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Another sunny day...

Friday, April 05, 2013 was another bright and sunny day :) I enjoyed my day by spending sometime outside, checking through the herds and helping with chores..also put out salt and minerals to the bottom herds..

...Hubby had the quad going today so I went for a few rides :) It always makes me smile to go much fun....

I did some more baking today for freezer filler...I made a pumpkin sheet cake and put 3/4 of it in the freezer. Also made rhubarb crisp for supper's dessert..supper was pork chops, salad and veggies/ lunch was hot dogs and left over homemade beans and a spinach salad/breakfast was cereal and healthy snack for today was a microwaved egg..

Talked on the phone to my sister who is home from Mexico and she had a fabulous trip!! We also had the pipeline man here with another pipeline cheque :)

I did quite a lot of housework, too and some laundry and I started my monthly blackboard art..I just love blackboards..want to do some more blackboard painting... a later spring job on my list...

April is stress awareness month and losing some stress is a great way to lighten up. I found this list of 8 things to do~
1 get a full night of sleep
2 get exercise 4 days a week
3 eat a home cooked meal every day
4 schedule some quiet time
5 stay hydrated
6 play with family and friends regularly
7 cut back on caffeinated beverages
8 find a way to give back to your community

Today I burned my lemon candle, used my honey almond body spray, chewed some lemon sugar free gum..had a banana, worked on my yellow journal..wish I had colored chalk for my black board..I have been checking for it but haven't found any yet.

Tonight I am relaxing with another hockey game..hubby is asleep on the couch.. I'll relax for a couple more hours and then take the midnight check..then off to bed. Maybe I'll make some tea..I bought some new lemon and ginger tea that I haven't tried yet...

Well, thanks for dropping by..hope you had a sunny day..keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

emoticon Give me sunshine..... emoticon

I hope the freezing rain and snow that is forecast for tomorrow doesn't happen!!!

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DUSTYGIRL25 5/5/2013 5:49AM

    It's a Yellow Day!

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/5/2013 7:46PM

    i love your 8 ideas to lesson stress and your sunny yellow attitude . colored chalk have you tried crayola they make colored chalk hugs

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DOVESEYES 4/5/2013 1:47AM

    You really are bringing out the sunshine in your happy to be sharing it with's really rubbing off...I tell hubby about your life and he asks if you are a dairy farm or dry stock?

He knew a lovely family in his 20's who were farmers and he loved the life in New Zealand, the weather there is usually temperate but does have areas of snow and hot parts as well. The family had a dairy herd and were on milk supply.

Lovely people and so much fun to visit. Bad, bad, bad on the diet though as they had about 7 meals a day and all were scrumptious and massive amounts were consumed!!! We rode over the hills on the motorbikes and played 'quoits' in between meals :)

Have a lovely day hope the weather stays fine

Country Living Team

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Keep on the sunny side!!

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Hi..check out this art work.. .
/Happiness-page.jpg I found this on Pinterest and it's just beautiful..I love all the writing, it fits in perfectly with my April theme!!

I hope the link worked... :)

Today was bright and sunny but you will not believe the forecast..more snow for tomorrow and Friday..yikes..the winter that won't end!! I'll still keep with my sunny thoughts and gaze at something yellow in my house.

I collect happy faces so I have placed them here and there.. I bought some $ store silk yellow tulips, 2 happy face stress balls and a lemon candle :) In my living room I have some yellow accents already throw pillows, areas rug and bowls and flowers... in the bath room I have sorted out all my yellow bath and beauty products. So things look very sunny here...I have been working on my April art a yellow scribbler :)

Today was a lighter chore day...I had some time to do house stuff..baked beans in the crock pot, 2 batches of homemade pork sausages, a batch of cherry almond muffins, and 2 dozen hamburger patties to fill the freezer :) Also did some housework and laundry, helped with some chores...went to town with hubby for mail and water and stopped at friend's place for coffee and a much needed visit :)

Our meals were..breakfast..oatmeal and dates/ lunch.. burger and spinach salad/ supper... baked beans, cabbage, sausage patties and apple sauce for dessert. My healthy snack was a cherry almond muffin :)

I did the evening walk through the pairs at the bottom corrals and in the little pasture. Now I'm relaxing with with a beer and the hockey game..Edmonton vs Calgary..

I hope you are all having a sunny day..thanks for dropping by and keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

emoticonKeep on the sunny side!!! emoticon
Try this link to the art...
Try this link for the art work...

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DUSTYGIRL25 5/5/2013 5:46AM


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ALEXSGIRL1 4/4/2013 6:49PM

    i love this sunny side of you and taking me with you. thank you hugs

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    Donna, thank you for posting the link again. It worked!!! I love it and must see, tomorrow, if I can copy it. That is something we should read over every day, just as a reminder.

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    Keep on thinking Spring and Yellow. It will come, in time.
I admire your positive outlook. Keep sparking. It's the last thing I read in the evening, before closing down my computer. Your blogs always bring a smile to my face.
Sorry, couldn't read your link. Try to click on LINK and insert it there, than post it.

Comment edited on: 4/4/2013 12:24:22 AM

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DOVESEYES 4/3/2013 11:26PM

    MMM I love the yellow theme...

Have a great day

Country Living Team

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April's Goals..Lighten Up already.....

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

HI..Time for April's Goals...

April's Theme is Lighten Up

I'll be focusing on all things bright and shiny like magical sunshine, and all things "SPARK"ly :)

emoticon Refresh spark page..done :)

emoticon Spark points..1000+

emoticonSpark x minutes...1000+

emoticonLots and lots of water

emoticon5% Challenge

emoticonMagic Sunshine

emoticonLighten Up.....


emoticonSpring clean

emoticonGet happy

emoticonRemember art...

emoticonJournals and blogs

emoticonFind a sunny song a day....

So..I hope you are ready to come along with me as I LIGHTEN life, my weight, my food, my clothes, my house and my attitude....and MYSELF!!

I started yesterday with lightening up a few things..I will keep a little list of a few things I do each day...

April 1...added something yellow and sunny to each room in my house, wore a yellow shirt, changed to regular sheets from the winter ones (hubby complained cuz it's still too, he has to cuddle lol) had lighter meals, added lemon to my water..and switched my daily water glass from a green one to a new sunny one that says..You are simply amazing! with doodles etc on it :) I also noticed that in yesterday's sun I have a tan line on my face where my winter head band and I used some yummy body mist that is honey and almond and I liked it cuz it has a picture of a bee on it :)

April 2...wore a yellow shirt today, more body mist, more lemon in my water, filled my dish soap dispenser with yellow lemon dish soap, had lighter meals, researched some lighten up projects...hubby lightened up our cattle herd by taking a load of dry cows to market...

Today started out foggy but the sun finally came out and was a bright spring day..I walked the herds this morning and worked on house jobs while hubby shredded bales. We got the cattle loaded and to market late afternoon and I stayed home and checked cows to calve and did night chores...

...he was home for a late meals for today were..breakfast..1/2 grapefruit and a hot cross bun/lunch..a small cup of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich/ I had left over chili for supper and hubby had other healthy snack for the day was a green smoothie..I have been wanting to try one and I made mine with spinach, water, 1/2 a frozen banana and some apple sauce.

I am very excited to start off April and work on my goals of lightening up!! I have so many plans...I like when I do some searching and find several things along the same line....I came across lots of things about being kind and also things about finding your passion and your path...things I plan to incorporate into my month...'s almost time for the next night check...thankfully chores have lightened up some!! Thanks for dropping by and for brightening my day..keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

emoticonYou are my only make me happy when skies are grey.... emoticon

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PARKERB2 4/4/2013 1:59PM

    Great blog. Keep up the sunny spirit. IT will rub off on me, I hope.

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MARITIMER3 4/3/2013 8:44PM

    Donna, you are amazing! You are one of the most positive of my Spark Friends, and I love reading your blogs.

Love your idea of adding something yellow to every room... you have me searching for yellow... oour living room is painted yellow, so that's a start.

Have a great week and month; here are some yellow treats for you.
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ALEXSGIRL1 4/3/2013 7:12PM

    thank you for lightening my mood. i love all your lighten up goals and the whole idea. way to go emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DOVESEYES 4/3/2013 4:23AM

    Ha ha... chores have ' lightened up ' is that funny or what?

I love this blog its all happy and bright, hope April is all that you would like.

Country Living Team

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Happy April..everybody..

Monday, April 01, 2013

Wow..April already!!

As you might notice by the bright yellow background April is all about LIGHTENING UP, and SUNSHINE and HAPPY... emoticon

But first before I do the April theme and goal blog I will do the March recap...

March..what a month... My theme was dreams...magic dreams..oh I felt like I had no time to dream but hard work and focus has me meeting most of the month's goals..

emoticon Refresh page...yes

emoticon Spark points..aim 1000+..yes got 2510

emoticonSpark x minutes..aim 1000+..yes got 3660

emoticonlots and lots of water..yes

emoticon5% challenge..yes..but the weight is slow is great

emoticongreen foods..yes

emoticongo outside everyday..oh yes and then some..haha

emoticonchores/calving..oh yes..very busy!!

emoticonmagic dreams..worked on my dreams :)

emoticonspring cleaning...didn't do much of that..:(

emoticonlent...didn't do as well as I hoped..:(

emoticonremember art..did a bit..

emoticonjournals and blogs...did quite well on keeping up my journals and blogging almost daily...:)

So that about sums up March...all I can say is I'm glad I survived all your help and encouragement...I appreciated all your visits to my was the highlight of my day to crack open the lap top and see if a Spark friend had stopped by!

We had a very long and tiring day today...besides normal chores and I did some of the walk around checks, etc..we finally got at the working chute (that means I shovelled it out while hubby did other chores) so we could start to catch up with some tagging and tattooing ..we put cow tags in the first calf heifers and tattoo in their ears their id number...also any cows that have lost their tags over winter go in to get new ones..well we haven't been doing any and have even turned some out without being today while we were turning out pairs we used the chute and caught up with the tagging (except for the 10 0r 20 that got turned out before :(...) Don't know when we'll get to took all afternoon and I am beat!!

After too much Easter yesterday I had lighter meals for me today..breakfast..half a grapefruit and a hot cross bun/ lunch.. a small serving of chili with the last of my cracked wheat homemade bread toasted/ supper was a chicken breast, a big veggie salad and some honey dew melon..yum yum!!

Had a great phone visit with one of my best friends..she invited me to a concert with her in May..oh I love having stuff to look forward too!! :)

Well..I'm about wiped and I think I'll just relax with the last period of the hockey game..the Oilers are winning 3-0 vs Calgary!! Hubby is already asleep on the couch and I have a couple hours to relax before my cow check...I'll use the time to work on the rough draft of my April goals..

...stay tuned tomorrow for the goal blog...

Thanks for dropping by..keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

Did you have any April fools pranks pulled on you? While visiting with daughter on the weekend I was telling the stories of different April fools pranks and the granddaughters were listening..they are 8 and 11 and they copied one of their aunt's pranks and took all the dishes etc out of mommy's cupboards..haha..she wasn't impressed..haha...I think her exact words were.."I hate April's fools.."

..."only a fool trips over yesterday..."

Are you all ready to LIGHTEN UP and SHINE with me..? emoticon

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DUSTYGIRL25 5/5/2013 5:40AM

    Happy April!

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COMPUCATHY 4/2/2013 9:19PM

    I'm ready to lighten up and shine! I think April is going to be awesome! For my background, first I created a collage of pictures and captions and saved it as a .jpeg. Then, when I went to my page, for the background, I navigated to the picture on my laptop and uploaded it. Then, SP tiled the picture, creating the background. I'm glad you like it! It is nice having things to look forward really is uplifting and inspirational. Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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MONAKIN314 4/2/2013 10:20AM

    Awesome! Great job in March! Waiting to see what's up in April!

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MARITIMER3 4/2/2013 8:26AM

    Love your bright, cheerful yellow! With all the new calves arriving, I think you had an incredible March.

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/2/2013 4:56AM

    good blog you did well on your goals fr march and had a busy day and ate well yes I am ready to shine with you in April if it would only warm up. lol

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DOVESEYES 4/2/2013 1:08AM

    Love the new background and that March seemed to be fun and all you achieved.!!!

Can't wait to see your plan for April.
Sunny here today ...again...:) need rain for the water tank and none forecast till the weekend.
Oh well...had a lovely Easter break and looking forward to whatever April brings.

Country Living Team

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THRIVE2DAY 4/1/2013 11:48PM

    emoticon Ready to shine!

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Happy Easter...

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Hi..we are having a quiet and sunny Easter Sunday....we had 2 new calves so far so now have less than 30 to go...

...spent today doing some chores and checks and helping with bales...we had a yummy Easter breakfast of hot cross buns/ lunch..ham, sweet potatoes, salad, buns and my world famous coconut cream pie/ supper was ham, eggs and buns.
Plus too many treats.....

....we watched some tv...I watched parts of the Bible, hubby watched a farm show and we watched the end of the hockey hubby is snoring blissfully away..I just got done visiting with my daughter on line and my sister on the phone (not the one in Mexico..will wait until Wed when she comes home to talk to her) I also talked to my neighbor and hubby phoned his parents and wish them a Happy Easter since he missed early Easter yesterday..his parents gave us a card with $ and a Tim Horton's gift card....

...March has just flown by..we have been so busy!!! Tomorrow is the 1st of April!! Time for a March recap and April's goals..hope to do that tomorrow...

I have had a great Easter..hope you all have too...

Thanks for dropping by... ...keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

DREAM as if you'll live forever...Live as if you'll die today....

Hope all your March dreams have come true emoticon

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DUSTYGIRL25 5/5/2013 5:38AM

    Happy Easter! emoticon

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SILVERWITCH59 4/1/2013 3:19PM

    Happy Easter :) I wish I was there for some hot cross buns and some of that pie. I have not had either in years and it sounds wonderful.
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MARITIMER3 4/1/2013 9:24AM

    Thanks for the Easter greetings, Donna. Glad you were able to have a relatively quiet Easter. Hope the rest of your babies arrive soon and that the winter will be over very soon... although we had a bit of snow again this morning.

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DOVESEYES 4/1/2013 12:22AM

    the sunny, warm days will help to make the days go by... shame the snow has to melt but then the flowers pop up and there is new life all around.

Lovely to have Easter at that time-- we are moving into Autumn and everything is getting ready to 'hibernate'.

Thanks for letting me share your day I'm really looking forward to April...

y Living Team


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SUNSHINE084 4/1/2013 12:18AM

    Happy easter!

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KACEYSW 3/31/2013 11:52PM

    Thanks for sharing! Glad you had a great Easter!

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