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Let's Go! Walk With Me!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Today was my third day off from work. I was looking forward to these three days and had decided I was going to do nothing but paste my butt to the recliner and watch t.v. My first day off and two hours later I knew I was in trouble when I tried to see how far I could stretch a slobber string from my bottom lip. The day didn't really get much better from there.

The second day was better. I went to PetLand and played with my chiweenie. See my SparkPage. Isn't he cuuuute???!

Today I decided I was going to take pictures to share with all of you, of my exciting life. At noon I looked on my SD card. I had three. Brian weedeating. The cat cleaning himself. Me painting a smiley face in the dust on the treadmill. I knew I had to get out of the house when I saw the one of the toilet after I cleaned looked so pristine. And SHINY. I was so proud...

So, I decided to take a walk. I thought I would take pictures along the way so you could walk with me! Isn't that cool? So come on...let's go!!

Okay. So far so good. Out of my house. Up the hill we go.

On the other side of the hill I was met by Raphael. He thought I wanted to touch his boat. As if.

My neighbor's mailbox. This has always bothered me.

You are here.

Let's go around this corner...

And this curve...

Ummmm...let's not go here. The hills have eyes...

"State Nature Preserve. Restricted Area. Access By Permit Only." Hmm. Hope they don't catch on that I've lived here for about 16 years now. Could you imagine the FINE???!

SSSHHH! WAIT! EWW, I hear something! What is that NOISE??

Let me grab a club or something...

What did I tell you? Mystery solved.

On we go. In these parts this sign means "Snakes Ahead."

To our right...

To our left...

Where all the lawyers and doctors go in this town to hide from their wives during Ohio State Football. Seriously. They set up their big screen in the backyard and nom on hot dogs and beer during the game.

I feel like a fairy is going to jump out at me any minute with a key or glitter or something...

Where we must stand until the rain stops. Because SOMEONE forgot the umbrella...

Okay, ten minutes later, sun is out, I'm wet and ticked, so let's continue on. Move it.

What? You don't know where you are???? Let me, ARGGGHHH, move these tree branches and...yep. We're lost.

I love this little place. They've got squirrels coming out the wazzoo. Unfortunately I did not get to see any today. :(

Water. I need water.

How we hillbillies spell "Oops." And we write it on the road with our fangers.

Pit stop. Breath in. Breath out.

You have got to be kidding me. All the way here and the horses aren't out???!!!

Welp, time to ski-daddle, folks. I hope you enjoyed walking with me. Maybe one day you can go to work with me. (Like a "Take-Your-Sparkie-To-Work-Day." Lol.) I know that I have enjoyed sharing my day with you. And, maybe one day, we can share these walks in person. Until then...remember...

God bless you. You are loved.

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GREGGWEISBROD 1/14/2014 3:45PM

    MY goodness! That journey took an unexpected and scary twist, didn't it?! :D

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KAILYNSTAR 8/2/2012 4:24PM

    emoticonThanks for the adventure. My kids and I really enjoyed it! LOL!


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GEEMAWEST 7/26/2012 10:41PM

    Love this! You live in beautiful country. Thanks for sharing.

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OLDERDANDRT 7/26/2012 9:42AM

    Sorry the horses weren't out! But I certainly have enjoyed your walk! Next time, if you see Raphael, tell him I said, "Hey, big boy!" (and also to "Harry" should you run into hime again! lol)
Be well, and always have your camera (and an umbrella) when you walk, ok? This was super great! emoticon emoticon

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PURPLEPEONY 7/25/2012 11:50PM

    Wow! beautiful scenery...I`d go walking everyday! emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 7/25/2012 10:15PM

    "I knew I was in trouble when I tried to see how far I could stretch a slobber string from my bottom lip. The day didn't really get much better from there. "
* how could it possibly!?

"What did I tell you? Mystery solved. "
* I knew it!!! I can finally take that tin foil off of my head :D

"I feel like a fairy is going to jump out at me any minute with a key or glitter or something... "
* I know the feeling. Soldier on, hermana. Soldier on.

"How we hillbillies spell "Oops." And we write it on the road with our fangers. "
* LOuL!

"You have got to be kidding me. All the way here and the horses aren't out???!!! "
* :(

" I know that I have enjoyed sharing my day with you. And, maybe one day, we can share these walks in person."
* Thanks for sharing! I actually really enjoyed the picture tour.

Best of fortune to you in this transition time of your life!

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WORKNGONMENOW 7/25/2012 9:56AM

    that isa so cool, love thepics.
I'll send you pics of joey,and michael to you.
I love you sister.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 7/25/2012 9:41AM

    Such a fun (albeit scary sometimes) walk! So nice.

Please don't let Bre see you playing with your spittle. I'm afraid she'd leave early. LOL Nah, she'd challenge you to a string off! Ha!

Glad you shared your walk!


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JADOMB 7/24/2012 1:28PM

    Heh, when you coming back to pick me up? I'm still here playing with the dog and the boat. emoticon

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STEVENGO2 7/24/2012 12:47PM

    Awesome walk! Thanks for taking me along. I hope you did not visit with any of those snakes along the way. Snakes petrify me! Luckily we do not have many of them here in suburbia western PA!

You have me looking forward to our next walk!


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PEACOCK15 7/24/2012 9:09AM

    So fun and enjoyable! I love bring a spark friend to work! hahaha

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 7/24/2012 8:07AM

    Thanks for the pics!

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LOLAINSC 7/23/2012 11:37PM

    Thanks for the great walk...I was getting so bored with the same old, same old neighborhood every evening. You have such interesting neighbors, the tall hairy guy is kind of he single? emoticon

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AJDOVER1 7/23/2012 10:39PM

    Priceless! I had no idea Bigfoot lives in your neighborhood!

I've got to learn how to stick pictures in a blog.

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CARTOONB 7/23/2012 10:39PM

    So? How far did you stretch the drool? You left out the most important part! LOL!

Gorgeous area! Thanks for walking with us.

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LMB-ESQ 7/23/2012 10:19PM

    Nice pics! Funny narrative!

yeah... you need to go back to work

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KATRINAKAT23 7/23/2012 10:16PM

  Thanks for the lovely walk. Loved the view.

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KALI1007 7/23/2012 9:55PM

    Nice walk! Ha ha is that big foot? Mystery

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KATIEGARCIA2 7/23/2012 9:54PM

  Loved the walk!! :)

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Monday, June 18, 2012

I can't believe how quickly time flies when you're having fun. Bre came home a few weeks ago and it's been such a wonderful time! She and I have made a pact that this summer we are going to get to our healthiest weight and eat "good for you" foods. We have also eliminated sugar, flour and most meats from our diet which has lead us to experiment with vegan recipes. We've learned that there are alot of great ways to dress up fruits and vegetables which leave us feeling fulfilled and not feeling deprived in any way. On the flip side, we have also learned what DOES NOT WORK.

I can tell you that Black Bean Brownies are not good. AT ALL. They look gorgeous. Thick and brown, fudgy. They even smell great. But the first taste leaves you scrubbing your tongue with a Brillo pad and picking black flakes out of your teeth for two days. I'm thinking you can add all the Agave Nectar you want to these little treasures and they will still have you shooting up out of a deep sleep screaming, "REALLY?! What was I thinking?!" I had to lick a Reese's Cup just so I could remember what chocolate is SUPPOSED to taste like.

Our homemade lemon vinaigrette dressing left us puckered for days. It made it difficult to apply our lipstick. We have decided it is BEST used as a window cleaner.

Tofu stir fry. Our first clue should have been when the tofu stuck to the roof of our mouths like bad peanut butter. Or when it bounced off the floor like one of those little super balls. But wanting to encourage one another with healthy eating habits, we urged the other to keep eating it. It eventually became a bribe..."If you finish your tofu, honey, I will buy you a new pair of shoes." "If you finish your tofu, Mommy, I won't tell Daddy that you tagged a shopping cart at Walmart and kept going." (Tofu is bad. It makes you have hallucinations as well.)

I thought it would be interesting to add different kinds of veggies to spice up regular salads. So I bought some Asian bean sprouts to throw in the mix. Halfway through, in mid-chew, Breanna screamed, "Did you read the label?!" Her tone of voice made me spit out the wad in my mouth, roll my tongue around a tad and whisper, "Wh...Why??" To which she replied, "It says that they are so fresh they are alive." To which she promptly dumped a few on the island and prodded with a fork. Okay, okay, we knew they weren't alive but the mental visual was just too much for us to take. We threw them out in the backyard and prayed they didn't morph into giant worms.

"Easy and Healthy Carrot Dogs." Served on regular hot dog buns. We looked at the recipe and giggled crazily. We needed a laugh.

We decided after all of this healthy eating that we needed a cheat day. So, when designated "Cheat Day" arrived, we ate pizza and had a small cup of ice cream. Which left us taking turns running to the bathroom, sometimes knocking each other over during the trade-off. She actually upper-cutted me the fourth time around and screamed, "Move it or lose it!" It was then we realized that our bodies had become acclimated to eating well and didn't like "junk." It's almost like it was reacting to poison. Which made us realize that what we were doing, by eating healthy, was helping our bodies recognize what was NOT good for us. And we were really feeling great when we were eating great. :)

I had a small set-back this weekend. The stomach flu has been going around at work, and no matter how much I washed my hands, it creeped in on me. I was pretty ill for a few days but have managed to make it through. With that, Breanna made dinner this evening and I was slightly hesitant to try it. However, I was pleasantly surprised...

Vegan Curried Sweet Potato with Fresh Herbs. It smelled like pure heaven. Here is the recipe:

10 heaped cups of 1-2 inch cubes of sweet potato, yams or Japanese pumpkin that has been lightly steamed until just tender.

2 cups (about 2 medium) finely chopped brown onions.

1 cup freshly chopped cilantro/coriander

1 cup freshly chopped parsley

1/2 cup cold-pressed organic extra virgin olive oil

2 Tbsp finely minced ginger

2 Tbsp finely minced garlic

2 tsp brown mustard seeds

2 tsp ground turmeric

2 tsp ground curry powder

1/2 - 1 tsp Celtic sea salt.

Lightly steam the sweet potato until tender. You don't want it too soft or it will become a mushy ball when mixed together.

Heat the oil in a wok on high heat and stir-fry the mustard seeds until they just pop.

Now add in the turmeric, curry powder, ginger and garlic.

Stir in the sea salt and onions and cook until the onions are translucent.
Chop up your cilantro and parsley in the food processor and stir through the mixture.

Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and fold through the sweet potato, yams or pumpkin until uniformly coated with the mixture.

It was sooo good. You just have to go through a few hits and misses until you find something you really like and I really looove these. And they are beautiful as well.

Have a great week, dear friends. Be aware of what you eat so it doesn't eat you! God bless. You are loved.

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JADOMB 7/25/2012 7:12PM

    Loved this, reminds me of my "experiments". I make the most nutritious green smoothie the other day. Both my wife and daughter barely even tasted it before they just said, "NO WAY". So, the more for me. LOL No, it wasn't the best tasting, and I had to kinda chew my broccoli a bit, but what the hey, it was nutritious. ;-) I am fortunately the type of person that can handle less tasty things if I know it's good for me. So the experimentations, go on.

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LOLAINSC 6/24/2012 3:52PM

    Too true. I personally have found that there is only one way to learn clean eating and healthy cooking--the hard way. My garbage can overfloweth.

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BKNOCK 6/21/2012 8:47PM

    There is no way I am giving up meat. It tastes too good. I believe everything in moderation!

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WORKNGONMENOW 6/21/2012 8:18PM

    Tofu,and bean sprouts, bu tloks good, I'll try anything once.

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PURPLEPEONY 6/20/2012 11:18PM

    Healthy or not I refuse to eat something thst doesn`t taste good. I agree about tofu. I could never understand the appeal. Great blog, it made me chuckle because I can relate to your "healthy" food experiences.

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PPELTON 6/20/2012 2:57PM

    Thanks for the heart warming blog...I can just put myself in your shoes...Laughing is great and I laughed for days!.

I completely understand the experimental recipes in the kitchen...Tofu..will never hit my lips ever! But veggie creations can be fun and exciting...never give up!

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KAILYNSTAR 6/20/2012 1:45PM

    Funny ending about being aware of what you eat so it doesn't eat you! Funny! I just had a vision of Bob the Tomato looking at me with evil eyes. (I think I'm going to put that tomato back in the fridge for a moment.) :)

It's wonderful that you and Bre are doing something together that is so healthy. The need for support from others makes a person do so much better.

I love your descriptions of the foods that both of you tried to eat. That made me smile!

Have a great summer with Bre.

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CARTOONB 6/19/2012 11:38PM

    I learn so much when I read your blogs. Really, bean sprouts? LOL!

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LIZZYP609 6/19/2012 12:36PM

    OK thanks for the heads up on the black bean brownies...I was considering making those.

Tofu...all I have to say is MARINATE! Ididn't like them at first either. Then I marinated them in Chicken broth (is that cheating??) and I made a PotPie out of them...Couldn't even taste them! LMAO!

I agree with Laurie...the recipe had too many ingredients for me but it looked really good...can't go wrong with Sweet Potatoes. I prefer sweet potato fries. Olive oil with a tiny bit of cinnamon and sugar, baked at 400 degrees = Yummy!

Good for you and Bra doing this together!!

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STAYCXL-NOMORE 6/19/2012 11:21AM

    You had me rolling with laughter , I thought the same thing about Tofu , I would eat flowers first , it was so bad :) . Well at least you have your daughter to go threw the UPs and DOWNs of your new eating habits sounds to fun ! Enjoy

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QUIKSYLVER 6/19/2012 11:18AM

    I had to lick a Reese's Cup just so I could remember what chocolate is SUPPOSED to taste like.

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LMB-ESQ 6/19/2012 8:49AM

    Tofu, blech! Sweet potatoes, yummy! I'm a simple girl. More than 5 ingredients and I won't even read it. But that picture sure looked good!

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JUNIAATROME 6/19/2012 3:49AM

    I see you really had fun! emoticon and now you want us to go there too. Remember the darling black bean brownies!!? You are not going to get me on the looks of this recipe!

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DJ4HEALTH 6/19/2012 1:19AM

    Tufo is one weird food and I won't eat it anymore. Just does not taste right.

I like eating my sweet potatoes with curry too but I also use coconut oil to do it since it can cook at a higher temp and not burn,

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SASIKHASI1 6/19/2012 1:01AM

    That made me laugh. Especially the black bean brownies. Just the thought of them sound yucky. Have a fun time trying new foods.

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FLEMIDG 6/19/2012 1:01AM

    Loved the blog, Michelle. I can just visualize the two of you. Sounds like you are finding out what you really like and that's good. That recipe sounds delicious. I love yams anyway. Believe it or not, I even like tofu. It just depends what you cook it with. My son used to cook it with different spices, etc., and it was quite good. It picks up flavors quite well. Enjoy your time with your lovely daughter.

Love and hugs coming your way.


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PANFRIEDTROUT 6/19/2012 12:45AM

    that pic looks beautiful .... the seasonings make me wonder if this is a spicy dish? if so, i'd try it but dH not so much.

thanks for the really funny blog! and .... for making the point about how the human body reacts to junk food after gettting used to healthy stuff

glad you & Bre are having a good time!

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GEEMAWEST 6/18/2012 11:56PM

    I've tried the tofu thing and also some of those other weird things trying to eat healthy. I really think that moderation is the key. Oh, and by the way, when I eat 'crap' I run for the bathroom, too. LOL

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Where's The Aloe???

Thursday, May 31, 2012

At work, I am methodical, smart, contemplative, professional. On my days off, well, to put it bluntly, I am just an idiot. Apparently, I don't handle time on my hands very well. I end up doing stupid things. Like, painting ivy on my bathroom wall. Without my contacts in. Sometimes I sign up on another social network. I joined a site the other day and noticed dollar signs and numbers going up at an alarming rate until suddenly a red banner flashed, saying, "Congratulations!! You are owned by Roderick!!" WTH?! As quickly as my dial-up would allow me, I deleted that page but not before Eduardo out-bid Roderick and I was given a "goodie" of stilettos and and fishnets. Uh-uh! I told Breanna what happened and she said, "Mother. You are such a troll." Whatever THAT means.

I was off work today. This morning I had my ultrasound (to monitor my valve prolapse, I am NOOOT pregnant) and I came home, did a little laundry and made lunch. The sun blared hot and there was not a cloud in the sky. YESSS!!! Bathing suit time! Who needs sunblock?? NOT ME! For some reason, I just know I won't burn today! But I burned today! And now I am blogging, alternating butt cheeks every two minutes and whimpering each time I forget and lean my back against the chair. What really makes it worse is the fact that after coming in, when I was still unaware of the damage I had done, I shaved my legs.

I decided to nail down a few loose boards on the patio, too. Brian would love my initiative. He would buy me flowers, slather my feet with fine oils, declare me a goddess. As I was fantasizing about this, I misjudged slamming-time, smashed my finger and threw the hammer. Hitting the side of the Corvette. I am not getting another flower as long as I live. My feet will wither from dryness. And I was not declared a goddess. But I was declared SOMEthing. Over and over again.

I dug up my sister's flower bed to get rid of the weeds in it while she was at the farmer's market this afternoon. Little did I know that she kept the spare key to her house buried in the right top portion in the soil in case she got locked out. We spent an hour sifting through dirt to find it. I lost three fake nails today. One in the flower garden, one under the crunch of the hammer and one in the toilet while trying to find a creative way to sit so as not to aggravate my sunburn.

I think I need to call it a day! Yes?? Yes. Now to just find painless ways to sleep while my skin is throbbing. Pretty sure the throbs are curse words from my skin cells! Declaring me a nincompoop!

(A word of advice...I should have known better, with my background in nursing, that unprotected exposure to the sun is damaging to your skin. Even if you do not "burn," you are doing damage to the underlying layers that do not immediately show up on the surface. They WILL as you age! Plus, you are changing the chemical make-up of your skin cells which could potentially result in cancer. Always wear protective sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 while outside! Find the brand that is right for you and enjoy your day in the sun!)

God bless, everyone! Have a great tomorrow and know that you are loved!

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GREGGWEISBROD 1/9/2014 11:37PM

    I couldn't comprehend a single word after reading that you shaved your legs whilst sunburnt, lol! :-D Oh gosh that must have been torture!

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DARLENEK04 6/4/2012 1:00PM

FULLTIME FOR YOUR DAYS OFF..................


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    everyone once in a while we all have to figure out that we are really human and prone to making mistakes. hang in there just time to remember it again. even with the pool i have managed to keep enough sunblock on to not burn and i am one of those that rarely remembers to put the stuff on. have been getting a waterproof sunscreen to use in the water. well day is off and running.

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CARTOONB 6/1/2012 12:05AM

    I agree with Betsy. Maybe we should chip in and hire a nanny for you.

And maybe you deleted that page a little too soon...stilettos AND fishnets?!?! Sounds like a good start. I'm just sayin'...

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BKNOCK 5/31/2012 7:25PM

    Wow, you are dangerous when you are alone!

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OLDERDANDRT 5/31/2012 2:42PM

    emoticon Get to the eye doctor and get some new contacts, k? emoticon emoticon

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KICK-SS 5/31/2012 12:12PM

    Loved your blog, Sounds like it just wasn't your day? but, you made it funny and it was so funny to read because I think we've all done similar things. But for me, I don't have the ability to get it down in writing.

I'm sure the day will be good for laughs - at least at some point in time! LOL.

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JRDIAMOND4 5/31/2012 10:50AM

    We ARE sisters, I am convinced!! bwahahaha

I am aka Ms Ima Ree Tard. I was doing some research on the computer while playing Draw Something with my grandson on my phone. I am reading on the computer and I hear PSST PSST HEY YOU!

I almost jumped out of my skin. My heart is pounding and I am frantically looking around to see who is talking to me because I am home alone. I never have unexpected visitors. DUH!! It was my phone. It was a commercial from the game I was playing. Good Grief!! bwahahaha

Psst... What is a troll?


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LIZZYP609 5/31/2012 9:18AM

    Michelle...Honey, I think you may need a babysitter. emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 5/31/2012 8:58AM

    You just can't stay out of trouble, can you? emoticon

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CIVIAV 5/31/2012 8:42AM

    and someday this will make you laugh too!

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FLEMIDG 5/31/2012 12:27AM

    I have missed your blogs, Michelle. They always make me laugh and cry. You have such a wonderful way with words. God bless you. I do hope you feel better soon. I have heard that milk is supposed to help with sunburn, as does Aloe Vera. Hope the car wasn't too badly damaged.

Love and hugs.

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How Many Fingers Am I Holding Up?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I think I need new contacts.

I just stood on my front porch, breathing in the cool country air, and was dumbfounded by a strange light in my woods. It zigzagged through the trees, did a 180 and topsy-turvied straight up before plummeting straight down. This light would be bright one moment, then dimly fade, showing up a few "feet" from its original origin. My heart pounding, I wondered if I was witnessing a real live bona fide UFO.

Just before I texted Bre to tell her of my other-worldly experience, I realized it was a lightening bug.


The other day while cooking, I added cinnamon to the green beans. Again. My old man is getting used to new flavors these days. And now you guys know why my homemade cole slaw made our mouths numb for a week? It's hard to tell what I added to it. (Probably window cleaner instead of vinegar??)

I'm coming to terms with the fact that I'm getting older. It's true what they say. Eyesight goes, hearing goes, memory goes. I don't hear as well anymore either. (A little FYI...I'm deaf in my left ear so it's not really great to begin with, but if my right one goes, I'm screwed.) Case in point:

I had an argument with Brian the other day. I had gotten up from the chair and he said, "Your a__ likes to waddle."
Whipping my head around, I said, "You can bite it. How's THAT for ya?"
"You heard me, Bald Head!"
"What's your freakin' problem, woman?!"
"You used to like this a__! Well, gravity has definitely gotten its claws into you, HAH, let me tell ya!!!"
Slowly he scratched his head then quietly said, "Okay, fair enough, but what's all this got to do with getting me a GLASS of ICE and WATER?"

Let's just say I brought him the tallest, coldest glass of water I could make and I even put a straw in it. He told me to take a sip first then waited ten minutes before he drank it. After he took my vitals.

I walked out of the women's restroom at work the day before yesterday and had forgotten to zip my pants. It wouldn't have been so bad if hadn't forgotten to button them too. NOT TO MENTION that I wore two different kinds of shoes as well. They were both white sneakers, yes, but one was Nike and the other was Adidas. I'll just chalk those incidents up to fatigue. Yeah. That just SOUNDS better.

I'll just work on one problem at a time. First things first. Eye exam!

Before Brian comes home one night and finds me petting a squirrel or a raccoon because they're roughly the same color as my cat.

Goodnight, all. God bless and have a wonderful Wednesday. You are loved.

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GREGGWEISBROD 1/9/2014 11:33PM

    Smiling from ear to ear right now, lol! :-D

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KAILYNSTAR 6/5/2012 1:36PM

    LOL! That was really funny and I sure needed a laugh! emoticon

My sight is going too, there are days I can read no problem, but then the print gets very fuzzy when I'm tired.

You're so funny!

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DARLENEK04 6/4/2012 1:18PM

  I have the same problem with my hearing. Unfortunately it seems
it is a point of dissension with David. We have had this issue since
we married next month, 8 years ago. After explaining to him that
I had one too many smacks up side the head, and consequently ear infections, he still does not "get" it. It is the one thing about me
that irritates him to no end.
Dang, and here he almost had me convinced I was as close to perfect
as anyone could be........................

ou are not alone,

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OLDERDANDRT 5/31/2012 2:38PM

    Rest assured, my are NOT alone!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 5/31/2012 2:37PM

    Rest assured, my are NOT alone!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 5/30/2012 11:11PM

    I'm with Barb. I think you should keep second guessing yourself.

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CARTOONB 5/30/2012 11:05PM

    How do you know that it wasn't a UFO with transformative powers? How do you know that Brian didn't say what you thought and then quickly covered it up with the "glass" comment? Hmmm? You are not old. Not yet, anyway. Fatigue is definitely the answer...mine and yours! emoticon

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JUNIAATROME 5/30/2012 3:54PM

    On no! This is serious! She is seeing UFOs... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BKNOCK 5/30/2012 3:13PM

    Thanks for the laugh!

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LIZZYP609 5/30/2012 1:38PM

    That is GREAT! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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QUIKSYLVER 5/30/2012 9:54AM

    emoticon Too funny!

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AJDOVER1 5/30/2012 9:20AM

    At least your sense of humor hasn't faded!

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VIMVIGOR 5/30/2012 2:00AM

  Hurrah for The Golden Years!!!

The Golden Years have come at last...
I cannot pee, I cannot see..
I cannot chew, I cannot screw..
My memory shrinks.
My hearing stinks.
No sense of smell...
I look like hell...
My body's drooping.
Got trouble pooping.
The Golden Years have come at last...
The Golden Years can kiss my a--
Around here we call them the Rusty Years!!!

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RORYLYONS 5/30/2012 1:11AM

    Hope things start looking up... emoticon

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Thawing Out

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Winter time seems to set a chill in my bones that lasts until the first decent heat wave and it finally arrived yesterday, in the form of 96 degrees. Yep, I had a nine-hour work day but every chance I got, I ran outside and lounged at the picnic table. Carefully maneuvering my tush around the bird poop, I placed my back against the wall and let the sun's rays penetrate my skin. Today is much better and, since I didn't have to be at work until 4, I grabbed my swim suit and ran racing outside like a kid turned loose in a candy shop. I am thawed out. Officially. And I'm looking forward to tomorrow because it's going to be hotter and I have the day off! :)

I am also planning on having a piece of Key Lime Pie tomorrow. It is my planned sinful treat for the week. I've been pretty good for the most part except for the little slip-up at the beginning of the week. But I walk. ALOT. My little pedometer tells me that I do no less than 8 miles a day at work so it helps when these things occur. Not factoring in going up and down the ladder continuously and test-riding my bikes after assembly. :) Ohhh, how I love summer. I feel like I'm in another world now. It is days like this that I do not mind being in Ohio so much. But come October, I'm headed back to Fort Walton, Florida. I'm already thinking plan is to bury myself in the sand the last day there so no one can find me and maybe my sisters will leave without me.

I really don't care to beach bum it. Really.

Bre has been home for the weekend and stays until Tuesday morning. She is returning home (!!!!!!!! :) !!!!!!) for the summer on June 6. We've already made plans for numerous things and I have officially laid down the law at work about cutting my hours so I can spend as much time with her as I can. It's hard to believe she is going to be a junior at college in August. This child has made the Dean's List each time it rolls around and gosh-darn I'm so very proud. Not to mention that she is absolutely the most beautiful woman I've ever encountered. She is my heart.

Well, I just wanted to check in while I had a few moments. I wish you all the very best and enjoyable Memorial Day!! Let's not forget to take a few moments to remember what this day is really all about then set out to spend time with your family and friends. Stay safe out there and hug often...

God bless. :)

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    Agreed. I've always found that my spirit seems to going into hibernation during the winter months. I don't do it on purpose, it just ends up that I feel like a paler version of myself... maybe it's because my fair skin turns a pasty shade of white, lol... who knows. Still, come April and springtime, as life returns to the world around me, I feel renewal in my soul. It the same thing each year. That renewal this past year is a big piece of what went into me finally breaking free from the chains of lethargy and apathy in relation to my weight and self-esteem. Hope you're trudging through this current winter with some life in them bones. I know this past week was probably difficult for you... your brother... your birthday... but as long as you're Steelkickin then you'll come out of it alright I think. :-)

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DARLENEK04 6/4/2012 1:19PM

  I have to go out on the front steps and stand and thaw out...
I love airconditioning, when I can curl up under blankets..........
David can't stand heat, so I wear a sweatshirt inside the house
most of the year.................LOL


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PANFRIEDTROUT 5/28/2012 1:02AM

    your daughter is so beautiful as are you!

now that we live 7 or 8 months in AZ (from Oct thru May) we don't have to "thaw out" like we did in OR .... altho there, it's mostly about DRYING out (LoL)

hope you're having a fab Memorial Day weekend!

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BKNOCK 5/27/2012 9:31PM

    We never got the winter freeze this year! I hope you enjoy your day off with Bre! Happy Memorial Day!

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TRENTDREAMER 5/27/2012 9:29PM


Hope that you have a good time when Bre returns for the Summer.

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MAGNOLIA416 5/27/2012 7:43PM

    Nice photo! There's a Swedish expression for that thing you described...leaning your face back to soak up the sun in the spring. Enjoy your pie!

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CARTOONB 5/27/2012 5:00PM

    Can we have some of your heat over here please? I haven't thawed out yet.

Have fun in the sun and with Bre!

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FLYER99 5/27/2012 4:02PM

    I can relate to thawing out. The winters here can be brutal. I love summer so much. I am thinking of spending a couple of months in Florida this winter just to get away from the snow and cold.

I bet you and Bre are going to have a wonderful summer. I really hope so.

Happy Memorial Day to you. Here in Canada we celebrate Remembrance Day on November 11.


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MAKINANIMPACT 5/27/2012 3:01PM

    I know what you mean about thawing out! Our winters aren't too bad because in Denver we can get 4' of snow and 0 degree temps and give it a couple of days and it's 40 and we start over! It's nice though that you can get the suns warmth and know it'll be there for months! It sounds like you'll have an awesome time with your daughter!
Wishing you the best and enjoy your summer!


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