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Today's Snow Storm

Friday, February 25, 2011

was a doozy...OMG!! so much wind and snow and blowing and drifting...I think it was the worst one of the season...apparently so did my boss, we had a snow day. Here's a couple of pics of the back yard area.

And here's a pic of the front...hardly any snow the way the wind blew it

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SWILLIAM621 3/4/2011 1:41PM

    It has been one heck of a year! WE had a blizzard in Oklahoma on 2/2 and the next week another 15 inches with temps of -30 degrees. Crazy!

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LEXIE63 2/26/2011 10:54AM

    Oh wow! Beautiful when you don't have to be out in it, so glad you had a day in. :-)
Lex xxx

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APIRLRAIN888 2/26/2011 1:10AM

    wow that was me on tuesday

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JHADZHIA 2/26/2011 12:10AM

    WOW! That is a lot of snow!! Glad you didn't have to go out in it!! Safer to wait until the streets are cleared!
Hope you enjoyed your snow day! And I thought only kids go them lol.
Have a fabulous weekend!

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VIAFREE 2/25/2011 11:41PM

    Grace it was gruesome. And I had to go out in it, had too. So I took my 16 yr old son, and a shovel. He had to dig us out before we even got off our street! lol Then stuck again in front of the house, trying to get back in the driveway. Oh joy.
Glad you didnt have to brave this mess, although I consider myself a pretty tough cookie, my nerves were rattled by the time I returned home.
No More Snow Plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 2/25/2011 10:35PM

    I agree with Jan. It was beautiful. I was not out in it, only in our yard. Thanks for sharing. Stay warm!!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 2/25/2011 8:48PM

    Pretty snow - when you sit inside and look out. emoticon

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Squat Challenge Day2 and other stuff

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Day one of the challenge went well and getting up the next day wasn't bad at all. Just a little bit of backside

Today I did day 2 of week three and it went well. I actually had to do the challenge at my desk. It was a busy day and was able to sneak about 10 minutes to do it. Everything was going fine until my last set. I had 2 left and the phone rang. So my last set was 20 instead of 22.

My goal that I had set in May was to take the steps at work instead of the elevator. I work in a 4 story building. My office is on the third floor. I park by an entrance that brings you in on the 2nd floor. So I really had no excuse not to. I never once this month got on that elevator in May.

I'm continuing that goal into June, plus I'm adding a salad a day. I really need to add more veggies to my diet. So this is a start.

Lastly, one month ago, my hubby and I adopted a 3 year mixed dog at the Cuyahoga County Kennel. Every night after work we go on 2 mile walk along the lake shore. I thought I would share some sites with you

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RUBYYR 6/5/2010 10:36PM

    What a beautiful dog! It reminds me of the border collie I used to have - she had a little bit of white on her chest. Beautiful picture of the lake, it's hard for me to believe it's a lake and not an ocean! So big!

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JHADZHIA 6/3/2010 8:45AM

    Wonderful of you to adopt a dog from the kennel! I love hearing that!
great job on your fitness, getting it in where you can!
Keep up the great work!

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DEVORA4 6/3/2010 7:08AM

  You did a good deed by adopting a doggie and pics are great. I am guessing you live in either Westlake or Brahtenal.

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IRISHLASS117 6/3/2010 6:15AM

    Great job Grace! Nice pics too.

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200 Squat Challenge

Monday, May 31, 2010

Today I started the 200 squat challenge. I took the pretest and was able to get 41 out before I lost good form.

According to the directions for the challenge, if you complete more then 35, you start at week 3. Really?!?! So I waited a little while longer and took the test again. The results this time?? Another 41 consecutive squats before I lost form.

So I started with week 3....Five sets - 16, 22, 17, 17, 22...

Maybe I should have gone with my gut and started at week

The plan is to do the challenge 3 days a week for 6 weeks. I'll be doing the challenge Monday, Wednesday and Friday and will make it a point to report my results here.

And if anyone wants to join in, here's the link:

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TIME2JUSTDOIT 6/1/2010 11:08PM

    Wow girl!!!! Just thinking about it makes my knees hurt. emoticon
I'm glad you have the strength to do it! emoticon emoticon

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ANDITYO 5/31/2010 11:58PM

  I think I may give it a whirl...see how it goes. I will keep checking your progress. Sounds like you are well on your way!

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JHADZHIA 5/31/2010 9:17PM

    200 squats??? Wow!! I never counted how many I do, but I know its not that many lol. My knees scream at the thought of that!!! Good luck with it! 41 is impressive!!!!
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SWILLIAM621 5/31/2010 9:49AM

    Good for you, maybe I'll join you!

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Celebrating 95 Years!!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

May 25th marks my Uncle Tony's 95th birthday!! Amazing! He is the only one in my family, maternal or paternal, who has survived that long!!

Uncle Tony is an equally amazing man. But he's also had his down's. He saw his wife of 50+ years lose her battle with cancer and a son lose his battle with diabetes. He is also a cancer survivor.

At 95, he's still active, drives and lives on his own. He's a barber and goes to a local nursing home daily to give haircuts there. He vacations with his family. He's the life of the party and everyone loves it when he's around.

Yesterday, we celebrated his 95th birthday with a grand celebration. His kids, grandkids and great-grandkids got up and told wonderful stories about him. When he got up to thank everyone for helping him celebrate, he ended by saying that he hopes to see everyone that was there at his 100th. And you know what? I have no doubt that we'll be doing that five years from now!!

Here's some photos of our day

Uncle Tony and my mom

Giving his speach - when he told us to be at his 100th!


some of the grandkids

some of the great-grandkids

my family -my hubby, me, Uncle Tony, mom, my sis and her hubby

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TIME2JUSTDOIT 5/23/2010 8:41PM

    Thanks for sharing that wonderful birthday celebration! Looking forward to seeing pics from the next one in five years. I'd say his secret is an active lifestyle. Amazing the things he still does and has had to endure! I just loved seeing everyone gathered around him. That's a family full of love!!! emoticon

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ROSEM1955 5/23/2010 9:12AM

    God bless your Uncle Tony and your entire family. What a world of wisdom that man has/ and you get to share it with him.Some people are truly amazing. Thanks for sharing this wonderful blog with us. Your Mom looks great/ don't know how old she is / but that doesn't matter. She looks marvelous!!!!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 5/23/2010 8:44AM

    What an awesome blog Grace. Thanks for shaing.

Uncle Tony is a prime example of LIVESTRONG

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ACTIVE_AT_60 5/23/2010 8:43AM

    What an awesome blog Grace. Thanks for shaing.

Uncle Tony is a prime example of LIVESTRONG

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WALIDGAZALA 5/23/2010 8:17AM

    God Bless you all
Today's prayers will be for you and your uncle and all those wonderful people
"Today is Sunday" emoticon emoticon emoticon

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First 5k under my belt

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Today was a huge day for me. Today I accomplished something that I never thought I would in a million years....well, ok maybe a thousand years.

Today, I ran the Rite Aid Cleveland 5k. My goal was to finish in under 40 minutes and not be the last one across the finish line.

Not only was I not the last one to cross the finish, but I finished in under 40 minutes with a time of 35:45.... emoticon and upon further review of the times, I placed 7th in my age group!!

I also had the pleasure of meeting and running with fellow sparkers Catstance and Cheryld02....and coming out to cheer us on was our great motivator on the team Jan_Frandsen.

It was a great morning all around!! I'm so glad I did and am starting to plan my next one!!

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SWILLIAM621 5/17/2010 9:27AM

    Way to go Grace! emoticon I have been slacking the last week but plan to get back on the road today. What is your next goal? This was on awesome time and I want to improve on mine for the next one.

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TIME2JUSTDOIT 5/16/2010 3:52PM

    That is absolutely wonderful!!!! What a neat thing to have fellow sparkers there too! I know you have to be so proud of yourself for not only meeting your goal, but surpassing it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IRISHLASS117 5/15/2010 3:52PM

    Bravo Grace!!


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JHADZHIA 5/15/2010 2:28PM

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And for a charity too! be proud of yourself! really proud!! That is quite the achievement!!!

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FANORONHA_14 5/15/2010 2:17PM

    I ran my 1st 5K today too at Tampa Florida, Miles for Moffitt Cancer research. Very much excited.

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