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Warning: Somewhat Repetitive Blog - Countdown to HM

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Less than two days away now, I'm counting down to the inaugural Lakeland Red Ribbon Half Marathon. I picked up my packet yesterday. My race number is 3847. No, there are not that many half marathon runners. Over 7000 children are running in shorter races. Around 850 of us will go the 13.1 miles.

If I was a little better organized, I'd be posting a picture of my race shirt and number. But, unfortunately, it does not matter whether I'm 200 pounds or 125 pounds, I still don't have it all together. I took a great picture of the attractive race shirt, but I have misplaced the camera cable so can't download that shot right now. Oh, well.

At least I have no misplaced anxieties. I'm feeling pretty good. My three mile run yesterday at race pace seemed pretty easy. I'm ready!




  
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COASTAL6 11/8/2013 5:05PM

    Good luck,
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JANEWATKINS 11/8/2013 8:28AM

    I'm so excited for you, dear friend. I have to go to the Daytona Beach area for my retirement party which is being held during a state-wide conference (an annual thing for us). I'm DREADING it so much. I don't like to be the focus of such a thing. I begged them to let me off the hook, but no dice. I would rather be running with you . . . and I'm not trained! I'm anxious to hear all about your HM. You continue to be our Skinny Goddess!
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Big hugs, Jane

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    Good luck with the race!
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WATERMELLEN 11/7/2013 8:07PM

    You're not repetitive, you're focused!! All best with the big day!

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BABYSTEPS123 11/7/2013 8:01PM

    Hope it's a great race for you! Enjoy!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/7/2013 8:00PM

    You are indeed ready! emoticon Good vibes headed your way.

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COCK-ROBIN 11/7/2013 7:15PM

    I'll be cheering for you!

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    Good Luck! emoticon

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GABY1948 11/7/2013 6:41PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon organized or not you are gonna do GREAT! And no warnings about repetitive blog! That's why I'm here!

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BOOKAPHILE 11/7/2013 6:05PM

    You are prepared. You will do great!

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MSLZZY 11/7/2013 6:00PM

    The picture should be the least of your worries. Get ready to run! HUGS!

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FROSTY99 11/7/2013 5:31PM

    Enjoy the race-we will look forward to pics of you in the shirt!

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MARGARITTM 11/7/2013 4:02PM

    Start slow and pick it up if you can later. .... you are ready for this.

Have fun!

Ya I do look up race results...... no pressure though!!! HaHa

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MEXGAL1 11/7/2013 3:07PM

    You sound so ready for this. Yep, you got this. It will be fun to read about this accomplishment for you. You have come so very far and have worked so very hard.
Go get em!
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HARROWJET 11/7/2013 12:51PM

    In the 5K I walked in September, all the children were given #1.

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    Best Wishes!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIANNEMT 11/7/2013 10:42AM

    Wow!! Go for it!! I am so proud of myself for doing a 5K--but the half marathon is a bit much for me!! I am PROUD of YOU doing this!!

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_LINDA 11/7/2013 10:26AM

    Its always the way, the thing you wanted the most can't be found :-PP
I can't wait to see the photo of you in the T-Shirt & Bib, you will look fabulous!
The main thing is you are prepared for your race and feeling good and that is awesome!!!
You are going to rock it!


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LEWILL1982 11/7/2013 9:33AM

    Good luck! Can't wait to read your report.

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ONMYMEDS 11/7/2013 8:48AM

    Yes, based on all of your previous blogs, you are ready!!

Stick to your race plan, start slow, and most of all, enjoy yourself.

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  Stay motivated, one pound at a time!

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    Way to go!

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Warning: Somewhat Repetitive Blog - Countdown to HM

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Less than two days away now, I'm counting down to the inaugural Lakeland Red Ribbon Half Marathon. I picked up my packet yesterday. My race number is 3847. No, there are not that many half marathon runners. Over 7000 children are running in shorter races. Around 850 of us will go the 13.1 miles.

If I was a little better organized, I'd be posting a picture of my race shirt and number. But, unfortunately, it does not matter whether I'm 200 pounds or 125 pounds, I still don't have it all together. I took a great picture of the attractive race shirt, but I have misplaced the camera cable so can't download that shot right now. Oh, well.

At least I have no misplaced anxieties. I'm feeling pretty good. My three mile run yesterday at race pace seemed pretty easy. I'm ready!




  
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MWWENSIN 11/8/2013 12:25AM

    Have A Great Race. You could probably pop the card out of your camera and put it inside your computer and read the card that way if you have a card reader built into your computer.

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AQUAGIRL08 11/7/2013 7:37PM

    I think you're pretty organized. Hey, you already picked up your race packet, did your pre race run, have a ride all lined up and are ready. Way to go!

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CHANGINGHORSES 11/7/2013 5:29PM

    Repetitive or not, you got that right! Be proud and tell us all about it! We WANT to hear it!
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SMITTY4RL 11/7/2013 4:38PM

    I know you've trained well and will do well at the race. Looking forward to hearing about it!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/7/2013 3:55PM

    I'm excited for you. You're well trained and I know you'll do great.

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PMFISH 11/7/2013 3:43PM

    I will be thinking about you while you run your HM. May you make good time with no injuries. Look forward to seeing your pictures.

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MKELLY72 11/7/2013 1:10PM

    You must be really excited! I can't imagine ever working up to a HM--I do enjoy the 5ks tho.
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Inspiration from the NY Marathon

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

It's my taper week, just 4 days from my second half marathon, T minus 4 and counting!

I'm drawing inspiration from the NYC Maratho. Here's some great signs:



Here's the fastest finisher I know, posing at mile 17. Paul finished in 4:20:59:


And here is Cindy, known as the Celtic Runner. I've never run with her. She's faster than I am. She finished in 5:20:56:


Here's Susan. I've run with her a lot. She runs 7 days a week and has for years. She is in charge of our half marathon on Saturday. She works for Interact Alliance, a drug prevention program, that is sponsoring the half. She is really fun to run with and a great encourager of us newbies. She finished in 5:35:56:


I've confirmed my ride and feeling confident about Saturday! Weather will be warm. Course will be hilly. I'm set to do good anyway!!

  
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COASTAL6 11/8/2013 5:25PM

    It looks like fun!
Have a great time!
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CHANGINGHORSES 11/7/2013 7:15AM

    Runners ROCK! You ROCK! Go get em!
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MEXGAL1 11/6/2013 6:11PM

    Awesome! I sure will be wishing you all the best!
You are truly a runner now....woo hoo and good for you!
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MJREIMERS 11/6/2013 7:05AM

    Have a great race! Enjoy the camaraderie and listen to your body! I can't wait to hear about the race!

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BLUENOSE63 11/6/2013 4:35AM

  Have a great race and you should wear the lady bug wings in the Race!

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MSLZZY 11/5/2013 11:50PM

    emoticon You go, girl!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/5/2013 11:44PM

    I'm so excited for you! I'm wishing you the best time of your life!

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COCK-ROBIN 11/5/2013 10:38PM

    You're doing great!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/5/2013 8:21PM

    What they all said... and no matter what... HAVE FUN! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 11/5/2013 7:58PM

    Nice! You're totally into it and raring to go!!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/5/2013 7:33PM

    It's exciting, isn't it??? I know you'll do great.

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MWWENSIN 11/5/2013 6:18PM

    Enjoy your half marathon. I have some links on my blog page to some inspirational New York City marathon news articles with some good photos. One is about a guy with Down's syndrome who completed the race if you're interested.

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BOPPY_ 11/5/2013 5:56PM

    You go girl. emoticon

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HARROWJET 11/5/2013 4:10PM

    How nice to have running friends. emoticon I'm thinking good thoughts.

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NEW-CAZ 11/5/2013 2:42PM

    good luck!

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    Good luck!

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SEAJESS 11/5/2013 1:52PM

    emoticon Thanks for posting the pictures of the runners. You have some emoticon running buddies! Guess that's only to be expected 'cause you're awesome, too and the pack runs together.
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emoticon You are cute as a bug in that costume! Hope you keep that picture on your page for awhile...it's a smile cracker.
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PIXIEMOM13 11/5/2013 1:22PM

    Great pictures!

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PMRUNNER 11/5/2013 12:56PM

    Have a great race, run strong!

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PMFISH 11/5/2013 12:17PM

    Enjoy your run. Always enjoy your pictures.

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_LINDA 11/5/2013 11:47AM

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2nd that you are my hero!
Enjoy the taper, rest and fueling up for your big day! So glad you know carbs are a runner's best friend!

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MANDELOVICH 11/5/2013 11:21AM

    You are our inspiration. Way to go

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KANDOLAKER 11/5/2013 11:18AM

    Thanks for sharing! And best wishes as you taper this week!!

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T - Minus 5 Days and Counting

Monday, November 04, 2013

T is for taper! It's time to get plenty of rest. My second half marathon, first in 2013, is in just 5 days. So I decided to run Monday and Wednesday this week to be plenty rested for Saturday morning. I'm trying to eat smart, at the top of my calorie range, with about 65% carbohydrates. I'm skipping strength training this week to ensure I don't pull or strain anything. And I'm not picking up the grandkids for the same reason.

This morning I ran in my neighborhood. I had the Beatles' One album playing on the MP3 player. It was my favorite music in high school and I channel my 16 year old self easily as I listen to it! It was an easy fun run, about 2 and a half miles, a bit faster than I plan to run the 13.1.

Hubby will be out of town with our car, but I have a ride to the race. Trying not to worry that she will forget to pick me up. I kind of laugh at how I can always find something to worry about! I'm right on track and trying to get in the "coiled spring" mode that ONEKIDSMOM nurtures before a race.

Incidentally, Jan who helped me prepare for my first half, completed her first New York Marathon yesterday after years of missing it due to emergencies (surgery, family crisis, and a hurricane) keeping her from running it in the past. All four of the runners from my Galloway group finished the 26.2 miles. Jan, just 6 months younger than I am, finished in 6 hours and 9 minutes. Hooray for determination and persistence! Jan at the NYC Marathon:



My nephew may come root me on at the finish of my half marathon. That would be so cool! I have come to many of his races. I just might try to get my camera to him. This is the first ever half marathon in my hometown of Lakeland, Florida. 850 people are pre-registered. Packet pick up starts on Wednesday. I know at least 50 of the people running it and will recognize many more of them from local 5 and 10Ks. I've been training with the leader of the 2 hour and 30 minute pace group. With luck, I'm going to PR! All systems are go!!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 11/5/2013 7:04PM

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CHANGINGHORSES 11/5/2013 7:46AM

    It sounds like you have plenty of inspirational runners around you! I like! You will be great this weekend, trust the training and trust the taper. Smile and be proud!
Run On!
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TXPATRIOT 11/5/2013 12:35AM

    You are going to do great!

Can't wait to read your race report!

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STRIVERONE 11/4/2013 11:45PM

    Even though you are expecting a PR, I think you are going be amazed with your results.

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MSLZZY 11/4/2013 10:38PM

    You will have a wonderful time! You are so prepared. HUGS!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/4/2013 8:47PM

    It won't just be a race, it will be a party!!! Enjoy!!!

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WATERMELLEN 11/4/2013 8:16PM

    You've got it so well planned -- glad you've taken care not to pull or strain anything this very special week.

(And thanks for your comment on my rebel blog: different stuff works for different people at different times, and what you're doing is working for you for sure!)

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MANDELOVICH 11/4/2013 8:11PM

    You are awesome. Have a great run and I love the photo in your wallpaper. You both look adorable and I love your hair cut!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/4/2013 6:43PM

    I just know that PR is in the bag, Marsha! Then you can relax and just have fun with Rachel and me on the 24th!

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GABY1948 11/4/2013 6:38PM

    I'm getting really excited for you! Great pic of Jan! Thanks for sharing and I absolutely LOVE the lady bug!!!! emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 11/4/2013 5:24PM

    I'm so excited for you!! Have s blast. Keep smiling! And take pics.
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DLDMIL 11/4/2013 3:15PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon , cant wait to hear about the race. Have a great week and run

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HARROWJET 11/4/2013 2:49PM

    I can feel your excitement. I wish I could be at the finish line. Hubby and I watched parts of the NY marathon on TV.

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MARGARITTM 11/4/2013 12:48PM

    Have fun with this! You have worked hard to get here.

Can't wait for the race report!

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JUNEPA 11/4/2013 12:16PM

    You go, girl !!

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ONMYMEDS 11/4/2013 11:37AM

    It certainly sounds as if you are ready for this. Remember. Have fun!!

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BABYSTEPS123 11/4/2013 11:34AM

    Best wishes! You are an inspiration!

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COCK-ROBIN 11/4/2013 11:10AM

    Go, Slenderella, Go! You have a cheering section.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/4/2013 11:08AM

    Don't forget to foam roll.

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WILD4STARS 11/4/2013 11:06AM

    If I were a betting woman I would put my money on you.
You've got this !!

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BOOKAPHILE 11/4/2013 10:55AM

    There are tricks to every skill. I'm glad you know the tricks for your 1/2 marathon. Stay healthy!

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NATPLUMMER 11/4/2013 10:54AM

    Sounds like you are in charge of your taper :-)


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Recipe, Birds, and Experimenting

Sunday, November 03, 2013

I thrive on compliments! And when I get one from my hubby it is like a jewel. Perhaps I should be, but I'm not ashamed to admit I savor and enjoy it. Hubby does our grocery shopping, partly to help me and partly because he wants to eat what he wants to eat. (Luckily, he's become good at finding the things I want and need.)

Well, yesterday when he sat down to supper he looked on our table and said, "I go to the grocery store and just buy a lot of things on sale and then you turn them into a feast." Oh, yeah, I'm going to savor that one, about as much as I savored the dish. I even went and got the camera to snap the leftovers:



This dish was based on the SparkRecipe, Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry. I had the onion, garlic, broccoli, red pepper, and pineapple on hand. I didn't have cabbage, so I substituted celery and carrots. I cooked each veggie separately and then put them together so they retained more individual flavor and color. I didn't have enough juice to worry with thickening it, but it didn't need it. I served it with brown rice. Absolutely yummy. And it is so great to find something healthy hubby likes, too.

Another picture I took yesterday in our front yard:



These beautiful cranes hang out in our neighborhood. I just love seeing them. Funny, but I grew up less than 50 miles from here and never remember seeing one as a child. Wonder if they've come back following the DDT ban or whether they have been imported or if I just never noticed!

After yesterday's group run I recovered quickly and felt good. After supper, though, I was feeling a little weak. I debated between going to bed early or having more to eat. I chose to eat thinking it might help. It did. I ended up going a little over my calorie range, but the scale was just at 125.4 this morning, right where I want it to be, so I'm thinking I really did need that extra food. Still experimenting and still learning!






  
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KIN59VARA 11/10/2013 4:50PM

    What a wonderful couple you are!

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SUPERMODEL2BE 11/10/2013 2:02PM

    I wish my hubby would shop for me, or it would be excellent if I could have a delivery service. But the only company that delivers where I live is Schwan's and their food is not healthy.


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JOANNHUNT 11/8/2013 11:56AM

    AWESOME THANK YOU FOR SHARING. THAT LOOKED VERY GOOD AND YUMMY. ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY.

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  You are emoticon !!! You look beautiful !!! emoticon

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  Enjoy your blog

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SALEX52 11/5/2013 11:29AM

    We all love compliments, especially from the people who are most important to us.

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GRLTAZ 11/5/2013 10:56AM

    I think we all crave compliments when they are real ones. It helps our self worth. So glad hubby could come through like that. We all will probably struggle with losing and maintaining our goal weights at times and I am glad you reminded me subtly that this is a life long journey and not a fast weight loss journey. Thank you ! TC

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 11/5/2013 8:55AM

    I remember the somewhat rare compliments from my husband for years! If only they knew how valued those words of praise are to us. But then if they came more often, maybe they wouldn't be so special?!

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TIME-4-TINA 11/5/2013 8:22AM

    awww, so cute that your husband called your meal a feast! I get a lot of satisfaction when someone compliments my cooking. I also get offended when they don't like it. ha ha!

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CHANGINGHORSES 11/5/2013 7:43AM

    Way to go........the feast looks yummy! He is well trained.

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SERENE-BEAN 11/4/2013 11:26PM

    Your pics are lovely! Thanks for the post.

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MARYJEANSL 11/4/2013 11:16PM

  Love the cranes!

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ROCKYCPA 11/4/2013 9:42PM

    Thanks for sharing - looks like a great recipe!!

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SHANNONY84 11/4/2013 8:54PM

    Thank you for sharing. I to strive on positive reinforcement!

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JANEMARIE77 11/4/2013 4:42PM

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PATRICIAANN46 11/4/2013 4:06PM

  A compliment from the heart is very well-received indeed. Your supper looks super-Yummy!!! emoticon
The Sand Hill Cranes were endangered for quite some time. I remember when they were introduced in Wisconsin. We had a pair in the field behind our home all summer and I loved listening to their reedy calls. That was about 20 years ago, and now they are plentiful.

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JSEATTLE 11/4/2013 3:01PM

  What a wonderful day! Thank you for sharing, I have also made that recipe and it's a keeper because it works with just about anything you have on hand.

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    Great

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NONNAOF2 11/4/2013 1:30PM

  Congrats on doing things right for yourself! The meal looked really good, I'm going to look up the recipe for dinner sometime this week! :-)

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/4/2013 12:44PM

  Isn't it great when your on the same page. Wonderful.

It looks like you live in a beautiful area.

Sounds like you are doing excellant with figuring out your exercise and food habits. emoticon

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JUNEPA 11/4/2013 12:21PM

    Very yummy and nutritious !!

Where I live and grew up, we see a lot more eagles, herons and canada geese now than when I was growing up. I think it is related to the DDT ban and being more aware and careful about environmental impact.
Some things in the world are getting better, not everything is getting worse and worse!!

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SHOAPIE 11/4/2013 11:58AM

    Yuummm

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MRSRIGS1 11/4/2013 11:04AM

    Always nice to get a compliment from your significant other! It's the little things in life that mean so much. Your dish looks delicious!! emoticon

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SUSIEMT 11/4/2013 10:14AM

    Great blog! I am so happy you included the picture of the left overs. Looks yummy!

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JLEMUS1 11/4/2013 10:02AM

    Awesome, thank you!!!

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DJSHIP46 11/4/2013 7:48AM

    You have a lot to be thankful for!

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NASFKAB 11/4/2013 7:41AM

  lovely dish want some

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GARDENCHRIS 11/4/2013 7:34AM

    what a nice thing your hubs did.... and your very lucky to have the cranes!

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CARTERSGRANDMA 11/4/2013 7:18AM

  The recipe sounds great...and what a sweet compliment! Keep up the great work.

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DIANNEMT 11/4/2013 7:08AM

    Great compliment--and looks like he was right!

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CHERYLHURT 11/4/2013 7:06AM

  Delicious!

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SHERYLP461 11/4/2013 6:46AM

    We are always learning, good for you choosing the right action, We have the sandhill cranes coming to our pond too, like you I was born and raised right here and don't recall seeing them as a child.

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PENOWOK 11/4/2013 6:42AM

    We are all learning and every body has its unique quicrks with what it needs and what doesn't help. Good for you for taking the chance and figuring it out!

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SCRAPBECCA 11/4/2013 6:38AM

    Your meal looked yummy!

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