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This journey called life.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Today I received a spark-mail from an old buddy, "I can't get over how much you have changed! How does it feel? Is it what you thought it would be?!?!? Tell me when you get a chance! I know you stay really busy! Love to you always! L"

My reply:

Dear L, your zest for life uplifted me so many times!

Yes, and no. Since I was never thin growing up - I really didn't know what to expect. I can't remember how it felt to be obese - and I spent most of my 59 years being obese. I went to the store in shorts yesterday and for the first time it didn't concern me! My legs are very 'flabby' looking (no muscle-tone) but I know how lazy I am so I am not going to set myself up for failure with Strength Training that I know I will not continue.

I still walk every day the weather permits - my walking buddy has to walk or her pain gets totally out of hand.

I did reach 115 before winter set in - but today am 122.1 and adjusting to it nicely. I will have to re-lose 5+ lbs every year to account for what I will gain during the winter months, but I don't feel deprived. Depraved yes, deprived no.

I do stay busy with my dad on dialysis and my DH - dad is 88, DH is 89 - but I find "me time" on my computer playing pc games! SparkPeople still takes up a large chunk of my day and I try to be available for others still on their journeys. My journey will never end - if I allow it to end, I will be back where I started within a few years and I just cannot take that chance. I have seen my future and it is bleak if I allow myself to regain the 90+ pounds.

L, I will always be here for you - I am unable to reach out the way I used to because of time constraints - but I am always here to respond to any requests for encouragement and/or comfort.

We are all on this journey called life together - and I too trust heavily in The Lord for my salvation.

One day at a time can see you reach your goals.


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RENEWEDJUDY 4/8/2011 1:16PM

    I am focusing on your blogs today, Linda. This is a great one. You never fail to inspire me. emoticon

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LDCECIL 4/1/2011 7:39PM

    Thanks for sharing this - it is all so true.

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WEEZYB7881 3/29/2011 8:05PM

    as always, a great blog...you're always there for us. and for me in particular.

stay well
louise - still here and still working on life

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TULIPAN2 3/29/2011 10:12AM

    emoticon A great blog!!!

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GRALLEN 3/28/2011 9:25PM

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OLDERDANDRT 3/28/2011 3:55PM

    Super blog! emoticon

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SUPREME5 3/28/2011 9:59AM

    LINDA;
YOU ARE ALWAYS ENCOURAGING OTHER
MANY TIMES YOU HAVE ANSWERED A BLOG OR LEFT A COMMENT ON MY PAGE I AM GLAD YOU ARE WHO YOU ARE AND I WOULD NOT CHANGE A THING ABOUT YOU YOU ARE A TRUE FRIEND
THANKS FOR CARING
DORENE
TAKE CARE CAUSE I CARE emoticon

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KELLEEH 3/27/2011 11:58AM

    It's great to know that long term maintenance is possible! I am doing a good job with the weight loss, but I am a little worried about the upcoming maintenence phase (as in forwever lol). Keep being such a great inspiration!

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GRANPATTIE 3/27/2011 11:58AM

    Linda, this was a great blog. You're so right. If any of us let our journeys end, we'll go right back again to what we were before. That's a longer trip for some than others, but that doesn't matter. We'd still go back, and feel equally defeated. So, as you said, we need to consider this a lifelong journey...don't let it end. I needed to read this. I'm feeling a tad discouraged. I really need to turn myself around somehow.

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DESTINYE 3/27/2011 11:22AM

    So inspiring!

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MEADSBAY 3/27/2011 10:31AM

    You are ALWAYS here for us-
a continual source of support and motivation.
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SOULOFADANCER 3/27/2011 9:42AM

    SO sweet!
You are a true SP buddy
Love ya! emoticon emoticon

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COOKWITHME65 3/27/2011 9:37AM

    Nice blog. thanks for sharing.

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MARTY19 3/27/2011 9:35AM

    The change I see in you is your happiness at reaching your goal. You never waivered - you just kept moving forward. You are always there with a smile and a helping hand to anyone who needs it. You believe that everyone can reach their goal even when they don't. You are a blessing.

Love you
Marty

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MAWDOT35 3/27/2011 9:14AM

    Great post Linda!!! emoticon

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DOTTIEJANE1 3/27/2011 9:06AM

    I am so glad to know you and you have done such an awesom job . emoticonDottie

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BEYOURBEST1 3/27/2011 9:05AM

    Thanks for sharing. I agree with you, the journey must continue.

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NEW-CAZ 3/27/2011 9:01AM

    wonderful attiturde emoticon

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MSLZZY 3/27/2011 8:43AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonSuch a positive attitude!

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Atkins Freebie! You don't have to do low-carb to get this.

Friday, March 25, 2011

**edit: I don't think people are understanding - you don't have to do low-carb to be eligible for this freebie and you can eat the Atkins Bars. The carb/calorie counter booklet is worth the bother all by itself.

No, I am not doing a low-carb diet - but if you are, you might be interested in going to
www.atkins.com/free

Sign up for free and within a couple of days you will receive a box (Free Weight-Loss Kit) from Atkins with a Quick-Start Guide, Chef Recipes, Comprehensive Carb Counter including Fiber & Calories plus 3 free Atkins Bars.

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NANA23GREATBOYS 4/2/2011 10:01PM

  Every little bit helps. Thank you, Andrea emoticon

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 3/29/2011 9:50AM

    Thanks for sharing, Linda. You are always on top of the latest everything!!! I am all signed up. I am looking forward to trying the Atkins bars! :)

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COOKWITHME65 3/27/2011 9:39AM

    I just did this yesterday. It's a great offer.

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SOULOFADANCER 3/26/2011 10:20PM

    Thanks for this I love giveaways
In this economy anytime we can save something is great@

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TRYINGHARD1948 3/26/2011 8:40PM

    Linda, being in Australia we miss out on all the freebies and prizes. emoticon

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GRALLEN 3/26/2011 5:53PM

    I signed up for the kit.

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WEEZYB7881 3/26/2011 12:10AM

    thanks Linda. good info as usual

louise

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NEW-CAZ 3/25/2011 5:39PM

    emoticon Linda emoticon

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MEADSBAY 3/25/2011 4:59PM

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GRANPATTIE 3/25/2011 3:35PM

    Thanks, Linda!

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MARTY19 3/25/2011 2:03PM

    Thanks for sharing. This would be worth trying.
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LIZABETT 3/25/2011 12:53PM

    You talked me into it, Linda. I ordered the kit. Thanks, friend, emoticon emoticon

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BLESSEDGIGI 3/25/2011 11:41AM

    Thanks, I signed up. I don't do Atkins, but I do like Atkins bars and could use the calorie counter.

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SNIKWAD 3/25/2011 11:30AM

    Thanks Love Atkins! emoticon

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BARNABABY1 3/25/2011 11:17AM

    Great! I'll take all the new info I can get.... I'm not low carb but I'm always looking for good recipes and snack bars!!!

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RISSASPIECES 3/25/2011 10:23AM

    I love fruit way too much to ever go low carb. :-) But thanks for sharing the link!

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COOLMAMA11 3/25/2011 9:31AM

    Great info, but it is not offered in Canada..but thank you anyway!

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LIZABETT 3/25/2011 9:29AM

    I'll stick with the SparkPeople plan. I don't call it a diet, but a lifestyle. I've tried most of these other diets and they don't work for me. You are doing great! emoticon

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 3/25/2011 9:27AM

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MARTY728 3/25/2011 9:17AM

    Great information and great of you to share it. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DESTINYE 3/25/2011 9:06AM

    No Atkins here either! But a great offer!

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BREWMASTERBILL 3/25/2011 9:05AM

    I'm not either, but always interested in new ideas for sensible intake.

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What Is It Made Of?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

From another email:
You would never have thought it possible!













Flip-Flops!!


**edit: Thank you for asking RuthLathe - I googled it:

Sculpture "Fat Monkey" in a park in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Oct. 15, 2010. The sculpture Fat Monkey, which was designed by the Dutch artist Florentjin Hofman, is made up with thousands of colorful chinelas.

  
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TRUDIP1 3/27/2011 8:26PM

    Wow, never seen so many ffs! Wonder how many are in this "art"?

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JULESDUD1 3/25/2011 5:38PM

    that is so cooool!!! Thanks! emoticon

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MUGSYMOM 3/25/2011 10:17AM

    I love it! emoticon emoticon

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2PONDS 3/25/2011 8:42AM

    emoticon I always marvel at peoples imagination !!!!

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WATERMELLEN 3/24/2011 10:16PM

    This is great! What a mind, to think it up -- and so much care, in assembling them all!!

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MSLZZY 3/24/2011 10:09PM

    Adorable! Thank you!

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MEADSBAY 3/24/2011 9:16PM

    hahahahaha!
But is it ART?

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KATHYPETERSON62 3/24/2011 8:04PM

    too cool!

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MADKAPKID 3/24/2011 5:31PM

    HOLY COW! Now THAT is a lot of flip flops. This is one cool blog! Thank you so much for sharing, Karen emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 3/24/2011 5:26PM

    I had to send that to my dd who is the flip flop queen she lives in them till it snows. LOVES them even though she had slide on wet store floors, split her knee, slid on our outside stairs and messed her back. She loves her flip flops.
cool.

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RUTHLATHE 3/24/2011 2:59PM

    Do you know where this is? Remarkable. Old flipflops never die!

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SEDONACAT 3/24/2011 2:14PM

    How cool!

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MARTY19 3/24/2011 2:03PM

    WOW!!

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JUSTBIRDY 3/24/2011 11:34AM

    oh, I thought it was going to be soda bottles.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 3/24/2011 11:33AM

    Woah that is cool! I would not have guessed!

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MAWDOT35 3/24/2011 11:23AM

    That's a lot of Flip Flops!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/24/2011 11:12AM

    cool

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BARNABABY1 3/24/2011 11:05AM

    That is so cool!!! emoticon

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MIZZLE2105 3/24/2011 11:03AM

    WOW!!!!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/24/2011 11:01AM

    Very interesting!! I thought from the title you'd be asking a waitress!!! -Marsha

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DESTINYE 3/24/2011 10:59AM

    Awesome!

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GRANPATTIE 3/24/2011 10:54AM

    Well, you certainly are right. The last frame is an "OMG" shot! It's amazing what "artists" will think of! Hard to imaging how much time it took to get this right.

Thanks for sharing!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/24/2011 10:49AM

    Nope! I NEVER would have! emoticon

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IILAAD65 3/24/2011 10:49AM

    I loved this when I got it in an email. VERY creative!!

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If she can do it... we can do it!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4098769


When I find a blog that motivates me, I like to share it.

Today I read, "From Wheelchair to 1 Mile Walker :)"

Click the link and see how far this lovely lady has come!

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4098769


**edit: forgive me - I do realize and understand that we are not all created with the same problems and some medical conditions can be insurmountable - but I still admire this lady's courage and "stick-to-it-ness"!
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PCOH051610 3/23/2011 9:35AM

    Hi,

Thank you for sharing this wonderful story!

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LESLIES537 3/22/2011 11:23AM

    Wow, very inspirational!! Thanks so much for sharing! emoticon

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LIZABETT 3/21/2011 2:41PM

    Nice of you to share. emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 3/20/2011 9:02PM

    Thanks for sharing this inspiring story!! -Marsha

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MEADSBAY 3/20/2011 2:32PM

    How inspiring!
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MARTY19 3/20/2011 1:17PM

    Geeze - I guess I better shut up and stop complaining. I am so impressed.

Marty

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GRANPATTIE 3/20/2011 12:15PM

    Thanks for sharing. She is inspirational.

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WALKWITME 3/20/2011 11:22AM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing

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DESTINYE 3/20/2011 11:12AM

    Wow, just amazing!

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You say you want motivation...?

Monday, March 14, 2011


To Lose Weight - Keep Your ASS Out Of The Refrigerator!!


I found this in my travels and googled for a better picture. Another Spark member is using it as a profile picture but I don't remember who?

I love it!! I need a refrigerator door size poster!!
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FLAMINGOLESLIE 3/25/2011 1:18PM

    LOVE THIS! Thanks for sharing!

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BLESSEDGIGI 3/21/2011 10:55AM

    This is so true, I love it!

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    I got the message. emoticon emoticon

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JERSEYGIRL24 3/19/2011 11:13AM

    Makes me think of my dog. Some day I expect to come home and find that he has raided the fridge.

Thanks for sharing.

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CHERYLMIRABAL 3/17/2011 12:08PM

  Too funny!!!!

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WATERMELLEN 3/17/2011 7:49AM

    Have always loved donkeys -- and love this!!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/16/2011 10:28PM

    Very cool -- in more ways than one!!! -Marsha

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AJDOVER1 3/16/2011 1:31PM

    That's great!

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ANIMAI27 3/15/2011 3:57PM

    This is great Advice LOL I love it! emoticon

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BARNABABY1 3/15/2011 11:22AM

    Totally LOVE this!!!! Thanks for making me chuckle! emoticon

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JLWOF1 3/15/2011 9:20AM

    Too funny!

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ASILLA 3/15/2011 7:23AM

    HAA! Funny stuff!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 3/15/2011 5:37AM

    Cute! Thanks for sharing it.

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WEEZYB7881 3/15/2011 12:14AM

    great advice. thanks for a chuckle

louise

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MSLZZY 3/14/2011 11:43PM

    Love it! I want one, too!

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GRALLEN 3/14/2011 10:06PM

    LOL

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LIBBYFITZ 3/14/2011 9:32PM

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FITNESSSEEKER 3/14/2011 9:07PM

    LOL! Was expecting something totally different...BUTT... thanks for the laugh!

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SHERRY257 3/14/2011 6:44PM

    Me, too! Thanks for the laugh! emoticon

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2PONDS 3/14/2011 5:53PM

    This is SOOOOO FUNNY!!!! I love it!!! thanks 4 a good laugh & big smile! LOL emoticon emoticon

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COOLMAMA11 3/14/2011 5:16PM

    Now that is motivation lol! Thanks for sharing!

Hugs Elaine emoticon

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TWOTIMESS 3/14/2011 5:15PM

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Good idea!

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NEW-CAZ 3/14/2011 4:06PM

    good advice emoticon emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/14/2011 3:36PM

    I need one too! Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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PAIGESMAMA 3/14/2011 3:12PM

    I love this

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WALKWITME 3/14/2011 2:26PM

    that is so funny emoticon

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NOVABLUE 3/14/2011 2:01PM

    Oh my gosh! That is too funny! Love it!


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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 3/14/2011 1:51PM

    Very nice.


Here's a slightly less blurry version.

http://home.windstr
eam.net/throcky/icebox2.jpg


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MARTY19 3/14/2011 1:49PM

    Well, that is a visual I won't soon forget. LOL! emoticon

Marty

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GRANPATTIE 3/14/2011 1:17PM

    Yes, this is a good one. Coincidentally, the blog I posted last night was about motivation, too!

Pattie
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SEDONACAT 3/14/2011 1:05PM

    Loved it! Have a good one.
Deena

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JHADZHIA 3/14/2011 12:54PM

    emoticon LOVE it!! Thanks for sharing!!

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DAYHIKER 3/14/2011 12:50PM

    emoticon Hmm...our neighbor has mules...maybe I should put a picture of one of them on the fridge! emoticon

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MOMMYBYCHOICE 3/14/2011 12:37PM

    oh this was great.....!!!!!!!!!

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LOPEYP 3/14/2011 12:21PM

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MAWDOT35 3/14/2011 12:16PM

    I need to remember that!!! emoticon

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 3/14/2011 12:12PM

    Great advise!

I agree with DESTINYE,
Hee Haw

: )

FYI

Rained here all night, then it turned into sleet this morning , NOW getting SNOW.

Good news, it's supposed to be 70 degrees THURSDAY

YAAAAAAAAAAAAA
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BR>Hope you guys are doing well in your neck of the woods!

Happy St. Paddy's Day to you ALL!

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DESTINYE 3/14/2011 12:06PM

    Ha Ha - or Hee Haw!

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CINDBABE 3/14/2011 11:51AM

    hahaha That is exactly what I needed this morning! Thank for the laugh.

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MARTY728 3/14/2011 11:50AM

    My wife told to me to tell you not to let your DH in the house. I live in the garage at our home! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 3/14/2011 11:47AM

    LOL! :) Love it! I need that poster too!!!

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BETTYAHE 3/14/2011 11:42AM

    Good one! LOL. Thanks for sharing!

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GOOSIEMOON 3/14/2011 11:39AM

    LOL! Thanks for the laugh!

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 3/14/2011 11:36AM

    I LOVE it!!!! What a great photo. Thanks for sharing.

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