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IMPORTANT WARNING

Saturday, March 05, 2011

THERE IS A VIRULENT COMPUTER VIRUS GOING AROUND. A MESSAGE POPS UP ON THE SCREEN PUPORTING TO BE FROM WINDOWS SERVICE. IF YOU CLICK ON IT, IT UNLEASES A VIRUS. I CONTACTED MY IP AND HE VERIFIED THE VIRUS AND TOLD ME THAT IT CANNOT BE CLEANED WITHOUT TAKING THE PC TO A PROFESSIONAL. NONE OF MY ANTIVIRUS PROGRAMS WILL WORK.

So, I am using my laptop and being very careful what I click on! I would never have clicked onit, except it looked like a valid Windows notification!

Hugs!

  
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ELLENIRENE 3/6/2011 7:46AM

    thanks for the warning. Is this for all browsers?

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MSLZZY 3/5/2011 10:34PM

    Thanks for the warning! HUGS! So sorry for your misfortune!

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MACANBEFIT 3/5/2011 2:11PM

    Thanks for the warning. Will pass this on to friends and family.

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CLAYKEEPER 3/5/2011 12:29PM

    Ouch... thanks for the warning. Hope you are feeling better, too.

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ATTHEINLET 3/5/2011 11:52AM

    Well, it seems as if my prior post was a waste since you figured out the problem. I won't click on anything for fear of viruses. I don't know whose site you got it on but I early on told SP that unless they could verify iin writing that they can assure there are no viruses on their advertisers, I would never click on them. They didn't respond, so I never click on their ads. I know this looked like a windows alert. For that I take my dad's advice. Do not click on it, go to the Windows website and click on updates there.
Are you going to bring in your laptop to get it scrubbed clean?

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BRADOS 3/5/2011 11:08AM

    I know those viruses well - in fact last month I bet it took me 4 visits to a friend from church's house to get it off their computer

I usually have to search google for the exact text message of the virus popup message and find which site gives me the instructions for how to remove, download a fix program on my computer, take it to theirs and reboot in safe mode and then run the fix there - but for non computer tech (like me), it usually takes me some seriosu experimentation - I know the frustation!

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BOLAURAOK 3/5/2011 11:06AM

  Thank You !

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SUNNY1432 3/5/2011 10:43AM

    emoticon for the heads up!! Have a great weekend.

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 3/5/2011 10:42AM

    I am glad that you have it figured out. I don't understand why people make up these viruses. What do they get out of it? I hope that it doesn't cost a lot to get your computer cleaned out.


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SARAHTAIT 3/5/2011 10:39AM

    Yes I know! I got it on my house computer and my son had to redo everything! I lost several programs! it is a bad one! thanks for the warning!
hugs,
Sarah

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No cardio, no strength training

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

I was not feeling well, legs felt heavy, light headed, mild headache and nausea. I had not been around anyone with the flu and my blood pressure was way low on Sunday. There is some kind of a life rule about getting sick on weekends, right?
First thing Monday morning, I made an appointment with my doctor and went to see him. As usual, for doctors, and I will never really understand this, was "How are you?" I could have been a real smart azz and said any of the following: Just great, just wanted to see how you are! Or, Well, I haven't met my insurance deductible yet this year. Or, Feeling great, but since I was in the area... Or, None of your business. Or, The dentist was busy, so I came here instead. Or, I'm old, how do you think I feel?
But, since I really do like the guy and respect his profession, I simply said, "not as well as I would like."
After answering all the usual questions, What meds are you taking? Answer, the ones you prescribed that are right there in the computer. What are your symptoms? The same ones I just told the nurse in detail that she entered into your computer . How long have you had the symptoms?Since the day you weren't available. Do you have trouble breathing? Let me check, nope, still doing it. Do you have chest pain? Nope.
Checked my blood pressure and it was 170/100 after being well below 80/40 the day before. Then he ordered a cbc, a metabolic panel and an ekg. I was instructed to get into a gown (which had a rip in the shoulder-this medical system has been donated a billion dollars by a munificent gentleman), so I offered to sew it for them at no cost. I was told they will just throw it away. Now I know why medical costs are so high.
After an unusually short time, the doctor came back in and told me the tests were all normal. Whew, that's the good news. The bad news is that I still feel like crap. H also told me to rest for a few days and call if I don't get to feeling better.
All kidding aside, I do appreciate having a doctor that I like and respect.
So, no cardio, no strength training. I never thought I would miss doing these daily, but I do. This is day 3 and my routine is out of kilter and I feel vaguely guilty (no lectures, please, I know that is irrational!) I'm aiming for Thursday to be my feel good day and to be able to get back to normal. It is all too easy to lose the routine, if I stay away too long.
After more than a year of Sparking, I do no want to backslide on my backside!
Hugs, Sparkies! Happy Day 1 of March!

  
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STARL_73 3/6/2011 8:31PM

    It's been a few days since this post. Hope you're feeling better.

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LILOATS 3/5/2011 2:26PM

    You should be a comedian. LOL. Glad that you went to the Doctors but what did he really do for you but tell you to relax for a few days. I can do that without being told to. Anyways, I hope that you are felling better soon. I bet you get felling better when Spring gets here and buds are forming on the trees. I know I will. Take Care & HUGS to ya.

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TARIANGIE 3/3/2011 7:50AM

    LOL I to think it is crazy for a doctor to ask "How are you doing?". It is even worse when you have been in the hospital 48 days and every day about three or four of the medical staff ask you that question.
Can't they just say hi and be done with it?
Hope you feel tons better soon.

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ATTHEINLET 3/1/2011 6:16PM

    I am glad to see your blog. Good humor still running along. I have been very concerned about those "heavy legs". Did the doctor have any idea about why your bp went so low? I can explain the high - you were at the doctors. I don't care how much you like the doctor, they can destroy our bp.

In all seriousness, do feel better quickly. Don't push it and you are getting this advice from someone who has had to take it for over 5 months, so proceed with caution.

Cuddle with Daisy and the cats and enjoy a couple of days of rest.

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PENNYAN45 3/1/2011 4:53PM

    I think it's good that you went to the doctor and had him check you out.

I also think that having relaxing 'down time' to just take care of yourself is wise.
Rest helps you to heal.

So take really good care of yourself - for as long as necessary, and when you are feeling better, the strength training and cardio will be there waiting for you.

Feel well soon!

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MSLZZY 3/1/2011 2:55PM

    Your body needs a break so take it easy and get back to feeling better. I would miss you! HUGS!

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 3/1/2011 2:36PM

    My DH never gets sick and he was down and out for a week! Hang in there, you will be up and shoveling snow in no time, lol!
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MACANBEFIT 3/1/2011 12:15PM

    I'm glad the doctor didn't find anything wrong. See how you feel each day, before setting the date to restart exercising. When you do restart, start small and work back up to where you were last week. I found that if I don't do cardio for a few days, my legs and backside make me pay.
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CLAYKEEPER 3/1/2011 11:46AM

    Carol... You are a delight even when you are feeling 'pooie'. Take it easy on yourself, pad around in your jammies, take naps, sip tea, .... and you will mend quickly. Sending you energy , prayers and a hug ! annette

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SARAHTAIT 3/1/2011 11:11AM

    Praying for you to feel better! So glad you have a great doctor that you trust-that means a lot! love your sense of humor shining through! Take good care of yourself and hugs from....
Sarah

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VALERIEMAHA 3/1/2011 8:09AM

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Hilarious...in spite of it all Carol!!! How would we survive without humor and laughter??? I'm so sorry you're feeling cruddy, but think of it this way, you have a legit excuse for not doing cardio and ST and I DON'T (but I haven't done it anyway)!!!

Take care of your beautiful self and keep us posted! HUG therapy:
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Maha

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KRILEYFARM 3/1/2011 8:02AM

    My hubby had the high fever and was down for 10 days and off work (which made him crazy).
It took him about a month or so to recover fully. He continued to goto work but came home and passed out.
Get yourself healthy and you can come back at in full force.
My God be watching over and place His healing hands upon you.


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Half a lifetime ago....

Friday, February 25, 2011



This was me half a lifetime ago. It was taken at my oldest son's high school graduation. I think I weighed 110 pounds, worked full time, grew gardens and canned, made most of my and the kids clothes, was active in several organizations, taught Sunday school, all those things you young mothers deal with today. I had had one serious back surgery.

Anyway, my son is preparing for his 35th high school reunion now! Half a lifetime ago and, yet, not so long after all!

Hugs, Sparkies!

  
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LILOATS 3/5/2011 2:31PM

    Yes, time sure does fly by. It seems like only yesterday that my 2 boys were toddlers. They are now 32 & 36. I though that these were supposed to be the golden years but the only thing that is golden is my pee. LOL.

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ELLENIRENE 2/26/2011 9:27AM

    you haven't changed a bit!!

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MSLZZY 2/25/2011 9:24PM

    The years may have flown by but you are still one beautiful woman! HUGS!

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DAISY443 2/25/2011 7:19PM

    In retrospect, the vest was not a great idea!

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ATTHEINLET 2/25/2011 6:59PM

    You were beautiful one half lifetime ago and you are beautiful still . emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BRADOS 2/25/2011 12:58PM

    have a great day DAISY

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CLAYKEEPER 2/25/2011 10:44AM

    Wow ! You haven't changed a bit ! Two of my daughters are retired... it seems only months ago I was convincing them that kindergarten would be fun !

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VALERIEMAHA 2/25/2011 10:04AM

    It's mind-blowing, isn't it Carol, how it's "half a life time ago" and yet "not so long." That insight lights up in my head frequently.

So...you were a blondie!!!??? I love the *presence* you exude in the way you present yourself...STRONG WOMAN!!!

Thanks for the glimpse!
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Let me count the ways...

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Let me count the ways that I know spring is finally coming: emoticon

The cats are shedding (more than usual). emoticon emoticon

I have heard the geese flying North (I think they are confused!). emoticon

My pair of mourning doves are back. emoticon

The Japanese beetles are showing up in the windows. emoticon

Daisy dog is staying outside longer without coming in limping. emoticon

The sun is brighter. emoticon

The days are longer. emoticon

My house plants are perking up. emoticon

I feel more cheerful. emoticon

And, finally, and most telling, I am having an uncharacteristic urge to clean things! Look out old house, here I come, armed with duster, broom, mop and vinegar and baking soda. Look our spiders, your webs are history. Look out Daisy dog, all your toys are going back in the toy box. emoticon

OK, spring, bring it on!

  
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BOLAURAOK 2/25/2011 9:13AM

  I saw Robins last week and I know we have one good storm after they arrive and then total spring bliss. I too have been into overdrive cleaning. Which is pretty unreal for me. Thank You for the uplifting note.

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ELLENIRENE 2/25/2011 6:43AM

    That's uplifting!

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MSLZZY 2/24/2011 11:06PM

    Very positive attitude! Bring it on indeed! HUGS!

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ROBINSNEWNEST 2/24/2011 7:39PM

    hmmm... weather is warmer, but still no urge to clean emoticon
No shock to me, but I applaud your efforts and energy in tackling something that will put the spring in your step... emoticon emoticon here's a new Easter bunny for Daisy from us...

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 2/24/2011 11:47AM

    Yay! Spring! It doesn't look like spring here at all, still have ice hanging everywhere. It might get warm enough to melt off some today. But a co-worker pointed out to me that the irises planted close to the school building are popping up out of the ground. So, Woo Hoo!!! Spring is coming!!! Let's do the Happy Dance!!!!

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VALERIEMAHA 2/24/2011 10:42AM

    BRING IT ON, INDEED!!!
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Maha

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CLAYKEEPER 2/24/2011 10:37AM

    We are having a rain deluge today... but the robins have been out for a week or so, my doves are also back, the rabbits are doing 'rabbit' things, and the cleaning urge hit here too ! It must be hereditary, my four year old grandson, armed with a spray bottle of water, " cleaned" my windows to about waist high ! Life is good !

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To all my Spark Sisters

Monday, February 21, 2011

My daughter sent this to me this morning and I wanted to share. To all my Spark brothers-nothing personal, we need you too!


A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid day,
drinking iced tea and visiting with her mother. As
they talked about life, about marriage, about the
responsibilities of life and the obligations of
adulthood, the mother clinked the ice cubes in her
glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance
upon her daughter..

'Don't forget your sisters,' she advised, swirling
the tea leaves to the bottom of her glass. 'They'll
be more important as you get older. No matter how
much you love your husband, no matter how much you
love the children you may have, you are still going
to need sisters. Remember to go places with them now
and then; do things with them..'

'Remember that 'sisters' means ALL the women...
your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other
women relatives too.. 'You'll need other women. Women
always do.'

What a funny piece of advice!' the young woman
thought. Haven't I just gotten married? Haven't I just joined the couple-world? I'm now a married woman, for goodness sake! A grownup! Surely my husband and the family we may start will be all I need to make my life worthwhile!'

But she listened to her mother. She kept contact with her sisters and made more women friends each year. As the years tumbled by, one after another, she gradually came to understand that her mother really knew what she was talking about. As time and nature work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman, sisters are the mainstays of her life.

After more than 50 years of living in this world, here is what I've learned:

THIS SAYS IT ALL:
Time passes.
Life happens.
Distance separates.
Children grow up.
Jobs come and go.
Love waxes and wanes.

Men don't do what they're supposed to do.
Hearts break.
Parents die.
Colleagues forget favours.
Careers end.

BUT..........
Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how
many miles are between you. A girl friend is never farther away than needing her can reach.

When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you
have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley's rim, cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the valley's end..

Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk
beside you...Or come in and carry you out.
Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters, daughters-in-law, sisters,-in-law, Mothers, Grandmothers, aunties, nieces, cousins, and extended family: all bless our life!

The world wouldn't be the same without women, and
neither would I. When we began this adventure called
womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or
sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we
would need each other.



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MAMADWARF 2/25/2011 7:54PM

    I love it. It is sooo true. My mother left us girls each a letter when she passed. I dont know when she wrote it. But she told each of us 3 girls that the best thing she ever gave us was our sisters. It is sooooo true. My neiecs, daughters, cousins, sister, friends...well we rule this family. My husband is the only man (besides 1 cousin's husband and my dad) who has stuck it out all these years. It has not been easy! we are loud, proud, annoying and hilarious. It is the thing I love best and the thing I love best about frank is he just lets us be who we are. That is no small thing. Thank you for this today.

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LINDAGRAVEL 2/22/2011 12:04AM

    Love it!Hugs

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ROBINSNEWNEST 2/21/2011 9:36PM

    Sister, you nailed it -- as usual. I'm so thankful for you... and the "sisters"... here on Spark and elsewhere in the universe...

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MACANBEFIT 2/21/2011 6:25PM

    How lovely. Thank you
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VALERIEMAHA 2/21/2011 10:43AM

    And speaking of The Sisterhood, I want to share a book title with everyone. I highly recommend it:

The Elegant Gathering of White Snows

An Amazon.com editorial review:
"When eight women in rural Wisconsin take off in the middle of the night for a journey of the heart, it touches women everywhere. The walking women are different ages and of diverse backgrounds, yet their friendship and unwavering mutual support have forged an immutable bond. They start their walk as support for Susan, who is facing an unwanted pregnancy, but all are walking for their own lost loves and lost dreams. As they walk, they talk about their lives, and the pain of the past is shed. The media picks up the news of their perambulation, and soon they become a national sensation that starts other women thinking about their lives, resulting in positive changes all over the country. The women are unaware of their influence, and their small community protects their privacy, so they can proceed without the intrusion of the outside world. A rallying cry for the empowerment of women, Radish's novel is also a celebration of the strong bond that exists between female friends. "
Patty Engelmann, American Library Association

Even though Amazon.com readers gave it a mixed review, I found it a thoroughly enjoyable and empowering read.


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MAIA2011 2/21/2011 10:25AM

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CLAYKEEPER 2/21/2011 10:12AM

    Amen.....Sister !

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PAMTHEMUSICAL 2/21/2011 10:03AM

    There was a woman in our church who was in the hospital and her life was quickly fading from her. Her husband had died years earlier, her daughters were not there. The only people there were several women from her Sunday School class, girlfriends. They stayed by her side until she slipped into glory. As I read your blog entry today, this is the thought that came to my mind. Remembering Wanda.

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/21/2011 9:54AM

    I've got tears in my eyes. This is so true! emoticon emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 2/21/2011 9:32AM

    TO THE SISTERHOOD!
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Maha

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