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I'm On Top Of The World!

Thursday, August 28, 2014



The table was set. Set up for a sure disaster if you got too close. You could call it ...... the Perfect Storm! Storm warnings were issued; sirens sounded and still small boats sailed right into the crest of the largest wave ever! Ready to devour!



The event was the monthly Hog-fest celebration (aka: birthday bash in our department of 22 women. It was a tidal wave of every decadent food imaginable! Mostly finger-foods but also Cheesecake drizzed in cherry habanero' sauce, double fudge cookies, pickle dip and crackers, potato chips, more cakes, cupcakes, and ........... I think you get the drift! (no veggie tray in sight) .... and only one plate of grapes!



It was hard to break through the line to the trough as I clearly heard snortles, chomps and hoofs beating with pleasure derived. (Now mind you, I do not
refer to my co-workers in terms of this barnyard animal) BUT I do think in
pictures for myself in such a way to divert my attention from this pig fest and remember my spark goals and commitement.



I was leary if I started sampling I would end up like this guy w/ my head stuck in the bucket so ........ I made a VOW! ..... I promised whatever I ate at this party, I would report honestly in this blog for any fellow spark friends and members to view. So if I fail ...... I planned to TELL ALL! ......... Now then ........ what did I eat? .....



Mango salsa! My friend made and it was the best I've ever had! Had to SHOUT about it!! ..... emoticon . I got a little portion of that and some of my homemade hummus w/ a few" healthy crackers to go with and 6 plump grapes.

After I had my lunch, the nice tossed greek salad w/ lots of veggie toppings and thin turkey slices .......... I returned to the scene. I have found this to be a vulnerable time of day and so I found myself staring longingly into the trough ......... still much left! ...... I ate TWO ritz crackers w/ cream cheese and the cherry habanero sauce ............ and two little smokies! ......... Suddenly my taste buds were seized, teased and tantalized, doing a salsa dance all their own .... while screaming out: "MORE.......... MORE!!!! ........ ENCORE!!!" .......... But I remembered my vow ........... to tell and remember my short term goal that I've been doing well on.



I turned from the tempter and RAN .......... and ran .... hearing the faint cries of my spark friends calling .......... "2B You can do it!! ......... Run 2B RUN!!" ....... And so I ran breathlessly into the deepest and darkest thicket of the forest to escape the raging storm that was waging war on my appetite! .......... I knew I was safe! I escaped! ....... Nothing could harm me now! ... (Gee! What is that dark figure in the background?!) ....(off to the right) ..... lol



This was my celebration dance ........ I know sometimes peeps feel a special occasion is a 'green card' to eat, drink, and be merry ....... Even expected to join in and indulge! .......... But NO ....... I did not want to do the one step back and two forward shuffle ..... No! ......... I gave my word I would tell you what I ate .......... and I feel good that I tasted and was done! ........... emoticon



I am feeling good today .......... and I think I will call it my Salsa Victory dance ! (Now to go make that yummy fresh mango salsa ........ and let my tastebuds tango ! Care to join me? ............ emoticon

Thanks friends for reading ........... and also for 'being there' .... whether you knew it or not ..... No one present saw you ......But I did ... you were there! We all stir and motivate one another to success so I thank you for being you! ........ Success be yours!

  
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WALLAHALLA 8/29/2014 11:29PM

    I love mango salsa...especially on tilapia. I want to hear more about that cherry habanero sauce! That sounds delicious. Got the recipe by any chance? Our first goodie day of the year is coming up. Hope I do as well as you did. Thanks for being such an inspiration.

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123ELAINE456 8/29/2014 11:03PM

  Awesome!!! WTG!!!

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    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail.

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    Great job!

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GLORY- 8/29/2014 9:50PM

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CAROLJ35 8/29/2014 9:15PM

    VERY WELL DONE!!!
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ROSES4ME1 8/29/2014 4:08PM

    Very fun creative blog! And congrats for being able to resist those temptations. You are awesome and, as much you think other Sparkers help you along the way, you have certainly provided inspiration to many - including me - today. Thanks!

Have to go home now and find a good mango salsa recipe and practice that dance.

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52BINCE 8/29/2014 3:32PM

    Only one thing to say!!!!!!!!! great blog 2B

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LINDAK25 8/29/2014 1:37PM

    I love your wonderful description of THE EVENT! Perfect. You did great! I confess that I wouldn't have done as well. Congratulations!

Happy Dance!
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NONNAOF2 8/29/2014 1:15PM

  Look for the nearest door to exit with such temptation, but you did it!! I bet you're probably the only one from the group at work that feels good today after that feast!:-)

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JSEATTLE 8/29/2014 12:13PM

  I know all about temptation and you have done well to beat it! I love a good mango salsa too.

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2BDYNAMIC 8/29/2014 10:49AM

    emoticon .... You friends amaze me!! I am SO grateful for you and as I said, I could not do this alone .............. and we are never alone for we have the support of a wonderful community of friends!! I am working on thanking each of you individually! ........... All of us have a spark light and incredible stories! Thanks much and have a great day! ............. emoticon

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LCRUMLEY81 8/29/2014 10:05AM

  Great work keep it up

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NASFKAB 8/29/2014 9:25AM

  awesome job loved the dance

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    So proud of you!! emoticon

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SINGINGLADY47 8/29/2014 9:05AM

    emoticon as always. Thank you so much. Nibbling is a problem I have sometimes. You know that "Just a Taste" syndrome?? Have a wonderful day and weekend. Luv ya. Judy

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    What a fun description of a tricky situation emoticon Loved your creativity and restraint!

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SNOOPYLINKOS 8/29/2014 7:44AM

    What a fun blog! I was cheering you on, and you won! WooHoo! I believe I would do so much better with mango salsa dance in my life! emoticon

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    What a nice blog post!

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    emoticon You rocked the success!

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Cute cute cute blog.

Now for some victory dancing

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SONGBIRDPAULA 8/29/2014 6:41AM

    Oh 2B...Oh 2B…

How wonderful you did and how wonderful you dance! You have inspired me very much with this blog and I visualize myself, even though I use a walker, that I can do a victory dance of some kind when I manage to stick to my routine of my journey to the new me! Your blogs are always wonderful and I enjoy every one of your blogs that you ever write… I just wanted you to know!

You go girl!

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PENOWOK 8/29/2014 6:35AM

    Love yur description! Boy can I relate! Our potluck was last week and had another with my Bible Study this week...RUN!! or bring your own, right?

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TRYINGHARD54 8/29/2014 5:45AM

    you did GREAT, wish I had that kind of will power emoticon

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 8/29/2014 5:31AM

   

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Salsa ....... just the thing for filling that little spot in the tummy emoticon

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CHERYLHURT 8/29/2014 5:13AM

  I had fun just reading about it!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You did fantastic at the party!! I'm so proud of you!! I'm not sure I would have done so well. emoticon

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BLUEJAY1969 8/29/2014 1:46AM

    Wow! You knocked my socks off! What a great and entertaining blog! And congrats on having the will to turn down those goodies!
Hugs,
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FLEMIDG 8/29/2014 12:09AM

    What an awesome blog. Congratulations on staying on track and reporting everything you ate. So glad we are here for you. It's good to have someone you can call on for help when you find yourself being tempted. You are an inspiration. You go girl!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPEDED2 8/28/2014 11:12PM

    emoticon The support they provide is awesome! Food sobriety is very difficult to maintain. Good for you!!

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LACEYKYLE 8/28/2014 10:28PM

    emoticon Jan. I made my first mango salsa a couple of weeks ago and loved it.

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Snap-Cackle-& Spark!

Sunday, August 24, 2014



Just like a bad Penny, Monday always keeps coming back! So instead of moaning and groaning, what do you say we have a few snickers and or cackles to make our day brighter and lighter?



Seriously! I have known peeps who think Big Smack burgers ARE healthy and argue they get plenty of veggies ......... like ..... uh ... there is that resemblance of a wee fragment of a vegetable in the form of a warm and rather limp pickle thin slice and the single lettuce leaf and ....... oh yeah ........ a tomato slice between the soggy bun ...... emoticon ....And if they order fries, that serves as a 'second' vegetable! (Big woop) .. Bring it on! (don't think so) emoticon



Personally it works for me! ........ I don't risk cutting my leg off ... 'cept to make a declaration of my love and DEvotion!



Even if we have all grown up loving Frosty ...... it is just NOT cool to pick your nose in public! ......... emoticon



This lady read in Sparks it is good to keep a 'visual' in front of her ..... emoticon
As you can see, she is taking it to heart!



Awwww!! . ... this one had me in tears! emoticon





"Hmph!! I know ALL about WISE! I just haven't got to the OLD part yet!"



Haven't we tried just about all of them!?.........

Just remember Monday is only ONE day out of the 7. ...
We can do this! Thanks for stopping by and keep on cackling ... emoticon .. I mean sparking!
(oh--but of course, there are those who do like Mondays) ... emoticon ... I am told ....... Can we please trade places? ...... emoticon

P.S. It is Monday; I got to work and the doors were NOT opening to let patients in for surgery!!! .......... None of the elevators were working either!! ......... emoticon ... Now you know the reason behind the scenes for the blog!! (only happens on a Monday!) ............ Arrrggggggggh!!

  
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CIERAPOET 8/28/2014 12:58AM

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I actually like MONDAYS and normally post THANK GOD IT'S MONDAY! on the walls of my teams. Monday gets a bad rap so I wanted to bring a little change. You are such a creative writer. Thanks for giving us joy and laughter. Laughing at ourselves is the best medicine! We need it!
Blessings!
Deb
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NASFKAB 8/27/2014 9:58AM

  thanks so much for these lovely pictures loved them enjoying laughing thinking of them

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GRACED777 8/26/2014 10:39AM

    It's not Monday anymore, but these are still great. Thanks!

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  emoticon You tickled my funny bone! We always need a good laugh and thanks to you we can laugh at ourselves, too! emoticon

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DESERTDREAMERS 8/25/2014 10:51PM

    Thanks for the big smiles!

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STEPBYSTEP1955 8/25/2014 4:40PM

    emoticon very funny! emoticon for adding some cackles to my day!

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/25/2014 4:26PM

    emoticon Cute!! Thanks for the giggles!

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/25/2014 4:23PM

    Thanks for the smile, I really needed it!

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SUPER_CIARA 8/25/2014 4:13PM

    emoticon Good Monday post! I loved the woman on the treadmill with the cake. Maybe I'll have to try that emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 8/25/2014 3:16PM

    Have an awesome Monday

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SPARKFRAN514 8/25/2014 1:19PM

    thanks for the reminder its time for me to head to gym and i will be picturing the lady and the cake as i work out. the hamburger one made me smile had them for dinner on Sat. with fresh grown tomatoes from the garden. you are so right Monday is just one of 7 and when is it Monday when you work the week end and Tues Wed off Thurs ??? we need to check and see what our friend bad penny has to say. here comes Tuesday !!!!!!! emoticon

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PFERG66 8/25/2014 12:10PM

    Can one be old and wise while being young and stupid at heart? That's me, McGee! I LOVED the Frosty one--right up my alley of sensibilities.

Thank you.

I am coming off a weekend of vertigo (yes, again.), houseguests and running out of a necessary medicine, so I'm looping through Monday, cackling along with you. Time to ride that treadmill unto that mythical cake. Oh did I tell you that my houseguests brought every conceivable processed food plus bite sized candy into my pristine environment??!! No wonder I took to my bed!!! emoticon
Love you, babe/Jan

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OHANAMAMA 8/25/2014 11:39AM

    These are wonderful and so relate-able! :)
I have 3 in college now... 2 are driving back and forth, 1 we just moved into her dorm on Sunday.
I'm somewhere between the young/stupid and old/wise.

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LOVINGKATE 8/25/2014 11:28AM

  Great way to start my Monday! Thanks so much for a brighter day. HAPPY MONDAY to you. emoticon

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BAMAJAM2 8/25/2014 10:46AM

  Thanks for brightening Monday! I used to work in a dental practice and Monday was the day off... not Saturday.
Hey-- I just loved, "To be old and wise your must first have to be young and stupid."
LOL

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GORDON66 8/25/2014 9:33AM

  When I go to the gym, I shave my legs. I might not look like the young skinny minis, but at least I'm not sporting stubble!
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BRITISHGAL14 8/25/2014 8:18AM

    I just love your blog! Plenty of smiles and laughs over here to get this week started.

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52BINCE 8/25/2014 8:02AM

    It is the best reading for a pick me up! You sure know how to make a persons day! lol!

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SNOOPYLINKOS 8/25/2014 7:49AM

    Thank you for a great send off this Monday am. I am a special needs nurse, off to school today after a too short summer break! emoticon

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DBELLE39 8/25/2014 7:26AM

    LOL! THanks for the cackles to get my blah Monday off to a Funny & sparking start.

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GARDENCHRIS 8/25/2014 7:20AM

    morning to you too! it is still a monday..... but now I'll smile when I think of this.

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MAVERICKDR 8/25/2014 6:35AM

    Reminds me of a line from the movie Over The Hedge. RJ the raccoon says to Hammy the squirrel, "The last thing YOU need...is caffeine." LOL. Have a Monday, then the rest of days will come :)

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WATERMELLEN 8/25/2014 6:09AM

    Yup, needed this today for sure!! Gonna be picking my nose (or noses: baby carrots) at lunch time!!

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SONGBIRDPAULA 8/25/2014 6:02AM

    emoticon emoticon Good morning Jan,

I really needed to read this this morning to give me a cheer for the day!

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SASHAY40 8/25/2014 4:41AM

    emoticon Great Blog!! Very Creative!! Funny-Funny Lady!

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NILLAPEPSI 8/25/2014 3:51AM

    emoticon for Monday chuckles! I needed them! emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 8/25/2014 1:25AM

    I needed to read this after being ill for 2 days! Great blog as usual! emoticon emoticon
Enjoy your week, Monday and all!! emoticon
I am just glad to be feeling better and since it is Monday...so be it! emoticon

P.S. Thanks for stopping by my beach blog...glad you enjoyed it!!

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FLEMIDG 8/25/2014 12:36AM

    Thanks for making me laugh. I so love reading your blogs. Have a great week.

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SUEARNOLD1 8/25/2014 12:33AM

    Hi Jan,

You're the funniest lady I've read in a long time. Thanks for the email!

I love Monday, cause I'm taking a vacation day! WooHoo.

Keeping laughing and smiling. emoticon

Thanks again,

Sue

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FLEMIDG 8/25/2014 12:27AM

    Thanks so much for making me laugh. I so enjoy reading your blogs. Have a wonderful week.


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    Have a happy Monday!!
Loved them all. Glad you shared!!
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123ELAINE456 8/25/2014 12:01AM

  Awesome!!! Love All of Them. Thank You for sharing. God Blessings Always. Here a Lot of Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!For You. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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GLORY- 8/24/2014 11:36PM

    emoticon I thought that was hilarious about Frosty picking his nose in public!!

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LACEYKYLE 8/24/2014 11:02PM

    Jan, you are emoticon . I so look forward to your blogs. emoticon

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    You made me smile! Thanks! emoticon

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DEBBYFROMMT 8/24/2014 8:46PM

    Jan you are so funny! Monday (tomorr0w) is a whole new start for me! Took DD#3 back to school this weekend and I'm really looking forward to getting back to my normal Monday routine! (I love my daughter but it WAS time for her to go back to school!) Happy Monday!!!

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LUCYCAN7 8/24/2014 8:27PM

  LOL Jan emoticon Snap-Cackle-&-Spark! Sure you will brighten
everyones Monday.Hope your week will be enjoyable.So glad I stopped by.
Enjoy your night.I will keep on Cackling I mean Sparkin! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIVINHEALTHY9 8/24/2014 8:10PM

    Cute, Thanks!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/24/2014 7:50PM

    Ok, this is going to make my Monday go much better! I'm with you . . . got the wise part down pat . . . not admitting to the old though! LOL

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Let The Sun Shine In-

Sunday, August 17, 2014



I had the pleasure of speaking with a young man last week who was missing both legs below the knees and both hands. He was dark and handsome and had a noticeably polite and nice way about him. As we talked I could see love and life radiating from within.



This saying absolutely fit him ........ I brought him downstairs in a wheel chair in the clinic I work in and he reached out to shake my hand and express gratitude. But, like I said his hands were gone. So I wrapped my hands around what used to be a hand. I asked him if it would be alright to ask what had happened to him.

At first he told me it was severe frostbite from climbing Mt. Everest .... then he said, "No ........... I am teasing .......... I got swine flu ......... H1 .. N1 ............ and became so toxic he was rushed to emergency room where he had cardiac arrest but was saved. He said, "Some of the others did not make it." ....... He also said he reaches out every day giving thanks to God for his future believing there is a good plan and that he is planning to write a book about his story.



I have thought of this fine young man sunce and marvel mostly about his attitude ....... and tears still come to my eyes. He did not have to be so called 'perfect' to be a beautiful person ........... and he touched me in such a way that I stop myself if I start to complain .......... or even think about being unmotivated. I can not imagine how he goes about basic daily self care ........ But I know he came in smiling and left the same way. And he made me stop and think. The sun shone bright today .......... and I let it in. I plan to not forget this remarkable courageous person who keeps on going. And not complaining.



Remember this when you look in to the mirror ....... Because you are.



Each one of us has a story to tell. We are a miracle ..... We are still here.

Thanks for reading spark friends ........... May your week be blessed! emoticon

  
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PENOWOK 8/22/2014 9:45PM

    Some people are simply amazing!!

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  Thanks for sharing.

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GEORGIAGIRL26 8/22/2014 1:41PM

    Lovely story, thank you so much for sharing it with us.
Have a good day and a wonderful weekend my friend!
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ILOVEJIM851991 8/22/2014 9:40AM

    I agree that is a beautiful story. We can all learn from this young man. Keep Smiling emoticon

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LEANMEAN2 8/22/2014 7:30AM

    Thanks so much for sharing. Good for all of us to remember.

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KLMEIRING 8/22/2014 4:57AM

    Yes, each one has a story to tell and it is good to take the time to listen. Thanks for your post!

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BLITZEN44 8/21/2014 10:12PM

    Wow, I had no idea that the fallout of H1N1 was loss of limbs... this is the first I've heard of it. I hope whatever goodness is within the young man in your story is returned to him.

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WHITEANGEL4 8/21/2014 10:09PM

    Thanks for sharing this inspiring blog

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JERICHO1991 8/21/2014 9:45PM

    It has been a blessed week. Thanks for sharing.

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CHARTHESTAR 8/21/2014 6:20PM

    thank you for sharing your encounter with him. He sounds like a fantastic person. someone- we all need in our lives.

Thank you also for sharing because sometimes we get so bogged down what is wrong in our lives we forget how lucky we really are.

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INSPIREDSOUL 8/21/2014 5:00PM

    Beautiful.

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WOOFERCOALBOY 8/21/2014 11:43AM

    Blessings; thank you for the reminder.

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KRICKET57 8/21/2014 8:38AM

    Sometimes, the strangest things remind us to be grateful to be alive. Your young man has realized this and is intent on spreading the glow. As he reaches out to touch people's lives, he gains strength. You are lucky to have met him. Thank you for sharing his glow!

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VAINVT 8/21/2014 8:35AM

  I love your statement of letting the sun shine in. We have to open our hearts to appreciate the beauty around us - even if it is sometimes painful at first.

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    What a blessing for you to have encountered him. You saw beyond his physical appearance and met him as a person. Blessings! emoticon

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GLORY- 8/20/2014 3:27PM

    Posting this again, it disappeared somehow. LOL.
That man is a wonderful testimony for the glory of God to have such a great attitude!

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BRITISHGAL14 8/20/2014 1:13PM

    So beautiful and touching. Thank you for sharing with us.

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ANNROW0354 8/20/2014 12:02PM

    "Beautiful" comes in many different packages and has little to do with our physical appearance and everything to do with our hear.....thank you for reminding all of us to appreciate every day and to love our bodies just as they are!!! emoticon

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LOVINGKATE 8/20/2014 11:30AM

  Thanks so much for sharing a very beautiful and heart warming story. It is these people that we need to pay attention to because their light shines through them like the sun shines through the clouds. God is blessing us with these glories people. They are so humbling and grateful to be alive. Something we need to be reminded of, each and every day is a blessing whether we feel like it or not. I tell myself to smile God has a plan for you today, embrace it. Thanks Jan and God bless your week.

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CINDYLOU4782 8/20/2014 9:27AM

    Beautiful post so heart touching!

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AZMOMXTWO 8/20/2014 8:55AM

  what a positive person he is

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    emoticon That's a great story!

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EVADADIVA 8/20/2014 7:00AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 8/20/2014 6:33AM

    Great post

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LACEYKYLE 8/20/2014 4:03AM

    Thank you Jan, very humbling!!

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MOONGLOWSNANA 8/19/2014 9:24PM

  Stories like this are awe inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

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IAM_HIS 8/19/2014 6:34PM

   
this is very beautiful and touching!!

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JANEGIBE 8/19/2014 12:37PM

    Thanks my friend for sharing this post... If we were all the same the world would be boring.. We are up and down and I am goofy and silly.. I am perfect just the way I am... Thanks for the reminder... We are perfect in his eyes... Thanks my friend and thanks to the person who wrote this wonderful reminder.. Just Me

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SPARKFRAN514 8/19/2014 10:52AM

   
thank you for sharing this story . i came at the right time for me i was feeling unsparky yesterday . when i found the damage to my car . i was mad upset and then scared what if i am now thankful they just damage the car and locked it up again after they were done! thanks for sharing a good example of healing and moving forward.
The mirror quote really made me stop and think every day and when i am out doing errands many days when people ask me what wrong with my face. tell then is a genetic disorder called NF
i have even had a nurse not want take care of me in the doctors office and my mom once in the ER and wanted to put her in ISOl.
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52BINCE 8/19/2014 8:16AM

    Love this blog, as it tells us all no matter what your obstacles are, you can be a winner over them!

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LORNE67 8/19/2014 2:31AM

    What a remarkable story. Thanks for sharing!! Life is so precious.

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CIERAPOET 8/19/2014 1:59AM

    emoticon I AM BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE GOD CREATED ME SO!!!
Thank you so much for this reminder. I've read several blogs recently that reminds readers of the beauty we have and loving who we are no matter what. Exuberant emoticon emoticon emoticon happiness daily is my aim! Hard work will pay off! You're emoticon Deb

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GENRE009 8/18/2014 11:54PM

    This was such an amazing story that I sent it out to many of my friends. But I forgot top comment myself. I think you are very creative, when you do your motivation toward dieting. But I find your spirit so much more valuable when you open up to us. lol, eva

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How Far Would You Go?

Thursday, August 14, 2014



You hear your doorbell ring. It is Spike, an escapee known for botched burglaries. Would you intrepidly open the door and invite him in? ..... Treat him like a guest..... cater to him and serve his favorite meal? ......Using your best silver and fine china? I know ... I know .... 'What kind of question is that!" ..... emoticon .... Most likely your aggressive side would surface and you would bounce him or make a call.



It's a no brainer!. I mean who has the right to invade our domain and expect red carpet treatment?! ...... And what about these pesky little creatures ........... How far would you go if you discovered they were tearing through your house?



I know it's a gross illustration; but not so far fetched. One co-worker actually picked up her lunch sack the other day and mice had eaten a hole in the bottom and part of her lunch was gone! ......... emoticon So we go as far 'as necessary' to exterminate the pests! ....... Of course!

None of us want our home or our possessions messed with, right? ..... And at the crime scene, there is NO evidence we put up a fight?!



What about the next? .......... Do we open the door wide when temptation knocks?



So we do everything imaginable to protect home and hearth ...... because after all, it's our castle ...... expensive alarm systems, extra bolts on our doors ..... gaited communities ...... hidden cameras installed. Yep ...... we play it safe. But our bodies are our temple ......... the house we live in ........ Do we open the gate wide and swallow 'whatever' appeals at the moment when a celebration occurs, a birthday party, or a time when we feel we need solace and call it comfort food just like applying a bandaid to our wounded emotions?



Whatever it is that you treasure ............ don't let thieves break through and steal your goods without putting up a fight! Stay vigilant and on guard! You and I have worked too long and hard to hand it over now!



Let's keep Spike and all the other invaders behind bars! ...... emoticon
(This guy needs a shave!) lol

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GRACED777 8/26/2014 10:44AM

    So true-and a very creative and original way of looking at things! Thank you!

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BRITISHGAL14 8/21/2014 11:57AM

    I love this! So creative, and thought provoking. Thank you!

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CICELY360 8/20/2014 10:25PM

  Good blog.

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GLORY- 8/20/2014 3:24PM

    But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into.
Luke 12:39

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LACEYKYLE 8/20/2014 4:26AM

    Jan, I just love your humor and it always makes a good point!!

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SHARON10002 8/18/2014 10:52PM

    emoticon with all you said. I had a mouse in my house a couple of years ago. Drove me crazy until we caught him! I can easily be so OCD about that kind of thing.
I think I need to have my locks changed. . . emoticon

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YVETTEB57 8/18/2014 2:48PM

    LOVE IT! I'm going to remember this one next time I feel like caving in to tempation!

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NASFKAB 8/18/2014 1:33AM

  WOW another thought provoking post thanks for sharing

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    emoticon blog! Great food for thought! emoticon for sharing

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SPARKFRAN514 8/17/2014 3:17PM

    Great blog you always seem to hit the nail on the head as they say and know how to help us remember why we started the journey and the slip ups that find their way into the hosue. emoticon

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    Interesting blog, thank you for sharing it emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/17/2014 2:42AM

    emoticon blog! Very well thought out! Definitely a good reminder to not let everything that looks like food cross our lips.

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CAT-IN-CJ 8/16/2014 8:32PM

    Oh the games we play . . .
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GENRE009 8/16/2014 9:43AM

    Thanks, that was very creative! You have a gift in everything you do. eva

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CATNURSE1 8/16/2014 4:26AM

    There's a bbq restaurant in the South that I love -- all you can eat bbq meats, Wonderbread, and cole slaw. That's all that is on the menu. I could live there, but I'd never fit through the door.

Great read. Thank you.

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NONNAOF2 8/15/2014 10:03PM

  I couldn't agree more! :-)

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1STBUCKETITEM 8/15/2014 9:23PM

  emoticon So-o-o creative! You always come up with a great way of looking at our human foibles through humor. I always look forward to your blog.
Lots of fun and lots of good advice. emoticon emoticon

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BLITZEN44 8/15/2014 9:23PM

    True, we have to stay vigilant! Opportunity knocks, but temptation LEANS on the doorbell!

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_JODI404 8/15/2014 8:56PM

    Nice blog! Food is NOT a bandaid!!

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JIBBIE49 8/15/2014 8:56PM

    Very true words. Thanks.

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52BINCE 8/15/2014 8:00PM

    Spike doesn't need to take the family heirlooms but he could use a razor! emoticon

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JSEATTLE 8/15/2014 6:46PM

  That was fun, thanks.

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IDICEM 8/15/2014 4:37PM

  emoticon Great advice!

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/15/2014 4:12PM

    Yes!

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MARGARITTM 8/15/2014 3:36PM

    Hit the road Spike

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IAMAGEMLOVER 8/15/2014 3:31PM

    Love it. Very creastive. emoticon emoticon Thanks for the smiles.

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SINGINGLADY47 8/15/2014 2:18PM

    emoticon Thank you. Not feeling super good today. H/R is 48 bpm. And what do I want to do. ..................EAT!!!!! Thanks, I needed this blog. Have a blessed evening and weekend, my dear friend. Hugs, Judy

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SDEHNKE 8/15/2014 12:51PM

    Very creative. Loved it.

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TINY67 8/15/2014 12:22PM

    Good Blog.

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MAVERICKDR 8/15/2014 11:33AM

    This makes perfect sense. Thanks! I just eliminated a rodent from my garage last week for the reasons you described. My cat didn't help though because he's not allowed in the garage since he would put holes in my convertible top. The mice know this. emoticon

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MAYBER 8/15/2014 11:22AM

    thank you for sharing your humor enjoyed it
God bless one day at a time
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  great blog

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Almost Monday!!! Let's Have a Laugh!

Friday, August 08, 2014



Its' almost Monday! Instead of droning, let's have a good laugh! After all, isn't laughter GOOD medicine!?



And try not to bother those of us who are still sane!!"



Some things just have to be spelled out! emoticon





I'm scared .......... They're everywhere!



This guy needs to stay in bed!



Remember on Monday's ............ Laugh your way through it! Stay happy!



Hmmph!!! If you say so .......... (Thanks for reading friends!) emoticon

  
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SONGBIRDPAULA 8/25/2014 6:00AM

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Thank you so much for sharing this… I really needed the cheer this morning!

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SHARON10002 8/18/2014 10:47PM

    I'm a little behind on reading your blogs, but will catch up now!
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OHANAMAMA 8/14/2014 10:19AM

    emoticon The serenity "prayer" reminds me of another I like...

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I cannot accept,
And the wisdom to hide the bodies of those people
I had to kill today because they pissed me off.

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Some days the only thing that keeps me from doing that is because I don't think I'd do well in prison!!

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1BEACHWALKER 8/13/2014 8:32PM

    :D

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LOVINGKATE 8/12/2014 10:17AM

  Funny! Just a little behind, today is Wednesday. Have a great hump day. emoticon

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LACEYKYLE 8/11/2014 6:37PM

    emoticon funnies!! Good way to get through a Monday!! I'm a little late!

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CAT-IN-CJ 8/11/2014 11:01AM

    love the funnies! you never cease to bring a smile to my day!

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SMILINGEYES2 8/11/2014 7:31AM

    Cute.

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FOUNDER3 8/10/2014 6:45PM

    Thanks so much for the pic me ups! Love laughing, and thanks for that.

Have a great week, my friend.

Bonnie

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52BINCE 8/10/2014 11:28AM

    Had to read this blog again as I needed a sunday laugh cause Mondays comin!!!!!!!!

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IMEMINE1 8/10/2014 9:42AM

    SWEET! emoticon

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NASFKAB 8/10/2014 7:35AM

  AWESOME GREAT WONDERFUL

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CIERAPOET 8/10/2014 3:44AM

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I actually really did woke up one day and had 37 new friends (according to the number FB showed) and I have no idea how that happened lol Thanks for pumping our hearts up with laughter which is the BEST medicine!
Blessings!
Deb
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GRATEFUL_DAWN 8/9/2014 11:33PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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GENRE009 8/9/2014 12:53PM

    Well put together, although it didn't make me laugh, but think! eva

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LEANMEAN2 8/9/2014 9:42AM

    Thanks for sharing some good smiles!

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MARYJOANNA 8/9/2014 5:15AM

  Adorable!

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 8/9/2014 5:12AM

   

emoticon emoticon emoticon I'm always laughing, you know me

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/9/2014 3:39AM

    emoticon emoticon blog! Just what I needed to help cheer me up! emoticon

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FLEMIDG 8/8/2014 11:43PM

    Thanks for brightening my day. Have a wonderful weekend.

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BLITZEN44 8/8/2014 10:52PM

    "It's all right. He can't read." LOL! Too funny! emoticon

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    we accept smart people and those who are not and all in between emoticon

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SPEDED2 8/8/2014 9:57PM

    The "I see dumb people" is fall--in-the-floor-laughing funny!! Nice way to end the week. Thanks for sharing.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 8/8/2014 8:06PM

    Happy Friday!

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52BINCE 8/8/2014 7:40PM

    Laughter is always the best medicine!!!!! Your humor and all that you are is why I am so happy we are together forever as lovers n friends n husband n wife...... You rock 2B.......

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    Happy Friday

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/8/2014 3:51PM

    Fun!

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    Too funny!!!!! You've made my Friday. Thank you and emoticon

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YVETTEB57 8/8/2014 3:23PM

    emoticon My favorite is the Serenity Prayer. I've seen some great variations on that!

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1MORNINGWALKER 8/8/2014 1:35PM

    emoticon emoticon Great smiles and laughs, thanks for stopping by my blog, nice I got you to smile too.
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STEPBYSTEP1955 8/8/2014 1:00PM

    emoticon Thanks for adding some fun to the start of my weekend. Enjoy your weekend.

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PJB145 8/8/2014 12:30PM

    Nice to end my work week with a smile. Thanks. emoticon

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DESERTDREAMERS 8/8/2014 12:27PM

    Big grins this morning

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WATERMELLEN 8/8/2014 11:52AM

    Definitely needed the laffs: thanks!

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PFERG66 8/8/2014 11:36AM

    I've got to go with "I see dumb people"!!
They are all over our highways around these parts.

You're the best, Jan! Have a wonderful (literally) relaxing weekend.
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BAMAJAM2 8/8/2014 11:30AM

  Laughing feels so good-- !!!!
Happy, joyful weekend to you!
(. . . and thank you!)

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MOMMY445 8/8/2014 11:28AM

    thanks for the smiles,laughs and for sharing this amazing blog!

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