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In case you are curious

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I thought maybe it would interesting for you to know what I am going to be cooking for 300 people for 3 days...

These are race car drivers, their families, their pit crews....

Thursday is a practice night which just means a lot of fun and guys B.S.

Big costco hot dogs, chili, watermelon and small bags of chips.
I also made 250 cake balls to take and a few batches of sugar free cookies for those who need/want them.

Friday, 200 pounds of tritip (seasoned and wrapped in foil, cooked on a huge bbq provided by the local fire department), store bought potato salad, fresh green salad and rolls and butter. (some sort of store bought cake for my birthday).

Saturday, take leftover tritip, chopped it up, grill some chicken breasts and chop it up, and make street tacos. heat corn tortillas up in foil in packs of 20. Pinto beans, tortilla chips and Nacho cheese sauce, lettuce, shredded cheese, onion, cilantro and salsa ( a bunch of store bought cookies).

Then I am done! We get up the next day, clean up all the tables, chairs, trailers etc and then whoever is left, we all go to breakfast and talk about what was great, what wasnt and how we can do it better next year. On the way home, my sister and I make notes while it is all fresh, then next year, we pull out the list and do it all over again!

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CANNIE50 9/26/2012 6:08PM

    Wow, that is a whole lot of food and a whole lot of work! You and your sister are so smart to make notes while the event is still fresh in your mind. And, your birthday!?! Did I miss your birthday?!? Rest assured, I am very glad you were born!!!!!!!!

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STRIVER57 9/25/2012 6:30AM

    good luck! you're really brave!

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MELLYBEANS0919 9/24/2012 12:18PM

    You are certainly going to be very busy, wow 300 people! Good for you!

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COLUMBINE2 9/24/2012 10:28AM

    Ya gotta be kiddin' me! Holy mackerel............I guess I won't complain any more having to "cook" my oatmeal.!

You're a miracle worker!!!

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Sunday Check in #11

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Hello everyone! For those just now reading this, I created a blog so we could stay in touch and have some accountability, support and as needed, butt kicking and hugs to help us reach our goal.

Whether you are new or a past visitor, welcome!

I had an ok week, kept up on my excercise but had some moodiness issues which resulted in a few bad days with the candy corn. It is out of site and mind now so I am safe.

WEds. we leave for our National annual racing event where I will cook for 300 people for 3 days with my sister. It is a lot of work but alot of fun and I hope to see I am in much better shape stamina wise for this year.

My 51st bd is friday and as usual, I will be celebrating with many people that I love and a few I tolerate!

This week, my goal is stay steady and strong until I leave Weds. and to avoid too much fat, sugar and salt while I am away. I vow to have a good breakfast each day and to take a minute to myself and eat a decent lunch, drink a lot of water and get some rest!

Your homework is to think about a goal for October.

Really think about it ok? And I will see you hear next sunday to set our goals and get ready for a great October!


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CANNIE50 9/26/2012 6:12PM

    Happy Belated Birthday, Jan! I CANNOT believe it has been a year since you turned 50! I hope you were properly celebrated, my dear. You are a gem.

My October goal is to continue to make sleep and stress reduction a priority in my daily life. Going to bed early, staying in bed longer, dealing with what is in front of me to do and not expecting to be able to do everything for everyone - those are my goals. Those things affect me eating and my weight, in a BIG way.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/24/2012 1:14PM

    My week was great, but I blew it this weekend. I was at my BFF's house for the weekend, and she makes amazing home cooked EVERYTHING! However, it's a lot of carbs, and I'm a carbaholic! Once I get my moth around something, there's no stopping me. Got my act together when I got home, planned and prepared food for the week so I'm good to go! Lots of fruits and veg = ) I will be thinking of an October goal as well.

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MT-MOONCHASER 9/23/2012 11:14PM

    Last week's goals ---

I will try again to slay that one pound -- mostly by staying within my daily calorie range and ignoring the lure of the snacks at work. --- That darned pound must just love me -- it's still hanging on.

I will drink my water and cut down on the diet soda. -- I actually did do this fairly well.

The basement wall will get its waterproofing and some insulation. -- Got the waterproofing paint, but not the insulation yet.

Boxes will be moved from the basement to storage while the rest of the basement is being worked on. -- Got enough moved for work to proceed, but still have more to get moved.


This week --- Say sayonara to that pound. Drink more water, less diet soda. Get the insulation ordered and installation started. Move more stuff to storage.


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DIFROMWYOMING 9/23/2012 10:54PM

    Have a great week!

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BIGMAMAT 9/23/2012 10:52PM

    Sounds like you have a great week coming up! Hope all goes as planned.

I exercised everyday last week, but my eating wasn't the best.
This week I am going to cut back on the fat intake, and increase my veggies.

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CELLISTA1 9/23/2012 10:50PM

    First of all, Happy Birthday! I know you are already a confident creature, but I would like to tell you that my fifties were fabulous!! I had a love affair (not suggesting that to you - you are married to your best friend!), started a new career as a cabaret singer, and became much wiser - and nicer! You have a lot to look forward to and I know you will do great things!

As for my week, it was filled with intense work. I didn't track or exercise every day but I still got to Pilates twice. I ate fairly well, but yesterday I was reminded that I have to remember to eat smallish meals and snacks throughout the day or I go overboard at dinner. It actually affects my emotional state if I don't eat enough during the day and my brain thinks it has to have two pork chops and salad and popcorn and frozen yogurt, all after 8 pm. Baaadddd....

I promise to think seriously about October...

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 9/23/2012 10:34PM

    I don't know how you cook for all those peeps! You're the queen!

Candy corn is sugary evil. We have the caramel candy corn in the house and it takes everything in us not to dive headfirst in the bag but we've been good and portioned it out when we can fit it in.

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pop quiz!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Thanks for attending roll call! Now that you are all here, we are going to have a pop quiz.
You will be graded and this will count for 50% of your semester grade.

What matters more to you?
A. How you look
B, how much you weigh
C. How your clothes fit
D. How you feel
E. Add your own here

What do you think is the most important tool in your weight loss?
A. Guts and willpower
B. Tracking
C. Family support
D. Spark support
E. Add your own here

How do you think you are going to meet your goals?
A. One step at a time
B. Changes you can live with
C. Determination and commitment
D. All of the above
E. Add your own here

What is the reason why you bothered to do this silly quiz today?
1. Points for blog reply
2. Why not?
3. Because Jan is awesome and I always do what she tells me
4. Killing time and avoiding something you are supposed to be doing
5. Add your own here

Extra credit: what can you do now that you couldn't imagine doing before you started? If you are new, what can you imagine doing once you lose some weight that you can't do now?


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1HAPPYWOMAN 9/20/2012 12:05AM

    For the extra credit, I just want to say that I can run up stairs. I can RUN up stairs, when it used to be hard to walk up them!

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CANNIE50 9/19/2012 4:27PM

    1. How I feel, physically and mentally, matters the most but how my clothes fit, and how I look factor in, as well.
2. Tracking and Sparkfriends make a big difference.
3. There is no substitute for commitment and personal integrity, when it comes to doing what needs to be done and getting to where I need to be.
4. You are AWESOME and you are not to be trifled with, so of course I am taking your quiz. I am feeling a LOT of appreciation for you right now, Miss Mama Jan.
EXTRA CREDIT: I feel some sense of accomplishment, having lost some of the weight I had piled on. I look forward to feeling "right sized" and free of disorderly eating, as I work my way to a healthier sized body and a more manageable relationship with food. Love, C.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 9/19/2012 11:47AM

    1. C. How your clothes fit
2. D. Spark support
3. E. Am I?
4. 3. Because Jan is awesome and I always do what she tells me (you can't switch to numbers; it makes people like me feel dizzy) LOL

Extra: Since I've put most of my weight back on, yet again, I do not feel qualified to answer this question. I did, however, love being able to bend over from a seated position and reach something fell on the floor. Sigh.

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HGSGUY 9/18/2012 9:48PM

    1. D. I never had a primary goal of weight loss, I wanted to get fitter, eat healthier and improve flexibility . Weight loss is a reward for doing the other things.

2. D, I can always count on my Spark friends to challenge me with physical as well as mental tests (I was told there would be no quizzes though)!

3. D

4. Duh, 3 of course, anyone that runs around in a cape should be listened to!

Thanks, this was fun and made me think about my program, good job!

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TADTURC 9/18/2012 8:42PM

    1) How I feel and How I look...I havent been able to truely look at myself in a LONNNNG time
2) SP and Fitbit support and encouragemnet
3) Guts and Willpower, SP and Fitbit support
4) D. All of the above
5) I like pop quizes

I plan on going on a Zipline when I get closer to where Im going with my health.

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SWEDE_SU 9/18/2012 4:46PM

    1. how i feel

2. tracking - the commitment to write it down makes it real, makes it happen

3. all of the above

4. definitely all of the above (lions are lurking, but hey, the sun is shining...)

extra credit: wear size 2, run a half marathon (again), run-walk faster than i ran when heavier!

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DEE0973 9/18/2012 2:12PM

    1. How my clothes fit & how I feel

2. Guts and willpower/family support

3. All of the above

4. Title caught my attention and the quiz is value added

Extra Credit - I'm stronger with more upper body strength.

Jan you're awesome. Thanks for the brain teaser

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DAISY443 9/18/2012 2:12PM

    1. E Maintaining health in order to be independent as long as possible.
2. B Tracking
3. D All of the above
4. I always try to do what Jan tells me to
Extra credit: Amazingly, even more than being healthier, I am relating to others more than before I started the Spark journey.

OK, Jan, you made me think! Thanks!

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PRIMALMICHAEL 9/18/2012 1:51PM

    What matters more to you?
E. Personal evolution

What do you think is the most important tool in your weight loss?
E. Pain
I was tired of being sick. I was tired of hurting emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Pain can be a call to awakening.

How do you think you are going to meet your goals?
E. I am meeting my goals by going completely outside of the box. I'm letting go of old ideas, old methods, old beliefs, etc.

What is the reason why you bothered to do this silly quiz today?
5. Before I began to heal spiritually and mentally I would have answered that I am doing this to engage in interaction with my fellow sparkers that we might encourage one another. Now, I know that I am doing it because my egoic self is proud of what I have accomplished and wants to use every opportunity to celebrate it's success.

Extra credit: what can you do now that you couldn't imagine doing before you started? I can breathe - both literally and figuratively! I can wear the pants that my thin son outgrows. I can look better in a suit. I've stopped taking medicines. I can be honest with myself. I can wake up in the morning full of life. I can think clearly. I can rediscover myself.

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AAAACK 9/18/2012 1:43PM

    What matters more to you?
D. How you feel

What do you think is the most important tool in your weight loss?
E. balance

How do you think you are going to meet your goals?
D. All of the above

What is the reason why you bothered to do this silly quiz today?
3. Because Jan is awesome and I always do what she tells me
(and admittedly...
4. ... avoiding something you are supposed to be doing)

Extra credit: what can you do now that you couldn't imagine doing before you started? If you are new, what can you imagine doing once you lose some weight that you can't do now?

I imagine feeling energetic! I have this weird magazine-type action pose image in my head. I'm in a field running and frolicking with my happy energetic family. Like a laundry advert.

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BIGMAMAT 9/18/2012 12:55PM

    What matters more to you? How I feel. When I'm heavier, my knees hurt and it's hard to tie my shoes.

What do you think is the most important tool in your weight loss? Tracking And spark support. (love you)

How do you think you are going to meet your goals? I do better when I exercise everyday. It's a Psycological thing I guess. Today is day 2. (I am giving myself 2 get out of jail free cards... Well not really but get out of exercise without guilt cards)
102 days before our trip.
(thousands of pictures will be taken so I would like to drop a few pounds to feel more comfortable in my skin.)

What is the reason why you bothered to do this silly quiz today? Duh.. Because Jan is awesome and I do what she tells me. lol.

No need for extra credit.(I'm just awesome like that.) emoticon


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STRIVER57 9/18/2012 12:33PM

    1. how i feel i look
2. tracking is most important, but all of them really
3. all of the above
4. because Jan is awesome and i'm procrastinating. how many lions do i need to kill in a single day. unfortunately, more than the one dead one.
5. i run. i guess i'm an athlete, sort of. i do ST (at home). i'm going to run a half marathon. and the most incredible parts are: 1) i kept exercising when i couldn't run instead of using it as an excuse to take time off, and 2) i minded not running.

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CELLISTA1 9/18/2012 11:41AM

    What matters? How I look and feel. I'm so tired of looking pudgy. I hate feeling wimpy and it's fun feeling strong.

Most important tool? Tracking helped me know how much is too much. Spark support keeps me coming back.

How will I meet goals? All of the above! Small changes add up!

Why do this quiz? Because Jan is awesome, inspiring, and cares so much!

What can I do now that I couldn't before? Well, last week I was out and about almost every night, and a)did not hang around the food tables and b)ate and actually felt full, i.e. knew when to stop! Among many other things :).

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/18/2012 11:16AM

    What matters more to you?
E. How I look AND feel!

What do you think is the most important tool in your weight loss?
E. All of the above

How do you think you are going to meet your goals?
D. All of the above

What is the reason why you bothered to do this silly quiz today?
3. Because Jan is awesome and I always do what she tells me

Extra credit: what can you do now that you couldn't imagine doing before you started? Running! I NEVER in my wildest imagination thought I'd be signing up for 5k's and looking forward to a Dirty Girl run.

Question for YOU - WHY would you put all answer in an A,B,C,D format except for the last question? Numbers, REALLY Jan! LOLOLOL!!!!!

Comment edited on: 9/18/2012 11:16:51 AM

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JOMAMA99 9/18/2012 10:39AM

    1. C-if my clothes don't fit well I am not happy
2. B- tracking is so important but also want to add an E - consistancy is just as important.
3. D
4. I think Jan is totally awesome!!
Extra credit:
I can do 60 minutes on the elliptical now!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 9/18/2012 10:17AM

    1. D because I am in a lot of pain right now and being free of that when I working out consistently was one of the biggest rewards for me.
2. BCD-tracking is number one but the support I get is a huge part as well
4.Because I heart you so much
Extra Credit-I couldn't imagine that I would enjoy the process as much as I had and that giving up sugar would be really key for me in all this.

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REBECCAMA 9/18/2012 9:47AM

  Okay, I'll bite.

1. E- Not having a weight-related illness such as diabetes. Keeping my asthma in check, being able to walk up and down stairs...

2. B- Tracking!

3- A- Going to meet those goals one day at a time.


EXTRA CREDIT- I can encourage others and lead by example. Still here after 2 years, haven't met my goal weight yet but I've lost 30 pounds and kept those 30 pounds off.

ok, now I better get back to that report I'm working on for the boss. :-)

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WALLINMW 9/18/2012 9:42AM


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roll call! NOW!

Monday, September 17, 2012

OK, waaaaayyyyy too many of my sparkles are quiet. I have come to learn in the last few years, that is NEVER a good thing.

So, if you are reading this, I want you to tell me you are here and what is going on. If I can be helpful, please let me know. Do you need a virtual hug? How about a butt kick?

If you are busy, that's fine but you still gotta answer mama's roll call!

If you dont want to tell me, tell someone!

If you are missing one of your sparkles, reach out and check in on them. Someone needs you today.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 9/19/2012 11:43AM

    I was just thinking how I'm really, really bored with Spark these days. Seems like my chatty sparkers have all grown very, very quiet.

I'm here and could use 2 e-hugs and a swift kick to the backside.


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DEE0973 9/18/2012 2:13PM

    Thanks for checking in, I'm still here.....

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BIGMAMAT 9/18/2012 12:43PM

    Ok, HERE! emoticon

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JEREMY723 9/18/2012 8:29AM

    Here and reading all the time, just not posting much. Have a great day!

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JOJOBURG 9/17/2012 7:18PM

    Here sparking along. I'm just not spending much time on the site emoticon . I need to make some time and get rid of some of the things I have been wasting time with!! emoticon

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CELLISTA1 9/17/2012 6:08PM

    Present & accounted for.

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STRIVER57 9/17/2012 3:33PM

    present, running, and working. could be eating a bit better. running is my joy for the moment ... beautiful weather, beautiful sky, beautiful route, music i love. what is the morning protein?
this old lady's running (ok run/walking, but i'm going to stop feeling defensive about that ... need to protect these bones and joints) a half marathon in 3 weeks. the very idea is a joy.

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KKINNEA 9/17/2012 3:25PM

    Out here, doing my thing while working my tail off at the day job!

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WATCHMEGO2 9/17/2012 2:00PM

    I am here! I need a butt kick and a hug.

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REBECCAMA 9/17/2012 1:04PM

  Here and doing fine! Not losing much weight but trying to not gain any still too. :-) Nice to hear from you my friend!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/17/2012 12:54PM

    emoticon Present.

It has been a while since we've talked, but I'm still here, daily kicking is always welcome and appreciated, lol. Thanks for reaching out, I'll see ya around SPARKS.

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CANNIE50 9/17/2012 12:32PM

    Reporting for Sparkly duty, Captain Mama-girl emoticon Have already exercised a bunch today - did an early morning run/hike/fast walk with my s.i.l.-took an hour and a half. Took Buster for a 20 minute romp in the woods after that. Fixed a great breakfast for my s.i.l. and I - scrambled eggs, toast, kiwi (Payton had leftover tacos!). So,I am off to a good start on this beautiful Monday.
I will be honest. I have gained weight and my only choice is to FIGHT my way back. No one can do it for me. emoticon

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HEALTHYASHLEY 9/17/2012 12:30PM

    I got unsubscribed again! Grrrr. I am here.

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TADTURC 9/17/2012 12:22PM

    Here, just spending time being more active and using my Fitbit .


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JOMAMA99 9/17/2012 12:18PM

    Perfect timing, I logged on today for the first time in who knows when and I see your blog! It is time for me to get back with the program. I am back!!

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DONNACFIT 9/17/2012 12:18PM

    Hi..loved your blog...I've been going through a bad time and actually need the hug and the butt kick!! Thanks for both haha :)

Just joined spark coach and am ready to ROCK this fall!!

Keep on sparkin..spark friend :)

Love Donna

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DAISY443 9/17/2012 11:59AM


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SLFRISBEY 9/17/2012 11:55AM

    I am here but lurking since things aren't really going my way lately. Stupid scale was up again... I am sad and feeling somesick and lonely and just want to cry. Oh crap, I can't cry at work. I will pretend it's my allergies... yes allergies. Anyhow, maybe a good cry is all I need. Must wait to get home though and I can cry it out and cuddle my dogs. Good plan.

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SOON2BSMALL1313 9/17/2012 11:37AM

    I am HERE!!!!!! Working on doing better and getting my butt in gear :)

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KIMMARIE11 9/17/2012 11:29AM

    Are your sparkles all of the sparkles on SparkPeople? If so, count me in ... can always use a butt kicking too. If not, count me in anyway. It is nice to see someone actively following others to help out.

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DISP715 9/17/2012 11:26AM

    HERE!! A little butt kicking never hurt! Thanks and HUGS!!

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PURRLGIRL 9/17/2012 11:24AM

    Here! And definitely in need of the kick in the butt! Consider me KICKED! And THANK YOU!!!!!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/17/2012 11:22AM

    Present! emoticon

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My Joy

Sunday, September 16, 2012

is my dog. So today, Hubby and I took her to the beach for her first time. She loved it and was very good. (she didnt like the salt water but hey, we all make mistakes!).She spent a lot of time watching for "Cheeps" which are really squirrels. Hope you had a great day with some JOY in it!! Get you some! It is refreshing!

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DAISY443 9/17/2012 12:07PM

    Daisy dog loves to swim, but has never been to the ocean! She hates the hose, though! Silly, funny, lovable creatures!

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JLPEASE 9/16/2012 10:58PM

    What a sweetheart! My dog Beanie is my joy too!

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