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Lazy Day

Saturday, October 29, 2011

We dodged the snow bullet here. It's been a chilly day, but with blue skies and a gentle breeze. I managed to get myself to Body Pump this morning and worked out hard. I have added more weight to my workout and wasn't able to complete quite all of the reps in the triceps and biceps routines. The weights I had been using weren't offering enough challenge, but the next size up were a little too much by the end of the routines. I am figuring that next time, or the time after, I'll be able to complete the routine without pooing out at the end.

After returning home though, I have been a lazy bum. Yesterday's school activities wore me out and what I really felt like doing was reading and taking a nap. I know I deserve this kind of rest, but always feel a bit guilty when I don't 'accomplish' things. I am rereading Nicholas Nickleby, by Charles Dickens. Many years ago, my then husband and I went to see the performance of it in Cleveland. It is a long book, and it was a long play - so long in fact, that they performed it over two evenings.

The next book I plan to start (consecutively) is Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.

Stella, my Partner-in-Sloth, or How We Spent Saturday

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OLDERDANDRT 10/31/2011 9:46AM

    Madam Stella looks so regal lying there in her royal repose! Looks as if she's saying, "Lay down here, mama. It's time for a group nap!" emoticon

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MARY1313 10/30/2011 11:14PM

    Awww that's what Sunday's are fore, slouching around on the sofa reading and petting you Poodle. Hey I can't think of a better way to spend the day.


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TRULYVISIBLE 10/30/2011 10:23PM

  I read Outliers and I really think he makes some valid points. I think it is a very good book and I especially recommend it for those raising young kids as my nephew is and suggested they read it. His wife then read it and said she was really glad she did. Always like seeing pics of Stella. She's too cute for words.

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KATHRYNLP 10/30/2011 9:23AM

    Have a peaceful Sunday! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 10/29/2011 11:54PM

    Slothing can be fun, can't it? Especially with a furry pet baby alongside. -- Lou

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NANHBH 10/29/2011 8:07PM

    Nice! Stella's a great partner-in-sloth!

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IDLETYME 10/29/2011 7:49PM

    What a wonderful way for you and Stella to spend your day!! emoticon

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0309COOKIE 10/29/2011 7:04PM

    Lucky you for dodging the snow. My yard looks like a war zone with all the broken tree limbs due to the heavy snow on the leaf laden limbs. What a mess it is and it is still coming down. We have about six inches so far and due to get ten before it stops.

Stella looks so comfy.

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SCOOTER4263 10/29/2011 6:01PM

    I'm with KASEYCOFF - a lovely day spent reading is never a waste!

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KASEYCOFF 10/29/2011 5:57PM

    Oh, but a great Saturday! Time spent reading is never wasted, thinks me...
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CHALLENGER15 10/29/2011 5:28PM

    Thanks for reminding me about Outliers...I want to read it!

It sounds like a wonderful day to me!

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TATTER3 10/29/2011 5:16PM

    I like your style!!! Keep Sparkin'!!!

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DOR2BFIT 10/29/2011 5:12PM

    You certainly are entitled to a lazy day or two! We, unfortunately did not dodge the snow- 5 inches are expected, with high winds. It's a great excuse for us to have a lazy day too!

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Clowning Around

Friday, October 28, 2011

This is my mother-in-law, Glenna, just last Christmas. Around 10 years ago, she took a course in clowning with her church and decided to become part of a clown ministry. She knew that I sew, and wondered if I would make her a clown outfit. I bought volumes of colorful fabric, rickrack, and a clown outfit pattern.. The clown suit was hard to make, but the end result was quite delightful. I did not let her know that I was actually making it for her, and gave it to her for a Christmas present. She was absolutely thrilled with it.

Sadly, we lost Glenna to a head injury this past May. It is still hard to imagine that she is not here and I know Christmas will be lonely without her.

When we went through her belongings, I brought the clown suit home, and tucked it away in a storage bag. Now, I have to confess, I do not like clowns. I am actually a bit of a clown-o-phobe ( coulophobic ) and avoid them whenever possible. However, I decided to resurrect her clown outfit to wear for the children's Enchanted Forest at school. It is much too big for me as Glenna was a foot taller than me. I entertained the children (and their parents) who were waiting for their tours through the Enchanted Forest, leading them in some songs with a canary yellow ukulele. I had a good time, and so did the children and parents. It was kind of fun to get people's reactions. It seems that more people like clowns than don't.


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OLDERDANDRT 10/31/2011 9:48AM

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MARY1313 10/30/2011 11:11PM

    Wow that is a great outfit! I think you wouldn't be scaring people with out the makeup.

As a side note, my Grandy Man (21 year old Grandson) said to me (trying to be funny) Who are you talking to Grandma (he knows I hate that). so I said, I'l talking to another Grandma. I showed him your picture and he said: That's not a Grandma!!! what is she about 30? He was drooling on you my dear HAHAHAHHA!!! I loved it.


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PUDLECRAZY 10/30/2011 9:29PM

    LOL! It was like aversion therapy! Nothing like putting on a clown costume when clowns have creeped you out all your life. It gave me a whole new perspective on it. I agree, the make-up adds to the creepiness. We clown-o-phobes remain in the misunderstood minority though.

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1HAPPYWOMAN 10/30/2011 7:06PM

    I almost didn't look at this blog because of the title; I am coulrophobic too. But your costume is lovely, and not scary because you don't have the make-up on!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/29/2011 5:30PM

    That is a very big thing to do, Pudle!

Becoming the thing you fear, done without violating yourself, has to make you stronger.

I don't like clowns either, I find them eldritch: also dolls, and I never wanted to sit on Santa Claus's knee. A sign of a good imagination, and a proper appreciation of how close we are to the dark side, IMHO. The dark side of Carnivale - what lurks in the corners, things not being what they seem - is what makes it so thrilling.

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KATHRYNLP 10/29/2011 9:12AM

    You are a gifted seamstress... no wonder Glenna was so thrilled. I'll bet the children loved 'your kind of clown!" emoticon emoticon

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IDLETYME 10/29/2011 8:27AM

    What a wonderful tribute to Glenna!! emoticon

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DOR2BFIT 10/28/2011 9:49PM

    You are so cute! emoticon

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GOLIGHTLY344 10/28/2011 9:15PM

    That is such a work of love! I would love to see a video with you wearing the clown costume and playing the ukulele!
P.S. If you aren't going to use it, have you decided to donate it to the clowning around ministry? And where is the red nose? lol

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FLAMENM 10/28/2011 8:42PM

    What a great way to remember someone dear to you. You made a great clown outfit all those years ago.

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WATERMELLEN 10/28/2011 8:04PM

    What a super job you did on that costume . . . and how sweet to see you wearing it!

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0309COOKIE 10/28/2011 7:37PM

    What an adorable outfit! You look so cute!

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CHALLENGER15 10/28/2011 7:13PM

    What a great thing you did by making that fantastic clown outfit and then to use it to entertain children now!

I remembered the clown outfit that I made my 16-yrs-younger sister many years ago as I read your blog; I hadn't thought about that in years...

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 10/28/2011 6:49PM

    Some folks have phobias about things that are perfectly harmless like clowns or dwarfs. I don't get it, must be projection!


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Week Before Halloween and a Mini-Pout

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The week before Halloween is alway a hyper energized one at school. The children are all fired up about Halloween, and my students are busy writing scripts and making costumes and props for the Enchanted Forest acts they'll put on for the other children in the school and for parents and grandparents. We will be performing the Enchanted Forest acts all afternoon tomorrow, so I am glad that, even though the high temperature will be in the low 50's it is far better than the rainy 40's we had today.

One cool thing this week was discussing Trick or Treat for UNICEF with the class preliminary to passing out their UNICEF boxes. I have a short UNICEF video I show them, then we discuss the needs of children around the world. After that, the children set a goal for how much they want to try to collect. They decided on a class goal of $300, which is a nice amount for 16 children. One of the things children have done in the past has been to add to their boxes from their allowances if they did not collect their goal amount while out trick or treating. This is not a requirement, it is what those children have wanted to do.

One thing I love about UNICEF is that children see so much on the media about war, disasters, etc. They are concerned about it, but they are also helpless to do anything about it. Collecting for UNICEF empowers them to make a positive impact on some of the tragic situations in the world. They love to feel like there is something THEY can do.

On the home front, I was happy to get back to Body Pump this week after missing two sessions. Last Wed. I was not feeling very well, so I opted to stay home for some R&R. Then I had a bad bout of insomnia Friday night, finally fell asleep around 4:00 am, and overslept so I could not make my Saturday morning class. I am a little sore after last night's session because I was a bit out of shape. It is a good sore, though. I kind of like the feeling of my muscles telling me that they worked really hard.

Fernando was out of town last week, so I had two weeks to work on speed on my tremolo and arpeggios, plus some of the difficult passages in pieces I am working on. I have been pleased with my progress this past week, and was happy to get back to my lesson this week.

Okay, I have to admit that I am really working this evening on seeing my glass half full-ish instead of half empty-ish. Fernando now has a student who has a lesson after mine. Wah! Pout! Whine! The next student seemed like a nice enough man... but darn it, now we can't be so caught up in what we are doing that we go past time. Half an hour and my time is up. I am trying to be magnanimous and be happy that for the three months I have been having lessons with Fernando, he was generous with his time with me. BUT .... a little piece of me hopes that Guy-Who-Comes-After-Me will decide he needs a different time slot.

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WATERMELLEN 10/29/2011 9:21AM

    Your UNICEF project is so impressive . . . and you're teaching children that they can be the change.

Here's hoping that "guy-who-comes-after" will also wish to change his time slot!

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DDOORN 10/29/2011 7:20AM

    Cool to hear about your lessons! I should push myself into learning more on the guitar. Have mostly self-taught myself this & that over the years.


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BADASSBLONDIE 10/28/2011 12:35PM

    I'm crossing my fingers that guy-who-comes-after-you is good at being tardy, at the very least. It's awesome that you're teaching your kids about UNICEF! And woo hoo on getting back into Body Pump! My ST these past two weeks have been awful and I have a race Sunday so I'll have to put catching up on hold until next week. *pouts* So I definitely feel your pain (metaphorically) and will feel it literally next week LOL.

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TABBYARTS 10/28/2011 11:55AM

    Thumbs up for UNICEF and empowering the kids!
Thumbs up for resuming your workouts and sore muscles!
WAAAH! on having to be careful with your time allotment with Fernando.
(Maybe you can reschedule to a later time slot?!)

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MARY1313 10/28/2011 9:52AM

    I love UNICEF!!!! Growing up in Las Vegas We always did UNICEF. I don't know that I hear about it here in the south though, so maybe I have a goal to try to get the kids involved in it. I know if it was happening here in the South, my Grandys would have done it.

Glad you are back to your work outs. I don't blame you for pouting a little about your time with Fernando. Even his name makes me want to take lessons from him LOL


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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/28/2011 1:36AM

    Yay you on the exercise! I am having to miss my Saturday Zumba and wonder how i will get on on my holiday. Have to do more walking and maybe some 10 minute coach Nicole videos. We don't really do much for Halloween here in NZ, thoguh the kids do go trick or treating. They find it very scary coming to our house. :-)

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TRULYVISIBLE 10/28/2011 12:16AM

  The kids involved with UNICEF is so great for them. Everything you do with the kids is wonderful as your blogs show. You are the kind of teacher that if one of them grows up and writes a book about their life story (maybe because they become famous or something) you will get special mention in that book for being so important in their life.

Sleep, I take Motrin PM on the nights I just can't get to sleep. Hope you have a good night sleep tonight.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 10/27/2011 10:50PM

    Collecting UNICEF is so good for kids & I am grateful for teachers like you who do this. Sorry about the insomnia, we do so much better when we are rested,


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1HAPPYWOMAN 10/27/2011 10:36PM

    Oh, your class is so lucky to have you for a teacher! It's so great that they get to set goals and make a difference in the world!

Sorry about Fernando... Is there any way you could book him for a longer time? I know lessons are expensive, but he sounds like he's worth every penny.
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GOLIGHTLY344 10/27/2011 10:11PM

    Hungry to make progress! I fully understand. Your teacher sounds excellent.

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Two Quotes of the Day

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

This morning I read two inspirational quotes on Spark:

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
- John Wooden, Hall of Fame college basketball coach

This one bothered me a little, I have to admit, although the written reflection on it was more to my liking.

My take; Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you cannot do. Just because you cannot do something now, does not mean you cannot do it ever.

I prefer this mindset:

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”~Lao Tzu

I do not let my students (or myself) say "I can't do this." If those words or thoughts are expressed, they have to be replaced by "I am working on this." The difference in mindset is not just semantics; it changes the way we approach things on a neurological level and paves the way to success.

In addition, excuses get in the the way of success. "I can't do this because...."

Uh, uh.. if you want to, there is every likelihood you can. Have you seen clips of, or know, someone without legs running marathons? It happens you know. Earlier this month, I heard a most remarkable performance of a remarkable concerto. It was Beethoven's last concerto, written when he was profoundly deaf. It was so brilliantly written it transcended time.

So, do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you cannot do. Set your goals, and approach them step by step, minute by minute, day by day and your WILL achieve them. Will there be plateaus and set backs? Of course! That is the nature of progress. Twists and turns are in the most interesting of paths. They heighten our awareness and offer new learning opportunities.

Obstacles can will be in your path, but they do not have to slow you down. They can actually enhance your progress by adding new challenges.

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MAWRTIAN 10/27/2011 3:08PM

    One of my favorite quotes I live by is on from Pablo Picasso-
"I'm always doing things I can't, thats how I get to do them"
hugs dear!! (and thanks for the sparkgoodie!!)

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MARY1313 10/27/2011 2:47PM

    My Grandson watches these videos of this man with no legs or arms. He was born that way. He is the most positive person I have ever heard. I'm glad that my Grandson found him. He wants his book. I'm going to get it for him.

thanks for the quotes!


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IUHRYTR 10/27/2011 2:29PM

    Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar tells of working with his children to overcome their negative, "I can't do something," thinking. His solution? He had them cut out eyes from magazines and newspapers and together they pasted these images to cover the outside of empty cans, thus making an "eye can." Then, whenever one of the children would say, "I can't...", he'd point to their can and tell them of course you can, there is your "eye can" right there. Pretty creative and fun way to change their thinking, don't you think? Maybe a project for your classes? -- Lou

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NANHBH 10/27/2011 10:15AM

Love this blog! I'm going to print it out and refer to it often. Thanks for these words of wisdom!

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TISHTOES 10/26/2011 10:55PM

    I have a friend who had cancer in her leg and had some muscle taken out. She can no longer do a lot of things but she doesn't let it get her down. She can't play tennis, ice skate, ever again. But she is grateful for what she can do which is music. In her case, there are things she cannot EVER do but she focuses on what she CAN do!

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JAZZMINE 10/26/2011 9:11PM

    Thanks for sharing these inspirational quotes!


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MCGS62 10/26/2011 4:13PM

    emoticon positive attitude in motion!

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BADASSBLONDIE 10/26/2011 1:09PM

    For the first quote - I guess I always thought of it more like this: just b/c you can't do one thing doesn't mean you shouldn't do something smaller that you *can* accomplish and get there. Ex - Just b/c I can't go run a 8 minute mile, that doesn't mean I shouldn't go run anyway.

I agree a million times over - work towards those goals!!! :D

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KATHRYNLP 10/26/2011 8:08AM

    Great message here.. thanks!
Happiness is not a destination--it's a way of life... emoticon

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AZMOMXTWO 10/26/2011 7:28AM

  like them both and thank you for sharing

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WATERMELLEN 10/26/2011 7:22AM

    I'm feeling a few obstacles in my path . . . so really appreciate your thoughts this morning. Maybe can't do it now, but that doesn't mean can never do it. I'm working on it: yeah!

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Just Checking In

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Mixed reviews about my weekend.

I think I may have fallen asleep around 3:30 am Friday night after another bout of pernicious insomnia. This resulted in waking up too late to go to Body Pump, which was a huge disappointment. I have gotten in a few short walks this weekend, and really should do some weight training on my own since I missed body pump, which means I should do that as soon as I complete my blog so I can unwind enough to fall asleep tonight.

I am not usually a big shopper, but I did go shopping on Saturday to freshen up my fall wardrobe. I found a pair of stretch cords, a sweater, and a lightweight 'yoga' hoody. Who knows why it would be a 'yoga' hoody, but it is a very soft cotton which makes a good layering shirt for the chilly weather we're having. I wore my beloved cowboy boots out shopping and was glad to find that my hip tolerated them. It's been a few years since I could get away with wearing them without some kind of punishment technique from my hip.... just one more way to measure progress.

Speaking of measuring progress, I am back to my optimal weight after an initial gain from the beginning of the school year. This is one more reason for the need for a few new items for fall, I fit my clothes differently since last fall, weight lifting has really toned up my thighs and middle.

Last night I was able to fall asleep right away, and sleep most of the night. It was a pleasure to sleep in until 8:30.... almost unheard of in my life of waking before the crack of dawn. I had coffee with Mike, then went out for brunch with two friends I have not had a chance to visit with recently. One of my friends has just picked up the guitar recently and hoped I could come over and help her with the lessons she has been working on. That was fun. She was doing well, working out of the Mel Bay book 1, and figuring out how to read notes. What she did not understand was the timing, so I went over that with her, while Stella and her dogs had a good romp outside. My dog ~ you know, that charming Stella?~ came inside and peed on her rug. That was embarrassing! So guitar session over, time to clean the rug and take my errant poodle home.

It has been a gorgeous weekend. Tomorrow is my hiking day with my class, so I know I will get good exercise in, and then hopefully have time to go to Zumba in the evening.

There were some disappointments this weekend, but it was overall pleasant.

Now I need to get off the computer, lift some weights and work on my own guitar lessons.

Now does this look like a dog who would pee on a friend's carpet??? Yeesh!

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    Ah, Mel Bay. Where would we be without those books? Got one stashed in the guitar case.

Peeing dogs? You haven't met Oscar Mayer "Wee'er". Since he went blind he's worse. Nervous? Pee. Happy? Pee. Lost in the house(poor baby)? Pee. The best was the "I didn't get your attention to take me out because I was staring at the wall instead of you" pee. He strolled through the living room and left a 10ft scalloped ribbon!
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NANHBH 10/25/2011 2:32PM

    No, I can't believe that little angel, Stella, would do something like that! I shouldn't be laughing, but I am!!!
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MCGS62 10/24/2011 4:21PM

    Glad your program is working. Wearing the favorite thing pain free has got to be a real pleasant bonus!!

Mel-Bay book 1 -- it's the only way to learn to play
I don't know a single player that didn't own it.

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OLDERDANDRT 10/24/2011 11:10AM

    Glad to see you weren't too "hard" on Stella. She wasn't being bad, just being a dog! As much of a true Diva that she is, we must try very hard to remember that she has a great canine pedigree. Celebrate her "dog-ness"!! ( But I know it was embarrassing for you humans. I probably would have been, too! hehe)
Sounds like a great day! Glad you're back on track. Be well and give Stella a huge love and tummy rub for me!!! emoticon emoticon

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TRULYVISIBLE 10/23/2011 11:09PM

  Glad your spirits have improved some. The picture of Stella and your husband is priceless. Love all your pictures and great story telling. Really like your husbands beard. O.K., I am a sucker for beards. Have a good week!

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PUDLECRAZY 10/23/2011 8:52PM

    Actually, my little brat is a submissive pee-er. There are certain people who she is so excited to see, she just lets loose. My friend's 12 year old daughter is one of those people. Stella is so excited to see her, she just lets loose. But Jimminy Cricket ~ It's a terrible habit!

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WATERMELLEN 10/23/2011 8:39PM

    Stella just does not look capable of that at all: so innocent, so sweet!!

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ARLENE_MOVES 10/23/2011 8:39PM

    Dogs do that. Mine have done it at my daughters and hers at mine. Ownership -- marking their territory. Who knows but we still love em!!

Good job on your weight loss and for being such a good friend to all!!

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MARY1313 10/23/2011 8:00PM

    LOL!!!! Stella was signing their guest book...so to speak LOLOL!!!!

Great job on your weight loss back to goal.

When you start school every year, I'll bet your body goes into over drive and starts holding calories, you know, just in case you are entering a battle LOL!! Good for you jumping right back.

I have some yoga clothes too. I've only been to one class. I just liked the clothes LOL

Have a great week my friend!


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LMB-ESQ 10/23/2011 6:55PM

    LOL @ Stella! Sounds territorial to me!

Sorry you're still suffering with the insomnia. I go through that sometimes myself. :-(

Good for you for teaching your friend! Always good to be able to pass something along that we love. "Giving back"...

Enjoy your hiking! Wish I could have done that when I was teaching!

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0309COOKIE 10/23/2011 6:47PM

    What a coincidence! I took Punky to my girlfriend's house and he peed on one of her area rugs, lol. She was not mad as her dog has peed on it before, but I was embarrassed nonetheless. He never does that. He must have been marking his territory. Dogs....you gotta love them!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/23/2011 6:34PM

    That does NOT look like that kind of dog.
Well done you for clawing back to your ideal weight, I recall that you were really working out this conflict between work and exercise a while ago, and look what you did!!

Thank you so much for your Zumba encouragement, I just now got back from a session.
Oh how I am hopeless! Oh how I love it!

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