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Finally settling back into having my computer to myself

Sunday, April 15, 2012

It's amazing that after 6 months of not being able to get online whenever I wanted to, I got well and truly out of the habit of regular sparking, using the trackers, etc.

It took me till this morning to realise that actually, I can use the nutrition trackers and the fitness trackers again, because now I have the time.

So, today is the start of a new era of tracker love. :-)





Actually, I've discovered a way to get exercise and nutrition at the same time!


It's a bit retro...


But it works! :-)





Glory be, I'm tired.
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In other news...

It has been an emotional rollercoaster this week. My biggest fear has always been that my dysfunctional family would suck Bry into their vortex of doom, and for a time it looked like my fears had been realised!!!

It has taken the whole week, but at last Bry and I are out of the gloom and on an even keel again. We have both been angry and hurt by my sister this week, and it has made us both ill! I don't think we will forget how that feels for some time. BUT Bry and I are back from the abyss!!! We had a long and heartfelt talk today and have both cried a lot, but we both feel so much better.

It never occurred to Bry that my sister wouldn't even have the decency to contact me about her wedding. By the time she found out, it was too late to tell me, being as it was almost the day itself! Also, my sister is too intimidating for Bry to say something like, "Is my Mum invited? Have you told her you're getting married?"

Now to (hopefully) put the nastiness behind us and move forward. My sister is now placed in the same compartment as my mother, and good luck to them both! They deserve each other.

*Draws line under the situation and moves on...*

Tara had a lovely birthday, in spite of everything. There's nothing like a little retail therapy and a few bargains to make a good day. In Cash Converters we snagged 15 CDs, all at a pound or less each!

They included such delights as Robbie Williams, Take That, Jimmy Nail, Mel C, Status Quo, R.E.M. KD lang KT Tunstall, Ronan Keating and The Black Eyed Peas. :-)

We also made out like bandits at Game, snagging three Wii games - Guitar Hero 5, Abba You Can Dance and The Black Eyed Peas Experience, for just over 30 the lot! You know the Littlewoods catalogue wanted 37 just for Abba game! Plus, I had previously ordered the Michael Jackson game that was at a silly price from Littlewoods, and that arrived the same morning.

So we were both delighted with the retail therapy. Tara talked me into a detour to Dominos pizza because that was her fancied dinner choice. Turns out that if you buy between 10am and 4pm on a weekday, and collect it your self, a personal pizza drops from 5.99 to 2.00!!!

That was a very pleasant surprise. Almost made me wish I liked pizza enough to want one too. :-)

So, since then, we've been dancing like Michael Jackson (yeah right! LOL), bopping like the Black Eyed Peas, and being Awesomely Abbalike. :-)

If this doesn't bring my weight down, nothing will!
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Enjoy what's left of your weekend. I'm looking forward to an early night with a cuppa and my latest Mr Monk book from the library! :-)

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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WANDAH3 4/17/2012 7:34AM

    Sounds like things are working themselves out. Sometimes you just have to let go of those that bring negativity into your life and move forward. It's not always easy, but often necessary. Hugs. Woo Hoo on the bargains...nice haul. Have fun dancing to the all those goodies.

Hugs,
Wanda

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MNOT2THICK 4/16/2012 7:30PM

    Those were some awesome bargains. I love the Black Eyed Peas, the Wii game looks awesome. So glad you and Bry cried it out. I have a ton of those family members as well. emoticon

Congrats again to your DD, HAPPY SWEET 16 emoticon

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CARLA-216 4/16/2012 3:34PM

    So glad you and Bry talked and worked things out. Also nice to hear Tara had a great birthday. Love those bargains! And a Domino's personal pizza for 2.00 sounds great. I wish our Domino's had personal pizzas.

Hope you have a great week!

xoxo
Carla

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BOVEY63 4/16/2012 1:15PM

    So happy that you and Bry got everything sorted out.
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Also happy to hear that Tara had a good birthday and was able to get such awesome deals!
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_LINDA 4/15/2012 8:36PM

    Awesome bargains!! You guys rock!! I don't get pizza, have no idea what one of those even costs! There is nothing good near where I live -no Dairy Queen, Pizza Hut or Subway, probably a good thing for my waistline!!
That is just awesome you and Bry are all sorted out now. A little miscommunication can do big damage :(( If your family is so dysfunctional and mean, you were probably better off missing that wedding anyway..
I sooo love ABBA music, that would be a fun one! Enjoy your new dances!
Looking forward to you on the posts again!
Keep on Sparking!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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YOYONOMORE1 4/15/2012 6:53PM

    Glad you and Bry got some things sorted out and now you can move on and be in a better place. Sounds like you got some wonderful bargains, now that can give your spirits a good boost. Glad Tara had a nice birthday. Really glad you now can do your tracking again, woo hoo!

Have a wonderful week.

Hugs,
Shirl

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CHEVY63 4/15/2012 3:29PM

    Glad Tara had a wonderful birthday, and I'm also glad that you've had some resolution to the family drama.

Have a great rest of your weekend!!!
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NEW-CAZ 4/15/2012 3:13PM

    Love bargain hunting, let me know how the MJ games works out.
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MI-ELLKAYBEE 4/15/2012 2:55PM

    May God bless you and bring you peace and success on this journey we all share!

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LOVESLIFE48 4/15/2012 2:44PM

    You did get some great bargains!!! I also have some family member (and in-laws) that are a "bit different" too!!

Have a great time with your wii games!! Let me know how the Michael Jackson one is!!! emoticon

Have an awesome week my friend!! emoticon

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUR DAUGHTER!!! SWEET 16!! WOOHOO!!!

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Storm Cloud Photos

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wow! Because of where we live we don't often get to see anvils forming in the clouds. Most often, by the time the storm is close enough to see we are already shrouded in dark grey clouds, with the anvil out of sight above the grey mass.

Today, though, as I came out of Waitrose and headed home, I found we were quite literally surrounded by growing storm clouds, complete with visible anvils...

Here we are facing North...





East...





South...





and West...





Sure enough we had a few rumbles of thunder a short while later, and an impressive (for us) hailstorm. Small hailstones but in great abundance! :-)

A couple of hours after that I spotted another anvil, this time coming in from my back garden, and popped out to snap it too...





Been quite a day for cloud watching. :-)





In other news, I'm still reeling from some very upsetting things that happened towards the end of my older daughter's visit over the Easter Weekend. I can't go into details, partly because my blog is public, and partly because the situation is still very painful to me. Suffice to say that my family have once again dumped on my from a great height after I dared to believe that this time, being in touch with them would be easier. Bry's wedding weekend back in December 2010 was supposed to have been the catalyst that turned my family around, but it was all a pack of lies.

In brief, my sister got married last week, and no one told me she was getting married, she didn't invite me or Tara to the wedding, and Bry didn't even tell me until Monday morning that it had happened - leaving me reeling with shock and crying my eyes out when she and Rob left for home.

The saddest thing of all is that my older daughter is now sucked into the family's web, and you have no idea how hurt I feel right now.

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So, I need to find some way to get the pain and the anger out of my system. Right now it is making each day miserable. Right now I want to tell one person in particular what I think of them for coming between my daughter and me. Right now it is about all I can think about, and distractions are only temporary at best.

Here is one important distraction...

Tomorrow is Tara's sixteenth birthday. Thanks to everyone who has already wished her a happy one. She had a joint celebration with my Son-in-law over the Easter weekend. His birthday is ten days before hers.

Not only does she now have her sister's old Mac laptop, so Tara and I can both be computering again without having to share, but they bought her a Guitar Hero guitar and game, so that she can finally play the game she fell in love with at Bry and Rob's wedding.

We had birthday cake at the weekend as well, so Tara doesn't really have much to do on the actual day. But I have a small surprise for her in the morning (she types, peering over her shoulder to make sure Tara can't see), and we are popping into town for a mooch, and buying a Domino's Pizza for dinner for Tara because that was her special meal request. We rarely buy takeaway, so this is a real treat for her.

Oh, and I joined Facebook at the weekend, just so that I could play their scrabble-style game called Words With Friends. If you are on Facebook and like that game, look me up and challenge me to a match. :-) Pretty please!!! :-)

Hope your week is going better than mine! :-) Even the computer has been an issue. Would you believe I finally have my baby back all to myself, and first the electric goes out while they fix a fault, and then I have to close down for thunder storms. :-) Talk about sod's law! *shakes head in disbelief*
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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LOVESLIFE48 4/15/2012 2:51PM

    1) Awesome pics!!!!

2) Sorry to hear about your family troubles, don't forget you are not alone, most of us have them!

3) Have a nice evening my friend!!

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WORKNGONMENOW 4/15/2012 2:47PM

    Sorry to hear about the family troubles,hopeoy and tara had a wonderful birthday.love those pictures.

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ODDLASS 4/15/2012 1:03PM

    Families eh? sorry you having so much hurt from that direction, but you know what they say 'you can't pick your family, but you can pick your friends' Just being related is a guarantee that you will like each other or have anything in common really.

Hope you and Tara had a good day one her birthday. XX

What is your facebook name? I don't go on much but would be happy to add you as a friend.

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MAURIZIA 4/14/2012 2:48PM

    Thanks for sharing those beautiful photos.

Sorry to read of family troubles. Hugs and hope you are beginning to heal.

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MAURIZIA 4/14/2012 2:48PM

    Thanks for sharing those beautiful photos.

Sorry to read of family troubles. Hugs and hope you are beginning to heal.

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CARLA-216 4/12/2012 3:50PM

    What lovely cloud photos! I snapped one driving home yesterday and it made me think of you.

I'm so sorry for the hurt caused by family. Wish I could give you a big hug and make you feel better.

I hope Tara has a great birthday! I love that you're going to surprise her with Domino's!

I tried looking you up on Facebook but couldn't find you. I'd like to be your friend there, although I haven't been playing any games.

xoxo
Carla
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SCREWIE 4/12/2012 2:34PM

    Sorry to hear about your family problems. Unfortunately we can't choose families, but try not to let it hurt you too much.

Great photos!

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CHEVY63 4/12/2012 10:31AM

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful cloud pictures!

I'm sorry to hear about the family issues - I've been there, and understand that it is tough. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Happy Birthday to Tara!

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ZURDTA- 4/12/2012 5:29AM

    Family politics - *shakes head* I know about these things and am also an outsider. So sorry.

However, you do have Tara hitting a milestone birthday - sweet sixteen - how wonderful!

Fab photos - we didn't get any thunder in the end, but lots of rain and hail and sunshine! Changeable weather as ever!

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_LINDA 4/12/2012 2:26AM

    Awesome cloud photos!!
So very sorry to hear how your family treated you, that is painful to hear :(( How can they be so very mean???
Enjoy your daughter's birthday. She is the most precious gift you can have..Shame on Bry -she needs a slap upside the head for that behavior-outrageous to treat your own mother like that!!
Know you are in my thoughts,
Big Hugs,
Linda xxx

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ANNEMAC5 4/12/2012 1:44AM

    Lovely pictures, I tried to take cloud photos when I was stuck in traffic on the A12 at 5.30. It just went black and then thunder and heavy rain with a rainbow at the end. But when i looked at the photos they were too dark. I love weather !
So sorry about your personal upset I can hear how upset and betrayed you feel. It must feel like you and Tara against the world at times.
Hope you manage to enjoy Tara's special day
Hugs Anne :)

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NEW-CAZ 4/11/2012 5:54PM

    I'm sorry to hear that Lex, families can be a pain a times.
Hope Tara's special day goes well and you enjoy it.
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BOVEY63 4/11/2012 5:47PM

    I am so sorry your family has done this to you. Wish I was close enough to come by and give you a hug.
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Hope you and Tara have a wonderful day tomorrow. Happy 16th to her.
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Awesome pictures ~ hope you made it home before the storm.

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The 25 Most Awkward Cat Sleeping Positions

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Enjoy these 25 LOLs in a handy Family-Sized Package! :-)

www.buzzfeed.com/paws/awkward-cat-sl
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And unless you are a Yoga expert, I don't recommend trying most of these positions! LOL

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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LOVESLIFE48 4/15/2012 2:49PM

    Awww, to be that flexible!!! emoticon

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PAULALALALA 4/11/2012 12:22PM

    Awwwwwwwwww! Thanks! emoticon

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CARLA-216 4/11/2012 10:47AM

    #9 The Fur Pile and #23 The Dog Bed are soooo cute!

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_LINDA 4/11/2012 1:36AM

    emoticon One thing about cats -they sure are flexible!! They don't ever forget to do their stretching!
Thanks for the laughs!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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YOYONOMORE1 4/10/2012 7:30PM

    You just got to love them there kitties. Thanks for the smiles. Have a great evening.

Hugs,
Shirl

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SCREWIE 4/10/2012 7:03PM

    Loved the descriptions, lol!

I identified with a few of them, is that dangerous? :D

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WANDAH3 4/10/2012 6:31PM

    Thanks for the giggles.

Hugs,
Wanda

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BOVEY63 4/10/2012 4:25PM

    Those were great ~ thanks for sharing!

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NEW-CAZ 4/10/2012 4:13PM

    loved 18 and 25. This I've gotta share, it bought a much needed smile to my face and a chuckle emoticon emoticon

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SASSYBLONDE69 4/10/2012 3:46PM

    Okay, I've forwarded that link! My favorites were 1 and 11!!!!!!


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CAROLYN1ALASKA 4/10/2012 3:31PM

    Very cute... thanks for sharing!

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STHUTTON 4/10/2012 3:23PM

    That was awesome. Thanks for posting
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We wants it, we needs it. Must have the precious.

Saturday, April 07, 2012




I have it! I have the precioussss





Tara has struck gold this weekend...

Not only does she have a laptop that works after six months without one...





but for her birthday, she has been given Guitar Hero - Warriors of Rock! She has wanted a Guitar Hero game ever since she played with one at Bry's wedding. :-)





She is one seriously lucky kid!!!

Happy 16th Birthday Tara!!!

And as for me, I get my preciousss back! :-)





It means I have my pooter all to myself again -- at last!!!


Whar sweet delight was it to wake this morning and both be able to spend time on computers in peace!

And the walk in and around town was great exercise to offset the noms we are eating - choccy, crisps, sausages in buns, and a little drop of the hard stuff.

What a feast!!!

Happy Easter everybody!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 4/9/2012 3:43PM

    Yay! So glad you have your beloved computer back!

Happy birthday, sweet 16, to Tara! What nice gifts for her!

xoxo
Carla

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WANDAH3 4/8/2012 11:05AM

    Happy Birthday to Tara and woo hoo to both of you for having your own computers once again. Enjoy the blessings of the day.

Hugs,
Wanda

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BOVEY63 4/8/2012 9:52AM

    So happy for Tara, and you too!
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Happy 16th Tara!
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SASSYJAY 4/8/2012 2:49AM

    Your Tara was born on the 7th? That would have been my Ernest's 9th birthday. He turned 25 today!
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_LINDA 4/8/2012 1:05AM

    Happy, happy birthday to Tara! So glad she has her own computer and got her favorite game!!
Enjoy your weekend! Have lots of fun!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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SCREWIE 4/7/2012 6:20PM

    Happy birthday Tara!

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YOYONOMORE1 4/7/2012 3:29PM

    Happy sweet 16 to Tara and congrats to you both for having your own putors. Have a blessed and Happy Easter!

Hugs,
Shirl

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ANNEMAC5 4/7/2012 1:50PM

    Ya, glad all is well. Happy birthday to Tara.

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NEW-CAZ 4/7/2012 1:21PM

    Thanks for the smile Lex. glad you have your putie back emoticon

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MNOT2THICK 4/7/2012 12:51PM

    Yay for regaining your precious and congrats to Tara for all of her birthday goodies. Happy Easter!!

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CHEVY63 4/7/2012 12:30PM

    YAY! So glad you have your puter back! Love the pics as always.

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KRISTA-GIRL 4/7/2012 12:23PM

    Thank you for the smile! :-)
Happy Easter!!

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The Calm After the Storm

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Well, I'm pleased to report that we have had another productive day of spring cleaning and the house is finally fit for visitors! Bry and Rob will be here sometime tomorrow afternoon with a little luck and a fair wind. :-)

This morning I talked with my neighbours on either side of us. J at no.24 was blissfully unaware that anything had happened. Apparently, by the time she went to see why her dogs were barking, Id let Sophie out, and she assumed that her dogs were barking at Sophie. There is no sign of any damage in her garden, but she is miffed that she missed all the fun. She said she'd have let them out too, if she'd known what was happening!

My other neighbour (Anne), the one the Policewoman called on because it was apparent that the lads had climbed from my garden into hers, checked her garden this morning and discovered that the lid of the bin that houses her bus shelter glass (for her mosaic art) was broken. It is on the opposite side of the fence from the TV stand on my side, so they must have landed on it when they went over the fence.

Also, she realised that a bag of cement that was by the gate that leads from her back garden into the field behind had been knocked over, so we believe that was done by the lads as they escaped into the field by climbing over her gate.

Other than the bin lid, there was no damage and no items missing from Annes garden.

I just want to thank you all for being so kind and supportive on my blog last night and today. It was a pretty scary experience, realising there were people in my garden, and not being able to even see them because it was so dark. Having your messages to read before I braved going to bed really helped, and writing the blog calmed me too. Funny how getting it out onto a blog can help calm you down.

Needless to say, a larger torch is on my shopping list. Rather bolting the stable door after the horse has bolted, but there you are. :- )

I probably won't be around much for the next few days while Rob and Bry are here. Wish us luck with the new (to us) laptop! :-)

Enjoy your Easter Weekend! :-) Remember that chocolate is good for you in moderation, so have a little guilt-free treat!! :-)

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 4/6/2012 11:15AM

    Enjoy your time with Bry and Rob!!

xoxo
Carla

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WANDAH3 4/6/2012 10:49AM

    I'm so glad that things have calmed down and the damage to private property was minimal. Enjoy your time with the kids.

Happy Easter.
Hugs,
Wanda

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_LINDA 4/6/2012 2:50AM

    Another good thing about having a large torch -its a great defensive weapon -I have a large metal one like the coppers use. One of those upside the head would take the sass out of anyone. What you do is shine the very bright light in his eyes, blinding him, then have at it. But having a dog with teeth is even better :)
Have a fabulous weekend with your daughter!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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ANNEMAC5 4/6/2012 2:28AM

    Have a lovely week end with your family. Hope the lap top works out. So glad you are ok after those horrible boys were in the garden and so little physical damage. Glad the blogging helped.
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BOVEY63 4/5/2012 9:19PM

    Have a wonderful Easter and time with Bry and Rob.
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NEW-CAZ 4/5/2012 5:21PM

    I hope they catch the blighters Lex.
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CHEVY63 4/5/2012 4:28PM

    Love the pics!

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