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Things I have noticed about my dogs while I'm home sick

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Hi,

I know I said I would be back the beginning of October but to tell the truth I haven't been fit to shoot. For awhile now I haven't been feeling top shelf but about three weeks ago I was diagnosed with an ear and sinus infection and was given medication. It never seemed to clear up until last week when I felt okay for a few days. Then over the Thanksgiving weekend I had the most itchy throat and ears which then turned into a slight headcold. Woke up on Tuesday morning all that was gone but I was exhausted and had a terrible cough. I mentioned it in a text message to John's cousin who is a doctor and he said to go to a clinic. I did that yesterday and the doctor reviewed my files from the previous visit and thinks I might have pneumonia (spelling?). They put me on some heavy antibiotics and another medicine which will suppress my immune system so I have to stay away from people for a week. Ugh. I'm frozen one minute and sweating the next and really tired but other than that I am enjoying my time with the doggies.

They sure are funny. They sleep all night, get up (reluctantly) around 7:30 for a bathroom break, go for a short walk with John, come back and fall asleep in the sunshine. They sneak off to a quite spot to sleep in the morning only coming out when I go to the kitchen or the mailman comes to the house! Then all hell breaks loose! When John comes home for lunch I have usually fed them so it is play time and then they beg at the table while we eat because heaven forbid they might still be hungry! John takes them for a romp and then when he goes back to work they repeat the morning sleepiness. I read for awhile this afternoon and Maddy had to keep me company with his toy moose (which he seemed to squeak whenever my eyes would close!) and Ginger snuggled into my side. Louisa lay on the floor beside our bed and would wag her tail in her sleep so much it would wake her up and she would look around to see who was making all the noise! Too funny!

Anyway, thanks for the well wishes. I will get better and I am really looking forward to resuming my Spark journey!

xo Susan

  
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GAYLE-G-63 10/13/2012 8:47PM

    Feel better, Susan!

My mother had a cat who would chase his own tail, catch it, bite it, and then hiss! Dumb ass, it's your own tail!!! LOL

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LYNNWILK2 10/12/2012 7:20AM

    Sounds like you have three very "attentive" nurses that want only to be with you and around you while you are taking care of yourself. They are setting the example for you of how to really make the most of a day of relaxation and fun (the tail wagging in your sleep).
I hope you get better very soon, and that you don't need to be on nasty medication for much longer.
Remember to eat your yogurt, necessary when taking antibiotics.

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WALKZWDOGZ 10/12/2012 4:04AM

    Sounds like you have the cutest & best possible nurses. emoticon emoticon

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GEORGIAK25 10/11/2012 4:16PM

    Speedy recovery. Thinking of you.

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JLITT62 10/11/2012 1:55PM

    Heal up! And hey, the more nutritious you eat while sick the faster you'll heal (hey, had to stick that in).

Mine are raring to go in the morning!

Neither one wags their tail in their sleep . . . Lola growls & makes these popping noises she never makes while awake, sometimes with her eyes open which is kind of freaky.

Wonder what they're dreaming?

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BOVEY63 10/11/2012 1:45PM

    Lots of prayers and get well vibes coming your way!
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ANGRITTER 10/11/2012 11:50AM

    I am so happy to hear that your dogs are taking care of you. Mine.. well, they need an attitude adjustment!

i have had to walk inside for the last 3 days because I promised to only walk on even ground - so my laps around the back yard are out of the question. So I have been walking laps in the house for 30 minutes or more. Ack! I hate it!

And Max believes his only two jobs are to bark when someone arrives and to protect the dogs' door to the outside. Well, as I am walking, I go into the dining room and turn around at the dogs' door... this makes Max run outside and stand outside so I won't shut the door (so he thinks; sometime Islam it on him!). So when I turn around and walk away, he bounds around playfully around me like he is "herding" the fat chick out of the room. I think it's funny and keep turning around to pick on him while he's playful.

Well, the past 2 days he has nipped me on the butt cheek!! I know this is not something I should encourage, but it's so funny to me. (I wave my hands behind my back to pick on him too!) In reality, I am trying to desensitize him so he will calm down when someone walks by his door. Today I will start correcting his actions. I never thought he would nip my bottom 2 days in a row (but I still think it's funny), but need to correct him so he doesn't do it to someone else.

Let the little babies take care of you and get some rest. Put the squeaky mouse away until you are wide awake. I know how that goes. Max jumps into my bed when I am not feeling well and will squeak his squirrel until I want to burn that dang squirrel toy!!

Get well and drink plenty of water!

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BECCABOO127 10/11/2012 2:19AM

    Sounds like my poochies!

Hope you feel better soon.

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_LINDA 10/11/2012 2:18AM

    I hope you recover quickly.. its wonderful you have three such lovely nurses to look after you during your recovery :) Gotta love doggie tales :))
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SANDEEB7 10/10/2012 11:53PM

    Love your dogs.....enjoy them! Get well....rest. :) emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 10/10/2012 11:36PM

    Unconditional love!
Get well Susan.
Hugs,
Angela

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/10/2012 11:17PM

    Hope you're feeling better soon and able to devote some energy into reaching your goals.

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ILOVEMALI 10/10/2012 9:38PM

  Get well soon --

I am always so happy when Mali greets me at the door!

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LIBBYG7 10/10/2012 8:17PM

    There's nothing as healing as a dog's (or cat's) wet nose!!! Or -- a sloppy kiss on the cheek.....

Feel Better soon!!!

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JOANNANOW 10/10/2012 6:43PM

    I'm glad you have company with the pups. It will help you get well quicker. There are some nasty bugs going around and I'm hoping my current vitamin consumption will keep them all at bay!
Sending out healthy thoughts and hoping that they catch up with you.
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IMIN2GENES 10/10/2012 6:15PM

    Glad you've got your furry friends for company and entertainment! At least you won't be bored... LOL!
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CODEMAULER 10/10/2012 5:52PM

    Sending you healthy thoughts - please collect my hugs from your pooches!!

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JSMC10 10/10/2012 5:42PM

    this is so funny, I love pets little quirks! emoticon

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KAYDE53 10/10/2012 5:41PM

    Sounds like my bunch, when I'm sick, they both think, oh good, she's going to nap on the couch, let's both jump in her lap. Then they fight over the best spot, female growls, boy moves, and on & so forth. You couldn't get any rest if you had to, but they are funny.

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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
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080869


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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  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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TDWANDD2MYK9 9/15/2012 2:08AM

    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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(Even my cats prefer tennis balls!)

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