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Day one of the 5% summer challenge...

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Hi..sorry I've missed so many days of's been really hectic here..too much to is crazy..takes days to get ready for a trip and then days to catch up again.

I was doing better getting back on track since Vegas..was down about 5 pounds, then yesterday we went to the Farm Progress show in all meals out and that blasted salt and water retention..oh well today was weigh in for the 5% challenge..I'm confident I'll get back to the tracker weight before the challenge is over. I also started the training for beginners 5K...

....did the walking/running this was easier than I thought it would be..except I was along my back road with lots of hills and the first run was up hill, took a bit to catch my breath after that....

...did lots and lots of yard work, gardening and lawn mowing was warm out so it was very easy to drink lots of water. When hubby came home from an auction sale he helped with some yard work and then we worked on the wind break trees. We didn't get them finished so that will be tomorrows job, too...and helping the neighbor with his cattle.'s almost midnight so I should get to bed..thanks for dropping by and thanks for all the comments on the Vegas trip...I'm still basking in the fun of our holiday!! Keep on Sparkin'

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MOMFAN 6/24/2012 8:38PM


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CEKNIGHT 6/24/2012 7:12PM

    Wishing you the best on your challenges! You can do it!!!

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LULUTU 6/24/2012 6:30PM

    It sounds as though you're recovering nicely from your trip, Donna!

Go Starfish!

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GOPINTOS 6/24/2012 4:13PM

    Welcome back!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
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KAYTIE22 6/24/2012 2:18PM

    Glad you enjoyed your trip. You certainly deserved some fun and a good time. You are like the Energizer bunny with all you have to do in a day's time.
The trip sounded wonderful from everything you wrote in your blog.

Congratulations to you on your 5-lb loss and training for the 5K! That is great! Good luck with the 5% Challenge too. I know you're going to be successful in that challenge during the next few weeks.

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DUSTYGIRL25 6/24/2012 1:59AM

    Yes, I agree. Vacations are a lot of work for sure. But at least they are loads of fun while we are enjoying them. I guess the extra amount of work is worth it.
I'm so happy you had a great time on yours!
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Home from Vegas...had a great pics....

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Hi..we got home from vegas last night but I was too tired to blog..jetlag I guess!! The trip was just wonderful...lots of fun and good times.

The highlight was the helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon. We did so many different things..lots of shopping, drinking and eating (glad to get home and see the summer challenge doesn't start until next Saturday instead of tomorrow so I won't change my weight yet as I gained a few pounds and will try to get back to my ticker weight before then...I know most of the weight is water retention from the salty food as my feet and ankles are really swollen..lots of walking too)

When we checked in I told the hotel it was our 35th Wedding Anniversary and they gave us an upgrade to a suite for the same price..the room was beautiful.. the bathroom was bigger than our bedroom at home...with double vanities, a walk-in shower with a bench and a huge oval freestanding tub...and big french doors. The rest of the room was great too with a king bed, big flat screen tv , sitting area and desk. The windows overlooked the strip to the south and we could see the view from the bed. We were on the 23rd floor.

The hotel had 2 pools and we went swimming a couple times..the temps were 100+ all 5 days :) We went to the Beatles show in the mall attached to the hotel and it was great.

We took in a couple of buffets, had some of the breakfasts outside in Paris (next door to Planet Hollywood) had a few meals in the mall shops and used lots of coupons for discounts. We did a bit of souvenier shopping and got a few t-shirts and magnets for the kids and us and some caps for hubby. We found lots of drink deals, too..I think I had too many margaritas to count....

We went through almost all the major hotels and watched the free shows at most of them..took in the car museum at the Imperial Palace..hubby's fav...went up in the Stratosphere and Paris tower, watched the overhead show on Freemont Street..we got a bus pass to ride for one price...

We met lots of people from all over the place, which is always fun to talk to new people..we met a couple from California, shared a limo with a Russian couple, shared the helicopter with a couple from England (and 2 guys from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada), shared another limo with a couple from Austrailia, people from Florida..on and on not to mention the ones from Veags..hubby said everyone from Vegas is a tour guide...haha!

The flights were fun too, although flying into Denver was really rough both ways, the attendants said it is always really rough it was fun to see Denver's airport. We also could see the huge fire in Colorado from the plane.

Well..I'll try and post some pics at the end..if it doesn't work I'll try againg tomorrow...

Thanks for dropping by..and keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna!

While we were gone it was really cool and rainy here so I weede through my garden today and did some laundry...also had the rider here for dinner and a guy came to sign more stuff for the pipe line (will start in August)

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MARITIMER3 6/19/2012 8:04PM

    Glad you had such a great trip, and thanks for the pictures. You look way too young to be celebrating your 35th anniversary!

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GETTHERE135 6/18/2012 12:30PM

    What a fun trip, can't believe how much you fit into less than a week. Glad you both had a great time, awesome about the upgrade to the suite.

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WATERMELLEN 6/17/2012 9:24PM

    Wow, sounds like a super duper trip . . . what a way to celebrate your 35th!

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CEKNIGHT 6/16/2012 10:05PM

    Love the pictures. Looks like you had a wonderful trip!!!

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LUCINDARW 6/16/2012 11:15AM

    Glad you had such a wonderful time and spend your anniversary having fun. You got to do so much I'm sure you had fun and now you can rest up. Congratulations on your anniversary. Lucinda

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DUSTYGIRL25 6/16/2012 6:29AM

    Donna, you look great! I think all that warm sunshiney weather did good for your spirits! Or maybe it was the beautiful hotel room, or the margaritas & shopping, or maybe it was the sightseeing & fun people you met. Or just maybe it was because you were celebrating your 35th Anniversary & with the one you Love!
Whatever it was, I'm so glad you had a Awesome time! Welcome Home!!
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BOO-SHAY 6/16/2012 1:09AM

    Good for you, for enjoying yourself. and you do have a plan for getting back on track. emoticon

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One more sleep...

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Can you tell I'm getting excited for my Vegas trip?

We fly out of Regina tomorrow afternoon so will leave tomorrow morning...
I'm almost ready..still have a bit of a list of stuff to do..haha

Thanks for all the anniversary wishes and all the trip suggestions, etc :)

Today we brought in and branded all the late calves and put them in the pastures where they belong...then hubby checked all the herds and then we took the pasture truck, trailer and quad to the rider's house..and had coffee and then to town for the mail...

Still have to pack the suit cases and my purse...I knew if I left tidying the house for last I'd run out of time..woohoo :) The house work will be there when I get home...

Well by tomorrow at this time I'll be in Vegas...and enjoying some much needed R&R..

Better run..dishes need to be done and then decide on the last items to pack...

Have a great week..thanks for dropping by and keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna!!

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BLEGNER1 6/10/2012 6:49PM

    Have a wonderful trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DUSTYGIRL25 6/10/2012 3:27PM

    Well, I know you're on your way now! Hope you are having a great time! Now it's time to relax and have a whole bunch of fun!!! Maybe you'll even stay longer after you win the big jackpot!!!
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EVIE4NOW 6/9/2012 11:09PM

  Have a wonderful trip.

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Wed, Thurs, Fri...

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Hi..where did the days go?...It's almost time for our trip!!

Wed we branded at the neighbors, Thursday we had the last community pasture take in and today I did a bunch of yard work, mowed, watered, etc.

I'm almost ready for our Anniversary trip to Las Vegas!! We leave Sunday!!
Just have a few last minute things to do tomorrow...Good news..the last calf was born yesterday!! woohoo...we don't need to worry about her while we're away!!

Well..should get to bed soon..really tired form all the lawn mowing, etc!! Thanks for dropping by..keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna!!

I'll miss logging in on Mon, Tues and Weds...will break my streak of over 200+ days..oh well..time for a new streak!!

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GOPINTOS 6/9/2012 8:24PM

    Have fun!!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Country Living Team

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RANCHGAL9 6/9/2012 5:58PM

    Have a great trip and lots of FUN. Funny how it is disappointing when you are unable to log onto Spark and break your "streak". We know you will be with us in spirit. Can hardly wait for your After Vegas blog :) emoticon

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SHINTON1618 6/9/2012 4:19PM

    Have a great trip!

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DIDI_60LBS_BY60 6/9/2012 3:55PM

    Hi Donna :0)

Have a great anniversary and awesome trip! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DUSTYGIRL25 6/9/2012 2:34PM

    Yay Donna! I'm so excited for you and for your Anniversary Trip! I wish you could come & visit me in the Bay Area or wish I would come to Vegas & visit you.
Next vacation/anniversary come & stay with us. We have plenty of room & could take you all over to see the sights. We have San Francisco, Monterey/Carmel, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Reno, much more all within a short trip.
Ok, I sure hope you have a Wonderful Time & Happy Anniversary!
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WATERMELLEN 6/9/2012 10:53AM

    Happy anniversary, happy travels . . . and my my my, do you deserve a break!!

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Windy day...

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Hi..we had a windy, windy day today and it's still windy :(

I missed blogging yesterday ....we went in to Weyburn for some supplies and hubby needed to do some pasture business and got a new trailer for the pasture.

Today hubby and the rider took cattle in at the community pasture..the phone started ringing here at 5:30 am and didn't quit all day.

I started the morning off by cleaning the seed barley out of the 3 ton and pailing it into the the wind :(

Then off to harrow pack for the rest of the day....sometimes it was so dusty out I couldn't tell where I was going :(

When hubby came home he needed to get fuel in town so we went out for supper.. wings night at the bar :) I was only too happy to not have to cook tonight. Then we brought the calf table over to the neighbors since we're helping him brand his calves tomorrow....hope it's not too hot and the wind goes down some!! Right now there are tornado watches for southern Alberta and Southwestern Saskatchewan...yikes!!

One of the many phone calls today was my group conveneer to see if I can work at a wedding banquet the Saturday after we get home from Vegas...

Not too many more days till we leave...the flight is Sunday afternoon and we're staying until Thursday....can't wait for our holiday...

Well it's been a very long day and tomorrow's branding will be exhausting.. should get to bed..thanks for dropping by..keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna

Hope you're all having a great and productive week!!

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DUSTYGIRL25 6/6/2012 6:06PM

    Hi Donna!
I've got to get caught up on your blogs but right now just wanted to say HI!
Sounds like you just as busy as usual. And with your vacation coming up real soon I bet you are getting real excited to get away and enjoy some fun! Hope you have som great luck and win millions of $$$$ while your there.
My hubby is on vacation next week also. Originally we were going to go to Phoenix, Az to visit my son, but now we've decided to stay home & work on house projects & visit at some later date.
Glad everything is going well for you!!


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GOPINTOS 6/6/2012 10:14AM


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Country Living Team

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SUNSHINE084 6/6/2012 1:01AM

    Yes the wind is horrible today. I stayed home bec I thought I would just waste my gas driving in this wind. Hope you have a wonderful Holiday. Do go to the Flamingo buffet and get a pass for meals. It was great... we could go and even just sit down and have coffee in the afternoon. So many items to choose from... and Yes I did loose weight while we were in vegas. We walked everywhere. Do take advantage of the $1.00 drinks from McDonalds. I know they are not the greatest for you but... they are cheap... and the best deal on the strip. Do post pics when you come back and have fun.

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