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Friday, August 12, 2011

I told Bill I was only getting 3 plants and he laughed at me. I ended up with 6. i justified it by saying 3 for butterflies and 3 for hummingbirds.Sounded real good to me.
I did mess up and didn't get the name of one of them but i am sure when my sister reads this she will know.Or one of you will know.
Ok Here are 5 of them

here is what tags said. Top left is a salvia.

Middle one on top is Firebush hamelia Paten
Top right is a Crossandra 'Orange Marmalade' It is an awesome looking plant.My pic doesn't do it justice.

Bottom left is a lantana New Gold. I have 2 of these but they are not blooming.I need to repot but don't want to now
On right is Angelonia

And this is one I don't have the name of.

And this we got to hang a plant in the garden.It is heart shaped.

Now some odds and ends. Butterfly,Pupa today and orchid with some blooms starting to show.
Once we get them outside I will try to get a better photo of flowers. We will complete the butterfly garden tomorrow.
I was going to get Brianna to help me but she pulled a muscle helping me yesterday. If I didn't dislike her boyfriend so bad I would get him to help.
I have been doing very good with counting calories. I have been in the middle of my range for 3 days and it looks good today.
I was very happy with results of SYTYCD. The top 2 were the top two and both great.
Ok Time to go get me some supper.We ate out for lunch so now it is every man for himself.
Oh Just a short story. Bill and I have always been able to know what the other was going to say many times. We keep throwing out ideas for back yard. Bill was sitting out here with me and we were talking about using the blocks he made my sidewalk out of for platform for gazebo. He wanted to know if it would be any problem for me.I said no.Then I told him I had been wondering about out door carpet for in the gazebo. He started laughing and said I just took words out of his month.That he had been thinking about same thing and was going to mention it. Either great minds think alike or we have just been together too long. emoticon Ok It was funnier when it happened. i am going for real now and get something to eat. Hope you all had a good day. No rain.All sunshine today.Very hot sunshine. It is late in the afternoon and it is 96 in the shade

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MICKEY341 8/14/2011 11:08PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day. Love the new flowers. We are so hot and dry that I am buying NOTHING until it gets cooler. We did get a shower one night. .3" Not really enough to talk about! But we are thankful for every drop!

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WEKIMER 8/13/2011 5:38PM

    Your plants are lovely. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see the butterfly garden when its done. But as they say, its never done. It's always a work in progress. As we gardeners know. kim

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CANBDONE 8/13/2011 1:30PM

    When it's is so blissful!

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SUNSHINEGB 8/13/2011 12:09PM

    Wow, you do get beautiful plants Eleni. I don't know the name of the one either but I'm sure your sister will.
I love all your photos and look forward to seeing them.

My hubby and I are the same at thinking of the same thing, same time! LOL Guess we've been with our guys so long we are getting like twins, lol.

Enjoy your weekend, looking forward to seeing more photos of your gardens/butterflies/birds/ornaments
, etc!!

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SHIRLEYX 8/13/2011 9:44AM

    Sounds like a fun day with beautiful new plants.

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MIZCATHI 8/13/2011 8:18AM

    So beautiful, and what a wonderful project. You are definitely going to enjoy being outdoors even more now, especially when the weather becomes what Florida is known for. I know what that last plant is but sorry it's on the tip of my tongue and as soon as I post this comment it will come to me. Is that me getting old?

I know what you mean about finishing each other's sentences and thoughts - happens to me and DH all the time. I think it's great minds think alike!

What is SYTYCD?

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TILLIEBEE 8/13/2011 7:22AM

Love your dove...she's got a nest or eggs somewhere judging by how often you are able to get such good photos of her!
And another butterfly birth any day!
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KATIE233 8/13/2011 12:01AM

    pictures looks great like the new flowers. wouldn,t outdoor carpet get wet though.why not maybe stepping stones with designs on them like birds and butterflies. i like the heart shape flower holder.nice.

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DEE107 8/12/2011 10:09PM

    thanks for the pictures and nice flowers and thanks for sharing and Bill is good to you hugs reminds me of my hubby hugs

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SHAY72 8/12/2011 10:08PM

    I think it is a little of both,when it comes to either great minds think alike or we've been together a long time. some times Carl(husband) & I are thinking the same thing and then one of us will say it,that is when the other one says I was just thinking about that. So I know what you mean. Hope you were able to find out what the other plant name was. Hope you have a great weekend.

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    Lovely photos!
It's wonderful that you and Bill are so close! My husband and I are best friends, too, and I couldn't imagine it any other way. And, of course Bill would know you couldn't leave with only 3 plants! That's just the kind of thing that would happen in my house.

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DICHTAS2 8/12/2011 7:02PM

  Sorry sweet sister.. I don't know what that plant is. In fact if you had not told me I would not know those either. I am jealous. I wish I was able to get things done like you do..Love ya', Joanne

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0309COOKIE 8/12/2011 6:52PM

    Love, love, love all your new plants. And that heart shaped stand is adorable.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

So far the computer is doing good.
I was surprised that I was able to stay in my calorie range again last night. It might be a little closer tonight. I cook a roast in my iron pan and it was very rich. I made sure I only had one bowl and sent all the rest home with Brianna. I knew if I kept any I would eat it and it would be way too much.
Brianna came to do her regular stuff and she did some work out in butterfly garden. Moved pots around and pulled weeds that were in pots. Roxie had to have her nose in there with Brianna.
This is the wagon Bill has been using to move stones. It was his wagon when he was little.Still works

This is a pretty flower in flowers Bill brought home

here is one of my favorites starting to bloom again
And this is the best. Look what Brianna found when she was moving pots
Pupa #2. She moved it to where i can see it good from here..It isn't as large as other one was but hopefully I can catch this one turning into butterfly.
Today has been sunny and very hot.
My Big Momma orchid has even more stems showing today. It is going to be huge and full of blooms.
Ok I have to finish up the kitchen and get ready for SYTYCD. The dancing was not good last night. I agreed that they were tired but it was disappointing. As usual Shasha and Melanie together was good. The choreographs were not very good. I am hoping Melanie wins.It will be close between her and Shasha. Boys don't stand a chance against them.
Ok Hope you had a good day.

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CANBDONE 8/12/2011 5:17PM

    AHHHHH. that is just darling that BIll still uses his little wagon! I once worked with a teacher that carried his Lone Ranger lunchbox from Kindergarten. His mom had saved it for him.

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MPARKER67 8/12/2011 10:45AM

    SYTYCD wasn't that great Wednesday but they sure made up for it last night. The results came out exactly as I thought they would. The guys were good but Melanie and Sasha were just awesome.

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SHIRLEYX 8/12/2011 10:32AM

    Good work staying in calorie range!

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SHAY72 8/12/2011 6:02AM

    glad ur computer is working good for you. Nice pics. Congrats on staying in your calorie range, keep up the good work.

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2BFREE2LIVE 8/12/2011 12:52AM

    The garden is beautiful, it is coming right along. Brianna is such a good girl for helping you so much. The wagon is probably worth its weight in gold as an antique!! Have a good rest tonight. Sandy

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 8/12/2011 12:08AM

    Please don't post who won SYTYCD. I have to wait til it is posted on to see it. I've been following it regularly, too. Thanks!

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KATIE233 8/11/2011 11:36PM

    hi flowers and the garden looks great. wow Bill,s wagon looks very good and in good shape. it will be interesting to see the colour of the new butterfly. have a good night and a good day tomorrow.

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FLORIDAFLUTIST 8/11/2011 11:09PM

    Beautiful garden!

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DEE107 8/11/2011 10:33PM

    love your flowers and glad you had only 1 bowl hugs

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SUNSHINEGB 8/11/2011 9:04PM

    Your yard looks wonderful Eleni, I'd want to sit out there all day and just look! So relaxing.
I hope you get to see the butterfly when it emerges from the pupa!

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JILL313 8/11/2011 8:52PM

    Your Garden and flowers look so Beautiful. I know it makes you happy just looking at them all. Brianna sounds like she enjoys helping you and Bill--that is awesome. You're doing well staying on track so stay determined.



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MIZCATHI 8/11/2011 8:43PM

    Wow that garden is coming along so nicely! Such a sweet grand daughter to help out, even if you do motivate her with roast! I am proud of you for staying within your calorie goal!

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TILLIEBEE 8/11/2011 7:31PM

BIll is doing a great job!!! THe wagon is adorable, too.

Hope you have good tv watching tonight. My show on Thursdays is Project Runway.

Your dinner sounded delicious. Cast iron is the best!


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Computer is fixed

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

For $175 it better be fixed. He found 2 virus's hiding. I am on little laptop now. I will go out there later.
We are watching the DVD Season of the Witch.Really wild movie. Witches and demons. When I put it on my netfix list I thought it was a different one.
I did good with calories yesterday and today is looking good. Still have no real motivation but just trying to force myself to do what I should. I was able to get rid of the extra fluid I was dealing with. Swelling is out of feet and I can breathe better.
We had rain again for most of the day.This morning was real stormy.
Ok nothing much going on so will go check out the other computer.
Hope you had a good day

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MICKEY341 8/11/2011 12:55PM

    Sorry about the bad calorie day. Hope today is better.
Please, please, please...send me a bucket of your rain water! We are so dry, I am just trying to keep trees alive now. However, we do have so hope of rain soon. Pray that they are right!!!
Things have been hectic here for a couple of days, I will email you later.

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LOSINIT52 8/11/2011 10:47AM

    So glad you did well w ith your calories. I know it's tough to get back in the groove but I don't need to tell you... It does get easier. And don't you feel sense of pride knowing you are doing what you should be doing!
I'm still on track too and I do feel good about it. We CAN do this. Keep up the good work.

Glad you are getting your computer fixed.
Have a good day

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MPARKER67 8/11/2011 10:45AM

    emoticonComputer is fixed. We had the rainiest July ever and are on our way to an equally rainy August.

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SUNSHINEGB 8/11/2011 7:14AM

    It's good that you have a laptop as a backup Eleni, being without our computers . . . would be awful!!

I have fluid retention also and it seems to be so hard to control, I'm glad you've got yours in hand.

Looking for another blog of yours today! emoticon

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MIZCATHI 8/11/2011 5:46AM

    $175 seems so steep. But at least you have your computer. I'm lost without one.

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DEE107 8/11/2011 12:01AM

    glad your computer is working woo hoo

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KATIE233 8/11/2011 12:00AM

    yup those viruses will do it all the time.hope it works better now, if not call them back.we had some rain and tonight it is windy and cool. comforter tonight.i made supper for my brother,dad and me it was burgers friend potatoes and corn on cob. so tomorrow is walmart and slots for a bit.take care and have a better tomorrow. emoticon

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FLORIDAFLUTIST 8/10/2011 11:34PM

    I hope your computer repair solves all your issues, and that everything runs smoothly now!
I'm glad you are feeling better, and trying to be on track, even though you're not feeling motivated right now. I think as you feel even better, and see results, your motivation will increase.
We had some rain today, though not that much. It was overcast all day though, which makes for more tolerable temperatures!

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CANBDONE 8/10/2011 9:35PM

    Glad your fluid build-up is at bay! Larry suffered often with it.

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TILLIEBEE 8/10/2011 7:56PM

    Sorry about those viruses. At least they can remove them. Hope his work comes with a guarantee! For a while!!!!

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PROFKORI 8/10/2011 7:47PM

    good luck w/the computer

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Rain Rain and More Rain

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

It has been raining all day. Great for sleeping. Roxie doesn't like it much tho.
My computer is still acting up. Have to constantly shut it off etc. I have a computer guy coming tomorrow at 4. Hopefully they can straighten it out for me. Won't be cheap but less stress for them to just come here and do it.
I did start counting calories yesterday and it was an eye opener.Seem like i ate more because I was counting. But today has been good so far. I might even be in range at end of night. One thing for sure is I won't be out the roof like I was yesterday. I still don't feel motivated but trying to get myself under control.
Ok i will make this short as I never know when this computer will stop working. Hope you are having a good day

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CANBDONE 8/10/2011 11:57AM

    My brother has a computer geek that comes to his house when needed. Mom said it rained all day yesterday in Lake Wales, too. I've had two great days of phone conversations in a feels like a gift when it's Mommy on the other end. Sometimes the talks last one minute as she's either drugged, sleepy, or just not able to hear. Well, Tracy called and he is bringing Zack. I know they're tight on money because the kids have told me so. Heather lost her job last Christmas and hasn't found one yet. I called the vet and she said I could give her benedryl to help calm her and to put her in the bedroom to help with the stress. She's already stressed to the max with the 4 grands. She pooped in the living room this morning and she never has accidents. Of course, the grass was wet because of our rain and she hates that! I lost a pd. yesterday at WI but I didn't deserve it...I've struggled all week. I'm determined today to get back OP. Stay strong, Soul Sister!

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DICHTAS2 8/10/2011 10:32AM

  I am trying again to get my eating under control also.
Raining.. Thank the Lord.. We need all we can get. I love it.Christie doesn't mind the rain. I took her out in the pouring rain this am. Better than cleaning up. But, I have done this since we got her.
Hope you got your computer fixed..

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MPARKER67 8/10/2011 10:17AM

    Yeah I am not feeling motivated either but still trying to keep my eating somewhat under control.

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SHIRLEYX 8/10/2011 9:19AM

    When we start tracking calories again it's always a surprise and never a good one. Hang in there as it needs to be done.

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MIZCATHI 8/10/2011 6:06AM

    Computer problems are so frustrating - it sounds like you have a trojan virus. Any tech worth paying should be able to get rid of it. Can we have some of your rain?

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SHAY72 8/10/2011 5:37AM

    Hope you got your computer working again,every now and then they develope an attitude and we have to give them an adjustment(lol). Hope that you have a good day and rest of the week.

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2BFREE2LIVE 8/10/2011 12:09AM

    It's raining on the wrong coast. We are cloudy but no rain, maybe tomorrow. Hope you get your computer working better for you tomorrow. Sandy

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    I hope you are able to resolve your computer issues tomorrow.
We got a lot of rain here, too!
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JOANNS4 8/9/2011 10:53PM

    Some days are harder than others to get motivated. I hate it when that happens and really hate computer problems. I have had to reset my laptop twice lately. I hope it works out for you not too costly tomorrow.

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VALEREL 8/9/2011 10:22PM

    It's so hard to get motivated at times, but I cn tell you that journaling has helped me for sure. It forces me to log it all and quite frankly, when I pick, I HATE writing it all down!!! I love the report that can be run. I've realized the nutritional shortcomings I have. I hope your computer is fixed...that can be a real pain! We've been getting some rain here as well, but it's all good. It helps me water my veggies! :) emoticon

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DEE107 8/9/2011 9:53PM

    glad it rain and hope they fix your computer hugs

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KATIE233 8/9/2011 9:03PM

    glad the computer guy is coming over.i find being on face book is sometimes the problem with viruses and cookies and so on. sometimes my computer shuts down because window,s. it just crashes and i have to start it again. i need more ram in mine.we got lots of rain today too i won,t have to water for a few days. and suppose to rain tomorrow if not wal-mart or thursday.didn,t want to go when it was take care and have a wonderful day tomorrow.

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 8/9/2011 8:05PM

    Would you please ask the computer man if there's anything about Sparkpeople(like cookies or what ever) that could cause members to have computer problems? I've heard other members complaining about THEIR computers also. Sometimes, when I'm on Spark, my computer is as slow as dial-up and it just locks up. I can't close anything and I can't open anything. When I'm through with reading a thread, I can't close it. I have minimize it, then maximize it and only then, will it close. And I have to repeat that process several times. Also the spell checker and emoticons are very slow to load. It gets a little too tedious for me sometimes. My DH is blaming Sparkpeople & all their ads.

Good luck with getting yours working right.

Also congrats for tracking your calories again! I guess it's the only way to keep us in line, It's sort of like balancing our check book.

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BUTTERFLYER246 8/9/2011 7:24PM

    rainy days make me sleepy as well... hope your computer stops being sick tomorrow :)

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TILLIEBEE 8/9/2011 7:01PM

    Glad you're getting rain. We need some, too.
Hope you have a nice night.

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RRP546 8/9/2011 6:55PM

  rainy days are the best when you have noting to do

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Monday, August 08, 2011

My computer is going nuts on me.protectuon says I have all kinds of stuff but it won't take care of it.Can get on here sometimes and sometimes not. So will blog quickly.Today was my start over day. I still have no motivation but decided to start by tracking my calories. So far it is not pretty today. But at least I am trying to get back.
This is a plant I have had on my window sill forever and never knew it would have a bloom

This is Bill's ginger plant.He took this pic for me

I was thrilled today to see a large black swallow tail butterfly. Instead of sitting here to get a pic I decided to go to another window.The delay costs me a pic. next time i will know better. I am just happy to see it and hopefully more will come
We got a huge pile of junk taken away from back yard today. Slowly but surely
And Bill got rid of two mice. He bought a trap thing that kills them somehow when they go into the box. These were small so momma and papa are still out there.
Ok I better try to post this before computer goes nuts again.If I disappear it will be because I am getting computer fixed.

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PATRICIAANN46 8/9/2011 1:30PM

  Hi Eleni.......
I and Bill could get rocks to bloom. Your plants always look so healthy!!!
My Cleome have multiple seed pods which will dry more toward Fall. When that happens, I will send you some seeds. I can gather certain colors, or I can send you mixed multiples, whichever you would like. I will also take some pictures and send them along so you can see what they look like. Do you have ALL container plants, or are some in the ground?
Good Luck with your computer.

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LOSINIT52 8/9/2011 11:13AM

    I am so glad to see you are starting tracking again. I know it's tough to find the motivation but we can do it. I started mid July and decided just to start with tracking and ever so gradually I did better and better. I think my spark got a little jaded because I have been here so long, but it is now back and as strong as the day I joined.
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Sorry your computer is acting up. emoticon

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MIZCATHI 8/9/2011 6:45AM

    Your plants are truly gorgeous!

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DEE107 8/9/2011 12:10AM

    love your pictures with your computer hugs

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KATIE233 8/9/2011 12:05AM

    ok Eleni, we will see tomorrow if u are on.thanks for letting us know. i,m glad your little plant is going to had flowers. Bill,s flower is looking interesting got mice and i had kids next door boy,s with frogs and they had to show me i said get them out of here. yuck. they were letting them jump at me i don,t mine them if they are in the river or in the grass but not thrown at me.boys will be boys.i can see you running to window to other window seeing if there is butterflies.i think when you get all the pots in your butterfly garden you will have enough to take.and maybe a few take care and have a super day tomorrow.i,m off to wal- mart tuesday afternoon than to slots for awhile in peterborgh.

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TSISQUAUSDI 8/8/2011 9:50PM

    Beautiful Pix! And 'Start Over" days are great! Maybe not so much fun, but isn't it great that we can start over?

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MAGGIEMAY9999 8/8/2011 9:18PM

    Good luck getting your computer fixed! I had a panic with my laptop today it wouldn't turn on but all is good now.

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TILLIEBEE 8/8/2011 8:23PM

    HOpe your computer gets taken care of easily!
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CANBDONE 8/8/2011 7:44PM

    Hope you get your computer bugs fixed...I spend way to much time on this laptop, but it's such good company.

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