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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

I have been AWOL for a couple weeks with health issues. I am happy to say I am doing better. I appreciate all the well wishes and spark goodies. It is nice to be missed. emoticon It is also nice to be able to work on my fitness goals again. I don't think I ever quit working on them, but my focus changes sometimes. Now that I am able to do more (physically), I will do more and am very grateful for the opportunity.

Gosh, taking care of yourself is turning out to be as hard as taking care of others! emoticon But remember... I'm worth it and so are you!

Have a wonderful day! emoticon

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DEBSZOO74 11/7/2013 5:01PM

    Glad you're feeling better!

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IMLOCOLINDA 11/6/2013 5:09PM

    emoticon I was getting worried about you!! And yes, absolutely YOU ARE WORTH IT!! Take care of yourself and keep us posted. Anything that you need?? Extra prayers for you and your family!!

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LUANN7 11/6/2013 2:17PM

    glad your back and feeling better now!!

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JACKSGRAN 11/6/2013 12:34PM

    Glad you are well enough to be back. Yes, you must take care of yourself.


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LORI2562 11/6/2013 12:28PM

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Virtual Walk

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

I love my walks and I'm so glad to say that. Today I am taking you on a small virtual walk with me.

My dog walks with me morning and evening and she is really good motivation. We walk a good piece to this path leading to the cow pasture at this gate.

You can't see the cows but I assure you they are in there. I will try to catch them another day.

Onward we go with my dog dancing around. She loves our walks too. We come to this 4 wheeler trail by the stream and this path leads to my garden as well.

Usually by this time we are getting a bit hot so here she is cooling off in the water!

My evening walk is usually longer than the one in the morning but on this particular morning we started a bit later so it was just daylight. I thought the fog looked so pretty hanging on the mountain.

God made such a beautiful world and I hope this might motivate someone else. Taking care of yourself is hard but WE ARE WORTH IT! emoticon

Have a wonderful day everyone! emoticon

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LORI2562 11/1/2013 10:14AM

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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IMLOCOLINDA 10/17/2013 5:17AM

What a gorgeous place to walk. Is that a Lab??? Can't keep them out of the water.
I think it's really interesting that you don't have changing leaves yet!!

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SHAKESALOT 10/16/2013 7:51PM

    Wow, beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing. Could be my home! You are so right.

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LUANN7 10/16/2013 4:05PM

    nice blog like the pics!!!

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POUTINGPEGGY 10/16/2013 3:54PM

    Thank you for these lovely photos. I am increasing my walking, yesterday I walked past three abattoirs, an Italian cheese factory and a prison, today I passed one of the largest building sites in London. So thanks again for sharing the beauty of God's creation.

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JACKSGRAN 10/16/2013 3:07PM


Loved walking with you. That mist on the mountain is just beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing.


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EnjoyThe Ride

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

I was talking to a lady about my teenager driving when she asked me if I enjoyed the ride. I replied yes I did even though it still makes me nervous. He is so young and so many young people do not take driving seriously. Then she leaned in and put her hand on mine and asked, “but are you really enjoying the ride?” She went on and shared a story about how nervous she was teaching her son to drive and how he too was nervous at first. He would take curves very carefully trying not to accelerate too much, etc. She was smiling and I could tell this was a fond memory for her. She said she was nervous but her son did eventually learn how to drive and he was a good driver. Sadly years later his car was smashed by someone who wasn't and his grave is not far from where she taught him how to drive. I was absolutely speechless. Then she said “I could be bitter about it, or I can be better.” WOW! I cannot imagine (nor do I want to) what this woman has been through, but I can say that she was an incredible inspiration to me. We can all blame someone else or we can take comfort from our memories and provide encouragement to someone else. Her point to me was simply enjoy the ride and I don’t think I will ever forget it. We can choose bitter or better… even in terrible circumstances.

So today I share this you, my spark family, to remind you also… enjoy the ride! emoticon

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MADEIT3 10/11/2013 8:57AM

    Wonderful analogy. Thanks for posting!

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IMLOCOLINDA 10/10/2013 12:18AM

    emoticon Amazing blog. I think you met an angel. I think she had a big message for you and I'm so glad that you understood what she said, listened to her story and "got" what she was trying to say. It's a beautiful analogy of just enjoying the journey instead of the focus on the destination. Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful, albeit tearjerker story!!

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BEWITCHED_26 10/9/2013 2:26PM

    Oh what a great story -- and what an amazing women. And I bet the next time you go for a drive -- you will enjoy it just a little more.

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LUANN7 10/9/2013 12:55PM

    those were special times teaching my girls to drive I remember them fondly. Thanks for sharing your blog it was very nice!!!

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JACKIE15108 10/9/2013 12:49PM

    Oh my! What a shock!
It is good to remember to enjoy the ride because only one person knows how long we will be here.

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JESS0107 10/9/2013 10:49AM

    Oh wow! This brought tears to my eyes! I'm going to enjoy the ride!

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JACKSGRAN 10/9/2013 10:16AM

    Oh yes, better, not bitter. What a lovely comparison and a lovely story too. Have a blessed day.


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DIETER27 10/9/2013 9:37AM

  Thanks for sharing this!

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Oozing With It

Friday, September 27, 2013

I ran into a friend the other day that I really enjoyed seeing. In my mind I have revisited this again and again because we always have such a good time and she makes me feel so good. I don’t mean by giving me compliments (which she does), I mean the positive feel good energy that is oozing out of her. That kind of energy is like a beacon in the night to me and I am drawn to her like a moth to a flame. I am not the only one fluttering into that light either. I believe human nature not only naturally wants to feel good but we really need to because our health depends on it. I realize we can control our attitudes to a certain extent but I can also relate to having issues that just bring you down sometimes. On those days, I need that beacon of light desperately. So, I decided (since I get to choose for me emoticon) that I want to be one of those people that’s oozing with it too. emoticon Why not? Yes, why not me? There are so many health benefits of laughter and having fun, not to mention it just feels good to share that kind of energy with others. Instead of “why me”, the real question is why not me! I want to ooze with it! emoticon

So here you go my spark family, I'm starting with you...

It’s a beautiful fall day here in the Smoky Mountains and I am sharing a smile, encouragement, and overall feeling really good positive energy with you! emoticon I already know if you’re reading this you’re worth it and you deserve it! emoticon

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LORI2562 11/1/2013 10:21AM

    Joyce - I have always thought of you as one of those people who is oozing with it. So you don't have to TRY to be one of those people - you ARE one of those people!


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DEBSZOO74 9/27/2013 11:56PM

    What a beautifully written blog! Thank you for sharing your positive energy with us. emoticon

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SUEPERWOMAN 9/27/2013 3:52PM


Thank you for being a beacon of light for us all ! I so agree, we need more of that in our world, people who can uplift us and point us in the emotional direction of all that is good.

Love, Ginger

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JACKSGRAN 9/27/2013 12:20PM

    There's nothing better than a great big dose of oozing wellbeing. Thanks for sharing some of yours with us. emoticon

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LUANN7 9/27/2013 9:49AM

    Thank-you, your blog was very uplifting to me today-just what I needed- you are oozing it!!! emoticon

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I had a birthday recently and to celebrate my husband took me out to eat. Now let me say that I come from a long line of people that love with food; not just love food but love with it. The main theme of every celebration or event was always food. My mother was a southern chef (literally) and along with many others they contributed their own specialty dishes at each and every occasion. Most of my family are gone now but the habit of celebrating around food still remains. Don't get me wrong, my husband and I had a beautiful dinner and I am so thankful and blessed. I would like some ideas regarding new ways we can "celebrate". What do you do when you celebrate something? I have a few thoughts such as develop a bucket list and pick something from the list or perform a random act of kindness which always feels good. Any thoughts are welcomed.

Thank you for your input and have a sparktacular day everyone! emoticon

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IMLOCOLINDA 9/18/2013 12:00PM

    This must be the thought of the day. Please read my blog and take a look at 111BUTTERFLY111's blog today. Along the same line of celebrating the event and the person without the food, especially as we head into the holiday season of pigging out and being pushed to do so by all the advertisements on TV and magazines showing some new food you just have to try.

I've been thinking a lot about this in relation to holidays and birthdays and anniversaries. My husband died several years ago and I need to tell you that the things I remember about our special times together were much more about walking together holding hands, watching firework displays, playing backgammon for the Championship of the World. I don't remember what we ate for anniversary dinners. I know I bought the marshmallow peeps and opened the package so they would be properly dried out and crispy on the outside for him. One package each Eastertime. I remember he liked Cheese Nips not Cheez-Its and that only he only ate Premium Saltines. But looking back, our love was not about the food. It was about sharing time together, holding each other in times of crisis, riding roller coasters whenever we could. Watching him play with his nieces and nephews or the dogs when he didn't know I was watching. Sharing excitement at new cars or new jobs or finishing a remodeling project. I remember how he would brush my hair. How he would put his arm around me at the movies. I remember making angels in the snow and building snowmen and snow families many, many winters. I remember the joy and pride on his face when he got all the Christmas lights on the house or the tree "just so". Those are the kind of memories that will stay with you...not the food. Make and appreciate those kind of memories. You'll always be glad you did it!

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