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Christine and the Polar Plunge

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Isn't she SOMETHING! This is my beautiful granddaughter, Chrisine. As you can see from the photo, she is jumping into a pool of water. Not just ANY pool of water; this one is cold, Cold, COLD!

Christine is doing the Polar Plunge to raise money for Camp Sunshine, a camp for children who are fighting for their lives by battling life threatening diseases.

Chrisine lives in Massachusetts, and the Polar Plunge was held on Mt. Wachusetts. You can see from the on-lookers that it is VERY cold outside.

But my brave little darling Christini (called that by ONLY family members), has about the biggest, bravest heart you'd ever want to get to know.

Camp Sunshine is very important to our family. While Ally fought for her life against Leukemia, that Camp kept the family together many times.

It is a wonderful place where kids, no matter how ill, can be kids. No one stares at them, or points fingers at them, or laughs at them. No one avoids the kids because they are sick and look "different".

These children are loved and encouraged to challenge themselves far beyond what the parents think their kid can do. The kids come there sick. They leave there with much more confidence, wonderful memories and new friends.

It is a place where God has laid His hands, and it is blessed.

Over $10K was raised for this wonderful place.

How blessed we are that our family knows that to be "complete", we must all serve a Higher Cause than ourselves.

Christine did just that, and I am so very proud of her!

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LOVESCAMPING 1/28/2010 3:32PM

    What a beautiful grandchild. It looks like Christina has inherited her grandmother's deep caring and desire to do good for others.

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DARCEYOH 1/28/2010 2:23PM

    I get chills just reading about her jumping in there! brrrr!

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BIONICBETH 1/25/2010 11:02PM

    BEARWIFE, I know you and Cindy must be very proud of Christine. She's not only beautiful outside, but clearly beautiful inside as well. (And perhaps just a wee bit insane...I'm from S. NH...I know how cold it was that day!!!)

Thank you for posting, and sharing the cause with everybody!

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THE_SILVER_OWL 1/25/2010 9:35PM

    Christine is lovely, inside and out. What a wonderful example you have set by the work you do making quilts for children with Cancer.

I can not think of many gifts we can receive that are any sweeter than this: Show by example, and then see our children (or grandchildren) pick up the torch and blaze a new path of giving.


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BIZEEMOMTO3 1/25/2010 8:04PM

    You made me cry

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RELGRAM 1/25/2010 4:15PM

  Good for her! And good for your whole family! You, especially are an inspiration to SO many. YOU GO GIRL!

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/25/2010 2:53PM

    You have good reason to be proud--go Christine!


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NOTFATCAT 1/25/2010 10:58AM

    I sure wish there wasn't a need for places like Sunshine Camp. Kids shouldn't have to experience such dreadful experiences.
But, it is good there are people like your Christine and yourself that help those same kids have glimmers of good while they are experiencing their personal tragedies.

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SUESMITH73 1/25/2010 12:56AM

    We don't hear about the good things that kids do nearly often enough! Thanks for sharing this. You should be proud! emoticon

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BEVPRESLEY 1/24/2010 11:34PM

    Generous and brave, nice combination. The camps do a great service for suffering families. I'm proud of her too.

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KAROUSELL46 1/24/2010 10:12PM

    I can see why you are proud. Places like Camp Sunshine are so important to the kids and families. Good for your DGD Christine!...Karen emoticon emoticon emoticon

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this Walk was for YOU, Darcey!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Today I was looking forward to meeting my local Spark Team members for a walk. Then I got the email that our fearless leader, Darcey, spent some time in hospital last night due to pain, and the walk was called off.

I was disappointed that we would not get together and give hugs, but then I got to thinking "Well, if the walk is called off because Darcey is in pain, I can walk for HER!"

Grab Winsten and out the door we go. A brisk 3.125 miles in 36 minutes, then I hit my "energy wall". I still have my cold, and I am sure that is what is zapping my energy.

But you know what? That's okay. I feel good about walking what I could, and the weather is so beautiful outside that I had fun. Now it is time to do a bit of low key stuff for the day, drink lots of water, eat right, take a nap, and all that has to fit in with MAKE A QUILT FOR ANOTHER KID!

I need to get busy!

Wishing you all a great Saturday, which will include some exercise, too.

Thanks for the inspiration, Darcey.....THIS walk was for YOU!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/23/2010 8:27PM

    God bless you for doing a walk for Darcy. Sounds like you had a great walk too although you are still not up to par. WAY TO GO!!! emoticon
Blessings and hugs,

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LOULOUBELLE2 1/23/2010 4:37PM

    emoticonway to honor your friend by emoticonfor her.
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KRDRAPES 1/23/2010 4:06PM

    very nice emoticon

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MPENNE 1/23/2010 3:54PM

    It is great that you decided to walk for Darcey, I know that she would have done the same for you. 3.125 miles sounds like a terrific accomplishment for someone recovering from a cold. My hat is off to you and Winsten.

I hope Darcey is back walking with you very soon.


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Thursday, January 21, 2010

yesterday Darcey blogged about her muscles talking to her, and how they wanted to move. Well, I totally understand that one!

It used to be my muscles would cry out to go downstairs and find something to eat. Usually something that I have no business even having in the house.

My muscles remained quiet and dormant while I sat around, took unnecessary naps, spent all day on the computer (I don't have a job, so no excuse there!), and generally avoided any and all physical activity.

Then Bossy Daughter made me join Spark. That was kind of fun, but the real work began when Darcey decided to make a September Challenge in 2009 of walking one mile a day for the month.

I joined that challenge, never believing for a moment I would continue after September, or for that matter, even walk the month.

I have had wonderful supporting friends here on Spark, including my Bossy Daughter, and I just didn't want to let them down or get told that I wasn't doing the program, and I better get in gear. Can you hear Bossy Daughter??

So okay. I began doing Spark exercises and workouts, using the tools available, even those hideous, body breaking videos of Heather.

I danced to Rock and Roll, Reggae and Boogey Woogey Piano music. I did push-ups, ball exercises and calf raises. I walked miles. I bought a resistance band, which honestly, I haven't used very much. I did some weight workouts. I drank water. I did gardening.

I blogged every day. I lost weight and inches.

Then along comes Old Man Winter, and I notice I am using the weather as excuses for not working out. I mean, how sane is it to say I can't work out when I have a rowing machine, weights, resistance bands, and a stationery bike in my ROOM??? Like I can't workout because it is raining OUTSIDE??

Amazing what I can rationalize with very little effort!

Yesterday I was down with a nasty cold. I still have it, but my muscles and organs began to speak to me.

Back said "I'm too stiff from all that laying around yesterday".

Lungs chimed in with "I need some deep breaths of fresh air".

Heart piped up with "I want to get into a groovy beat".

Hips (always a bit testy in attitude) grumbled "i am going to freeze up if I don't get lubricated and moved".

Legs reported feeling cramped up, and needing to stretch.

Arms said "Let's SWING again, like we did last summer".

Butt asked "Can we SPREAD again?"

THAT's when I got up, put on the shoes and headed outside. No spreading allowed!!

Winsten and I put in 3.66 miles today, and it felt great until the last half mile.

Then I could tell that I was really stretching the energy line, and gave myself permission to stop.

I am drinking my water and juice, and taking care of my cold again. But you know what?

I am taking care of my cold with a body that feels MUCH BETTER!!


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NOTFATCAT 1/22/2010 6:59PM

    There you go. Good idea to move.

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BEVPRESLEY 1/21/2010 10:13PM

    Good for you! Listen to those body parts, make them happy and they will make you happy.

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MPENNE 1/21/2010 7:15PM

    Sounds great. I have started walking again after weeks of excuses. It is amazing how the weather affects our attitudes toward exercise. I didn't exercise because it was too cold. It was more comfortable in bed under the covers. Now that is over and I am at least walking again. I took Bailey and Maggie out this afternoon for about a mile walk. They were in heaven.

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KAROUSELL46 1/21/2010 6:37PM

    I hate when things that I've learned to ignore start talking and complaining. I, too, have to accomadate them or they won't shut up. They play the guilty ache on me. Oh, the things I do for myself....Good for you for getting up and walking. I bet Winsten is in excellent health too. Hope you get over your cold real soon.Have a nice hot tea. emoticon emoticon...Karen

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/21/2010 2:33PM


For me, it's all about taking that first step--if I can get my feet on the floor and start, the excuses fly out the window pretty quickly. It's so easy to rationalize why NOT to get moving; way to go in actually listening to your body and doing it without pushing it too far!

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DARCEYOH 1/21/2010 2:25PM

    That's great you got up and out even when you're feeling sick! It's amazing how our excuses can complicate or interfer in our activities so much. Sometimes, their legitimate excuses, sometimes their cop-outs. It's the cop-out excuses we have to worry about and re-think.

Hope you get to feeling better and make it on Saturday!

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Walking and Singing in the Rain BECAUSE I CAN!!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Today I began with the excuse of not walking because it is raining out. Then I settled into my chair and began reading my emails.

Right away I saw an update on one of my Ally Cat Kids, Cody. Cody just recently had a BMT (bone marrow transplant) and is in the hospital again. Cody is 9 years old.

In his blog update, there it is. He slept for a while this morning, watched the Haiti Hurricane updates on CNN to see how the people are getting help. This really concerns him.

Then, Cody got out of bed and did some SPRINTING around his room, followed by a walk around the nurse's stations to visit.

I was humbled by this posting. I told myself "If Cody could get out of bed to exercise, I sure as heck can get out of the chair and do what I am supposed to be doing for my own betterment."

I got on my shoes, jacket, pedometer, timer, and hat. Out the door went Winsten and I.

Yes, indeed, it was RAINING and the wind was blowing a lot. But the temperature was 49 degrees, so that wasn't so bad.

I began my walk with a song. I actually sang to the trees, sky, rain, Winsten and Cody. I sang "Singing in the Rain", which seemed appropriate.

After the first mile, I let Winsten in the house so he could get dried off by DH. Winsten does NOT like rain. Dropping him off, I continued my walk.

The rain helped me go faster than normal, and I completed 4.5 miles in 47 minutes. But that is not the good news.

The GOOD news is that while walking, I got out of myself. I chugged along, and started thinking about all "my" kids fighting cancer.

What do you suppose those kids would think if they were told they could go out and walk in the rain??

They sometimes cannot even leave the hospital for months at a time, much less say get outside. Some of those children will never again feel the rain on their faces.

They would JUMP at the chance to walk in the rain again!!

So I walked. And I prayed. And I was filled with gratitude that I was walking in the rain.............BECAUSE I CAN!!

I need no other reason than that!

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LOVESCAMPING 1/20/2010 4:13PM

    Sometimes God sends us messages in the most unexpected forms.

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KAROUSELL46 1/18/2010 10:04PM

    You are truly a gifted person. Not only can you build your beautiful quilts, you can write some wonderful blogs. I think that the birds were your back up singers...Karen

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KAYDE53 1/17/2010 10:24PM

    Great blog! It's a wonderful work that you do and you're so right about those kids who would be thrilled to be able to take a walk. We just take it for granted; thanks for the reminder not to do that.. Bless you!! emoticon

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LOULOUBELLE2 1/17/2010 5:44PM

    No excuses for me either...But sure wish I had a "Winston" to walk with.....Then I thought about it and remembered that I was blessed to have" Jesus" along on my walk.

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NOTFATCAT 1/16/2010 12:27PM

    I am always inspired while and after reading one of your humbling posts. I really appreciate your sharing of yourself with us and 'your' kids.
Now, I must go outside in the cold and walk. No more excuses.

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the Devil Made Me Post This

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Subject: Whale or Mermaid?

Recently, in a large city in France , a poster featuring a young, thin and tan woman appeared in the window of a gym.

It said, "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?"

A middle-aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym.

To Whom It May Concern:

Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious humans.)

They have an active sex life, get pregnant and have adorable baby whales.

They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like Patagonia, the Bering Sea and the coral reefs of Polynesia !

Whales are wonderful singers, and have even recorded CDs !

They are incredible creatures and have virtually no predators other than humans.

They are loved, protected and admire by almost everyone in the world.

AND.......to Whom It May Concern Mermaids don't exist.

If they did exist they would be lining up outside the offices of Argentinean psycho-analysts due to identity crisis. Fish or human?

They don't have a sex life because they kill men who get close to them, not to
mention......how could they have sex?

Just look at them ... where is......... " IT " ?

Therefore, they don't have kids either.

The choice is perfectly clear to me:

I want to be a whale.

P.S. We are in an age when media puts into our heads the idea that only skinny people are beautiful. But I prefer to
enjoy an ice cream with my kids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver, and a piece ofchocolate with my friends !

(With time, we gain weight) because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room, it distributes to the rest of our bodies.

So we aren't heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy.

Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think, "Good grief, look how smart I am!? emoticon

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SUSAN_MARIE 1/13/2010 1:10AM

  yes that is awesome!!!! someone really needs to pass the picture and response around the schools... all those girls that are already trying to be mermaids really need to see how silly and unhealthy it is, and the whales need to be reminded of how wonderful they already are :)

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POOH_BEAR_69 1/12/2010 7:16PM

    That is too funny... I think I'd much rather be a whale too! Gotta love that logic!!!

Thanks for sharing!

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NOTFATCAT 1/12/2010 6:53PM

    Right on.

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HOTTCOUTURE 1/12/2010 6:35PM


The pressure society,tv,magazines place on us kids and adults men and women to be thin is crazy!

But that is why we as parents have to teach our kids and ourselves to love and embrace who we are...to hold our head up high and have confidence in who we are to know tell our kids it's ok to be a individual!

I think that the adults are struggling more now with self acceptance than our kids are...some adults self esteem and self confidence is lower than the kids!

I teach my kids what ever you do in life you do it because you want to not because it will look good... That regardless of what size you are you love yourself inside and out that God did not create everyone to be the same.

If you want to lose weight do it for you!

But what I make sure to show them is regardless of your size how thin you are how much money you have the DEVIL still attacks in thier lives!

And that they maybe small/thin and have money .....but they still have the same PROBLEMS and MORE as normal every day people!

I'm with you I'll take being a WHALE!

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TOWHEE 1/12/2010 5:10PM

    Perfect !

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GOSPELCLOWN 1/12/2010 5:00PM

    That's a whale of a tale!


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VGIMLET 1/12/2010 4:41PM

    eh heh heh.

Excellent. I especially liked the "mermaids don't exist" line. emoticon

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DARCEYOH 1/12/2010 4:37PM

    Man I must be REALLY smart then! emoticon

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NJ_HOU 1/12/2010 4:07PM

  well - i loved the woman's response to the typical commecial onzie zingger Good Luck

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SUESMITH73 1/12/2010 4:06PM

    Love it!!! emoticon

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BACONLADY 1/12/2010 4:05PM

    That is priceless!! Thanks for posting it!!!

Anna Sue

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