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Thursday, September 08, 2011

An old woman decided to have her portrait painted. She told the artist, "I want you to paint me with a diamond necklace and earrings, emerald bracelets and a ruby pendant."

"But you're not wearing any of those things," the artist replied.

"I know, she said. "It's in case I die before my husband. I just know he'll marry one of his little girlfriends right away, and I want her to go crazy looking for the jewelry."

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GRANDMA624 9/14/2011 5:59AM

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    LOL, thank you for making me laugh! You made my day!

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DEBBIEG8S 9/10/2011 6:53PM

    Too Cute!!


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DMILLER33 9/9/2011 6:49AM

    Too funny emoticon

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SMIDGON 9/8/2011 9:41AM

    I love it.


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GARDENCHRIS 9/8/2011 7:17AM

    cute! emoticon

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I've Lost My Mind & Need Help Finding It!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Don't you just hate it when you do something & then can't go back to it? A few days ago I joined a Challenge to drink 8 + cups of water a day & put down my goal. Now I can't find it on SP (have checked all my Spark Teams twice). Can anyone help this senior citizen with her memory lapse? emoticon

Yesterday I took DH to VA Hospital for his ENT clinic appointment. Today we go another direction to new doctor for another problem. We are "Medical Road Runners" with all these doctor's appointments. He will have the outpatient surgery on his right leg on the 12th (next Monday). Supposed to help reduce the painful swelling he endures every day.

Have a Sparktacular day! emoticon emoticon

P.S. Thank you, DMILLER33, for helping me find this on my "Recent Posts".

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DGFOWLER 9/8/2011 7:23PM

    Glad dmiller was able to help you find what you needed. I'm sorry to hear DH still is running around to various doctors, can be so time consuming, but I'm sure he's worth it.. Have a blessed evening. Donna

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JESS0107 9/7/2011 2:07PM

    That is aweful about your husband!! i will keep ya'll in my prayers!!!

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MISSYMOOSE71 9/7/2011 9:37AM

    You do put a lot of miles on your vehicle! Good luck with his appointments & upcoming surgery. I'll be keeping you both in my thoughs & prayers.

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DMILLER33 9/7/2011 6:39AM

    Check under other goals. It should be listed there and what team it is if it was team goal. Now if monthly goal check your recent posts.

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IT'S WHAT YOU SCATTER (from my e-mail)

Sunday, September 04, 2011


I was at the corner grocery store buying some early potatoes... I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily apprising a basket of freshly picked green peas.

I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes.

Pondering the peas, I couldn't help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller (the store owner) and the ragged boy next to me.

'Hello Barry, how are you today?'

'H'lo, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus' admirin' them peas. They sure look good.'

'They are good, Barry. How's your Ma?'
'Fine. Gittin' stronger alla' time.'
'Good. Anything I can help you with?
'No, Sir. Jus' admirin' them peas.'
'Would you like to take some home?' asked Mr. Miller.
'No, Sir. Got nuthin' to pay for 'em with.'

'Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?'

'All I got's my prize marble here.'

'Is that right? Let me see it', said Miller.

'Here 'tis. She's a dandy.'

'I can see that. Hmm mmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort of go for red. Do you have a red one like this at home?' the store owner asked.
'Not zackley but almost.'

'Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at that red marble'. Mr. Miller told the boy.

'Sure will. Thanks Mr. Miller.'

Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me.

With a smile she said, 'There are two other boys like him in our community, all three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes, or whatever.

When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn't like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or an orange one, when they come on their next trip to the store.'

I left the store smiling to myself, impressed with this man. A short time later I moved to Colorado , but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys, and their bartering for marbles.

Several years went by, each more rapid than the previous one. Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho community and while I was there learned that Mr. Miller had died. They were having his visitation that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them. Upon arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could.

Ahead of us in line were three young men. One was in an army uniform and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts...all very professional looking. They approached Mrs. Miller, standing composed and smiling by her husband's casket.

Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her and moved on to the casket. Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one; each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the mortuary awkwardly, wiping his eyes..

Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and reminded her of the story from those many years ago and what she had told me about her husband's bartering for marbles. With her eyes glistening, she took my hand and led me to the casket.

'Those three young men who just left were the boys I told you about.

They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim 'traded' them. Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or size....they came to pay their debt.'

'We've never had a great deal of the wealth of this world,' she confided, 'but right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho ..'

With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased husband. Resting underneath were three exquisitely shined red marbles.'

The Moral:
We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind deeds. Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath.

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MISSYMOOSE71 9/7/2011 9:33AM

    Wow. That's a great story.

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CHRYS13 9/4/2011 5:53PM

    Beautiful! Thank-you so much....
Blessings to you and yours!

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I have always loved this story...it NEVER gets old!



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They came in the darkness & left destruction.....

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Checked the garden this morning.....deer came last night & ate my beautiful watermelon plants and most of the okra leaves! I have used moth balls, red pepper, a fake owl, hung aluminum plates around & until 2 days ago was taking a dirty piece of clothing down and hanging it late every afternoon (human smell). A friend who has gardened for years & years was having deer problems & hung Wal-Mart sacks around her garden & it worked for her so I did not put the piece of clothing down there last night. The sacks did not even slow these deer down. I know they need to eat too, and they can come eat all the grass they want in the yard, but I wish they would leave my produce alone.

So.......back to using the dirty clothing tonight. Thankfully, they did not bother the tomato plants or bell pepper plants (neither are producing right now, but have new blooms).

Sigh, such is life living in the country near woods.

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ROSEWCI 9/2/2011 2:11PM

    Oh geeezzzz.....those darn critters! I've had to deal w/'em in the past & so I know how frustrating (& damaging) they can be! I hope something will work for ya soon!

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JESS0107 8/31/2011 2:05PM

    I once heard that human hair will drive them away but I don't know how effective it is. At least they saved you some food!!

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    Ouch, guess they are hungry too hmmm. I hope your new idea works, sorry about this. A garden sounds so lovely, I think I will try one next year. Fresh veggies..yum!

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DEBBIEG8S 8/30/2011 5:06PM

    I feel for you. As a gardener I understand the heartbreak that comes with unwanted garden visitors. Here's something that works for me and it's free. Take an empty plastic grocery sack and cut the bottom open. Now cut from the bottom toward the handles in several places. Now you have something that looks like a windsock. Cut the handles open and tie this to a stick. Now when the wind blows this will look like some crazy octopus and it makes noise too. The critters don't know what it is and seem to stay away. Make several and move them every once on a while. Plus they are so light weight if you use them when you plant seedlings, even if they brush the seedlings it wont hurt them.

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52 hrs later...down 2 lbs.....finally have lights & water! WOOHOO!!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The storm that came through here Wed. at 2 PM did not cause any damage, but we lost electricity & our community water. They finally came back on yesterday at 6 PM. We, thankfully, had a generator to keep our freezers & refrigerator going & some lights working. We slept (or tried to sleep) in our recliners as the bedroom was too hot, used what water I had put up very sparingly, & hoped for a quick repair. During this time I got my "exercise" by lugging 5 gallons of gas into the generator (would run for about 7 or 8 hrs) & then pulling the rope numerous times to get it started. Several trips to town to get more gas (we only had 2 cans, but I'm getting another today). I probably sweated some of the 2 lbs away & worked the rest off. :)

You know the old saying "you don't appreciate what you have until you don't have it"...very true.

Have a blessed day.

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GMASANDIE 9/7/2011 4:53AM

    Glad to hear things are back to normal. Grateful you had a generator for a few hours at a time. You are so right about that saying "you don't appreciate what you have until you don't have it". emoticon on your two pound loss!

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    I am really glad to hear that you got out safe and only a few minor issues came up. Congrats on the two pounds!



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JESS0107 8/29/2011 12:28PM

    That is true!! I'm glad to hear that your power and water is back on and congrats on the weight loss!!!

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ROSEWCI 8/27/2011 5:06PM

    emoticon on the 2 lbs gone! Hope all is well now!

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CONNIER64 8/27/2011 12:30PM

    So happy to hear you are doing OK plus you lost weight too emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHRYS13 8/27/2011 9:51AM

    So glad to read that you sustained no damage!

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DYA177 8/27/2011 8:21AM

    Glad ur ok. NYC is preparing for our storm. Wish us luck.

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MISSYMOOSE71 8/27/2011 8:13AM

    I'm glad to hear there was no damage & that your power/water was restored. Congrats on your weight loss!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 8/27/2011 7:36AM

    Glad everything's heading back to normal. We may lose electricity over the weekend....Irene ya know!

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GOATGIRLJM 8/27/2011 7:03AM

    Glad u r ok.

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