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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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Punky Wednesday

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Not sure what is going on, flu shot was Sunday,, but last evening I started feeling very gassy, burpy, and nauseated, took some gaviscon,, but still felt punky.. woke up early this morning and still feeling burpy.. Never had a reaction from flu shot before, so wondering what is going on..

Freind Karen invited me to go to Shipshewana on teh Road at the Birch Run, MI outlets Saturday morning.. it is an annual outing for her and her sister and girlfriends,, window shopping is fun with friends.. she even offered to pick me up so I do not have to drive there,, (half hour drive)
got to get feeling better too.. tea and toast day today..

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PICKIE98 10/27/2011 7:27AM

    no, flu is always respiratory,,,
this is a rock-hard abdomen and gas,, big time.. never burped so much in my life,, took acid and gas pills, drank pop to break up the bubbles,, finally,, wondering if it could be lactic acid from my massage,, did not drink the gallon of water I was supposed to, after my massageon Tuesday.. that afternon is when it started and theat is the only thing different I did.... never did that before, always drank the water..

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/26/2011 11:03AM

    Hmmmmm I never got that feeling or side effect after the flu vaccine. but i ahve had nauseated with flu like symptoms when i first started getting the flu shots years ago but not anymore. the symptoms were anuseaus, aches and sore throat.

That outting sounds so fun I hope you ahve a good time at it.

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NORASPAT 10/26/2011 9:07AM

    Started out with Punky Wednesday now after a dose of positive thinking it is Perky Wednesday. I do our Wednesday walk with friends. 4 miles talking laughing and waving to people as they go by.

No more Hump day! .

Now Wednesday is my best day of the week some weeks. Hugs Linda just remember you are special HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SAP_SORROW 10/26/2011 7:44AM

    Did you get the shot or the flu mist? The flu mist is a live vaccination while the shot is a dead one, but it can still give you flu-like symptoms after injection. Just get plenty of water and rest whenever you can. :) Feel better!

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MOMMASHUTT 10/26/2011 7:30AM

    I hope you feel better! emoticon

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