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Random Facts A-Z - Thank You Laurie

Sunday, February 26, 2012

A. Age: 62

B. Bed size: King

C. Chore that you hate: Cleaning the kitchen after DH has cooked

D. Dogs: 1 - Stella

E. Essential start to your day: dark, rich, strong, hot coffee

F. Favorite color: too many to mention, I can't pick

G. Gold or Silver: Gold

H. Height: 5'3"

I. Instruments you play: guitar, ukulele, piano, harpsichord, recorder, learning to play mandolin and mountain dulcimer

J. Job title: teacher

K. Kids: 4, all grown

L. Live: Southwest Ohio

M. Mother's name: Neva

N. Nicknames: Chris

O. Overnight hospital stays: A few too many

P. Pet peeve: Rudeness

Q. Quote from a movie: 'Just keep swimming' - Finding Nemo

R. Right- or left-handed: Right , but pretty ambidextrous

S. Siblings: one older brother, one younger sister

T. Tattoos & Piercings: Piercings - just my ears - no tatts

U. Underwear: Yes

V. Vegetable(s) you hate: Lima beans

W. What makes you run late: Being so involved that I lose track of time.

X. X-Rays you've had: Lots

Y. Yummy food that you make: smoothies

Z. Zoo animal: I guess we need zoos to give people the opportunity to see and value animals they might not otherwise value. Like colors, I have too many favorite animals to settle on one.

I love this photo of baby bats in an Australian bat center.

Totally random facts about me - let me know if you fill this out, too.

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LADYJAJA 3/5/2012 2:32PM

  Essential start to your day: dark, rich, strong, hot coffee! AMEN! A true highlight of my day! emoticon

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    That was fun. I did it too!

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MCGS62 2/27/2012 8:57AM

    Tell DH You cook You clean (.) period
Thats what I would tell my daughter before cleaning after them... : {(-

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SCOOTER4263 2/27/2012 2:46AM

    Those baby bats are the cutest things I've seen in a whole long while!! :)

And yes, of course I filled out the random fact thing.

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W82GOWHEE 2/26/2012 9:46PM

    Sweet baby bats! I enjoyed this and applaud any and every means to improve people's impression of bats.

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EVWINGS 2/26/2012 9:31PM

    This is neat. I'll have to try it myself. Nice to learn more about friends.

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DOR2BFIT 2/26/2012 4:09PM

    I did your quiz too- I thought rudeness was a great pet peeve, so I used that too.

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B_NAVY_FIT 2/26/2012 1:31PM

    Oh my mom would adore that picture of the baby bats!!!

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_RAMONA 2/26/2012 1:10PM

    Nice to know you better...my daughter (she's 7) and I LOVE those baby bats... she's now wrapping her little stuffies and hanging them up, LOL! Thanks for the inspiration (I think, LOL)!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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0309COOKIE 2/26/2012 12:38PM

    Interesting facts about you.

Those baby bats are too cute! Love their eyes. They look so curious.

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ROCKMAN6797 2/26/2012 12:13PM

    Very interesting, I think I am going to give it a go, too!
Thank you for sharing!

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LMB-ESQ 2/26/2012 8:40AM

    Love it! That pic of the baby bats is adorable. They look so cute and intelligent!

Hah! When the BF cooks in this house, the BF cleans up his own mess! (Well, usually anyway LOL) Actually, isn't it nice that they cook at all???

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Saturday Review

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The poor dollhouse has been going through an ugly stage. Once they get assembled, you have to go back and put wood filler on the seams and where the tabs are so it looks smooth and does not have any gaps. So it has spent the day with a combination lavender paint, white paint, and tan wood filler. Once the wood filler dried, I sanded and repainted so it is starting to look sweet again. I still have quite a bit of trim work to paint.

I started to work on the stained glass windows today.

Many years ago, my father bought a beautiful little classical guitar from a luthier in New York. It was his beloved guitar, but the neck had become so warped that it was rendered unplayable. I brought it home with me after he died, mostly because it has essence of Dad in abundance. I took it to two different guitar stores to see if the guitar repair person could fix the problem. They both said that it was beyond repair since it didn't have a truss rod, and the the best I could do with it was to hang it on the wall and enjoy its beauty.

Well, I'm a guitar case kind of girl. I do not like leaving guitars out where they are subject to changes in humidity, etc. so that idea went against my grain. Hey, most of you know me... I don't give up. I was talking to the guitar repair man at the guitar center where I started lessons 7 months ago and mentioned the issues of my father's guitar to him. Now, he is no 'adjust the truss rod' kind of guy. He spent many years building guitars and is an accomplished luthier. He offered to take a look at it and see if it were salvageable. I brought it in two weeks ago and left it with him. When I went to my lesson on Thursday, he brought it out of the shop in perfect condition. It was amazing! I have been enjoying playing it all week. It has deep rich tones and my flamenco is sounding gorgeous on it.

My walking goals have been successfully met this week. I got in a total of 89,000 steps since Sunday. It has the double benefits of giving the Prancing Poodle enough exercise that she isn't dropping a ball in my lap every two seconds, and keeping me.... um.... buff?

It's been a busy week and I am definitely enjoying having weekend time.

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OLDERDANDRT 2/28/2012 9:22PM

    I am so glad you were able to find the right person and got your dad's guitar fixed!!! Now you can enjoy playing all the more!!! emoticon

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MARY1313 2/28/2012 1:00PM

    oh that a truly a treasure to play a beloved guitar that belonged to your Dad! 89,000 steps? that is so totally awesome!!!


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FIFIFRIZZLE 2/27/2012 9:25PM

    OOH, buff, eh?

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BADASSBLONDIE 2/27/2012 2:11PM

    It's so wonderful that you can play your father's guitar now!!! That's wonderful! :D

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ROCKMAN6797 2/26/2012 12:11PM

    Beautful "stained glass" windows!
Great news on the guitar, do enjoy your weekend!

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    Good news on the guitar! emoticon

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JLITT62 2/26/2012 5:25AM

    How wonderful about the guitar! Sounds like it's been a very good week.

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0309COOKIE 2/25/2012 9:51PM

    That is such a wonderful story about your father's guitar. Persistence paid off. I am sure you are enjoying playing it!

The stained glass windows are beautiful. I can't wait to see how great the dollhouse looks at completion.

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_RAMONA 2/25/2012 9:45PM

    How wonderful about your dad's guitar, and the window is lovely! I can't wait to see the finished house!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}

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IUHRYTR 2/25/2012 9:38PM

    Such a nice blog in many ways -- the stained glass, your father's guitar, your musical playing and, of course, a mention of Stella. -- Lou

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DOR2BFIT 2/25/2012 9:26PM

    That is so cool you found a special someone who could fix your dad's guitar!
I really feel like making a dollhouse now! emoticon emoticon

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KOMAL53 2/25/2012 9:22PM

    Love the stained Glass Windows--they really do look great!!I loved the story of the Guitar--it means so much when any small thing that belongs to a beloved parent can be used again !!Now it's not just the sound--it's the feeling that your Dad and you are connecting through those beautiful,rich notes!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GUITARWOMAN 2/25/2012 8:50PM

    How wonderful for your father's guitar!


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EVWINGS 2/25/2012 8:47PM

    You work on the dollhouse will end up beautiful, I'm sure. I had one when I was little, but it was made of metal. The windows you are making are just lovely. How wonderful you were able to save your daddy's guitar. Enjoy playing it.
Do you make dollhouses often?

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WATERMELLEN 2/25/2012 8:10PM

    What a lovely week! The stained glass windows are so pretty . . . and I expect your father is smiling as you play his guitar!

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MONTREAL12 2/25/2012 7:55PM

  emoticon Enjoy the music and the memories

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JPONCIN 2/25/2012 7:54PM

    Nice job. On everything! I love the stained glass windows,and I'm very jealous that you are finding so much time for your music. I don't get to play very much. You've had a great week. :)

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More Progress on a Few Fronts

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The morning began with trying to decide what to do with my last day of my 4 day weekend. I really need to have time to do the things I enjoy doing. I work too hard, so I need balance. On the other hand, my house was needing some attention and I was feeling a bit guilty about neglecting chores. I decided to start the day knocking off a few of the chores... I got the laundry done, the kitchen cleaned, and went to the groceries store.

After that, I allowed the rest of the day for doing what I wanted to do. I went hiking with Stella, then worked on the dollhouse build.

I finally got past the tedium of measuring seemingly endless little pieces for the chair rail and the baseboards so I could actually start putting the walls up today.

The first floor will have a tin ceiling.

The walls are up, minus the bay window wall and the gable walls that will make up the roof. Now I need to add wood filler to the seams, sand and smooth the tabs, and give a final coat of exterior paint before adding the trim work.

I am looking forward to putting in the bay window and the window seat. I got the knobs on the bottom of the window seat cupboard.

Here is the interior so far:

I didn't get all of my steps in yesterday, but that was because I had a great afternoon playing guitar and singing with my group. We added a member for a few of our practice sessions. He plays the mountain dulcimer, a nice addition to our music. Instead of getting in my 10,000 steps, I got in three hours of guitar playing. A decent trade off!

Today I made up for lost steps and got in 14639 steps and 7 miles. I prefer having weekly goals to daily goals. I need the flexibility and things eventually even out.

The short work week will be made longer by having to attend the board meeting tomorrow night. Hopefully, I'll get adequate sleep tonight.

Wish me luck! emoticon

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DDOORN 2/28/2012 8:40AM

    Wow...3 hours on the guitar! I haven't done that since I-don't-know-when! Jealous! :-)


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IUHRYTR 2/24/2012 11:47PM

    This looks as though it will be as creative as the fairy house. Such a relaxing outlet and a treasured gift for someone who will be excited to have it. -- Lou

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FIFIFRIZZLE 2/24/2012 4:27PM

    Some little girl is going to be thrilled to bits with this gorgeous doll house.

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ROCKMAN6797 2/23/2012 2:43PM

    The dollhouse is looking great! The work looks very tedious but I am sure it helps you focus your attention on a worthwhile activity!


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OLDERDANDRT 2/23/2012 1:51PM

    The doll house is coming along so great! You have a knack for interior decorating, don't you?! Sounds like a wonderful time making music with friends! I would so love to get my piano back into my house. I miss playing!
I know you loved hiking with Stella and I know she enjoyed it, too!! Hugs to her and of course, to you, too!!! emoticon emoticon

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KOMAL53 2/22/2012 11:01PM

    Oh how lovely!!!I'm really enjoying this very much---can't wait to see more!!Thank You for posting the progress--it's coming along beautifully!!!

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GUITARWOMAN 2/22/2012 8:29PM

    Ah, balance, you describe the challenges of finding it so well!

The dollhouse is quite coming along, and three hours of music, you are sooo lucky to have chums to play with.

Finding musically sympathetic souls has been difficult for me...

Hope your board meeting goes well. I have to attend two a month, not volunteer work, part of my job. Hard work.


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BADASSBLONDIE 2/22/2012 12:51PM

    That dollhouse is looking lovely! And woo hoo for extra guitar! You sound so wonderful!

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MARY1313 2/22/2012 11:32AM

    Oh the doll house is looking good! I'm glad you played instead of working, you deserve it!


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TRULYVISIBLE 2/22/2012 10:16AM

  Like watching the doll house come together. I liked your idea of weekly goals instead of daily goals. Thanks for the pics.

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MCGS62 2/22/2012 9:08AM

    The doll house is looking great!!! I have a solution to real house work-- once my divorce is final I am going to buy a concrete house and once a month just hose it out!!!!
or ,I reverting back to bachelorism Too easily?

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KASEYCOFF 2/22/2012 4:12AM

    Oh, the house-building is coming along beautifully! I love tin ceilings - can't wait to see the finished product. Please do post more pix as you go along--!

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1HAPPYWOMAN 2/22/2012 12:39AM

    Thank you for continuing to keep us updated on the dollhouse. It's so cool to watch it come together.

I like your trade-off and your idea about weekly versus daily goals!
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POETICBLONDE 2/21/2012 11:52PM

    That dollhouse looks great so far. I like the blue hearts, that's sounds like such a fun project. I'm just learning guitar but just from the little progress I've made I feel so happy and excited just to be playing, music truly is awesome and exhilirating. :) And thanks for the goodie too by the way, I'm glad to have joined the team.

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Dollhouse Progress - Feb. 19

Sunday, February 19, 2012

I have spent the last several days sanding and priming the wood for the first part of the build. I still need to paint all of the trim details. I put the third coat of paint on the exterior yesterday.

This photo was taken after the first coat, not the third, but it gives the idea of the exterior color.

This is today's work. I got the interior wallpapered - YAY! That was a lot of detail work. The upstairs will be yellow, the downstairs, blue. I decorated the doors to the bay window cabinet/seat with hearts.

Picture window trim, chair rails and baseboards when it is time to add the trim work.

So far, so good. Time for a break! Dinner, a walk with Stella, and some time with my guitar. The Lovely Lavender Cottage can now wait until tomorrow.

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IUHRYTR 2/24/2012 11:49PM

    I admire your ability to do such detailed work and look forward to seeing the finished house. -- Lou

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FIFIFRIZZLE 2/24/2012 4:23PM

    So cute.

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    Oh, that looks really cool! It's obvious you're having a great time doing it, too! emoticon

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MILLISMA 2/21/2012 10:24AM

    My daughter's doll house is still sitting in my living room. Just love them!

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1HAPPYWOMAN 2/21/2012 2:14AM

    so pretty...love the hearts! I didn't realize that it would be that intricate and detailed.

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OLDERDANDRT 2/20/2012 6:51PM

    You have such a talent!!! It's going to be beautiful!!!! Love the lavendar! emoticon

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CHALLENGER15 2/20/2012 1:14PM

    This is great! If I didn't have so many UFOs, I would definitely like to try to do an easy one!

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MCGS62 2/20/2012 9:37AM

    Nice !! Looks like it is going to turn out well!!

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MARY1313 2/20/2012 8:04AM

    Wow, wall paper!!! This is going to be beautiful!!


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    Looks like fun..again!

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KRITTERKEEPERS 2/19/2012 11:15PM

    Can't wait to watch your progress! I loved the fairy house!


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KOMAL53 2/19/2012 11:04PM

    Wow!!!For me it is fascinating to see the way the Lavender Cottage is progressing---because I've not done something like this for more than 40 years.Before that I'd help my father build his Models--he was an Architect----and I loved doing that with him!!!I really love the way it's shaping up---can picture it in my mind already!!!Thank You for posting Pictures of the progress-----gives an insight into the skill and patience needed to build a Doll House!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GUITARWOMAN 2/19/2012 8:02PM

    Really nice!

I admire your multiple talents! I can play music, but crafts, not so good!


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FABBYMAY 2/19/2012 7:42PM

    I love seeing the Lovely Lavender Cottage progressing! Does it seem easier this time around? Faster? Enjoy your poodle walk and music tonight!

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WATERMELLEN 2/19/2012 6:28PM

    What a super project: good for you!!

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ROCKMAN6797 2/19/2012 5:52PM

    Looking forward to seeing the finished product!

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PONYFARMER 2/19/2012 5:17PM

    I love lavender as the color. I also had no idea how much work there is to one of these doll houses. How many have you completed, not counting this one? Way to enjoy your free time.

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SPOOKYTHECAT 2/19/2012 5:12PM

    It's going to be so beautiful! What a wonderful project~ have fun :-)

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Nature Hike Photo Blog Plus 2 Personal Bests

Monday, February 13, 2012

What a difference a week makes! If you read my nature hike blog last week, it really looked and felt like spring. Way to early. Well, February came back, if even for a short spell, so we had a bit more wintery hike today. Very beautiful, really.

Remember that green log? Here it is with a dusting of snow.

Skunk cabbage is coming up through the snow.

Stepping stones to cross the river.

I live in a one story house and teach in a one story school. Here's how I get my 'floors climbed' in ~ hiking on hilly terrains. My Fitbit calculates hills like stairs.

Love those ice formations!

I thought I did really well with my walking program this past week, so I went back and calculated my stats.

Between Sunday - Saturday:

90933 steps

42.52 miles

85 floors

This was my one week personal best since I got my Fitbit.


Today I made my one day personal best:

20670 steps

10.13 miles

42 floors


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LJCANNON 2/26/2012 10:51PM

    emoticonWhat a beautiful Hike!! Makes you almost not mind the snow and cold, LOL!!

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MEOWMAMA3 2/26/2012 10:24PM

    Cool walk! The skunk cabbage took me back to the woods behind my grandparents in Connecticut when I was a kid! Glad you're also enjoying some "me" time on the dollhouse and guitar. I know how hard you work! You deserve a break. Have a great week!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 2/17/2012 1:10PM

    You are right, big difference looks like the same place though. Keep warm, Victoria

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MEDDYPEDDY 2/17/2012 2:51AM

    Beautiful photos - the winter is reigning here but I can see spring at the horizon...

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IUHRYTR 2/16/2012 4:05PM

    Always enjoy the pictures you post and wish there was somewhere like your hills close by here. keep up the good effort; it's inspiring. -- Lou

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JENNY712 2/15/2012 8:55PM

    WOW!!! emoticonJOB! emoticonfor sharing! emoticon

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W5VEOTX 2/15/2012 8:55PM

    Photos great - thanks for sharing

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OLDERDANDRT 2/15/2012 7:25PM

    A light dusting of snow completely changed the look of the countryside! Great personal bests!! Way to go!!

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MCGS62 2/15/2012 4:02PM

    Hey isn't it getting to be spring concert time???

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MCGS62 2/15/2012 9:57AM

    congrats on the personal bests!! hope you are enjoying your snow!

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1HAPPYWOMAN 2/15/2012 1:32AM

    Wow, your Fitbit is so cool! How motivating and inspiring! emoticon emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 2/14/2012 6:24PM

    Love the photos and your reporting your personal best! Nicely done!


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GUITARWOMAN 2/14/2012 12:25PM

    Beautiful photos, and wtg on your personal bests!


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KOMAL53 2/14/2012 10:46AM

    That's sooo beautiful!!!Those Pictures really made my day--Thank You for posting them---Nature's so beautiful in all it's various Moods!!You enjoyed the Natural Beauty--and added up your Fitness Points too---now THAT is truly AWESOME!!! Way to Go Spark Friend!!! emoticon emoticon

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MARY1313 2/14/2012 9:51AM

    Wow that is a lot of miles you are putting in! Loved the pictures!!


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    I just LOVE your photos, your walks, and the joy you exude in your blogs! I hope your Valentine's day is great! emoticon

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DDOORN 2/14/2012 8:40AM

    How wonderful to steep oneself and CLASS into nature so!

Awesome climbing too!


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    Love the pics & the stats!!!!!!!

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JLITT62 2/14/2012 5:24AM

    Great photos! Gotta love that snowy smiley face. Speaking of smiling - I kept reading your spark name as puddle in my mind til it finally occurred to me it's supposed to be pronounced poodle!

Get job getting all those steps in. I moved from a 1 story to 2 story house & oddly it doesn't really seem to make that big a difference - I still miss my ranch style house!

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FLAMENM 2/13/2012 9:36PM

    Great job on those steps totals!

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WATERMELLEN 2/13/2012 8:55PM

    Loved the pictures AND the personal bests!! Amazing! Happy Valentine's Day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IDLETYME 2/13/2012 8:23PM

    Congratulation on all of your "mileage". That's terrific! Thanks for the great photos!

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RIKKI572 2/13/2012 8:14PM

    Beautiful, and well done with the hiking!!

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EVWINGS 2/13/2012 7:23PM

    I love your photos! emoticon on all your walking/hiking!!

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