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Christmas Wishes, 2010

Thursday, December 09, 2010

For My Democratic Friends:

"Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2011, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. And without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishes. By accepting these greetings you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for herself or himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher."



For My Republican Friends:

Here's wishing all of You a
Merry Christmas and a Happy 2011 New Year !!!!

  
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NOTFATCAT 12/12/2010 1:49PM

    Merry Christmas.

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    Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to You too...from your slightly less than crazy Democrat buddy! You crack me up!! :-) Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!!

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Our December Challenge and Costco

Thursday, December 02, 2010

I am a co-leader for Port Angeles and Surrounding Areas team, and it was my turn to come up with a monthly challenge.

I gave this some thought, and came up with CHRISTMAS GIFT TO YOU & YOUR FAMILY CHALLENGE where we do 75 minutes of CARDIO each week. That breaks down to only 15 cardio minutes five days a week........very do-able.

It started yesterday.

I had a very busy day yesterday. After a full day of running around, I had to close the day with going to Costco and get caught up on supplies. It was late, I was tired, and I was hungry.

Going to Costco at 7 P.M. is actually a good thing.

The crowds are all gone, safe and snuggled in their warm homes, and there are no vendors feeding free food. The people who go to Costco in the late evening are there for BUSINESS.

The BUSINESS being to get what we need and get out before the store closes.

So I rush from my car through the parking lot, grab the shopping cart, and fly on in. I fast walk straight to the chicken broiler, pick out a chicken, and shove off to the veggie cooler area.

Nope. Those cucumbers are too old. Not fresh enough, and will mold before we can eat them all. And those brussel sprouts and green beans........too old.

Out of the refrigerator section I sail. Off to get the dairy products.

Snatch the eggs first. Screech around the corner for the milk.

I grab the two gallons of milk, and haul it in the cart. Next to find butter.

I go to the usual place where butter is kept, and they don't have it where it belongs!

Instead, they have these one pound blocks of organic butter.............isn't butter made from cow's cream and milk????? what makes it ORGANIC for Pete's sake??? I am NOT spending the money on organic blocks of butter.

The other choice is butter chips. CHIPS??? Not in my house.

There MUST be the regular butter somewhere! But they have once again rearranged the store, so this means I have to race up and down the isles and try to find the butter.

I do see the sour cream, and fling that into the cart. But the butter is not to be found.

This does not make me a happy camper, which causes my blood to boil, and makes me walk FASTER, whizzing by all those refrigerated and frozen foods like a she-devil.

I finally find the regular butter, and then I zoom on over to find the chicken and beef base. Yep. Sure enough, that area is rearranged, too, and I have to do another relay race to find it.

Perserverance pays off, and the jars are in the cart.

I need to get some Dawn dishwashing soap. Blast on through the main isle to get back to the right area. I also need laundry soap.

Haul the big containers on to the cart, and scream on to the next item.

There. My list is complete. Now to check out.

I use the self service check out because I am good at it.

I load up the groceries at jet speed, swipe them across the little window, click on pay, and head to the end of the gurney to load up my stuff.

My cart has been filled, emptied for checking out, and filled again to take home.

Dashing to my car, which is at the far end of the parking lot, I open the trunk, and once again start lifting those heavy items.

All put away into the trunk.

Run the cart back to the cart area in front of the store, turn around and run back to the car.

Whew! I just now realize that I am glistening!!! AND my heart rate is up. I am a little breathless, but more amazed that I obviously did the cardio for the day.

Home, and empty the trunk, put away the groceries, and check my pedometer.

Good grief! I am over 5 miles for the day!!!

I will chart 2 miles because that is what I believe was my "fast" distance.

Cardio at Costco anyone?? emoticon

  
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TEDDYBABE 12/6/2010 12:15AM

    Ha Ha! should have sent MY list with you! Way to go!!!

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NOTFATCAT 12/3/2010 5:28PM

    I kept yelling to your blog where the butter was because I just saw it in the end cooler yesterday!!! HA!
You make life seem so fun.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 12/2/2010 10:13PM

    Sounds about what I do every time I go shopping at Walmart! They always seem to move things around, as if I will buy more, but I am prepared, I alway bring my list! LOL But its how I get a walk, I seem to spend a lot of time at WAlmart! Just to get my cardio! I think I am up to three trekks around the store. emoticon

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KAROUSELL46 12/2/2010 5:46PM

    Wow, YOU GO GIRL! Way to make the challenge work. I went to our new Wal-Mart this morning and had to look to find things. Don't know the store yet so I got my work out while there. I really hate when the stores move items especially when I'm in a hurry...Karen emoticon emoticon

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KAT7457 12/2/2010 2:35PM

    what a work out. i hate that stores keep moving things around when you know where they are and go there not there somewhere else so instead of running i look for a person who works there and ask them and they say over in that section and i ?? them why over there and not in the place where it was, their answer i get is i dont know. geez keep it where it was in the first place or you find some thing that has 2 prices on it whats up with that ?? but happy you got your things in a record time and got your cardio in. i like to get in and out as fast as i can when shopping i have a list and get and go. have a good day.

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Our December Challenge and Costco

Thursday, December 02, 2010

I am a co-leader for Port Angeles and Surrounding Areas team, and it was my turn to come up with a monthly challenge.

I gave this some thought, and came up with CHRISTMAS GIFT TO YOU & YOUR FAMILY CHALLENGE where we do 75 minutes of CARDIO each week. That breaks down to only 15 cardio minutes five days a week........very do-able.

It started yesterday.

I had a very busy day yesterday. After a full day of running around, I had to close the day with going to Costco and get caught up on supplies. It was late, I was tired, and I was hungry.

Going to Costco at 7 P.M. is actually a good thing.

The crowds are all gone, safe and snuggled in their warm homes, and there are no vendors feeding free food. The people who go to Costco in the late evening are there for BUSINESS.

The BUSINESS being to get what we need and get out before the store closes.

So I rush from my car through the parking lot, grab the shopping cart, and fly on in. I fast walk straight to the chicken broiler, pick out a chicken, and shove off to the veggie cooler area.

Nope. Those cucumbers are too old. Not fresh enough, and will mold before we can eat them all. And those brussel sprouts and green beans........too old.

Out of the refrigerator section I sail. Off to get the dairy products.

Snatch the eggs first. Screech around the corner for the milk.

I grab the two gallons of milk, and haul it in the cart. Next to find butter.

I go to the usual place where butter is kept, and they don't have it where it belongs!

Instead, they have these one pound blocks of organic butter.............isn't butter made from cow's cream and milk????? what makes it ORGANIC for Pete's sake??? I am NOT spending the money on organic blocks of butter.

The other choice is butter chips. CHIPS??? Not in my house.

There MUST be the regular butter somewhere! But they have once again rearranged the store, so this means I have to race up and down the isles and try to find the butter.

I do see the sour cream, and fling that into the cart. But the butter is not to be found.

This does not make me a happy camper, which causes my blood to boil, and makes me walk FASTER, whizzing by all those refrigerated and frozen foods like a she-devil.

I finally find the regular butter, and then I zoom on over to find the chicken and beef base. Yep. Sure enough, that area is rearranged, too, and I have to do another relay race to find it.

Perserverance pays off, and the jars are in the cart.

I need to get some Dawn dishwashing soap. Blast on through the main isle to get back to the right area. I also need laundry soap.

Haul the big containers on to the cart, and scream on to the next item.

There. My list is complete. Now to check out.

I use the self service check out because I am good at it.

I load up the groceries at jet speed, swipe them across the little window, click on pay, and head to the end of the gurney to load up my stuff.

My cart has been filled, emptied for checking out, and filled again to take home.

Dashing to my car, which is at the far end of the parking lot, I open the trunk, and once again start lifting those heavy items.

All put away into the trunk.

Run the cart back to the cart area in front of the store, turn around and run back to the car.

Whew! I just now realize that I am glistening!!! AND my heart rate is up. I am a little breathless, but more amazed that I obviously did the cardio for the day.

Home, and empty the trunk, put away the groceries, and check my pedometer.

Good grief! I am over 5 miles for the day!!!

I will chart 2 miles because that is what I believe was my "fast" distance.

Cardio at Costco anyone?? emoticon

  
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REESEYMAY 12/2/2010 9:03PM

    Woohoo! Super Shopper! emoticon

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Why I shoveled for 2 1/2 hours

Saturday, November 27, 2010


These are photos of my driveways.

It snowed where I live.

That is not entirely unusual; it usually gives us snowfalls of about three inches, and the next day it is all gone.

Not this time. This time it snowed. And snowed.....and SNOWED!!!

By the time it was finished snowing, I took a yardstick outside and measured it. Nearly 17 inches of the stuff. all that within 36 hours.

It was beautiful, and we hunkered down, not even thinking of attempting to drive out. We would just wait for the usual melting before we attempted to drive.

It didn't melt. In fact, it got down in the 20's here!! No one can remember ever having this much snow or these cold temps in our area.

After cancelling our plans for Thanksgiving............we were going over to Issaquah to my sister's house............we kept ourselves warm and fed from the freezer. No, not the freezer outside..........the freezer in the basement.

I watched as deer came right up on the front steps to drink from the dog's waterbowl. They munched away at the rose bushes next to the front door. I didn't chase them away; the ground was so covered with snow that they were hungry, and after all, animals need to eat too.

I put out a big bucket of apples for them, and within a day, the apples were entirely gone.

But all that is just window dressing for what I have to tell you about.

We finally got our normal temperatures back, and everything was melting. good sign.

I had been shoveling snow a bit at a time while it was still light and fluffy, and got a big portion of the driveway tarmac shoveled off. I hadn't started on the driveways themselves yet, hoping that the snow would melt off, or that DH would help me shovel.

DH is an engineer. In short, he knows everything about everything, and is always right. If you know any engineers, you know what I am saying.

Well, DH was raised in an area that got little to no snow, so he never learned how to drive on it. I, on the other hand, was raised in Wisconsin, where if you didn't know how to drive on snow, you soon learned.

So DH comes up to me and says the driveway has all melted, and he can just drive right up it on to the road. I immediately told him to let me drive, and that way he could just look at the beautiful scenery.

Not to be. He informs me that HE is "the best driver with these road conditions, and You don't know what YOU are doing in snow!". Seems he forgot how he slid the car in the ditch last year, but who's counting??

I decide I better go with him, and foolishly do not check the driveway before I get in the car, which was still in the garage.

Sure enough, he roars toward the hilly driveway as I am telling him "NO. Take it very slow and easy. This snow is not melted as much as you think".

Yep. The spinning wheel thing starts. I tell him to take his foot off the gas, but he tells me to shut up and he knows what he is doing. Petal to the metal.

He manages to spin and slide himself nearly off the edge of the driveway, which is a short cliff down. I get out of the car, telling him "I am OUT OF HERE BEFORE YOU KILL US BOTH! YOU ARE ABOUT READY TO ROLL DOWN THE CLIFF!".

He doesn't believe me, opens his car door, and guess what. HE rolls down the cliff.

No, dear reader, I do not laugh.............at least out loud. Instead I head to the snow shovel, which is leaning against the garage.

As I begin to shovel the driveway, I hear him cussing up a blue storm as he climbs the cliff and slides back down. I ask him if he wants my help, and he yells "NO> I DO NOT NEED YOUR HELP, SANDY!".

Ok. I will continue to shovel the driveway. I begin at the top, on the east side, and am working away, keeping out of his way.

He does a lot of looking and studying, as engineers must do before they tackle any problem, and comes up with the hair brained idea of if he ties a rope to the front end of the car and the other end to a big tree, he will be able to get the car to slide over toward the center of the driveway.

I ask him if he is nuts.

His comments should not be printed for public eyes, so I go back to the shovel.

He gets his rope finally tied to a tree, after removing a lot of branches. Tells me to hold one end while he stretches the rope, which will make the car slide.

It doesn't work. I go back to my shovel.

I mention to him (for about the fourth time) that I can get gravel, pack the wheels front and aft, and then could probably very slowly drive the car to the center of the driveway with no problem.

He tells me I am nuts.

I go back to my shovel. By this time I have gotten over half the east driveway hill shoveled off, and am working around the car area and down toward the garage.

He says he has another idea. When I ask him if his "other" idea is as good as the first, he once again lets me know that HE is "AN ENGINEER. I CAN'T EXPECT YOU TO UNDERSTAND TECHNICAL THINGS LIKE THIS! GO BACK TO YOUR SHOVEL!".

I dutifully go back to my shovel, and complete the east driveway hill. Then I head over to the west driveway hill, and begin to tackle that.

Our driveway is a big U shape. Guess that makes it easier for you to understand what I am doing.

Anyway, I am shoveling away, and all the while I don't have a clue what he is doing, but the car hasn't moved.

I take a break and call two neighbors who have trucks. Of course, they don't answer the phone, so I just leave a message. Back to my shovel.

I finish shoveling..............2 1/2 hours later............and go over to see what he has come to by now. Absolutely no progress.

I am trying to get him to understand about why the gravel thing DOES work when cars are stuck in the snow when I hear Rod (neighbor) and his truck coming down the road.

I dash up to the road and flag him down.

Rod comes down to the car, takes a look at the situation, and asks "Why don't you just pack the wheels with gravel and drive it out?"

I interrupt and ask Rod if he can pull it out. He smiles, says "Sure thing".

We hook his tow rope up, he puts his monster truck in reverse, and the car gently follows the rope up the hill.

Ted is effusive in thanking Rod, and doesn't mention a single word to me.

By now my feet are freezing, my clothes are soaked from snow and sweat, I know I have done my back absolutely NO good, and I am ready to go inside and see if I can get thawed out.

DH asks me "Don't you want to go to town now?"

I hate him. I want to say ugly things to him. I want to push him down the cliff again. I want to spank him with the snow shovel.

And I would, too, if I weren't so tired, cold and wet from all that shoveling!

And THAT, my friends, explains why I shoveled for 2 1/2 hours, and DH is still alive!

  
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NOTFATCAT 11/28/2010 8:28PM

    Oh, I know exactly what you are describing...............men.
Sa
ndy, at least you burned some calories and got the ole heart pumping.
It'll be the same thing next snow also, I'm sure you know.

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KAROUSELL46 11/28/2010 1:41PM

    Reading this and laughing, I can just imagine what it must of been like for you. Men, can't tell them a thing. My hubby was a truckdriver and I trusted him completely in the snow. Other driving, he told me it's a wonder that he can even drive a truck with no accidents b/c of all my #$%^&*$@ when we do ride together in a car. Scared me bad!...Karen

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ROSEWCI 11/28/2010 7:23AM

    emoticon men!

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KAT7457 11/28/2010 4:20AM

    GREAT BLOG!!! I couldnt help myself to lol thanks for sharing. xx

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CXNLITTLE 11/27/2010 8:54PM

    Good way to burn some calories!

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TOWHEE 11/27/2010 8:25PM

    Sandy, my father was an engineer and my husband is an engineer. You are so right about them always being right. At least DH gives me credit when I come up with a brilliant (but obvious to me) idea. emoticon

So you burned megacalories and stayed out of jail. emoticon Sounds like a successful day to me.

Take care, my friend.

Margaret

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TOWHEE 11/27/2010 8:24PM

    Sandy, my father was an engineer and my husband is an engineer. You are so right about them always being right. At least DH gives me credit when I come up with a brilliant (but obvious to me) idea. emoticon

So you burned megacalories and stayed out of jail. emoticon Sounds like a successful day to me.

Take care, my friend.

Margaret

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MT-MOONCHASER 11/27/2010 8:17PM

    Boy, he has two strikes against him in this deal -- engineer and lack of snow driving. It's almost a third strike that he is male!!

I hope you aren't too sore from the shoveling...

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RELGRAM 11/27/2010 8:13PM

  I am SO happy you shoveled for 2 1/2 hours! Don't know if I could have gotten up there to visit you in prison or not......
(-; Wonder if DH will ever admit to your being right? It's OK, we all know that!

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BLUEEYESXOXO 11/27/2010 8:12PM

    That made me laugh so much! I work with engineers... Oh my, are they ever ALWAYS right and will fight you to the end! Well... On the bright side... You burned some mega calories and can always bring this story up next time he gets a "good" idea!

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MOETR345 11/27/2010 8:11PM

    I do know engineers...you are a saint to have married one (and not killed him).

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What to Do When Snowed In

Thursday, November 25, 2010



First, get DH to bring in firewood in case we lose power.



Then let him handle the shovel for a while.


Be sure to let the critters help!!


Move the snow around a bit.


Continue to build.


A shape begins to emerge


Add a bit of dressing


A few Final touches.......



And the Snow Queen is ready for the Snow Ball.

  
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CAPPY65 12/6/2010 6:58PM

  I love you snow sculpture. Gives me something to think about when we get enough snow.

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KAT7457 11/28/2010 4:21AM

    thats so cute I love it.!!

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FURIAFOX 11/27/2010 12:42AM

    What a beautiful scene for the holidays! I hope you had time to enjoy the turkey dinner and all the fixins. We are cold but sunny in the southwest. How lucky we are to have wonderful husbands to help and a warm fireplace to snooze by. Your snowqueen is ready for the royal wedding but I doubt if she will last until April.

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LINDAKAY228 11/26/2010 3:19PM

    How cute! However I don't envy you the snow because I'm in southern New Mexico where we think it's cold today because the temp is 45 degrees LOL! Looks like you are all set for any emergencies due to the snow!

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KAROUSELL46 11/26/2010 12:15PM

    She's beautiful! Your imagination doesn't cease to amaze me.

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ROSEWCI 11/26/2010 11:53AM

    Oh, how adorable! LOVE LOVE LOVE Snow Queen! She is ready for the ball!!!

Um, not liking the snow so much tho! I live in NE Ohio, where we are prone to lake effect snow! Anything can happen, when moisture crosses the lake!

emoticon looking to move down south soon! SW Florida, to be exact!

Have a festive Friday!!!

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MOMZADUCK 11/25/2010 10:17PM

  Love it
Love it
Love it!

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KAYDE53 11/25/2010 10:04PM

    Loved your pics, & your snow queen, how creative!! Always did like playing in the snow; might as well make the most of it!!! Wonderful!! Thanks for sharing!!! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/25/2010 5:10PM

    Love your 'snow queen' and seeing Winston and your hubby! I did not get out and get my snowman made yesterday; I got home and immediately got into another one of my 'while we're at it' projects: making new placemats and napkins for Thanksgiving. Yeah, I do crazy things like that--deciding I don't like what I have and making something new the day before (or the day of) a special event. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out, although our daughter called this morning to say she was sick so now we're not celebrating Thanksgiving until tomorrow.

I think I might be able to scrape together enough snow today before it all melts to make a small one, though; I'm going to go do that right now!

EDIT: Mission accomplished; one small snowman complete!

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LILYBELLE8 11/25/2010 3:38PM

    Your "snowed-in" adventure sounds great! Mine is a little different, no hubby to tote the fire wood in, or to "man" the snow shovel, so the only time I ventured outside today was to tote the wood myself and even then, I hurried to get the job done. Any "snow queen" or even snow ball will have to wait for another day when the temp isn't minus 15 degrees. However, I am finding strong feelings of comfort and peace mixed in with the unusual awareness of welcome isolation. - and even though I didn't venture out to even build a modest snowman (in minus 15 degrees, I felt a little intimidated), I am enjoying being snowed-in. Hope you are, too.

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TWOTIMESS 11/25/2010 1:57PM

    That's lovely - LOL, I like the way your hubby has to lug all that firewood around. We never get snow (maybe once every 20 - 25 years, but nothing like this!)

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