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Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Tooting my own horn today as I recover from some very sore knees after participating in the Cancer Society's “Relay for Life” fund raiser this past weekend in Southern California. In a word it was emoticon I’m looking forward to next year and found that the experience has given me the spring board I needed to know that I can do more than I thought I could… given the opportunity to rest between laps and take it at my own pace. emoticon If there’s a place to sit and ice packs a-waitin’ my return I can actually walk a fair distance and get steps in that really add up and can be counted. Once around the park equaled a half mile so the seven trips I took plus a shortened care givers lap and a candle procession during the luminary lap equaled about five miles. emoticonGranted it took me 12 hours to complete but I did it!!!!! And now I plan to continue to “Relay for MY Life” by adding a walk around our neighborhood (approx. 1 mile) to my regular exercise program. emoticon



One of the reasons I joined Sparkpeople 11 months ago was to get in shape so I could participate more with my family emoticonMy next goal is to go to Disneyland with our grandkids. I believe this coming Fall would be a great time to let them play hooky and spend a non-touristy day with Mickey Mouse and friends. In the mean time we have a family camping trip planned for this July that I can really look forward to. emoticon Perhaps a fancy walking stick would make a great reward for my next 10 pound loss. emoticon

The relay was very successful and enjoyed by all.........

Amount raised by everyone at the event… $100,000.00
Amount our family contributed...……….. $1,000.00
Being able to walk during the event……. PRICELESS emoticon



Find a Relay near you and change your life forever emoticon

  
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KLH1982 5/26/2011 5:43PM

    I better be invited to that Disneyland trip!

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TUBLADY 5/24/2011 7:41PM

    Way to go. I only hope I can do as well as you did.
Our relay for Life is on June 19th. I was going to try to walk as fast as possible, but have had second thoughts and will pace myself so I can last as long as possible.
Very well done.
Congratulations on raising so much and your family contribution.
Take care.
Disney trip sounds like a winner.
i wish we had kids to go some more. I loved Disney, Land and World.
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GRANPATTIE 5/24/2011 3:39PM

    I'm so proud of you!!!! I enjoyed reading of your experience and your hopes. Here's prayin' for you!

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JILL313 5/24/2011 1:53PM

    Linda, You are Awesome and are making a real difference in your Life and Others. . .Woo Hoo to you! I'll honk for SP and my wish is to be able to do 1/2 of what you've accomplished so far. . .My "Hat" goes off to you my Friend. You're living the life that I've dreamed about as I also want to get Healthy so I can start enjoying things I haven't been able to do in many years but my Dream is to once again actively participate in Life! You Rock!!

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GINNJEN2000 5/24/2011 4:33AM

    emoticon guess that would count as a honk.

Congrats on the race too what an accomplishment.

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Why I Relay.........

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I could not have participated in last years "Relay For Life" if my life had depended on it... this year, thanks to Sparkpeople emoticon I can and look forward to honoring all those who have given freely of their time and energy in preparation of this life affirming event.

One day. One night. One community. One Fight. emoticon

www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_LygIqNU5k&
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emoticonOur family will be honoring those who have past as well as those living with and having survived cancer while participating in this years' "Relay For Life" in Southern California. Look for our "STRIDING FOR LIFE" booth and get Lots-O-Free-Hugs emoticon

Relay For Life is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people- to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer; remember loved ones lost to the disease; and fight back against a disease that takes too much. Won't you join us if you live in Orange County California. Or go online and find a location near you.

Event Date and Time
Saturday, May 21, 2011 11AM thru Sunday, May 22, 2011 11AM at
Central Park in Huntington Beach, California

What a great way to get some exercise and spend time with friends and family emoticon

Why I relay....... For my grama, for my daddy, for my brother Tom emoticon

www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWyqkFfCyqI

  
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TUBLADY 5/19/2011 7:37PM

    I am doing the Relay Race here in Oregon on June 19th.
I think it's the same cause. Ours is a 34 hours relay race.
I never dreamed last year that I could do this this year.
I know how happy you are.
Take care and I will be thinking of you on that date, and encouraging you on.
XXXOOO
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JILL313 5/19/2011 4:39PM

    It's wonderful that you are paying tribute while you race for all your loved ones and many others. It's a great cause for a horrible disease. Enjoy the race and I thank you for doing this as there are people I've lost to cancer. . .
I also love your new stained glass background it is so different and beautiful!

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FRANCO1230 5/19/2011 11:47AM

    I relay for my dad. He passed May 21, 2002, from lung cancer at the age of 61. Funny, that your walk falls on the 9-year anniversary of his death. I don't get to participate every year, and, in fact, it has been a few years since I last did. But, yes, it is a wonderful experience! Have a WONDERFUL weekend at the relay!!!
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HAPPYSOUL91 5/19/2011 8:03AM

    It is such a pleaure to be walking for a cause. Glad you can participate this year

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 5/18/2011 10:53PM

    Two of my nieces have survived cancer as well as cousins.

So glad you are able to participate this year.

We do have a relay here on Guam!

Jane

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JAKEANDNELLIE 5/18/2011 9:21PM

    I Relay for my mom, aunts, and several other close friends and relatives. Ours is in June.
Congratulations for participating in a wonderful event.
Stay positive!
Sheila

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ACIMPEGGY 5/18/2011 8:43PM

    I'll be with you in Spirit! Susie's mom had it...great new page background. emoticon

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RONOSOF 5/18/2011 8:16PM

    Awesome! Love your stained glass too:) emoticon

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My mom…..

Sunday, May 08, 2011



"Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, but there’s only one mother in the whole world."~ Kate Wiggins

There truly are so many beautiful, and awe inspiring things in this big wonderful world. I have been so very blessed to be gifted with the one mother I have. She has taught me how to be the best mother, grandmother and mother-in-law that I could possibly be just by watching how she has lived her life. She is a constant inspiration and role model and, like so many other women, I find myself becoming more and more like my mother every day. And for that I couldn't be happier. Thank you mom… and thank you God for the 83+ years you’ve graced this planet with her sweet soul. She’s been our families biggest cheerleader, loved me longer than anyone I know and been a better mother to my hubby than his own and, as a result of that, the only grandma to all our children and a beloved great-grandma who’s loved more than ice cream.


My dad and mom in the summer of 1946... age 18 & 19.


Just a few months before my dads passing the summer of 2007.... after more than 61 years of marriage.



Happy Mother’s Day Mom =]

  
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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 5/14/2011 8:17PM

    This is such a beautiful tribute to your Mum. emoticon

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RENE54 5/10/2011 1:54PM

    That was a really lovely blog. I really loved it. I also enjoyed the pictures!! emoticon

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MADKAPKID 5/9/2011 7:10PM

    Linda, your blog about your mom is lovely. YOU have such a kind hearted loving spirit. You learned well the lessons she taught. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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JOANNS4 5/9/2011 11:27AM

    What a beautiful tribute to your mom. I hope you had a happy mom's day.

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 5/9/2011 7:26AM

    What an inspiration!

Jane on Guam

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JAK106 5/9/2011 7:08AM

    Beautiful!! I love the pictures too. Especially the one from he 40's. emoticon

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GRANPATTIE 5/9/2011 7:02AM

    What a beautiful tribute to your mom. She must be just as sweet as you are!

I'm sure your Mother's Day was wonderful!

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LINOVER 5/8/2011 10:55PM

    I agree that you have a wonderful Mom! Happy Mother's Day!

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DANCINCAJUN1 5/8/2011 9:12PM

    Just wonderful ....

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CAZ5346 5/8/2011 8:49PM

    WHAT A WONDERFUL TRIBUTE TO YOUR MOM. SHE RAISED A WONDERFUL DAUGHTER.!

CAROL

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JILL313 5/8/2011 8:13PM

    Linda, You are a Beautiful Woman both inside and out so I'd say you sure have taken after your Mom!! You are so lucky to still have your Dear Mom. I lost mine about 15 years ago and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss her and just want to tell her what a Great Mom she was and How much I Love her.

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KESTRIE 5/8/2011 7:51PM

    Happy Mother's Day!!
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Victory Garden…

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I hadn’t quite decided what I was going to reward myself with once I reached my fifty pound loss since joining Sparkpeople. I had a couple things in mind and hit my goal in FEBRUARY??? Well it’s April now and I was still waffling (mmmmm waffles) between the wii Fit, which I decided to borrow from my daughter to make sure I could use, and either a Bonsai tree or miniature fairy garden because they just make my heart sing.





After using the wii Fit and looking around for a Bonsai the past month and a half my DH and I went in a different direction and decided to put a raised vegetable garden in our back yard instead. Something we always wanted to do. It’s been a huge process because we have California Desert Tortoises’ who like to eat every thing so the fruit & veggies have to be out of nibbling range until they are ready to be shared with them as well as family & friends. Which means we had to clear the back forty….. well we don’t have 40 acres it just seemed like it once we got started. Of course one raised bed can’t possibly grow everything we wanted to plant. So we added six pots… still not enough. Another raised planter was added and a couple rows of corn and giant sunflowers will be sowed behind a white picket fence once May arrives. We look forward to sitting by the pool this summer and watching the corn grow!!!! In the mean time we are sore, sun burnt, and giddy at the prospect of being urban gardeners. I am my most happy when working hard along side my sweet hubby. Thirty years as the king & queen of the DIYers has been the adhesive that’s kept our marriage strong. So how appropriate to celebrate this benchmark in my journey to healthier living than with our very own "Victory Garden."











The garden has become a focal point of our days… we drink our coffee there in the mornings and check several times a day to see if the seeds have sprouted. We have a new definition of brown nose now…. it’s what you get from peering closely at the dirt for new growth. Our evenings include giving them all a good watering and a pep talk to “Sunny” the scarecrow about keeping the raccoons and possums’ at bay. Our 9 year old grandson said, “Pop-Pop, that scarecrow isn’t going to scare anything away with that big ole smile!!!”




So far the tortoises see the greenery from a distance and head on over but once they get there the beds are too high. I have in years past seen them crawl on top of each other to complete a task so time will tell if the beds are high enough.



We shared our first strawberry yesterday and every thing is growing. beautifuly. Almost all the seeds are up and we’ve already lost a row of bunching onions to root maggots so we are learning a lot. Our garden includes cucumbers, bell peppers both green and gold, zucchini, romaine and head lettuce, leeks, bush beans, yellow squash, carrots, three different kinds of tomatoes, cabbage, a few herbs and some cilantro. My dad was the gardener in the family and was always successful with what ever he grew. He’s been gone now for a little more than three years so he’s our garden angel who’s not only proud of my weight loss but pleased that his traditional Victory Garden flourishes once again. Thanks dad for passing down the hoe. I will think of you every time we enjoy our garden. emoticon


"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy. They are the charming gardners who make our souls blossom"~Marcel Proust

  
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JAK106 5/2/2011 8:38AM

    Congratulations on loosing 50 pounds!!! That is awesome.
I love the pics of your garden, and I can appreciate the hard work.

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PAWKETS 4/28/2011 7:32PM

    Your garden is a special place I love the scaarecrow
Looks very relaxing

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CURVYMEG 4/28/2011 12:29PM

    Thank you for sharing. This made my heart sing!

Love,
Meghan

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JILL313 4/28/2011 12:42AM

    I love your garden and your GS is right that's a very happy scarecrow--LOL!! You will enjoy eating all those healthy veggies grown right at home--how great is that!! You are a very lucky couple to be so in love after many years--that is so awesome. Great pictures of you both and that wonderful garden! Obviously you live in the desert as tortoises thrive there--and so do you also!

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JOANNS4 4/27/2011 6:59PM

    Love your garden pictures. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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MARSHASTAR 4/27/2011 6:55PM

    AWESOME! THANK YOU for sharing this wonderful news. I am inspired to do something about the weeds in my tiny raised garden box. . and do something about the rest of the mess in the back yard. HAPPY GARDENING. YAYYYYY.
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YIGOBUTTERFLY 4/27/2011 6:24PM

    Love your garden! It is beautiful. I may try planters for next year. Rainy season coming soon and I will be off island for a few weeks this summer so will aim for the next dry season which starts around January.

Jane on Guam

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MOTTAMAMALOU 4/27/2011 6:12PM

    I love your blog and your wonderful pictures. Good luck with your Victory Garden...It's fantastic.
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4EVERFIT011 4/27/2011 6:00PM

    I love gardening! It can be quite spiritual to have your hands in the soil of our earth and watching things grow.
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JONISECRET 4/27/2011 5:40PM

  Love your pictures and your story!

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A feast for the eyes…

Monday, April 18, 2011

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.~Martin Luther





Around 1945, when he was just a young boy, Volker Kraft saw his very first Easter Tree, in German, and decided he would have one of his very own, when he grew up. Time passed and young Volker became a married man, with a family. But his childhood dream stuck with him and so he decorated a small apple tree in his yard, using 18 colored plastic eggs and began realizing his dream come true with his very first Easter Tree in 1965.



As the years past he and his wife, Christa couldn’t afford buy so many plastic Easter eggs. So they began drilling holes into real eggs, using the contents in the kitchen, and then hand painting the shells as decorations. When their children got old enough, they started helping with the decorating, and the Easter Tree became a family tradition, known not only in their home town of Saalfeld, but all over Germany.

The number of Easter eggs hung by the tree’s branches grew every year, and in 2011 it has reached an incredible 9,800 eggs.



See more pictures and read about this beautiful Easter Tree here.....

www.eierbaum-saalfeld.de/?seite=kurz
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SUNNY2010 4/19/2011 4:14PM

    This is just beautiful!
Thank you!

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/19/2011 11:18AM

    Amazing, it is beautiful

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FRANCO1230 4/19/2011 11:04AM

    WOW! Just beautiful!

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JECKIE 4/19/2011 10:22AM

    Wow, that's beautiful!

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PATTILYNN224 4/19/2011 9:01AM

    Wow. Thanks for sharing!

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JAK106 4/19/2011 8:37AM

    This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing this.

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RENE54 4/19/2011 7:58AM

    Wow that's a lot of eggs!!! The tree is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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IONA72 4/19/2011 3:22AM

    Woweee!

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JILL313 4/18/2011 9:27PM

    What a great idea and a Beautiful Easter Tree Tradition continues on . . .I'd love to see it in person!! Thank you for sharing this. Wishing you and your family a blessed and Happy Easter Dear Friend.

Hugs,

Jill

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KAYTIE22 4/18/2011 8:43PM

    How incredibly beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing this with everyone. It certainly put a smile on my face!

Have a nice Easter!

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