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DISCOURAGED or DETERMINED?

Sunday, October 14, 2012

emoticon = emoticon Hey! You're discouraged, you "thought" you ate the right food, you DID exercise and yet after a week -- the scale has gone up, not down!?!?!?

emoticon emoticon emoticon These are some of the Determined emoticons and you can see why. Maybe you didn't do quite as well as you had hoped. Sometimes those extraordinary weight losses happen in magazines, but when you get right down to it, that's exactly what they are -- EXTRAordinary. It doesn't happen every day to everyone! I can think back to days when the scale insisted on sticking to the same boring numer, day after day! It was enough to make to stomp your foot and say "Why do I even try?"

But you know what? Just when you think all is lost -- the scale moves down a whopping 1 or 2 pounds all in one big leap! emoticon emoticon emoticon

The truth of the matter is you should be just as proud of yourself when the scale IS moving as when it stays in one place. Now that may not be true is the scale keeps moving UP! YOU know what you ate, and no matter how you try to white wash it -- those desserts come back to haunt you. Or was it pizza, BB-Ribs, you know what I mean. When it comes to that I can easily remember the advice of an older brother "A Little of That Goes a LONG Way!" I was a kid back then, so it wasn't advice about food -- but if the shoe fits, wear it!

Let's all try the DETERMINED forget about being DISCOURAGED!

  
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LIS193 10/17/2012 12:46AM

    What a great encouraging blog! I needed that today :) Thanks for the reminder!

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HEYITSJUDED 10/16/2012 11:17PM

    Thanks for the reminder! I have been in a plateau and not frustrated, I know I need to bump up the exercise. My problem is you bump up exercise then you have to bump up your calories and I just don't think I could possibly eat more than I already do! What to do, I do not know at this point. I need the scale to move just a little! Not discouraged just frustrated and confused but very determined!

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OLDERDANDRT 10/16/2012 1:27PM

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ARTJAC 10/15/2012 11:36PM

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PSMITH3841 10/15/2012 12:20PM

    Determined!!!!! What a great word......the other "D word" shouldn't even be in the dictionary! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/15/2012 8:26AM

    So True I am Determined
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LYNETTEMOM 10/14/2012 11:38PM

    I'm struggling with this issue. tks for sharing

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BEWELL48 10/14/2012 10:16PM

    Determined! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLUEFAIRYTALE 10/14/2012 7:41PM

  This is just what I needed to hear because it was exactly how I was feeling today. emoticon

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SHOES17 10/14/2012 6:30PM

    wow I am going for a walk...thanks This was sage advise!

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DALID414 10/14/2012 2:38PM

    Determined it is!!

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GIVENTHANKS 10/14/2012 1:39PM

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Pat

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FIRECOM 10/14/2012 1:33PM

    You are spot on, as usual. Thanks for a great blog.

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My 2-Cents Worth!

Friday, October 12, 2012


It's a beautiful fall day, and soon our hot summer will just be a memory!

Life is full of changes, just like the weather -- there are 4-seasons. It must signify that change is a good thing. Perhaps each "season" of our lives is there for a reason. When we are young our life is filled with learning. Some of us yearn for it, others detest it; but regardless of how you approached your 'learning' years, what you did manage to soak up has benefitted you.

I guess the next season in life is the "experiencing and productive" years. We are learning what life is all about in the big world. We are learning to love and be responsible adults. For some of us it doesn't go too well -- others seem to breeze through it like they had a horseshoe in their back pocket! You get your first job, the first ring of the ladder that you will continue to climb.
You fall in love, get married, perhaps have children. For some it is the fairy tale of "forever after" -- others experience the heartbreak and bitterness of divorce. They say every experience is not wasted if you learn from it. Looking back on some of the things I have experienced I'd say, yes, I may have learned from them -- but I wish I could have just skipped that lesson.

I don't believe that anyone just jumps from young to old -- there are those wonderful years in between where you no longer have a job that uses up your time, the children have moved out of the house, and you are pretty much left to do as you please. For some it is a time of lonliness, others cherish the time as a time of freedom. If money is not an issue we can travel and indulge in our hobbies. In short life is good! It can also be a time of sadness as we begin to experience the first pangs of sadness over the loss of a loved one. First it is usually parents, then friends.
When you are young, you seldom think of death -- you are immortal -- nothing can hurt you! But as you age you begin to notice friends who are the same age as you, or even younger, have fallen prey to cancer, to heart attacks, or they die in accidents.

Our final season, of course, is our last few years -- I hope when my time comes it is quick -- perhaps with a heart attack. Here today -- gone tomorrow! It would be a shock for my loved ones; but for me, selfishly I would like to avoid the suffering I've seen friends go through.

I don't mean to be morbid or cause worry to anyone with this blog. It is just the seasons of life that we all go through. Birth to Death. Look at it as the cycles of life. Like they always say, there are only two things certain in life: Death and Taxes!

  
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OLDERDANDRT 10/16/2012 1:21PM

    Great blog. Couldn't have said it better myself! emoticon

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PSMITH3841 10/15/2012 12:17PM

    Yep, I had a few lessons I wish I had been able to skip, but, what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger! Great blog, Eve emoticon emoticon

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DIANER2014 10/13/2012 7:18PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/13/2012 7:15AM

    That was so nice I am getting old and so are my kids and if God calls me home I am ready any time I had a good life and hope to live as long as I can in good health I hope - God's Blessings on you and your family and friends
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ARTJAC 10/12/2012 11:23PM

    SO TRUE emoticon

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SHOES17 10/12/2012 10:08PM

    Seasons do change. emoticon

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HEYITSJUDED 10/12/2012 8:49PM

    This made me a little sad :( . My kids are growing up so fast. I already have one out of the nest and in college. My oldest son has started high school, I know these four years are gonna fly by :( . My youngest has downs syndrome, so he will be with us the longest, but there will come a day when he might want to venture out as well :( . I am not looking forward to no kids in the house at all. I love the noise (most of the time!) I know life happens and there is nothing I can do to slow it down, but I am not ready for the next season. I do not think I ever will be!

I did love your analogy though. I never really looked at it like that before. I also loved your picture at the top. Is that in your backyard?

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HEALTHY-SPARK 10/12/2012 7:38PM

    Beautifully stated. Thank you!

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YOYONOMORE1 10/12/2012 3:25PM

    A very well written blog and so true, our lives do go through seasons.

Hugs,
Shirl

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DALID414 10/12/2012 2:19PM

    Cheers, to death and taxes!

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FIRECOM 10/12/2012 2:15PM

    It sure feels like I went from young overnight. Your blog was very insitfull and nostalgic. Our 5 sons are grown and gone and all of the sudden, we have grandkids getting married and our friends are moving on to God.

Too soon old, too late schmart.

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SDLEE514 10/12/2012 2:03PM

    so insightful...thanks for sharing your two cents!

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ALICIA214 10/12/2012 1:59PM

 

That is very well put. The four Seasons divide our life span very well, and hopefully
we will all learn from each and every one of them. emoticon

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JILLITA55 10/12/2012 1:42PM

    I was born in MN. I live in Houston now and it is 89 degrees

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MEEZERMOM2 10/12/2012 1:38PM

    You exoressed ut so well...I can relate...

Hugs,
Eve

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The Key for me is EXERCISE!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

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Regardless of what type of exercise you choose to do, the important thing is to DO IT! The last couple of days I have not gotten in my usual amount of walking. This morning it caught up with me and the scale went up an entire pound.

Excuses don't count -- we all know that. However, a "reason" is another matter. In my case, my dear little walking companion has developed a sore foot. So the first day that I noticed it, I had her stop and I checked the bottom of her paws. There was a bit of a ball in the space between her toes & heel (if you know where I mean - lol) so I did the best I could. We walked on and she seemed fine -- otherwise I would have turned back. It's a short loop of 0.6 miles -- and by the time we were on the last couple of blocks (if there were any up here) she was starting to limp once again. I did a better job on her once we got home, but found she had also irritated her paw due to chewing and licking. Dogs think they can cure anything by licking!

Next Day (yesterday)! She seemed better, but just to check we did the short loop again, instead of the 1.1-mile loop that I like. She's much to heavy to carry -- so what would I do if her paw really hurt and we were over a half mile from home? So, her foot is getting better, but she is not quite up to the 1.1-mile loop yet. Yes -- I know I could go alone -- but then I'd have to face the guilt and the looks I would get from her. YOU LEFT ME AN WALKED ALONE -- you know that look on their face and in their eyes! It's more than I can handle, she's my Best Buddy!

So there's my REASON -- not an excuse. My "excuse" is that I was too lazy to do other types of exercise in the house to make up for the shorter walk. And you know what? It doesn't matter what the excuse is -- the scale does NOT take pity and it goes up anyway!
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PSMITH3841 10/12/2012 11:13AM

    Exercise is the key for me as well. As long as I keep moving, I am "golden", getting lazy tarnishes me...sometimes in a BIG way! Hope Amber's foot is better. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/10/2012 8:39AM

    Hope Amber's paw is better so you can go on those long walks again soon
that is the only time I miss Gerti is on our walks miss someone to talk to even though she never answered I could tell her anything
V

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JACK714 10/10/2012 6:31AM

    The scale is ruthless. It has no compassion. no excuses.

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SHOES17 10/9/2012 9:05PM

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We love you Amber! Get well soon! Sassey, Simba, Dolly, Blackie, Chloe, and Meggie!!
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HEYITSJUDED 10/9/2012 6:17PM

    I hope she is better soon! I tried to take my dog on walks with me but he tires so quickly with his little legs that I end up carrying him. That does not work for me, because it slows me down and I don't get the burn I wanted. He knows when we leave what we are doing, but when we get back we run around the backyard and play!

That pound will be gone before you know it! Your best buddy and you will work it off!

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CHICCHANTAL 10/9/2012 2:38PM

    don't animals know about emotional blackmail though? my cats wrote the book.

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TRISTAROSE 10/9/2012 2:33PM

    Awe I hope everything is OK with Amber! You will get back in the swing of things as soon as your dog is better. I hate when my animals have problems cause they can't tell you what is wrong. Hope it's nothing serious!

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CATLADY52 10/9/2012 2:26PM

    Having a rational reason for not doing something is still an excuse. We are allowed so many excuses in a month and if you use them before the end of the month that's just too bad. emoticon

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WARRIORFIT1 10/9/2012 2:06PM

    oh, I know how you feel! I go through the same things with my Missy girl... she also thinks she can heal anything by LICKING... LICKING herself, the carpet, the bed, the floor, anything in reach. emoticon I also know how her "going through" stuff affects me... I can't stand it when she's not feeling up to par, and the things I normally do WITH her, I don't enjoy as much WITHOUT her. I'm gonna go give her a hug now. emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 10/9/2012 1:54PM

    It might behoove you to take her to the vet and let him/her look at it! It could be nothing, but it could be something the vet needs to see! Better to err on the side of caution where your best fur friend is concerned, I think. The sooner she's better, the sooner the walking can commence!
Hope Amber ( did I remember her name right?) is feeling right as rain real soon!! emoticon

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JSELLINGTON 10/9/2012 1:19PM

    I am so sorry about your little baby's foot. Try getting some booties. I had to do that when one of my babies had a bandage on her foot. She tolerated it and promptly managed somehow to get it off when we got home. emoticon But at least I didn't get the you left me looks, instead got the WHY ME looks, can't win sometimes. She is very skilled in that area.

But Yes, Exercise is the key!! I am so focused now that even if my time is short in the morning I will get in at least a 20 min workout and if I have time when I get home make it up. I am ok w/not doing anything on Saturday but Sunday thru Friday there will be a "ME" emoticon in front of the TV w/the DVD player doing something.

Keep up the GREAT work and hugs and kisses to your little baby. I hope she is all better soon. emoticon

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FIRECOM 10/9/2012 12:48PM

    This is good stuff. I feel like it is pointed right at me. I am a terrible procrastonator when it comes to exercise. A pox on me.

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DALID414 10/9/2012 12:31PM

    To quote the Biggest Loser: the scale doesn't lie.

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LYNETTEMOM 10/9/2012 12:21PM

    poor li'l pup. hope you are both up to your energetic selves soon

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LIS193 10/9/2012 12:12PM

    Hope Amber's paw gets better soon! It is so easy to fall out of a routine and then hard to get back into it. With a bit of luck you'll both be out walking again :)
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SPIN POINTS -- Let's Talk About It

Sunday, October 07, 2012

emoticon Everyone loves to see the high numbers come up when they click on "spin." Doesn't matter if it's a 10, 20, or 25 -- you smile and figure "Boy! It's gonna be a good day."

emoticon So let's take a look at the pesky 2s and 3s -- the lowest you can get to my personal knowledge. (Personally I think the Bonus Spin should start at 5). Let's pretend you are out for a casual walk. You find a dollar bill...... Wow! You figure you're a lucky person. So if you found $1 or $2 every time you went for a walk, you'd be elated. Probably motivated to go for MORE walks! emoticon

But..... just for arguments sake, let's say you found a $10 bill or a $20 bill. That would surely cover a multitude of walks, would it not?

Moral of the story: Be happy for the 'extra' points, regardless of what they are, they are given to you freely. It makes the roll of a high number that much more special.

Happy Spinning Everyone! If you ever - EVER get two 25's -- go buy a lottery ticket! emoticon

  
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JACK714 10/12/2012 7:25AM

    It's funny how the spin points affect us. It's like gambling. You hope to hit it big. I got a 2 and 3 the other day and found myself disappointed, like that was how my day would go. It's just a game to add a few points. Funny.

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WARRIORFIT1 10/9/2012 1:57PM

    Very true! I've had my own highs and lows on the wheel but I try to appreciate whatever the number.. sometimes I do get tired of the low ones though. emoticon

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BARCLE 10/8/2012 8:21PM

    I agree. I must laugh (at myself really) because I'd been hoping and hoping and hoping for the big spins the closer I got to the 100,000 point mark and finally I got there on spins of 2, 3, 5, 7 and the occasional 10, very occasional 20 and even more very very occasional 25.

The very day AFTER I got my 100,000 points (you guessed it) for the first time EVER, I got the points spin of 25 and then the bonus spin of 25. I laughed and laughed at that irony emoticon

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CATLADY52 10/8/2012 1:28PM

    I know I feel a rush when a large number come up but I don't count on it making myday. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/8/2012 9:26AM

    Got to love those points no matter what the number is you got a point
thanks for the blog
and by the way my neighbor on one of our walks I seen this green paper didn't think anything of it but she picked it up it was a $10 bill Dam I Lost again oh well that is how that goes but now when I see a green paper I look and see what it is LOL
V

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MELLY3183 10/7/2012 11:46PM

    It is a nice incentive to log in and get with your program. What a cute blog!

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ARTJAC 10/7/2012 11:10PM

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MYLAUREN2 10/7/2012 6:48PM

    for me the points is points..gets me closer to the next lever.. love your post

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SHOES17 10/7/2012 6:44PM

    I will be back to comment... hubby has just informed me that it is time to eat!

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HEYITSJUDED 10/7/2012 4:33PM

    I needed this! I sure hate it when I get a 2 or 3! Thanks to you I will now be grateful for the extra points I would not have had without the wheel!

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LYNETTEMOM 10/7/2012 4:19PM

    haha I totally relate. Love those high rolls and I'm not even a gambler!

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TIKATAKAWITHA 10/7/2012 4:01PM

    lol Remember age is just a number so... if we get excited about spinning emoticon for points it just shows we are all kids at heart. emoticon

*** goes skipping off singing "I don't wanna grow up, I'm a Toys-R-Us Kid..." *** emoticon

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DALID414 10/7/2012 3:11PM

    The first thing I do after turning off the alarm on my phone every morning is refresh my spark page for the login spin emoticon It is silly, we're adults after all! But to each their own!

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FIRECOM 10/7/2012 1:24PM

    I have had the double 25's twice. I win $2 every week in the lottery. I dont buy a ticket.
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You made some good points today (as usual).

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LIS193 10/7/2012 12:21PM

    A few times when I did the spin on my iPad, which doesn't show the wheel I've had 1 point :(
You are right any points over 5 makes it a good day - how silly we care so much, right?

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Life in a Snow-Bird State

Friday, October 05, 2012


Long before the picture out your window looks this cold, folks in Minnesota, Wisconsin and other "cold winter" states are packing up and heading to Arizona. We call them SNOWBIRDS!

In Phoenix, and all it's many suburbs you will see the motor homes, sometimes pulling a little compact car, heading into the area. Mesa is extremely popular, so is Sun City, Sun City West, and Sun City Grand in the West Valley region. Of course Yuma and Tuscon get their fair share also! Suddenly the churches add an extra Mass or Service to accommodate all the extra people. Arriving at restaurants for the "early-bird specials" you will see a long line waiting to be seated and businesses are thriving!

I suppose, looking at the financial end of this, it's a big boon for the businesses in Arizona. And seeing longer lines in restaurants don't really bother me, we don't eat out that often. And as I have many friends who fall into the SnowBird category you see a certain trend. Once they reach their late 70's to early 80's many will decide they are "too old" to make that long trip each year and they settle down full-time to whatever their particular area of Phoenix may be. On the other hand, they decide to "give up" their warm winters they enjoy so much, and stick it out in the cold country, choosing to be with their loved ones, just in case their time is up.

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To all the SnowBirds -- welcome to the land of Warm Winters!

emoticon If you tough it out in the "COLD" country -- get lots of sleep! emoticon
Hey! I'm from Minnesota -- I KNOW!

  
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PSMITH3841 10/12/2012 11:27AM

    I am not crazy about Winter, but I live in an area of PA that most of the "nasty stuff" seems to pass by. Last year was relatively warm (not Fl or AZ warm), with very little snow, so we're all expecting a "blinger" of a winter this year....we'll see.

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STILLFLYIN 10/10/2012 12:13PM

    We have a number of Snow-Birds here, too. They laugh when we are complaining of the cold...
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ARTJAC 10/7/2012 2:21AM

    THE SAME THING HAPPENS HERE IN VICTORIA PEOPLE GO NORTH FOR WARMER WEATHER emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 10/6/2012 5:46PM

    Didn't realize you got snowbirds, too! My mom and dad were snowbirds from Pa. to Fla. for quite a few yrs. My DH, DD & I moved to NC 28 years ago, but for work, not necessarily for weather, but that was a big plus for me!! Last Winter was really mild for us, so I almost fear how bad it might be this year. It's already getting cooler this Fall than this time last year!!
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BLUEFAIRYTALE 10/6/2012 3:39PM

  I'm pretty close to Minneosta, I'm in northern Iowa. I'm not really a fan of winter either unless they are mild, last year wasn't bad. Arizona sounds nice though! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/6/2012 7:55AM

    I hate Winter so one day I will come live with you but for now have to put up with the Winters in Nebraska
Enjoy your Weather
V

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FISHINGLADY66 10/5/2012 10:44PM

    We had a very mild winter here in Missouri last year. I'm not fond of really cold winters, but for the most part I can make it thru a couple of bad months if I have to. I enjoyed your blog.

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SHOES17 10/5/2012 4:20PM

    I love WINTER!!! If it is as warm in North Carolina as it was last year, I might go visit the polar bears!! I just love cold weather!! emoticon emoticon

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YOYONOMORE1 10/5/2012 3:01PM

    Here in MI we have church members that leave us during the winter mostly to Texas and Florida. We have always just stayed where we are at, just in the winter we don't go out quite as often when it gets bad, we've had some pretty mild winter over the last couple of years, makes you wonder what's coming this winter. My one niece moved from upper MI to AZ stayed there maybe 7-9 yrs. and then ended up moving to AL, she has a son and daughter there. Have a great weekend.

Hugs,
Shirl

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FIRECOM 10/5/2012 2:11PM

    As another Arizonian, I welcome the snow birds, even tough some of them have less than des9reable driving habits.
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DMF2012 10/5/2012 2:06PM

    Just like Florida!

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