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Non Fat Tuesday

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I had another killer day.

It was really cloudy today for much of the day. It is starting to warm up again and is really nice but I'm so busy I have no time to enjoy it. LOL.

Today I made my grocery list and headed out to do errands. I didn't have as many places to go this week so it was easier. I had some places on my list in areas that I don't always go to and discovered that a lot of small businesses that have been in my area for years are now out of business. I never noticed how much things have changed. One place which is now gone was a used furniture store and is now a children's center. Another place which used to be a multigenerational grocery store is now a youth center. Some places, like a small bar, are now empty parking lots. An antique store is empty. A book store is closed. A beauty shop the same. There are a lot of empty buildings. Empty malls. As people exit Illinois so do jobs and businesses. They are replaced by law offices and pawn stores. Ugh.

Today I went to the post office, newspaper office, library, bank, Aldis, Kroger, Sears, and Wal-mart. I finally bought a new pair of New Balance tennis shoes. I don't like them as well as my old ones but had no choice. I made it home before 2 and my son helped me put up the groceries. I got to finally eat lunch at 2:30 P.M. And then it was time to start supper.

Baby was patiently waiting for her meal today. She got some extra goodies - some chicken.

Hubby and I went for another walk. An owl is hunting down by the road every day. So cool!!

I'm getting my exercise in and eating okay.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/11/2012 5:32PM

    What a productive day!!! It's so sad to see the small business that are closing their doors because they aren't able to compete with the big box stores like Wal-Mart.
So happy to see sun and feel the warmer temperatures. WOOHOO!!!

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SPARTAN40 2/24/2012 11:09AM

    I hear you on the NB shoes. I have a pair of shoes I walk in that I'm wearing out, but they don't sell that syle anymore. Frusterating. I'd be a lot more loyal to their brands if they'd just keep selling the style I like!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 2/23/2012 3:34PM

    You always have a pretty good day (even the days you do not feel 100%) Would you believe even our post offices are wanted to close their doors or at least limit the days open? sad to see the empty buildings and wonder how scary it must be to even want to try to open up a business! Where are the people buying stuff? I can see buying only necessity but geez :(
I am so pleas that you and hubby walk together! I wish I had someone to walk with me! For now I am on my own! a treadmill just isn't the same! no fresh air or vitamin D for one thing! have fun walking (you will break in the new shoes in no time) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHIRLEYX 2/23/2012 8:11AM

    You got a lot done! We finally got to go grocery shopping as well (we hadn't been in two weeks). We had to do all the shopping after our hospital visit with John, which meant we didn't start shopping until 6:30 p.m. We went to Costco, bought what we could and came home.

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CHRIS3874 2/22/2012 9:53PM

    Yeah they do that all the time with work shoes for me any ways (there is a chain in Canada called "Mark's Work Wear House" and it feels like every year if I found a pair I liked last year the sales person will say "oh those got discontinued" GRRRR. I would buy Doc Martins but they aren't MADE IN ENGLAND anymore and also I found out the PVA soles turn to GLASS in the cold!!! Not good for Canada in the winter!! Have a happy Ash Wednesday.

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SUNNY332 2/22/2012 8:36PM

    Great day for a walk. Hope you got one today too.

We are home from Kansas and glad to be home. There is no place
like home.

Tomorrow, I have Circle and then will head down to Hannibal to see Dad.

Take care - only 24 more days until Spring. Yea!

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LIVINGFREE19 2/22/2012 4:23PM

    You got a lot done again today which is awesome!
It is very sad when the small mom and pop businesses don't make it, when big stores are flourishing.

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ALASKASKY 2/22/2012 11:56AM

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CONFUSEDBIRD 2/22/2012 10:50AM

    Sounds like a productive day! A lot of small businesses are hurting so bad in this economy. It will be a miracle if any come out alive it seems.

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FITB4-40 2/22/2012 9:00AM

    I noticed the same thing when I went home to Pennsylvania this past weekend. Many stores were closed, buildings torn down, etc... Johnstown was a once a booming steel town which is sadly past it's prime with little employment opportunity. Most kids end up moving to find jobs. Sad.

It is going to be sunny and almost 60 here today! I plan to get out and enjoy it.

Have a great day!

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HEALTHY4ME 2/22/2012 8:13AM

    YOu and I both sound similar, always something to do or somewhere to go. Seems like I am busier since I had to stop work lol. Have heard that before.
Today we are supposed to go get durarock ( cement board ) to back the back fo the shower wall, but it is raining, first day in over a week. So will see, maybe today he will take a day off. Not sure yet, if so then I want to go visit the grandbabies.
Have a super day.

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NORASPAT 2/22/2012 8:12AM

    We had a great Fat tuesday with very little fat too.
I had a meeting for our hospital. They served us dinner, I ate before I went. They had 4 huge pizza boxes, I lifted the lid and the grease reflected my face UGH.
DH foot was hurting anf he does not have a lot of in put in to this group. It is our family Medicine practice and it is a teaching facility. I have been a patient here for over 25 years so I have seen many changes. I was the only patient there. There was the Practice manager, A couple of RN.s a social worker and a Dr.They did have a salad and lots of high calorie baked goodies too. They insist on having it after work. When I declined food they told me the practice pays for it. Needless to say, Granny will be asking for healthier food next time. I was glad none of the other patients were there. There has to be a better way than pizza. They were obviously ready to eat anything it makes a very long day for them. There has to be a better way for medical professionals to eat.HUGS Pat in Maine.

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BETHGILLIGAN 2/22/2012 7:46AM

    Sounds like a good day! As we have traveled we have also noticed small towns that are disappearing and even some larger that have so many buildings sitting empty. The economy has taken its toll on these small businesses. My dad lived in a small town where nothing was left but parking lots, pawn shops and a couple banks. SAD!
I did an observation of my student teacher, touched up some paint on hallway, worked on downloading some pix. Very quiet day! Today: watch grandson, get a haircut (and color the gray), walk my son's dog. He has class this evening and the girlfriend is coaching lacrosse. His dog is so strong (but sweet, sweet, sweet) that he takes me on the walk!

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LIBRA73 2/22/2012 7:30AM

    It's so sad about small businesses! I try to support ones around here!

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ALLIGATORKATE 2/22/2012 7:28AM

    I celebrated fat Tuesday with home visits in the woods- not much change there!

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-SHAWN- 2/22/2012 1:37AM

    Same here, downtown is now like a ghost town in comparison to what was there one, two, three and four years ago.
You went to all those places, came home had lunch and went for a walk, well woot woot!

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JAMER123 2/22/2012 12:19AM

    Sounds like you had a great day! It is sad when small mom and pop businesses go out of business, esp. all in one neighborhood. Hope your shoes work out well for you!!
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SUSIEPH1 2/21/2012 11:35PM

  Such a shame when businesses close .. it is happening here too .
Just can't compete with the multinationals .. Baby is a very lucky girl to have you to look out for her .. Glad you had a nice day!!
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0309COOKIE 2/21/2012 11:24PM

    Surely you are going to heaven for treating Baby so well.

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GOANNA2 2/21/2012 11:19PM

    Good for you - all round great day by
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A Quiet Holiday

Monday, February 20, 2012

Today was President's day and I was glad I didn't have to go anywhere as this will be a busy week. It seems like all my weeks are busy and I am kind of tired of it but there is a plan for my life and my plan right now is to work hard for great rewards in the future. I'm one of those people who seems to stumble upon work. If I don't fine it, it finds me.

I am looking forward to having some free time soon to explore what I need to do about my diet. Today I ate okay but I had tomato sauce which tore up my stomach.

I got my outdoor chores done. Baby was waiting for me. LOL.

Hubby and I went for a walk after he got off work. I am loving the longer days!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/11/2012 5:24PM

    So glad the longer days are here. I love it too!!!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 2/23/2012 3:37PM

    May your new eating plan work great 4 you! I know you can do it! Stick with it and don't give up....ever!

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GOANNA2 2/21/2012 11:18PM

    You're a true inspiration Morticia.
That was great that nyou saw Baby.
I hope that you get some rest and
feel better soon. emoticon

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CLOVER2 2/21/2012 9:46PM

    I long for the longer warmer days, it means that my schedule will be more stable, but I do enjoy the paychecks! emoticon Hoping your days are warm and wonderful!

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SPIRITSEEKER2 2/21/2012 8:55PM

    I hope you feel better

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CHRIS3874 2/21/2012 8:03PM

    It's Family Day (all because a former premier's son got busted for dealing coke) in Alberta (and most other provinces). Someone else had it off but because I am a federal employee, I don't get it unless I burn up a holiday.

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LIVINGFREE19 2/21/2012 5:51PM

    I am so glad also for the longer days!
I love waking up when it is light instead of still dark!

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SPARTAN40 2/21/2012 5:36PM

    Can you believe how close it is to daylight savings time? Amazing.

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BETHGILLIGAN 2/21/2012 12:20PM

    I agree. YAY for longer days!!! Although I don't necessarily get more done--it does improve my mood though!! Glad you had a good day. I did lots of odds and ends but it was nice.

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WILLOW49 2/21/2012 11:39AM

    Horray for longer days! Loving it!

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A_NEW_JAN 2/21/2012 11:12AM

    I love your plan! We just have to stick with it!

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CODEMAULER 2/21/2012 8:33AM

    We're sending you cold and heavy wet stuff, so enjoy the decent weather while it lasts.

It's going to be a busy week for certain. Hang in there; I'm hoping that it passes quickly!

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TEDYBEAR2838 2/21/2012 8:04AM

    I'm glad you love your life. I'm also inspired that you
are doing today what you need to do to have a better


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HEALTHY4ME 2/21/2012 7:46AM

    I too am glad for the longer days and that we have had sun mostly the last week, today included.
Hubby will be redoing the drain as it isn't fitting in right, then the tub will go in. We have to go buy the durarock and 2 doors ( that are on sale) and MUST get to the veggie store I am missing my smoothies.
NOt much more, may walk down to dd later instead of yoga, woke up too late to register for this am and my knee with the brace is a tad sore. I imagine from being held in a diff position.

Have a super day!!! HUGS

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SHIRLEYX 2/21/2012 7:34AM

    I am also looking forward to some free time. Yesterday I went to work, but today it's back to the hospital. I'm hoping that John will be in rehab soon and that we can do the things we need to do. I'm going to sleep for several days to get the strength to attack the dust bunnies! LOL

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PIXIESTIX6669 2/21/2012 12:02AM

    Sorry to hear the tomatoes tore up your insides...but glad to hear you had a quiet day... emoticon

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SEATTLE58 2/20/2012 11:58PM

    You deserved to have a more quiet day. That will help you gather strength for the week ahead! emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 2/20/2012 11:41PM

  Hi Tish .
Glad you had such a lovely long walk it is so good for the soul...
Baby knows you will always be there for her ..
I too, hope you get your washing machine back in the house really soon!!.Thank you for visiting my page ..
Hugs Susie
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NORASPAT 2/20/2012 11:29PM

    I am glad your day was a tad quiter than usual. I hope you will have your washing machine indoors pretty soon. That will be a whole new experience for you. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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The Weekends Go By Too Fast

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Yesterday we slept in and when I got up I had to rush around to make breakfast and lunch as my son had to leave at 12:15 to go to work. Hubby cleaned the pet cages and gave the chinchillas a snack.

Hubby and I got ready and left at the same time my son did to go to my MIL's house to check on it.

After that we went and visited with my MIL's friend and had apple caramel tea, spiced nuts, and spice cake. I ate a sliver.

We then went to Best Buy and looked at washers and dryers yet again. Hubby and I end up just as confused as ever when we get done. LOL.

Then it was on to Barnes and Noble to look for some books. He wanted books about tea making and they had none. I wanted certain books about diet and didn't find much either but I bought 3 books which were way overpriced. I miss Borders.

We got home after dark.

Today started as a repeat of yesterday. After my son left for work we went for a long hike and another later in the day. The animals all think it's spring. The sun was out and the birds were singing. We saw lots of deer and robins. And plenty of squirrels. The raccoons, skunks, possums are all back. The shrubs are budding out. The perennials are up. I am loving this and hope it stays this way.

Hubby took a 2 hour nap with Reekie.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/11/2012 5:23PM

    So glad you got everything done and still went for a couple walks. AWESOME!!!

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LIVINGFREE19 2/21/2012 5:50PM

    We had a Borders pretty close to our house, but, not anymore.
We also have a Barnes & Nobles, so it helps a little.

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SPARTAN40 2/21/2012 5:36PM

    I miss Borders too. I signed up for the B&N book club (kids club for me). They are constantly sending me coupons for a percentage off. I'd recommend signing up so you have a coupon when you need one.

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CHRIS3874 2/20/2012 10:41PM

    Yeah for me its like Don't blink or you will miss it. Then work just drags some days forever.

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    Have you tried

They also have hard covers, CDs, DVDs, etc.

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-SHAWN- 2/20/2012 8:27PM

    It's a three day weekend for me (no school for the grandboy today)... It was lost to my couch...grrrr I was way too

You have a pole barn, don't the critters get cold?

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SHIRLEYX 2/20/2012 6:53PM

    It was sunny here today as well. You get a lot done in a day.

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FITB4-40 2/20/2012 6:11PM

    Tea making sounds fun. I've just got the best tea, it is hot cinnamon spice. emoticon emoticon

Sounds like a nice weekend.

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NORASPAT 2/20/2012 12:59PM

    I have a ltttle paperback about tea and tea making i will dig it out, I am always loaning it out.
Are you interested in just the brewing process or are you thinking along herb teas hugs Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 2/20/2012 12:29PM

    sounds like you had a great full day Morticia! I miss Borders too! I had one only 7 minutes from my home but now.......


keep blogging! I love to read em!!! emoticon

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BUTEAFULL 2/20/2012 12:07PM

    that's the kind of weekend I want

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SUNNY332 2/20/2012 9:48AM

    Sounds like a great day.

We are in Kansas with the grand kids but have noticed the trees and shrubs are blooming here too.

Take care and have a good day.


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BETHGILLIGAN 2/20/2012 8:24AM

    Wow, nice day! I puttered around the house and then the grandkids came. Lots of fun!! Same old, same old today.

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TEDYBEAR2838 2/20/2012 7:29AM

    Well, it does sound like a great day!

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SUSIEPH1 2/19/2012 11:10PM

  Sounds just so tranquil ..
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Long Day Again

Saturday, February 18, 2012

We got home really late tonight. See you tomorrow.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/11/2012 5:18PM

    Hope you were able to get some restful sleep.

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NORASPAT 2/19/2012 11:22AM

    In a while crocodile!

HUGS Pat in Maine.

Enjoy your day!

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TEDYBEAR2838 2/19/2012 10:19AM

    See ya later today !

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BETHGILLIGAN 2/19/2012 8:13AM

    We'll be here!!

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SUSIEPH1 2/19/2012 1:43AM

  Night Night Sweet Dreams..
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Rollin, rollin, rolling.........

Friday, February 17, 2012

Another "work, work, work my butt off day" and it would be worth it but my butt is still there. LOL. Today I ran through all the songs I could come up with about work while I slaved away in the pole barn doing 6 loads of laundry. My favorites were "Carwash" and "Sixteen Tons". And of course I love "Rawhide". Other good ones - "Taking Care of Business". "Money For Nothing". "The Money Boat Song (Day-O)" We use to sing songs like these at the last place I worked to entertain the patients. They totally loved it. The owner and his wife would come in and everyone would be laughing and smiling and they would want to know why we were all so happy and we would wink at the patients, smirk, and clam up. LOL. It was our secret and no one wanted them in on it, especially the patients.

It started out cold today with freezing fog but warmed up nicely into the lower 50s with sun. I had tons of work to catch up on inside and outside. I loved being outside. The birds seem to think it is Spring. They are starting to sing. I saw tons of deer today and squirrels and rabbits and of course, Baby. I took down the Valentine's Day decorations and put up the St. Patrick Day ones. I had lots of compost to take out, recyclables, and I burned the trash. A lot of my perennials are coming up. My transplants in the green house are doing great.

I had a lot of work to do for hubby today regarding the estate and he had a lot of work to do too on his lunch period at work but we got done almost all of what we needed to do today.

I'm pretty pooped and my hide is really raw right now. I am ready to bed!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/11/2012 5:16PM

    You sure did get a lot done today, singing while you worked. WAY TO GO!!

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CHRIS3874 2/19/2012 8:49PM

    Fuinnily enough it seems like no matter how hard I work nothing EVER feels like it changes either!!

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CONFUSEDBIRD 2/19/2012 11:31AM

    It's been so pretty out lately, just such a mood lifter!

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TOMWDCSKC 2/19/2012 5:29AM

    Perhaps you could add the song 'Chain Gang' to your list. emoticon emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 2/18/2012 10:30PM

    I guess it's freezing in the pole barn too?

You sure work hard!

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WOWEETOO 2/18/2012 8:05PM

    one day soon she will have enough time left over to think about a washer lol
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    Still in the pole barn? What happened to your new washer?
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NORASPAT 2/18/2012 12:42PM

    M", I have a mental picture of you sloshing about in the pole barn. Wellies on the feet, big sweater and sleeves rolled up and singing at the top of your lungs. Its no wonder the wild life flock to the door you are obviously their Dinner BELLE.
HUGS Pat in Maine.
Hope the end of your ordeal is finally in sight, its been a way too long an ordeal. Pat emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Lemons to LEMONADE!!!!

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ALASKASKY 2/18/2012 10:36AM

    emoticonHope you rested well. emoticon

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SUNNY332 2/18/2012 10:32AM

    Loved your song choices. Nothing like singing while you work. It sure does make the work seem a little easier.

Have a GREAT weekend.


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BETHGILLIGAN 2/18/2012 7:59AM

    You make a day of chores sound like fun!! I'm thinking: aww, wish I was doing laundry in the pole barn and singing!!!! It's been spring like here, too. Big snow event tomorrow ...... about an inch of slush is predicted. One of the biggest snowfalls this season!! LOL It's all over the news! Hope you have a great Saturday....nothin special here. Just regular Saturday chores. Keeping the son's dog for the weekend. And the daughter's kids tomorrow evening. Life is good.

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HEALTHY4ME 2/18/2012 7:56AM

    LOL like your song choices we used to sing takin care of biz. a lot when at work. Did you work in long term care? we also did fun things and owners/ higher ups didn't need to know. Depended what RN was working what you could do or not.
I miss my old people some days but not the work, just the caring.
Snowing here, but not bad, apparently the roads are not great. 50th bday party for a bil whos family is mostly on PEI so doubt many will be coming as their weather and on the way here is usually worse than ours.
Today first thing paint the spots I missed with first coat, then later re do entire walls and ceiling. Hubby will get the start on the plumbing maybe as we didnt do anything yesterday but he says he is not doing renos on weekend. so whatever I have painting to do so will feel as if I accomplished something.
Have to call dd and see how she is, came down with a flu bug within 3 hrs and felt nasty last night.
have a super day!!! glad you got your laundry done!

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SHIRLEYX 2/18/2012 7:48AM

    Hope you enjoy your well deserved rest and sleep well.

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SAMI199 2/18/2012 3:23AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

'you work hard for the money-so,hard for it honey-so,he better
treat you right...


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SUSIEPH1 2/17/2012 11:54PM

  Love that Music Era too .. such lovely songs and easy to listen too .
Glad all the birdies are singing . and all is well in your world ...
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SUZYMOBILE 2/17/2012 11:18PM

    Rollin, rollin, rollin, keep them doggies movin, keep them doggies movin, rawhide!!! Move em out, etc.!!

We went tonight with Gilda and company, and I so wish you and Benny were here. It would do us all good.

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