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Surprise! A Prize from our local library!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The phone rang yesterday morning and I saw it was the library-"-probably calling to tell me a book I have reserved is in," I thought. Well I was surprised when the gal said, "Congratulations, you won a prize for this week's adult reading program!" She told me I could stop by and pick it up and they'd like to take my picture for the website. Well---I thought the prize would be a gift certificate to the local diner or grocery store but boy was I surprised when I got there to pick it up!

It was filled with all kinds of goodies and called "Fit and Fabulous!"

A manicure set, French manicure polish and accessories

Some wonderful Avon products

A piano, guitar and flute CD to relax to

An advanced Pilates DVD

Nine holes of golf for two at a local golf course

A one month membership to World Gym and a one month pass to Curves

A free haircut at Best Clips

A bath pillow and bubble bath which I am using tonite!

And some miscellaneous things like a Find a Word Chicken Soup for the Soul book and some pretty note cards and a World Gym t-shirt.

It was all packed in a cute travel suitcase. The title of the prize is Fit and Fabulous! After I use all the items, that's what I hope to feel like!

This unexpected surprise was truly a nugget of joy in the middle of a lazy summer day!

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JOEYGIRL73 7/1/2011 12:25AM

    WoW! That is a nice prize! I don't think my library can compete! emoticon

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LILYGAL 6/30/2011 1:33PM

    WOW!!! THat is fantastic!! And as some one said "just like Christmas morning"!!!

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LOUISEH54 6/30/2011 9:17AM

    What a wonderful surprise...enjoy!

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TERI99 6/30/2011 9:08AM

    What an amazing prize! Congratulations on winning it ~ I know you'll get a lot of enjoyment out of it, and look and feel fantastic!!

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JOANELAINE5 6/30/2011 8:32AM

    How exciting. I wouldn't call it a "nugget"; it's more like a gold mine. Seems like it was made specially for you in gifts and name. Fit and Fabulous, golf. pampering, reading, etc. I am so happy for you. Enjoy many days of being lifted up. Perfect timing by God, I think. emoticon

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CRBIONDO 6/30/2011 8:18AM

    Wow! What a great prize! Enjoy!

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SEKSUNSHINE 6/30/2011 7:23AM

    What a wonderful surprise! You deserve it!

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MSWEEZER 6/30/2011 4:59AM

    Oh how wonderful. CONGRATULATIONS!! I know you'll get a lot of enjoyment out of this basket full of goodies. Surprises such as these are great!!!

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KNITTABLES 6/30/2011 1:44AM

    Congratulations on winning all these wonderful items

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NANCYE43 6/29/2011 10:11PM

    How wonderful! I'm so happy for you!

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    What a great incentive to get people to read. You do read a lot and deserve to win something fun. I'm glad such a Fit and Fabulous woman won this prize.


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CATWOMAN53 6/29/2011 9:16PM

    That prize was like Christmas morning! emoticon

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TUFFYBIRD 6/29/2011 9:07PM

    Holy cow ... that's a lot of stuff, and the theme couldn't be more appropriate if it had been designed with you in mind. Fit and Fabulous indeed!!!

Enjoy your bubble bath and book.


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CHALLENGER15 6/29/2011 8:52PM

    Wow! How neat! And even more neat that you won it.

I went to one of our county libraries today and registered for the June basket - gardening items. It looked pretty nice. Now that I "know" someone that won one once, maybe I will get a phone call! emoticon

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Shipshewana 2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Monday evening I picked Tuffybird up at the airport and we headed to Shipshewana, IN to meet up with some other great spark friends. We had a 3 1/2 hour drive so it gave us lots of time to get acquainted. Since we have "talked" to each other for over a year on SP, conversation came easily and the time flew by. Before you knew it, we reached our hotel where Sharonsparkle, Lilygal and MSWeezer were waiting for us. We visited in Weezie's room for a short time and called it a night, planning to rise at 6:30 am for an early morning walk.

We met in the hallway Tuesday morning for a brisk, early morning walk only to find Lily was going to have to walk in flip flops. I'll let her tell you that story. So we had a "semi" brisk early morning walk since flip flops generally are not as easy to walk in as athletic shoes.

After the walk, showers, and breakfast we headed to the shops in Shipshewana. We were the first ones through the doors at Lolly's at 9 am.

All of us bought something at the shops with most of us bringing home a project or two to work on. It was alot of fun to shop with the gals--we laughed and laughed as we explored all the shops around Lolly's. My highlight was trying the "barefoot" shoes. What I discovered is I cannot wear them because my second toe is longer than my first toe. They are designed for what I guess are "normal toes." But I did discover there is a new "barefoot" shoe by Merrell called a Pacer Glove. It, too, is a "barefoot" shoe without the toe "fingers". It looks like a regular shoe only it allows your toes to splay as if you are barefoot. I did not purchase the shoes there but am going to get them in my area (just in case I want to return them.) It's hard to know if you really love a shoe in 5-10 minutes of wearing it in the store. I want to be able to try them on my carpet in my home for an hour or two and have the option of returning them if I decide they are not for me. But I'm looking forward to giving them a try.

After lunch, we headed to the ever popular Shipshewana Flea Market. It was a perfect day weather wise, 70's with a nice breeze. We had a blast looking at all the stuff that people sell at flea markets. We made a few small purchases then came to the booth which turned out to be the highlight of the day--a wig booth. Now these were not the wigs from the 60's and 70's, these were beautiful wigs with modern hair styles. Tuffy and I were interested and after looking at a few, decided we wanted to see what we'd look like with different styles. Weezie, Lily and Sharon joined us and offered compliments and opinions. Even though they gave me some kind compliments on one, I quickly gave up the seat to Tuffy. Wow, you should have seen how a couple of the styles enhanced her beauty. It was so fun, and all our comments and compliments to her began attracting more people standing around and watching. By the time we were done, Tuffy had a totally new look. I am sure she will share her story, but here is her new picture:

How can you top wig shopping? Since we were starting to get a little too much sun and beginning to feel weary, we stopped to eat dinner at the first restaurant we came to. It turned out to be quite good (and we were pretty hungry!) All of us but TB had an Amish piece of pie--no calories of course!

Weezie, Lily and I walked back to the hotel (a mile or so) and Sharon and TB drove the car and treasures back. We met in the lobby and once we sat down, it was all over for the day. We took a few pictures and called it a night before it was dark!

Weezie and I got up early on Wednesday for a quick 2 mile walk and after breakfast we made one last trip to Lolly's and the flea market. It began to rain just as we found what we were looking for at the flea market--flip flops that you can change out the straps. By 11 it was time to pack up and say goodbye.

We had a great time visiting, shopping, eating, and laughing together. I'd love to be able to do it again--maybe next year--with even more spark friends!

Here are Sharon and Weezie in Sharon's really cool Mustang!

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KNITTABLES 6/17/2011 4:46PM

    I've read Tuffy's blog and now yours. Oh what fun you all had. Wonderful pictures of happy times. Can't wait to see more.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/16/2011 1:27PM

    Can't wait to read the other blogs, ladies!

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TUFFYBIRD 6/16/2011 1:04PM

    I had a wonderful time in Shipsee! It was so nice to meet everyone "in person" although I felt like I knew you all already. I can't remember the last time I laughed so much and shopping "with the girls" was a hoot, although I think you guys were a bad influence on me emoticon emoticon

I'm glad we all agreed to share pictures (I'll post mine and a blog when my head is a bit more clear) because that way we should have a nice selection.

I particularly like the one you took of me in my wig. I think I'll use it as my new profile pic. We did attract quite a crowd of spectators, didn't we? I thought it was particularly funny when the one lady chimed in with her opinions emoticon

I can't say this often enough ... thank you so much for making the trip feasible for me.


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CATWOMAN53 6/16/2011 8:36AM

    Jane, it sounds like you had a wonderful time. I've been to Shipshewana, it's a fun place to shop around. Even more fun with a few friends! emoticon

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JOANELAINE5 6/16/2011 7:58AM

    Jane, I so enjoyed reading your blog. These friends you have made on SP are a great group of ladies. It was a great idea getting together and becoming better friends. The wigs, shoes, Amish Pie, and all that laughing are wonderful memories that you will all have forever. Your adventure inspires me. emoticon

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SEKSUNSHINE 6/16/2011 4:28AM

    I really don't believe the one picture. Come on now see no, hear no, speak no?! LOL!!!

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    So glad you all had a fun time. I've been looking forward to hearing of your adventures. Now for pictures of the projects when they are done....

So glad all are safe and sound at home.

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PJSTIME 6/15/2011 7:59PM

    Great blog and sounds like a great time with lots of giggling and shopping and healthy walking. And lets not forget that pie and wigs. I sure hope I can join the fun next year. I want to meet all of you.

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SHARONSPARKLE 6/15/2011 7:59PM

    Jane - you sure captured the fun of our mini little Spark Rally! Loved your blog and the pictures are good. Except why do I look so crappy in the pics while everyone else looks great?
It sure was fun and we are already planning to do it again so that means it was a success.

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LILYGAL 6/15/2011 7:47PM

    Jane, I thoroughly enjoyed your blog!! ANd I love the pictures!!! It is so much fun to get together and I hope that we can do it again next year and like Weezie said with even more SP sistahs!! I too am anxious to hear what Bob has to say about TB's new look. She is a very sweet "little" lady!! As are all of you!!!

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MSWEEZER 6/15/2011 7:28PM

    Great job Jane and thanks for sharing. It was such fun and thanks for helping TB make this trip a reality. She is a beautiful little (and I mean little) lady. I too hope we can manage again next year and add a few new faces to the mix. It is like having 'sisters'. Glad you had a safe trip home and will be good to hear that TB makes it home and Bob's reaction to the 'new' look.

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2010 1/2 Columbus Marathon

Thursday, October 21, 2010

On Saturday I walked my second 1/2 marathon ever. I walked with one of my best and oldest girlfriends, Heidi. We met when we were 5 years old and even though life has taken us in different directions throughout the years, we manage to see each other often. Our children are grown so last year we decided it'd be fun to give this a try. We met in Columbus and gave it our best. When we finished last year, we could barely walk. In fact, we had to be picked up at a corner rather than walk to the car.

This year was totally different. We both trained all summer. We were able to keep a 14 minute mile pace for the entire race and we finished strong. And we walked out this year! We have already set the goal for next year, under 3 hours.

We have had so much fun with this. We bought "matching" outfits this year--for 57 year old grammas--I think we looked pretty cool. Our daughters gave us thumbs up for the "look." lol

Anyways, aiming for something like this gives you a goal to work for and get your fitness in each day. Friends make the walking easier. And I have found walking a 1/2 marathon brings out the best in people--it is a ton of fun. Give it a try!

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MOMGETSSPARK 12/16/2010 10:34AM

    I love the outfits and I am so proud of you! Way to go! I may try to bike that far next year. That is my goal. You look awesome and have to be just so happy with yourself and your good friend. Have a wonderful holiday!

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JOANELAINE5 10/30/2010 3:22PM

    Great Job. Sounds like a very satisfying accomplishment. Hope you reach next year's goal. emoticon

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SEKSUNSHINE 10/23/2010 8:02AM

    Great job! You 2 look awesome!

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JOEYGIRL73 10/21/2010 10:18PM

    Proud of you! emoticon

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LILYGAL 10/21/2010 8:12PM

    Congrats on your 2nd 1/2 marathon!!! I'm not sure that I could walk for 3 hrs at that pace. I'd probably be at 18 or more. But you did it up right, girl!! And I love the matching outfits!!

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KNITTABLES 10/21/2010 8:08PM

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MSWEEZER 10/21/2010 8:07PM

    You both look great and congrats on your time. Outstanding indeed. I'd be very happy going the distance at that pace. We'll see come March, if all goes well, to do the 1/2 with SEK and JENNVA in Virginia Beach.

You make your spark sisters proud!!!

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County Fair Day

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

We are off to the fair with our granddaughter, Addison. She is ready!

Fair food....Grandpa has been waiting for this day the whole year!

Feeding the animals was one of Addie's favorite things! Check out her tongue--it was going in out the same time the animals were eating! Too funny!

And finally, it isn't the Lorain County Fair if you don't buy the bandbooster's on site homemade donuts. (One a year is ok!) Her mommy won the purple necklace playing skee ball.

My hubby summed it up when he said it was the best day he ever had at the fair.

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JGMK55 8/28/2010 9:44PM

    It certainly looks like you had a wonderful time! I love all the summer county and state fairs.

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MSWEEZER 8/27/2010 5:52AM

    Oh how adoreable is she? Look at those blue eyes and clearly she was having a great time. I'm looking forward to next year and the county fair. We'll be going with Ava to see the aminals. LOL

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JOEYGIRL73 8/25/2010 5:27PM

LOVE IT! She's so cute!

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KNITTABLES 8/25/2010 4:45PM

    AWE, she is so cute, What a great day you all had.

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PRINCESSNURSE 8/25/2010 2:50PM

    emoticon Sounds like a great day!

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LILYGAL 8/25/2010 2:03PM

    To see anything thru the eyes of a child makes it the best day ever!! I totally agree!!!

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TUFFYBIRD 8/25/2010 1:48PM

    Your DH is right; I'm sure it was the best fair day ever, watching Addie experience all those new things ... for little kids the world is full of wonder, and we get to see it that way too.

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Walmart excursion

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Well, today I ventured out for the first time with Addie, age 13 months. We usually hang around the house when I babysit but today we took our first adventure alone. First we had to find shoes, then pack a snack and a sippy cup of water, then find the diaper bag. I threw my purse and the diaper bag on my left shoulder, her on my right hip, locked the doors, then loaded up the car. Putting a baby in a backward facing car seat in a Camry is a little awkward but the princess was patient with Grammie. We made it Walmart, grabbed a cart and my list and we were off. Found everything, got in line then realized I needed 1 more thing--in the back corner of the store. I debated whether it was worth the trek but decided I'd probably get 500 more steps on my pedometer--so I went for it. By then Addie was getting a little antsy. Singing helped! We made it back to the car then I had to relearn how to unpack a cart with a baby in it. On a hot day! Bags first, then diaper bag, then take the cart back to the cart return with baby in it, then take baby out and load her in the car. It's amazing how long all that takes. We take for granted these days of jumping in the car and just heading out. It brings back memories of raising children and all the WORK that comes with it. Glad I'm a Grammie nowadays! For all moms out there--I applaud you.

By the way--my son did this yesterday with Addie. He lost her "lovey" (which she takes to bed with her) somewhere in the store and came home without it! DIL was working, called the store and someone had turned it in. He was amazed someone would turn in a "ratty" looking blinkie. (Probably a mom!) After getting it back and getting Addie to bed, he crashed on the couch. DIL came home from work and the first words out of son's mouth were "I'm exhausted!" Welcome to motherhood!

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    It sounds like a lovely day. I do love taking the kids shopping. We smile and talk and I can talk to myself and no one cares. They think I'm talking to the baby. I do agree that the trips are shorter, but they are fun anyway.

I agree that it was easier when I was younger. I do enjoy my down time when the kids aren't here but I love them around.

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JGMK55 7/11/2010 12:23AM

    Even the most simplest of tasks can be time consuming when we are caring for our little ones. Of course, it's so much fun when it's our grandchildren. I love showing them all off!

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JOEYGIRL73 7/11/2010 12:00AM

    That's great! She is such a cutie! emoticon

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MSWEEZER 7/10/2010 6:12PM

    I can so relate Jane. Ava is fun but what a lot of work. Glad I did this when I was young as I can't imagine having to do this daily now. Exhausted? Oh yea!

You did great grammie. emoticon

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ALOHAEV1 7/10/2010 5:53PM

    Well, Jane what's the saying about youth being wasted on the young! Just absolutely love this and down the road your son is going to remember all this (daughter in law probably first) and even more memories made.

Hubbie just the other day was wondering how any of us managed without all the stuff these kids haul around!

I used to do have two kiddie seats in the car, folks would look in disgust most of the time that a woman my age would need car seats. Their loss, my smiles
Thanks for the memories!

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KNITTABLES 7/10/2010 5:05PM

    So cute. What a great day you had, Son's is so funny.

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MOMGETSSPARK 7/10/2010 4:48PM

    I loved this and the next time you go to Walmart you will think of your Addie. What an adventure! emoticon

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CRICKETSFINE 7/10/2010 2:55PM

  Don't let the experience stop you next time. Thank goodness lovey was found.
I used to let things like that start me eating. I am so glad you didnt let it ruin your day because in the end,,,LOVEY CAME HOME!

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TUFFYBIRD 7/10/2010 2:50PM

    Yup - being a Grammie is the best! I found it tiring (although fun) to cart my grandson around when he was smaller. It's much easier now that he's 3 1/2.

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