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Put Down The Duckie If You Wanna Play The Saxophone.

Monday, December 06, 2010

I watched a lot of Sesame Street when my son was little and this was one of my favorite songs from the show/movies. Sometimes it runs though my head, like today. It's a fun song. What Sesame Street character do you think you are most like? I'm probably most like Grover or Ernie. Especially SuperGrover or Grover the rude waiter at Charlie's Restaurant. Or Grover the taxi driver. "Yes it is I, your furry blue taxi driver. What can I do for you, sir?" Heeheehee.

It was freezing here and did not get above freezing today and won't tomorrow. And it was windy too. Like so many of our frigid days the sun was out, for all the good it did. It was a crummy sun. The pond is frozen and I can't find the pipe I break the ice with. I had trouble forcing myself to get all my outdoor chores done today. It's too cold!! I was behind on my steps too. Without hubby to walk with I had no desire to brave this frigid cold. I am trying to catch up with them.

My son got called to work today at the little country school a mile from our house. I made his breakfast and lunch before he left. I drove by the school on my way to pick up the mail at the rural post office and saw his little green Ford Ranger truck sitting in the school parking lot. I pictured him inside, surrounded by shiny little faces.................. being burned at the stake by a bunch of unruly 4th graders. LOL.

Do you ever go to the bathroom in the morning and look at yourself in the mirror and say,............. "Who is that?" LOL. Today I looked and didn't know who it was (just like always) PLUS I discovered that whoever it was had an ENORMOUS eyebrow hair. Where do these things come from? I mean you go to bed, you wake up the next morning, and some insane superhair decided to grow 6 inches overnight. From what? Eating too much spinach? I always worry that I will somehow miss one and go out and people I'm talking to will be staring at my antenna or my one hair fu-manchu while thinking, "Good grief, she's a superfreak!" If you have ever had one of these hairs you know they are not like normal hairs which split and break it you look at them. You almost need minor surgery with IV sedation and a pair of vice grips to get these hairs out. Your entire face stretches across the room before the offending hair finally pops out. It makes you almost afraid to sleep at night.

Porkie, my sweet little baby chinchilla, is very lovey-dovey today. He wants to be with "Mommy" and he loves me. He looks at me and flirts with me and nuzzles me and coos to me and decides that I need groomed, which should be obvious after the 6 inch long eye brow hair. Chinchillas use grooming as a sort of "Hello, I know you, we are buddies and pals and relatives." They groom you with their teeth and it is about as pleasant as being scraped with a razor blade. It hurts Porkie's feelings if he isn't allowed to do it so you have to succumb. So I had my face dermabraded today by my 1 pound less-than-antiseptic dermatologist. They do manicures and pedicures as well. LOL.

I had 52 emails left yesterday and got rid of 121.

In all seriousness, It was quite a thrill to be chosen as SP Community Leader of the month!! WOW!!


Calories - 1476
Net Carbs - 114
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Proteins - 101
Steps - 15281
Miles - 6.27

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    Congratualtions on SP Community Leader of the month!!

When I was in Wyoming and Denver, it was 40-60 everyday. Denver was VERY warm, 50-60. Really nice! The day I left, weather and snow started coming in. So while you were freezing you petunias off, I was warm, nanny nanny na na. However now I am freezing my assets off; once I got home it's been ~20 or colder every night. Luckily we have little snow.

Facial hair - I've been waxing awhile now, plus I use a battery powered bikini razor to get rid of unsightly nostril hair. I do have some very long eyebrow hairs but I tweeze those. Guess it's one of those things we have to put up with.

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MZZCHIEF 12/9/2010 11:23AM


You're a riot!
Absolutely loved this blog, it's humor that will keep me smiling for some time yet.

O yeah and CONGRATZ on being motivator of the month!
What a shocker... NOT!
Carry on...
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SUZYMOBILE 12/9/2010 6:40AM

    You gotta put down the duckie, put down the duckie, put down the duckie if you wanna play the saxophone! (Now it's running through MY head, thanks!)

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CONFUSEDBIRD 12/8/2010 10:41PM

    Wow congrats on being the leader of the month how cool!!!

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MARIADALE 12/8/2010 1:45PM

    and a great leader you are

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SHERRYTOO 12/8/2010 9:41AM

    And you certainly deserved the honor!

Never had one of the mutant eyebrow hairs but sure sounds attractive. Maybe I better get my 10x magnifying mirror and double check!

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DEE797 12/8/2010 7:10AM

    emoticon emoticon about the long hair and Porkie grooming you. You brought back memories with the Sesame Street references. Hope you have a great day.

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SUZYMOBILE 12/7/2010 9:47PM

    Major congrats on your award!!

You had me laughing out loud about that eyebrow hair, but what do you expect with that Scottish blood? Eyebrows R Us! I swear you must have been teleported to the other side of MY mirror, because I've sprouted a big white one in my left eyebrow literally overnight! I think I'll leave it there, slicking it down only occasionally and allowing it to spring forth unannounced to startle people.

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COMPUCATHY 12/7/2010 7:20PM

    The cold brings out your "crazy" side, eh? emoticon What a crack up! Congrats Ms. SP Community Leader of the Month! You definitely deserve it! You're an encourager, my friend! Thank you for keeping us going and laughing. Hope you have a great week...and that your son survived the "burning." Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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ALASKASKY 12/7/2010 6:26PM

    emoticon You desreve it.

I am more like the Sesame Street character Forgetful Jones. emoticon

My latest issue of "Who is that?" is a gray hair that is growing out of my eyelash. What?!


I have tried to pluck it but it's stubborn. I've never seen anyone with gray eyelashes.

How do you dye those?

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LUVSBULLDOGS 12/7/2010 4:43PM

    Be glad the pets love you. My dd's bulldog took me for a walk when he saw the neighbors' cat under the car. I don't know where the cat went, but we didn't find him. Romeo is pretty quick, but the cat didn't want to die.

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SHIRLEYX 12/7/2010 3:20PM

    Congrats on being chosen SP community leader of the month. emoticon

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JELLI-LEAN 12/7/2010 1:07PM

    WOW...Spark leader of the month! W00 H00! Congrats!!

I know about those long wild hairs, The older I get the more I get on my chin....and only notice them when I am in the car going somewhere. Gonna start keep those tweezers in the car!

{{{Hugs}}} ~ Janel :)

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JUSTJO66 12/7/2010 12:31PM

    emoticon You are just too funny. Of course, I wonder who that person IS every morning. I also do the same thing when I see a picture of myself. Who is this person and where did that other one go?? It always amazes me that "I look like THAT??!!!"

And I try to NEVER look at myself in the car mirror in broad daylight....all those long facial hairs really show up and I never have tweezers with me. :o)

Great it.


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VALERIENEAL 12/7/2010 12:09PM

    I grew up watching Sesame Street, in fact I am only 4 years older than SS, watched with my kids, and now when my grandson visits, he is just amazed that Grandma knows the words to the songs, AND sings them. I'm a bit like Ernie and a bit like Oscar, however as I age I see Big Bird's memory replacing mine (poor Mr. Sooper, Cooper, I mean Hooper) and my favorite song is "Let's Go Riding in an Automobile".

Enjoyed looking at your yard and garden, we garden too.

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GRAPEVINE60 12/7/2010 11:09AM

    Congratulations on Community Leader of the Month, and so deserved! As always, like reading your blog.

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WISEWIFE 12/7/2010 10:13AM

    You are so witty, I love your blogs!
Sebastian has decided that if I'm sitting down today I need him in my lap so not sure how much I will get accomplished today. I really need to get my Christmas cards done, might have to do them standing !LOL
Have a great day and keep as warm as you can!

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WINNIEATWELL2 12/7/2010 10:03AM

    You are so funny...LOL... emoticon on receiving the SP Community Leader of the Month Award.

Bundle up..stay warm..Awfully cold here too...

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SUNNY332 12/7/2010 9:32AM

    I am a Grover for sure....

Great post and thanks for the walk down memory lane.

How sweet to have such a wonderful thought about your Teacher Son and for sharing it with us.

Have a good day.


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BETHGILLIGAN 12/7/2010 8:46AM

    OMG!! I haven't thought of that song in years and it is one of my all time favorites from that show, too!!!! I totally hear you on the eyebrow hair but more often I'm dealing with a chin hair that appears out of nowhere! What the heck?? Why one? why there? Why now?? Crazy! And, don't even get me started on my middle age (well, now senior!) moustache!!! It's a full time job to keep it whacked back so I'm not mistaken for some little old man!!

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JANC319 12/7/2010 8:15AM

  I've actually never seen Sesame Street. It didn't exist when I was a kid and then I never had children, never lived near family to baby sit nieces or nephews.

It has turned cold here, too. I want to stay in bed 24/7!

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GOANNA2 12/7/2010 8:11AM

    I cannot think of anyone more deserving. emoticon.
You are such an awesome friend and I'm very happy for you.

Thanks for visiting my page and Has DH fixed your washer?
Take care and enjoy your award.
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ASTORRES1 12/7/2010 5:10AM

    You deserve the great honor of CT Member of the are an AWESOME friend....great sense of support.......with a wild long eyebrow hair or


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KIRSTEN 12/7/2010 2:50AM

    LOL you are so funny! Congrats on getting community leader of the month! Woo Hoo! emoticon

I thought my father in law and I were the only one who grew those eyebrow antennae! I also grow them on my lip and throat. My DH makes fun of me (calls me "mother-plucker") because I spend lots of time every morning when I'm on the toilet (the light is really good there) going over my face with a super-high magnification mirror and tweezers to yank all of the offending hairs before anyone sees them. The ones on my neck sometimes get missed until they are like an inch long!! My question is this: why do my eyelashes seem to be disappearing but my eyebrows keep get longer?

I used to have the most beautiful sterling silver ring, it was a cat wrapped around your finger with tiny inlaid turquoise eyes. My chinchilla chewed the eyes out one day during one of his "grooming" sessions, then it just looked creepy with empty sockets.

And as for Sesame street, I am probably equal parts cookie monster and Oscar the grouch. I was singing "rubber ducky" just last week to my nephew when I gave him a bath because he has one he bathes with. I was surprised that I still remembered all of the words... from when Sesame Street first came out in the 70's.

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NWGARDENGIRL 12/6/2010 11:15PM

    Can I come over? I'll do lots of walking if you'll keep me laughing!
I don't do cages though. Little critters are scary to me. Love German Sheppards, Chocolate Labs, Cows. I use to bottle feed baby calves and lambs. Did I tell you that I took care of a bear cub for a couple of days once? And my kids and I raised a racoon from this little tiny thing up to a huge blob that would climb right up your body and sit on your head. I would wash and peel the carrots - really scrub them. Put them in a bowl of water. But they were not clean enough for him. He would wash them all over again before eating them.
He was so sweet. Then he just took off down the creek one day and never came back. Just like all the other guys.....

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DEVORA4 12/6/2010 10:35PM

  If I didn't know you, I'd want to read your blog. What a groovy name you decided on!! I love{d} Sesame Street. I was and in my heart of hearts still Cookie Monster BUT without the cookies now. Should I pick a happy or sad face? emoticon emoticon

Lady, you make me laugh! You have 15,000 plus steps and you were behind on your steps. emoticon

Best of all, emoticonon your award. You deserve it as I know you are amazing. Chow. Your emoticondebby

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STEPPYSUE 12/6/2010 10:28PM

    Oh wow, I'm so proud! My leader was leader of the month! Yipppeee emoticon emoticon
Every now and then, I find one of those super hairs growing out of my chin which is a lot worse. At least you had some free facial work to make up for the cold.

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EMILYD1952 12/6/2010 10:24PM

    I loved your blog!

Concrats on the Community Leader award !!

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SUSIEPH1 12/6/2010 10:22PM

    Congratulations !! emoticonon Community leader of the month...
ooh I want a Chinchilla!.. I need to be groomed!!
how utterly delightful ... what a sweetie .. bet Bobby wouldn't like it though, he is mummys baby ....
I will swap 20 degrees of heat for 20 degrees of cold!.
Had enough heat already.
Keep warm and dry hugs Susie
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Progress............ Kinda

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Another miserably cold day - 28 degrees and spitting snow but hubby and I went for 2 long walks anyway. We are insane!! LOL. Hubby told me that if you mouth breath your nose won't run. LOL. We saw Hondo running around. He is so cute.

Hubby worked on my washer today. Hasn't found what is wrong yet.

As everyone is aware I live in a very rural area. We are always hoping that someone will take pity on our poor, ignorant, redneck butts and put something nice here like a Target or Red Lobster or Sam's or practically anything. We can't afford to be picky. Just give us something new. It seldom ever happens though and when we do get something it's usually something I care nothing about.

The closest village to me is Texico and as I explained it's a hole in the wall. There is nuthin in Texico. The next closest village is Dix and it is 5.5 miles away. Dix is a thriving metropolis of 495 people. LOL. You know the kind of town - it has a tiny grade school, a tiny storage locker building, a tiny grain elevator, a tiny church, a tiny bank, a tiny park, a tiny lumber yard, a tiny grocery, a tiny convenience store, a tiny post office, a tiny motel, a tiny restaurant, a tiny funeral home, a tiny community center and a few odd business like a concrete yard ornament business, a snack distributor, an antique store, and a swimming pool manufacturer. I don't know a single sole in the entire area who owns an in-ground swimming pool.

Dix put in a senior citizen complex many years ago and promised the seniors who were willing to move 12 miles from the nearest mall and grocery that they would put in a little mini mall but it never happened. In fact, new businesses seldom come to Dix. Recently though Dix got a brand new business............................... a Caterpillar store. Just what we need - more slow moving vehicles on the roads. Tractors driving 15 miles for a tune up.

Much to our surprise Dix got another new business recently.............................. a "topless club". LOL. They are advertising for girls over 18 years old. The average age of people in this community is 49.7 years. Although a few of our adventurous grannies might be willing to go topless I dare say most men around here would pay them not to. I'm not sure where the topless staff and seedy clientele will come from.They advertise that they want to be the entertainment for bachelor parties. Maybe it's just me but I would never marry a man who would be interested in this kind of entertainment. It would be a deal breaker. The sheriff says they usually these places are scams and they come in waiting for the tiny village board and citizens to break some law attempting to get rid of them so they can sue them. The sheriff says nothing much can be done about it. What the new ho club has accomplished is it has gotten a lot of blue-haired polyester pant-suited old ladies off of their porch rockers and they are picketing outside of the new t/a bar. LOL.

Yesterday I got rid of 112 emails and had 41 left.


Calories - 1199
Net Carbs - 112
Fats - 39
Proteins - 75
Steps - 15032
Miles - 6.16

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KIRSTEN 12/7/2010 2:54AM

    Hmmm, I need a job. emoticon

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HEALTHYARTIST1 12/7/2010 1:52AM

    By the way, I do not know how you eat so few calories and still get all of those steps in, I would be starving!

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HEALTHYARTIST1 12/7/2010 1:51AM

    I still can't figure out where the girls are coming from?

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SPARKNMOM 12/6/2010 6:59PM

    OMG!!! Another woman who has the same opinion of topless bars as I do!! If a man is interested in that, then he needs to just tend to that and leave me alone ;) Anyway....

It's definitely winter here and I'm already grumpy about it. I need a countdown to spring LOL!! I'm working on narrowing down my behind, but not as far as you!! 36 more to go for me! Have a great week!!

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GRAPEVINE60 12/6/2010 2:02PM

    What about a NAPA Automotive parts store. It seems in most small towns they always have a NAPA store. lol

On the topless bar, I wonder if some network would pick this up as a reality show. Seems they have one for everything these days.

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SHERRYTOO 12/6/2010 12:18PM

    I can picture you now S-L-O-W-L-Y unzipping your Carhartts at the new business. Every dollar buy's another cup of chinchilla food...

It's noon and 11 degrees here. I've got to find a job in warmer climates.

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WISEWIFE 12/6/2010 12:13PM

    I can only imagine! And like you, that would be a deal breaker. I never could understand why they call them "Gentleman's clubs" a true gentleman wouldn't enter one of those places!

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WISEWIFE 12/6/2010 11:46AM

    And they call Vegas sin city! We will have to nominate Dix as the new Sin city. I do hope you are not thinking of applying for a job! Sebastian would not approve.

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/6/2010 8:34AM

    Your stats look good!

I would NOT date a guy who went to one of those places either!

I still think it would be nice living where you live

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SUNNY332 12/6/2010 8:21AM

    Now a topless bar sounds totally crazy. What were they thinking? My, Oh My.

It is a very chilli morning here - 21 degrees with a high of around 29, it is going to be an inside kind of day for me.

Take care and have a Marvelous Monday.


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MRS.CARLY 12/6/2010 8:01AM

    As I was reading your blog I figured it was leading up to a new business possibly opening...but I sure didn't expect it to be a topless bar! INSANE!

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ASTORRES1 12/6/2010 5:21AM

    WOW....of all the businesses that could be helpful....that isn't one that comes to mind........GRAY GRANNIES ROCK!!!


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GOANNA2 12/6/2010 1:54AM

    Can you imagine the grey brigade working in the joint?
Just unbelievable that of all the businesses that are
needed, and they come up with a topless club... SCAM
written all over it, or a cover for something else.

Glad you saw Hondo and bravo to you for walking in
the cold. emoticon emoticon

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HOWLERMOM 12/5/2010 11:41PM

    emoticon Oh say it isnt so - this is like something HBO would put together!! Stay warm!

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DEVORA4 12/5/2010 10:34PM

  You should consider a writing career. I saw everything in my imagination. I was reminded of a movie called, "Walking Tall". It is a true story staring The Rock about a newly elected sheriff who cleans up a club in an area as you just described. There was an older version with Joe Don Baker. Right now, I could use those thermal overalls you have, emoticon emoticondebby

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COMPUCATHY 12/5/2010 9:54PM

    OMG...we stopped in Dix (if it's the same one) when we were taking DD out to Wyoming. The dog needed to stop and it appeared to have "civilization." Your descriptions crack me up. We were walking around with Stella (DD's pug) and saying how we could move there and get a job at the co-op. There was a large grain elevator or something with it painted on the side. I think a "Dollar General" would be a good addition...if they don't have one. We live in a small town, but love our DG store. Here's hoping you get something awesome soon. It would be nice. We then drove a little farther and stopped at a rest area. The view there was really nice. They definitely could use some more places in that area. It could happen. Hope your Monday's a great one! (I'm really impressed that you went out walking in the are a die-hard!) Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon

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LUVSBULLDOGS 12/5/2010 9:43PM

    You'll have a lawyer's office open soon. See, new business;)

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SUZYMOBILE 12/5/2010 9:17PM

    OMG, that is so funny! A place so tiny that the only possible reason for it to have a strip club is as a scam to fleece the local authorities! Perhaps they'll have amateurs night, Morticia, and you can be a Meerkat Doll, LOL!

I plan to try that mouth breathing idea tomorrow morning. I'll let ya know how it goes.

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SWEETYKINS012 12/5/2010 9:17PM

    oh my goodness!!!!!

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CODEMAULER 12/5/2010 9:09PM

    I had to read this to my husband so he would know what I was giggling about. It's nice to know that Dix has provided a new fitness incentive for the "blue-haired polyester pant-suited old ladies." I'd sign them up for Spark, pronto!!


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SUSIEPH1 12/5/2010 9:04PM

    The mind boggles !! a topless club out in the back woods ???.
The old pioneers would turn in their graves !!
I like the sound of 48 degrees much better than our 89 degrees.
I hate the really hot weather roll on Autumn ..
I think you have the same values as I ...
I would not want to marry a man that oggle other woman ...
Thank you so much for your lovely newsy Blogs .. I am getting a mind picture on your life and country.

Hugs Susie

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DOTSLADY 12/5/2010 8:58PM

    emoticonha-sterical. And that's SO interesting re: the ho scam! Huh. People never cease to amaze or disappoint me.

GF Pumpkin muffins recipe (didn't want to post a separate comment so you had extra work - thoughtful me, huh?) ;0)

(I, too, walked in similar but non-flurry conditions. I still need some Carharts and I'm remembering why ...)

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/5/2010 8:56PM

    Your weather sounds crappy. Cold and windy here but no snow. So, a topless bar??? UGH! Well, it will get everyone stirred up and active for awhile. I agree--no interest in a man who spends money/time with this kind of entertainment.

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STEPPYSUE 12/5/2010 8:50PM

    See Morticia! It's a good thing, the seniors are getting some activity! emoticon

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Spring Where Art Thou?

Saturday, December 04, 2010

It started out sunny early this morning and then a front came through blowing in cold air. It became overcast and the temps fell all day until it started spitting snow. YUCK!!!!

I will trade Christmas and all the other winter holidays for Spring. LOL.

I slept in, then fixed breakfast while my son fixed lunch. He went to a friends. We were planning on eating fast food for supper but after watching a program on TV about fast food hubby and I were both practically sick and clenching our chests. LOL.

We went for a couple of long walks but it wasn't much fun. I had on my insulated coveralls and insulated gloves and a heavy coat and hat so I was warm but I felt like a stuffed sausage trying to walk. It waslike I had 15 pounds of clothes on!! I looked like one of those sumo wrestlers on TV. It's imperative at this point that I win the lottery so I can head to a warmer climate. LOL. I can't take this.

I got rid of 121 emails yesterday and had 24 left. They are creeping back up again. Eek!!


Calories - 1430
Net Carbs - 103
Fats - 56
Proteins - 89
Steps - 15010
Miles - 6.15

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CECE0330 12/15/2010 4:47PM

    Yup, this 19 degree high for today is for the birds! But maybe at least the extra layers made the walk even more effective! emoticon

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/15/2010 1:36PM

    My wife has been after me to move somewhere warmer as well.

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LUVSBULLDOGS 12/5/2010 3:21PM

    Sounds like our weather, minus the sun. We were gone for a week and have the same snow that was here when we left. ;)

Gotta have something to gripe about.

Warm weather and sun is much easier to get along with, though.

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DESERT_BIRD 12/5/2010 2:47PM

    Your blog reminds me of why we moved south. Sure, the summers are great up north, but the winters last a lot longer than the summers.


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WISEWIFE 12/5/2010 2:30PM

    LOL kiddo you are welcome to visit anytime you wish, the spare room is yours for the asking.
BTW it's 52 here at 11:30 AM.

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DEE797 12/5/2010 1:11PM

    emoticon about you looking like a Sumo wrestler.

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SPIRITSEEKER2 12/5/2010 1:07PM

    Willow dont bother - LOL its so cold south I can't stand it.. 46 at 1pm.
You remind me of the movie with the kid in the snow siut that when he falls over he can't get up..LOL
My blogs to others are not coming thru my e-mails again...trying to catch up.
stay warm !! emoticon

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WILLOW49 12/5/2010 12:14PM

    Same weather here. I'm ready to go south!

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NWGARDENGIRL 12/5/2010 10:09AM

    I called my dad in Florida yesterday- It was 6 am here and I was watching the birds at the iced over bird bath. It was 9 am there and they were laying in bed with the AC on. I need to be retired!!!!

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SUNNY332 12/5/2010 8:57AM

    In order to win the lottery, we do have to buy a ticket. emoticon

Take care and hang in there. It is going to be a long winter for the both of us.
I am ready for it to be over and officially, it's not even here yet. The winter soltice is on 12/21.

Hugs, Sunny

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BONNIE627 12/5/2010 8:56AM

    I agree with you.. I also hate winter and the cold..but what are we to do??? I haven't won the lottery either.. emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/5/2010 8:07AM

    If you are wishing for spring now, you will be a crazy person by April/May when it finally arrives!! LOL I don't like winter much either--looking forward to spring myself. Have a good day!

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ALASKASKY 12/5/2010 6:32AM

    I know what you mean. I want it to be warm all year long. I don't like cold weather at all and I don't care if I ever see snow again. I get depressed and have more fibromyalgia flares when it's cold. I don't even want to leave the house.



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ASTORRES1 12/5/2010 5:59AM

    emoticontrying to send some warmth your way......
15lbs of clothes....sounds like strength training to

Hope Spring comes to you soon.


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KATPRIEBE 12/5/2010 4:26AM

    [Spring Where Art Thou?]

GONE.... I went to it's funeral a few days ago.

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HEALTHYARTIST1 12/5/2010 2:59AM

    Aw, yes winter. Some may think because I live in California we don't have winter but when you live near Lake Tahoe like I do, winter is here. I get so cold I won't even take the few steps outside to the hot tub because it is freezing outside! But I do the the fires in the fireplaces and the coziness of home so I try to think of the good things about winter, but really can't wait for spring and when that arrives I am like a crazy person outside all day working in the garden forgetting about house work and other obligations, just let me be outside planting, digging and smiling! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DOWNTOWN02 12/5/2010 1:17AM

    love love winter...a nice break from 115 degrees!

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SUSIEPH1 12/5/2010 12:45AM

    You can have some of our heat if you like !..I am already wishing winter back LOL!!No not quite Winter but a year made up off Spring and Autumn would do me nicely ...
Glad you enjoyed your walks ... I love walking ... Have a wonderful cosy evening in your lovely cabin ... Hugs Susie and Bobby emoticon

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SLIMMINJENN 12/5/2010 12:21AM

    i am wondering if winter will ever make it down here...we have some cool days but then it gets muggy and humid...i am wishing for winter...i hope we both get our wishes

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SHERRYTOO 12/5/2010 12:03AM

    I totally agree about hating winter. From mid-November to mid-March, I wonder why I live where I live!

hhmmm - I wonder if you fell and landed on your back in all your winter gear if you could get back up or would be just like a turtle (I'll do anything to sneak in a turtle reference).

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NIELSENSLADY 12/4/2010 11:43PM

    Over 15,000 steps while sick?! You're awesome! emoticon

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DEVORA4 12/4/2010 11:19PM

  emoticonIt isn't winter yet, I don't like winter either. I prefer spring and fall. A stuffed saugage..... that's funny. take care deb

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STEPPYSUE 12/4/2010 11:03PM

    Well Morticia! Let's just jump in the bubble bath and say Calgon, take me away! Dreaming of springtime.Maybe we can find a lilac scented bubble bath to think about the Spring flowers.

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HOWLERMOM 12/4/2010 10:48PM

    You have a ways to go my friend with old man winter!! emoticon

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CODEMAULER 12/4/2010 10:47PM

    Gentle Reminder: According the the calendar, it's not even Winter yet.

*ducks and hides in a snow fort*

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A Creek and a Rock For Laundry

Friday, December 03, 2010

Another cold day here. Our typical gloomy late Fall weather. Winter will be the same. Yuck! LOL.

I went to town today and bought me some Carhartt insulated coveralls, 2 pair of insulated gloves, a skillet, a spatula, an Xmas present for my son - (I'm done now) and some radishes. LOL. I love radishes and could live on them.

My friggin Sear's Calypso washing machine is on the blink again. I paid a fortune for this piece of dog hoffer and it has gone out twice a year practically since we bought it. There was a class action suit on it but we were conveniently not notified. I will never ever ever ever ever ever buy another Sears washing machine or any other Sear's appliance again. So my son and I had to lug 3 loads of laundry out to the freezing pole barn and connect my old 1984 Maytag up with a water hose to the outside faucet and to a drain hose and do cold wash laundry. Thank goodness the Maytag actually does a good job. My hubby put a new motor in it not too long ago. My hubby will not happy when he got home.

I had to fix the bird feeder too.

I saw our resident Hawk Buddy sitting on the wire in front of the house. He literally has eaten every mouse for a mile, including all the chipmunks. LOL. I saw him carry off a squirrel one day that was almost bigger than he was. He was raised here and is very noisy. Hubby and I also saw one of our owls the other night too and got pretty close to him.

Deer shotgun season started yesterday again. Total ugh!!

Wednesday I got rid of 87 emails and had 79 left. Thursday I got rid of 196 and had 18 left but they are piling back up.


Calories - 1301
Net Carbs - 76
Fats - 55
Proteins - 92
Steps - 14805
Miles - 6.07

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    I'm not a fan of Sears nor Walmart. Though I've heard Kenmore is good; however it's too close to (made by) Sears. I've never heard of Calypso. I do like Maytag.

I like putting red radishes into my Salad Shooter, slices them into perfect rounds that remind me of nickels, they look very pretty, and "perfect", in salad. Especially in winter - I hate winter tomatoes.

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MAMAGOSS 12/6/2010 9:05AM

    Don't you love getting something you think will last "forever" and it turns out to be a total dud! My Maytag is the old fashioned top loader that has been churning for years and should churn for years to come - sometimes the latest and greatest is just not that! Atleast it's not really the rock and the stream LOL!

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DEE797 12/5/2010 1:10PM

    So glad you had a backup washing machine. That's a shame about the Sears one. Hopefully you won't have to resort to the Creek and a Rock, although it would add to your cardio. LOL!

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JANRTEACH 12/4/2010 10:47PM

    You are the third person I know of that has had real troubles with the washing machine. Was it a front loader? My BIL finally threw his outside in the ditch -- he lives in S. Illinois too. :)

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MARIADALE 12/4/2010 5:45PM

    Sorry that your Sears washer has been such a hassle... glad you have a backup..other that the creek

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WISEWIFE 12/4/2010 11:53AM

    I am so sorry your washer is on the fritz yet again. I don't shop at Sears, their quality has gone down so badly (and buying Kmart didn't help). If I buy an appliance it's at Home Depot, what I have gotten there I've been very happy with. Thankfully most of the appliances are the problem of the complex, but we did buy a small chest freezer and it has not caused us any problems so far.
Can you contact the manufacturer and get it repaired?

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SUZYMOBILE 12/4/2010 10:13AM

    I thought you were already doing your laundry in the creek with a rock. A Maytag is a big step up!

I've seen three does here this week, across the river--this is pretty unusual, but it is rutting season, after all, and they were probably fleeing some buck or other.

I've also got this favorite little cat buddy who had made friends with Dingo--Sebastian is his name. He's quite the little cat about town, always out and about, killing anything smaller than he is that he can catch. Anyway, a neighbor told me she saw some deer across the river one day. One doe had ducked her head and was nosing and looking at something in the grass, and then there was Sebastian, rolling on his back and batting with his paws in his play position. They played together for a while! That little guy is a friend to all creatures bigger than he is, but the angel of death to anything smaller.

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SHERRYTOO 12/4/2010 8:12AM

    I can picture you now in your new Carhartts and gloves holding a skillet in one hand and a spatula in the other. The thought makes me hungry for breakfast.

Even though I live in an addition, we have hawks. During the drought, they would stop by the dog's kiddie pool to "wash up".

Snowing here -- hate it.

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/4/2010 8:07AM

    I am so sorry to hear about your washer. Nothing is more frustrating than appliances/technology that won't work!! I admire your pioneer spirit......I would have canceled laundry day and worn dirty clothes. I'm a sissie!!! Have a good weekend!

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GOANNA2 12/4/2010 8:01AM

    You and I seem to have similar experiences Morticia.
I decided to do laundry today even though it has been raining
non-stop and I figured I would hang it inside on my airer as I
don't own a dryer.

I was then trying to catch up on some housework and when I
couldn't hear the washing machine, I went into the laundry
and it was silent. I was so upset as I don't have money to buy
another one so I tried to move the middle part to maybe re-
balance it and nothing.

So instead of crying I decided to sit down, and decided to take
all the clothes out and put them out on the clothesline and
let the rain rinse them. Smart aren't I?

To cut a long story short, as I started taking out the clothes,
I jiggled the centre part and closed the lid and I could hear it
working. Thank you Lord. He heard my prayers. I did another
load but made sure I didn't overload it. It still works, Yay.

I am sorry to hear about yours though. I remember other times
when you wrote about it. That sucks that you can't be in on the
class action claim. I don't blame you for never going to Sears again.

Hawk is quite clever, isn't he? Have you seen the deer again?
Have a great Sunday, and I hope the weather gets better.

down and have a strong cup of coffee emoticon emoticon

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SUNNY332 12/4/2010 7:55AM

    Sorry about the machine. A Creek and a Rock would definitely count under cardio as well as hauling the clothes to the Creek.

Hang in there. Have a GREAT weekend.


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ASTORRES1 12/4/2010 2:11AM

    Sounds like a lot of CARDIO exercise was done.....lugging the laundry....we should call that an

Merry Christmas

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KATPRIEBE 12/4/2010 2:03AM

    Nope...No Sears here no more, except on Craftsman Tools. Home Depot! Just got the washer this summer. Not too bad either. They really don't make things like they use to.

Snow here. I get Lake Effect...yay!--- NOT. Not enough to shovel yet...Thank Goodness. And coldddddddd. emoticon emoticon !!!

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DEVORA4 12/4/2010 1:35AM

  If I was Samantha from Bewitched(old tv program} I'd twitch my nose and it would fix your machine, News Flash! I am not Have a great week end! emoticondebby emoticon

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SUGARPUNK52 12/4/2010 1:06AM

  Sorry about your washer.It's a real pain when something doesn't work like it's supposed to.Wear bright orange when you go out.Deer season is not safe.For humans OR deer.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 12/4/2010 1:00AM

    Sorry to hear about your weather and the washing machine. That would drive me crazy if it keeps breaking down. I wish you good weather for your weekend!

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TOMWDCSKC 12/4/2010 12:53AM

    Perhaps the washing machine will make a good tool for target practice. Have a great weekend. emoticon emoticon

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MAYLINGSNW 12/4/2010 12:20AM

    carhartt clothes are pretty need to stay warm and wear the reflector vest when going outside with deer season here...i too am not too happy with sears appliances.they want alot of money sell you insurance and really don't do what the salesman says they do.. hope you have a great weekend and get some sunshine. !!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOWLERMOM 12/4/2010 12:14AM

    Right on with that Carhartt!! Appliances: the older the better. The new ones will break every 6 months - I really don't want a relationship with the repair guy, in fact I'd be happy to be strangers - and somehow the vendor NEVER has any responsibility.....then the repair dude talks about ethereal things like "design flaws"... emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 12/4/2010 12:03AM

    Doesn't it annoy you when a product you paid heaps for messes up! sometimes I think all we are paying for is the name ..
Love that you have so many wild animals and birds ...sounds like paradise to me .. thanks for the offer of walking bobby .. he is a little dog .. so if the hawk can take Squirrels .. It might be better that he stays here!! emoticon This is what Bobby looks like .. he has little legs and a huge heart... I will be glad when to shooting season is over! .. then the deer will be safe ... thank you for being my friend ... love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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SUNSET24 12/3/2010 11:53PM

    aaawwww sweetie, I am soooooooooooooo sorry about the SEARS appliance going out on you. Surely they will stand by their product, no?

I have a kenmore (SEARS) dishwasher for 10 plus years, still works great!

again, I am so sorry its went out on you, hugssssssssssssssssssssss

R>I hope they fix it for free! emoticon

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STEPPYSUE 12/3/2010 11:30PM

    OMG Morticia! Are you afraid to go out walking when deer season starts? Wear Orange!

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COMPUCATHY 12/3/2010 11:26PM

    Nice shopping trip. I love radishes, too. Good calories today! Sorry to hear about the annoying. It's such a pain when things don't work like they're "supposed" to. Hope you have a great weekend and get some sunshine breaks among the "yuk." Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon

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Thursday, December 02, 2010

I have been lazy today and have never gotten around to starting a blog. Tomorrow........yeh...............tomorrow
. LOL.

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SUZYMOBILE 12/3/2010 9:28PM

    Hey, this is a blog, isn't it? There's always another day!

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JELLI-LEAN 12/3/2010 3:47PM

    We all need a day of rest! ZZZZzzzzzz!

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FIT4GOOD3 12/3/2010 3:29PM

    You deserve a rest! Enjoy your day.

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MARIADALE 12/3/2010 3:29PM

    Hope you are relaxing!

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WINNIEATWELL2 12/3/2010 11:38AM

    Enjoy a nice slow day( or more! LOL)

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WISEWIFE 12/3/2010 11:16AM

    You are so deserving of a lazy day! Rest & enjoy!

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SHIRLEYX 12/3/2010 10:24AM

    No wonder after such a busy day yesterday.

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JUSTJO66 12/3/2010 8:57AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/3/2010 8:21AM

    Lazy can be very good! Enjoy!

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SUNNY332 12/3/2010 7:14AM

    emoticon You deserve a "lazy day".

Hugs, Sunny

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SHERRYTOO 12/3/2010 6:40AM

    Take your time, Scarlett.

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ALASKASKY 12/3/2010 5:42AM

    Go for it. emoticon

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GOANNA2 12/3/2010 12:42AM

I will wait for tomorrow.

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DEVORA4 12/3/2010 12:01AM

  O K emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 12/2/2010 11:29PM

    Rest dear friend rest! .
Tomorrow is another day!! emoticon

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CONFUSEDBIRD 12/2/2010 11:12PM

    I think of doing that sometimes. Starting a blog and then editing it later. I hate how the time is 1 hr ahead so u gotta finish the blog by 11 pm.

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