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A Painting For Uncle Bobbie - Korean War KIA

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Got to meet the artist yesterday!! And also got to see my cousin Preston - one of Uncle Bobbie's sons. I hadn't seen him in about 5-6 years, since my grandmother died (she was the older sister and only sibling of Uncle Bobbie.)

June 2014 - just realized I had some grammar and spelling typos, and the link above no longer works. But I found the painting at a different link now:

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    Wow. What an amazing tribute. I would love to read the account that is talked about. Pretty neat to have that painting in existence!

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AWESOMECHELZ 9/8/2013 9:10AM

    Pretty amazing! I can see why they are so special to you. I hope for his continual success and yours too with your SP goals. emoticon emoticon

Love, Chelsea

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ISTRALOUISE 9/8/2013 3:36AM

    That is so touching, Julia.. thank you for sharing and posting this bit of history!

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THINAGIN2 9/7/2013 4:49PM

    Thanks for sharing this information!

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CHERYL_ANNE 9/7/2013 10:35AM

    What a magnificent tribute for someone who unselfishly served their country! Thank you for your family's sacrifice and for sharing this with us.

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Advice (unsolicited) for Single Men ...

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Just read this blog from James Fell (author of Six Pack Abs blog:

How to find (and keep) a girlfriend

Some of the language I would not use, but the basic message seems rather accurate (at least in evaluating the difference between my ex-husband and my present husband, factoring in what I did and didn't know in first relationship and the improvements in the second marriage.)

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ISTRALOUISE 9/8/2013 3:33AM

    That was soooo interesting.. I'm tempted to post it on my Facebook.. I love how it is the pitch for monogamy from a secular source.. Always wondered what that would look like..

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JANNEPERRY 9/7/2013 5:20PM

    Thanks for sharing the article

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CHERYL_ANNE 9/7/2013 10:41AM

    Love the article!

Life is what happens when we're living it as opposed to replicating what is "fed" to us.

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    Basically, don't believe what the media portrays, right? I sometimes think we should all turn off our t.v. and reset our brains to what happens in front of us instead of what the sitcoms and commercials tell us that life should look like if you are single, married, married with kids, man, woman, in the city, in the country, etc. Find your own path. That goes for all of us, not just single men.

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Kidzcope Good Grief 5K Run/Walk

Monday, September 02, 2013

So today I finally talked myself into going downtown to register "on the day of the race" for the 5K run/walk. Sure, I hadn't trained for it. Sure would have been cheaper if I had pre registered. Sure would have been a million other things "I should do" at home... And likely would be sitting...

My "warm-up" consisted of spending about an hour cutting up tree limbs into smaller segments to fill the dumpster... Probably a stupid idea and resulted in me being too hot and tired for the race (and I think we were dead last - we had the police escorting us to the finish line, so they could take the orange cones out of the road - mustn't interfere with the evening's bar hopping festivities for the tourists in town for the long weekend?). I couldn't understand any of the loudsquawker's commentary there at the end, but evidentally they were goading us to hurry, because they wanted to turn the clock off.

So anyway, I know I was totally undertrained, totally unprepared, all of that, but was always tired of making excuses why I should not even participate. I haven't seen the official results yet (website still has 2012 results up, as of a couple hours ago.). And there are more of these races I'd like to participate in, as time and funds allow. I went knowing I might not do great, but I gave myself permission to participate. I know that in (nearly?? every event, all participants eventually settle out somewhere along the "bell curve" and someone's gotta be last. Today, I think it was a tie with me and my husband, together till the end. (Isn't "together" worth something? Can I get a boy howdy on that!?).

I didn't see any obvious SparkPeople, but then again, I wasn't wearing my SP shirt (mostly because it was still in the 90's F - very warm - and sweaty soggy cotton shirts are not comfortable. I haven't even put on my race shirt yet....).

So anyway one small thrill was discovering that I had gone over 10,000 steps on my FitBit - which is the first time I've done that many in one day, since getting my FitBit last fall. That includes the yard work this morning. I didn't think to check how many steps I was at, before I started the clock on the FitBit - and I didn't remember to turn it off for a few minutes. It said 1:01:xx seconds - don't remember. I attempted to photograph the 10,000 steps on FB but it doesn't show up too clear. Didn't get any photos of us - probably should have, but it wasn't convenient when I thought of it, and then didn't think of it during times when I could have done it. I was going good to even be there, instead of being at home.

Soooo now I am hoping to do a 5K run/walk in Oct and one in Nov.

Oh and my Smart Wool socks... I'm not sure what happened, but my feet felt sooo hot, like I was fixing to have blisters on the bottoms of my feet. Thankful I had brought a pair of sandals (wanna-be Birks) that allowed my feet to cool off after the race, so that seemed to help. Need to figure out better socks....

And I still have my headache. It's moved elsewhere so must be for a different reason then the one I had this morning. I really tried to weasel out of the race this morning on account of my headache. Did it anyway.

Oh well. At least I was lapping everyone at home resting on their couches!!

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CARMEN327 9/6/2013 6:18PM

    Wow! Congrats! You got your first one done and hopefully you will have many more in your future.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 9/3/2013 10:42AM

    hydrate...sometimes headaches can be caused by raised blood pressure so hydrate!!

as for the rest you are AWESOME!! and you and hubby doing it together, even better!!

Let's do it again, Sam!!!


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    What an important day this was. Congratulations on seeing it through to the end.

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JANNEPERRY 9/2/2013 10:01AM

    I think it's fantastic that you completed the race! And went over 10K steps for the first time! emoticon emoticon

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    WOW! I think you did an AWESOME thing! Doing that instead of puttering around at home? You deserve a trophy for motivation!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/2/2013 8:38AM

    Congrats! Great job! HUGS

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JESSIKA_56 9/2/2013 8:19AM

    Awesome job, you did GREAT! Keep it up! Congrats on 10,000 steps!

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Alzheimer's Request

Saturday, August 24, 2013

(My mom saw this in email or papers she had, but we have some relatives and friends with Alzheimer's and I know many of you have family or friends with Alzheimer's as well.).

Alzheimer's Request

Do not ask me to remember,
Don't try to make me understand.
Let me rest and know you're with me,
Kiss my cheek and hold my hand.

I'm confused beyond your concept,
I'm sad and sick and lost.
All I know is that I need you,
To be with me at all cost.

Do not lose your patience with me,
do not scold, or curse, or cry.
I can't help the way I'm acting,
I can't be different, though I try.

Just remember that I need you,
That the best of me is gone,
Please don't fail to stand beside me.
Love me 'til my life is gone.


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2BDYNAMIC 8/25/2013 10:09PM

    This chokes me up ........... very tender and meaningful. May we all be sensitive and continue to love ............ Bless you for sharing ................ emoticon

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JESSIKA_56 8/25/2013 9:40PM

    Aw emoticon

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ILIKETOZUMBA 8/25/2013 12:13PM

    How beautifully written. Fortunately in a way, I have not had much experience with people who are dealing with Alzheimer's, so besides being a very poignant poem to read, this was informative for me as well - I feel like I have a little bit more of an understanding of how devastating it must be for the person with Alzheimer's as well as their loved ones. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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LOFLLAMA 8/25/2013 12:11PM

    This sentence breaks my heart! "That the best of me is gone," It's so not true! A person can always have their BEST inside!

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JANNEPERRY 8/25/2013 9:33AM

    Thanks for sharing. I have a friend just diagnosed

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GAYLLYNNE 8/25/2013 8:41AM

    This is so true. My mom had Alzheimers for 11 years. She passed away in 2008. It was hard, very hard. Let's hope we find a cure soon!

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TAMMYAND 8/24/2013 10:51PM

    Absolutely profound. Whoever wrote this piece really nailed it.

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    I see it coming in my mom. Her dad and sister had it also. She refuses medication and swears it isn't in her despite her doctor speaking with her. All we can do is wait and be there when she needs us. It's heart-wrenching.

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MERRYMARY42 8/24/2013 10:18PM

    so very nice, I copied it and put it in my journal, Thanks

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JOANOFSPARK 8/24/2013 10:06PM

    We have relatives who suffer from this, so it is particularly moving......and something to remember. Thanks for sharing...

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SPARKFRAN514 8/24/2013 9:47PM

    emoticon it brings back sad memories of my Aunt who suffered many years with the awful disease . to to all who have family and friends with this disease emoticon emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 8/24/2013 9:01PM

    That's just beautiful and it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you. emoticon
Love, Chelsea emoticon

P.S. I like the beautiful, background flowers on your page. emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/24/2013 8:45PM

    I am in tears reading this. It is my Mom.

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Flashback... remember when Kansas was Dry?

Friday, August 23, 2013

Today we drove up to the county north of us to have dinner at a new-to-us restauran. I had purchased a Groupon offer. It's an Italian place, so I was somewhat surprised that they didn't push the alcoholic beverages... water and pop was what they had!

Well, turns out, that county was not entirely dry - it allowed liquor-by-the-drink only in restaurants that got at least 30% of their revenue from food, with a membership card... and this restaurant is new enough (I think? I'd never heard of it before I saw the Groupon offer), that it didn't yet have a liquor license and/or membership cards. Believe me, they would have been pushing it, if they did have membership cards.

Years ago, all of Kansas was dry, with liquor by the drink only in the restaurants set up as "membership clubs." That's how it was when I turned 21 and was old enough to drink. Most restaurants reciprocated, so I remember getting a card at one of the restaurants that seemed to reciprocate with more restaurants then the others. Silly me, when that system ended, I threw away my membership card. Little did I realize it would be a historical relic. Or hysterical, I'm not sure which - trying to explain this system, back in the day, to residents of most other states like California was guaranteed to bring about great hilarity. I'm thinking it changed like in the mid to late 1990's? Can't remember now. Too tired to google it. But I remember they changed it so that the counties that wanted to stay dry could, and that they'd have the option to revisit the issue at future elections. Some have eventually changed and become liquor by the drink counties, and others are still totally dry counties.

So, in spite of all this historical retrospective, tonight's dinner was fun (and saved me some alcoholic calories, yaaay!). I had saved some room for calories, as I only had a meal around 10 am and this dinner was more like 7 pm (allowing for husband coming home later and the pleasant 20 or so minute drive up there...). Plus, we split the appetizer and the dessert, and each had a salad.

For those curious, here's a map of the current status:

Oh here we are, a history of evolution of Kansas liquor law...

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JANNEPERRY 8/25/2013 9:32AM

    Sounds like a good new restaurant. Liquid calories--alcohol or otherwise-really do add up!

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GRAMMACATHY 8/25/2013 12:58AM

    Interesting. In Oregon I know that whenever a new owner buys Goble Tavern, they have to go through a waiting period before getting their liquor license and kids aren't allowed where liquor is served. In San Antonio, boy were we surprised when DD, GD and were sat with everybody else drinking and singing karaoke. Kind of eye opening for the 10 yo GD at the time. She also waltzed into the liquor store with us to buy my Sis a bottle of wine. So Texas has barely any laws and Kansas is still fairly dry.

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    I LOVE cultural/history lessons like this! Thanks for sharing!
Our state lets individual towns and counties vote whether to be wet or dry. The county I live in is dry but recently the counties touching our borders have become "wet" in the main towns. Some of those are restricted to restaurants too.
Here is our map!
You'll have to copy & paste the link in your browser to get it to work.

Comment edited on: 8/26/2013 9:26:06 AM

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SPARKFRAN514 8/24/2013 9:51PM

    thanks for sharing sounds like dinner was good and you save calories.

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BELTONWALKER67 8/24/2013 10:10AM

    Thought maybe I didn't remember correctly..but maybe so. Seen where they changed the legal age to purchase beer to 21 back in 1985. I seem to have memories of my roommates and I driving across the Missouri line into Kansas to purchase beer back in 1964..we were all 18 and working in Kansas City.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/24/2013 6:57AM

    Thanks for the history lesson! Glad you got to experience a new restaurant. HUGS and here's to a great weekend.

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ISTRALOUISE 8/24/2013 5:46AM

    Wow so complicated.. and all I had to do when I turned 21 was go out..

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AWESOMECHELZ 8/24/2013 1:44AM

    I don't drink but I visited the map and couldn't believe it! I had never heard anything like it before. Very interesting indeed. emoticon emoticon

Love, Chelsea

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