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Better late than never Nov recap..Dec goals...haha..

Monday, December 24, 2012

Hi..just killing time til my company arrives so thought I should finally do this blog..

My Nov theme was Hospitality and enjoyed all the visits to my spark page :)
I refreshed my page..tracked my food a few days, tracked points..almost 3000!! Tracked fitness points..over 1000 :) drank water everyday and tea too!! Finished the 5% challenge..didn't lose 5% but reached 1/2 my goal..blogged only a few times..but was active on the 5% challenge. Read my Happiness project daily and kept my them of hospitality in focus..did some of the fall housecleaning and did get an early start on Christmas..thank goodness or I'd never be ready in time since I've been sick!!

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Now for December goals..I always have these in my head..just need to get them down...

Theme for December is Blessings emoticon

emoticonRefresh page

emoticonTrack food

emoticonTrack x (it's only around 700 mins since I've been sick :( )

emoticonTrack points ..coming great almost 2000 pts and 200 more until level 17 :)

emoticonDrink water

emoticonBlog :(

emoticonGet healthy again..it's coming

emoticonReady for Christmas early

emoticonReflect on theme

emoticonHappiness project

emoticonCount my blessings

emoticon Send Christmas Goodies

Thanks for dropping by..keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

I have been counting my blessings and knowing I will soon return to good health! At the end of November we got the news that one of the pasture manager's wives just found out she had stage 4 cancer..gave her 6 months..she was gone in 2 weeks! So sad and a real wake up call to count your blessings and hug your loved ones close and make every moment matter...my spark family has become very dear to me..so ...have a blessed holiday..love always..Donna

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DUSTYGIRL25 4/30/2013 2:30PM

    Love the way you get those goals down. All good ones too! Wow, the cancer is so scary & sad. Especially sad for the family during the holidays. I guess it's a lesson in all of us taking care of our health & living life to its fullest. Take care my friend. emoticon emoticon

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ROSEWCI 12/29/2012 5:56AM

    So sorry to hear about the pasture manager's wife. Yes, we all should count our blessings & be grateful for each new day. I love my Spark family too! We are blessed! Great job working on those goals! Keep pushing!

And feel better honey! emoticon

Happy New Year to you!!! emoticon

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PARKERB2 12/26/2012 3:17PM

    we are truly blessed

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BLEGNER1 12/25/2012 8:15PM

    I try to count each day with Jeff as a blessing even when he pushes all my buttons. I know that you will soon be as good as new. I will think of you more often during my times of prayer. I have been a little negligent about callin up particular names during those times and have done a collective prayer.
You are a blessed friend
Barb

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CATBEFIT 12/25/2012 1:20PM

    You are so right to count your blessings -- life is fleeting so we much enjoy as many moments that we can grasp! Hope you feel better soon.

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GARDENCHRIS 12/25/2012 9:52AM

    hope you are feeling better.... cabbage rolls for Christmas ..... you must be part Polish... I love cabbage rolls my German/Polish grandmother made the best!

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/25/2012 7:44AM

    merry Chritmas Happy New year.

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XNANNY 12/24/2012 7:58PM

    My family sends Christmas goodies to each other as well. I have not done so this year as I am living with my niece and her family helping with her twin baby girls.

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68ANNE 12/24/2012 7:05PM

    Nice recap, good to read, I took a few ideas. Hope you don't mind. Merry Christmas

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To everyone..have a blessed Christmas...

Monday, December 24, 2012

Hi..I have been away from blogging and mostly from Spark except for logging in and spinning the points, etc. I got sick around December 9th and ended up to the dr and have bronchitis that just doesn't want to leave :( I have drugs and a puffer and still feel quite sick if I do too much :(

So just wanted to catch up a bit..I'm waiting for my oldest daughter and her 2 little girls to come home for Christmas..still another hour or 2 before they arrive...all is ready..so I'm resting on the couch and wanted to finally get blogging.

I want to wish you all a very merry and blessed Christmas! Hope you are able to spend it with friends and family. We had an early Christmas with our son (he's going to his girlfriend's today) He was home for the weekend and we had the in-laws and neighbors here..very fun day..so now I have one Christmas under my belt..literally..haha..groan...

Tomorrow the in-laws are coming out again and we'll do an identical meal..turkey, cabbage rolls, sweet potatoes, salads, veggies, lefsa, baking and candy cane ice cream..oh and the granddaughters and I are making brownie trees on a stick and a gingerbread house for each of them :)

I have cut down on some of the preps..mostly cleaning..haha..but the gifts are all wrapped and delivered, the inside and outside of the house decorated and the baking done...glad I started early so I didn't have much to do while I was really sick....I haven't received many cards even though I send out around 50..Maybe have only gotten about 20 so far..next mail trip will be at the end of the week so maybe get more then?

I still want to do a quick Nov recap and my Dec goals..but will put that in another blog...

Thanks for dropping by..keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

My Christmas wish for you is you all find the love, peace, joy and blessings of Christmas in you heart this holiday season..love hugs and prayers as always!!

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DUSTYGIRL25 4/30/2013 2:26PM

    I'm so sorry to hear that you were so very sick during Dec. I don't know how you still got through all the baking & all that you do. I wish I could have been a good SparkFriend during this time for you, however this was my worst time too.
So hope you have a wonderful time with your family for Xmas.
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ROSEWCI 12/29/2012 5:58AM

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! HaPPY NeW YeaR!!!

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/25/2012 7:47AM

    merry Christmas Happy New year

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ELSCO55 12/25/2012 12:33AM

    Merry Christmas. Enjoy your day.

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MARITIMER3 12/24/2012 6:28PM

    And the same best wishes to you and your family Donna. I hope you are feeling better soon so that you can enjoy all youra company.
Gail

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PEZMOM1 12/24/2012 4:42PM

    Have a great Christmas!

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PMFISH 12/24/2012 4:14PM

    My heart feels for you! I know how bronchitis can put you down!! Hope you will be 100% percent soon. Amazing you have been able to host so many Christmas dinners. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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ZIGGY122 12/24/2012 3:56PM

    emoticon Glad your feeling better and will be able to enjoy your Christmas

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December is flying by....

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Hi...can it really be Dec 5th already?

I'm late with November's recap and December 's goal but I'm just going to catch you up on December so far...

Saturday Dec 1..fun, fun Christmas party with one of my best friends ..supper, drinks and shopping..yes fun fun fun :)

Sunday Dec 2 house clean and decorate the livingroom including the tree up!!

Monday Dec 3 marathon Christmas baking day....7 batches done :)

Tuesday Dec 4 off to Montana for cattle stuff for hubby but also did some shopping and out for supper and a sparkle tour....stocked up on some Christmas booze, too and didn't have to pay any duty...wonderful :)

Wednesday Dec 5..oh, that's today...the pharmacist at the drugstore where I used to work is really short staffed over the busy holidays so asked if I could fill in for a few days in December so I'll be working 2 days this week, 4 days next week and 2 days the week before Christmas....I went to town to talk to her and I also mailed all my Christmas cards :) Back to work tomorrow :)

Last week we were up to Weyburn so hubby could get new tires on one of the trucks so we went up on a really icy day..oh yeah..everyday is really icy..just wish it would quit raining and get cold like it's supposed to be here...the whole yard is a sheet of ice!! The roads are a bit clearer but towns are awful!....and hubby got out of the truck at Weyburn and fell :( then he went to get the tires and they ordered the wrong ones..he was in a grumpy mood after that!! I did do my once a month shopping, and we stopped at Sears and got a new TV (the old one had the top half of the picture gone) and a new stand too :) an early Christmas gift!

Well..stay tuned for that November recap and some December goals...I'll work at refreshing my Spark page first...then get the rest done...

Thanks for dropping by..keep on Sparkin'

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DUSTYGIRL25 4/30/2013 2:18PM

    Sounds like some good holiday fun times! Sorry that your getting such bad weather while your trying to get stuff done. Really sorry about your hubby falling, hope he wasn't hurt bad. Christmas is getting closer! emoticon

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PAULAAUTUMN 12/22/2012 8:03AM

    So much to do so little time to do it in you will get there in the end Merry Christmas and a Happy Nedw Year emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOPINTOS 12/13/2012 5:53PM

    I am slow too!

Thanks for sharing!

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Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Perfect Health Diet Team
Country Living Team
Dr Oz Show Fans Team
Wheat Belly Team

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CAVEPRINCESS65 12/9/2012 11:08AM

    You have such a busy schedule but sounds like you have fun too
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MARITIMER3 12/8/2012 8:58PM

    Hi Donna -

I hope you're enjoying your work at the drug store. My very first job, when I was in high school, was helping out at the local drug store, mostly stocking shelves, but sometimes helping people find things. I really liked it. It will be a nice break for you from all the work around home... as long as you don't have to do all of it after you get home from the drugstore!

We've done our outside decorating and are starting on the family room today. DH is supposed to be going to Toronto tomorrow to play at the Veterans' Wing of Sunnybrook Hospital but freezing rain is predicted, and if it's too bad I hope he will just stay home.

Take care, and enjoy the holidays.

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WATERMELLEN 12/7/2012 9:14PM

    You are busy but it sounds like you're having some real fun too! Sorry about the icy conditions: scary for driving.



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ROSEWCI 12/7/2012 6:39AM

    Oh boy, the holidays do have a way of sneakin' up on us, don't they! Stay safe out there, my friend! And enJOY time spent w/family & friends!

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BECCABOO127 12/7/2012 2:31AM

    Wow, you are really busy, and so glad you are having fun, too!

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DOODIE59 12/6/2012 8:17PM

    Brother! You sure get your share of weird weather! Sounds like your December is booked solid! Nice that you got to have fun with your friend;)
Deirdre

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CATBEFIT 12/6/2012 8:29AM

    Love your blogs -- you never seem to stop moving!

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GOLFGMA 12/6/2012 8:07AM

    You will have a busy schedule for the weeks prior to Christmas. Hope all goes well and you have a meaningful Christmas season. emoticon

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Back to blogging...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Hi..sorry I've been MIA..I've just been feeling lazy and not blogging...finally got back to a bit of fall cleaning today..did laundry and sorted the hot mess that is our home office desk...it needed some major sorting!! and threw lots away..to the wood stove paper bax :)

Haven't gotten back at my cards yet either..just have a few addressed but everything is ready to address the rest..

I've been helping water the herd and put up the new Christmas lights I bought, they worked fine in the house and once up on the house only half worked..just like the ones they were replacing..boo hoo!! I give up..I took the ones from before and rolled them in a ball and stuck them in the hanging baskets by the door!!

I'm meeting 3 classmates tomorrow for lunch for our birthday get together..the woman who is having the December birthday is off to Austrailia this weekend for 2 or 3 months so we're having it early..always fun to get together...one friend just got back from Iowa, spending US Thanksgiving with friends and the other friend has just returned from black friday shopping in North Dakota :) The stories should be fun..

I'm finding the last week of the 5% fall challenge very challenging..the extra points are for no junk food..it's a tough one for me...the exercise one is fine but it's hard to go a whole week without junk food..no beer, no cake, no ice cream.. etc.
Wish me luck..so far today is my first no junk food day to track!! Woohoo me!! Tomorrow's lunch and Wednesday is Weyburn so another lunch out..hope the rest of the week is sucessful..need to nudge the scale so I can finish strong!!

Better head off to bed..thanks for dropping by and for all your encouragments.. Keep on Sparkin'

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Where has November gone?? Almost time for a goal recap and post December's goals..stay tuned....

  
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DUSTYGIRL25 4/30/2013 2:13PM

    Well, you have been very busy. Getting to spend time with your friends sounds like so much fun, especially with all the travel everyones doing for the holidays.
I'd have a hard time with giving up all junk food. Sometimes you just need it. Especially ICE CREAM!! emoticon I could never give it up completely. It's my favorite food in the whole world. Pizza, comes in a close second though. emoticon.
Oops, now I'm hungry, I better go find something healthy. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 12/7/2012 9:16PM

    Yay back to blogging!! And yay getting together with friends! (Wish I was as organized as you with cleaning, decorating and cards!!)

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MARITIMER3 12/3/2012 11:05AM

    Hi Donna - I hope you enjoyed the lunch with your friends and managed to get back at the Christmas cards. You did better than I did with the 5% challenge... I gave up when we went on holidays. There's always the new year.

Take care and enjoy the Christmas preparations.
gail

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ALEXSGIRL1 11/29/2012 7:38PM

    glad your busy and enjoy those birthday get togethers

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KANSASROSE67 11/27/2012 11:54PM

    Enjoyed the update...have fun with your friends!

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Working on my Christmas cards...

Friday, November 23, 2012

Hi..I spent most of today working on my Christmas cards..I printed out the letter and found out I needed a few more pictures so I used my new scanner/printer and made a few more copies. I sent out about 50 cards every year! and love to hear from friends and relatives!

I took a break from cards and helped hubby load up the water tank and haul water to the herd..there's no water where they are at right now..so we'll be hauling water for the next few days.

When we were finished hubby went to town for mail and I went back to work on my cards...and when hubby came home I got my first Christmas card :) talk about Karma..woohoo!! The card is from our new friends who just moved to New Zealand! and she mailed her cards really early!

The cold weather is still here and now the wind has picked up..glad we don't have to go anywhere except the community well which is just a few miles from us. A whole weekend to stay home..maybe I'll get back to house cleaning....haha...

Well it's about bedtime so I should finish this up..thanks for dropping by and keep on Sparkin'

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30 days in 30 ways...

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DUSTYGIRL25 4/30/2013 2:04PM

    Look at You! Already getting Christmas cards out in Nov. So glad you may have a relaxing weekend. emoticon

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RUTHDEE2000 12/3/2012 10:31PM

    Good for you....I am behind, but it is on my list of things to do...I still love to send Christmas cards...have a lot to be thankful for..have. A wonderful Christmas...


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COMPUCATHY 11/26/2012 8:43PM

    Your cards project sounds wonderful! We're a little colder now, too. Hope you had a marvelous Monday! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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MARITIMER3 11/24/2012 10:57PM

    Hi Donna - I dug out our cards this week-end and will send the three to penpals (two in Australia and one in Denmark) tomorrow. Others won't actually get mailed for about 10 days. Love Christmas!
Gail

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ALEXSGIRL1 11/24/2012 2:59PM

    awesome with getting the cards out early I need to follow your lead/ you get great exercise just living have a nice pleasant weekend

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GOLFGMA 11/24/2012 7:59AM

    Nice that you are getting an early start. Bet watering the herd involvessome exercise and that's a good thing! emoticon

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PARKERB2 11/24/2012 5:41AM

    It's Saturday morning and as usual I am running behind and not commenting until now. Hope you are able to read my remarks. Glad your getting a jump on the cards. Have a great day today.

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