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Personal derailment and a big moment in our family

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year to all of you, my very dear SparkFriends! As I like to say, I'd rather it be called Happy New "Rear" and other body parts as that is what I always wish for each time this year. For some reason it never pans out which is why I'm glad I started my Spark journey in August/September!

First of all, Lou had her third x-ray this morning which showed that the stubborn piece of rawhide should be passed over this weekend! That will be the best New Year's present ever. She seems to be over most of her discomfort and spent her time on the x-ray table wagging her table and trying to lick the people holding on to her!

Maddy is fine too but I expect will be very anxious later on tonight when people around us ring in the new year with rifle shots and fireworks. Any suggestions for dealing with that?

I'm in a bit of a funk. I like I've undergone a derailment and I'm just waiting to get back on the right track! I`ve had a weird sore throat and cough for over a week that is keeping me up at night, I haven`t felt like walking, I`m eating whatever, and I`m worried about Louisa.

I haven`t felt this ``down`` in several months but rationally I can understand why I am feeling this way now. It is like cause and effect which tells me this isn`t true depression. Still feeling pretty blah, all the same. I just went out with my husband and bought myself a magazine to browse through tonight. You can tell we aren`t big into celebrating New Years, hey.

I heard from my brother (who is travelling on some island off the coast of Australia) as the New Year is here, down there. My husband wanted to ask him for tonight`s winning lottery numbers....ha...ha!

Okay, you are all wondering what the big family news is! Well, my beloved grandmother is celebrating her 98th birthday today. We went to visit her this morning and she was all dressed up in her blouse, skirt and dress shoes. She looked awesome. Then we walked her to the dining room (she lives in an old age home) and there were balloons tied to her chair which excited her. She is in good health and her mind is mostly great except for some short-term memory loss. (Mine is like that now!)

Well, that is my rant for today! Wishing you all a safe and happy evening ahead and a great holiday weekend!

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OLDERDANDRT 1/1/2011 8:13PM

    I feel like Lou is going to be fine. Praying for all to come out fine! As for your cough and congestion, Here's my prescription.....run a cool mist vaporizer to increase the humidity in your home's air, blow your nose (never sniff), and drink plenty of water and hot green tea. Maybe throw down some orange juice, too. And get plenty of rest. So, now that'll be $75.00 please for the consult! LOL!!! But seriously, sounds like what I went through and that's what I did and I'm practically better now.
Congrats to the birthday girl!!!

HOpe you feel better soon!!
Happy New Year!!!

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HOPEFULANGE 1/1/2011 7:22AM

    Happy New Rear!!! emoticon

Very happy to hear Louisa should get better on her own! That must have been so stressful! The time after Christmas always leaves me in a funk. Hopefully we'll both get over it soon!

Happy Birthday to your grandma! 98 is a great achievement! Especially when she still has her wits about her!

We're lucky our dog doesn't mind fireworks (I think all the shoot-em-up video games my husband plays has him used to it), but last night our cousin's dog came over and was shaking the whole night since fireworks started around here at 10:00. They live near Quidi Vidi and so escaped to this side of town since when the City fireworks start down there it's like their being bombed!

How did Maddy do with the noise?

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JLITT62 1/1/2011 5:18AM

    First off, happy birthday to your Grandma! Wow, that's awesome. That's what I want to be -- mostly healthy & happy at that age.

This time of year seems to invite feeling down. Get out there & move a little -- you'll feel better! Seriously. Just do it, even when you don't feel like it. Tell yourself you can stop after 10 minutes if you're not feeling it -- I bet you'll go longer.

Sounds like Lou's gonna be fine -- I'm so glad. I know how scary that is. Can't help you with the fireworks thing -- thankfully they don't do that here, but when we lived in TX, that was a big problem (seemed like they did it in the neighborhood for every holiday & Lola is very noise sensitive).

I was in bed long before midnight, but hey, I'm also up now!

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APIRLRAIN888 12/31/2010 9:30PM

    wow 99th b-day very cool!! horray for lou!!!
happy new year

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GAYLE-G-63 12/31/2010 8:16PM

    SO glad to hear Lou is doing well!

Happy Birthday Day to your beloved grandmother and Happy New Year to you and yours!!!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/31/2010 7:23PM

    COOL! It's my Dad's 88th birthday today! emoticon emoticon

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LESLIES537 12/31/2010 5:50PM

    Awww, how sweet is she! Happy Birthday to your sweet, dear grandmother! emoticon

I'm glad Louisa is passing everything A-okay! Woo hoo! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 12/31/2010 4:40PM

    Glad to hear Lou is out of the woods. Sorry you are feeling under the weather. All my relatives are sick right now so no get together. We usually don't do anything with it either. None of the women like to drink, but the men will have their rum and coke..
Our dog is frightened of fireworks too (if there were rifle shots, the cops would be called with our tight gun laws), so my Mom puts him in the basement where the sound is muffled and not so harsh. We have a warm finished basement and he sleeps down there at night anyway.
I hope you recover from what ever is ailing you soon!
I wish you good health, happiness and prosperity for the New Year and always!

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KAYDE53 12/31/2010 3:14PM

    Poor Maddy, my dog , Jake would be terrified, too, if anyone rang in the New Year with gunshots & fireworks, he's afraid of both!! I hope Lou is over the worst of it and that nasty rawhide is gone for good! That's wonderful about your grandmother; mine lived she was 96. We're not party people either; but have a Happy New Year!! Hope you're feeling better soon! emoticon

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SHERYLDS 12/31/2010 3:08PM

    glad to hear the pooch is doing well.

I had a huskie who was terrified of firecrackers. He was calmer if we set up a little 'house' in a corner by us so that he felt protected and knew we were nearby.

happy new year and good luck

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Update on Louisa (Lou)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Yesterday we brought Lou into the vet clinic where they did a routine x-ray. This didn't show much other than that she was full of gas. She had stopped vomiting so we were told to feed her a tablespoon of canned dog food every two hours. She did her business several times and we...err...my husband...carefully checked through it as directed.

She slept most of the day but seemed fine. This morning she was out in our back garden chasing rabbits, tail wagging, and generally being the nutty dog that she is. Took her back for the follow-up x-ray which now showed the semi-hard chewie (they don't digest them but the rawhide does get softer the longer it is in the digestive system) and it is progressing nicely.

Today, we were sent home with three cans of a different food and we have to feed her about 1/4 can every two hours. She also has to be walked twice to see if she can pass this on her own. If not, tomorrow they will make a decision to open her up.

At this point, we are relieved to see her feeling herself. Our vet clinic is fantastic and even though they are not on call over the holiday weekend, they told us they would not make us drive 1 hour to see the other clinic. We are very pleased and Lou is looking and acting a lot better. Maddy, on the otherhand, is sulking slightly as he hasn't been the centre of our attention! Funny little critters, aren't they!

Keep those paws and fingers crossed!

  
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/30/2010 9:12PM

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JLITT62 12/30/2010 5:24PM

    Still sending vibes for its passing on its own! I know how scary it is, but sounds like things are progressing nicely. When Simba was blocked, believe me, he wasn't acting at all like his normal self -- and he still passed it on his own.

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PRETTYLILHEFFER 12/30/2010 3:56PM

    So beyond happy that your Lou is feeling better! Hopefully she will get that passed up herself without surgery! Praying your weekend goes just as smooth ! emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 12/30/2010 3:24PM

    that sounds like good news ;p

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GAYLE-G-63 12/30/2010 1:44PM

    All of us here are keeping our toes, paws, and whatever else we can think of crossed for you, Susan!

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OLDERDANDRT 12/30/2010 10:53AM

    This is wonderful. Lucky usually passed or threw up hes rawhide chews and they sure do soften up!! I feel like Lou is going to be fine. I'll continue with prayer just for good measure! Can never have enough prayer!!

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LESLIES537 12/30/2010 10:39AM

    That's good news! Thanks for the update, keep them comin. Crossing my fingers for a good poop! emoticon

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BARBARACT 12/30/2010 9:16AM

    Paws, fingers and toes are crossed! I bet with all the exercise she is doing the gas will pass! Keep her moving if you can! That is great news! I am very happy!

Good vets are hard to come by, but when you do they are great!!!!

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HOPEFULANGE 12/30/2010 9:13AM

    Glad to hear that this could clear up on its own. Good luck!

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SHERYLDS 12/30/2010 9:11AM

    Happy for the better news. Looking forward to a happy ending

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JHADZHIA 12/30/2010 9:05AM

    This sounds very encouraging! What a wonderful clinic you have. Good vets are worth their weight in gold!! Keeping everything crossed that can be crossed!!

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The season just couldn't end without another vet emergency

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Poor Louisa! Despite having heard the warnings about giving rawhide chews to dogs, John and I bought some for Lou and Maddy at Costco. I'm mean, they can't be that bad if even the more reputable pet stores sell them, right? Wrong!

We are not exactly feeling like pet owners of the year today! Monday night, Lou was chewing on a 10 inch piece of rawhide "bone" and eventually got it down to a couple of inches in length. Just as I was reaching it to throw it out (we would take them away from her when they got to the choke-able length) she managed to get the core of it out and she chewed on it and then swallowed it!

Thinking that thousands of dogs do this everyday, we decided to just watch her to see if it passed through. Well, yesterday was the day of eating grass, vomiting, eating everything she could get her mouth around, vomiting, urging, etc. She was miserable last night so we called the emergency vet number and reached one at her home.

We were told to remove all water and food from her reach (as well as anything else she felt like eating (we removed Maddy to higher ground....excuse my humour!) and tried to settle her down. We were to bring her to the clinic this morning for x-rays.

What a night! She couldn't settle for very long and kept pacing the floor. Finally my husband allowed her into our bed and wrapped his arms around her and she seemed to relax a wee bit. This morning she awoke and seemed a bit more chipper and she raced into the clinic (apparently most dogs so have a miraculous recovery once they merely walk through the clinic doors!) and was most indignant that she had to be stay there for several hours.

X-ray was inconclusive since the very nature of rawhide makes it hard to be picked up with a regular scan. She was released to us with strict orders to check her poo (such a charming job!!!) and to limit her access to water. She is allowed to have 1 tablespoon of special wet food every few hours!

Good news is that she kept down her the tablespoon of wet food but the bad news is that she hasn't taken a sip of water since last night. She also did two poops, one of which was just that and the other full of grass. She slept most of the afternoon and seems a lot better than yesterday.

Tomorrow she has to undergo a series of barium x-rays which will hopefully tell us where in her digestive tract the piece of rawhide is in. It might be in area that will require surgery to remove!

Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. I know a lot of you are animal lovers and you know the guilt both John and I are feeling at this time. No more rawhide chews for our dogs....ever!!!!

Susan

P.S. Thought I would share my deviousness with you all.....because some of you think I'm a nice person. I work with two men, one of which is the over-educated, no common sense type. He married a woman just like him and their child is both of them spit out. They have hearts of gold, but no common sense, no manners, etc. Well, guess who showed up at my house this morning with a box of biscuits?! My husband actually hid in our basement and I was left to entertain and try to keep a conversation going. I can't begin to tell you about this man and his daughter and I know it sounds like I'm picking faults but when you have to ask a grown man to stop farting, picking his nose, etc. in front of you......are you getting the hint!? Anyway, after about 1 hour, I excused myself to run downstairs and I went to the bathroom, called my mother and begged her to call me pretending to be the vet clinic calling about Lou. My mom then called and gave a performance worthy of an Academy Award and told us the vet needed to see us. It worked like a charm and we even drove to the vet clinic....they split their sides laughing at the trick I had my mother pull, but they also know the man I work with! I hope you don't think less of me....yes, I know it wasn't very nice but you really got to meet this guy!

  
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S3XYDIVASMOM 12/30/2010 7:37PM

    I don't know how I would have handled this "guest." What you did I think was remarkably polite. Way to go.

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GAYLE-G-63 12/30/2010 1:42PM

    LOL I loved that you shared that with us! Good for mom!!!

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JLITT62 12/30/2010 5:17AM

    I hope Louisa pulls thru ok. Maybe even passes it before an xray is necessary. Simba once got blocked from a bone, but thankfully passed it on his own after being very sick for a couple of days -- very scary.

And Chester -- well, I swear, whatever can happen will happen to that dog. We joke he's the $6,000,000 dog (require knee surgery at only 9 months old).

I know what a terrible feeling it is to feel that you've caused something like this in your own animals, but that's why they call them accidents -- you didn't mean it to happen, and thousands of dogs happily chew rawhides with no problems at all.

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 12/30/2010 3:17AM

   

Hoping Louisa is better today. Don't blame yourself too much, many dogs eat those things with no side effects.

Now that man, what a charmer, farting and picking his nose. You should have done what a mother would have done and slapped his hand. I mean ewwwwwwww and this a grown man.

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LOUANN22 12/30/2010 2:35AM

    I'm sorry to hear about your dog. You can blame yourself accidents do happen. It was unintentionally even though I'd blame myself also in that situation. I had a vet emergency this past summer with my great dane, We had our dogs outside running around and out of nowhere he sliced his paw open. it was so horrible I felt bad and blamed myself. He end up get many stitches and spending hours at the vet but to this day hes back to normal clumsy as ever. To this day we still don't know how he cut open his paw.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/29/2010 11:33PM

    Oh, girl, you either had me laughing or crying! LOL, No, really, you did crack me up! Have you REALLY had to tell him to stop farting and picking his NOSE? Oh, my GOODNESS! emoticon emoticonI'm glad Louisa's going to be ok... well, I hope so! Next time my obnoxious neighbor comes over, I'll send you a note to call me and tell me my vet needs to see me pronto! emoticon

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KAYDE53 12/29/2010 10:52PM

    I'm so sorry to read about your Louisa!! I've given mine rawhide chews in the past; but after reading several posts like yours, I've don't think I'll buy anymore. My dogs love them, but it's not worth the risk!! Liked your co-worker story, got a chuckle from that!!! emoticon

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WILLOWWINDS 12/29/2010 9:22PM

    Praying she will be ok.
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BARBARACT 12/29/2010 7:03PM

    I will pray that Louisa will be fine. I hope she gets better and better.

Sorry about that guy...we all have people in our lives we have a hard time tolerating...don't feel too bad..besides you are very stressed!

Take care and hugs to Louisa.

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NEWFIEGIRLHERE 12/29/2010 5:55PM

    Oh God love 'er, I hope everything turns out ok for her.
and as for your little trick there, all I can say is I'm guilty of pulling one or two stunts in my time. emoticon
I'm sure we can all relate.

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JHADZHIA 12/29/2010 5:41PM

    So sorry about Lou :(( HUGS. Hope she passes it okay,
Ummm, no thanks, rather not meet this dude!! Good for you finding a way to lose him!!

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LESLIES537 12/29/2010 5:37PM

    Don't be too hard on yourself, Louisa is going to pull through and be back to her normal self in no time! Hope she's able to pass the rawhide without surgery! I'll pray for her! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 12/29/2010 5:09PM

    I do hope Lou will be ok. Lucky used to chew rawhides till he started with no so much chewing and just swallowing and then of course, the sickness begins. Then he would chew up and swallow sticks and such. Not long after, he started having seizures. Never had many maybe 2-4/year, but they were pretty bad. Kudos for making the decision to not give them rawhide chews anymore. I have warned friends and they laugh at me and say it's not bad for them! We know different, now, don't we!
That guy you work with......that's a shame! And no, I don't blame you for the trick you pulled. Good for your mom to go along with it!!!
Hugs and prayers for Lou!

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SHERYLDS 12/29/2010 4:52PM

    emoticonhope everything comes out well in the end

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PRETTYLILHEFFER 12/29/2010 4:28PM

    Thoughts go out to you puppy! I've been in that situation before, it's horrible!! emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 12/29/2010 4:11PM

    no more rawhide from mine too then! scary!
hope you pup is ok ;p
and I think you needed to that trick ;p

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HOPEFULANGE 12/29/2010 4:09PM

    I'll keep Louisa in my thoughts. I know how much worrying you can do over the furry family members! I hope she's ok and starts drinking again soon.
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You're clever trick was very devious! I've never had to pull something like that but I've been in situations where I wish I would have been smart enough! It's kind of hilarious that you actually drove to the vet!!!
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GHK1962 12/29/2010 3:56PM

    I do hope your pup is ok. We give ours some to chew...but watch them carefully.

We've had an awful vet year ourselves....poor puppers....so we know what you are going through!

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A Dog's New Years Resolutions....Idea borrowed from GAYLEG63

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Hi,

My friend, GAYLEG63, posted a hilarious list of New Years Resolutions from a cat's point of view and I so liked the idea that I decided to make one up for Maddy and Louisa.

1. When Mommy is out for a walk we will not stop and sniff and pee every few feet. She wants to be exercised so we should walk briskly and not trip her up with our leashes!

2. When Mommy is watching an exercise DVD, we really shouldn't try to flop down on her feet or try to get her to play squeaky toys with us!

3. Since Mommy is trying to eat healthy, we should stop shuddering at the sight of broccoli. Maybe we could spit it out where she doesn't see it or step in it!

4. Spark time is very important to Mommy ~ it isn't fun for her when we swat at the mouse and accidentally delete what she has typed!

5. A slimmer Mommy will be a more active one and will not mean she is less cuddly. We should stop offering her our milkbones!

6. Barking and/or passing gas in our sleep is not appreciated by Mommy or Daddy. Both are equally frightening!

7. When Mommy takes us in car to get to where we have our daily run we don't have to bark and howl at all of the cars we see.

8. Mommy and Daddy are hoping for an emergency-free year....like that's going to happen!

9. Mommy and Daddy want to keep fostering homeless animals so we will try not to torture any strays that happen our way.

10. Maddy will try to learn that humping legs is not acceptable at any time or at any place!!!!!

11.Maddy and Louisa will try to remember that just because they were both given up twice before, they are here to stay and should try to relax when they are left alone for short periods of time.

12. The vet clinic is not some torture chamber so there really is no need for both of us to climb up on Mommy's shoulders and try to hide inside her shirt. Mommy is modest and does not appreciate having her bra shown to strangers or her chest scratched up from 8 paws!!!!


Love Maddy and Lou

  
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JHADZHIA 12/29/2010 6:00PM

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Bendix just has one mega fault
Thou shalt not chase any fur bearing creature, including the house cat...

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GAYLE-G-63 12/29/2010 9:15AM

    LOL Great post!

And thank you for the shout out!!!

Huggz,
~Gayle~

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JLITT62 12/29/2010 5:32AM

    LOL!

Actually, the dogs tend to stay far away from me when I'm exercising, with the exception of yoga. Actually, the cats are all over me when it comes to yoga, too. They're all little yogis.

Hey, Lola was in 6 different homes before we adopted her! Chester, also a rescue, we adopted at 10 weeks old, he was the one with separation anxiety. Go figure.

Broccoli is about the only food Chester won't eat. He can't quite seem to figure out how to chew it. But he'll eat just about anything else! Lola is a bit pickier.

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HOPEFULANGE 12/28/2010 9:40PM

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#4 & #6 made me laugh out loud which then meant I had to explain the giggles to my dh who also laughed!

Cute idea! I like #9 - good for you!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/28/2010 6:19PM

    awww, #11 was so sweet! emoticon

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LESLIES537 12/28/2010 5:46PM

    emoticon That was REALLY cute! I especially liked #12!! emoticon LOL

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KEZRARAYNE 12/28/2010 5:20PM

    I think i might need to read this to my 3 dogs and get them to follow some of these too!!

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GRACEZN 12/28/2010 4:39PM

  This was wonderful - had to laugh out loud and nod my head in agreement! emoticon

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S3XYDIVASMOM 12/28/2010 4:37PM

    Good idea. Unfortunately, they're your ideas and not your dogs'. My question is: how are you going to convince your critters to embrace these goals? Lots of luck with that. Regardless, I'm sure they'll make their contributions to a great new year.

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Why I pay an arm and a leg for a tablespoon of peanut butter

Monday, December 27, 2010

Hi!

I hope you are all enjoying the continuation of your Christmas holidays. Does anybody out there continue on with the 12 days of Christmas which officially ends on January 6th? My mother grew up in an isolated outport community and they used to hang their stockings again on the night of January 5th. They would get something in the fruit family and I believe it wasn't Santa Claus but a parent/child thing. Of course that was over 65 years ago.

It kind of makes me sad when people say Christmas is over and start taking down their trees and decorations. We were always taught that Christmas is officially over on the 6th but in later years I admit to taking my tree down just after New Year's Day. Anybody else care to share what they do?

A good SparkFriend of mine wrote a recent blog about putting chocolate chips in her oatmeal along with some natural almond butter and she was wondering whether she should cut back on the chocolate. My advice was that it was such a small amount of chocolate that I wouldn't worry about her little indulgence.

Which brings me to my blog title. I have a weakness for Kraft Smooth Light peanut butter. I realize it isn't the healthiest choice but it is one of my few food addictions. This started years ago when my father worked in a paper mill that didn't have a proper lunch room . Not wanting to take a cooler each day, he would pack a peanut butter and homemade partridgeberry jam (known in some parts as lingonberry ) sandwich. He ate the same lunch for over 35 years....five days a week!

Okay, so I might not have the homemade jam but I do love my peanut butter. In fact, I crave peanut butter! I could easily eat half of a 500 gram jar at one sitting! So what did I do when I joined Spark? I stopped buying it and bought a no-sugar/no-salt version which I have on hand for "emergencies". It doesn't taste the same and therefore I eat very little of it.

BUT.......I go to a coffee shop everyday and pay about 30 cents for a wee little package of my beloved Kraft pb. That way I am limited to how much I eat but I still get my treat. I know it is stupid that I can't control the amount of peanut butter I eat other than doing what I do, but it works for me as silly as it may sound!

Anyway, now that you all think I'm a real loon, I'd better sign off and get on the weigh scales for my Monday weigh-in!

  
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S3XYDIVASMOM 12/27/2010 4:17PM

    I think making something expensive in and of itself is a good way to control portions. I buy genuine maple syrup. It tastes wonderful, but I feel like I can afford no more than a little dribble on my pancakes. So, I find your approach to be quite reasonable.

I'm one of those who take my Xmas tree down early. I feel like here in the states that Christmas is way, way, way overdone and, I guess, taking down my tree is a form of protest against excessiveness. Besides, it is also a symbolic way of making sure I get a clean start on the New Year.

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OLDERDANDRT 12/27/2010 2:30PM

    I like your method....portion control!!

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KANSASROSE67 12/27/2010 1:43PM

    I think it's sad when people put their trees up so early and then can't wait to take them down. We celebrate Advent which starts 4 Sundays before Christmas and then leave the tree up until after Epiphany on January 6. I wonder if many people realize that the 12 Days of Christmas START on Dec. 25?!

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GOGIRLOLDER 12/27/2010 12:27PM

    My husband eats peanut butter and jam sandwich every day too!! Our peanut butter is fresh ground from a food co-op. I use almond butter and love that. I think it is great you get your treat. If you over did it at home it would no longer be a treat if you ate that much then you would have the baggage that goes with over eating something. As for decorations it depends on the condition of the tree. I like to extend the season longer but we don't have any regular tradition for doing it. Happy continued Holiday Season!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/27/2010 11:59AM

    I eat Laura Schudder's Natural Peanut butter every day in an Orowheat thin bun with a tiny bit of honey for breakfast every day! It's healthy and it fits in my calories! I wouldn't quit eating peanut butter, that's for sure! It's a great source of lots of good things! I say, enjoy it! emoticon

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HOPEFULANGE 12/27/2010 10:50AM

    My weakness was always the Kraft Crunchy PB, but my dh doesn't like it so I haven't had it in years! What a good idea to buy it in little packages! You're so smart!

I'll keep my tree up until the weekend after the 6th. It's sad to take down the decorations, but it's also cleansing too!

I guess your dad worked at the mill in Grand Falls? My Pop working at the Corner Brook mill his entire life! I hope it doesn't meet the same fate as GF. So sad that a renewable resource can't be kept alive in our province.



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SHEILA1505 12/27/2010 10:26AM

    My family has always kept decorations up until 8th January - for Twelfth Night plus One - because my brother's birthday is on the 7th :) And I have continued the tradition

I do understand though that many Americans would be glad to see the back of their trees after New Year since some put them up immediately after Thanksgiving or at the beginning of December - they must be pretty dusty and droopy by then

I have a peanut allergy these days but used to have PB all the time when I worked for a company that produced industrial sized mixers and grinding mills for the food industry and we were always churning out various flavours in demonstrations

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STIPER23 12/27/2010 10:08AM

    I read a friend's FB status yesterday and she said they had already taken their tree down! We usually take ours down around January 1st. We've never celebrated teh 12 days of Christmas.

I love peanut butter, but apparently not as much as you! LOL I just bought some almond butter and am trying that as a substitute.

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LINDAKAY228 12/27/2010 9:57AM

    I eat Simply Jiff Peanut Butter on Orowheat sandwhich thins frequently. Peanut butter is healthy in small doses. I crave sugar and chocolate and in your case it's peanut butter. You've found something that helps you meet that craving without giving in to large amounts. That's what this is all about. Creating a lifestyle we can live with. You're not looney, you're being creative in developing a plan you can live with. That's an awesome thing!!

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JLITT62 12/27/2010 9:54AM

    There were many years that I couldn't have PB in the house cause I'd eat it by the spoonful, but thankfully I'm over that. Maybe cause I have it every day now? Definitely one of my most favorite things in the world!

I'm all about spending money on "good" food (whatever that might mean to you. Might as well get what you really want, and if just getting a small packet each day works for you, I say go for it!

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JHADZHIA 12/27/2010 9:50AM

    So my step dad isn't so strange after all. He needs a spoon to take out his peanut butter (he likes crunchy) and one of those big jars doesn't last him very long. I usually point out a sale as soon as I see one since he eats so much. I like the smooth too, but never had it overly much, but more of a heaping serving then they suggest ;) Today, I have natural almond butter, which like you, I don't eat as much because its different.
I am not Ukrainian, but we like to keep the decorations up until their Christmas is over on the 7th. I don't decorate, except for the wreath on my door, but Mom has always kept hers up until then.

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TEMPEST272002 12/27/2010 9:45AM

    As I type, I'm enjoying my favourite breakfast - 1 TBSP Kraft Natural Peanut Butter drizzled over a whole banana. Yummy! I consistently have problems getting enough fat in my diet (when I'm tracking & not eating junk!), so this is a great option for me & I have it almost every day. Guilt free!

I think buying the packages of PB for 30 cents each is a smart idea for indulging... without over indulging! I do use a actual measuring spoon when I portion mine out because it's so easy to put on 2 TBSP instead of one emoticon

I definitely don't think you're stupid or a loon for not being able to stop at 1 serving of PB... Rather, I think "Clever woman for finding a way to satisfy her cravings while maintaining portion control."

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LESLIES537 12/27/2010 9:33AM

    I don't think you're a loon, if that's what you gotta do, then that's what you gotta do! I LOVE my PB too and could sit there and just eat it by the spoon full. Those pre-packaged ''to go'' cups work out good for me too....I usually end up practically licking the cup though! emoticon LOL

I'm back to work today, but still keep my decorations up around the house until January. One of my co-workers actually throws her's out Christmas morning as soon as all the presents are unwrapped---seems kinda bahumbug-ish to me emoticon

Have a happy Monday my friend! emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 12/27/2010 9:32AM

    what a great tradition ;p
and it's ok to get $$$ PB to keep you healthy ;p

My friends buys ORGANIC/custom PB now that is another story! but it's YUMMY (she has all kinds of allergies)

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