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Big New Refrigerator

Friday, October 22, 2010

emoticon Although he did not consider it to be my birthday present, I did. We went shopping for a new refrigerator on Sunday (after my geek BF had done a ton of comparison shopping via the Internet). As for me, I just go to a store that handles several different brands and I do some comparison shopping as far as what features I want. I told my BF all the features that I wanted our new refrig to have, and armed with that he started on his search.

When he told me the Samsung, which I had chosen had a much shorter warranty time than the LG; I just looked at him and said, "What's an LG?" I don't think I have shopped for any appliances since 1995 when I was involved in remodeling my home in Sedona -- and I went with all KitchenAid Superba products except for the cooktop. How things change. LG may have been a new name on the market as far as "I" was concerned, but checking it out we discovered it is rated #1 on the Consumer Guide. It touted a warranty period of 10 years to boot.

We checked out Lowe's, Home Depot, Sears and the Maytag Store. We ended up with the best deal at Home Depot -- who gave us a whopping 20% off, and said they would deliver already TODAY, plus hauling our old one off. With an ice maker that didn't work, and having worked hard for 15 years -- I think it was time for the old one to be hauled to the dump.

Enter my new, 28 cu ft. shiny black refrigerator, sporting French Doors, an enormous tray that extended across the double width of the refrigerator so I can lay out all the cheeses and cold cuts we so love, ice maker in the door, with ice and water dispenses in a 10-inch high dispenser -- tall enough for a pitcher to fit into. It is just so gorgeous and roomy and as everything was placed into bags and ready to be put back in, I spent the time to have everything organized. First my BF's choice of TV dinners/breakfasts on the left of the pull-out drawer, my own selections lined up on the right-hand side. Below the pull-out drawer I placed the veggies and bulk meat packages, which in our case consist mostly of shrimp, pork chops and chicken.

I will probably tweek my choices a bit in the days to come, but so far it's a real joy to open up those two big doors and just gaze at all the good stuff spread out before my eyes! Oh -- by the way, if you gaze too long it beeps at you. Kind of a gentle reminder to "Shut the Darn Door!"

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ROSY_TIAMO 10/23/2010 6:13AM

    Happy birthday, and enjoy your new refrigerator! emoticon

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MYRTLEBEACHWINS 10/22/2010 11:19PM

    Gosh maybe I can copy your comparison shops. I am buying a stainless steel one for the Fl condo we are anticipating a move too. They stole all the appliance's before they were evicted. So glad your happy with your choice. I may be January before I get mine. Life without a refrigerator should be interesting.

Oh and don't think we forgot it wasn't that long ago since you did your foyer. LOL

ps.......... Yea, I am keeping track. Lucky you being spoiled as well deserved. I love men. hehe Can you toss me the blinders when your done.

Comment edited on: 10/22/2010 11:47:06 PM

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PSMITH3841 10/22/2010 7:35PM

    I have one in are going to LOVE it!...I got mine for my birthday last December, my gift from me to me!! By the way, that handy little beep can get really annoying when you're cleaning the fridge...just thought I'd prepare you for that, but otherwise, the LG is tops! Enjoy!

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BLESSED2BEME 10/22/2010 4:17PM

    Love the "beeping" part - that made me really smile!

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CATLADY52 10/22/2010 1:47PM

    emoticon on a good choice. Isn't it interesting what we want for birthdays as we get older? Or is it really getting wiser? emoticon

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TRISTAROSE 10/22/2010 10:31AM

    emoticon Your new refrigerator sounds wonderful .... enjoy.


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OLDERDANDRT 10/22/2010 8:33AM

    emoticon What a nice birthday present!! Happy Birthday!!!
Enjoy the new fridge!!!

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THPEAKY 10/22/2010 8:27AM

    I am SO happy for you!! Happy birthday, too!

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TAMSHAUMENO 10/22/2010 7:58AM

Fantastic Fridge!! Hehe, maybe you should name it that, lols!

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/22/2010 7:42AM

    emoticonI want a new one too but had to get a new freezer first the old one went to pot so enjoy your new one

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BRENDAGAIL9 10/22/2010 12:53AM

    I would love to have a nice refrigerator. I do have a new one but this apartment complex has all the cheapest appliances ever made. I bought a small chest freezer shortly after I moved here because the refrigerator freezer doesn't keep things frozen to my liking.

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FITANDFIFTY2 10/22/2010 12:45AM

    Oh your new fridge sounds "awesome"!! Congratulations!! I hope it gives you many years of great service! Happy Birthday too!!

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MKATE88 10/22/2010 12:42AM

    how fun! and happy birthday!

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A Glimpse of my Cruise

Monday, October 18, 2010

Here I am at the helm of a sailing ship we went on; this was a tour of Bras d'or Lake in Canada. The weather was a nippy 56 degrees that day, probably a little cooler out on the lake. One of the highlights of this little sailing expedition was when 2 (male and female) bald eagles soared by our boat and as the captain tossed a hamburger overboard they would swoop down and retrieve it. They did seem to understand just what he was saying as he would guide them to first one side and then to the other. After 21 years of doing this I guess they have learned how it does things. I also learned that eagles mate for life, and these two were judged to be about 30 years old. So they had lived a bit over half of their lives so far.

After turning over the wheel to me the Captain (John) suggested that I go to the far end of the boat (no -- I don't remember what he called it) and pose while his helper took my photo; he said it would break the ice and get people started doing it. So here I am up there, and it was a little windy, believe me! And even colder.

Can you see my lips turning blue? lol

Later on we took this photo to show a little of the scenery, but I'm afraid the photo just does not do it justice; sorry about that.

And then this last one was taken as we made a stop on the tour bus we were on. The water behind us was quite beautiful and I wish the person taking the photo had zeroed in on it just a bit more. We will be making web pages a bit later, and I'll clue you in as to locating them if anyone is interested.

All in all it was a lovely trip, and I gained only 2.2 pounds as I think we walked about 5 miles each day and also made it to the gym about every other day. But the FOOD we ate -- well, I guess it's best to gloss over that.

I'll do another segment of the trip later -- hope you enjoyed this.

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STILLFLYIN 10/20/2010 1:11PM

    Wonderful memories! And you can lose that little bit of weight again now that you are back to regular living.

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PSMITH3841 10/19/2010 9:23PM

    Great pictures,,,can't wait to see more.....looks like you had a great time, but it also looked like it was a bit nippy! I think that was one of those once in a lifetime trips, with the kind of scenery you don't see every day, not to mention the eagles...up close and personal...I've only ever seen them at the zoo...WOW! Thanks for sharing...Hugs, Penny

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CATLADY52 10/19/2010 4:48PM

    Way to go! You were probably just thrilled to be there when the eagles swooped in for their treat. There is nothing like being on the open sea.

I'll be waiting to see more. emoticon

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THPEAKY 10/19/2010 10:05AM

    What a wonderful "extra cruise!" A camera, I know, is no substitute for the eye BEING there. I am so GLAD you had a wonderful time.

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TRISTAROSE 10/19/2010 7:26AM

    Looks like you were having fun ... Can't wait to see more photos and hear all about it!


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JUDY1676 10/18/2010 10:29PM

    What a beautiful place to visit!

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    Wow, so fun! I know you will remember it forever. Cheers to many more! Keep having fun and enjoying life.

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BLESSED2BEME 10/18/2010 8:57PM

    What a beautiful trip you took. Can't wait to hear more about it.

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USFBULL 10/18/2010 8:44PM

    Looks like your having fun, way to go emoticon

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Have You Discovered Walden Farms Yet?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Yes, we all know that fruits and veggies are good for you, and very healthy. But sometimes when we make up that big delicious salad to stay on our healthy lifestyle -- we turn right around and sabotage our results by pouring on heaps of bleu cheese dressing (or something equally as fattening!) What to do???

I was browsing through the aisles of SPROUTS one day several months ago and in the salad dressing display there was several bottles grouped together that said on the label "NO CALORIES - NO CARBS - NO FAT" and I thought "It must taste like cardboard." But...... who knows? I tried the Ranch Dressing (with reservations!)

OMG! The dressing was delicious! I checked on my next trip to that store and saw they had Bacon Ranch, Asian, Bleu Cheese, Italian,Balsamic......and the list goes on and on. Also found a chocolate syrup that made the same claim. Needless to say, I have tried most of themby now -- all delicious. In a short, fat jar I also found a CARAMEL TOPPING. Tried it-- didn't like it (aha, all good things must come to an end sometime).

I happened to take 2 or 3 bottles with me when I visited my daughter last time, and when she returned from her trip I received a call from her -- "Mom! Where did you find this dressing with NO CALORIES???" Unfortunately for her, there is no Sprouts store in the Las Vegas area. I live in the Phoenix area and have seen these same dressings on the shelves of Fry's Market Place also.

Hopefully you can find them in your area. Delicious!!

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TRISHN2010 3/2/2011 3:29AM

  So far I have tried the Asian salad dressing and the Bacon Ranch and like both of them. I haven't found any Walden Farms products locally yet, but have made my purchases directly from their website It is amazing the huge variety of all different types of food products they have to choose from!

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STILLFLYIN 10/18/2010 11:35AM

    Walden Farms products are in my regular grocery store. They are too expensive and have ingredients that I'm allergic to so I mix up my own dressings from scratch. I'm glad they work for you!

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THPEAKY 10/18/2010 8:17AM

    The Caramel dipping sauce was good with an apple. The chocolate too...of curse I haven't tasted REAL caramel or chocolate in a while. I didn't like the honey mustard dressing but love the blue cheese...also with apple or on salad.

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/18/2010 8:12AM

    I will check next time I go to the stores
Eve hope you stop by the chat room at DWI soon

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PSMITH3841 10/17/2010 10:09PM

    Walden Farms???? Sounds too good to be true! I'll check it out, hopefully it's here in the east!

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Getting to Know Me!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

emoticon emoticon I've read a few blogs lately where the person writing gave some little known facts about themselves -- it was interesting and informative. I really like the Teams that I belong to (or Lead) to be friendly and get to know one another, so I'll start and perhaps this will catch on and more of you will do it.

Places I've Lived (but not all)
Blackduck, Minnesota
Dickinson, North Dakota
San Diego, California
Yokosuka, Japan
Glendale, Arizona

Jobs I Have Had:
Real Estate Agent
Executive Secretary
Telephone Operator

Places I Have Traveled to:
Hong Kong
Nova Scotia

Vehicles I Have Owned:
Mitsubishi Spyder (convertible)
Toyota Pickup
Buick LaCrosse
VW Bud
Lincoln Continental Convertible

Things I am Good At:
Typing (100 wpm)
Interior Decorating

Other Little Things About Me:
My favorite clothing colors are black and white
I have a Wheaten Scotish Terrier named Amber
I am getting married in January of 2011
I have 2 sons, 1 daughter -- all adults
My favorite pie is Pecan
My favorite treat would be cookies and milk
I do not care much for chocolate
Jeans and a T-shirt are my favorite clothing
Classical music or Easy Listening are my favorite music
I go over the speed limit when I drive!
I have a habit of leaving my shoes all over the house

Now tell me about YOU!

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/17/2010 7:17AM

    emoticonto know you better

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ROSY_TIAMO 10/17/2010 6:22AM

    I enjoyed reading this. Congratulations on your upcoming marriage.....
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CBEVNOW 10/16/2010 11:09PM

    My kind of girl, the t shirts and jeans, i always tell every one when i die just put on my favorite T shirt and jeans.Ill tell about me in a blog, later on. Great blog.

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What a Welcome Home I Received

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon It's almost worth being away for a few days just to experience the excitement and love that pours forth from your dog when they see you again.

I went to pick Amber emoticon up at about 11:30 this morning and I'm sure she realized it was me at the door, so even though she normally would not bark at me -- she let out a couple of excited barks. The door opened and she came zipping out the door at full speed, with her whole body wiggling with joy!

We walked inside the house and I sat down on the sofa, she jumped up, I hugged her, she jumped down and ran like crazy through the house. Then back up on the sofa again, more hugs -- and she repeated this little scenario about 10 times before she quieted down enough to simply come and sit by me. So much love and joy, and it was so obvious.

When I got up to leave she looked at me, probably wondering if I was going to take her with me. I said, "yes, you get to go for a ride." And those words brought on a whole new set of excited barks and spinning around in circles.


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CATLADY52 10/14/2010 2:18PM

    Welcome back! You have been missed by more than just your pup.

I had a cat once that greeted me at the door. Animals are funny that way. They have ways of greeting us that can be quite unique.

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/14/2010 7:37AM

    I know what you mean when I go see the Grand dog or she comes here she goes crazy and I love it - Welcome back hope you stop by the chat room soon and tell us all about the trip.

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THPEAKY 10/14/2010 7:17AM

    Dogs RULE! Welcome back: hope you had a fabulous time. I missed your posts.

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PSMITH3841 10/13/2010 9:58PM

    Don't you just love our Pups' enthusiasm...Zoey acts that way when I come home from work every day...Their love is astounding as well as unconditional...Hope you guys had a great vacation...We will see a posting, won't we? Plus, you owe us pictures of your snazzy dresses...Remember? emoticon

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