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It's Turn up the Power Tuesday!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Turn up the power! Shift into high gear! Today is your day to shine and make it happen!
You can do it!

Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it and virtue is doing it.


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ALEXSGIRL1 7/13/2010 8:09PM

    nice quote and direction and as soon as i am well i will be on my way

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    you, my sparked friend, have wisdom, skill and are totally blessed with a bounty of virtue!

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KO1215 7/13/2010 3:32PM

    Great! Thanks!

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SUNNY1432 7/13/2010 2:58PM

    Hope you letting the sunshine in today! Have a wonderful Tuesday! emoticon

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NANCYANDRA 7/13/2010 10:49AM

    Good advice!!! I'm off today - got the floor swept and mopped before my haircut appointment at 830

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Kind of catching up

Monday, July 12, 2010

Just a typical day with odd requests and unusual activity
Farmers in to secure records that most of them have but prefer to let me find instead.
Service work that will keep you busy and make you wish the phone would be silent a little longer so you can catch your breath.
A mind that wanders off to play until you haul in back gently reminding it there is work to
be done.

DH went to therapy today and spent the day under observation for possible heart issues.
Thus the mind wandering. He was released late this afternoon with a lot of questions left
behind. Doctor will follow through with test results later this week. We did go to watch
DS play baseball. I broke down and ate super nachos. It was the healthiest food item and I
still stayed in range.
I did spend about 45 minutes doing chores and working in the garden so I got my cardio
covered as well.
Hope your "Make it Happen Monday" went well. What is in store for tomorrow? Tune it
and see how imagination works. We mildly insane people are capable of almost anything! LOL! Thanks for stopping by! emoticon

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NKHARRIS329 7/13/2010 8:58AM

    I'm still keeping you and your husband in my prayers. I wish you both the best!

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DAISY443 7/13/2010 5:58AM

    There is some comfort in routine. Good luck with the tests. Prayers and emoticon

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SHERYLP461 7/13/2010 12:43AM

    I hope all goes well with your DH tests.

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VEGEFARMER 7/12/2010 11:59PM

    I hope that you and your hubby get all the information on the tests and that it is all good news. Thinking of you and sending out lots of love and healing thoughts. hugs.

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MMAZZIE 7/12/2010 10:57PM

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Make it Happen Monday!

Monday, July 12, 2010

It's a new day so it's Make it Happen Monday! You know what to do so just do it! emoticon

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    Thank you!

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SCHANSEN2010 7/12/2010 3:07PM

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SUNNY1432 7/12/2010 2:15PM

    Short and sweet, but very true!! emoticon

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SMILEYBEE 7/12/2010 11:07AM

    Yes! A clean slate each morning to write today's story on.

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SLIMTHICK2 7/12/2010 8:45AM

    You told it like it is, I like that. Have a beautiful day.

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DBELLE39 7/12/2010 8:15AM

    Great attitude for planning the week! I find when I just make myself do it, I'm feeling better about myself afterwards.

Have a great day.

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JOURNEYOF3 7/12/2010 8:14AM

    Great words of wisdom. emoticon

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Family tree

Sunday, July 11, 2010

One of DH's distant cousins is visiting from California and researching the family tree. It was very interesting and I could see spending hours working on it. For now, I will be content to let him handle the extensive research. He is retired and has the hours to do it. But he gave us excellent tips on where to look and how to do it. Someday...
We babysat the grandchildren for about 6 hours so mom and dad could go to dinner and a movie to celebrate their anniversary. We took them to the farm and we walked into the garden to harvest broccoli, zucchini, yellow squash and check out the cucumbers. It was
very hot and humid and weather was brewing. After supper, I took them home for baths
and bed. The storms moved in just as DD and SIL returned on the Harley, slightly wet but
inside before the really heavy rain arrived. We had an inch in the rain gauge this morning.
The skies have cleared and the air is cool and fresh.
We are invited out for a spaghetti supper with SIL's parents. I am baking an apple crisp to
share. It will be a good dessert and also, it clears a little space in my freezer. I did a little
substitution, and made it a healthier dessert. It should taste good and it could be that everyone will think it is the same recipe I always use. I cut the sugar down to 1/4 cup and added ginger for the sweet taste we all expect. Ssshhh! It's a secret LOL!
Track every bite, write down all your activity, drink your water and get enough sleep. Build
up to success and reach your goal ! emoticon
Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a great evening!

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SUNNY1432 7/12/2010 12:02AM

    The apple crisp was great!! Thanks again for watching the kids!
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    I love apple crisp!

Hope you have a great time!

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    Sounds like you have been busy! Genealogy is very interesting and fun to look into.

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SHERYLP461 7/11/2010 6:11PM

    I also am researching my family. Legacy is my favorite, but you do buy the best version of it.

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NKHARRIS329 7/11/2010 5:49PM

    Check out for your family tree. I started some research on this site and it was really useful. Unfortunately I ran into a lot of dead ends.

Hopefully this turns into a great experience for you and you learn a lot (or can teach a lot) about your family!

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My Fitness Friday

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I did have other plans for cardio but a fire call provided a little more activity than I anticipated.
There was a fire in a hog barn which was located in a hilly area. It was owned by a Hutterite
colony and was full of sows and baby pigs. There were about 20 men fighting the fire when
we arrived. We had about 12 firemen plus a neighboring fire dept to back us up.
We were on scene for 1 1/2 hours. I spent about 30 minutes in full bunker gear before taking the jacket off and just working with the rest of the gear. The boots weigh 4-5 pounds each and the bunker pants
weigh about 10 pounds. The jacket easily weighs 20 pounds. It was hot and humid as well, Due to the terrain, that compounded the situation. It was quite an experience fighting the
fire and monitoring the men with me. I had 5 guys that I sidelined with heat exhaustion issues.
At least they all took my advice to sit down, cool off and "loose" the gear. I made them
strip down to bare skin above the waist and sit in the shade. They could only go back when
I gave them clearance. Best group of guys! We kidded around about "taking it all off".
Another fireman and I peddled water to the group, making sure everyone was staying hydrated, ourselves included. We did run out of water at the end but still had Gatorade on hand.
I even spent time doing crowd control as the women and children ventured into the area
several times, standing in the smoke and walking among the trucks until I asked one of the
bosses to explain that they needed to move away. That is a very delicate situation as the men
are in complete charge and women have very little say. To be appraoched by a woman and
told what to do is an uncommon thing. But it worked and all the men were very quick to
help. Since I was the only woman firefighter there, it was quite the movelty for them.
It was quite an afternoon and today I have very sore leg muscles-go figure. To think I used
to pack around those 40+ pounds all the time a few years back makes me appreciate
SP all the more! By the time I took off my bunker pants, my jeans were sopping wet. I should
have anticipated it but was still surprised.
Take the unexpected opportunities for fitness whenever you get the chance. Walk the
extra blocks or mile, go for a hike, ride your bike, pick up the grandchildren. Do a little more.
The payoff can be huge. Always make sure to stretch and cool down.
I hope today is a quieter day and I am sure it will be. Have a super Saturday and a wonderful weekend!

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/11/2010 11:40AM

    way to go and i think spark has helped you.never sit around when you can get stronger

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MAIZZY 7/10/2010 11:33PM

    You are an amazing woman! emoticon

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FROSTY99 7/10/2010 8:56PM

    WOW! I can't imagine doing this. You are a very amazing lady.
You go girl!! emoticon

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    OMG! On top of everything else you do - you're a volunteer firefighter?!

You are totally awesome!!

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SUNNY1432 7/10/2010 11:58AM

    What a Workout!! ;' emoticon I'm glad you were there help with the fire and take care of everyone else. It's a great asset having an EMT on site!
Have a great day and stretch and rest the legs a little. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/10/2010 8:26AM

    One of the TV shows that made a huge impression on me probably didn't get as wide an audience as it deserved. It was a "reality" kind of demonstration of what a person might have to do to escape a fire in a high-rise building. They took I think it was ten ordinary citizens and faked this test, that involved running down stairs, finding the pathway blocked, then having to run up the stairs, help drag a 150 pound "victim" from one stair well to another, and proceed to the roof before a helicopter arrived to rescue them in the nick of time.

It was a timed test. If you made it in the allotted time, you lived. If you didn't you would have died in the explosion that was scheduled at that time. Ten of the ten failed.

Then the "contestants" were given six weeks to get their act together... some of them lost weight, some didn't even need to lose weight, just they were that unfit. Six weeks later, they took the test again... and despite a couple of scare points... they all made it.

Your post reminded me of this: the motivation for fitness is survival. Thanks for reminding us all!

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