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Positive Goals to Achieve - Proverbs 31 Woman

Monday, September 03, 2012

I was looking over Proverbs 31 earlier today, feeling lost and floundering. I've really disliked the MSDRPEPPER name, because much as I liked drinking DrPepper as a young adult, I always * knew * it was not a good choice of beverage. I grew up drinking water or fresh squeezed orange juice (we had a local supply of fresh oranges and other citrus fruits, when I was a child in 1960's vintage Florida.).

Some have noticed my sig line about taking nominations for a new name (which reminds me, I need to change, that too!). I'd kick over various ideas incorporating "water", and that felt limiting. So I just never thought anything felt particularly "right". Not saying this new name is right, since those who know me personally and the pigstye I live in, the cluttered mess, the Can't Have Anyone Over State of CHAOS (the FlyLady Sparkers know what's up with that!), and on and on, they will tell you I'm certainly FAR from being a Perfect Proverbs 31 woman. But sometimes we just need those bigger goals, something to work towards, and for some, maybe it's climbing Mt. Everest. And who knows?? maybe some day that will be something I want to do after I feel like I have a handle on other aspects of my life.

Also I was struggling with making other goals for myself and various things I'd think of just seemed so... Selfish... Shallow... and I didn't want that. Like, just losing weight so my fanny would look good for someone who had the misfortune of having to follow behind my behind? (hopefully not while lined up at the nearest All-You-Can-Eat-Trough-Style" restaurant.).

emoticon Reading through the Spark this morning in Chapter 2, I think something just clicked with me... about weight loss not being the ultimate goal, but really more as a mini-goal or almost like a tool to help you reach other goals in life (even though I know a goal of losing 120 pounds is big... or a goal of 200 or 300 pounds...we know who we are and what we want to achieve.) But I know I was guilty of thinking or maybe just putting that goal in a higher status than it needed to be - because the life goals are so much more than that (and I need to flesh that out more for myself in the immediate future.

emoticon The Spark Vision/Collage Team... I just saw that it existed yesterday or today, I forget, and there again, people making the comments about goals for what they wanted to be, to do, to become, in the process alongside or in addition or beyond weight loss. The weight loss becomes a tool to help achieve goals, perhaps? Not sure where I am on that thought. Will edit as needed...

emoticon The sermon this past Sabbath touched on choosing the right goals...

emoticon getting ready for bed (new goal to get to sleep before 11 pm.), so I have a lot of thoughts I won't be able to go into tonight. Will have to come back tomorrow to work in it some more...

emoticon The Spark FlyLady team - again with the goals... (more specifically about cleaning my clutter and I do also want to finish reading my book "Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?" by Peter Walsh (? I think his name is?)

emoticon this is totally a cluttered blog from a cluttered mind, and I'm so sorry I'm such a bad example of clarity of thought. Back to Proverbs 31 - some of the things this Respected Lady was praised for seemed right in line with many of Spark's suggested goals...

Will need to list some of them...

(NKJV just for clarity and I know there are other great translations of the Bible. I know there are other Spiritual Writings,, but if you want bible studies, maybe ask your Rabbi, Priest, Shaman, Iman, Minister, Goddess or whoever you look to for your spiritual advise. I mean no offense or disrespect - there area many people on SparkPeople with many different Holy Books they use and are free to use. Here, I'm just quoting Spiritual words that I am more familiar with, because they looked like good goals for me, and because i believe they will help clarify some of thr thoughts I had in answering the concerns and questions several have asked about why I changed my screen name...)

Proverbs 31:10-31
The Virtuous Wife
10 Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
emoticon13 She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.

You know? Like shopping for clothes? She might have liked going to Kohl's, right? Trying to find good merchandise at a fair price.

Works with her hands? To me that could mean arts & crafts? Or just cleaning and cooking and all that needs to happen. So those seemed like reasonable goals.

emoticon 14 She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.

Shopping for food? And we do love our imported foods - pineapple doesn't grow in Kansas, Toto. Neither does St. Dalfour black cherry preserved, imported from France. Or Kansas wheat, exported all over the world. So I could relate to this. We want to feed our bodies and our families good quality foods and some of OT

15 She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.


16 She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.

emoticon 17 She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.

See here? Sista pumps iron! Strength Training! I know I should be doing it but I just have not gotten my Strength Train Streak going! I need to!!

18 She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.
19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.

emoticon 20 She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.

Yes, I need to show more charity and kindness to those less fortunate. I should not be holding back out because I am so tired, ashamed, lacking energy to be a positive light...

21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.

emoticon 22 She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

This hits home but will need to ponder this more and I am running out of time for my curfew.

23 Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.

emoticon 24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies sashes for the merchants.
25 Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.

emoticon 26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.

Her blogs are likely shorter and more succinct?

27 She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.

emoticon 28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:

How can my kid respect me if I don't respect me?

29 “Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.

Some of this is a bit over my head, but things with emoticon were special points for me, things I felt like I could relate to, could improve upon. The rest I'm sure applies but I'm just not there yet. Maybe don't completely understand how they apply to me, or how to incorporate those. Maybe they are more distantly future goals that I'll be able to see clearer as I progress farther along in my journey from where I am here and now.

I'm fairly sure I forgot things and will edit more later.

Thanks for putting up with my cluttered writing!!

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MOVEIN2THELIGHT 9/10/2012 11:21AM

    Love this! Re-reading it when I get home! THANK YOU!

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CAMEOSUN 9/9/2012 3:18PM

    I wondered what happened to DrPepper (which I love to drink too)...Proverbs31 is a nice, respectable goal. Have studied it also over the years. A Pastor told us, which I'm sure you know, that the Scripture is about the woman's "lifetime" not a "day in the life." Our Pastor also made a "lifestyle change" for himself instead of a "diet" - he was telling the congregation this...because he was about 240# and got down to a normal weight for him. His motivation was a friend of his who died suddenly of a heart attack.

Healthy & Fit is a emoticon goal !

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BGAIL521 9/6/2012 4:49PM

    I've read Proverbs 31 many times and felt like I could never be this woman, but you made me realize that I have a lot of things in common with her! To feed my family, I don't have to have a huge garden! There's a grocery store down the road! It's up to me though to provide healthy meals to my family! There were other points that I liked and I want to thank you for your blog! I've been putting too much thought into how I will look when I reach my goal weight, I should focus on what my weight loss will inspire me to do for my family, friends and God! You are awesome and I know you will do great! emoticon emoticon
I hope you don't mind but I'm friending you! emoticon

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MRSCLAUS46 9/6/2012 10:33AM

    Julia ~ finally got a chance to really sit and read this. Many years ago I was chosen on Mother's Day to be the keynote speaker at church (A Woman's Importance) Proverbs 31 was my inspiration. Funny how the years have led me from that point to the "OMG don't open the door--there is no where to sit!". My life is now cluttered with the debris of un-finished projects and collections now turned to hoarded bits & pieces no longer pretty or useful. When I started this journey it wasn't just to loose weight, it was an attempt to find "me" again and reclaim what I feel I've lost (partially due to illness but mostly due to my own sloth and disorganization).
I want to thank you for this, for the inspiration to re-focus some of my own ideas and energy. If you decide to keep this screen-name it will be a reminder to me every time I see my Spark Friends list or stop by your page.......Well done friend.
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JESSIKA_56 9/5/2012 1:54PM

    Great! Love it!

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GETUP-N-GOGIRL 9/4/2012 10:29AM

I am glad to see that you came up with a name and that you blogged about it. Don't rush yourself for clarity... Just continue to keep these thoughts in the back of your mind and then perhaps you will be gently surprised as clarity slowly unfolds for you.

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JANNEPERRY 9/4/2012 9:10AM

    Thanks for sharing your transliteration of Prov 31--It's a high standard to live up to emoticonand a good reminder as it's in your user name now!

Comment edited on: 9/4/2012 9:11:20 AM

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M77355 9/4/2012 9:06AM

    So happy for you to have thought out such a wonderful new SP name!
"think upon these things ..." and they'll develop in you.
It's such a pleasure to read and learn from your blogposts.
Thank you PW!

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WALKNLOVE 9/4/2012 5:35AM

    Thanks for sharing! I love the Prov.31 woman! She has goals that are worthy of all of us attaining & guess what? We CAN do all things through Christ who gives us strength! Have a great day!

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XFITSTRONG 9/4/2012 5:04AM

    I love your new name. Great blog!

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SUNNYDAZE9 9/3/2012 11:58PM

    Good writing and thoughts.

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CMILLER921 9/3/2012 11:56PM

    I really love Proverbs. That is the first book I go to when I am in need of uplifting. Thanks for sharing emoticon

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ELISADENK 9/3/2012 11:33PM


BTW, I tried to change my SP Username. Turned into a mess, so I just kept what I have.

Unless your username REALLY bothers you, let it go.

As for Prov 31 -- Don't think I like that lady very much!!! LOL

Was chatting w/ DH about wanting to be thin enough to wear belly dancing harem-type pants. A silly, yet fun goal. He said, "You are thinking wrong. Strive for inner beauty."

"Like what?" I asked as I grabbed pen and paper.

He said, "the fruits of the Holy Spirit."


Sounds just as unobtainable as the harem pants......

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Back In High School - 33 years later...

Friday, August 24, 2012

After working the blood drive today, donating blood twice! (once for red cross, and another set at Doctor's office where I went to see about sleep issues - they stuck the "other" arm after I warned them that it didn't have good veins, and ended up having to stick the first one on a different place. Thankfully not too painful!).... I'm really not looking forward to doing this Parent Swap Day at DS's high school. Many reasons...

I'm hoping it is sort of a trick to get parents in for sort of a Parent Teacher Conference, but "en masse"? Especially as it is only half a day...

Too tired to think ...

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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/30/2012 8:56AM

    Whew! No PE! They put the parents in an air conditioned room and just chatted with then about expectations but how they grade based on effort and attitude, not on how skilled they are, and how they are trying to introduce to a wide range of activities that one could enjoy doing as an adult. They told their own horror stories of PE teachers from H*** who were sadistic and talked about what they do instead. Our school is one that just got major improvements to or maybe even got a completely new swimming pool, not sure which, so the kids will spend a unit 6-7 days swimming. I never had that back in the day!!

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RASLALIQUE 8/29/2012 4:32PM

    That sounds like a fun idea. We don't have anything like that here!

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CLWALDRO 8/25/2012 7:38AM

    I hope you have fun and learn more about what it is like to be a kid again. I think we sometimes try to compare how school was when we attended to now and there is a big difference.
Have fun and I hope you bring some of that new energy back and use it to jumpstart your journey to better health

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/24/2012 9:59AM

    I've never heard of this!! How interesting :o)

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DEBBYFROMMT 8/24/2012 9:20AM

    Parent swap day means you go as your child? hmm, no thank you! Being a teenager once was bad enough!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/24/2012 8:29AM

    I'm all dressed up like a high school dork. Too bad my iphone is maxed out and I can't take any photos. I'm dreading PE!! packed shorts and a t just in case. I'm really hoping this ends up being more like a glorified parent teacher thing. Sad that my hubby can't come with me (rules were - one parent per student!!).

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1CRAZYDOG 8/24/2012 8:16AM

    Oh . . . I did that when my son was a Jr. in High School in 2008. It was soooo worth it. WE DID have the chance to talk w/the teachers. . . and re-connect with fellow parents as well. Good luck.

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JANNEPERRY 8/24/2012 7:45AM

    Since you're so technologically savvy, I'm sure you'll so well!

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JESSIKA_56 8/24/2012 7:38AM

    Oh wow, I've never heard of a parent swap. Sound like a cool idea.

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LESLIELENORE 8/24/2012 7:21AM

    Good luck! Sounds like you might need it. lol

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XFITSTRONG 8/24/2012 6:07AM

    OMG SWAP day sounds interesting!!!! That would be crazy!!!!! Have fun!

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JANTWO 8/24/2012 12:16AM

    I have never heard of a parent swap day. I hope it goes well for you!!!!

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Do Personal SparkBlogs Ever Get Deleted by "Others"?

Friday, August 17, 2012

Not sure if I'm paranoid or in early stages of "forgetsitsheimers"?

I was commenting on a person's blog. It brought to my mind the concept of "Choffy" - a brewed chocolate drink that was in the news last fall. I had this feeling that I had done some research (and I know I did, as I found evidence of it in my email account off of SparkPeople.).

Tried searching the Spark Search for my blogs, to find one on Choffy. It turned up two hits - one a comment I made on a SparkFriend's page after she had mentioned it earlier, and one claiming to be in my SparkBlogs ending on "page 33" and dated Sept. 25, 2011. I went back to my blogs to September... October... nothing is there.

At least none that I can see, so far, with "Choffy" in the title. I may have mentioned it in a blog with a very ambiguous title. I have gone back to read some of those ones with "Monday" or other not-very-descriptive-titles, just to read to see if they have any mention of Choffy. So far, no dice. (I did, however, find older and boring blogs of mine where I had not yet seen the "add link" button up above me in the screaming orange link, and so was just pasting in web links and wondering why they were not clickable inside my blog. I've fixed a few of them, but that's gonna have to be an ongoing science project for later.).

Hmmm puzzled. Just gotta keep looking but I don't have any references before September 25, 2011 in either my email or here in SparkPeople. Did I write it? or did it get deleted somehow? for some reason?

I was under the impression from others who have had blogs that violaed rules, that they received warning notes from SparkPeople coaches or gurus, or at least letters requesting that the blogs be fixed or words deleted or whatever, but I never received anything like that.

So, I'm just not sure. Did I dream it? or is it there and I can't find it? or did it get vaporized out to Area 52? (under a different jurisdiction from Area 51.).

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 8/22/2012 3:58PM

    You must have "forgetsitsheimers", because SP would notify you if they had deleted anything anywhere.

At least your paragraphs aren't long. (referring to your complaint about my blog). LOL


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LNSYLVSDOGS 8/18/2012 8:24PM

    There are times I've deleted one of my own blogs and then forgotten about it much later. The reason I usually delete a blog is just b/c I like to clean up my page from time to time and will delete older comments & such. Is that possible that you could've done that? No one can delete your blog, unless it's the SP website themselves, but you'd have been notified about it. Plus, a person can delete a comment another has put on their page and/or blog.

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RUNNER12COM 8/18/2012 8:14PM

    As far as I know, a deleted blog will always come with a private note explaining the problem, asking for edits, etc.

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JANNEPERRY 8/18/2012 12:20PM

    hmmmmm I'm goin with you don't have sometimers or anything like it. I'm guessing SP has something to do with the missing blog. Keep us informed.

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 8/18/2012 10:15AM

    I think you would get notification if your blog had to be deleted. I don't think Sparks would do it without letting you know. But I could be wrong...

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JESSIKA_56 8/18/2012 8:03AM

    I've had blogs deleted before by Sparkpeople, but they sent an email explaining why they did.

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LESLIELENORE 8/18/2012 6:39AM

    I've never had a problem, but... I'd be interested in the answer to your question. Let us know.

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JAZZEJR 8/18/2012 5:53AM

    Yes, please do keep us posted. I'd like to know.

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TIKATAKAWITHA 8/18/2012 3:52AM

    I had both happened when trying to talk about H...C...G shots.

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TIKATAKAWITHA 8/18/2012 3:51AM

    I don't know about blogs, but I know if you make a new post in the main SparkPeople boards they will delete without warning if it is something "taboo." They will delete SparkTeams too without warning if it is for a "taboo" item.

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JILLYBEAN25 8/18/2012 2:25AM

    I've never heard of it floating off into thin air before... I'm pretty sure you get some sort of notice to inform you of rule violations.

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SONYALATRECE 8/18/2012 12:49AM

    Update with a new blog when you find I'm wondering!


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Versatile Keurig (K-Cup) Coffee/Tea & OATMEAL Maker!! ??

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

So I'm a bit strange...

Awhile ago, in the "health food section" of our local grocery store, I recently discovered "Better Oats" brand of basically pre-measured packages of oatmeal or "multigrain hot cereal with flax"

Allegedly they have a website, but I'm not getting it to work this morning. The Facebook page works fine (if you are on Facebook)....
(There's also an official Twitter Feed, but I'll let you look it up if that's what you want to look at!?).

They even have CHOCOLATE oatmeal! Yummy! The Chai flavored one doesn't have enough cinnamon in it to suit my taste, so I basically add more to it. I'll also add my almonds, walnuts, pecans, frozen berries, bananas, coconut oil, ghee, almond milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, (not all together, all the time!! I'm not that goofy-goosey!! - these are just some of the add-ins I have used!!).

Anyway so I open the packet, pour the oats (or today, multigrain hot cereal with flax) into my SparkPeople coffee mug (or whatever other coffee mug that is actually clean enough to use.), turn on the K-Kup machine (or if it's on and the ready lights are on, I flip it up and down like I was putting in a new K-Cup, even if I don't put any K-Cup in there at all, or just re-use the one that's in there for a very watered down "coffee" flavored oatmeal...which is, um, kinda weird, but, I got kinda used to it....), and I usually hit the smaller cup size water level indicator (I have the older basic model with just the two sizes - one is like 8-10 oz of water and the other is more like 14 oz of water).

Then the water comes out already hot (mine isn't scalding, don't know if that's true of all K-Cups, or if mine is not "right in the head" so far as the programming?) and at first, I would go ahead and start adding my other stuff (butters, oils, nuts, fruits, as described above, whatever I had or was in the mood for or actually conscious enough to think about adding.).

Nowadays, I let it sit a few more minutes and let it soak up into the grains more. There will still be more water when it is done - which I just drink up to a more acceptable level. (There is more water because the Better Oats people's gimmick is that you measure the cold water inside the package first, and then dump it out into a bowl to heat the water in a microwave or into a pan on the stove. It's just a fast way to measure the water without having to dirty up a measuring cup and not risk burning yourself pouring the hot water into the bag to cook it. So they are assuming something like 4-6 oz of water, but the K-Cup's smallest cup size is like 10 oz of water etc. This is assuming USA measure, of course. Sorry, I'm not smart enough or awake enough to figure out grams and all that metric stuff.).

Side note: While messing around with the Facebook page, I discovered a $1.00 coupon off of three boxes (supplies limited)!! SCORE!


Okay so far, the flavors/models I've tried:

(oh hey, they just woke their computer up now - here's the product link I'm looking at now... )

Oat Revolution Thick & Hearty
* Apples & Cinnamon
* Cinnamon & Spice
* Maple & Brown Sugar (can't remember if I had the "instant Oats" or the "Old-fashioned Oats with Flax)
* Strawberries & Cream

Lavish - this is the chocolate one, yummo! (add more sweetener if you want, or even more chocolate!)

Raw Free & Simple (organic)
* multigrain hot cereal with flax - "Chai Spiced" flavor

Evidently they make other models (I suspect to target other demographics in other parts of the country?) - "Mom's Best" "Muffins" "Abundance" but I haven't seen those (yet). The other thing is they might be targeting like health food stores with those models (different flavors within each product line.).

Hey, wonder if they'd ship a case to SparkCoaches to try out and write for their DailyBlog or for a CONTEST?? Ya Think?

Somehow I've gotten off track here... I started off talking about my unorthodox cooking methods and ended up on a non-stop "Ronco-Oatmeal-Not-On-TV-You-Can-Get-LOTS-
of-Flavors-For-$19.95" commercial. I'm terrible. And I'm stalling. My oats are cold by now, and I've not even done my rebounding yet (it's raining outside!).

It occurs to me these might be super convenient for Worker Bees to take to work with them to help deal with the hungries that happen. We all know food choices are not always great in the Cube Farms. (does anyone beside me know about the Cube Farm Lady on YouTube "Cube News 1"? )... Also ... I've had them for dinner - except, instead of the sweets, I put in cheese, savory seasonings, stuff like I might put in rice or pasta.

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SLFGOLF 8/18/2012 1:11AM

    That is such a great idea. I will try that this school year. Great way to get my quick morning breakfasts.

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VJMCK1818 8/16/2012 12:09PM

  I make oatmeal the with the K-cup machine, too! Sometimes I switch out cups midstream.

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JANNEPERRY 8/15/2012 7:56AM

    What an interesting way of making that oatmeal! I do like the Better Oats Brand too emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/14/2012 3:07PM

    sounds yummy to me...

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SPARKLINGHOPE 8/14/2012 1:52PM

    Clever idea. I want to try the oatmeal flavors, especially the chocolate. :)

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PHEBESS 8/14/2012 12:12PM

    Sounds yummy - I love my oatmeal with chopped apples and walnuts (although coffee flavored oatmeal has got to be a bit strange!)!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/14/2012 10:29AM

    Great idea!!!!

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LESLIELENORE 8/14/2012 10:11AM

    You are too funny! I'm always looking for new ideas though, so I will check it out. Thanks!

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Good Night, Saigon

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Today in history - I remember trying to reconcile, in my young little mind, the famous, joyous photo of the "Times Square Kiss" after WWII that us kids were always taught in elementary school history clases, with the seemingly angry, uncaring, and for sure, no celebratory  party mood, upon the fall of Saigon in April 1972 and the return of our troops. Today marks the anniversary of when the last American combat ground troops left Vietnam., August 12, 1972.  My thankfulness to all Veterans who served our countries (USA and South Vietnam) and my sorrow for the families of the ones who gave their lives, during the war and ever since then.


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MRSCLAUS46 8/24/2012 8:42AM

    I join you also, in memory of all my family members who have sacrificed so much with so much courage and perseverance emoticon emoticon

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LUCINDARW 8/12/2012 2:14PM

    It's always go to remember those who served our country and made sacrifices for the US. thank you for the reminder.

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SPARKLINGHOPE 8/12/2012 10:47AM

    I join you too! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 8/12/2012 9:35AM

    Thanks for reminding me.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/12/2012 8:41AM

    My son goes to Afghanistan early tomorrow morning. This saddens me tremendously that we still haven't learned our lessons, but regardless. I also remember how disrespectfully the returning Viet Nam vets were treated. I honor ALL vets, those living and gone. What a brave and courageous thing they are doing now and have done. Thank you for this blog. It is particularly poignant to me.

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NWLIFESRC 8/12/2012 7:00AM

    I join you in remembering

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