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June 5th is 40 yrs

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Today DH and I have been married 40 yrs. I was 17 when we met (about to turn 18) and we were 20 when we married. Now we are 4 kids and 5 grandchildren down the road. We have owned four homes, lived in three states and the US Virgin Islands. Our greatest gift has been learning the Truth and living it together, serving Jehovah "shoulder to shoulder" and raising our children to do the same. We were baptized together June 1, 1975 in the Natick Assembly Hall, Natick, Massachusetts.

We don't usually exchange gifts, but this year I finally purchased for DH a long desired metal detector . I can already tell he likes is ten minutes to seven a.m. and he is out playing with it in the yard. I can also already tell it is likely to drive me crazy with the "tone" it makes with each find. Guess I will know where he least until he has searched all the area within earshot. lol. I can hear that he has already worked his way all the way around the house. We live in a house that has been in my family since the 1820's, so I am sure there will be all sorts of buried treasures for him to find. He is especially interested in several local cemeteries where my ancestors are buried.

I pray that Jehovah will continue to bless our union...and that we will see the new system together.

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MOMMYNURSE 6/12/2011 3:11PM

    How in the WORLD did I miss this? Guess my head's been in the sand lol.

A belated CONGRATS to you and hubby! So happy for you. I think marriages get so much better as they age and both people mature and grow!

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LOVINGMYSELF101 6/6/2011 2:52PM

    Congratulations Asta and Bruce! WOW 40 years! I will have to send you a belated Anniversary card! My anniversary is June 8th, next year will be 10 years for us.

(Proverbs 31:12) . . .She has rewarded him with good, and not bad, all the days of her life.

Agape, -Rose

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AJCHARTERS 6/6/2011 10:52AM

    I hope your anniversary was wonderful. Congratulations. Thanks for sharing your story with us too. emoticon

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TREVUG 6/5/2011 10:00PM

    Such a joy to have come into the truth together. What a blessing.

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    Jehovah will indeed bless you and your efforts. emoticon emoticon

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GAMOMMY3 6/5/2011 4:36PM

    Thanks for sharing your story Asta. It is wonderful that you both came into the Truth together. What wonderful memories! And here's to a beautiful future together in Paradise!

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CELEST 6/5/2011 11:53AM

    Wonderful 40 going on 4000 and beyond!

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MARIE4950 6/5/2011 11:39AM

    Happy anniversary. Hope you have a grand day.

Love You emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Wish I could send you on a trip.

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I.M.MAGIC 6/5/2011 11:19AM

    emoticon Forty years is quite an accomplishment in this day and age!

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RASCALSMOMMA 6/5/2011 9:46AM

    Congratulations my friends! Many HUGS! May Jehovah give you ALL the time together that you desire! HUGS Laurie

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NCFITCHICK 6/5/2011 8:45AM

    Congratulations! 40 years is a beautiful accomplishment. And yes, may Jehovah continue to bless you!
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REGILIEH 6/5/2011 8:10AM

    A lovely story. Congratulations!

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Just start off stupid.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

I always think of new months as a fresh start. I sometimes look forward to them eagerly.

Today, the first of the month, also coincided with the Sr. Discount Day at Kroger...I can't afford not to take advantage of 10% off all my I was out the door by six am. Home by 8:30. BUT I had already, even after talking with myself about unhealthy choices, gotten a McDonald's chicken biscuit and diet coke. emoticonWHAT? emoticon I keep telling myself "never again" for they just are not as good as they used to be and they are terrible for us to eat...but every once in a while, I stupidly choose to go astray anyway. NOT an auspicious start. emoticon I have just about kicked the diet coke habit...but occasionally indulge in that when I am "out".

Ahhhh..but it gets worse. Unloading all the groceries...I "sampled" the small box of Belgian chocolate cookies that I got with a store coupon (DH never got any of these, but HE has no weight problems, so he can have treats like this now and then). Sample...nah. I ate the whole thing (four servings!) emoticon That on top of the stupid chicken biscuit AND diet coke.

I did get out and mow for an hour after all that. I probably won't be hungry till dinner. I have to wonder whatever possessed me to even want to eat that stuff...on my first day of a new month...when I was going to enjoy a fresh start.

Well, the damage is done. The "fresh start" starts noon instead of in the morning. I may have started out stupid, but I don't have to stay there!

Hope everyone ELSE has a great fresh start this June 1st! emoticon

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MARIE4950 6/5/2011 11:41AM

    What is 10% on kroger day??? send info. emoticon

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CELEST 6/4/2011 4:22PM

    I recommend another session of dancing with hubby emoticon

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RASCALSMOMMA 6/4/2011 9:17AM

    Hey Asta, You think you cornered the market on "stupid" eating??! Sorry Kiddo, thats why we are here!! I know this is a few days old but I also know that you CAN and DO eat healthy! HUGS to you. I resubscribed cuzI missed this one!! emoticon

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BBGYRL4 6/2/2011 7:35AM

    Don't beat yourself up! We're not perfect so we all make mistakes, the important thing is that you start fresh again and not let that ruin all the hard work you've already put in. You got this!!

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    Asta, yours is mild compared to my lousy eating yesterday. Lets just say, I ate a whole bag of barbeque chips all by myself. We all do things like this every so often. So, don't look back, tomorrow is another day.

Enjoy tonight emoticon emoticon

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BOOKWERME 6/1/2011 5:42PM

    Thanks for the support, my friends. I don't think of my self as stupid...just what I did this morning...and with an added mishap this afternoon. Argghh. I hate that those kinds of things seem to build on each other. ***sigh*** Hopefully, I have it out of my system now. As Michelle said...out of the way for this month. LOL (I WISH!).

Love you all!! Thanks again. emoticon

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TREVUG 6/1/2011 4:06PM

    Yeah. You had a moment of weakness, but you handled it in a very fine way. The thing we don't want to do is let that sort of thing take over. You could have easily said, "Well, that's it." and just kept going, but you didn't. Good for you!!!!!

Oh, yeah...and I have hit myself in the head with my hand a few times too. LOL

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MSAXON94 6/1/2011 3:20PM

    Look at it this way Asta, you were just getting the "stupid" (as you say) out of the way for the month!!! Now you can go about your month with no mishaps.


Have a great month!

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GAMOMMY3 6/1/2011 2:23PM

    I love you Asta!!! So many times I have had to make fresh starts throughout the day! But the important thing is to keep going!

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NCFITCHICK 6/1/2011 1:51PM

    You're far from stupid, my friend ... you're human! We all have mishaps. 1 step back, 2 steps forward (not exactly how that goes but it's how I like to look at it). emoticon Anyway, you've made the decision to move ahead and that's the important part. emoticon emoticon

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Beyonce is trying to get kids moving.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I was reading about cellulose in our diets...and then followed a link that led me to this:

I could do without the flag waving part, but otherwise thought this was something kids would be drawn to. Hope her effort bears results.

I couldn't understand all the words..but sure did get the point. I have seen videos of toddlers trying to imitate some of her other song/videos. This should get bigger kids going!

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CELEST 5/24/2011 3:18PM

    Wow that's some energy output for sure.

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BBGYRL4 5/23/2011 9:09AM

    I love that beyonce did this! I can totally do without the flag waving too, other then that it's really fun to dance to, we did this in Zumba.

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AMJSATURN 5/22/2011 6:58PM

    emoticon love those moves

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GODZDESIGN95 5/19/2011 8:47AM

    Girl got moves!! Loving those green socks. That looks fun. She made it look fun!!!! that lunch room will never be the same. LOL! Neither will boy she hugged emoticon

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BOOKWERME 5/19/2011 7:49AM

    I think anything that makes exercise fun is a good idea. I understand that T-Tapp is also being used in some schools...unlike the Beyonce thing, you don't need a lot of space to do T-Tapp. It is quick and easy, also.

Here is a link so some of the T-Tapp stuff:

Comment edited on: 5/19/2011 7:52:28 AM

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NCFITCHICK 5/19/2011 7:45AM

    I saw that video also and really liked it. She was asked by Michelle Obama to remake the original song to fit in with Michelle's fight against childhood obesity. Guess that's where the flag waving came in (I could do without that myself).

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/19/2011 1:40AM

    Hope it does. With the schools doing away with PE and most of the recesses mixed with horrible school food, their obesity rate is terrible.

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TREVUG 5/19/2011 12:50AM

    Oh, and I love her shoes. Want some. emoticon

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TREVUG 5/19/2011 12:46AM

    I saw this too and shared on fb one day. I agree about the flag waving, and like the idea that some people are trying to get kids moving. They just don't know what they are missing.

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Beginning Dance Class

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I wanted to document our beginning classes. Need to get a picture of our instructor also...but here are two pics Meredith took for us:

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MARIE4950 5/25/2011 12:43PM

    OOOOOHHHHHH I want to do this too!!!! Someday I think my hubby will come around. You look great.

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NCFITCHICK 5/17/2011 4:22PM

    Oh that looks like great fun! I hope you enjoy every minute of it! emoticon

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BOOKYETI 5/16/2011 3:50PM

    That looks like so much fun! Wish they offered something like that around here. I'd sign up in a sec, and persuade hubby to join in. hehe!

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BET212 5/14/2011 10:52PM

    I bet y'all had fun!

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CELEST 5/12/2011 4:08PM

    Oh that does look like fun and gives me a warm glow of memory from my kids days of dancing. I took dancing as a teen and LOVED it. My first hubby LOVED dancing and we did regularly, 2nd hubby toooooo shy, so thats pretty much the end of my dancing days.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/11/2011 11:43PM

    Awesome! Enjoy emoticon

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RASCALSMOMMA 5/11/2011 10:59PM

    Have fun!! HUGS

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THEEXERCISER 5/11/2011 5:06PM

    Looks like you had a great time!

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meat glue

Monday, May 09, 2011

I first heard of this a while ago..but today received an email with the following info. I thought others might find this interesting...and important!

Cow's blood enzyme used to glue food; raises health, faith issues
By Carol Forsloff.

The next time you eat chicken nuggets you might want to think again about what is used to mold the casing for it as it comes from cow’s blood which raises dietary questions as well as faith-based issues.
Vegetarians, vegans, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh-Day Adventists, Buddhists and Jews have taboos against the eating of meat, especially products made from animal blood. Not knowing what holds certain foods together has created consternation among health-conscious and religious groups, despite the fact that almost every country in Europe last year approved the use of meat glue or a substance called thrombian or transolutaminase. That is the meat blood enzyme that is used to hold together a variety of different foods.


This is the link to the video I initially saw:

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NCFITCHICK 5/17/2011 5:55PM

    Thank you for posting this. I just gives me the shivers to think of what they are doing with our food. It also makes me think seriously about vegetarianism. emoticon

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GAMOMMY3 5/17/2011 12:43PM

    Just heard about this the other day... emoticon
thanks for posting it.

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THEEXERCISER 5/11/2011 5:07PM

    thanks for the info

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BOOKWERME 5/10/2011 5:30PM

    Yes, AJ...I have seen that info also!

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AJCHARTERS 5/10/2011 1:30PM

    Oh yeah. Thanks for posting this too! emoticon

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AJCHARTERS 5/10/2011 1:29PM

    There is an article about this on Dr. Mercola's website too.

********He also says that nearly half of the meat in the US is tainted with drug-resistant bacteria.******* GROSS!!!


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AMJSATURN 5/10/2011 1:19AM

    hmmm, That is down right disgusting. I need to think about taken meat out of the diet!!!1 emoticon

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CELEST 5/10/2011 12:26AM

    That is SHOCKING. Its the first time I've ever seen something like that! My poor hubby has a particularly sensitive tummy and often ends up really sick with diarrhoea after eating out in restaurants or take out. Makes me think. Definitely going to show this to him. Going vegetarian looks more appealing by the minute.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/9/2011 10:35PM

    It was the second one as I watched it. It all makes you shudder.

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RASCALSMOMMA 5/9/2011 7:11PM

    Thanks for putting this in hon. It was sent to me and I could not watch the video. In the article I also read the comments. BEWARE. But it was only one. HUGS

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BOOKWERME 5/9/2011 6:55PM

    I think the wash is ammonia. Gross indeed.

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    I listened to it too and it is banned in some countries but not here. It means we have to be even more careful what kind of meat we buy. On Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, he showed another horrible process that meat especially the nuggets and hamburger goes through. All the parts are put through a wash of some type, can't remember what it was, and then formed into the nuggets and hamburger. YUCK!

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QUOOTIE 5/9/2011 5:41PM

    hmm, that IS interesting! thanks

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