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What A Wonderful Hump Day!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

One hour walk this morning was great, 30 minute work out on bowflex was awesome, and the best part was when I was getting dressed after my shower. I put on a pair of pants, let's just say they were a challenge to put on, went to do my usual suck it in and shimmy routine.....
I could not believe it, they went up, they zipped, and button and I didn't have to do a thing! I am so excited I can actual sit in them and breath without feeling like I am in a vice grip! I have been doing a happy dance for about an hour now!

Nothing too outrageous on my walk, just some very p'od coons. Man were they going at it, I think maybe he woke her up for a little hanky panky, she slapped the crap out of him, and said wth are you thinking it's 4 in the morning!

I will be off with my big black baby to the groomers in just a few. Since we got the boxer, the poodle is always more than ready to spend the day away from her. She now dances on the way to the truck like an excited child going to the candy store. She never used to be that way, it was; OK, if I have to get up and walk I will, but I would rather some on wheeled me out. I think I have related before this is a very lazy dog!

Best be off, no wait I'm all ready off! Best close, hope you all have a wonderful hump day!

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IUHRYTR 7/23/2009 9:09AM

    Good going with the jeans. As for the dogs, if I come back in another life I want it to be as a dog owned by caring people who feed me, bathe me, take for walks and car rides and rub my belly. What a life. :) -- Lou

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DAISYBILL 7/22/2009 8:45PM

    Thanks for the hugs. I love hugs, single hugs, group hugs, even the hugs we give ourselves for a job well done. Lovenhugs this time. Sandy

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SLCB1023 7/22/2009 12:33PM

    I am right here doing a happy dance with you. Congrats. Surprising how the little things in life can get us so happy. emoticon

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DAISYBILL 7/22/2009 11:52AM

    Happiness is... putting on the jeans and being able to breathe. Happy Day!!! PS Love the pic of your yard , since I viewed the 'befores" and it looks wonderful and a place anyone would love to sit and visit awhile. Hugs Sandy

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FITKAT2010 7/22/2009 11:24AM

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Fantastic!!!! So happy for you hon.

Glad Mrs Coon knew how to say no! LOL

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Terrific Tuesday!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I just got back from a mind boggling speed walk! I walked so fast I threw mud up on the back of my calves, like Donalie throws it up on her back when she rides her bike at full speed in wet weather! Didn't know I could walk so fast, but had to get it done before another down pour and the next wave of kids. The thought of doing it in the house is a great motivator. I am just too dedicated. emoticon I don't like to stand in one place and call that walking. We bought a treadmill after hubby had his heart attack (doctor told him it would become a coat rack, and it did) he used it to get his legs back in working order, they took veins out of them, and when he went back to work it set taking up precious space. I tried to us it, but I always felt like I was drunk when I got off, and I never felt like I was getting anywhere. I like to go somewhere when I walk. I know there are loads of people out there that love the things to death, and a bunch of them are my friends, but they are not my cup of tea! We still have it, but I disassembled it enough to get it on a shelf in the basement. I've been trying to get rid of it with no success. I have a pilates machine I would like to see go, but it still lives under the bed.

Before I go out for a walk and as soon as I get back I drink 20 oz. of water. We have a water cooler and it is wonderful. In the storm the electric went out for about 2 hours. I always forget that the cooler does not come back on when the power does. I filled up my bottle and was really looking forward to that nice cold drink, when that warm water hit my mouth......
I'll leave you to your imagination for my reaction!

This rain could not have come at a better time. I managed to get all my transplanting done yesterday and this is just what my shocked babies needed. I'm sure they are calling me some choice names for ripping them from their happy homes and making them move. I promised them yesterday it would never happen again. The water from the hose is a great substitute, but nothing like what Mother Nature can give them.

Since this is going to be an inside day I should take the opportunity and give the upstairs a good cleaning, it has been neglected for awhile. I'm sure it has some names for me like my plants!

Just had to smack our fat Max on the head. He jumped into the bird feeder and got him a prize. I honestly don't know how he gets his fat a$$ that high in the air.

Thought I should let you know I learned my lesson yesterday. I made it up the front steps without falling on my face. Yea, I still have it in me to learn something after all!

I want to let everyone know that I do go out and read blogs. I don't always leave a comment, but I do read. I read my friends and I read others that are not on my friends list. I am always so amazed at the many wonderful success stories I read. It is amazing what people can do when they set their mind to it! They define a goal, make a master plain of how to achieve it, and then like one of the teams I am on "JUST DO IT"! This gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside and makes me proud to be associated with all the wonderful, hard working, men and women that are part of this great SPARKPEOPE TEAM!

Go out and have yourselves a Terrific Tuesday!

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DAISYBILL 7/21/2009 9:00PM

    Yippee, yippee, yippee.... Thanks for adding me as your friend. Hugs Sandy

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SLCB1023 7/21/2009 2:47PM

    I love summer because I can get outside and get some wonderful walks in. In the winter by the time I get home, it is too dark and need to go to the Gym. SO YAH for summer. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 7/21/2009 12:50PM

    I agree with you 100%. Walking on a treadmill just isn't for me (did you get the hamster feeling too? Spinning your wheels?). I like to have a destination to where I am going and I like to be outside as much as possible. Living in a dark north facing apartment with a view of two tall apartment buildings will do that for you! Ejoyed your post, thanks for sharing!

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JLITT62 7/21/2009 8:31AM

    Altho I walk outside every day, I must admit I love my treadmill, too. Very nice to have when we lived in Austin -- and I'm sure I'm going to love it just as much in the coming winter here. Wish I could get my DH on it!

The dogs don't really like to run for more than a few minutes at a time, so that's how I get most of my running in.

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It's Back

Monday, July 20, 2009

Wow! Monday sure comes back quick!

This sounds really bad, but I just got a good call. The baby that comes here is not coming today! The reason it is good is because; she is 18 months old, Mom has always taken her to work, now she wants her to get used to other children. The child screams non-stop because at work everyone holds her and plays with her non-stop. She will eventually get over this but the breaking in period is murder!

This morning my walk was magnificent. It is still cool and that makes for perfect walking. No armadillos, no spiders, no nasty bushes (different route), just a nice walk that I did at a snake killing pace! There was one mishap. Hubby has new floor on porch and because it is higher, he has to re-do the steps. He got one step done yesterday which is good. Problem is when I got home and came up the steps, the top one is a good 3" taller, I didn't get my foot up all the way (you can start laughing now), caught the toe of my shoe on it, thought I had recovered balance only to fall flat on my face on the porch when I caught my toe on the edge of it. It is still a good day, none of the neighbors saw me!!!!!

I will get transplanting done this morning and Wednesday when I have to take the dog to the groomer will pick up some more plants. I think I will be able to get all of them except for the four foundation bushes I want. I am pretty sure I am going to have to order them. Can't seem to find them around here. The next step will be mulch in some areas and pea gravel in others. Then it will be placing a few hardscape items around and all will be finished. I don't know if it will all get done this summer and fall, but it is a heck of a lot closer to finished than it was a year ago!

I should have the next wave of children arriving so better go. Hope you all have a magnificent Monday!

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FITKAT2010 7/20/2009 4:16PM

    Well, I could call you both Grace! LOL

Glad you weren't seriously injured. The ego injury doesn't count. LOL

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SLCB1023 7/20/2009 4:12PM

    Ouch!!!! Glad you were OK.

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GUIN0001 7/20/2009 1:42PM

    Your stumble on the steps was similar to my bike accident. I was coming to a complete stop, hit the brakes too fast, my mind said go one way, my body went the other. I ended up with a nice scrape on my arm that looked bad but wasn't. I was especially embarrassed because a couple of young ladies tried to come to my rescue. My DS was so shocked he just stood there watching in disbelief. If that's the worse thing that happens during my biking adventures, I am one lucky lady! emoticon

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Sunday Is The Middle

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Yesterday was the beginning, today is the middle and someday in the future will be the end.

I remember telling you yesterday that I was trying to get the timer on the camera to work and I couldn't. Joshua helped me out and took pictures for me.

This is me now.

This is me then. It is hard to find a picture of me, because I'm always taking them.

This is were I had breakfast this morning, new seating area and who I had breakfast with. I call her Sophia, because she is sexy and doesn't take any crap off the dog!

Yesterday went well, I started with a huge edging project that would have been finished if I had not run out of material. Mike is making great strides on the new porch floor and railing. He has to re-do the steps, because the new floor is taller, he is working on that as I type. Yesterday after I couldn't work anymore due to material shortage, I was sitting on the porch observing all the mess I had made. I don't usually have doubts about anything I am doing, or anything I attempt to do, but I have to tell you there were a lot of them running around in my brain yesterday. I was looking at edging here, edging there, edging everywhere, and it looked like some drunk had come along with a trencher and decided to make a labyrinth in my front yard and didn't have a clue. I was saying to myself WTH have you done?! This is an absolute mess, it makes no sense at all, it looked soooo good on paper. How am I going to fix this? The time and money all ready invested, oh I am so screwed! I thought well, I'll think about it this evening and see what can be salvaged. A few hours later we are leaving to go to the lumber yard. The route out of town to said lumber yard takes us past the front of the house. I drive very slowly and look up at my war torn looking yard. I'm like what, is this the same yard I was looking at earlier? I could not believe my eyes, what looked like the biggest, dumbest mess from the porch, looks great from the street. I said to myself, you know when you get completely finished it's going to luck great from anywhere you look! That short lived self doubt really scared me, I'm never doing that again!! No More Doubt, Ever!!!!!

Here are pictures of my hard work.

Some of Mike's handy work, beginning of new sidewalk and new porch floor.

Today I put in the plants that I got last night when we went after material. This is the beginning of the back of the front landscape. I am finished with labor for the day and ready to take a shower and reflect upon what I have accomplished and what is left to be done. Not only with physical work, but with self work as well. There is always room for improvement. Later I and the boys will go see Harry Potter and this will back a good ending to a good day.

I hope you are all having a sensational Sunday.

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FITKAT2010 7/20/2009 4:20PM

    Wow, you look fantastic! So does the work-in-progress yard.

BTW: Tomorrow morning watch out for the steps! LOL LOL

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SLCB1023 7/19/2009 11:23PM

    Everything will work out great. I have seen pictures of your other projects and I know you will get it all perfect. You have to make a mess of things first before you can put it all back just so. emoticon

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JENNTINYSAM 7/19/2009 1:55PM

  I love your before and after/now pictures. Im hoping to do something with my yard soon just not sure how to go about it.


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MOTHEROF1+1 7/19/2009 1:47PM

    I have been doing landscape work for many years and I must tell you it will look bad before it looks good. The worst part is when you look at it the way you did and say what the HE$L did I do. It is easier knowing you are getting paid for it in my case, but I have also done work around our house, and just like a shoe maker the kids have holes in their shoes, a mechanics car is the last to get done, and a landscapers house is always in disarray. In other words, be happy it looks great, you did not have to pay someone to do it for you, you burned calories, and it is so uplifting knowing that you did it, and it makes it all that much elatious. It looks like you are doing well with it.


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TANYA210 7/19/2009 1:47PM

    You are looking good. Your yard is taking shape.
Everything is looking good.


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Only The Beginning

Saturday, July 18, 2009

I am not going to write much at this time, because the day is still young, and I have not accomplished anything as of yet, except chat with a friend of mine. I want to be able to regal you all with a wonderful story of my day, so that will have to wait until the day is done.

I can tell you that earlier I was trying to take a picture of me and how I look after loosing 20 pounds, but I could not get the damn timer thingy to work right. I guess I could post the pictures of my attempts, you would get a good look at my arm, no I just looked at them, there is a great picture of my table, and lamp, one of my chest, and one of my chin, nose, and chest, OH YES, That One Is A Keeper!!!! I am sorry some things are not meant to be seen by eyes of any age, so you'll just have to use your imagination! I know some of you right know are LYAO! Glad I can help!

Until there is more to tell...............

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SALDABA6 7/20/2009 5:12AM

    Hey where are those pics? I am positive I can find a site to put them on....... not saying what kind though LMAO emoticon

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FITKAT2010 7/18/2009 11:16PM

    I want to see ALL the pics! No withholding evidence now. LOL

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    Have you thought about putting your camera on a steady surface, setting up a location to photograph, setting the self timer and running to get in the shot? A little complicated, but at least it is you and not from arms length. It wouldn't be as much fun, though

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SLCB1023 7/18/2009 12:56PM

    We had the same fun photo activity last Christmas. Everyone has a beautiful smile because we were all laughing so hard at my DH's attempts. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/18/2009 8:22AM

    Great story! Thanks for the laugh, and congrats on the terrific weight loss!

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