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THANK YOU!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Just a short blog to let all my Spark friends know that I care for each and everyone of them! emoticon

I don't always stop by to say hi, or acknowledge a post on my wall or my page, but each and every post brings a smile to my face! emoticon

Each one of us here on Spark has our own journey emoticon emoticon that take us to all the places in the world. I have Spark friends in far flung places. I get to "see" a little of your place in the world through your stories and blogs. THANK YOU for sharing.

I wish each and everyone of you happiness and joy during this American Tradition of Thanksgiving! emoticon emoticon

Please know that I treasure all of you for your perspective on life and the time you take to post on blogs of relatively complete strangers. With Spark we all become a bit of family to each other. emoticon

God Bless all of you. emoticon

  
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KALEWINE 11/23/2014 11:03PM

    Thank you for being a sparkfriend!

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LEXIE63 11/18/2014 9:33AM

    Picture me making a heart shape with my hands. Thank YOU! :-)
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KPETSCHE 11/18/2014 12:45AM

    And THANK YOU for taking the time and energy to read and respond to my blogs. I appreciate it greatly!
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SAL1512 11/17/2014 9:41PM

    You have touched my heart . . .
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FLORIDASUN 11/17/2014 9:02PM

    Blessings to you my friend! My sparkies ARE my family and I love that we all share and support each other! emoticon emoticon

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BONNIEMARGAY 11/17/2014 2:07PM

    Thank you, beautiful!

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CATHYGETSFIT 11/16/2014 8:38PM

    We all definitely become a bit of a family! Glad that you are one of those people in this family! emoticon

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WINE4GIRL 11/16/2014 6:41PM

    Absolutely! When I'm gone for a few, I look forward to coming back to checking in with my friends!
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CLAIREINPARIS 11/16/2014 3:50PM

    This is a lovely blog! Thank YOU Chris for taking the time to encourage us as well!
I wish you a blessed Thanksgiving!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/16/2014 2:36PM

    You're right! We DO become a bit of a family! Glad you're part of it!

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CATS!!! Grrrrr

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

My cat Taz is a royal pain in my you know what!

CATS!!! grrr can you tell I'm pissed at him?!?!? LOLOL

He likes to chew the plants when I bring them in for the winter, so he can spit up his furballs. I have learned to put the ones he "likes" higher on the shelf, that he can't reach.

Well this morning at 5:15 AM I come down to a upended plant all over the carpet!!! Good thing/bad thing I watered them all last night so it was more clumpy to clean up but it was still damp all over the carpet.

Managed to get it back into pot and waited some before I vacuumed, STILL have a nice brown spot on my light grey carpet........... GRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!

He is now hiding as he got his nose into the mess and spanked! NO NO NO NO!@!#!@!#! GRRRRRRR

  
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KALEWINE 11/12/2014 6:28PM

    Just like a cat... Our cats are always getting into things they shouldn't.

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KRYSSCOTT 11/7/2014 2:39PM

    Bad Kitty!

I bet he saw you coming and tired to look all cute too!
Cats are adorable but they are also devious little buggers.

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EHLIFESSHORT 10/31/2014 11:09PM

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SAL1512 10/31/2014 10:42AM

    Our furry friends don't understand our homes. They just see opportunity and go for it! Hope the plant makes it's seasonal transition. And hope your cat has learned a lesson.
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MAVERICKDR 10/29/2014 7:23PM

    My cat is channeling positive energy to your cat. I think he might be saying, "Wow, not a plant in this house. What's a plant?"

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FANGFACEKITTY 10/29/2014 6:25PM

    Could be worse...one of mine thinks the litter box is optional.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/29/2014 5:24PM

    Uh oh. Misbehaved kitty!

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MARGARITTM 10/29/2014 1:00PM

    I grow a few just fo them - Spider plants are (according to them) very yummy and not bad for them.




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BONNIEMARGAY 10/29/2014 12:43PM

    I love my dog's crate!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/29/2014 9:05AM

    My Edith sticks her head in the vase and drinks the water. She likes to do this when I am watching...

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BIGPAWSUP 10/29/2014 8:40AM

    What were do for our fur children!

Hope the plant makes it.

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RIDLEYRIDER 10/29/2014 8:02AM

  I am sorry for your kitty's misbehavior. I remember....but I would give anything to have my kitty back again....lost her 3 weeks ago to kidney disease and am still grieving....she was my 'only cat'..

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ILLINOIS State Fair

Friday, August 22, 2014

I go down to the Fair during GOP DAY. Always get to meet the candidates and I am pretty active in politics. Don't want to get into political discussions, just the back ground on why I go to the Fair.

So, there is always interesting things to see and eat at the fair. I always give myself "permission" to eat one "strange" thing each year.

One year I had chocolate covered fried bacon, and before you go euwww .... it was rather good like a salty choc covered pretzel.

Another year I tried deep fried BUTTER on a stick! I saw it and oh GOD! Was rather skeptical, the vender said it was very good. NOT discounting the calories and cholesterol, I thought why not! Not like I was going to make a habit of it! So a WHOLE stick dripped in pound cake batter and deep fried! About the size of a corn dog. Well I was rather afraid that the butter would drip all over me so I leaned forward and took a bit......no butter leaked out! I had all absorbed into the pound cake, AND it was GOOD! Like eating a chewy warm brownie.




This year nothing appealed to me ..... they did have deep fried Snickers Bars and I almost went for it but the person I was with did not want to share, she wanted to "waste' her calories on a corn dog..... so I did not get it. I would have only wanted a bite or 2.

They had fried alligator on a stick... no thanks

Then I came across these and just had to take a picture because no one would believe me!


That's right Cricket Pizza!

Or this
Euww Mealworms!

and I saved the best for last!!


Needless to say I DID NOT TRY these!! just plain gross..... but it is protein and there are people that do eat these things..... just not me! emoticon

And as a bonus here is a short video of the butter cow.... it is housed in a freezer room and each year they are different.... kinda cool!

www.sj-r.com/article/20140807/News/1
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Enjoy your State fairs they are fun places to go to and learn new things.

  
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FLORIDASUN 11/17/2014 9:09PM

    Love the butter cow...we see it most every August when we go back to our home state of Iowa! We have bizarre and 'every under the sun fried' too...I pass on the bizarre and go for the Porkchop on a stick' DELISH! emoticon

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TORTISE110 9/30/2014 5:37AM

    Thanks for reading my blog on the VA Fair and I enjoyed yours. I grew up in Washington State and the big deal there for food was scones! I did--and still do--love them. With rasberry jam. Can't quite get why frying is so important these days, but then I live in the south now!

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HICKOK-HALEY 9/25/2014 1:42AM

    The pizza was a trip. Good protein if you are lost in the woods lol. We missed our fair this year. Glad you went to yous.

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52BINCE 9/7/2014 11:30AM

    based of this blog it appears you had an Andrew zimmern weekend! you know the bizzare foods guy? It is always a day brightner to read your blogs n know we all have quirky times too!!!!!

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CASEYSAUER 9/5/2014 7:03AM

    I did not make it to my state fair but yours sounds like fun! By the way, fried alligator is VERY good!

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CLAIREINPARIS 8/27/2014 4:55AM

    How fun! Glad you had a good time even though you didn't get to try anything new this year! emoticon

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SAL1512 8/27/2014 12:22AM

    Glad to hear that you had fun!
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BA5454 8/26/2014 7:40AM

    I had fried coke one time--it was pretty sweet. Not quite sure how they made it, lol. Great blog and the butter cow reminds me of my husband's state fair (Iowa)--they have one there each year.

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KPETSCHE 8/25/2014 2:48PM

    Wooh! Sounds interesting - I'm not sure that I'd be up to trying any of the wacky food but it makes for an unusual walk through the midway! I didn't realize how much went in to making those butter cow sculptures - WOW.

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KALEWINE 8/24/2014 11:21PM

    Wow! That is some crazy food! And unhealthy too!

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KIM22211 8/24/2014 2:13PM

    wow. I dont think I could have tried it, but the snickers does sound to die for!

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FANGFACEKITTY 8/24/2014 5:15AM

    I like alligator (cooked myself, never tried a fast food truck version) and I have eaten crickets & ant eggs before when I was in Mexico. Not sure I'd care to try the mealworm pizza voluntarily, although I could be persuaded with the right incentive!

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/23/2014 3:09PM

    Bugs are gross!

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HOLLYM48 8/23/2014 8:57AM

    The state fair is here in MN right now and I am not sure if we will make it this year or not. I am not really into fair food either and the number of people all in that area is amazing. You barely can walk through some areas. The pizza's looked gross. I would not eat it if they paid me I am afraid. I will find protein another way. The deep fried butter sounds really interesting. Good job for resisting the deep fried snickers bar, I just can't get into many of those things on a stick. I did try the alligator last year because my girls were raving about it but I found it really greasy and frankly not that good.
Thanks for sharing your day with us!

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PAMBWS 8/23/2014 8:54AM

    Here, in Ontario, we have the Canadian National Exhibition - CNE - & every year it features some new, strange, deep fried food. there is an entire building dedicated to food...called, aptly enough, the "Food Building". And then there is all the food on the grounds & this year, the food trucks.

I have tried alligator in Florida! Yummy! Cooked Cajun style. Blackened alligator...absolutely delicious.

I seldom attend the fair any more, but all the news outlets here feature articles about the food! Those pizzas...well, I guess I will stick to my bbq'd turkey for tonight...I don't think I can 'do' pizza right now...the visuals are needing 'eye bleach'.

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2BDYNAMIC 8/23/2014 8:37AM

    emoticon to ALL of those pizzas! I guess I will stick to our once a year order pizza delivery and not try any new fandangal buggie pizzas! (Did you see peeps buying them?) ......... And I am too afraid of alligators EVEn dead on a stick or whatever. I don't want them around me or IN me ....... But great pics. and glad you have a sense of adventure to try new things ......... emoticon
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COASTAL6 8/22/2014 10:40PM

    I love the butter cow, it's amazing. I would love to be an artist like this!

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ONESPOTLEFT 8/22/2014 7:42PM

    can not imagine eating that pizza


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COOP9002 8/22/2014 2:35PM

    Sounds interesting, but i prefer my pizza without those kind of toppings.

thanks for sharing.

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BIGPAWSUP 8/22/2014 1:47PM

    Sounds like fun. Thanks for sharing but I'll pass on the pizza too.

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LEXIE63 8/22/2014 12:52PM

    OMG. I'm pretty experimental with my food, but those pizzas, *shudders*
That is some fair! We get nothing like that over here. Just village shows and agricultural shows, which sometimes combine to make a bigger show. The food highlight would be the beer tent and the homemade jams. :-) No creepy crawlys in those! LOL

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# 2 on Spark leader boards Sarcastic Unlimited!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I was doing some figuring this morning.

About being 2nd place on the category leader board for Humor

So the first place team has 2709 members, our team has 1185.

They have racked up 131,913 points this month so far, at an average 49 points per member.

Our team has racked up 82,259 this month so far, at an average of 69 points per member.

ALL time points is 14,004,307 for the other team, which works out to about 5,178 points per person since team birth of appox 8-27-09

ALL time points for our team in SECOND place is 12,571,929 which works out to appox 10,609 points per person since team birth of approx 2-8-12

POINT of all this is, OUR TEAM ROCKS! We have less members than they do, but our participation is higher, so we spread the Spark AND Sarcasm more, and we BEAT them in overall member participation HANDS DOWN! So they might be in first place ..... but we are the real STARS of our style of humor!

SO take a bow all of my fellow Sarcastic's on Sarcastic Unlimited!

I want to thank all my fellow team mates for being such fun loving people who look for humor in all of life's daily pursuits! WE are all not afraid to poke fun at ourselves and everyone else we share our little orbit with.

Now go and find something to share and make us laugh!

  
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MAVERICKDR 8/24/2014 9:19PM

    I'm a numbers guy, and I love that you put it to the metal. We don't need no dark sarcasm either cuz WE ROCK in the light of the day (or night). YEAH!

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WINE4GIRL 8/18/2014 4:34PM

    Wow! Y'all are posting some pretty impressive numbers!
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BONNIEMARGAY 8/18/2014 2:06PM

    Good for you!

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    emoticon emoticon We rock!

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LEXIE63 8/17/2014 2:31PM

    Well, of course we are number 1 really. Member numbers mean nothing, compared to member participation, and not having to only use 'twee' humour makes all the difference. People can be themselves on the Sarcastics team, and I love that!
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2BDYNAMIC 8/17/2014 2:20PM

    Good point and figuring! .......... Number of team members will always have the 'apparent' advantage in ratings ........... But when you break it down............. who really is #1! ............. emoticon Yeah!! emoticon ....... (I will try to find s'thing funny but am avoiding the public today in need of rest, but rest assure ............. there should be something come Monday!! ......... Oh yeah! lol

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1CRAZYDOG 8/17/2014 2:19PM

    All sarcasm aside . . . awesome!

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MY Little Pond

Friday, August 08, 2014

As promised here are a few pictures of my rebuilt pond.
It is rather like putting a jig saw puzzle together as you can see. So I had to put them all around build up an then fit them together.


I have white and gold spotted gold fish in the pond, there have been little green frogs know to come visit also. They are cute. One year a frog moved in just before I put the heater in and he froze solid...... :(( nothing I could do to save him.

All day long the birds are visiting to either drink from it or take a bath in it. The very top has a bolder that cracked in half that has a depression on one side so it sits with the round side into the top of the spillway and the flat side facing out and the birds can stand on it and have running water to bath in. I can sit there all day and just watch. The sound of running water is very soothing to listen to.



Each winter I try and save 3 or 4 of the water hyacinths, I bring them inside and put them in a sunny window and I get through about February and they die. I think I'm using chlorinated tap water to replenish and that is killing them. This winter I'm going to go outside and bring in some pond water to replenish.

In the winter I cover it with netting to keep the leaves and the geese out of the water, put the water lilies all in the bottom with the fish and put a feeder trough heater in so that the water never freezes solid. I bring the filter and the little spillway in for the winter.

This has given me much relaxation and joy over all the years I've had it.

Thanks for stopping by

  
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CLAIREINPARIS 8/27/2014 4:58AM

    What a delightful place to sit in the shade looking at the birds! Thank you for telling us about it. I would so love to have a garden and a pond!

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GINIEMIE 8/18/2014 8:19AM

    It is beautiful! I'm amazed at your handiwork. I wish I had that talent. I've wanted a water feature in my yard too, but I'm not building handy. I make a decent handi-person's assistant but there are too many tools that I don't/haven't ever used.
My BIL built one in OH at their house, and I told him I needed him to help me build one-that was eight years ago. Oh well, I'll just come and look at your pictures.
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WINE4GIRL 8/12/2014 8:31PM

    It looks and sounds lovely! Let your tap water sit for 24 hours to declorinate it. Hubs suggests leaving the hyacinth in to over winter and it should come back. Won't hurt to try!

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MISSMUFFETT101 8/12/2014 6:45PM

    Love this! It's beautiful!

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GARDENCHRIS 8/10/2014 6:53PM

    I was ..... I sat between weeding and grass cutting.....

the little emoticon is back! He is so cute!

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2BDYNAMIC 8/10/2014 5:54PM

    Me again ........... Want to come sit there, sip ice tea and relax ...... (Are you there today?)

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 8/10/2014 2:49PM

    Looks so inviting. I know it must bring you hours of peace.

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HICKOK-HALEY 8/10/2014 1:57PM

    That turned out real nice. Wish I had one. I can see why it is relaxing!

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52BINCE 8/10/2014 11:17AM

    Creative is what I see in this blog! running water is always soothing especially when nature is surrounding it! I enjoyed this blog!

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DEBBYFROMMT 8/9/2014 4:10PM

    Chris, beautiful! You yard looks like a paradise! (running water makes me want to pee)

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/9/2014 1:49PM

    Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing.

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SAL1512 8/9/2014 11:34AM

    Enjoy your pond.
We have always wanted one but various reasons prevented us from doing it.
Someday, we will be settled in somewhere where we know we are going to stay. Now we know we need to downsize.
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ONESPOTLEFT 8/9/2014 9:00AM

    I spend many hours sitting at our pond too....some frogs do freeze when they hibernate

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LEXIE63 8/9/2014 7:58AM

    Lovely! You can come and build a pond for me any time. :-)

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PAMBWS 8/9/2014 7:31AM

    Beautiful, Chris. I love a pond & the sound of the running water is relaxing.

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FANGFACEKITTY 8/9/2014 6:08AM

    It looks - and sounds - wonderful and relaxing! I would love to put in a small pond someday.

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/9/2014 5:56AM

    Wow! That looks beautiful and very serene! That must have been a lot of work but well worth it seems. I too love the sound of running water. Thanks for sharing!

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EHLIFESSHORT 8/8/2014 10:38PM

    looks great

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2BDYNAMIC 8/8/2014 10:24PM

    It looks fabulous! Great work ......... and I too love the sound of running water. emoticon ....... Glad you shared.

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