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Day off schedule - gardening took over my rest!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

So much for having a quiet day! :-) I didn't feel up to much this morning, and on top of my sinuses my left hip decided to become a pain in the whatsit, so I decided to take a total rest day. I didn't even feel up to a walk to highwoods. :-(

By lunchtime I was feeling a bit better, and as the weather has finally given us a break and been nice for a couple of days I decided to get out in the garden and get some of it under control. Ha ha!

Within a minute my hip was paining me again, but I persevered, by doing two minutes pushing the mower, followed by several minutes sat in the house, until I had mown down the bulk of the lawn. It would be a doddle if, a) the lawn was level and not a mass of lumps and bumps, and b) it wasn't overgrown. As it was, it was a wrestling match, which I won eventually. :-)

Now I am eating my well-earned lunch and having a quiet afternoon.

This evening, for a pleasant change, we are going round to our neighbour Anne's for a meal. We haven't had a chance to do this for ages. She and her fella have been away for the bulk of the summer, cycling in Spain and spending time with friends in Wales, so we have a lot of news and photos to catch up with.

I really hope things buck up wih my health quickly. I got a phonecall from the lady at Quickstitch today, to say that Tara's bridesmaid dress is ready, and we need to go collect it. I'm thinking Friday most likely, though if I feel back on top of things tomorrow, we might go in then. We are very excited to see how it has turned out. :-)

Have a great day everyone! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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LINDABENEDICT 9/23/2010 10:23AM

    DID you have fun with your neighbor? Hip still a pain? Feeling like walking yet?
Nope, I did not pack the snake, which was not a rattler .....normally snakes don't bother me much, but those western snakes ....hmmmm. I just don't trust them !
Hope you are enjoying your autumn !!! I love the pictures !

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CHRISTURTLE 9/22/2010 1:36AM

    I sympathize with the hip and the lawn mowing! Mine is all lumps and bumps too (lawn, not hips, although they're bumpy and give me grief too!), and there is more of those horrible flat, thick leaved weeds than there is grass. I love using Larry, but haven't had the energy levels this week to cope with the grass. Keep telling myself its only going to be worse tomorrow, but that doesn't convince me, lol.

Enjoy catching up with your friends. I'm sure you'll have a great evening, going through all the photos, hearing about what they did and saw and ate (that's always the important part to me, lol), and you don't have to cook!

Hope that after your evening of fun and a good night's sleep your hip will behave itself tomorrow.

Hugs,
Chris.

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/22/2010 12:13AM

    Hope you have a lovely evening with friends .Take care of that hip! Do you think we can requisiton new parts ? I keep asking them when I go onto the military base if they can get me the NATO stocknumber for a new left hip for myself if they find I'll have them order two shall I? LOL! They replaced both my knees but the sodden hip is problematic as they took half the bone in my leg where the lorry smashed into me so now I have little to attach a new hip to.So the dog and I both limp LOL! hugs,Cheri xxx

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WANDAH3 9/21/2010 5:24PM

    Love the photo..lol.

Sounds like you are in for a lovely evening. Woo Hoo. Friends and good times.

Hope the bridesmaid dress fits like it should.

Have a great evening, hope that hip is feeling better.

Hugs,
Wanda

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NJMATTICE 9/21/2010 5:23PM

    Hope that you are back in tip top shape soon. Have a great evening.
Love,
Nancy

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KNITTABLES 9/21/2010 3:41PM

    Love the photo. I am sure the dress will turn out fab. I hope you feel better soom. Take care of you hip and I hope your sinuses gets better too. Hugs.

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CARLA-216 9/21/2010 2:47PM

    I'm sorry you didn't feel up to walking to Highwoods. Maybe tomorrow you can. XX XX --- fingers crossed!

Enjoy your dinner and visit with Anne. That will be a nice treat for you!

xoxo,
Carla

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BOVEY63 9/21/2010 1:11PM

    Have a wonderful evening with friends, and hope your hip feels better soon.
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JHADZHIA 9/21/2010 12:02PM

    Rotten old lawn :( My Mom hates mowing the lawn. That is why every year, she digs more of it up, putting in trees, shrubs and flowers..
Good for you persevering with it!! Enjoy your meal with Anne!!

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SUNNY332 9/21/2010 11:30AM

    Hope the hip does not continue to cause you pain. Do take it easy and be sure and rest when you can.

Enjoy your evening with your neighbor.

Sunny

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Around the Sparkpoints Wheel in Eighty Days!

Monday, September 20, 2010

I logged on to spin the wheel this morning, and discovered that I have an 80-Day streak for wheel-spinning! 80 days, and the best score I've managed is a 10! LOL

So, over the last eighty days, what have I learned?

I have learned that I love Sparking! I must do, or I'd never have logged in for eighty days in a row!

I've learned that the Sparkwheel has an evil sense of humour. The higher the number of points available to me, the lower the amount I actually win! *grin*

I've learned that I do have muscles. 80 Days has also meant eighty days of activity - walking, strength exercises, bouncing and stepping.

I've learned that I like my food. More importantly that a lot of the food I like is actually good for me, and that I love that!

I've learned that no food is off limits. Just off smaller plates! :-)

I've learned to like water! This is an incredible feat for me. Probably my most incredible one of all. 81 days ago I wouldn't drink plain water, except for a small glass of fizzy water with my evening meal, and a token mouthful or two when out and about. Now I am drinking at least 8 glasses a day, virtually every day! In fact, in the last eighty days, I've only fallen short by one glass on one day!

I've learned that there are some incredible people here on Spark, and that a lot of them have been willing to become my Sparkfriends.

I've learned that there are some great teams on SparkPeople. I've met some of my best Sparkfriends on the teams. *waves*

I've learned that I don't need two mugs of tea to wake up in the morning. Most mornings I am up and out for my walk with just a bottle of water for company, though I am always ready for my breakfast when I get back. :-)

I've learned that the Trivia quiz is HARD! But I've learned from it, and have on four occasions managed to get 3 out of 3.

Most of all, though, I have learned that I LOVE the support we all get and give one another on SPARKPEOPLE!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE YOU GUYS! :-)

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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LIFEISSWEET2 9/21/2010 8:30PM

    emoticon on Sparking and spinning the wheel for 80 emoticon I thought the wheel was only taunting me but it turns (no pun intended) out that it is just it's nature to be so cruel emoticon.

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NJMATTICE 9/21/2010 5:20PM

    I, too, have seen the evil sense of humor of the wheel. I've become quite a pessimist and resign myself to the lowest available score, so imagine my surprise yesterday when I won a DVD! I was thrilled. It was well worth all the twos I've been getting for so long.
I'm glad that you are here and enjoying your sparking. Your delight is contagious. That's a good thing.
Have a great Tuesday. (I'm running a day behind, but I'm getting caught up!
Love,
Nancy

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JESSIELOVE78 9/21/2010 3:25PM

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CARLA-216 9/21/2010 11:23AM

    What a great blog! I love all the things you've learned. I also love that I "met" you and that you're one of my SparkFriends!

xoxo,
Carla
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__KELLY__ 9/21/2010 2:17AM

    Woo hoo!!! Loved this blog and what you've learned...and the wheel doesn't have a sick sense of humor...it's just evil and mean...hahahaha!

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/21/2010 1:56AM

    Well I think you are a pretty wonderful Spark friend we are lucky you have been here for us to admire your Sparkpage and benefit from your good spirits! You are an inspiration!
hugs,Cheri xxx

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JHADZHIA 9/21/2010 1:18AM

    Congratulations on your 80 day streak! Most importantly, very well done on embracing a healthy lifestyle! You are being wonderfully consistent! I am so lucky to have 'met' you online! You are a great buddy!
Here is to keeping on!
Hugs,
Linda

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WANDAH3 9/20/2010 7:33PM

    Love the blog...woo hoo to 80 day and going!

Hugs,
Wanda

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TIGGERIFFIC123 9/20/2010 6:49PM

    What a wonderful blog! But that is no surprise it was written by a wonderful lady whose friends think just as much of her! We LOVE you right back...Here is to another wonderful productive 80 days.

YOU ROCK!!
Rhonda

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KNITTABLES 9/20/2010 6:28PM

    What a great blog, thanks for sharing and we love you too! emoticon

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FRECKALYMC 9/20/2010 6:06PM

    Sounds like you're actually having some fun on your journey! Super!

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SUNNY332 9/20/2010 6:00PM

    Awesome!

Keep up the great work.

Hugs, Sunny

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    Wonderful blog, beautiful Spark Page and an inspirational writer. Keep it up! emoticon

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A Week in Review: 12th - 18th September 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

FRUITS AND VEGGIES

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10, 5, 5, 5, 7, 7, 5 = 44/35 (Record 49)

WATER
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8, 8, 9, 9, 9, 8, 8 = 59/56 (Record 67)

NUTRITION BASICS
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Calories in range 3/7 (record 5/7) close three other days!
Carbs in range 5/7 (record 7/7)
Fat in range 5/7 (record 5/7) This was a surprise! Pleased with that. :-)
Protein in range 3/7 (New record 5/7) 2 short on Thur, 3 short on Fri and 5 short on Sat, so not bad really! Getting to my minimum Protein is a real struggle. :-)

We have been scraping out the freezer this last week, due to rotten finances, and it is practically bare now. I hope to defrost it this coming weekend, ready to start the restock next week. :-)

FITNESS
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52-Week Walking Plan
Week 5

Sun: 15 mins
Mon: 20 mins
Tue: 20 mins
Wed: 15 mins
Thur: 25 mins
Fri: Rest Day
Sat: 30 mins

STRENGTH TRAINING
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I spent the week trying out some new moves and sticking to the training plan that the 28-Day Bootcamp started me off on - (Rest, Lower, Upper, Core, Lower, Upper Core) I won't go into further details here. I have a record in my Fitness Tracker, and I go into details each day on my blog.

STEPS:
3800 steps met and exceeded every day.
Minimum daily steps increased to 3900.

Sun: 7154
Mon: 6825
Tue: 6075
Wed: 5998
Thur: 5068
Fri: 4292
Sat: 4571

Total steps for the week: 39983 A drop again, but never mind. I'm becoming quite consistent. (record = 55009)
Average daily steps = 5712 (record 7858)

MILEAGE

Sun: 3.25 miles
Mon: 3.10 miles
Tue: 2.76 miles
Wed: 2.73 miles
Thur: 2.30 miles
Fri: 1.95 miles
Sat: 2.08 miles

Total mileage for week: 18.17 miles (record 25.02 miles) A bit short of my aim of 21 miles for the week. But 18 miles is good. A lot more than I was doing two months ago. :-)

Total fitness minutes this week: 370, which is 53 minutes per day. I had hoped not to drop below 60 mins, but it can't be helped, and it is all good! :-)
Total calories burned: 1621 That is about a day's worth. :-)

WEIGHT
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After fluctuating crazily thanks to TOM, I settled down at 13 stone 2 1/4 lbs (184.25lbs) - 1/2 a pound heavier than last week. I'm fine with that. It does look like I may not see 12 stone something before the end of the month though. It wasn't vital to my plans, but I am looking forward to getting there eventually, I must admit. It has been a very long time since I weighed 12 something. :-)

I'm not expecting miracles this coming week with a lot of my stats. This cold has knocked me for six! I'm feeling it mostly in my head and legs. :-) I shall take it easy, and see how I go.

Have a great week everyone.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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JESSIELOVE78 9/21/2010 3:41PM

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CARLA-216 9/21/2010 11:32AM

    You had another great week, Lex! Keep it up!

xoxo,
Carla

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JHADZHIA 9/21/2010 12:23AM

    You are doing great! You can't push it with a cold. Rest and lots of water which you are doing. I use cottage cheese to get my protein up for a lower calorie, low fat option. just one cup a day gets 30g (I divide it into two servings)
Keep up the great work!

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TIGGERIFFIC123 9/20/2010 6:52PM

    Yet another wonderful, productive week! I am beginning to think you took stats in University...lol What a record keeper you are!

Hugs,
Rhonda

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SUNNY332 9/20/2010 5:03PM

    Good for you. You are doing awesome. Keep up the GREAT work.

Sunny

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WANDAH3 9/20/2010 4:48PM

    Yay for you. Flexibility in your journey, and not beating yourself up over something the scale tells you.
Have a wonderful day,
Hugs,
Wanda

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52-Week Walking Plan Week 6, Day 2 etc. Poorly sick me wants Ratatouille.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Ok, so now I know what the weekend was about. I was incubating a cold type thing! And I was blaming my bunged sinuses on the cheese on toast I had on Friday! Aah well. :-)

This morning I had a sore throat when I got up, though it went very quickly. I felt ok, so I headed out for my walk, (25 minute Waitrose circuit without the shopping) but had to admit 23 minutes later when I got back to the house that maybe all was not well in LexieWorld.

Pedometer Stats (which were fine in spite of everything)
Pace: 20 minute mile
Calories: 102
Steps: 2546
Time: 0:23:04
Distance: 1.14 miles

I don't think I'm going to get my strength exercise in today. It should be lower body, and I don't think my legs plan to co-operate, so that's that.

So, I have decided to be good and not force myself to do anything I'm not feeling up to. I also decided to give in to a food craving, and you will all be surprised to know that it does not involve doughnuts! LOL

No, what I am craving is roasted chicken thighs with mash and ratatouille. So Tara and I went back to Waitrose at lunchtime, and I got the ingredients.

To make my version of Ratatouille, I pour a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a pot, and put it on a lowish heat. Then I chop an onion into smallish chunks, and add it to the pot, and give it a stir. I then slice up a couple of cloves of garlic as finely as I can, and add it to the pot, then stir. Next I dice up a red, orange or yellow pepper, and add that to the pot, giving it a stir. Then I dice up two courgettes, by cutting them lengthways in half and then each half lengthways to make quarters and then dicing them. I throw those in and give the mix another stir. Finally I chunk up a small (about 6-7 inches long) aubergine, and throw that in too, adding another swish of olive oil if necessary cos abergines are thirsty critturs. :-) I keep the mix on a lowish heat for a few more minutes, to allow the veg to soften up, then I throw in a tin of plum tomatoes, and bash them with the stirring implement to get them down to chunks. The final addition is some ripped leaves of fresh basil, though a sprinkling of dried mixed herbs will also do the trick. :-)

Allow the mix to gently simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes, and it is ready to dish up. :-)

I love this dish because it is incredibly versatile, plus giving you a huge injection of veggies towards your five a day. I eat it with rice and chicken, or with fish and new potatoes, or on its own on a bed of spaghetti or tagliatelle with a sprinkle of cheese on top. I also use it as the base of a lasagne. You can even add a bit of chilli powder, some kidney or other beans and a little marmite and voila! Vegetarian chilli! :-)

Tonight I plan to have mashed potato and a roasted chicken thigh to go with it. I'm sure my shaky pins will hold me up long enough to make it. Om nom nommy! *grin*

I really hope I'm feeling better tomorrow. We have planned a walk to Highwoods to take some photos of the colour changes (if there are any), and celebrate the Autumn Equinox, and I would hate to have to put it off.

Oooh! We had an unexpected visitor in the garden yesterday. One of the biggest grey squirrels I've ever seen! Boy the birds were cross. You should have heard them scolding. LOL

Have a lovely day everyone.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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JHADZHIA 9/21/2010 1:15AM

    And here I thought Ratatouille was some cartoon movie about this rat that likes cheese!! LOL! Can you tell I don't cook??
Sounds wonderful!
Hope you feel better soon!

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TIGGERIFFIC123 9/20/2010 6:54PM

    Sounds like a wonderful dinner....Enjoy! Hope you are feeling better tomorrow!

Rhonda

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BOVEY63 9/20/2010 4:26PM

    That sounds so yummy! If I didn't have to cross an ocean, I'd be over for supper.
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SUNNY332 9/20/2010 3:35PM

    I like Ratatouille and it does sounds wonderful.

I am getting ready to put a pot of chili on. DH wants it even though it warmed up here today.

Love the background - Beautiful!

Sunny

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CARLA-216 9/20/2010 2:31PM

    Boy oh boy, does that Ratatouille sound divine!

I hope you're back to feeling 100% really soon!

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/20/2010 12:02PM

    Feel better soon Lexi ! Hugs,Cheri xx

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NJMATTICE 9/20/2010 12:02PM

    Eggplant sounds so much more elegant as an aubergine. Hope your brew does the trick and gets you back in action as soon as possible. Hang in there, take good care and enjoy your day.
Love,
Nancy

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52-Week Walking Plan Week 6, Day 1 etc. I'm having a lazy day.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Wow! Nearly missed blogging today. Logged on and spun the wheel and disappeared again for most of the day. I am having a lazy/tired day, as opposed to a 'don't wanna' day. I am still struggling to get to sleep at night, and consequently struggling to get out of bed in the morning. It was after 9.30 am again this morning. This has to change. I hate losing half the day before I even get breakfast!

CARDIO

52-Week Walking Plan
Week 6, Day 1
15 minute walk

Pedometer Stats:
Pace: 20 minute mile
Calories: 71
Steps: 1785
Time: 0:15:52
Distance: 0.80 miles

25 minutes on Tigger. Bounced along to a host of different songs on the TV chart countdown. :-)

That was it. And it was fun! :-)

STRENGTH TRAINING
Rest day

Today I discovered a website that has free game downloads of some games I lost when my last computer went belly-up. I have downloaded three or four of them and played a bit with each today, then I spent a couple of hours sewing while watching episodes of One Foot in the Grave and Keeping Up Appearances. Then, due to tired eyes, I cut the plastic canvas wrong and mucked up two days work! *sigh*

I finally got on to Spark about an hour ago and have been catching up with friends blogs and team stuff. That was when I clicked that I hadn't blogged yet, so here I am. :-)

Please let this week be a bit better awake-wise than the last one! I can handle most anything as long as I sleep. I know I'm not the only one struggling with lack of sleep at the moment. I sincerely hope all my sleep-deprived friends also have a better week this week.

I will have to do the week in review tomorrow. I'm hoping for an early-ish night tonight.

To bed, perchance to sleep!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 9/20/2010 10:40AM

    Here's to a week of great sleep!

Love the second pic! Looks like my black kitteh!

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/20/2010 1:00AM

    I don't sleep well because of my spinal injuries but I know what you mean it is not fun not sleeping well. You had me walking down memory lane Hyacinth Bucket and Victor Meldrew !We had a dvd of "Are you Being Served" and "Rising Damp" on this afternoon and Kayleigh bless her cotton socks wants to watch "Birds of a Feather" tomorrow ! I might even put a vote in for "The Liver Birds" hugs,Cheri

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BOVEY63 9/19/2010 10:43PM

    Here's to a week with plenty of sleep for you.
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CHEVY63 9/19/2010 10:29PM

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WANDAH3 9/19/2010 8:52PM

    zzzzzzzzzzzz night Lexie. It must be something to do with the seasons, everyone seems to be tired of late.
Hugs,
Wanda

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KNITTABLES 9/19/2010 7:54PM

    Great pictures, I love them. Wishing you a great week of sleep and lots of energy.

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NJMATTICE 9/19/2010 7:00PM

    Perhaps there is something in the air. Getting ready to change seasons or something. I too, am having difficulty in the staying awake department. My sleep cycle is off and it is going to take work to get it back to it's healthiest place. Here's to a restful, quality sleep filled week. Like you said, with proper rest we can handle most anything. I'll encourage you, you encourage me. Deal?
Have a great week.
Love,
Nancy

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CHRISTURTLE 9/19/2010 6:52PM

    Everyone needs a day like that now and then. Glad you got to enjoy it with finding and playing replacements of your lost games. I seem to be having trouble sleeping lately, and even without coffee can't sleep. Lucky to get 2 or 3 hours a night now, where I was getting 7 or 8 most nights.

I understand just how you feel. Hope your tomorrow is a better day after lots of sleep tonight.

Hugs,
Chris.

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