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WooHoo..we finished hauling bales today and it hasn't snowed yet....

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Hi welcome to my Saturday night blog...I'm just relaxing after another busy day...I made a big pot of potato soup and grilled cheese for lunch....supper was celebrating bales all in with pork chops, potatoes and turnips and a small slice of cheese cake....I've been tracking my food on the tracker again starting Nov 1 and I haven't been too bad....I'm working hard to get back on track. I rode my x bike for 30 minutes and drank my 8 glasses of water. I got over 30 spark points today so well on the way to getting 1000 points in November. How are you doing on your November goals?

Tonight's tea is going to be Chai..yum yum...I'll make it right after I finish this blog. I'm watching a hockey game but plan to lay off the beer tonight and have tea instead :) I watched the movie Date Night and it was really funny :)

For today's pamper mission to be nice to me I gave myself a manicure...I have the bad habit of chewing my nails and want to quit for November..another mini goal ( they are a no-cal snack tho..haha)

I was surfing through some blogs and found some cute quotes on aging..a couple favorites..

It takes twice as long to rest than it did to get tired.
It takes twice as long to look half as good.
Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.

I started working on my Christmas planner..just a note book to make plans and lists, etc.
I've made a book for November, too but I don't have much in it for that journal I started..well I have a few days to catch up...graon here I go again..
Procrastination is the assasination of motivation (heard that on the radio)

Well off to brew my tea..thanks for dropping by..Keep on Sparkin' emoticon

Love Donna

emoticon Reading tea leaves...
There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea...Ralph Waldo Emerson

PS I got to stay home today!! Woohoo (hubby went to town but I didn't go..did some work around the house) Well unless you count the 5 trips to the field for bales and one trip around a 1/4 section to check fence..we're chasing the cattle there permitting

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WATERMELLEN 11/6/2011 8:38AM

    Must have been a grilled cheese night -- I had one too, all gooey and gorgeous!! (whole wheat bread, butter Pam spray . . . not too damaging and worth every calorie!) Potato soup is great too and I just bought a 15 pound bag of russets . . .

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ROSEWCI 11/6/2011 6:53AM

    emoticon I always enJOY having tea w/you!
Love the quotes!

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MT-MOONCHASER 11/5/2011 11:41PM

    Snow must be hitting your area about now. We had a pretty good storm this afternoon and now there is snow on the ground. There was enough wind that there are small drifts in places, like on my sidewalk from the car to the house...

Have a good day tomorrow, maybe you won't get the snow!!


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SMILEYBEE 11/5/2011 11:11PM

    You've had a busy day! Good job!

Your lunch comment reminded me that My husband said today it would be nice to have some potato soup ... guess I better cook some up tomorrow.


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Tea twice today...

Friday, November 04, 2011

Hi..all these road trips are starting to catch up with me..I'm really tired tonight!

I helped haul bales most of today except for when I drove to town for the mail and a few supplies. I decided to make tea in my go cup for the 30 mnute drive to town..I'll have too make this a habit :) I'm going to have my 2nd cup tonight right after I finish this blog.

I did my daily 30 minutes on the x bike and drank my 8 glasses of water...I read some in my new some fun ideas :)

Well thanks for dropping by for a quick to brew that tea...might have another cranberry pomegranate green tea..yum yum...Keep on sparkin'

emoticonLove Donna

Reading tea leaves.....

"Where there's tea, there's hope" Sir Arthur Pinero emoticon

PS one more day of bale hauling and we'll be done..will we beat the snow that's forecast for tomorrow??....Night all....

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SLIMTEA1 11/11/2011 4:40PM

  Hi I understand about being tired. I have two kids myself and they are 11 and three. At night I drink a green tea made by a company called Organo Gold. The tea is all natural whcih is something I am in to. PLus I found that the tea helps curb your apetite so I sip it during the day. Ladies check it out the company also makes natural coffee as well but I LOVE the tea. check them out at Ii works for me so I know it will work for you. "Let's go get it ladies"!!

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WHITEANGEL4 11/5/2011 12:00AM

    Love my tea time. It is like my me time

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Hi..come on in for a quick cup of tea...

Friday, November 04, 2011

We just got home from Regina..we went up to pick up a quad we bought. We went up after lunch and did a bit of shopping and went out for supper. Coming home I had a whopper of a hot flash..I felt like riding in the back of the truck on the quad..haha :)

I bought some birthday gifts for my littlest granddaughter who turns 7 on Dec 12, a few magazines for me and a bit of Christmas shopping :)

I drank quite a lot of coffee today, plus spicy, hot mexican food and a beer so the hot flash shouldn't surprise me..the three, spicy food and alcohol :( my 3 favorite things..haha.

Now time to relax with a cup of tea..wild sweet orange..yumyum...put my feet up for awhile and then read some in the magazines.

This morning in did a bit of housework, rode x bike 30 minutes and then helped hubby with some pasture it's been a looong day!

Thanks for dropping by and sharing a cup of tea..Keep on Sparkin' emoticon

Love Donna!

emoticon Reading tea leaves....

Strange how a teapot
can represent at the same time
the comforts of solitude
and the pleasure of company.... emoticon

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KEISHARENEE 11/4/2011 8:19PM

    I love tea! Great blog!

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TISHTOES 11/4/2011 3:20AM

    comforts of solitude, the pleasure of company....

I like that!

Haven't had any tea yet but I will think of you when I do! I'm more of a coffee drinker.

You inspired me with your "theme" for the month. Now I have incorporated a theme for myself this month and it is "I Did It" (whether good or bad or incidental).

Glad to be your SparkFriend!


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Welcome to my tea party....

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Hi..I'm just sitting down with a cup of tea..just bought it today in's Lipton Green Tea super fruit wild cranberry and pomegranate..yum yum. I bought some when I was up at my daughters and we really liked it. I've decided to buy new tea every time I go shopping in November..yesterday I bought a package of peppermint tea 20 bags for $1..I love finding bargains. I'm ready to get back drinking tea daily..really helps me to stop snacking in the evenings if I make tea instead.

Today we went to Weyburn and did some banking and shopping. I even started some Christmas shopping, ran into a friend and we had coffee together, stopped at in-laws for coffee, too. Found some new dishes to buy and a few other treats for me :) I bought a couple magazines on the RealSimple magazine has an article guessed it Tea :) It's Karma. More on that later.

Starting November 1 breakfast is cooked far it's been my new favorite.. oatmeal date cookie which is just 1 cup water, 1/2 cup oatmeal and 1 or 2 chopped dates.. microwaved for a couple minutes or til oats are done..yum yum. I bought a huge bag of pecans for Christmas baking and another favorite is oatmeal and chopped pecans. I've been collecting recipes for some variety..what's your favorite oatmeal? Ones I've found to try are carrot cake, zucchini loaf, apple pie, PB & J, Blueberry oatmeal, Pumpkin pie oatmeal, and Oatmeal raisin cookie..also Dr Oz suggested sprinkle cocoa powder on cooked oatmeal...they should keep me going for at least part of November but I'd love to hear your favorites :)

I'm tired tonight from so much running around and tomorrow hubby wants to go to Regina so I should make this a short blog...I helped with chores this morning and did lots of walking outside and dancing yet lol...

Thanks for dropping by and for all your comments..hope you enjoyed tea time..keep on Sparkin' emoticon

emoticonLove Donna...

Reading tea leaves...

In the November RealSimple magazine the article about tea said...

What your teacup can do for lower cholesterol and reduce risk of stroke
...oolong..may aid in weight loss ..may lower risk of cancer and heart disease
...white...has potential cardiovascular and cancer-fighting benefits
...herbal...chamomile tea may promote sleep, peppermint tea helps calm the stomach
...flavored...has the some benefits as black, green or white depending on the type used.

emoticon emoticoncheers

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MT-MOONCHASER 11/6/2011 10:48AM

    I use 1/2 cup oats, 1/3 c. Ocean Spray dried cranberries, a pinch of salt, and a scant cup of water and nuke for about 3.5 to 4 minutes (using old-fashioned oats).

I haven't experimented with other fruits, but I think raisins plus a dash of cinnamon would be good. (Can you say oatmeal-raisin cookie?)

I hope your weather is nicer than ours today. I just looked, yours seems a bit better, but not much. We had snow and wind yesterday and overnight and now we have drifts... It's supposed to get only a couple of degrees F above freezing today. And it's windy. I'm so not ready for this.


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SCARLETLURK 11/4/2011 9:38AM

    thanks for the great info. i used to drink tea and now i'm gonna start drinking it again...good time for it, too, as it is starting to get a little cooler at night. and i agree, it does help tone down evening snacking! as for oatmeal ideas...sorry, i have none. i eat mine with butter and salt, so that is probably not the best idea, but it does taste really good :)

yay tea and oatmeal!!!

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TISHTOES 11/4/2011 3:24AM

    I did have some oolong tea last week. I really like it!

I usually have some green tea with lemon when those colds strike with a sore throat.

I have chamomile when I need sleep and don't want the caffeine. However, peppermint tea really turns my stomach and that is weird because it is usually recommended to calm the stomach. Go figure.


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MARTHASPARKS 11/3/2011 3:55AM

    I love tea! Especially when it gets cold... emoticon I'll join you in a cuppa!

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November goals and theme...

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Hi Happy November :) Welcome everyone..My theme is Hospitality (tea) also giving and friendship...Today is a very special day 1.11.11 and boy was it lucky for us..the cattle sale was really great..some years we get around $500 per calf and today we got over $800 each woohoo...what a great way to start this new month :) I'm still smiling...

Now on to my November goals....

emoticonRefresh my Spark page..started that just need a tea picture :)

emoticonTea daily..I had a big cup of chai tea tonight..yumyum

emoticonBlog daily...tea themed of course...

emoticonGo back to basics..track food daily!!

emoticonlog in and get 1000 spark points so I can get a new trophy by Jan 1

emoticonExercise daily..30 minutes on my x bike, ST, and dance!! I liked the quote I saw..a day is wasted if you haven't danced :) (I always heard it as laughed but I like this take... dance like no one is looking :)

emoticonNovember/fall foods..oatmeal for breakfast, souper up and fall veggies etc and tea..

emoticonGiving projects to family and friends..spark goodies, acts of kindness, one of my teams has a November challenge to post messages and I was just thinking I need to do more of that..and will help with the spark points, too... life..get balance...

emoticonHouse on my usual fall spruce ups..some left over from last fall..

emoticonStart Christmas..planning and shopping..etc..

Thanks for dropping by for a chat and a cup of tea..remember it's great to stop snacking in the evening..I love tea parties..Keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

emoticon Reading tea leaves......

"The spirit of the tea beverage is one of peace, comfort and refinement"
by Arthur Gray (perhaps a relative of Earl Grey?haha)

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ROSEWCI 11/6/2011 6:55AM

    emoticon You always do such a great job!

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DIDI_60LBS_BY60 11/2/2011 3:38PM

    Matcha emoticoncheers! After 25 yrs.. I retired from Farm Credit Canada 10 yrs ago..... and still miss the daily farming information and updates from our community....a city girl at heart.... I soooo enjoy reading your blogs emoticon :0)


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KANSASROSE67 11/2/2011 1:15PM

    Love your goals and happy for you on the cattle sale. I'm a farm girl, so I get what a big deal that is!

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SHAPNUP 11/2/2011 8:14AM

    You've got some great goals written down. I may need to "borrow" some of them! I'm currently training myself to drink hot tea in the morning - one cup. However, I can't seem to finish it before it gets cold.
Dear Donna, What am I doing wrong? emoticon

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ELLIE-1220 11/2/2011 7:07AM

    "Simplify" ~ I could really use this too! Especially where my house and belongings are involved.

I love your goals!

Happy November!!!!

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MT-MOONCHASER 11/2/2011 2:16AM

    Your goals sound marvelous. I should steal some of them...

Tomorrow some shopping in the big city (Great Falls) and then I hit the road home, hoping when I stop in Havre that my new glasses will be ready so that will save a trip to pick them up. Then home and back to the grindstone.


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VICIOUS421 11/2/2011 12:30AM

    Great Goals!!!!!! emoticon

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TISHTOES 11/1/2011 11:49PM

    Tea-rrific blog! Love it!


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