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Monday, November 22, 2010

It's winter in Canada
And the gentle breezes blow
Seventy miles an hour
At thirty-five below.

Oh, how I love Canada
When the snow's up to your butt
You take a breath of winter
And your nose gets frozen shut.

Yes, the weather here is wonderful
So I guess I'll hang around
I could never leave Canada
Cuz I'm frozen to the ground!

Have a great day...

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GUNI50 11/22/2010 5:26PM

    I will plagerize this one...not quite yet as it was 14 degrees today (can you believe it??!!) but winter returns by the end of the week!! I keep following in your footsteps. LOL!!!

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LISAWILLBEFIT 11/22/2010 4:52PM

    LOLOLOLOL....especially today as we had freezing rain here.That was great.Lisa

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JAYEACTS 11/22/2010 4:37PM

  Yup! My dad was from Winnepeg - or as he called it - Winterpeg!

Ms. Jaye

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HEY, WASN'T THIS US? Another Look Back ..

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A little house with three bedrooms,
one bathroom and one car on the street.
A mower that you had to push
to make the grass look neat.

In the kitchen on the wall
we only had one phone,
And no need for recording things,
someone was always home.

We only had a living room
where we would congregate,
unless it was at mealtime
in the kitchen where we ate.

We had no need for family rooms
or extra rooms to dine.
When meeting as a family
those two rooms would work out fine.

We only had one TV set
and channels maybe two,
But always there was one of them
with something worth the view.

For snacks we had potato chips
that tasted like a chip.
And if you wanted flavor
there was Lipton's onion dip.

Store-bought snacks were rare because
my mother liked to cook
and nothing can compare to snacks
in Betty Crocker's book.

Weekends were for family trips
or staying home to play.
We all did things together --
even go to church to pray.

When we did our weekend trips
depending on the weather,
no one stayed at home because
we liked to be together.

Sometimes we would separate
to do things on our own,
but we knew where the others were
without our own cell phone.

Then there were the movies
with your favorite movie star,
and nothing can compare
to watching movies in your car.

Then there were the picnics
at the peak of summer season,
pack a lunch and find some trees
and never need a reason.

Get a baseball game together
with all the friends you know,
have real action playing ball --
and no game video.

Remember when the doctor
used to be the family friend,
and didn't need insurance
or a lawyer to defend?

The way that he took care of you
or what he had to do,
because he took an oath and strived
to do the best for you.

Remember going to the store
and shopping casually,
and when you went to pay for it
you used your own money?

Nothing that you had to swipe
or punch in some amount,
and remember when the cashier person
had to really count?

The milkman used to go
from door to door,
And it was just a few cents more
than going to the store.

There was a time when mailed letters
came right to your door,
without a lot of junk mail ads
sent out by every store.

The mailman knew each house by name
and knew where it was sent;
there were not loads of mail addressed
to "present occupant."

There was a time when just one glance
was all that it would take,
and you would know the kind of car,
the model and the make.

They didn't look like turtles
trying to squeeze out every mile;
they were streamlined, white walls, fins
and really had some style.

One time the music that you played
whenever you would jive,
was from a vinyl, big-holed record
called a forty-five.

The record player had a post
to keep them all in line
and then the records would drop down
and play one at a time.

Oh sure, we had our problems then,
just like we do today
and always we were striving,
trying for a better way.

Oh, the simple life we lived
still seems like so much fun,
how can you explain a game,
just kick the can and run?

And why would boys put baseball cards
between bicycle spokes
and for a nickel, red machines
had little bottled Cokes?

This life seemed so much easier
and slower in some ways.
I love the new technology
but I sure do miss those days.

So time moves on and so do we
and nothing stays the same,
but I sure love to reminisce
and walk down memory lane.

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TUTUNAN 11/21/2010 2:15PM

    Have we really improved things? Loved your poem.

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SUNSHINEGB 11/21/2010 11:31AM

    Thanks for the memories, they brought a smile .... and a few tears ... for the "good old days!"

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CAROLYNVIL 11/20/2010 8:19PM

    yes! it was really great to walk down memory lane.

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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Today I weighed 165 lbs .. my goal was to reach 165 lbs. by November 4, 2010 .. BUT .. I changed my goal to 160 lbs a while back:( Oh, well only 5lbs to go .. I'm ecstatic with all this weight gone down the drain emoticon I started in April at 215 lbs!

I never believed that I could do it, but finding SparkPeople was the best thing that could have happened to me. I hated exercise; I would NEVER count calories or drink all that water every day ... No, not me emoticon Well, I've learned how to do all that and it has been a great journey! I've learned so much about myself; instead of feeling lazy, bloated, my clothes looked like I had been poured into them.. WOW! emoticon.. I feel great!! I've gone from a size 20 jeans to a size 14, and that makes me feel very proud emoticon I'm not a young gal anymore,(76) .. if I can do it at this age .. ANYONE CAN emoticon

I've discovered that I LOVE to exercise .. who would have 'thunk' it ... not me! It makes me feel so energetic .. like the Energizer Bunny .. I have to do it .. why didn't I do this years ago! I was a size 12 after I had my 5th baby; had a hysterectomy not long after .. then the weight started glueing itself to my poor old body. I had a sedentary position when I worked .. that didn't help that's for sure! Then I retired 10 years ago, and that damned weight wanted to stay with me emoticon Finally in April of this year I found Spark and my whole life changed! Started eating lots of fresh fruit & raw veggies; and more importantly I joined AquaFit and ... WOW! The weight started coming off quickly. I can now eat properly .. I was a glutton before emoticonand never thought that I could cut down and still feel full .. well, I can!

I have so much encouragement from this site .. there is always something new to read .. and I have the bestest friends that keep me going ... thanks to each and everyone emoticon

I will continue to drink my 80 oz of water every day; stay within my calorie count and keep on exercising. If I fail one day, I'll just pick up, kick myself in the butt, and start again the next day! I certainly have not been 'perfect' every day with my eating. I think we all need a cheat day once in a while.. but don't have too many emoticon

Just have faith in yourself .. emoticon remember, if I can do it .. ANYONE CAN!


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POLYANNA2 11/3/2010 9:22PM

    Joan, I am so totally inspired by your words and by your success. I have a sedentary job and have put on many pounds over the years. I too would never have believed how good exercise can feel. I started out at a half hour three days a week and now I absolutely have to do it every day. I love that energizing buzz you get from it.
You have had an amazing journey and success is now yours. I look forward to the days of size 12 pants and will keep on keeping on until I get there. Thank you so much for letting me feel the possibilities!
My very best to you!!!

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KOOLNANA5 11/3/2010 6:20PM

    Thank you everyone emoticon I couldn't have done it without Spark! I'll stand by my words .. 'just keep on keeping on' ...
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BOSSA_ME 11/3/2010 4:29PM

    Joan, this is an awesome post!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNSHINEGB 11/3/2010 3:35PM

    Oh Joan, you've lost 50 lbs in 7 months!!!
That just totally gives me a grin from ear to ear ~ I'm so pleased for you.
You're an inspiration, that's for sure, and I'm going to take a page from your book and keep on working at my weight loss too!
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NINJA_SMOO 11/3/2010 1:48PM

  Congratulations! You've done so much :) Those last five lbs will be a breeze!

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TUTUNAN 11/3/2010 1:38PM

    Joan, you are an inspiration. I can't believe I'll ever Like exercise. but, as you say, if you can do it, I can do it.

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RHEAMOSES 11/3/2010 1:35PM

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

New Alphabet :

A is for apple, and B is for boat, that used to be right, but now it won't float! Age before beauty is what we once said, but let's be a bit more realistic instead.

Now The

A's for arthritis; B's the bad back, C's the chest pains, perhaps car-di-ac?

D is for dental decay and decline, E is for eyesight, can't read that top line! F is for fissures and fluid retention, G is for gas which I'd rather not mention.

H high blood pressure--I'd rather it low; I for incisions with scars you can show. J is for joints, out of socket, won't mend, K is for knees that crack when they bend. L 's for libido, what happened to sex? M is for memory, I forget what comes next. N is neuralgia, in nerves way down low; O is for osteo, bones that don't grow!

P for prescriptions, I have quite a few, just give me a pill and I'll be good as new! Q is for queasy, is it fatal or flu? R is for reflux, one meal turns to two.

S is for sleepless nights, counting my fears, T is for Tinnitus; bells in my ears! U is for urinary; troubles with flow; V for vertigo, that's 'dizzy,' you know.

W for worry, now what's going 'round? X is for X ray, and what might be found. Y for another year I'm left here behind, Z is for zest I still have-- in my mind!

I've survived all the symptoms, my body's deployed, and I'm keeping twenty-six doctors fully employed!


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ROSY_TIAMO 11/17/2010 7:39AM

    This was great for real true belly laughs. I read somewhere that belly laughs will help us lose weight. Instead of LMAO, it should be LMBO....


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JLDACQ 10/29/2010 10:00AM

    Oh, how true, how true! Thanks for making an aging "gonna stay younger" chick laugh wholeheartedly. :-D

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BOSSA_ME 10/29/2010 1:55AM

    Funny! emoticon Thanks for the laugh, Joan!

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TUTUNAN 10/28/2010 8:44PM

    Oh, my. I am with you Gloria......they're all familiar! I love the blog, Joan.

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SUNSHINEGB 10/28/2010 5:17PM

    emoticonI must be the oldest of the group because I can relate to most of the alphabet! emoticon
Thanks for my day's belly laugh Joan, I'm going to copy this and pass it on to my regular email friends ~ it will make their day!

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POLYANNA2 10/28/2010 3:47PM

    Joan, I got a real kick out of this. I haven't hit many of these yet, but it sure is something to look forward to...lol
I printed this so I could read it to my mom. She would love it.
Thanks for keeping us chuckling!!!

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NINJA_SMOO 10/28/2010 2:49PM

  That was a really cute post :) You made me snicker.

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HVMBRU 10/28/2010 2:43PM

    Let's hope we stay away from those as long as possible!

Thanks for the giggle.


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Thursday, October 21, 2010

This was sent to me by a friend .. thought you might like a trip back ...

1955! Remarks heard then!

'I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it's going to be impossible to buy a week's groceries for $10.00.'

'Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won't be long before $1, 000.00 will only buy a used one.'

'If cigarettes keep going up in price, I'm going to quit. 20 cents a pack is ridiculous.'

'Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter'

'If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.'

'When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon. Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage.'

'I'm afraid to send my kids to the movies any more Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying DAMN in GONE WITH THE WIND, it seems every new movie has either HELL or DAMN in it.'

'I read the other day where some scientist thinks it's possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century... They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas .'

'Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $50,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn't surprise me if someday they'll be making more than the President'.

'I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are even making electric typewriters now'.

'It's too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.'

'It won't be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.

'I'm afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.'

'Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to government'.

'The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.'

'There is no sense going on short trips anymore for a weekend, it costs nearly $2.00 a night to stay in a hotel'.

'No one can afford to be sick anymore, at $15.00 a day in the hospital, it's too rich for my blood.'

'If they think I'll pay 30 cents for a hair cut, forget it.'

Know any friends who would get a kick out of these, pass this on! Be sure and send it to your kids and grand kids too

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SUNSHINEGB 10/22/2010 3:52PM

    I'm remembering way back when...I thought everything was expensive THEN!

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MOONCHILD17 10/22/2010 1:35PM

    The more things change, the more they stay the same! We'll never catch up with inflation. Minimoe, I can relate to salaries in 1968. As a new teacher, I brought home a whopping $5,000 a year and still managed to ski and go to Europe with a friend during the summer vacation!

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HVMBRU 10/21/2010 11:05PM

    Makes one wonder what we are headed for in the future.

Thanks for the trip!


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KOOLNANA5 10/21/2010 7:02PM

    Things sure have changed!! I cannot believe the price of milk, bread, fresh 'stuff' .. I don't know how young people with kids can afford it emoticon We got married in 1955 and hubby made $1.00/hr ... quickly came our first child, followed VERY quickly with 4 more emoticon I can remember things I used to make for them to eat .. OMG! I don't think there was junk food around ... if it was, we didn't have any! Maybe someday, 55 yrs from now our grandchildren will be showing their kids what it was like in 2010 emoticon
Thanks for the comments gals!

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POLYANNA2 10/21/2010 6:44PM

    It really is shocking how things have changed. It's a whole different world out there, a much more expensive world!!!

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LISAWILLBEFIT 10/21/2010 5:08PM

    This is so funny.I never thought they would replace tapes and i though vhs would never disappear and that dvds wouldnt last.Lisa

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PEGGIET 10/21/2010 3:15PM

    I wonder if some young Sparkers know what a typewriter is!! My first car cost $300!

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BOSSA_ME 10/21/2010 3:04PM

    Joan, I remember when we were told that bread would someday cost a dollar and we couldn't believe it! Now, bread on sale is two or three times that much!! Dee

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MINIMOE1 10/21/2010 2:50PM

    Times sure have changed, haven't they? At my first job, fresh out of university in 1968, my salary was $3000 a year. With my first paycheque I bought a wool mohair winter coat for $30 - very extravagant my mother thought! Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Jaon.

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