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Arggghhh!!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I had a blog typed up and it disappeared! I hate it when that happens.

The short version is I met my goals for May and June is focused on maintaining the sit-ups & running, reaching 50 pushups and getting the rest of the carpet pulled up & floor prepped for new flooring. Oh, and improving my times in the two 5k races in June.

I will reevaluate at mid-month.

  
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DEZZIEJAMES 6/1/2011 2:30PM

    ROCK ON!!! You met your goals for May!!! So excited for you!!! Keep up the hard work - and darn your blog disappearing!!!! UGH!

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MCJULIEO 6/1/2011 10:19AM

    Yikes! I hate having to re-THINK what it was I said!!! It's almost as if once I get it typed I can mentally delete it from my brain.... big mistake...

Hang in there! Sounds like you're doing great...

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GETSTRONGRRR 6/1/2011 6:11AM

    Good on you with the goals....sorry to hear about the blog. I do a quick copy of the whole thing before posting....that's happened to me too many times!

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KITTYB77 5/31/2011 10:19PM

    you can do anything you put your mind to.... what was your goal for may? if you don't mind me asking...

i have lost over 5lbs for may.. i hope to loose 10 for june.

i started a weigh loss challange ... the first price is $1000 if i remember correctly.... so wish me luck....




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IMADOTCOMDIVA 5/31/2011 10:18PM

    I have more problems with the blog! I click the button....nothing. I try try try again...nothing. I suppose the world is not ready for my words of wisdom...ok maybe that is an overstatement

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1st Michigan Fife & Drum Corp

Sunday, May 29, 2011

My son, Matthew, has always been interested in history. One of his specific interests is the American Civil War. He had wanted to be a re-enactor a few years ago but he was too young. Instead we found a local "living history" musical group, the 1st Michigan Fife & Drum Corp. They play 18th century music, primarily from the Revolutionary War period. Summer is their busy time as they march in parades & play at events from now until September. They marched today in a parade, and have another one tomorrow.

This is Matt, he is the one in the middle of the first row, playing fife.





I need to get one of these for my commute, I bet I would have NO more traffic problems!

  
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MCJULIEO 5/30/2011 9:46AM

    What a fun activity for your son!

Saluting him!

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MCJULIEO 5/30/2011 9:45AM

    Great for the commute, but the gas mileage MPG would be a killer!

Not to mention, parking....

Oh wait!

You could park WHEREVER YOU WANT!

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GETSTRONGRRR 5/30/2011 8:09AM

    Very nice....good on your son and good on you for encouraging him. We spent 3 days at Gettysburg many years ago and when we lived in Boston, I would drag our boys to Patriot's Day re-enactments. Most of the time they were bored (until the shooting started), but today, my 23-year old has an avid interest in history and our 17-year old....well let's just call it a passive tolerance for now.

Happy Memorial Day

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VYVIENN 5/30/2011 1:36AM

    I think these kinds of groups are fabulous to get kids interested in history; you learn so much more when it doesn't feel like "dead" subject matter! You sure have some talented children!

Let me know what you decide about the tank, I might go in on it with you. Not only would it eliminate traffic problems, I'll bet getting through the mid-West snow would be a breeze! emoticon

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Today's Front Yard Project pictures

Saturday, May 28, 2011

This is my front door. It is not actually an outdoor project but I love my door. It is majorly awesomely cool, in my humble opinion. It represents freedom and happiness to me. My ex-H would never have "allowed" anything like this, either by refusing to spend the money, having an "oops" moment and breaking it on purpose if I bought it anyway, and constant ridicule for my choice, whether or not I bought it. I got it last winter and still love it. The picture does not really do it justice. If I ever move I might just try to take my door with me.


For the last 2 years around the mailbox I had these really ugly plain green hostas that took up the entire space. A few weeks ago I dug them up & gave them to a co-worker. This year I've planted flowers - various daisies, wallflower (tall orange), money plant (tall purple), violas around the rim, a pretty hosta, some mums, pineapple sage, lavender, and a dwarf sunflower. I also planted some orange coleus next to the hosta after I took the pictures, I think it will contrast nicely.



My iris is almost ready to bloom. Then there will be various lilies surrounding it. And some mystery bulbs that I scattered & buried last year, which are now growing. I have no idea what they are.


The dwarf Japanese maple my parents planted 15-20 years ago. I planted hens & chicks and snow-on-the-mountain both of which will expand to cover the empty space each year. I'm also going to plant some phlox tomorrow. The smaller maple to the left I planted maybe 7-8 years ago.


My kitty welcome sign. I planted mums in the frog planters. In the larger planter is coral bells and sweet potato vine. After taking this picture I planted a purple sweet potato vine in the planter as well.


A view of half the front porch area. The paint on the bird bath is flaking off in large chunks so I am going to make it a planter instead. I will plant something viney that hangs over the edge, don't know what yet. Not shown is the end of the porch on the other side of the bird bath. Last summer I planted another dwarf maple, to balance out the other one next to the steps (once it grows anyway, in several years). I thought it died when the other two were getting buds & leaves b/c nothing was growing. But when I went to pull it up today I saw new growth sprouting up from the base so it looks like it survived after all. There is a huge blue spruce at that end of the porch so with all the shade & pine needles it has been tough to get anything to grow there. I though I had taken a picture of that end but I must not have pushed the button all the way.


  
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DENISEFOR110 5/29/2011 3:03PM

    Lovely. Good job and the door is awesome.

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MCJULIEO 5/29/2011 10:08AM

    Beautiful! What a welcoming entry! It must make you happy every time you see it all!

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MADAMES 5/29/2011 4:20AM

    Love the pictures! The mailbox area is my favorite!

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Evelyn

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INIT2LIVEIT 5/29/2011 2:19AM

    Ooooh... Pretty!!!

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IMREITE 5/29/2011 1:27AM

    I like the pics. the door is cool too.

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Kitchen antics

Friday, May 27, 2011

Another inbox gem...some people have WAY too much time on their hands!















  
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MCJULIEO 5/28/2011 10:05AM

    How fun!

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CATSANDGARDENS 5/27/2011 7:51PM

    This great, I enjoyed every minute of the scroll down, and up to double check and back down. The level of creativity is amazing. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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DOODIE59 5/27/2011 4:41PM

    Way too much time on their hands, yes. But we are the lucky recipients:) Can you imagine for one minute working the wires through the pieces of breakfast cereal???

Have a great weekend!
Deirdre

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The heck with it all

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Yet another cold, dreary, rainy day, with at least more days of the same forecast. We've had at least 2 months worth of more rainy days than not. And because we actually had 5 days in a row with no rain every seems to have forgotten how to drive in the rain. There is road destruction on the main road to & from work. One of the intersection lights went out & the company was there to fix it. So the east/west traffic got a green light for a full 2 minutes, north/south got a green for 45 seconds and the left turn lane got green for 15 seconds. I timed it. So between the road destruction, stop light & people who need driving lessons my 20 mile commute took 90 minutes. I have not been getting enough sleep (no one's fault but mine).

Between the rain, lack of sleep, chauffeur duties every day this month with the kids' extra-curriculars, super long drive home. I just did not want to do anything when I got home except put my jammies in the dryer to get them toasty & curl up between some nice clean sheets under a fuzzy blankie & go to sleep.

So I said to heck with it all. I deserve a day off.

Then I went to the gym anyway for my run & strength training because I am the only one who can stop me from reaching my goals. Today I walked through an area at work I don't normally go and saw on someone's cube wall "If it's going to be...it's up to me". TRI_BABE posted a blog awhile back on motivation...what I remember from it is if you are going to commit to something...then commit 100%, no half measures. YOOVIE's blog today had a similar message, YOU have to make the decision on what you are going to accomplish, and you have to decide to follow through. THISYEARSMODEL also had a great blog on motivation recently, that we have to find our own motivations and they come from within. Unfortunately I can't post the links, I haven't figured out how to copy & paste them on the tablet I'm using now.

I did not enjoy working out today. I had to kick myself in the backside several times in order to finish. But I did it because the end result is my motivation...and half-measures won't get me there.

  
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DEZZIEJAMES 5/27/2011 2:58PM

    Great job kicking yourself in the bum and keeping on going!!! *HUGS* The rain WILL go away!

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FROSTY99 5/26/2011 10:44PM

    Good for you, you didn't want to do it, but you did it. Some days, I go on autopilot and just keep putting one foot in front of the other but I get it done!!!
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TIGGERJEAN 5/26/2011 3:06PM

    Good for you for finishing, even when you didn't feel like it.

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MCJULIEO 5/26/2011 8:56AM

    emoticon You CAN!

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INIT2LIVEIT 5/26/2011 5:16AM

    Rockin' blog today! and so so true... Nice to know there is an upswing in blogs recently. I think it was a tough winter and had an effect on many of us Sparkers.
Hopefully with the spring and summer we will all be able to find our mojos again!
Thanks for posting your inspirational kick in the be-hind! emoticon

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VYVIENN 5/26/2011 1:22AM

    Good for you! Sometimes it does take some real deep digging before you can find that little spark inside to get you going, and you did it!! emoticon I feel ya, nothing gets me into a funk faster than continued rainy weather... thanks for sharing, though, because now I feel more like getting active this morning myself (problem in this case: oppressive humidity arriving this afternoon). emoticon

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MANTISGIRL 5/25/2011 11:30PM

    Thank you for this... I really appreciate it!


Today's cough drop wrappers said "Be Unstoppable"...


Which, for someone who has been as allergy-ridden as me, was more than enough of a sign to go to Kung Fu, and the gym. Which I did.

And now.... to sniffle my way to sleep!

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GETSTRONGRRR 5/25/2011 10:30PM

    Great stuff Miss Rebekah! Sounds like you found some good motivation.....I saw a sign today that said, "The best revenge is doing things that others said you cannot do"

Keep at it, you're doing great!

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NICKIEBH 5/25/2011 10:05PM

    Sorry to hear about the road issues...that can be a pain and cause a kink in your whole day. Congrats on motivating yourself and moving toward your goals. You are so right, you do have to motivate yourself and push through the challenges. Hope the road destruction is over soon!

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DENISEFOR110 5/25/2011 10:00PM

    Love your honesty and your ability to push through and do what needs to be done. Great stuff.

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SNUZSUZ 5/25/2011 9:47PM

    Great inspirational blog-because you did it! Even if you had to kick yourself in the butt to finish-at least you did finish!!

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ATURTLESPACE 5/25/2011 9:47PM

    Way to go!! The days when you don't want to run/workout/eat properly, etc., are the days when you should be the proudest of yourself for doing it. emoticon

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