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Fall 5% Challenge

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Having a summer without a TV or radio was strange. After a while, I didn't miss all the bad news and commercials that we are inundated with day after day. I set an alert on my phone for weather warnings, but for the most part remained peacefully oblivious of what the media considered news worthy. Instead, I worked (HARD) and took some time to reconnect with old friends. Overall it was a time of refreshing for me.

What I did miss was not having an internet connection. The local library closed one week after I arrived in early April for a 30 day remodel. It would more than double the space in the small library. It never reopened before I left (although it looked great when I peeked through the window when I chose to walk downtown). That meant that I had to drive to the next closest town and hope that the internet was up at that local library, the McDonalds, or the coffee shop where I met with the "girls" weekly. By the time I did the things online that I had to there wasn't much me time left. I missed being able to pop onto the SparkPeople site and checking in. I REALLY MISSED being able to participate in the 5% challenges. They did so much to help me keep accountable. I could only wait for the next one to start when I got home and back online. Now it is finally here and I am ready to get started again.

If you have never participated in a 5% challenge, check it out at

You can read the first two topics under the general discussion to get more information, and if you are like me, you will jump at the chance to have fun while working on that healthier lifestyle goal that you want for yourself.

It's going to be a blast!!!!!!
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BUTEAFULL 9/30/2013 2:07PM

    the challenges are great motivators emoticon

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GEMINISUE 9/29/2013 9:29AM

    Welcome back to 5% challenge and to being able to use the internet, when you want too.

Did you join a team yet? Why not consider the Beautiful Butterflies? You can soar to the Sky with us!


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KALISWALKER 9/29/2013 12:05AM

    Kathleen I am so glad you are back in the 5% Challenge. I have missed you so much. Let's get our 5%


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DEBSZOO74 9/28/2013 3:51PM

    Good luck with your challenge! emoticon

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Where Did the Time Go?

Monday, July 01, 2013

It seems like I've just gotten home and it's time to pack up and leave again. Hubby started packing clothes for while we are gone, and I have started making our lists of things that need to be done before we leave.
emoticon I have so enjoyed taking some R&R at home. I had thought that I would just kick back and do nothing. I have discovered that this is VERY HARD for me to do. I finally had to schedule time to read and be on the computer. Otherwise, I kept finding things that needed to be done around here. I also started a list of things to do when I get back. Once something hit the list, I no longer allowed myself to stress about it not being done. Easier said than done though!
So I have 3 more days at home and then we are back on the road. I'd better take advantage of what I have here in the meantime!
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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MOM4407 7/6/2013 6:16PM

Safe roads

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KALISWALKER 7/1/2013 9:31PM

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Kathleen you are your own boss, be nice to yourself. I know it's hectic when you are on the move. Happy travels!

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DIDMIS 7/1/2013 12:19PM

    Travelling is fun but you get so far behind.

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Home Sweet Home

Saturday, June 29, 2013

After driving for 18 hours, we have finally arrived back home in valley for a few days. Life has been decidedly different for the past few months. I am so glad to be home. I’m just sorry to say that after hubby’s doctor appointments we will be leaving and heading back.

As some of you may recall, we went to Kansas to demo the double wide trailer there. What we didn’t expect was freezing rain and winter weather in April and snow on the first of May. We moved to avoid the cold, winter weather. We also had promises of help, most of which didn’t pan out. So instead we had two people in their 60s demolishing a double wide trailer --- piece by piece.

I must admit that I am so thankful to be back in Texas. I didn’t realize how much I would appreciate running water, climate control and my microwave. We parked our camper in our 3-Bay garage to give us some protection from the elements. We have been staying in our motorcycle camper … a queen sized bed with a dressing area in front of the bed. We had heat during the cold and now an air conditioner to escape the heat.

Although we have been told that we are roughing it, we did have our own version of our bedroom, living room, kitchen and bathroom.

---Our bedroom from the outside

---Our Living Room

---Our kitchen ... Thanks M.E. & James for the refrigerator!

---Our bathroom.

We worked out an agreement with the young lady that rents our other building, so we could take a shower at the end of the work day. I am also grateful to her for offering to let me use her washer and dryer, allowing me to spend more time with friends on Sunday, our only day off.

When we return, I suspect that we still have another 3 weeks or more before we have the demo project completed. Then we will be laying linoleum and doing some minor repairs to the other building. We also plan out the garage as a workshop. In the meantime, I will enjoy the next few days at home and endeavor to be back by my birthday in August.

Probably the hardest thing I had to deal with was No Internet. The local public library closed a week after we got there to be remodeled. It was supposed to open in approximately 30 days. Unfortunately, it still wasn't open when we left for Texas, but when it does, the library will be three times as large as the old one. I have missed Sparking.

So I will enjoy all the modern conveniences for the next few days until we head back north to complete our projects!

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KALISWALKER 6/30/2013 1:07AM

    Kathleen, it's been so long since you last blogged. Great to hear you and hubby are keeping busy. You may be roughing it, but you are getting the work done. Please keep in touch when you can. I have missed you my friend.


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POPSY190 6/29/2013 5:37PM

    Sounds as though you have a lot on! Enjoy the break, and safe travelling.

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One Word

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Copied this from 5% Fall Challenge Leader Leslie_2B_Less!

Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers.

Where is your cell phone?


Your hair?

Your mother?

Your father?

Your favorite thing?

Your dream last night?

Favorite drink?

What room are you in?

Your hobby?

Your fear?

Where do you want to be in 6 years?

Where were you last night?

Something that you aren't?


Wish list item?

Last thing you did?

What are you wearing?

Your pets?


Your life?

Your mood?

Missing someone?


Your car?

Something you're not wearing?

Your favorite store?

Your favorite color?

When is the last time you cried?

Where do you go over and over?

Five people who email me regularly?

Favorite place to eat?

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?
North Carolina

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GOODGETNBETR 10/23/2012 9:37PM

    Interesting. Sorry to read about the recent crying but still very brave.

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KALISWALKER 10/22/2012 9:59PM

    Good Kathleen!

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KOKITTY 10/22/2012 1:40AM


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JAXMOMMY 10/21/2012 9:14PM

    Orange is my favorite color too! Pretty difficult I must say!

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GRANNYSUE9 10/21/2012 8:18PM

    Thanks for sharing. Don't know how to copy and paste. LOL!

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MNABOY 10/21/2012 5:54PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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RDGISME 10/21/2012 10:32AM

    How fun is that!?

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MOTLEM 10/20/2012 11:57PM

    Great to know a bit more about you. emoticon

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KRISTINSGOALS 10/20/2012 11:05PM


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MARCIAC10 10/20/2012 6:59PM

    So what is your favorite thing?

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CIERAPOET 10/20/2012 5:37PM

    Wow! I Like This! It Takes You Out Of The Normal Saturday lol!!!
Have A Beautiful Weekend!!!

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EGRAMMY 10/20/2012 5:35PM

    emoticon Fun. May I use it too?

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DINGESSD 10/20/2012 3:12PM

  this is interesting

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All About Me From A-Z

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

As many of you know, I've been doing a bit of traveling ... for most of the summer. I promised myself that I would get a blog written today. Since its late, I decided to borrow this from one of my friends. Thanks Cindi!

A. Are you at all artistic? Define Artistic ... I'm really not a crafty person, but my garden and flower beds are beautiful (in my estimation).

B. What are your favorite burger toppings? Homegrown tomato, lettuce, onion, mustard and catsup.

C. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Orange

D. Diamond or pearls? Diamonds

E. What exotic pet would you like to have? Tiger (but my 2 cat won't let me get any more).

F. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Brave

G. What is the worst gift you have ever received? A vacuum cleaner

H. What habit would you like to be able to break? Eating when I'm bored

I. If you could be invisible for one day, what would you do? Go skinny dipping.

J. What do you like about your job? I'm retired and its great!

K. Did you ever learn to knit? Yes, but I hated it and never was very good.

L. Would your friends describe you as 'ladylike'? My former neighbor would tell you no.

M. What is your middle name? Pretty common ... Mary

N. Are you a night owl or an early bird? Night Owl

O. Do you like okra? Not at all!

P. When was the last time you cleaned out your purse? I have no idea where my purse even is. I quit using one about 5 years ago.

Q. What is one of your favorite quotes? The Joy of the Lord is my Strength.

R. What do you have on the outside of your refrigerator? Magnets holding the grocery list, grandson's artwork, emergency numbers, pictures, etc.

S. If you could have one superpower, what would it be? You mean I don't have super powers????

T. Do you prefer a truck or car? Small SUV

U. What is under your bed? Boxes

V. Did you wear a veil when you got married? No

W. Can you whistle? No

X. Do you know what a Xenopus is? I have no idea

Y. Do you eat yogurt? Yes, at least 3-4 days a week I have vanilla yogurt, fruit and Fiber One cereal for breakfast. I also like taking some of the Yoplait yogurts and freezing them for my ice cream fix.

Z. Do you enjoy zombie movies? NO

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DUMBELLE 10/17/2012 7:35PM

    Oooooh, I love okra. I make the most delicious chicken gumbo (okra) soup you ever tasted. It was a family favourite.

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BUTEAFULL 9/24/2012 12:34PM

    I just may borrow this for my blog too
I agree okra YUCK

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ILOVEMALI 9/23/2012 3:52PM

    What a fun blog! When I graduated from college, I asked my parents for a vacuum cleaner as a gift! LOL

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SABLENESS 9/18/2012 11:13AM

    Thank you for the high five goodie! Love your blog. I'll have to try that.

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EGRAMMY 9/15/2012 11:43AM

    emoticon Fun. thanks

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KALISWALKER 9/12/2012 11:09PM

    LOL that was interesting. We have many things in common - one is purse only when I go to the movies so I can take my own water and snack.

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NSTARSMITH 9/12/2012 9:11PM

    I love it! Not sure I actually know anything more about from it, but it was fun! I don't like Okra either ...

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KBLASEN 9/12/2012 7:41PM

    Oh no, a vacuum cleaner. ouch!

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POPSY190 9/12/2012 7:13PM

    Great! Agree with J, love S.

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