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Oh my . . . What's up with the neighborhood bandits?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

This is one week Iím able to excel in the Living the Good Life challenge: Drinking Water. I apparently have been blessed with a natural thirst, and able to up my typical gallon each day to over well 20 cups. WooHoo!

I also monitoring all seven of my nutrients and met my requirements for all seven today: calories, fat, carbs, protein, calcium, sodium, and fiber.

These bandits are so cute!





That said, I need to know if there's anything I can do with a family of raccoons that have adopted our neighborhood. Three were up a tree cleaning out my bird feeder. I already only put a half cup of seeds on the ground in the morning, so birds and squirrels clean up nicely. Guess Iíll have to better ration the feeder to only what I know the birds will likely finish in any given day. This is going to be tough. Has anyone ever had a critter relocated? Could the local DNR office help?

  
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JUGE300000 9/3/2011 9:18AM

    Love those raccoons. They are cute. But what terrible thief's they can be.

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IMIN2GENES 8/30/2011 7:04PM

    Like Mimi, I've only ever relocated chipmunks. These guys are cute, but can be so much trouble!
Chris

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ESILBO 8/30/2011 1:58PM

    AHHHHHHHHH THEY ARE SO CUTE ...DO YOU HAVE AN ANIMAL SOCIETY LIKE SPCA...SORRY THIS IS ALL I KNOW

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OLDERDANDRT 8/30/2011 12:28PM

    I know they won't even let you trap them in Charlotte, NC and I don't know why, but I heard it on the news one night as they had a similar problem. If I were you, I'd make some phone calls to city or town officials and find out what their policies are about the little raccoon rascals as I'm sure it varies from town to town or state to state. Hope you can solve your problem so you and the critters are happy about it
Great pics, btw.

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PS Don't forget, raccoons DO carry rabies, so don't get too close and protect your pets if you have any.

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KA_JUN 8/30/2011 9:40AM

    Wow, looks like you caught them having a house party!

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/30/2011 9:07AM

    The only critter I ever relocated was a chipmunk who ate through my telephone wires in my garage and was living in the area. I got a humane cage/trap, trapped him, and then (according to the info I received) had to relocate him at least ten miles away so he wouldn't find his way back!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 8/30/2011 5:52AM

    That's a lot of water! Way to live the good life! Those critters are cute, but can be mean. I don't have to worry about re-locating critters, with 3 dogs, they some how don't find their way into my yard. Good luck!

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Another beautiful day (in photos) on Lake Superior!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Two of us had a delightful day traveling up the Northshore. We crossed through New Brighton Beach where a local group of artists were using Lake Superior for inspiration.



Then we visited two Minnesota State Parks: Split Rock Lighthouse (where we had a picnic of chana masala, eggplant curry, Kamla's dal, Coconut pol sambol, tomato and zucchini salad, mango yogurt with strawberries, red grapes and banana) and Gooseberry Falls









We also visited the Lake Superior Shore (taconite loading dock and Edna tug boat in Two Harbors) and enjoyed tea at the Whitehouse.



What a beautiful day to work in some great fitness minutes! Hope you found some beauty in your day!

  
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THETURTLEBEAR 8/29/2011 9:11PM

    You have the most beautiful outfits!!

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JUGE300000 8/27/2011 10:09AM

    My wife and I vacationed in MN a few years back. Splitrock, Gooseberry Falls and the Lake Superior Shore with the tugboats were several of our favorite places. What a lovely place to be. Hope you enjoyed.

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READYBETTY 8/26/2011 7:34PM

    Thanks for sharing and taking us along on your journey. The pictures are wonderful!

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ESILBO 8/26/2011 1:54PM

    BEST DAY YOU CAN HAVE....GREAT SCENERY, GREAT FRIEND, GREAT FOOD AND GOOD WEATHER...YOU HAD IT ALL...
THANKS FOR SHARING EVELYNE, LOVED THE TRIP


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KATHYKIM 8/26/2011 12:44PM

    Sounds like you had a perfect day! Beautiful!


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HAPPYSOUL91 8/26/2011 12:10PM

    That is Lake Superior I remember from 20 years ago, thx for the reminder

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4MRSDAND123 8/26/2011 11:31AM

    Beeauuuuuuuuteeefull! Thanks for sharing your day.

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DZINE4KING 8/26/2011 11:08AM

    Looks like you had fun! Beautiful Pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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NINJA-NED 8/26/2011 6:30AM

    beautiful pictures! chana masala - YUM! you look lovely.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 8/26/2011 5:56AM

    Looks like a beautiful day! Perfect with beautiful sights, great friends, and yummy food. Can see why you love it there!

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I lovin' my beautiful water world!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

No sooner did I complete a 28+ hour ride and drive and the first order of business was meeting the mother of one of our international students from Sri Lanka and see if another of my friends would like to join us. Yes and Yes! Although it appears we missed the sunset, we enjoyed our first gathering together.







Want to hear how small our world is? . . . My newest friend was practically next door neighbors to another UW-S friend and graduate's Mom and Dad, which is why Sri Lanka is on my bucket list of places Iíd like to get to someday.

Iíve already made a date to hike some of our regions greatest waterways later today (while her son has work on campus), ending up at a community corn roast hosted by one of my church families. WooHoo!

Are you finding fun ways to mix things up a bit in your fitness workout?

  
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MISSFORTE 8/25/2011 3:10PM

    Holy Cow ! thanks for sharing this looks sooo awesome!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/23/2011 12:10PM

    Sounds wonderful!

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COOP9002 8/23/2011 12:06PM

    Looks like a beautiful place.

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/23/2011 11:56AM

    Sounds GREAT!

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4MRSDAND123 8/23/2011 9:00AM

    Beautiful scenery! Sounds like a wonderful day you've got planned with the hiking and corn roast. emoticon ENJOY!

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IMIN2GENES 8/23/2011 8:31AM

    Awesome! You've got some beautiful places to hike!

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ESILBO 8/23/2011 7:56AM

    HAPPY YOU FOUND SOMEONE..ITS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE...GLAD YOU MISSED IRENE IN FLORIDA, MY NIECE IS VACATIONING IN DOMINICAN REPUPLIC...WORRY A LITTLE BIT
HAVE A SUPER DAY WIT YOUR FRIENDS...
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LISE

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 8/23/2011 5:56AM

    Looks fun. What a great way to show off your beautiful state to a visitor.

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Paradise was nice as long as it lasted . . .

Sunday, August 21, 2011

. . . It's just about time to hit the road again. One more lounge lizard opportunity (this time without the computer) before the chase lounge gets put in storage.



Eat well, move as best you can, and get some quality rest. I should be able to work in and post my fitness minutes for Team Teddy Bears. Let's rock this challenge!

Hope you did something enjoyable with your weekend.

  
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JUGE300000 8/24/2011 7:11PM

    Well, I don't consider FL to be paradise right now. I would switch places with you in a minute if I could. I hate this HOT, HUMID weather.

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MISSFORTE 8/22/2011 3:10PM

    Cool picture!

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IMIN2GENES 8/22/2011 9:52AM

    Nice pic! I'm so jealous... that looks like the perfect spot for R&R.
Chris
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ESILBO 8/21/2011 2:50PM

    GREAT PICTURE EVELYN...GOOD TRIP, MY FRIEND
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THETURTLEBEAR 8/21/2011 1:04PM

    I love that pic! You are the "picture" of relaxation!!

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4MRSDAND123 8/21/2011 12:52PM

    Wishing you safe travel, my friend. Enjoy your trip..

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SWEETLIPS 8/21/2011 5:24AM

    Great picture. Have a wonderful time - will miss you smile that you write in your words for short time.

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Where am I? Who am I? . . . a goals review!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

With the start of Week Six in the 5% Summer Challenge, I thought it best to review my goals to see where Iím at:

emoticon 1) Maintain weight as I'm about to reach goal (WooHoo!) .
emoticon 2) Average an hour daily cardio and strength training
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emoticon 4) Eat six or more servings of freggies (fruits and veggies) daily
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emoticon 7) Satisfy 4-7 recommended levels of: calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, and sodium daily.
emoticon 8) Spend at least 15 minutes daily in the study of Godís word.
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While I actually have to admit that I miss the high to be had with losing the equivalent of a pound of butter each week since being an active Teddy Bear, Iím happy to report that I have maintained my weight loss for nearly six weeks.

I continue to be blessed with a sense of wonderment and awe at discovering life around me, whether it be in my beautiful teammates, in my many SparkFriends, or in my own back yard. That includes YOU! Hereís a Florida butterfly that I captured (by lens only) in my back yard:



ďDo not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what Godís will isóhis good, pleasing and perfect will.Ē (Romans 12:2)

I appreciate the special contact Iíve had where often the revelations and meaning of life are revealed with special thanks to: Carolyn, Susan, Linda, Carley, Shelby and Shelley. I also thank the many new friends that have nearly doubled my SparkFriend listing and brought a new delightful dimension of my Sparking after getting a taste of ďcelebrityĒ when my weight-loss story reaching new blog heights.

I AM wonderfully reminded about who I am as a

1) a child of God . . . ďFor you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my motherís womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.Ē (Psalm 139:13-14)

2) . . . meant to make a difference in this world. ďHe has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.Ē (Micah 6:8)

Hereís July and August prayer shawls I have completed. My next prayer shawl is well under way.





Today brings with it the challenge to pack and prepare for the long journey back to the northland. Darling mate will get to enjoy the convertible up north for a couple months. I already have my ten-minute rest-break exercises lined up, along with meditative tai chi stretches. I will take Ceri's wonderful challenge to post as many miles as possible at the start of our journey so we can hopefully land in our first two days. Teddy Bears . . . let's Rock!

May you find the beauty or revelation in your life today!

  
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MISSFORTE 8/22/2011 3:12PM

    I love this blog and thanks for sharing!

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COOP9002 8/22/2011 1:21PM

    Good word.

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CCCARTER3 8/21/2011 10:48AM

    What a wonderful blog,it made me smile as reading it,sorta like a peaceful place for me to go.
I love the butterfly,since I am a fan of the sunshine state FL.
You do have a great life,I am very blessed but hope to be where you are in your life with such peace one day.
Thanks for the blog
CC

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 8/21/2011 9:09AM

    You are one ROCKING Teddy Bear! Way to go on all those goals met, keep it up! You continue to be a motivation to many of us teddys. Beautiful prayer shawls! I love the blue one. They are sure to bring comfort and peace.

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MAGGIE805 8/20/2011 11:19PM

    Beautiful blog and pics, Evelyn. This is a wonderful perspective and you are an inspiration. emoticon

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LASARRE 8/20/2011 7:33PM

    You have done emoticon. Thank you for being a emoticon

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HS1056 8/20/2011 2:36PM

  Congrats on your success, Evelyn! Your life seems so serene. Aahhh, someday I will be there too! Your shawls are beautiful! Thanks for sharing! I can learn a lot from you. ~ Holly

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ESILBO 8/20/2011 1:33PM

    BEAUTIFUL SHAWLS...I THINK I MISSED SOMETHING EVELYN...LOL...ARE YOU ON A TRIP OR ARE YOU GOING ON A TRIP...WHATEVER, YOU SEEM TO HAVE A GOOD LIFE...I AM HAPPY FOR YOU
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HAPPYSOUL91 8/20/2011 12:14PM

    Love your knitting, I am working on an afghan at the moment. Really like how you planned your ten minute exercise and stretching.

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/20/2011 12:06PM

    Great idea and great accomplishment Evelyn!

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READYBETTY 8/20/2011 11:46AM

    Thanks for sharing. The prayer shawls are beautiful and the photo of the butterfly is wonderful. Thanks especially for the encouraging words.

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