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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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Happy Halloween and October goal re-cap...

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

emoticonHi..hope you've all had a great Halloween!'s quiet here as we never get any trick or treaters way out here..too far off the beaten path..literally out in the middle of nowhere! Home sweet home which of course means all the candy for us..haha..I made 2 caramel apples with chopped peanuts for a treat for dessert after lunch..yum yum :)

Hubby went down to the neighbors to help him this morning..while I did some housework, laundry, rode my bike and worked at cleaning up the garden some more..the corn stalks all got hauled to the weaned cows that are still in the corrals..bawling for their babies...then we hauled some bales after lunch..

..for lunch we had hot dogs,sauerkraut, and tomatoes...supper was crepes with raspberries and saskatoons...

Tomorrow is off to our cattle auction so I'm hoping the prices are good :) We'll do a bit of shopping and out for supper after the sale while we wait for the cheque..then Wed we're off to Weyburn for banking and we are also going to Regina on Thursday..not much time for anything else with all the road's always fun to go on a road trip tho the work will wait..

On to October's re-cap...

refresh spark page..done emoticon

lots of exercise..between the daughter's house and grandkids and the cattle here and back to my daily bike rides..done emoticon

small servings and lots of fruits and veggies..done emoticon

Spark daily, blogs, 1000 points..done emoticon
didn't log in a couple days and didn't blog everyday...

enjoy nature..fall colors etc travelling back and forth to daughters and all the cattle round ups and bale trips..oh yeah lots of nature :)...done emoticon

nurture my family..while daughter recovered, granddaughters and hubby I'd say I did my best...done emoticon

embrace and promote change..beside on my blogs and all the changes around here I'd say done emoticon

try to find balance..still working on getting my life back in balance but I feel pleased with the progress..done emoticon

find humor in all situations..tried my is funny...done emoticon

continue Beauty is Soul Deep workshop...yes followed all the e-mails and put them in a file to work on more later,too..done emoticon

My weight is inching down so that makes me's been a different month with lots happening and lots of changes..hope you've all had a great it's on to November...stay tuned for new goals...

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

Love Donna

a friend on fb wrote ..the leaves have fallen..and they can't get up :)

emoticonEvery beginning is a consequence - every beginning ends something.
Paul Valey

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DUSTYGIRL25 11/1/2011 3:53PM

    Well, we had 27 kids this year, and about the same last year.
Our house is build into a hill and 16 steps just to get to the front door. Some just don't want to climb it for candy, at least the parents don't.
Sure hope your day at the auction is a great day, and you bring home a huge supply of gold bricks.
And a big High Five for accomplishing all of your fantastic goals!
On to November, the turkey month!
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SUNSHINE084 11/1/2011 10:05AM

    emoticon 75 at our place. glad you are getting back to the old donna.

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KMICHA 11/1/2011 8:45AM

    Good Job on your goals!!! No trick or treaters here either!! Happy November!

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