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What is your favorite summer fun thing to do?

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Happy July Sparkbuddies!
As we enter into the warmer months in my part of the world I am looking forward to walks at the park, beautiful sunsets, camping on the Oregon Coast, enjoying ice cream as my treat when it is warm and riding my bike outside.
What about you what is your favorite thing about the warmer summer months and what things do you enjoy doing in july and august ? Would love to hear even if you are in the part of the world where it is getting colder and you are getting ready to sit by a warm fire!!
Smiles Barb

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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/2/2014 10:55PM

    riding my bike!!!!

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    Hiking and backpacking!

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ADRIENALINE 7/2/2014 3:47PM

    We have a great little place up in the Sierras that is right near a massive state park and multiple other hiking opportunities. It is so cool! No cell phone reception or easy internet access. The only problem is losing contact with my sparkfriends

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EJOY-EVELYN 7/1/2014 5:07PM

    Very nice. We have so many beautiful state parks along the lakefront or with waterfalls. Love the Lake Superior region.

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RAPUNZEL53 7/1/2014 5:03PM

  going on hikes when possible and watching humming birds come to feed from the feeder I put.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

And so summer begins... DD is home from college hot tub is becoming a cool tub for the warmer weather
...Summer Challenge with the Teddy Bears Begins soon
...Barbecue time is in full swing
...Salads are often the main course for dinner
...Fresh fruit is every where
...Saturday Markets are my favorite place to do my weekly produce shopping
...shorts, tank tops and sandals...oh my!!
...Sunshine, blue skies and fluffy white clouds
...little ducklings in the water following their mothers make me smile
...Fruit smoothies and popcycles...YUMMMMM!
As we begin this wonderful season of warmth and outdoor exercise I wish each of my sparkbuddies and super summer filled with all of your favorite things.
Smiles Barb

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SICOSH 6/17/2014 9:32AM

    Summer it is just the most wonderful of the year, next to Christmas of course.

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LINDAF49 6/16/2014 11:43PM

    Happy to read this summer anticipation.... so glad to be back intouch with Spark friends

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SVELTEWARRIOR 6/16/2014 9:06PM

    Yay!!!!!! Summer!!!!!!! I hope yours is Blessed

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MARTHAWILL 6/16/2014 8:38PM

    I'm feeling the feeling after reading your blog. Lots to be thankful for. Thanks for sharing.
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Please pray for Daughter and her college - Seattle Pacific University

Friday, June 06, 2014

Hi Sparkbuddies
...Would appreciate prayers.... Very difficult day yesterday and still much emotional and physical trauma at Seattle Pacific University where my daughter is a science major. My DD was in library studying with her biology group and were locked in safe room for 2 hours until SWAT could clear all rooms and assure safety. She texted me right after the shooting obviously very scared as they did not know anything except that this time it was not a drill.
My DH and I had just gotten back from SPU where we had gone to get an antibiotic for our DD as she has been running a 102 temp all week while studying for finals and writing papers. We left her there at the library studying and received her text about 20 minutes after we got home.
The building on campus where there was a shooting is one that she has classes in as she is a science and technology major. We are very thankful that she is safe and unharmed but saddened at the death and injuries. SPU is a small private college and everyone is hurting and emotionally stressed.
Never expect this kind of thing to happen...
Appreciate your continued prayer as students and staff and families are all effected in different ways and students are in the midst of finals and seniors are to graduate this next week. All is on hold for our DD says she is trying to finish lab reports, presentations and study for exams with no real knowledge of when or if they will happen...she said she is tired and exhausted from being sick this week and in shock that a place she felt safe has been attacked. Also so sad about death and injuries.
My mothers heart wants to go and just bring her home but that is not what is best right now. She needs to be with her friends and classmates and finish this quarter and year. My DH and I continue to be available to talk, encourage and support her by text and phone. We will be going to the campus again tomorrow when we plan to begin moving DD out of her apartment. She needs to be moved out by Friday and so doing part on the weekend will be easier on my DH.
Please pray for peace and healing and support and encouragement for all students, staff and their families.

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ADRIENALINE 6/9/2014 2:36PM

    Hang in there Sweetie! Be strong for your daughter. She needs you!

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PCOH051610 6/7/2014 1:23PM


Sending big hugs across the many mikes between us.


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SVELTEWARRIOR 6/6/2014 11:56PM

    My prayers are with your DD, the students and staff. My prayers are also with all of thier families

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    My prayers are with your daughter and all the other students. It is difficult to understand such a senseless act. She is blessed to have parents that are so caring to help her get through this.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Hi Sparkbuddies...
Have had a fun week. It was my DH's birthday and we went out to the movies and out to eat and walking through little shops and enjoyed just being together. Life has been quite busy lately and I had a month long cough that seemed to take forever to go away so it was fun to be feeling better and to go out in the world and have fun.
One of the things my DH did this week was to play me the Pharrell Williams official 'Happy' video. I am sure many of you have seen if but in the busy of my life it is not something to be missed. So my blog today is to encourage each of you to take 5 minutes of your busy life and fill it with just gotta watch this video and see people all of over the world dancing and singing and participating in made me smile. So my blog is a challenge....go and watch the video and let me know how it makes you feel!!
HAPPY and Smiling Barb

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IMIN2GENES 5/24/2014 10:12PM

    Love that song!

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PCOH051610 5/24/2014 9:43PM

    I really enjoy that song as well!

Big bear hugs!


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GAILSMAILS 5/24/2014 7:46PM

    You are right! Great song and video! It is so great to hear a really upbeat song these days.


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WIZKEY 5/24/2014 1:51PM

    My new favorite is Iranians dancing to Happy. These poor people were jailed for dancing to the song and posting it on the Internet, but they are so happy and carefree in the video!!

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TLG71567 5/24/2014 12:52PM

    I love that song. I will have to check out the video.

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JAZZEJR 5/24/2014 12:28PM

    You're right! You can't listen to this song and not be HAPPY!

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Had to post this article...Going through the Emotions!!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Just found this article by Mike Kramer and it verbally speaks of the journey of life and our struggles and our triumphs and how to deal with it all and come out triumphant!! My favorite quote is...."Two roads diverged in the woods and I took the one less traveled by and THAT has made all the difference." Mike really reminds us that we can do this one day at a time! I know that many of you like me have both triumphs and struggles on this get healthy road we are traveling and I hope this article encourages you as much as it does me!
Smiles Barb

Going Through the Emotions
Why It's Worth the Trouble
-- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer

The world can be a beautiful place, full of possibilities and life. You can feel invincible and in control. But itís not always like that, is it? The world can also be a stressful, upsetting, confidence-crushing place. At times, it seems like even something as clear-cut as weight loss is harder than it really needs to be. Is it worth the trouble, you ask. Why am I banging my head against the wall? Is it really doing any good?

Youíre darned right it is!

When life and your mind are full of troubles, when things seem out of control, youíve got to take control of what you can. When confidence is low, thatís exactly when you need to be at your healthiest, your strongest, your most energetic. Thereís no better time to create your own little corner of sanity and positive feeling. The best way you can do that is to stick with those small daily weight loss goals.

You can be the hammer, making things happen, or you can be the nail that sits there and gets pummeled over and over. If youíre starting to feel like a nail, itís up to you to keep your program moving forward. Gather yourself together, draw a line in the sand and refuse to give in to the doubts and temptation to give in or quit.

Youíve probably heard this story before, but since youíre here, itís worth retelling: A frog, hopping around the farm, minding his own business, fell right into a pail half-filled with cream. Swimming frantically, he found the sides too steep and too high. Determined not to give up, he continued to struggle. He kicked and squirmed, kicked and squirmed until at last his churning had turned the cream into a block of butter Ė allowing him to hop right out. He never gave up!

Hereís how your story and his intersect. If he only saw the hopelessness of his situation and started feeling sorry for himself, he would have sunk to the bottom. But instead he kept kicking. He kicked not because he knew it would help him escape, but because he was compelled to, he had no choice. He kicked because the alternative was no alternative at all.

From the frogís point of view, all he was doing was treading water (or cream), doing what he could in a bad situation. If you keep kicking, even if it just seems like youíre treading water, youíre actually causing real change that will make a huge difference later on.

There will be good days; there will be bad days Ė sometimes several in a row. There will be lazy days and discouraging days. But there will also be days of revelation, days of making a breakthrough, days of being proud of who you are becoming, days of wanting to climb on top of your success and reach for the stars, because you just know that anything is possible.

These are the days that make it all worthwhile. These are the days that let you deal with those other, not-so-great days. Once you know those bad days will be there, itís easier to accept them at face value and deal with them. But you have to keep kicking on those bad days to get to the good ones. If youíre not kicking, youíre sinking.

Donít let the world or your own doubts take away one of the most positive things you have going for yourself Ė your determination to create a healthier, more energetic, more vibrant, more wonderful YOU.

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PCOH051610 6/7/2014 1:25PM

    Great story and really good point to the whole thing. Thank you for sharing

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NWILKER 3/5/2014 10:48AM

    Just what i needed! Smooches!

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MARTHAWILL 3/3/2014 7:27PM

    Just found this. Thanks for sharing. You are always inspiring Barb.

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ADRIENALINE 2/26/2014 4:08PM

    Great wisdom here! Thanks!

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GRACEOMALLEY 2/26/2014 1:29PM

    Thanks for sharing the wisdom and spirit of this!

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TEDDYBEARDONNA 2/26/2014 12:44PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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BBONET 2/26/2014 7:09AM

    I had also read this article when I was going through my rough patch. I think it is awesome!! Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 2/22/2014 12:35AM

    Barb, great article, very encouraging and helpful!!! Thanks for posting it!!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 2/21/2014 7:14PM

    That Robert Frost poem is one of my favorites. Great quote!

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PCOH051610 2/21/2014 6:04PM

    Thank you! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/21/2014 5:00PM

    Thanks for the words of encouragement. I'm just turning things around in my life . . . a little less stress and a lot better eating. Time to take good care of this temple and stop with the "talk" and just do it! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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WIZKEY 2/21/2014 4:28PM

    Thanks for sharing!! I liked the part about feeling like you're treading water. I have been stuck for awhile, but I know I just need one more "kick" and I will get there!!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 2/21/2014 3:00PM

    Thank you for sharing the article. My favorite part was the frog . . . "He kicked and squirmed, kicked and squirmed until at last his churning had turned the cream into a block of butter Ė allowing him to hop right out. He never gave up!" Let's learn from him and emoticon.

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IMIN2GENES 2/21/2014 2:52PM

    emoticon Thanks! I needed that reminder.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 2/21/2014 2:27PM

    Wonderful blog!!!!

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