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Friday, May 10, 2013

This post is directly from my favorite Facebook page The Girlfriend Book. You can find the original post here:

Live above the Clouds!

On my flight back from San Diego the pilot came over the intercom before we took off and told us we were headed for some strong headwinds. He said it would be really bumpy as we climbed to our cruising altitude. He also told us we would need to keep our seatbelts fastened for quite some time.

Flying doesn’t bother me so I didn’t think too much about any of it.
I looked out the window on the way to the runway, I thought “ the weather is uncharacteristic of San Diego…. rainy, grey and surprisingly chilly.

As we started ascending there were a few times the plane had little drops that kind of takes your stomach! It was so bumpy the flight attendants were told to stay in their seats. This went on for about 30 minutes of this 5-hour flight. Those 30 minutes seemed longer than the remaining 4 ½ hours!

Like I said, normally that doesn’t bother me…but this time it did! I started thinking,…”Mayyybe we should turn around, this isn’t worth it, let’s go back, I want off this ride!”

Finally, we got above the clouds and guess what?!?!?

The plane stopped shaking, the sun was shining and it was as if we weren’t even moving at all!


We have grey, rainy, cold days in life; even when we expect perfect “weather”. The storms of life are bumpy, unsettling and uncomfortable. We want to turn around, quit or stop in the crazy ride of life. We sometimes have to be low before we experience the highs.

Finally, after a rough ride…. we break through the clouds and experience the LIGHT! Everything becomes smoother, more comfortable and more enjoyable.

We must LIVE above the clouds…in that beautiful LIGHT. We ALL have storms in life we must fight through but that light is brighter in our eyes and in our hearts BECAUSE we came through the storm!

God has his arms wrapped around us and he knows the beauty above the clouds. We must remember that HE’s GOT US through ALL the grey, cold, bumpy days! We just need to buckle our seatbelt and TRUST our pilot!
THAT is living about the clouds!

Play Your Life Big!
♥ Jo Ann

Have a sun filled day!

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CANDYCANE2B 5/11/2013 11:31PM

    This is AWESOME!!! Thanks soo much for sharing!!!

I hope you have a WONDERFUL Mother's Day! emoticon

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NUTRON3 5/10/2013 8:31AM

    The picture is awesome!

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CHERYL_ANNE 5/10/2013 8:06AM

    Perspective and the ability to use it are awesome tools. Thanks for sharing this with today!

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Crazylegs and vacation time

Monday, April 29, 2013

It was a fabo weekend in Wisconsin. Went down to Madison to spend some time with friends and re-unite for the Crazylegs 8k run. It's a fundraiser for the UW Athletic Dept. Here's a few pictures from the day. I'm so proud of my girlfriend as the longest distance she had run was 3.5 miles and she completed the whole 5 miles and didn't stop once.

Yesterday was another glorious day; I did a quick 8.3 mile run in the morning. For a couple of weeks, I've struggled with my running. I have a half-marathon coming up in Green Bay in about 3 weeks and I was seriously considering not participating in the run. But, my mind did a subtle shift this weekend and I'm determined that I'm going to follow through on my commitment to this run. I may not have my best time but, I will finish and sometimes that's a great goal to have.

The rest of Sunday was spent outside soaking up some vitamin D and doing yard work. It felt so wonderful to be outside and not see snow on the ground. We've had a long winter and according to the forecast we're still not done with snow. The weather person is actually predicting snow for Thursday!

Today is day 1 of a week long vacation. So I'm off to have my second cup of coffee and contemplate what I would like to accomplish this week.

Have a great Monday!

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CANDYCANE2B 4/30/2013 11:29PM

    Sounds like you and your friend had an awesome run and a great time!!! I'm soooo glad winter is FINALLY over too!!! I think I might cry if we have any more snow!!! I normally don't mind the snow...but not this year! I got sick of it this year!!! lol

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WILLOWBEE63 4/29/2013 10:34AM

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I love reading how you went for a quick 8.3 mile run!!! I'm not a runner due to an old injury, its just not in the cards for me....

Thank you for commenting and stopping by... and enjoy vaca time!!!

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CHERYL_ANNE 4/29/2013 9:43AM

    emoticon Yay!

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Pity Party Time! :(

Sunday, April 14, 2013

I'm trying really hard to remain positive during this depressing spring that Wisconsin is currently experiencing. As of today, we just received another 3" of snow bringing the total snowfall for April to around 6" of snow! The average snowfall is 0.5". There's a record that I didn't want to see broken. So this is what my outside world looks like today

The 10 day weather forecast calls for more snow, sleet and rain with temps averaging around 40 degrees. In a little over a month I'm supposed to be running a half-marathon and I have yet to do a long run over 8 miles. I'm getting frustrated with my inability to run outside and log some meaningful miles.

So, in my dreams it looks like this outside:

Deep down, I am thankful for every day the Lord has given me and I'm grateful that the only thing we have deal with is a little snow. But, just for today, I'm having a hard time staying positive.

Sorry I'm so down today. Next time I'll try and be more upbeat, hopefully by that time, the temps have broken into the 50's.

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ROBBIEY 4/14/2013 3:34PM

  Having lived in the Northeast in upstate New York I understand cabin fever. Hang in there it has to break soon. emoticon

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How I feel today!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

With a 5" snowfall yesterday on top of the already 60" total snowfall that we've had so far this winter, winds today that bring the windchill down to below zero this chart pretty much sums up my feelings about winter in Wisconsin.

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LILYDOG11 3/22/2013 3:05PM

    The cartoon picture sums it up. We moved from snow 20 yrs ago, but everything has its draw backs I.e. snakes and alligators oh my. Saw your feed today enjoy your Sunny Day.

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CANDYCANE2B 3/19/2013 11:52PM

    Oh, and I thought MY neck of the woods was cold and the winter long!!! I LOVE the PIC and I hope you don't mind if I use it on my Spark page. I also love your background!

Have a WARM day (inside) tomorrow!


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LJR4HEALTH 3/19/2013 7:08PM

    emoticon I know how brutal the winter can be my BF live in Washau ( I know I did not spell that right)

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NUTRON3 3/19/2013 8:50AM

    I feel for ya. I moved away from the snow 3 years ago and do not miss it at all!

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Tech Free Weekend and 0ther Ramblings

Monday, February 25, 2013

Well, this weekend, I attempted to go computer free. Did I have to count my smartphone? I actually did really well. I did not turn the computer on at all and I think I spent a total of 5 minutes on my smartphone for the whole weekend. I considered that a great success.

I'm a card maker. And it's been a long time since I spent any amount of time making cards. Making cards for me is very therapeutic and I forgot how much I enjoy doing it. So this weekend, since I wasn't going to be 'wasting' time on the computer, I spent it making cards. And I loved it! This is a sample of the cards I made this weekend.

I was able to get outside and get a couple of runs in. They were shorter runs of under 5 miles but, it felt soooo good to not have to run on the treadmill. My hubby and I went walking in our woods yesterday afternoon so I got an additional workout, trekking through knee-deep snow. We were a quarter of the way down the trail before we realized that we should have strapped on the snow-shoes. Lesson learned!

Did you stay up to watch the Oscars? I didn't make it very far. I mainly watch to see what the ladies are wearing. I didn't have any favorites this year, did you? I will say, it was awesome to see Robin Roberts reporting. I watched a special 20/20 about her journey, that she experienced this past year. What an amazing person. I wish the media would focus more on individuals like her as heroes.

I also wanted to update everyone on the challenge that I'm doing for Lent this year. It's called the 40 acts and the link can be found here:

What I'm getting from the challenge is that as an individual there is a lot that I can do to live a better life and to help those around me live better. The simple act of smiling and sharing a touch really makes a difference in someone's life.

Have an incredible week!

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GORIANA 2/25/2013 7:58PM

    Wow, those cards are so pretty. I love to give cards away and m.b. card making will be something I try in the future.

Good luck on your lent challenge.

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CHERYL_ANNE 2/25/2013 1:22PM

    Your cards are beautiful! What an amazing talent and skill to have.


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LJR4HEALTH 2/25/2013 10:23AM

    Wow going the whole weekend tech free ! what a self challenge and what self control it took to do without the computer for a weekend , but the end results were worth it the cards are beautiful that you made

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CANDYCANE2B 2/25/2013 10:16AM

    Wow, Susan, I really love your cards! You've got talent!!! Do you use a card program or is it all by scratch???? Either way, they're beautiful!

Think of all those extra calories burned by not taking your snowshoes! Lol

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CELIAMINER 2/25/2013 7:49AM

    I admire you for going tech free for the weekend! I used to grouse that DH couldn't go anywhere without his "brain" (cell phone) and his computer. Nowadays, I'm the one that refuses to unplug. Always want to at least make my SP check-in :-D

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