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Saturday, November 19, 2011

DD wants to go to fruit market and get more apples to make sauce and for crockpot baking. We love apples as snacks and desert. Michigan is a major grower of U.S. apples. We picked from about nine varieties last trip to the market. Just a quick trip and not all the types available either!!
Making a morning run to a friend's Habitat hose that she will be moving into New Years Day to see how they are progressing. They no longer build new homes:they are too costly so they are going the rehab route to save $$. Then a trip to my mother's for a visit. Back home to baking and cleaning..

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KILLERANGEL47 11/20/2011 1:50AM

    Enjoy all those apples!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 11/19/2011 9:29PM

    I DO SO miss the visits to the apple orchards in the fall! We tried to visit one while we were in New York State, but got there 10 minutes too late, and they were closed! Have fun and drink a cup of fresh apple cider for me!
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NORASPAT 11/19/2011 9:51AM

    Sounds like it will be another enjoyable one. Its so great to hear your good days out. Make the most of it. I too am an Apple person. At least 3 a day and usually 10 pounds a week. I have to cook them since DH reacts very badly to the skins. We have an epipen so he can eat apples and pears. They are always fine so far when they are skinned and cooked. HUGS Linda Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon
Notice there is no apple here except for the teacher!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/19/2011 9:02AM

    Sounds like another fun day ahead for you. enjoy your visit with moms.

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Yesterday's Sparkventure

Friday, November 18, 2011

DD and I drove north to meet our new Spark friend, October2842 for some shopping, lunch and Spark bonding!
She was a wonderful hostess, inviting us into her beautiful home for a visit before we all left for the next destination north of us for outlet shopping and lunch. We had a beautiful drive, visiting along the way, then onto that favorite sport of shop/walkers:shop walking!! October even gave us coupons for gift cards which I used to purchase a beautiful sweater! She found treasures in the fun kitchen store and then we went to a local diner for native eats!
The picture here was taken by our very nice waitress after a leisurely lunch of delicious food. I love trying new places, am very familiar with this town, but had never tried this place, a little hole in the wall place, a teensy diner, but my salad was very good, DD and October said their meals were tasty too!

Dd and I would love to return to October's to visit or go on another Sparkventure with her again. A nice lady who, by the way, looks fit and trim Sparkly!!!
Thank you October for inviting us into your beautiful home and your generosity with gift cards!!!

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KILLERANGEL47 11/20/2011 1:41AM

    Fantastic!! I'm glad you had such a great time! emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/18/2011 11:05AM

    Cool pic.

Sounds like an awesome visit. Glad you enjoyed it.

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NORASPAT 11/18/2011 9:52AM

    Looking good PICKIE and I never heard about TWEETIE either.

You all look very happy. I love to be able to visit with Spark friends too.
I am so glad you are having so much fun right now. Take care thanks for the pictures, I had never seen a photo of you before, you look GREAT! HUGS Pat in Maine, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 11/18/2011 7:00AM

    That's fantastic! SparkBuddies are REAL buddies!
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KASEYCOFF 11/18/2011 6:45AM

    Bet it was great - I love meeting fellow Sparkers!

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OCTOBER2842 11/18/2011 6:42AM

    I had a wonderful day also and hope we can do it again. I enjoyed our visit, shopping and lunch. By the way, thanks for lunch, it was a very neat hometown place.

It is the first time I met some Spark Buddies and it was neat. You both were a pleasure. I had no idea Pickie and Tweety were mother and daughter. How fun. I feel like I want to get back at it and be serious about loosing the 14#'s I've gained since I have been slacking.Thanks for the encouragement. emoticon

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Sparkventure today!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Today DD and I are driving north to pick up a fellow Sparker in our Saginaw,MI team, whom we will meet for the first time. We are all going to go further north to West Branch, MI to the shopping outlets and touring the area. We are all familiar with it. Exciting!! Connie camera is going along for the ride to possibly capture some Spark moments!!

Yesterday was a very anxious and surprising day for me. I kept the appointment with my surgeon, thinking we would hash out terms of my return to work next Monday.
Nature had other plans though, and I am now still off work until Dec4, Monday. Due to the diabetes, the epidermis is healed wonderfully, but the nerve endings are healing much slower than normal.
I had my list of things to ask him and get answers to, and was shocked that I will still be away from work,, Income is tight now, but thankfully, last year, many of my friends and I made the decision NOT to exchange Christmas gifts anymore.

I now know that even though I have had no income for three months, it was sound decision to have HandyJoe install attic insulation. I am praying it will help pay for itself this winter....

On the bright side, this will be the first year in about fifteen years that I do not have to work on Thanksgiving day and the day following!! They are the two busiest days of the year for my workplace..
I know that there is always a reason for everything that happens to us, so I have faith that HE is guiding me straight! No hesitation to mind my manners!!

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NORASPAT 11/17/2011 3:20PM

    LINDA Have a wonderful time. I love it thatyou are getting out and doing things before the snow flies, Hoping for pictures too. Enjoy this day Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/17/2011 3:13PM

    I can't wait to see the pictures and hear the story of today. I've never been to an outlet mall and we ahve one about 30 minutes away. Hope you ahve fun today.

What time should I be there for dinner on thanksgiving/my birthday? I'm all for it. :-)

On a positive note... it's only 2 weeks longer for you.

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MOMMASHUTT 11/17/2011 8:08AM

    Enjoy your trip and enjoy your "vacation".

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BEVSMOSS 11/17/2011 7:01AM

    Blessings on your trip. God be with you.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I am adjusting my sleep schedule to get back to arising at 3 a.m...for work,, today the surgeon will tell me about returning to work.

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GRACIELA_ELENA 11/16/2011 11:08PM

    Woah, 3am! And to think I complain about getting up at 5 to get my PT done before work. Hope you get back in the swing. Ive been gone a while and out of touch but checking in to see how you are doing and hope you are well!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/16/2011 5:51PM

    I sure hope everything goes well for you Linda.
When oh never mind you learn from the surgeon but I am assuming Monday?

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NORASPAT 11/16/2011 3:18PM

    Good planning Linda, I never realised you had to get up quite so early you must be the first one there.
Hoping the Dr has some really good news for you. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EMERALDGREEN1 11/16/2011 9:00AM

    OMG!!!! Having to wake at 3 am for work???? Oh boy, what a killer!!!! No fun at all.

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EMGERBER 11/16/2011 7:10AM

    Changing a sleep pattern is very hard. It takes me along time to even change when we go from Daylight Savings to Standard Time. Enjoy your day.

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wonderful day

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

That Oz collection was WAY beyond what I had imagined!! It was an hour drive to my friend's home, we had a lovely lunch with her hubby, chit-chatted for a while, then walked down to her neighbor to see it all. It is a home the size of mine, but wow!! She has two rooms filled with things!!
The picture of the framed item of DOrothy, is actually a needlepoint (16X20 size) done by her daughter-in-law by scanning a little picture of the scene from the edge of a magazine ad and it told the DIL exactly what colors to buy for threads, she did this all by hand! It is of course, more beautiful in person.
I did not even get to see the TRUNKS full of items in her attic, she also had posters and framed pics standing up in two of her closets.
I did not even snap any photos of any of her curio cabinets, the flash would have glared against the glass.. When we left Sally's(Oz lady) home, I stepped down off the porch and saw that it was painted yellow, looked like the yellow brick road! Her son and hubby did it one day when she was at work!!
She told me that she went to the OZ convention in Indiana a few years ago and the Munchkins were staying right down the hall from her room! When she went downstairs to have breakfast, they were in the dining room, the Lollipop Guild munchkin handed her his lollipop and her sister took their picture!! SHe got pics with all of them, AND when she left the dining room, she turned around and said goodbye to them all and just like with Dorothy in the movie, they all chorused, "Goodbye, goodbye!"!!!
It was such fun to see all my dear friend's home renovations and new things, her garden of flowers.. when I return tot work it will be even more difficult to get away to visit this friend for awhile.

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CLVRL8Y 11/16/2011 9:49AM

    Fun to visit - not to dust!

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NORASPAT 11/15/2011 4:18PM

    Collections are amazing and some people just get hooked. One of my Spark friends does salt and peper shakers. I love to see them would not like to dust them though. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticonSo glad you enjoyed another good day Linda.Pat. emoticon emoticon

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KILLERANGEL47 11/15/2011 3:03PM

    Wow! I never knew there was so much Wisard of Oz stuff!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/15/2011 11:45AM

    AWESOME Linda! I'm so glad you had a good time with your friend and Sally. Oh how I would love to see her things myself.

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