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Enjoying the little things in life!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Woke up this morning to heavy frost but sunny skies! Such a beautiful day! Thoroughly enjoyed the day off yesterday (November 11th is a stat holiday in Newfoundland) and since just about everything closes for the day the whole town seemed more relaxed.

I haven't exercised in a few days and I'm feeling a bit down because of it. I am working this morning and then have volunteered to decorate a local car dealership for Christmas this afternoon and tomorrow. In lieu of pay, they will give a donation to Central Paws Humane society which is the only reason I got myself involved in decorating. I'm not the most creative person around so my attempts at stringing up beads, garland, lights don't always look festive! Ha!

I've got a cute dog story to make you all smile...or at least I hope it does. I got up this morning and found Louisa (Lou) staring at me with a stuffed toy across her face. She lit right up when she saw that I was awake and took off to the living room where she proceeded to squeak her toy very loudly. Maddy stumbled out of the bedroom when he heard the patio door open so witnessed Lou racing out across the frost covered boards and sliding into the BBQ! At first she looked back at me but then she looked at her feet as if to say "how did that happen". So there I was, outdoors on a frosty morning wearing my husband's robe and.....get this......high heel shoes....(I had left them out after I tried them on yesterday with my "goal" outfit) laughing my head off at Lou. Of course, this wound her up even more and she was racing across the garden barking on top of her lungs just because she could. Maddy was just making his way back up the patio steps (he is NOT a morning dog) when Lou barrelled into him and sent him flying across the slippery boards. The expressions on their faces was hilarious! Maddy looked indignant and Lou looked like "can we do that again?"

Anyway, have a great day and please remember to enjoy the little things in life! emoticon

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LESLIES537 11/13/2010 6:07PM

    LOL....I love it!! I can just picture it all...even with you in your robe and high heels! emoticon Thanks for the laugh! Have an awesome weekend =)

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DORYH20 11/13/2010 10:44AM

    I just DID! Thanks for the emoticonI needed it today.
Lou and I seem to share the same personality emoticon

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JHADZHIA 11/12/2010 12:12PM

    emoticon Love a good cute pooch story :)) They are the best companions you could ask for :)))
Hope today goes better for you, and try get some exercise with your dogs they will love you for it. Even if its just playing toss or something that doesn't require much effort on your part.

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OLDERDANDRT 11/12/2010 11:23AM

    emoticonSounds like there is no gentle easy rising at your house!!! But there is no doubt, after that, that anyone would still be thinking of sleep!!! What fun to get up to fur-babies playing like that!! WooHoo!!! What a kick!!!

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HOPEFULANGE 11/12/2010 10:50AM

    emoticon A bath robe and high heel shoes...priceless!

Glad the frost gave your puppies so much enjoyment! emoticon

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JOMAMA99 11/12/2010 9:34AM

    What a cute dog story, thanks for sharing!

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TEMPEST272002 11/12/2010 9:23AM

    Dogs are fabulous for bringing humour to our lives! Always good to start the day with a laugh.

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RIMAJO 11/12/2010 9:08AM

    Oh my! But you've started my day off with a good chuckle, thanks Susan! What a great story for a Friday morning, you're dogs are so precious (almost as cute as your outfit)!! Enjoy your weekend, and umm.. the decorating too. emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 11/12/2010 9:00AM

    Lol loved it thanx for sharing!

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ARTHURTOM 11/12/2010 8:53AM

    Have fun decorating and enjoy the little things that happen while you're doing it!

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Remembrance Day

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Please take a moment today to remember those who have served our country in the past and those who serve our country today.

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada! ! emoticonI'm trying to remember the fallen soldiers of past battles so that they will not have died in vain.

For those of you not familiar with my province, Newfoundland and Labrador did not join Canada until 1949 so in both World Wars our soldiers were basically slaughtered in battle. The statistics were staggering!

Please remember your soldiers today!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 11/11/2010 9:31PM

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Today was a work as usual day. I hadn't given Veteran's Day much thought at all. Thanks for the reminder.

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BLESSED2BEME 11/11/2010 2:33PM

    Happy Rememberance Day to my Canadian friends and Happy Veterans Day to my American friends. I have served in the military while stationed in both countries. I held a special duty assignment at the US Embassay in Ottawa and I was honored to get to know Canadians in uniform while I was there.

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APIRLRAIN888 11/11/2010 1:29PM

    happy veteran and remeberance day

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ARTHURTOM 11/11/2010 12:35PM

    Here in the United States it is Veteran's day to remember those that served in the military as well. Today marks the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. On Nov. 11, 1918 the Germans signed the Armistice, bringing an end to the hostilities of WW I.

Many soldiers from North America served and died overseas to protect freedoms for all. Today is a somber day of remembrance.

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My funny woo-hoo moment!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Since this is part of the fall term break for college, my husband was off today and managed to accompany me and the doggies. emoticon on our afternoon stroll. Anyway, by the tiime we got to where we usually start our walk, the wind had picked up and the 3 degrees felt really chilly.

All was going well for the first part of our walk emoticonbut I was feeling so energized (not to mention half frozen!) on the way back to the car that I decided to "jog" emoticon. John was gone ahead a couple hundred feet and turned around to see me "jogging" with one hand holding up my jeans that had decided to fall down emoticonwhile I was mid-stride!

Luckily there was nobody around!!! emoticon

P.S. Apparently the cheeks on my face weren't the only ones that were red!!!

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LESLIES537 11/13/2010 6:08PM

    YOU GO GIRL!!! emoticon emoticon

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OUBACHE 11/11/2010 10:33AM

    Much better to have them fall off than not be able to get them on...my opinion, anyway! Thanks for sharing this funny story.

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HOPEFULANGE 11/11/2010 7:31AM

    emoticonToo funny! but...

emoticon Keep up the momentum!

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JHADZHIA 11/10/2010 8:45PM

    emoticon What a feeling!! Time for some shopping!!
I am having the same trouble with my supposed to be tight yoga pants, they keep sliding down past the low rider position and I keep surreptuously hiking them up after each workout station. Fortunately, its all women in Curves if they fall too low.
Keep up the great work!!

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POOH_BEAR_69 11/10/2010 8:32PM

    What a great story... I bet you made a very funny picture!

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    Oh no!!!! lol You poor girl. It's good they're too big though!

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OLDERDANDRT 11/10/2010 8:09PM

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APIRLRAIN888 11/10/2010 4:54PM

    awesome!!!! now chk out c25k w1d1!!!! lol

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CINDYHOUGHTON 11/10/2010 3:43PM

    I watched a 20 something carrying a two year old in Walmart one day. His low rider jeans fell to the floor and so did he. I really wanted to laugh, but pretended I didn't see. Don't think he fell for that one though!

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Tomorrow is another day

Tuesday, November 09, 2010


I'm sitting here already regretting what I ate for my supper. My mom had an appointment at the bank so she suggested we go out to eat. Suffice it to say, I didn't make the healthiest choice on the menu and ended up having fries and chicken fingers. Now, I feel gross! Funny the difference a few months make.

I'm not going to beat myself over what I ate or what I didn't eat as tomorrow is another day and I will start then!

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DAWNO64 11/10/2010 10:24AM

    Isn't it funny how the things you used to eat can suddenly make you feel slightly ill? I know sometimes if I grab a burger in a moment of weekness, I can feel the grease coating my mouth. Kinda disgusting, but I still do it occasionally. Doesn't mean I have to give up on the healthy lifestyle. I just get on with it.

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DORYH20 11/10/2010 7:33AM

    You are bound to hit a 'bump in the road' every now and then. Just keep on traveling! You'll get there! emoticon

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TESHIE4ME 11/10/2010 7:24AM

    We all make mistakes. It's what we choose to do after the mistake that sets us apart. Don't let a temporary set back turn into final defeat and everything will turn out just fine!!!

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Yep get over that fence and start again it's the only thing you can do. We all drop off the wagon just as well we bounce well

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S3XYDIVASMOM 11/9/2010 8:53PM

    Not too long back, I had to eat breakfast at the airport. The only thing available was a Burger King Biscuit Sandwich. Truthfully, it tasted pretty good, until I got about halfway through it. And then it just seemed to congeal in my stomach. I threw the rest of it away. But it was a good object lesson about greasy food.

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HOPEFULANGE 11/9/2010 7:39PM

    Your title says it all. Good attitude! Remember it the next time you're looking at fries on the menu!!! emoticon

And I will try to as well!!! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 11/9/2010 7:23PM

    What is done is done. You have the right attitude and lesson learned (hope you don't get the trots). Its hard to take the grease when you have been away from it.
Enjoy your healthier choices tomorrow!!
Sparks says as long as you get your program 80% right, you are a success! No one is perfect (I say as I finished scarfing down a bag of Baked Cheetos Crunchy)

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SYDNEY_DE 11/9/2010 6:08PM

    I would consider it a learning experience, now you know that fatty food makes you feel gross!

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WILLOWWINDS 11/9/2010 5:37PM

    My Favorite quote.

"There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of experimentation. "Failures" are as much a part of the process as "success."

Keep on keeping on!


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APIRLRAIN888 11/9/2010 5:32PM

    Good idea! Yeah nasty feeling! Haven't hit a fast fiod since it happened to me a few wks back. 5 hours later still nauseous

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DEBBIE820 11/9/2010 5:27PM

    I had a bad day today too, but we can go through this. Think of it like this it may not be the best food choice but if it's once in a while it won't effect as much.

keep up the good spirit!

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CHRISTY60 11/9/2010 5:24PM

    That is all you can do. Don't give up!!

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The story behind my photo collage

Monday, November 08, 2010


Well, after several days of browsing, snipping, arranging and pasting I finally finished my long awaited collage last evening. It is now proudly displayed on our fridge door and my husband joked about how excited I was to be doing it. If you haven't done one, I highly recommend it!

Well, after I finished my blog my husband asked me the significance of each picture and it was so easy to tell him that I thought I would share it with all of you.

FRIENDS - That is a shout out to my friend who suggested SparkPeople to me and to all of you, my newest friends, who encourage me more than you will ever know. emoticon


RED RUBBER BOOTS - An inspiration for turning rainy, gloomy days into brighter ones by wearing funky, practical footwear. Imagine the fun I would have splashing in puddles! I am currently in the process of looking for a great pair of rain rubbers! emoticon

CANADIAN FLAG - Well, what can I say? I'm glad and proud to be a Canadian! emoticon

COMMITMENT "1" versus PROCRASTINATION "0" - my new motto emoticon

REFERENCE TO AND A PICTURE OF A REDHEAD - (look hard you will see a black wooden moustache magnet on the redhead's face) - After years of hating my colouring I'm finally embracing it. The moustache magnet (a recent present from my brother) is a silly reminder of the bond we share. I know he is encouraging me on! emoticon

START RUNNING - A reference to the fact that I want to start running! I'm not quite ready yet but it is one of my medium-term goals. emoticon

SUNFLOWER - The flowers we chose for Dad's memorial service....I still smile and think of him when I see sunflowers growing to their majestic heights. emoticon

FETCH - Refers to getting fit in the company of my dogs. With them it is totally fine to be silly and I'm not sure who has more fun with a stick or a ball! emoticon

HAPPY LIFE - NO REGRETS - If I was going to be buried that is what I would want on my tombstone....quite a choice for somebody living with depression. emoticon

LEATHER COAT - This reminds me of classic clothes that are meant to be worn and look better with age. It is also a subtle reminder that I will one day be able to wear non-plus sized clothes. emoticon

LEATHER RIDING BOOTS - This is another reminder of the lifestyle I want to live. Not that I'm a horse rider but I love that casual comfortable look. No stilettos for me. Oh, and it also reminds me that I long to wear boots without extra-wide calves!!!! emoticon

WATCH - A reminder to watch myself and to be accountable to myself! emoticon

PRESENT - A gentle reminder to look for the specialness of every day and not just special occasion ones. Maybe its is giving my dear Mom an unexpected gift or giving somebody the gift of my time. emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/9/2010 4:06AM

    Thank you so much for sharing the meaning behind your collage choices. AWESOME!!! I think I will make a new one and just update as my ideas have changed since I made my original one!!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 11/8/2010 5:32PM

    I looked at that assignment and thought it sounded like more bother than it was worth. Well, you certainly made the bother worthwhile. Thanks for sharing.

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BLESSED2BEME 11/8/2010 12:27PM

    Way to go - very cool. You put a lot of thought into and inspired us in the process. Thanks for sharing!

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APIRLRAIN888 11/8/2010 12:05PM

    very cool!

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RIMAJO 11/8/2010 10:38AM

    Your collage & its meaning all make wonderful sense.. You did an excellent job with this project Susan.. I too have to commend your husband for taking an interest in what matters to you, not all husbands do.

Hope you have a great day & get the chance to get outside for another game of fetch!

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DORYH20 11/8/2010 8:52AM

    First of all... KUDOS to the hubby for 'showing' interest in your collage emoticon

And from one Canadian girl to another...NICE JOB! I have not done a collage yet. Perhaps, that can be one of my rewards. It would be nice not to spend money on one. And the fact that it is personal and made by 'little ol me' (one day) is a BONUS!

I loved the meaning behind Red Rubber Boots, the sunflowers, the emoticon
and the gift.
Thanks for posting your collage for others to read. It is truly 'a gift'. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 11/8/2010 8:51AM

    Fabulous! Making a collage was one of the first things Spark recommended in their Fast Break program. Another thing was making yourself a business card (membership Card & Pledge) to show your commitment to the new lifestyle and then sign it (they have the template). Its on my fridge still. I don't have room for a collage on their as my artistic niece's artwork gets first priority.
I am at home with being a redhead too, but I won't wear pink, red and orange ;) Although Mom is going to look at my wonderful ski outfit and see if it can be altered without losing the design. I think not, too much material would need to come off :((
Have a marvelous Monday!!

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MEMARE 11/8/2010 8:50AM

    I really like this! emoticon
Thanks for sharing the meaning behind your collage components.


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