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Reality of life - and a shout out to another Newfoundlander

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Hi,

I've recently become friends of a fellow Newfoundlander who is realizing now that prices of healthy food can be a deterrent IF you are living on a budget and in a relatively isolated area. Check out her blog

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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I went to one of our two grocery stores on Saturday with meal plans in place for the week and it was a sad reality check. I bought apples, but I wanted grapes, broccoli, parsnip, bananas, and sweet potatoes but none were to be had. I am not complaining as this is our reality and I can only imagine what it is like in communities further away who drive 2-3 hours to our town to pick up supplies.

So, yes, meal planning is great and I so envy all of you who live near farmer's markets, etc, but it is so easy to get off track when Coke is 1.25 for 2 litres and milk in the same size is almost $4. I can see where choices have to be made by families and it is not always possible to make healthy choices if your wallet is empty.

It all comes down to being very flexible and not succumbing to those yummy smelling chocolate cookies that are place strategically around the produce section to appease you when what you really needed was some veggies! ha! I, of course, bought the darn cookies and ate three in the parking lot before driving off in a huff! Hey, I'm being honest!

  
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ANGRITTER 10/3/2012 6:10PM

    Well, here's another hit for you. We in the states might not be able to afford vegetables next year as the midwest was in drought so long that their crops died. So getting those wonderful fresh veggies will probably go the way of the canned, thrifty vegetables. All will be getting more and more expensive, and I can't imagine what you will be paying as you probably get a lot shipped in via truck.

And I love that you ate 3 cookies in he parking lot. Aunt Di is really bad about doing that. She will come home and go, I got us some carrot cake (her idea of a healthy "snack"), but she will have already taken a bite out of it! I am positive that no more than 5 cookies would make it home if she bought a dozen!

Glad you are back with us and found a Newfoundlander to chat with. Sure have missed you and your wonderful humor!

Love and hugs, Ang

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HOPESINGH 10/3/2012 8:28AM

    Expensive healthy food is getting more and more expensive, and it's really hard to stick to a good diet (in the sense of "eating regime"). But we're at war now! emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 10/2/2012 10:46PM

    You did great!
If you can buy frozen for variety, although they are not quite like our fresh ones, they still are good for you,
Hugs,
Angela

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KAYDE53 10/2/2012 2:31PM

    I know it isn't the same, but frozen may be your only choice for now. That would be very frustrating. Around here, in rural areas, a lot of times, it's hard to find more than the standard fruits & vegetables, without driving to a bigger city. Maybe next year, you might try a small box garden!

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POPSY190 10/2/2012 2:02PM

    Very frustrating, but, as you say, reality. I agree with frozen recommendations - and there is no wastage with them so they can be an economical choice. We just have some of our shops back after nearly 2 years without them, and not having to drive miles for groceries is such a relief so I sympathies with your remoteness. Do you have a garden. Even a few cabbages and carrots of your own can be an incentive to eat healthily.

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ILOVEMALI 10/2/2012 12:18PM

    You remind me about how blessed I am to live in California. We have local fresh fruits and vegetables most of the year here.

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JOANNANOW 10/2/2012 12:12PM

    It does sound pretty restrictive at your grocery store. How about the frozen veggies? They are often pretty good as they are frozen when they are at their best and even have flavor and good colour when they are lightly steamed. I sympathize when we first came to northern BC the grocery store looked pathetic especially to a displaced Montrealer like me. Now the stores carry a lot more and I have adapted of course. When I go to Victoria or Toronto I am amazed at the variety in the produce sections but overwhelmed too ... how do the city folk cope with all that plenty!?!
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BOVEY63 10/2/2012 11:54AM

    It can be difficult here too, especially now that it is too cold for the farmer's market and produce costs continue to rise and the temps drop. Its no surprise that so many have become obese when the bad foods are less expensive, and more accessible, than the ones that are good for us. With the isolation you have I can only imagine how much more difficult it is.
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I am thinking that one of next investments should be a small deep-freezer that will allow to me to freeze more veggies and healthy meats when they are less expensive and easier to find. Luckily I have been able to snack on some apples a friend gave me from his trees.

Good luck!

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CODEMAULER 10/2/2012 10:13AM

    Can you start planning next year's garden? We have an abbreviated growing season here, but every little bit helps!!

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GOANNA2 10/2/2012 9:55AM

    I agree that we must be vigilant and not give in to the smell of
those tempting goodies. I am on a budget and I now buy homebrand
milk and bread. As for vegetables, I use a lot of frozen as it works out
so much cheaper for me. I do get some fresh ones whenever they are
on special - broccoli and cauliflower I steam and freeze.
I have no car so I cn't get to Farmer's markets either but sometimes
my aunt gives me a few things from her garden.

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/2/2012 9:34AM

    Your friend's page is private, but I think you made a good point. Common sense must rule as we continue to grow in the wisdom we learn throughout this wonderful journey called life. We're all at different stages of life and I celebrate the incredible diversity we have at our fingertips, whether it be in our immediate surroundings, the friends we hold dear, or the foods we eat. There's probably no one cookie cutter solution. Working within the restrictions of an already tight budget while in recessionary and inflationary times is truly a double whammy to have to work within.

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SPARKLINGHOPE 10/2/2012 9:31AM

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My sneaky way of losing 6-8 inches and about five pounds (humour)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Hi,

Ah, how I miss my Spark buddies and being on a routine. Can't wait until October 1st which is the date I have in my mind to get back on the program. I think it is a good sign that I am looking forward to it, don't you?

Well, without further ado I will get to the secret behind my blog title......I got my hair cut off. My hair was really getting stressed the longer it grew. It was also getting coarser and looked like it was very dry despite weekly deep conditioning and rarely ever blow drying. I went to have a trim yesterday and decided then and there that it was time for a change. I kept pointing out images in magazines and my hair stylist would say "won't work as your hair is simply too thick". This went on and on until finally I said, "okay, is my hair really that much thicker than normal" and she said that in 27 years of being in business mine was the thickest she had ever dealt with. So we settled on a layered bob which has been thinned out quite a bit.


So, I did lose about 6-8 inches and according to my hairdresser about five pounds - now that is what I call a instant loss!!! emoticon

  
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GAYLE-G-63 9/30/2012 1:24PM

    I like it a lot Susan, it looks very nice on you. =)

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DIANER2014 9/29/2012 8:13AM

    Looks good!

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/28/2012 5:12AM

    Adorable!

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POPSY190 9/28/2012 3:26AM

    It looks good. On the count-down to 1st October! emoticon

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BOVEY63 9/27/2012 4:43PM

    I love the new look!
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RICCILYNN 9/27/2012 4:01PM

    I've done that before too... about time for another cut and donation to Locks of Love... about 10 inches to lose :)

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KATRINAKAT23 9/27/2012 3:36PM

  Love the hair cut, very nice. I too have very
thick hair and have been told by hairdressers
the thickest hair they have ever worked on.

Have a great week-end.

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GARDENQE2 9/27/2012 2:54PM

    HEE! HEE!

Good blog!

If I shaved off every hair, I would lose about half a gram!! emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 9/27/2012 1:12PM

    Love it!!
Hugs
Angela

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SHANTODD420 9/27/2012 12:51PM

    Haha what a cute blog and love the new hair.

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KAYDE53 9/27/2012 12:49PM

    Good one!! My hair isn't that heavy or thick anymore, so it wouldn't work for me, darn!!! Looking good, Susan!!!

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ILOVEMALI 9/27/2012 11:50AM

    Love the look! I recently cut my long hair (see my photo) and I love it!!

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ANGRITTER 9/27/2012 11:42AM

    Sexy Mama! I love the cut; it makes you look even more like you are up to something! And isn't it nice to have thick hair - except when you get really stressed and it starts breaking off and falling out.

You look like you are feeling pretty good right now. Hope things are great at home and with the 3 little piglets (your babies!).

Will look forward to October 1 and I may even do a dance to celebrate your return!

Take care, and know that I am here if you need me before then.
Hugs and Love,
Angela

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TEMPEST272002 9/27/2012 11:37AM

    Love the new do! Very cute. I also have insanely thick hair that hairdressors love to comment on. It's been straight-straight all of my life until recently. Hit 40 and it started to go curly. Crazy. Anyhow, it drives me nuts, but is the envy of all my thin-haired friends. Bet it's the same for you.

Why wait until October 1st? Why not start today with just one healthy choice?

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HOPESINGH 9/27/2012 11:36AM

    Cute hair cut! I wish I had thicker hair :-)

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RUNNER12COM 9/27/2012 11:23AM

    A cute new hair cut AND it counts as weight loss? Sounds like a smart plan to me!

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SILVER1369 9/27/2012 10:30AM

    Looks nice! I love having short hair as mine is also very thick and when long would give me headaches. emoticon

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LYNNWILK2 9/27/2012 10:17AM

    I love the new dew!!!!! and that is great the 6-8 inches and what I would give for thick hair again. I had it as a young person but it's definitely thinned over the years...
You look fabulous. And look forward to you being back on the board again. You must be feeling fabulous after cleaning out your house and getting things organized ... and now the new look.


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SUSANS706 9/27/2012 10:02AM

    I have very thick and now as I have gotten older, coarse hair too!! I love your new cut! Layers are our friend!!! I also have to blow it completely dry to get it to calm down, I figure I burn more calories that way!!!

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PEDODGEBALL 9/27/2012 9:58AM

    Looks great and what an easy way to lose wt. Your so funny!


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JOANNANOW 9/27/2012 9:25AM

    Funny girl! Looking good!
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IMIN2GENES 9/27/2012 8:46AM

    Love the new do! You look so beautiful.
Chris

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CODEMAULER 9/27/2012 8:38AM

    Your hair looks super! I'm growing out my hair to donate it and I really love the "big chop" aspect.

Every success is worth celebrating!

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RIDLEYRIDER 9/27/2012 8:24AM

  Great style! emoticon

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08ESCAPE 9/27/2012 8:24AM

    I know what it's like to have thick hair but I never thought it could weight so much. :) Good luck on your journey!!

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Ignorance is not bliss - whether it be with Spark or other areas or our lives

Monday, September 17, 2012

Hi!

Beautiful sunny day here again today with a temperature at 7:30 a.m. of about 10 degrees celsius. It should warm up to the low to mid-twenties by lunch hour which is quite nice for this time of the year. In other words, it is a great day to get out with the dogs! emoticon

I've had a very productive weekend in my continuing attempts to clear up the clutter. Another bag of clothes gone to goodwill AND I'm starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel. I never knew how liberating this could all be. I have always had too much of everything (what a good complaint to have) - whether it be food in our pantry, food in our freezer, clothes, cleaning supplies, etc. I'm slowly whittling it down to manageable amounts by putting a spending freeze on and only buying when stuff runs out. When I looked under my bathroom vanity this weekend and I actually had space I felt a ridiculous amount of pleasure. Now, my basement is still a complete mess but I am going to get there when I get finished with the upstairs. Everything in its time!

Tomorrow we officially sign the mortgage papers and my credit cards are going into the freezer. We are going to live on cash (we don't use our debit cards) as I think it will give us a good idea where the money goes each month. I cannot believe how liberating this feels. I now know how much money I make (okay, I have nobody to blame that on but myself and my tendency to put my head in the sand), I know how much John makes and I know how much money we spend on routine bills.

For some, unknown reason, I thought ignorance is bliss. But heck, no! Knowledge is empowering and it is providing me with a sense of fulfillment and relief that I have never quite mastered before.

So, how does this apply to Spark? Well, when I was more aware of my physical activity and my food consumption I succeeded with my weight loss. As soon as I put my head back in the sand, however, I started to slip up. I confess to taking the past few weeks completely off from Spark but it was just that I had so many other things to do and I didn't want to go off the deep end. What I have realized, however, is that there is a balance. When I get settled away and have just the day-to-day clutter to deal with I know Spark will be paramount in my life again. I am giving myself until the end of September for this. Then I will be back for real!!! Look out!

Susan

  
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OFFICIALOLDY 10/2/2012 9:53AM

    GREAT BLOG!!! This is just what I need. My house is a MESS of clutter, stuff, dust and dirt. When I was away last week I had lots of time to think and plan. I'm making my house the goal for this month. I'm off to a weak start, but your blog inspired me! Ass you pointed out, I'm going to have to spend less time on my beloved SparkPeople site because it's taking time away from things I need to do. How did your September plans work out? More later - I'm going to clean the kitchen (yesterday's task).

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GARDENQE2 9/27/2012 3:02PM

    Great plan! emoticon
I did that project when I was about 45. Sell instead of buy. Give away instead of keep. Save instead of spend. Knowledge is power! Use the knowledge!
Twenty years later, I have a comfortable retirement because I started then!
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EJOY-EVELYN 9/20/2012 11:10PM

    Sounds wonderfully empowering. Make the best of this time and continue to feel the great value this gives your entire household. WooHoo!

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POPSY190 9/17/2012 5:24PM

    I love the sense of control and freedom from burdens that de-cluttering gives. For me, it's like exercise - it's starting that's the problem, but once I get going, watc h out! You sound so energised, it's lovely to hear. See you early October!

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KARENCRANER 9/17/2012 5:16PM

    I love the way you're setting goals and focusing on balance. First the upstairs, then the basement. Focus on de-cluttering until the end of September, then back to spark more. I'm so proud of you!

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ANGRITTER 9/17/2012 5:07PM

    Cleaning out those "corners" are what got me finding mice! I hope you find none in your home and basement. Now I am looking for them everywhere and am surprised I haven't had a bad dream about them. I have dreamt about my last ex lately, but he's a rat, not a mouse!

It does seem like it would be a good thing to ignore all the bills you have, but honestly it IS empowering to see where you are. I can't believe you didn't even know how much money you made!! Well, I guess I stress about that since I have no income! I have tons of debt that will never get paid, but bankruptcy comes after the disability hearing.

Congratulations on getting these things done. Spring cleaning is not in my vocabulary so I have to do this stuff in the fall. It's not as hot then and I can slip more things off to the garbage collectors than my father sees - he's a bit of a hoarder.

Enjoy your time away from Spark, we will still be here. And what you are doing is waaaay more important right now! Have fun and kiss the pooches for me.

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BOVEY63 9/17/2012 2:59PM

    Great job on the decluttering - something I need to work on too!
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I can understand how getting your finances in order is Spark-related. When I am stressed, diet and exercise go out the window. So wonderful that you were able to work with the bank to get back on a good financial track!

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ILOVEMALI 9/17/2012 12:47PM

    What a great way to start your week! You can do this!

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JOANNANOW 9/17/2012 12:00PM

    You sound wonderful... I can sense the focus and determination in those words. Well done Susan. It's sunny here too ... global warming finally made it to northern BC! The prediction is for more of the same! Have a great week and keep up the good work!
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GAYLE-G-63 9/17/2012 9:35AM

    HI Susan,

I know exactly how you feel. I cleaned out our basement last summer. Boy, did I feel better afterwards! All the clutter and the mess was such a bummer every time I went down there. Now, if I could only make myself clean the attic! LOL

You're doing great!

~Gayle~

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CODEMAULER 9/17/2012 9:19AM

    Congratulations on de-cluttering! I love the feeling that comes with "re-claimed space!"

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Dog parks : My dogs vs. "normal" behaviour (pictures)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Hi,

Well, we survived tropical storm Leslie. Everything was closed yesterday morning so I had the whole day off of work which worked out quite nicely with my lower back pain. It is feeling much better this morning (knock on wood) so I am thinking a walk around the dog park last night really helped out.

Speaking of dog parks - our town has opened one and it is quite popular. Our three still prefer our long walks in the woods but there are certain times that taking them to the dog park makes more sense to us.

The first picture is one I "borrowed" from google and it shows what the goings on at dog park. Notice the freedom the dogs have and the fun they all seem to be having? I leave every trip to our dog park with a smile on my face because most dogs at our park do get along and enjoy a "pack" run together.



The next picture was taken at our dog park last week. The only dog I put on the bench was Maddy (pom) but it basically sums up my dogs' attitudes at the park. I was throwing a ball and a frisbee, Maddy was busy being sniffing around and when I turned to see what Ginger and Louisa were doing I found them sitting on the bench. Ha!




Oh dear! I guess we can take the to the dog park but we can't make them socialize or have fun like "normal" dogs!

Talk to you all later! Thanks for the encouraging comments on my last blog!

xo Susan

  
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TEMPEST272002 9/15/2012 5:07PM

    That pic is just too cute! DeeOhGee loooooves her dog-park-Wednesdays. One of our local vets donates his horse field one evening a week for dog lovers to get together. Because it's just 1x per wk there's always a great turnout. She'll play, play, play for about 30 minutes and then she starts hanging out beside me, letting me know she's ready to go.

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    Gr8 blog! emoticon

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SILVER1369 9/13/2012 11:28AM

    Love your fur babies! They are so cute and smart to boot.

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JLITT62 9/13/2012 5:04AM

    I took the dogs to a dog park occasionally in Austin, but never sought out one here. Lola LOVES to play; Chester LOVES to lay on me.

Lola gets to play her little heart out when we go on trips - the woman we board them with have 4 yorkies & takes in other small dogs.

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BIRKIE528 9/12/2012 11:20PM

    Too cute :)

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MAMADWARF 9/12/2012 11:19PM

    I love this...they have their own pack! That's all they need! Lol, and they are adorable to boot!!

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CELLISTA1 9/12/2012 10:38PM

    I love the photo of your dogs and their attitude. My dog never enjoys the dog park. She doesn't interact with other dogs and doesn't want to chase a ball. She just kind of looks at me and says, Okay, I sniffed everything, I'm done.

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DOODIE59 9/12/2012 10:26PM

    I had to weigh in when I saw "dog park" in your heading:)

I wonder whether it is because you have three, and three is enough for them socially to think they've got enough on their hands "within their own family" and thus they have no need for those other strangers tearing around the park. They probably keep each other busy enough, and don't feel they need new friends:)
Deirdre

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SPARKLISE 9/12/2012 3:44PM

    I bring my dog to the dog park.
He watches the dogs but does not interact.
I'm sure he didn't think of sitting on the bench,because he probably would.
What a wouss.
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BOVEY63 9/12/2012 1:29PM

    So happy to hear that you survived the storm.
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Love your pups!
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KAYDE53 9/12/2012 1:18PM

    That is sooo sweet!!! emoticon

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0309COOKIE 9/12/2012 12:39PM

    That is too cute. Your dogs are adorable. I'm afraid my dog would be on the bench too, lol. He prefers my attention over other animals.

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OFFICIALOLDY 9/12/2012 11:49AM

    There are "watchers" and there are "joiners" - I guess we know what you have! My dog is not much of a joiner either. It's all good if they get out and have fun. Do they like to go for walks?

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/12/2012 11:48AM

    That is hysterical!

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ILOVEMALI 9/12/2012 11:46AM

    I laughed out loud!!! Thanks for the great start to my morning!

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KANSASROSE67 9/12/2012 11:44AM

    I love the pic of your 3 dogs! They know how to live the good life!

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CHUBRUB3 9/12/2012 11:17AM

    LOL! Love this Susan!
Your dogs are priceless!
Hugs,
Angela

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ANGRITTER 9/12/2012 10:39AM

    I can't believe it. All 3 sitting there like they are so much better than everyone else!! "These dogs are running around in circles". "What are they doing that for?" They are peasants and don't even deserve the attention we are giving them right now!"

I can hear them!!

Max lures Jackson out to the very back of our property... he waits for him to sidle up beside him, then he turns on Jackson and starts chasing him, and Jackson does everything in his power to get back to the steps before Max rolls him across the ground! It's so much fun to watch!!

And Jackson finally gets tired and runs in the house and lays on the AC vent to cool down. Max hits the other one. That's why it is so hot in the LR - big windows letting in hot sun (we've got them blacked out with curtains right now), and fluffy dogs laying on the AC vents!

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_LINDA 9/12/2012 10:06AM

    Lol dogs! You got to love them!! I always enjoyed the antics of the dogs in the off leash areas. Our Bendix in his younger years was one playful boy and couldn't get enough chasing around with his dog buddies. We just got hours of amusement watching their antics and mock fighting! He was no benchwarmer!
Hopefully, they will warm up to the idea eventually, they don't know the fun they are missing!
So happy you made it through the storm with no damages and flooding, I assume. Its been impressive hearing of the winds and rainfall there..
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SUSANS706 9/12/2012 9:53AM

    Too cute. Our dog would rather be with people than other dogs, so we stick to walking!!

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CODEMAULER 9/12/2012 9:15AM

    I'll be it's a fun time for everyone at the dog park! It looks like a perfect spot for frisbees and balls!

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How did "tropical" storm Leslie find her way this far north and other ramblings

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Hello!

Well, we our island is getting slammed today by "tropical storm" Leslie which is good as at least she isn't a full blown hurricane. Of course, she could be by now because the weather forecasters were divided on that topic. All I can tell you that here in my cozy house (a true blessing!) all I can hear is the wind outside and the rain beating against the windows. My three doggies are sleeping with very full bladders but they would rather that than attempt a "pee break".

As for where I am (aside from being in my living room!), I have a lot accomplished and I am starting to feel good about it. The mortgage has been applied for, we have an appointment to help me learn about budgets, and I am taking over the finances. This is a big step for someone who up until a few weeks ago didn't even know how much money she made! Honestly. The three years of unfiled taxes are filed and refund is being processed. Yes, a refund!!!

I have been letting my physical health slide lately which isn't a good thing at all but I know I have what it takes to get that under control as well. Unfortunately, I've somehow torn muscles in my lower back and yesterday could barely walk. I went to a walk in clinic and was told to take it easy but to continue to walk daily. Then he told me I have another ear and sinus infection which he thinks might be an allergy to my dogs. Thankfully he is a dog lover too and understood my horror! I have to wait a month to see if this clears up once an for all and then see my own doctor to see an ears, nose and throat specialist. I WILL NOT BE PARTING WITH MY DOGS!!!!

Maddy hasn't been well either lately which is bothersome. At first we figured it was jealousy so we've been spending time just with him. But now he won't eat and has been throwing up. Took him to see his doctor yesterday who did complete blood work ($300) and wants him to fast for 24 hours and then introduce him to a very bland diet. Little buggar. Louisa was stung on the face by hornets on Friday night so we have had an interesting weekend with our pups. Benadryl really helped out there thanks to a plea I put out on Facebook at 11:00 p.m. and had three offers of the stuff within minutes. Ginger is still having "accidents" although we kind of think she is marking her territory. I've been watching her like a hawk and at least now know her signals but that doesn't work if John leaves our bedroom door open! Ha! She likes to do her business in our closet!

My mom bought me some nice work clothes last week. I now have clothes that fit the body I have now and not the body I want to have in a year from now! I was actually getting by with hand me downs but Mom dragged me out and bought some tops that actually fit me. Oh, and she did sneak a skirt into the pile which should be interesting as I haven't worn one since my weight gain....ahem....10-12 years ago. This one is a black and white tweed which will be nice with tights and boots and perhaps a top unless of course I really want to shock people.

So project weight loss is really on the back burner right now BUT at least it is still on the stove! I can sense that I am feeling better with getting the other areas in my life straightened out. It is like a weight lifted from my shoulders!

Talk to you all later!

xo Susan

  
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_LINDA 9/11/2012 11:33PM

    Good for you getting on top of your financial problems -and awesome about getting a refund on those back taxes, what a relief!!
So very sorry to hear of your poor puppy problems and yours as well. Keeping fingers crossed you CAN'T possibly be allergic to your furbabies :(
That is wonderful about the work clothes -new stuff is always a perk!
Like you said, you have to get your life in order and settled and then you can worry about the weight. Getting rid of all the stress is a number one priority as that interferes with losing weight anyway.
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KAYDE53 9/11/2012 8:59PM

    Sounds like you're getting a lot accomplished; good for you!!! Hope your dogs get better!! We got a some rain from Isaac, but not really bad storms. What a nice present, getting new clothes, I always feel better in clothes that fit right too. And hopefully, things will fall in place, and the weight will start coming off!!! emoticon

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CODEMAULER 9/11/2012 7:53PM

    Getting organized is as beneficial as getting in shape, AND your long-term health and happiness benefit!

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POPSY190 9/11/2012 4:31PM

    You have your priorities right. Dealing with the underlying problems and issues will help your health as much, or more, than food and exercise,. Hope the dogs' problems are not too serious. We're in the same boat as you as far as the weather goes. It's supposed to be spring and we have a storm with wind and hail. Good luck with the budget appointment.

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ANGRITTER 9/11/2012 3:50PM

    Remember to keep your hands in FRONT of you face when getting beat down this badly!! I am so sorry you are having a bad month, but hope some relief is on the horizon!

A refund on the taxes is great and unexpected, so that should help pay the vet bill you just incurred. And I cannot believe you would be allergic to your dogs!! There has to be something else.

I am amazed you are getting effects from Leslie. I stopped watching her last week, but I have no idea who told her to go all the way up there! Will have to talk to her brother on the next storm. She's not allowed that far north.

I am so glad to hear that you are coming out of the weeds and getting things in order. And it's wonderful that your mother took you out. I love it when my mom goes out with me, as well. I don't buy clothes, but we do get a "treat" of some kind. She stashes money from my dad so she always has it for emergencies... and I've had enough of them for the past few months.

Am now in a full, hard cast and can't take it off to shower anymore. I am trying my damnedest to get used to it, but I want to cut it off so badly. I am finally starting to heal; yesterday was 2 months it's been broken. My mother broke both her bones and was out of her cast in 6 weeks. Ands he's 62! So all my healing issues are all her fault!!

So happy to hear from you again. Much love and hugs and prayers for your health sent your way. I don't pray often, but sometimes I make the reach out there for special people.

Big hugs and puppydog kisses for you, Ang

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LYNNWILK2 9/11/2012 2:48PM

    WOW, you've literally dug yourself out of a hole. I hope your back heals quickly and that your sinus/ear thing is resolved and that it is not caused by your dogs. I also hope they get straightened out also. You have a lot going on in your life right now and you have just tackled a mountain (literally) of paperwork and are coming out on the good end of that stick.
But welcome back to Sparks Susan, you have been missed. Stay in touch.
Life is a great rollercoaster ride sometimes... just remember to let go and scream a few times!!!! it makes it a lot more fun.

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ILOVEMALI 9/11/2012 2:38PM

    Life continues to throw stressors at you, and you seem to be handling them with grace.

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HOPESINGH 9/11/2012 2:26PM

    I think you're doing a great progress. Every new thing you do is hard, at maybe scary - I know it is for me. So filing the taxes, mortgage application and doing the budget workshop actually sound like a huge accomplishment to me.
I've put my working out on hold too lately, I can't be bothered with all these hormones they've been giving me. I am even less energetic than usual!

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JLITT62 9/11/2012 12:00PM

    Oh, I am so sorry about the health & animal woes (been having some of tbe latter myself, but thankfully I'm healthy). Sounds like you're really doing a bang-up job in spite of it all.

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KYLIESCHELLE 9/11/2012 11:59AM

    Best wishes as you weather the storm. I live in Florida so I know what its like, lol! Hope your pups will be doing better soon. Be sure to take care of yourself too or you won't have much to give to others. Be safe.

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BOVEY63 9/11/2012 11:11AM

    Hope the weather clears up and both you and Maddy are feeling better real soon.
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That was a sweet gift from your mom!

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JOANNANOW 9/11/2012 10:09AM

    Hi Susan,
Having that weight off your shoulders....will help you get healthy all over! Good work! I hope you and Maddy feel better soon. I didn't get much done in the weight department this summer either but I did get some goals concerning my grandson and his health solved. That was a weight off my shoulders and he is doing so much better now that I am ready to breath a sigh of relief and start to think about me again. I think clearing the mind in order to refocus qualifies as real accomplishment.
Oh boy,that sounds like quite a storm' hope you are are dry and safe!
New cloths that fit make a girl feel great regardless of size.... your mom is wonderful... you lucky duck.
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OFFICIALOLDY 9/11/2012 9:38AM

    Best of luck with the storm. My dog hates storms and can feel them miles away. We call her "barometer dog". She would also be keeping all four legs crossed, rather than go out into any kind of inclement weather. I hope that all goes well with your human and canine health troubles - it seems like it's always something! Congratulations on your new clothes; that skirt sounds really cute. Keep up the good work with your finances and exercise!

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