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Did the groundhog really say Spring?

Monday, March 07, 2011

On Saturday my husband and I were out getting some shopping done and trying to decide what to have for dinner. The weather was overcast, but with mild tempertures. After a long winter I thought why not cook on the grill and sit out back and have a fire in the ciminea. This is one of my favorite relaxing past times. I enjoy the train going along the hill that is across the river from us. The gardens are always changing and quite beautiful. We even have a view of a baseball field and many evenings while cooking dinner on the grill we sit and enjoy a game.

I realize that March 5th is very early in the seasonto be enjoying my garden, but I did see my iris's peeping up. The rest of the garden was in need of the spring clean up, but it all gave me hope of Spring.



I wish we could have captured the picture as I saw it from my point, I had the fire burning, some decorative lights and snow down in the ball field. It was an enjoyable evening.

And then the storm came dropping over a foot of snow. The picture I have of the chiminea isn't a good example of how much we got because it is protected by an everygreen tree. However, if you look at the azalea bush to the right you can barely see it in this picture.



It was a long dig out process this morning. I'm now covered in a blanket trying to take the chill out of my bones. Work has been delayed since there is a state of emergency. Woo Hoo

  
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TRIPLE_EMME 3/17/2011 10:48AM

    You have some great photos.

I hope you are enjoying much better weather.

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RHONDALYN36 3/12/2011 6:54PM

    yup the ground hog didnt do his job right I have decided that for myself

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DDOORN 3/8/2011 8:30PM

    Amazing how suddenly this snow came AND departed...melting like crazy today!

I posted a few pics also...

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CAMELA_55 3/8/2011 9:18AM

    Awesome pics. Makes me cold just looking at them. Stay warm!!

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KAMAPERRY 3/7/2011 9:57PM

    Wow!!! Warm up!

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LINDABENEDICT 3/7/2011 8:45PM

    oh wow .......................... emoticonhere's hoping spring shows up soon !

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CATLADY52 3/7/2011 3:25PM

    It was just Mother Nature telling you that She decides when it is time to eat outdoors. Try to stay warm. emoticon

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WILLOW49 3/7/2011 2:52PM

    Where oh where is spring???
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LKWQUILTER 3/7/2011 10:54AM

    I am like you--thought spring was very near and yet, many are getting snow-bound again. Hopefully, not much longer though. lol Stay warm.

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LESLIES537 3/7/2011 9:36AM

    Wow, that's a lot of snow! Stay warm and don't worry, Spring will be here soon! (atleast it better be darnit! lol) emoticon

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Here is why you should eat the rainbow!

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

I posted this in my class team folder trying to encourage everyone to eat the rainbow this month!

March is National Nutrition Month
Your goal this month should be to eat the rainbow! Here is a breakdown of the importance of color in our foods:

Red: These foods have lycopene in them. They are beneficial for for certain cancers, especially prostate. They are also powerful antioxidants. Examples: beets, cherries, watermelon, red peppers, and tomatoes.

Orange and Yellow: These foods have carotonoids in them. They are good for vision, immune health, heart health and are a good source of Vitamin A, C, and Folate. Examples: carrots, yellow peppers, pineapples, peaches and butternut squash.

Green: These foods have a pigment called chlorophyll giving it the green color. These foods have lutein in them. They are high in magnesium and folate. They are beneficial to reducing cancer, improving eye health. Examples: spinach, broccoli, green grapes, limes, and avacados.

Blue and Purple: These foods have some of the highest antioxidant values protecting your cells from damage. Some studies show that eating blueberries can help with memory and aging! Examples: Blueberries, blackberries, plums and eggplant.

White: (not breads!) These fruits and veggies contain allicin which is beneficial for heart health, cholesterol, blood pressure and stomach cancer. They are also a good source of potassium. Examples: garlic, onions, bananas, and parsnips.

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 1/2/2012 7:56AM

    Always great advice!

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NOLAZYBUTT110 1/2/2012 7:26AM

    Yeppers! Been eating the rainbow, but purple and orange are my favorites!

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TOTHEFUTURE1 3/6/2011 5:51PM

    Very useful information

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 3/6/2011 3:39PM

    Love it!!! Hope all is well with you!

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BAM-MA 3/6/2011 10:49AM

    Great info! Nicely Put!

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GRAMMACATHY 3/3/2011 10:36PM

    Thanks Val for the reminder. I made a soup today.
Ingredients: yellow and orange bell peppers, red hot pepper, red tomatoes, green celery, orange carrots, yellow corn, white onion, and brown beans and turkey. I will have to serve it with some of the frozen blueberries I have in the freezer.

I love soup!
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BUCKHOLDT 3/3/2011 7:29PM

    I like it. So much so I'm going to save it. I am thinking of using it for a challenge for my team.

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ALASKASKY 3/1/2011 5:18PM

    I'm working on it. Since I started eating at least 6 /day, I should be getting in a rainbow full. Also, whenever I'm tempted to grab something unhealthy or unplanned, I've been grabbing a fruit or a prepared veggie. I'm also making smoothies mixed with them and this helps me fulfill my quota. So far so good. It takes a lot of conscious effort for me to stick with it because I don't really like them, but I notice the change is starting to become natural.



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CANBDONE 3/1/2011 3:15PM

    Thanks for the reminder! emoticon

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WILLOW49 3/1/2011 3:03PM

    Lots of great rainbow foods! Yum!

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ITSTHENEWLAUREN 3/1/2011 3:01PM

  What a great reminder to get in all kinds of vegetables and fruits!

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KAMAPERRY 3/1/2011 2:08PM

    Very cool!

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PARKERB2 3/1/2011 1:07PM

    And we can plant the gardens pretty soon and have lots of beautiful veggies to eat in the rainbow of colors. There's nothing better than to get fresh veggies, even in the grocery store. Eat up. emoticon

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DDOORN 3/1/2011 1:00PM

    Gotta love those colors...! Doing my baby spinach, baby carrots, broccoli and yellow bell peppers for lunch...yum! :-)

Don

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LINDABENEDICT 3/1/2011 12:44PM

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this !!!!!! I wish I had told this to my kids when they are younger ! What a great learning tool !

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TORIAMAE 3/1/2011 12:41PM

    I love this way of looking at it!

I'm making a robust salad bar for my dinners this week and getting lots of "color"--spinach, beets, cucumbers...you name it! So tasty!

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Sad News and Thank You Spark Friends

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The support on this site is beyond anything I’ve ever had. I am grateful to all you wonderful Sparkers who sent well wishes and prayers this way. I felt so blessed having so many people reach out. My heart goes out to those that have suffered similar losses. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Unfortunately, my cousin’s daughter did not make it. The road that my family is on will be a very long one, especially for my cousin. I have walked and am still walking that road and will reach out to her when the time is right. emoticon



On a positive note my friend’s husband is doing well after his surgery although they also have a long road ahead.

I have not eaten the best nor have I been a great exerciser the last few days. Sometimes life takes over my better senses. emoticon

Thank you again – this is a wonderful site with wonderful people.
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LIBBYFITZ 3/31/2011 9:24PM

    So sorry to hear the sad news. Your heart is a huge one as I noticed you are still taking the time to make comments on my blog! emoticon

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GRAMMACATHY 3/3/2011 10:38PM

    I am so sorry you lost your cousin and that I missed this post. Prayers are for your family.
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TYBEWALLACE 2/25/2011 1:05AM

    I'm sorry to hear about your family's loss.... losing a child is one of the most painful things one can endure.... take the time you need to take care of yourself and each other....
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MARYANNGI 2/24/2011 10:52PM

    emoticon I am sorry to hear about your loss. Losing a loved one is difficult, but losing a child breaks a heart. emoticon

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Blessings to you & your family.
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M_DOBREV 2/21/2011 6:05PM

  I am so sorry for your family's loss. My thoughts and prayers and with you and yours. Please be gently with yourself and do not worry about food and exercise, now is a time for survival, later you can continue on your journey. This is only a pause, not a stop.
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1COUNTRY_GAL 2/21/2011 5:57PM

    emoticon emoticonI am so sorry, emoticonMy heart feels so heavy and painful for this sad tragic loss.my oldest daughter is 20 and I feel just so awful about this.May the grace of God comfort and help you all heal in time and find peace. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana

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LINDABENEDICT 2/21/2011 4:34PM

    So sorry ....prayers for you and your family. And you are just a super spark friend ! I am so grateful to have made your accquaintance !

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BAM-MA 2/20/2011 1:11PM

    I am so sorry to hear about it all! Hang in there, our thoughts are with you! emoticon

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WALKZWDOGZ 2/19/2011 7:31PM

    Please know thoughts & prayers are with you! Sometimes just getting through a day is all the exercise you need. Take care of yourself. emoticon

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 2/19/2011 4:27PM

    So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
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WHISPERING-PINE 2/19/2011 10:51AM

  emoticon emoticon I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Take the time to heal my friend. we will be here for you always!!

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ANNAMARIE1958 2/19/2011 9:48AM

    PEACE be with you and your family during this time! emoticon

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KAT7457 2/19/2011 3:26AM

    so sorry for your loss, hugs and prayers to you and the family emoticon emoticon

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HAPPYONE331 2/18/2011 3:12PM

    My heart is breaking for all of you. You all will remain in my prayers. emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 2/18/2011 2:10PM

    Prayers continue now more than ever. Don't beat yourself up for the slips, right now just do what you have to do and then you can just flip and get back on track. ((HUGS)) and prayers.

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KAMAPERRY 2/18/2011 2:07PM

    I am sooo very sorry. emoticon

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HARRINGTON5 2/18/2011 12:40PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. emoticon emoticon

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KOPSBABY 2/18/2011 12:36PM

    I am very sorry for your loss. Trust in the Lord that if He brings you to it, He'll bring you through it.

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CTTAGENT 2/18/2011 11:26AM

    So sorry to hear about your loss. My heart goes out to you.

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ITSTHENEWLAUREN 2/18/2011 11:03AM

  I'm so sorry for your loss. Please take care of yourself duiring this difficult time. Your family continues to be in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COOKWITHME65 2/18/2011 9:39AM

    So sorry for your loss. emoticon emoticon

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BEETH52 2/18/2011 9:16AM

    I am here for you!
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GOOZLEBEAR 2/18/2011 8:30AM

    So sorry for your family's loss and I will be praying that all will heal and know that the Lord is with them even through sadness.

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HEYJUDH46 2/18/2011 8:01AM

  condolences to you and your family

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CLAUSENC 2/18/2011 7:59AM

    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family thru this time of sorrow.

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ALASKASKY 2/18/2011 7:15AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. I wish there was something I could do to take away the pain.

Know that I am here for you.

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LINDYPAINTS 2/18/2011 6:49AM

    I feel for you and your family, so sorry for your loss. What a tragedy.
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XTMONT 2/18/2011 12:43AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. We're here for you! emoticon

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POKIEFUZZBUCKET 2/17/2011 10:25PM

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I am so sorry. I am wishing the best for you and your family as you all grieve and recover from this loss. Remember to keep taking good care of yourself!

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TRANSFORMWE 2/17/2011 10:02PM

    SO Sorry. I hope knowing how much we care is some measure of comfort. Prayers for you, your cousin, your whole family and your friend and her husband coming your way.

There's nothing we can say to take away the pain, but know that you are dearly loved.
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FRECKS96 2/17/2011 9:57PM

    I am so sorry you're family is having to deal with this. Please know that you're all in my prayers.

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DEE107 2/17/2011 9:32PM

    so sorry for your lost hugs

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PURPLESPEDCOW 2/17/2011 9:31PM

    So sorry for your family's loss. know that I am thinking of you.

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KANSASROSE67 2/17/2011 9:27PM

    Praying for your family and for you. Take care of yourself.

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KAZINMICH 2/17/2011 9:22PM

    So sorry for you and your family's difficult times! I wish you and the family the best! Be gentle on yourself.

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BARBARAWEBSTER 2/17/2011 9:17PM

    Thank you for taking the time to be here at such a heart-wrenching time in your life. We love you and wish you the best. emoticonB

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ROSEWCI 2/17/2011 9:16PM

    I'm so sorry for the loss...may she rest in peace. Please take special care. You are all in my prayers...

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DDOORN 2/17/2011 9:14PM

    So SO sorry for your family's loss...I know you will be there fore your cousin in every way possible to help and support her like no one else will be able.

Continuing to keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Don

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LESLIES537 2/17/2011 9:02PM

    NOOO!!

Words can't express how sorry I am...these tears streaming down my face possibly could, but the words won't come to me. Please know I'll be thinking of you and your dear cousin. May you find comfort and peace during this trying time. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNSHINE6859 2/17/2011 8:37PM

    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Will definitely keep you and your family in prayer. It's difficult to know what to say when someone suffers loss and sometimes words aren't necessary; just knowing someone cares about what you're going through is comfort enough. Just know that Jesus cares about all our sorrows.

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REBECCAMA 2/17/2011 8:32PM

  I am just getting caught up on the last couple of posts. I am very sorry for your loss, and for the loss of your son too. :-( 20 is too young to be called home to angels.

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WILLOW49 2/17/2011 8:26PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. May fond memories help ease your pain.
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JENAANN3 2/17/2011 8:23PM

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Continued prayers are being offered up for you and your family. So sad.

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Prayers are badly needed

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Yesterday my cousin's daughter had a very bad car accident. She broke her neck and had surgery for swelling on the brain. She is in a coma and they are awaiting neurology reports to determine her brain activity. From the news yesterday the outlook looks very poor... she is 20 years old.

I have not gone to the hospital yet because I lost my son at the age of 20 and I don't want to be that reminder of what could and may very well be. My heart is aching so badly and I feel helpless.

The other part that is very tragic about this whole accident is that it happened 50 feet from where my father died in a car accident 43 years ago. The area is not dangerous except to our family.

I question why and yet I ask for prayers.

Today I also have a very close friends who's husband is having surgery for cancer of the mouth. Please pray for them too.

  
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SANDRATOBETHIN 2/21/2011 6:32PM

    My prayers will be sent emoticon

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    I Keep you and Family in my prayers, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Your request is our pleasure, emoticon and emoticon being sent on Angels wings.

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FREECAL1 2/18/2011 12:53AM

  My prayers are with you and your family. How unfortunate all these accidents have happened in your family.

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DEE107 2/17/2011 9:32PM

    oh my

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ROSEWCI 2/17/2011 9:14PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your cousin's daughter. Your family is in my prayers... emoticon

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ALASKASKY 2/17/2011 4:52PM

    So sorry to hear this news. I will be praying for them both.

Try to stay positive and know that we are here for you.

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JACARRENO 2/17/2011 2:37PM

    Praying for you and your family.

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JACARRENO 2/17/2011 2:37PM

    Praying for you and your family.

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JACARRENO 2/17/2011 2:37PM

    Praying for you and your family.

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JACARRENO 2/17/2011 2:37PM

    Praying for you and your family.

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NIKANN7493 2/17/2011 12:26PM

    Many prayers and hugs going to you and your family.
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110BY2012 2/17/2011 12:13PM

    My prayers are with you and your family.

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MAMADWARF 2/17/2011 11:44AM

    Yep, sending prayers up as well. I hope you can find some peace in all of this.

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DAISY443 2/17/2011 11:39AM

    Praying. Hope all goes well!

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MSLZZY 2/17/2011 11:31AM

    Pryaers and hugs to you and the family.

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THIAGRAM 2/17/2011 11:21AM

  Prayers for you and your families.... Bless you!

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DDOORN 2/17/2011 11:09AM

    Eerie coincidences...terrible timing also, considering your jam-packed week!

Will keep your cousin's daughter in my thoughts & prayers...these scenarios DO have the potential to spin into something more promising...!

Don

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  My prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family. emoticon

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SIANDDK 2/17/2011 10:01AM

    I'll keep thinking of you all, I lost my cousin just before her 21st birthday. It's horrible when people close to you are hurt

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BELLABLUE10 2/17/2011 7:34AM

    Praying for u and your family

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HEYJUDH46 2/17/2011 5:59AM

  I know how you feel. My prayers are with you and your cousin. emoticon

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    Keeping your family & friends
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Dear friend, I understand why it's too hard to go to the hospital: I flashed back to my own experience, of getting that call from the ER saying my son had broken his neck and to come as soon as possible... That's not a feeling that fades away.

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    Praying for everyone all around. emoticon

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CLARABRUNNING 2/16/2011 10:28PM

    will be praying! so sorry to hear of the tragic circumstances.

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  emoticon emoticon My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 2/16/2011 9:50PM

    Hope your friend comes out of this like a champ! She is certainly off to a good start with you by her side.

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JAMER123 2/16/2011 9:23PM

    Bless you dear! what a horrid & tragic time for you! Know that I am saying prayers for you, your cousin's family and your friend. May God send His blessings of healing your way. Please keep in touch with us. Let us know how we can be of help to you.

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HDHAWK 2/16/2011 8:54PM

    How very sad. I'm so sorry for the loss of your son and for your cousin's daughter. I'm also sending prayers for your friend. emoticon

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    I am thinking of you and your family.
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    Praying for all so tragic emoticon

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GRAMMACATHY 2/16/2011 8:37PM

    Praying!
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PURPLESPEDCOW 2/16/2011 8:29PM

    adding mine to the group.

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ANG76H 2/16/2011 8:25PM

  Prayers!

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RUDBEKIA 2/16/2011 7:23PM

    We lost a friend in a similar situation just before Christmas. He was only 33 years old and had 4 children. I feel your pain and will pray for you and your family.
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hoping, wishing and praying that all turns out well

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LKWQUILTER 2/16/2011 7:16PM

    Praying for all. (((HUGS)) to you big time.

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HAPPYWALKER 2/16/2011 7:01PM

    You are all in my prayers. It's so hard to understand why these things happen. Faith and prayer will see you through all the difficult times. My sister has pancreatic cancer and I understand about questioning why. There is a peace that comes with trusting God and accepting His will. God bless.

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AUNTJENNY7 2/16/2011 6:53PM

    Prayers to all Val. Hang in there. emoticon

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JENAANN3 2/16/2011 6:41PM

    I have offered up a prayer for your entire family. May God gently wrap his loving arms around everyone and give you comfort.

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CAROJONES 2/16/2011 6:32PM

    My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

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    Val, praying.
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CHRYS13 2/16/2011 6:17PM

    Oh, I'm so very sorry! Please know that I'm in prayer for your family and most certainly for your cousin's daughter.
And, I'm sorry for your losses. You are in my heart and in my prayers.
May God hold you all in the palm of His hand...

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    emoticonprayers for healing and comfort for the entire family

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SAC200 2/16/2011 6:10PM

    Praying. Lost my son at 22.

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SHERLYN-WILL 2/16/2011 6:05PM

    YES... I understand the questioning.. but keep praying! GOD has the power in all things! BLESS your heart... what a lot on your mind!

I am sorry you lost your son too!

I pray this young girl recovers!

I pray the surgery goes well/ went well on your friend's husbands' mouth.




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The ups and downs of the week ahead...

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Thankfully most of my week is the Ups. Today my sons are cooking us dinner in celebration of our Anniversary tomorrow. I love Valentines Day – the day of Love! Thus the reason we married on that day. It also has my name in it – Val. To me that has always made it special.

My husband gave up his vacation day tomorrow for his co-worker who decided to get married – oh, yeah to a girl named Valerie. How ironic. So instead of spending it with him I’m pampering myself with a Thermal Mineral Kur at the spa. It starts with a foot soak in mineral waters then a mud wrap and a full body massage. I am so looking forward to my visit to the spa.

I’m dropping my cat off at the vet in the morning for surgery – he has had a problem with his throat and can’t meow anymore. He also makes some really weird sounds sometimes so I made the appointment last week for surgery. I really don’t want to lose another animal so soon – we put our toy poodle to sleep last year and our oldest cat the year before.

On Tuesday night I’m celebrating a friend’s birthday with dinner out at an Italian restaurant. That will be a hard dinner to refrain from a calorie overload. They make the best manicotti in the world – they use homemade crepes. Oh and their sauce is the best in town.

Wednesday I will take my first resistant band fitness class. I missed the first class last week because of illness. I know I was better off not going, but I hate paying for a class and not going. This is one of my motivators for working out – taken classes at the local college. If I pay for it I go!

Thursday is the anniversary of my mother’s death. I’m not new to death in my life having lost my dad when I was 6. I just have that stressful (sadness) emotional eating thing that I fight with too often. And this brings me to why Friday is…

My one year anniversary with Spark People! I have too much to say about this day so I will blog again soon!
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ALASKASKY 2/15/2011 4:45AM

    Sorry to hear about all you "downs" of the week.

Grateful to know that you are a strong woman who surrounds herself with friends and family to add richness to her life.

Be blessed and enjoy the "ups" of the week.


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LESLIES537 2/14/2011 5:51PM

    Happy Valentine's Day and Anniversary!! emoticon

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DDOORN 2/14/2011 8:36AM

    Wow! What a week ahead! So many anniversaries! All of them dear, but some of them likely painful too. Will keep your kitty in our thoughts & prayers. We've been blessed for the past several years by having relatively young, healthy cats. It's SO tough to lose our furry friends when they win our hearts so!

Don

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BRAYDENSGRAMMY 2/13/2011 11:53PM

  emoticonHAPPY DAYS emoticonI wish you a BEAUTIFUL WEEK emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 2/13/2011 8:17PM

    Happy Anniversaries! I will be praying for your kitty!

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JENQUEENOFCHAOS 2/13/2011 4:23PM

    Happy Anniversaries!
The anniversary of our first date is the 16th - we never celebrate valentines day because we celebrate February 16th emoticon
Wishing your kitty luck!
And enjoy your spa day!
It sounds like a great week for the most part.

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WILLOW49 2/13/2011 2:51PM

    Happy Anniversary and Happy SparkVersary!
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SUNNY2010 2/13/2011 1:01PM

    Val, what a week!!!!
Happy anniversary! I see why Valentine's is so loved in your family.
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How sweet of your sons to make a dinner for the parent's anniversary. You raised some fine gentlemen!

Hang in there on the anniversary of your mother's death. emoticon

And Sparkversary... really it's huge for so many of us that have our lives changed within 12 months. I wouldn't even know where to begin, that's why I understand why it's a special anniversary. Looking forward to your next blog! emoticon

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BAM-MA 2/13/2011 12:26PM

    Happy Anniversaries. You have so much to be proud of! Try to hold on to that during the sad times.

I find that keeping focused on my victories helps me to avoid temptation. Even this week with all that went on, I resisted the doughnuts at the gas station and the goodies at the bake sale at work. Normally I would have told myself that I deserved the "treat" for all that I had going on, but when I thought of all that I had accomplished, I didn't want to lose the momentum and so it made it easier to resist. That gave me something else to add to my victories and built my confidence for next time.

Enjoy the Spa! I am jealous. That is the kind of "treat" to indulge in!!

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KAILYNSTAR 2/13/2011 11:50AM

    Happy Anniversary and Sparkiversary. You have done well and I wish that you enjoy your day.

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/13/2011 10:31AM

    Happy Sparkiversary. And hang in there on these sad loss days. I understand so well.

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