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I love Gail!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Today my friend Gail and her daughter Abby headed back to St. Louis.

They arrived Wednesday...having driven through heavy rain much of the trip. We all went to meeting together that evening. JWs are family wherever they go!!!

Thursday brought very warm but windy weather most of the day. Abby got to meet my granddaughter and the two girls hit it off immediately. They are a year apart in age and about a foot apart in height. They really enjoyed some 4-wheeling out in the cow fields, romping all over the place and being active. All that gave Gail and me a chance to visit some! That night, heavy rain came through here...we got an inch or so. The temperatures dropped also. Because the girls behaved so well together, dgd got to spend the night here. Big treat for them both.

Friday, after a good breakfast, we all headed out to Shutterbelle photography. Amanda did a great job, including a couple of "girlfriend" shots.







Gail and Abby are both very photogenic!!!

After the photo session, ALL of us went to a new barbecue place for lunch...including Amanda, Ted and Andrew. After lunch, our gang made a dash through the grocery (found fresh turkeys for 29 cents a pound!!!) and then headed home. THANK YOU Gail for the lovely Italian dinner you prepared for all of us..including Katara's parents and brother. I am so glad Gail and Dianna got to meet and get acquainted. Shortly after our dinner, Amanda called to tell us that the photos are online (not all are edited). Wow..that was fast!

So now, Gail and Abby are en route home. The linens are washed and ready for our next visitors, whomever that might be. I was up waaaay too early this morning so I am not in high gear right this minute but will shortly go out to walk in this beautiful, chilly weather.

  
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MARIE4950 12/2/2010 2:56PM

    I am thrilled you got to meet each other. I would love to have that picture of you two. Thanks for letting us in on your visit. Love you both
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BOOKWERME 11/27/2010 7:53PM

    Thanks for all the comments.

re:turkey - I bought two large turkeys..20+ lbs each@ 29 cents per pound. One cost 5.56 and the other 6.30 for a savings of $53.00 and change. I wish I could have bought one for everyone!

re: the pics online Shutterbelle.com and then go to albums, look for Gail and Abby. Hope Gail won't mind me sharing where to look. Most of the pics have not had any editing.

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CINA-MINI 11/27/2010 7:15PM

    Asta, Thank you for sharing those great pics. The two little girls look like long time friends. I love being in such a fantastic organization that we can have true brothers and sisters. As the last two WT articles showed, it's our love that separates us from the rest of the world and at the same time unites us a brotherhood.

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SHARISHORTCAKE 11/27/2010 6:54PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your visit with us! The pictures are beautiful! emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 11/27/2010 6:49PM

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing everything with us including the pictures!
Couldn't find them on line.

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GAMOMMY3 11/27/2010 5:58PM

    Sounds like a wonderful visit! Great pics too. The little girls are adorable. Isn't it great to have true brothers and sisters all over the world? What a blessing!

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CELEST 11/27/2010 4:20PM

    Sounds like a wonderful time, and you are so right about JW's being family no matter where you go.
Ps that price of the turkey was fabulous. I did some calculating and this is what I got. The cheapest I can buy chicken here in SA is R16.99pkg which is 2.37 us dollars.
So your 29c sounds incredible.

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Who'd have thought it?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

We met on Sparkpeople...we share special interests and mutual friends. She lives in one city and state...I live in a different "city" and state. We joined the same SP team. We enjoy chatting. We got acquainted.

Today..we are spending the day together...she arrived w/daughter along yesterday. We are having a wonderful time. We will enjoy tomorrow together and then hate to part on Saturday when they leave to head home.

Who'd have thought it?

First I met Shari Lu, then Sharon and Sheila. Then Michelle...and now Gail.
We met online and became friends..then met in person. WHAT FUN!

  
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SHARISHORTCAKE 11/26/2010 7:06PM

    I'm so glad you're having such a nice time! I hope you will have some pictures to share for those of us who WISH we could be there with you?? emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 11/26/2010 4:35PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I would love to be there too. Have a wonderful time and get pictures! We want to see.

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CELEST 11/26/2010 3:29PM

    How absolutely wonderful. Sigh one day I will meet all of you dear people too.

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ALMYEARTHLYBEST 11/26/2010 10:50AM

    emoticon Awww, Asta, WISH I WAS THERE! (sigh)

But SO VERY HAPPY to hear of you and Gail meeting up in person! It's always such a blessing to get to know our sisters this way too!

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GAMOMMY3 11/25/2010 11:31PM

    Very cool!

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DANCINGJILL 11/25/2010 11:06PM

    Good for you! Making new friends is always an awesome feeling!

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HEIDIB2935 11/25/2010 10:44PM

    Awesome!

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Triumph on the cemetery trek!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

This has nothing to do with Sparkpeople, weight loss or fitness. Just a human interest thing that a few of my friends expressed interest in. I am learning how to work with photos from my computer.

Last week, my husband finally found my gggggrandfather's grave.


This is Bruce and my Aunt Ceacy with the grave.


William Malone was born in 1803 and died in August of 1847.

  
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DELIAF1 11/24/2010 10:23PM

    My hubby's a photographer check out fiadphotography.com!! Happy Thanksgiving. Blessings to you!


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BOOKWERME 11/23/2010 4:55PM

    I find it interesting that Bruce had visited this cemetery before...but hadn't found this slab. Apparently, it was very overgrown with vines and leaves etc. He is eager to explore more.

Bruce, Ceacy and Billy have located quite a few of the family gravesites. Billy has photos of many of the headstones.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 11/23/2010 4:40PM

    Very interesting. I have pictures of my ggggrandparents & families head stones

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BOOKWERME 11/23/2010 4:33PM

    This grave is in the Hoover Family Cemetary...not terribly far from where we live. It is not on our farm. Billy Malone married Mariah Hoover...so it makes sense for him to be buried there. There is a later family cemetery just up the road from us. One of Billy and Mariah's children died as a very small child. We are still trying to find the child's grave and where Mariah was buried..but now that we know where Billy is, the others should be nearby. We shall see eventually I hope.

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CELEST 11/23/2010 4:31PM

    Is the grave on the farm where you live Asta?

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I like that thought!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Nancy Howard posted a blog today that I enjoyed reading. She titled it: Every Finish Should Be Celebrated.

I am not a runner. I wasn't paying close attention to what she was talking about, but then she said this:

"...this journey isn't about being perfect. It isn't about being a perfect weight. It isn't about being a perfect size. It isn't about eating a perfect diet day in and day out. It isn't about what I own or how much I earn. This journey isn't about finishing a race in a certain time. It isn't even about outdoing ourselves.

But what this journey IS about is celebrating life with others."

I LIKE THAT THOUGHT!

I really don't care what I weigh, but I DO want to change my physical shape and I DO want to be healthy. It all goes hand in hand.

So, THANKS to Nancy for her blog post today.

  
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BOOKYETI 11/25/2010 11:58AM

    Great thoughts, sis! Thanks for sharing. :)

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ONLYTEMPORARY 11/21/2010 5:18PM

    That is a great post. I didn't read it through either. So glad you posted it here.

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CELEST 11/21/2010 3:44PM

    Isn't that just such a lovely thought. Gives you courage and hope to actually keep going. I really love it too!!

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up days down days...all in one day

Friday, November 19, 2010

Today was absolutely gorgeous. I had so much planned for my day at home. I had even turned down an invitation to go on some family history hunting....DH went with one of my distant cousins and my aunt....all digging into family genealogy.
They got a late start...but finally got underway. I needed to concentrate on housecleaning projects.

MY day got started early...I decided to bake zucchini bread so my house would smell wonderful and I could use up those last few zukes. I stupidly tripled the recipe in my big stand mixer and made a huge mess. Nice bunch of zucchini bread DID make the house smell nice...but I had a lot more clean up.

Once the explorers finally left, I got going...and going and going. I feel like I will never manage to organize all the stuff I am trying to wade through. I don't handle paper well...to say the least. I DID pretty well but still am not done, but I digress.

Around 11 am, my dd IMd me to tell me that neighborhood dogs had just killed her beloved three-legged cat. She is grief stricken. We loved that cat. I didn't find the message until about one pm.

Then around two my husband called. HE was so excited...he has solved a mystery that has been bothering him for some time...the location of the graves of my gggggrandparents! Today, he located my gggggrandfather's grave. This is a biggy for the genealogy gang!

I got a lot done today, but not enough. Have had intense sadness and grief for my daughter's loss....and excitement and delight at my husband's big "find".

I did squeeze in my usual exercise...did eat well through the day though stumbled some tonight. I REALLY enjoyed the weather.

So, up day, down day...all in one day! (can you tell I have been reading to a toddler a lot lately!!)


  
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ONLYTEMPORARY 11/20/2010 3:33PM

    Asta, you got in a lot of work even if there is still more to do. I posted about geneology on her page too. How to start and how to not let it take you over doing it because it is really interesting and fun to do.

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BOOKWERME 11/20/2010 3:02PM

    Loves2Walk1, I posted the following on your Sparkpage, but thought here would be a good place to repeat it.

RE: Genealogy, I have NO idea how one starts...I suppose by writing down what you know already. My family has been researching family history for some time...long before I became involved. We purchased "the old home place"from my great grandparents estate in 1980...it has been in my family since the 1820s. The log part was built when George Washington was president!!! THAT is how we got interested and involved. My children are 8th generation and now their children are living on the land, if not in the same house! I know that people really into this search dig through records, search for cemeteries...lots of things like that. My husband has been to the county archives, the library and cemeteries in the area....along with the folks who have been in pursuit of info far longer.

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LOVE2WALK1 11/20/2010 1:10PM

    I'm sorry about your daughter's loss. I am very attached to my dog, and can't imagine how grieved I'll be when her time comes emoticon

I didn'know you are into geneology. How do you get started looking up your ancesters? I am sure intrigued!

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