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It's no wonder girls and women feel fat.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Several times over the past few days I have come across the following story online.

'Plus-sized' model Robyn Lawley posts unedited, makeup-free bikini selfies

My question is: "How the heck is she considered 'plus sized'? It's no wonder girls and women are starving themselves.

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LIVINGFREE19 7/27/2014 10:54PM

    She doesn't look plus sized to me either!

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DEE107 7/27/2014 12:12AM

    oh my overweight ugh

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FRAN0426 7/26/2014 5:53PM

    She is over weight? Now I feel like a beached whale. When will we start seeing what they call plus sized models being more the norm. There isn't very many girls or women as skinny as the photo shopped pictures---that is why we get anorexic females. Now when I was young I was that skinny, just couldn't put weight on---now I have the worst time continue losing every week. Down a couple then up a couple even using to systems to follow

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NEWMEISHERE 7/26/2014 4:03PM

    Media has created a plastic fantastic type image for young females and women to live upto and even our children are becoming sexualised far too fast in my opinion.
A video that has been on facebook quite a bit over the years is

this shows what goes on in the model world and is something I think every female needs to remember
We are all beautiful in our own way no matter what 2we look like.

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ATOXICSPARKLE 7/26/2014 3:08PM

    Agree, photoshop and industry standards are wreaking havoc on women's perceptions of themselves.

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/26/2014 2:42PM

    She is probably tall and large boned. Compared to someone very petite, and small boned, she will look bigger. However, she isn't over weight. I am glad the awareness
is getting out there though, thanks to people like her. Not everybody is stick thin, and that is ok.

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TERRY631 7/26/2014 2:20PM

    Sigh* I completely agree with's a standard that is ridiculous. Photoshopping has made it even worse.

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CHUBRUB3 7/26/2014 2:15PM

    I hear you!!
She is beautiful! Totally.
Society has become unrealistic.

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Random pictures and one for CODEMAULER

Friday, July 18, 2014

I forgot to add a picture for my Spark friend CODEMAULER yesterday so here it is plus a few random ones from my picture folder.

CODEMAULER: I can picture you and the hubster camping in this tent!

Blueberries starting to ripen at work.

A favorite quote!

Got a good laugh with this one!

My favorite entertainer!

Me and the loves of my life - Tyler, Mike and Troy!

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KENDRACARROLL 7/21/2014 7:01PM

    Ha! I'm so behind! Just went to post on your Thursday blog and woops, there already is a new one, so I'll post to that instead.
Keeping fingers crossed on your possible promotion at work. It sounds like you have an awesome job, wearing many hats, and managing it well.
Thanks for sharing your pics. Great looking family!

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DEE107 7/19/2014 1:12AM

    great family picture thanks for sharing love the tent

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CODEMAULER 7/18/2014 7:25PM

    Just shared the photo with Patrick (aka The Hubster); loves the photos!!

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CHUBRUB3 7/18/2014 3:54PM

Loved this.

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LAURIEMN 7/18/2014 2:14PM

    What a great picture of you surrounded by a gaggle of handsome men! I wonder if it is time to head out into the woods and see if there are berries? Don't you just love, love, love this weather?!?


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CODEMAULER 7/18/2014 1:29PM

    All those photos are great! That tent looks like crazy fun. 'll be sure to share that when I get home.

It's so great to 'see what you see' with your camera. Thanks for including us in your adventures!

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MELYROD18 7/18/2014 12:48PM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 7/18/2014 12:24PM

    I love that last pic! Surrounded by your men! :)

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Catching up with old friends and family, fun and possible promotion at work, and roof troubles

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I am finding hard to believe that summer is about half over (according to my son’s school schedule anyway). It feels like only yesterday we were still shivering in the cold temperatures. But wait a minute – it did get down into the lower 40F degrees the other night. And, no I did not turn on the furnace!

Catching up with friends and family is common this time of the year. My hometown always holds a big 4th of July celebration, and reunions are typically planned around it. A cousin, his wife traveled from Arizona for their reunions, and brought their grandson along for the trip; my late best friend’s family was together, in front of the house they grew up in, for the 4th of July parade and we watched with them (had a couple moments close to tears, missing her so much); ran into many old friends and classmates walking around town after the parade; a former employee was visiting from Washington State and we were able to get together with three other former employees (from my days as a newspaper publisher) for a very long lunch; and next week Mike’s son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons (ages 1 & 3) will be staying with us for three days on their way back from Canada to Illinois. I am so looking forward to seeing those two little boys – their mom and dad too – and getting a chance to spoil them.

Me and the newspaper ladies. miss working with them - we had the best crew.

We are at our busiest time of the year at work. With so much of our research centered around “winter-hardiness” and what will survive in our zone as far as vegetables, fruit, wild rice and forestry, now is the time for planting. Our Animal Science program has welcomed 150 new Black Angus calves since early spring, and the agronomy department continues research on grasses and hay that benefit the health of the cattle. I am responsible for ordering supplies – anything from seeds up to a new John Deere tractor; updating our website and promotional material – including taking photos and design; doing accounting duties until the new accountant starts and is fully trained (which should be in early October); running the office; helping all departments in whatever they may need; and keeping the office up and running; planning staff social events; and helping to organize our annual Horticulture Day, which is an open house for the public to tour our gardens and learn more about our research in Horticulture; and many misc. duties. I love the variety and am happiest when busy. Last month my boss put in a request for a one-time (yearly) bonus and it was approved. Now he, my supervisor and I are filling out paper work to possible move me up in job classification, which would mean a raise. Not sure yet how big the raise would be. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Caught this cow trying to get into one of the research buildings. I wonder if she thought she could sneak in unnoticed!

Mamas taking care of their babies.

Flowers growing in our horticulture department.

What hasn’t kept me a happy camper is my roof situation. Last summer I agreed to let a co-worker replace the one-story portion of my roof. The two-story section of the house had a metal roof when I bought the house while the one-story was shingled and soon became apparent had been given a “band-aid” job in order to sell the house. In July, 2013 he finally made it over to measure, and I ordered the supplies he said I needed. Work didn’t start until November, and shortly after he rebuilt the roof eight feet back (due to rotting and the roof not being done right before) winter hit with a vengeance. He came over a few times throughout the winter and had it ready to install the metal and replace the fascia. We experienced water leaking in the entry way, hallway and bathroom when the snow melted, and then whenever rain fell. In late April and early May he finally installed most of metal, stopping most of the leaks. However, when we get a bad storm, water comes down the side of the chimney into my clothes closet. He hasn’t been over since mid-May and we have had many perfect roofing days. I had also asked him to finish a spot above the door that is open above the entry way ceiling (back in May) because I have had problems with hornets in the past. It wasn’t done and yesterday Mike called to inform me that a nest has been built somewhere above the ceiling. He and my youngest son took over the work and finished the installing the metal. When they got to the porch area, they noticed the hornets and couldn’t proceed there. They also discovered that he had me purchase over $400 in supplies that were not needed (special order sizes so they cannot be returned). To say that I am stressed over this would be quite the understatement. I anticipate a battle when he comes asking for money, making an uncomfortable working relationship. When asked over the last year why I have put up with all of this, I would answer “I have to work with him.” Now I am seeing things differently and saying that “he has to work with me.” Fortunately, we work together very little, but it still bothers me a lot.

I will be so happy when it is completed and we can move on to projects that needed to wait until the roof was done. My co-worker WILL NOT being doing any of that work!

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DSHRUBS3 7/18/2014 8:49AM

    It sounds like you had a great 4th of July! How fun to see so many people at the parade.

I really hope they move up your job classification so you can get a raise! It certainly sounds like you deserve it!

The roof situation your coworker has put you in sounds awful. Mike is a great guy and your son too for helping out with it. Good luck with that, but your coworker is in the wrong so you shouldn't feel bad.

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DEE107 7/18/2014 1:19AM

    hugs hornets oh my praying my friend

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FRAN0426 7/17/2014 11:04PM

    My goodness you have gotten a bad rap with the roof. Sorry to hear this, you do not want this fellow ever doing any repairs at your home ever again is understandable. As for the extra material he had you buy, when he come around to get some money remind of all the supplies you paid for that weren't necessary.
Will be crossing my fingers hopping that you get to move up and get a raise, sound like with all you do, giving you more pay would be in their best interest to keep you.
So glad you had a nice 4th of July, and a wonderful lunch with former workers too'
Love the pictures on you blog.

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CODEMAULER 7/17/2014 9:33PM

    It is always tough to do business with friends or family, no matter how good the intent.

Write it off and move forward, if that works. It's the only solution that I've ever been able to apply.


What fun and family warmth you have in the mix. Just know that everything passes; good times and bad. Grab the good stuff with both hands and fight like heck to make it last!!

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CHUBRUB3 7/17/2014 7:01PM

    Hugs Leanne.

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LAURIEMN 7/17/2014 6:00PM

    I'm so sorry about your roof project. That is way too long to be dealing with a roof project in this part of the country. As you know, I've been out of the loop here. Where are you working? A promotion would be a wonderful thing! I was also pleased to see you have a guy in your life and seem happy. It seems that in general, life has been treating you pretty well in my absence?!? Hope you have a great time with your little visitors!


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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 7/17/2014 5:58PM

    Sounds like you've had many lovely reunions!! You're lucky to have so many amazing people in your life. Have fun spoiling those boys!

What a roof nightmare! I'm sorry it has been such a stressful situation.

Amazing pics, as always!

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Wonderful weekend

Monday, June 23, 2014

The weather didn’t cooperate as well as I had hoped this past weekend, but it sure didn’t dampen the wonderful time I had. In fact, my youngest son and I embraced it and had a fun experience yesterday.

Mike, my son Troy and I spent a quiet Friday evening at home – light, easy dinner after work followed by a movie and early bedtime.

Mike had a meeting and then mowing at his mom’s, and Troy had to work until 3 p.m. on Saturday. I caught up with some friends via the phone, walked to the local antique mall to look around (amazingly didn’t buy anything), planted some newly purchased flowers and plants and re-painted the arbor that goes over my front sidewalk. Saturday evening we went to my sister’s house for a family gathering/birthday party. We had such a fun evening.

Yesterday Mike wanted to go visit his mom, who is recovering from surgery at a nursing facility in Duluth, so Troy and I went along. We dropped him off and spent a few hours by a chilly and foggy Lake Superior. Had we checked the weather, we would have known to dress warmer than we had to at home – 80 miles made a big difference in temperatures. The weather conditions didn’t keep us from enjoying our time. Troy skipped rocks on the lake – something he has done for most of his 16 years, while my trusty camera and me did our thing. We visited with Mike’s mom and a sister, went out for dinner and then headed back home.

Of course you know that pictures are coming next. Hope you enjoy them.

My great-niece, niece and two great-nephews (nephew's sons).

Most of the girls in my family (missing a nephew's girlfriend and my SIL). Niece, nephew's GF, sister, great-niece, my mom and me.

Troy skipping rocks at Lester River, where it enters into Lake Superior.

Me taking a picture of my reflection by the lake shore.

Seagulls resting on the rocky Lake Superior shore.

Aerial Lift Bridge barely visible through the fog.

Gulls along the Aerial Bridge canal.

"American Integrity" heading out to the lake.

A foggy Canal Park.

A tulip in Leif Erickson Park.

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JANESLOSS 6/30/2014 6:49PM

I'm just getting back to Sparks after a bit of a break. Your weekend sounded really nice. I loved all the beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing!

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DSHRUBS3 6/24/2014 2:08PM

    Love the pictures!! Loved the picture of the freighter headed out to sea!!

It certainly does sound like you had a good weekend! I am so happy you did!! :-)

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CODEMAULER 6/24/2014 10:25AM

    The temperature difference is something that never fails to surprise me. Still, it's such a beautiful place that temperature swings can be forgiven.

I'm so glad that you had a nice weekend. It sure looks like you packed a lot of fun into it!


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FRAN0426 6/24/2014 12:43AM

    Some fog there in the harbor. It is nice to visit Duluth, but it almost always colder there than on the Iron Range when we visited Duluth downtown. Once you get up on the hill heading out back home it was warmer. Glad you had a nice time regardless of that chilly weather and fog.

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LIVINGFREE19 6/24/2014 12:43AM

    Love the pics, Leanne!

Duluth is such a fun place to visit!

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DEE107 6/24/2014 12:23AM

    love the pics hope tpday is a good day

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CHUBRUB3 6/23/2014 6:12PM

    Great pictures Leanne! Glad you had fun with your family.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 6/23/2014 4:35PM

    Wow, that is some fog! You have a beautiful family and it sounds like a fantastic weekend! I love the tulip pic.

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Sanity may be on its way

Friday, June 20, 2014

I almost hate to jinx things, but it finally feels like a little sanity may be coming my way. My phone rang at 6:45 a.m. on a Saturday morning (nearly two weeks ago). Mike was already up and came in to see what the call was about. It was the hospital calling to say my mom had been brought in by ambulance at 3:30 a.m. with another anxiety attack – she had gone in with one just two days before. He lay down beside me, and I told him that he was my sanity these days, but then I said “No, Sandy (a dear friend) is my sanity.” We both laughed, and I at least knew I still have my humor. Sandy of course thought it was hysterical!
Here is a synopsis of the past few weeks: Mom has had two attacks requiring rides in the ambulance, my sister and I have brought her to three psychologist, and one general practitioner appointments; Mike’s mom fell and it was thought she had another mild stroke – turned out to be a brain tumor (most of it was removed). She will be in rehab for a month and then will require radiation – not sure she will be able to return to her home (lots of family squabbles over this); a friend being re-diagnosed with cancer while another continues to wage her battle with the disease as well; I finally got a handle on the accounting at work and interviews are being held next week for an accountant; two dinner meetings I had to organize already this week, and a tour coming through Saturday; no internet at work today (yesterday) so playing catch up today; roof still not finished and had some water coming in during the excessive rain this past weekend; trying to keep up with chores at home. Sleeping has been off and on due to my mind being unable to shut off.
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It is times like this that I am grateful for my sense of humor, and that those around me share in it. Laughter really can be the best medicine when times get tough. It also helps that I have some amazing people around me, and we can help each keep moving forward.

When we went to visit Mike’s mom in the hospital, we also did some shopping at a few thrift and antique stores, went out to dinner at a historic pub and took a quick pass by Lake Superior. It was pretty chilly so didn’t stay long at the lake. We took a new route to Duluth, and it was a beautiful drive.

Lake Superior on a chilly June day

Vietnam Memorial on the shores of Lake Superior.

I have been trying to get some gardening done between work, family issues rain and a zillion mosquitoes. Hopefully there will be some extra time this weekend to get more done outside. I love looking around and seeing flowers opening up and so much green. It has been many years since Northern Minnesota has been so lush. Driving around it sometimes feels like I am somewhere else, and then remember this is how it looked when I was younger. Everyone has been commenting about it.

Lilacs outside of my office building.

My cement duck and pond surrounded by lots of green.

Bleeding hearts in my front yard.

Tomorrow my family will be getting together to spend time with my niece and her daughter, who are visiting from Ohio for a few days. Her hubby couldn’t make it, but it will be great seeing the girls. Monday my brother and his new wife will be here, and I can finally give them the wedding photo album I put together for them. Hoping that having all this family around will boost my mom up. I talked to her last night and she does seem to be coming out of the anxiety fog she has been in the past five or so years. I think the new psychologist is going to make a big difference.

I sure hope the weather cooperates this weekend so I can get outside and do some more yard and garden work, and maybe take a long walk with Mike and the dogs. Also want to have a little mom and son time with my youngest.

May your weekend be full of fun and sunshine!

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TERRY631 6/22/2014 10:27AM

    Oh my goodness, Leanne! You sure have had your hands full (and overflowing)! Keeping good thoughts for both of your moms and your friends, and wishing them all good health. Hang in there and sending hugs.


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OTEN36 6/22/2014 2:34AM

    I sure hope things calm down for you and your family members Girlfriend.
You do have your plate full and I'm glad Mike is there for you.
Some good Garden time will set your nerves right.
I'm keeping you in my prayers and we will get together soon.
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LIVINGFREE19 6/21/2014 8:11PM

    You have so many issues going on with other people in your family and you seem to deal with it so well!
Always keep your humor, it really helps me in bad times when I can laugh too.

Big emoticon Leanne!


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CODEMAULER 6/21/2014 11:26AM

    Well, at least it's not snowing...

I know life seems to be handing you a big ol' dose of challenge, but you are tougher than this. Have you ever found yourself on "Easy Street?" I suspect, if that place even exists, most of us would be bored.


Don't worry about sanity finding you, worry abut sanity being able to keep up with you!!


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DEE107 6/21/2014 12:16AM

    hugs and take care of you too

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FRAN0426 6/20/2014 11:20PM

    So sorry to hear the news of both mothers, prayers that both will have a healthy recovery. Having a good sense of humor really is good medicine when stressful times are present. Glad to hear the northern part of Mn is lush and green. Now if the rain settles down we will have a great summer. Hoping you get as much accomplished his weekend as you have plan. Have a great weekend.

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CHUBRUB3 6/20/2014 11:06PM

    Leanne I am so glad things are looking up my friend. Prayers for your Mom. Anxiety attacks are no fun.
Love your garden and always love your humour.

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KENDRACARROLL 6/20/2014 5:56PM

    Sending prayers for both moms and hoping for speedy recoveries.
Family issues of any kind are so very stressful and draining.

Having your head on straight, seeing the good in things, and of course a healthy sense of good humor are so very helpful when the going gets tough. So are good and supportive people. Your Sandy and Mike are my Gisela and Marty :) Wouldn't know what to do without either one of them.

Hope your weekend is wonderful!

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