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Very Busy or Just Excuses?

Friday, February 01, 2013

--I've been rather bad about exercising lately. I did injure my knee but it's been good enough for walking for the past week and have I? NO! My excuse has been that I have been too busy but, really, who can't spare a 10 min walk. I definately have 10 min. that I could spare but I just haven't made myself do it. It's crazy the things I do. I actually love physical work. I'm not sure why I keep talking myself out of it...
--Anyhow, my Arabic class is going well so far. Not ready to carry on any really meaningful conversations, but I can do things like let you know if your nose is big or if you need a haircut.
--Moving is going along slowly. My books are packed but I really miss my cookbooks. I need to arrange my boxes so I can get to them.
--I'm still anxious about moving to New Orleans but as it gets closer more of the details get worked out which helps. I just wish I knew what sort of housing we'll get when we arrive. My daughter said she'll come up from TX to help care for my father while we move. I never even had to ask her. :)
--Well, I am going to take a walk around the neighborhood since the sun just decided to rise.

*********Have a great day, everyone!!

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TAZZIE1 2/26/2013 7:29PM

    I fell off the wagon and just jumped back on myself. Don't look back just look forward. emoticon I hope your move goes well and you like New Orleans. It is a really nice place. I hope you enjoyed your walk. emoticon

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MSBEKANATOR 2/7/2013 1:56AM

    Hope that walk was amazing, and that you are able to squeeze in a bunch more. :) You have a crazy lot of stuff going on right now, I think you should get an award for staying sane. ;) Hope your move goes well, I hate moving. We did it far too many times when my guy was still in the military. When we bought this house, it was with my hopes that it was my last move, lol.

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MARYANN2323 2/1/2013 4:17PM

    Glad to see you're headed out for that walk. It seems the hardest part is always those first 2 steps out the door. emoticon emoticon emoticon
Hope your move is a smooth one.

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    Sometimes when a lot of things are going on excuses aren't a bad thing! Clearly you have lots on your plate - take time for your walks when you know you'll enjoy them and not look at them as something that's getting in the way.

Best of luck with your move!

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Rambling and sometimes I just read too much...

Thursday, December 20, 2012's been a long time since I blogged. As far as my weight loss, right now I have no idea where I am, nor do I really think that I want to know. I will weigh myself tomorrow. I've had this flu bug for the past two weeks and so could not exercise due to coughing fits, breathing issues and general blah-ness. Now, due to my idleness, my arthritis is acting up in my back (crawling around the floor "cutting in" the paint probably didn't help either). Then I "tweaked" my neck. My caring husband is having a heyday with my little ouchs, turning my whole body to look at something, etc. At least someone is having fun!
--I was reading a book called "The Other Brain". I know it sounds like a good horror novel but it was actually about the non-neuronal part of your brain known as glia. Anyhow, I came across the reason why I am a "permanent no donor for blood" after being stationed in Europe during the mad cow epidemic. Previously, I had asked nurses and doctors and no one had a good answer. Well, as my book explained, it seems mad cow disease can incubate in one's system for quite a long, long time! I believe they don't even know how long...30, 50 years!? Just great! At least I don't have to worry about the organ donor thing anymore. I really did feel guilty about not wanting to donate my organs.
--We finally got the living room painted so now my husband needs to put up the crown molding and trim the doors and windows and we're done! We actually painted it twice. The first color, although it looked nice on the square inch sample, was a bright lemon once it was on the walls. The next time we invested in the little can samples and painted all over different parts of the walls. We picked the color, painted the walls and it STILL doesn't look like what we painted from the cans. Tough, it's the color we have now. Neither one of us has the energy to paint it again!
--We also invested in some pretty gas logs for our fireplace. I am very, very happy with them. We will have a happy renter while we move to New Orleans.
--Well there is a short update on my "exciting" life.
************Have a great day, everyone!*********************************

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EDITOR 12/20/2012 2:03PM

    Nice to see a blog from you. And thank you for coming to mine.

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DIET_FRIEND 12/20/2012 1:41PM

    I enjoy reading about the brain.

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/20/2012 1:01PM

  Merry Merry Christmas to you and yours emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATTUTT 12/20/2012 10:35AM

    Hope you're feeling better by now! emoticon

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A little linguistic humor with the "German Coast Guard"

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I came across this last night and it tickled me so much I had to share it with my friends!
Have a super Saturday!!

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MSBEKANATOR 12/5/2012 1:24AM

    To funny!!! Thanks for sharing.

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    emoticon I remember laughing soooo hard seeing/hearing this for the first time at the movies when I moved to Germany. Especially since a few of my colleagues actually DO have this kind of accent!

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MJ7DM33 11/17/2012 4:28PM

  Funny! Thx for the laugh!

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EATVEGAN 11/17/2012 4:10PM

    I truly did emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 11/17/2012 3:39PM

    My internet connection is slow but what i got was funny and sad at the same time
thanks for sharing

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IDLETYME 11/17/2012 1:37PM

    This would tickle you as much as you like languages!!! emoticon

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EDITOR 11/17/2012 10:05AM

    Don't have speakers working on my PC, but I appeciate you coming to the parable of Wedding Feast today.

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Long time, No blog...

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Things have been rough the last few weeks. First I traveled to Ohio and that got me out of whack, then I had one week back where I was getting back into the swing of things. Then my husband was home for 4 days and I wanted to spend time with him rather than do my workouts, practice violin, etc. All my routines were thrown to the wind. So here I start again today!

I read a blog that had “excuse” quotes, namely the following:
“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”
– Benjamin Franklin
“One who wants something will find a way; one who doesn't, will find an excuse.” - Confucius

Ouch! So true. As shown in the 1st paragraph, I first blame traveling and then my poor innocent husband. REALLY? How my little brain is so quick to dodge any blame!-but deep down inside I know who’s really to blame.

So, I need to get moving in the right direction, AGAIN. I need to “find a way” and lose the excuses! There will be some challenging times ahead as we may be moving this spring and that always gets the anxiety up. The Emotional Eating Monster is sure to attempt an attack or two(thousand). But then on the bright side there should be a ton of opportunities to increase my activity level, right? Painting, boxing up stuff, etc., etc., etc.

I’ve been on a November challenge with one of my teams (Ready * Set * Spark). The team has lots of challenges that are given in general terms but you have to fine tune them to your needs. The challenge this month has helped me abstain from eating chips (1 pt a day). So far, I only had one teeny, tiny slip with the chips at the very beginning. Not eating chips seems like a mediocre thing, but my dad (who lives with us) and my husband both LOVE chips (as do I, but they are very bad for me!). I have substituted lentil chips in an effort to satisfy my addiction to crunch and to partake in the afternoon snacks with Pa and hubby in a healthier manner.

Besides tumbling off the healthy lifestyle wagon for a bit, all is well. Kitties are all healthy and I finally got all my garlic planted in my garden with some shallots as well. However, I have lots of other garden work to do (mostly weeding, moving a couple of plants), but it’s raining today so I shall attempt to disarm some of the paper avalanches waiting to occur on my desk.

I also need to plan the meals for the rest of the week!

Have a great day, everyone!

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DGFOWLER 11/15/2012 3:57PM

    Good afternoon Skeetor. I wanted to thank you for stopping by my page today and all of the nice comments on my pics as well.

I love this blog. I've never been much of a procrastinator but I do not enjoy exercising. I never have and with a knee replacement you would think I'd love it so that the other doesn't get the same way.. but nope.. not me emoticon

Have a great day ~ Donna

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EATVEGAN 11/14/2012 11:57PM

    I'm going to borrow those quotes for my inspiration folder. You are so right. We find any doesn't have to be a good one or a real one. I'm not sure what about Ohio got you out of whack, but I have a friend who says when she's out of whack, that she needs to get back in whack. (I'm not sure what that means.)

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SPARKFRAN514 11/14/2012 10:57PM

    It's ok to take a break from working out. The key is to never let more than one day pass without exercising. One day is a break, two days is the start of a downhill slide.

6. Think you won’t make a difference with one work out. You will make much less of a difference by doing nothing

Whether you get there fast or slow, all that matters is that you get

thank you for visiting my blog

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John Fitzgerald Kennedy

here are a few more to help you along the hike on the Spark trail
remember its not a day hike but a journey its your journey not a contest you are not trying to beat any one to t he end zone
Happy turkey day

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RENEETEXAN 11/14/2012 2:25PM

    emoticon Skeetor!


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  emoticon blog! And those excuses sound oh so familiar! emoticon emoticon

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MARYANN2323 11/13/2012 5:12PM

    Hmmm....Where have I heard these things before? Oh ya, in my own head. We all face times similar to those. You'll see your way through it and come out on top. I just know it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IDLETYME 11/13/2012 5:12PM

    emoticon Just give it your best shot. We're all here for you!!! emoticon

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CAROLIAN 11/13/2012 4:17PM

    emoticon We all have times like this So don't worry about it Do your best emoticon

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STACYH73 11/13/2012 2:39PM

    emoticon Blog! emoticon

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We will reach the Finish Line!

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1LIFE4ME 11/13/2012 11:06AM

    “One who wants something will find a way; one who doesn't, will find an excuse.” - Confucius

oooph!! right in the gut!! That's brutal but true. I am putting this on my inspiration board for sure!

I too faltered for a bit, thanks for being here and telling me exactly what I needed to hear:) I know it's no coincidence! emoticon

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EDITOR 11/13/2012 8:50AM

    The ups and downs and the turn arounds, any your awareness of them, and being back at it, means you are moving in the right direction again. God bless and keep going forward!

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Lost one of my best lil' buddies this morning...

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

-Peanut (aka Nuthead), the fuzzy face you see by my nickname "Skeetor", could no longer hardly breathe this morning so my poor husband took him to the Vet to be set free. He had a bad heart murmur. He went down hill fast, yesterday he came with me as usual to help me fill the bird feeders with just a couple of coughs and all of a sudden last night he had to hold his head straight out to breathe. Of course, in my own make believe world, I was hoping he was just having one of his bad days and would be better this morning, but this morning he was a lot worse. He could hardly get any breath, had trouble walking... He was my mom's dog and she passed away in 2005 so perhaps he's sitting on her lap now.
He was somewhere between 13 and 15 years old (he was a pound dog, rescued in the nick of time by my mom as he'd been brought by people back 3 times) Farewell to my little tail chaser. He will be soooooo missed!
Okay, I gotta go now....not feeling too Sparky right now...

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HDHAWK 11/7/2012 6:11PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your loss. It's always so hard to lose one of our pets.

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BAKER1009 11/7/2012 4:09PM

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I hope he is happily sitting on your mothers lap today!

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MELTEAGUE 11/7/2012 10:44AM

    Oh dear, so sorry to hear about your loss!

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EDITOR 11/7/2012 9:24AM

    As difficult as it is to lose this little and faithful companion of so many years and so much history and companionship, I can honestly say, I have never suffered a greater loss myself. He is running free in heaven now and Mom is trying to catch him! God bless and comfort. Thank you all Vets for being there at the end of our best friend's life,

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4DOGNIGHT 11/7/2012 8:00AM

    Losing a dog is losing the best friend you ever had. Thanks for commenting on my blog about losing Panda last year. But one year ago this month, we adopted 2 dachshunds from a shelter. They have been the joy of our lives the last year. Wally is not happy unless he is sitting on someones lap. Peanut sleeps in her cage most of the time but comes out to visit. She is older and probably in an abusive situation all her life. We don't know. But Wally is still a puppy, not quite 2. Hope you get a new dog soon.

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MOLLYMOM1957 9/30/2012 8:46AM

    Skeetor , I just read about Peanut... I am soooo sorry.. it's so hard to have to say goodbye to our little furry friends. They're part of our family. I really do believe that Peanut is up there with your mom. Have you ever read the rainbow bridge? It's a poem about our little pets that have passed away. emoticon emoticon Brenda

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WOMANATWORK1 9/15/2012 11:59PM

    Oh Skeetor, I'm so sorry. I know you'll miss him. emoticon

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    I think our most transformational blessings are often contained in the relationships to which we must one day say good-bye. Peanut's story is one of joy, a credit to your mom and you, in caring for her rescue. It sure takes special people to finally give a forever home and forever love to one who has repeatedly been abandoned. Hugs and love to you. Your Spark is still strong, but maybe you just need it for yourself right now.

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MRSSCHENCK 9/12/2012 9:13AM

    Sorry for your loss. emoticon

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BUSYBRE 9/10/2012 9:21AM

    So sorry to hear about your loss. I was just visiting your blog because you'd put such a nice comment on mine. I hope your day is filled with lovely memories of Peanut and that these thoughts of his enduring nature empower you.

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MYAN1959 9/8/2012 7:52AM

    emoticon So sorry to hear of your loss hugs coming your way.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 9/6/2012 9:27PM

    I am deeply sorry for your loss.

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IDLETYME 9/5/2012 4:41PM

    I'm sooo sorry about your puppy. It's just like losing a family member. Especially so if you've had them a long time. And I'll bet he IS with your Mom!!!
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HARRINGTON5 9/5/2012 3:30PM

    I feel your pain. I have had to have two dogs put down in my life time and I know the grief you can go through. Time will heal it. I always said I would never get another dog, but I still think I will rescue another one some day. Best wishes.

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MARYANN2323 9/5/2012 1:02PM

    I so feel for you. Can't tell you just how sorry I am. The house will seem a little lonely for a while, but you can get thru this. Hugs, my friend.
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    So sorry for your loss. One of the kindest things we can do with the beings we take into our care is relieve their suffering. The most important thing we do for our animals is love them, the second most is to make the time they spend with us as gentle as we can.

I hope your heart heals quickly and that the joy your shared with Peanut eventually overshadows the loss you feel at his passing.

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GRANDMA0627 9/5/2012 11:48AM

    I'm so very sorry for your loss. emoticon Wishing you comfort and peace.

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DEELYNNE1 9/5/2012 10:49AM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your little dog. I like the image of him sitting on your Mom's lap now. emoticon

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ERICADAWN1986 9/5/2012 10:44AM

    I'm sorry for your loss! Pets can be so much like family and losing them creates a real void in your life and home. I hope you find comfort in knowing that your little guy is in a better place and you did the right thing.

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CRAFTINWIFE 9/5/2012 10:30AM

    emoticonSorry for your loss!

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SUZI219 9/5/2012 10:29AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is to say goodbye to our precious little friends.

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DLDROST 9/5/2012 10:10AM

  Sorry for your loss

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