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Looking out the window

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I opened my drapes and I see like a million leaves on my lawn and driveway. These were not there before dark yesterday. I did hear what seemed like "walking" overnight because I had my window open to let air in. I guess the "walking" sounds I heard were the leaves checking out my frost bitten lawn.

Many of these leaves are over a foot wide and very light. The wind is still quite high. I see some of my leaves that are not inside the fence blowing down the street. I hope my neighbors will not be too irritated when they have to pick up my leaves from their lawns.

We plant these trees to shield our homes and lawns from the scorching sun here in Florida. We are promised the tree will grow at least six feet a year for fast shade. Then, we get fallen leaves.

I'm reminded of the lyrics to the song "Colors of the Wind" by Alan Menken. A verse goes "How high will the sycamore grow? If you cut it down, then you'll never know."

My neighbors have cut their trees down. I will trim mine but will not cut it down. I will look at my leaves as a form of exercise when they come down, a shield from the scorching sun when they grow back in a couple months.

I may just give my tree a name, any suggestions?

I'm off to rake leaves.

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KAMCCLARY 1/24/2010 8:12PM

    What a beautiful analogy...love it!

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BABY_GIRL69 1/21/2010 6:15PM

    Yeah, we had a storm in 2007 & a tree came down from the next door neighbor & tore down my little tree & the neighbor on the right of me. No more leaves. . .

I love them but not when their really close to my house. . .



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LISA_SC1 1/21/2010 1:20PM

    I L0.....VE trees! For some reason when I'm taking a walk outside the site of the trees soothes my soul. I guess it's because they are one of God's beautiful creations! Hope that I don't sound too sappy (pun intended)....Lol...My favorite tree is the Weeping Willow Tree, so u could name ur tree "Ms. Willow"or simply "Willow" emoticon

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BRENDAB49 1/21/2010 12:36PM

    The leaves are not a bother. They are there to let you know that there is always going to be something that needs to be done. They are there also as a reminder that you appreciate them for shade and exercise. So if the neighbors get upset just look at them this summer when you are sitting under your tree enjoying the outside and they are cooped up in the house to avoid the heat...tip your glass and say "I love my trees"
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CWYNN01 1/21/2010 12:17PM

    At least you will get some good exercise from raking those leaves!!! emoticon emoticon

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HOLIDAYKIM 1/21/2010 9:22AM

    Judging by your picture I have the same tree in my front yard here in SC. Lovely with its leaves on and somewhat haunting without them in the grey of winter don't you think. I love my tree too. Glad you are keeping yours. And yes, I think a name is indicated!


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    I love that song emoticon

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THEQUEENBEE333 1/21/2010 9:15AM

    I love raking leaves, but that was months ago for us here in IA. Have fun raking them. When I was little we would rake piles and jump in the leaves... I miss that :-)

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MUGZY8ME 1/21/2010 9:09AM

    emoticon hope you have fun clean up the leaves.

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WALNUT5612 1/21/2010 9:08AM

    I agree that is good exercise raking and picking up leaves.


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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Coffee filters .... Who knew! And you can buy 1,000 at the D ollar Tree for almost nothing even the large ones.

1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.

2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome... Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.

3. Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.

4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.

5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

6. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.

7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.

8. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.

9. Use to hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

10. Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.

11. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.

12. Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters...

13. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them. It soaks out all the grease. Then give them to the skinny girl.

14. Keep in the bathroom. They make great "razor nick fixers."

15. As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.

16. Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.

17. Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.

18. Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.

19. Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.

20. Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies. Saves on having extra bowls to wash.

21. Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

22. Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.

23. Use them to sprout seeds. Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a plastic baggie until they sprout.

24. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in phone book.

25. Use as a disposable "snack bowl" for popcorn, chips, etc.

And of course they make a great filter in a coffee pot!

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RDILLMAN 1/27/2010 10:26AM

    ...tie fresh herbs in to put in soups... fantastic idea! I'm always picking bay leaves and whatnot out of my soups. THANKS!

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-PAULA 1/23/2010 9:41PM

    Thanks. I do wear regular reading glasses all the time. I'll put some filters by my desk.

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BIXIE23 1/23/2010 9:37PM

    What great suggestions! I know about some of them (and even remember to use them once in a while) but a bunch were new to me. Another one to add to the list: if you wear glasses that do NOT have any kind of non-glare coating, use a filter to dry the lenses after cleaning.

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BRENDAB49 1/20/2010 9:03PM

    Good post. I am going to have to hit the dollar store and get some too! I liked to one about sprouting seeds can use that now for spring flowers...


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KEYTA165 1/20/2010 1:15PM

    Off to by me some coffee filters I can use them to hold snack crackers for my girls wooo hooo! lol

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TISSWEET 1/19/2010 10:01AM

    Thanks for the tips; I have a bag a filters sitting in the cabinet that I haven't used in a long while.

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1SOPRANOMOM1 1/19/2010 9:26AM

    I am with PrettyFace - I use them for some of those things, but there are a LOT of new ideas there. We recently got a pot that doesn't require filters, so I have a mess of 'em here, and now more things to do with them. Thanks!!!

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BEACHY_KEEN 1/19/2010 9:15AM

    I use coffee filters to clean mirrors and windows, but who knew they had all of these different applications?

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MISSM66 1/19/2010 8:36AM

    OH Paula thanks very much for the tip, I did not know it could do all those things I love those info, have a great day emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOVESLIFE48 1/19/2010 7:57AM

    Some of those I have not heard of, Thanks!!!

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HEALTHYKIM101 1/19/2010 7:43AM

    Thanks for all the GREAT uses for coffee filters! Who knew??!!??

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JULIEWATSON1 1/19/2010 7:41AM

    Excellent bit of info--I knew some of the uses, but didn't know all these!!

Enjoy your day!

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FERGSGIRL2 1/19/2010 7:39AM

    Hi Paula. Someone sent this to me just last week! Thanks for posting it, it is fantastic info! I love receiving info I can use! Have a great day lady!
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One reason I walk

Monday, January 18, 2010

I found the following quote to make good sense. It's an inspiration to keep going (but I'll try not to get lost- LOL).

“My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-three today and we don’t know where the (heck) she is.” Ellen DeGeneres

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1SOPRANOMOM1 1/19/2010 9:46AM

    You've inspired me to blog about my grandma's story - thanks!

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MYSTIC_WOLFE 1/18/2010 10:07PM

    Very funny!

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TOYBURTON 1/18/2010 9:59PM

    Too Funny

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MEXIFRO33 1/18/2010 8:34PM

    That's hilarious. Yeah, as long as you walk back to where you started you'll be OK. :)

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JIJJI1313 1/18/2010 8:22PM

    This is so true. My grandmother walked everywhere. She died at 89 and with great health. She was never overweight and eat 3 small meals a day, plenty of tea, and two health snacks. It's the way to go! :)

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Reflections on this past week.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

The volunteer experience I did on Wednesday was great. Not quite 5 hours because we had a 15 minute break, a one-hour lunch and we were dismissed 45 minutes early. I enjoyed working with the United Way coordinator and the two other volunteers. I was able to invite one of the volunteers to Spark when we have lunch together.

The week has been good. I'm trying to take a day off but I'm going to do the bootcamp and rake some leaves for my workout today. It has been windy the last couple days a leaves from my sycamore tree are everywhere!

I was just reflecting back on my elliptical training with DH yesterday. When I started back using it a few months ago I could barely get five minutes in. Now, an hour comes easy.

I received my three ordered Leslie Sansone DVDs yesterday. I'll try the five mile walk on my two days off next week.

Have a Sparking rest of the weekend, I know I will.

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FERGSGIRL2 1/17/2010 3:58PM

    "Excellent" to all stated! Keep up the good work. I have 2 of Leslie's DVD's and I love them! You will definitely sweat!

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THEQUEENBEE333 1/17/2010 10:23AM

    Enjoy your DVDs when you get them. Let me know what you think about them! Have a GREAT Sunday today!

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-PAULA 1/16/2010 10:34PM

    Thanks for the wonderful comments Divas! The DVDs are Advanced 5-mile walk, Walk your belly flat, and Walk Away Your Waistline with an included walk belt. They were buy 2 get 1 free at Barns and Noble (still a couple dollars more than if I went thru Amazon but I got MyPoints for B&N).

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TISSWEET 1/16/2010 8:40PM

    Thanks for the encouraging words you left me. I want the weight to come off NOW! lol Have a good weekend, also, you motivate me!

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BABY_GIRL69 1/16/2010 8:09PM

    Girlfriend you ROCK!



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LIL-VIXEN 1/16/2010 6:15PM

    Hey Paula congrats on the elliptical machine. I tried to use one at work and I could barely get in 5 minutes, but I will keep trying. I use the treadmill morer.

I volunteered with the United Way this year also and we always do a special project to kick it off. This year we painted a day care center, it was hard work but I enjoyed it and the kids just love their new brightly colored rooms.

Keep up the good work.

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REALTYGIRL18 1/16/2010 4:41PM

    Congrats on the Elliptical machine!!! What a great accomplishment. The Elliptical is one of my favorite machines.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!

Happy Losing....


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MACKEYW 1/16/2010 4:12PM

    Great Job Paula. especially on the elliptical. I can only get 20 minutes in so far. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK! emoticon

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PSUEFL 1/16/2010 3:10PM

  Congrats on the elliptical! That is a workout!! I've order the 5 mile dvd...hope it comes in this week. emoticon

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BRENDAB49 1/16/2010 2:48PM

    Paula what DVDS did you get? I have the 3 mile express and I love it I just have to stay consistent with it. When you get going the time flies.

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CWYNN01 1/16/2010 2:38PM

    Sounds like a great week!!! Volunteer work makes you feel great! Have a good weekend!


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SHUWN74 1/16/2010 2:33PM

    Good for you L.S. dvds are great good luck with those. emoticon

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Tuesday, 1/12/2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Today was a good day working out. One mile this morning before work. Two miles during my lunch break and another two miles after work. Also did a 10 minute max cardio workout and the bootcamp workout. I feel good.

Tomorrow is my volunteer day at United Way for the Give a Day, Get a Day at Disney Parks. Hope it turns out to be a good day.



2. BRISK WALK FOR 60 MIN: See above. More like 90 minutes.

3. CARDIO/TONING/STRENGTH: Yes, see above.

4. EAT 5 FRUITS--->Mixed frozen fruit, strawberries, half banana,apple.

5 . EAT 3-4 VEGGIES: redskin potatoes, carrots, celery


7. 1000 mg FLAXSEED OIL 2-3 TIMES A DAY: Yes!


9. DAILY DOZEN STRETCHES (recommended by employer): No.



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WALKWITME 1/14/2010 7:30PM

    I Like Your Attitude emoticon

Well Motivated !

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REALTYGIRL18 1/13/2010 10:34PM

    Keep up the amazing work!!!! emoticon emoticon

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NOW4ME2011 1/13/2010 12:39PM


GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!

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KAYYVAUGHN 1/13/2010 5:20AM

You are really on schedule. In one day, you accomplished so much.
The volunteer work motivates us to try harder and help others.

Have a wonderful Wednesday. Keep that schedule going for us. I like to borrow ideas from it.

Kay emoticon

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LIL-VIXEN 1/12/2010 11:01PM


You are doing awesome. Keep up the good work.

"When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live."

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THEQUEENBEE333 1/12/2010 10:43PM

    YOU ARE DOING AWESOME! You inspire me to get my rear in gear! Have a great Wed tomorrow.

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TISSWEET 1/12/2010 9:52PM

    Go 'head! emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 1/12/2010 9:25PM

    Girl, I had better bring my A++++++ game! You ROCK!!


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-PAULA 1/12/2010 7:48PM

    Hi Juana. I've only been taking Flaxseed a short while at the recommenddation of my daughter and articles on the importance of some fatty oils in your diet. I've stayed braided since taking it. I'll send a SparkPage article on flaxseed to you so you'll have more information from a more informed source. Paula

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SPIRITRISING1 1/12/2010 7:27PM

  Wow, you are off to an excellent start. I don't know how long you've been at this but you definitely motivate me. Question: What does flaxseed do for you.? I notice that you take 1000 mg of it daily. I am asking because, after about one month of taking flaxseed, I noticed a difference in the texture of my hair. I have soft curly hair that becomes thick and straight hair, every time I use flaxseed. Twenty years ago, I would have welcomed the change, but after40 something years of having the same hair, I am not looking for a change. At this point I would not know what to do with it anyway. How does it affect you.


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