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A New Challenge

Monday, September 13, 2010

My favorite team is Port Angeles and Surrounding Areas, because that is right where I live. We have had a whole lot of laughter, tears and support for one another. Great friendships were made.

Then we started to drift off. Fewer and fewer were posting on the site, and I pretty much withdrew from the team spirit, too.

I didn't give up on getting in workouts, but not as frequently as I was used to. I did other stuff as workouts.........heavy cleaning, some walking, hiking, dancing, etc. But almost none of the stuff on Spark.

I was missing the challenges that we used to have, and it seemed like our team was disintegrating before my eyes.

Amy and I were keeping in good touch, and once in a while we would hear from Darcey and Cat. But for the most part, our fellow teammates were becoming more and more silent.

Not good. Not good at all.

So Amy and I were talking about this, and she came up with a terrific idea for a new team challenge.


We are going to see if we can contact every member of our team during the month of September.

When you make a contact, just post a smiley face for each one you made on a daily basis. Example, Amy and I each contacted six members, so we posted 6 happy faces on the chat challenge place.

This is too important for us, Team!! We cannot lose the encouragement we get from each other!! We all know what trying this alone can lead to............inertia!!

So get busy, and send a goodie to a few of your wonderful team mates! Let everyone on the team know that we love them.

We could all use it today!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Just doing the contacting and setting up a new challenge led me to do the "Fit, Firm & Fired Up" 10 minute workout with Nicole.

It feels GOOD to be part of a wonderful team again!

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TINKLOVESBEAR 9/14/2010 2:28PM

    Thats really great! Working to keep the team togather for all of you...Awesome! Good Luck!! emoticon

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AMYJEAN911 9/13/2010 2:36PM


I feel all sparkly too!! I just tracked my breakfast and lunch. All fitness will have to wait until after 6pm, to spare my co-workers, LOL! Way to go on rocking out a DVD!!!

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The Watermelon Whale

Friday, September 10, 2010

Hey Sparkies,

A lot of you have commented on the watermelon whale, and asked how I do it. Here goes!

As far as stuffing the whale, here's what I do.

First, draw the shape you want the watermelon to be when it is finished with a marker, right on the outside of the melon. Example, I drew the outline of a whale.

Then carefull cut around the outline, so that you can lift off the "top". Scoop out the innards with a watermelon baller..........this is a VERY messy job, so don't mop your floors or wipe down your counters first! You will have to dump out the water occassionally, or you are going to be in a big mess..........even messier!!

I put the watermelon balls into a large wooden salad bowl, because I also want to add cantalope, blueberries and strawberries. So cut them all up, adding it to the salad bowl with the watermelon.

After you have scraped all the excess melon from the whale, mix the fruits gently, and put them back in the whale.

No sugar or seasoning needed. Refrigerate it, covered with Saran Wrap for a couple of hours, and bingo! You are ready to be the hit of the party.

As for the BBQ part............let THEM do that!!! You will be too busy eating that wonderful healthy, low cal fruit!!

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LUNADRAGON 9/11/2010 1:44PM

    Yum yum yum, I wish I were doing a BBQ to do it. Perhaps the next potluck?
Sounds wonderful!
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LITTLE3LAM 9/11/2010 11:11AM

    Sounds cute!

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KAYDE53 9/10/2010 10:59PM

    Thanks for sharing this...sounds awesome!! emoticon

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TINKLOVESBEAR 9/10/2010 8:42PM

    Pretty and Yummy!! emoticon

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"They Treat me like a DAWG!"

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Patriotic Resistance

Admin. II, Dee Check out the discussion 'Obama Issues EXECUTIVE ORDER amending COURT MARTIAL RULES!'
Tell us your opinion on this and provide us with any additional information you might be able to locate.....because the Annex document isn't posted at the White House site or usual places!

Discussion posted by Admin. II, Dee:
President Obama signed an Executive Order that amends the Manual for Courts-Martial on August 31, 2010. The cover document is on the White...
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Go to Patriotic Resistance to find out more.

Here is yet ANOTHER example of Obama's sneakiness with the American people. Once again, his promise for honesty and openness is gone with the wind, replaced by secrecy and sneakiness.

Please don't sit idly by and do nothing.................stand up for our country!

How do you like his new $50,000,000,000.00 Stimulus idea..whoops......he doesn't want us to use the word "stimulus", or "bail out" or any of the other words he has used in the past either.

Once again, he is pointing the blame to the GOP and George W. Bush and ridiculing any who do not agree with him.

This man is juvenile, immature and petty, to say the least. He won't accept any personal responsibility, and always has someone to blame for his actions.

We here on Spark learn that WE are responsible and accountable for our behaviors, and can't blame others for our messes or weight. We learn that we must take ownership, and then course out a plan of recovery.

I wish Obama would join Spark. Maybe he would learn a thing or two!!

Now on to my title, which is a direct quote from Obama.

No, Sir. We DO NOT TREAT YOU LIKE A DOG. Or a DAWG, either.

We love our dogs, and respect them for the intelligence they have. Our relationship with our dogs is one of mutual comfort, love, nuture and care. We can trust our dogs, as they can trust us. We protect each other, and honor each other's dignity. We bring joy, understanding and well being to each other.

We recognize the need for each other for life's embetterment. We cherish what we have, and are always eager to help each other. When our dogs need medical care, we supply the best there is, and not some watered down version of supposedly Socialist medicine where our dogs would have to wait until someone from government decides what kind of treatement our dog needs, or even if the dog warrants treatment at all.

Our relationship with our dogs (dawgs) is a Spiritual one. We learn from our dogs how to be kind, loving, caring and steadfast. We learn unconditional love from each other.

We are proud of our dogs. We know we can rely upon them, and they upon us.

We listen to our dogs, and respond to their needs. We believe we are responsible for our dog's well being, and act accordingly.

When our dogs have a need, and it will cost us money, we do not ignore that need and traips all over the globe shouting at how burdensome and stupid our dogs are.

We do not invite our enemies to build dog houses on our property, nor do we invite them to our lawns for days of prayer while we ignore our own needs for days of prayer.

We do not betray our dogs, as you have betrayed us with your decietfulness.

That all being said, Sir, you can see that we do NOT treat you like a dog (dawg).

You do not have the capacity for honesty, integrity or trust our dogs have. Your behavior demonstrates that on a consistent basis.

You denegrate us to the world, lie to us as though we are morons, and treat us with disdain.

You never listen to us, or pay heed to our wonderful Constitution. If you have your way, our Constitution will be done away with.

You mock our patriotism, religious ferver and American loyalty, encourage the contempt and hate from other nations who are bent on destroying us and continue to financially support them while we as a country are being crumbled into oblivion by your financial morass.

You give sanction to criminals, entitling them to our citizenship when they have crossed our borders illegally and with the intent to do harm. (Kidnapping and drug sales among those charges.)

You ridicule any American who stands up for our laws, and you attack our liberties.

You make up new rules as you go along, grinding our laws into the dirt as a means of serving you and your agendas. You surround yourself with law breakers and thugs, and encourage separatness within our beloved nation.

You mock those who question your citizenship, yet won't stop the rumors or evidence that perhaps you are not a citizen of this country by showing a birth certificate. (A simple act, which should not be too difficult to do, since the rest of us can all present our birth certificates, or proof thereof, whenever necessary.)

No, Mr. Obama, we do not treat you as a dog (dawg). We do not have enough respect, love or trust for you.

As for you, perhaps you ought to re-consider your behavior of treating America like your own personal fire hydrant.

Oh, and by the way: I can see November from my house!!

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TINKLOVESBEAR 9/10/2010 8:41PM

    You NEVER fail me!! emoticonSpeak Woman!!! emoticon

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Interesting Observation

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Paradoxical thought for the day

"Fathom the odd hypocrisy that Obama wants every citizen to prove they are insured, but people don't have to prove they are citizens".

- Ben Stein -

I believe he doesn't want to require people to prove they are citizens because he refuses to prove that HE is one.

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BEVPRESLEY 9/10/2010 9:54AM

    If we don't prove we are a citizen, do we then have to prove we are insured?

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    Interesting! ...I voted for Hillary ;) I always look forward to your blogs! I agree, I kinda see it as putting the cart before the horse. Maybe we should check out how many actual citizens we have and then move on to the next issue of seeing how best to serve those CITIZENS! emoticonJust a thought...

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NOTFATCAT 9/8/2010 1:05PM

    Keep pressing the truth.

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OLYGIRL1 9/8/2010 12:07PM

    "Hmm,Very interesting!!!" From Artie Johnson on "Laugh In"

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NAMSMOMMY 9/8/2010 11:22AM

    That is interesting that he wants proof that we all have insurance, but he isn't stopping the flood of illegals we keep helping get free care... :(

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Quilting until Morning

Sunday, August 29, 2010

I didn't take a nap yesterday, and kept busyI spent the day sewing placemats for my Grandson, and getting the tricky parts nearly finished, except for the hours to watch the Red Sox throw the game.

Actually, THEY didn't throw the game; the pitcher did by shooting the ball over to first base, missing it by a wide margin, which allowed the Tampa Bay runner to get on third base, which ultimately led to a score, evening up the score to cause over time. The bottom of the 10th, they scored again.

I would not want to be that pitcher, as it was obvious the error he made which lost the game.

Anyway, back on track. Went to bed at 10:30 after watching a movie, read until 11:30, then lights out and sleep time. Wrong.

I wake up at 2:05 A.M. Can't get back to sleep. Just stayed in bed, in the dark, listening to DH's soft sleep breathing and Winsten's snoring.

Shut my eyes, keep them shut, realizing how comfortable I am, and wide awake. The Grandfather clock strikes 3. Still awake. Still dark.

I start thinking of my Grandson, who is moving in to his first apartment this month. I am thinking about those placemats, waiting to be finished.

I keep my eyes closed.

Brain is thinking to get up since I am wide awake anyway, and go to the sewing room.

I finally get up at 3:30, softly close the door and head to the sewing room. Yep. This is where I want to be.

I stitch until I get to the part of the pattern that does not make any sense whatsoever. No matter how I try, their directions just don't work.

I hate it when that happens.

There is obviously an error in the cutting instructions, because I don't have the pieces they are talking about. I triple check all the directions slowly, making sure I didn't skip a step. Nope. I have exactly what they required.

Then I check each step I took, and sure enough, I did those correctly, too.

And the damn things still won't work. Even though they are kind of pretty.

My eyes are too strained now to continue ripping out seams, so it is time to go back to bed. It is now 7:30. I hear DH sneeze, so I know he is awake.

I tell him my story, and he suggests I turn up the mattress heater, do some reading, and then I will probably be able to go to sleep.

Following instructions, it works. I sleep until 11:30. I get up again, go into the quilt room, look at the placemats and don't like them. Good they are not finished. I am changing the design and fabric and going to make some different ones.

It is exciting to have your grandchild move into their own place. We get to think of all kinds of wonderful stuff we have laying around that they could use. How fun!

Except for one thing. I live in Washington state, he lives in Massachusetts. The postage alone will nearly measure the National Debt.

So placemats, a hand made shower curtain and a bed quilt it will be.

Happy Housewarming to Gabe!!

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TOWHEE 8/29/2010 9:33PM

    Hmmm, I woke up a little after midnight and didn't get back to sleep until 3. It must be the weather!

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TINKLOVESBEAR 8/29/2010 5:01PM

    All that handmade stuff, Your Grandson will treasure it! I have some handmade quilts and doll outfits my Nana made for me...I'm almost 40 and I still call the biggest quilt "Boo Bankie" (Blue Blanket)!! I feel your shipping cost pain as well! I'm in Arkansas, and my family lives in Washington. This past year at Christmas my husband found a beautiful, solid, carved wood rocking horse for the baby girls...57lbs! I spent almost as much shipping that and the other gifts as I did buying it all! emoticon Shipping Pirates!! emoticon

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OLYGIRL1 8/29/2010 3:59PM

    You sound like a loving Grandmother. What a great gift your quilt will be for him, something to treasure always. My great aunt gave me a quilt for my wedding made from scraps of my mother's maternity smocks and some of my toddler dresses. 45 years later I still love it. I am reading a book called "The Aloha Quilt" which is great. Enjoy your Sunday!!

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LUNADRAGON 8/29/2010 3:57PM

    I had the Red Sox on the TV, while I was on the computer last night before bed. I didn't really watch, but my husband had been.
I hate it when I can't understand a pattern, and I do like you did, leave it til next time.
It sounds like it was time to get creative and alter the design.
I also hate it when I wake from sleeping and can't get back to sleep, but I get up too.
You could always gift some of the things for different holidays? It is tough to be a whole country away from your family.
It sounds like you approached the whole situation with lots of peace, and made use of the time anyway. Good for you!

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LOVESCAMPING 8/29/2010 3:55PM

    I often have trouble sleeping and wake up and am wide awake at night. Your genius with fabric and sewing always amazes me. You're a true artist with fabric.

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