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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Hi every one, i have been on a short emergency trip to my native place(Kerala). My sister-in-laws husband expired (my DH's sister). I just returned on sunday and my house was a mess. My son bought a Lab pup and he is the reason for all this mess (I already lost my two pairs of slippers )
Well this new member ( I named him Sparky) makes me very busy now.



Hoping to keep sparking.

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Pam

  
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KOMAL53 7/6/2010 2:18AM

    Sorry about your Brother-in-law having expired.Please convey our heartfelt condolences to your sister-in-law.
Are you back in India----I think you were planning to move back!!!Your Sparky is really cute-- Dogs DO add tremendously to the usual work load but they are wonderful company and such loyal Friends!!!Enjoy your Sparky's babyhood and childhood---all children grow up so fast!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SAASHA17 7/5/2010 11:34PM

    sorry to hear about ur BIL....


SParky is adorable.....nice name...

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RAIN454 7/5/2010 4:35PM

    Hi, Pam! Sorry to hear about your SIL's husband. Hope you are getting back into the regular routines and stuff. So cool to hear that you're from Kerala too. I haven't been back in a few years but its my native home as well! Near Pathanamthitta...
Enjoy your week!
-Rainey

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KARENE10 6/30/2010 5:57PM

    Sparky is sooo cute! Sorry to hear about your BIL. Glad that you are back:)

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SONPARI1 6/30/2010 1:09AM

    Sorry to hear abtr ur BIL, may his soul rest in peace. Naming your pet sparky is a good idea coz it keeps reminding you to stay motivated.

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SAPNA. 6/29/2010 4:51PM

    I had n ot heard from you for a while and wondered where you were. So glad you are safely home and enjoying the new addition to your family.

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MBSKIT 6/29/2010 11:34AM

    Sorry to hear about you BIL.
Sparky is cute.

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*MADHU* 6/29/2010 11:33AM

    Sorry to hear about your BIL's passing. But emoticonback to SP !

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LOGOULD 6/29/2010 10:26AM

    Oooo, Sparky is so cute and sweet!!! Sorry to hear about your fmily emergency, but glad you are back now and hope to hear more from you!!!

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Now I am settled and happy to keep sparking !!!!!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Hi sparkfriends, I am settled and back with you all. emoticon
Got internet connection now. I have missed you all and will get to your blogs tomorrow.
I have stayed on track. I joined gym last week and learning swimming too. emoticon emoticon

emoticon to my buddies for reaching their goals. You all motivate and inspire me. I will follow right behind and try to reach my goal. emoticon

I even missed the team challenges and hoping to get started from Monday.

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LAURA44851 5/18/2010 5:48PM

    Welcome back!

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RAJASHREE108 5/17/2010 2:33PM

    Good to see you again.. missed you. I hope it is not too hot there for you. emoticon

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SONPARI1 5/17/2010 1:54AM

    WElcome back Pam!

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NIMI4444IN 5/17/2010 1:49AM

    Glad to c u back on spark, i'm also back to sparking after an extended weekend with DH, he was here since last wednesday nite till 2day mrng.

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TEXASG-MA 5/16/2010 10:48PM

  Welcome back. Missed you so much. Glad you are settled and have kept on track. You are a great friend. Thanks for the smiley face. Wishing you the best in all you do.
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BE_STRONG 5/16/2010 8:15PM

    I am so glad that you are back. emoticon on staying on track! I'll wait for more updates from you. emoticon

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MESSENE 5/16/2010 4:42PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonback! emoticonSo glad your settled, and joined a gym! emoticonGood luck with your swimming lessons! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUDY1676 5/16/2010 3:48PM

    Welcome back! Glad to hear you're getting settled in!
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LOGOULD 5/16/2010 3:19PM

    Soooo glad you are back! We missed you greatly! Great idea joining the gym, and you will love swimming. I used to swim when I was younger (serious swimming, not treading water or floating), and I can't wait until it is warm enough here to get out in the water and get to it again!

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PRETTYWOMAN114 5/16/2010 12:20PM

    Good for you....way to go on joining the gym and signing up
for swimming lessons - I hope to get my courage to do the
lessons too. You are on the right track for sure.

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KARENE10 5/16/2010 11:38AM

    Welcome Back!

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NEXT30YEARS 5/16/2010 11:25AM

    Welcome back!

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MBSKIT 5/16/2010 11:20AM

    Welcome you back!
WAY TO GO!! on staying on track!

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SAPNA. 5/16/2010 10:54AM

    hello Pam, so glad you are back and posting. I want to here all your news. very good that you have managed to stay on track and are learning to swim. I would love to swim but I am so scared of the water.

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RAGGARWALAX 5/16/2010 10:53AM

    Hi Padmaja - welcome back! That is wonderful that you have been staying on track ..you will definitely achieve your goals!

Take care!
Reeta

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Leaving Saudi not SP!!!!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

My dear lovely friends I am shifting back to India but not leaving SP or facebook. I love this new healthy way of living and all my sparkfriends. I will continue sparking but for few days I won't be able to spend much time on net. I will be leaving on Friday, so I will be busy on weekends. Hope by next Monday I will be back to normal. My DH will also be leaving Saudi so I don't have to come back. I can join Gym there, go for evening walk, movies etc. Can even do gardening and drive my kid to school. I am going to enjoy the spring, rain and Sun. OMG I think I am going insane. emoticonToo much excitement is not good.

emoticon my sparkfriends for all your best wishes. I will never forget or leave you all. You all motivate and inspire me always. I begin my day and end my day sparking with you all. emoticon emoticon

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BE_STRONG 4/21/2010 4:49PM

    I am so excited for you. I can't imagine living the way you have been living. Once you get situated, I can't wati to hear from you.

Good luck with the moving.

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FLAMENM 4/18/2010 7:54PM

    I'm so happy you are going home to India. Safe travels!!!

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RAJASHREE108 4/18/2010 6:44PM

    Felt very happy to read and feel your excitement. Bon Voyage. There is no place like home!

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USFBULL 4/18/2010 3:35PM

    Great, leave the sand behind and enjoy your new place, we will see you later on down the road. Enjoy and I hope all is moved safely. emoticon

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JUDY1676 4/18/2010 2:40PM

    Hope the move goes well for you! I can tell how happy you are with the move! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MESSENE 4/18/2010 2:36PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonI am so excited for you! Best wishes my emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AFERRARI 4/18/2010 2:26PM

    WOW what a great move. You are leading such an exciting life. I do hope you get a change to blog and tell us all about it.

Good luck

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KOMAL53 4/18/2010 10:57AM

    Like I said earlier---far and wide across the Earth wherever you may roam------the best place on this Planet to be is always HOME!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IZZYBEBOP 4/18/2010 10:08AM

    I am so happy for you that you're going to a place that you can feel safe enough to walk outside. Blessings to you, and good luck with the move.

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LOSINWEIGHTJEN 4/18/2010 10:03AM

    SO SO So SO excited for you! Can't wait till you get there!
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SRITHI97 4/18/2010 9:19AM

    Good Luck with the move PAm, i can really feel your excitement, and i am really happy for you dear friend. emoticon emoticon emoticon
take care buddy.

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SAPNA. 4/18/2010 8:49AM

    I am so happy for you. I can feel your exitment. I wish you much luck and success.

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SWELLEGANT 4/18/2010 8:36AM

    Good luck with your move! See you here when you get settled! emoticon

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LOGOULD 4/18/2010 8:27AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI can just feel your excitement in your (voice) blog. It feels like you are going to jump right out of your skin to get home. How wonderful for you! Now, don't get so busy being free once you're home and forget us. We all all so very happy for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RD03875 4/18/2010 4:36AM

    I just found your page and you are leaving Saudi. I live in Saudi, I'm American married to an American. Where do/did you live? Do you know of any more Sparkers here in Saudi?

Good Luck, I know how excited you must be leaving this place.

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SV6MILE 4/18/2010 2:54AM

    Good luck with the move, from another expat!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 4/18/2010 2:52AM

    How wonderful for you! I am glad you are getting the opportunity to live your life in such a way that you can truly enjoy it!
Let us know how the move goes.
I'll be thinking of you.
Stay positive,
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Happy Vishu !!!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Vishu Festival [This festival is celebrated in Kerala ( south of India)]





Vishu festival is celebrated on the first day in the first Malayalam month of Medam (March - April) and is the most important festival of Kerala. Kerala Vishu festival is all about welcoming the spring season as a New Year begins afresh. It is usually celebrated on April 14th every year, though may differ according to the traditional calendar. Vishu festival celebration in Kerala is worth watching as each house glows and gleams on this occasion.

On this day, it is believed that the first thing one sees in the morning will decide the kind of year ahead. This is the main belief behind preparing "Vishukani". An assortment of items like raw rice, gold, silver, coins, holy text, some particular vegetables and fruits, etc. are arranged on a tray. Usually the youngest member of a family is ushered with his/her eyes closed to room where all this is arranged in front of images of Gods. He/she is then asked to look at these items. This is done early in the morning, usually at the crack of dawn. The elders of the family prepare this tray.

It is said that seeing goods like the ones above will assure prosperity in the coming year. Everyone wears new clothes on this day and visits temples to thank Lord for the year that went by and look forward to another great year. All houses are decked up with flower garlands and lamps are lit to bring in good luck and positive energy. The kids are given small amounts of money to make sure that they prosper ahead in life. The most awaited part is the feast that is prepared in each household. All traditional food items are prepared and the delicacies are absolutely lip-smacking. In case you visit Kerala during this time, make sure you visit temples to see spectacular decorations.


  
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JACKIEPB 4/16/2010 11:51PM

    Thank you for the great pictures to go along with this blog. Om shanti! Jackie.

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*MADHU* 4/15/2010 10:53AM

    Happy Vishu, Pam !

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SONPARI1 4/15/2010 4:49AM

    Happy Vishu Pam, thanks for sharing the details about the festival.

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KOMAL53 4/15/2010 12:28AM

    I love all our traditions and these bind us tightly to our beautifully rich Culture.I loved the Pictures you posted-----the peaceful and pure ambience pervades the Pictures---they speak about all that is beautiful,pure and good!!!Happy New Year to you---may your home always be blessed with The Almighty's choicest Blessings!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAKEANDNELLIE 4/14/2010 7:46PM

    Thank you for sharing this. I love learning about the cultures and traditions of other areas of the world.
Sheila

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BE_STRONG 4/14/2010 6:45PM

    This sounds so cool. The tables in your photos are beautiful. I hope your son loved the festival. I bet your family had a wonderful day. Best wishes to you and your family on this special day for you. Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us. I know I learned a lot. emoticon

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LOSINWEIGHTJEN 4/14/2010 6:09PM

    Thank you for this!!! Beautiful pictures! It really is great to learn of others customs! I hope you're enjoying your day!

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JUDY1676 4/14/2010 6:02PM

    Thanks for sharing! It's great to learn about others customs and special days and how they are celebrated!

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LOGOULD 4/14/2010 6:01PM

    Sounds beautiful and like a wonderful day! Have a fantastic time and a great new year....many many blessings to you and yur family.

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SAPNA. 4/14/2010 5:36PM

    I hope with all my heart that this coming year is a very good one for you.

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MESSENE 4/14/2010 5:20PM

    emoticonBest of wishes for the next year! emoticon emoticonHave a wonderful time! Happy Vishu! emoticon

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Don't know whats wrong???

Saturday, April 10, 2010

I am feeling little down,tired and sleepy today. Yesterday was my off day so i did only walk/ run on the treadmill. Usually Saturdays I am eager to start my workouts. But today don't feel like doing anything. Feels sleepy when I sit in front of computer. Maybe because of too much housework or Mrs flows visit or going out shopping(my brother and cousin has come on business tour).

Should I do full medical check up. I haven't done one since two years. Now my DH is busy and I don't want to worry him. In this country I can't go alone anywhere. Well I don't want to worry my friends, I will go emoticon till my son returns from school.
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LOGOULD 4/11/2010 11:19PM

    Always best to listen to our bodies....you do so much with all your fitness, your body probably just needed a little extra time to recover.

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GUCCI-MOMMA 4/11/2010 8:54PM

    Some days we just need to take a ME DAY.

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SAPNA. 4/11/2010 8:37AM

    It is always good to get a medical check up once a year if possible. Plus a medicine review if you are taking anything. When I am tired I always give in and go to bed. I think it is the best thing to do. Listen to what your body is telling you and you wont go far wrong.

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PAM1864 4/11/2010 3:41AM

    Thanks to you all my dear friends. I took your advice and had a good 2 hours sleep during the day and by evening I felt ok. I did my workouts today to check myself. I feel fine and got back my energy. As my friends said it was due to the heat( hot climate) and mrs flows visit. I don't like too much shopping and roaming outside. emoticon You all are emoticon emoticon emoticon
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LOSINWEIGHTJEN 4/10/2010 10:11PM

    It could be from the crazy aunt visit, but it really could be something else. I agree with the rest, wait a couple of days, and see how you're feeling...

Please take care of yourself!

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BE_STRONG 4/10/2010 8:12PM

    Take care of yourself. See how you feel after you get soem rest. Hopefully that will help you. If you don't feel better in a couple of days, then it mght be time for you to talk to your husband about getting a check up.



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ATMANI 4/10/2010 3:16PM

    Perhaps you need a break or a vacation. Either way, do not forget to get a check up.

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MBSKIT 4/10/2010 1:21PM

    Take sometime to rest!

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KOMAL53 4/10/2010 12:09PM

    You know what----you take a much needed rest---if it's very hot where you are---this lethargy is a natural reaction to heat.See a Doctor if it puts your mind at rest----always good to settle anxieties at the earliest!!!
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FITNESSFREAK10 4/10/2010 10:16AM

    Just a break will do the trick.

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SRITHI97 4/10/2010 10:15AM

    Hi pam, maybe you just need a little break, maybe your body just needs some emoticon,so rest up and feel great soon buddy. emoticon

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LOGOULD 4/10/2010 10:12AM

    Sounds like you just need a little extra emoticon, or that Auntie Flo's visit is just wearing you out. Listen to your body, if it is saying it wants rest - take it. You stay so busy and are doing so well - YOU DESERVE IT!

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IZZYBEBOP 4/10/2010 10:10AM

    If it's been two years, wouldn't hurt to have a full check-up done. Could be that you're just tired, but also could be something else. Do you have a friend who could go with you? Take care of yourself.

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MESSENE 4/10/2010 7:33AM

    emoticonYou might need a tiny vacation, or a lot of rest. Try not to stress thinking of working out, and have a nice rest. emoticonA good rest is always emoticon emoticon emoticon
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