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DO YOU HAVE THE 'RIGHT' ATTITUDE?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

emoticon I don't expect you to walk around like a grinning fool all day, cuz then people would start looking at you like you might be an 'idiot' and they could be right on. lol But a nice friendly emoticon even to yourself if a good way to stay in the right frame of mind.

And if you are around the house -- hey! turn your fave music on the radio or TV. I did that last night and it is surprising how many quick little dance steps you can get in as a tune comes on that you like! And it's hard to be depressed or even in a bad mood when you are rockin' your hips to a good tune where your feet just won't hold still.

Don't even let your mind get to thinking about some over-due payment, or that leaky toilet that will undoubtedly cost you $100 to get fixed. One of your friends just told you about a serious illness they have? Yes, it's sad, but don't dwell on it or YOU will be the next one to get sick. Being healthy is as much a "state of mind" as it is the condition of your body. Besides depressing thoughts are usually what make us reach for a glass of wine or a bag of chips. Neither are necessary for a good food plan!

While we are on the discussion, how many times have you read an article that tells us we need to rid our environment of "unhealthy or depressing friends?" I'm not saying that you should suddenly drop all your fat or depressed friends, but try to avoid being around them too much of the time. Start concentrating on those with goals similar to yours so you can support and encourage one another; rather than bringing you down.

The path we have all chosen to follow can be a difficult one. In America especially, we are known as a nation of overweight people, so the majority of us are overweight, and when majority rules, that means most of us are over-eating and under-exercising. With that combination the result is predictable. But we HAVE made the choice to live a Healthy Lifestyle, so with that in mind, let's not be thrown off our chosen track -- not by the friends we associate with, not by the temptations placed in our paths -- not by ANYTHING! We can do this!

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MCJOYFUL 8/28/2014 10:07PM

    Absolutely! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 8/27/2014 11:19AM

    AMEN, sis-tah!!! I had to go to the bank for DH this morning and being as it's only 1 mile away, I called a neighbor for company and we walked the mile up...I made the deposit...and walked the mile back!!! AND didn't go to Starbuck's ( which is right beside the bank)!!! Yay me this time!
Great blog, Eve!! (((HUGS))) Thank you!

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/27/2014 9:04AM

    emoticon Blog - yes we need to motivated our self's so lets emoticon dance to the music and emoticon smile
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LIS193 8/27/2014 1:24AM

    Great blog!
We have developed a new group of friends recently and we have lots of fun playing pickle ball together. It is so nice to be able to socialize without food being the center of attention. We are happy to sweat it out on the court together.

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LYNETTEMOM 8/26/2014 9:48PM

    absolutely, what more is there to say?
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sums up what you've said to encourage us to Spark and Sparkle!
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GRAMMYX7 8/26/2014 7:36PM

    Great blog. It's much easier to smile and laugh than to drown in sorrow and pity. Let's keep this positive attitude going.
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ICECUB 8/26/2014 6:19PM

    WONDERFUL BLOG. MUSIC DOES MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD. I ONCE SAW A T-SHIRT YHAT SAID ''ALL I NEED ARE MY CATS AND MUSIC.'' emoticon PET THERAPY IS GOOD FOR YOU. emoticon emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 8/26/2014 3:58PM

    emoticon Tapping my toes right now! GREAT blog!

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Weight Fluctuations Have Reasons!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

This past week I was pretty upset by the fluctuations I was seeing in my weight. I went from 135.2 up to 139, going up and down along the way, and ending up the week at 137.6 -- and of course I didn't blame myself -- it had to be something else!

But in all honesty, there is always a reason, it nothing mysterious about it, and do not blame things like this on your scale.

Don't yell at your scale or kick it, it's a simple mechanical device designed to help us stay on track. You know from experience 5 or 10 pounds can download on your body in a big hurry and we don't even realize it's happening!

I looked back over my week, taking of note of what foods I had eaten, the amount of exercise I had gotten, and my stress level. Eating in a restaurant may be fun, but it is no friend when it comes to trying to live a Healthy Lifestyle. Even the simplest of salads can have hidden pitfalls. And when it comes to fast food -- wow! don't even get me started. Fat, Sodium and Sugar are the biggest culprits. But it really boils down to the basic Calories In Versus Calories Out. You can't sit on your laurels (that's a nice word for butt) and eat like there is no tomorrow and expect the scale to show you a good report. No Siree! But there are times when even if your calorie count is on target or on the low side that you might see the scale nudge up a bit. Come on, you know why -- it's not how much you ate, but WHAT you ate. Fat & Sodium would be my #1 guess.

So make this a lesson learned. You can't have it both ways. You either accept the fact that no exercise will cause the scale to go up or live in ignorant bliss. Same goes for your eating habits. And if your usual response is "I was a bad person, but I'm back on track today" well that's fine if you want to reach your goal sometime in 2050. For me, I'd like it to be a bit sooner than that. It's like being "just a little big pregnant." Not going to happen. And your healthy lifestyle can take a few hits, by that I mean a little splurge once or twice a month, not once or twice a week.

Put a nice smile on your face now, and get out there and live like you are motivated! There is no time like the present, and if you fall off the wagon, it's just another delay to getting where you want to be.


  
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TAMMYAND 8/25/2014 1:21PM

    I applaud you for this blog and your reality therapy approach! You are a wise woman! Thanks for sharing your wisdom!!!

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KLONG8 8/24/2014 11:50PM

    Beautiful photo of an inviting path. Your point is well taken. A splurge is a couple times a month thing, not a few times a week. And that's where I need to keep my focus because I'm partial to a couple times a week! 2050 doesn't seem like a great target date so.....I hear you!

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4_MY_LIFE 8/24/2014 10:53PM

    Great Blog! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/24/2014 6:14PM

    emoticon that is me in a nut shell need to take account for being bad - no back on the wagon
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GRAMMYX7 8/24/2014 4:39PM

    Well said. Great blog. emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 8/24/2014 4:03PM

    Wow!! You said a mouthful there, Eve!! I've been finding my weight on the up swing for a few months now, and everytime I think I've been good and got some exercise and eaten well, I go lax again and doggoned if the scale don't tell on me!! My wt. keeps going up as I guess I'm not as good as I sometimes think I am and I am still not consistent in the good stuff!! And today ( third week in a row) we are having a birthday celebration with too much food. (DGD's bd partySun. 2 wks ago, then DH's bd party last Sun. and today my DS's bd! Then we have a break till SIL the end of Sept.....My DD & elder DGD is in Nov. So if your wt. is up & downing by 10, feel better in the knowing that mine is up a good 20! Occasionally down a pound or 2 , but then right back up. I do sooooo need to get consistent on my movement again!
I love that pic with the dog and the scale!!! Priceless, but I don't blame the scale. It's all me! I could blame eating out, but it's me or DH who make the decision to go out to eat, so....still not the fault of the scale.
Great blog, Eve! I can always count on you to make me take a long, hard look at myself! Thanks, my friend! (((HUGS)))

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LIS193 8/24/2014 11:49AM

    Great blog!
Hang in there - it will come off again. We all go through a month with fluctuations but stay in a 3 pound range your comfortable with and don't panic :)
This is a stressful and also happy time for you - moving into your new house etc
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Very wisely put....one can't keep making mistakes & not expect the weight to show up.....
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JUNEAU2010 8/23/2014 8:05PM

    Well said! Love that picture at the end, too.

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Very true, Eve, I can so relate to this! I'm going through the same thing myself. Had a family birthday a little over a week ago, and slipped back into bad habits with cake, goodies and leftovers. Now I'm really aggravated with myself... but I am back on the program.

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My Week in a Nutshell (Aug 10-16)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

SUNDAY saw us travel back down to Glendale where the kitties were especially happy to see us! Holly had never had an evening alone since we adopted her, and she likes to cuddle with us at night, besides they had eaten all their food! So happy kitties!

MONDAY my DH had a doctor appointment and I tried to go through the house making the decision as to what we should take back up with us. Of course two cat carriers and the dog take up quite a space, so we have limited room to haul. And DH said it would take 2 trips to haul it all. So I offered to drive up alone and come back for George and more "stuff" early on Tuesday.

TUESDAY got up early for my morning walk with Amber, then headed down to get my DH. We loaded up all kinds of stuff, but when we got up here George discovered he had forgotten the needles for his diabetes shots. No choice but to go back down for them, which he did. And of course brought up a few more "must haves."

WEDNESDAY saw us working in the yard where weeds were trying to take over, and just general clean up and putting things away. I'm getting in a lot more steps as I take an early morning walk with Amber, then an evening walk with 3 other ladies. They also poured our driveway early this morning and that really improved the looks of our place.

THURSDAY we have been pricing decomposed granite (or landscape rock) via places we found on the Internet -- with all that we will need it's not going to be cheap. DH estimates we will need somewhere between 65 and 80 TON! Found two places in the little town at the bottom of our hill, so we drove down and found a much better price and it's a "delivered price" so our costs just went from $45/ton W/O delivery to $32 per ton delivered. WooHoo! They will be bringing it on Monday.

FRIDAY hired a contractor who lives down the street to do our sprinkler/drip system and also spread our landscaping rock. It's something we definitely could not handle, as DH has a very bad back and I'm 75 years old! Something for heavy equipment to do or else young muscular guys! So that is two major worries off our mind.

SATURDAY we are still doing clean-up work in the yard. Our patios are so nice to sit on and watch the world -- but now we need to travel again to Prescott to find patio furniture. One little thing at a time, like with my Healthy Lifestyle -- one step at a time leads you to success!

Weight is down to 136.2 so I'm getting there, slow but sure. Very soon it will be time for the Photo's -- don't give up on me!
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LUVTOBOWL 8/19/2014 4:51PM

    I'll never give up on you Eve.

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WANDAH3 8/19/2014 7:11AM

    A busy week for sure, but it sounds like your are getting much accomplished. Congratulations on your weight elimination too!



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4_MY_LIFE 8/17/2014 9:13PM

    Glad everything is coming together with the house. Enjoy your walks!

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OLDERDANDRT 8/17/2014 5:21PM

    It IS indeed coming all together!!! WooHoo!!! Fantastic!!! Just Look what one step at a time has gotten you!! Not just in your weight loss / healthy journey, but in getting that house built!!! Yippee!!!! That decomposed granite is a cool thing!! It'll be just like gravel till it gets a good soaking then it becomes like concrete!!! No fuss, no muss, no mud!!! It'll be soooo nice when you can finally say "it's all done"!!!
Keep up the great work, Eve!!! I'll be looking forward to seeing the completed product!!! (((HUGS)))

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STILLFLYIN 8/17/2014 12:13PM

    Pause and take a break when you can! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/17/2014 6:59AM

    So glad thing are going your way and you can relax soon can't wait for pictures
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TRISTAROSE 8/17/2014 6:47AM

    You are definitely making progress .... What will you do with yourself when all the work is done!! Only kidding .... Enjoy!

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WARRIORGIRL121 8/17/2014 1:43AM

    Definitely a busy week for you! So, are all the furbabies with you now, or is there still a lot to do before everyone is together again in one place? emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 8/16/2014 10:30PM

    I'm exhausted just thinking of your week! Whew!

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DALID414 8/16/2014 10:29PM

    Busy, busy, busy bee!

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KOHINOOR2 8/16/2014 10:28PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss and all of your other accomplishments. Take care of yourself. emoticon emoticon

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GRANJERRY1 8/16/2014 9:05PM

    Eve you seem to have your plate full. Glad you hired a contractor to do the heavy stuff for you. I can now imagine the lovely patios and sitting there sipping tea & watching the world go by.... Aaaahhh simply idyllic in a little hill town. Enjoy your labor of love friend.

Congratulations on the weight loss...

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ICECUB 8/16/2014 8:16PM

    WE WILL NEVER GIVE UO ON YOU. YOU ARE DOING GREAT. DOES SOUNDS LIKE YOU'VE HAD A BUSY WEEK. emoticon

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GRAMMYX7 8/16/2014 8:02PM

    Sounds like a very busy week. When everything is all done you will find it was so worth it. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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LJOYCE55 8/16/2014 7:44PM

  Your dog is adorable. I agree with HollyM48 that your week sounds very very busy. Glad to see you still got your exercise in.

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HOLLYM48 8/16/2014 7:19PM

    We will never give up on you! Sounds like a busy week but a good one. Keep up the great work!

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Beat the Downpour or Get Soaked???

Monday, August 11, 2014

emoticon Yikes! The clouds were looming very close and very black. I walk with three other ladies and at first we thought we might take a different, shorter route tonight. But one of the ladies lived a bit further down the street so we took the chance to go our regular route, just over a mile.

As we walked lightening flashed around us, and the other two ladies decided to call their husbands to "come and get them." My next-door friend and I decided to be brave and chance it. Amber (the dog) didn't worry about the thunder and lightening as she happily sniffed everything in sight.

Luck was with us and we both made it home without a drop of rain touching us! And someone was very happy to see me come through the door. This is Holly's first night in the new house and she is quite nervous and skeptical about it. Just for tonight I have put her food on a table in the office where I have seen her exploring. She likes the master bedroom the best, where she hides out under the bed. The older cat, Luci, is still at our other house as she hid under the bed and I couldn't get her. But tomorrow morning I'm going back down to get another load of "stuff." What is all this stuff that a person can't seem to live without? Does the hauling ever stop? lol


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ROSAMARCELLE 8/16/2014 5:58PM

    Have fun and don't overwork yourself! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 8/12/2014 5:38PM

    Listen, sweetie. This is me yelling at you, dear one!!! Next time you're out and you hear thunder.....let alone seeing the lightening.....you get your little hiney indoors!! Quick!!! I'm glad you didn't get rained on, but you Could have been struck by lightening! Yes you could have! You other walking buddies were not wimps, but were smart! I'd have done that, too! You mean too much to too many and to me, too, please don't take those kinds of chances any more!!!! Please!!!!!! Nice you got your walk, but it could have been a disaster, you know. They say if you even hear the thunder, get indoors, esp., if there is any lightening within 10 miles. Love ya like a sis, sweetie! Want to keep you safe and sound.
Precious little Holly. She's learned a new thing to appreciate you for! But this house is as new to you!! Fun!! Can't wait for Luci's take on it! I'm guessing Amber is cool as a cucumber with it! Esp., since she's with you anyway!
I have enough trouble finding what I need in one little tiny house. Can't imagine dealing with 2! I'd lose things twice as fast! lol!
Hope you are having a great day and that Luci is being cooperative in going to the mtns.! Stay safe, my friend!! (((HUGS)))

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ICECUB 8/12/2014 10:40AM

    HOLLY IS BEAUTIFUL. GLAD YOU DID NOT GET WET. emoticon YOU ARE IN YOUR NEW HOME.

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JUNEAU2010 8/12/2014 8:48AM

    Holly's a beauty! Glad you made it home safely; lightning is something to be respected.

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/12/2014 8:15AM

    emoticon glad you got your walk in before the rain and hope you get Luci up to the new house today - and hope you get everything else up there so you can relax
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DALID414 8/12/2014 12:46AM

    I so would have been one to ditch you!

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LIS193 8/12/2014 12:31AM

    Good luck getting Luci tomorrow. You will all be settled in soon!

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MCFITZ2 8/11/2014 11:59PM

    I keep trying to downsize. emoticon Not very successfully.

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WARRIORGIRL121 8/11/2014 11:58PM

    Oh wow, I'd never have gotten away with continuing a walk like that with Missy... she was so sensitive and terrified of storms for most of her life and she would drag me all the way back to the house, no matter where we were! Good to hear the house seems to be coming along.. I'm sure all the furbabies will settle in quickly enough.. probably when you're done moving and shifting boxes. :)

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MCJOYFUL 8/11/2014 11:27PM

    We can accumulate so much stuff. I know what you mean about hauling. My husband and I are at a cute lake cabin for two weeks and we brought enough stuff to spend the summer here!

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AUGUST

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Six letters to come up with appropriate (healthy, motivating) acronyms for.

A - All your exercise and planning go down the drain if you binge on a bag of chips!

U - Unless you are God (and I doubt you are) you are bound to slip up somewhere!

G - Go with the flow, if you aren't perfect today, make up for it tomorrow!

U - Unhealthy foods usually have high fat and sugar content!

S - Stay with your plan, persevere and you will come out a winner!

T - This sounds a bit like a lecture; but I'm only pointing out the obvious!

August probably deserves better than this, but it's all I could come up with today. In the area where I live, August is a HOT, RAINY month, so it's not one of my favorites. Just heard from my daughter, who now lives in Italy; and she tells me August is a month-long vacation time there. Most restaurants and other businesses simply close up. What a concept. She is one of the lucky ones, she will be on vacation also.

  
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GALINAZ 8/9/2014 12:52PM

    If we can survive August in AZ, it makes the rest of the year worth it! emoticon

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SUBMOM2 8/8/2014 11:26AM

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 8/7/2014 6:59PM

    Cute blog loved the acronyms, they are all true. Have a great evening. It has been hot and humid here all day.

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/7/2014 7:28AM

    August is a month of birthdays here plus a new baby can't wait - enjoy August
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ICECUB 8/6/2014 9:09PM

    IT HAS BEEN SO HOT LATELY. IT IS HARD TO KEEP MOVING. BUT I AM.

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PROT358 8/6/2014 9:00PM

    We have had a very mild summer here in southern Ohio. Unseasonably mild. We were in the low 70s, low humidity last week. One day was almost cool enough for a light jacket. The weather will turn soon enough!

As always, thank you for the monthly acrostic!

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DALID414 8/6/2014 8:55PM

    August has already brought me the high of highs (nephews' Batman theme birthday party Sat) and the low of lows (nephew in the hospital Sun-today). The rest of it should be a piece of cake, right?

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JUNEAU2010 8/6/2014 8:42PM

    Send rain to northern California! We need it!

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GRANJERRY1 8/6/2014 7:16PM

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WARRIORGIRL121 8/6/2014 6:49PM

    Cute! emoticon Love your acronyms!

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ROSAMARCELLE 8/6/2014 6:01PM

    I don't like it too hot. It wipes me out, and particularly when it is humid, which it has been a lot this summer. Enjoy the rest of your week. emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 8/6/2014 5:28PM

    I like your August acronyms! They speak the truth! hehe
August is hot and sometimes stormy here as well! We've been so blessed this summer that we've had storms brush past us, but no direct hits! This could always change, but I'm hoping out luck holds out as long as possible!
Your lucky DD!! The whole town goes on vaca?!?! What's her weather like there in August? I've never traveled outside of the continental US except for one quick trip with my parents as a kid into Mexico from Texas. I often wonder what kind of weather or temps other countries are having. (And other states of our own country!)
Now that you can spend time in your Mtn. home, you won't have to be sooo hot so much. YAY!!! *happy dancing*
Take care, Eve!! And give Amber some extra happy belly rubs from me!! (((HUGS)))

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FORZACHANDMATT 8/6/2014 4:45PM

    Love it!

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COOLRAIN 8/6/2014 4:31PM

    This was so clever! Thank you for sharing it. I think I want to move to Italy. It's HOT here, rainy, and I want a month off work. Heck, since I'm wishing, I want the rest of my life off--and, of course, to win Lotto!

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