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Monday, October 31, 2011

Went to visit my cousin about an hours drive from here yesterday.. Spent four hours looking at her daughter's wedding book she made form pics that she digitally clipped, and organized, then sent them to be bound in a book that is in scrapbook format. It is like a year book, sized, but it cost about one tenth the cost of a pro album. Not sure what her daughter got from her photographer though.. We discussed their upcoming trip to Australia(they are leaving tomorrow to fly from Saginaw to L.A., hen to Melbourne, then on to either PErth or Sydney,, fibro fog made me forget before I left her house...
Fortunately, they are not flying Quantas, who stops getting wages today, so will continue their strike..
not going to do much today,, woke up in horrible pain everywhere ,, fibro, definitely,, all-over body shooting pains like those intermittent Christmas lights that blink up and down in a row,, that is how the pain feels continuously.. what the heck??I took a pain pill, but finally it was too much to just lie there, so got up for Sparks,, maybe take a walk later to try to get my mind off it..

thinking about steam cleaning my carpets today though...

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/31/2011 9:53AM

    I hope you start feeling better soon. I'd hate to ahve what you have.

Enjoy your day!

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MOSTMOM1 10/31/2011 8:13AM

    Hope you get to feeling better soon. Hey, carpet cleaning is exercise...

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Shipshewana on the road just means that the vendors are at different places selling their wares on the road,, in our area it was in Birch Run, Michigan at the Expo Center across from the shopping outlets at Birch Run. It is about a half hour drive from my home, so Karen and her sister met me at Meijers parking lot and she drove her Cadillac SUV. It was very comfortable and we had fun talking all the way there. IT is my second time there, they are veterans, so I bought Karen's admission ticket and Chris bought her lunch.
I am very proud to say I bought..NOTHING.

After almost three years in Sparkdom, I have learned that there are things that I merely WANT, not NEED,.
With that being said, we had lunch at Lucky's Steakhouse, one of my favorites. The other three women got the same thing for lunch: quesadillas`. SInce all restaurants make them the same(flat out on a plate, not grilled) I NEVER order them.. After being taught the correct methods of Mexican cooking from native Mexican in-laws, I rarely get that type of food in public. OUr homemade from scratch is so different, ,, no self-respecting Mexican would ever eat a flatout tort loaded with cheese and a scrap of meat,,,
they are supposed to be rolled like an egg roll and after being filled with meats, cheese,etc, they are grilled on a grill or griddle. Period.

I ordered top sirloin, steamed veggies and house salad with light raspberry vinaigrette, had water to drink. I brought half my steak home. They all bought fudge at the Expo Center and ate most of it(half pound), I sampled a tiny little pea-sized flavor to buy for DD, but it was not good quality, so did not purchase.
I really WANTED the huge double-fist size baked potato with sour cream and real butter that is a side option, but chose steamed veggies instead. I really WANTED a signature drink from the bar, but took water instead. I really WANTED their fabulous french onion soup piled high with provolone and thick crusts of french bread, but got no soup.
The meals are served with fresh from the oven seasoned loaves of bread. I had one bite, no butter..

The entire day, I walked continuously to get more steps in, and made the route of both buildings of the expo twice, pushing through the crowds and getting cardio in.

I did make two purchases at the outlets,, THINGS I NEED: an apple corer and a knife sharpener!!
The worst part of the day for me was the horrible shooting pain in my arthritic arm that got worse on the ride home. I am pretty sure it was from patting myself on the back for making smart choices all day...

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NORASPAT 10/30/2011 7:49PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonWILLPOWER TODAY LINDA.

I am soooooooooo Proud of you. You certainly handled yourself well. HUGS Pat in Maine.

The roads were plowed, trees came down Power was out but we have had worse. NEVER this ealy with leaves on the trees. Pat--Linda you did so well. emoticon emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/30/2011 3:08PM

    You are so good with your smart choices and wise decisions. Good girl!

I admit i do some splurging/spur of the moment things.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/30/2011 10:32AM

    What a super day and great choices for you!!! emoticon
So sorry your arthritis starting acting up though. Have a super Sunday!!!

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RAMALEX 10/30/2011 8:20AM

  You did great!

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I'm off to Shipshewana!!!!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

THere is actually a sunrise this morning instead of rain and black sky for our trek to the wild woods of the outlets and SHipshewana on the road!! I have only done this once before, just looking forward to being with my friends and doing a LOT of walking.

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NORASPAT 10/29/2011 7:38PM

    Hi Linda, sorry to miss you yesterday. You must tell us more about Shipshewana !! It sounds like a nice place for a walkin the wild woods and outlets. i hope you dress warm because this is a big cold weather pattern.
We waited for snow Thursday it never happened but we are totally prepared. Most of our deciduous trees are still green. Problem is that will bring down a lot of trees so we are making allowances for power being gone too.
You know how it goes. It's no use worrying just try to prepare for the worst and get on with it. HUGS Linda, I hope you have had a fabulous time. Pat in Maine.
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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/29/2011 9:56AM

    Have a ball out there today!

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    Enjoy the time with your friends at Shipshewana on the Road! I've never been there but one of these times I will get there.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Praying we do not get more rain or worse yet, the "S" word yet...

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/28/2011 11:11AM

    Holy cow! this early? SNOW?

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/28/2011 11:11AM

    Holy cow! this early? SNOW?

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EDITOR 10/28/2011 7:44AM

    Yep, got to agree with you. We hit freezing today but should have a slight warm up. I hate "S" but we did top the record for rain this year.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Still not feeling up to par, but will absolutely do some cleaning and more walking today,, I also need to get to parents house to pick mail up and then off to get some ground sirloin to add to teh ground turkey for my stuffed peppers. paperwork to do and bills to pay too..

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/27/2011 9:34AM

    Busy, busy, busy. Feel better Linda!

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NORASPAT 10/27/2011 8:23AM

    LINDA, I have never made stuffed Peppers, I hve learned to like them DH loves the red ones but not the green ones. We never sae peppers in England growing up. NO pumpkins or squash either. If you get a minute tell me what you use to stuff them. It almost sounds like meat pir filling. HUGS Pat in Maine, I hope you feel better soon! XOXO emoticon emoticon emoticon

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