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Olympic Flame Has Arrived In Town!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

All day long, our Canadian Broadcasting Channel (CBC) has been following the Olympic flame from Greece and how it landed at the airport about 3 miles from my home.
Then all the hooplah started about the torch run as it moved all over this area.

This afternoon I had a doctor appointment and I was concerned about traffic and parking challenges due to the population of torch watchers. I managed to get to the doctors easily AND I found a parking spot too. (Blood pressure is improved since starting the diuretic for the past month.) So it was a win-win-win this afternoon.

That was until I tried to drive home along our only highway going north. Fridays are often slow, but the traffic today was stopped. I had to pass by a big photo op with the torch, all the officials, police cruisers and motorcycles, a bunch of canoe paddlers and camera crews. I missed seeing the runner by a fraction of a moment but I did see all the body guards (torch guards?) in their grey outfits.

Once I got past the torch excitement, the traffic picked up speed and I was able to get home in normal time.

What a bunch of fuss and bother about a flame. I'm glad it will be on its way to other parts of the province tomorrow!

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FREDDY1232 10/31/2009 1:32PM

    So Glad that your blood pressure has improved. Hope it didn't raise while you were stuck in traffic though LOL

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BEAMISH7 10/31/2009 1:07PM

    GREAT NEWS about yoru blood pressure. It came through my area years ago and was a huge big deal as well. I worked with one of the people chosen to carry it for a stretch and he was an inspiration.

Furball, I didn't realize that historical bit about the flame. Interesting. My interest in it now is that it represents the character behind each competing athlete.

Again....you keep that bp down. love ya, peggy

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YATMAMA 10/31/2009 9:42AM

    I think that's exciting!! Of course, I wasn't trying to navigate in it. lol Congrats on your blood pressure. The scale is not our only gauge. Blood ressure numbers scream success!!! *applause* Keep up the good work!

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FURBALLDTH 10/31/2009 8:51AM

    that's wonderful news about your blood pressure! In ancient times the torch was lit by the sun and burned the entire length of the games. It represents purity. Have a wonderful weekend. emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 10/31/2009 7:39AM

    I live in South Dakota and will never see it here! Still quite an honor to be so close!

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DAIZYSTARLITE 10/31/2009 1:44AM

    Pretty cool though

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Sister Needs Prayer

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I got an email from my sister who just hung up on my mom. When my sister needs a bit of support, she doesn't usually phone Mom, so this is disappointing.

My sister, "S" is a young widow with a 12 year old daughter and 14 year old son. She works full time and has both kids in hockey. Their time and finances are often stretched to the max.

When sis phones our mother, there isn't the sympathy you might expect. Mom doesn't value the time & money spent on equipment, practices, games and exhibitions. Telling my sister to get the kids out of hockey isn't the answer she wants to hear. Telling sis that she's doing too much isn't what she wants to hear either.

Sometimes we women just want to unburden and have a listening ear...

Have you ever needed to purge your troubles and all your supporters want to do is SOLVE your problems? sigh

Sure, my sister could use a full time housekeeper, a part time nanny, a rich partner, a chauffeur, cook and maybe a few more support staff. (Some days, couldn't we all???)

I'm 5 provinces away and feel pretty useless at this point.

Since I've read her email, I've had a prayer for her, asked some Spark friends to pray, and I haven't sent any reactive email back. I hope she is doing all right.

If you have a friend or relative who needs to be heard, try with all your energy to listen and sympathize this week. Don't solve. Don't poo-poo their trials.

And if you see your sister sometime soon, give her a hug. I sure wish I could hug "S" this afternoon...

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LINGUISTMARCIE 10/29/2009 9:25PM

    I don't have a sister, but I can imagine how you must be feeling.

You, she and your mom are all in my thoughts and prayers, Karen.

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PANSYGAL 10/29/2009 11:48AM

    I will keep her in my prayers.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/29/2009 8:40AM

    Keeping your sister in my prayers. Sometimes we just want someone to really listen to us. It helps to clear our minds and lets us start fresh again for another day. We don't need advice, we already know the answers!! But we still continue to do what has to be done. It sounds like your sister is doing the best she can for her children under the circumstances and just needs someone to talk to who will listen. Prayers and hugs coming your way for you, your sister and her family.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/29/2009 8:35AM

    Keeping your sister in my prayers. Sometimes we just want someone to really listen to us. It helps to clear our minds and lets us start fresh again for another day. We don't need advice, we already know the answers!! But we still continue to do what has to be done. It sounds like your sister is doing the best she can for her children under the circumstances and just needs someone to talk to who will listen. Prayers and hugs coming your way for you, your sister and her family.

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MALEXANDER4 10/29/2009 7:57AM

    if people would let us unburden sometimes, we could solve our troubles ourselves. sometimes when we let go, the answers come to us. let her vent, send a hug, and say a prayer. i'm doing just that for you both. god bless.

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MSLZZY 10/29/2009 7:09AM

    Pulling the kids out of hockey isn't a good solution! I'll keep you sis in my prayers! For the kids. giving up is a sign of failure. They are still too young to really absorb that kind of hurt.
Sis will find a way. But keep listening to her for her sake. She needs you!

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MRSAKINS2005 10/29/2009 5:07AM

    Will keep you all there in my prayers always.

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CADDIVA1 10/28/2009 11:03PM

    I feel your pain. I am there.. and yeah I am many states away from my sis too.. and my bro.. it is sad.. I don't know if I will ever hug my sis again if ever. You know I hear what your saying deeply.

sometimes we do need someone to listen. I am here for you if you need a shoulder. Just stop by my SP anytime.

Good Luck and God Bless!

May the light shine upon both our sisters and they see that light.. Amen. emoticon

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MINDYJ1 10/28/2009 10:54PM

    Praying for your sister! You are right! Sometimes we just need someone to listen. Not to fix it but just to listen.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 10/28/2009 10:20PM

    Will keep her in my prayers Karen

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JUDYK17 10/28/2009 9:05PM

    Your sister sounds like a very strong person. Why not just send a short email that just says "I wish I could hug you right now" sometimes less is more? Sounds like you understand she just needs to be told "you can do it." No matter how far you are you are not useless, just knowing you are there for her will do wonders.
Saying prayers for both of you.


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ALICIA214 10/28/2009 8:46PM


Prayers coming from B.C. Wish I could hug my sister, but she lives in Australia.


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SUSMAX 10/28/2009 8:28PM

    Prayers coming from here. She sure has a full plate!

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I Reached A Goal!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I wondered how long it would take and it ended up taking a few extra months, but I have managed to put on my satin dress from long ago.

I wore this chemong to a dance and the domes would pop everytime I moved my arms. (Not a good outfit to move around in.) But I've held on to it for themed dinners and sentimental reasons.

Maybe this was a strange goal, but it was my goal!

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LINDA25427 10/28/2009 12:10AM

    You look fantastic in it emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IUHRYTR 10/27/2009 9:49PM

    emoticon -- Lou

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WHITE-HERON 10/27/2009 9:02PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PEPPERLEAH 10/27/2009 8:45PM

    Congratulations! You look fabulous!

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LINGUISTMARCIE 10/27/2009 8:33PM

    Karen, you look fabulous! I'm so proud of you! What other gems do you have hiding in that closet of yours that you fit into now??!! You should go and see!!

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EGRAMMY 10/27/2009 3:08PM

    Lovely, so lovely. And we know the effort it took to win this goal. You are an inspiration. Thanks.

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MSLZZY 10/27/2009 2:47PM

    Gorgeous dress and a beautiful you!

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CUTIEDOOTS 10/27/2009 1:26PM

    You look great! No goal is strange especially if you reach it!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 10/27/2009 12:42PM

    WOWEE! Karen this is a beautiful dress, and looks so beautiful on you, emoticon

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Trying a Chicken Recipe

Monday, October 26, 2009

Well, here goes! I have downloaded a Sparks recipe for Chicken Parmesan and I can hear the chicken breasts sizzling in the next room. Succulently sizzling!

I will brown them, add a bit of tomato sauce and give them a liberal dousing of rosemary, oregano and basil. (Sounds like a singing trio, eh?)

I find Italian cuisine to be a veritable comfort food... I think the earthy herbs are compatible with my tastebuds and sense of smell.

Looks like it's time to turn everything over and brown the other side.... Hope your dinner is yummy too!

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PEPPERLEAH 10/26/2009 11:06PM

    Sounds really good!

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MSLZZY 10/26/2009 9:47PM

    Yum! Sounds delicious!

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GOSPELCLOWN 10/26/2009 9:03PM

    Oh yeah! You knew I could forget the garlic.

It was one of the most simple Spark recipes I've tried and I've been told we have to make it again soon.

I steamed some spinach and added some pecans, fried up the last of my yam until it carmelised... the colours were great.


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LINGUISTMARCIE 10/26/2009 7:28PM

    Oh that sounds so good--just needs a little garlic in my opinion!

Tell us how good they were later, Karen!!

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Kitchen Karen

Monday, October 26, 2009

What did I do on a cold and wet Sunday? I made up 2 loaves of herb bread, baked up a mess of bran muffins, turned the crock pot on and simmered our dinner of Pulled Pork and used the rice maker for some Basmati rice.

I really get inspired to bake and cook when the weather turns crisp. This entire day was therapeutic and enjoyable. I really enjoy this kitchen which is new to me. (We moved in late August.) I have baked some cookies and I make a lot of the meals each night, but today was different... I felt inspired.

Inspiration hasn't been my strong suit for quite a while. I have been lacking passion. Today in the kitchen, I was seeing success. I could smell comforting aromas. I was able to share my creations and enjoy some tasty meals.

I didn't have to rush anywhere. I got to be grounded and relish a day at HOME. For today at least, I was a domestic diva.

My refridgerator is full and this week, I will have some delectable leftovers. It was a blessed day of celebrating the changing season!!!

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CLEOLEFT1 10/26/2009 10:52AM

    sounds like a fantastic day! God bless you!

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BEAMISH7 10/26/2009 8:55AM

    Dear domestic diva:
I can almost smell all the goodies from your enthusiasm. I, too, am inspired by crisp weather. I remember when my kids were still small the excitement of coming in after an afternoon of play to something yummy in the oven and playing Legos on the floor.
Think of the wonderful leftovers you will have this week :-)

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LINGUISTMARCIE 10/26/2009 8:27AM

    Karen, that's fantastic. I'm glad you got to "relish" a day in the kitchen doing your thing!

Enjoy that new kitchen!!!

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ESSEXCHICKIE 10/26/2009 7:44AM

    Wow Karen !!

Homemade bread is the best ! I had some when stayed over at Jean's house in the Cotswolds this summer. She has a bread machine and made a lovely ciabatta to which I tossed in some rosemary. Delish.

Go on and unlease that inner kitchen diva !!!

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MSLZZY 10/26/2009 6:41AM

    The cooler weather makes me appreciate a day at home to get back to basics. I like to cook and bake so I am prepared for another week at work. It takes the stress out of planning a quick meal before rushing off to a nighttime activity. Baking bread is therapy for me.

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DAIZYSTARLITE 10/26/2009 5:22AM

    Wow, wish I could be so inspired.

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