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A Time to Create...

Saturday, June 30, 2012

It’s been a hot, hazy, but not-so-lazy kind of day. Before the temperature reached 90, I headed outside to do a bit of gardening at my church as well as on the home front. The newly planted flowers were in dire need of a good watering. I did a short power walk on the way home. Later, I freshened up a bit, had lunch and then headed to my sewing room for some creativity. With 4th of July upon us, I was feeling very patriotic and dove right into my stash of red, white and blue fabric. What kitchen would be without the stars and stripes as we begin to celebrate the birthday of our country? Not mine!

Happy birthday, America!

  
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DEBBYFROMMT 7/1/2012 12:20PM

    Good idea on a hot day! I like it. Stay cool!

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    emoticon I love it

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DMF2012 7/1/2012 10:54AM

    Adorable!

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LAURELSPARK 7/1/2012 8:42AM

    Cool!!!

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BILL60 7/1/2012 8:14AM

    Love it!!

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    CUTE

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A Message to You......

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

As I look back over the past two years, I am amazed at how I successfully began a journey to transformed myself into a new, healthy individual with goals and dreams I never thought conceivable. And it was all made possible because of my faith in God and with the continuous support and encouragement from my family, the entire SparkPeople.com team and friends like you! Now it is time for me to review my short and long range goals, celebrate my 2nd Sparkversary, and plan my next new adventure. I invite you to continue this journey with me and to celebrate...........celebrate life!

  
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KAYAK-A-MANIAC 7/8/2012 9:23PM

    One Day At A Time
One Foot In Front Of The Other
Congratulations on 2 Years!!

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    emoticonGo, Grrl!

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SPOKENWORD 6/27/2012 6:55AM

    Celebrate Jesus Celebrate! ...in my best singing voice! :) Congrats!! We're on this journey to healthy living together!

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SNOWSNAKE 6/25/2012 12:07PM

    Good job and on to another wonderful, productive year ahead!! emoticon***SNOW*** emoticon

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    Congratulations!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CONGRATULATIONS!

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I wish you even more success in the coming year

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KMACHE 6/22/2012 12:12AM

    Congrats on your 2 year anniversary on SPARK! emoticon

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USFBULL 6/21/2012 11:44PM

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Awesome Spark On!

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MISSLISA1973 6/21/2012 11:00PM

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HAPPY SPARKVERSARY!

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    Happy emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAYAK-A-MANIAC 6/21/2012 9:06PM

    It's a new life....keep up the good work.
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ILUVTTV 6/21/2012 8:36PM

    WooHoo! Congrats! You are awesome!

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TALVARADO6 6/21/2012 5:58PM

    That is so great!! Congrats! Keep up the good work. I love making new goals, big or small!

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YOGAANDBIKE 6/21/2012 5:43PM

    I am so very happy for you!

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SPARKENISTA 6/21/2012 5:30PM

    Congrats!

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NEILITHICMAN 6/21/2012 5:23PM

    congrats

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 6/21/2012 2:18PM

    You are a wonderful inspiration to all on SP & I'm so happy that I'm one of your friends. Like you, my life changed when I joined SP & I love it!

Happy 2nd Sparversary!!!

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IDAHOFLOWER 6/21/2012 2:16PM

    Yes that is very beauitful and
I want that journey too. My
family can't see it so it has to
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NATURALROCKS 6/21/2012 2:05PM

    emoticon Happy Anniversary!

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PRIN1978 6/21/2012 2:00PM

    Congratulations! Thanks for inspiring many others including myself! Keep it up!!

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EDITOR 6/21/2012 12:49PM

    Wonderful! Continued success!

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SPOKENWORD 6/21/2012 12:20PM

    Woohoo! Congrats! I'm in it for life!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/21/2012 11:52AM

    Wonderful and have fun planning your next adventure!

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JERSEYGIRL24 6/21/2012 11:35AM

    emoticonon your emoticon and all you have accomplished. I have been on Spark for 4 1/2 years, and I am actually feeling more upbeat about it than I have in some time. I would be very happy to continue on this journey with you. Let's do this together. Hopefully good things are in store for everyone.

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    CONGRATS!!!!!!! emoticon

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PURPLESPEDCOW 6/21/2012 11:03AM

    Happy anniversary!

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KRISLEEB 6/21/2012 10:53AM

    Congrats!!!

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TCHNCRFT 6/21/2012 10:14AM

    Congratulations on your anniversary and your transformation. You're an inspiration to all of us!

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Carol

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BEVPRESLEY 6/21/2012 9:41AM

    Congratulations on your anniversary. We can do all things through God who strengthens us. He always sends us the people/things we need in our lives, we just have to recognize them and use them. I thank you for the support you have given me since I joined, and look forward the years to come.

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MINIDRIVER63 6/21/2012 9:30AM

    Congratulations, and keep up the good work. It's amazing how we can transform ourselves.

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OPTIMIST1948 6/21/2012 8:43AM

    You have come a long way! Congratulations!

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DDOORN 6/21/2012 8:32AM

    Nothing like celebrating our journey toward healthier lifestyles filled with SPARK!

Congrats on your 2nd SparkVersary! :-)

Don

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BILL60 6/21/2012 8:14AM

    Happy Anniversary!! Keep up your successes.

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IDLETYME 6/21/2012 8:06AM

    A weight loss is a super present for your 2nd anniversary with Spark! Best wishes for a wonderful year three!! emoticon

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VEENAS1 6/21/2012 8:03AM

    You are an inspiration to all of your Spark friends. Congrats on your anniversary and I look forward to hearing about your adventures.

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    Happy Spark-a-versary! emoticon

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CARILOUIE 6/21/2012 7:14AM

    Happy Spark-a-versary!

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NEVERORNOW 6/21/2012 7:03AM

    emoticonon all you've accomplished! You're an inspiration!

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GOLFGMA 6/21/2012 6:46AM

    It is amazing what God can do and thank you for giving Him credit along with your willingness. Best wishes for the next two years to be just as rewarding! emoticon

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TATTER3 6/21/2012 6:36AM

    Yea you!!! Keep Sparkin'!!!

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JPONCIN 6/21/2012 6:00AM

    Happy Spark-versary! :)

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    Happy 2 year anniversary!

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EDITOR 6/21/2012 3:38AM

    You are doing it!

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Do You Have What It Takes?

Saturday, June 16, 2012

We were so excited about joining the group for a kayak adventure on the Wallkill River. This river flows through the National Wildlife Refuge beginning at Sussex, NJ. It flows north between two major rivers that flow south, the Hudson and the Delaware. The weather report called for mostly sunny skies with a 10% chance of late afternoon rain.

Prior to meet-up, the leader of the group informed us that the paddle launch is 10:30AM. Because we were anxious and not so familiar with the area, we arrived by 10AM. Shortly after we arrived and unloaded our kayaks, most of the group filed in, one gentleman with his hand-made canoe. It was the most beautiful piece of workmanship I had ever seen.



Because the leader arrived late, we launched at around 11:30AM. The journey up the river was amazing. The sounds of the Baltimore Orioles and other songbirds were a delight to listen to as we paddled. The beaver dams were huge! And the canopy formation from the trees hovering over the river made the paddle so serene and peaceful.


(Paddler checking out beaver dam.)


(beaver dam)





This was a nine-mile journey from point to point with several obstacles along the way. Sometimes we were able to paddle through brush. But then there were situations that forced us to climb over debris or go on shore to hike around downed trees, all while carrying our kayaks. Yes, this was challenging but not as exciting as it was to paddle through a couple of rapids while negotiating around obstacles.

As we entered the last quarter mile of the trip, the skies opened up and torrents of rain fell upon us. It was very difficult to see. In retrospect, had the leader arrived on time to launch the paddle as scheduled, we would have completed the trip in dry clothes and without fear of lightning danger. However, this drastic change in weather was a blessing in disguise because it made me realize the abilities I possess that were hidden all my life. I have come to realize during that brief quarter mile that I CAN DO IT --- no matter what I face!

This was actually a great experience and I learned so much about myself, kayaking, teamwork, life and the true meaning of commitment. What and when is your next adventure? Will you take on a leadership role? Become involved. Get active. Be committed to helping yourself and others to a healthy lifestyle. And have fun while doing it!

See you on the water!

  
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SNOWSNAKE 6/25/2012 12:12PM

    Wow, it looks so serene and beautiful on that trip. I think my patience would have hit a wall with the downpour tho, I get cranky when wet and or cold!! It did test your reliliency with life and the surprises it can challenge us with! Cheers! ***SNOW*** emoticon

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NEILITHICMAN 6/17/2012 8:26PM

    That canoe looks awesome. Good to see some people still take the time and effort to make things of beauty like that.

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GOULDSGRANITE 6/17/2012 9:47AM

    Thanks for taking me on your journey! Such nice pictures ~ and a great message!

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JULIAINLA 6/17/2012 1:20AM

    Thats just wonderful!! Lucky you! :)!

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USFBULL 6/16/2012 10:11PM

    Great photo's and descriptions thank you for some nice outdoor fun.
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DESERTJULZ 6/16/2012 6:19PM

    Oh my! I want to be there with you. Gorgeous, and great experience.

BTW, Like the backdrop on your page, too. Looks like Oak Creek Canyon to me.

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CLESSFAT 6/16/2012 5:36PM

    Simply beautiful!! I have never been kayaking but I plan to do so really soon! Thanks for sharing this with us!!

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OPTIMIST1948 6/16/2012 3:59PM

    So beautiful. I want to see if I can take Child on one of those tours. It sounds so nice...

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LAURELSPARK 6/16/2012 3:41PM

    Looks so peaceful............but I'm guessing it wasn't. We haven't floated for a long time....just never take the time. The last time we floated, it rained the last half of the trip. You have never seen people paddle so fast in your life.

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SPEEDYDOG 6/16/2012 3:40PM

    Ok, this looks like too much fun! Such a pretty place.

Thanks for the great photos.

Bruce

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SPEEDYDOG 6/16/2012 3:40PM

    Ok, this looks like too much fun! Such a pretty place.

Thanks for the great photos.

Bruce

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TCHNCRFT 6/16/2012 3:15PM

    What gorgeous pictures. And that hand-made canoe is incredible.
I admire your sense of adventure. You really are an inspiration to couch potatoes like me.

I am discovering, as I'm working on losing this weight, that I'm developing a sense (small, but it's there) of empowerment. That if I can tackle this weight issue that's been hanging over my head for soooo many years, I can do other difficult things. It's a new but exciting feeling.

Enjoy yourself! (I think you always do.)
Carol



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LESLIELENORE 6/16/2012 2:51PM

    My first couple kayaking trips were done in freezing rain, so I can relate. It has been a month since I have been able to get out there and paddle, but I am hoping that will change soon. I love your pictures!

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Making Time to Succeed

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Did you ever have one of those days when everything is going along so smoothly? And then you begin to wonder “when is the other shoe going to drop”? No matter what I did today, I was led in the right direction and everything I did, every place I visited, every person I spoke with brought a smile to my face. It was certainly a day filled with positive outcomes.

The morning began with a relaxing blueberry and whole wheat pancake breakfast. This time I remembered to include all the necessary ingredients so nothing would stick to the griddle. The pancakes were cooked to as near perfection as possible. (Thanks to a Spark recipe!)

After breakfast, I headed to Project Linus and met up with my new friends to spend time sewing labels on dozens of completed quilts that were ready for distribution. The work was done so quickly with everyone working toward a common goal, needle and thread in hand. As I was sewing, a couple of gals were telling me about a fantastic yard-estate sale going on not too far from our meeting place. They had stopped in prior to coming to the meeting but couldn’t stay long as they did not want to be late for our meeting. It was THE yard sale for quilters. The entire main floor of the house was filled with fabric, notions, patterns, quilt books, etc., all at very little cost. So, we all agreed we would caravan to the sale after the meeting concluded. I was there less than ten minutes and I had two shopping bags filled with goodies, all for $12.50! That sale was a great find indeed.

After bidding farewell to the group, I continued shopping at the local stores. I needed a pastry blender/cutter to make Blueberry Buckle. All you Orange County, NY Sparkers out there be sure to pick up the latest complimentary issue of Orange Magazine. That’s where you will find the recipe, which I am trying for the first time this evening. There is also Summer Pasta Salad recipe in the magazine that appears to be easy and quick to prepare.

About that other shoe, it did drop when I misread the amount of butter needed for the Blueberry Buckle. I thought I read 1/2 cup instead of the required 1/4. As you can see, it turned out ok, just tastes a little more flavorful with the butter.



Good planning leads to success. Make time to relax, to create, to help one another, to succeed.

  
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BRIGHTPENNY 6/23/2012 9:02PM

    You are blessed to see the positive things of what is in front of you! It's a skill that on some days I struggle with and you have reminded me to keep on trying to see the way through.. most days the sun shines so to speak, but i'd like to have more.. the simple pleasures in life are usually the best savoured!
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OPTIMIST1948 6/16/2012 9:16AM

    Nice day indeed. I will keep my eyes open for the magazine.

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NEILITHICMAN 6/10/2012 9:26PM

    I cooked up some blueberry pancakes and some chocolate ones. My 6 year old turned his nose up at the blueberry ones and scoffed all the chocolate ones, the 3 year old happily cleaned up the blueberry ones, leaving none for me emoticon

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ROBBGIN 6/10/2012 3:49PM

    Wish I could have been there for that fabric sale! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 6/10/2012 12:56PM

    That's great that everything went so well. Your blueberry buckle looks yummy. I love garage sale and estate sales, but I tend to buy things I don't need, so I am avoiding them this summer. lol

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PURPLELVR7 6/10/2012 9:32AM

    glad you had a good day - I agree we need to plan if we want to succeed

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AAEEFDCA 6/10/2012 8:57AM

    What a wonderful day!
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EDITOR 6/10/2012 5:53AM

    Wonderful day for a wonderful person!

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JSALERNO 6/10/2012 5:31AM

    THAT LOOKS SO GOOD!

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LYNETTEMOM 6/10/2012 12:56AM

    sounds like a great day. I also got in some gsaling today----love it!

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CMCBRIDE37 6/9/2012 10:57PM

    Yes there are days that are really good. So glad you had a nice one.

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Open Your Eyes!

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Being active is key to successful weight loss and all around good health. There is seldom any free time in my life to sit around and do nothing. Since adding kayaking to my world, I've become reacquainted with nature while finding a new purpose with my life.

There is nothing like the serenity or the beauty of a marsh in Spring. Sit quietly for a moment and close your eyes. Think of the sight and sounds of the red winged blackbirds, the beautiful yellow blooms of the lily pads, a family of ducklings waddling by, or the sound of the bullfrogs. Along the shoreline are colonies of turtles sunning themselves while resting on downed tree limbs. Now, with eyes still closed, look up and see the American Bald Eagle flying overhead and then suddenly swooping down in front of you, grabbing a fish and then immediately flying off to its nest to feed its young. Oh, look to your left! There is an osprey! Yes, there is so much to see from the seat of a kayak.










(Eagle's nest)



Open your eyes now and let your imagination become a reality. I do hope you all get outside to play this weekend......and every day. Ride a bike, paddle a stream, hike/walk a trail, whatever your pleasure, just do it! And, if mowing the grass or trimming the shrubs is on the agenda, do it in a fun way. Be thankful you are healthy enough to complete that task and enjoy the great outdoors!

  
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NEILITHICMAN 6/4/2012 10:43PM

    7 months to reach my goal weight means 7 months till I get my Kayak

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K-PO110 6/4/2012 9:29PM

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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ALIHIKES 6/3/2012 8:14PM

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful outing on the marsh!

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SHAKENMA 6/3/2012 8:02PM

    Oh Nice! It is peaceful to be out in nature.

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KSCHRAUT 6/3/2012 4:53PM

    Love the pictures. I enjoy kayaking whenever I get to go to my fiancées parents house. Great blog.

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LESLIELENORE 6/3/2012 12:51PM

    Great pictures! I love being out on the water watching the creatures and the greenery. Unfortunately this was the third weekend in a row I was unable to get out in the kayak. It was storming this morning when my brother and I were planning on going out. Oh well, I know I will get out there again.

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ANNE1123 6/3/2012 11:44AM

    So inspirational and beautiful pictures! Thanks for the blog! emoticon

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GATORJOY 6/3/2012 10:55AM

    All very true!

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AUNTB63 6/3/2012 10:00AM

    Thanks for sharing your sweet adventure and the enthusiasm for having an active life. Some people don't have fun mowing the lawn...but I do...always get pleasantly tired, but love the look/smell of the lawn when I am done. Have a great Sunday and get out there and continue to love life.

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RD03875 6/3/2012 9:49AM

    Great blog, nice pictures. Unfortunately where I live it's cold and rainy and will be for a week.

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CROWLEY123 6/3/2012 9:49AM

    Looks a lot like Maine! thanks for sharing.


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ILUVTTV 6/3/2012 9:04AM

    What beautiful pictures! Ahhh! The wonders of our God! Thanks for sharing.

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VEENAS1 6/3/2012 9:01AM

    You are lucky you live in an area to enjoy nature. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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PURPLELVR7 6/3/2012 9:00AM

    emoticon thanks for sharing

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/3/2012 8:55AM

    such peaceful pictures, thx for letting me share your day

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JUSTLYLE 6/3/2012 8:49AM

    What a great blog, sure glad you let us in on your journey.
I always say we have to take time to smell the rose's!

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LKWQUILTER 6/3/2012 8:10AM

    Thanks for the reminder.

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BILL60 6/3/2012 8:09AM

    Well said. Thanks for the inspiration.

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DEEDAYE 6/3/2012 7:35AM

    Beautiful!

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DMF2012 6/3/2012 7:17AM

    Amen!

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CORNERKICK 6/3/2012 1:36AM

  :)

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