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NEWSY UPDATE/acid reflux gone

Monday, November 05, 2012

Just thought since it had been awhile since I have blogged, I would bring all ya'll
up to date on activities.....will be another one next week but that's another

I started on this new program with the help of a nutrionist and a husband who is
backing me, supporting me, this time,,,,,in a way he has never done before...

I began this program on September 3rd, 2012, and that first week, I had one bout
of acid reflux, NOT ONE EPISODE with acid since then. To me, that is nothing short
of miraculous....

In case you did not know, David bought us a bed, with a head that would raise me
almost straight up............because I would have to get up and sit in a chair half the
night when one of these would hit......would have been a heck of a lot cheaper if
I had heard of this nutrionist before we bought the bed, but hey, it is very comfy...
so I guess I can't fuss too much................................ha

I have lost just over 25 pounds since September 3rd, and while I know I have a long
way to go yet, to get down to my goal of a really healthy weight, I am satisfied because
I am losing in a regular fashion and not a pound here and maybe next week a half pound,
and so forth.

I think a big key to this is I am not eating any Gluten, no rice, no potatoes, no sweet
potatoes, no bread, no crackers, no pork in any form now, no beans, other than green
beans, and no starchy vegggies like peas.....

I already can tell a major difference in how I feel....this is a lot better than when I lost
the original 37 pounds, then of course, got careless and gained some of that back.....
I feel better physically and mentally.

My bloodwork came back normal, the sugar had been high the last 4 trips in so the dr.
was very upset, and I may add here, he is very nearly doing handstands at the weight
loss and improvement...my cholesterol is down to 160 also.....

So in a few days I will run another one, in the meantime I have to go get busy....
times a wastin'....................

Blessings ya'll,

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MUMSKI 11/9/2012 1:25PM

    Great news Darlene. I know you have suffered for a long time with Acid Reflux, so glad to see you have found a way through it. Keep doing what you are doing, it obviously is working for you.

Hugs Lynn

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CBEVNOW 11/7/2012 10:15PM

    AWESOME, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ISAWAPUTTYTAT 11/6/2012 1:04PM

    Hey Dar I am so happy for you want to clue me into this i need help with mine also . I know what not to eat and how late i should not eat but i know there is more to it. Please fill me in when you have time ok. Keep up the good work and we will keep supporting you on also. lol sarah

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BANKER-CHUCK 11/6/2012 12:22PM

    Glad you are finding great results with your diet and the acid reflux. 25 lbs... emoticon

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JUNEBUG1944 11/6/2012 11:36AM

    Congrats, Darlene! You are doing so great! There are so many benefits to living a healthy lifestyle and you are experiencing them! Keep it up!

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LIFE-FAITH 11/6/2012 9:46AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I have heard of the no gluten diet - I even have a sister on it, but she has NOT lost the weight you have. I may just try it!

Keep on keeping on you are doing GREAT!


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MAEBEA40 11/6/2012 9:13AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Awesome Blog. I too used to suffer terribly from this. Since a young adult, this plagued me. I am so very glad you found relief. I used to prop the bed up and sleep on mile high pillows, only sleep on my left side, this tends to work. I experimented with not eating or drinking different things to see which ones was causing it. First I gave up carbonated beverages, then unhealthy fats, I have not had a bad night since. I was told by the dr that orange juice would cause it but I can drink it now without a problem with acid reflux, now the calories are another story. LOL

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/6/2012 1:37AM

    25lbs. that is so awesome!!!! Great job, keep on doing what you are doing because it is working.

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AVANELL 11/5/2012 11:14PM

    Wow! That's emoticon ! Keep up the good work!

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MIDROAD 11/5/2012 9:56PM

    Darlene that is wonderful news! Gosh, soon we are going to be so healthy and svelte!



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FISHINGLADY66 11/5/2012 9:08PM

    That is emoticon I'm so happy for you. Keep doing what your doing. Thanks for the update. ((Hugs))

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NEWAGAIN 11/5/2012 3:11PM

    WOOOHOOO!! You are doing really well with the way you are changing up your nutrition and getting weight loss results along with excellent lab work, too. They say its all 80% of what we consume and 20% exercise. You are showing "the proof is in the pudding" every time. Take care and stay healthy!


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Word Game

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I got this from someone else on Spark.....so just having some fun here............

Where is your cell phone?


Your hair?

Your mother?

Your father?

Your favorite thing?

Your dream last night?

Favorite drink?

What room are you in?

Your hobby?

Your fear?

Where do you want to be in 6 years?

Where were you last night?

Something that you aren't?


Wish list item?

Last thing you did?

What are you wearing?

Your pets?


Your life?

Your mood?

Missing someone?


Your car?

Something you're not wearing?

Your favorite store?

Your favorite color?

When is the last time you cried?

Where do you go over and over?
God in prayer(ok-not one word I know)

Five people who email me regularly?

Favorite place to eat?

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?

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CBEVNOW 10/29/2012 6:49PM

    Fun , emoticon thanks Darlene

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BANKER-CHUCK 10/26/2012 12:29PM

    These can be fun and revealing at time depending on the questions.

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FISHINGLADY66 10/25/2012 10:44PM

    I did this once. Lot's of fun. emoticon

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 10/24/2012 1:40AM

    Interesting there. Thanks for sharing.

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LIFE-FAITH 10/23/2012 3:05PM

    emoticon emoticon
Hey Darlene - Still thinking about you and that porch!
Come and hang out any time! ;o)

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Vietnam War Facts

Monday, April 16, 2012

(In honor of my husbands' service in the military and 3 tours there)

Vietnam Wall Facts:

SOMETHING to think about - Most of the surviving Parents are now deceased.

There are 58,272 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2011.

The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it is 36 years since the last casualties.

Beginning at the apex on panel 1E and going out to the end of the East wall, appearing to recede into the earth (numbered 70E - May 25, 1968), then resuming at the end of the West wall, as the wall emerges from the earth (numbered 70W - continuing May 25, 1968) and ending with a date in 1975. Thus the war's beginning and end meet. The war is complete, coming full circle, yet broken by the earth that bounds the angle's open side and contained within the earth itself.

The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth , Mass. Listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965.

There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.

39,996 on the Wall were just 22 or younger.

8,283 were just 19 years old.

The largest age group, 33,103 were 18 years old.

12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.

5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old.

One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 15 years old.

997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam .

1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam ..

31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.

Thirty one sets of parents lost two of their sons.

54 soldiers on attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia . I wonder why so many from one school.

8 Women are on the Wall. Nursing the wounded.

244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of them are on the Wall.

Beallsville, Ohio with a population of 475 lost 6 of her sons.

West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation. There are 711 West Virginians on the Wall.

The Marines of Morenci - They led some of the scrappiest high school football and basketball teams that the little Arizona copper town of Morenci (pop. 5,058) had ever known and cheered. They enjoyed roaring beer busts. In quieter moments, they rode horses along the Coronado Trail, stalked deer in the Apache National Forest . And in the patriotic camaraderie typical of Morenci's mining families, the nine graduates of Morenci High enlisted as a group in the Marine Corps. Their service began on Independence Day, 1966. Only 3 returned home.

The Buddies of Midvale - LeRoy Tafoya, Jimmy Martinez, Tom Gonzales were all boyhood friends and lived on three consecutive streets in Midvale, Utah on Fifth, Sixth and Seventh avenues. They lived only a few yards apart. They played ball at the adjacent sandlot ball field. And they all went to Vietnam . In a span of 16 dark days in late 1967, all three would be killed. LeRoy was killed on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the fourth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Jimmy died less than 24 hours later on Thanksgiving Day. Tom was shot dead assaulting the enemy on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

The most casualty deaths for a single day was on January 31, 1968 ~ 245 deaths.

The most casualty deaths for a single month was May 1968 - 2,415 casualties were incurred.

For most Americans who read this they will only see the numbers that the Vietnam War created. To those of us who survived the war, and to the families of those who did not, we see the faces, we feel the pain that these numbers created. We are, until we too pass away, haunted with these numbers, because they were our friends, fathers, husbands, wives, sons and daughters. There are no noble wars, just noble warriors.

Please pass this on to those who served during this time, and those who DO Care.

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SKYEFYR 6/18/2012 12:25PM

  This year I participated in Rolling Thunder for the first time as the actual rider and not a passenger. Our capital is full of so many beautiful monuments to death. It's sad that so much beauty celebrates so much tragedy. I spent some time looking around and found my ex-husband's fathers name. It was strange to think about how that mans death - a man I had never met - changed my life so much.

I really wish that our government would hear what we're saying with our protest. Never again, bring our people home, stop interfering in other countries and fix the problems at home. But most of all - Bring ALL of America's children home.

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KELTIC-CARA 5/11/2012 12:19AM

    Thank you for listing these facts.

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CLAIRE_LEFT_SP 5/9/2012 9:30PM

    My brother was in 'Nam and he returned a completely different person.

Once, I was on the little bus that takes you from the airport to the car rental office and I saw this guy with some patches on his jacket and on impulse I leaned over and said, "Viet Nam?" "Yes, " he said with a sheepish kind of look on his face. I reached out my hand and said, "Thank you for your service to our country." and he started crying. Not one person, in the 40+ years since he returned, had anyone outside his family said thank you.

It's never too late to thank a vet!

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FISHINGLADY66 4/23/2012 9:48PM

    Darlene Thanks for posting this beautiful heart felt blog. My hubby was in Korea and they brought him home to send him to Viet Nam. emoticon and many emoticon.s to all who served. Someday I want to go and see the wall.

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CHATTIEGIRL 4/23/2012 9:19PM

    Hi Darlene;

Thank you so much for doing this, it is very moving. I don't have any that was in the war but in our town we lost several of our sons. I was in tears because it is such a loss of young people and older. How did 15 and 16 year old boys get in the war? We are a free country but most do not know the cost it takes to be free. God bless you dear for having the courage to print this.

Your friend,


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CBEVNOW 4/19/2012 3:14AM

    Thank you Diane for this information. My brother in law was there. Still has some problems. My Scooter was in Iraq.
I wore a POW braclet for years and the name i had, never came home he also died there.
Yes i am glad your husband made it home and thank him for serving our beloved country.


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LIFE-FAITH 4/18/2012 3:11PM

    emoticon and a emoticon to your husband for serving.

I so appreciate your blog! My dad served in the Korean War. I had no family serve in the Vietnam War - as a kindergardener I remember the taps played everyday at school when one of our own died instead of the bell - I have more memories of the taps than I do the bell. (I attended a mixed school in Detroit of all age groups - K - 12th) - I had a close family friend who served, he came home - never the same.

I appreciate the information - someday I want to go and see the wall.

The casualty numbers you shared do not mean just a number to me - they are lost lives who served our country and stood for freedom, fighting for it all.

God Bless you!

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BANKER-CHUCK 4/18/2012 12:51PM

    Darlene I will post this in my Blog as well so all my friends can see your posting.

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BANKER-CHUCK 4/18/2012 12:46PM

    Thank you Darlene for posting these facts. Tell your Husband I said "Welcome Home"" and thank him for his service. I have seen the statistics many times, as always it is a great reminder of sacrafices made. I have been to the Vietnam Wall 2 times while on my Run For The Wall trips. Very moving experience.
As a Vietnam Veteran myself, I am seeing our numbers diminish at a rapid pace. Many Veteran are dieing from Agent Orange complications at a young age. I will be heading out for my annual Run For The Wall in about 3 weeks. I will not be able to make it all the way to the Wall this year, but will be a part of the Run. Our trek cross-country makes several very memorable stops along the way at various Vietnam and other war Memorials.

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BGUMBA 4/18/2012 9:59AM

    Thanks Darlene. Those who are too young to remember the Vietnam Era can't understand what these troops went through, and due to the rewriting of history, don't know what these troops did for them. Say thanks to David for me!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 4/18/2012 12:24AM

    Thank you Darlene for posting this. It was very interesting to read and learn the facts.

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ALASKAN 4/17/2012 3:33PM

    Interesting post and thank you for sharing this with, Darlene. I had a few friends in the military and both of my ex husbands were in the military too. Sorry to about the ones no longer with us. God less their families. Tell David that i said thank you for his sacrifice and his service.

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BUGLET- 4/17/2012 1:05PM

    My brother Mike was an Air Force Viet Nam vet. Thank you for reminding us of the sacrifices made on our behalf. God bless their families and thank your hubby for me for his service. I really think that being drafted or volunteering made men out of boys. My son was in the Marines but these days few are those who serve in the Armed Services. Too much "gimme mentality" Thank David for me please.

Married three times:

1-Air Force
3-Navy, my current

Probably more than you wanted to know..
God bless those serving right now!

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REJOHNSON3 4/17/2012 6:11AM

    Thank you, Darlene, for these facts and memories. I served in the U.S. Coast Guard during this time. I went in in August 1959 and retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in September 1979. I did not have any duty in Vietnam but I worked in a law office for about six years interviewing our people and preparing wills at that time for those going on ships to Vietnam.

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EBEAMS 4/16/2012 11:29PM

    May the Light of Freedom continue to shine across our great land, regardless of who is in the White House or what the political climate is. There is no way to tell the families who gave much THANK YOU enough ... not just for the ones who lost a loved one but for all of those who's loved one went away and came back a different person. God bless each and every veteran ... Please give your husband a big hug from me and tell him I said THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for his time, his sacrifice and his service. emoticon

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JDRAKE57 4/16/2012 6:48PM

    My uncle was an enlisted Marine who did three tours in vietnam and I'm so thankful he made it out alive but he was older so that might account for it...

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

So very sorry to hear of Davy Jones passing away this morning from a heart attack.
Never missed the Monkees on tv and I still sing the Last Train to Clarksville.........

Goodbye old friend..........we will miss you................

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REJOHNSON3 3/3/2012 5:45PM

    I was a teenager when the Beatles came to town and were on the Ed Sullivan Show. The Monkeys came later but I do remember them. Oh, to reminisce the good times of the past. We did enjoy their music.

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NELLJONES 3/2/2012 9:46AM

    "Daydream Believer" was part of the soundtrack of falling in love with my first husband. Like all the girls my age, The Monkees was must see TV.

It's a shocking reminder that we all are getting old.

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GAYLLYNNE 3/1/2012 9:07AM

    This broke my heart too! What a wonderful childhood memories I have of that. RIP Davey :(

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    I grew up with the Monkeys. Davy Jones will be missed.

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    I remember my sister really into him when we were little. It's very sad so young.

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MAPLETREE5934 2/29/2012 11:41PM

    I really liked a lot of the Monkee's songs. My favorite was "Day Dream Believer". I heard that he was singing at a club or some other music setting about 11 days before his sudden onset of his heart attack. I feel for his family as it was completely unexpected.


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FISHINGLADY66 2/29/2012 10:18PM

    What sad news. I really liked the Monkey's. He was too young to leave us. RIP Davy Jones.

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PEPPYPATTI 2/29/2012 10:00PM

    It is so sad! I had such a crush on him when I was a kid! I have been singing "Hey Hey Were The Monkeys" all day. He influenced me to play the guitar as I wanted to play the song "I Want To Be Free". Wasn't a popular song but it was my favorite sung by him. He will be missed!

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PATTIE441 2/29/2012 9:25PM

    Very sad. I'm devastated. I loved him singing "Valerie". emoticon

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MUMSKI 2/29/2012 9:24PM

    Me too, I grew up with them. I always wanted to marry him although he was a lot shorter than me ha-ha!!

RIP my sweet man, you brought such good memories to this old bird.


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JUNEBUG1944 2/29/2012 9:03PM

    Oh, I missed that...thanks for telling us. I loved the Monkees, too! emoticon

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I borrowed this from Bug and she said I could post it .... LOL

Rules for worrying

1. Write down everything you want to worry about.
2. Pick one hour a week, anytime you desire, to do nothing but worry about the things on your list.
(Note: No other time is acceptable once a predetermined time is established-should something prevent you from utilizing that time period for worrying, you must wait until the period arrives the following week.)
3. Never, under any circumstances, worry before noon or after 5 PM, Monday through Friday or before 10 AM or after 8 PM on Saturday, Sunday, or Holidays.
4. Never, under any circumstances worry while at work, or while working on work materials or business related items.
5. If you insist on worrying, this immediately disqualifies your spouse or any other family member in the same household, from worrying…ONE worrier per household is allowed.
If another member of the family wishes to assume the responsibility as the OFFICIAL WORRIER, you may relinquish the position, but immediately you are disqualified from future worrying. In this event, you must adhere to the above schedule and list all of your worries for the appointed WORRIER to worry about for you.
6. You must never put on your list, or entertain worrying about things over which you have absolutely no control.
7. As a WORRIER, upon acceptance and association with any other group, club, association, etc., you must adhere to the above principles and monitor those with whom you associate, that they do also.

Severe penalties for “Not Worrying Properly” will be administered.

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BECCABOO127 6/27/2012 11:32PM

    This is so cute! Thanks for sharing.


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JUNEBUG1944 2/29/2012 9:04PM

    Thanks, Darlene! I'll have to share this with my sister because she is a worrier!

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MISSB8604 2/24/2012 7:33PM

    So fun! I might actually try some of this stuff. HA!

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EBEAMS 2/23/2012 9:53PM

    I think I'd rather be a prayer warrior instead ... That way I know who's in control! emoticon

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BGUMBA 2/23/2012 8:39PM

    Thanks for sharing. I love it!!!! emoticon

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LIFE-FAITH 2/23/2012 9:58AM

    emoticon I love it! Thanks so much for sharing. Jean

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GAYLLYNNE 2/23/2012 9:42AM

    Love this!! Wish we could do it !!

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TNEWELL26 2/23/2012 9:15AM

    This is hysterical!! When I start to worry, Wayne warns the kids .."watch out, Mom is in the worry zone, make yourselves scarce for about an hour until she comes to her senses!" I will have to share this with him, he will love it! emoticon

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67CAMARO_SS 2/23/2012 6:34AM

    Funny Darlene. ;-)
I'll print & take to my WA meeting. (worriers anonymous) LOL
J/K, but it would be nice to not worry so much. Thanks for sharing this.
June :)

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CBEVNOW 2/22/2012 6:36PM

    Now look what you have done!!!!!! i will worry about worrying emoticon Bahahaha

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 2/22/2012 5:34PM

    Love it! Thanks for sharing it.

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FISHINGLADY66 2/22/2012 4:34PM

    That sounds like a lot of responsibility's for the WORRIER, emoticon

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PEPPYPATTI 2/22/2012 3:58PM

    I love it!! Thank you for the chuckles!!

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