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My Fingers Are Hardly Moving!!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Good Morning.........For those of you who were hit by the storm yesterday and who are being affected by the COLD today, you will totally understand where I am coming from. We measured 20" of snow in many places yesterday, and today it is so cold that I have decided NOT to go for a walk in our woods and will hit the treadmill inside instead!!! In spite of it all, I LOVE the change of seasons!!! I can't imagine Christmas without snow and having the same temperatures year round. Doesn't it get boring? When I was teaching, I can remember how exciting it was to wonder if we would get out early on the days when the storm hit after we had arrived at school and if we would get a Snow Day the next day. Oh, and the kids were excited too..............Stay warm!!!

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FLAME42 12/10/2009 10:46PM

    Love the view of snow on the trees from INSIDE my nice warm house. Agree with PJSTIME, nice to look at but HATE to drive in it. Stay warm!

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FLAME42 12/10/2009 10:45PM

    Love the view of snow on the trees from INSIDE my nice warm house. Agree with PJSTIME, nice to look at but HATE to drive in it. Stay warm!

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BENDER7 12/10/2009 10:41PM

    My fingers were hardly moving even once I got to school--it might have been warmer outside. The boiler wasn't working for the rooms on the outside of the building. By the end of the day it was getting better.
I did enjoy the view as I drove in, but not the temp.

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PJSTIME 12/10/2009 2:09PM

    I do enjoy the changing seasons. The anticipation of each one. And yes I love to the snow, just don't like to drive in it.

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Only Read If You Appreciate Dog-Humor!!!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

When my husband and I had been married for about a year, my father kept dropping not-so-subtle hints re: not waiting too long to have kids (a year?!?) and wanting to hear the pitter-patter of little feet around the house. We decided to get 2 dogs!!! My father wasn't happy!!! The dogs we chose were West Highland Terriers. I remember reading about them before purchase, and one of the descriptions for all Terriers was that "They have NO SMALL AMOUNT OF SELF-ESTEEM!!!" Truer words were never written!!! The years have passed and we now have an Australian Terrier and a Cairn Terrier. The Australian is about twice the size of the Cairn but the Cairn is totally unaware of this! They have been together about 4 years now, and, as with most couples tend to get on each other's last nerve! To relieve boredom, they play these little competitive games. The latest is "Who can get out the front door first in the morning." We had close to 14" of snow last night, and have a huge drift right by the front door. This morning I opened the door to let them out and the minute I turned the knob, they raced for the door, and, without looking the Cairn tore through the opening and disappeared. All I could see were the tips of his ears!!! He couldn't even shift position to get himself out. I had to lift him straight up and then set him in a cleared area. He just stood there for a full minute and then remembered what he was out there for. Needless to say, I laughed so hard that I just know I lost a pound. See.........laughter is the best medicine and good for weight loss!!!

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FLAME42 12/9/2009 11:23PM

    I can just picture this, wonder if he will even go out the door next time you open it. Maybe he will be really smart and let your other dog win the race out the door. Gave me a chuckle just to think about it. Maybe that is worth a few ounces!!

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RASCALSMOMMA 12/9/2009 8:30PM

    once i was pet sitting for a friend. I lived in Northern AZ at the time (heard of Flagstaff, close to there) I had an airedale and a toy poodle to stay with. It had snowed and the poodle needed to go out. Opened the door, he ran out and disappeared. Did I mention he is white?! Finally he came out of the drift looking like Frosty the snowdog! AH memories!

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GINILEE4 12/9/2009 8:25PM

    LOL LOL LOL I have a Basset Hound and she went roaring out this morning too and stopped dead in her tracks! She spent 10 minutes bulldozing the snow before doing her business. Those little legs of her's are going to make the winter here interesting. LOL

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BENDER7 12/9/2009 7:00PM

    Sounds like something you'd see on Sylvester & Tweety! emoticon

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BOOKWERME 12/9/2009 4:16PM

    Love it!!! emoticon

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PRIMALMICHAEL 12/9/2009 12:18PM

    I've owned many a short dog! I know how this looks! Thanks for sharing!

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PJSTIME 12/9/2009 12:01PM

    Poor baby didn't know what had happened. I would have laughed a pound off too. Have a great day. PJ

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CELEST 12/9/2009 11:48AM

    Animals are beautiful creatures and I am so glad that they are allowing small dogs and cats into certain old age and care facilities now. The oldies are blossoming because of having something to stroke and love.
Your terriers sound hysterically funny. They will want a diamante dog collar for their assistance in your weight loss in the end. emoticon

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BCWELCH1212 12/9/2009 11:33AM

    Dogs are great! Mine keeps me laughing all the time. My favorite moments are when my small cat terrifies my very large dog. Dogs really do have people, and Cats have staff.

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JUDY1676 12/9/2009 11:29AM

    too funny!

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Do Not Read Unless You Are At Least 50+

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

I received this email from a good friend this morning and thought I would share it with you. You may have seen it before, but I think that it is important to be kind to ourselves and love it for that reason. Also, it is Maxine..........and who doesn't love her???

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. I don't chide myself for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to be messy or to be extravagant.
I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.
Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60s and 70s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love...I will.
I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.
Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect. I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.
As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong. I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be.
Have a great day........

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CELEST 12/9/2009 12:31AM

    Did you think that your title would keep folks out? lol well I'm 49 so I figure I'm a foot on a banana skin away - making it ok to go in an read. Its a great read and embodies a lot of what we all feel on a regular basis. Thx for the laugh. Laughter is so important to our general well being. Our general well being is so important to our weight loss plan. So my next 1 pound is due to you. Yay Patricia!

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BENDER7 12/8/2009 7:58PM

    Thanks for sharing--it is so true.

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FLAME42 12/8/2009 7:47PM

    Enjoyed the message! Remember the conversation had about grey hair, somethings I am not ready to enjoy YET. So many of these statements hit home, enjoy each day to the fullest.

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GRAMMIE1959 12/8/2009 3:04PM

    HOORAY for you Great post THANX emoticon

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TEACHINMOM 12/8/2009 12:12PM

    Nothing like a great title to draw EVERYONE in!! And it should be read by all because it gives the "too young to read" group insight into getting older and this great view on what's important as we do! We should all live to the fullest where we are and enjoy!! Thanks for a great blog! Cindy

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CHASSIDY2 12/8/2009 11:59AM

  I know I wasn't supposed to read this but I did. It really let me see what is important in life and to stop being so critical of myself now.

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GRANDMAAMIE 12/8/2009 11:47AM

    bravo !!I love my gray hair I earned every one of them.

thanks for the blog


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PJSTIME 12/8/2009 11:44AM

    Bravo - there is nothing wrong with getting older and I am enjoying life more now than when I was younger. Thanks for this little reminder. Have a wonderful day. Enjoy. PJ emoticon

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GERIKRAGH 12/8/2009 11:36AM

    Amen! This is should be read by all older Americans--and those in the White House who want to wipe us out!

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Do You Like To Laugh?

Monday, December 07, 2009

A fellow-Sparker sent me a Stability Ball Goodie today which reminded me of an email I sent to my cousin, who is a Physical Therapy Assistant at a local hospital. If you don't like to laugh or don't have a sense of humor, don't read any further. The email was a picture taken of an exercise class. They were all sitting on their Stability Balls, facing forward, and waiting for their next instruction. The caption under the picture read: Remember when your mother told you to never swallow your bubble-gum??? This is why!!! My cousin made copies of it and put it up on the walls of the therapy room. Everyone who saw it laughed, which I am sure made their therapy that day much more tolerable. I am a very firm believer that LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE. Have a great week.

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BENDER7 12/7/2009 9:10PM

    I can just picture it! emoticon

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MYLAUREN2 12/7/2009 1:15PM

    All the different colors of the bubble gum, what a hoot!

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PJSTIME 12/7/2009 12:18PM

    Thanks for the laugh. I needed that this Monday morning.

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ANEWMELI 12/7/2009 12:16PM

    hahaha that was cute! Thank you for that funny image!

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FRIDAYSCHILD2 12/7/2009 12:15PM

    That was funny. I have this picture in my head of an entire room of people sitting on the stability balls....all laughing. Thank you for sharing this.

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CUKIEMUNSTER 12/7/2009 12:13PM

    That was funny! Thanks for sharing.

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LOSETHEWTIN08 12/7/2009 12:12PM

    thanks for sharing

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Too Good To Be Low-Cal

Sunday, December 06, 2009

I am going to share a recipe with you given to me by a friend this weekend. I had a piece of it on Friday night and couldn't believe how absolutely wonderful it was.........and then was very happy to see how low in calories one slice is.
Chocolate Raspberry Dessert
8 Servings Prep: 10 min. + Freezing

1 Cup 1% Cottage Cheese
3/4 Cup Fat-Free Milk
1/3 Cup Raspberry Spreadable Fruit
1 Pkg. (1.4 oz) sugar-free Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
1 Container (8 oz) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed
1 ounce semi-sweet chocolate, melted
1/2 Cup frozen unsweetened raspberries, thawed

In a blender, combine the cottage cheese, milk and spreadable fruit; cover and process
until smooth. Add pudding mix; cover and process until smooth.

Pour into a large bowl; fold in whipped topping. Spoon into a 9-in. pie plate. Drizzle
with chocolate. Cover and freeze for 8 hours or overnight.

Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving. Garnish with raspberries.

Yield: 8 Servings.

Nutrition Facts: One serving equals 161 calories, 5 g. fat (0 saturated fat), 4 mg
cholesterol, 250 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein. Diabetic
exchanges: 1-1/2 fruit, 1 starch.


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BENDER7 12/6/2009 8:11PM

    Sounds like a good recipe. I would never have thought to pair cottage cheese & chocolate pudding in the same dessert!

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FLAME42 12/6/2009 7:24PM

    Sounds delicious! We should share some sometime. Chocolate and raspberries, what a treat. Thanks for sharing.

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JOHAL52 12/6/2009 7:08PM

    Sounds decadent!! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 12/6/2009 6:21PM

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! I'll try it! It sounds delicious and I'm always looking for things I can make to share with friends. Even though they may not be "on a diet," they will benefit by eating in a healthier manner. I can't preach to them, but I can use your recipe to help convince them.
Thanks again!

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PJSTIME 12/6/2009 4:45PM

    It sounds delicious, but I'm trying not to eat any sweets as I'm not sure I would stop. So for me its best not to even taste. PJ

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CELEST 12/6/2009 4:42PM

    Thanks, but no thanks. lol I DONT DO SWEET till I can proudly say I have lost my weight. Interestingly enough, in the be-do-have lecture I attended, the lecturer said we would get to the place in life where "if they smeared you face full of chocolate, you would wipe it off with a cloth" ITS TRUE. emoticon stop laughing emoticon, seriously really is true. Ok you can laugh if you want...I would too if I hadn't heard it myself and then experienced it as well.

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