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The Day Has Finally Arrived And I Have Given Birth

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

I figure with a title like that everyone in Spark will come running to see what I had! emoticon

What I had was the start of something that I had never done and it turned into something that I love to do. As of 1 pm this afternoon central time my first stained glass project was finished. It has had it's bumps, dips, hills, and a lot of 4 letter words. It has caused be to use several band aids, burn ointment and did I mention a lot of 4 letters words? I learned that a diamond glass grinder makes a fantastic nail file, but you should hold your finger at a certain angle so it leaves the nail with a great shape instead of just jamming it in and having a big dip in it. I learned that no matter how careful you score the glass it will break where it's not supposed to and cause you to use, yes that's right, 4 letter words. I learned that adding the patina to the solder makes something that looks very bad, look absolutely beautiful. That means I also learned never to judge the finished product until it is finished! My hubby learned first hand that I talk to the inanimate objects that I am working, on, with, and around, and that the conversation is not always a nice one. He also learned that I ask them questions. He had enough presence of mind not to mention the fact that they did not answer , I answered for them. It has been a double treat having all my friends here at Spark in on this venture with me. It is great to know that you not only support your friends on their weight loss journey, but any other journey they may take as well. OK, I know you are just itching to see the finished product, so without further ado;

I got my buddy Joshua to take the pics and I hope you enjoy them. I will tell you this morning at 4 am if you would have told me this piece would look so good I would have called you crazy!

Day 3 of new business has been thinking about how I want the flier and business brochure to look while working on the window. I found if I thought of something else other than the way the solder looked at that moment, it didn't bother me as much.

There you have my day today. Now I am going to go stretch out and rest by back as I have been hunched over most of today.

Have a great afternoon and evening!

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SOULCOLLAGESUE 11/7/2009 10:03AM

    Wow. Wow. Wow. Your blog, your art, finding your "niche" and "voice" (i.e., vocation) in the world - not to mention your humor - leave me in awe. More than anything, I rejoice in flow. You've tapped into Judy beyond the woman. I can only imagine how your neighbor's wife is going to rejoice in his gift, via your heart and hands.

This made me smile: "My hubby learned first hand that I talk to the inanimate objects that I am working, on, with, and around, and that the conversation is not always a nice one. He also learned that I ask them questions. He had enough presence of mind not to mention the fact that they did not answer , I answered for them." More than anything, it helps me to know you.

When we first met, I shared my response to your beautiful yard. Now, I see the inside of your home is equally beautiful.

Thanks so much for the invitation to share in your triumphs. I am so jazzed for you!

Judy Sunshine not only takes root, she blooms!
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    It's beautiful! Of course, I knew it would be, because you are one very talented, confident, and determined lady. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JLUVSHIKIN 11/6/2009 12:08AM

    I LOVE it! Wonderful job!

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IUHRYTR 11/5/2009 9:42PM

    Thanks for showing us the finished work. Beautiful. Good job! -- Lou

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HEALTHY_CATH 11/5/2009 7:54AM

    It looks great! Congratulations!

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BUTTONSMUM1 11/5/2009 2:58AM

    It beautiful, I lov it, well done, you are amazing.

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NEW-DAWN 11/5/2009 2:45AM

    You're absolutely right about the title - who could resist! I think your 'baby' is stunning. You are very talented.
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TANYA210 11/4/2009 9:03PM

    That is beuatiful. You did a great job.


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BIGT_56 11/4/2009 8:55PM

    Amazing...both the stained glass project and you!
I have found that four letters words are an essential part of anything to do with labor (birth or otherwise).


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TORNADO40 11/4/2009 8:37PM

    It is beautiful. Thanks for sharing the photos.

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FITKAT2010 11/4/2009 7:30PM

    Spectacular!!! And, no surprise it is perfect.

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SALDABA6 11/4/2009 7:20PM

    Very nice job SEK . Hope the neighbour likes it. Amazing first try emoticon

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THE_OPTIMIST 11/4/2009 6:54PM

    That window is absolutely gorgeous
but it must have been pretty painful giving birth to it emoticon

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SLCB1023 11/4/2009 6:49PM

    BEAUTIFUL... maybe you should go into business. LOL emoticon

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TUFFYBIRD 11/4/2009 6:29PM

    My husband (for those who haven't read my comments-is a professional artist) says he thinks you did a lovely job and should be proud of yourself! ... and I didn't even tell him this was your first stained glass piece.

He made a comment that I thought I'd pass on - he thought that a piece like this would make a lovely room divider (between rooms) where people could look at it from both sides.

I liked it ... but his opinion (in this area only) tops mine every time :D

I knew you'd get it right! And you did! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

(The birth pangs just sounded way too much like my hubby's to NOT produce something really good.)


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ALOHAEV1 11/4/2009 5:01PM

    A garden starts in someone's window! Great job,

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DAISYBILL 11/4/2009 4:25PM

    OMG It turned out gorgeous. You look great, too ,and I am perusing your home. Did I ever tell you I LOVE purple walls (been known to paint a couple of them in my lifetime)? LOL We KNEW you could do it and do it in style ( did not count on the bloody fingers, though).

PS. I often find that if I come back to a painting in progess, it looks better than when I left it all frustrated. Great lesson to learn. emoticon

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FINDINGREALME 11/4/2009 4:24PM

    Beautiful windows....congrats on the new addition to the family! BTW I never would have guessed you were expecting:-)

P.S. what is childbirth without some four-letter words?

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GRANNY1972 11/4/2009 4:22PM

    Your stained glass looks beautiful!! Wonderful job. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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JLITT62 11/4/2009 4:12PM

    Very nice! Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

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PJSTIME 11/4/2009 4:10PM

    Yes you are right the title did get MY attention. Your stained glass is beautiful and you should be proud of your first born (lol) stained glass project. WOW. PJ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KNITTABLES 11/4/2009 4:09PM

    I knew this would turn out beautiful and it did.
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Loved your titel, love the work, proud off you.
now I am off to do my knitting.
How a great afternoon and evening, go rest that back.
hugs, SAndra

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MARGETODAY 11/4/2009 3:57PM

    Awesome stained glass and Great title to the blog entry. Love both!

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TLN-NOW 11/4/2009 3:36PM

    I can't wait to get home tonight and get the chance to see the pic! I'm sure it's beautiful! congratulations!!!!!

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DARA52 11/4/2009 3:32PM

    That is gorgeous! A painful birth but what an outcome! Thanks for sharing!!

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CELETA 11/4/2009 3:31PM

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!hope you are going to keep on doing that, it is great. emoticon on the delivery

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GIGABYTEFL 11/4/2009 3:27PM


Talents that show in the beauty of the work.

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KRZYKAT3 11/4/2009 3:24PM

    Stupendous new baby! Hope your 4 letter words decrease as you have more. Wouldn't want the children to hear, fater all! LOL

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    love and baby are also 4 letter words.

great job!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/4/2009 3:20PM

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JENNNVA 11/4/2009 3:18PM

    Sek I can only imagine the scene - and the 4 letter words LOL! But it's a beauty!! You did an awesome job. Well worth the words and the nail grindings! Congrats on a job well done. You should be very proud!

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TUFFYBIRD 11/4/2009 3:12PM

    I told you you'd get it!!! It's beautiful SEK, and you are rightfully proud of it. If it's okay with you I'd like to show it to my husband tonight - he's always interested in seeing other artists' work.

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    What a way to get attention. emoticon I wish my hubby had the time to get his stain glass stuff out so I could give it a try.
You did good.

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GRALLEN 11/4/2009 2:56PM

    Very beautiful!! You sure learned a lot of things. LOL

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ANAKALIA1 11/4/2009 2:55PM

    Your new "baby" is beautiful...just as with childbirth, I'm sure all that you went through (hopefully not morning sickness though!) was worth it now that you see what you have created! emoticon

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USARUNNERGIRL 11/4/2009 2:54PM

    Absolutely gorgeous. You did a marvelous job. May all your "pregnancies" come out so beautifully done.

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MSWEEZER 11/4/2009 2:51PM

    Absolutely beautiful. It looks like someone who KNEW what they were doing did it. LOL Congrats on such success your first time around and happy it is something you seem passionate about as well. emoticon

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MINNA72 11/4/2009 2:49PM

    What a beauty! Well worth all the 4 letter words! :) Well done, very well done, indeed. Congrats on giving birth to something this awesome!

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Another Day Gone

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Today has been spent trying to solder the stained glass and it has made me unhappy. I don't think it looks all that good and I'm driving myself crazy trying to bring it up to my standards. I decided it was time to just stop and start again in the morning. I lost a couple of hours work time this morning waiting on a possible new day care client. She was supposed to be here at 9 with her child for an interview and never showed. I called and left a message which she returned around 4:30 this afternoon. Glad I am smart enough not to wait that long on someone. I also didn't wait 2 hours, but by the time I got things prepared for her arrival and then did wait, I lost close to that amount of valuable solder time.

I am still tossing business names around and have spent time today working on business concepts and trying to think of catchy tag lines. This must be the reason I never went into advertising. Takes me too long to come up with something catchy!

I need to go find some information on how to make solder look better, so I'm going to sign off and hit the books.

You all have a great evening!

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DAISYBILL 11/4/2009 11:39AM

    Egads.... So you want your solder to look perfect according to your standards. Nothing wrong with that. Everyone who has done anything knows that it takes practice. Nothing wrong with admitting you are in the learning stage. That was brave of you to step out with an "I can do it" attitude from the get-go.

Egads again.... You already have a thriving business and deal with people (not things) and waiting occasionally on someone else is part and parcel...

Now you are ambitious enough to start a new business ( which I can see you being extremely successful with) and need to find a name. You will be the draw and word of mouth will be your calling card. The name is not as important as what you are offering.

You are not being indecisive or weak or confused or whatever. You have a lot of irons in the fire at once. One thing at a time and they will all get done. On time, When you need them done. The way you need to do them and no one else can determine those things but YOU.

WTG Girl Friend.

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TUFFYBIRD 11/4/2009 9:00AM

    Your frustrations with your stained glass reminds me so much of my husband (he's a professional artist) when things aren't going exactly the way he wants; he's a perfectionist too! LOL

You'll get it!

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KNITTABLES 11/4/2009 12:08AM

    Don't worry, you will get a name and it is going to rock your world. As for the soddering, it will be perfect. Can't wait for the final picture.

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SLCB1023 11/3/2009 9:45PM

    Well, this is the first time adventuring into the world of stained glass. It is tough... I have watched my neighbor do this many times and like every new task, it just takes time and practice. I know you will conquer this skill too!! emoticon

Just relax about the business name. The name is realy the least important thing... concentrate on the other aspects of your new business and the name will come easily after all the other details are in place. emoticon

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ANIDUCK 11/3/2009 9:39PM

    Hope you find the perfect solution to your soldering problem. I understand. I like to do things in a way that pleases me too. Don't want to do a job that doesn't represent my vision.
Tomorrow is a brand new day. Hope you're having a good evening.

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FITKAT2010 11/3/2009 9:21PM

    OK, so let me get this right....solder isn't perfect. Wasted time on a possible client who never showed up....can't come up with a name for your consulting business...right? Hmmm how is this all related?? It is you know. Interesting, very interesting.

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Monday, November 02, 2009

This month may not be as bad as I had first envisioned. I did get outdoor chores done and some inside ones as well.

I just got back from a run to Bartlesville to get solder for the window. My wonderful hubby told me I could get it at any hardware store here in town, Wrong! Tomorrow will be finish window and get it ready to move across the street on Wednesday! I' m so excited!

Here is the business assignment part of this blog. What do you all think about this for a name? "The Inner You" Give it to me straight, I'm a big girl I can handle it.

Sorry, no pictures of the concert tonight. I thought his phone would download them to the computer but it won't. I will have to send them to an album and get them from there. This will take awhile and I should get this done tomorrow.

This morning when I went for my walk I saw the most amazing thing. There was a flock of snow geese flying low overhead and the moon was so full and bright, that it illuminated them against the dark sky in such away that they appeared to be glowing. It was one of the most breath taking sights I have seen in a long time. The way they were acting I'm sure they were tired and looking for a place to land. I'm also pretty sure they flew on the next 3 miles and landed on or around the Elk City Reservoir. There are usually 1,000's of them around when the migration gets heavier.

I am so thrilled that more and more of you are having such tremendous success! I love hearing about how you beat back the temptations and put forth the extra effort to make your goals happen. You should all be so very proud of yourselves, I know I am!

To everyone that have sent me goodies and left comments on my page and blogs. Thank you, I truly appreciate them all. I know I don't always get back and tell you that personally, it's not because I don't care, I just usually run out of time. I'm sure you know how it goes, I take a quick look at my notices and say to myself, OK, later when you come back and have a little more time go thank that person. Need I say more?

I need to go get things ready for tomorrow. You all have a great evening!

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SLCB1023 11/3/2009 9:40PM

    That must have been a wonderful sight.... all those geese. You just never know what you are going to see when you get outside. On one of my walks, I first heard then saw a great horned owl. I was happy with that WHEN a second one joined the first. Breath taking!! emoticon

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GRALLEN 11/3/2009 7:50PM

    I know how it is about time. One could really spend a LOT of time here on spark but we need to get off the computer and do our lives. I don't always get back with folks who read my blogs and I hope they understand. I certainly do.

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MSWEEZER 11/3/2009 12:16PM

    Yes I completely understand about limitations of time to do it all. So I for one am never offended.

I like the name but maybe still ponder something uniquely YOU. Just my 2 cents pal.

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SALDABA6 11/3/2009 6:31AM

    There is already a business with the name The Inner You, in fact several of them.

these are just a couple of them.
My vote is for SEKSUNSHINE emoticon

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SEEMAINE 11/2/2009 10:17PM

    I completely understand about time limitations! Your experience with the Snow Geese sounds wonderful! Enjoy!

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    I'm looking forward to seeing that window. You are amazing!


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KNITTABLES 11/2/2009 9:36PM

    Can't wait to see the finish product, its going to look great. As for the name I like it but I like SEKSUNSHINE better. Let us know what you have decided.
Have a great night
Hugs, Sandra

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FITKAT2010 11/2/2009 9:17PM

    I wish the &^*^*&^*&^ SparkComputer will tell me when you blog, like I keep on asking it to.

No, I didn't get notified. And, I've been so busy, I didn't just come here and check. So, sorry!!

I vote for SekSunshine....LOL


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TERRI77 11/2/2009 8:53PM

    Congratulations! You'll be at goal before you know it!

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HONEYBEAR06 11/2/2009 8:40PM

    good job!

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1st Day Of What May Be A Very Long Month

Sunday, November 01, 2009

I titled this blog thus because I have been handed a thirty day challenge and because it involves thinking and research the 30th day may be a long way in the future, but then again the time may just fly by. Time will tell.

I will get this out of the way first, so I can go on to fun things. Each day I need to report to all my friends what I did that day in preparation for starting a consulting business. Believe it or not I do think and work on this some everyday, I am just not vocal about it, now it seems I need to be vocal about it. If you all remember I was stuck on what to do so I asked for ideas and I got loads of them and they were wonderful. Now I'm stuck on a name. If the business doesn't have a name how can it be born? I have tossed some around and shared some with a friend. She has given some back to me, but so far there hasn't been one that just said this is it pick me. So here is your homework. I think women are powerful, some just don't know that, I think women are full of shining light, some just haven't turned the bulb on yet, I think women are independent free thinking entities, some just haven't used their brain yet. With this said please give me some of your ideas on a name to go with all this.

Now the fun stuff. I took Joshua to his first concert last night. I was very surprised. I really didn't know the group Smashmouth that well. I hear a song, I like a song, but I don't always know who is preforming. I have XM radio in my truck and they don't do a lot of song intros. Turns out I knew most of their songs and they are ones I really like. I knew they did the Shriek theme song, and a Monkeys remake, but that was all I knew. We really enjoyed ourselves. He found out that when there is a song that has a great beat it doesn't bother Mom to jump up in the aisle and move to it. I'm sure I embarrassed him the first time, but when he looked around and saw a bunch of other people following my lead, he cut lose and showed them how it was done. I'm surprised our neighbor from across the street hasn't sent me an email on my conduct last night, they were sitting 2 seats from us and never moved. This is the same neighbor that I'm making the window for. He is really funny and witty so I've just been waiting. I did not know we would be able to take a camera, so many of these things you can't, so I didn't, turned out you could. I did take some pictures on Joshua's phone, but have to download them. He is gone with it so maybe tomorrow I will get them posted. I do have some pictures of us before we left. I also have some before and after of me. So without further delay here they are.

These are me before makeup. I told you Kat I would get you a scary picture!

These are of the house after I decorated for Thanksgiving. Sorry I didn't take any Halloween ones!

Now I know I go on about how I hate to sew and it drives me crazy. Well, that doesn't mean I don't know how or haven't done any. This turkey is something I made about 15 years ago. Since it is one of the few things I have sewn he will be put out even if there is only one scrap of brown and orange material left!

These next few are us right before we walked out the door to go to the concert. Yes, I am a mean mother and we walked.

OK, this is a mistake, trying to get the timer set.

This is my after makeup shot.

I finally learned how to get the timer to set on this blasted camera.

There you go. When I get the ones from his phone I will post them. I don't know how good they are, it was dark and then it would be bright, and I don't know that much about the camera on his phone. I will share tho.

Have a great Sunday evening.

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FITKAT2010 11/2/2009 9:20PM

    SekSunshine....I like that for your business! LOL

The pics are great.

About the phone...does it have a micro-mini chip in it that is removable? If so you take it out, put it into the reader, and download. That simple.

Love the pics!

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FINDINGREALME 11/2/2009 9:56AM

    I love the pictures. Makes me want to decorate my house for Thanksgiving right now! Love the turkey! You made that? Wow, impressive. As for the company name, let me think about it...if I come up with something, I will let you know. Assuming that you need to incorporate, etc. so you want to get it right and not change the name. We went through that with our company...what a PITA:-)

Glad you had a good time at the concert. I took Bren to see Bruce Springsteen last year and he had to leave early because he had a headache (before we went but forgot to tell us) but my friend and I embarrassed him royally by dancing. Seems "old" people don't do that LOL

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DAISYBILL 11/2/2009 9:30AM

    Your entire blog was fun and loved the pics. I've been known to sing out loud anywhere there is a great song (and often boogie in the grocery aisles, too). Are you too young to remember American Bandstand: " It has a good beat and you can dance to it.?" LOL

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KNITTABLES 11/2/2009 12:13AM

    Good luck on chosing a name, what fun you had at the concert, enjoyed the pictures

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SLCB1023 11/1/2009 8:33PM

    You go girl!!! emoticon

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MSWEEZER 11/1/2009 8:20PM

    What fun and thanks for sharing. YOu look wonderful as well. Glad you and JOsh enjoyed yourself.

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LISALYNN1960 11/1/2009 8:02PM

    Your decorations are beautiful. LOVE that turkey! I can't believe you made that! I am very impressed. Glad you had fun at the concert.

Best of luck in selecting a name for your business. You will come up with something good.


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TUFFYBIRD 11/1/2009 5:42PM


An idea re the name ... why don't you choose a temporary/tentative name. Writers do it all the time when they're working on a manuscript; they call it a "working title" and they all say it keeps them focused but gives them the flexibility to change it if/when a better idea comes along.

Looks like you had a great Halloween; I spent mine cleaning bird cages and doing laundry emoticon I did get a lot done though!


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DBELLE39 11/1/2009 5:19PM

    Thanks for sharing! Best of luck on the 30 day challenge!

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October In A Nut Shell

Saturday, October 31, 2009

This is an exercise we do on a couple teams that I co-lead. I was very good this month and followed the format. I usually get off and just write, but not this time.

1) What I accomplished
1. I have accomplished to drop 4 more pounds, stay on track with calories and finally go buy a smaller pair of jeans. I have also accomplished much more in my life besides the eating as healthy as I can and getting rid of a few more pounds. I got this monster house completely painted and learned something new. I bought a book and taught myself how to make stained glass objects. The first one is almost completed and when it is ready for delivery you will all get to share in my glory.

2) What I fell short on.
2. Since the weather has changed and my very physical outdoor work has stopped, Iím not getting the same type of exercise. I think this is one reason the weight loss slowed down.

3) What I learned.
3. I learned that I have to re-evaluate how I am doing things in order to continue to be successful. I am in the process of doing this now and it is still in the planning, but when I get done, it will be full steam ahead.


1) What I want to improve:
I want and need to improve my exercise program so I get the same results now that I have in the past.

2) What will I have to do in order to accomplish this.
Iím going to have to try new and different things until I hit upon the right combination. This will take a few weeks of trial and error but I will get there.

3) What negative judgments on myself do I need to let go of to help me realize this accomplishment.
I am very self critical when it comes to my performance; be it exercise, painting, writing it doesnít matter what the task is. I always feel I could have done more or something different to make the end result better. I will work on not being so critical and just being OK, in how I perform.

Hopefully later tonight or early morning I will be back with a more true to me type blog, but this one was requested and I was happy to comply.

Don't let all the ghosts and goblins get you tonight!

Happy Halloween!
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DAISYBILL 11/1/2009 9:30AM

    Sounds like October was a good one. You are very diligent about everything .... home, family, eating, exercising, starting a new business, having direction and a plan to complete each goal. Very good example to all of us. Thanks for being you. emoticon

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FITKAT2010 10/31/2009 6:06PM

    You had a great October!

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MSWEEZER 10/31/2009 5:38PM

    Great reflective blog SEK.

Hope you have an enjoyable Halloween as well.

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