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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Hi...I decided to order the Spark Solution today since today is the last day to order and get the free stuff..the 500 spark points, the 2 DVD's and 3 months of spark coach. So I have lots to look forward to :) Got the points and the spark coach right away..have to wait for about a month or so for the rest to come in the mail....

It really brightened my day...

Speaking of my day..I did the usual chores, checks and bottle feeding and helping with the lots and lots of walking in...

..then made a couple batches of cookies for hubby..froze most in small bags to pull out later :)

Hubby went to town for the mail and to do some business...I stayed home to keep an eye on the's good to be down to 25 to calve!!

My meals were simple and yummy breakfast was my normal oatmeal and dates/ lunch was homemade freezer toaster waffles, sausage patties, and scrambled eggs/ supper was chicken stir fry heavy on the veggies and a mini tapioca pudding...

I vegged out and watched the women's hockey final..Canada lost to the USA :(

Didn't have any time to work on the spring collar bone is still tender so not doing anything extra that's strenuous ....

It was a bit sunny today and melting a bit in the's hoping for warm weather, clear skies and more sunshine!!

Thanks for dropping by..keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

emoticon Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves..... emoticon

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DUSTYGIRL25 5/5/2013 6:00AM


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KAYTIE22 4/10/2013 10:07PM

    You are amazing! All the work you do all day and you always keep up with your exercise too. Sounds like some yummy meals are being served up there.

I ordered the book too. Can't wait until it arrives and the free extras are great. Hope your collar bone heals soon. Take care.

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SILVERWITCH59 4/10/2013 9:09PM

    I love dropping by your blog to see how your day went. Sounds like a good one. I have never mastered the waffle. My mom used to make them when I was a kid they were yummy.
Glad you got some sun today :)
Hope that collar bone is tip top soon :)

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/10/2013 6:39PM

    i love that you froze waffles i found a great wholegrain mix for pancakes trying to get one of my kids to make them for me . I am not good at i hope your collerbone heals quickly . i have a pacemaker that sits on mine sometimes and is painful not always thank God. Busy day for you again hugs

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EFFIEANNIE 4/10/2013 4:56PM

    I ordered the book too. Can't wait to get it. Oh, good luck with your calves.

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NEWCHINELO 4/10/2013 11:33AM

    lovely day for you!

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MARITIMER3 4/10/2013 11:10AM

    glad you had a little bit of a break - hope the last 25 cows calve soon.

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DOVESEYES 4/10/2013 2:37AM

    I love your blogs and the 'end' quotes, --your food -your day- even your snow, there is a theme here. Love to visit with you...

Hope the collar bone heals quickly for you.
Thanks for another great blog

Country Living Team

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 4/10/2013 12:43AM

    Things are looking up. I am happy for you.
Keep the sun shining. emoticon

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Brrr...this is one cold spring...

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 is soo cold here and getting colder overnight!! We had 3 calves today so we have about 25 left to calve...we are on the down hill slide...

..Just relaxing tonight with beer and hockey...

I need to use my sunny blog to cheer me up as I'm not feeling too cheerful today.... I'm around too much negativity and it has finally pushed me off the edge...

I helped with the typical chores..walked the herds, bottle feed the calf...last night I fell into the barn door as I was trying to push it open (my foot slipped) and I hit hard on my collarbone it hurts like everything and I thought it would be bruised but I have a lump there and it's really tender :) Probably part of my foul mood...

Trying not to eat away my blues..meals were my favorite breakfast..oatmeal and dates/ lunch was a smokie and a big lettuce salad and some raw carrots/ supper was a noodle, beef and tomato sauce dish with extra muxhrooms and onions..made jello for dessert...While I was browning the burger for the casserole I made a quick homemade cheese burger pizza for 2 Fridays away and wrapped it and put it in the freezer.

I didn't do too much for spring cleaning..cleaned up the kitty litter area in the basement..we have 2 house kitties so 2 litter in the basement and one in the bathroom upstairs...

Boo..Edmonton just lost the hockey game...

Well time to kick back and relax..thanks for dropping by and keep warm and keep on Sparkin....

Love Donna emoticon

emoticonKeep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will always fall behind you.. emoticon

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DUSTYGIRL25 5/5/2013 5:58AM

    Oh No, hope your not going to be hurting for to long. Take care of yourself.

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/10/2013 6:42PM

    heal quickly my friend

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SILVERWITCH59 4/9/2013 7:24PM

    emoticon Feel better . Sending more sunny thoughts your way emoticon

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MARITIMER3 4/9/2013 10:56AM

    If the lump doesn't go away, you might need to have your collarbone checked. I think they only strap them when they're broken, but not really sure.

I really hope your last 25 calves arrive soon and the warm weather comes your way. April is such a mixed-up mess of a month... crocus and snow!

I hope that you and DH (or just you) will be able to get a mini-break soon. You work so hard that I know you need it. I worry when you talk about negativity surrounding you, and I remember a bad time you wrote about last year. Please take care of yourself.

Hugs, Gail emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GETTHERE135 4/9/2013 8:00AM

    Hope your collar bone feels better very soon. Hope you get a little sun to help bring you some cheer. emoticon

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DOVESEYES 4/9/2013 2:53AM

    Oh you poor old thing hitting your collar bone, make sure you keep an eye on it it's not much of a bone and could be damaged!!!!

It's gets you down when the weather doesn't change when expected, we are suffering too, waiting for rain, we don't get hardly any in summer and had to get some water delivered today. No autumn yet still 34 deg C today.

Yesterday the clouds rolled over but dropped no rain for us. Meanies!!!

Still I'll keep my face to the sun as you say... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Today we woke up to ......more snow....ugh...

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Hi..this really is the winter that won't quit!! Besides the new snow today we are getting really cold overnight...yikes..this is not helping hubby's mood..

We had 2 new calves today and I helped with the usually chores and walked through the little pasture and the pairs morning and evening. Gave the calf 2 bottles...helped with some bales, etc..

I started on some of the spring housecleaning..aka..lighten up the house. I sorted out the bathroom and washed the walls, curtains, mats one room done :)

Meals were breakfast cold cereal, milk and a banana/ lunch eggs, homemade sausage patty and toast/ supper oven baked chicken, sweet potato, veggies and a small slice of chocolate mocha pie...

Last night I found the coolest website through Pinterest called many blogs I just want to read them all at once :)

Tonight I'm just vegging on the couch watching the ACMA's I love country music hubby not so least not the newer stuff...we are all cozy in the house with the wood stove going...we took a couple hours this afternoon to cut up some more wood for the stove...will this winter never quit??

Well I think I will go get myself a light beer and continue chilling on the couch...
Thanks for dropping by..keep warm and keep on sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

I'd rather be..... emoticon WALKING ON SUNSHINE... emoticon

Maybe tomorrow...

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NEWCHINELO 4/9/2013 11:43AM

    please stay warm

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BARB4HEALTH 4/9/2013 7:41AM

    Finally, no snow here today. High 60's maybe 70 today. emoticon

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MNNICE 4/8/2013 11:06PM

    I was hoping it was over but now we are in a winter storm until Wednesday night with sleet and heavy snow up to 15 inches! Lordy, how depressing! At least by the time spring gets here, your spring cleaning should be all done :)

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SILVERWITCH59 4/8/2013 9:22PM

    Sending more sunny thoughts your way. I need to wash walls too.But am waiting for the Spring winds to die down. The dust just blows and blows Can't even see the mountains tonight. At least it is warm here .
I admire your stamina. I don't think I could find the energy to keep up with you for one day. As always I enjoyed your blog emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/8/2013 7:06PM

    love how you lightened up the house with a ton of housework. you are one busy lady i hope the snow stops for you soon. 60 here today 70 tomorrow

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HHB4181 4/8/2013 1:53PM

    Ugh, I hope this ends for you soon! How many more calves are still to come?

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GAILRUU 4/8/2013 11:28AM

    We have had close to 6 inches of new snow over the weekend! It melts down during the day but it is depressing to see how much is still on the ground from winter. At least the maple trees are starting to run so I will make some syrup.

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LYNKIN 4/8/2013 6:17AM

    Ahhhh! We are to be in the 70's this week in PA. Take care! emoticon

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RONNIEHUEY 4/8/2013 1:31AM

    California is sunny. ocean breezes were chilly in the afternoon.

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DOVESEYES 4/7/2013 11:44PM

    ha ha our summer won't go either 34 deg C today and very humid, I felt dizzy doing my zumba, now I'm having a rest :)

Your meals sounded yummy today as always and two calves --that is nice. It must be hard to put them back in the paddocks while its still so cold.

Country Living Team

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KNEWMETODAY 4/7/2013 11:35PM

    It's been two weeks since we've had snow. Family came from CO and MN for the weekend and then we had rain and some hail (but after they were back on the road to CO). Last year--just about this same time--we had a family get-together and, with 26 people in my dining room, the tornado sirens went off. So, I'm really glad we had good weather while everyone was here, and they were too! emoticon

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Always radiate Sunshine....

Sunday, April 07, 2013's your weekend?

I've had better days..hubby has been in an especially cranky mood and it's hard to stay upbeat...

Came across this quote today and love it..

"The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood"

Did my usual chores and checks and gave the hungry calf a morning and evening bottle....helped hubby shovel lots and lots of snow....really got my exercise in..

My meals were..breakfast..a sunny yellow banana, oatmeal and dates/lunch a burger and salad and veggies/ supper steak, spinach salad and veggies...a brownie for dessert.

I made some packages of homemade brownie mix and this was the first time I tried one..they were yummy :)

Today there was lots of hockey on and I watched part of 2 games...visited on the phone with my neighbor and did some's just been one of those days that can't be over quick enough..another hour until the midnight cow check and then off to bed...

Hope you are all having a sunny weekend....thanks for dropping by and keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

Tomorrow is a brand new day...bring it on.... emoticon

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    Great quote! Good rule to follow :) emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/7/2013 10:44AM

    I love the quote . I hope you and the husband have a less crabby day tomorrow.hugs

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LATTELEE 4/7/2013 12:59AM

  Crabby sucks!

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DOVESEYES 4/7/2013 12:57AM

    Love the quote but not today I'm in a mood like your hubby-sour-:) not really, but just a down day.

Your blog has brought the sunshine to me thanks.

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    Hoping for a joyful day, tomorrow, and that dh is in a better mood. I was waiting for your blog, and will be off to bed, now.
Take care

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April showers brings..freezing rain...

Friday, April 05, 2013

Hi..we woke up to freezing rain and everything was coated with ice!! grrr....but the good news is we had a new's been a couple days...AND..the sun came out and melted the ice and we dodged the bullet and barely had any more new snow!!

I helped with morning chores and checks and bottle fed a calf that's not doing well. Also helped hubby chase a pair up from the bottom corrals that needed to be treated.

My sister posted some pictures of her trip to Mexico, my other sister..the oldest one sent me the news of her newest grandchild born last night :)She has 7 kids and 13 grandkids!!

After lunch I went to town for mail...hubby was wanting his cheque from selling it and some bills and lots of magazines and newspapers....after coffee and reading some mail..we went out to start night chores and check through the pairs. I also helped hubby fork some hay to the newest pairs and some straw to rebed the school buses we use for calf shelters...go yellow :)

Todays meals were..breakfast..a yellow banana, oatmeal with dates/lunch..tuna curry and's a recipe my late mom used to make all the time...I used to make it easy by using a can of cream of celery soup, can of tuna and curry powder...but since I have been using less and less canned soup I used her scratch recipe with some stir fried onions and celery..curry powder,can of tuna, water and some milk thickened with flour. Hubby is not a big fan of tuna or rice so he had some but also some left over beans/ supper was a made from scratch thin crust ham, mushroom and green pepper pizza with homemade cherry slushie healthy snack for today was one of my homemade granola bars.

Just 2 weeks left in the 5% challenge..tomorrow is weigh in, I don't think I will be anywhere near my goal of losing 5% in this challenge...I'll just keep positive and think of all the new healthy habits I am can't always be about the weight's about healthier and happier, too.

For today's lighten up theme I want to focus on spring cleaning and lightening up my house...I really need to declutter and spring is a great time to work on that!! I have done some planning..will do my 30 bags in 30 days again although March was not too successful..instead of 31 bags I threw out around 15 to 20..but its a good start!! I found on line that Peter Walsh (one of my favorite organizers..I just loved the show "Clean Sweep" ) Has a new book out called.....Lighten Up..I have quite a few of his other books and may order this one through the lighten up my spending!! There are lots of articles in my most recent magazine about decluttering and spring cleaning...I really lack the skills to keep my home the way I would like it to always..too many great ideas and no time to implement I know that I just have too much and would love for my house to magically lighten up!! What are some of your favorite housekeeping hints?

Thanks for dropping by and for all your comments.. Keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

emoticonWherever you go no matter the weather always bring your own sunshine..... emoticon

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DUSTYGIRL25 5/5/2013 5:52AM

    Love that Spring Cleaning concept! emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/6/2013 3:44PM

    did a little cleaning today it is easier to do when you are in a happier mood. music in the background helps., so do children who know not to leave there stuff everywhere they should know that is for dad to do. cleaning is easier when everything has its place to start. i need to be a lot more organized too. hope you have a great day

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DOVESEYES 4/6/2013 1:02AM

    What a lovely day, and a cheque too, we are always 'hanging out' for a cheque as well. Not much work about for hubby since December but we are hanging on.

We are giving the house an Autumn clean as my motto is " no work means get the house spick and span", so we've done the gardens, cleaned the venetian blinds, washed all the insides of the windows, cleaned the mats and the oven.

Next is getting out winter clothes as it will come...eventually... we are still getting 34 deg c though I feel a bit silly moaning about it when you have had blizzards...:}

Nice to know the calving has slowed a little but I guess you still need to go out at night just to keep an eye on the 'new' mums.

Lovely meals and the granola bars sound great, keep you full for a while.

Thanks for the lovely 'bright' blog, have a lovely weekend

ntry Living Team

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    Tell me about Spring Cleaning! I am so far behind, and haven't even put everything away from our two-month trip. Tomorrow, I will be working on laundry, washing and ironing.
Glad you had another calf and, hopefully, the little weak one will make it. I can just see you bottle-feeding it.
Wishing you more sunshine, tomorrow emoticon, and warmer temperatures emoticon

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