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WIGGLE WIGGLE

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Ok strange title...

But for those of you who are my Facebook friends you have the inside scoop.
I am wiggling with excitement!

I have had the honour of being sent an invitation to submit my artwork for perusal to the Calgary Stampede Board for (possible nothing is for sure as of yet) possible acceptance, display and selling abilities.

Not sure if I am making myself clear, but this is a very tight and exclusive art community and to be issued the invite alone is supremely wonderful!

There is one hang up though that almost stopped me in my tracks.

It is this, they want to see my western artwork by January 3!!! That is less than 2 months away!! I paint everything and anything not just western, so I am limited in that area. I have to paint like crazy over the next few weeks, not to mention deal with Christmas; a number of other art shows I am in; and life in general.

When I first read this, I thought 'Oh well, nice but no go...'

Then I kicked myself in the hind end and said:
"WHAT WOULD MY SPARK FRIENDS TELL ME??"

Well I know the answer to that! LOL!
'THEY WOULD TELL ME NO EXCUSES, GET IT DONE!"

Well you are right again my friends.

It is better to try and do your best than give up before you have begun.

Hugs and love,
Angela

  
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MNJONES2 12/3/2012 9:25PM

    Just think ... while you are painting it will be harder to nibble! HA

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T42AND24T 11/29/2012 9:59AM

    You are one talented lady - so impressed!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 11/19/2012 2:54PM

    *SQUEAL!!!!!*
Way awesome.

What a privilege! Go get 'em, Angela!!!
You're heart in the brush, paint that love!

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JUDITH316 11/16/2012 12:11AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon my friend, I'm so excited for you, what an awesome opportunity...thanks for sharing, I cheer you on my friend... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EARTHGIRL145 11/13/2012 9:54PM

    How exciting! Opportunity is knockin and its up to you to answer the door! You can do it!

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TWILIGHTEYES 11/13/2012 2:06PM

    Wiggle, wiggle... you make me giggle! =0) Love you so much and I'm so awed by your talent! I'm proud of you and for you and excited to see what you come up with!
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CASE4GRACE 11/13/2012 11:00AM

    I know you can do it!! And you will be so happy you did. I'm so glad you will be able to share your talents on a grander scale! WOO HOO AND WIGGLE WIGGLE!!!
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PJC19671 11/12/2012 8:33PM

    Thats emoticon Angela emoticon you will do GREAT. emoticon

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GROKGRANNY 11/12/2012 12:04PM

    YES!!!! I have said all along, "YOU HAVE A GIFT!!!" So, so proud of you and you will be blessed for your efforts. Cannot WAIT to see!!!

I am praying for you that you have the vision, energy and stamina to pull this off and I absolutely KNOW you can!!!

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 11/12/2012 11:52AM

    I wouldn't have said "No excuses." I do say, "Holy cow, Cowgirl, git to paintin'!" It never would have occurred to me that the Stampede has an art show, but it makes sense. Schedule yourself well and strictly. You can decompress and rest later.
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BBAMMOM 11/12/2012 11:36AM

    Oh, Angela, I am so glad you decided to do it! What an honor! Your work is amazing! I'm so proud of you, my friend!!

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CHANGINGSAM 11/12/2012 11:09AM

    Congrats on the invitation!

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LITTLETEAPOT17 11/12/2012 10:15AM

    Oh Angela--that is wonderful!! I am wiggling with you too!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOVEY63 11/11/2012 11:20AM

    Congrats Angela! You will do it and rock it!
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MDGARDENGIRL 11/11/2012 7:16AM

    Just put a cowboy hat on everything and you will be a shoe-in!!! So excited for you Love Bug!!

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TEXASFILLY 11/11/2012 5:46AM

    emoticon emoticon Having seen your AWE~some Art, Angela, I have no doubt that you'll be a shoo-in! Congratulations, dear heart! Knock their sock off! *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/10/2012 10:54PM

    Congratulations Angela! What an honor!

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    Still wiggeling with you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ERIN1957 11/10/2012 7:08PM

    amazing and you will be inspired and do well!

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MERRIKATE 11/10/2012 6:44PM

    Oh wow -- wow! How supremely cool, Kiddo! THE STAMPEDE ART SHOW?!! Holy moly to murgatroyd -- this is Bi-i-i-g all right.

Yes, you of all people can create and submit in good time, and will nail that acceptance too. What's more you'll love the challenge.

My only concern is that now you're motivating YOURSELF so brilliantly by internalizing your SP Cheerleaders to overcome doubts that you won't need us'ns any more ... oh heck, of course you will. We supply the hugs and the lovely applause!!

GOOD ON YOU, Angel-Artist!!
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-LINDA_S 11/10/2012 6:30PM

    Great news! You know you want to and can do it!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 11/10/2012 5:30PM

    Too cool! emoticon

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MISSILENE 11/10/2012 4:23PM

    Oh dear Angela, How exciting for you. NO EXCUSES GET IT DONE. Says Momma Grok... emoticon

I am so proud of you. Best of luck and relax....hugs

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ELRIDDICK 11/10/2012 1:25PM

  Thanks for sharing

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THE HONEYMOON'S OVER

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Well it has been an eventful 2 weeks, yep 2 weeks.

I mentioned that I ran my first 5k race amid the chaos of my life and was so happy I had done so. Yes my fellow runners, I know have been bitten by the bug and can't wait to run again.

As I also mentioned in my previous blog we celebrated our 25 Wedding Anniversary and had a wonderful time.

The actual day of our Anniversary we spent in hospital with our Son; him having been diagnosed with type 1 Juvenile Diabetes.

Well until the last couple of days we had his diabetes under control completely, except for his vision. He has been unable to see properly for at least a week, and I mean hardly at all. With or without glasses he has difficulty. It was explained to us that his body is adjusting from working with from a high altitude and adjusting to becoming normal.

Well after a 'honeymoon' phase of perfect blood sugars he is experiencing LOTS of low blood sugars which is extremely scary for all involved. Especially a young teenager who had never gone through anything like this before.

We are so fortunate to have the Doctors a phone call away and have made extensive use of this. For those of you who don't know I also have Juvenile Diabetes, so it helps in understanding what is happening and what is needed. Of course when it is your child, it heightens your anxiety of the situation.

We are persevering and we will get it under control, without a doubt.

However to add to our distress, we had a 'kind, lovely' person help themselves to my identity; my mail; my money; and fraudulently write checks.

The bank made the error in accepting these checks as they were written with a CANCELLED account. Yes you heard me cancelled.

However that does not lesson the impact it has had on me and my family. Not to mention the distress of dealing with all involved and having an investigation started.

I have to say I feel allot more relief now that an open investigation is under way.

This person faces federal charges.

They tampered with mail; stole money; stole property belonging to my family; stole my identity; fraudulently wrote checks; and who knows what else.

I hope you are caught and processed fully.

So my friends, the honeymoon's over.

It is another day, I am putting this behind me as much as possible. I will face the day with a smile and love, I will not let this get me down.

My family is priority as is my friends (you sparkers are my friends and I love you).

Have a happy Canadian Thanksgiving.
Love,
Angela

  
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SNOWANGELDIVA 11/19/2012 2:52PM

    I'm so sorry, Angela.
I'm at a loss for words. Your note took my breath away with the severity and anxiety. I am so very glad that the authorities are on it. I'm so sorry for the fear and disruption. That criminal is malicious. How can someone do that?
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MOSTMOM1 10/26/2012 10:13PM

    Oh no! That's a lot on your plate. I do hope things are getting better.
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    Prayers that all works out for you and your family!
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LITTLETEAPOT17 10/10/2012 10:39AM

    You are very strong Angela and you will persevere in all things with God.
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PLMITCH 10/9/2012 2:22PM

    WOW!

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Hang in there, and I hope they hang the person who stole your identity! Of course that won't happen, but they deserve it!

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 10/8/2012 10:26PM

    For you I bring hugs and a warm sweater. Just relish the thought that you were a child bride.

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TWILIGHTEYES 10/8/2012 9:23PM

    Oh my friend, what an ordeal! I had an account hacked a few years ago and feel your pain in this.
Praying for your DS and you all.
Phil. 4:6&7 Be anxious for nothing but in everything make your needs known to God, with thanksgiving, and the peace that passes all understanding will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.
Praying for peace to you and your family while you're going through this stuff!
Hugs and Squishes... extra tight!!!


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CHANGINGSAM 10/8/2012 10:56AM

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CASE4GRACE 10/8/2012 10:43AM

    Well, if what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, you and your family are going to be true champions getting through all of this. You are being tested on every front right now, but being the strong and courageous woman that you are, you are persevering and triumphing in the face of it. Praying for your son to have his vision restored to normal and to find the sweet spot with the insulin and the blood sugars so he can get back to living a normal teenage life. And the creep that stole your identity and peace of mind - hoping he/she meets the full consequences of their actions and turns their life around. Hopefully the worst of it is over for you, but it's just beginning for them. Hang in there - you have a lot of people here who love you and are pulling for you. We know you will make it through this.
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-POOKIE- 10/8/2012 10:20AM

    Oh goodness, so much to deal with

*hugs*

You are in my thoughts

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ERIN1957 10/8/2012 10:06AM

    The criminals are on the prowl, as we too have had to change accounts and secure more with what we do and where we do it.
Blessings to you and your son and know my prayers are with you all. Great going on the 5K woohoo.


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MDGARDENGIRL 10/8/2012 9:41AM

    When it rains it pours and you are having a downpour of worry dumped on you my dear, sweet friend. You are doing everything you can for your son and his diabetes. It is worrisome that he is still having such highs and lows. I pray for you both.

As for that thief, he will rue the day he messed with you!! The check-stealing angels will come down and pepper his a$$ with poison arrows for sure! I hope you can put your mind at rest about this guy and concentrate on your families more pressing problems.

Chin up Love Bug!!! Love U.... Marg

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MISSILENE 10/8/2012 8:27AM

    SO SORRY ABOUT THAT STUFF..IT STINKS...LOVE AND HUGS

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DEBRA0818 10/8/2012 6:40AM

    Well, Angela, it looks like you are been assaulted from a lot of different directions and you must be reeling. I pray for your son's continued recovery and for your recovery from the theft.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 10/8/2012 6:33AM

    Aww, Angela, the identity thing happened to me in pretty much the very same way--after they broke in through a window of our truck and stole my purse! It is very frustrating, and yes, the investigation is a great relief because you have assurance that the guilty one is being sought, and hopefully found. Our bank was pretty good about it, but it was tedious for me to keep going there to take care of all the affidavits, etc. Bless your heart for dealing with this junk at a time like this!

I pray your son gets this challenge ironed out quickly, with yours and God's help! Love you, my friend! I miss SparkPeople and all my Sparkfriends, too. I'm glad you posted this where I would see it!

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JANESLOSS 10/7/2012 11:25PM

    Angela,
Prayers to you and your family!!

You have been through too much lately. Wishing you a blessed week!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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ASHAIXIM 10/7/2012 8:54PM

    UGH. I have sent prays up for everything to work out to your benefit.

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TEXASFILLY 10/7/2012 7:45PM

    *hugs* Hey darlin'~ I'm so sorry to hear all the challenges that have given you worry and grief. I pray that it's coming to an end so you may get back to the joy of living. If your dear son is anything like his sweet Momma~ he'll bounce back and adapt to living a rich, healthy life with your guidance and love. Here's to a new week filled with much success~ emoticonBB~ emoticon

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-LINDA_S 10/7/2012 7:40PM

    Oh, Angela, I feel so bad for you! I hope things get sorted out as soon as possible and that your son gets stabilized. I hope that creep who stole your identity fries! Well, not literally, I guess...I hope this coming week will bring you good things!

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NEWKAREN43 10/7/2012 7:10PM

    Wow! When it rains it pours, doesn't it? I pray that the person who stole your identity is persecuted to the full extent of the law...good grief, it's amazing how low people stoop. Praying for your son's health and that you can run soon! I love that you love running! Karen

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GROKGRANNY 10/7/2012 7:00PM

    I felt badly to hear of your son's health challenges. I've witnessed many a low blood sugar episode in my husband and one time a high reading that screwed up his vision..but when it's your child...oh my. You'll get this turned around & I'm already praying for God to surround him with the right team and give your family peace.

I, too, had someone have a field day on Friday with my debit card & the bank had to cancel my account. Not as bad as what you're going thru but I still felt violated.

Hang in there girl...better days ahead, I promise!

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MERRIKATE 10/7/2012 6:50PM

    INCREDIBLE how life seems to send devilish troubles in bunches, Angela -- good grief!! Thank all the powers that be for your strength and honesty, to be able to express what you're feeling and to soldier on with grace. Tumultuous times. By coincidence, this little video came my way -- it offers you five minutes of 'floating in love and trust', an experience that may be a little bit restorative just now. Grounding, moving, centering ... hope you bask in every serene second as a newborn gets an extraordinary bath from an expert ... your love-well will be refreshed. Will email the link to you too ...

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L*I*T*A* 10/7/2012 4:41PM

    wish things could go more smoothly......
praying all turns out well soon.........
all the best to you and yours for Thanksgiving.....
blessings and hugs.........lita


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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/7/2012 4:17PM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, too Angela.
I, too, hope who did that is caught and punished.

I'm wondering why your son was in the hospital on your anniversary...
I know he ahs diabetes but was he really sick? From the diabetes?

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PJC19671 10/7/2012 3:39PM

    Angela I am so sorry you have gone through all this I hope the next few weeks get better for you. I feel bad for your son it must be difficult for him to understand what's going on I know it's rough on a young person. Sending prayers that things get better soon. emoticon

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KAKONOLADY 10/7/2012 3:07PM

    angela,

sorry to hear about your son having diabetes--hope all is well hugs and we love you too :) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 10/7/2012 1:54PM

    May God bless you with the strength to deal with all that you must, and continue to succeed on this journey we all share. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Highs, lows and life Altering events...

Sunday, September 30, 2012





I did it!
I ran my very first 5K run for CIBC RUN FOR THE CURE in Calgary, AB 30.09.2012.

Not exactly sure of my time, I think it was @ 45 minutes. I walked and ran alternately and am so happy to have finished it in the time I did.
Especially since my training had fallen by the wayside. But more on that in a moment.

In the space of less than 5 days I managed to raise $1,074.00! If I had had an idea it would be anywhere near that, I wouldn't have paid my entry fee. But that is ok by me!

So this is definitely a high for me!

You know what? This is also a life altering event! I enjoyed myself so much that I will be doing it again next year, and who knows maybe more than one race!

Ok onto the major LOW and LIFE ALTERING EVENT...

I want you to know that it will be fine, I know it will be. It is just it SUCKS!

A FEW DAYS AGO...

We have spent a number of hours at the Children's Hospital with our son this week learning he has Juvenile Diabetes.

I have Juvenile Diabetes.

This was something I PRAYED he would never have to face.

The odds of someone getting adult onset (type 2) is a 50% chance.

The odds of someone without a family member having type 1 diabetes is 1 in every 250 people.

The fact that I had it raised those odds to 1 in every 100 people.

Well he was that 1 in 100.

He is managing so well getting the routine and learning to inject. He is truly amazing.

The Emotional Gauntlet however is awful.

He will have to work it out himself, knowing we are here for him in all ways. It does help that I have been there, am there and know most of what is going on.

We will work it out.

It is a huge life altering event for all of us.

I have taken command. I am in charge.

Why? Because I have the most knowledge.

But it is so hard to be the referee at the same time.

My DH is having a hard time too and doesn't understand all that is happening and expects DS to smile and be happy. It is healthy not to be, especially at this time.

A teenager at the best of times will have mood swings... you can only imagine what it is like right now.

Anyhow, Thank you for your support and encouragement in all things.

I want to thank especially Patrick and Phyllis for supporting me in my run. Who know fellow sparkers in another country would help support my cause.

I ran for Melinda, Me, You and Women everywhere.

Before I forget...
My DH and I celebrated our 25 Anniversary last weekend in Banff, AB and had a wonderful time. THank goodness, cause the day of we were in the hospital.
Here are some of the pictures from our wonderful weekend away.









Hugs and love,
Angela

  
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RDY4THIN 10/7/2012 2:39AM

    Congrats!! you are truely amazing!!! life throws us all curveballs but you have the knack to use them like hurdles... finding a way up, around or through, amazing that you got through that 5K and wow!! So much money raised!!
you have come a long way!!!!!!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 10/6/2012 10:46AM

    Angela, your anniversary photos are fabulous. Congratulations on your anniversary and looking stellar!

I love your 5K joy share. Well done!
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Hugs & Prayers for your son and your family during this stressful time of transition. It is so overwhelming to find out the truth and that it's not something we can have control over like J.D...it stands to reason that there will be pain, confusion and sadness with the verification of an illness such as this.

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CJYOUCANDOIT 10/5/2012 10:19AM

    You are an inspiration! Congrats on your 5K finish and your anniversary. Both are huge successes. Life really does throw so many things at us at crazy times. You are the awesome coach for your son having been through it. I hope it goes well. You are in my thoughts and prayers with this. Thank you for sharing and inspiring me.
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MERRIKATE 10/4/2012 12:36AM

    Love your Run for the Cure, love Calgary, love Banff, love your recent Anniversary being the 25th, and ADORE YOU!! You do have a way of turning dross to gold, Angela -- and you are such a huge inspiration to me. (Besides, you are simply gorgeous in your healthy body and glowing Self!)

I relate well to the anguish of your son's diagnosis. Please do not let yourself feel any 'guilt,' however natural that may be to feel, for having passed this disease on. IT could have happened even were you not a Type 1 person yourself. ... it is now 31 years since my own child, who was five at the time, was diagnosed with Type 1. For us, it was a relief, as the original fears were of pancreatic cancer.

However, I suspect that adjustment to daily self-care was in some ways easier for my Emma because of her age, and also perhaps harder because she is the first Type I on either side of the family in several generations. We had so much to learn!! She was angry even at age 5, of course, that she had to endure blood tests and shots and food monitoring, and especially being known to be Different by all her teachers and friends. Twice in later years, she did rebel & get a little too careless, and has nearly paid a cruel price for that in her early 30's. Luckily, all turned out fine, and she is doing well nowadays.

She is a marvel; you'll see how that can happen!! -- we were told at Sick Kids in Toronto when she was only about 7, "Many Type 1 youth become super-achievers as they grow up, and that many go on to lead unusually full, sensibly daring and challenging lives." That has certainly been the case with my daughter: she is an endless source of amazement to me.

With you as a role model and supporter, and as your husband learns what's involved, the family dynamic will gradually adapt ... especially if there's a good education/support team for parents, such as we have here! And Family Information Days! And Teen Support events!) Above all, may your son come to terms with the shock and the adjustment in forthright fashion, and in time become his own best care-manager! Much love and affectionate applause to him, the new Hero, and to the rest of you as you deal with this.

Hey, Mom did the Run -- all will be well!!
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CASE4GRACE 10/3/2012 8:44AM

    First I have to say, I don't know what is more beautiful in your pictures - Banff, or YOU! Okay, hands down - it's YOU! You are positive vibrant! Congratulations to you and your hubby on 25 years. My hubby and I are 25 yeras next year.

I am SO proud of you for running in that 5K. What a huge accomplishment, and a testament to your giving heart. We are so blessed to have your friendship here on spark!

I am still so very sorry to hear about what your son is going through, and I'm sure being a teen and having this to deal with on top of all of their other issues is really weighing on him. (I have two teen boys too, so I totally understand). He is SO blessed to have you there to support him and help him through this. You are such a strong person, and I can only imagine that you are a wonderful mother too. I know with your love and support, he will get through this and learn how to still have a fantastic life in spite of these challenges. I'm sure DH will come around in time - it just seems harder for men to relate to the emotional side of these kinds of issues as well as we do as women sometimes.

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LITTLETEAPOT17 10/3/2012 8:10AM

    Angela all I can say is that I love you and you are amazing and I am proud to call you my special friend. As always, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Life is full of ups and downs for everyone and you my love are proof that we have a choice whether to be positive or negative in all things. That's what living is all about--focusing on the positive and moving forward with what ever challenge we are faced with. You are truly an inspiration to me and many, many others my dear.

I love you...
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BBAMMOM 10/2/2012 9:36PM

    Seeing Melinda's name on your shirt makes me tear up. What an amazing friend you are in run for someone who means so much to me. You're an inspiration and I am very proud of you!!

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ERIN1957 10/2/2012 2:56PM

    Thank you! Thank you for doing this for all of us!
You look amazing and you did such a wonderful job.
Your son will be OK. Having faith and understanding will help him greatly. We are tough us people and young people can be as tough as us adults. Young people have won wars and fought giants. I believe with all your love and support he will make it through all of these rough times he may face...look at his role model...you!
My Best to you and your family,
Erin

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/1/2012 12:10PM

    I am so very proud of you for finishing that run. You truly Rock Angela. the minutes don't matter what does is you FINISHED. Yay!

I'm sorry about your son but with your knowledge and teaching him to take good care of himself he'll be fine.

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BOVEY63 10/1/2012 12:05PM

    Awesome job on the run and all the money your raised for such a worthy cause!
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CHANGINGSAM 10/1/2012 9:52AM

    Way to go on the race! So proud of you!

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PLMITCH 10/1/2012 9:23AM

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The race time is not as important as the fact that you did it AND finished, and raised a good chunk of money for a great cause! And now you have caught the run bug!

The pictures from Banff look very nice. Was there 1x MANY years ago.

Last but surely not least, continuing good thoughts to your family and your son as he works on how to cope with Type 1 diabetes. I'm sure he will do fine, especially with you as a very experienced "coach".

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-LINDA_S 9/30/2012 7:10PM

    You did great, Angela! I'm sure your family will cope with the diabetes well, it just will take time to get over the shock. Wishing you the best! emoticon

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 9/30/2012 6:56PM

    So much going on that is life-altering for all of you. Brandon will come to terms. It's important that he's learning what he needs to know for his medical care. Your support with the rest will get him through and, if he needs any support that you're not equipped to provide, you're sure to find it for him elsewhere.

Your anniversary weekend must have been lovely. You look radiant and beautiful as does your sweetie.

For your first 5K 45 minutes, give or take a few, is excellent. You are a winner.

The highs, the lows and plenty to be proud of -- real life.
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L*I*T*A* 9/30/2012 6:44PM

    congratulations on accomplishing your 5k goal.........
best wishes for your 25th wedding anniversary...
praying all works out well for your son......
blessings and hugs.......lita

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MDGARDENGIRL 9/30/2012 5:58PM

    CONGRATS on the 5k time Ang!!! I knew you could do it! And raising all that money... WOO HOO! You are truly an inspiration and motivator to all of us here!

I am glad you had the two wonderful Highs to offset the Low brought on by DS being diagnosed. I know your worst fear came true and I feel so bad for you. If it had to happen, at least he has you to help him get through all the ups and downs. I keep you in my prayers always.

xoxoxo Marg

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PURESTILLWATER 9/30/2012 5:52PM

    So proud of you. Praying for your son and you and hubby.

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TEXASFILLY 9/30/2012 5:45PM

    emoticon I'm so proud of you, Angela! emoticon You look FAB~ulous, dear heart! So sorry to hear about your son's condition. I'll keep y'all in my prayers. He's young and strong~ he will adjust. He's a lucky boy to have such a wonderful and loving mother like you. Take care, sweetie~ *hugs* BB~

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SLIMLILA 9/30/2012 5:25PM

    Wow, look at you girl! And now a runner too... So many wonderful changes to your life. Sorry to hear about your son.. Like you say, having it yourself, you can be so much more help to him. I "only" have Type 2, so I do know that Type 1 is so much more serious and has to be controlled so much better. Prayers to you and your family.
Congrats on 25th too, beautiful pics.... Never did get to see you in Clgy, and now I am in PEI. emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 9/30/2012 3:40PM

    emoticon emoticon on that 5k! And what INCREDIBLE fund-raising!

Hopefully your son adjusts well and finds his footing for handling this disease for the rest of his life without it interfering with any of his dreams.

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ADELE66 9/30/2012 3:22PM

    Many, many congratulations on your 5k - what a wonderful achievement - I am so happy for you. And your 25th anniversary too - quite the milestone!

But most of all, well done for managing to deal with your son's condition so well. It is a terrible thing having to hear the diagnosis for your child (believe me, I know), and it takes a great deal of strength to move forward.

Best wishes to you - and all of your family.

Adele

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ALIHIKES 9/30/2012 2:29PM

    So sorry to hear about your son, that is a difficult disease and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Congratulations on your race -- and your amazing fundraising ability for a great cause! Finally congratulations on your anniversary, I LOVE Banff -- what a great place to celebrate! emoticon

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TWILIGHTEYES 9/30/2012 2:13PM

    Yay for 5K and what a worthy cause! So proud of you my friend! You have accomplished sooo much... including raising a son who will adapt and be OK. Teenagers are more easily impacted on the emotional side to things but they also have the ability to adapt and learn more quickly than we do as adults. Think of all the good things he's gotten from YOU being his mom! Love you and will be praying for you, DH and DS as you all adjust.
Hugs and Squishes!!!
Nancy

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PURSUEJOY 9/30/2012 2:10PM

    Wow ~ way to go Angela, on your first 5k!! That's awesome!
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I am so sorry to hear about your son ~ I can only imagine just how hard it would be to learn of this diagnosis. Courage and comfort to all of you.
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I am inspired by you and your story. I used to live in Caroline, AB ~ and have driven through Banff! It is sooooo beautiful! Looks like you had a lovely time! So happy for you!
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I AM SCARED...

Monday, September 24, 2012

I AM SCARED...

BUT I AM GOING TO FACE MY FEARS,

AND DO IT ANYWAY!

This Sunday is my first 5K Run in support of CIBC Run for the Cure (Breast Cancer).

Wish me luck.

Hugs,
Angela

  
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MERRIKATE 10/4/2012 12:08AM

    Guess I need to subscribe to your blog again -- doesn't seem to stick for very long!

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MERRIKATE 10/4/2012 12:06AM

    I've been so out of it with my own pathetic cold and all that I wasn't here to cheer you on, Angela! BOO on ME!! So glad you risked all this, and now onwards to face the other new challenges that life is bringing you, whatever shape they're taking as they begin. YOU will turn them to gold.
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T42AND24T 9/27/2012 7:03PM

    That is courage: being scared and doing it anyway. Good for you!

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MISSILENE 9/27/2012 7:26AM

    Best wishes on your run.. hugs.

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LYNNRODRIGUEZ 9/26/2012 7:12PM

    Good luck! You are running for a great cause. emoticon

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TWILIGHTEYES 9/26/2012 5:39PM

    So proud of you!!!! You're braver than you realize!
Hugs and squishes!
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CASE4GRACE 9/26/2012 9:10AM

    You are doing to do AMAZING!!!! You and that healthy, fit body of yours - you are going to rock that 5K. WAY TO GO!

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MIZCATHI 9/26/2012 7:20AM

    It's a great thing to do for the cure and for yourself! Fantastic!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks for running for the cure!

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ALMOSTAMRS 9/26/2012 5:55AM

  You can do it ! emoticon

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 9/26/2012 12:30AM

    Wishing you lots of good luck!
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LADYPIXEL 9/25/2012 11:42PM

    You'll do it! :) emoticon

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GRAMMAP1 9/25/2012 11:36PM

   
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EVWINGS 9/25/2012 11:29PM

    As a survivor, thank you for doing this event!! Enjoy your race and skills you have.
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RABBLERRABBIT 9/25/2012 5:32PM

    You can do it and you will love it - and thank you for running for a cure.

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TEXASFILLY 9/25/2012 5:17PM

    *hugs* Now that you've faced 'em, just run those fears into the ground, sweetie! YOU CAN DO ANYTHING! *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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-LINDA_S 9/25/2012 2:37PM

    Best of luck, Angela!

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-POOKIE- 9/25/2012 1:53PM

    Go for it!!!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 9/25/2012 1:43PM

    What an awesome thing! You are wonderful participating!

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FELICE73 9/25/2012 12:39PM

    You know you will end up doing better than you think! My first 5K the goal was just to finish and I did! There will always be walkers so you will not finish last! That was my greatest fear when I did my triathalon but I wasn't last on that either! I may do one again next year!

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BOVEY63 9/25/2012 12:03PM

    It is so exciting to read this - you will do wonderful! Your success is such an inspiration!
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NEWSGIRL2177 9/25/2012 11:56AM

    Hooray! A 5k is so much fun! And what a great cause to run for. Have a blast! You can totally do this.

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CHANGINGSAM 9/25/2012 11:02AM

    That's awesome! I know you are going to rock this 5K! emoticon

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MNJONES2 9/25/2012 10:32AM

    YOU CAN DO IT!! Remember all the Sparkers are with you in spirit!!

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KAKONOLADY 9/25/2012 10:24AM

    Angela,
you will BE AWESOME at it!!! You are one of the best motivators I know!! Hugs -Crystal emoticon

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ERIN1957 9/25/2012 10:20AM

    PLMITCH has it so right, just do it and finish.
Do not fear what you can accomplish!
Only one you are competing against is yourself and all what you are working toward for a better you! I am proud you are doing it and I am sure others are too.
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PLMITCH 9/25/2012 9:39AM

    I remember my first 5K in the spring. It is one thing to practice, a whole other to run in a competitive race!

Having said that, your goal should be just this: finish! Does not matter how fast, but just finish. I know you can do that, and I suspect a heck of a lot more. I'd come join you but Calgary is a bit of a hike for me (2400 miles!).

I just completed my 3rd 5K ever, and coincidentally, my 3rd 5K this year! Plan to do one more around US Thanksgiving Day (although my wife told me I HAVE to get the turkey in the oven before I go run!), so once you do one, I bet you'll get the bug and want to do more!

Good luck! Will sponsor you next week!

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WOLFKITTY 9/25/2012 9:36AM

    YAY! :)

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MYLADY4 9/25/2012 9:05AM

    You'll do fine, nothing wrong with needing to walk a bit. Just keep thinking that you are doing more then most Americans.

Have fun!!!

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SKINNYMISSKASEY 9/25/2012 8:57AM

    You can do it!!

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FITSMALLCLOTHES 9/25/2012 8:24AM

    I am so proud of you!

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PYNETREE 9/25/2012 8:17AM

    emoticon Wishing you Strength, You can Do This! emoticon My Son-in-law just ran his first last weekend, also Race for the Cure!

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MDGARDENGIRL 9/25/2012 8:10AM

    Feel the fear and do it anyway!!!

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LAURIE-RN 9/25/2012 7:49AM

    Good luck to you! Take it all in, enjoy the experience. When you cros the finish line you will realize that you did it! emoticon

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DEBRA0818 9/25/2012 7:22AM

    WOW, I would be a little nervous too. But, good luck and good running! There's nothing like confronting a fear and getting to the other side where you can then turn back and think, what was I so scared of?

Rock on!

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ODINRMC 9/25/2012 7:06AM

    Face it, fight it, WIN!!! Good luck

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RUNNER12COM 9/25/2012 6:58AM

    Enjoy the experience and you CAN do this!

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    emoticon Just have fun. The rest will fall into place. emoticon

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ADELE66 9/25/2012 3:43AM

    Don't be frightened - just ENJOY the moment!!

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LYNMEINDERS 9/25/2012 3:20AM

    You can do nthis...I know you can

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TAMPATINK67 9/25/2012 2:47AM

    You rock!

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JAZZID 9/24/2012 11:59PM

    emoticon Good luck to you!...and thank you for running for me and all breast cancer survivors. I really appreciate it. ~ Dee emoticon emoticon

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PURESTILLWATER 9/24/2012 11:49PM

    Honey you will rock it. I can't wait to celebrate your success with you. Love you!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/24/2012 11:37PM

    I'm wishing you much luck. But i'm sure you will do great! If I were in your place I wouldn't be thinking about finishing first I'd focus on finishing.

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 9/24/2012 11:26PM

    Dear Heroine,

That's what you are in so many ways.

Laurie

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PAMNANGEL 9/24/2012 11:20PM

    You go girl!

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WHAT HAVE YOU LOST?

Friday, September 14, 2012

I have lost the WORLDS LARGEST BALL OF TAPE!

I got this from a friend and want to know 'What have you lost?'

Looking forward to your answers!
Hugs,
Angela



  
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PMAY0313 9/29/2012 7:54PM

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T42AND24T 9/27/2012 7:02PM

    Love this! An average newborn plus 1 dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts!

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MNJONES2 9/25/2012 10:36AM

    What a fun way to look at it all!! I have lost a bald eagle - gained back a little and am now at an average newborn (which is funny since I never had a baby)

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JUDITH316 9/19/2012 6:04PM

    alot to ponder on this one, great post, you are doing great, keep up the great work,.. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANESLOSS 9/18/2012 11:48AM

    Angela,
You look fantastic!
Congratulations of all the success.

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CHANGINGSAM 9/17/2012 2:47PM

    A bald eagle!

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DOGLADY13 9/16/2012 3:45PM

    An elephant's penis is 60 pounds!? How alarming!

I have lost a human head, a chihuahua, a human brain and a sack of sugar.

LOL This was really funny.

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DEBRA0818 9/16/2012 5:37AM

    I'm somewhere between a bald eagle and 10 dozen large eggs heading for a two month old horse.

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BOVEY63 9/16/2012 1:00AM

    You are doing so awesome Angela!
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I have lost an elephant's heart.

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GROKGRANNY 9/15/2012 10:22PM

    Since my journey first began in 2002? A 2 month old horse! Great post Angela!

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-LINDA_S 9/15/2012 3:18PM

    Awww...I've only lost an average 2-year-old...so far, this time around!

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SHRINK_U 9/15/2012 2:52PM

    nice :) I have lost a cinder block since April 27th. Yay :)

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ERIN1957 9/15/2012 12:32PM

    2 large bags of dog food.
A new born hippo
A 7 month old pit bul
My 8 year old grand son

I can't lift any of it...can't believe I did

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CASE4GRACE 9/15/2012 12:09PM

    200 sticks of butter, and working my way toward an air-conditioner. (What amazes me is to think about when I had gained weight back before, I had gained an Irish Setter, and imagined walking around with an Irish Setter on my back all day - wow! That puts weight GAIN into a whole new perspective too!)

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LAURELSPARK 9/15/2012 10:48AM

    I have lost the amount of cheese an average American eats in a year. Yuck, it makes me sick to my stomach thinking about it!

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LITTLETEAPOT17 9/15/2012 10:34AM

    I have lost a newborn calf! woo hoo
Love this....

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MDGARDENGIRL 9/15/2012 8:22AM

    The equivalent of Fats & Oils the average American eats in one year! emoticon

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ELLIE381 9/15/2012 8:03AM

    I think I have lost about 4 sacks of sugar. More than once. :)
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LYNMEINDERS 9/15/2012 6:32AM

    Oh Dear....I have only lost an average human brain....I think thats what it says....lol

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ADELE66 9/15/2012 4:44AM

    Over the years, I'm sure I must have lost at least an Arnold Schwarzenegger (which no doubt would be considered a good thing). But for now I have probably just lost my head!! Hahaha

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PURESTILLWATER 9/15/2012 12:54AM

    I LOVE this. I saw it on your FB last night and bored poor Anthony reading him all the things I have lost. Way cool

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TAMPATINK67 9/15/2012 12:35AM

    A newborn calf!

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JACKIE542 9/15/2012 12:35AM

    How interesting , I lost an Irish setter+ 5, and that really is my dog, lo. emoticon

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FIDDYOTR 9/14/2012 11:55PM

    A newborn calf and a newborn human


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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/14/2012 11:53PM

    I have lost my kitchen timer.

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LOLAINSC 9/14/2012 11:44PM

    LOL, that kind of puts things into perspective. I am minus a sack of potatoes. Congratulations on your ball of tape--that is quite an accomplishment.
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