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Before you reach for that cookie.....

Monday, October 27, 2014

OK, we all have our weaknesses! Mine is cookies and candy, not all candy, just certain kinds. emoticon

BUT.... before you reach blindly for that cookie, or that little handful of candies, stop for just a moment and think. Yes, you can do it! It's not like you are taking a knife and stabbing yourself, I'm only asking you to stop for a moment before you gobble it down............ now think! Do you really, really, really need that cookie? Are you truly hungry? Or is it just the cookie that's calling your name?

Hey, if you are truly hungry, I don't want to deprive you. Go ahead and eat. NO! Not the cookie. Open the refrigerator and take out a piece of cheese, maybe a couple of slices of the thin sliced turkey or ham. Wrap it around the cheese and nibble on it, one tiny little nibble at a time, and savor the delicious taste of it. And while you're doing that, drink a nice big glass of water. That glass probably holds 12 to 16 oz, so it's 1-1/2 to 2 more glasses down out of the 8 that you need.

Now, make yourself DO something. If you live in the city, go out and check your mail to see if it's here yet. For me that means walking across the street and down to the corner -- not a lot of steps but it's better than plopping down on the sofa. Or walk from one end of the house to the other about 4 or 5 times -- those steps count up.

And, please, don't keep your temptations out in the open where they are just begging you to reach out and sample them. Hide them away like they are your own shameful little secret. Hide them behind other stuff, make yourself have to work to get at them not just reach out and mindlessly devour them.

Before you know it, when that urge strikes again (and of course, it will) maybe you will think about those crispy little carrots in your refrigerator, or an apple -- almost anything is better than the cookies and candy! Give your body FOOD, but do it with the healthy stuff, not the junk. (Yes, I'm working on my own advise) emoticon

  
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LIS193 10/28/2014 12:21PM

    Great blog! Thanks for the motivation... I needed that. We have some leftover snacks from a social evening and I caved too many times and had a handful here and there. Of course the scale tells me I shouldn't have...

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ARTJAC 10/28/2014 3:03AM

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DALID414 10/27/2014 11:05PM

    I read the title and said oh no, too late!
I had just eaten a Keebler S'mores Sandwich Cookie! Yes, I went grocery shopping hungry. Yes, I know better. But I did stop at the one. I've never had a real s'more and they got me, just this once though. Promise.

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JUNEAU2010 10/27/2014 7:02PM

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ICECUB 10/27/2014 6:01PM

    THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT ADVICE. I AM ALSO WORKING ON IT. OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND. emoticon

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/27/2014 3:40PM

    Great advice

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OLDERDANDRT 10/27/2014 3:35PM

    I'm with you on that battle! hehe I try not to have the rotten little goodies around! Hang in there, baby!! (((HUGS)))

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Do You Feel Like Your Progress is ON HOLD?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Many of us have been members of SparkPeople for years. I happen to be one of them. My experience has been slow and steady, not a fantastic story that will hit the front page of a Health magazine, but satisfying to me. The good thing about losing your weight slowly is that you aren't as likely to be troubled with sagging skin. Although I will adjust that thought somewhat to add that aging will have a certain amount of sagging eventually, even when you are healthy and fit, it's just slower in some of us.

Rather than throwing yourself into depression, or telling yourself you are a failure, the alternative is to honestly sit down and analyze what you are doing on a daily basis. It could be you are eating too much, or even too little. It could be while you exercise of some type for 20 or 30 minutes each day, it may not be enough to use up the calories you are consuming. It's the old formula of calories in versus calories out. And if that ratio isn't higher on the calories out side, your weight isn't going to budge.

Perhaps you've reached the point where you are blind to the problem, and you need to seek the advise of someone else. Your doctor, your nurse, or anyone qualified to analyze what you are eating and what type of exercise you're getting. Now is not the time to fudge on the truth. Let's say you track your food, but you fail to put down the two cookies you snack on each and every afternoon. Depending on the type they are, it could add up to anywhere from 130 to well over 200 calories each day. Multiply that out by 7 and you'll find a week of those same little cookies can add up to a whopping 910 to over 1400 calories and beyond. It's so easy to forget a bite here and there, I'm sure I'm guilty of it myself. Or let's say you eat in a restaurant for lunch a couple times a week, maybe go out to dinner. How many of us truthfully know the exact calorie count and nutritional values of all the stuff we eat when we're eating out? I'd have to estimate that NONE of us do, because we don't know everything that goes into what we're eating!

Don't beat yourself up if you haven't reached your goal weight, just put the blame where it belongs. Look at what you are eating and doing -- then make the decision to either take the blame or figure out a new plan!

emoticon That wonderful feeling of being at goal doesn't happen on it's own. It takes a lot of hard work and effort on your part. And consistency! Think about it.

  
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JUNEAU2010 10/26/2014 2:02PM

    Your blog has such a wonderful warmth!

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PROT358 10/26/2014 12:59AM

    An excellent reminder. Truly a word from the wise!

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DALID414 10/25/2014 11:40PM

    Maintaining that goal weight isn't any easier!

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ICECUB 10/25/2014 6:46PM

    WONDERFUL BLOOG. THIS SO TRUE. I AM STARTING TO WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN LIKE WHEN I WENT WW. I THINK THIS WILL REALLY HELP. THEN I WILL BE ABLE TO GO BACK AND READ WHAT HELPED THE MOST.

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OLDERDANDRT 10/25/2014 4:18PM

    Man oh man, you got THAT right!! I'm stuck on a number again, but I know I have too many calories in even though I'm shoving quite a few calories out! And today I have "life" getting in my way for that. I have my DGD with me today ( and for overnite) and we just spent 3 hours out shopping and though it was tons of fun, we ate at the Food Court and even though I was on my feet most of the time, I only got my SPAT a quarter of the way around! I don't know if I have the energy left to get the rest of the "glow getter" requirements!
Keepin' on the wagon as best I can and hoping maybe being so slow about getting this thing right, I won't have so much hanging flabby places! hehe
Great blog, Eve. Keep on keepin' on!! (((HUGS)))

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SUBMOM2 10/25/2014 1:49PM

    Food for thought. Thank you!

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KNEEMAKER 10/25/2014 1:22PM

  Nice blog! Thanks for sharing. With that said, let's all just keep on keeping on! emoticon

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LIS193 10/25/2014 12:29PM

    It is a lifetime commitment! Even being around goal it is a daily commitment to stay there... it's it only too easy to let things slide and before you know it you wonder where those 5 pounds came from.
Like you I have been here for a while now and I still love the daily support and encouragement from this site!

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HEALTHIER-VICKI 10/25/2014 11:54AM

    It takes a lot of commitment to see it thru and many just don't have it. They want the weight off, but maybe not enough to keep pushing themselves. I'm too stubborn to quit and now with Bob being told by his heart doctor it's necessary to keep him alive, he's making the effort. And it's paying off although he feels considering all he's not eating, he should be losing faster. But if he'll just stick with it, he'll get there. And that goes for me too. emoticon

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GEORGE815 10/25/2014 11:02AM

    I agree. It takes a lot of effort to reach some goals. Makes one wonder whether personally, I should be aiming a little bit lower!

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The New Shower! (with photo's)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

No advice to give you tonight. No tips, no lectures, not even any jokes. As you know, at least those who followed the progress to the burned down home getting rebuilt, when it was all said and done we were not happy with the little fiberglass shower that was in the bathroom DH is going to use. Besides that, after being in the home for two months, they STILL had not installed the shower door -- thus making it impossible to use.

As time went by we decided if this was going to be the home we'd be living in probably for the rest of our lives, we may as well have it the way we wanted. So I got in touch with the same guys who had done the floor tile and asked them about doing the shower in tile, and making it a little bigger as we had an extra 18 inches or more between the existing shower and the toilet. They said OK and gave us a quote as to what their labor would be. They were almost ready to start the job when the home builder finally brought the shower door. We told him to just put it in the garage. And in the meantime I went shopping for tile. Found one I liked, and hoped it wasn't the most expensive thing in the store -- you know how that goes. I was afraid it would cost a small fortune when I was told it was a polished stone from Italy, and the trim was glass and stone. But I bit the bullet and told the installers that was what I had chosen. Then waited to see what the price would be. I was pleasantly surprised.

OK, here are the results you've all been waiting to see. Hard to get a good shot as the shower door caused all kinds of reflections to show up, but this was as good as I could get.


And here is a close-up of the tile and trim:

Getting a glimpse of the bathroom from the hall (see the front door reflected in the mirror):

And when I posted photos of the new home I could not show you the photo of the hobby room as my sofa still had not been delivered -- fabric on backorder. I finally just cancelled the order, and used these two leather chairs that I already had.

Don't believe the office was quite ready for a photo at that time either, so it's a bit messy, but here's a photo of that too. (You didn't see that bag of Cheetos on my desk, did you?)

Just realized I forgot one, it's how the bathroom looks on this side of the shower.


October is such a wonderful month! Hope you are all enjoying it as much as I am!
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ROSAMARCELLE 10/23/2014 5:39PM

    It looks wonderful. You must be so relieved it is finally livable in, despite the few blips. emoticon

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WHITNEYTEACHER 10/21/2014 2:28PM

    Looks Great! (what cheetos?)
Our new house needs to have the small bathroom off of the master bedroom remodeled too. The people we bought the house from were remodeling but didn't get that far. It's usable but not pretty.
It looks like you're slowly getting settled in - finally! emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 10/19/2014 5:26PM

    Nice!

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4_MY_LIFE 10/19/2014 3:53PM

    It's beautiful!

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ICECUB 10/18/2014 10:26PM

    EVE, YOUR HOME IS BEAUTIFUL.I LOVED THE PICTURES. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KOHINOOR2 10/17/2014 8:52PM

    Beautiful home. emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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LUVTOBOWL 10/17/2014 3:56PM

    Beautiful Eve!

A little bit of Cheetos won't hurt.

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LIS193 10/17/2014 11:44AM

    Beautiful tiles in the shower! You picked a nice one.
Your new house looks beautiful, love the hobby room as well.
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Having just one home is so much more easier than being between 2 places... I can't wait to get rid of our place in Colorado and not having to worry about it anymore.

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OLDERDANDRT 10/17/2014 11:17AM

    Ooohh!! I like that shower! I'm sure your DH will enjoy it immensely!! I am so sorry it was such an ordeal about the shower door and then redoing the whole thing. I do hope now, you and he can settle into enjoying the place!! There will always be little things to improve or repair through time, but I'm hoping that now it is essentially done! It all looks great! ( those were your DH's Cheetos, right?)
Love to Amber and the kitties!! (((HUGS)))

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SKATER787 10/17/2014 10:41AM

    Wonderful. Very nice. emoticon

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HEALTHIER-VICKI 10/17/2014 10:17AM

    Really, really nice. emoticon

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WORKNPROGRESS49 10/17/2014 9:30AM

    Beautiful!!! emoticon

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SWEETNEEY 10/17/2014 8:23AM

    Construction is like weight loss - it's never easy. But the shower looks wonderful - the tile is very pretty. We may as well be comfortable in our homes - that's about the only place we really have control of. And it's the starting point for most of our days.

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/17/2014 8:13AM

    so pretty but I still would not had doors I would put a curtain up so enjoy your new bathroom love the tile now sit back and enjoy
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TERRACOTTAGE 10/17/2014 6:47AM

    You've done a great job... everything looks great. emoticon emoticon

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ARTJAC 10/17/2014 5:54AM

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TRISTAROSE 10/17/2014 5:13AM

    You've done a great job as everything looks so nice. Enjoy!

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LYNETTEMOM 10/17/2014 1:46AM

    right on! looking good!

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SUBMOM2 10/17/2014 1:10AM

    Beautiful photos! I'm so happy for you that your home is now a home. Enjoy!!

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DALID414 10/17/2014 12:06AM

    Beautiful!!
And of course I did, it's hard to miss the bright orange bag missy!
I love October. And it has nothing to do with chocolates and candy.

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My Achievements for the Day!

Thursday, September 25, 2014


This is how I looked today, less than a month away from my 76th birthday!

Today I walked 3+ miles, good for me and my dog.

Today I worked in my flower garden for 15 minutes.

Today I stayed within my caloric limits and got my exercise = goal accomplished!

Today I overcame the foul mood I was in and made it a happy day!

Bottom line is that bad things happen in everyone's life, the solution is accepting them and moving on. That's how I turned around my bad news yesterday. There is always going to be something that doesn't go quite the way you planned. Try to make the best of it, accept it unless you can change it, then move on. Do not dwell on it.

emoticon Smiling may add a few laugh lines to the side of your face, but it is better than frown lines across your forehead!

  
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WORKNPROGRESS49 9/28/2014 12:28PM

    You look amazing!!!! You are an inspiration!!! emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 9/28/2014 11:54AM

    Laugh and smile wrinkles are beautiful! So are you!

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HEART_N_GRACE 9/27/2014 8:03PM

    You look amazing and so happy! Way to Go!

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ROSAMARCELLE 9/27/2014 5:05PM

    You look fantastic! I hope I look as bood before my 76th birthday. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/27/2014 8:02AM

    emoticon picture of you and laughing is a good thing glad things turned out better for you today so keep laughing
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DALID414 9/27/2014 1:00AM

    I'll take the laugh lines emoticon

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LUVTOBOWL 9/26/2014 9:21PM

    Looking good Eve! Keep up the good work...

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon You look fantastic. emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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LIS193 9/26/2014 3:18PM

    You are looking great! My mom turned 76 a few weeks ago, she looks young too :)
I hope to have been blessed with her genes!


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OLDERDANDRT 9/26/2014 1:01PM

    You are looking fine, sweetie!! Way to go!! And congrats getting in that walk and turning your smile upside down!! That can be a real chore for me at times! hehe
Have a lovely Friday, Eve!! (((HUGS)))

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RITEEBEE 9/26/2014 9:12AM

    Looking amazing, what a great outlook!!!

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TERRACOTTAGE 9/26/2014 9:01AM

    Doing great, Eve. Love your attitude. emoticon emoticon

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GRAMMYX7 9/26/2014 8:31AM

    Wow! You look great.

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HEALTHIER-VICKI 9/26/2014 8:28AM

    You look great Eve. emoticon

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TRISTAROSE 9/26/2014 5:55AM

    You look awesome! emoticon

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GRANJERRY1 9/26/2014 3:23AM

    Eeeeve....., I saw this blog after the picture....You look like a Diva...you are my Rock Star and like I said there, if both of us are to step out you will definitely pass off as my grand daughter definitely not a friend....you look like my 45 and 49 year old grand daughters love....knock wood...keep getting better with age just like wine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ARTJAC 9/26/2014 2:03AM

    YOU LOOK emoticon

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MANOLY 9/26/2014 1:40AM

    OMG!!!!You look incredible, and you are very active, Congratulations !!!

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ICECUB 9/26/2014 1:30AM

    YOU LOOK FANTASTIC! GOOD FOR YOU FOR MAKING YESTERDAY A GOOD DAY. AND HAVING A ACTIVE DAY.

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FORZACHANDMATT 9/26/2014 1:17AM

    Wow - you look great!

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TIFFFIT 9/26/2014 12:15AM

    76th birthday?!? Is that a typo??? You look great!

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CALAMITIE 9/25/2014 11:54PM

  You have a wonderful attitude. I sure hope I can look as good as you do after 70.

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Monday! They're not that bad!

Monday, September 22, 2014


If that's the mental picture you have concerning Monday, perhaps you need to tweek your thinking a bit.


True, after a lovely week-end, it may be a bit harder to get started on Monday morning, but think of it like this.

We've enjoyed the week-end, but Monday gives us a whole new chance to improve on our bad habits and start forming good habits. Look at Monday as a chance to put one new "good" habit in place. By Friday it will almost be routine for you. Maybe begin with getting those 8 glasses of water down each day. Or try upping the number of steps you take.

OK, now get out there and decide some new good thing that you're going to make into a HABIT!

HAVE A GREAT DAY !

  
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VITCHY-VICKI 9/27/2014 8:05AM

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LIS193 9/26/2014 3:19PM

    I love Mondays! A fresh start :)

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ROSAMARCELLE 9/25/2014 4:09PM

    That's exactly how I feel now and today's Thursday! Thank goodness the weekend is round the corner. emoticon

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DALID414 9/22/2014 9:56PM

    That's why I call it Motivational Monday!

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JUNEAU2010 9/22/2014 8:02PM

    I always tell people it's a Marvelous Monday! No one believes me until they ask and I explain. Just try missing one of the 7 great days of the week.

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ICECUB 9/22/2014 6:27PM

    emoticon LOVE THE PUP PICTURE

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OLDERDANDRT 9/22/2014 3:10PM

    WooHoo!! Great blog, Eve!! I got my spark in progress earlier than ever ( for me) today!! Left the house at 10:30 this morning, walked to the bank, then retraced my steps then took a detour and bought a few tomatoes and walked on home! (That's why my activity feed shows 3 different walk times. It was all one walk with 2 stops!
And, as luck would have it, it's Monday!! lol!
Love your picture inserts, too!
Have a fabulous Monday, Eve!! (((HUGS)))

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SUNSET09 9/22/2014 1:23PM

  My habit is to do something towards a goal everyday! emoticon emoticon We're going to make it a great day! emoticon emoticon

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TERRACOTTAGE 9/22/2014 1:13PM

    Love your way of thinking... emoticon emoticon

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GRANJERRY1 9/22/2014 12:53PM

    Eve....I believe the same....new week and new beginnings....in fact I am just recovering recovering from a terrible tummy bug and was looking forward to the new week for renewed energy and zest....and this is lovely emoticon

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MCJOYFUL 9/22/2014 12:30PM

    Great pep talk for this Monday morning!

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