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How do you know when the dog is done walking?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

When she lays down in the shade of a parked car.

We took the puppies for a walk before softball practice today since it would be late and dark by the time I would be home. So, son and I troop out with Scooby and Abby at 6:30. I guess I should mention today's high was 97'. emoticon

We didn't quite make it to the turnaround point when Abby, the boxer, laid down in the shade of a parked car. We took that as a sign that she might be just a little hot and tired. We rested, turned around and headed home. Every drop of shade, every blade of grass turned into a resting point for that poor puppy!

We all made it home safely. The dogs drank ALOT of water (so did son and I, but we're not as important emoticon) and then collapsed!

I drank my water, grabbed my socks and headed to softball practice. So glad I don't wear a fur coat!

  
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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 7/21/2009 8:13AM

    When the weather is THAT hot, it would be good to take a bottle of water for YOU and one for the dog(s). That way everyone gets a chance to get hydrated. I usually don't take water on the walks, as I don't walk that far with the dogs. When we take them to the dog park, we ALWAYS take water. If I took longer walks with them, I'd start carrying water too.

Good luck and keep up the great work that you are doing. You are like that Energizer Bunny, you keep going and going, just like ME

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_MAOMAO_ 7/21/2009 1:40AM

  emoticon I wish I could do that in my life sometimes. Just lay down and stop and God would turn the car around, heading into some more pleasant chapter.
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Cranky!!!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

That was me for the first half of the day. It could have started with being woken up by barking dogs (yeah, my own!) earlier than I wanted. Could be that my DH was stressing about $$$ this week and was stressing the need to spend as little as possible at the grocery store. It could be the kids were fighting. All of those things happened, but I don't think any of them made me cranky. I think I was just cranky because I haven't had the time to sit and read and just relax. There's always something to do. Laundry, make dinner, go to work. You know, time-wasting garbage!! emoticon

This afternoon, I was able to read for a couple of hours. Then I went to the gym and got to read some more. The combination got me in a MUCH better mood. Still not ready to go back to work tho!

  
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HICALGAL 7/20/2009 9:44AM

    glad you're feeling MUCH better.

p.s. remind me to give you books for spark goodies... emoticon

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TIGGAKITTEN 7/20/2009 2:10AM

    Glad things settled for you. emoticon

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 7/19/2009 11:55PM

    Boy oh boy!
What a relief?

With a Subject line like that, I thought sure you were talking to ME. LOL

Glad you had such a great day, or what turned out to be a great day. Sorry that I was peekin' in your windows to get your dogs to bark at me. LMAO

Have a super great week

CYA 'round the boards emoticon

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Oil change

Saturday, July 18, 2009

I decided that it was time to get my oil changed. I knew that it was past time, but I didn't realize how much past time it was! As daughter and I were driving to the nearest Jiffy Lube, I noticed that my sticker was still up from the last time. I took it down and started looking at it (I know, not safe while driving!). So, I handed it to daughter and had her read it to me. Next service date? 8/23/08....Yeah, it had been 14 months since my last oil change. Oops! emoticon

The good news is that the next service mileage said 150044. Current mileage is 1595xx (can't remember exactly). That means that I drove onl 12500 (ish) miles in 14 months! That's below average!! And that's a good thing! Maybe my ten-year-old truck will last until I can afford a newer vehicle.

Bonus: While getting the oil changed, one of the guys came in carrying my driver's side windshield wiper. It was shredded! It had been for awhile, but I hadn't gotten a new one yet. After all, it was 104' today and no sign of rain! They replaced it and for less than I would have paid at some other places. Two birds, one stone!

  
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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 7/19/2009 8:02PM

    Barbara,

I've got to give you a hard way to go about not changing your oil and trying to save money to buy a new one. What happens when you ruin the motor because the oil was dirty or low? If you don't have time to change the oil, how are you gonna have time to have the motor replaced, much less find, buy another car?

We have a courier service and with 5 vehicles running the miles we do per week, I found myself needing an oil change every week to ten days on average per car. My first little secret was to change the oil filter when the recommended mileage called for it and top off the oil with another quart of oil. That was I got twice the mileage on an oil change and the oil filter was cleaning the older oil all over again.

My second little secret was I started using Amsoil synthetic oil and their filters too. Their filters really clean that oil up big time and when I change my oil filter ( at extended mileage of synthetics recommend) I also add another quart of new oil. None of our vans are very new, the newest year is 2001 all the way back to 1992, but they all are running very good at the time being, KNOCK ON WOOD.

I hope you take the chastising with the assistance that it was intended. In my opinion, if we cannot take care of what we have, how can we afford to take care of something even better or newer?

Have a great day
because it is one!

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How do you know when it's time...

Friday, July 17, 2009

To buy new clothes? Maybe when you don't need to unfasten your britches to take them off? Or how about when you almost lose said britches when running across the street? Yeah, they were good hints for me too! LOL! I really like these shorts and I LOVE the belt that came with them (I have a few girly tendencies).

BUT (and not the one hanging out them britches!), I'm sure they are not flattering. And when I have to pull them back up, it's probably not the best impression either. emoticon

Looks like I need to start saving for a shopping trip. Probably by the time I get the emoticon together, it'll be fall and time for jeans!

  
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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 7/18/2009 10:17AM

    Barbara,
Waiting for fall to buy new jeans.

Which fall is it that you are waiting for?
The time of the year right after summer

or

the time of the year that your jeans hit the pavement, AGAIN?

Kudos to you for your efforts and losing weight.
Kudos to you for allowing me more opportunities to see your undies when you drop your drawers in public, LOL

Have a great day, YOU made MINE!

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HICALGAL 7/18/2009 5:52AM

    looks like you and Gracie on the Calorie Killer's team have something in common...check out her latest blog if you haven't already and warning...don't be drinking anything either!

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Dosh Garn Mercy Rule!!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Tonight was our second game of the season. Our uniforms are aqua emoticon and we played John Deere (a green team). Our shirts almost matched! We were visitors, so we were up to bat first. I batted clean-up, which is just silly! You're supposed to put a strong batter there to "clean up" the bases and get the first three batters home. Yeah, that didn't happen. I hit the ball but they fielded it cleanly and I was out.

After the first inning, it was tied, 2 all. We came up the second inning and just couldn't seem to get in a rhthym with the batting. By the bottom of the 4th, we were down by 6 runs. Held them and started the fifth inning. No runs in for us either, but still plenty of time to play, right? Well, they scored...and scored...and scored...and I don't know how many, but they scored a lot! Next thing I know, blue is calling the game. Mercy rule is in affect (effect?). That means they were beating us so badly that the only merciful thing to do was to end the game right then and there. emoticon I wanted to play some more!!!

Oh well. Practice again on Monday. I'm guessing we'll work on batting. emoticon

  
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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 7/17/2009 12:58AM

    B.,
Next time I have a bad weigh-in, I'm gonna call
MERCY RULE too

Thanks for the alibi.

Have a great weekend

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