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Changes, they are a coming!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

So sorry to all my SP friends that I have been MIA for so long but I just now, FINALLY, got a few minutes to get online and share my news... DH and I are relocating from central Ohio to Washington in mid-August. We are both THRILLED about the opportunity and can't WAIT to get out of this wretched Ohio heat & humidity. I know it is often cloudy out there and tends to be more rainy but I'll take that in exchange for the cooler temps ANY day. emoticon

We have been running around like crazy trying to get everything done that needs done before we leave which has left VERY little time for much of anything else. I miss each and every one of my SP buddies and can't wait to get back in the swing of things once we land out west. In the meantime I hope that all of you are having a FANTASTIC summer and staying cool wherever you are!

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NICOFTHYME 9/29/2011 3:28AM

    Western part of the state.

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MOMFAN 9/26/2011 7:21PM

    Curious minds want to know where in Washington?

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JABULONESTAR 7/28/2011 3:47PM

    Congratulations :) I am so happy for you and hope that the move goes smoothly! Please tell me all about Washington and how you like living there when you get there because I have been looking at Oregon and Washington as possibilities of places that I would like to move to! emoticon

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SAPHRAEL 7/28/2011 10:40AM

    Congratulations on your big move. I too relocated to Washington from the midwest (Ann Arbor, Michigan). I'm in Maple Valley, WA. Look me up when you get here. If you're nearby, maybe we can take a walk together!

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KALIGIRL 7/28/2011 8:41AM

    emoticonon your relocation!
Good to her from you and can't wait to hear about the move.

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YAQUINDN 7/28/2011 6:41AM

    I am sure that you will love it out there. Yes, heat in Ohio is miserable. I hope that everything goes smoothly with the move and that you pursue your dreams in Washington.

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DEBBIE_C 7/28/2011 12:30AM

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"Just Stay..." (Grab your kleenex now!)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

I recently received an e-mail from a very dear friend of mine and the message was so strong that I wanted to share it with all of my SP friends. I am not sure who the author of the story is (I wish I did as I would like to give them credit and thanks) but I'm certainly glad that they wrote it to be shared and passed on. I will warn you now that it is very touching and if you are easily moved, like I am, you should grab your kleenex now! I thought it especially appropriate as a Father's Day post, but it certainly applies to all of us...

"Just stay..."

A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside.

"Your son is here," she said to the old man.

She had to repeat the words several times before the patient's eyes opened.

Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand. The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around the old man's limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement.

The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit beside the bed. All through the night the young Marine sat there in the poorly lighted ward, holding the old man's hand and offering him words of love and strength. Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine move away and rest awhile.

He refused. Whenever the nurse came into the ward, the Marine was oblivious of her and of the night noises of the hospital - the clanking of the oxygen tank, the laughter of the night staff members exchanging greetings, the cries and moans of the other patients.

Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words. The dying man said nothing, only held tightly to his son all through the night.

Along towards dawn, the old man died. The Marine released the now lifeless hand he had been holding and went to tell the nurse. While she did what she had to do, he waited.

Finally, she returned. She started to offer words of sympathy, but the Marine interrupted her.

"Who was that man?" he asked.

The nurse was startled, "He was your father," she answered.

"No, he wasn't," the Marine replied. "I never saw him before in my life."

"Then why didn't you say something when I took you to him?"

"I knew right away there had been a mistake, but I also knew he needed his son, and his son just wasn't here.

When I realized that he was too sick to tell whether or not I was his son,
knowing how much he needed me, I stayed."

I came here tonight to find a Mr. William Grey.
His Son was Killed in Iraq today, and I was sent to
inform him. What was this Gentleman's Name?

The Nurse with Tears in Her Eyes Answered,
Mr. William Grey..............

The next time someone needs you ... just be there. Just stay.

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ROSEWCI 7/6/2011 5:15PM

    What a powerful story...I burst into tears at the end! Wow!

You're right....when someone is in need, we must respond, no matter what! There may be a reason we're being called upon...

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1COUNTRY_GAL 6/22/2011 2:51AM

    emoticonVery heartfelt and powerful,thank you! emoticonDiana

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MESAMA 6/21/2011 2:25AM

    Amazing story! emoticon

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JABULONESTAR 6/20/2011 6:02PM

    Very Touching! Thank you for sharing this story!

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YAQUINDN 6/19/2011 7:24PM

    Wow. I needed a good cry today. Thank you.

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BETZYGIRL 6/19/2011 5:39PM

    This is very touching! It reminded me of sitting at the hospital last February with my husband. I had the privilege of having two of my sons there, but was trying to figure out how to let the one who was in training in the guards know. He hadn't had time to let us know how to contact him:( The good new is my husband was saved because of a skilled cardiologist and we got news to our son that evening. Thank you for sharing!

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Come join the a Dandy Lion!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

I have been on Spark People for a while now and have been a member of various teams throughout my time here and I truly have to say that one of the teams that I am a member of stands out among the rest. They have the most wonderful group of dedicated ladies who ACTIVELY participate and interact with each other on a daily basis. They are always there for you, lending support, comfort, motivation, inspiration, friendship, caring and commitment and they are...(DRUM ROLL PLEASE)...the Dandy Lions team. I have just recently discovered this AMAZING team and have been made to feel so welcome that I feel as though I were a founding member. Everyone there is so welcoming and wonderful that it is a place I truly feel "at home." I do hope that you get a chance to check it out and maybe even become a member!!!


Below is a little information about the team such as our motto and a little slice of what we are all about...


Will you R.O.A.R too???

R-- Refuse to Quit

O- Overcome all Obstacles

A Account for all of my Actions

R. Reach for my goals!

If you are looking for support, encouragement & friendship then please join us on the Dandy Lions

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COACHKRYSTIE 6/19/2011 5:38PM


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NICOFTHYME 6/19/2011 2:10PM

    Right lisa! ... they mate and wait for the woman to catch and bring them all the food, etc.... boy, we really do need to band together as a pride if for nothing more than to talk about those "lazy male lions!"

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Thanks for your comments ladies. This really is a wonderful team. Just the right size (for me and in my opinion) and so many caring people there. I don't usually blog one way or another about a team as everyone seems to have their own favorites, but this one just really is THAT wonderful.

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YAQUINDN 6/19/2011 2:04PM

    I'm glad that you posted that. I know that there are lots of teams out there, but which ones focus on what? I will check this one out since I really enjoyed your blog. Oh, and I know that it is the lioness who takes care of business and the male just seems to hang around to mate.

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LADYANDREA2012 6/18/2011 10:15PM

    Yay, great Blog!!! Yes, the Dandy Lions team is just a super dooper team!!!! Amazing, Awesome, great group of caring, loving women!!! Yay, Yay, Yay, woo Hoo!!!


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Challenge: Do it Just Because!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

So I went out yesterday with my pup, button, and my hubby for a nice hike and to get a little geocaching done (for those of you who do not know what geocaching is, you can check it out at: - it's a total BLAST!). Thinking that since all of the 'caches' were hidden in a suburban park, I donned my well loved flip-flops and headed out the door. Needless to say between the inches of mud and mosquitos and the ninja thorns hiding in the low brush waiting to assault me, what I thought was going to be a, literal, walk in the park turned out to be quite the, eh hmm, adventure. By the time we got done I was covered in mud, sweat and a little blood but believe it or not I loved every last moment. It allowed me to enjoy life carefree and frivolously. I frolicked in a brook, slid down an embankment and collected unique rocks along the path. I explored places I've never been (that are almost right in my own back yard) and walked, at times barefoot, in cool, fresh mud and I felt totally liberated.

How many times in our daily lives do we just wish we could do these sort of 'carefree' things and act like a kid again. I got plenty of exercise and got to spend quality time with the 'guys' in my life and even met a few fellow 'cachers' along the way. My request for each of my spark friends is to do something today that you either haven't done in ages or something you've always wanted to do but just haven't gotten around to. Your eyes will smile, your heart will rejoice and you will get the sheer satisfaction of knowing that you did something just because you could and wanted to. Something without any consequences other than to bring you joy and happiness. Enjoy the little things in life. Give yourself permission to live out loud!

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JABULONESTAR 6/6/2011 6:55PM

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NICOFTHYME 6/2/2011 10:56PM

    Thanks for all of your lovely comments! Amco...YOU GO! Don't you give a hoot what anyone else things. Do you it for yourself and the celebration of ...well...being "HERE" (as opposed to the horrible alternative!) and just because you can!


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-AMCO- 6/2/2011 2:59PM

You inspired me to go out in the back yard and do cartwheels!! I never do because, "what if someone sees and thinks I'm crazy?". Well that's on them today, cause I'm havin' fun!

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STEVENGO2 5/29/2011 4:15PM

    Ah to be a kid again. When exercising was just dang fun. Sounds like you had a great time exercising and letting that inner child have fun at the same time ~ congrats!

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YAQUINDN 5/29/2011 9:10AM

    I am so glad that you got to have fun like that.

I got to play in our 5' x 10' wading pool with my granddaughter for 1 hour and 40 minutes before my husband said that we needed to come in for lunch. Ani asked me if we could go to one of the local parks that has a creek and a lake as well as lots of cool rocks to climb. I might have to take her up on that one today.

Living is GOOD!

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RIKKI572 5/29/2011 8:44AM

    Wow, you have a fantastic attitude!! I will definately take up your offer to "live out loud".
Wishing you a wonderful day!

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JAMARIGOLD 5/29/2011 7:12AM

    Good idea! Seems that in our "busy" lives we seldom give ourselves permission to "live out loud". thanks for the blog!

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I'm finished...

Sunday, May 15, 2011

...with the 8-Week Diabetic Weight Loss Challenge that is! I'm in NO WAY done with my fight against diabetes or weight lose, and that's okay. I know that by doing things like taking this challenge and completing it and working diligently towards my goals I am making a better life and creating a healthier lifestyle for myself. And THAT is what's truly important. I'm thrilled, proud and excited to be done with the challenge, because I have the satisfaction of having started something, that specifically involved my weight loss goal, and stuck with it to the end. This not only gives me the pride of accomplishing this particular challenge, but it shows me that I really can do what I put my mind to...and let me tell mind is in overdrive thinking of all the wonderful, fun and exciting journey's I can move on to. So the end is just the beginning for me, and I couldn't be happier about that!

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KAYWEB555 5/22/2011 11:44PM

    That is so wonderful for YOU !

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BAREFOOTN 5/15/2011 6:53PM

    Congratulations on your accomplishment!!! Wishing you the best on your next adventure!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NTSOHLTHNT 5/15/2011 6:00PM

    That's an awesome accomplishment and you're well on your way to beating diabetes and being overweight. You have every right to be proud of yourself!
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YAQUINDN 5/15/2011 5:57PM

    You are so awesome. Congratulations. Keep me posted on your next adventure!

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PARKERB2 5/15/2011 5:48PM

    Good luck with your next challenge. You can do it.

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