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Awesome Photo Blog: Day 8

Friday, February 25, 2011

Day 08 - A picture of your favorite color

I have two favorite colors Red and Blue

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WALKOFFWIN 2/26/2011 8:13PM

    Blue is also my favorite, but both these images are striking! Nice choices!

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JOYINKY 2/26/2011 11:23AM

    My favorites too; beautiful pictures!

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*MADHU* 2/26/2011 11:09AM

    Love these two colors as well!

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SEYSARAH 2/25/2011 1:53PM

    Love the photos and like even better that your favorite colors have different hues in the pics you chose..adding this to so many of your blogs of late that I am thoroughly enjoying!

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    Gorgeous photos to illustrate your favorite colors!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 2/25/2011 12:01PM

    Those are cool!

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ALICIA214 2/25/2011 11:00AM


Beautiful !!!

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Awesome Photo Blog: Day 7

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item

I am not much into possessions. I don't have family heirlooms or a piece of furniture that has been handed down to me. I care for people more than I do for things. So I would have to say that my most prized possession is my computer/external hard drive. Why? Because most of my marriage and all of my kids lives are documented in pictures. Digital or scanned pictures. If I could have one thing in my house I would take my computer.

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JOYINKY 2/26/2011 11:25AM

    Ahhhhh, generation gap here! Love my computer and now digital photography but my most treasured items are still my albums! Smiles, Joy

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LMB-ESQ 2/25/2011 5:59AM

    Same here. Exactly. That is why my computer has two back ups, and they are done every day. I've gone through the heart break of losing stuff like that. Are you backing up regularly?

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SEYSARAH 2/25/2011 12:27AM

    Interesting..I wouldn't have thought of it, yet that's where so many have their "memories in pics." As always..very thoughtful blog!

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MISSWINGS1 2/24/2011 9:13PM

    yep, computers are important, but people are more important... as you said

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Awesome Photo Blog: Day 6

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day

I had a very hard time with this one. I feel like I have a really good life. I am not really caught up on the latest celebrities and I am sure I would NOT want to trade places with anyone famous for even ONE day.

As of late I have been consumed with finding a Long Term Care Facility for my mother-in-law. I often wonder what it must be like for her...She has Huntington's Disease, She is 72 years old and walks with a walker. She raised 9 children and was married for 51 years before dad passed away over 5 years ago. In the last almost 4 years she has been living with her kids. After living with 4 of her kids it was decided that the best thing for mom is to move her somewhere were she is safe and can be cared for.
I wonder what she must be thinking. I wonder what it is like to live with such a wicked disease. I wish I could know just some of the memories she has. Her children when they were little. What she thought when she met and married my Father-in-Law. How it must feel to have a faith so strong even after all she has been through. Just ask her you say? Well, I wish I had. The HD has taken away a lot of mom's ability to speak more than two or three words at a time. If you don't hear her the first time she has a very hard time repeating it. Her mind is all there for now but her muscles are failing her.

This is my mother-in-law Shirley, I would like to trade places with her for just one day.

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JOYINKY 2/26/2011 11:28AM

    Does she have albums or boxes of old photos? She would enjoy looking at them with you if her mind is still there. Sad, 72 is not old anymore. Joy, 69

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RUNNERMOMTO3 2/25/2011 9:43PM

    what a touching, special, thoughtful blog. You are a very special daughter in law.

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TERJEGOLD 2/25/2011 11:07AM

    What a wonderful blog. It made me think of the treasure I still have in my own parents. Family should never be taken for granted. Thank you for the reminder.

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RENLA6991 2/25/2011 9:57AM

    What a touching sentiment. I work at a retirement facility & there's a woman with dementia that I'm very close to. I often think about trading places with her, just so for a day she can communicate with the world as she once did.

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RUNNINGWILD 2/25/2011 12:16AM


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MKKAYA 2/24/2011 10:51AM

    Lizzy, Your an awesome DIL - She is lucky to have you to watch over and care for her. I loved this blog and especially to me right now as There is a good chance I am going to lose my Mom this year. I know things wi work out but it is hard dealing with are aging parents. I am more than happy to do it but its still hard.

Loss My FIL in 2009 and my dad in 2007 -

good bog!

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*MADHU* 2/24/2011 9:16AM

    Loved this post emoticon emoticon

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SEYSARAH 2/24/2011 12:56AM

    Lizzy this blog says volumes about the person you are..what want to walk in the shoes of someone for one day to get to know some of the experiences and wisdom...I smiled when I read the blog..your mother in law is fortunate to have you and you are fortunate to have her..lot's of genuine love and respect there.

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KAYEGURL08 2/23/2011 11:36PM

    That is so cool, she looks a lot like my mom. emoticon

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FLGIRL1234 2/23/2011 9:55PM

    What a wonderful blog. She is very lucky to have you in her life. The love is so very clear here.

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MK_MONKEYTOES 2/23/2011 9:04PM

    Wow, that is a wonderful post. Very few people would make a choice like this. It really shows how much you love and care about her and family. My love goes to you and yours as it is never easy watching a loved one struggle.


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PATTIJOR74 2/23/2011 8:45PM

    That is very sweet.

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    My heart goes out to you, to Shirley and to your family. Watching our loved ones deteriorate physically, especially when it also involves losing their connection to us in one way or another, is heartbreaking. She is so lucky to have your love...

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XFITSTRONG 2/23/2011 8:42PM

    Hugs and prayers for your MIL! I have a friend who is a carrier of the HD gene... her father has it in full force right now. You are right... "wicked" disease!!!

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Awesome Photo Blog: Day 5

Monday, February 14, 2011

Day 05 - A picture of your favorite animal
This one is super easy for me....Meet my cat RayCoon- Ray for short.

Ray is 17ish years old. I say "ish" because she was a stray. We found her in July and the Vet estimated her to be about 6 months old when we found her. We named her Raycoon because when her fur is all puffed up, her tail looks like Racoon Tail!

She took over our home 3 months before I was married. She never has been like a "normal" cat. Ray would run to the door when she heard the door bell ring. She never wanted to be petted by anyone but my husband or I. In fact, she will sit in the middle of a room daring anyone to reach down and pet her so she could hiss and growl.

when my kids came along, Ray didn't like it at ALL. Everytime the baby would cry she would get wide eyed and slink around the outside of the room to get away from the noise.

In this picture is probably the closest she has ever gotten to "sharing mom".
Like most cats she loves to lay in the sun. In the winter, she lays next to the vents..
Raycoon also loves to lay on a piece of paper that is on the floor or warm, clean laundry

As Ray has gotten older she has also gotten meaner. The Vet told me she has major trust issues, which is why she is so mean. The Vet also said that most strays have these trust issues. Cats latch on to one person usually. For Ray that person is me. She follows me around from room to room. Sits on the Couch while I am on the treadmill. Sits at the top of the stairs while I get laundry from the basement. Oh, and don't even THINK about going into a room and shutting the door! Ray ONLY does that for me.
Ray, is what I call "fully loaded" which means she has all of her claws.
She has gotten so mean in her elderly years that Vet appointments are horrible! You should hear the noises that come out of her! the Vet wanted to do a blood draw last year due to her age to check her thyroid and blood sugar...they had to sedate her.

Regardless of her mean, cranky, overweight self, I really do love her like she is my child. Even though my kids are 11 & 8, if I raise my voice to them she will meow at me. As if to say "don't yell at the kids". I miss her when we are away, she drives me crazy when I am home "STOP meowing at me!" Sounds like a child...right?

Lately I have thought often about the day that will come that she will no longer be with us. I am starting to tear up just thinking of that.

There is and never will be a cat like my Ray....

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JOYINKY 2/26/2011 11:37AM

    She's beautiful! I'm betting she has a few years in her yet! This is the blog I was in search of, saw your comment on Suzette's page. I just got a kitten last October; first in many years as there were family allergies. I'd forgotten what a joy they can be. Xena is our princess warrior, major stalker, and loves hiding too. She and Sugar are regular features on my page and Xena has her own blog as "Stalker on my walking route". She's been a wonderful addition to the household and I take lots of pictures of them both. Have to admit that she gets into a lot more interesting and photogenic situations than sweet Sugar. Smiles, Joy

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ETTEZEUS 2/25/2011 9:49PM

    Awwww, I love your kitty!! The pictures tell a real story!

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RUNNERMOMTO3 2/25/2011 9:47PM

    awww love the pictures of your Ray!! I've only had our cat Simba or we sometimes call him Boo-Boo (not sure why or how it started) but we've only have had him now for going on 2 1/2 yrs. He is such a sweet cat and just love him to death!!

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A-STRONGER-ME 2/25/2011 12:43PM

    LOVE THIS - my Sam got "red carded" at the vet - they hate to see him come!!

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TERJEGOLD 2/25/2011 11:13AM

    I love stories of families who embrace their pets - the good, bad and the ugly.

I have a dog I adopted from a rescue. He also has trust issues and bites when he is afraid. He cannot be trusted with anyone other than myself and my own family members. We can't even trust him with the grandbabies.

People tell me I should put him down but it isn't his fault he had experiences as a younger dog that made him the way he is. I manage him by keeping him in a bedroom when guests are here, taking him for LONG walks so he is too tired to put up much of a fuss when we are expecting visitors and using praise-based training ALL THE TIME to help teach him how to get his needs met.

I guess him to be about 7 years of age so I have another ten plus years with him if all goes well. I hope you have a long time left with your beautiful Ray.

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*MADHU* 2/24/2011 9:19AM

    emoticonphotos and post. Thanks fr sharing!

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SEYSARAH 2/15/2011 8:53AM can't help but adore that Ray...personality in spades!

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ILOVEROSES 2/15/2011 7:39AM

    Love your blog and thanks for sharing the photos and story of Ray!

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LMB-ESQ 2/15/2011 7:36AM

    Sweet kitty.... emoticon Even if she is mean sometimes. I've had them like that too. They come into our lives and just take them over and then they leave us long before we are ready... and yet, what would we do without them? Happy kitty love to you!

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GOODGETNBETR 2/15/2011 2:03AM

    emoticon tribute Liz. You guys are lucky to have found one another.

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KAYEGURL08 2/14/2011 10:15PM

    I love kitties......ours is Soli, he is a tabby and he runs our house whether my husband likes it or not.

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MKKAYA 2/14/2011 8:51PM

    Lizzy very nice - our cat tyler looks just like ray! a little more white on the belly and he is a part of our family for over 12 years. He was named after a Chevron car - My son now 18 named him after we picked him up at the anima shelter.

He was going to be named after tyler taxi or Freddy 4-wheeler - glad my son chose tyler - He is not a freddy.

Great blog and enjoyed it!!

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KRISTEN_SAYS 2/14/2011 8:07PM

    Aw I love cats!

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MICHELE0008 2/14/2011 7:55PM

    Beautiful cat! Thanks for sharing the photos. I enjoyed your blog! emoticon

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Awesome Photo Blog: Day 4

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Day 04 - A picture of the cast of your favorite TV show

This a fun one...I donít watch a lot of TV but I have recently (as in December) gotten Netflix. I donít have cable so being able to see some TV shows that I hear other people talking about has been fun. Thus far I have found myself with the kids watching...

I love Mike Rowe's sense of humor and it get's really fun with the people he is working with give him a hard time. And letís just admit that Mike Rowe is NOT hard on the eyes...

Now when I am on my treadmill I want something that is going to hold my attention for a long time. I get distract easily and if my mind is running down the list of all my "to do's" I find it much harder to stay on the treadmill for my whole time. Since I am a walker, and not a runner I need more time to burn the calories! So when I am on the treadmill I have found myself watching 1 to 2 episodes of...

It is a dark comedy that I believe was on Showtime a couple of years ago. It is pretty fast pace with great writing that is both intelligent and funny. The 42-85 minutes goes rather quickly!

So that is what my favorite shows are at this time, subject to change once I have caught up with all the episodes then I am on to another!

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RUNNINGWILD 2/19/2011 10:58PM

    Both are good shows. I was so disappointed when DLM was cancelled. It's on my list of series to purchase on DVD.

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ILOVEROSES 2/14/2011 8:52AM

    Another great blog, but unfortunately none of those shows are on Australian free to air TV. emoticon

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SEYSARAH 2/13/2011 1:59PM

    Great blog and pics..I too am a walker and funny you mention it..right now looking for an MP3 and want to download some soundtracks..thanks for the heads up on Netflix and what they offer..had no idea.

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SCHWINNER! 2/13/2011 1:31PM

    Oooh I love Dead Like Me too! :) I never saw it while it was actualy on, since I don't have cable, but we found it on Netflix Instant and devoured all the episode. LOVE it!

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LMB-ESQ 2/13/2011 12:53PM

    Love Love Love!!! Dead Like Me! One of the best series' ever.... I was so sad they took it off the air!

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