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Sunday, May 05, 2013 is my oldest daughter's birthday..can it really be 32 years since I first became a mother..quite bittersweet as lots has happened since then, some good, some bad..such is life!!

Phoned up to visit and wish her a happy birthday and her new boyfriend was just about to take them to Saskatoon..out for the day..supper at a sushi pace and out for a movie :) Chatted on line and she said it was a great day!! So glad she got to celebrate!

We had another busy day..hubby treated a sick calf first thing this morning then we went to a neighbors and helped him tag 80 sheep. Then had coffee and visit with him and his Mom...

When we got home we had a quick lunch of homemade beans and ham sandwiches. Then off to work at our own stuff..we put 2 more big bales on the dead cows and burned them some more..I watched the fire while hubby fed bales. I did some yard work and cleaned up in the garden. I went back and forth checking on the fire out in the field. I used the quad and also checked some fence and checked on out horses in the big pasture...

I rode my bike and did my exercises and reading..worked a bit on housework..caught up on dishes and cleaned in the porch..

Supper was BBQ steaks and a salad for me..more beans and a baked potato for hubby.

We had another calf today so down to 7...

After supper we watched a movie and relaxed together :) Now hubby is sleeping on the couch and I'm watching the end of the hockey game..soon off to bed!!

It was a warm sunny day and I found my first crocuses today so spring is really really happening!! WooHoo!!

Thanks for dropping by and for all your kind comments..keep on celebrating and keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

emoticonParty like it's your Birthday!! emoticon

May 4..My daughter's Birthday!!!

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SILVERWITCH59 5/6/2013 9:55PM

    My youngest just turned 28 this year and my oldest is 38 ... Good thing I did not age with them LOL LOL LOL Happy Birthday to your daughter emoticon

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MARITIMER3 5/5/2013 8:09PM

    Glad that your daughter was out to celebrate her birthday. My oldest daughter turns 46 in July - talk about making me feel old!

Congratulations on your crocus - I have 1 daffodil out, and my first tulips came out today - orange stripes, and quite pretty, but very short.

Have a good week,

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NEWCHINELO 5/5/2013 5:28PM

    Wishing your daughter a happy birthday!

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PARKERB2 5/5/2013 4:15PM

    Glad the daughter had a good birthday. What's the deal with the dead cows? Did they have a disease.

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/5/2013 11:10AM

    Yes, it goes by in an eye blink. Happy B'day to her!

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ALEXSGIRL1 5/5/2013 11:09AM

    emoticon to you daughter so happy spring is on the way sounds like you had a good day and a little visiting

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DOODIE59 5/5/2013 8:27AM

    Sounds like another busy day, but that you squeezed in some visits too ... so all good:)
Have a lovely Sunday.

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DUSTYGIRL25 5/5/2013 6:34AM

    Sounds like the good days are here!

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DOVESEYES 5/5/2013 3:03AM

    sounds like a busy day, glad you got to talk to your daughter, 32 eh... ? my son will be 30 next year. Amazing how time flies...

Celebrate Sunday!!!

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MYBULLDOGS 5/5/2013 12:51AM

    tell your daughter happy birthday from your spark friends

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Busy, Busy Day...

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Hi...I am soo tired tonight..I am even leaving the dishes until I have more energy tomorrow..

Today we spent the morning picking up some of our things from the pasture since hubby won't be working there this year..we still have lots and lots of their stuff in our yard and will be a huge sorting and clear out ..oh well the pasture is closing in 2 years anyway and hubby doesn't need a 2nd job when we have our farm/ranch.

Early this morning I put on a crock pot full of homemade baked beans (I soaked them last night) It was a good thing as today turned so busy it was great to come in for a ready made supper at 8 pm :(...

After lunch I went to town for the mail and papers while hubby cleaned up some of the yard..we have been trying to get those 2 dead cows cleaned up and this afternoon we got them hauled out to the field and put some old bales and tires around them and burned them..I spent a couple hours watching the fire and added some cleaned up branches and twine etc to it while hubby did chores. I qaudded the herd and helped with some gates..when the fire had died down enough to leave it I came to the yard and did some raking and burning around the yard in the burning barrel.

I did most of my keeping with my habits habits...rode the bike and read etc...

When I got the mail I got the 2 SparkPeople exercise DVDs..woohoo!! When I ordered the new book the free gifts were 500 points, 3 months of SparkCoach and these 2 DVDs :) Will have to wait for a less busy day to try them out...

When I got in the house tonight one of my granddaughters phoned to tell me about the birthday party her and her sister made for their's my oldest daughter's birthday tomorrow...she posted some pictures of the party on facebook..they all have party hats on ..even the dog lol..they are in the CELEBRATE spirit!!! WooHoo!!

Thanks for dropping by to party...I think I'll make another cup of lemon tea and drink it in my special "Birthday" tea was so yummy last night!!

Keep on celebrating and keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

emoticonIt's a par-tea!! emoticon

May 3 it's garden meditation day and hug your cat day lol

also my cousin's wife's birthday and another facebook friend too :)

Good night..I'm off to hug my cats lol....and make my tea...

PS SparkCoach was about little treats to celebrate reaching goals!! and I got lots of Spark trophies today woohoo!!

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DUSTYGIRL25 5/5/2013 6:31AM


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SILVERWITCH59 5/4/2013 8:55PM

    HAppY PArty dAy :) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 5/4/2013 7:35PM

    emoticon to all the birthday people. emoticon emoticon happy garden mediation and emoticon emoticon day . enjoy your tea you deserved it.

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NEWCHINELO 5/4/2013 5:06PM

    lovely day,huh!

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WATERMELLEN 5/4/2013 11:27AM

    Love the birthday party image: what a lovely thing for your granddaughters to do for their mum!

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DOVESEYES 5/4/2013 4:43AM

    What a lovely day so glad you enjoyed it and the dvd's will be great to look at when you get time. Woo hoo for all those points!!

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Sunny may day...

Friday, May 03, 2013

Hi... today hubby was hauling bales from a neighbor so I had most of the day to myself, that's a change..

I was busy working on my habits, new and old..water, vitamins, got back on my x-bike, it's been awhile...some of the challenges I'm doing for May is a toned arm challenge with weights, a plank challenge, a squat challenge and an ab challenge..

While I ride my bike I like to read and listen to music and drink water...on the spiritual side I've started reading the 31 Proverbs over the next 31 days. I was also reading in a book about life is a house with 4 rooms..physical, emotional, mental and spiritual and to have a balanced life you have to go into each room every day...

I worked on my May journal..getting it all set up for the month..did some laundry, cleaned up more cat throw up..this time on the rug by the bed and not in bed with me!! I also have for one of my habits I'm working on to stop procrastinating I've been doing a few catch up jobs that have been nagging me..the cutlery drawer in the kitchen needed painting and I have put it off for it's done woohoo..I also bought some cork squares to hang inside a cupboard door for lists, recipes and inspiration that I finally put up today too.

I spent some time outside too..I quadded the herd morning and evening and did some clean up jobs in the yard, and check cows to calve..we had one more calf today so now we have 9 left..woo hoo single digits..I'll celebrate that :)

Back in the house I did more laundry, some housework, started a few more seeds, made a rhubarb crisp..visited on the phone with my son ..found out his girlfriend's Birthday is in May too!!

Lots of Birthday's today..some friends on facebook that I wished Happy Birthday to. It was also one of my Grandma's birthdays..when she passed away all the grandkids got a fancy china tea cup..the one given to me has lily of the valley..May's flower on it since we shared May Birthdays..I think I may make a cup of lemon tea in my fancy cup to celebrate my favorite Grandma..she died when I was 9 but she still remains my favorite!!

I love how when my focus is on Celebrate and habits I find articles everywhere...I even received an e-mail called 55 free ways to celebrate your birthday (and I'm going to be 55) It was from the ALL You Magazine..and an offer to buy a book about habits!! right full of quotes..and you know how I love quotes :)

"Replace habits that limit us, with habits that empower and reward us" finish up and make my tea..thanks for dropping by for my party and for all the well wishes on my 3 year sparkaversary!! Keep on celebrating and keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

May 2..lots of friends birthdays and National day of Prayer

emoticon "You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought 'I release the need for this in my life' " Wayne Dyer

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DUSTYGIRL25 5/5/2013 6:32AM


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SILVERWITCH59 5/4/2013 9:01PM

    I really need to do my drawers too. LOL It is so easy to put things off that youu can't see,
I love your blog and I love all the goals you set for yourself.
Wow down to 9 . I only have 3 kids left. they are really ready to leave for their new homes but they are so darn cute I am having trouble making that call there i s that procrastination thing ;)
Have a great night :)

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MARITIMER3 5/3/2013 4:48PM

    I hope you made yourself that cup of tea in your special cup. I'm interested in the book about life being a house with four rooms - please tell us the name.

There was a 4-page supplement in our local paper this week about farmers in the area (we are 50 miles north-east of Toronto, on the edge of an agricultral area), and reading about the very long days and the risks that farmers put up with all the time made me think of you.

Have a good week-end. Hopefully your last calves will arrive very soon.
Gail emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEWCHINELO 5/3/2013 3:53PM

    have fun,dear!

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GAILRUU 5/3/2013 9:17AM

    The sun finally came out this morning. I have some errands to do but I hope to get out into the yard to work a bit this afternoon.

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DOVESEYES 5/3/2013 6:48AM

    Loved todays blog lots done and lots of planning things to do.

Really like the idea of proverbs reading over the month.

Happy days!!!

Country Living Team.

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RENATA144 5/3/2013 12:08AM

  Enjoy ! emoticon

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May Theme and Goals....

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Hi..all..Time for my May theme and goals...

emoticon My Theme is Celebrate emoticon

Woo Hoo..there is soo much in May to is my 3yr Sparkaversary, then my oldest daughter's Birthday, Mother's Day, My Birthday, Canada's Victoria Day long weekend, USA's Memorial Day long weekend....

My Goals for the month...I'll also be working on new habits..besides celebrating lol

emoticonRefresh Sparkpage

emoticon1000+ points (have just over 1000 to get to level 18)

emoticon1000+fitness minutes

emoticonlots and lots of water

emoticonCelebrate everyday

emoticonBuild new exercise habits

emoticonBuild new health habits

emoticonBuild new beauty habits

emoticonBuild new work habits

emoticonBuild new spiritual habits

emoticonBuild new creative habits

emoticonConnect with family, friends and nature

emoticonWork on losing bad habits

Well..I'm super excited about the new month and new goals...

I am so very grateful to all you dear Spark friends that have made these three years on SparkPeople so awesome!! Hope you can keep dropping by my help me party and celebrate this great month...

I'll elaborate on each goal in future blogs..I am going to gradually add some new habits to my daily routine (10 minutes at a time) and do some fitness challenges...and do some charting to help me keep on track..also plan to keep up all the great healthy habits I have gained from 3 years on this fabulous site.

Today we went to Weyburn after chores and had a late lunch in town, then some shopping, over to in-laws for coffee and then my OAMS (once a month shopping) for groceries. Hubby wanted to buy me a new camera for my's not until the 18th but we picked it out today..I don't know too much about cameras but I'm excited to try it out...would love to learn more about photography!!

Today was cold but sunny and the warm up is supposed to happen in a few days.. can't wait for spring to come to stay...that would truly be something to celebrate!! after the winter we've had...

Well best go for now and watch the end of the hockey game..thanks for dropping by and for all the Sparkaversary wishes!! Keep on partying and keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

May 1...May Day/ 3 year Sparkaversary!!

emoticonLife may not be the party we hoped for , but while we're here we should dance emoticon

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DUSTYGIRL25 5/5/2013 6:29AM

    Yay for Good Habits! Bye Bye for Bad Habits!

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SILVERWITCH59 5/2/2013 10:30PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You are doing great!
Your upcoming month sound like a blast and your goals are wonderful. You are going to nail this healthy lifestyle.
I love your blog :) Hugs Back

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ALEXSGIRL1 5/2/2013 6:54PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon to you and your daughter happy mother's day and victory and memorial day may will be a big celebration emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARITIMER3 5/2/2013 1:10PM

    Love the quote, Donna. Happy 3-year anniversary, and enjoy the dance... and the new camera!

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DOVESEYES 5/2/2013 12:55AM

    Love your blog today especially all the exciting things you have planned for May and glad that I get to share them with you.

congrats on all the holidays coming up wow!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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No trip to Regina...

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Hi.. we woke up to a little bit of snow but north of us got a lot!! Travel not recommended on part of the road to Regina and highways closed north of the city!! I think it is April 30!!!

A friend on face book wrote...I think today is February

Needless to say I stayed home from my road trip :( We had one more calf today (10 left to calve) it was so cold and windy this new baby ended up in the porch too!! I think it is April 30!!

Helped with chores and checks and dried off and warmed the new calf..after chores this afternoon we went into town to pop by the accountant and pick up our income tax..hubby gets a refund and I had to pay a bit..we shared the farm income this year. The last day of April is tax day in Canada and I think it is April 30!!

Tomorrow we are going to Weyburn so we can do some banking and I'll do my OAMS (once a month shopping for groceries)

Since it is April 30 (lol) It's time for April's recap....

emoticon refresh spark page ...yes

emoticon1000 spark points...yes 3412 woohoo

emoticon1000 fitness minutes..yes 3120 woohoo

emoticonlots and lots of water...yes

emoticon 5% challenge..yes..happy with the results :)

emoticonMagic sunshine...yes..although I mostly had to make my own :)

emoticonLighten up...yes..tried to keep a positive attitude all month :)

emoticonOutside~calving~nature..yes..lots of nature :)

emoticonSpring clean..did just a bit

emoticonGet happy..yes..most of the month was happy :)

emoticonRemember art...not as much as I'd like..need to do more..

emoticonJournals and blogs..yes..kept up my journal and blogged every day woohoo!!

emoticonAdd a sunny song or quote to each blog..yes woohoo!!

Well tomorrow is May and time for May's goals....I have 3 new magazines from the mail I go to read...

Thanks for dropping by and for all your kind comments this has really brightened my month!! Keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

Remember to keep the sunnyside up!! emoticon

emoticon "We all shine the moon, and the stars, and the sun... emoticon

~John Lennon

and if you missed this link to a great piece of art and inspiration...check this out..

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    Ya we got a LOT of snow that day as well. My husband was in his work truck, using 4x4 only going 50kmp and still ended up in the ditch. He's not one to shy away from driving in Saskatchewan storms, but he called and said Don't drive! Thanks for your positive attitude. I've been having a hard time with this crazy Saskatchewan winter and it's nice to see someone that doesn't let it get them down. Keep Sparkin!

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MARITIMER3 5/1/2013 8:25PM

    Donna, I think you are the most positive person I know on SP! Please tell me you aren't going to have snow in May... or February 89th!
Hugs, Gail

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DUSTYGIRL25 5/1/2013 7:20PM

    Oh wow! It's so hard to believe that your still having snow in April. So sorry you weren't able to make your trip. I'm sure the weather will start warming up for you soon. Right now it's 84 deg. here & supposed to be 86 today. Unfortunately, the front of my house faces west which means hot afternoon sun beaming into the Living Room, Family Room, Master Bdrm, & a spare bedroom all day long. It gets pretty hot & with no A/C, it stays hot throughout the evening. emoticon. Time to bring out the fans.
Hope all the little calves are doing well. Sorry you had to pay taxes. We got a refund from the state but then had to pay our federal. Usually the other way around.
Love your goal recap. Your doing fantastic!
See ya later!

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NEWCHINELO 5/1/2013 10:55AM

    you did great!

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GAILRUU 5/1/2013 9:07AM

    The day dawned overcast and cool with a possibility of snow here in northern Minnesota. It will be a while before I can get out in the garden. I think I will pull my maple taps today since I have enough syrup for the coming year and I am tired of cooking the sap!

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GETTHERE135 5/1/2013 7:42AM

    Sorry you didn't get to go on your day trip, hope you get to do it soon.

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SUNSHINE084 5/1/2013 1:49AM

    I so understand, my daughter looked outside and then just stared at the snow on the ground... She really didn't know how the snow appeared as it was really nice the prev day. She is only 1 1/2. It sounds like you have a lot of fun with the calves. Have a great month. I too need to put up my goals.

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DOVESEYES 5/1/2013 1:13AM

    I loved your sunshine in April thanks for blogging every day and congrats on meeting your goals.

Sorry you missed your trip but hey wasn't it great to get to the accountant? :)

Our tax time is June 30.

Country Living Team

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    emoticon Hoping for more SUNSHINE in your area during May. You deserve it. emoticon

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