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“In My Easter Bonnet”

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Well I'm suppose to tell you about my adventures in shopping for my Easter Bonnet.....let me tell you it really wasn't all that hard!

First I thought about what I might want for my bonnet and came up with this one

Then I thought maybe not......maybe one of these instead,

No maybe this....


Oh my and there is this one!

Which one to choose???? I'll have to think about this for sure!!

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TRICIALICI 4/22/2014 5:00PM

    That's a TOUGH choice - they're ALL great hats!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 4/21/2014 5:14PM

    I love # 3, which seems to be a favorite. However as it's an Easter bonnet I like # 1 as it's bright and colorful.

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-COURT- 4/20/2014 2:45PM

    They are all nice, but my pick would be ... 3rd from top and 2nd from bottom.

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JMOUSE99 4/19/2014 7:27PM

    love the first and last ones!

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MONETRUBY 4/19/2014 6:47PM

    Loooove that second to last one! It's my favorite, but I think they're all quite special.

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MLDRLD 4/19/2014 3:38PM

    Have fun deciding which will be "the" hat, Panda!

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GIRLINMOTION 4/19/2014 12:15PM

    I really like the second from last. I think that would look gorgeous on you. But, for Easter, it will need to be in pastel colours emoticon

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ALICIA214 4/19/2014 12:02PM


Hard to choose ,they are all gorgeous.


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HERMIEME 4/19/2014 11:40AM

    Wow, Panda! They're gorgeous! I didn't see any of these when I was looking! Isn't this fun? emoticon

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BIGDOG18 4/19/2014 11:33AM


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Scrap Book project- Hogwarts

Friday, April 04, 2014

The front of the book

Just one of the recipes




Final for now....

Fruit Salad

This book is fun and will hold our favorite recipes eventually, I do have a Cricket so it's a little easier to do.

For those that don't know a Cricket is a machine that you can put in cartridges to make different designs. It's fun to use and the only reason I have one is because I really got into this! lol

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1MIN17SECB412PM 4/10/2014 9:18AM

    DANG, Panda, you got a Cricket?!! That is sooo totally COOL!! Cricket envy *here* LOL!! Sheesh, you could create, make, and SELL your pretty book pages on etsy or eBay if you wanted to!! Love your book!! So *lucky* I just happened to *see* your blog scroll by!! Thanks for sharing and I hope you'll give us some MORE class time with you!!

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MONETRUBY 4/6/2014 8:31PM

    Very cool!

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HERMIEME 4/5/2014 1:50PM

    emoticon Thanks for being a great instructor and your awesome guidance!

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MLDRLD 4/5/2014 12:29AM

    Beautiful, Panda!

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ANYA_ONION 4/4/2014 8:47PM

    Really cool! Or hot! I love the hazard warning on your Chili!

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GIRLINMOTION 4/4/2014 8:44PM

    Looks like fun! Good way to keep stress low I hope and keep you busy.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 4/4/2014 5:51PM

    WOW! You are talented. Great idea, both fun and functional.

PS: What's a Cricket?

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SHIRLEYX 4/4/2014 5:45PM

    It is the most beautiful book. You are amazingly talented! Thanks for sharing.

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Looking forward to something.....

Monday, March 17, 2014

Just a little something but my oldest son and his new wife will be coming out here to visit in April, can't wait as we couldn't be there for the wedding AND we've never seen the new daughter in law, sister in law, etc. Have spoken to her on the phone but you know.....

We will be taking PICTURES! You have to understand I hate pictures of me! But I am willing to do this as we haven't had a "family" picture since my 50th birthday many moons ago. LOL Here's hoping that I lose something between here and there.....

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1MIN17SECB412PM 3/26/2014 12:51AM

    75% digitally alter photos before putting them on Facebook
41% women in UK hate having their pic taken
15,300 people joined group for those who hate being photographed

I have camera phobia too, Panda. I can remember hiding from the family photos when the summer or holiday picture taking started and I was just a kid. The best advice I can give is ... go get a salon day before they arrive and have your hair, make-up or a facial and a tweeze done, and find the most perfect color - something that makes your eyes POP or your skin glow ... best to try to hold colors up to your face in NATURAL light. Fluorescent lighting is NOT your friend. It's going to make you look 'sickly' and should be avoided. It you can find a peach or blush or soft pink background, i.e. wall, drapes, side of the house, use it!! It's been proven that those colors give us the best natural youthful 'boost' for our skin coloring too. Have a teeth cleaning/whitening strips done too. Last ... it you're feeling a bit self-conscious about your weight, stay away from horizontal stripes, rufflles, saggy-baggy clothes (which actually make us look bigger AND frumpy) and turn to the side. Practice turning in the mirror and ask yourself which side looks best to you. We all have a more becoming (photographically) side. Face the mirror straight on. That is NOT how you want to be in your pictures. Did you know we (people) look about 10 lbs heavier on film than we really are?!! Yep. Sooo ... turn to the left, then turn to the right and pick your fav. You can try tipping/turning your head this way n' that too, till you find the best angle for you. We all have best sides and best angles but most of us don't know how to find it. I'm not going to say that this will end your camera phobia (hasn't ended mine) but maybe a little 'prep' before that day, will help you to face it with less anxiety. ::hugs::

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SHIRLEYX 3/20/2014 7:43AM

    How exciting to finally meet the newest members of the family! Looking forward to the photos!

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MLDRLD 3/20/2014 1:10AM

    How wonderful that you will be able to spend time with your son and his new wife! Hopefully the photos will become treasured memories of special family moments together!

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    Sounds like a fun time! emoticon

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MONETRUBY 3/19/2014 9:40PM

    This sounds wonderful! And it can be great motivation to whip yourself into shape...although I would argue that you're already beautiful right now!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 3/18/2014 7:53PM

    Think of all the wonderful memories the pictures will represent. You will cherish them because it is all family. Have fun with your family when they get there.

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GIRLINMOTION 3/17/2014 10:34PM

    Don't think about pictures, just think about what a great event you will be having meeting the in-laws and the future mother of you grandchildren.


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    I know what you mean--pictures --bleck! It will give you a benchmark of the time and something to remember how you were making an effort to take better care of yourself. emoticon

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Ponderings from homework......

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Well this past week we had a "homework" assignment in my Harry Potter team and I failed miserably. Want to know why? It involved finding someone from the challenge and making them your friend if wanted but mostly to find out about someone in the challenge.

What happened? Nothing I didn't do it.

Why? It was out of my comfort zone.

I admitted it too. Someone else asked why it was so hard(not so personally but just a why generally) so I posted this....."Well I know what some of my problem is.....being shut out by other people in my life growing up. Trying to make friends and because I was the "fat girl" being left out, so I read, and read and read. Which made me "strange" to the others....oh well.....I do have friends, but I can count on one hand how many I do have there at all times."

That's not saying that I haven't found friends on here. I have but sometimes I just need to reach out to someone and talk but that doesn't happen very often either. I'm a loner. I admit it. Do I like it? Not always, I keep things to myself mostly (one of the reasons I don't blog, I just can't set myself up for things, and I don't write!). And then I know everyone has things they do and family to see and interact with and I just don't want to intrude. Yeah that old training " if they wanted to be with you they would make the effort". I do know it's a two way street...but I just don't know HOW to do it!

I made a big step almost 7 years ago....(Yikes has it been that long?????) I got on here and started tracking food and exercise, I fell off the wagon quite a few times over the years which is why I am still here and still overweight...well lets call a spade a spade...I'm obese. I started to make friends on here by joining teams...that was a BIG step for me, putting myself out there to be made "fun" of picked on, etc. Guess what???? That didn't happen, everyone was so supportive and friendly!

But I still can't reach out to make friends easy. I still join different teams to try them, to make new friends, to get support, etc. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't. I leave the ones that don't have what I'm looking for or don't fit me very much.

I don't plan on leaving Hogwarts I love being there, I love the support from my house and others on there. I love the challenges, I just couldn't do this one. Sorry house.

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MLDRLD 1/26/2014 7:32PM


I think you are incredibly *B*R*A*V*E* to have written and shared this blog with us! You aren't alone in finding it difficult to reach out to people and making the first move. From what you have written, it sounds to me like you have made wonderful progress. As mentioned earlier, perhaps further down the road you would be able to do this challenge. If you want to "practice" you are ALWAYS welcome in my TDR! We can practice together!

Mary Lynne

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MONETRUBY 1/19/2014 11:44PM

    I feel like I could have written this, Panda. I am much the same way; I hate to burden others with my presence. I don't invite myself to things, even if it is pretty clear that I would be welcome to attend, if I just asked. Like you, much of it goes back to being shunned as a child, feeling like I wasn't important or wanted. It's tough to get over that, so I understand. But you've already taken some huge steps to overcome that, so celebrate that! You've been a great leader on 2 teams I've been on, so I think you are doing a great job going out of your comfort zone. If this challenge didn't work for you this time, maybe you just need to try it again, at another time. You're not ready for it now, but you could be later. Feel free to practice by visiting me in my TDR any time!

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SHIRLEYX 1/19/2014 3:38PM

    It's hard to reach out sometimes. If it wasn't your time to do the exercise for this challenge, I believe that at somepoint something someone says will strike a chord with you and you will reach out then.

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GIRLINMOTION 1/19/2014 3:01PM

    I think we all have felt or feel like that. The important thing here is that because you are part of a team, you felt you had to be honest about why you felt you let them down. If you didn't felt liked you belonged you would have just walked away, but you haven't because you feel the family and friends connection with your team and with SparkPeople.


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PANDAJANE 1/19/2014 2:55PM

    I didn't take it personally either but it got me to thinking and that's why the blog. Things happen and I think I needed this..... emoticon

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PKCTTS 1/19/2014 2:38PM

    The question I posed was not to you specifically, it was in general - to myself as well. I'm struggling with the same issue in RL. It is hard to reach out, the possibility of rejection is more than lots of us can get past.

I do have lots of family that fills my time, I recognize that I'm incredibly lucky in that. But, I also recognize that as we age and the kids and grandkids move on as they are supposed to do - I'm going to be left with very little in the way of social interaction.

The thing I've found in the past couple weeks (since I started writing that this was one of my 2014 goals) is that there are lots of people I think of as very social here on Spark that struggle with the same thing in their RL. So, there are lots of folks out there who would probably welcome my "biting the bullet" and making the first move. Now I just need to get brave.

You have absolutely nothing to apologize for. emoticon

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Yule Gala for Hogwarts

Friday, December 06, 2013

Well we're having a ball towards the end of the month and need to pick between three to five dresses plus all the accoutrements here it is

Dress one

Dress two (my favorite)

Dress three

Now for the jewelry........




Hairpin (thanks for the idea Kal!)

My shoe

Trying to decide between this hair

Or this one

For top dress

For the other dresses

My make up

And most importantly my date for the evening! Evan finally posted an OWL to me and he can come!!!! He goes to another school (of course) and just got permission to attend from his HeadMaster. Can't wait....

Third dress was hard to post but finally in there and if I wasn't soooooo in LOVE with the second dress would wear the red one for sure! Now I have to post an OWL to Evan so he knows what color I'm

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NIMAWEYGH 12/23/2013 9:53PM

    Miss Head Girl I think that if you do not wear dress #2 then I am going to sneak it out of your closet and wear it myself. You would look ravishing in it I am sure and because I love BLUE so much being HoH Ravenclaw I would always choose both blues.

And everything that is blue is my pick and the second hair do is ALL YOU....

Such beauty and WOWSER what a date. I am so glad Evan got permission to come. You will make a smashing couple. Great taste Panda.

Lady Nims

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TWINKS55 12/17/2013 12:50PM

    Beautiful! emoticon

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MLDRLD 12/9/2013 7:31PM

    Beautiful selections, Panda! You are going to be absolutely stunning!!!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 12/9/2013 1:55PM

    I see why dress 2 is your favorite. Love it! I think you should wear your hair in both styles... one for the dinner and one for the Ball.

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    No need to choose! Wear one for the dinner and one for the dance. I would choose 2 and 3. LOVE them both. Tres' elegant and you will be the belle of the ball. My wedding ring and engagement ring are sapphires and diamonds. LOVE!

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    Ooooolala....I love the second gown and the updo is gorgeous. How about some jeweled hair pins tucked in. You your hottie are going to be turning all eyes at the Gala as you spin around the dance floor! emoticon

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1MIN17SECB412PM 12/7/2013 5:49PM

    I have to say, that midnight blue gets me every time!! I love the silver clutch with diamond chips, and like Leigh... mmm... tall dark n' handsome is a gr8 choice!! LOL!! On the hair ... what if you wear it down for the feast and up for the dance? You know how hot it gets when you get out on that dance floor. Dress 2 is my fav too. The top is bursting with rays of diamonds over what looks like satin. The bottom is a deep smooth velvet, isn't it, with formal length gloves? Elegance.

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MONETRUBY 12/7/2013 11:48AM

    Love that second gown! And the man ain't bad, either...

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GIRLINMOTION 12/7/2013 9:48AM

    Decisions, decisions, decisions ......Do they have a pajama version emoticon

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    emoticon Stunning! Here is a corsage for you....

Stay strong in the challenge!

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