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Saturday, March 19, 2011

It has been a very busy afternoon and since I got up early I am tired.
We went to Home Depot and those of you that know me know what that means.More plants etc. Now if I just had someone to help get them repotted. I wish my grandsons weren't so far away. Got some very pretty new butterfly plants and new crotons to replace ones that freeze got. Bill got more plants too. He is as bad as me. i also got some coneflower seeds.I am tired of having to order them.What I don't understand is why mine always die as packet says they are perennials. The butterflies love them.
Then to grocery store where I got aggravated again at baggers.From now on we will put everything in Bill's buggy and I will go to the car.
Will have to cut up ,clean and bag tomorrow as I am too tired tonight.
I am pleased to say I did not eat after 10 and was in calorie range again. I am more surprised than anyone. I keep hoping at some point it will get easier but I doubt it.
I will take pics of new plants tomorrow.
Home Depot was packed with people. I always look for unusual plants and found one that is really strange looking.It will go on the table with cactus. I looked at orchids but I have plenty of them and didn't see any that called out to me. I have a 3rd one about to bloom out there. I do need to repot a couple of them.
Ok I will say bye for today. Still have some groceries to put up.Hope you are enjoying your weekend.


Early Blog and some good tips

Friday, March 18, 2011

First me. I am so surprised but I did it again.No eating after 10 and was in my calorie range. I need to thank Losinit52 (sorry I don't know your real name) for challenging me and Dee (dee107) for joining in .All three of us have a terrible time with night eating. I think they are stopping earlier in the night than me, But trust me I can consume a lot of calories after 10 pm.
I also got extra exercises done today and did sleep better last night.
I decided to fix a different soup today.I had just a little broccoli and cauliflower so I chopped it up and tossed in pan with a can of chicken broth.Added some chopped celery leaves.I always wrap those soft tender leaves in the middle of celery separately just for stuff like this.
Added some of my spices and a touch more of thyme. Once it was tender I wanted to add something for flavor as milk has too many calories. I remembered I had a jar of pasta sauce in fridge. i put 1 tablespoon full in soup.Then I used my favorite gadget my immersion blender and blended everything, Yes it was good and low in calories. Made a big salad which I took enough out for supper later and had a great lunch.

I wanted to share these tips as they are tips that I try to do every day. I receive an email from the Real Age web site everyday with different info and that is where this came from.
Cut 120 Calories Daily with Ziploc Bags
By RealAge
Is a box of plastic sandwich bags all you need to easily shave 120 calories from each day? Research suggests it may be so.
As long as you use those bags to divide up your snacks -- be they nuts, pretzels, crackers, or popcorn -- into small servings. About 100 calories per bag. In a recent study, people whose snacks came prepackaged in low-calorie portions ate about 120 fewer calories each day compared with folks who munched from larger packages.
Mini-Snack Strategy
More and more research has shown that when people are presented with large servings of food, they typically don't know when to say when. The larger the serving size offered, the more people tend to eat, going so far as to completely empty an overloaded plate or jumbo snack bag even though they'd feel satisfied with a smaller portion. So when you make an effort to eat less and slim down, keep in mind that it really starts with your serving spoon, not your dinner fork.
Don't Supersize Me
Divvying up snacks into little bags is one strategy for controlling the munchies. You could also make it a habit of serving yourself snacks in a small bowl or on a plate rather than eating from the bag or the box. Measure out a reasonable portion, and leave the package or container in the kitchen. For chocolates, cookies, or candies, stick them in the freezer and thaw only one portion at a time. Better yet, you can put together a week's worth of your own healthful, homemade 100-calorie snacks

Right now I have a baggie with sliced cucumbers and one with apple slices for me to snack on during the day.

Setting the Scene for Self-Control
By RealAge
You know how information overload can wilt your decision-making powers? Well, the same principle applies to your diet.
Too much information -- in the form of snacks peeking out of the pantry, breads sitting on the kitchen counter, platters overflowing with plenty of extra helpings, and scoops of this, that, and everything else crowding your dinner plate -- makes it difficult for your brain to make rational, self-controlled choices.
Just as cityscapes can trigger the urge to explore, and gardenscapes can help your mind unwind, "kitchenscapes" can set the mood for food. Here are some suggestions about how to make your kitchenscape -- and tablescape and platescape -- trigger healthy eating choices:
Kitchenscapes: The foods on the counter, ready to grab, are going to make it into your mouth most often. So hide the candy in the cupboard and set out a bowl of fresh fruit. In your fridge, bring the produce out of hiding and package and freeze large portions of leftovers. In the pantry, keep only one kind of treat on hand and limit yourself to a small supply -- not the super family-size packs from the grocery warehouse
Tablescapes: Although seven-course meals are a mark of fine dining, it doesn't pay to offer lots of variety on your table. Present just a few options at dinnertime -- a main course and one or two vegetable side dishes. And nix large serving bowls -- serve only enough to provide each person with a reasonable helping. Package the extras in the kitchen before you serve the meal to yourself or others.
Platescapes: If you use a 12-inch plate, you'll serve yourself more food -- and eat more -- than you would if you used a 9-inch plate. Think small when choosing plates, bowls, cups, and glasses. Besides, small dishes take up less room in your dishwasher.
Bottom line: A plate, table, or kitchen with too much food is like Mount Everest to an explorer: You'll eat it "because it's there."

This is reason I take a container of salad out of my lunch salad as I would eat all the lunch and then make another for supper.This way 1 is plenty for 2 meals.

This tips will work if you do them. When I do them I lose weight.

Ok I need to finish up the grocery list for tomorrow. Hope you are having a good day.It is sunny and beautiful here.

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LOSINIT52 3/20/2011 10:58AM

    Great tips. Most I am doing but it's always helpful to read about them and recommit to them.
I love your line at the bottom "These tips will work if you do them. When I do them I lose weight. " I think this should be our mantra. We do know what to do. We just need a little kick in the pants to do them.

I am sooo glad the challenge on night eating has helped you, and Dee too! It has helped me and when I feel like snacking I think of you.


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SUNSHINEGB 3/19/2011 9:15AM

    Really good tips Eleni! Thank you for sharing.
I also use the snack size baggies and bag almonds for a snack ... takes me a while to chew them so my snack lasts longer!
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1COUNTRY_GAL 3/19/2011 2:26AM

    Thank you for sharing these great tips,I am a night time eater and it's hard for me.I like to munch while I am sitting at the pc.I try to make healthy choices if they are available.You sure have emoticonhealthy knowledge and sensible advice.Have a Sparkling weekend. emoticonDiana:)

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KATIE233 3/19/2011 12:13AM

    thank you for the tips.

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DEE107 3/18/2011 11:46PM

    thanks for sharing love this and again NO EATING AT NIGHT ITS SO HARD

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JILL313 3/18/2011 11:00PM

    I love and will use the good tips! I also need help in not eating late at night and it has to be part emotional as most people say so what if you feel hungry, just don't eat. Boy, do I wish it was that simple! Thank you.

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2BFREE2LIVE 3/18/2011 7:52PM

    Good for you and the ladies for the challenge for all of you.
I read Real Age every day they have some really good articles. I make up bags for Hubby from the bulk foods isle at the store. He takes them to work and has them in his desk for snacks. He has lost 15 pounds this past year doing that alone is the only change we made for his diet other than he is eating a diabetic diet.
Have a wonderful weekend. Sandy

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SUNNY332 3/18/2011 4:31PM

    Good tips, Eleni!

Thanks for sharing them.


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TILLIEBEE 3/18/2011 3:09PM

    My kitchen is the Andes. Great way to put it.
Thanks for the tips.

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    Great Tips, thanks for sharing

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MPARKER67 3/18/2011 2:40PM

    Thanks for the tips and glad the card made you smile. I am always late but never forget!

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MIZCATHI 3/18/2011 2:33PM

    Lots of fantastic tips, even some I had not heard or thought about. I love the idea of landscaping the kitchen! I figured out a little bit ago to take a good sized serving of whatever we make for dinner and get it ready for DH's lunch the next day. This stops nibbling and he's happy to have a home cooked meal.

Also, in doing that and making his breakfast each day I've been tricking him to lose weight. He's not even getting it! Haha. The other day I urged him to step on the scales and he'd lost 10 lbs... the look of puzzlement on his face was priceless!


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PLATEAU11 3/18/2011 2:27PM

  Thanks for sharing

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Early Blog

Thursday, March 17, 2011

I am going to try and blog earlier when I can when Bill is home.
I now have proof that he is to blame for a lot of flowers that get bought.He got these for the butterfly garden this morning.

Then he bought this full of tomatoes to show me he had a green thumb.I think this is called cheating.LOL

Now to show you again how Roxy forgets me when Bill comes home.

And here is Roxy's new place to sit next to my chair

Ok on to other things. Due to circumstances I moved my cut off time to 10:30 last night.But I did it again. I still hate it but I am doing it and the scale has started to move. It will be back to 10 tonight.
I also did more exercises today. Unfortunately I am not sleeping as well. I wake up and then stay awake for hours.It is a miracle I haven't gotten into food when I do this.
Bill and I talked today about us being careful not to eat out more now that he is home more now. We recently cut back as we were eating out or bringing home take out on my bad days.
He is getting a lot done that he has been wanting to do for a long time. I told him he needs to pace himself.
Ok I am ready for a nap. Bill went to run another errand.

Oh i also bagged Roxy's meals so all we have to do is grab a bag. I do love my baggies.

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KATIE233 3/19/2011 12:04AM

    lov those pictures and the tomato plant. Roxy sure loves Bill she is getting to be a man,s dog. to bad Eleni!she doesn,t pay attaction to you more.she is growing. wow. well take care and have a happy day.

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PATRICIAANN46 3/18/2011 9:23PM

  Hi Eleni.........
It's a good thing that Bill and I aren't married or we would be in the poor house from buying too many plants. I am NOT ALLOWED near a Greenhouse unchaperoned!!! I want to take one of every plant home with me. Most of my gardens are filled with perennials but I still like to buy annuals to put in pots on the deck and as colorful borders. I also have a big antique wagon that I fill with cascading petunias of all colors. It is so beautiful when completely in bloom.
I love your pictures. You are months ahead of us in being able to enjoy your outside plantings.
And, what a personality that Roxy has. It's like she has been a part of your family forever.
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TILLIEBEE 3/18/2011 9:30AM

    Gorgeous photos once again! Hope you sleep better tonight.
Happy Friday!!!!
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TIRED49 3/17/2011 11:48PM

    I love your flowers. They will be so pretty in your garden. It is getting warmer here and I will get out in the flower beds soon. I can't wait, it takes my mind off of eating.

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2BFREE2LIVE 3/17/2011 5:02PM

    Have a wonderful St. Patty's day!! emoticonYou have found your gold in that Bill. Your one lucky lady. Enjoy your time together. Sandy

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MPARKER67 3/17/2011 4:55PM

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Happy St. Pat's Day and stay out of the corned beef and cabbage. It is so hard somedays. but emoticon on two nights.

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26M8J7 3/17/2011 4:01PM

    emoticon Beautiful! I could probably grow those tomatoes.

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MIZCATHI 3/17/2011 3:44PM

    I love your sense of humor!

Bill does sound like a good guy - I wonder what I can do to light a fire under my DH's butt?


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SUNNY332 3/17/2011 3:28PM

    What a great guy that Bill is - tomato plant with fruit already on the vine. Way to go.

Hope they do good.


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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I have started doing something I did all the time and I got away from doing it.
I now keep a special bowl in refridg that I keep bagged veggie snacks for the day.I keep cut up cucumber and pepper slices that I recorded the calories in the morning.Then I can just grab a piece or two throughout the day.Also if I have leftovers that the calories have been counted they are also kept in that bowl. Sometimes like today you will have some leftover and they are free calories as I counted them yesterday. I may have other stuff bagged in fridge but only counted and recorded calorie ones goes in the special bowl.
Today U have 1/2 a grapefruit in it. I also have tomato slices left over from supper.
I had a nice surprise today.I had a VCR tape of Brianna's 1st birthday.and I lost it.Brianna is now 18. I found it in the excersise room.It also has 3 other grand children on it that are real young. Both of my big burly bushy sons were skinny,clean shaven and had short hair. Bill had long hair and so did I.Another nice thing was that my mother was on it. I have a friend who has a machine that will turn VCR's into CD's.Will see if I can get enough copies for the moms. But there was a big down side. This was taken before video cameras had stabilizers tape is only 17 minutes long and I did fine for the first 15 but last two minutes did me in. I get motion sickness very easy and I got sick as a dog. I had to go lay down for a long time.Then got up and ate some lunch as it was late but had to go back to bed.After an hour nap I could function.
I even tried one of recipes Brianna and I found yesterday. Baked potato chip chicken. Then after supper I went to my bedroom and went thru all my drawers and redid where I had stuff and thru away half a bag of stuff that can't be donated like old panties. So I am slowly getting some decluttering done little at a time.
Not only did I stay in my calorie range last night I also did not eat anything after 10. i still hate not eating late but I did it. I think it may be why I have woke up in middle of night and couldn't get back to sleep.
I did a few exercises today.Skipped the last two days as I was feeling so great.Will try to do more tomorrow.
Well I guess that catches me up for now. hope you all had a good day.

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SWEETSBEGONE 3/19/2011 12:04AM

    hey i haven't gotten on sparkpage for a while i enjoy reading your blogs. thye remind me of myself and my mom. she is in the process of spring cleaning she is so proud of each room done. i helped her some yesterday and she gave me my first dress a a pair of shoes i had when i was a baby. they are 57 years old and still in pretty good shape. the dress is hand sewed probably by her white with little flowers on it. the shoes are black patent leather . they are so cute like doll shoes. mom is 78 years old and her and daddy are going slow now adays daddy uses a cane. mom is driving now because she doesn't trust daddy to have quick reactions to things he is 10 years older than mom. i am glad you are doing good and have the energy to house clean and purge we all need to do that . take care

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PATRICIAANN46 3/17/2011 3:05PM

  Hi Eleni..........You always have such good ideas. I will add your snack bowl to my list.
emoticon on avoiding your after 10 eating. One way I avoid that is to de-clutter some of my dresser drawers at that time of night. My husband thinks I'm crazy, but he thinks that all day long, so.........
I wish you a Happy St. Patrick's Day.

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DIASTER 3/17/2011 1:08PM

  Always with the helpful tips, you are just something else.Thanks for sharing.
Great job, now that is two days in a row without night eating, way to go Eleni, See we are getting there one day at a time, one pound at a time. Just know we are going to continue this streak for the next 9 months and then re-evaluate.
Love to Bill and Roxey.

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SUNNY332 3/17/2011 9:46AM

    Happy St. Pats. Hope today is a GREAT day for you too.

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TILLIEBEE 3/17/2011 8:32AM

    My whole family is unable to watch the video's I took when the kids were young because of the same reason of sea sickness. It's too bad... but I'm so happy you found that tape. I hadn't realized it but when my girls recorded over the baby tapes to make their own stuff when they were in middle school.

Great job with no night eating! Keep it up! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 3/17/2011 7:04AM

    You had a good day Eleni, finding the tape was a good surprise. It is nice to know that I am not the only one putting things up and not finding them for years. Have a great day. I do like your snack bowl. I must start one too. ((HUGS))

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KATIE233 3/17/2011 12:37AM

    wow you did wonderful not eating after 10. it is hard you are doing great. i don,t know how to open a spark goodie on this lap top can you tell me how. i new how on my desk computer but i can,t open it when someone left me a goodie and a note under the goodie.i,m trying to get use to this lap top it,s you had some left over that you can eat free if you get hungry great.did you try drinking water or cranberry juice before 10.take care and have a good sleep.

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JILL313 3/16/2011 10:12PM

    You are breaking a habit of eating after 10 pm at night--Way to Go! I am going to copy you and make sure I have a bowl just for my healthy snacks. I kinda cleaned out my fridge or I threw out old food--I even had some half and half that expired last Dec. so I guess it was overdue!! Keep up the great work. You and Bill make such a cute couple!!

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OURELEE1 3/16/2011 8:32PM

  I overate today. Just been hungry all day.

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DEE107 3/16/2011 8:24PM

    i love grapefruits tooo .. love fresh tomatoes oh my yummy

I didnt eat last night either 2 days in a row for me

What about you ?

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Feel Much Better Today

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Today has been better. Didn't sleep great but got up late.
Good news. I do not know how I did it but I did not eat anything after 10 last night. It was so hard to do and I did not like going to bed feeling hungry. I will try to do it again tonight but I don't like it.
Brianna came over and did some stuff I wanted to get done.She took all the clothes out of my closet and we ended up with a big bag full to donate.Some every day shirts I put in a drawer. Then we put stuff back in closet.It looks neat now but won't last long. I may get rid of more later.
Then she straighten out my plastic container drawer.We thru away all the ones that have no lids. She even did some laundry.She has almost paid her bill off.
The we made goulash together. She made hers and grandpas and I made mine separately. I messed her up a little by using leftover pasta. But it still turned out ok. We also went over my recipes on computer and printed her some easy ones out and put them in a folder.
Roxy likes her to come.

My brother from Arizona came by for a few hours. Doesn't he look like an x sergeant major.
I have gotten so short I make him look real tall.
I have been drinking more cranberry juice and less soda.I usually drink caffeine free diet coke. I got my snow cone ice maker out and fill my glass with the ice first. I like the crushed ice. Bill hates the noise it makes.
Roxy started another fight tonight. Bill took her across the street to play with neighbors dog,A female grey hound. Bill said they were doing fine until they went to leave and Bill petted the other dog.We think Roxy was just jealous.The other dog is twice her size but that didn't bother Roxy.
Ok BL is on so I am going to go watch that. Hope you all had a good day.

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SUNNY332 3/16/2011 6:58PM

    What a wonderful day.

Glad you were feeling better.


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PATRICIAANN46 3/16/2011 3:48PM

  Hi Eleni.......... emoticon on NOT eating after 10PM. That is the most difficult time of the day for me too!!!
What a handsome brother you have. I have only one sibling and he is 4 years younger than me and also very handsome. I am lucky in that he only lives about 30 miles from me.
I hope that Elizabeth helps me as much as Brianna helps you. What a wonderful grand-daughter to have living nearby. I am sure that she appreciates having you so close too.
You hit it right on the head re: Roxy's behavior. She DID NOT like the fact that "Her Bill" was paying attention to another dog. Our dogs are like that too.
Take care.........

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CALVERTM 3/16/2011 11:51AM

    Hi Ms. Eleni,
I feel so bad I haven't blogged or answered many posts. I went to 2nd treatment yesterday and guess what? I reached out to my big family and one of my sister-in-laws went with me yesterday and wants to go next month too. We had a very nice time together catching up, I napped some too cuz they give you stuff to relax you with the medicine. She offered also to come back today and help wash the clothes cuz our washer had been broke for 2 weeks but my husband and a friend fixed it last night so we're back in biz. I didn't feel too good this morning with some nausea but took a pill for that and feel better. I'm feeling so much better since I reached out to my family and many friends, they do want to help, it was just hard for me to do. I wanted to show how strong I was to everyone but I was letting myself down so life is pretty good right through this bump in the road. I love you for always being here for me..thank you for my card if I didn't thank you already. Stay strong on your diet. You and your brother look so good, tell him he's handsome :). Take care, I'll write again soon,

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MPARKER67 3/16/2011 10:19AM

    Briana is so pretty. Very handsome brother. Of course, you are beautiful also.
How strange Roxy was good for playing then wanted to fight.

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TRIGFROST 3/16/2011 3:47AM

    Switch to white soda...Zero Sprite...Zero Caloires... there is two kinds so get the Silver is better for your teeth...and I also need to borrow your helper w/ all my this house... emoticon

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KATIE233 3/16/2011 12:01AM

    Hi Eleni, i,m glad Roxy didn,t bite Bill for petting the other dog.Bill will have to watch that the next time, not to pet other dogs.i got a laugh you saying roxy was going to fight the other dog specially when it was bigger than got a good looking brother.great picture of you is nice to have a helper like the girls i,m glad they do help you.well i,m on my lap top for awhile my deck computer has lots of virus so my brother said it,s ok to use the lap top while he fixes the desk one.i get them alot on facebook i don,t know why.they like me.but i don,t like,s nice having my lap top on the table in the kitchen instead in the hallway.oh yeah you did ok not eating after 10 it would be hard for me. wtg try some water or cranberry juice before bed.that is not eating.take care til i talk again tomorrow. bye big hugs

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DEE107 3/15/2011 10:40PM

    I am with Bill too hugs have a great night

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TILLIEBEE 3/15/2011 8:51PM

    I wish Brianna would teach my girls a thing or two. What a dream to have a helper like her! You and your brother look great! He is soooooo tall! Very handsome.

Ice crunching drives me crazy, too. I'm with Bill on that one!

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OURELEE1 3/15/2011 8:43PM

  Enjoy your brother. My brother my only sibling has been gone almost 14 years. Miss him.

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JILL313 3/15/2011 8:31PM

    Your family is sure good-looking and if they are like you full of personality!! Your dog acts like my small beagle as he's not intimitated by any dog or person--LOL. Way to Go!!

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