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The Grand Canyon is Definitely Grand

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I am still trying to process the sights I saw at the Grand Canyon, and I still keep thinking I saw a Hollywood digitized scene or a monstrous photoshopped view. It really is Grand and I only was on the South Rim.

This pic shows a bit of the Colorado River.

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SEESTARS 7/25/2011 2:22PM

    Wow! I really want to go see sometime.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 6/28/2011 5:07PM

    Great photos Sherry! Thanks for taking us along with you!

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IAMIAMIAMIAM 6/26/2011 10:47AM

    We visited the North Rim when I was 15 and after 34 years, I can still remember it very well. It was so breath taking, I did not want to leave. Thank you so much for the lovely pics.

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MSLZZY 6/15/2011 10:54PM

    Wow! Thank you!

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    It really is amazing and what I remember of it is that it changes all day long as the sun moves across the sky.

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DONNABRIGHT 6/15/2011 8:12AM

    We were there last fall and I still feel the same as you when i think about it - it is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MORGANPARK 6/15/2011 8:01AM

    I'd like to go some time. Thanks for the pics.

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TOTHEFUTURE1 6/15/2011 12:06AM

    Great photos

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PANFRIEDTROUT 6/14/2011 9:35PM

    nice photos Sherry ~ thanks for posting them!

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0309COOKIE 6/14/2011 9:30PM

    Great shots! My girlfriend also went to the Grand Canyon and said it was unbelievable.

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GOOZLEBEAR 6/14/2011 9:15PM

    Awesome pictures Sherry! So glad you got to see that beautiful scenery!

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

I thought Oahu was gorgeous but Sedona definitely is just as pretty. I was there last week with three dear friends and we thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful place.

Here's the view from our balcony where you can see Snoopy Rock in the middle of the picture. If you look hard, you can see Woodstock on his nose. On the higher peak, Lucy Rock is in the middle. The one-humped camel is on the left. Imagine waking up to this scene every day.

Here are the Two Nuns Rock (on the right side of the pic) and the Madonna & Child rock to the left of the Nuns.

Here is Frank Lloyd Wright's Church of the Holy Cross which was absolutely breathtaking, and which made me cry.

Here's a view from one of the rock mesa's we encountered on our Pink Jeep Tour.

This was one of my favorite un-named rocks on the mesa. But I've named it the grumpy old men rock.

More to come....

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HABITATPAT 6/13/2011 7:37AM

  Beautiful pics, Sherry! Glad you had such a nice time. I, too, would love to wake up to such a view. Can't wait to see more pictures!

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GTOGIRL67 6/13/2011 5:34AM

    these pictures were absolutely breath taking . thank you for sharing them with us and I am glad you had a great time away .

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MSLZZY 6/12/2011 11:41PM

    We were in Sedona years ago but it is still so beautiful!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/12/2011 10:16PM

    Oh my gosh!! There really is an Arizona, a Painted Desert, and a Sedona. LOL. I love that country western song though I don't like a lot of country.

I loved your pictures. You are having some wonderful adventures. I wish I were there!!

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GOOZLEBEAR 6/12/2011 7:17PM

    Great pictures, looks like you had an awesome time. With being gone myself, I didn't realize last weekend was your trip. I would love to wake up every morning to that view!!!! Look forward to more pics!!!


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PANFRIEDTROUT 6/12/2011 5:14PM

    great pics Sherry & I'm glad you had a good time with your friends!

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MARYALICE411 6/12/2011 4:56PM

    So beautiful

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 6/12/2011 3:10PM

    Looks delightful! Thanks for showing me parts of North America I probably will never see! My favourite was the one you entitled "Grumpy Old Men" apt!

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0309COOKIE 6/12/2011 2:58PM

    What beautiful pictures.

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DISP715 6/12/2011 1:09PM

    Wow! You are right about Sedona. I live here!! Right behind Cathedral Rock. Did you get a chance to see it?? Love Pink Jeep tours. So glad you had fun. I feel so lucky to live here.

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The Tale of the Tooth

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Two weeks ago I snatched a mini 3 Musketeers bar from my freezer, popped it in my mouth, and fractured my canine tooth. It can't be capped, crowned, glued, bridged, or fused. It's just like Humpty Dumpty after the fall. I called my former dentist on his emergency number at 7:30 the night it happened (note I said former!). When I told him what happened, his exact quote was "well, Sherry, the office is closed. Just what is it you want me to do?". I'll not repeat here what I wanted him to do with himself at that minute. So I saw the new guy yesterday who confirmed it's destroyed and also now infected. I'm on antibiotics and pain meds, and go in on Friday for the removal and bone graft needed in preparation for an implant later on.

Over the years I've used my teeth for many things besides chewing. I've opened bags, bitten fingernails, broken threads, etc. Who knew that my teeth weren't indestructible? Or maybe my teeth are as tired as I am - lol.

To end this tired story about my tired teeth, I'll include freshly snapped pics of my tired dogs -

Maybe it's something in the air making us all so tired....

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JATHUENER 5/24/2011 6:30PM

    Well Sherry i really hated to read your blog for i can not image the pain you are going thru but i over the years have learned that teeth are valueable more than one can image till you really need them than it is tooo late. But i did enjoy your photo's of your fur babies again

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    Nightmare. I hate anything to do with dentists and this sounds like a really icky case.

I'm with the dogs. Is there room for me somewhere on that futon? LOL.

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MSLZZY 5/18/2011 10:50PM

    I had the same problem, only I had more than 1 that were unrepairable. I opted to get
dentures 7 months ago and haven't looked back. I hope your new dentist can find some
way to help you. It was obvious the old dentist wasn't too comforting. Take care-hugs!

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GOOZLEBEAR 5/18/2011 3:19PM

    Sherry, I am so sorry you are still having problems with that dang tooth and now the expense of treatment for it. Sure don't blame you for getting another dentist, I would also like to have a few words with your "former" dentist! Hope all goes well with it.

Now as for you and your household being tired!!!!!! Those are priceless pictures of the pups. Now my Sophie looks like she is wrinkling up that beautiful forehead of hers, just what does she have on her mind????!!!! Cocoa and Nash are just adorable laying end to end on the couch!!! I see Soph needs her own place to relax!!!!! Maybe it is something in the air making you all tired, however, I don't know what the dogs excuses are but
you have a lot going on in addition to your pain!!!!

Thanks for the pictures, you know I love seeing the gang!!!! Good luck with the tooth!!!! Oh yes, I've also always used my teeth for things in addition to chewing. Guess I'd better be careful!

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OLDERDANDRT 5/18/2011 1:13PM

    I'm really sorry about your tooth!!! How awful!! I have amouth full of holes where I've had a broken tooth and then wimped out and had it pulled instead of fixed! (Couldn't have afforded it anyway ...hehe) Don't know about the tired, but your doggies look totally normal to my eyes!! emoticon At least compared to mine! emoticon

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0309COOKIE 5/18/2011 12:33PM

    Oh, what an ordeal with your tooth! Sorry to hear that. Your old dentist sounds like a winner.

Your pups look so peaceful, lol.

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Supporting the Bereaved

Sunday, March 27, 2011

I went to The Compassionate Friends conference this weekend in Frankfort, Ky. TCF is a national organization for parents who have a deceased child. The common questions everyone asked were how long ago, what happened, and how old was the child. It was a bittersweet yet informative conference, and I talked with lots of "survivors".

One of the speakers discussed the experience that occurs the first few weeks after a loss such as friends arriving, the phone ringing non-stop, casseroles and flowers arriving, and a mailbox full of sympathy cards. After a couple of weeks you get the occasional phone call where you're asked if you're alright, and by now you know the caller wants to here "Yes, I'm OK" when in fact you're not.

The speaker then made a suggestion that I now intend to implement in the future. She suggested we do what we usually do, but then a few months later, we repeat it. In other words, if I send a sympathy card to someone, then a few months later I should send them a "thinking of you" card. If I take my famous "Baked Spaghetti" (ok - it's not really famous, but it's edible and can be frozen) to a friend who has lost a loved one, maybe I should take some Banana Bread over in a couple of months. It's just a nice way to let someone know you're still thinking of them.

I wanted to pass this idea along.

BTW - I should have already known this since Teri, my best friend from high school, still sends me funny cards almost weekly!

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GINIEMIE 4/23/2011 6:02PM

    I have a friend that did that for me when we moved away from our home of 12 years, when my husband died (for 2+ yrs) and now sends me e-mails since Erik's motorcycle accident.
I have good intentions and manage to remember one or two follow ups, then I slip. Depending the loss and the suddenness of it, our friends may need more thoughts, prayers and expressions of support.
I am glad you went to the conference, I attended Grief Support after Steve died.
My thoughts are with you.

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STARFISH619 4/7/2011 4:49PM

    Sweet idea - thank you for sharing.

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OUBACHE 3/31/2011 8:03AM

    This is so helpful to know. Often it is so hard to know what to do, what to say. Would you mind if we copied your blog and posted it so more people on Spark would find it to read? -- giving you credit for it, of course.

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NPRJUNKIE 3/29/2011 8:18AM

    Thank you for letting us know how we can help others.

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JACKIEBLUE222 3/28/2011 4:40PM

    Thanks for the great idea. That is such a nice way to let people know you're still thinking about them. I sometimes feel a little awkward, which is silly. This will help. Just so you know, I still do think of you often - just not very good at letting you know!

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KARLYNCANDOIT 3/28/2011 1:48PM

    What a great idea~ My favorite thing of the day now is to get the mail and I will be sad when it stops and I am just getting bills agian~ Thank you for the idea~ I hear you about the bittersweet feelings I am hesitant to join a support group as I don't want to get sadder. I did join a team on here that is great and supportave. It is called lost a loved one and they are postive and helpful~ I look forward to helping others as I get more time under my belt~ Karlyn

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MIRWYN 3/28/2011 9:10AM

    This is a wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing it.

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MSLZZY 3/28/2011 7:02AM

    A very good tip-thanks for sharing. I'll have to remember that one. HUGS!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/27/2011 10:58PM

    It is a great idea. When I lost almost my entire family within 3 years except for hubby, my son, my dad, my paternal uncle, and half brother I appreciated the people who stuck with me and they made it known that they understood what I was dealing with. I always tried to put on a good face for my hubby ans son so they would not have to see me suffer and have a normal life but some of my close friends would let me know that they knew I must be a walking Zombie and I was. Knowing that people cared got me though it. And, I do care about you and I have not forgotten.

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DANCINCAJUN1 3/27/2011 10:19PM

    I have heard that in the past and always try to stay in touch with those in need.

Thank you for writing this down for all to read.


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CRACKOFDAWN72 3/27/2011 10:12PM

    This is a great idea. emoticon emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 3/27/2011 9:59PM

    So glad you enjoyed your weekend. I should have read this before I asked you all the questions on your Spark Page!!!!LOL! That is a wonderful idea about continuing to make contact with the person that has had the loss. Glad you have your high school friend who sends you cards. You know I think of you everyday and pray for your day and of course, look forward to stories about the Labbies and Nash (and the kitties too)!!!


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MYTHROE 3/27/2011 9:52PM

    Great suggestion - but sorry for the way you had to hear it. emoticon

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P is for Procrastination!

Friday, March 18, 2011

And I should know, as I think I now have a Master's Degree in it. To be honest (and why do people feel the need to say that. Does that imply they're normal mode is dishonest?), I am in a funk. What is a funk you may ask? It's a monster case of being a total slug. My motivation meter is at zero, as is my "give a darn" meter. If I don't acknowledge that I'm eating unhealthy, then I don't have to eat healthy. If I don't question why I'm not exercising, then I don't have to feel guilty about not exercising. If I don't have to "think", then I don't have to "feel".

Do I know how to un-funk myself? Absolutely. It only involves taking the first step.
I think I'll un-funk myself. My first step is posting this blog! I'm declaring March 18th as Sherry's Un-Funk Day.

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GINIEMIE 4/23/2011 6:14PM

    It's been a bit over a month since this post. I know holidays are harder, are you still un-funked?

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MSLZZY 3/20/2011 9:01PM

    Been there-done that! HUGS!

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 3/20/2011 7:04PM

    Sorry I missed your "special" day but I think a lot of us are in or have been in the same boat. I was feeling quite down over the past several weeks but have somehow come around. YOU can do this..WE can do this....TOGETHER!!!!

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WILKERSONR 3/20/2011 2:53PM

    Just a reminder

P is also for:
Positive, Passion, Proactive, Possess, Power, Progress,Powerful, Person, Prayer, Productive

I am Positive if your renew your Passion for yourself and find that Proactive attitude that I know you Possess and you will find the Power in you to make Progress on your goals and create a more Powerful Person in yourself. Then a healthier, happier you will have your Prayers answered and find more time to be more Productive with your time.

I good thing I am a builder and not an English teacher. :) You know you can do it, we all have our ups and downs and hurdles. You have had more than your fair share this last year. Good luck in changing your P into one or all of mine! Your friends are here to support you!

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MARYALICE411 3/18/2011 5:32PM

    go for it you can do this

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    We can be un-funky together. LOL.

Maybe make a rap song about it. I hate rap but it sounds good with the word funk. We will have to have un-funkier names like other rappers. Sherry and Morti won't cut it. As a group the two of us could be S&M, sort of like Eminem only more sadomasochistic. LOL. Is that even possible with Eminem? LOL. Or instead of Dr. Dre I could be Not-A-Dr. Mortay. Instead of Snoop Dog we could be Sneak Kitties.

Let's not let lack of talent stop us either! It hasn't them!! Onward! Boom Boom Pow!

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OLDERDANDRT 3/18/2011 3:12PM

    Good for you! I know you can pull out of this funk. The hardest part is taking that first step (and I should know, b/c I already wrote that book) hehe. Let's get it moving!

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GOOZLEBEAR 3/18/2011 3:03PM

    It is good that you recognize the problem and that you are willing to do something about getting out of your funk!!!!! I think it is hard to continually choose the healthy foods over the "junk" or unhealthy foods. It is a day by day, one step at a time, process. I know you can do this. Since you aren't weighing in on Sat. now do you plan to go to WW on Monday night? I've gotten comments from other Sparkers who are having the same problem right now. It is good that we have each other to share with and it helps knowing we all go through these times.

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BTW, Sophie told me she needs for you to take her for a walk!!!!!!


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STARFISH619 3/18/2011 12:45PM

    HAPPY Sherry's Un-Funk Day!!!! emoticon

It's quite an occasion, it's the day Sherry embarks on getting the funk out of her life. Oh, and she'll be a complete success!

Just as the time has changed and Spring is about to sprung, you too shall turn over that new petal (I don't want to say leaf, it sounds too Fall-ish).

Time to let the funk blossom bloom into some success and motivation. You already took the first step by posting this blog - next comes one small step after the other. As long as you move forward that's all that matters. And don't forget, even small steps backwards or missteps DO NOT mean failure nor to give up. It just means you need to re-evaluate and perhaps take a new direction forward.


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