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Only 31 words --- Think about it

Friday, October 01, 2010

Only 31 words --- Think about it

Isn't life strange? I never met one Veteran who enlisted to fight for Socialism

It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God.






If Muslims can pray in Madison Avenue, why are Christians banned from praying in public and erecting religious displays on their holy days?

Therefore I have a very hard time understanding why there is such a problem in having 'In God! We Trust' on our money and having 'God' in the Pledge of Allegiance.

I believe it's time we stand up for what we believe!

This is a photo of my DH, Ted. He is just one of our veterans.

I am very proud to be married to a Vet. I am very proud to be an American.

I will vote this year for the candidates of my choice.

I am asking each of you to VOTE.

If you are not registered, do so TODAY.

If you ARE registered, plan on voting your choices.

Voting is a PRIVILEGE, HONOR and DUTY.


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ALMMOM 10/7/2010 11:33AM

    Totally true!!!!

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LUNADRAGON 10/3/2010 6:04PM

    Well said! emoticon

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3AUSSIES 10/3/2010 11:22AM

    A woman after my own belief! My own family has a history of military service (WWII), my DH's father was a WWII vet and he himself served after Korea. Many many friends are Nam Vets and many many friends are or have family in or have been in Iran/Iraq/Afghanistan.

Bless them all for fighting for our freedom, for their courage to become our protectors!!

As for God. He listens, He knows...I am grateful to be at peace within His presence while saddened that the simplicity of His word is ignored as it would bring peace to so many!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 10/1/2010 12:13PM

    Thank you to your husband and to all the men and women who have served to help give us our freedom. I agree, voting is a privilege, honor, and duty that we need to take seriously.

The pledge and our money acknowledges what our founding fathers recognized, that with out the help of God, our nation would never have been formed; we need to continue to do that today. I respect and uphold the right of people to worship and believe in whatever god(s) they choose, but that does not mean the references to God need to be removed; they don't tell anyone which 'god' to be under or trust in.

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M0PPET 10/1/2010 11:15AM

    Well, many of us believe in god, or gods, but not necessarily the Christian god. I think the issue is one of the founding tenants of the constitution - Separation of Church and State. I think that gets lost in alot of arguments. The government is supposed to be separate from any of its citizens religious beliefs. It can't ask us to subscribe to a certain, or to any faith. We are all free to believe what we want here. And that your god isn't necessarily my god, and that is OK. Making America a "Christian Nation" goes against the very founding of this country. America was started because people desired a place where they could not be told what to believe in.

A great thank you to your husband for his service. Both of my Grandpas served in WW2 and Korea.

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STORMTMB 10/1/2010 11:13AM

    Thank your DH for serving our country. I know that there is no way to comprehend the sacrifice that our soldiers and their families have made!! Proud to be an American.

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FITJANE 10/1/2010 11:12AM

    A lot of women suffered to give us the right to vote. We should all use it!

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I Bought Myself a Virtual Monster Truck!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Yep. That's right.

I bought myself a virtual monster truck.

I have a house full of uninvited guests. Two quasi-adults and three teenagers.

No notice. No phone call. Just showed up, all smiles and yelling "SURPRISE!!!", assuming that DH and I had been missing them or something.

These people are not relatives, and we didn't even know them all that well.

They just decided that vacationing in the beautiful Olympic Peninsula was a grand idea, and because I sent them a Christmas card, they had our address. Which, apparently, gave them cause to believe was an open invitation for an invasion.

I am going to use my monster truck to either drive away from my uninvited guests, or perhaps just simply run over them.

Either way, it would be good choice.

You may have noticed that I haven't been "on" much the past couple of days. Yesterday, not at all.

That's because I couldn't get on my computer due to the three rude teenagers who confiscated my computer. They were on it at all hours, including 4 A.M.

Of couse, they had to text message all their friends, play games or whatever.

I don't think they gave it a single thought that my computer was not here for their sole purpose of enjoyment. I mean, who would ever consider having a computer for reasons other than guests' entertainment??

I am starved for music where I can understand the words.

I want to watch my baseball games instead of "Can you Trick this Ride" or soap operas. I don't CARE who wins any reality shows either!

I feel badly for my catty girls, Meng Tsu and YeowLing. They are currently living full time under my bed. I wish I could join them.

Winsten is manic, and is barking and jumping around all over the place. He threw up on the living room rug because the kids thought he could eat off their plates the stuff they didn't want.

Speaking of food, I want a salad for dinner, with a piece of fruit after for dessert.

I want to throw away every single frying pan I have ever owned, and I want more than chips, dip, cookies, soda, pizza or Subway sandwiches.

One of these kids is a vegetarian, and I want to invite her to eat my over grown weeds down. After all, she IS a bit of a nag!! Always on people for what they are eating, their fat intake, and what "If you eat that, this is what you body has to go through to digest it:.............."

I do not want to ride in my car, going to Forks with three teenagers ever again. I want to go back to thinking Twilight is a lovely, peaceful time of day, and has NOTHING to do with vampires.

My hip pain is excrutiating, but the people living in my house right now don't seem to comprehend why I don't want to take them to the beach or tour Seattle.

Even without the hip pain, I still do not want to take them to the beach or Seattle, for that matter!!

I have no interest in playing paint ball with them, and even less interest in hoseing them down after they have played, and then winding up with a bunch of paint balled clothing in my washer.

I am 66 years old. I should be considered to be OLD! I should be granted peace and quiet. I shoud be looked upon as "The AGED ONE". I should be noticed that I am getting tired.

Mostly, I should be allowed to be CRANKY, and tell them all to get the hell out of my house and go HOME, where they belong, before it is necessary to put ME in a home for the criminally insane.

They made a noise this morning that they had to get all their laundry done so they would only be packing clean clothing "for their trip".

From their mouths to God's ears!!!!!

I'm looking for my Monster Truck keys!

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MT-MOONCHASER 10/3/2010 10:16PM

    I've been a little behind in my Spark reading, so I just got to this one.

Do I ever think that MoPPET has an excellent idea. It's too bad that you didn't think of that when they arrived...

I would have probably decked the first kid that got on my computer without my permission. The ensuing uproar would have probably cut the visit mighty short. I don't lose my temper often, but that probably would have done it, and it's not pretty when I do lose it.

Some people just don't have a clue!! Let's hope that they don't give out your address to all of their friends (if they have any!!). I think I would be ready to put MoPPET's suggestion into action, just in case. I'm not sure I would even invite them to dinner, just a couple hour's visit would have been enough.

Hope October is better for you.

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BEVPRESLEY 9/28/2010 11:39PM

    OK, let me get this straight. These acquaintances just showed up on vacation and wanted to stay how long. They are on vacation and are doing nothing but hanging around your house? That is the height of rudeness. I think I would include a bill in the next card. I vote run them over.

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LOULOUBELLE2 9/28/2010 7:28PM

    OMG. That would most certainly make me swear off sending Christmas Cards.
Maybe you need to present them with a bill for Room and Board. Doubt they'd pay it, but it might be a good hint to leave before they run up the bill any further......
Better yet run them over with your Monster Truck. emoticon

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M0PPET 9/27/2010 10:38PM

    OMG. I would have invited them in for dinner and then after dinner given them a slip of paper with 3 nearby hotels written on it and said "here, I wrote this up to make it easier for you to find a place to stay tonight. Nice to see you. Maybe we can meet for lunch sometime while you are here."

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/27/2010 4:28PM

    Maybe this year you should send them a Christmas card with an address somewhere like Maine or Missouri. Then they can descend on someone else!

I never cease to be amazed at the rudeness and audacity of people. Sorry you're dealing with this; if I had a real monster truck to loan you, I'd send it your way. Hopefully they will make their exit sooner rather than later!

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DESTINYE 9/27/2010 4:21PM

    OMG I would be going insane!!! I hope you can tactfully talk with them about everything. Really that is so rude. I do not know how you are handling it! At keast it is only a virtual truck - right now!

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ALMMOM 9/27/2010 4:04PM

    Oh gosh. I wouldn't handle it with any amusement at all!!!!! I know we have our sanity tho!!! Hope they leave soon. I'm still shocked with unbelief at the audacity of these people. I would be close to sending these people a bill for services. How rude!!

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BIZEEMOMTO3 9/27/2010 4:01PM

    Only me and my children are allowed to descend upon you like that, NOT that we ever would, we would at least call to make sure you were home . Who in the @*^%%^ dares to think they can do this??? emoticon emoticon

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AMYJEAN911 9/27/2010 3:26PM

    Good Gravy when are they leaving???? You poor thing!!!

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Last Day of Summer; Now Comes BIG CHANGES!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

emoticon Here we are, at the last day of summer. Did you have a good one?

Mine seemed to be filled with all kinds of injuries, beginning in Spring.

Let's see. I cracked my hip and pelvis, broke my finger and thumb, wrenched my knee out of place, experienced recurring nerve damage, and had my back keep me down for a week at a time.

On the other hand, I read some of my "Gotta Have!" quilt books that have been on the shelf for a couple years, got quite a bit of quilting finished, drove our guests up to Hurricane Ridge, walked Railroad Bridge Park, went photographing Dungeness Crabs, attended the sand carving festival, had fresh basil from the garden, entertained LOTS of company, went to the Quilt Show and Lavender Festival, cruised through the new Good Will store in town..........without buying anything!!!....watched some great baseball games, played Super Scrabble, went on a Mommy and Me trip to Las Vegas and won $1.85 from gambling, hiked Red Rock Canyon, saw Cirque de Soliel Mystique and The Lion King on stage, danced, laughed and had wonderful times with friends.

I am sure there is more, but I can't think of them right now.

All in all, a good summer, once I take a close look at it.

Now comes Autumn. And with it, some big changes.

The first Big Change is that I have agreed to be co-leader of my favorite SparkPeople.com team, Port Angeles and Surrounding Areas. That alone will bring big changes.

The first big change is that I have to turn myself into a good role model. That means I have to chart ALL of my food, do ALL of my workout stuff, including strength training, actually WEIGH IN and MEASURE each week, find more challenges for the team, and encourage more members to join us.

I am giving thought to what kind of challenges and social stuff we as a team, can do.

Our team has been drifting away for a while now, and it is my personal challenge to fire us up and get us all involved again.

The area we live in is spectacular, and finding stuff to do shouldn't be difficult. The difficult part will be getting the members to join in, since we have been inactive for several months now.

Got to find ENTHUSIASM!!! Any and all suggestions will certainly be welcome!

I will tell you about more changes tomorrow, the first day of Autumn.

Right now, I am encouraged by my strength and cardio workout I did today, along with honestly weighing in.

I'm impressed!


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DESTINYE 9/24/2010 3:40PM

    Sounds like a good summer overall and thanks for being team leader!

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ALMMOM 9/23/2010 3:37PM

    Schedules have a way to get really full. Sounds like a lot was accomplished.

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BEVPRESLEY 9/21/2010 2:34PM

    So far, so good. It is expected to be 101 today, and we haven't had rain in over a month. We are very wilted here. I am looking forward to some cool weather and lovely fall colors.

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I Wiped Out my Calorie Allowance

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Hey Fellow Sparkies! I hope you are doing better than I.

I wiped out all of my alloted calories with breakfast. And I am not even full.

I do things like this when I am convinced my body is betraying me. I eat at it. Not really a stellar thing to do, but there it is.

My body has been betraying me for a couple weeks now, and I am really p---ed at it.

I can't tell if it is my back or my hip or both. You know how pain radiates? Well, mine is radiating big time, and I am terribly grumpy about it.

I went to the Doc on Friday, and couldn't get in to see my regular guy. Instead, I got their "new man".

I saw him with an attitude of co-operation, and was willing to have a good rapport with him. I think he saw things differently.

I live in a small community where everyone is very open and friendly with everyone else. We care about each other, and it shows in the way we treat each other.

This guy has a long way to go if he is going to fit in here!!

There I am, telling him what is going on with my 66+ year old body, and his eyes glaze over.

I know he is not listening to me when he asks if I have taken any aspirin for my aches and arthritis.

I try to tell him that I have had the same body for a long time now, and know what goes on with it.

He asks me to stand and try to touch my toes. Another sign he is not listening. I tell him if I could bend over and touch my toes without excrutiating pain, I wouldn't be there seeing him.

He decides to see if my legs twitch when he taps them with his little hammer. They don't.

Then he says for me to make a fist of my right hand and see if I can keep him from pulling my arm away from my body. Instead, I pull HIM toward my body, which he obviously doesn't like.

This guy has the "bedside manner" rating of dirty laundry. That charming!

Anyway, he then brings up kidney stones, which I have already told him I do NOT have (proof of his great listening talent), and he asks me to deliver a pee sample.

He says he is "about 100% sure that I have a kidney stone or infection of the bladder". I tell him he is wrong.

So he does the pee check test, comes back and says "There is no sign of infection at all", for which I suppose I should have thanked him. Instead, I said "I told you that in the first five minutes of the appointment".

Any way, he decides I do not need any pictures taken of my hip or back "because all it would show is the metal in your back". Then he writes me a prescription for 600 miligrams of ibuprofen and another for a muscle relaxer.

They do nothing but cause constipation.

He has greatly increased my sense of body betrayal, and I begin to act accordingly to my old patterns. I begin to eat at my body.

DH came home with one of those big tins of Royal Dansk butter cookies, and the can is nearly empty.

He also brought home some Costco Apple Crumb muffins, which he knows I love. They are now gone, too.

Let me tell you about those muffins. I looked up the information AFTER I had eaten one with butter and milk for breakfast, and it is 970 calories PER MUFFIN.

So, with the muffin, butter and milk, I succeeded in wiping out all of my alloted caloric allowance for the day. And it isn't even lunch time yet.

I wonder if they are worth it, and still haven't answered my question about that.

So here I am, putting on tonnage like there is no tomorrow, and not being able to do much of anything that resembles working out.

My Team Leader, Karen, has asked my to co-lead the team Port Angeles and the Surrounding Areas. I was going to say "no", but I don't think I should.

I think it just might be very good for me. I like leading, and I love the team.

Perhaps if I accept her offer, I won't wipe out on muffins or cookies before ten in the morning!

It would no doubt get me back in gear, so I guess I better send her an acceptance letter and start all over with doing the program the RIGHT way!

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ROSEACLARK 10/8/2010 10:53PM

    I guess doctors are the same on both ends of the coast! my doctor doesn't listen to me either!!
Sorry he made you miserable! emoticon


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M0PPET 9/21/2010 7:53PM

    I have a friend who is a doctor. She said the most useful thing she learned in medical school is that medical science doesn't really know all that much about the human body at all.

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DESTINYE 9/20/2010 2:57PM

    Thanks for reading my boring blogs! Sorry about the MD - that sucks and hope you get the regular one next time and this one moves on soon!

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4DOGNIGHT 9/20/2010 9:04AM

    doctors are sometimes a waste of time.

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REESEYMAY 9/19/2010 5:08PM

    Ugh, I hate it when doctors think they're Gods, but then again, I've worked with Therapists who thought they were too.

Contact me, we'll talk. I might know a few tricks that could help.

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AMYJEAN911 9/19/2010 4:50PM

    Remind me not to pick that guy for a Doc when I get there, ok? And 970 calories for a muffin just isn't fair. No WAY would you EVER think there was that many calories crammed in there, so I think you should give yourself a break. Besides, its not awful to get off track for a meal or two once in a while, it's the getting back ON track that's the victory. Eat balanced and healthy the rest of the day, and call it a success!
I'm so sorry for what you're going through with your back. I'm sure you've tried everything, but have you gotten a massage? Also, my chiropractor does this cool thing with my muscles where he applies pressure where it's killing me and then "shuts it off" by applying pressure in a different but related area. No cracking or snapping required, but it eliminates the need for muscle relaxers (or at least diminishes) and ibuprofen. Maybe you could find relief that way?
I'm really glad you decided to co-lead the PA team! That's really exciting! I feel so bad for Karen and Darcey, they sure have their hands full lately.
And, did I already ask you if you could swim to get some fitness time in? Maybe it's too miserable for that too. Ugh. I wish I could help you feel better!


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AWAYTOGO2 9/19/2010 3:52PM

  I'm sorry you had a bad experience with the MD. I hope things with look up for you soon. emoticon

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Showers in the Spring

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I love my local Spark Team, Port Angeles and Surrounding Areas. But we have been lagging for a while, so it is time to Spark things up a bit!

Our fearless team leader, Darcey, has been battling the first trimester of pregnancy. Remember all that nausea and exhaustion? She has gone through it big time, along with some other life issues.

Darcey's baby is due toward the end of February, 2011.


I asked Darcey if I could throw a baby shower for her, and her reply is that she will "think about it".

I have, obviously, already "thought about it".

I am having a shower for her, and I want it to be from our Spark Team.

The gala celebration will be held at my house, in Sequim, WA in the spring sometime. As time draws nearer, I will give the date, time and address.

Now here is what I need you guys to do.

1. Send me an email that you are coming. You will be put on my list, so I will need to contact you by snail mail for the invites. Therefore, I will need some personal information about you that you normally do not give out.

2. Or, if you prefer me to contact you via Spark, I will figure a way to do that.


4. Our team has been lagging the last several months, and we need to pull together again. That means PARTICIPATION.

Here, we get the support, encouragement and tips on how to get ourselves into healthy shape.

Here, we get the momentum to keep going.

Here, we form new friendships that can last a lifetime.

Here, we are instigated to explore our beautiful outdoors.

Here, we get ideas about new foods, new interests and community spirit.

Here, we are not alone.

Here, we do not have to spend a boat load of money to belong.

Here, we can vent our frustrations, sorrows, difficulties.

Here, we can blow our own horn, and no one says we are being conceited. In fact, when we do blow our horns, the Team joins in and blows theirs for us too.

Here we learn how to celebrate ourselves.

But there is one little key to all of the above.


So get off your duffs and join in already! You don't have any excuses not to!!

See you on the boards!


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