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Things are lookin' Up! . . .

Sunday, August 07, 2011

. . . Iím so grateful that my fledgling state didnít last very long -- although it was real, and it does come and go (I just donít let it out very often!). We all probably have times when we just don't know if we have a good handle on healthy living. While I know better, I let the scale get the better of me.

I worshipped last night with a group of people (musicians, ministers, and church family) I havenít seen for nearly three months. The music was exceptional, as was the message. The leadership in this church is truly an inspired group of people and I found myself telling them that many of the members need to get away for a week or two, then return to see how good they actually have it. Praise God for inspiration in the Word . . . you really do need to get out of the boat if you want to walk on water.

Afterwards, I took this opportunity to walk the Eco Park. By the time I was through, it was as if I had walked an hour in a sauna. Whew! . . . I was dripping!







The most fun thing happened when I checked out at the grocery store last night, the young woman said, ďHi, young ladyĒ. . . to which I replied, I hadn't heard that in a long time and she responded, ďI just tell it as I see itĒ and then used a non-verbal and smile that complimented my attire. She seemed to have a most sincere glow about her. She made my day! Hereís the sunset I managed to snap as I was leaving the parking lot:



After reading about a SparkFriend turning 40 yesterday, I have come to the realization that I'm nearly sixty years old and lovin' this celebration called life! Who would have guessed that many of us have chosen never to be as old as our parents or grandparents!

I like to think that I continually find the child inside me, looking at Godís beautiful creation while in a state of awe and wonder, and finding both peace and joy within that which is sometimes a most chaotic world. Do you find the child or do things that keep you young?

  
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MISSFORTE 8/10/2011 8:37AM

    yes I do my husband says I am a big kid I am a big movie buff and that includes animated movies as well!

I do take time in the evening to sit outside and enjoy nature enjoys God's beauty

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JUGE300000 8/9/2011 7:55AM

    Yes, it is hot and humid here in SW FL right now. I don't go out much during this time. First, I am back in school at work, and second, I exercise indoors...elliptical machine. Keeps me out of that muggy weather.

Enjoy.

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SHELLEY140 8/8/2011 9:42AM

    You ARE a beautiful, young lady! :) I'm so happy to be back and able to catch up with you!! CONGRATS (belated) on reaching your 100 lbs. gone!!! WOOHOO~~~so proud of you! You continue to inspire me just as you did the day we became friends! :) ~hugs~

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THESHELBSTER 8/8/2011 12:56AM

    This was a joy to read. You are a beautiful woman, inside and out. You are absolutely glowing in your picture. You are just lovely. A lovely YOUNG lady indeed! :0)

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/7/2011 10:28PM

    I always love your insight (young lady). emoticon

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IMIN2GENES 8/7/2011 9:00PM

    Love the pics! What a beautiful walk!
Chris

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SEWINGMAMACDS 8/7/2011 8:47PM

    You look like a young lady!

It is a wonderful to praise and worship the Lord with others!

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COOP9002 8/7/2011 8:46PM

    Nice blog, and some great insights. Thanks for sharing.

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BLESSED2BEME 8/7/2011 7:15PM

    Beautiful blog full of smiles! Thank you for sharing:)

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MSJULES01 8/7/2011 6:59PM

    Loved the pictures. Looks so peaceful.

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READYBETTY 8/7/2011 5:47PM

    I enjoyed your blog. The pictures are beautiful. Thanks for sharing God's handiwork with us.

This past year I've started teaching Sunday School again. I take my class of fourth, fifth, and sixth graders on outings every couple of months. This month we're going to play laser tag and then go swimming. I have a blast playing with the kids. This past Thursday night a couple of the kid's from my class came over so they could just "hang out" with me. What a blessing!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 8/7/2011 5:45PM

    Beautiful photos (as usual!) So glad you have a church that is so wonderful, what an awesome feeling.

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4MRSDAND123 8/7/2011 5:07PM

    emoticonI am so grateful for each new day. Life is good. The best is yet to come!

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ESILBO 8/7/2011 4:34PM

    VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME TO DO, FIND MY CHILD...I ALWAYS HAD TO BE THE RESPONSIBLE ONE...BUT I KEEP LOOKING...
THANK YOU
LISE

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BBONET 8/7/2011 4:30PM

    Very inspirational and true!

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DEBBIEOLMOS57 8/7/2011 4:29PM

    so true

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Successful revelation . . . my comfort foods can be made healthy!

Friday, August 05, 2011

Who would have guessed it? I have successfully been able to turn many of my favorite comfort foods into healthy creations. Chef Meg does this all the time and while we may turn up our nose at one dish, another may be just the trick weíre waiting to incorporate into our new lifestyle. Letís face it, we are wonderfully and uniquely created with our very own (and sometimes quirky) loves.

My tracker has become my one of my greatest friends and motivator! With summertime picnics, I just canít bring myself to eating (let alone logging in my nutritional log) a commercial potato salad. How can these foods be made so bad? I happen to love the zippy flavor of deviled eggs, so I make a potato salad heavy on mustard and eggs (using more egg whites). Last night I ate a whole pound of potato salad as my supper entrťe (388 calories). Even after my oatmeal breakfast, I enjoyed 4 oz of my potato salad on a cup of baby spinach leaves (104 calories). Foods like this allow me to truly enjoy being a flexitarian (someone who doesnít need meat for their primary source of protein).


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What are your favorite foods and have you found one great replacement that makes it a healthier option? Make this change once a week, or once a month, and before you know it, you have a whole portfolio of options available to help make your road to success a much more enjoyable one.

  
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IMIN2GENES 8/7/2011 9:20PM

    That's a great idea! I'm trying to make healthier selections. I'm even learning to find new comfort foods!
Chris

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HS1056 8/7/2011 8:38AM

  Your blog about comfort foods inspired me to create my own healthier version of stuffed peppers. My very finicky husband loved it and so did I. We didn't feel deprived at all. Thanks for the inspiration! Here is the link if you'd like to check it out.
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/
recipe-detail.asp?recipe=1756547

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HS1056 8/6/2011 3:13PM

  Great idea! I made my husband some potato salad just yesterday, per his request, but other than a couple of tastes after mixing it I have left it alone. I will definitely be making this healthier version soon. I have subbed brown rice for white and whole wheat pastas for the regular kind. These small changes do add up.
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HAPPYSOUL91 8/6/2011 10:14AM

    I haven't done this, but glad to read you are so successful. I am now inspired to try out one of my favorite recipes and bringing the calories in line.

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MAMASUDS 8/6/2011 3:40AM

    Thanks for the great idea. My biggest switch has probably been stevia in place of sugar and soy milk in place of whole milk. Others have found their way into our routine along the way, but those are the two that I miss the most when I am away from home.

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KLASSIE 8/5/2011 9:22PM

    Great idea. I replaced sugar with splenda then switched to honey and now I sometimes can do without any sweetener. It's a journey and a lifestyle change at best.

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MAGGIENCALI 8/5/2011 7:09PM

    Pizza is my comfort food. I've learned to make it with FlatOut bread, part-skim mozzerella, canned tomatoes with garlic, basil and a little olive oil. Yum! The best Margherita pizza ever without the guilt.


I love Sparkrecipes and your egg salad look delicious. :)


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MRS.PRINCIPAL 8/5/2011 6:35PM

    Love that you can do this! So far I have become really good at buying ground turkey to replace ground beef, I switched to whole wheat pasta, and started trying more beans for proteins. Haven't really played with healthy versions of my comfort food. I have found that my comfort foods are changing to healthy choices... Like the other day I wanted fruit and veggies as a comfort to an emotional day... I would have normally been seeking out chocolate.

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WELLNESSME09 8/5/2011 6:07PM

    Great idea, your plate looks delicious! emoticon emoticon

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4MRSDAND123 8/5/2011 5:29PM

    I have a quick and easy bean salad recipe that I like to have at any meal. Your potato salad recipe sounds and looks so good. I've added the recipe to my Spark cookbook. Enjoy these bountiful blessings! emoticon

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LASARRE 8/5/2011 5:20PM

    Thank you so much! You read my mind. My husband and I have been talking about a low cal potato salad. He tried one and it was awful!

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/5/2011 3:57PM

    I was just thinking similar thoughts yesterday - in particular about mayonnaise-based food. I don't eat a lot of it, but once you put in the low or no fat version, it's basically just good protein (in the egg salad, tuna salad, etc.). Great idea to make pseudo-potato salad too!

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ESILBO 8/5/2011 2:04PM

    I AM NOT AT THIS STAGE YET...I FOLLOW AND LATER I WILL EXPERIENCE...
THANKS FOR THE IDEA...

HUGS LISE

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OLDERDANDRT 8/5/2011 1:46PM

    emoticon emoticonYUM!!! emoticon

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Danger, Will Robinson! . . . Iím a fledgling mess!

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Being at goal is rewarding, however it is also a new experience. Having been fat all my life except for two all-too-brief encounters (1975 and now), this is hard stuff. My mindset has been to lose weight and itís hard to think in any other way. My goal has changed and I canít say that Iím adapting very well. If I were to stand in front of a mirror, I see an emotional wreck with arms fledgling like the robot in Lost in Space saying, ďDanger, Will Robinson, danger!Ē

I opened a box of FiberPlus cereal the other day at midnight and found I ate nearly half the box before I let it go. Fortunately, it was a small serving box, but four servings placed on my breakfast tracker was frightful! It pretty much ruined my entire day. If this had been a fiber challenge, I would have been off the charts! 8-))

My official Weight Watcher weigh-in today put me right at the end of my two pound leeway that Iím allowed: Iím now two pounds over goal . . . but in reality, I know, due to recent salt intake and other known factors, this high is only temporary. I know Iím headed in the wrong direction and need to take my ďwant-to-munch-all-the-timeĒ attitude and put it back in check! Itís time again to treat this temple of mine with the respect due it! This is my Danger Zone, so I will review my goals, as TheTurtleBear recommends and see if I canít, ďStep it up a notch.Ē Thanks, Mimi.

For starters, I found a new product at Walmart yesterday. Josephís lavash flex, oat, and whole grain 9x13Ē super soft flatbread. One slice is two (2) servings. Two servings come in at 100 calories, 4 gr fat, 520 sodium, carbs 14, fiber 6, and protein 10. Not bad!





Iíve been making pizzas on the high-fiber Italian flatout bread (6 slices) and can make 8 slices with this new stuff. Being the ultimate food lover that I am, I know that ďmore is better.Ē This is the type of thinking I also need to keep in check so that they fall within my nutritional ranges. The whole pizza comes out at 6 veggies and just under 400 calories. Iím still playing with the means of heating, as my first try came out a bit messy (fork recommended) and I didnít want to light an oven on a hot summer day.



I recognize Iím in a Danger Zone and am now taking steps to hopefully reverse this trend. Itís never too late! Have you made a vow for recent self improvement? This is a good time to assess where you are with attaining your goals.

  
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MARTHAWILL 8/7/2011 6:26PM

    I know exactly what you mean. I have had those moments where I see old habits creeping back in and have to take a deep breath and re-focus. Not sure the battle will ever end. Can never let down my guard.

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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 8/6/2011 3:45AM

    Congratulations on reaching your goal and big congratulations on seeing you are in the danger zone and now is the time to take action. If we had all done that years ago we wouldnt' have gained all the weight. You can do it. Stay in your calorie range and think of ways to keep it interesting like the wonderful pizza you made above. It looks great in the pictures. Have confidence in yourself, you made it to goal and you can stay there.

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KATHYKIM 8/5/2011 11:38AM

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/5/2011 11:21AM

    You can do this, tell your inner self that you will do everything you can to keep your good health and fitness

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SHARJOPAUL 8/5/2011 9:05AM

    Congratulations on reaching your goal!
Treat maintainance similarly to how you treated losing. You have a calorie range you need to stay within for the amount of activity that you are doing. Remember the goal really isn't to lose the weight, its to keep yourself at a healthy weight for life.

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BLESSED2BEME 8/5/2011 12:59AM

    Looks like you have a good handle on this! That pizza looks totally delish! Nom, Nom!

Sending you smiles and spark!

Trish

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MOMFAN 8/4/2011 11:50PM

    Good for you recognizing it. The pounds come back on way too fast! You got this! Commit your daily habits to the Lord!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/4/2011 11:07PM

    You will figure it out emoticon

Your pizza looks delicious!

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IMIN2GENES 8/4/2011 8:42PM

    Thanks for sharing! I'm not near maintenance yet - I will get there - but hearing words of wisdom like this in advance helps. I think it will be a little easier and I'll be prepared.

Pizza looks yummy! Keep up the great work!
Chris
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MPENNE 8/4/2011 5:55PM

    Pizza looks great. I'll definitely try it. I always have problems staying on track after I lose 15 or so pounds. It is tough. Sounds like you have a good attitude and see the warning signs.

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OLDERDANDRT 8/4/2011 5:36PM

    emoticon This is all a journey, dear. The weight loss, the healthy lifestyle, maintenence.........life! You are doing well in adapting foods you love into foods you can actually endure. Make them lower cal and tons healthier!! Oh yeah!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon!!!!!!!
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P.S. That pizza looks yummy!! emoticon

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ESILBO 8/4/2011 5:20PM

    THANK YOU FOR SHARING, EVELYN.....YOU ALREADY ARE A MASTER AT IT. JUST NEED TO READJUST..

HUGS LISE

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4MRSDAND123 8/4/2011 5:13PM

    Like you said, this maintenance is a new experience. I have no doubt that you'll do fine. You're skilled at reading ingredients, knowing portion sizes and WW points. You get in lots of exercise and love your freggies. All=success! Thanks for sharing the new bread find. I'm gonna have to check that out!

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SUGARSMOM2 8/4/2011 4:07PM

  thank you .. for telling us about this .. i to need more fiber . am at a lose as to how to get it without adding a ton of calories to my diet . oh i am sorry . it is not a diet . it is a life stytly change .. again thanks

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MSJULES01 8/4/2011 4:03PM

    Thank you for sharing with us. Remember that we are all here to help each other along the journey.

I will have to check out that new product. Maybe it is something DH and I might enjoy.

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/4/2011 3:30PM

    Excellent and brave blog. I keep reading it from my friends in maintenance - that maintenance is the scary time and it will take a while to get your arms around it. So smart that you have already figured this out and are on guard. I have no doubt that you will do this.
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On the road again!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Glad to hear the Teddy Bears landed the plane successfully. Road freggies are a little more difficult to work in, but not impossible if you can think outside the box a little.

I enjoyed a hot bowl of chili while breakfasting at the Waffle House in an overly air conditioned room. Originally, I had a photo, but could not upload it from my internet phone.



Keep moving as you are able and work in at least five freggies (fruits and veggies) today.

  
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MOMOFJTEAM 8/3/2011 2:25PM

    I never thought of the chili idea... that's one to keep in mind!

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/3/2011 12:03PM

    LOL, never throught of chili for breakfast. I don't have problems with getting in my freggies but now water is another story.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 8/2/2011 6:35PM

    Safe travels to you!

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IMIN2GENES 8/2/2011 6:00PM

    Yum! I love a good chili! I'll have to try the salad trick too. Have fun on the road!
Chris

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EJOY-EVELYN 8/2/2011 5:48PM

    Thanks for the suggestions. Chili is also great on lower carb noodles. Will have to try on my near zero-calorie noodles.

I have to dress in winter-like layers in order to dine in most summer eateries. It is a good thing I carry crushed red pepper flakes in my purse to spice up my foods. 8-)

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4MRSDAND123 8/2/2011 5:21PM

    Your chili sounds good...I think Turtlebear's idea of putting it over a salad might be good too! emoticon It's close to dinnertime here and this chili talk is making me hungry..LOL Wishing you continued safe travel.

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/2/2011 5:02PM

    Have you ever ordered chili and salad and poured the chili over the salad? One of my favs!

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Having a freggie day!

Monday, August 01, 2011

Okay . . . so Iím not normal . . . I know it! I have my ups and downs just like everyone else , however, I'm usually pretty good at choosing to find the joy in as many small things as possible.

Some days, you simply have to change it up and here I am today cleaning out my fridge for holiday. Please know that the plate below is a HUGE 10.5" plate . . . just goes to show you I like my freggies! Hereís my breakfast:



And itís a homemade veggie pizza for lunch! And if the mail bring just the right package, it's quality R&R and eating out time for a few meals!

Now, itís back make sure I'm ready to go. Make the most of all that youíve been given today!

  
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JUGE300000 8/2/2011 7:52AM

    Plate looks yummie!

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NEWMAC2011 8/1/2011 9:42PM

    What a beautiful & colorful plate. It looks so delicious! I'd love a "slice!"

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READYBETTY 8/1/2011 7:30PM

    You really made the freggies look beautiful. I'm enjoying all the variety of fruits and vegetables available. I just haven't made them look as pretty as you have. Well done!
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IHAIDEN 8/1/2011 4:51PM

    Now there's a creative use of Freggies!
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THETURTLEBEAR 8/1/2011 4:08PM

    It's the FREGGIE MONSTER, striking again!!

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ESILBO 8/1/2011 3:34PM

    LOOKS SO GOOD...WHAT IS R&R...THANKS FOR SHARING...TAKE CARE
LISE
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IMIN2GENES 8/1/2011 3:32PM

    That looks devine! Now I'm hungry...
Chris

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JANETELIZABETH1 8/1/2011 3:02PM

    I was wondering what 'freggies' were!! And now I know, your breakfast looked very delicious!!

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4MRSDAND123 8/1/2011 2:17PM

    Yum, yum, your homemade veggie pizza looks delish! (I'm cleaning out the refrig here too and just made stir-fry.) Bon appetite!

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CCCARTER3 8/1/2011 12:41PM

    This looks so good,makes me hungry,I am tring to get some frggies in myself,did good for a little while fel off habit.
Anyway looks like a good way to start off a day.

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 8/1/2011 12:15PM

    Looks ABSOLUTELY wonderful, Evelyn! You're such an inspiration! We'll be heading to Duluth tomorrow; wish you were going to be there for a hike! emoticon

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