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Murphy Hiker's Birthday

Monday, April 23, 2012

Some of you know of my good friend MurphyHiker. Today I was so very lucky to spend his birthday with him.

Last week my daughter, her aussie guests and I treated him to a wonderful dinner followed by Pizookie with for he is a jolly good fellow.




Because the trails were very muddy, I dragged him up every nearby hill to build up his appetite for a birthday lunch. We went to California Pizza Kitchen.


The avocado with corn dip was delicious


Caramelized Peach Salad was out of this world delicious


Service was perfect with a very friendly and informed server who checked on us often.


A small sundae because he is an extremely sweet man who deserves it!

Happy Birthday to my very good friend SparkPeople's MurphyHiker!

  
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GRACEISENUF 4/24/2012 3:26PM

    YAY! Happy birthday MurphyHiker!

The party looks fun and the food delish!

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SPLASHDOG1 4/24/2012 1:13PM

    What fun! And he even worked for his goodies! He's lucky to have a great friend like you!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 4/24/2012 11:58AM

    What a fun party!! And Richard is looking great - give him a big hug from me and try to convince him to go hiking with me [us] again!
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Speaking of hiking, I hope you are finding time to get out again - this is the best time of year for it around here - so I can't wait to hear about all the wonderful trails you're hiking!!
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KLAD_COCKERS 4/24/2012 11:18AM

    Happy, happy birthday MurphyHiker! I hope you had a wonderful day!

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LAURELSPARK 4/24/2012 8:42AM

    Nothing like a hike to get those juices flowing................and then that great meal. emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 4/24/2012 3:08AM

    Your such a good friend. Tell Murphy I said he is looking great!! Must be all the exercise. Dinner and desert looks yummy! emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/24/2012 1:06AM

    Looks like a fine birthday festivity!

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_LINDA 4/23/2012 11:57PM

    Fabulous!! Way to treat him!!! Looks awesome!!
Many Happy returns to Murphy, may he have many more!

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TIME4COFFEE 4/23/2012 11:37PM

    You're a sweetie that takes good care of her friends! Happy Birthday to MurphyHiker!

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Falling from Grace and Getting Back Up

Sunday, April 22, 2012

My lovely Aussie visitors have just left and we miss them. Baily searched the entire house for them this morning then looked at me like "Where are they?" I was lucky enough to have these bright and well mannered guests here and I enjoyed them very much.

I would love to say it was the company that made me fall into the deep dark sugar frenzy, but that would be a lie. They had nothing to do with it, it was all my doing. I honestly don't know why I did it. I had a bit of Pizookie a few weeks ago, then a week later I just went crazy. It was so horrid, I can not tell you how bad I was except to say it lasted several days until I crashed. I woke up feeling awful, barely moving, missed my hike and did not mind. Sugar does that to me and I really wonder what my problem is. Why do I give into these ridiculous sugar binges where I cannot step on the brakes. It is tantamount to a turbulent tumble downhill.

Interestingly, I had stopped entering my food intake in the nutrition tracker during this time period. I worked backwards to track my dood intake but i coukdn't remember what I had eaten. I have no doubt diligent food tracking could have made a difference as i have often said, tracking deters disasters.

I am always saying it because it is true, just because I fell down does not mean I am stuck here. It is a new day and I am cleaning house. I AM CLIMBING OUT...


Climbing out of this dark hole of sugar insanity with triple helpings several times a day.

I will make sure to get my workout today. I completed the Official Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge so I have my guide to get me out of this dark sugar chamber and back in the well zone.



I am so grateful for the Official Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge for giving me the tools I need to make these changes. I maintained my workout routine beautifully throughout this time period.

On a different note tomorrow is Murphy Hiker's birthday. The Aussie's were so sweet to treat him to a birthday song and round of for he is a jolly good fellow. Tomorrow we are going out for a salad and small birthday sundae to celebrate. Life is good my fellow Sparkers and we can have our cake and eat it too, just not the whole cake.

I love my family & friends, Boo & Moo, Nature and You Guys. Check out these Watermelons:







  
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CIVIAV 4/23/2012 6:05PM

    Gald to hear you are climbing as well as hiking!
Beautiful, beautiful watermelons!

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SPLASHDOG1 4/23/2012 1:55PM

    I need to climb out of that hole with you - I've been stuck for a while. Let's get to climbing!! I'm glad you had fun with your friends, they sound wonderful!

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CHACKER2 4/23/2012 10:36AM

    I have spent a lot of time in Australia and the people are just wonderful. They didn't make me eat sweets but lots of beer.

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PURPOSEFULANNIE 4/23/2012 4:24AM

    Awesome watermelons!

We can do this! The pit isn't so pitiful once you start the ascent out of it.



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1BEACHWALKER 4/23/2012 2:45AM

    I know a woman that can do carvings on fruit like that-it is a wonderful talent!!
The sugar addiction is hard to get under control sometimes! Hang in there! One day at a time! Maybe the cleaning is getting to you and stressing you out! Time for a break and to get out of the house! emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/22/2012 11:52PM

    The watermelons are awesome! Birthday Greetings to Murphy Hiker from Northern Alberta !I am sure you will soon be back on track we all make detours from time to time.love and hugs,Cheri

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LESSOFMOORE 4/22/2012 9:00PM

    If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again! emoticon emoticon

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IUHRYTR 4/22/2012 8:36PM

    Sugar is a problem for many people. That you realize if you had tracked what you ate during this binge is a wise insight and is one that helps me keep my sugar treats under control as I'm confident it will do for you, too. Your guests sounds delightful and the watermelon pictures show creativity and a fun attitude. You'll get back on track soon. -- Lou

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 4/22/2012 7:45PM

    Victoria, nobody is perfect so it's futile to try to achieve perfection - you had a bit of a detour but you're back on path again and each time you've detoured, you've learned something. I often have to learn my lessons the hard way and making a permanent change is not a one-step process. You'll get there if you keep trying!
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As for MurphyHiker, please wish Richard a very happy birthday from me - and have a great celebration for this event!
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PS - love the pictures of the melons - wow, it's amazing how creative some people are!!!
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TIME4COFFEE 4/22/2012 6:13PM

    You're always so open and honest about your endeavors, it's wonderful!

I'm glad you had such a good time with your guests.

The watermelon designs are so cool, they're talented artists with an interesting medium.
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GRACEISENUF 4/22/2012 5:08PM

    Sounds like your Aussie friends are wonderful people. Have fun celebrating your hiking buddies's birthday.

Love the pics...such talent to do that huh?

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WINE4GIRL 4/22/2012 4:20PM

    Congrats on putting yourself and your health first! You can do this and anything else you set your mind to! Love the watermelons, especially the funny face. Thanks for sharing!

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Alabama Hills in Lone Pine, California

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Just 200 miles north of Los Angeles you can enjoy wondrous rock formations and recall historical motion picture moments.



More than 400 movies and hundreds of television episodes have been shot in the Alabama Hills, located just west of Lone Pine, California. From Fatty Arbuckle to Roy Rogers, John Wayne, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Humphrey Bogart, and, more recently, Robert Downey, Jr., Hollywood stars have been coming to the Alabama Hills.

The Alabama Hills are a golden-brown wonderland of rounded hills and twisted rock formations created by faulting.

I did have an extremely embarrassing experience while visiting the Alabama Hills Rock formations. It was one of those things you can laugh about after the fact.

We arrived to Lone Pine and immediately followed our hiking hearts to the Alabama Hills Rocks. We did just a little bit of bouldering when I ripped the back of my pants from the very top of one side all the way to my knees. My entire rear was exposed and I was not laughing. I was trying to hold the two ripped edges together as best as I could, but I wanted to crawl under a rock. The folks with me were great about it. Now I just think is it too funny for words.

Lesson learned: Try wear rip resistant pants when you go hiking near boulders!


This formation resembles a heart


Mount Whitney in the background

I really enjoyed and laughed my head off on the driving tour after I changed my pants. I Would love to go back and finish the hike though.

We enjoyed a delicious breakfast at the Alabama Hills Cafe & Bakery. The portions were generous, food was delicious, service superb and the walls were beautifully painted by a local artist named Elton.

We also went to a burger joint that was delicious with a great menu. There were signed photographs everywhere of celebrities who had visited.




  
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LIVINGFREE19 4/18/2012 6:01PM

    Love the photos!


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KLAD_COCKERS 4/17/2012 3:44PM

    Ah, we've all had embarassing moments like that . . . glad to hear the folks with you were good sports about it.

What a beautiful spot to visit. You're lucky to be in such close proximity to such wonderful spots.

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JUSTBIRDY 4/17/2012 9:47AM

    Nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 4/17/2012 12:41AM

    I love that area, too - good hiking area, great for bouldering and just a wonderful ambiance in Lone Pine. Sorry about your pants but glad you can laugh about it now, though - what a great memory you'll have! Thanks for sharing the pictures - very nice!
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And this may sound crazy but a lot of hikers I know carry duct tape for things like that. I've used it for all sorts of things including clothing tears, gear failures, patching a tent, creating a rain barrier out of trash bags, we even fixed Tom's hiking boot with duct tape one time - more than once I've patched the seat of my pants with duct tape - it may look a littlefunny but it's less embarrassing than having your rear end hanging out in the wind, haha!
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Glad you've gotten back to doing some hiking again!
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SPLASHDOG1 4/16/2012 1:14PM

    Those rock formations really do look like a western movie set. Maybe you should add some safety pins or sewing kit to your backpack gear! :)

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CHACKER2 4/16/2012 11:14AM

    Great pictures

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KLONG8 4/16/2012 12:00AM

    Another day "on the rocks". Glad you had fun even after you were sabotaged by your pants!

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/15/2012 11:37PM

    Glad to hear you are back hiking.You are tiny I could send you my old combats I will never be that small again LOL they are pretty rip proof !

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1BEACHWALKER 4/15/2012 11:01PM

    So good to see you out hiking again! Sorry about your pants-that would be embarrassing, but good you can laugh about it now! (Note to self-put change of clothes in trunk, in case of accidents!) emoticon
Gorgeous rock formations-would love to go there!
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LESSOFMOORE 4/15/2012 9:22PM

    Victoria,

It's good to see you back on the trails! Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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TIME4COFFEE 4/15/2012 9:02PM

    What great pictures and memories~~so glad you can smile about the pants story!

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_LINDA 4/15/2012 8:58PM

    WoW!! Breath taking images!! How wonderful would it be to hike around there!!
I think I enjoy watching old westerns for the scenery as much as the story lol.
That is some rip you got!!
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I like wearing army pants personally, as nothing much can get through them.
Its great to see you on the hiking trips again!!
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IUHRYTR 4/15/2012 8:47PM

    How fortunate you are to be able to enjoy such sights. Thanks for the pictures and the mental image. emoticon emoticon -- Lou

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TRULYVISIBLE 4/15/2012 8:13PM

  Such beautiful sculpture and these pictures are art to me. Seeing it in person and being able to hike around it is a wonderful day in my book. I hope you were wearing underwear, lol.

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CLWALDRO 4/15/2012 6:56PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonfor sharing the beautiful pictures from somewhere i have not visited before. I will try to make a trip there someday. I will take your advice and wear rugged pants.

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WENDYWITKOSKI 4/15/2012 6:19PM

    What a beautiful place! I love the interesting rock formations.


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ASLANSCUB 4/15/2012 5:32PM

    Beautiful photos -- sounds like a great day, minus the ripped pants...is this country near Joshua Tree at all? The rock formations remind me of that area.

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Sugar Blog: Pizookie

Thursday, April 12, 2012

I am still doing clean up so my hiking adventures are fairly non existent these days. I know you guys are thinking "Thank goodness we don't have to read another hiking blog!"

My daughter Bianca has some fabulous house guests from Australia who are fun and a pleasure to have over.

Having raised 3 girls, it sure is nice to have these boys here. They are just fun loving and sweet. The best part is they make my daughter happy.


Bianca made dessert and it was not only easy to make and fun to eat, it was yummy as well. All you do is bake a giant cookie and top it with your favorite ice cream. We all sat at the table with spoons and just had at it.


I realized all those times I swapped dinner for sweets, my portions were gigantic because I was hungry with an empty stomach. When you eat a full dinner it is difficult to eat 6 servings of ice cream.

Here are some cool photos:





Have a great weekend, I will be doing more clean up and organizing.

  
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LIVINGFREE19 4/15/2012 7:07AM

    The photos were neat.
I hope you are enjoying your weekend!
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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 4/13/2012 8:47PM

    Love your photos and have to admit, your 'cleanup and organizing' blogs have prompted me to do the same - the trails are too wet to hike right now anyway so it's nice to be doing something so productive with the time!


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TIME4COFFEE 4/13/2012 1:03PM

    You'll love the results when all your cleanup is done and it will be well worth it! The time with your daughters visiting friends sounds like a lot of fun. I loved the pictures, and especially the way you did the first one with the car and friends...very interesting!

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KLAD_COCKERS 4/13/2012 10:21AM

    I'm glad you're enjoying your visit with Bianca and her Aussie buddies . . . it sounds like a fun group to spend time with!

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PURPOSEFULANNIE 4/13/2012 4:08AM

    Wow I love the first cool photo. What's the blue stuff? can you walk on it? Looking forward to your hiking blog as I don't think I've read one yet...

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1BEACHWALKER 4/13/2012 12:31AM

    I love your hiking blogs and hope you are able to get back to the hiking soon! Looks like those Aussies are your typical Aussie guys-hunks! Glad Bianca is having a good time! Love those photos! Have a great weekend! emoticon

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WENDYWITKOSKI 4/12/2012 11:36PM

    I like your hiking blogs! I hope you get to write one soon.

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/12/2012 11:29PM

    Awesome photos .I wish I had your ambition for cleaning !

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IUHRYTR 4/12/2012 11:08PM

    Fantastic pictures. It must be interesting having guests from another country and learning of their customs and traditions. -- Lou

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LESSOFMOORE 4/12/2012 9:53PM

    Your hiking blogs are beautiful, but these photos were nice, too! emoticon

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_LINDA 4/12/2012 9:00PM

    Wow! Amazing photos!! Hard not to believe they were photo shopped, they can do anything with that program!
Lucky daughter enjoying the company of not one but three Aussie males! Go Bianca!!
I for one, am missing your hiking blogs! Don't get that kind of scenery around here, or the challenge either..
Hope your organizing is starting pay off for you!

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GOPINTOS 4/12/2012 7:48PM

    Love the pics!

Thanks for sharing

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GETFIT2LIVE 4/12/2012 5:34PM

    I always enjoy hearing about your hikes, you make me want to get out and hike more. Love the pictures; nicely done!

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TRULYVISIBLE 4/12/2012 5:28PM

  Really like the photos of the guy walking from tree to tree. Do you know where that is?

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SPLASHDOG1 4/12/2012 4:39PM

    Your daughter is a lucky gal - those aussies produce a lot of sexy guys! I'm glad she's having fun. I love those cool pics - the one with the purple flower path and the green tunnel were my favorites! I enjoy hearing about your hikes too - I love to see all the cool places you go with your hiking buddies!

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LOVEAZ 4/12/2012 4:38PM

    Very beautiful! Have fun!

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LAURELSPARK 4/12/2012 4:23PM

    Did Bianca's friends take the photos? They are great!

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GRACEISENUF 4/12/2012 4:21PM

    Gorgeous pics....glad your DD is having so much fun with good friends. The dessert sure looks yummo.



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ROCKYCPA 4/12/2012 4:00PM

    Beautiful photos as always. Have z wonderful weekend yourself!

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Ugh!

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Day Four of Organizing and Cleaning: Things are looking good except I am not done, very tired and miss going on hikes. I just need to remind myself we don't always get to do what we want to do all of the time.

I had a super delicious Passover dinner and the ceremony was great. We always manage to have special moments at the Passover table that make me smile. There were a few folks missing that had joined us last year and I felt their absence. It just reminded me of changes I did not want but must accept.

I know tomorrow is a very big day for some of you, but for me it is just another day. I wish you all a delicious holiday meal and spiritual peace. I sure would love to just stay on here and play about catching up, but I am not done.

This is for you guys:








  
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IUHRYTR 4/9/2012 10:09PM

    Too bad dirt doesn't stop accumulating when we want to do something other than cleaning. -- Lou

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SPLASHDOG1 4/9/2012 12:10PM

    Those are the cutest pictures - you made me smile this dreary Monday morning! I too did a bit of cleaning/reorganizing this weekend. Not nearly enough - but at least the room I was working on looks like I made a little progress. When you get back to your hiking think how gung you will be! Even more than normal!!

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KLAD_COCKERS 4/9/2012 10:54AM

    Those pictures are cute!

I'm glad you had a nice Passover dinner . . . life is all about change. How we handle it is what makes it good or bad. You're doing well, and you have some wonderful people in your life. Just keep taking things one day at a time!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 4/8/2012 11:13PM

    I have so much cleaning and organizing to do around here, I can totally sympathize with you - but you are much braver than me because you are tackling it, haha! Glad you had a nice Seder - hope you got a lot done today!
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JAXMOMMY 4/8/2012 3:55PM

    Happy Passover! Trust me, the cleaning and organizing is worth it! I hate to admit it, but it truly is! Count it as heavy cleaning in your fitness tracker!

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1BEACHWALKER 4/8/2012 2:49PM

    You sure are missed. I miss our regular SM to each other. Hope you staying up with GH - you need to take breaks sometimes! Did you know Roger Howarth (Todd) has signed a contract with GH and will now be on as a regular!? emoticon
Since I have been sick, I have been doing more Spring cleaning, since I can't go out. It is a slow, yucky task but we have to do it! Keep in touch when you can.
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_LINDA 4/8/2012 1:27AM

    So glad you were able to get one special moment in your weekend. Lunch with brother and his son and my sister and her daughter tomrrow..
Hope you are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel with all that organzing!
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HICKOK-HALEY 4/8/2012 1:13AM

    I'm glad you were able to have Passover Dinner, and ceremony. Our Easter will be quiet, but a good one. We need to spring clean as well. That time of year I guess. I rather be outdoors though lol. Take care, and hugs to Boo!

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/7/2012 11:18PM

    Glad you had a nice passover meal.I loved the pictures ! love and hugs,Cheri

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MELLY3183 4/7/2012 11:12PM

    sometimes rest days are good for ya! @ least you are being productive and cleaning :) glad your dinner went well. Love the pictures!

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ROCKYCPA 4/7/2012 10:50PM

    Glad that you are having a good holiday. Great pics.

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WENDYWITKOSKI 4/7/2012 10:37PM

    Congrats on getting your cleaning and organizing going. I wish I was four days done on my mess. I bet you are thinking of a great hike to do while you are working at it=)
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GAYLLYNNE 4/7/2012 8:46PM

    Love these pics, thanks for the smile!

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TRULYVISIBLE 4/7/2012 7:23PM

  Great pics, can't go wrong when there is an animal in it as far as I am concerned. Happy Passover.

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LESSOFMOORE 4/7/2012 6:47PM

    I am glad that you had a nice Passover. You are right, one of the not so fun parts of being an adult is that we don't always get to do what we want. emoticon

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GOPINTOS 4/7/2012 5:11PM

    Thank you!

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GRACEISENUF 4/7/2012 4:34PM

    Glad to hear you enjoyed your Passover celebration...in spite of missing some loved ones.

Love the pics, thanks for sharing. I am off to catch up on your other blogs.

Blessings!

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J

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