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Somewhere Over the Rainbow....

Friday, October 23, 2009

Somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high.
There's a land that I heard of Once in a lullaby.
Somewhere, over the rainbow, skies are blue.
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.
Someday I'll wish upon a star and wake up where the clouds are far Behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops, Away above the chimney tops.
That's where you'll find me.
Somewhere, over the rainbow, bluebirds fly. Birds fly over the rainbow,
Why then - oh, why can't I?
If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow,
Why, oh, why can't I?

I've been feeling a little droopy lately. The weather has been gloomy all week and I have been ill for about four weeks. It's hard not letting it get you down in the dumps. So I guess that's why the song from the Wizard of Oz is stuck in my head.

My mom was named after Judy Garland, and we spent our childhood watching the Wizard of Oz on TV. We never missed it. I remember spending the first 15 minutes confused about why it was in black and white. We were sure something was wrong with the TV; only to be pleasantly surprised when Dorothy's house landed in OZ.

Once in OZ, things got so colorful and magical that you were just in awe. It didn't matter that there was a wicked witch messing things up. (Although back in the day she was awful scary!)

And no.......contrary to belief this isn't a self portrait!!!! Just Kidding....

What matters is that no matter the consequence Dorothy faced.....she never lost faith.....and she always projected confidence, warmth, and love of the people around her.

I admire the faith she had and I aspire to it. I know I will get well soon, and the sun will shine again.......right???? I will keep looking at my ruby slippers and click my heels until something happens. Yeah....I just wish I had a pair!!! LOL!

Until it does, I will keep dreaming and wishing for that place over the rainbow where everything is what dreams are made of. And I will keep humming that tune until everything turns technicolor!

Have a great day!

Love Keri

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BUDDY_LOVE 10/24/2009 10:57AM

    We have a park here in Wichita that has a yellow brick road

(follow the yellow brick road my friend, follow where ever it goes. follow follow follow follow follow the yellow brick road!)

and it also has all the characters from The Wizard of Oz, made out of tree stumps. It's called Watson Park.

Did you know that dorothy actually didn't live in Kansas? Aunt Em & Uncle Henry did though and dorothy was here visiting them. A local theater group did a play on this years ago (20 yrs?) and they had all kinds of tibits of info on the movie. It was really interesting.

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LUCKYDUCK2 10/23/2009 5:44PM

    It really has been a gloomy Fall with no real color yet and yep, the flu bug keeps biting us here too. My better half is down with it today.

I love reading your blogs. Reading yours today picked me back up . It always does. Your blogs are my "food for thought".

You have a wonderful , relaxing and healthy weekend. emoticon

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NANCY- 10/23/2009 8:25AM

    We can do anything if we believe.
Hopefully a bit of sunshine will fall on your face and brighten your day and help you feel better.

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MSLZZY 10/23/2009 7:31AM

    Sorry you have been feeling so ill. The weather makes such a difference in our attitudes. Hang in there! We all wish we had a pair of ruby slippers! Do they come in size 10 1/2? LOL!

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MAINLADY 10/23/2009 6:34AM

    HI Keri...I loved your blog. It took me back to places of my childhood and yes, that witch was very scary when we were little. The monkey's kind of messed me up, too...lol.

I hope you will be feeling better soon. Click those ruby slippers and before you know it you'll be back in Kansas.


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    Great blog Keri!

If you find those magic slippers, pass them to me!! LOL Hope you get a "rainbow" soon and feel better!

Take care, Brenda

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You're Not Stuck......

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The following was published in Woman's World Magazine and it was so good I just had to share:

You're not stuck.
You 're on the brink of success!
Sometimes it may feel like your dreams are stalled.
But that just means it's time to rev your engine!
You're on the right path:
It's been mapped by the best GPS system around........your heart!
You have the best fuel there is:
So don't give up now!
Your life's not on hold.
It's about to unfold!

Have a great week, Sparkers!

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ID_VANDAL 10/19/2009 7:16AM

    Perfect!! What a great way for me to start the week. I think I'll cut and paste that one onto my desk top for the week.

You have yourself a GREAT WEEK!!

Talk to you later.



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ELLENIRENE 10/19/2009 6:27AM

    This is great. Thanks for sharing.

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LUCKYDUCK2 10/18/2009 9:42PM

    I love it and will share this positive message with my team. Thank you so much for sharing.

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POSITIVELY_EB 10/18/2009 8:00PM

    AWESOME!!! I love it! Thanks for sharing!!!

Hugs! Beverly

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MSLZZY 10/18/2009 8:00PM

    You are so right! emoticon

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Preparing for Halloween........

Saturday, October 17, 2009

That title sounded a lot like preparing for a root canal!!!! Or no....what it really sounded like was scratching your fingernails down a chalkboard! Are you getting the visual or are you feeling it down your spine like I did.

Truly, Halloween day has never been my main problem. The days leading up to Halloween.......now that's a different story. I would find candy.....that I liked of course.....on sale and buy it. Then I would hide it from the boys, you know.....so they wouldn't eat it.

Then I would get into it. Did I just say that out loud? EEk! I would end up buying candy a couple of times.

Last year, I decided to buy snack size pretzels. Good idea.......but nobody wants that!

So this year I am going to wait to buy candy until the day of Halloween. Then anything I don't give away.....goes to work. Within an hour it will be gone. I don't usually snack on the candy when kids come calling.....so I should be good. I think that will work. I'll let you know!

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BUDDY_LOVE 10/24/2009 11:04AM

    Several yrs ago I started buying cute pencil packs, wax lips, cute little erasures, juice boxes, glow sticks, party favors, ect to give out. I would buy one small bag of candy (a type I don't like!) and then give the kids their choice of candy or other type of goodie. By the end of the night...I still had most of the candy left over. 20 pencils were gone. 10 juice boxes, 20 erasures gone, 10 glow sticks gone & only had a handful of spider rings & ghost whistles left. I do that every year now! Except...I do have 6 grandkids & I keep candy around the house all the time. Most times it doesn't bother me having it here because I am a salty/crunchy snacker but once in a while I'll get a sweet tooth & watch out candy jar!!!

Good luck on your plan. Having it planned out should make it easier to stick to your goal.

EDIT: I would buy those non-edible goodies at the dollar tree & would start buying 3 months before halloween. that way It wouldn't strap me financially to give these types of things away.

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DEEGIRL50 10/18/2009 11:11AM

    Trick or Treat! emoticon
Pretzels would be better than the toothbrushes the dental hygienist next door to me gives out! LOL
A girl with a plan -- you should do well.

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TWLIGHT1 10/17/2009 10:48PM

    Your doing the right thing. I too am waiting until the last minute to buy my Halloween candy. It is just to much temption for me. I am so proud of you. Keep it up. I know you will succeed with your weight loss. I believe in you. emoticon

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MSLZZY 10/17/2009 9:20PM

    Perfect plan and takes the bite out of snacking in the days before the goblins come LOL!

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LUCKYDUCK2 10/17/2009 8:11PM

    Sounds like a good plan to me. I am one of the rare and lucky ones in that I don't like chocolate very much and can live without it.

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POSITIVELY_EB 10/17/2009 7:49PM

    I here ya! Halloween candy isn't safe in MY house either!

Good plan!!

Hugs! Beverly

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MOMMAKATES 10/17/2009 7:36PM

    Buying Candy Is not the problem for me, as we have a small child & our grand daughter we take out trick or treating, my problem is once we get home with it LOL, I have a plan for this year. an that is to keep it out of site (out of mind). have plenty of fruit around... Hope this works LOL
Love The Visual reminders as well.

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ID_VANDAL 10/17/2009 7:21PM

    Halloween - PM knows me too well - she would never buy candy early and when she did it was the stuff I didn't like!! However the next day at work - I would really over do it. Filled my pockets with candy as I went from desk to desk BUT this is your blog so let's move along.

I love the way you insert pictures and keep your site fresh - I'm going to have to learn to do that - it's always fun coming here to see what you may have changed!!

Good plan on not buying the candy until the day off - and then taking it to work!!

Take care!



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Flu, sore throat, an infected sty in the eye......oh my!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

For the past two weeks, I have been battling the flu, a sore throat, and an infected sty in my eye!

What a crazy week! Monday I was so busy at work because I knew I would be out of the office until late morning on Wednesday. I had a conference all day Tuesday, which was very good. Thank goodness my eye has started to heal as I haven't been able to wear makeup. I had to sit with our Lieutenant Governor at lunch and I didn't want to look sickly....if you know what I mean.

I went to see "Celtic Women" on Tuesday night.....absolutely fabulous.....except for the fact that it got really late and I had a 7 a.m. meeting the next day. So by the time I got home last night, I was wiped out.

I went to bed at 8 p.m. My dh told me I was going to be sorry and not to wake him up at 3 a.m. when I couldn't sleep. Well, I slept until 5 a.m. Not too bad! I needed the rest!

So today has been a pretty great day.....best of all the two pounds I lost last week....are still lost! That tickles me the most. Progress at it's finest! I haven't had a chance for exercise this week, but I have been doing a lot of walking, so I will need to try and improve on that this weekend.

The weather has been very bleak this week also. A lot of rain and snow. More snow north of here.....thank goodness. It is too soon for that! All in all...things are looking up. I hope you are having a decent day.

That's enough rambling for me!!!

Happy day!


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LUCKYDUCK2 10/16/2009 1:57PM

    Flu AND sore throat? Have you been tested for that H1N1? I hope you get over this asap!

Where did you see Celtic Women? I LOVE their singing. I would also love to see Riverdance. SIGH

And lunch with the Lieutenant Governor? Wow!

Ummm, Lunch here is usually with my new puppy Toby. SIGH

Congrats big time on still working the program and having it work for you with all you are doing and feeling. emoticon

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ID_VANDAL 10/16/2009 10:04AM

    Hi there! Wow what a tough two weeks BUT the good news is you are still alive and the weight is still gone. You'll probably drop another two by next week given how busy you are!

Lunch with the Lieutenant Governor - I'm impressed! Should we expect an announcement from you regarding a political appointment?


Take care - be good and ENJOY THE WEEK-END!



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ELLENIRENE 10/16/2009 5:51AM

    good job on the weight loss. Keep it up.
Hope you get some rest

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POSITIVELY_EB 10/15/2009 11:19PM

    You're doing GREAT!!! And CELTIC WOMEN!!!??? I'm jealous!!!! LOL!

Hugs! Beverly

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You never cease to amaze me, Cherished Friend!

Monday, October 12, 2009

It's been five days since my last blog. And if you haven't read it......spare me. Can you say "Mini-meltdown"? Okay, maybe not a mini meltdown exactly. More like just discouraged by having to post something I wasn't positive I had accomplished.

Well, I learned something from that. You think being discouraged can bring tears to your eyes? The responses to my blog and the show of encouragement made me cry again and again. You guys are amazing! Do you realize that? I can't believe what a great community being a sparker is.

It's hard to stay optimistic sometimes. I don't do so bad in that department, but sometimes I just have to let it fly. And then some very special people come along with encouragement, ideas, a swift kick in the behind, and more support than a person should be entitled to.

I am truly blessed. This is for you........

Cherished Friend
by: Unknown

God must have known there would be times
We'd need a word of cheer
Someone to praise a triumph
Or brush away a tear.
He must have known we'd need to share
The joy of "little things"
In order to appreciate
The happiness life brings.

I think he knew our troubled hearts
Would sometimes throb with pain
At trials and misfortunes
Or some goals we can't attain.

He knew we'd need the comfort
Of an understanding heart
To give us strength and courage
To make a fresh, new start.

He knew we'd need companionship
And so God answered the heart's great need
With a CHERISHED FRIEND....like you.

Bless you all! Keri

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LUCKYDUCK2 10/13/2009 12:21PM

    Keri, you are a valued friend and member on our team and so many times your blogs speak to me and help me help MYSELF. You have insites you share and you are so supportive of us. I am so glad you are here on this journey to good health with all of us.

Hugs Sweetie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BUDDY_LOVE 10/13/2009 11:15AM

    It's people exactly like you that make sparkpeople what it is. If we don't pick each other up when they're down...who else is gonna do it?

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P316LEIA 10/13/2009 10:19AM

    Bless you too Keri! We'll make it through this journey together! emoticon
Hugs, Kimi

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ELLENIRENE 10/13/2009 9:49AM

    That cherished friend poem is beautiful.

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    What a sweet message Keri! You're what makes Spark a great place to be!! Glad to have met you and lucky to be your friend!

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MSLZZY 10/13/2009 12:06AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Have a good night!

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ID_VANDAL 10/12/2009 10:39PM

    You know what Keri - Deegirl is right - you've been there for us when we were down. That's what it's all about (hey that could be a song!!) But seriously you have been a friend and as long as we work to improve ourselves the rest of the sparkers will be there offer suggestions, help, and encouragement. We all need that to succeed in this battle.

You are a WONDERFUL lady and I'm glad we connected!

Stay in the marathon - it's a life long race but one worth winning!



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DEEGIRL50 10/12/2009 7:48PM

    To have a friend -- you need to be a friend!!
I hope you know how highly appreciated your friendship has been too!!
We like you!! We really, really like you!!

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POSITIVELY_EB 10/12/2009 4:32PM

    emoticon Any time!

Hugs! Beverly

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