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Omar's Big Adventure

Monday, May 12, 2014



one of the things that happened while I was on my “Spark Break” -

One of the days that I spent so much time working in the yard, I came in and fell asleep on the sofa. I was just exhausted. When I woke up Jack and Obie were in the house, but not Omar. No big deal because we have a dog door and the yard is fenced.

I got up and went to the bathroom, then went to the kitchen for a glass of water, checked the dog's water bowls, etc. The usual routine. After about 30 minutes or so of not seeing Omar come in the house, I went out in the yard to call him. Nothing. I went back in the house “OMAR? OMAR”, looked under the sofa and love seat (he likes to nap under there), checked every room in the house...no Omar. Back out in the yard: OMAR! OMAR! Nothing.

I was starting to panic. I told DH that I could not find Omar anywhere. DH kept looking around in the house while I went back out to walk the fence line in the backyard. Still no Omar.

The lady next door asked in broken English (she is Russian) if I was looking for 'the little doggy' and I told her I was. She said she had seen him running in the neighborhood. Then I really panicked.

I ran in the house and told DH that Omar had gotten out. DH headed toward the front of our small subdivision, I headed to the back. I saw some people out in their garage and asked if they had seen a “little shaggy dog, kind of a Benji type'. One of them had seen him running around at about 3:00. That was HOURS ago!

We are only 5 houses in from a very busy state highway. I was getting more and more worried. I walked back to the house behind us and asked if they'd seen Omar. Nope. While I was back there, I walked the outside of the fence line. No signs of any escape. All the gates were closed and locked (we keep padlocks on all the gates).

DH got in the car and drove about a mile or so in each direction. Thankfully, no signs that our little guy had been hit by a car. I put a notice on my FB page. Omar does wear his collar and rabies tag, so he could be traced back to us if somebody found him. I put Obie and Jack on their leashes and took them for a walk in the neighborhood, hoping Omar would see them and run up. Still nothing.

I was so sad...I just didn't think we'd ever see him again. I had found Omar at a park just over a year ago. And he had quickly become part of our family. Now it seemed he was gone.

It didn't really hit me until I fed Obie and Jack their dinner. I didn't have to put any food in Omar's bowl. I started sobbing. I sat down at the computer desk with my head in my hands. Obie came over to comfort me. That was at 6:00.

At 7:00, Obie and Jack started barking like crazy at the door that's behind me when I'm at the computer. My heart leapt with hope...please, please, please God...

and there he was! No sign of any harm. Just walked up to the gate. “I'm home. Can I still get dinner?”

I still don't know how he got out, and he hasn't done it since then. My suspicion is that DH let him out without realizing it. Omar will nose a door open if it's not closed all the way. DH is bad about not shutting the door all the way when he goes outside.

I also make a habit of saying goodbye to the boys when I leave, and giving them their treat (a baby carrot). That way I KNOW that all three of them are safely in the house when I go to work.

Oh...Omar had his adventure on a Saturday. The Monday after, as I was leaving for work, I noticed the side gate didn't have the lock on it. DH had mowed the lawn on Sunday. That night I had asked him, 'did you lock the gate?' and he assured me he did. I didn't go out and check for myself, which I usually do.

GRRRRRRRR


Omar's favorite napping spot is on my shoulder


Obie, Jack, and Omar
when my status mentions 'Pilates with 3 dog resistance' this is what I'm talking about

  
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CHEMCHIC2006 5/13/2014 8:29AM

    Oh my gosh.. I couldn't even picture loosing my doggie! So glad Omar is back with you and safe!!
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JEANNETTE59 5/12/2014 4:21PM

  So glad Omar's adventure had a happy ending. You must have been a total wreak, you have been so much with Omar bless his heart.
Thanks for being such a good mom to your furry boys. emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 5/12/2014 10:29AM

    I would have been a mess just like you. Our basset hounds are famous for sneaking out a door that isn't shut all the way. I have locks on all my gates for the same reason you do. Here there is a lot of dog stealing. So glad he is home safe. Don't you wish that at times like these they could tell you their adventure story?

I remember when you rescued Omar! Love how he sleeps on you. He is a special little buddy!

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LEWILL1982 5/12/2014 10:15AM

    Terrifying when they get out! Mine was gone for almost 2 hours one night, on a rainy windy night. We eventually found her, wet and muddy and she acted like nothing was wrong!

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AKATHLEEN54 5/12/2014 9:20AM

    That's so weird that you wrote this story today. I was literally just telling my husband yesterday about your one-eyes bandit and how you rescued him and took him for surgery.... I love that little guy!! I'm so glad he returned safe and unharmed. It really is unbelievable how these animals become such a huge part of our lives. Yesterday, my husband was going to take me for a ride to the beach for Mother's Day, but he said we'll do whatever you want. I said, actually, I'd be just as happy to go for a nice long walk in the woods with you and Gib, which is what we did and it was an absolutely perfect way to spent the day. I was happy and of course, Gibby was extatic!! Love your family photo.... what a great looking bunch!! emoticon emoticon

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weekly exercise recap

Saturday, May 10, 2014

I've definitely gotten in my workouts this week!

I think I got the red letters on my fitness tracking page on Wednesday, so Thursday night I changed to the other system. Wow! I have been eating WAY too few calories.

I'm still working on getting the yard in shape. That has really boosted my fitness minutes.

Saturday - at least 3 hours of yard work

Sunday - Pilates in the morning / 3 hours in the yard in the afternoon

Monday - HIIT class in the morning / spin class after work

Tuesday - Pilates in the morning / HIIT after work

Wednesday - Pilates in the morning / spin class after work

Thursday - Pilates in the morning / 10 mile bike ride after work

Friday - Tabata in the morning / 5 sets of 20 push-ups (for Henry!)

I usually posts my playlist with my exercise recaps. While I do Pilates at home, I listen to the Dallas Buyers Club soundtrack (it's GREAT!)

When I do yard work, I've been listening to episodes of 'Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!' I don't really enjoy yard work, but I love listening to WWDTM, so that encourages me to stay out there longer.

how did you do for the week???



  
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MJOHEMME 5/25/2014 11:44AM

    I guess that explains why you are in the top 5 for Team Zombie! emoticon

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JEANNETTE59 5/11/2014 12:42PM

  emoticon Happy Mother's Day!

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FITWITHIN 5/10/2014 8:54PM

    Great variety in the exercise. emoticon

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push-ups for Henry - will you join me???

Friday, May 09, 2014

my boss has a buddy who is really going through some trying times.

This is a nice family of 4. The husband, Henry, has always been really healthy. He and my boss have had a push-up challenge for several years. They would email or phone each other with their monthly totals.

In the fall of 2010, their son was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Jake has battled, been through multiple chemo, and is just a fighter. He's currently in remission and is doing very painful physical therapy to try to repair the damage from the treatments. Seeing Jake go through this was understandably trying for the family. One of the ways that Henry would get out his frustration was by doing push-ups.

Last year, Henry was diagnosed with cancer. They thought it was in his tonsils. He's been through very aggressive chemo and is so sick and weak. The last doctor's appointment Henry was told the cancer may have spread to his brain. He goes for more tests next week.

The mom and daughter are physically healthy, but the entire family is just worn out. They have the greatest attitude, but I know they probably have some very dark moments when all of this just overwhelms them.

My boss told Henry that he would do Henry's push-ups. I'm going to do push-ups for Henry too.

I'll also ask the group at the personal fitness facility to participate.

we will send Henry a total count so he knows how many people are thinking about him and praying for him, and how many push-ups have been done in his honor.

anybody else want to join us?

  
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BLUENOSE63 5/9/2014 11:48PM

  I did 6 sets of 12 for Henry and his family!

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JER-BER 5/9/2014 7:50PM

    I have recently been diagnosed with Tendonitis (sp?) in my right arm/elbow and it has been extremely painful, but ultimately it is suppose to go away. I have been wanting to get back into my push ups for a while, but because of the pain I have not. I plan to slowly start working on them and when I do I am going to think about Henry and do my push ups for Henry and the family. emoticon

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LEWILL1982 5/9/2014 2:27PM

    One of my weakest exercises and one that I need to work on the most. I'll work on it!

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SHERYLDS 5/9/2014 12:36PM

    sounds like a great way to send a supporting vibe.

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JEANNETTE59 5/9/2014 12:14PM

  How very sad, they sound like a very nice family. And your boss sounds pretty special. I really like your idea. It's a very positive way of showing support.
My doctor has prohibited me from doing push-ups because of a serious shoulder injury, but I can do sit-ups if that is o.k. I will also keep the family in prayer. emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 5/9/2014 12:03PM

    I will keep him in my prayers - the whole family! Sadly I cannot join you in a push up challenge due to the osteo-arthritis in my neck. I have to do alternate exercises for anything related to putting pressure on my neck and shoulders for that reason.

Great idea though!

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my unexpected absence

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

I kind of vanished from Spark - totally unplanned.

the first issue was accessing the site from my phone. I don't know what was going on, but I just could not get to Spark. Then I got really busy at work, and I just had no time.

That was close to Ash Wednesday, so I decided I'd give up Spark for Lent. I also went vegetarian for Lent (ovo-lacto - gotta have my cheese). Giving up meat was pretty easy. Giving up Spark was not! When some of my dearest Spark friends Spark mailed me, it was SOOOO tough not to log on and let them know why I was staying away!

Easter Sunday I thoroughly enjoyed the ham mom baked (drool!), and planned to get back on Spark. But I was involved in some projects at home (landscaping stuff) and still really busy at work. By the time I came in at night, I was just too tired to even think about doing anything.

now the boxwoods planted across the front of the house in 1988 are gone (thanks, Mom!) and replaced by gardenias and azaleas. I have LOTS of fresh herbs planted (thanks, Mom!) and I've made a serious dent in pulling up the honeysuckle vines. It's still a work in progress, but this is a great time of the year for outdoor activities. Mom not only helped with the yard work (she LOVES to work in her yard), but she bought all the plants for me as a birthday gift.

I had asked my mom to help me out with this project (which I described as 'making our house look like somebody actually lives in it'). DH barely keeps the grass cut, and does practically nothing as far as housework.

I just get tired of doing E V E R Y T H I N G, ya know? Plus he's almost ALWAYS home. I prefer cleaning house when he's not there. When he traveled for business or would go on fishing trips with his buddies, I'd stay up all night the day he left getting the house spotless. Then I could enjoy my nice clean house the entire time he was gone. After about 15 minutes of DH being home, the house already looks messy. He's just a slob and a pack rat. But I do love him and he's my very best friend. So if being a slob is the worst thing about him, I can deal.
I do still get frustrated (obviously).

As if I needed something else in the midst of busy at work and busy at home, the race that I volunteer at every year was April 19th. Which happened to be the only open day in mom's schedule! So I was at the race at 6AM and left as soon as I could (just before noon). Mom was busy in the yard when I got home. I changed clothes and got busy! DH did help until I got home.

Between the three of us, we filled up a pick up truck AND the trailer mom's DH uses to pull his golf cart with yard waste! Since then I've filled up DH's truck once (working on the second truck load now).

I did get in a good bit of exercise (which I logged last night from the calendar where I had tracked everything) and usually did okay on eating.

some photos from my 'Spark time-out'

Lydia & I working at the 5k/10k


this is my mother's yard! Will mine ever look like this? Not bloody likely...but I know where to go when I need help!

  
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MLAN613 5/16/2014 9:04AM

  I know we don't know each other but I know you were missed! I always love your comments on the boards. I can tell you put a lot of thought into them. Glad you are back.

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23KAIYA 5/6/2014 7:17PM

    Gorgeous yard!!!
I have faith in you, your's will be there one day. :)

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BLUENOSE63 5/6/2014 3:06PM

  Glad to have you back.....sometimes a rest is as good as a change! Great looking yard!

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JEANNETTE59 5/6/2014 1:31PM

  emoticon You sure used the time wisely and accomplished a lot. I smiled at the Easter ham although it doesn't qualify as vegetarian emoticon I'm happy you enjoyed it.
It sounds as if you have a wonderful mom. Give her lots of emoticon . I love her landscaping and yes you will get there.

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BLESSED2BEME 5/6/2014 10:39AM

    You were missed but you certainly used your time away well! Glad you are back but I also understand the absence.

Your Mom's yard is beautiful. I'm sure that is the result of years of work.

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AKATHLEEN54 5/6/2014 8:56AM

    So glad you are back. Your Mom's yard looks gorgeous!!.... something I always dream of as well, but will probably never achieve (not enough time or $$, but its nice to dream isn't it?) emoticon emoticon

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SHERYLDS 5/6/2014 7:26AM

    emoticon you were missed
Great Picture of you

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MOTTAMAMALOU 5/6/2014 7:09AM

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I'd love to see your yard when it's finished. It sounds like you have had lots of work to do. Your mom is a sweetheart to be helping you. Thank God for moms.

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HAPPYMENOW58 5/6/2014 6:13AM

    Wow...You are so lucky to have such a wonderful mother!

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being a Team Leader is a learning process!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

at the end of last year I became a team leader. Fortunately Spark offers LOTS of resources, but I have more respect than ever for team leaders. I cannot imagine how much time it takes for some of the really large groups.

my team is Reaching Our Goals in 2014. It was started by another Sparker last year (as ROGI 2013), but she had to stop being the leader due to other commitments. Somebody else tried to get the team active again, but has now left Spark.

I really liked the team last year and Lisa did such a great job. I didn't want to see it go so when nobody else could take over as leader I decided to give it a shot.

Spark has special teams to help the leaders. That's helped tremendously. One is for technical stuff. They have another for socializing.

Tonight I added some links and a team announcement. I noticed on our team email that these were options and it didn't take very long to figure out how to do.

Leaders can give team goodies from a monthly points allotment. That's pretty cool. I've used them to welcome new members. We are compiling a list of birthdays and Spark anniversaries, so that will be another way to 'spend' the goodie points. Rewarding accomplishments and encouraging members will also use up some points.

for all you folks looking for an active team - you can help by being active on teams yourself, and by inviting your Spark friends to join. If you have the time consider volunteering to be a co-leader. If a team you really like loses the leader, maybe you can take over. Give it a try.
You can also award daily points to your team from the START menu...AND you get those points too!

and to all the Team Leaders emoticon emoticon emoticon

if you'd like to check out our team
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=58417

  
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DEE_B1939 1/27/2014 10:18PM

    Debby, you are doing a wonderful job! I like this team a lot....and thank you for replacing my old laptop with one that works. emoticon

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JEANNETTE59 1/27/2014 1:03PM

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BLUENOSE63 1/27/2014 7:14AM

  If you can lead dogs and kids.....the rest should be relatively smooth sailing!

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KAB7801 1/26/2014 11:22PM

    That's amazing and a total commitment
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