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Dreary Day

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Dark and gloomy today. Good day for napping which I am going to do as soon as I write this.
Eating out too many times gave me a gain.I am hoping it is the sodium. I have been doing great with exercising. Even got 2 new tapes which are more aerobic than what I have.
Went and took nap first.
I made Angel 2 pots of beans.And I ate too many of the pinto,northern mix.Made my self sick. tasted good as I ate them but I paid for it. But I have her 2 quarts of the one and almost 2 quarts of the red beans.That way she can eat some and freeze some. i don't want to see any beans for a long time. I hope my stomach settles down as Bill is suppose to grill steaks later and right now I want nothing.
I tried to exercise earlier but only lasted my 10 minutes. I will do more later.
When we were out and about yesterday we stopped at the town parking lot that has a lot of flowers blooming.The local garden club maintains flowers there.
i have seem this first bush many times and this is first time I saw anything but just the green.I thought it was quite interesting.I have no idea what it's name is.

here are some others I thought were pretty plus a green sprig on side of tree I thought was neat looking
This is why i always try to have a camera with me other than one on my phone. Even in a parking lot you can sometimes find something interesting or beautiful.
OK hope you are having a good weekend.

When we went to lunch yesterday we saw a woman with a knee walker.I never knew they made such a thing.She had a broke foot and instead of crutches she had her knee on this narrow walker and skipped with good foot.Hard to describe but she said it was so much better than crutches. We are going to call around and see if we can find one locally so Angel can see if it will help her.She is putting her foot down way too much. They can be rented from internet but it would be cheaper to buy a cheap type than rent.

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CALVERTM 2/9/2011 8:51AM

    Hi Ms. Eleni,
You are an excellent photographer! The flowers are beautiful! Nature is so awesome isn't it? My mother always made us beans when I was a kid. She would make a big pot of pintos with a big chunk of streaked bacon on top. I would always grab some of the fat, it was sooo good, can't do now, of course but I still like the pintos on top of cornbread, that's some good eating and healty too minus the streaked you for soup recipe, can't wait to make a big pot. I still have to get out and get the spice mix too. Have a good day!


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FLORIDASUN 2/7/2011 8:34PM

    Love your have quite the photographers eye!

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FEISTYMAMA 2/7/2011 7:58PM

    Do you eat the beans plain?

The head of our Sales Dept. has one of the knee walkers. He had surgery on his ankle and got it so he could move around faster. Since then a few other people have had surgery on their foot/ankle so he has let them borrow it. I didn't even think of that. I'm sure you can find a used one somewhere.

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MPARKER67 2/7/2011 11:39AM

    You are right about finding beauty even in parking lots. I hate snow but yesterday at at the convalescent center there are two evergreens outside my Mom's room window. The way the snow was on them was truly beautiful. Should have had my camera.

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SHIRLEYX 2/7/2011 9:20AM

    Sorry that the beans didn't agree. Good luck with finding a knee walker - Angel could sure use a bit of help.

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TILLIEBEE 2/7/2011 7:51AM

    Gorgeous flowers!!!!!
I never heard of a knee walker. I hope you can find one for Angel!

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KATIE233 2/7/2011 12:18AM

    hi there, nice flowers or trees. sorry to hear that you made yourself sick of beans. i didn,t put kidney beans in my stew i thought yellow and green beans were a enough.along with potatoes ,onions carrots and parnips , celery and a little steak instead of stewing was good. i also added garden cocktail to it instead of water.oh yeah and brown i see i,m not the only one that gain we will get it off. next time i weigh is going to be i,ll see.i was on gazelle and treadmill too today did 30 minutes together. ok take care til next time.bye

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RURAL3 2/6/2011 10:01PM

    you find the most amazing shots with your camera. I guess it always pays to have one with you. I never heard or that knee walker thing either. Hope it works for Angel.

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SUNNY332 2/6/2011 6:58PM

    It has been a dreary day here too, Eleni.

Loved the flower photos. Makes me think spring.

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DEE107 2/6/2011 6:40PM

    love your plants and seeing trees bloom ugh ugh here its cold cold and brown and naked plants and trees

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2BFREE2LIVE 2/6/2011 4:31PM

    I would love to live in a climate like yours, I would be out in the garden every day. Love the bird shot, I forgot to take my camera yesterday and missed several good shots of Eagles and Canadian Snow Geese. I won't leave it behind on our next outing.
Have a good rest, I don't eat beans, I love them they just don't love me. We are going to have salmon on the grill and asparagus it is in season so very cheap right now $1.28 a pound next month or so it will be .88 a pound. You know it is the best diuretic made natures best. Have a great rest of the day. Sandy

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26M8J7 2/6/2011 4:25PM

    Beautiful flowers! I did not know that you can freeze beans, thanks for the info. emoticon

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Busy Afternoon

Friday, February 04, 2011

Bill and I got some errands today.We still have to get groceries tomorrow. I almost have the grocery list ready.
We had our pizza lunch and I reserved the back room there for Angel.She is having Brianna's 18th BD party there. I can't believe she is almost 18. And 2 other grand daughters will be 16 this year.Alyssa next week.
Then to Wal Mart. The card table we play board games on and I make up my meds on has had a broke leg for ever.We finally got another one to replace it. Yesterday I broke the handle on my cast iron dutch oven, Went to get another one and got a different style. I should have gotten the bigger one and I may still go back and get it. The lid for this one will also fit my big skillet. It is really a deep fryer but I am going to use it as a dutch oven.

Here are some pictures of bush out front. The colored seeds are real.The orange flower is Bill's warped sense of humor. They are not real.They were some leftover plastic flowers and he stuck them in bush.
here is a dove that was sitting outside window

And wouldn't be complete without Roxy.

I did 44 minutes of one of my new tapes. Jodi Stoloves chair dancing around the world.
Tomorrow I will try to do Through the decades.
Eating hasn't been the greatest but still better than it was. So I am hanging in there. Our weather is still great.Actually hot during the day. We are suppose to get some rain tomorrow.
Ok Hope you had a good day. I need to try and catch up on my emails.I am always behind

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FLORIDASUN 2/7/2011 8:37PM

    Love your pics..and ESPECIALLY Bill's warped sense of humor..the flowers fit right in..and if you hadn't have blown his one would have been the wiser..hee..hee..but my FAV pic is of the Roxie girl...what a look of love she has on her face...lucky little doggie she is! emoticon

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RURAL3 2/5/2011 10:38PM

    great job on that exercise. Keep going strong. Roxy is so sweet. Of course they always look that way don't they? Our spring is just around the corner says the groundhog. Bring it on. Have a great weekend Eleni. emoticon

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CAROLYNVIL 2/5/2011 10:10PM

    sounds like a busy day.

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PATRICIAANN46 2/5/2011 3:47PM

  I used to drive by a woman's house on my way to work and always admired her flowers. Then I ran into her at the grocery store one day and told her how beautiful her flowers were and she smiled and said that they were all plastic (remember that I only saw them from a distance). I was just wondering if Bill had any relatives from Wisconsin............. emoticon

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REXTINE1 2/5/2011 12:23PM

    Great pictures.

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FEISTYMAMA 2/5/2011 12:22PM

    I cringe just thinking about eating pizza. I must be one of a few Americans that doesn't really like it.

I actually like the flower in the bush. If you hadn't said anything I would've thought it belonged there. It gives it some pop. Good idea Bill!

Roxy is a doll!

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DIASTER 2/5/2011 11:38AM

  What a great idea for those of us with black thumbs, Bill might have meant it as a joke but those of us with iffy looking plants it sounds pretty good.
Do you have an exercise tape that gives you a good workout that you would recommend to the rest of us with mobility problems? . I admire those that are out running miles etc, but realistically that is not going to happen, it is not on my bucket list or actually any other list
Eleni, keep up the great job, you are doing so well and we have already made it for an entire month.

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SHIRLEYX 2/5/2011 11:16AM

    Sounds like you are doing great1 Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon

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SUNNY332 2/5/2011 9:22AM

    Great idea Bill had to put the orange flower in the bush.

Have a GREAT saturday.


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DEE107 2/4/2011 11:07PM

    sounds like a good day busy but good

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2BFREE2LIVE 2/4/2011 10:19PM

    Sounds like you had a great day and no Roxy is part of the family now, you can see it in her eyes. Love Bill's sense of humor.
I think you would have a hard time breaking the handle on that pot. Have a wonderful weekend. Sandy

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Busy Day

Thursday, February 03, 2011

I had a busy day.For me.
I woke up at 6 and couldn't get back to sleep so I got up. I had a Doc appointment at 10. It was for Medtronic to check my device. There have been no incidences since I went back on arythmia med. He looked at my history to see when I had it go off.The time I passed out. He said my heart was going over 300 beats a minute. Which means it was just quivering and not pumping any blood. Difib did its job. He showed where I went into fibrillation but pacemaker got rythum back on another day.. This device is amazing. In the last 6 months it has saved my life 3 times. I love modern medicine. I may have bad days like yesterday and take a ton of meds but I am still here doing my thing. emoticon
Came home and took a short rest and then met friends for lunch. The picture isn't good as I had to use my cell phone. I took my little camera in but battery was bad and I was too lazy to go out to car and get my other camera.
The lady to my right is Emma.She is a very accomplished pen and ink artist that I met when I took classes from her and we became good friends. The other lady is JoJo and she paints beautiful oils and I met her in one of Emma's classes. She is also the one that had me bring my momma orchid to her orchid club. It was nice to see them both.

I noticed when I left house and when i came home that all the birds are very active and loud today. As i was sitting here I saw this guy. Since I take it thru the window this is bad time of day to do it.Can't get a real clear picture but here they are anyway

We are still having warm weather.It was 60 on patio at 6 am.
Ok i need to prep supper. I am going to just throw some chicken in a pan and throw some spices on it and into the oven it goes. Will put a few taters with it. I love one pot meals.

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FEISTYMAMA 2/5/2011 12:18PM

    I too am thankful for modern medicine. It keeps special people like you in my life. emoticon

Girl time is always nice. I think some gal pals and I are going to play bingo one weekend coming up if I can sneak away. I've never played and a casino in Milwaukee has bingo.

I like the pictures of the bird. It's a pretty bird. As much as I complain in the warmer months about the birds singing waking me up, I admit I miss it!

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RURAL3 2/4/2011 2:52PM

    I am also very thankful that we have modern medicine. You make me smile :-) emoticon see how big it is. The cardinals are everywhere this year. Someone around here must be feeding them their special mix of food.

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REXTINE1 2/4/2011 2:43PM

    I think you have a right to love modern medicine. I remember the one doctor who did everything, and that meant everything he could. He wouldn't have kept you going. Congratulations! Yor are meeting my goal.

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CALVERTM 2/4/2011 11:40AM

    Hi Ms. Eleni,
The cardinal is so cute! We have one that comes to our house often but I'm always late with getting pic or he hears me and runs away. It looks like you had a nice time with your friends. I'm going to start an art therapy class next week and also take some yoga classes. I'm going to take advantage of the support that's being offered and make new friends along the way. Have a great day! Remember to send me the soup recipe.

Margaret emoticon

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SUNNY332 2/4/2011 9:07AM

    Good doctor's appointment followed by a great time with friends. Awesome.

Loved the photos.

Have a Fab Friday.


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SHIRLEYX 2/4/2011 7:14AM

    Glad that you had a great day and were able to meet your friends for lunch. The pics of the cardinal are good.

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KATIE233 2/4/2011 12:30AM

    nice pictures of the cardinals. nice picture of you and your friends.glad you had a good day.take care and have a great day tomorrow.

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DEE107 2/3/2011 10:37PM

    glad you are doing well and glad you went to go and see the girls and what a pretty bird

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OURELEE1 2/3/2011 8:32PM

  Love your pictures. Lunch with friends is always fun. Thanks for the update on your health.

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PATRICIAANN46 2/3/2011 6:40PM

  Isn't it fun to lunch with friends???? I love it and plan to do more of it when our winter weather settles down.
I love your pictures.............
I am also glad that you are so must be a relief to know that you are well taken care of.
Supper calls..........

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DICHTAS2 2/3/2011 6:32PM

  Nice pictures sister. I think that was a female cardinal.. They are the ones with the brown/grey coloring. The males are bright red all over..
I only keep one bird feeder going. The squirrels can be a pest. I chase them whenever I see them near the feeder..
The weather is nice ,but, we need some rain...Joanne

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TILLIEBEE 2/3/2011 6:22PM

    Your photos are emoticon!!!!
Glad you had a nice lunch with your friends!
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2BFREE2LIVE 2/3/2011 6:02PM

    Awesome photos as usual, love that you got to meet with friends. I agree modern medicine is great I wish they had these types of things when my mom was alive she died of a heart attack when she was only 48 years old. That was back in 1973 so they have come along way since back then. I am glad your still around, you brighten my days.
I love the cardinals I have not seen any since we moved from the Oklahoma and Texas area. Keep feeling good. Sandy

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MOM2ACAT 2/3/2011 4:44PM

    Those are great pictures of the cardinal! I have those in my yard too, but haven't been successful at getting any pictures of them. Usually when they are around it's starting to get dark too.

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Very Short Blog

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Not one of my better days. I am feeling much better now.I spent most of day in bed. It happens every once in awhile where I have what I call a tired day. Just something I deal with.
No exercises today altho i may lift my weights a few times before I go to bed.
Have done good with eating.
My 2 new exercise tapes came so i will check them out tomorrow.
Weather is still very warm just dark and cloudy today.
Tomorrow will be a busy day.Glad my tired day hit today. i am going in to get my pacemaker/defib check in am and then meeting art friends for lunch. I had to cancel a lunch with them a few weeks ago. So i will just say goodnight for now.Hope all my freezing friends are staying warm.

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FEISTYMAMA 2/3/2011 2:25PM

    Are you feeling better today? It's a good thing you're able to rest when you aren't feeling your best. I know Bill & Roxy take good care of you! emoticon

It's good to know that it's warm somewhere in this world!! It's down right freezing here today. The roads were nasty this morning. Since they weren't able to clean all the snow from the blizzard the snow started freezing with the cold temps. I sure hope the roads are better on my way home.

I hope you enjoyed your lunch.

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REXTINE1 2/3/2011 1:48PM

    I hope you're feeling better today.

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SUNNY332 2/3/2011 8:12AM

    Hope today is a better day.

DH and I are headed home today. We have 18" of snow at our place and not looking forward to that but ready to be home.

I will see the eye doctor tomorrow morning. We will know soon what is going on with my vision.

Keep us in your thoughts and prayers today as we travel.

Hugs, Sunny

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LKWQUILTER 2/3/2011 5:34AM

    Sure hope today is a better day for you Eleni. Take care.

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KATIE233 2/3/2011 12:00AM

    sorry you are tired today? hope you will sleep well and be bright eyes tomorrow. peeing to much the other day must of tired you out.hee hee! well take care talk tomorrow sometime. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHIRLEYX 2/2/2011 11:43PM

    Sometimes we need a rest day. Hope your energy is back tomorrow.

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CINDYWAGNER1 2/2/2011 10:39PM

    Hope you get a good night sleep. have a good day tomorrow. Hope all goes well at the doctors. Have a great lunch with your friends. We all can use friend time. Yeah!

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OURELEE1 2/2/2011 8:23PM

  Hope you have a good night sleep? Enjoy your friends for lunch. Everyone desires a rest day.

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DEE107 2/2/2011 7:38PM

    So sorry you had a rough day but you are still excerising and geting your rest you need hugs

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TILLIEBEE 2/2/2011 6:59PM

    Good night, sleep tight. emoticon emoticon

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RURAL3 2/2/2011 6:53PM

    goodnight. Have a peaceful evening. emoticon

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Warm Day in Florida

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

I feel bad saying how nice our weather is when so many of you are in for a severe winter storm.We were in the 70's today and I had to turn my ac on. But that is why I love living here.
But do be careful all of you.This is suppose to be a very dangerous blizzard.
Tomorrow is my oldest daughter Joy's birthday. I can't believe she will be 42 years old. Seems like yesterday when she was born and her older brother who was only 4 told me to take her back because he wanted another brother.But I had 2 boys and I wanted a little girl so I was happy.
I did much better with my exercises today.I got a total of 61 minutes done.I used 5 different tapes to get it done but it adds up. Roxy is my cheer leader.Ofcourse in her sleep as that is what she does on her sunny spot.
I did get a good laugh on her today.It is like having a small child. I heard her with something in living room and couldn't quite see what it was.So I told her to bring it to me and she did. It was a poise pad she got out of the package in bathroom. I told her to go get in her cage and she went.Surprised me. She had to actually stick her nose inside the bag to get it out. But if that is worse she does I am happy.
I have also done good with eating yesterday and today. I had a lot of fluid yesterday and on top of that I took my 2nd water pills late so I was up a lot last night.But I dropped almost 10# of fluid weight. Which is not unusual at times.
I taped the new show Heavy but haven't looked at it yet.
Tonight I am taping the NCIS's and watching BL. BL is not so interesting anymore.Too much yelling and crying and complaining. I like the last few shows the best.
Ok Stay safe my friends.

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KATIE233 2/2/2011 11:49PM

    got to laugh you telling us about Roxy what she done. that is just like a little child.the funny part is she knew she did wrong and she went into her bed. very funny.glad you got your exercising done how is your night snacking going?i find if i want some multi grain chips i can have like 10 if i count them and mark them down and circling it.or if it is popcorn that popcorn has to due me two you and your 100 calorie bags treats when you want them.i sure cut down on my chocolate bars.anyways you are doing great emoticon.i bought bL dvd with songs on it i,ll have to try it out on my treadmill tomorrow see if it was worth while buying.well take care and keep exercising emoticon emoticon

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REXTINE1 2/2/2011 4:42PM

    I bought General Tso chicken for supper last night, and weighed enough to be out of leeway this morning, if I had clothes on. Then I discovered that I hadn't taken any of my meds for two days. It's looking bad for Thursday.

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LIGHTHOUSE0403 2/2/2011 1:48PM


From FL too & appreciate our weather!! I don't take it for granted. Hope all the Northerners stay safe & warm. emoticon emoticon

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SUNNY332 2/2/2011 10:43AM

    OMGoodness - you just had to go there about the AC. We have about 8" on the ground here in Wichita but understand our little area in Missouri has about 18. Yikes.

We hope to get home tomorrow. God and Mr. Weatherman willing.

I will see my eye doctor on Friday so hope we get home.

Take care and Hugs, Sunny

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RURAL3 2/2/2011 10:24AM

    knowing you are warm makes me smile. We got 20 inches so far. DH is out trying to snowblow. It is difficult with the winds. I shoveled this morning for the dog too. But had to try to get the shovel out first since I could only open the door 6 inches or so. Keep up the good work on your exercise.
I am gazing out the window and see 2 beautiful red cardinals sitting in the tree. Always something to make you smile emoticon

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FEISTYMAMA 2/2/2011 7:47AM

    The blizzard is the worst I've seen. I'm thankful I don't need to travel in it and can watch from the comfort of my home. We had an ordeal trying to find a door to go out so we could get the dogs outside this morning. Neither one like this weather and refuse to do their "business". I guess when they have to go they'll go.

I got a giggle out of your Roxy story. She listens better than a child!!

I've been DVR'ing BL but have yet to watch any of the episodes.

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SHIRLEYX 2/2/2011 6:52AM

    Glad that your eating is under control. It's so nice that you have Roxy - what a sweetie.

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TILLIEBEE 2/1/2011 8:16PM

    emoticonWe used to have dogs who brought a lot worse out into the middle of the room!
We're staying in. emoticon

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DEE107 2/1/2011 8:14PM

    I wish I was by you with the warm weather... its cold here ugh

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