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DH's birthday and Mary drove home for it!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

WOW, I have a 61 year old husband! He is soooooo fit though; still has that same cute butt he had 31 years ago......still looks good in his jeans!!!!! emoticon He ran his 40' run this morning too!

Mary drove home last night, and he was very surprised; it was raining and she parked her car in our circular drive; put her umbrella to cover her face and rang the bell, and was he surprised!!!!!! So glad as it was soooo hard to keep it a secret! She made him a low fat red velvet cake with egg whites and applesauce in place of the oil!!! I can't wait to try that later on tonight. Well, we're off to a restaurant for lunch to celebrate his big day!!!!!

I am lector tonight at mass and we are taking him to his very favorite restaurant, Famous Dave's! He loves the ribs! I will have the broasted chicken and I think it's called pulled pork!

Everyone, enjoy the weekend; try to keep it a healthy one too! I am really going to try to too!!

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. Buddha

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NIGHTSTAR777 8/31/2009 7:12PM

    Happy birthday for your DH.

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    Happy belated birthday to your DH! What a great surprise for him! I hope you all had a great celebration last night!

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LINDA! 8/29/2009 8:59PM

    Sounds like a very fun birthday celebration!!!

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BETRME100 8/29/2009 8:54PM

    What a great way to spend your jusband's birthday...wonderful surprise for him!!

Yeah, I'm curious about that 40' run too...


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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/29/2009 12:57PM

    Well that is wonderful!
I'm glad he was so surprised.
You say he ran his 40' run is that like up the street or a few houses? Just curious.
You ahve a great weekend as well.

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Day 13.......90# spinal decompression

Friday, August 28, 2009

WOW......I got all strapped in and my dr. pushed it up to 90#!!!! It really is not painful at all during the decompression....just a stretching type of case any of you were wondering; I have not even had to ice yet today!!!!! My sis-in-law called me and she suggested I get an ergo sit helps to correct your posture. Here is the phone # 1-800-438-7661. It is 29.95 + $10.00 shipping, and I just ordered one; I'll let you know more about it when I receive it. I would pay almost anything to get well; this gal is a really neat sis-in-law who unfortunately does not live near me. She lives in Sun Valley, but she too has undergone the spinal decompression and swears by it after undergoing epidurals, acupunture and other remedies! If you google search ergo sit, you can find out more about it too.

Tomorrow is DH's birthday and my daughter is driving out this afternoon to surprise him! I can't wait. He knows NOTHING about this, cuz yesterday he got several cards in the mail, and I said "Gee, I wonder if Mary remembered your birthday.....oh well she has a couple of more days!!!!!" I made some very low fat brownies from a mix.......adding ff jello pudding instead of the oil, 4 egg whites instead of 2 eggs and 1/4 C. water. Mary loves brownies; the smell was driving me crazy, and yes I did have ONE!!!!!! I had to make sure they were edible!!!!!!

The key to loving how you live is knowing what it is you truly love. Think of one thing that would give you a genuine moment of pleasure today and do it. Sarah Ban Breathnach (NOTHING EDIBLE, OK!!!!!!!??????) emoticon

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GIRLHALFFULL 8/28/2009 11:23PM

    The pillow sounds good, the brownies even better but the best part will be the surprise. Enjoy and wish him a Happy Birthday from all us Sparkers.

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NIGHTSTAR777 8/28/2009 4:32PM

    It is always nice to have children come home. If I have just PRIVET TO MAMA from my son in his e-mail to dad then I shine all day around.

I am looking how you are doing. I very impressed in all treatment you do have. It is nice you post all in your blog. Please do not take them off.

Have good weekemd with your family DH & DD. Happy Birthday for your DH

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/28/2009 4:27PM

    Oh boy! I can't wait to hear how surprised he was when he learns Mary is here. Be sure to let me know.

Wish him Hwppy birthday from Debbie.

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BO42SOX 8/28/2009 3:41PM

    Let us know how DH reacts,what a wonderful surprise!! So glad the decompression is going so well Barbara,The Power of Prayer!! Have a wonderful weekend my Friend,God Bless-hugs-Kathleen

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Happiness is a choice

Thursday, August 27, 2009

There are days when I just don't feel happy, and I have to make up my mind to be.....especially when I don't feel too well....with my back issues. NOT a day goes by where I don't ice my back! Maybe some day; I'm praying for that but I think that has a lot to do on days I just don't feel like being happy, but I read this from my Power for Life daily devotional....words from the Robert Schuller family and this one is from his son, Robert Anthony Schuller.

"Happiness isn't a state of's a state of consciousness. It's an intention decision you and I make.

I was raised in a very positive home. In the mornings, we all had breakfast together. These breakfast were a perfect way to send us off to conquer the worlds. They always included a time of devotions where we would sing a song, read the Bible, and recite a poem. One of the poems we recited together went like this:

I'm going to be happy today, though the skies may be cloudy or gray. No matter what comes my way, I'm going to be happy today.

Happiness is a CHOICE we make and choosing happiness makes life more fun!!! Whether you married or single, rich or poor, you can still be HAPPY. It's up to you. Choose happiness today!"

I think part of being happy or choosing to be is getting rid of junk food that makes us unhappy. OK, it makes us happy for a really short time; we eat whatever it is that we think makes us happy, then the crash comes and the guilt. We look down at our stomachs or thighs or whatever your trouble spot is and do we feel happy then????? I don't think so! So please, to help you get happy, think healthy and visualize the new you with a slimmer body. I think we have to actually see ourselves in our mind too eating that piece of fruit, veggie, and getting through the day without the junk........that makes us junky and unhappy.

Choose happiness........even if you really don't feel happy right now

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NIGHTSTAR777 8/28/2009 4:35PM


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TKT123 8/28/2009 12:14PM

    I also choose to be happy today..many days I also am not happy for one reason or another...but today I choose to be happy...hugs, Trudy

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EMMASMART 8/28/2009 11:22AM

    I choose happiness today.. There is much to complain about but more to be joyful about.

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 8/27/2009 10:21PM

    Great message Barbara! Happiness is a choice.....making that choice every day is something most of us need to work on.

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GR8VIEWS 8/27/2009 8:26PM

    Really enjoyed your post. Thank you!

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LINDA! 8/27/2009 8:15PM

    Wonderful post, Barbara.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/27/2009 4:07PM

    I really enjoyed yoru blog.
thanks Barbara

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ALICIA214 8/27/2009 2:25PM


Cant beat the power of positive thinking , it is half the battle .
Thank you for reinforcing those beliefs.

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JAZZLILIES 8/27/2009 2:15PM

  This is SO true! I ask my 5 year old all the time "What kind of day do you want to have?" I have explained this way of life to her many many times. She has taken after her mama and is very emotional and I am trying my best to teach her now what I didn't learn until I was in my 20's. Are you going to get upset that it's raining today or are you going to put on your rain clothes and go splash around in the puddles and laugh!!

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MARJIJANE 8/27/2009 2:14PM

    Happy to me is defeating the Food Demon every day! I refuse to give him the power to dampen my spirits with temptations and doubt!

My mother always said that there are two kinds of people in the world...

1... Those who wake and say " Good morning, God!"
2... Those who wake and say "Good God... it's morning!"

I choose to draw my daily line by trying to be a number one. With that, my positive attitude keeps me stronger and happier... and it all starts with a choice. Does that say it all?

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    Wow! That was very powerful.

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SUPERKARA 8/27/2009 2:02PM

    great post!

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WOW.......85# on the spinal decompression yesterday.....

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Man, I really felt a great pull yesterday afternoon with the 85# pull!!! Dr. told it would probably be 90 on Friday! Bring it on!!!!!!

This morning was my 55+ group board meeting! It lasted almost 3 hours. I went to mass first, actually rosary was being said, and I joined in. I always feel calm when I recite my rosary and included family, friends, Spark friends during my rosary time. Anyway, back to the meeting. It was long, but we covered a lot of ground, upcoming meetings, trips, Christmas party and looking into 2010 and planning dates there too!!!!

It is raining here today, washing all the dust away and greening things up once again. I actually the rain and the sound of it on the deck, cuz I have my slider open! The birds are even singing!!!

Blessings to all of you!!!

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built. unknown

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NIGHTSTAR777 8/27/2009 1:42PM

    "Bring it on" Nice to have that.

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LOULOUBELLE2 8/27/2009 11:18AM

    Hey, Girl, your catching up with me. My high pull was 90 and it felt soooo good. Hard to believe, but it did.
Your making it and you'll be happy you did it. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

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LINDA! 8/26/2009 9:36PM

    Hope you are on your way to being pain free....

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/26/2009 3:40PM

    85#'s woo hoo! this should be pushing that disc back into place.

Like you, I love watching birds. i sit outside and watch as they take seed from the bird houuse I ahve hanging from the deck ceiling. It's turned to Fall indeed here.

But we still ahve all the windows open.

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GIRLHALFFULL 8/26/2009 1:19PM

    I love the "Bring it on" remark! Love the smell and sound of the rain as well. Something very calming and happy peaceful about it.


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I feel fall in the air

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

It is a beautiful morning here, but I do feel fall is right around the corner, and that is one of my favorite times of year........the crispy mornings, the beautiful changing color of the trees!

Today will be #13 on the decompression table......with 7 more to go after that! So, 20 in all! I am having it this afternoon cuz I have a board meeting tomorrow after mass around 9AM! I am the president of this group at my church 55+ club.....right now it is called Senior Fellowship Network, and I DO NOT like that name.....makes me think of "old" people, so that is one of the things I want to change, but it has to go for a vote! That will be next month at our first meeting. I became president, when in our church bulletin, it would be phased out if no one came forward, and I just did not want to see that happen, but I have a great group helping me out, a good VP, 2 co secretaries, 2 co social chairs, and a treasurer. Also, our facilitator is a huge help; he is paid staff, but he has been doing this for years, so his input is invaluable.

Keep smiling........look in the mirror when you do......then frown; which one looks prettier!!!!!!?????????? emoticon or emoticon I know which one most of you will pick!!!!!!! ( I hope anyway)!!!!! emoticon

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TKT123 8/26/2009 12:35AM

    You will be a wonderful president...good for you...hugs, T

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LOULOUBELLE2 8/25/2009 7:10PM

    Hope that session went well today. I'm sure it did.
I am back again, for at least a day or so. You knew I'd check in on you to see how your doing. Sounds as if your up and at them. GREAT....Must read your other blogs to see how you and DH's visit with Mom went.
My DH is finally home and I'm so glad not to be running to the hospital. He's resting comfortably, a blessing from God indeed.
Having a eye procedure the end of the week, but that will only slow me down for a day or so. Thank God for my girls, they'll have to play nurse to Both DH and I.
Talk to you later.

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VISUALLYRICS 8/25/2009 5:10PM

    I LOVE Fall emoticon emoticon stormy weather.........lots of need to bring colorful umbrellas out! emoticon lots of excuses to celebrate with ' tea'! emoticon

I hope your meeting goes well today & thank you for being such an active leader........I appreciate YOU!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/25/2009 5:03PM

    Not only does the smile look prettier it burns calories! LOL
So you are almost done. 7 more treatments. I'm so anxious to see what the prognosis is. I'm praying no pain.
Good day to you my friend.

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GIRLHALFFULL 8/25/2009 3:30PM

    Glad your visit with your Mom was nice and happy to hear that you are finding a way through your therapy. Having the right attitude and outlook is half the battle and you are doing great on this.

Curious on the church group... What name would you choose or are there any ideas floating around for a change if you could? Do tell... would love to hear what you have.

Have a great week and smiles your way.

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NORMA/MAC 8/25/2009 10:13AM

    hi good luck on your name change norma

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    Hope your treatment goes well this afternoon Madame President. Did you take this on before or after your treatments started????

I try to go around always like this- emoticon That is why my Mom called me Pollyanna Sunshine. emoticon And also I tried to find the good side of everything.

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RANDYB 8/25/2009 9:34AM

    Would you send some of that to us?

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