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Thursday, May 05, 2011

Hi..just a quick blog..been another busy day..quadded the herd, got a big salt delivery for the community pasture, guys stayed for coffee then hubby and rider went fencing for the day so I held down the fort. We're down to 3 cows to calve so it doesn't take long to check them... it was terribly windy here today!!

I did all the planned fitness and and ate well today and drank lots of water and got lots done around the house. Phoned my oldest daughter for her birthday..she's 30..gosh that makes me feel old!!

When hubby came home from fencing we checked out the oil site and the garbage is blowing all over the fields and pastures and nothing is cleaned up since we talked to the company and contacted |Sask oil and resources :( so I phoned the head of the company again...

Well..thanks for stopping by and keep on Sparkin'

Today's daily wisdom..."If you rest, you rust!"

Take care, Love Donna emoticon

  
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ALASKALILLADY 5/17/2011 2:45PM

    Sounds like you are a busy person! Great job keeping up with the water - I know some days it can be a big struggle for me.

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PARKERB2 5/5/2011 1:28PM

    So the calving is about done. Maybe you can take a break! Have a good day. emoticon

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MT-MOONCHASER 5/5/2011 11:29AM

    Looks like you'll be having a beautiful day today, just like we're having. It's already above 50F and the sun is shining with just a light wind. I plan to get some yard work done today after I get my project done for Mother's Day and ready to mail off.

I hope you have a wonderful day.

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RANCHGAL9 5/5/2011 10:51AM

    Hi there

Sold my late cows and got twenty pairs of black white faces. 3 and 4 year olds. They are looking good. Now if the weather willl just cooperate and we get a bit of rain and then the sun I will be happy.

Have a super great day today

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DUSTYGIRL25 5/5/2011 1:07AM

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Day 3 of spring shape up challenge and down one pound..woohoo!!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Hi..just a quick blog..with my beer and hockey game..got off the phone with my sister who's home from a 2 week trip to Holland with her family..sounded like the trip of a lifetime..so glad she had such a great time!!

I caught up on yesterday's video for the spring challenge and did today's too, as well as 30 mins on bike and usual farm work and some yard work and house work, too. Hubby went to town for some lumber and the mail while I stayed home and puttered.

Been working on my goals and they're coming along and I feel back on track. My cards for keeping me on track are working fine..so far I've made 4..an exercise one with 6 daily things and 6 extras...a nutrition one also with 6 daily and 6 extras and the other two are the same only house one and self care one..my attempt to get organized and be on track..

I worked today on some recycling projects..I've been really happy with my go green plan on reducing garbage..I sort out all the recycling and take it to town, then the wet scraps go out to the pile and the coffee grounds get put in a separate container..in winter I make woodstove logs of them so I was just going to throw them away for spring and summer but I got a magazine (First for Women) and it had an article called 10 uses for coffee grounds :)

emoticonfreshen up a musty car overnight

emoticonsolve an ant problem

emoticonerase scuff marks on wood furniture

emoticonreduce the appearance of cellulite..mix with olive oil or baby oil and massage then shower it off

emoticonreveal a soft glowing complexion mix 1/4 cup with an egg white massage onto face, let dry, rinse off

emoticon sweep without kicking up dust..sprinkle damp grounds on garage floor and weep

emoticonsop up oil spills without scrubbing

emoticontenderize tough cuts of meat (use fresh grounds) coat steak with olive oil, rub with a mixture of 1/3 cup ground coffee and 1/3 cup pepper..chill 30 mins and BBQ

emoticonensure beautiful blooming shrubs..dig in around plants

emoticonadd dimension to brunette hair..steep1/4 cup grounds in 3 cups hot water, let cool, strain and pour over clean damp hair, let sit 2 mins then rinse

I found quite a few I'd like to try and some I've tried already...Go Green!!

Today's daily wisdom..

"Feeling good about yourself involves more than a fit body. Commit yourself to constant self-improvement by challenging your mind as well as your body, and savor the feeling of self-accomplishment"

I've been finding all sorts of fun web sites..and Spark too of course to read and learn :)

Well..the hockey game is in overtime but I'm not sure I'll stay awake til the end, I stayed up after midnight watching the election last night...

Thanks for stopping by..keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

  
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RANCHGAL9 5/7/2011 10:36AM

    Good tips on the use for coffee grounds. I am not a BIG coffee drinker but I do like my morning cup of coffee. If this darn weather ever warms up it is great to sit on the deck and watch the sun come up with a cup of good strong coffee emoticon

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BLEGNER1 5/5/2011 12:15AM

    Hey, I really like the idea of the different uses for the coffee grounds. A couple I knew about the rest I didn't now if I can just get Jeff to save them for me. He makes the coffee around here because I don't make it strong enough for him.
I also recycle. I have three cans outside. One for our trash, one for tin cans and plastic and one for aluminum cans. I also recycle the newspapers one way or another. I take them to town when I need to and dump everything in the recycling bins there
I did some shopping today and just had to smile about three things I bought. Because I knew I would have to tell you about them. I mainly went to see if I could get some seed potatoes. I got seed potatoes and onions sets reduced to a nickel a pound for both. Then I went roaming and found scrub tops in purple green and blue marked down to one dollar each. I got one of each color above to wear out in the yard this summer. They are made of cotton and will fit loose and be cooler than tshirts. They also have a pocket for my cell phone.
I might win the bargain contest, but I bet you beat me with the weight. I am losing inches right now and not pounds. I lost another 4 inches last month and gained 3lbs. You tell me.
I am glad that you are getting back on track I will have to see what I can do to get myself going down again.
God bless, my friend
Barb

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MT-MOONCHASER 5/4/2011 10:16PM

    Looks like we might have a nice day tomorrow. I think I'll start on some yard work. I have a couple of flower beds that need cleaning out. And trees to plant...

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PARKERB2 5/4/2011 1:52PM

    Thanks for your comment of my blog. I didn't know coffee grounds had so many uses. Your busy as usual. Hope all goes well this week. Happy Birthday EARLY!!. emoticon

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Thanks for all the Sparkaversary wishes :)

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Hi..thanks for all the comments on my Sparkaversary :) I'm very happy with my first year here. All that I've learned, all the friends I've made, the support and encouragement and the weight that I've lost have all made this a great year!!

Had a busy, busy day and already missed the second day of boot camp..it can only go up from here..I'll just do 2 tomorrow :) I did my usual Monday housework, quadded the herd to look for any sick cows or calves, did some exercises and bike and walking...got ready to go to town to vote..then off to Weyburn for lunch, and shopping and banking and coffee at the inlaws and dropped off a Mother's Day gift, then off for groceries and vaccines from the vet clinic..we hope to brand on the weekend..weather permitting..where's that guy that said we'd be getting another snowstorm for Mother's day weekend!!

I got a new magazine for me, a new plant for me, an orange gerber daisy :) very spring like!!
Had good news from the accountant..we get an income tax refund instead of having to pay... woohoo. I've been reading some inspirational quotes and decided to share them with you in May.. one each day...of note I wrote down 5 from Louise Hay and one said...

..Today is a delightful day. Money comes to me in expected and unexpected ways.

Wow I read that yesterday and today we get a tax refund!! Talk about what you think about comes about. Remember to keep positive in all your thoughts and words..woohoo :)

I'm watching the election results and off to make some tea and do some sparkin' before bed.

Thanks for dropping by and keep on Sparkin' emoticon

Love Donna emoticon

  
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APMAC_D 5/3/2011 11:17AM

    Wooohoooo for a refund :)

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DUSTYGIRL25 5/3/2011 4:43AM

    So glad that your feeling much more positive. Hope all your cows and calves are doing well and hopefully you get some permanent spring weather soon.
We were supposed to get a tax refund this year, but the IRS took it to pay for last years we still owed to them. Jeeze, how rude!
Anyway, sounds like you had a good time with shopping and visiting. Good for you!
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One year Sparkaversary :)

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Hi..been busy celebrating my one year Sparkaversary!! I quadded the herd and found a sick calf so we had to rope it and catch it and treat it..hope it gets better!!

I wanted to make today a get back to Spark day so I made up some activity cards to match my goals..and I had a great healthy day..ate well, tracked food, water and exercise.. started the spring bathing suit boot camp..did lots of reading and web surfing...racked up the spark points :) All in all a great day!!

Thanks everyone who wished me a happy Sparkaversary!! Your support is awesome :)

I'm off to make a pot of tea...

Daily wisdom..."Start moving your body, and your mind and motivation will follow"

Keep on Sparkin'


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BLEGNER1 5/2/2011 9:34PM

    One year and one day gone and a new day dawns tomorrow???!!!! Thanks for coming by my blog. You always make me smile. Today was very busy but not hectic. My sis is sore, but doing better. I have warned about climbing around like a monkey, we are getting too old for that and we don't bounce as well as we used to.

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RPM123 5/2/2011 2:57PM

    Happy sparks eraser


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APMAC_D 5/2/2011 10:41AM

    LOVE IT! Happy Sparkaversary, you are doing great.

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ROSEWCI 5/2/2011 7:20AM

    emoticon uplifting blog! CONGRATS to you for celebrating your 1 year SparkVersay! LOVE the positive energy! You're stepping right into May w/the right attitude! You go for it my friend!

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KMICHA 5/1/2011 11:21PM

    Woo Hoo!!! Happy Sparkaversary!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Where did April go??

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Hi how can it be the last day of April?? In a normal month I'd be looking at my goal recap but since April was such a wasted month for me..quit that negative thinking...well I didn't set goals but I did make improvements..everything happens for a reason and I think I'm back stronger than ever..mentally if not physically. Weight has fluctuated from a high of 198 to 192 but I'm finishing at 196..what my tracker says..ready to get on to May and some May goals :) Calving is almost finished..yard work and fencing has started..

May first is my one year Sparkaversary :)
May 18 is my birthday :)
I have lots to look forward to :)


Ready to get right at May goals :)

May's Theme is HEALTH

emoticonNutrition eat healthy, track food, water

emoticonActive living healthy exercise, join boot camp, track

emoticonSelf care do something nice everyday

emoticonMental health..find peace and get my happy back

emoticonCelebrate my 1 year sparkaversary May 1

emoticonCelebrate my birthday May 18

emoticonTea parties

emoticonGardening

emoticonYard work

emoticonRefresh spark page and make collage

emoticonMake that darn scale budge!! only 16 pounds from goal,,,

...I can do it!!! emoticon


Thanks for stopping by..keep on Sparkin'

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BLEGNER1 5/1/2011 10:31PM

    Did you join the boot camp? I joined the one that is the 28 day challenge for May. It sounds as though you are rip roarin and ready to go. How about 2 pounds off this week for both of us. Want to give it a try? Of course more than two would be great, but I am like you the scale has fluctuated from 170 to 173. I need to get down to 169 and I will have met the goal of no longer being in the obese category.
Glad you are back in to the swing of things

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ROSEWCI 5/1/2011 11:39AM

    LOTS to look forward to! emoticon

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MT-MOONCHASER 5/1/2011 12:24AM

    Where did April go, you ask. It got lost in a snowstorm...

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Happy Sparkaversary!!

Look at that!! 24 pounds this year --- that's two pounds a month!!! Nothing to sneeze at. WooHoo! Way to go. You'll get there!!

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CAPTAINCOOKIE 4/30/2011 11:09PM

    i worked the first27 days of April so I am glad Its over. Now I am home enjoying my family. I need to get back on track my own self. Good luck and God bless

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GSWINNIE 4/30/2011 10:32PM

    Great Goals You can do it!

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