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R.I.P. Bubba

Monday, December 07, 2009

Bubba passed away this past Thursday, at home w/all the familly around him. We took him up to our cabin in El Dorado County and buried him in our tiny apple grove on Friday.

We're still a bit in mourning, and are trying to prepare ourselves for the death of our other dog Bella. She lost her buddy, and doesn't seem to be too happy about the three kittens that have joined the family.

I'm sorry to say that I've just not been in mood to track food or exercise or do much of any sparking this past week. I did however, manage to make it out to the Native Plant Demo-garden this morning (8am and worked there until about 1pm) -DANG was it cold!! At 10am 2 additional volunteers came out, and we continued w/dead heading & pruning native shrubs (Carpentaria Californica, salvia clevelandii, artemesia) and cutting back deer grass (Muhlenbergia rigens). But 5 hours of gardening did me good.

Thanks for all your thoughtful & kind words this past week. I really apreciated them

  
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GETDONE 12/7/2009 3:33PM

    I am so sorry that you lost your sweet Bubba. I hear the love in your words. What a great resting place your family chose for him.
I had a beautiful loving Chinese Pug, he was my sweet friend. He passed away 30 years ago and I have not been able to let another pet take his place.
Yes, I bet that you are tired from all that work this morning. I thank you for all the work for our people. emoticon

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SHININGSOUL 12/7/2009 2:04PM

    Here's to getting back on track, sending positive energy your way! emoticon emoticon

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MISS_VIV 12/7/2009 8:14AM

    My heart goes out to you Mims. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. How thoughtful to take Bubba to the cabin that is where he would really love to rest. If I can be of any assistance don't hesitate to call. Dang, it's cold..

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MRSMELVIN1 12/7/2009 7:28AM

    So understand how you are feeling. We lost our cat a few months ago. He was part of my life for 10 years and my husband had his boy for 20 years.

My prayers are with your family for your loss.

Nancy

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MSXENOVIA 12/7/2009 6:01AM

    I understand your pain & lack of interest in the mundane for now. Just a couple of weeks ago our 14 1/2 year old Chi/Poo mix died. Except for being totally blind, she was apparently quite content & cheerful, so for that we are grateful. We'll miss our MsPogie just as you'll miss your Bubba.
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MRE1956 12/7/2009 5:09AM

    I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved Bubba (I can't help but say that just thinking of the name brings a smile to me - I just find the name amusing - and no, I'm not from the South). My best to you as you go through this journey of grief. (Anyone who has the nerve to tell you that it's not the same as the loss of a person in your life has absolutely no clue.....)



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LOBO77 12/7/2009 2:26AM

    Wow I understand when the pet is part of the family. Condolences sister.
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JAYSRUNNER 12/7/2009 2:12AM

    I'm so sorry to hear this. I know how you feel, it's so hard losing a pet. My dog "Little Bit" passed away over 13 years ago and I just cannot replace her. I hope and pray that you and your family are able to get through this most difficult time during of grief. emoticon

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Prayers for Bubba, our loveable labrador

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Well the boys & i managed to prepare a nice turky dinner w/fixins (mom our domestic goddess @ kitchen queen abandoned us to spend 4 weeks over the holiday w/her brothers/sisters families in Blythville, Arkansas). Since I was the head dinner chef I decided to get the men involved. My nephew was given the turkey, gravy & vegetable assignment, pop was on dish detail & hubby was on table set up & drink assignments (I love my bailey's & coffee on cold days). Shane was stressed, but he did great. We also enjoyed the sweet potato maple syrup cranberry dish that SMASHY1 shared at the November team potluck (thanks SMASHY1).

Unfortunately, our turkeyday turned blue as the health of our loveable lab Bubba, took a big down turn. We think he had a stroke/TIA, because he has lost motor functions, his sight & possibly his hearing. He's not responding to his name & is very listless w/little or no appetite -even when offered turkey bits; & not been able to get off the ground w/out assistance. Anyway today we are taking him to vet &dealing w/possibility of puttin him down. :-(

So right now the house is in very tearful sad mental state & sending up prayers for Bubba our loveable, sweet labrador.

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SHASTA11 12/3/2009 10:29PM

    I hope Bubba is better, wherever he is. My prayers to you and your family.

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FRANCLYN 12/2/2009 1:22PM

    More prayers gladly offered for Bubba and those who love him dearly.

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IDAATJE 12/2/2009 8:51AM

    I'm so sorry to hear that! You, your family and Bubba are in my thoughts.
Big hug for all of you!

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LJCANNON 12/1/2009 7:05PM

    emoticonI will be praying for your family, Bubba, and the vet. If anything can be done I pray that Bubba will heal quickly and get back home to you.

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MONAMOM 12/1/2009 6:22PM

    I'm so sorry! I know how much we have loved our pets and this is such a hard and sad time. Sending hugs and remember you want him to have a good quality of life.

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MILLISMA 12/1/2009 4:45PM

    Our pets become a member of our family. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. I've had many pets through the years and it is never easy when they become ill. I always you to tell the kids to remember all the wonderful times we all had together but it still hurts.

Hugs to all of you and a special hug to Bubba.

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MISS_VIV 12/1/2009 2:55PM

    Prayers and good thoughts for your Bubba and your family.
It is always sad to learn that your beloved pet is near the end. I have been there many times and it never is easy.
Do what you can or have to do to make it as peaceful occurance as it can be.
Spend the time with Bubba and your family and I pray for speedy recovery for your family.

HUGS
Vivian
R>I am glad you enjoyed making the yams/maple syrup dish.
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Cabin update: I'm not a lumberjack & that's ok!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Well folks, my hubby, my nephew & I got our butts kicked by the forest last week.

We did about 10 hours of lumber-jacking (felling small incense cedars and ponderosa pines), brush clearing w/our big-ol DR-brush mower, and raking up pine needles & dead grass/cuttings into 2 big piles. Once the burn piles were set up we finally torched them and fed them small trees, limbs, needles until about 9PM.

We roasted hotdogs, sipped on jagermeister, Sierra Nevadas and tried to identify as many constellations as we could up in the sky. It was dang cold up there, but the night sky and our views of the milky way and falling stars was gorgeous.


The bonfire inspired us to go primitive and to remember "Lothar of the Hill People" and his wise ways of walking. We of course had to come up w/a few stories of our own that SNL might want to use in the future, LOL! It was a good hard bit of 10 hours work, the the evening was delightful, and after showers we all slept soundly.

THEN I woke up and thought I was going to die from shoulder, elbow, arm, hand, and back back pain! Good grief!!! I was so achy-breaky I filled up the tub w/hot water and soaked for about an hour, and deeply regretted not installing a hot tub up here for real soaking. I am in fact, still stiff & sore as I sit here typing. Calculating the calories burned for this activity was problematic; but decided to estimate by selecting the home activity of "raking lawn" for about 30 minutes every hour over the 10 hour period and the calorie total came to 2,580 calories. HMMMMM, not bad eh??? I may not be a lumberjack, but that's ok!

Well, gotta go!

Ciao,

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MISS_VIV 11/21/2009 1:08PM

    TOO COOL... YOU ROCK
keep movin'... it won't hurt so much.

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MR.NET1 11/21/2009 10:32AM

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AJDOVER1 11/21/2009 10:04AM

    What a fun blog! Thanks for posting this.
Hugs,
Aurlie

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FLAWLESSCUBE 11/20/2009 9:53PM

    Yep, Iknow how that is, helped my brother move this summer, from a 2 story apartment to a split level . Felt like I had been chained to a stair master for about 5 or 6 hours, couldn't walk for few days. But wow what a feeling. Ibuprofen is a good friend :)

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USFBULL 11/20/2009 2:24PM

    Way to go, sounds like a good start and some great outdoors time. Those muscles can get a bit sore when they are called on to perform like they haven't for quite some time. Your muscles will need some repair time before you require them to perform again. Have fun emoticon

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I love meeting up w/Spark Peeps!

Friday, November 20, 2009



My hubby, Chris, is off today and giving me the day off (he is cleaning house today) so I can do some "Sparking" and other personal projects (scanning family photos for my cousin & organizing my geneology data).

As I "huddled" w/my teams this morning, I kept thinking about what a wonderful evening I had this wednesday at the impromptu "Potluck & Crafts Sharing" night at the Arden Library, in Sacramento. I really enjoy connecting w/Spark folks over the internet & on the SparkPeople site, but for me there is nothing like meeting people face to face, talking, sharing stories and enjoying their laughter. I know I can't bottle people's energy, but when I connect w/folks I get to take home a bit of their energy or spirit, and it really does enrich my life. I love meeting up w/SparkPeeps!

SMASHY1 & I were totally honored to meet TUBBYHUBBY340 and SWEETERINA71 in person this past Wednesday, and it was the best! They are an awesome couple and great Spark bloggers (so do check out their SparkPages). I'm so sorry that more Sacramento area Sparkers weren't able to make it out this Wednesday evening; on the other hand I'm kind of glad that I didn't have to "share" them w/a lot of folks (I'm kind of selfish that way).

The wednesday night connection inspired me to get more serious about my battle w/my recent diabetes diagnosis & my over indulgence and love of all things buttery and creamy; to really TRY other low fat high fiber food options that are available. The Yoplait Crème Caramel Delights (only 100 calories per serving!) was sinfully delicious and on now on my grocery list for the week!

-Mim


FYI: In the above photo (L to R): SMASHY1, MIMULUSBUG, SWEETERINA71, TUBBYHUBBY340; in the bottom right hand corner is the 'thumb' shadow of the helpful library security guard that took the photo for us; LOL!!



  
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GETDONE 11/21/2009 12:09AM

    Ya all look great!!!!!!!! emoticon

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SACTOKAREN 11/20/2009 1:41PM

    I'm really sorry I missed the Meet and Greet. If it had been a vacation week for me, I might have had a better chance of making it. Evenings are bad for me during the work week since I have mom stuff (as in stuff for my mom and things I have to do because I'm a mom) to do.

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MISS_VIV 11/20/2009 1:11PM

    I totally agree with you Mims... Sometimes smaller is better.. (Pun intended)
That is why we are here, to take control of our health and wellbeing.. including losing a few pounds while we are at it. A fun time was had by all and I personally look forward to another meet up in the not too distant future.
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So let's KICK some butt and really work on on goals.

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Off to the cabin - to exercise!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Well, I'm up early today & posted invite to November 18th, Potluck/Crafts sharing session for Sacramento Sparkles team on the SacSparkles team page, & Sacramento Team page & regional event page. (I'm hoping that I didn't make too many typos....)

Now I'm off to the cabin. Hubby, nephew & I need to get brush clearing & tree trimming done these next few weekends to meet California Wildfire Safety standards, that our home insurance folks told us we should get done. So, I'll be exercising my bootie off this weekend and I'm sure I'll be getting my required H20 consumed (& probably a few beers too).

Hope all of you have a great weekend.

-Mim

---Enjoy the cartoon below from Cathy Throne. ---
I've been in this spot for last 3 weeks now...

  
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AJDOVER1 11/13/2009 6:46PM

    Have a great time! I'll be thinking of you down here in So Cal.

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AFIFE0878 11/13/2009 12:27PM

    Have a good time, talk to u when u get back.

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KO1215 11/13/2009 10:58AM

    Cute cartoon!!

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IDAATJE 11/13/2009 9:57AM

    Have fun this weekend!

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MISS_VIV 11/13/2009 9:48AM

    You don't have to 'SPLAIN IT TO ME.
You are doing great job.
I'll see you on Wednesday 18th.
Looking forward to meeting more SPARKERS

Hugs
Have fun
Vivian

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