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I'M FEELING BETTER

Friday, August 10, 2012

emoticon emoticon emoticonI feel better today.
Had my blood work done today and was hungry afterwards.
I dreamed I overslept and was late for my appointment then the alarm went off.
Was naughty and ate an unhealthy breakfast.
Came home and got on Spark then took a nap.
Woke up and felt good.
Now I am washing. The first time I felt like doing something this week.
I have to fill out some papers, put them in a box with the blood sample and mail them UPS and and pay for the postage myself.
It was weird how they did it.
They had little dots and put little drops of blood on the little circles. I had never seen them like this before.
My finger bled and bled and is bruised.
I think the tiredness is over.
At least this will be my 37th day w/o dessert.
Irene

  
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AUDREYFAE 8/12/2012 1:21AM

    Hi Irene-I've heard of this type of blood test. I've done saliva tests that I had to do myself and then mail UPS. Though, I was given a pre paid sticker for mailing. The blood spot test is said to be just as reliable as the vials of blood. I had the mail in tests for adrenal function and hormone levels.

Glad you are feeling better and felt like doing some washing. Kudos on no dessert!!

Best Wishes to you Irene,

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HEALTHYLADY12 8/12/2012 12:46AM

    why do you have to mail it? they should do all that for you

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RAWHIDE64 8/11/2012 10:11AM

    The blood test makes no sense to me either.

However, you're doing great on resisting the urge to eat dessert. It sounds like you've made it a habit. emoticon

Lew

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CVRONEK 8/11/2012 8:11AM

    So glad that you are feeling better, Irene. emoticon

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YELLOW09RED 8/11/2012 7:14AM

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Irene,
Sending my HUGS.
Have a wonderful Saturday.
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_LINDA 8/11/2012 1:37AM

    So glad you are feeling better. In my 45 years of non stop blood tests, I have never heard of anything like what you describe. I would sure be interested in knowing what exactly they are testing for that takes so little blood! I am used to giving 3 to 5 vials of blood!! That is strange you had to pay this postage too -the labs usually have their own pick up and delivery drivers, they must be sending it out of state perhaps??
Very well done on going without dessert for that long? I am afraid I had pie and ice cream at the fair :P. I never eat dessert at home. Keep up the great work!!
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GRAMMAP1 8/11/2012 12:27AM

    I pray that your bloold work will reveal any problems, Irene. Better still, I pray any problems can be easily resolved! emoticon

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DIDMIS 8/10/2012 11:09PM

    They drew the blood at the doctor's.
At my primary doctor's they draw the blood then send it to a lab.
It is a complete female blood work
I did not get it done today and it was too late when I called.
I won't be able to call until Monday. I will call Monday and have a friend who will help me to find out what is going on.
Irene

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LMMIMI 8/10/2012 10:46PM

    Irene, happy you are feeling better. I am as confused as Pat, don't understand about that blood work and that you have to mail it in. Thank goodness we have a lab right at my clinic and they take care of everything. Now that you are feeling better, don't over do it. emoticon emoticon

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NUTINFANCY 8/10/2012 9:37PM

  I'm so glad you are feeling better! What are they checking for with the new type of blood testing? That's a new one for me also.

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SANDRALEET 8/10/2012 8:23PM

    Take care of yourself If you are like me you still think of ourselves as young chicks put we are in the best years of our life We learned a lot and now can pass it on. emoticon

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HAPPYMOM8 8/10/2012 7:05PM

    WHAAAAT? SURE NEVER HEARD OF A BLOOD TEST LIKE THAT!

GLAD YOU'RE FEELING BETTER.

HUGS, PAR

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NELLIEC 8/10/2012 6:19PM

    That is a new way for blood testing!

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MNNSAIDE 8/10/2012 5:50PM

    That is a very weird way to have your blood checked!
Seems it should have been done at the Doctors' office.

Glad your feeling better my friend.

Love ya

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LAVENDERLILY 8/10/2012 5:48PM

    Hi Irene, I'm glad you are feeling better. Your blood work is a new method to me. I guess it depends on the tests that they are doing. I don't have any blood work scheduled until November, but then it will be fasting and a whole battery of annual tests. I am trying to be good hoping to get a good report with no new medications ordered. Blessings, Hugs, Nadine

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/10/2012 4:54PM

    I hope you feel stronger over the weekend Irene. Way to go on your NO DESSERT STREAK! Yay!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 8/10/2012 4:38PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon what will power you have, glad to hear you are feeling better!!!

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GLORYB2014 8/10/2012 4:21PM

    emoticonIrene, I'm so happy to hear you are feeling better today! That news made my day!
No, I've not heard of that kind of blood test either but new ways of doing things happen all the time.
Hooray on your 37 days without dessert, you deserve a medal for that!!
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MY PASTOR'S DETERMINATION

Monday, August 06, 2012

As I mentioned in a recent blog my pastor told me if I could do without sweets for 30 days he could too.

I think he has been at it about a week and last week two of his three children had birthdays the same day with cakes, etc.

I wondered how he would fare so this morning when he came in I said pastor, I want to ask you a question. He said I'm still all right. He had no desserts.


We are an example to more people than we realize.
Oh by the way I reached my goal of 30 days w/o dessert and now have finished 33.


Irene

  
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SANDRALEET 8/9/2012 7:19PM

    We now not were our good examples end up they travel by the wind Were they go no one nows

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JC____ 8/7/2012 2:48PM

    Good for you! I feel good that I managed to avoid the donuts this morning that my hubby bought last night.
Have a good day!
-Joyce
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DIDMIS 8/7/2012 1:32AM

    Pat my weight is the same but I know I have to be healthier. Too many things including 60 minutes that tell what sugar does to the body.

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LKWQUILTER 8/6/2012 9:26PM

    You are definitely an inspiration Irene.

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LAVENDERLILY 8/6/2012 6:41PM

    You are always an inspiration! Congratulations to both you and your pastor.

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DEPAULGIRL09 8/6/2012 6:16PM

    That's great to hear Irene! Keep up the great work...you and your pastor.

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EJOY-EVELYN 8/6/2012 5:53PM

    Love that you're such a great role model!
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HAPPYMOM8 8/6/2012 4:02PM

    now i have a question--how does your weight compare today from 30 days ago?
pat


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SWEETLIPS 8/6/2012 3:56PM

    Congratulations Didmis and yes we are often the books that people read. Wonderful testimony!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/6/2012 2:35PM

    Congratulations Irene! You are an inspiration to more people than you know. Thank you!

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TEXASFILLY 8/6/2012 2:13PM

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SWANATOPIA 8/6/2012 1:02PM

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Such determination!

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YJNANA 8/6/2012 11:42AM

    Congrat's IRENE, you are inspirational


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DIDMIS 8/6/2012 10:39AM

    Good for some of you for your streaks also.

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BUSYGRANNY5 8/6/2012 9:48AM

    Wow!!! Good for you and your pastor!!!


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SLENDERELLA61 8/6/2012 9:32AM

    Congrats on your 33 days and on being an inspiration to others!!

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NAVYMOM133 8/6/2012 9:27AM

    Outstanding! I am on day eight of nothing to eat after dinner, healthy or not!
You have inspired me to make it to 33-and-counting, too!
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PIXIE-LICIOUS 8/6/2012 7:47AM

    Congrats on going so long without desserts!

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GLORYB2014 8/6/2012 7:32AM

    Way to go Irene! And you are a great influence on many, look at how you got your pastor to give up desserts too! It's a step in the right direction!
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MNNSAIDE 8/6/2012 6:56AM

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STALEYK 8/6/2012 4:56AM

    Have you noticed any change or felt any difference? emoticon

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JSALERNO 8/6/2012 4:29AM

    WOW!

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A DIFFERENT KIND OF SUNDAY

Monday, August 06, 2012

Well emoticonday I arrived at church early as usual as I teach the Spanish Sunday School class.
Everyone was sitting in the foyer. I asked what was going on. They told me the power was out as there had been an accident and the transformer wasn't working.
It was close to where I turn off the expressway to go to the church. Ours was the last one that could continue.
Chairs were taken out to the parking lot and we decided to have two or three short services. I was glad to be in the first service before it got too hot.

We had the worship services and the pastor read Psalms 34. Mighty passage. Then he mentioned me and I said do you want me to go up and tell it right now. Of course I was kidding. He said yes. I said I was kidding. He said no, come on up so I got to speak some also.
After the service we prayed for the people who wanted prayer then the second service started.

Afterwards I went out to eat with friends and had company in the afternoon and was privileged to pray for her.

So it was a real different Sunday. They are wondering where the hurricane Ernesto will arrive. It seems to be a bad one.

Another of my long stories.

Irene

  
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HEALTHYLADY12 8/12/2012 12:43AM

    you sound like an awesome person and your blogs arnt long, there nice

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LAVENDERLILY 8/7/2012 10:28AM

    emoticonI always enjoy your sharing your fellowship with us!

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MOM4407 8/6/2012 9:21PM

    Glad you had a wonderful time of fellowship. God is everywhere in a building or outside.

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NELLIEC 8/6/2012 3:25PM

    It's great that they had some creative thinking and were able to have services!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 8/6/2012 12:20PM

    way to go, having church in the parking lot what a testimony to God,

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GLORYB2014 8/6/2012 7:30AM

    Having the power go off sure didn't stop your service, that's the power of love, Irene!
I'm glad you had a nice Sunday!
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MNNSAIDE 8/6/2012 6:55AM

    Glad the church service continued and not canceled like other activities.
GOD continues to work thru you my friend.
Pray for me.

Looks like both of us have been up very early.

Marcy

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Number Two "What our example does for others."

Monday, July 30, 2012

Today I received a real pleasant surprise. emoticon
My pastor had either read my blog from someplace or someone told him.

He e-mailed me today on f/b and said I had inspired him so much he is going to go 30 days without sweets also. Diabetes runs in his family, also his wife died from it and his three grown children have it. That, in itself should be a wake up call.

He e-mailed me tonight and said he got through the first day.

You never know who you touch with your example.

Irene

  
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DEPAULGIRL09 8/4/2012 3:02PM

    That's wonderful Irene! It's amazing the lives we touch. God bless.

Lisa

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DIDMIS 8/4/2012 12:00PM

    MY PASTOR has gone 5 days w/o sweets I think.
And others are saying they are going to do it too.
Thank you everyone.


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HAPPYMOM8 8/4/2012 8:52AM

    TOLD YOU SO emoticon
HUGS, PAT

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SLENDERELLA61 7/31/2012 4:19PM

    How beautiful! What a success!!

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MJ7DM33 7/31/2012 3:51PM

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RAWHIDE64 7/31/2012 1:24PM

    emoticon Irene. That's one that you know you touched and I'm sure there are more. A good example is never wasted.

Lew

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GLORYB2014 7/31/2012 11:16AM

    What a great example you set Irene! And you've started a chain, some of us are joining you!
I read loads of blogs, I don't always comment but I sure do read and have I ever learned a lot from sparkpeople blogs! Awesome!
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RAINBOWMF 7/31/2012 8:57AM

    emoticon Irene.

I read blogs everyday, I learn something new from them.

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MOM2GEO_JR 7/31/2012 8:11AM

    See Irene, you touched somesone's life without even knowing it. So glad that he let you know what we know here on Sparks all along. Have a blessed day.
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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 7/31/2012 8:04AM

    awesome, will definately pray for your pastor that God fills him with willpower so after 30days he will keep going!!!

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AVANELL 7/31/2012 7:54AM

    Your life touches others around you just like a drop of water that falls into a pool. It ripples out touching everything around it until it comes to the edge of the pool. We never know just who we will influence by our lives!

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CELIAMINER 7/31/2012 7:48AM

    How true! I didn't tell many people at work about my effort to lose weight, but as my weight was dropping, I noticed several folks in the office starting their own paths to healthier lives. I can't honestly claim responsibility, but I'd like to think my quiet example helped motivate them.

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SWEETLIPS 7/31/2012 6:47AM

    Now, Irene, I am inspired as well. Continue to let your light shine so others might see. God Bless you!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/31/2012 6:15AM

    Great Job Irene! I know it is a personal decision for you each and every day, but it is great to see the impact you are having on others. Keep being an inspiration!

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JSALERNO 7/31/2012 5:59AM

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FLEMIDG 7/31/2012 12:30AM

    You never know who is watching and learning from you. You are such a great example to others.

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2ABBYNORMAL 7/31/2012 12:04AM

    That is a very pleasant surprise.
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NELLIEC 7/30/2012 11:53PM

    It does feel good when we realize we have inspired others. I figure that is one of the ways God does His work!

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DIANE7786 7/30/2012 11:45PM

    Your example probably influences more peoople than you know. emoticon

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WHAT OUR EXAMPLE DOES FOR OTHERS

Sunday, July 29, 2012

As you know emoticonI decided to go on a thirty day no dessert
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streak.

This is my 25th day. A neighbor of mine who also goes to the same church as I do is overweight and has knee problems. She has no computer so couldn't get onto Spark but I invited her to TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly) which actually believes in a healthy life style as Spark does. She went and has lost 10 or more pounds now.

Well when she heard I was on a streak w/o desserts she said if you can do that I can do without sodas. That was her big temptation.

Some have asked me why I can't have a little dessert, including some on Spark. I said if I have one emoticonI don't stop. She has not had soda for about a week now; before she had it every day.

So let your emoticonshine. Don't say and not do; say and do. I'm not saying I will never have dessert again but to tell you the truth I don't want it.

  
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HUZZAH39 8/4/2012 8:26PM

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DIDMIS 8/4/2012 8:11PM

    I MET MY GOAL OF 30 DAYS, NOW PLAN TO CONTINUE. emoticon

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CUSH1932 8/4/2012 7:27PM

    emoticon emoticon You set an excellent example. emoticon

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NDTEACHER1 8/1/2012 9:05PM

    Way to be a good example to your friends and shine a light for them to see.

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STARWARSFAN2 7/30/2012 11:22PM

    emoticon and you ARE obviously doing it!

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HAPPYMOM8 7/30/2012 9:58AM

    YOU ARE THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO THIS TEAM!
WE ALL LEARN BY EXAMPLE OVER PREACHING ANYDAY!

THANKS, PAT

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SANDRALEET 7/30/2012 8:00AM

    Yes our example is so important .Good or bad like a rolling ball we do not now there path and how far they go.One good example can lead to many more from others.

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RAINBOWMF 7/29/2012 9:09PM

    Fine example you have set for us all.
I believe in you Irene. You know what is helping you and this is Great.

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Mary

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/29/2012 8:38PM

    That is great Irene! Really I have found that sugar-y desserts just make me feel horrible, lethargic and yucky. It's not worth it!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/29/2012 7:48PM

    Good for you!! This is a very big accomplishment. As of tomorrow I'm giving up artificial sweetener totally for 2 weeks. I'm hoping by the end of 2 weeks I won't want it or at least not as much of it. I substituted artificial sweetener for sugar and I use too much of it. Your example is helping me. I can do it!!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 7/29/2012 7:20PM

    Way to go on your streak, Irene! I am like you...if I have one, I might not stop. So I am saying no to lots of stuff lately but I'm getting healthier every day.

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GLORYB2014 7/29/2012 6:59PM

    You set a wonderful example Irene, you are a real 'doer'. I think I'll try that myself, only with something that is my weakness. Going a month without a certain food would certainly help 'tame the beast!'
Great that your friend is giving up her soda too, they are just empty calories . . . and as you said, we don't have to say NEVER, just ease up on something we really like but isn't good for us. Take it easy and enjoy it now and then.
Thank you Irene!
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DIDMIS 7/29/2012 5:55PM

    Thanks Greg. Even God's word brings out and our pastor mentioned it this morning, don't be listeners of the word only but be doers of the word.
We need to be doers if we want to lose weight.

Thanks each one of you for your comments. God bless you.

Irene

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GROEDER 7/29/2012 5:46PM

    Good for you!!!!! It is easy to talk about it, but you are leading by example. You are a great role model!!!!!

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MOM2GEO_JR 7/29/2012 5:30PM

    You are a great example to all of us. We all know what our red light food, or drink is. Thanks for sharing.
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HOTPINKCAMARO49 7/29/2012 5:27PM

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You are an inspiration & a good example!

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JAMBABY0 7/29/2012 5:25PM

    good job to both of you and keep up the good work

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