like a wonderful relationship to me ... the best of both worlds. As for the name ... I can't think of a word. I wish someone would (though) - boyfriend never seems appropriate for adults.

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CATHY629 7/23/2012 8:58AM

    I too have heard you mention Joe several times and i must admit i did wonder who he was,i assumed he was a special friend.
I would not know what word to use to replace boyfriend but it's great that you enjoy each others company so much.
Cathy

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GABY1948 7/23/2012 8:49AM

    I have not a clue for another word...but I DO agree with you...I never liked the word...but for me it was over 30...boyfriend...NOT. I will check back and see if someone comes up with a word.

Karen I am SO happy you have someone though...you deserve it with all your responsibilities with you mother and all...but one question????....

Why NOT marry? Just askin' emoticon

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VHALKYRIE 7/23/2012 8:49AM

    What a wonderful story! I'm a sap for these kinds of things, and I actually got a little tear in my eye. The way you write, the genuine affection is glowing.

I didn't like calling my now-husband 'boyfriend' when we were dating. I agree it sounded less mature. We settled on 'partner' for most introductions until we got officially engaged.

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CATH63 7/23/2012 8:36AM

    I LOVE this!!

I hope you get lots of answers but I don't have a CLUE. I've struggled with the very same thing...so glad you asked the question! Hahaha about your smart friend...I would probably need for someone to enlighten me as well because I am of a similar age and THAT lightbulb would not have switched on in my head either!

Happy, happy for you that you have someone who cares about you and thinks of you daily.

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--KREN 7/23/2012 8:28AM

    LOL. I'm just looking for an easier way to introduce him!!

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/23/2012 8:26AM

    Thanks Karen. I just about had all that figured out after knowing you for a long time. I am glad that you and Joe found each other. You both have so much in common.
It sounds like a great relationship to me, no matter what you call it.
As long as you are both happy, what does it matter?



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