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What goes on in a car, doesn't always stay in the car!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

When-ever I drive to town, I pop a CD into my car, and , voila, I can learn Chinese.

Ive learned , to say, -----Hello, My name is.......I can say, thank-you--I want........
How are you..........Ive learned to count to 10.......... Ive also learned that its the tone of your voice that brings new meaning to many of the same words--- This makes one's face go into all kinds of contortions, to get the sound out, the same as the woman on the CD_--I suppose it also leads to other drivers looking at me a bit strange-------
My husband is Chinese--born in Jamaica, but he can't speak a word of the Mandarin dialect, which is what my CD is------
Living with a Chinese person, I suppose has it's good and bad things------ the good being that we eat a lot of rice, something which is hard for me to tone down on my Spark pages---the bad being that he loves water----- give him a few dishes, or a toothbrush, and we will have water spashed everywhere , around whatever he is doing. I have no idea the reason behind this or if it is the Chinese , or the Jamaican that comes out in this trait---- but it has been a sore point in our marriage from day one!
So , maybe , living with a Chinese person isn't really too different!
I have never learned to write Chinese-----but, it is fun to come home from a trip to town and say, "NeHAO"-----which means, ""How are you--""----
or, "xiexie"--which I pronounce, chez chez, which means, ""thank-you""
" ZAIJIAN""--which means, ""Goodbye""
You'll have to listen to my CD to learn how to pronounce it!

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SUNNY332 2/10/2011 8:36AM

    Wow - This is awesome.


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KASEYCOFF 2/10/2011 4:55AM

    Re the water-splashing: nah, it's not the Chinese connection, or the Jamaican one. Personally, I think it comes right back down to the fundamental differences between men and women. They're messy - we aren't, LOL--!

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IRENEHARPS 2/9/2011 8:59PM

    Learning is a good thing. Enjoy!

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COUNTRYCRONE 2/9/2011 4:08PM

    I think that you are amazing to be learning an Asian language. I, too, lived with a man who was not 'white' .... he is from El Salvador and it has been very difficult sometimes understanding conversation whenever his relatives are around. I keep trying. emoticon

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a Guy With Some SPARK

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Have you ever heard of a man, called "Sparky"?
I never had either--till to-day.
If I tell you how I met Sparky, I will have to start , when we stepped out of bed, this morning at 5am. Usually the house is cool in the morning, as the furnace is turned down while we sleep. This morning, the temperature was 15 degrees Celcius--INSIDE!
The furnace would not turn on----
What a discouraging way to start a day!
Quickly I set up space heaters around the house, hoping they would not blow a fuse or catch on fire. The temperature was 24 degrees below zero, outside.
I called the furnace company, who services our furnace , and they said they would let the service man know . This was at 6am.
We received a call from the service man at 8am, who said he would be at the house by 9am.
He acturally arrived at 10am---- and his name was ""Sparky"".
You have to be nice to a furnace service man, for Sparky is the only one that I know of, for a 200 mile radius.
Sparky, it turned out, was a cool guy--He knew his stuff. He reassured me that he'd have the furnace running very soon and not to worry. And you know, he did exactly as he had told me!
After an hour , or so, there was heat flying out the vents, and Sparky said the problem had been a faulty oil valve.
So, Sparky , turned out to know his business. I would even think that with a name like "Sparky", that he might have been born into the furnace , "'fixer upper"" business. His name kinda lends itself to heating up a furnace--- doncha think?

There must be a moral to this story----
I guess it is, "Don't let life discourage you""
You never know when you might have your problems solved, by a guy with some "SPARK"------

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SUNNY332 2/9/2011 9:04AM

    Sweet - glad he got your furnace going. Odd that his name was Sparky. Probably a great story behind that name - wouldn't you say?

Why is it the AC quits on the hottest day of the summer and the furnace has problems on the coldest day of the winter. My, my, my....makes one wonder.

Have a good day.


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KASEYCOFF 2/9/2011 3:40AM

    The other moral is - when you live in a cold climate, and it's the middle of winter, you truly can appreciate central heating, LOL!

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Follow The Path

Monday, February 07, 2011

It's freezing out there---- but, what do you do when you need to exercise 3 dogs??---
So, the picture is , of my path----
This path leads from the house, down hill, to the lake.
But, the trouble is, the lake is frozen--solid ice----probably 4 ft of ice-

After every snowfall, and when it's just too cold to walk outside, and when I need to feel fresh air and the ""Germans"" (as in dogs)- are driving me crazy indoors, out we go, and I work on my path--shovelling it--- clearing it---- the path to no- where really!

I guess you could say it's a bit of a cardio workout for me.
I always return , back inside, to a warm house and feel that I've accomplished something--
I guess you might say that we up in the North, sometimes have to do a different sort of cardio---

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KATHRYNLP 2/8/2011 9:55AM

    Lucky you to live off a calm lake. I'm on the shores of Lake Ontario, and it's very blustry and cold here.

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CAHUNO2 2/8/2011 9:04AM

    But isn't it depressing when it snows again and the path gets covered? About 4 years ago we got about 48 inches of snow and we had one dog that wouldn't go outside. DH had to shovel a path to nowhere to get her to "go". emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 2/8/2011 3:53AM

    Oh, you get a workout fer sher, girlfriend! I don't like driving in it or having to fight to get around, but shovelling snow is a good exercise. If it's 'the path to nowhere' why, you can take your time and just do as much as you feel like. Good way to burn some cals, thinks me!

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ANGELCOWBOY1 2/7/2011 8:26PM

    Yep, that's a great workout! What has the temp been lately and what lake is it?

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SUNNY332 2/7/2011 5:08PM

    I would say it is a great cardio workout. Don't you feel sorry for people who live in Florida?

Loved seeing the photos. How far is it from the house to the lake?

Take care and have a good evening.


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Spark is driving me to Drinkl!

Sunday, February 06, 2011

I guess you could say, Spark is driving me to drink!

Everyday, I slosh down, 8-10 glasses of water.
That is a lot of water!
That is about 64 ounces of cold water everyday.

That means, from the time I get up, till I go to bed, I must think, ""Drink water!"
I do have a pattern going now---- at least 4 glasses by noon, and 4 more glasses by bedtime--- or----
2 small bottles before lunch and 2 after -

It seems like it is always on my brain-----like the song, ""Drink, Drink, Drink....""

I suppose one day it will become a habit and easier -----but , for now, water and drinking has taken over my day!

So, here's to you Ms. Robinson---- a toast---- with a cold glass of water!

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KASEYCOFF 2/7/2011 4:25AM

    And it's good for you - it will make such a difference in dry skin from indoor heating, for one thing.
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ANGELCOWBOY1 2/6/2011 9:43PM

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SUNNY332 2/6/2011 6:56PM

    I had to smile when I saw the title of this blog.

Way to go! emoticon

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Dogs , dogs everywhere!

Saturday, February 05, 2011

I'm about at the end of my rope! You see, from the picture, there are 3 large dogs at my door. I call them, "the Germans". The 2 Shepherds are mine......
The Doberman is my son's. He (the dog)- will be residing with us, until Friday, Feb. 11th.
That is 6 more days.
We have already had him 4 days.
Now, don't get me wrong--- The Doberman is a good dog.
It's just that he is a "dog"---another dog, in my house-----in my living room---
I am used to having 2 large canines roaming around.
I really am trying to get used to having , now 3 .
It means one more dish of food to get ready each day---
It means, putting one more dog out several times a day--
It means, that every time I go to town, I drive in the driveway, hoping that there hasn't been an upsising with the GSDogs, against the Doberman-
It hasn't happened yet--
There are 6 more days to go.
I must remain calm---

I suppose there is a good side to this-- I'd like to see anyone try to break into this place!

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KATHRYNLP 2/6/2011 10:39AM

    Love the picture.. I raised three Dobies and two girls, so I know that "dogged-in feeling". All were gentle, and obiediance trained, (including my girls), so there was always a calm and respectful attitude. Also, no pushing the girls over. LOL

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CAHUNO2 2/6/2011 8:46AM

    Great picture! Good luck and hope there is no "battle".

And love the "Chuckle" Sunny332! emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 2/6/2011 4:07AM

    I think you're right re security - only a burglar wanting to live dangerously would try to rob your house, lol!

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OILOVETEA 2/5/2011 7:47PM

    I think the three of them together look like good buddies, and I bet you're doing an awesome job keeping the peace :)

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I.M.MAGIC 2/5/2011 6:28PM

    What a SAFE place you have!

...I have a black lab/shepherd mix... and two cats! Plenty for me! LOL

Kathy emoticon

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MRE1956 2/5/2011 6:05PM

    Oh, my - I can just imagine the potential for, ahem, "personality conflicts"......


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SUNNY332 2/5/2011 5:43PM

    Loved the photo and understand the dilema. You do have your hands full. Hang in there.

Hugs, Sunny

You Know You Have Too Many Dogs...
Author unknown


When you have more grass in your driveway than in your backyard.

When you neighbors find ANY dog running loose and automatically
bring it to your house.

When you want to watch TV and you have to sit on the floor
because all of the furniture is "occupied".

When it takes you longer to wash your dogs' dishes than your own.

When you have to use a wash tub for a water dish.

When you have to run an obstacle course to get to the phone.

When you see one of your dogs doing something bad (like chewing
something up or leaving a "dog deposit" on the rug) and you have
to run through the entire list of dogs in order to yell at the right one
and by then it is too late.

When the hazmat team comes to your house on trash day to handle
the "deposits" that you have placed in your trash can.

When you have all of your dogs in the back seat of your car and it
automatically changes lanes when they move to the other side of
the car.

When you NEVER go anywhere for a vacation because it costs more
to kennel your dogs than to go to Hawaii.

When you have an extension on your king-sized bed so you all fit.

When Eukanuba makes home deliveries.

When you move your bedroom into the garage and put a king and
queen sized bed together so all of your Rottweilers, I mean dogs
can sleep with you.

When you can't remember all of your dogs' names and just call them
all 'brown dog'.

When you take your dogs for a run in the park and people think it is
a dog show.

Thought you might need a chuckle.

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KRPBMPMOM 2/5/2011 5:25PM

  You definitely have your hands full! Have fun!

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