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Introducing my wonderful homeland....this is just a tease

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I've been meaning to do this for some time but haven't been able to figure out how to share this video. Keep in mind that I don't live anywhere near the ocean despite living on an island!


The first one sums up our relaxed way of life. We are indeed a half-hour ahead of the most easterly time zone in either the United States and Canada as we have our own time zone. We are in fact closer geographically to the United Kingdom than we are to provinices/states on the west coast of either the U.S. or Canada.

The second video is one of my favourites as a line full of clothes is one of my favourite sights of all to see. Traditionally Mondays were wash days here and clotheslines were often just strings of rope elevated in the middle by a long stick. I always joke that we refer to the weather as rain, drizzle, fog, or as "a nice day on the clothes" which means it was sunny, yet windy enough to dry your clothes without wrinkles but not too windy that your drawers won't end up out to sea!


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CALGARYNEWF 5/3/2011 12:23PM

    These are awesome....Making me homesick!!!! emoticon emoticon

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BOVEY63 4/28/2011 12:20PM

    Beautiful videos - so inviting! Hope to get there in the future.

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BYEFATNANNY 4/28/2011 8:50AM

    Oh my these were beautiful and relaxing. What a beautiful place you live. I can feel the cool breeze. Thanks for sharing these.

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HICKOK-HALEY 4/28/2011 1:09AM

    So beautiful!

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GOODBYEHORSES 4/27/2011 11:36PM

    You are so lucky! I bet it smells incredible there!?

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LESLIES537 4/27/2011 11:14PM

    Well aren't you special having your own time zone! Cool! emoticon

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CHANGING_LIFE 4/27/2011 8:09PM

    Beautiful. I must come visit you ;). But I will be honest. . .I thought you were talking about your dogs until I started reading your blog!
I loved the Anne of Green Gables books when I was a child. They made me really be interested in going to Prince Edward Island. Have you ever read those?

Anyway, thanks for sharing!

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JEPPINER1 4/27/2011 6:30PM

    Very nice!

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_LINDA 4/27/2011 5:45PM

    I actually remember seeing this on a TV ad.. To me, it seemed rather barren, like Saskatchewan can be. Endless flat farmers fields until you hit the boreal forest and lakes, only in your case, the rock cliffs on the shore.. Your weather might even be worse then ours as far as getting lots of snow and rain..But there must be a reason you chose to live/stay there. For me its medical and family. Otherwise the warmer climate of Victoria would appeal to me..
Hope you are finally getting some spring there..

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TEMPEST272002 4/27/2011 5:39PM

    I can't watch video (we pay per data usage), but hopefully I'll get out there one day in person & see it for myself.

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BECCAJ98 4/27/2011 5:30PM

    Very beautiful!!

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Trying hard not to let the winds of life blow out my Spark

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


For some reason my Spark flame has been getting dimmer and dimmer over the past few months. Like an unattended fire, my Spark has been reduced to smoldering embers at times before roaring to life when my SparkFriends have gathered around and kept the tiny flame alight with careful tending. Even when I wanted to throw buckets of ice cold water over the embers there have been friends scurrying around with sticks of kindling, breaths of air, and lots of minding.

So, I'm not sure where I am now or whether it is fair to expect my friends to do all the work. I just don't have any motivation right now and am trying to figure out why. Is it because I'm so far off my goals that I've already admitted defeat? It is because I truly believe I can't do this despite everybody's encouragement?

I know how to eat correctly but I can't do it on a regular basis. I get spurts of it when I feel great but when I feel "blah" I either don't eat or eat the wrong stuff. I know I feel better when I walk the dogs but when I don't want to do it, I just don't.

I've been trying to get into to see my psychiatrist to have a gut-wrenching talk about all of this. I know my current medications cannot be increased (it has been done before with horrible results) and I wonder if I need totally new ones. This is like very mild manic-depression and I wish I could feel "level" most of the time rather than the rare moment here and there. I dread the thoughts of experimenting with new medications as over the years I've often felt like a guinea pig. Everybody is different and it takes a lot of trial and error to get the right balance for each person.

I'm also laid off for the summer (this happens every year from May to late August) and as fun as it sounds, I've discovered I need a reason to get up and get out in the mornings. Otherwise, I fall into habits of sitting here all morning watching mindless tv, checking Spark or wasting time on Facebook.

So, I need to come up with a plan! Nobody is to blame for this or how I feel. I have to take responsibility and try to find solutions that work for me. I am going to call my doctor yet again for an appointment and I'm going to get outdoors this morning even for a short period of time to enjoy the sun. That is a step in the right direction, right?

In closing, thank you all for being there for me and for being my flame-tender when I've lost all interest in Sparking. Keep at it! I have to start being more active on here and to start encouraging all of you as you have been doing to me!

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BOVEY63 4/28/2011 12:16PM

    I sure hope you can get your meds worked out so they are working well for you.
Whenever you need a little help in tending your fire, I'm here for you.

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JUNEBUGG02 4/27/2011 10:02AM

  I pray that you find the right meds for your body - I know how tricky it can be! Many people do better with structure to keep putting one foot in front of the other. You are an intelligent and creative person, so I know you can formulate a plan that will keep you going. I really enjoy your blogs - perhaps you will consider writing?

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CHANGING_LIFE 4/26/2011 5:52PM

    Sounds a lot like what I've been going through in my life.

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WALKZWDOGZ 4/26/2011 5:03PM

    Honey, it's not you throwing water on that Spark. It's a big puddle of bio-chemistry & depression throwing the water. It'll quit splashing. Honest. You're doing the right things.

You sound just like me a couple of years ago (albeit about a different area. Heck, I didn't even CARE about weight then which is partly how i got to this weight now.) Things got better, partly with meds. But I'd have told anyone what they were full of if they'd suggested life was going to improve.

You're being to hard on you. So what if you eat right some days but not others, or walk the dogs sometimes but not a continuous streak? Put a sticker on the calendar or pat yourself on the back when you DO do 'em. Heck, a lot of people leave dogs chained in back yard and live on cheeseburgers & pop! emoticon Give yourself credit for all you HAVE accomplished, fergoodness sakes.

Stepping off my soapbox now before my computer dies again! Hang in there! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 4/26/2011 4:51PM

    I've been thinking about you for days. Depression is such a difficult illness and I know you're struggling. I'm glad you've checked in with your blog and that you're still walking the dogs - it's good for their mental health as well as yours. I'm not sure what to say except that I do care and I just want you to be gentle with yourself and do the best you can and know that it's enough.

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    What great advise and support you're getting here, Susan! I agree with Linda... this is your depression talking! Fight it, I say! I know the Susan who is real! You are miserable when this depression takes over, and I know you want your fun-loving, cheerful self to kick into gear! We ARE here for you, you know! So if you DO take a break--and you may or may not need one--just remember that we're here waiting for you so we can cheer you on! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 4/26/2011 2:03PM

    This is your depression talking. Its very unfortunate its so trial and error before you find a medicine that works for you, but if that is what is needed to help you, you must go for it. When you can get your depression under control, the real Susan and the Spark will come back. In the mean time, just keep checking in and letting it all out. I agree with wenwin, if you can find some one in real life to buddy up with, it would help motivate you more to keep going..We are always here for you..
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OUBACHE 4/26/2011 1:50PM

    You may need to give yourself permission to take some time off and give yourself a break. If logging on starts to feel more like a chore or something you HAVE to do instead of something you ENJOY doing, take a spark vacation. Tell yourself you won't get on SparkPeople for one week. After 7 days without Sparking I'm betting you'll be more than ready to come back and start fresh. We'll be here waiting for you. I hope you feel better soon.

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BECCAJ98 4/26/2011 11:15AM

    The fact that you are still here is wonderful!

While you are off this summer, maybe find somewhere to volunteer. Then you have a reason each day!

Wish you good luck! I know you can do it!

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KAMAPERRY 4/26/2011 11:13AM

    You are making a major first step. I wish you the best. Always here for you, ok? emoticon emoticon

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LESLIES537 4/26/2011 10:33AM

    That IS a big step in the right direction!! I was reading each word so intently and when I came to that 2nd to last paragraph it was like I felt myself getting lighter, as if the sun was coming out or something. That's the kind of stuff I like hearing! There's the Susan I know!! Keep pushing and know I'll always be there to kindle your flame!! Always! (Whether you like it or not, missy! lol)

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JEPPINER1 4/26/2011 9:37AM

    You will find what works for you. The medicine will take time to figure out. In the mean time, enjoy the outdoors with your doggies and take babysteps again. Sometimes we all get caught up in life that we forget the little things like drinking water. Don't worry about your goals. It will come in time. Maybe don't set pound goals. There's all kinds of non weight goals you can set. One is just feeling healthier. Once your mind is focused, you can do anything!! emoticon

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JLITT62 4/26/2011 8:23AM

    So many of us, including myself, have been wherevyou're at - minus the depression for me & I can only imagine how much tougher that makes everything.

All I can tell you is that even tho it's a never-ending struggle, I truly believe it's worth it.

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WENWIN 4/26/2011 7:55AM

    Is there a friend who will walk with you or that understands "where you are at" right now? As wonderful as Spark is, sometimes we need to let human touch into our lives. You may not "feel" like it but having a buddy to Spark with you, take a walk, etc. may help you feel so much better.

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WENDYSPARKS 4/26/2011 7:47AM

    Hang in there and don't give up.

HUGS, Wendy

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TATTER3 4/26/2011 6:48AM

    I dealt with major depression for years. I still have 'twinges' of the emotions that took me from mountains to dark again and again...but I have to keep talking to myself about the BIG pictures. My "emotions" are not always reality. Journal. Write down your goals. Don't make huge ones like "I'm never going to eat poorly ever again" or "I'm going to exercise every day for the rest of my life"...Make small ones, like "for this meal...I'm going to drink a glass of water before I order another type of drink." It's one step at a time. You move mountains one shovel at a time. You are not alone...don't give up...just keep Sparkin'!!!Everyday is the start. Don't compare yourself to others!!! I'll be glad to help in any way I can! See you on the site.

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This or that.....a whole bunch of questions to think about

Sunday, April 24, 2011

This or that is a version of a game my brother and I always play when we get together every few years. The questions are always spur of the moment and sometimes are very thought provoking. For a bit of fun I came up with the following....play along if you wish! My answers are in brackets.

1. Horse or cow (horse)
2. Birch or pine (birch)
3. Truck or car (truck....we have both)
4. Walk or run (walk)
5. Santa Claus or Easter Bunny (Santa)
6. Sweet or salty (salty)
7. Chicken or beef (chicken)
8. Mountain or beach (mountain)
9. Spring or Fall (Fall)
10. Winter or Summer (Summer)
11. Chocolate milk or dark (milk)
12. Apartment or house (house)
13. Hayride or limousine (hayride....but I've never had either)
14. Computer or television (tv)
15. Magazines or books (books)
16. Football or basketball (neither!)
17. Comedy or Thriller (thriller)
18. Pepsi or Coke (Diet Pepsi but regular Coke....don't drink much of either)
19. Pasta or seafood (pasta)
20. Fruits or veggies (veggies)
21. Bath or shower (shower)
22. Curly or straight (in between)
23. Left or Right-handed (right)
24. Air conditioning or windows (windows)
25. Drapes or blinds (blinds....because there is no ironing involved!)
26. Sofa or chair ( either if fine as long as it is comfortable!)
27. Hoarder or a tosser (in my heart of hearts, I'm a tosser)
28. Gym or home (home)
29. Tent or motor home (tent)
30. Salt water or fresh (fresh)
31. Sun or moon (sun)
32. Thunder or lightning (thunder)
33. Daisy or rose (daisy)
34. Red or blue (neither....green is my fav. but of the two....red)
35. Suitcase or knapsack (knapsack)
36. Sugar or artificial sweetener (sugar)
37. Bikini or one piece (HA!!!!!......buff naked....just kidding....one piece)
38. Sandals or shoes (birkenstocks)
39. Barefoot or socks (barefoot)
40. Pillows soft or firm (firm)
41. Morning or Night (morning)
42. Take out or eat in (eat in.....I'm too lazy to do dishes!)
43. Urban or rural (rural)
44. Sleet or snow (snow)
45. Egypt or Switzerland ( tough.....but I think the mountains would win me over)
46. Cats or dogs (dogs)
47. Laptop or desktop (laptop)
48. Oprah or Ellen (don't watch either to be honest)
49. Pedicure or manicure (pedicure)
50. SparkTeams or SparkFriends (SparkFriends)

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BOVEY63 4/25/2011 12:12PM

    Nice to learn more about you. Thanks for sharing.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 4/24/2011 11:13PM

    Hmmm. Interesting,

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MILLISMA 4/24/2011 8:33PM

    I always love these things. Gives you the opportunity to learn about each other. Thanks for sharing.

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Walking in the snow.....in April!

Friday, April 22, 2011


First of all, I would like to wish all of my Christian friends, a very Happy Easter. I always find it a bit weird when it falls this late in April but this year it is even worse as we have had more snow! Yes, you read that right! For the past two mornings we have woken up to snow-covered ground. Yikes.

Anyway, despite it being incredibly damp and windy (I think the windchill was actually -8 celsius) I did manage to get out for my walk with the dogs and my husband. I wasn't going to go but then he mentioned that two huskies were reported lost in the area where we walk so I had to go to do my part in the search. Luckily they wandered back into town last night by themselves and were kept at the SPCA until the worried owners showed up. Funny thing is, there is only one way back to town and that is because a major river runs along the side they were lost on. So they had to be smart enough to figure out there was only one bridge that crosses over (the river was much to high and powerful to swim) that would lead them back. So, I have two lost dogs to thank for getting me out this morning.

My husband I went eyeglass shopping yesterday! Talk about trials and tribulations! I am such a old fuddy-duddy that I really don't want anything too stylish as it is simply not me. Well, apparently everything I picked out was too "old-fashioned" for the staff so I ended up taking three pairs home until Monday. Since they have a two-for-one deal, I'm sticking with my guns and going with the practical pair but have decided to branch out and get a slightly more funkier pair as a spare. I am not, however, going with the ones suggested as I'm uncomfortable going around with some silly designer's name on my temples. I was quite overwhelmed at the eyeglass store but am proud that I didn't cave to pressure. Oh, hubby had his picked out in two seconds flat! Figures! Ha!

I've got an interesting weekend ahead of me (for a change!) and will be going out to celebrate my birthday with my two dear friends from our humane society. It is apparently their treat and I'm looking forward to sitting back and laughing. Tomorrow evening, I am going to the wedding reception for a former student from our college. It is to be my very first Muslim ceremony and I'm looking forward to seeing how things are done. This will be their civil wedding and then they have to wait 6 months to get married in a proper Muslim ceremony in the country of her father's birthplace. It is an arranged marriage but she always knew that is what would occur and she is quite happy. I'm just thrilled to be included as their were only five people from the college invited and I'm only one of two going.

Well, I must go and try to read some more blogs. I seem to be really slow in catching up but I'm going to try to do so.

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JUNEBUGG02 4/27/2011 9:56AM

  Snow! Wow. It has been unusually warm here in northern VA. Wish I could send a little of the warmth your way. I know what you mean about glasses. I finally had to get prescription glasses last year, and the store staff kept bringing me very expensive designer frames. I told them, that I only needed them for reading, and I did not want to spend a great deal for them, and only then did they bring out their generic, not-so-stylish frames, which I chose. How wonderful to be chosen to attend the wedding and how interesting to be a part of that. I hope you had a lovely birthday!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 4/24/2011 11:16PM

    We've had snow this last week as wel, and I'm WAY south of you. Will Spring never make its appearance?

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_LINDA 4/22/2011 10:50PM

    Well done getting out in your snow for some exercise and to look for lost dogs!! Usually, its me in my little province that would be whining about snow, but can't complain, we are getting double digit temperatures, and may even get 18 on Monday!!!
You are just like me when it comes to eye glasses. I just HATE the style they have now, those little square frames :( They didn't have one pair that wasn't in that style. I have progressive lenses and don't want to be squinting through a tiny piece of glass to get the right vision :( So I had them increase the glass length. These square things do not suit my oval face, so for my next pair, I will be shopping around first instead of accepting that there is no other style.
I once got to enjoy a traditional Chinese wedding! It was fabulous! There were seven courses to the meal, and the bridge would change her dress after each course. It was special! I was grateful to be invited to enjoy that! I hope you enjoy yours!
Have a great weekend!!

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MILLISMA 4/22/2011 9:06PM

    It's really time for the snow to do!

Hope you have a Happy Birthday with your friends.

The Muslim ceremony should be very interesting. I always enjoy learning about different religions and customs.


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LESLIES537 4/22/2011 5:39PM

    Enjoy your birthday celebration with your friends!!!!!!

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JLITT62 4/22/2011 4:54PM

    I've never bento a Muslim ceremony, either - should be interesting. Have a great time at your birthday treat!

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TEMPEST272002 4/22/2011 2:33PM

    Sorry to hear you also have snow, but I'm glad you got out in it. I've been taking Dog too & today we took another canine friend along. Hilarious to watch the tussle over the same stick in a forest filled with them.

How about pics of your face with each of the 3 glasses & we can vote for our favourite 2? Or do you already know which ones you'd like?

The wedding should be really interesting. Can't wait to hear what you thought.

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    Wow, I want to know how the wedding reception goes! Give a full report! emoticonI have to get new glasses, too! I love my old ones--don't WANT new ones, but they are wearing out! I guess I'll have to get around to getting them, though!

Have a Happy Easter, too! Lori emoticon

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SADIESUE09 4/22/2011 1:32PM

    It's hard to believe it is supposed to be spring. I am from Alberta and we had close to 16 inches last week. Luckily we've had no more and what we had is just about gone. spring has got to come soon.

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JEPPINER1 4/22/2011 1:23PM

    Snow in April???????/ You poor dear. lol Have a great Easter.

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BECCAJ98 4/22/2011 1:20PM

    Sounds like you have a lot of fun planned!! Hopefully the snow wont last much longer! We had some end of last week and now just cold rain! Ready for spring to stay!

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KAMAPERRY 4/22/2011 1:19PM

    Hard to believe you still have snow! Wow! Happy Easter! emoticon

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ERIKO1908 4/22/2011 1:09PM

    I believe it is time for the snow to BE GONE!! Happy to hear you got out on your walk & that the dogs made it back! Have a very Blessed Easter!

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Declaring today my "getting in touch" day

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


I'm officially declaring today my day for getting in touch with all of you, my SparkFriends! I haven't been the best SparkFriend to any of you lately and I've been thinking about you all and wondering what has been going on in your lives. I'm wondering who has been progressing steadily along their journeys and who has been dilly-dallying along the way (much like I have been!!!!). Actually, I think I have to re-trace several miles but I'm going to make sure I enjoy the sights along the way this time.

There is no sense progressing along this path without noticing and learning about the things on the sidelines. I want to stop and appreciate my "fans" who are cheering me on, I want to appreciate how much better my body feels with each healthy choice I make, and I want to stop focusing so much on the finish line that everything else is a big, unfulfilled blur.

I've been out for my stroll this morning with the "beasts" and really feel good to have that over and done with before my day really starts. Now, I'm going to do some laundry before I curl up with the laptop and start reading all of your latest blogs. Look forward to catching up with all of you!



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VICKILYN4 4/21/2011 11:54PM

    Glad you got out for your walk so early. You seems happy today and for that I am grateful. You have a wonderful day and a fabulous weekend. Happy Easter Susan.

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KAMAPERRY 4/20/2011 12:45PM

    I understand busy!!! emoticon

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LESLIES537 4/20/2011 12:39PM

    Good for you on getting out there with the beasts and already getting a nice walk in!! What a great start to your day!

C-ya around!! emoticon

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BOVEY63 4/20/2011 12:37PM

    Have an awesome day!

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KAZINMICH 4/20/2011 12:07PM

    Life gets busy! Glad you are doing well and enjoying walks with the "beasts" lol. :) :) happy Wednesday!

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BECCAJ98 4/20/2011 11:52AM

    Being a Sparkfriend isn't always just about responding to everyone. Just being a pretty face is enough! Hope you have a fabulous day!!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 4/20/2011 11:26AM

    I look forward to hearing from you, both in your blogs and in the comments.

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GAYLE-G-63 4/20/2011 10:55AM



It's so good to see you posting again!


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    Hey, LIFE happens and Sparking is just PART of life! I hope you have a wonderful day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 4/20/2011 10:00AM

    Great start to your day! Enjoy Sparking!

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JLITT62 4/20/2011 9:10AM

    Raining too much here to get the dogs out for a walk yet . . . supposed to rain pretty much all day, too.


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TEMPEST272002 4/20/2011 8:30AM

    I, for one, look forward to hearing from you! Good job getting out with the doggies early. I woke up to more snow this morning. I'm reminded of that Canadian joke where the guy starts out loving the snow & is cursing a blue streak by the end of winter. Sigh.

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