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Should have bought a lottery ticket

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Good Morning all,

I hope this finds you all healthy and happy! I've been drinking my water and walking just about everyday but other than that, haven't been watching what I've been eating very carefully! Oops! Have to fix that before it becomes a longterm problem!

Anyway, as for my blog title. Don't read any further if you don't believe in gambling! Not that I'm into it in a big way but yesterday we had our annual Christmas raffle here at work and last night I attended a turkey bingo as a fundraiser for a local fire department.

The Christmas raffle is organized by our student council and they ask businesses for prize donations. You could win things like a t-shirt, a gift basket, etc. All monies raised then goes to local charities. Anyway, at that event I actually won a full dog grooming (Maddy is not pleased!!!) which was rather appropriate!

Then at the bingo last night I won the grand prize of a 30-35 pound turkey (!), all the vegetables, salt meat (the Newfoundlanders will get that one) plus $50 in cash.

Let me stress that I am not a bingo player. I'm the one still trying to get the cover off of my dabber and they are on the third number! It was the funniest thing ever because my cousin who had roped me into going said that in the event that I won the grand prize she would actually cook the Christmas dinner for all of our family! ! emoticon You should have seen her face when I won! That was the most precious memory of the day!

Fast forward to last night when I finally saw my husband for the first time all day and he listened intently and then said, "I wonder if it is too late for you to buy a Loto649 ticket". We didn't stop to get one as I don't generally buy tickets but maybe I should have! Ha.

Come to think of it I think I won more than my share yesterday

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OLDERDANDRT 12/2/2010 3:02PM

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    Hurray! What a fun blog! Cha-Ching! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOPEFULANGE 12/2/2010 11:36AM

    emoticon That's awesome! Will Maddy be getting done for the holidays?!?

I hope your cousin holds up her end of the bargain and cooks it for you! If not - it's still a great prize!!! Congrats, you deserve it!

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JHADZHIA 12/2/2010 11:19AM

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What an awesome lucky day! I agree, good things come in three, maybe you should have gone for the ticket. I used to buy them, but stopped in protest of the fact they raised the prices and I never won anything, just NOT lucky.
Have a terrific Thursday! Hope the stingy Spark wheel gave you something better than the 3 I got..

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LESLIES537 12/2/2010 10:34AM

    emoticon Sounds like it was your lucky day! Congrats on your winnings! emoticon

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A bunch of random thoughts for this end of November!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Well, it was on August 30th that I first started actually following the Spark program. I had signed in earlier in August but it wasn't until the end that I actually started following it. So that makes today three months down!

In my initial goals I wanted to lose 50 pounds by August 2011. Knowing how dismal my attempts were before I decided to set the following goals:

August 30th-October 31st - 10 pounds (check)
October 31st - December 31st - 10 pounds (still in the process)
January 1st - February 28th - 10 pounds
March 1 - April 30th - 10 pounds
May 1st - June 30th - 10 pounds
July 1st - August 30 maintain

I'm not overdoing it to reach my goals and probably if I did the weight would be coming off sooner. But I'm a firm believer that it is much better for me to lose weight slowly. Sounds like an excuse but its really not.

Okay, now on to topic number 2:

Remember how much I debated what to wear to the recent Christmas social? Well, I'm glad I made the choice I did and some of you have made some really supportive comments on how I looked that night. Well, this is the funny thing about living in a small town. I was gone to bed last night when an owner of a local ladies clothing boutique called. He had been told that I worn a really nice top to the party and this lady wanted to order one in for her daughter. The mother wasn't actually at the party but somehow she found out! Ha! I just about died from laughing...imagine me....making fashion statements! And to think that I wasn't sure about wearing that top! Oh, and I didn't buy it at that store as they don't carry plus-sizes!

Okay, story number 3:

I work in the library on one of our provincial college campuses. I work all mornings which is great as I love to get up and out the door. Anyway, the past few weeks we've had an older gentleman show up who wants to use on of our computers. Sounds perfectly innocent, doesn't it?

Well, this same man is filthy, carries a four-foot stick which is wrapped in black electrical tape, carries a huge knapsack, doesn't speak but mutters everything. I've been a bit wary of him for the past week or so but today (when I had stepped out of the library) he was muttering about bombs and killing people. When I found out I immediately got my supervisor and they came down and hung around. I guess the man felt he was being watched and left after a few minutes.

Okay, be proud of me! I told the man "yes, you can use the computer as long as I put away your stick". He agreed. Apparently though he did make a few comments to anybody who cared to listen about bombing something and shooting people. Hence the police were called. In the meanwhile, the man left but the police now want to talk to me! I'm not worried so please don't worry about me. I just thought it was a weird thing!

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HOPEFULANGE 11/30/2010 6:46PM

    Happy 3 month anniversary! Great job on keeping up with your goals. I see these shows where people get mad that they only lose 3 pounds in 2 weeks, but I think slow and steady is the way to go. Chant the mantra: It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle change.

That's pretty funny about your blouse for the Christmas Social! I bet that makes you feel good! emoticon

That guy at the library sounds like a kook! Better to be safe than sorry though!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 11/30/2010 6:40PM

    1. I've been working on a 50 pound weight loss since August 22, 2009. That's 76 weeks. That comes out to an average weekly weight loss of .64 pounds. That's not very dramatic, but I am convinced I've found a lifestyle that I can live with.

2. Loved story number two. I looked at your Sparkpage pictures and you looked beautiful. No wonder people noticed. And isn't that a nice kind of gossip to be having spread around.

3. I think you handled the scary man just right. Since you weren't scared, my guess is that he's mentally ill and probably deserves our compassion, as well as our caution.

P.S. Thanks for your very nice remarks on my daughter's blog.

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APIRLRAIN888 11/30/2010 4:55PM

    Wow good luck with you goal. And yeah for the fashion statement. And scary for the 3rd

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RIMAJO 11/30/2010 2:54PM

    For a small town, you sure do live in one exciting place!! WOW! Love that you've made a fashion statement & HOPE that perhaps now, that shop will start catering to people who aren't just twiggies anymore. Good for you!!

Also LOVE that you work in a library.. that, to me - would be a dream job! Minus the scary, strange guy of course.

emoticonGreat blog Susan!

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OLDERDANDRT 11/30/2010 2:36PM

Story 1: emoticon emoticon emoticon
Story 2: emoticonfashion plate!!! emoticon
Story 3: emoticonand a CSI, too!!! OR is it FBI agent!
Anyway, sounds like you lead a very exciting life! (And yes, it was a weird thing!)


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JLITT62 11/30/2010 11:13AM

    Wow, that last story is very scary. You SHOULD be worried. Well, maybe concerned is a better word. Alert. Hope it's nothing!

And kudos on the other stories.

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WILLOW-WALKING 11/30/2010 10:49AM

    WOW brave, diva and sensible I Love it!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JHADZHIA 11/30/2010 10:28AM

    Wow! You are right to lose weight slowly! Sparks has said rapid weight loss tends to gain it back.
What a treat about the blouse you wore, is that an affirmation of success or what??
That schizophrenic old man could be dangerous, you never know. Better safe than sorry. Their delusions can get them carried away... Its good that he listened to you, that is a positive sign he is not too far gone.
Take care..

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LESLIES537 11/30/2010 10:27AM

    Not overdoing it and taking it slow and easy was KEY to my weight loss success! Keep that up and you'll see your results....the HEALTHY way!

Good job on confronting the scary man about his stick! emoticon

(I finally got to use the mullet guy emoticon! SWEET! LOL)

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Family -

Monday, November 29, 2010


As I sit to write this, I'm totally exhausted from foolishly doing too much housework in one afternoon. After I walked the dogs and put supper on to cook, I decided to take everything out of my china cabinet and handwashed and dried it all before putting it all back. It took me about 4 hours and my lower back is paying the price. Oh, and I only broke one thing!!!!

You are probably wondering why I've entitled my blog "family". Well, as I went through each piece in the china cabinet I sort of reflected on where the piece came from and whose table it graced before arriving in my home.

I have a tiny cup and saucer that my maternal grandmother was given on her first birthday September 25, 1902! Apparently all of the children since her used to drink warm milk out of it for Sunday dinner.

Then there are the shot glasses owned by my paternal great-grandfather. I never knew the man but apparently he liked to drink! They've been taken out every year for the past 30 years and have never been used!

Oh, and the little brown teapot treasured by my mom when she was a child. It used to make the "most delicious" tea according to mom when she was 6 years old and was visiting the aunt she was named after.

I also have a "toast holder" which held toast up instead of laying it down on a plate. I don't understand that concept really but I know it graced the table of my now 98 year old grandmother since she was a wee little one!

I also have the china that my maternal grandmother received as a wedding present. She was married in New York City which was quite the distance from the isolated coastal community here in Newfoundland where her and my grandfather were raised. Apparently they disliked the set but thought it was too good to leave behind when the sailed back to their home and it has been in our family ever since.

So, I've been reflecting today. As I carefully washed and dried each piece I tried to imagine the tables that each piece had graced over the years. How much joy and tragedy did each piece witness? If only the pieces could speak but sometimes things are better left to ones imagination!

On the top of my page, I've posted a picture of a toast rack I found on Google...it is very similiar to the one my great-grandfather used

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OLDERDANDRT 11/30/2010 2:44PM

    Sounds like the same kind of stuff I've been doing the past few days!!! Finding so much stuff I haven't looked at for years and been on quite an emotional roller coaster!! We need to remember to take it easy, tho and not work so, so hard. But it's so easy to bite off more than I can chew!! hehe..Happy remembering!

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GAYLE-G-63 11/30/2010 10:40AM

    Lovely story. And very touching. Thanks for sharing.

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JHADZHIA 11/30/2010 12:11AM

    Sorry you overdid it and that you broke something :(
What a historical treasure of your families' memories! Be sure you keep a careful record of each piece and its meaning, so that when you pass it on to the next generation, they know the significance of everything! Would love to see a photograph of everything!
Hope you have a good sleep, you have earned it!!

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LESLIES537 11/29/2010 11:21PM

    emoticon blog! A toast holder?? I don't understand that either but I'm sure it's really neat! I want pictures! emoticon

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S3XYDIVASMOM 11/29/2010 10:18PM

    Great blog. I have a hard time treasuring knick-knacks, but mine don't have this kind of history. I do, however, treasure the recipes that have been passed down through the generations. I think of the people who have shared these treasures when I prepare these family favorites.

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APIRLRAIN888 11/29/2010 10:09PM

    wow! my family will never entrust me with such treasures! I am a clutz

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HOPEFULANGE 11/29/2010 8:41PM

    You have a toast rack! There's one at the museum where I work. I think it was used so the toast didn't get soggy lying on top of each other...at least that's what I tell our visitors! emoticon

It's great to have things like that. It's a little piece of the story of the person that owned it. Glad you took the time to reflect (and got a workout at the same time!)

I'm also wiped from doing too much. A friend is coming to stay for a week and this morning decided to come a day early! I cleaned up, fit my workout in, cleaned up some more, and put up a few Christmas decorations! And now, 30 mins before bed I get to sit down!

Keep up the good work!

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KAYDE53 11/29/2010 8:29PM

    I do this as I get Christmas items out, reflecting on their origin, and whoever gave them to me, and what the meaning is behind them! It make for a very special time!! emoticon emoticon

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    What an interesting blog! I thought about each Christmas ornament when I put them up this year, thinking of the kids and how old they were when we got their different ornaments! Time is an amazing thing! emoticonfor a great blog!

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Christmas Social

Saturday, November 27, 2010


I've just got home from the Christmas social my workplace held at our local golf course. I posted a picture or two so you could all see what I finally decided to wear. As you can see I ventured past my comfort zone and wore the top I thought was too clingy.

Anyway, I felt quite comfortable and received a few compliments on my changing body. That got me thinking that next year I'm going to try to find a dress! Wow!

My husband and I played taxi for several of my co-workers and we all have sore facial muscles from laughing on the way home. I drank water all night and did a lot of dancing...or what I call "dancing" as I'm not the most coordinated on the dance floor. Had a lot of fun which is more than I can say for past years when I sort of hid in the background, too self-conscious to let my co-workers see the "real" me.

Please check out my new photos...I've posted one of me and John for you all to see! emoticon

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RIMAJO 11/28/2010 8:29PM

    You look gorgeous!! Good choice on the outfit, I bet you were stunning at that social.. Watch out world, Susans on the move!

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TEMPEST272002 11/28/2010 4:01PM

    It's great to hear that you are feeling more confident and more able to let loose and have a little fun. I think you looked fantastic in your party outfit!

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HOPEFULANGE 11/28/2010 7:22AM

    Good choice! I love the top - I commented on your pictures! See, you pushed a little and you now have a new comfort zone! I hope it makes you feel good!
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JLITT62 11/28/2010 5:41AM

    It's amazing to watch ourselves come out of our shells, isn't it? Love your outfit -- love the lovely smile even more!

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JHADZHIA 11/28/2010 1:09AM

    So glad you had such a good time! Having sore facial muscles from laughing isn't something I have heard of in a long time -that is great!! Well done being comfortable with your body and being able to relax and dance!!

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MARLINDA5 11/28/2010 12:14AM

    Sounds as if you had a nice time and nice to get compliments - emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/27/2010 11:19PM

    That is great that you felt pretty in your new shape! Somehow, I missed the pictures! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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T'was a Quiet Friday Evening

Friday, November 26, 2010

T'was a quiet Friday evening
When all through the house
Daddy was napping
and Lou was asleep like a mouse

Mommy was checking out SparkPeople
Maddy curled up by her side
So much to do but tired
From their afternoon outside

The fresh air was wonderful
Just cool enough for a hat
Mommy has so much to do
She doesn't know what to be at

Had to make time for a walk
If that was all she did
The weight is not going to come off
If all in the house she hid

This is kinda getting silly
But I didn't know what to write
Had to get my blog spark points
So I wish you all a great night!

Happy Friday night friends!

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GREYPARK 11/28/2010 12:46AM


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You clever bum you!!!! I was expecting something entirely different when I started reading. LOLOL

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JLITT62 11/27/2010 5:39AM

    I always so admire people who can write poetry!

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JHADZHIA 11/27/2010 12:29AM

    emoticon Fun blog! Know the feeling! I need the points, but don't always feel like writing something..
Sleep well!

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GAYLE-G-63 11/26/2010 9:22PM

    That was great! :-D

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HOPEFULANGE 11/26/2010 6:04PM

    What talent! Great rhyme! I'm headed out for my walk now...hopefully it's not too cold out!

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OLDERDANDRT 11/26/2010 5:42PM

    Aren't you the creative one!!! Poet!!! Come on! Let's get out htere and make it happen!!!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 11/26/2010 4:46PM

    That was a lot of work for 3 points. I think taking the trivia test and posting to the message boards is a much easier way to get three points. Nonetheless, I'm glad to be kept updated.

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REMEMBER2BME 11/26/2010 4:04PM

    Love it and super creative. Good 4 u for getting out and walking!

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