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Oh Humbug it's Christmas

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Oh my gosh,

I am worn out from the Thanksgiving Holiday now I am facing Christmas and all that brings. I so enjoy getting together the few times a year, but as the years go by it seems like it tires me more and more.

Our Thanksgiving was filled with a ton of food, ( I did not over eat thank you very much) lots of family and friends and commotion in our home. I have what I like to think of as a pretty large home and it was filled to the brim with people spending the nights. All the bedrooms were used so we put up cots in the lower level to accommodate some and hooked the propane to the camper for others to sleep in. I had a total of 34 family and friends that decided to not only come for Thanksgiving but stay for a few days. Trying to keep everyone entertained and fed was the hardest job. Our carriages were put to good use as everyone enjoyed the outdoor fun. The hubby enjoyed giving Hay Rides with his Tractor pull and our woods lit up for the night festivities for trail rides.

By the time the last member rolled out of here on Monday after Thanksgiving I was ready to roll in, right into bed and stay, but no I had to go back to the Granddaughters and sit her house and dog until Thursday of this past week. As much as I love her I feel like the role reversal is not helping me out at all. I took off Thursday just before she got home at 7 and she had the nerve to call and ask me where I was. I laughed but she was serious said she was worried about me being out or gone. Hehehe....funny but true.

I spent the day today reprogramming my schedule so that I can get a few things in order before the big day on the 24th and 25th. Half my family well not half but my oldest son and his family and the hubby is going to be gone for all the month. They are leaving on the 12th for Thailand once again. So I will be the only one home to take care of the farm and animals. Well the only sane one that is. Hmmm I am not sure that is right either.

I have all the outside decorations up but for the life of me I can not find one of my main trees for the inside of the house. I have no ideal where it could be at the moment. I have everyone looking all over for it along with its decorations. Funny how things get lost lately.

I did manage to get all my dogs to the groomers for the holidays including my old girl Libby (Black Lab 16 years). I wasn't going to take her she has so many fatty tumors but I just couldn't do the others and not her. She got her ears cleaned, teeth brushed, nails clipped and a nice bath and groomed for the holidays. Now she is sporting a new collar with a bow on it. The monkey Snow ( The Husky) oh boy did she need it....they have an awesome blower to blow out that summer hair. She feels like silk fur now. The rest are short hair and just like to be pampered a little so they go for the fun of getting to ride in the big truck.

I am putting a few pictures up for the blog but nothing important. Just wanted to share some of my art work I have been doing.

Joanna


Sugar before and after -- he's old but very cute. This took me almost two weeks to finish.




Here is my Shy Guy, yep that's his real name. This took me some time I just couldn't keep with it. I kept getting pulled away but it's finally done.




This one started out to be a sketch and then I went to water colors and before I knew it I was bleeding the colors and I liked it so I kept it clean and call it water fall.




Have a wonderful Holiday

  
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TXGRANDMA 12/8/2014 9:55PM

    Oh my gosh, Joanna! Your talent leaves me breathless! On the first picture I really couldn't tell which one was the picture and which one was the painting! (still not sure)
Loved the painting of Shy Guy, it looks like a photo, too! God has really gifted you!

I can't imagine having 34 people stay at my house! Ha Ha! That is impossible now as we only have one extra bedroom and the RV.

I love Christmas time, it is my favorite time of the year and there is nothing bad about it. As you saw on facebook my daughter and I make decorating the tree a work of art, and we are two of a kind, there. I do so enjoy getting together with immediate family.

Speaking of our house, it is nearly finished, now! We painted the utility room and put the flooring down in there tonight. Now,, all the flooring is down in the entire house! All that is left is some trim work and some painting, then comes the major cleaning job before we can move in! emoticon

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CMKARLS 12/7/2014 8:57AM

  Awesome paintings. Merry Christmas. Remember to take time to enjoy the holidays and do not get lost in the chores that go along with them.

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SNOWFILLY 12/7/2014 6:20AM

    You are such an awesome artist!!! Just beautiful!!! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, and lots of help to take care of everybody. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 12/7/2014 2:25AM

    Fantastic job with the pictures. What an ordeal for Thanksgiving lol..When I was a kid, we drove up to Santa Barbara to my Aunt and Uncle's house. There would always be more then one family. My Aunt would always tell my Mom " let's get out the sleeping bags, the kids can sleep on the floor". My Mom was always so worried, but the kids had fun.
Those were the days. Hope your Christmas is good since your family will be gone.

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KATRINAKAT23 12/6/2014 10:07PM

  Wow, what beautiful horses. You did a great job!!

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MCFITZ2 12/6/2014 9:34PM

    What a blessing to share those fun times with so many. emoticon
Lots of work, but so worth it. Sounds like some delegating is in order so you are not so exhausted. emoticon
I love being with our daughter and family, that said, I cherish being able have my own space to retreat to. lol
Merry Christmas and a happy new year. emoticon

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KESTRYLL 12/6/2014 8:39PM

    Merry Christmas!

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My Grandson Gets Married.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

I wanted to share my Grandsons wedding with some of my SPARK friends. We had a wonderful Country Wedding. Right down to the groom and his party wearing jeans. I hope you enjoy the photos.



James and Felicia Uselton









All Country Boys


The Good Ole Boys










The Hubby and Me getting in on a little of t he action.


  
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EVER-HOPEFUL 10/27/2014 1:26PM

    beautiful emoticon

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-COURT- 10/25/2014 10:37PM

    Belated congrats to the couple. Great pix. Thanks. emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/24/2014 1:23PM

    What a fun wedding. They are adorable, and look so happy. Love all of the pics!

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MASTERPIECE8 10/20/2014 1:57PM

   
Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing with us.

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GORDON66 10/20/2014 9:57AM

  Beautiful!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Leslie

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CMKARLS 10/20/2014 7:09AM

  how wonderful. thanks for sharing.

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TXGRANDMA 10/19/2014 11:16PM

    Oh, forgot to say, what a HANDSOME grandson you have! emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 10/19/2014 11:15PM

    Beautiful pictures! Loved the way that the wedding was informal. Was it on your ranch? We went to a wedding yesterday that was in a park at a local lake, and the bride and groom both wore jeans and the guys all had hats and boots, too. The groom even wore his spurs. The bride wore jeans and boots too and had her hair braided up with flowers in it.

The horses were brought and ridden after the wedding was over. Lots of fun! emoticon

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AUNTALICE2 10/19/2014 8:09PM

    Lovely couple and lovely wedding pictures! Good to see you on the dance floor!! emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 10/19/2014 6:09PM

    Great pictures, Joanna. Thanks for sharing!

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My Birthday Blog!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Tomorrow is my Birthday....Happy Birthday to me. I feel so blessed and thankful for all that I have and the family and friends I have that share it with me. I wasn't going to do a blog, but hey why not, RIGHT?

I will keep it short and sweet. I have committed to loosing 20lbs by the time I see the doctor...which my appointment is not until October 21st. I was watching a TV show where someone loss 111 lbs in three months with some high intensity training and a good diet. I should be able to lose 20 in 2 months, a real deal for me or so I was hoping for. Today...I got an email...saying that there is an opening on Sept...8th and that my doctor has requested to see me. I am not going to be able to get that 20 in 12 days so I have to set a new goal. But, I will not give up trying.

I have a busy schedule coming up over the next week...all based around my BIRTHDAY. Some dinners out, some traveling, some shopping, and a massage that is a present from my Granddaughter Alexandra with lunch included tomorrow morning.

But, I woke up to the most beautiful present that I think I have ever been given and I have been given some pretty awesome presents throughout my years. Right in the middle of my yard my husband and grandson Jacob, set out to assemble and put up something that would just take my breath away. Then they waited around until I woke up so they could see my face when I opened the door for the first time and saw it there.

It's amazing, stands a little over 12 feet high and is sculpted after one of my favorite horses of all times. I am so thrilled to have it there........and it is an original one and only. I am adding a photo so I can share it with all of my Spark Friends.

I am sure it will outlast me by many years to come. My grandkids have already taken dibs on it to see who gets it if an when I am no longer here or in need of it.

I want to thank each and every one of you that took the time to wish me a happy birthday. It's the best one yet but there should be so many more to come.


Joanna




The main gift!




One from my grandson that he did with his own hands and heart. It will be replacing this one.



  
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LOTADOTTIE2 8/27/2014 10:44PM

    Hi Joanna,
What a great Birthday ~ they say you can't take it with you.... but I'd state in my Will that I want that Statue standing at the head of my grave stone :-)
Also, I love those TP holders ~ how great that your Grandson is so talented, is he also a Blacksmith? Well, you sure set your sights pretty high ~ too bad your Doctor goofed up your plan to lose those 20 lbs. However, knowing how determined you are, I know you will find a way thru the maize of roadblocks you have and will come out the other side a winner. You are used to winning, and you will continue too :-) I am too, I don't have the surgery problems but will do a little something each day that I didn't do the day before ~ you got some good advise from your friends here /` being the oldest and the fattest is not what we ever thought we'd be, but that doesn't mean we have to accept being the fat crabby one, that I have been lately, well not crabby but a lot of tears being shed over it ~ but tomorrow is another chance to being closer to getting back in our saddles. Like the Lady below said ~ a nice walk on horseback is great exercise and we do have that goal don't we. Winter is coming here in Florida and I am going to be on one before Christmas !! You keep blogging ~ you have so many friends here on Spark that love you and are rooting for you :-)
Keep in touch
Dottie


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FANNYMANSON 8/27/2014 12:42PM

    That stature is gorgeous! You are a blessed woman to be surrounded by loved ones that will do something like that to make you birthday even more special! Happy belated birthday!


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    Hope you had a wonderful birthday! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SNOWFILLY 8/26/2014 7:40AM

    The sculpture is just beautiful!!! I hope you have a wonderful Birthday and many, many more!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CMKARLS 8/26/2014 7:37AM

  Happy Birthday!!

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GORDON66 8/25/2014 10:13PM

  You have a wonderful, thoughtful, caring family. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!
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TXGRANDMA 8/25/2014 10:11PM

    What a wonderful gift the sculpted horse is! Just gorgeous! emoticon
Wonderful family, to wait around and see your reaction when you first saw it!

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ANGELWINGS2580 8/25/2014 8:59PM

    Happy Birthday to you!!

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AUNTALICE2 8/25/2014 8:58PM

    How wonderful for you!! Such a loving gesture! You are so blessed! And a very Happy Birthday to you!! It sounds like your day will be filled with love!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MM11113 8/25/2014 8:33PM

    wow, it is awesome

Happy Birthday to you!

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GRANNIEC1 8/25/2014 8:24PM

    You are truly blessed with a loving family! emoticon
I too recently celebrated a birthday, on the 19th of August. Wonderful people are born in August emoticon The horse is absolutely beautiful!
And HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY!! emoticon

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Making Sense out of nothing at all.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I am not sure if I am procrastinating or just slogging they both feel about the same when it comes to results. I know I go all out and make all the right decisions and buy all the right items needed for any project I expect to be on. However when it comes to commitment I am falling a little short. I can't seem to kick the habit of just giving up or finding excuses. I want the outcome, I want the better health, I want to be able to say I did it, but that seems to be where it ends lately when it comes to exercising, following a fitness schedule or even a menu.

I know I can't be the only one out there that has this dilemma they are facing. I almost hate to preview a video or a massage because none of them fit my life style. I am watching all these easy does it videos and to tell the truth none of them are that easy at least for my body. I am oversized, my knees have given out and I cannot get down and do all the bends and twist that are required in even the most simple exercises. Thus I get bored seeing this stuff pop up on all the sites I am on not just SPARK PEOPLE. I am tired of seeing average women explain to me how my body should be working, I am tired of previewing clothing that will never fit me and if it does I look like a whale trying to fit into something way to tight.

I want to see women real women explain to me how they managed to get that leg flexed to a bend or a squat, not some simple minded person that is not going through what I am going through. I want to see how the real women of SPARK PEOPLE managed to lose weight. Put some videos on there that will at least perk my senses to try a little harder.

I don't know I might just be asking for too much so until that happens I guess I am on my own and none of this really makes any sense to me other than a few friendships I have met along the way.


Joanna

  
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HICKOK-HALEY 8/21/2014 5:58PM

    Just a daily walk, even if it is short, should be good. I found a chair exercise I like. Check it out. Hopefully you can do the exercise, and enjoy it.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SEE
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If the link doesn't work then go to YouTube and type in Paul Eugene Chair Fitness Workout. He makes it fun! emoticon

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AUNTALICE2 8/19/2014 8:59PM

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CMKARLS 8/19/2014 7:36AM

  Don't give up. You will find your own way one step at a time. Adapt what you like to what you can do. If you can't do side lunges then just step from side to side. You can do it. I can only do a little of what some of those videos show. I can't kneel and it is not easy to get off the floor. We have to pick and choose. I find the water gives me more freedom.
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SILVERSIREN 8/16/2014 2:49PM

    Dear Joanna, I feel for you. So many people with great ideas on how you can solve your problems!! But how many people really understand what life if handing you.
I am 78 and was always a "tomboy" I did every activity known, I was always "Muscular/plump" They said be active now and you will feel better when you get older. What they forgot to tell you that you parts wear out and have to be replaced!!!!

In the last 2 years I have had 2 hip replacements and 1 back surgery. Each time I was laid up in bed and needed pain pills to get around. The doctors said "If you can lose weight you will feel better" How the #$#@ can you lose weight when you are in bed 95% of your time.???

Depression pills/pain pills/etc and now my friends are giving me great advice- "alot of people get on with their life and don't feel sorry for themselves??!!"

I have all the tapes/cd/dvds now I just need to get going. How hard can that be?????????? Oh right!!! I read your Blog and understand every thought.

If I can help you (be a partner)I hope I can begin a more positive approach to our plight. I'm sure you can help me.

My email address (outside of Sparks) is zoe11936@msn.com emoticon

Marilyn (Silver Siren)

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SNOWFILLY 8/15/2014 8:04AM

    Joanna, The key is to not give up. When I started this I got a Leslie Sansone DVD. I couldn't do even a half a mile at a time. But I kept at it, and eventually I could do the mile. Just do what you can, and figure out out how to do it without the pain. Would you give up on one of your horses, or one of your grand kids? I know you wouldn't. Get a pedometer, wear it, and everyday try and get even a few more steps in than the day before. Baby steps, you are awesome, and I know you can do this. Just a little at a time. We are here for you. You just have to find what you like to do and what works for you. Hugs

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GORDON66 8/14/2014 10:51PM

  I understand your frustration. I was thumbing through a health magazine today, and the exercises were not designed for my fitness level.

In my town, the park district has a fitness center with all sorts of classes for beginners, advanced, and everything in between. If you have something in the area, I would highly recommend it. The instructors must be certified, and they are always so helpful. I love my TRX class, and I'm always the fattest, oldest person taking sessions.

I have struggled mightily with my weight my entire life, but right now I'm more fit than I've in - maybe - forever. I joined a gym and work with a personal trainer. It's the best thing I've ever done for myself.

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TXGRANDMA 8/14/2014 7:45PM

    Joanna, just find something that gets you moving, and keep doing it! How about water aerobics? Those keep you moving and the water takes a lot of stress off your knees. So sorry you are going through this!

We are all here for you and you can call on me whenever you have a need to talk and be listened to! By the way, I LOVE your background photo! That hay is so GREEN!! emoticon emoticon

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SIEGRID 8/14/2014 7:39PM

    You have to find what adapts to you. A lot of the exercises can be modified to fit you. It's what I did, a lot of them weren't perfect, but still I was moving (am moving!!) Have you tried biking, stationary or outdoors, I find it one of the easiest ones. As for strength training, first I had to find a whole bunch of exercises on line (the Mayo clinic) for the back and the rest I found on Spark People. A lot of them I did modify for less pain.
Btw, because of what's wrong with my back horseback riding, either a walk or a trot, is recommended for me by my physiotherapist!!

I know you can find something, just start really slow and then when you are more comfortable, slowly increase. It will work.

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LOTADOTTIE2 8/14/2014 7:07PM

    Oh Joanna,
Your blog today sounds like I wrote it exactly !! You remember, I live in Florida with the Tennessee Walker? Well, I'm still 50 lbs over weight, still not doing anything about being a couch potato! I sold my horse ~ I got so disgusted with myself AND the heat and humidity here in Florida... especially that I live 25 miles from a hospital, nice grocery store or restaurant, sidewalks... I also bought a gorgeous full grown Black & Silver German Shepherd that I thought was just the ticket for me to get out there and walk with her... bull crap !! Too tired, too hot, too impatient with all her needs and wants for attention and exercise, so I sold her too :-( I honestly don't know, other than depression what the problem is ~ like you I have every book, video and access the anything needed and I don't even have knee or joint problems. It cannot possible be that I am just a damn fat old fart that would rather eat all the junk that I know has kicked me out of the saddle (along with prolapsed bladder). I really don't know what to do either to get my get up and go up off the couch and care enough about what I should be doing ~ I am a very smart lady and was active until 6 months ago! Fat but still active Ha Now I am just fat. AND, hey, I'm not just dumping on you and looking for any sympathy, because be both know where we can find that Ha
If you should happen to get a burst of focused energy, please let me know. Maybe when I get out of Mayberry and around more people and activities my attitude will change. Please keep in touch with me ~ I promise not to dump on you again and I'll be happy to listen to your foibles as well.
Dottie please use email. dotjenk@wildblue.net
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I just went through HELL and Back

Thursday, April 03, 2014

I don't know why I thought this would be a cute blog but I did so here it goes. Today I decided to take walk across the property and see how the river bed was doing. I love the look of flowing water. I started out and the more I walked the more I loved looking at the trees and the scenery as I moved. I crossed two other peoples property before I hit the main track called rails to trails. It's where they removed the railroad tracks and left it open for trails. I have been on this trail several times but always with my horse. It can continue for miles leading me all over the state of Michigan but today that was not my goal. I was walking and I had to take it slow and careful I had not made this walk in such a long time. In fact I never went this route before. I decided I would walk to HELL. Yes we do have a HELL in Michigan and it's right at my back door.

I have been there many times but never on foot and never through the back road. I had always gone down the main road and just gazed at it as I passed. Today was going to be different, today I was going to walk there and take a break at the local café and walk back (hopefully). I might have to call my hubby I was thinking since this was longer than I had expected, but no turning back I was going to make it at least one way.

The weather was a little warmer today and most of the snow was melting and I just felt it would be a good time to try to move. I had been building up to a walk for a while not. 15 minutes here...30 there so now was the time.

You guessed it...I walked through HELL AND BACK...all on my own.


Path to the river bed.


Cold water is not a good thing to get caught in.


Climbing up the back way.


Almost there



Welcome to HELL!












This is an older picture I just threw in for fun. It says Deadly Grounds Coffee. I thought it fit right in Hell.

They even have a graveyard you can visit...but mostly it says people are just dying to get in there. I never see anyone around it.

So the next time ...someone says Hell is here on earth...believe them.

Joanna




  
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HICKOK-HALEY 7/21/2014 4:13PM

    I don't know how I missed this blog. Such a pretty walk. You need to go back and take some pics of what it looks like now that the snow has melted. Love your background page!

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SUPER_CIARA 5/2/2014 12:08PM

    emoticon That's really cool! Gorgeous walk and really cute pictures!! Thanks so much for sharing.

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HYATTI1 4/4/2014 10:09PM

    Now that's funny Lizz...you are a clever girl. You put a smile on my face. emoticon

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LIZZ931 4/4/2014 10:05PM

    IT'S NICE TO KNOW IF YOU DO GO TO HELL , emoticon THERE IS A WAY BACK !!

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WELLBEING67 4/4/2014 10:12AM

    This was a fun blog. Congrats on going to Hell and making it back on your own. emoticon

I really envy you all the land and trails to wander on. Sounds like my idea of paradise.

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SNOWFILLY 4/4/2014 7:21AM

    That is too funny. Looks like you had an awesome walk. Thank you for taking the pictures and sharing. Good for you for walking the whole way.

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NANCYPAT1 4/4/2014 5:54AM

    Been a long time but used to camp there when my boys were little - my aunt is a retired professor of Social Work at the U of M and there used to be a camp there for kids that she worked at - but some people thought sending their kids to Hell didn't sound so good - they moved the camp.

Along those lines though, my parents were on vacation and sent a number of us cards that got a BIG LAUGH - they were one-liners that said, "When in Rome . . ." and were mailed from Intercourse, PA. We were adults and even still, it surprised us that our parents sent THOSE cards.

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HYATTI1 4/3/2014 8:25PM

    To talk about Hell freezing over is not to far fetched. I had to look up the population on the internet but it gave an estimate of 266 which isn't a lot and really it's mostly farm land. There is a Hells Kitchen that has been around long before Ramsey, there is also a Hell Ranch, which offers horse back riding and camping for those willing to camp out or bring in RVs. I think a lot of people come just to fish in the river. I hear there is great fishing and always running water winter or summer. They also sponsor some really cool haunted houses throughout Hell. A great place to get Christmas Trees and Pumpkins. They have a race track where those knock em up jalopy cars run. They also sponsor a bikers week, along with some fund raisers throughout the year. So for a small community they really get on board to let people know that Hell is going to be around for a while. No intention of cooling down either.

Joanna

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LOTADOTTIE2 4/3/2014 7:03PM

    Oh Joanna,
How great to see you were able to walk that far ! I've lived in Michigan all my life until retirement to Florida ~ I knew Hell was there but I never made the trip Ha
Maybe in the next chapter of my life that's where I'll be , hopefully not when it's froze over. I rode my horse last week, first time in months, but that is not as awesome as the walk you took on your poor knee's ... keep up those lofty ambitions you have, and I will do the same ~ 72 yrs old is not the end of my horse book (just a chapter Ha
Love hearing from and about you :-)
Dottie in Florida


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WATCHMECANCAN 4/3/2014 5:40PM

    That's a good one! LOL. I have heard of Hell, MI but didn't realize how close you are. Good for you for getting out there, looks like it was quite a scenic route. I love walks like that, gives me time for reflection.

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JILL313 4/3/2014 5:16PM

    You Fooled me as I thought some kind of tragedy had happened to you but it was me who laughed and chuckled when I read about your awesome walk into the City of Hell. OMG, the thought that it might be a city never crossed my mind as I wouldn't want to go into a City called Hell, but your walk and the Town looks quaint and such beautiful scenery along the way. I'm curious as to how many people live there and wonder if there is a Church or Chapel called Hell--LOL! Enjoy more wonderful walks. You have an amazing amount of energy for someone so young--LOL. Enjoy your Weekend.

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TXGRANDMA 4/3/2014 4:22PM

    What a beautiful walk you had , Joanna! I had heard of Hell Michigan when I lived there (in Michigan) but had never been there. Lots of creative signs all around, huh? Thanks so much for sharing! I really enjoyed seeing all your photos! emoticon

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SIEGRID 4/3/2014 2:53PM

    My gosh, who on earth decided to name a town or city Hell???????
Your walk looked amazing. I love walking in the woods and on the horse trails, something I can't do at the moment. Our trails have several lakes on them....oh I can't wait till the time I can get back on them, either by foot or on horseback...sigh....
Lucky lucky you!!!!!

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