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Home sick with two dog nurses

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


I just realized that my blog title makes it seems like I've come down with some mysterious ailment called "two dog nurses", but what I meant was that I'm home sick and I have two dogs pretending to be nurses looking out to me. Okay, that's not much better, now is it?

I decided to stay home today to do my part in stop spreading cold germs to my co-workers and students. And actually if I had gone it I would have needed to tie a box of tissues to my nose which wouldn't have been a pretty sight.

I'm one of those weird people who can't relax when they are sick. I know a nap would probably help but my mind gets really over-active. I haven't taken any cold medication so it can't be that but I am the same way when I have a migraine. My mind just spins and spins until I'm itching to do something. Maybe I should look into relaxation. Any suggestions as to where to start?

I doubt I will exercise today but thanks to my meal planning I do have supper prepared which will help out. I also bought some oranges and have them added to my diet. I gave up on oranges several years ago as I thought they were contributing to my acid-reflux but I'm going to try to add them back slowly.

I've also got a very shiny kitchen sink and two bathroom sinks. This is a shout out to the FlyLady program which is going to help me de-clutter my life. I'm not a dirty housekeeper but you do need a GPS to navigate in my home.

Our weather is still pretty weird. We had snow yesterday but it turned to rain and everything went slushy. Now, it snowed again and we have less than one inch of it. I really miss snow.

I hope you are all doing well in your corners of the world. Remember that you are all special to me!!!!!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 1/11/2011 10:44PM

    I'd like snow better if I could be snowed in, but I cannot say that I find snow much fun when I have to shovel the driveway and then negotiate an icy road to work. Personally, I'm counting the day until Spring. Sorry to hear that you are sick. Glad that you have such loving care. Hurrah for the clean sinks.

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GOOZLEBEAR 1/11/2011 9:15PM

    Glad you have your little nurses to help you feel better! We don't have snow here but it is very cold and looks like it will start any minute!! You are special to us and hope you feel better soon and maybe get some snow!!!!!!

Take care of yourself and rest!

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LIBBYFITZ 1/11/2011 5:51PM

    Yep my corner is doing OK. Hot flushes are back worse than ever!!! I love that your dogs are nursing you! emoticonGet well soon!

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KAYDE53 1/11/2011 4:42PM

    I like snow & we're getting some today in the Midwest!!! We missed it most of the time; it's went south, east, north of us but finally we're getting some!!! Take care & let your little nurses help you!! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 1/11/2011 4:37PM

    My hubby is also lamenting the lack of emoticon. He swears that Quebec usually gets 4-6 feet. We had a foot, but it's melted down to just a few inches. That's plenty of snow for me, but hubby's emoticon.

Glad you have the comfort of your doggie nurses. Hope you're feeling better soon.

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OLDERDANDRT 1/11/2011 3:37PM

    Yeah! What MOMMA_LITTLE said! You LIKE snow?! You can have all of mine, past, present and future!!!

As for relaxing....take a nice warm soak in the tub with some lavendar. If you don't have lavendar for the bath, try lighting a lavendar candle ( if you got it) It is very relaxing. Also, try drinking chamomile tea. It will also help relax you. Deep breathing exercises help. You can also try a relaxation method ( I forget what they call it) while lying in bed, relax your toes..totally. Don't move on till they're like jelly, then relax your ankles, then calves, then knees and all the way up your body, little bit at a time. This always put me to sleep when I was a kid at camp. (You know how wound up jr. hi kids can get! )
Hope you feel better soon. I sucks being sick like that. I was right after Christmas. I took "Emergen-C" for a few days and it really seemed to help, though I am still full of "snot"! Just not totally dripping and all anymore. DD swears by it, esp. if she can start it at the first sign of a cold.
Hope this helps!!!

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    You LOVE SNOW????? ugh! emoticonI guess it's all those years of waiting for the bus with goosebumps and frozen limbs after I'd lost my coat for the third or fourth time in a foot or two of snow! emoticon I think it's beautiful, but I don't want to be cold any more than I have to! So I'm saying emoticon to the snow, and sending wishes for it to go your way instead of mine! emoticon

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DRGOMTI 1/11/2011 1:29PM

    You n your blogs are very special to me too!! I'm sorry you don't have much snow. : ( I know how we both love it so much!! it's snowing here in good ole central WI today n windy n i are gonna go for a walk up in the woods today!! my favorite thing! have a great day!! hope you get over your cold soon!! emoticon dr

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BARBARACT 1/11/2011 12:13PM

    My doggies are doing the same thing. I have been sick and they are staying right by me. It is comforting when they do that.

Yes, clean and shiny sinks! Good for you!

I hope you feel better soon! Being sick stinks!

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LESLIES537 1/11/2011 11:46AM

    I hope your doggies take good care of you! emoticon

Way to go on the shiny sinks!!! One sink, one pile at a time! emoticon

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JLITT62 1/11/2011 11:30AM

    If only I could siphon off our predicted snow to you! Cause I could sure live without it. I swear I don't think I've ever gone so long without walking the dogs -- everyone, including the weather, seems to be conspiring against it lately!

Feel better soon. And get some rest! That's an order!

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HOPEFULANGE 1/11/2011 9:46AM

    I hope you start feeling better soon! Take care of yourself - remember the best thing is fluids and rest. Don't overdo it on the cleaning just because you feel bad about it not being done!
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Fighting with hubby over housework

Monday, January 10, 2011


Because you all have agreed not to judge me (can't remember agreeing to THAT, now can you?), I am going to tell you something I'm ashamed of. I am a terrible housekeeper! I've written about this before but now I've got a "plan".

Anyway, first of all, let me tell you what I did that I am ashamed about. I had a huge racket with my husband that basically brought up the idea of a trial separation. He was floored and to be honest, I don't know how those words came out of my mouth. All because of housework and my feeling that I have to do "everything". Which for the record, is never true but we tend to say that in moments of anger.

I cried so much last night that my cold has renewed itself and now I feel miserable both physically and mentally. We've patched things up but I'm really ashamed at how I blew up at him and then for what I said.

One of my dear SparkFriends, recently suggested the website FlyLady.com to me after a previous blog in which I basically complained about being totally disorganized. So, I'm going to give it a try, It sounds so easy that I doubt it will really work but then again, that is how I felt about SparkPeople too.

I've always balked at the idea of doing household chores on assigned days as a way of rebelling against the way I was brought up. I still hate Tuesdays to this day because it was roast beef night and vacuuming day for my mother. She was a demon with the latter and would obsess over making sure buttons on clothes were even dusted! That and she would keep the house freezing cold because she was sweating so much. My brother and I both hate Tuesdays to this day but love Mondays which was just laundry day and sausages!!! Oh, and we weren't allowed to help out in any way, shape or form. I left home for university without ever turning on a washer or dryer, knowing how to iron, bake, cook, peel vegetables, dust, etc.

I know she did this because she thought she was giving us a break but really, it backfired! We both ended up being A students and mannerly but we never were given the chance to develop lifestyle skills Did I mention that I didn't leave home (except for my four years in university) until I was 34! Are you beginning to see a problem here!?

So, I am adding housekeeping and organizing to my Spark Journey! I am going to come up with a plan to have assigned days for assigned housework. BOTH of us are going to have chores to do and they will be clearly written down. Poor John is one of those men who would gladly help out but needs a bit of direction and apparently I do too!

Like my Spark Journey, this is not going to happen overnight and I am preparing myself for that. Wish me luck and I will keep you updated on my progress!


P.S. I really don't want to leave my husband and I know he doesn't want to leave me! WHY did I blurt that out!?!?!
Go figure

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SEESTARS 1/11/2011 1:16PM

    "I know she did this because she thought she was giving us a break but really, it backfired! We both ended up being A students and mannerly but we never were given the chance to develop lifestyle skills"

Sounds exactly like my husbands upbringing. And I want to slap his mother every time we have a fight about cleaning up. And he has said the "D" word in anger over these issues. So I think he may be even worse off than you.

On the plus side... I know who I married, and so does your husband. And I just think of the times he calls me his superhero and know that he is pissed at the situation and not me. I'm sure your husband feels similarly.

Best of luck with flylady.com, I've never heard of it but now want to check it out. Thanks for you great Blog!


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BARBARACT 1/11/2011 12:11PM

    I hope all works out between you and your husband. Sometimes we say things out of anger that we don't mean.

I have done flylady and it does work. But I get tired of being told what to clean everyday and then I stop. LOL! But it does work if you follow it.

Good luck!

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DRGOMTI 1/10/2011 11:30PM

    I'm so glad u n John worked it out!! It's always good to talk things out! Ron n I have been married for 34 yrs n we talk alot!! : )) I'm not real OCD on cleaning, but I do have to have my cleaning day every week. mine is mondays. : )) It felt good to clean today!! I have lots of things that are cluttered so I rarely dust them. like our mantel, i took some of the Christmas things down n put up my new twig lights, so I vacuumed it off a bit, but most of my stuff is dusty. It's part of the country decor!! : ))
It's fun to read your honest blogs!! : ))

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S3XYDIVASMOM 1/10/2011 9:47PM

    I think the 15 minute plan would be helpful. I was taught very little about housework and,subsequently, know very little. I've passed on that tradition to my daughter.

We're working on getting more organized because, one way or another, we have to make room for our daughter, who recently moved back home. Some improvements have already been noted. So, sometimes, it is good to have our hand forced.

Perhaps, you should invite someone over to whom you'd like to make a good impression. Just don't make the invite for this week.

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APIRLRAIN888 1/10/2011 8:19PM

    flylady is awesome!!!!! clean and make your sink shiny! changed my life! and I am a terrible housecleaner!

I still am, but my house is not as trashed anymore
1) Flylady ( I don't do it any more, but keep the principle)
2) Staging my house (learned I don't need all that crap! and simplify)

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LIBBYFITZ 1/10/2011 7:13PM

    emoticonWe all say things we don't mean when upset! The saying goes that the ones you love the most are the ones who cop it as you are comfortable enough to do it to them. glad you have a plan! emoticon

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    I wish I had some wise and wonderful things to say but I don't so I will just you were brave enough to admit those things, and sometimes, that all it takes to make a change. emoticon

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BYEFATNANNY 1/10/2011 5:44PM

    What couple hasn't had this argument. I'm the super organized one and even when my husband helps its not good enough. A WHOLE other issue heh? Don't punish your self for saying something in anger, I'm sure we've all done it. Baby steps indeed, maybe a little bit each day will keep things tidy. Best of luck....this too shall pass.

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KARBIE18 1/10/2011 5:42PM

    Yes! Flylady changed my life, too. My house is far from perfect, but a few minutes a day is all it takes me to do my morning and evening routines, and it's amazing how much I can accomplish in that short amount of time! I don't always follow the daily missions, but I do use a timer (I just use my microwave timer). Once you realize how much you can get done in 15 minutes, and lose the all or nothing approach, it's very freeing. You stop the frantic rushing, and really make progress. (Or maybe I'm not normal, and other people don't feel the urgency I used to feel to get IT ALL done.)

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LESLIES537 1/10/2011 5:04PM

    You sure sound a WHOLE LOT like me! My mom did all of the cleaning too in order to ''help us out''. Didn't help me out once I left home! I checked out flylady once and totally forgot about it! I'm going back to check it out again! Thanks for reminding me. Let's do this together! I need to get organized BADLY! My house is putting so much emotional strain on me it's just not healthy!

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KANSASROSE67 1/10/2011 4:52PM

    Thanks for being brave enough to post this and ask for help! I grew up doing lots of cooking and cleaning so that part I get, but getting over my resentment of my husband's ability to sit down and do nothing in the midst of my working like crazy is another story. "Just sit down...it will get done," is what he likes to say. Well, until the little house elves arrive, it WON'T "just get done." ARRRGGGG!

I think your plan to divide and conquer sounds like a good one. Best wishes!

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JLITT62 1/10/2011 4:46PM

    Flylady can really be life changing -- really the principles are a lot like SP's! Of course, I'm still messy & cluttered even knowing all that stuff. But it's something I'm working on again, too. We feel so much better when things aren't so cluttered!

Unfortunately my DH is not one for housework. He seems to believe that because his is the only income, then I should be doing everything else . . . well, almost.

Ok. This is not my blog. This is not my blog . . .

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TEMPEST272002 1/10/2011 4:40PM

    Hugs! I'm a tidy, organized person... hubby is messy & disorganized. So I think I may have had that exact same arguement a time or twenty. I think I've heard that little voice too.... the one saying "stop saying these things". You've made up with hubby, so time to forgive yourself and carry on.

I can understand how the housework can seem overwhelming to you. One of my dearest friends was raised like you and I've seen her struggle with disorder her whole adult life.

Housekeeping is a skill - we're not born with the knowledge, we have to learn it. So cut yourself some slack here too. Don't see your messy house as a reflection of your being, but rather of your skill level. As your skill level increases, your house will become more manageable. Flylady will help you learn some of those skills.

BTW, I DO agree not to judge you here!

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BAILEYSMOM4 1/10/2011 4:25PM

    Just think of the calories you'll burn!

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    I have told my boyfriend, in fits of anger and frustration, that I don't want to be with him any longer. I always feel so horrible afterward, like I broke something that I cannot quite fix back to its original condition. We have to be thankful for forgiving and understanding men.

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HOPEFULANGE 1/10/2011 4:22PM

    I say the worst things when I'm stressed out. Sorry that you and your hubby got into it, but I think we all do sometimes. It comes with the territory when you're living with someone!

I hope you feel better soon and you should take a nice walk together when you feel up to it!


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    I have done the very same thing! I could hear my little mind voice saying, "LORI! Stop saying those things! You don't mean them!" but I just kept right on saying them! Thankfully, those days are less and less, but it's sad that the people we love the most we tend to take for granted or hurt the most if we're not careful! Yes, we have lots of baggage (we all do), but I'm so glad that you are willing to work on whatever it is for the good of your life and your marriage! Press on, my dear friend! You're doing great! emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 1/10/2011 3:49PM

    I also don't know why we say some things when clearly we don't mean them. I've done the same thing and greatly regretted them. I do hope you will check in to the flylady link and hopefully you will find some help there. I can see why you didn't grow up knowing how to do a lot of things since your Mom never let you help.

Really hope this plan of yours works about doing certain things on certain days. I use to do that too and still seem to wash on Mondays!!!!!

Hugs and thanks for sharing!

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BORNAGAINBRAT 1/10/2011 3:29PM

    You soooo need to check out flylady but I believe it is flylady.net not com. She is amazing and you can get daily emails that give you chores but they are set up by room per week. I'm telling you it will be the best thing you have ever done. My house is always clean and it is on auto pilot. Get your timer, stay focused and progress not perfection. Check out her site and you will know what all that means. Baby steps just like sparking!

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Hairnets, meal planning and dog fur!

Sunday, January 09, 2011


Okay, to be quite honest with all of you, I have not been doing the best with my weight loss journey over the past few weeks and I know why. It is the same old story of food begging to be eaten, treats to be had too often, and not exercising the way I should be. I know most of you can understand and have been there at some point or another.

So, I'm not going to belabor the point. I'm not reaching my potential and it is my own doing. I have to change this and only I can do this. For once in my life I have to be totally selfish (okay, I'm not a saint, I have been selfish at other points too) and do this for me.

One of the things that worked several years ago was meal planning. John and I tend to eat out a lot which is not good. It is mainly because I use the excuse that I don't know what to make, I don't have time, etc. What a pile of baloney we try to make ourselves believe.

I work mornings only, I don't have children, so I should have all the time in the world. I do really but I just don't maximize its potential!

I gained weight this past week which makes about four weeks of consistently gaining. Can you see a pattern here...eating out, not exercising, weight gain. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what I'm doing wrong.

So, back to my blog title. I'm tackling two of my problems at once. I made up a list of meal plans for the week, went to the store and picked up what we needed, and now I'm making lasagne one for tonight, making two others to freeze, and making two sheppard's pies to freeze. Can you tell that extra-lean ground beef was on sale and that I stocked up!?

I also have chicken breasts bought that I will cook all at once but will be the base of several meals. Then I picked up a frozen pizza (not a big fan) but I figure it will be okay on the night that I am just too lazy or tired to cook. Paired with some salad and fruit and it will sure beat going out to eat.

Okay, so I've got this thought through but why can't I do this all of the time? Why do I do things in spurts? I know right from wrong when it comes to healthy eating but I still slip up. Am I stunned or am I human? I'm thinking both!!!

By the way, the hairnet is to keep my hair from falling in the meals I'm preparing and the dog fur is what I'm hoping won't be present in any meal I prepare. Wish you could all see me in my hairnet......quite funny.......not to mention my ragged old jeans and t-shirt! ha!!!!

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HEALTHYSUCCESS 1/10/2011 10:59AM

  When I wear my hairnet, I look just like the lunch lady in the school cafeteria when I was in elementary school. OH, the memories... emoticon

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JLITT62 1/10/2011 4:57AM

    Oh, dog fur & hair just season the food.


Good job on getting all that done!

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DRGOMTI 1/9/2011 10:37PM

    I've been on SP teams n blogs for 2 hours now n just told my hubby, I haven't found any motivation. : ( Then I checked my e-mail n came on your faithful blog n got the SPARK I've been looking for!! Your blogs are so entertaining n today gave me hope! Now I don't feel alone. I didn't want to come back on SP n admit that I've been a terrible slacker n probably gained weight over the holidays but am scared to weigh in! Your cooking chic breasts and planning ahead has inspired me to do the same!! My Hubby n I went out to fast foods all during the holidays! UGH! and when I was fulla spark we didn't go out to eat once! I'm so relieved I'm not thee only one! Now we can do this together!! thanx for all your excellent blogs!!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 1/9/2011 9:24PM

    Beleaguer is spelled correctly. However, the meaning, according to Webster's is,"to surround with an army so as to prevent escape." I think the word you were looking for was probably belabor, which means: "to work on or at to absurd lengths."

As for the spell checker, I don't have a lot of faith in it. I'm annoyed everytime it objects to "blog." And I really love it when it doesn't recognize "each" and suggests "etch," instead.

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APIRLRAIN888 1/9/2011 9:03PM

    lol yeah planning is key! I hate to cook, but if I have stock fridge the frugal me needs to use it up

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    You may live in a cold place, but your blogs are always full of emoticon!!!

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GVANSCOOT 1/9/2011 1:31PM

  The holiday season was rough on a number of us. Sounds like you have back on track! emoticon

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Foster dogs and falling in love all over again!

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Was on another mission today to take a dog from its owners who found the shedding to be too much. I think that has to be one of the stupidest excuses for relinquishing ownership of an animal but that is just my humble opinion. This little dog is only about 8 months old, was adopted from a shelter about 4 months ago, and now the novelty has worn off.

Luckily we had a foster family in mind so John and I were asked to find some kennels and to sanitize them before we delivered the equipment to the foster home. Now you are all thinking they had to be sanitized from being at our house, but the kennels were actually borrowed from us and were at a dog grooming place. Hence the need to make sure they were free of other dog's germs.

What a little sweetie pie! She looks like a small terrier, all white except for an eye-patch black spot right above one of her eyes! I said she looks like a wee little pirate with her eye patch resting on her forehead. We saw no excess fur coming off of her but she did seem to crave attention. Apparently, she was either left tied on all day or left in a porch with no human contact except in passing. WHY would somebody do this to an animal?

The woman who had Maddy before us, would take away all water and food from him at 6:00 p.m. and lock him in a dark room and only let him out at 10:00 the next morning. Again, why have a dog if you are going to do that to them. No wonder Maddy is known as a Cling-On for his mommy! Ha.

I really wanted to take this little dog today but I'm finally learning to accept my limitations. I know I can give Maddy and Lou a good life but at this point, any more than two would cause me more harm than good.

So, I would like all of you out there who have pets, to please give them a good belly rub tonight in honour of all of those homeless, sheltered, abused fur-covered souls out there. We think that we are rescuing them but how many times does a little pet actually bring us pure joy and fulfillment.....everyday if you let them!

Again, thanks for reading and putting up with my opinions.

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HOPEFULANGE 1/10/2011 11:50AM

    You're so right - animals are novelties for some families. I don't understand how people can think that it's ok to give up a member of their family! I guess the poor dog never got enough attention and was never considered part of the family.

Thank-you for being the kind person you are who is willing to do something about the injustices you see.


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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/9/2011 9:17AM

    My daughter regularly fosters dogs in order to 'socialize' them. Sophie the poodle and Hinge the cat aren't always thrilled with the newcomer, but in the end, all of them have a grand time before it's time to return the animal to school (my daughter goes to a vet tech school.)
Bless you for caring!

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MEMARE 1/9/2011 9:06AM

    Awesome blog! emoticon

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JLITT62 1/9/2011 8:35AM

    As I've said, both Chester & Lola are rescues (altho Chester was a wee puppy when we got him).

Lola was a different story -- 10 months old in 6 different homes with no training at all. In fact, in one home they would put her in a crate with a puppy pad & not let her out til she did her business!

Training her was a challenge, but she was definitely worth it. She's still a challenge, but still worth it!

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LIBBYFITZ 1/9/2011 7:03AM

    I agree there are certain people who should not have pets or children! We have strays here in Santiago and if there are any around when I walk to the shop, I will buy food and give them a feed. It is a huge problem here as it is in a lot of country's.

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APIRLRAIN888 1/8/2011 9:50PM

    thank you for what you do

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~MISS_TEA~ 1/8/2011 9:05PM

    I am so glad that there are people like you out there to help take care of these helpless animals. I am sure you will find a home :) It is sad when people do treat their animals poorly and it makes it so hard not to take them all and give them a home. . but then as you said what good would that do? I love my puppies and dog and would love more but I know then they would not get the care they need because I would be too stretched. I wish others would realize this and not get an animal just because its cute this week. WHen you get a pet its like signing on for a two year old for 10yrs or so. . .be prepared folks. Sorry, I rambled so much but I am also passionate about this :)

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WILLOWWINDS 1/8/2011 8:51PM

    I am just so glad that there are people like you there to help them. God Bless.

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GAYLE-G-63 1/8/2011 8:12PM

    Every day I have my boys I feel so grateful to be sharing my life with them. I agree with you wholeheartedly; why have an animal if all you are going to do is ignore them? I'll never understand that mind set!

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JHADZHIA 1/8/2011 7:56PM

    I love that you are looking out for those poor dogs. I really, really hate hearing stories like that :((( Thanks for being an angel to dogs:)
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BTRTHANEVA 1/8/2011 6:23PM

    Where do you live? Seriously... We got a rescue pup (Bella) from my next door neighbors (they foster dogs) in May. I was just mentioning to my husband that perhaps we could add one more needy soul to our family as Bella loves to be with other dogs... My husband, being the voice of reason that he is, stated that prior to bringing another dog into our home, we'd first have to check them for agressions and then do a trial run with Bella. Nothing would be definate until it was a good match for all involved... But it never hurts to ask!

Bella has become our *daughter*. She has brought so much love and joy into our lives. Thank you for doing what you do for our four legged friends... Bless you!

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    You are EXACTLY RIGHT! When we got all the AKC registered shelties from our "friends" who had a puppy mill, half of them had heart worm, and none of them were used to human love! Despicable! Two of them ran away from their new adopted people and they could not find them even one with the help of a dog tracker! They were too afraid of people!

We have two cats and two dogs in the house and one huge dog outside, but they are all well cared for and loved! Oh, and our horses, too! Sorry, we have chickens, but we haven't bonded! emoticon

I really love the kind of dog you described! It's a good thing you live so far away from me! I'd be tempted, and my hubby would say no!

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How do you keep everyone straight?

Friday, January 07, 2011


All I can say to begin with is "Thank goodness it is Friday" because I'm pooped! There is nothing like a two week break from work to make you tired the very first week back. I'm glad to be back though, all the same, as I really need structure in my life. Oh dear, I'm turning into a fuddy duddy!

My question of the night is "how do you keep the names of your SparkFriends straight"? I know most of you sign off your blog responses to me with your real names but when I look at your pictures I "see" your Spark names and not your real names. Then I feel bad when I send a message because I can't seem to keep the names straight.

There used to be a television program here in Newfoundland called Romper Room. Mind you, this was back in the 2 channel universe, one of which was the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) and NTV (Newfoundland Television). CBC was traditionally really structured while NTV was mostly local.

Anyway, the hostess of Romper Room was a young lady you called herself "Miss Anne" and she would have sing-a-longs and other fun things children would enjoy. The fun part of Miss Anne was that she would have a mirror-like thing and she would look right at the camera and say "and I see Johnny, and I see Susie, etc" so all of us children watched eagerly to see if Miss Anne would somehow magically "see" them through their television sets. Oh the miracles of television and young minds!

Okay, so you are wondering what the connection is to Miss Anne? Well, I wish I had a device that would flash my friends real names across my screen when I'm trying desperately to remember if "FatinSeattle" (I made that up!) is Judy, Joanne, or Dwayne! Ha!

So, here I sit, going to send out messages to all of you and I hate to get your names mixed up....hopefully that will explain the generic "To Whom it May Concern"!!! Just joking!

I hope all is well with each and everyone of you in your respective corners of this world!

Take care!


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KAKIPOPUP 1/9/2011 10:12AM

    I use people's SparkNames, too - and I, too, remember Romper Room (although the teachers name in our area was Miss Jean)....

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GOOZLEBEAR 1/8/2011 7:31PM

    Oh I remember Romper Room, now that really makes me old!!!!! I remember the "real" names of my spark friends that I communicate with the most. I have a list of friends Spark user names and beside it I put their actual name. Over time I have learned some of them but if I want to use their name I refer to my list. Some people don't want to give out their real name for various reasons and I respect that. I once called a dear friend by the wrong name and feel bad to this day about doing that.


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    I don't use my real name. I don't remember real names (except a few that I communicate with a bunch). I remember Romper Room as well. I use thier Spark name because that is how I know them.

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OLDERDANDRT 1/8/2011 4:56PM

    I have the same problem, honey! And I grew up with a Romper room, but out hostess was named Miss Janie!!! Did yours have a dog? Mine had a beautiful red (can't remember the breed name) named Copper Penny! Out show was out of Pittsburgh, Pa. This was in the 1960's. Anyway.....small world!!!

My name is Jayne and I am not really but still am Olderdandrt!


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TEMPEST272002 1/8/2011 2:34PM

    You remember people's real names?! Wow! Seriously, I don't even try. I tend to think of my sparkfriend's by their sparknames... or some version thereof. For instance, you tend to be "Poco on the Rock" emoticon

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VINOTEA 1/8/2011 1:31PM

    If I'm responding in a team chat, I will see if their signature has a name. If there is no name, I use their spark name when talking to them. When I'm commenting on their blog or page, again, I post their name if they listed it, or if not their spark name. I do like the ideas some people posted about keeping a list of who is who. But I do share your struggles, when someone else posts a name and I'm like -- which spark person is that?

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Hey I've been called all sorts of things in my life, from Mister, Mrs, Sir, Mate, Pal, Jules, Dick!!! I answer to just about everything, so call me what you like you won't offend me.

Man Romper Room, I remember that from when I was knee high to a grasshopper,now I feel old.

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TWOTIMESS 1/8/2011 3:55AM

    LOL, I do the same as Sheila - I keep a little notebook with names, area, interests, personal notes by my PC and it helps me to remember who I'm talking to now.

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SHEILA1505 1/8/2011 2:10AM

    Hi there - sometimes I don't use the real name (if I know it) because I think that maybe remaining anonymous is the intention with some names (??) especially if personal pix are not used anywhere.

I've also listed real names alongside the SparkMail list of addresses, and location, interests etc cos it'd be awkward if I congratulate Suzy in Oregon for Skydiving when in fact she is in Tokyo and knits :))

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BLESSED2BEME 1/8/2011 12:27AM

    LOL! Such a cute blog although I know you are being serious. Sounds like we are all about the same. I remember the ones that I see very regularly or comment on my blogs a lot, otherwise, I am awful with names too!


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S3XYDIVASMOM 1/7/2011 9:46PM

    At one point, I did make a point of writing down all the names that had been given to me, using the journal entry function. However, I haven't looked at it since. I'm one who has never given out my name, nor do I usually mention where I'm from. I guess I'm paranoid, but I'm concerned about potential data-mining done on this site and I'm afraid that somehow it all could be linked to the real me. Thus, the extra effort to remain private.

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JHADZHIA 1/7/2011 9:11PM

    Yes, its very hard, especially with a large list, and then some people don't even give out their real names anyway. I am thinking of using an excel workbook LOL.
Its hard to relate a person's name to their pet profile photo either..

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APIRLRAIN888 1/7/2011 9:05PM

    lol don't remember names, just the usernames ;p or profile pics ;p
but I have a handful that I keep track off (regulars)

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    LOL... well, my friend... What is YOUR name so hard to remember for? I only remember that it begins about your cat, Peaches, and then I can't remember your REAL name! After all this time, I still had to go look at your PAGE to remember that your name is SUSAN! emoticon

So! Do you feel better NOW? emoticonYou are NOT the only one! emoticonSometimes, I have time to try to find it, but sometimes, when I don't, I just leave it out of the response! It's better to make the comment you planned to make than to not make it just because you can't think of the name!

And YES! I remember Romper Room! And Captain Kangaroo, and Bozo's Circus! Remember the ping pong balls? And the buckets they threw the balls into? And yes, I loved that looking glass! I think we watched most of these shows in black and white, too, huh? Thanks for the memories, SUSAN! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOPEFULANGE 1/7/2011 7:56PM

    My name can't be hard since it's in my username! My full name is Angela but my closest family and friends call me Ange anyway.

I know you, Lori and some girls in one of my spark teams, but I still need to think about it first! It is funny how each of us must perceive each other so differently than our non-spark friends!
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JLITT62 1/7/2011 7:55PM

    I don't! I remember some, some I don't remember. And sometimes someone else remembers for me (another commenter).

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