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"Who is Your Greatest Motivator" Poll

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Today I took the poll asking me who is my greatest motivator. There were all kinds of choices...friends, family, yada, yada, yada.

But not the right one.

They didn't have a box to check "WINSTEN".

Winsten is my greatest motivator. He never complains that he doesn't feel like walking, and is alway eager to go.

Even when I don't want to go, Winsten keeps at me until we are heading for the great outdoors.

Winsten doesn't think that laundry, mopping, dusting, or any other kind of housework should come before walking or getting outside.

He is a true Naturalist.

I'll be all settled in front of Flicka (my computer), ready to spread my butt even more, and in he comes. All nudges, smiles, dancing around to distract me from the computer until I finally agree to put on some walking shoes and go.

Sometimes our walks are long walks, sometimes as short as ten minutes. Once I actually get out there, I'm glad we are walking.

We walk in all kinds of weather, noticing lovely things along the way.

Winsten is just one of those forever enthusiatic adventurers, never tiring of seeing what's new in the neighborhood. He can always find something to marvel at, and that has improved my "nature vision" immensley.

Winsten is always agreeable, and always ready to get "just a few more minutes" out of me. His prodding usually works, and by the time we get back, I am refreshed and know I did the right thing by not just sending him on his way to walk alone.

Winsten and I have, as I said before, walked in all kinds of weather. We do get out in it, NO MATTER WHAT.

Example, here is what we walked through in February 2011:
It was snowing so hard that we had a "White Out", and could barely see where we were going. But we persevered, and really got into it. We only walked at first for about half an hour, and after 15 minutes could barely see our tracks. We hadn't left the general neighborhood, so we weren't concerned about finding our way back.

It really was like walking in another world, though. All still and quiet...........huge trees bending their branches in sumbission to the heavy snow.

We pretended we were in Siberia, and called out "Comrade! Where is your Dacha?", and then tried doing that goose step marching that the Russian Army does. Did your know that is really DIFFICULT to maintain?

Laughing and shaking the snow off ourselves, we were really surprised when we got in the house and it felt so HOT!! We couldn't believe the thermometer only read 68 degrees inside.

Winsten has gotten me out walking in the rain of Spring, too. Actually, once you get going and look for what's NEW in nature, it is actually kind of fun. ESPECIALLY if you sing loudly "Singin' In the Rain" and try to do some of those umbrella tricks Gene Kelly did.

He and I have seen wonderful signs of Spring. We have seen buds forming on branches, bulbs peeking out at us, and crocuses and other flowers blossoming right before our eyes.

Winsten and I walked along the pier on a rainy day. I didn't want to go at first, but he insisted long enough that I gave up, grabbed my camera, and we headed out.

It was magical walking through the rain, as he and I were the only ones around, and we had the pier to ourselves.

We have walked on the beaches in sunshine, too, and Winsten never fails to find a wonderful piece of driftwood that just HAS to go home with him.

We have marched in parades, proud to be Americans.

Because of Winsten's urgings through the seasons, I was encouraged to partake of a 5K. I wouldn't have done that had it not been for all the hours and miles he walked with me!

We have observed the beautiful blooms of summer together, admiring God's handiwork.

Winsten and I have seen the early signs of Autumn together. We have watched pear and apple trees present their bounty, and have enjoyed the lovely, haunting beauty of the season.

Late Autumn greeted us with crisp air and thoughts of gathering wood for the wood burning stove. We heard the honking of the Canada Geese as they migrated South, have been scolded by the crows in the trees and readied ourselves for the coming Holidays..

Winsten inspired me to make a Snow Queen instead of sitting around the house, grousing about the weather. It had been years since I had so much fun in the snow!

Yes, indeed. When asked who is my greatest motivator, there is no problem in an instant answer! Winsten has made sure I stay healthy, and he is my very best friend, and favorite walking partner!

Now I ask you: How could you not want to hang around a fun buddy like Winsten???

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TWINKS55 3/28/2011 9:29PM

    emoticonWonderful, Sandy!


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NOLAZYBUTT110 3/24/2011 7:52PM

    winsten? did someone smoke winsten cigarettes at one time? LOl l love your winsten! Hes a handsome man!

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KAROUSELL46 3/24/2011 2:23PM

    What a great companion! The best ever....Karen

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APIRLRAIN888 3/24/2011 2:13PM

    hahha love your pics and what a cool doggy

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/24/2011 1:52PM

    Indeed, how COULD you not want to hang around Winsten? Such a sweet dog--I'm so glad you have a walking buddy who is so persistent!

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Hi Sparkies,

I just got back from the Doctor, and learned wonderful news.

The nerve disease in my head has NOT spread into the optical nerves, therefore, as things stand now, my vision is not in jeopardy.

I will get another "head shot" on Friday to see if they can relieve the pain from the damage. That means a big ole huge injection again, which hurts like the very devil.

But I can stand "head shots" as long as my vision is not endangered, right?

Thanks for all of you who have valiantly stood by me during this most stressful time. You guys are truly the wind beneath my wings!!

Now on to better way of living!! Woo Hoo!!!

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MARYANNGI 3/23/2011 8:54PM

    Totally emoticon news! I will being saying lots of prayeres for you until Friday!!

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LOUANN22 3/22/2011 3:58AM

    great news!

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MAMASUDS 3/22/2011 3:16AM

    So thankful for the good news. Will be praying for you as you go in on Friday.

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KOI239 3/21/2011 11:00PM

    So glad about your vision. May the force be with you on this journey to a better health. emoticon

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BEVPRESLEY 3/21/2011 10:27PM

    What great news! I know that is a big weight off your shoulders.

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TOWHEE 3/21/2011 10:16PM

    What wonderful news. I'm sooooo happy for you. emoticon

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FLUTTERFLI 3/21/2011 6:46PM

    Wonderful !!! I will keep you in prayers !!! Keep positive thoughts.
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KINGDOMHEIR 3/21/2011 6:37PM

    Yes indeed Great News! I'll pray for another great report on Friday & that the shot will be a blessed healing shot so that you will not have to endure more. emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/21/2011 6:34PM

    That is WONDERFUL news! I am so glad to hear that your vision is n. Hope the shot helps!ot in jeopardy.

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The New Scale Blues

Sunday, March 20, 2011

DH brought home a new scale. It is one like they use in the Dr. offices.

I hate it.

Here I thought I was doing so well with the old one.

I knew I was losing, because I can get in to clothes I couldn't a month ago. My inches were down, too. The number on the scale kept dropping too.

Now about this new scale.

It has a balance wheel that you use to make sure it is perfectly balanced before any weight is added to it. Then you get on it.


Weighing in today on my old scale showed that I lost a pound this week. That is a happy thing.

Then I weighed in on the new scale. Cuss, Cuss, Cuss!

It showed me weighing two pounds more than the old one showed.

Who knows what my weight really was when I first started this thing?!

I sure don't. Not after getting on the new scale today!

I have to believe this new one, because I balanced it myself perfectly before I got on it. I even tried standing differently, leaning from one side to the other, to see if it changed. My old one does that for me.

NOPE! This behemoth stayed steady, no matter what I did to change it.

So now, Sportsfans, I weigh 2 pounds MORE, even though my clothing and the tape measure assure me that I am losing.


But I guess the only thing to do is keep on with Spark, and stay with this hated new, CORRECT scale.

Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed!!!

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BLITS55 3/23/2011 1:15PM

    hmmm. and here I was thinking I ought to get a new scale, maybe not.... thanks for sharing what I have been dreading! emoticon

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MAMASUDS 3/22/2011 4:28PM

    You are cracking me up. Thanks for being my comic relief for the day.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/21/2011 12:41AM

    You are losing and doing a great job. Those doctor type scales never agree with my opinion of what I weigh either. Just be sure to weight in on the same scales and remember as long as your clothes are fitting and getting looser, you know you are losing...keep up your great work!!! Use that new scale for a coat rack. lol

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/20/2011 11:49PM

    You ARE losing, my friend--even if that doggone new scale doesn't think it's quite as much as your old one! We have one of those doctor style scales, too, and it annoys the living daylights out of me some days. We have a digital one we use most of the time, but when I really want to be sure I'm getting an accurate weight, I go to the doctor style one--and it usually tells me something I don't want to hear!


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TOWHEE 3/20/2011 9:51PM

    Well my scale in the bathroom reads differently than the scales at WW (we swear the leader's scale weighs us heavier than the assistant's scale, but that's a different story). Whatever you do be consistent. If you decide to go with the new scale, then that two pound "gain" will only be for this week, afterwards the losses that you see will be yours. If you go with the old scale then you won't have that one time change. Regardless, your clothes are telling the real story. So is your BP (if you take it), your blood work, or any of the other "non-scale" factors that you choose to track.

I know you've lost weight. You know you've lost weight. It won't be long before your teach "the new guy" that you've lost weight.

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BEVPRESLEY 3/20/2011 9:23PM

    Please remember, scales may not weigh you the same, but they will be consistent. I always weigh 10 pounds more at work and 6 pounds more at the doctor's office than I do at home. Weigh on both scales for a few days and see if that isn't true.

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TEDDYBABE 3/20/2011 8:07PM

    One of my other Spark Friends broke up with her Scale today! I will find the blog and send it to you. She wrote the scale a Dear John letter. It was hilarious and is your plight to the T !! Ignore that big ol oaf of a scale and go with your skinny clothes and good looking shape! You have done such a good job! Off to find that blog... be right back...

BACK! Sent it to you via Spark Mail!

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Where Does All the Money Go???

Friday, March 18, 2011

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”
-- Thomas Jefferson

Elections do matter. Democrats are bought and well-paid for..!

Just in case you've wondered why Obama and his friends are so supportive
of labor unions, check out the contributions.

Leading Union Political Campaign Contributors


American Fed. of State, County, & Municipal Employees

Intel Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

National Education Association

Service Employees International Union

Communication Workers of America

Service Employees International Union

Laborers Union

American Federation of Teachers

United Auto Workers

Teamsters Union

Carpenters and Joiners Union

Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union

United Food and Commercial Workers Union


Sheet Metal Workers Union

Plumbers & Pipefitters Union

Operating Engineers Union

Airline Pilots Association

International Association of Firefighters

United Transportation Workers

Ironworkers Union

American Postal Workers Union

Nat'l Active & Retired Fed. Employees Association

Seafarers International Union

Source: Center for Responsive Politics, Washington, D.C.

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TRISHP1961 3/19/2011 6:16PM

    and some of us have no choice in the matter. I am a teacher. I must join the union. It is required when I am hired. It really ticks me off when union dues support causes I do not believe in. I love what happened in Wisconsin and hopes it is allowed to be adopted in other states...I lose more than half of my gross pay to medicare, social security, my portion of the health insurance payment, state and federal taxes...It is just crazy!

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MNABOY 3/18/2011 10:57PM

    Chicago politics are noted for electing honest caring toys.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 3/18/2011 2:22PM

    Blame it all on the Demon Democrats who wear panties of the color of a rainbow! Always screaming," Blame the last man in office, Its his fualt, Iw as just following rules", and they all turn and run and yell back to the last guy in office, " to turn the Lights out when you leave!"

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/18/2011 1:54PM

    Very interesting information. Thanks for sharing...

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Proud to be Irish and Having YOU as my friend!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

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Irish Blessings

Like the warmth of the sun
And the light of the day,
May the luck of the Irish
shine bright on your way.

May your pockets be heavy-
Your heart be light
And may good luck pursue you
Each morning and night.

May the good saints protect you
And bless you today
And may troubles ignore you
Each step of the way.

May joy and peace surround you,
Contentment latch your door,
And happiness be with you now
And bless you evermore.

May brooks and trees and singing hills
Join in the chorus too,
And every gentle wind that blows
Send happiness to you.

May good luck be your friend
In whatever you do
And may trouble be always
A stranger to you.

May the roads rise to meet you.
May the wind be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
The rain fall soft upon your fields
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/18/2011 1:50PM

    May the luck of the Irish always be with you!!!

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TOWHEE 3/17/2011 10:53PM

    Thank you. May the same come to you also. emoticon

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NOTFATCAT 3/17/2011 2:12PM

    Thanks for the little ditty.

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/17/2011 1:34PM

    The same right back to you, my friend!

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