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Feb No-Scales Results and Made Out Like a Bandit

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

First, thanks for all the positive comments and suggestions about my v-log. Mental note to self (thanks JHADZHIA) to make sure that next time the TV and/or music is silent before I start. LOL. I had no idea how well the webcam mike would pick up sound from across the room until I heard the playback, and by then Sophie had had enough of the thigh-slapping ups and gone off to the sofa for a snooze, so no chance of a repeat performance. :-) Oh, and if anyone has Skype and a webcam and wants a video chat (or whatever it's called) sometime, do let me know. I downloaded Skype yesterday. :-)

Thanks everyone also for all your comments on my recent blogs, sparkpage and for my goodies. I'm still trying to catch up with you all individually, but I wanted you to know that your comments and support are always appreciated. :-)

Hey, check this out! These guys spent all day installing these bollards to prevent people from parking right on the pavement in front of the club, and now they're cleaning up, ready to go home. How long do you think it'll take before they realise where they parked their van? LOLOLOL



February No Scales Month didn't go according to plan. I gained a pound and a half, lost an inch around my thigh but gained an inch on my hips!!! Good grief! Waist and upper arm were no change, so all in all not quite the successful month I'd hoped it would be. C'est la vie! :-) Am feeding the tape measure to Sophie!



It didn't help, of course, succumbing to that cold/chest/sinus infection for the last ten days of so of the challenge, because I felt like I was doing quite well until that point. Still, that is all better now, apart from a slight residue of sinus issues, for which I have nasal spray, so I'm back on form for March (please don't let me saying that be a jinx! LOL).

Monthly figures for Feb are:

Strength trained for 30 mins 8 out of 12 times
Walked/Cardio 86.76 miles, and the target was 84 over the month.
Woohoo!!!

Fruit and veg minimum 5 daily - 28/28
Woohoo!!!
Water minimum 8 daily - 20/28
When my sinuses are really bad, cold water can make it worse, so had to cut down for a week, as I can't stand hot water without milk and a teabag in it. LOL
Calories in range 21/28.
Went under a few times while ill, and over twice, due to mini melton mowbray pork pies on one day and due to an attack of the munchies last night. LOL
Carbs in range 26/28
Under on both occasions that I missed the target, and both times were while poorly.
Fat in range 22/28
Went over, but only by teeny amounts most of the time. Went under twice while poorly.
Protein in range 23/28
Failed to make the minimum due to illness on those days.

Now for the Made Out Like A Bandit Retail Therapy... *grin*
In these days of up-to-my-eyes-in-bills, any retail therapy is strictly on-a-budget therapy, but you can still have fun. Today I raided the local RSPCA charity shop and came away with 5 CDs and a DVD for a total of 2.10!!! Yeehar!!! *grin*

Three CDs were 50p each:
Gabrielle's Rise album
Lighthouse Family Greatest Hits special edition
Everly Brothers Hits

The other 2, and the DVD were all newspaper freebies, so you get asked for a donation for those, so I gave 20p each for them:
Tom Jones
Tina Turner
Then film was the old classic Journey to the Centre of the Earth. The one with Treat Williams in it. *sighs with happy*



Exercise is back to normal. Today I walked Sophie, and did a run to Waitrose, then did 30 mins strength training. :-)

Hope you are all having a great start to March!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SILLYHP1953 3/22/2011 2:12PM

    I know what a euro is now!! And after handing over 200 dollars in exchange for 115 euros, I know what a dollar is, too!! Needless to say, I didn't spend a lot while in Italy, except for food, which took plenty of euros! I'm glad you got a deal shopping. And don't feed the tape measure to Sophie! I do have skype on my laptop so I can communicate with my son while he's still over in Italy. He's six hours ahead of me, so you probably are, too. It makes it hard to be online at the same time, I've found.

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JHADZHIA 3/2/2011 9:41AM

    You did pretty well, considering it all! I mean perfect with your fruits and veggies!! Woohoo! And only 2 days missed getting carbs in range is pretty darn good!! (I struggle with that one)
Keep up the great work and don't worry on the scale, you will get that going when you get back to 100 %.
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/2/2011 2:54AM

    Brilliant start to March .I love a bargain ! I'm taking True to the vet tomorrow so I can imagine what that will set me back but anything for my furbaby! I have been worried about her and chanting I will not make toad in the hole and sticky toffe pud I will not so far I am winning the battle . As long as she is fine I will manage ,If I get bad news they'll have to install bollards around me to keep me out of the kitchen !

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LIFEISSWEET2 3/1/2011 9:33PM

    Looks like February was a mixed bag....but you DID make a lot of the goals you set for yourself...all that while being ill. I'd say you had a great February when you do the math emoticon.

Looks like March will be a good month for you, after all, look at those bargains you scored. I'd say that was a good way to start March.

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BOVEY63 3/1/2011 4:52PM

    You did great on your goals - especially when you weren't feeling well.
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I love getting deals at thrift/charity stores too - I'm wearing a shirt I bought at one just last week. You did great!
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Love the pics and cartoons!
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ANNEMAC5 3/1/2011 3:58PM

    You reached some of your goals so good for you. It is tough when you are ill. Glad you are back on the move.

Lots of us lost our spark for a while in Feb so all onward and upward for March. Love your pictures made me smile. Good bargains, have to look harder nowadays. Use to get my books from charity shops but they out priced themselves so I enjoy going to the library now.
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DARACOX 3/1/2011 3:36PM

    My Feb didn't work out as well as I would have liked either, and I didn't even get sick! You still sound like you did really well though! Good luck in March!

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CARLA-216 3/1/2011 2:56PM

    Not too shabby at all considering feeling poorly for almost half of the month.

So glad to read you're feeling better and back to the walkies! Love the bargains you got at the charity shop. Funny you mention Tom Jones because I've had one of his songs in my head the last couple of days. This one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrwO
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xoxo
Carla>
PS: LOL at the daft workers blocking their van in!

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TWOTIMESS 3/1/2011 2:25PM

    Love your blog! You didn't do too badly, considering you were out of action for 2 weeks. I like the bargains you got at the charity shop - I simply adore Tom Jones (showing my age again!)
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ELAOPET 3/1/2011 2:13PM

    hahahahaaa I love the pics!!!!!
Look, WE SURVIVED FEBRUARY! THAT IS SOMETHING!!!! Now spring is comming, and lets be real, we may get spring blues, but soon that will pass and we'll get that beautiful kick in the rear nature gives alll it's creatures, so why would it exclude us? I'm ready for it! YOU? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Sophie's First Web Cam Intro

Monday, February 28, 2011


Introducing Sophie. :-) I got a web cam today, and this is my first attempt at using it. The quality is a bit iffy, but here goes. I hope this works! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx

  
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LOVESLIFE48 3/4/2011 8:12AM

    Sophie is adorable and so are you!!

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ELAOPET 3/1/2011 2:04PM

    Oh, I like you even more now! emoticon
I love the way you enjoy your Sophie! I enjoyed you two just now very much! Thank you for sharing!
(She's very energetic, isn't she? LOL)

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CARLA-216 3/1/2011 11:25AM

    Aww, I love it! So nice to see Sophie in action and to hear you and your lovely accent! :D

xoxo
Carla

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GRACE612 3/1/2011 8:11AM

    Aww!!! How sweet Sophie is! Thanks for introducing her to us all!!

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SCREWIE 3/1/2011 7:38AM

    Sophie's too cute for words :)))

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/1/2011 12:10AM

    SOphie is lovely , she will no doubt be a firm favourite .It was lovely to see you too! hugs,Cheri

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JHADZHIA 2/28/2011 11:28PM

    Nice to see and hear you and Sophie! That was awesome!
One word of advice, do turn the telly or radio off before recording -it was being picked up very well. Want to hear you loud and clear!
Hope to see (and hear) more of you and your family in the future!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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CHEVY63 2/28/2011 10:32PM

    Cool! Thanks for posting! emoticon

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LINDABENEDICT 2/28/2011 10:25PM

    Great video ! Sophie is star !

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SILLYHP1953 2/28/2011 8:06PM

    So nice to have a proper introduction to Sophie and a little bit of you introducing her!!
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CHRISTURTLE 2/28/2011 4:56PM

    How great to be able to see you in 'virtual live, in action' person, and to get to meet your beloved, and totally adorable, Sophie. You have almost inspired me to buy a webcam so I can introduce the furrier family members. Maybe after the wedding I'll do just that!


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BOVEY63 2/28/2011 4:30PM

    So sweet to see the love between the two of you.
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ANNEMAC5 2/28/2011 4:27PM

    That was sweet and you have a sparkling smile. Sophie looked cute. I have a web cam but only use it when my son calls me on skype. You did well. emoticon

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TWOTIMESS 2/28/2011 4:08PM

    LOL Lex! What did Andy Warhol say about fame? You and Sophie just enjoyed your first 45 seconds of it!
Great video, I'm sure you'll become an old hand at it!

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GRACIE1232 2/28/2011 3:48PM

  nice job

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A healthy dinner that looks...

Saturday, February 26, 2011

...like a garbage dump, according to my dear sweet daughter! LOLOL

What do you think? It is two pieces of Essential Waitrose Frozen Coley, covered in a large dollop of home-made ratatouille, and baked in the oven before being lovingly placed on a bed of rice and petit pois. :-)



So, garbage dump, or appetising dinner?
You decide! *grin*
Hugs,
Lex xxx


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EDIT: It was very, very tasty... for a garbage dump! LOL

  
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SILLYHP1953 2/28/2011 8:11PM

    Well...taste is the important part!

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BOVEY63 2/28/2011 4:31PM

    I love food mixtures over rice!
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CARLA-216 2/28/2011 2:03PM

    LOL at Tara!
I think it looks like an appetizing dinner that I'd gladly chow down on!

xoxo
Carla

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ELAOPET 2/27/2011 5:42PM

    RICE! I think i made a mistake comming here at this hour! Love me some rice, white or brown! (love white, prefer brown - how PC am I LOL)
I find (as you may have noticed) food musn't always look picture perfect but if it is good it's great! LOL


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CHEVY63 2/27/2011 2:37PM

    Glad it tasted good!

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/27/2011 2:09PM

    Tara made me smile but I still think it looked tasty!

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WANDAH3 2/27/2011 10:52AM

    Too funny! My question would be...how did it taste??? *grin*
Hugs,
Wanda

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TWOTIMESS 2/27/2011 7:47AM

    Ratatouille is a favourite of mine, no matter what you serve it with! I think it looks like a yummy plate of food. I also had fish last night and it was superb! A few years from now your daughter will be making her own plate of coley, just watch, LOL!

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CAROLIAN 2/27/2011 12:58AM

    It's not what it looks like it's the taste that matters lol carol emoticon

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JHADZHIA 2/27/2011 12:25AM

    Your daughter got it right lol.

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CHRISTURTLE 2/26/2011 4:51PM

    Looks great to me, but what on earth is frozen Coley, or for that matter, fresh coley? Just parcel it up and tell her to make her own meal - anyone can make a sandwich, even dissatisfied daughters, lol. emoticon

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IBSHAUN 2/26/2011 4:50PM

    LOL - Got a laugh out of your blog. Um, doesn't look wonderful but more importantly - how did it taste?? I made a chicken in the crockpot with some broth and stuffing once (well twice, because I forgot how it turned out the first time) and my son said it looked like poo on his plate. emoticon
We ate it and though it TASTED like it was described it certainly was not appetizing at all. Made a note not to make that one again- or at least hold the stuffing to serve along the side.

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Gothic St Pancras

Saturday, February 26, 2011

I do love beautiful buildings, especially when they have been lovingly restored. This is a beauty!

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SCREWIE 3/1/2011 7:49AM

    I love this station! Occasionally I pop down to it just to have a look around. If you ever get round to it, look out for the massive bronze statue in the foyer - you can't miss it!

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SILLYHP1953 2/28/2011 8:10PM

    Now that is quite a building!!

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/27/2011 2:07PM

    It is brilliant isn't it?

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JHADZHIA 2/27/2011 12:22AM

    WOW! That is awesome!! glad they saved it!!

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CHRISTURTLE 2/26/2011 3:52PM

    Isn't it wonderful it not only escaped threatened demolition, but has now been so beautifully restored. Oh to be able to afford to stay there, lol. Maybe I could afford some tea and sandwiches, but I am thinking it is going be really appreciated by those who have the funds to spend time staying there.

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CARLA-216 2/26/2011 1:59PM

    Beautiful! I love arched windows and doors and this one has many!

xxx
Carla

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ODDLASS 2/26/2011 12:50PM

    Not bad for a railway station is it? :-)

I doubt being able to afford a sandwich, never-mind as stay!

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ANNEMAC5 2/26/2011 12:22PM

    It is beautiful. I went to Paris on the euro star a couple of years ago with my daughter leaving from the station.

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TWOTIMESS 2/26/2011 12:18PM

    Wowie! That's a beauty! Now, I wonder if I'll be able to afford the spend a night there?

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Blanket Pics

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Here you go:

It is a double bed size.



This is the scallop edging:



Well, I got the blanket finished, which is good. I just wish this damnable cold would join it! :-) Instead of leaving, it has settled into my chest and sinuses. Charming! It even had the cheek to offer a month's rent, but I'm not falling for that, oh no! It has already been here for 8 days, which is more than enough. Time to leave Mr. Cold!!! You hear me? LOL

So, at least I listened to my body. I didn't specifically exercise at all this week, until today. My total general exercise: I walked to the doctor's Monday to drop off a repeat prescription, walked to Waitrose on Tuesday, walked to the Doctor's again on Wednesday, picked up my scrip and took it to the chemist, and on Thursday we went into town to pay a bill and give Tara the chance of some time out and about. Other than that, I've been at home, mostly crocheting, watching DVDs (One Foot in the Grave and Jonathan Creek mostly), and sleeping.

I managed to keep my food at sensible levels, even a tad on the low side at times, which isn't hard when you are trying to use your mouth to eat and breathe at the same time. LOL I did slip on Thursday, and came home with a Cornish Pasty and a Cornish Heavy Cake, but it was the first pasty for about three months, and the first heavy cake for donkey's years! I thoroughly enjoyed both, and they haven't killed my nutrition stats too badly, largely because I didn't eat them both on the same day. :-) In fact, the only bad day I have had this month was the day I ate two small pork pies for lunch. They are so expensive calories and fat-wise for what you get. Shocking!!! And sad, very sad! LOL

So, today I walked a mile with Leslie Sansone, and did the SP 20 Minute Dumbbell video and the ten minute Bootcamp Day 4 (core) video. I hope to have enough oomph to do a little more cardio later. Boy was I sweating at the end of that, and not feeling as good as I usually do, thanks to this dratted cold, but at least I felt up to doing it, which I haven't all week. :-)

I hope to spend a nice bit of my weekend catching up with everyone here. This last week I have signed in, spun the wheel and kept up with tracking my nutrition and steps, and that's all I've done Sparkwise, so my inbox is filled with emails. :-)

Hope everyone is well and I thank everyone for their support, kind words and goodies over the last week. It really helped. :-)

Very nearly at the end of the February No Scales Challenge. :-)

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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TRINA001 3/14/2011 8:39PM

    lovely blanket.
my nan used to crochet squares when I was little for me to sew together. I've still got the blanket, and I've crocheted squares that my own kids have sewn to add to it.
I think crocheted blankets are the coziest.

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SCREWIE 3/1/2011 7:52AM

    Lovely blanket!

You should have taken the rent: double charge!

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FRAN0426 3/1/2011 12:18AM

    Beautiful blanket, lov ethe colors, many a hour working on that. Sure do hope that cold decides to escape you body, its no fun to have a cold and then have it settle in the sinus cavities and chest. Love the animal pictures to, try to have a great week.

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SILLYHP1953 2/28/2011 8:09PM

    I crochet so I really appreciate how much work went into that blanket, and love the colors! Hope you're better soon!!

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BOVEY63 2/28/2011 4:33PM

    The blanket is beautiful. Hope the cold is on its way out and gone.

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ELAOPET 2/27/2011 5:45PM

    WOOOOOOOW! That is awesome!!!! So cool! Makes me want to ... almost... LOL No, really, I love it! Nice wall colour too, and nice bed and I am jealous now!!! :)

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/27/2011 2:06PM

    The blankie is lovely ,I was just thinking about you and hoping you weren't ill and there you are .Send that beastly cold packing how dare it sideline our Lexie !hugs,Cheri

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JHADZHIA 2/27/2011 12:20AM

    Gorgeous blanket! Hope you can shake that cold soon! Maybe add more Vit C fruits to your diet might help.
Good for you keeping active, can't do anything too strenuous that affects your breathing.
Feel better soon!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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LOVESLIFE48 2/26/2011 6:57PM

    Love the blanket!! It's beautiful!! I really hope you feel better soon!!! emoticon

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CHRISTURTLE 2/26/2011 4:58PM

    Welcome back Lex!!! Hope you will continue to improve healthwise, oh, and fitness wise too, come to think of it. Love your blanket, the colours are wonderful. The edging looks great, and you put me to shame, because I only ever crabstitch round the edge of mine... by the time I reach the edging I'm always well past the enthusiastic, let's do something special stage.

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CHRISTURTLE 2/26/2011 4:57PM

    Welcome back Lex!!! Hope you will continue to improve healthwise, oh, and fitness wise too, come to think of it. Love your blanket, the colours are wonderful, but now I need to know what size bed it fits, lol. I know, curiosity killed the cat... The edging looks great, and you put me to shame, because I only ever crabstitch round the edge of mine... by the time I reach the edging I'm always well past the enthusiastic, let's do something special stage.

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DARACOX 2/26/2011 4:25PM

    Glad you are feeling better. And the blanket is lovely, such pretty colors!

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CARLA-216 2/26/2011 1:58PM

    Oh what a beautiful blanket! Wish I could crochet and/or knit...

I'm glad you felt like doing some exercise, and I hope you keep on improving.

I must know what a Cornish Heavy Cake is so I will Google that in a bit.

Oh and I love Jonathan Creek! BBC America used to show that here and we really enjoyed it.

xoxo
Carla

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CHEVY63 2/26/2011 12:08PM

    Beautiful! I crochet too, and can tell all of the hard work that went into making that blanket!!!

Hope you feel better soon.

I'm just about to kick this kitten off my arms so I can get some work done. Have a great day!

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TWOTIMESS 2/26/2011 11:59AM

    The blankie is lovely, Lex! Hope you get better soon!
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ANNEMAC5 2/26/2011 11:55AM

    Nice to have you blogging back and thanks for your comment on my blog. Funny thing is I have just found leslie Sansone on you tube line was from one of my spark teams and I have walked a mile with her this afternoon. I will definitely be looking for more of them I was very impressed. So many things on the web. It sounds like you made the most of your week and did the best you could for your body. The blanket looks great. I am glad you enjoyed your treats. I now look at pastry and see the devil, take care. Anne emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MNOT2THICK 2/26/2011 11:10AM

    Wishing that darn cold would leave soon. Love the blanket,especially the color combination. Very nice. emoticon

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CAROLIAN 2/26/2011 10:45AM

    what a lovely blanket love the scallp edging hope youre soon well drink plenty of fluids emoticon

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