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Times are Tough

Saturday, February 05, 2011

With the economy the way it is, I had to find ways to save money. But, I just could not bear to go without a personal chef and nanny.

So, I found a cheaper cook and babysitter...

I'm just pulling your leg. I don't have kids, so the dog only has to cook!

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LUNADRAGON 2/11/2011 7:16PM

    Hmm. I wonder if my cats could do that?

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FROSTIERACES 2/11/2011 2:25PM

    Thanks for the smiles!! emoticon

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GWENAEL 2/7/2011 3:16PM

  Loved it!

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COOPAH 2/6/2011 1:43PM

    lol nice...I'll trade you a kid for your chef?

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IUHRYTR 2/6/2011 8:39AM

    emoticon Now, if we can only figure out how to have someone else exercise for us but we get the endorphin high and results then we'd be set. -- Lou

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BTRTHANEVA 2/5/2011 8:16PM

    Note to self: Add *cooking* to training list for Gidget.

Cute, Nancy! Just like U!

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JUSTBIRDY 2/5/2011 7:28PM


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LUCKYDOGFARM 2/5/2011 6:54PM

    Cute!! if it was my dog, he would be taste testing everything, with out a spoon...

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LEANNROCKS 2/5/2011 6:51PM

    Oh this is perfect! How funny you are! Is he trained to cook low-cal?

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PELESJEWEL 2/5/2011 4:00PM

    emoticon I love it!! You made me LOL, I had to show my husband!! He showed our dogs and said -- see? I'm buying you an apron, and our dog said "woof woof woof!" Hahah!

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TODDJAMES 2/5/2011 2:52PM

    Obviously TOO MUCH time in the house! Funny stuff though!

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RJ-CYCLES 2/5/2011 12:37PM

    The pooch needs a hair net :)
Funny stuff :)

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GRACEFULIFE 2/5/2011 12:21PM

    Strange though... the meat is always rare. And the biscuits always taste of bacon....

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CHARMIN944 2/5/2011 11:16AM

    LOL emoticon

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BTWCOACH 2/5/2011 10:40AM

    You crack me up, Nancy!!!! Have a great Saturday! And say hi to that new man in your life from all of us! :-)

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ERIN1957 2/5/2011 8:44AM

    LOL so cute and thanks for the uplift, I saw the heading and thought should I go or not...worried I would see tears and regrets or something awful happening in some ones life and they needed encouragement... see you did good you brought to someone (me) that was willing to give, a giving gift back! Thank You!

Good gift giving!!


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FLBEACHBUM14 2/5/2011 4:14AM

    LOL! If my dogs keep getting me up at 3:30 am to go out in the rain, I am going to have to put them to work so they will be too tired to get up in the middle of the night! You are up either late or early yourself! emoticon

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    Thanks for the laugh...I needed it.

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The Blizzard of 2011

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Chicagoland got socked with the 3rd largest storm in recorded history last night. Between 18 - 24" of snow fell. However, the 2 bigger storms didn't have the winds that we had last night. Winds were 40 - 70 mph causing a lot of drifting snow. We also had "thunder snow," which was pretty cool - lightening while snowing!

Tonight, it is going to be -10 degrees with windchills down to -40 degrees. So, all that snow that is so neatly plowed is going to get blown all over the place again. Unless it is new snow, my association doesn't plow. The college is closed until at least noon tomorrow.

Note the bob cat in the left of the picture "beached" in my front yard! They couldn't get down the street to do my neighbor's homes because the city hadn't plowed yet.

My homeowner's association snow contractor was here to plow our driveways before the city came by to plow the streets. This guy in the van tried to get down the unplowed street and got stuck. Snow is up to the bumpers - what was he thinking?

Another street scene.

That cross bar on my patio door is 18" high. Naperville got about 20" of snow.

Since my driveway was plowed, I had a huge snow pile. A little neighbor girl came over to climb it!

There's the snow pile the little girl was climbing.

The welcome mats are still there, so ya'll come on by for a spell!

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The rest of these photos are not mine, but they are appropriate to our situation!

This one is for the Superbowl!

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RJ-CYCLES 2/4/2011 11:00PM

    Cool photos Nancy - thanks for posting this :)

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PMCFARM 2/4/2011 10:12PM

  Think I'll just stay in rural No. FL...sending you some SPRING!!!

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ERIN1957 2/4/2011 5:51PM

    I sure enjoyed your blog. Thanks for sharing the fun and adventure.


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YATMAMA 2/4/2011 3:36PM

    hahahahahaha The photos were hilarious!! God love ya. I could not do that kinda snow!

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ALLBW2U 2/3/2011 11:28PM

    Greetings, Nancy.

When we lived in the U.P. of Michigan we used to ask....What is it when you get 2 feet of new snow and the temperature is 10 below zero???? The first day of Spring!!

I hope that you get some warm weather really soon!! The pictures are enough to remind me why we moved out west.

Hope your tootsies are feeling better and that you are doing well. Best wishes....Bill

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GRACEFULIFE 2/3/2011 11:31AM

    Wow, you got a bunch more than we did here. I'm headed out in a couple minutes for Shoveling X.

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1HOTMAMA2BE 2/3/2011 9:52AM

    My aunt and uncle live in Cary, Illinois, and they sent some pics to me yesterday! Yikes! They are meeting us in Vegas tomorrow...hopefully! I love the pics you posted. I may have to borrow one if that's okay? The snow is crazy this year. We seem to get 10"+ every week. Time to stop!!!

Stay warm and safe...hugs!


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COOPAH 2/3/2011 9:16AM

    Cools pics...that's a lot of stinkin snow! Unassembled snowmen.... lol love it.

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MCSNYDER1 2/3/2011 9:10AM

    So glad you posted these pictures! Glad to know that you are safe and warm. Unbelievable amount of snow!

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DOLLBABE56 2/3/2011 7:34AM

    Love the pictures! Kind of reminds me of the blizzard that hit in '67 when we lived in Hoffman Estates - 12 ft. snow drifts. I remember my brother digging a "tunnel" from the front door because when you opened the door it was solid snow. brrrr.... and I think that it's cold here in Alabama now (in the 20's) I'm such a whimp now. lol

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TRIGRAMPS 2/3/2011 6:03AM

    Some storm! Nice pictures!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 2/3/2011 12:18AM

    guess i better keep my mouth shut about our 27 degrees we had today! no idea what the wind chills were, but i know it was windy because i went out and ran in it! argg!

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FLBEACHBUM14 2/2/2011 10:10PM

    Great pictures! I can only remember snow that deep twice in my life- when I was a little boy in Oregon it was over my head- no idea how deep it actually was. And I was in Memphis in 1968 the year Martin Luther King was killed- in March of that year MEMPHIS had 22 inches of snow- it literally crippled the city.

Stay warm!

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2BEEANEWME 2/2/2011 9:54PM

    I can't complain to much about our snow, but wish I had someone else do our driveway. It was a lot of work just to clear what we did. Stay warm and safe.

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    Our daughter, Heather lives in Romeoville, and she and I went to JCPenny's in Naperville hunting for something when we were there in July. I just called her and she said, "Mom, I'd say Romeoville and Naperville look pretty much the same!" While Drex was in the Navy, we lived in Waukegan, and I remember having so much snow! (that was in 1988.) Well, you stay warm! Heather says she'll take some pictures for me! By the way, I LOVED the bunny and the tree! emoticon

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JMERLAU 2/2/2011 9:05PM the NEED BEER in the snow.

Stay WARM Nancy!

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CHLOE453 2/2/2011 7:41PM

    Love your pics....sorry about the storm though. Take care and stay warm!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 2/2/2011 7:28PM

    I love all of the snow creativity - "Need beer." LOL.

It does look so pretty in pictures though - it is amazing.

I will really appreciate spring for sure.

Stay warm.


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BTRTHANEVA 2/2/2011 7:11PM

    Mother Nature must be really pissed at us. Good time to catch up on SP, though. Our snowblower crapped out on me half way through the driveway. Think I'll be getting a back rub soon... Oh honey!!! lol.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 2/2/2011 6:52PM

    We got 5 inches of now yesterday, 5 inches of snow today and are expecting 4 to 6 tomorrow after a rain that is exopected to come in this evening! YIKES!

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IUHRYTR 2/2/2011 6:44PM

    Stay warm and safe. -- Lou

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Three Things (Thanks to others for this idea)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I read this on several blogs today and found it interesting. goes.

The names I go by:

Three places I've lived in the past:
Chicago, IL
Lombard, IL
Naperville, IL (Never too far from home!)

Three sports I have played:
Volleyball emoticon
Softball emoticon
Bowling emoticon

Three things I love to watch:
A baby sleeping emoticon
My dogs playing in the snow emoticon emoticon
Castle (he is ruggedly handsome!) emoticon

Three places I have visited:

Three people I love:
Family (can't limit it to 3)

Three things I love to eat:
Pizza emoticon
Thai food
Chocolate (I meant carrots!) emoticon

Three things I am looking forward to:
Storm chasing
Bears winning the Superbowl! emoticon

That's a short summary my life. How about copying and pasting this and sharing some things about you with your friends?

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FROSTIERACES 2/11/2011 2:28PM

    Storm chasing huh! wow...I'm a wimp at storms! This was fun to read!! :)

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HEALTHDUDE 1/26/2011 11:55AM

    Hi Nancy!!
I've been away and just starting to catch up with Spark.

I read your Toe Blog - Hope things go well with that.

As far as this Blog goes.....I blaming you for jinxing the Bears. That's right, it's your fault they lost. It was your Blog that sealed the deal! You were the cause for that STINK on Sunday. I'm going to Tweat about you so people will stop blaming Cutler. You (and your toe) will be the talk of the town.

Gee, I feel good being back!

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PELESJEWEL 1/23/2011 6:42PM

    I love that you shared this format, it is a great way to get to know you better and YES, please do incorporate the prayer I use into your life...prayer is wonderful in all languages, isn't it?! emoticon

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1HOTMAMA2BE 1/23/2011 2:47PM

    How cool! Go BEARS!!!

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IUHRYTR 1/23/2011 6:27AM

    Sure you meant carrots instead of chocolate, Nancy. Wink, wink. I do not want to imagine the taste of carrot flavored Easter bunnies or carrot flavored milk. emoticon -- Lou

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ALLBW2U 1/23/2011 12:58AM

    Hey there, NC (starting 4th name for you).

I just finished a small box of carrots that I got for Christmas. It isn't that my willpower is so strong, but rather that I just found, wait....I only ate them because of your posting. Yeah. That's it.

I hope that you are doing well this weekend. Haven't heard anything the phone still working?

Hope you have a great Sunday.....Bill

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SUZANNE0606 1/23/2011 12:55AM

    It was nice to get to know you a little better! Thanks!

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GENKA81 1/23/2011 12:16AM

    mmmmm Chocolate covered Carrots!!!! LOL =P

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/23/2011 12:00AM

    love the chocolate carrots! mmmmmm, yummy!

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    I really enjoyed that, Nancy! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Lesson learned: Don't let strangers screw with my head!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

In case you aren't up to speed on my medical condition -- here's the nutshell version --
12/17/10 - I had surgery on both feet - left foot for neuroma removal and correction of 2 hammer toes, right foot correction of 1 hammer toe.
12/22/10 - Due to constricting of the bandages and over-icing to try to get the swelling down, I now have 3 frostbitten toes - yep, the 3 former hammer toes are now frostbitten.

OK, so on Tuesday this week (1/18/11), a wound specialist (foot doc #2) that I was referred to 2 weeks ago, scares the crap out of me by telling me that the worst frostbitten toe on my right foot only has a 50/50 chance of being saved - but that 2 weeks earlier, he thought it had zero chance, so he wasn't betting against me.

Yesterday, I went to my usual podiatrist (foot doc #1) - the guy who did my surgery. I tell him that foot doc #2 said that due to the change in temperature between the base of my toe and the tip of my toe, foot doc #2 thought I only had a 50/50 chance of saving the tip of the toe. Foot doc #1 says, "I don't agree with that. Your toes are ALWAYS cold!"

Those were the sweetest and most encouraging words I could have heard! Foot doc #1 said that it is still too soon to say for sure, but he felt that I have a good chance of saving the entire toe. The 2 toes on the left foot are pretty much going to be OK. Scars may not be as pretty as they would have been without the frostbite, but at least I'll have the toes.

So, I am choosing to believe foot doc #1, who has known me and my cold toes for the last 2 years, over foot doc #2, who just met me 2 weeks ago.
Isn't is amazing how I let a perfect stranger screw with my head? Have you ever done that - let a perfect stranger screw with your head?

Next time I see foot doc #2, I'm going to tell him, "Cold toes, warm heart!" And we know that the heart (love) can heal all wounds, right?

PS - I'd post pictures of my toes, but they would probably make you lose your lunch - they are pretty nasty looking.

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RJ-CYCLES 1/22/2011 4:56PM

    Praying for the recovery of your feet. Is there a foot specialist or dermatologist specialist you could find, or another specialist if needed? Thanks for the details - will be praying

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/21/2011 7:02PM

    Honestly, some doctors are such idiots? Who says that?! Yeesh.

I am glad you had doc #1 to balance things out.

Take care, gorgeous.


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ALLBW2U 1/21/2011 3:53PM

    Remember, Nancy....they are called practicing physicians. And besides, I have been talking with the Great Physician on a daily basis. He has everything under His control. Great deal and no second opinion required!!

I hope that you are having a wonderful Friday. I safely finished my swingshifts and am trying to get turned around to days again. It is tough getting old!! In many, many years you will be learning about that, too.

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    If anyone touched my wife's feet they would think she had frostbite. She has the coldest feet on record. And she loves trying to warm them up by rubbing them against my very warm feet which sends my body into shock.

I know what you mean about doctors. We have to be our own doctors to a certain degree or else they would scare us to death. Praying for a quick and full recovery for your feet. Have a great weekend.


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LEANNROCKS 1/21/2011 5:46AM

    Nancy, I agree. Why do we give doctors so much trust? Hang tuff!

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SUZANNE0606 1/21/2011 12:41AM

    Wow, I can't believe you have frostbite now. Foot surgery is not fun at all. My feet were operated on 11/08 and 5/10 and they are still very numb and stiff.

As far as doctors playing with your head, I don't think they know as much as we give them credit for! Scary!

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    HOW did I MISS this surgery!? Wow, I was oblivious, and I'm so SORRY! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/20/2011 11:09PM

    Nan, i am so glad that your regular Doc had better news for you! YAY!

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FRAN0426 1/20/2011 8:34PM

    Nancy, we tend to trust people, (especially medical people) but I'm so glad you went back to the surgeon that did the surgery
1---He does know your case much better than the second doctor.
2---You need to hear there is hope for your tootsies. Stressing out thinking there isn't any change will not aid in the healing
I wish you the best outcome that is the bottom line.

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IUHRYTR 1/20/2011 8:26PM

    Or don't ever go back to Doc. #2. If you need a second doctor, find another one who is more caring. Just because they are doctors does not excuse them from showing concern and compassion to their patients. -- Lou

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YATMAMA 1/20/2011 8:16PM

    God love you! I am so sorry you are going through this. I stand in agreement with you for toe survival! You may have read my story of losing my left little toe to my treadmill and the six months of brutal wound care that followed. I don't want you to go through that and I ask God's touch upon your poor toes even now, in Jesus' name.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/20/2011 5:11PM

    Just keep working on it. You can do it.

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BTRTHANEVA 1/20/2011 4:46PM

    The truth of the matter, my dear Nancy, is that you're FRIGID! (well, at least your tootsies are...) hehehehehe.

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ANDREA963 1/20/2011 3:08PM

    It amazes me, but this is the second such story I have heard in 6 months that someone had a doctor tell them they were going to have something amputated, only to get a second opinion and find it either not true or not to that severity true. A friend told me about a relative who had been told they'd have to amputate to the knee. Turns out the other doctor only amputated the one big toe. But I think the person also had to have a stent put in, to increase blood flow too for circulation issues. Anyway, 2nd opinions, 3rd opinions, definitely worth it. And I think we have to look out for ourselves when it comes to opinions.

Glad to hear you only have cold toes...we all know you have a warm heart - no second opinion needed. :)

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FERGSGIRL2 1/20/2011 3:07PM

    Hang in there! And take care of yourself--foot and head--

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FLBEACHBUM14 1/20/2011 3:03PM

    You and your toes are going to WIN this battle! Hang in there and keep fighting!
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What I want for Christmas!

Saturday, December 25, 2010


Wishing you the most wonderful Christmas season! Peace and glad tidings to all!

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GETFITTER7 1/4/2011 10:49PM

    This is sooooo cute and sweet! Making me smile!! I am ready too!

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GOSPELCLOWN 1/4/2011 7:28PM

    I'm ready to go!

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/2/2011 7:37PM

    You are so cute.

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SUZANNE0606 12/28/2010 1:06AM

    Very cute!!!

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ALLBW2U 12/28/2010 12:43AM

    Ouch, ooooh, man....was it ever dark in that bag!!


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IUHRYTR 12/25/2010 10:46PM

    Aww, thank you Nancy. Hoping you heal quickly and can get back to normal. -- Lou

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HEALTHYASHLEY 12/25/2010 8:39PM

    So cute! Merry Christmas and god bless! Hugs Ash

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MCSNYDER1 12/25/2010 8:05PM

    LOL!!! That's cute!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 12/25/2010 6:28PM

  awww..that is adorable! :)

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LUCKYDOGFARM 12/25/2010 5:58PM


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    I love it, Nancy! That was adorable! Merry Christmas! emoticon

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LEANNROCKS 12/25/2010 2:16PM

    I love it!

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YATMAMA 12/25/2010 2:09PM

    That is so precious!!

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