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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

This was shared on a 'Team Wall'

Jason Mraz - Beautiful Mess (Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2008)


Don't know why but it made me cry... and I needed to share the song with somebody and couldn't think of anyone I knew that I felt I could share it with... so here it is.. The first 2 minutes, just do me in.
Is it just me? Does it matter? Maybe, and No.


Here is another try at sharing the link......

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MISSDAISY23 10/18/2014 12:03AM

    I finally open it in You Tube. Thank you for sharing this beautiful song!

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RAINBOWMF 10/16/2014 11:27PM

    Thank you. I got it now. Nice!

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68ANNE 10/16/2014 6:26PM

    Thank you!

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STILLMENEWBODY 10/16/2014 3:26PM

    It was beautiful Audra! Just beautiful!

To those that could not open it. Click on the link again. At the front of the link you will see 20%....delete it as it should not be there. Then click again and you will have the opportunity to hear such a beautiful song sang by a fabulous singer.

Thanks for sharing Audra. Glad you thought to share it with us!

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CINDYLOU4782 10/16/2014 10:13AM

    Jason Mraz has a beautiful voice

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JANIEWWJD 10/16/2014 12:35AM

    I couldn't open it! emoticon

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MISSDAISY23 10/15/2014 11:21PM

    I cannot open it with your link. emoticon I'll try it again later...

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RAINBOWMF 10/15/2014 6:49PM

    Ahhh I can't view it???


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RAINBOWMF 10/15/2014 6:48PM

    I'll check it out.


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MILLISMA 10/15/2014 12:59PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon He sings it with such feeling!

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RD03875 10/15/2014 11:36AM

    Meh, it's a song.

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CRUISEGAL55 10/15/2014 9:55AM

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Idle Chatter

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I don't know about the rest of you, but when I think about loving me... I really do love me and all my body parts which keep me together and get me where I want, or need, to go and home again. And, all those activities of daily living we take fore granted until a disaster strikes and we have to learn how to do those activities, once again. They, my body parts, all work so very hard to keep me healthy, even when my actions are not so very supportive. There are too many times that I could eat better, that is, make healthier choices when choosing what, when, etc... to eat. I could also do a better job of exercising my muscles which in turn would make it easier for my body to accomplish a myriad of tasks, some quite unique, I request it to complete. And good exercise should also result in a healthier mind and bones and joints. They (who ever they are) also say exercise has the benefit of giving you healthier skin. Just a winning situation all the way around!

But, and isn't there almost always a "BUT" !!

According to BMI chart I still should lose another 40 pounds to be in the middle of a healthy BMI range for my height. AND, I don’t think I will or would like my body that thin. Already I can feel bones too close to the surface of my skin. I know that those bones probably won’t get any closer to the surface than they are now. It will be other bones that will approach a closer closeness with my skin… For way too many years I have at least thought I wanted to be thin. Now I am not so sure that I want to be thinner than I am right now. Right now, my current goal is to lose another 20 pounds, but to re-evaluate my ‘goal weight’ choice when I have lost 10 pounds.
I know I am not and do not look anorexic … but I do not want to be TOO thin which is just as unhealthy in its own way as being TOO round! Your body does need to have some stores in its pantry for the just in case of emergency needs..

I cannot possibly be the only one who has developed reservations about how much weight they really want to lose.. after having success in losing enough weight so they are now in the “Overweight” range and no longer in the “Obesity” range of the BMI categories. I do remember how very ecstatic I was when I found I had joined the “Merely Overweight” …. I was so thrilled you would have thought I won “Mega-Bucks” and would be able to live on “Easy Street” for the rest of my days.

Well, I have babbled on long enough.
Hope One and All are living a “Good” Life…
Hugs, Audra

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MISSDAISY23 10/14/2014 12:59AM

    Hi Audra,
I totally agree with you. I sometimes wonder how those charts works... I do think that if we are too thin, it (our body) does not look healthy. We are all beautiful in our own way.
Take care & have another blessed day! emoticon
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TRESSA48 10/13/2014 1:16PM

    I'm only 5'0" tall and the weight charts for my size/height are ridiculously low. Even WW says I should weight between 99 and 119 for my ideal weight. Sorry, I think at that weight I would look old and gaunt and emaciated. My primary goal used to be 128 but now I'm starting to rethink that and may put it a little higher. At 66 years old, I think my face and body would do better with a little "plumpness". LOL

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BECKYQUIGLEY 10/13/2014 9:46AM

    Audra, I'm so there with you! The charts are outdated and unrealistic. Our bodies are individual and beautiful. It sounds like you and I are very much in a similar place as to where we are on those BMI scales. And we are beautiful! emoticon

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68ANNE 10/12/2014 9:14PM

    I tend to think this way myself. Right now I'll settle for a little less weight but my bottom goal is different than it use to be

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MARITIMER3 10/12/2014 7:11PM

    I'm thinking the same thing, Audra. I'm finally (barely) under 160. My goal is 150, then I'll decide if I want to go lower, but I'm pretty happy with myself right now.

I've got lots of wrinkly skin, and the lower I go, the more wrinkles...

Oh to be young again...


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GEORGE815 10/12/2014 2:30PM

    Not fond of those charts. I suppose they need to categorize people, but sometimes we just don't fit man made categories.

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address title: The Benefits of Fiber: For Your Heart, Weight, and Energy

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Browsing through my email inbox and happened upon this link


This address will take you to a page with 3 options: a slideshow and 2 articles

for those who are NOT vegetarian or people who tend to consume a goodly amount of "freggies" ... Well I just thought there might be one or two who would be interested...
and - I figured this was a good way to share with those who (think they) know me !!

"Food For Thought" re "FIBER" in your diet

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MARITIMER3 10/14/2014 9:58AM

    Good information, Audra. Thanks.

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JANIEWWJD 10/13/2014 12:47AM

    Thanks for the info!!!! emoticon

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MISSDAISY23 10/12/2014 2:17PM

    Hi Audra, emoticon
Thank you for sharing these valuable info!
Take care & have another blessed day, dear!
emoticon & emoticon

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My next door neighbor State !!

Friday, October 10, 2014

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1. Vermont's name comes from the French phrase “vert mont,” meaning “green mountain.”

2. Vermont became the 14th state in 1791; it was the first admitted after the thirteen colonies.

3. Before that, it was its very own country. Founded in 1777, the Vermont Republic operated a post office, issued its own currency called Vermont coppers, and abolished slavery.

4. Vermont's the largest producer of maple syrup in the U.S., producing over 500,000 gallons a year.

5. Consider this the next time you eat pancakes: It takes about 40 years for a sugar maple to grow large enough—at least 10 inches in diameter—to tap. Then it takes some 40 gallons of sap to produce a single gallon of syrup. Don't waste a drop!

6. Vermont's also America's No. 1 producer of marble and No. 2 producer of talc. They're the state's official rock and mineral, respectively.

7. With a population of just 7,787 in 2012, Montpelier is the smallest state capital in the U.S. In comparison, Juneau, the capital of Alaska and the sixth smallest state capital by population, has 32,167 people.

8. Some people joke that Vermont has more dairy cows than people. Not true! It has one cow for every 3.8 people, which is still the nation's highest ratio of cows to people.

9. U.S. Presidents Chester A. Arthur and Calvin Coolidge were both born in Vermont. The latter is the only president born on the Fourth of July.

10. The Von Trapp family that inspired The Sound of Music moved to Stowe, Vermont in 1942. Descendants are still running the family ski lodge—and, we hope, spontaneously bursting into song.

11. Lake Champlain, located primarily in Vermont with parts in New York and Quebec, isn't as big as the Great Lakes, but it does have its own monster—or so the legend goes. Champ is said to be friendly, 20 to 80 feet long, and have a head like either a snake or a dog. The most famous photo of him was taken back in 1977.

12. According to a 2013 Gallup poll, Vermont's the least religious state in the U.S. Only 22 percent of the respondents said they consider religion important and regularly attend religious services. On the flip side, Mississippi is the most religious state, with 61 percent of participants saying they attend services weekly or nearly every week.

13. It's also one of the most progressive states. It was the first to grant women partial voting rights (in 1880), abolish slavery (as a republic and a state), and legislate same-sex marriage.

14. One thing that's not legal in Vermont: billboard advertising. Vermont is one of four states to ban commercial billboards, the others being Maine, Hawaii, and Alaska.

15. Vermont has one telephone area code—and they're proud of it. You'll see 802 on t-shirts, bumper stickers, and even tattoos.

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MARITIMER3 10/12/2014 7:15AM

    I've been to Vermont many times, and love it... even have a favourite diner in Montpelier... but you taught me a lot today. Thank you emoticon

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JANIEWWJD 10/11/2014 12:40AM

    I learned something new today!!!! emoticon

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MISSDAISY23 10/10/2014 11:21PM

    Hi Audra, emoticon

Thank you very much for sharing these interesting facts! I did check out the video that A_BIT_AT_A_TIME share.

Take care & have another blessed weekend!


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CHEBBA 10/10/2014 11:13PM

    If I could live anywhere in the world other than my home country England, I would go to southern VT or western MA. I truly adore it there, am extremely familiar with it and my home is like something out of Country Sampler. When in VT, we stay in Peru, and the whole area is just lovely. We have been further up-state many times, trundling across the floating bridge at Brookfield and taking the dirt road from there, through the forest and over the hill toward Middlebury, and crossed Lake Champlain from near Burlington; the view from Ft Ticonderoga is stunning. Yes, of course, shopping in Manchester is great fun, but it's the rurality which I adore so much. We drive up through Brattleboro' from Williamsburg,/Haydenville, near Northampton MA, and we usually stop for coffee in Newfane. I shop 'til I drop in the Christmas shops, we have FAB decorations for our home! Sometimes we come back the other way, via Bennington and Williamstown - it depends on the weather and if those mists are in the way of the view from the top of the mountain. Yes, if I could live anywhere else, that is where I would be. If you look carefully, you'll see parts of my heart in Weston, little Danby and Chester. If DB said 'That's it, we're moving to VT or western MA, I'd be packed by breakfast!

BTW, we too hadn't known about Champ until Unsolved Mysteries came onto CBS 3 weeks ago. The curious thing is that the images are exactly the same as those of Nessie, the incredibly famous and, by many, disputed creature in Scotland's Loch Ness. I am wondering if there is a hidden underwater cavern which links both lakes to the Atlantic, especially as nobody knows the actual depth of Loch Ness. It would make sense that this could be how the creature's have survived, if there's more than one. Champ and Nessie inhabit similar bodies of water in similar climatic locations. Unless champ IS Nessie! In which case, he/she must wander back and forth. Interesting.


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HICKOK-HALEY 10/10/2014 9:59PM

    It is so pretty back there. Thanks for all of the info. My Hubby is related to President Chester A. Arthur. His middle name is Arthur, in honor of the President.

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68ANNE 10/10/2014 5:32PM

    Good stuff, there, neighbor

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    Thanks for sharing the link... It was a fun video.

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 10/10/2014 1:35PM

    I had to know more about Champ

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Are you in need of a CHUCKLE?

Thursday, October 09, 2014

You should go read my friends blog entry ...


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MUMMY22BOYS 10/9/2014 11:33PM

    Haha too funny :)

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MISSDAISY23 10/9/2014 11:05PM

    emoticon for the chuckle! emoticon

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GRAMMYEAC 10/9/2014 9:26PM

    Nice reverse twist!

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LUVS2BIKE101 10/9/2014 7:21PM

    Thank you, SparkFriend! I am so glad you enjoyed it!

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