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A beautiful day today finally

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Today was an absoultely perfect summer day. The sun was shining, it was cool but not chilly so I was able to get in a morning walk. I picked 12 oz blueberries along the way and there is still tons of bushes along the way. The tourists left this evening so it is quiet again.

For dinner I tried a Morningstar Spicy Black Bean "burger" and it wasn't bad. I grilled it so it was a little dried out.

I also found the cross stitch project I have been looking for since I got home, YAY YAY! Now I have to finish it off and send it out.


In honor of America's Independence Day

Saturday, July 04, 2009

In Congress, July 4, 1776.
A Declaration
By the Representatives of the
United states of America,
In general Congress assembled.

When in the course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.
We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness--That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security. Such has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The History of the Present King of Great-Britain is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public Good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing Importance, unless suspended in their Operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the Accommodation of large Districts of People; unless those People would relinquish the Right of Representation in the Legislature, a Right inestimable to them, and formidable to Tyrants only.
He has called together Legislative Bodies at Places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the Depository of their public Records, for the sole Purpose of fatiguing them into Compliance with his Measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly Firmness his Invasions on the Rights of the People.
He has refused for a long Time, after such Dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the Dangers of Invasion from without, and Convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the Population of these States; for that Purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their Migrations hither, and raising the Conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the Tenure of their Offices, and Amount and Payment of their Salaries.
He has erected a Multitude of new Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their Substance.
He has kept among us, in Times of Peace, Standing Armies, without the consent of our Legislature.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a Jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our Laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large Bodies of Armed Troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from Punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all Parts of the World:
For imposing taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us, in many Cases, of the Benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended Offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an arbitrary Government, and enlarging its Boundaries, so as to render it at once an Example and fit Instrument for introducing the same absolute Rule in these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with Powers to legislate for us in all Cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our Seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our Towns, and destroyed the Lives of our People.
He is, at this Time, transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the Works of Death, Desolation, and Tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and Perfidy, scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous Ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized Nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the Executioners of their Friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic Insurrections among us, and has endeavoured to bring on the Inhabitants of our Frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known Rule of Warfare, is an undistinguished Destruction, of all Ages, Sexes and Conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions we have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble Terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated Injury. A Prince, whose Character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the Ruler of a free People.
Nor have we been wanting in Attentions to our British Brethren. We have warned them from Time to Time of Attempts by their Legislature to extend an unwarrantable Jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the Circumstances of our Emigration and Settlement here. We have appealed to their native Justice and Magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the Ties of our common Kindred to disavow these Usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our Connections and Correspondence. They too have been deaf to the Voice of Justice and of Consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the Necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of Mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace, Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, Free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connection between them and the State of Great-Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of the divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
Signed by Order and in Behalf of the Congress,
John Hancock, President.

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2LABS2LOVE 7/4/2009 11:55AM

    emoticonWell said....!

Did you ever read the book John Adams by David McCullough (sp?). He describes how difficult it was to get this declaration to pass...it is so interesting and makes you wonder if the politicians we have today would ever work together to get something like this done.

We must remember that with each signature (they signed this document over a series of months), these men became outlaws, traitors and many lost everything they had, including their lives. Many wives and children were chased from their homes by the British and lived in the woods. Thomas Jefferson's wife had just had a baby girl and was chased into the cold woods by the British. They both died. Thomas was not at home but working with the Continental Congress. Thomas Jefferson was so distraught over the deaths of his family, that he walked around in his slippers and bathroom for weeks to grief-stricken to care. Also, John Adams lost a baby during this time period too...and Abigail was at home by herself as well. Don't' forget the sacrifices of the women either to pass this amazing document! emoticon

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New stuff on SparkPeople

Friday, July 03, 2009

SparkPeople has added some new features on the site like a new calendar to keep you on track, new measurements, some new chat thing that doesn't work, they spruced up the recipes site, new gift certificates in the SparkPeople store, you can reset the articles you read. Lots of new stuff. I guess I have been busy with family the past week so I didn't have time to look the sitge over as well as I usually do.

It was beautiful this morning so I got a chance to go for a nice walk outside. I should have taken a bucket with me so I could have picked all the nice plump strawberries and blueberries on the side of the road. Next time I will take a bucket.

I haven't been posting the SparkPeople daily desk calendar notes so here is today, July 3:
Shake it! Create a playlist of songs that you just can't sit still to, and let loose! Dancing is a gerat way to get fit--even if you're just grooving in the privacy of your own home. Yes, working out CAN be fun!

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ZSAZSAJANNY 7/3/2009 3:31PM

    I have the daily desk calendar and like it but I really wanted the one where you can list everything down. Next year, I will order much earlier!!

I'll have to go and check out some of the other stuff myself. I guess I just have fallen into the rut of using my 'usual' and have checked out the new. Off I go!
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My Sparkteam Meet & Greet was a BLAST!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

My New Hampshire Sparkers team had a Meet & Greet last Sunday near Concord, NH. It was a BLAST! It was so nice to put a face to a name, sit and chat with team members, share good food, go on a hike together. The weather acutally held out for the picnic. The team leader did a GREAT job on organizing the gathering, WAY TO GO HOLLY!
SparkPeople was very generous to the team too, there were lots of nice prizes, lots of t-shirts, window clings, a fitness starter kit and a Fit & Trim lunch kit that I won! Plus a banner that the team leader had made for us. We are trying to plan another get together for July.

34 out of 39 days of rain since I've been home and it's getting pretty damn depressing. It's chilly, damp, rainy, water logged and just plain miserable. It's making me want to go back to Saudi.

I need to set new goals for myself for July, but it's hard to get past the rain.
It's the holilday weekend and I have no plans, I'll be home watching the rain.

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COOLBEAN61 7/3/2009 12:32PM

    Glad everyone had fun! I bet you are loving the sun today! Good luck on your new goals and I would love to have some pics posted of the get together!

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GRAMMYEAC 7/3/2009 9:26AM

    Hi, Robin,

What a great blog!

David and I went for an hour walk this morning. Started in the same old clouds, but the last 15 minutes we had sun!!! Skies overhead are clear right now, but there's another cloud bank moving in from the west. I'm afraid this sun isn't going to last.... emoticon


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HOPE2BE 7/2/2009 9:08PM

    I will say a prayer that the rain goes away. My answer is always thank God for the weather no matter how bad it seems and he sends good weather to you. Maybe if you started thanking God for the rain he would make it quit then you could thank him for the sunshine. I'm glad you had a wonderful get together and won some stuff. They didn't plan anything here even though we have a team.

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30 Days at home

Thursday, June 25, 2009

I can't believe I've been home for 30 days, time has gone SO fast! I haven't accomplished much as far as losing weight and exercising. It's been raining all but 6 days in June and according to the weather page, it will rain more!

I've seen my GP, had a mammogram and seen the diabetic nutritionist. The diabetic nutritionist said since my gout is not bothering me and I am on medication for that to concentrate more on the diabetic diet.

I haven't done any cross stitching either so I have to get busy with that.

My dad has been in and out of the hospital a lot since I've been home and is back home once again.

That is the update on me, I need to get cracking and exercise!!

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HOPE2BE 6/30/2009 5:21PM

    You remind me of myself when I didn't exercise for 2 months because of Dr. orders. I got really lazy and working my hiney off to get back into exercising was torture. It was all I could do to exercise an hour each day and then I started back up to an hour and a half. Getting back to 2 hours is something I haven't been able to do yet. If you don't work it you make it harder on yourself. Just try and remember its doing you good to do it. You will feel so good after you accomplish it.

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