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The answer is...

Sunday, June 24, 2012

I had a spa day recently with treatments which I enjoyed. During a facial and massage. I said I had a dry skin? The answer was "Drink more water."
At a manicure I asked about my brittle nails, the answer was "drink more water!".
I had make up done, where I mentioned bags under my eyes .Yes you guessed it.
"Drink more water."
I thought I do drink a lot of water.
But I hadn't actually measured what I consumed.
I am doing so now. I use a pretty tall poppy decorated glass just for water. It stands out from other plain glasses so its my reminder. See the Poppy glass, use it to drink water.
Its a magic remedy! emoticon

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    This is an excellent suggestion! I have an old 32-ounce plastic drink container, with a lid and large flexible straw, that I ALWAYS keep filled with plain water (usually straight from the tap). No matter what I may be drinking, the water stays next to it. My personal rule is, I have to finish and refill the water container every time I pour myself something else to drink.

BTW, how many glasses ARE you drinking now?!

P.S. How old, you may wonder, IS my water "bottle"? The small print on the side, which says you can refill the container for 59 cents at the "Der Wienerschnitzel," also says that special price expires April 30, 1991!

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    Great idea. Thanks

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ANIHAKA 7/24/2012 10:05AM

    I agree with you entirely. Thanks time 4 me to use the one glass and continue on like you.

Isn't it lovely outdoors but oh so hot! Take care Irene.


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TOVEYTWIRL 6/29/2012 2:14AM

    I suffer from muscle cramps at night so I will definately be upping my water intake!! I already drink lot's of water now as it's very hot here!!!

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100LBLIGHTER 6/28/2012 1:32PM

    So true, everything is better with water. I find I drink more water if it is not chilled or iced. So, I place a pitcher with my eight - eight ounce glasses right there on the kitchen front of me to see. I aim for it to be gone by evening. This works for me, a homemaker who is in and out of the kitchen all day. Enjoyed reading your blog, emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 6/26/2012 4:51PM

    We now know what Spark guy says is true drinking WATER is good for us . I 9now have a special glass to drink my water out of and i add a little lemon which is helping thanks for the GREAT BLOG keep that poppy glass close by emoticon emoticon idea

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DOOBRIE 6/25/2012 3:24PM

    Love the sound of your poppy glass!

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4DOGNIGHT 6/25/2012 9:43AM

    Great idea! I've never had a problem with drinking water! I have a cup going all day long. I never measure but water is my drink of choice and when one cup is empty, I fill it again! Lovely to have a spa day!

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HANNAHV 6/25/2012 8:02AM

    love it!!!!!!how blessed are we..... emoticon

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DSJB9999 6/25/2012 3:48AM

    emoticon for sharing and reminding us of this super ingredient for so many body elements


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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 6/24/2012 11:02PM

    Dehydration also causes muscle cramps and soreness.

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    Good information! Guess I should increase my already huge quantity of water daily! I have dry skin and brittle nails too!

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SUNRISE14 6/24/2012 5:38PM

    emoticon emoticonI by health choice grape juice in the 64 oz bottle 1.88 at wal-mart now i got 4 bottles and divide the one bottle of juice evenly between the other 3 and finish filling it with water . Gives me plenty of flavor harldly no calories and when a bottles empty i know i got my 8 glasses in for the day ! I just don't like plain water ! Good luck ! emoticon

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GABY1948 6/24/2012 12:39PM

    GREAT idea...and I can attest that water fixes all the ailments they told you! Have a GREAT Sunday!

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PAWKETS 6/24/2012 10:00AM

    Good idea

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Learning to say NO but...

Monday, June 18, 2012

I do feel overwhelmed at times as I try to do so many things and be all things to all people. I am looking at it now that it is ok to say No.
Is it selfishness? No it's self preservation. There is a limit to my time and energy.
I was asked to help serve on a charity sale. I found myself saying Sorry NO. but I will contribute towards it
Asked would I join a new team on Sparks. I answered sorry I cant, but I am happy to be her friend and wished her team good luck.
Again, it was sorry NO I cant be a team leader at this time, BUT I do try to be a good team member
Once the NO has been said firmly, with an added BUT.... It is accepted with no hard feelings and I don't feel as bad about refusing.
Can you say No? Irene

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SCRUMPTIOUSK 6/21/2012 11:32AM

    Yep..No is a hard word to say but not saying it can lead to all kinds of problems. I too had a problem saying No. I did me no favours and I had to learn the hard way that you have to. I agree with you Irene as long as you explain the reason why then people usually understand and if they dont then its their problem !

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JUSTA123 6/21/2012 10:51AM

    Important lesson, sometimes we need to say No!

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BILLPHIL123 6/20/2012 7:11AM

    Great thing to learn!! Thanks. Phyllis

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 6/19/2012 8:35AM

  Yes you are not only correct by saying no but also wise and smart knowing when to say no.

We have bodies that tend to slow down as we get older and we have to pace ourselves so that we can do what is most important for us so that we can extend our love and care for others when we are able.

It is very important to know when to say no for our own self preservation.

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HANNAHV 6/19/2012 2:51AM

    emoticonI had to learn NO is a word and an answer.

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RAWHIDE64 6/18/2012 8:39PM

    I agree that you have a very polite way of saying no and it is self preservation. Good for you. emoticon


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CELIAMINER 6/18/2012 10:12AM

    Good for you, and thanks for the hints on how to say NO nicely.

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DSJB9999 6/18/2012 9:54AM

    I find it very difficult to say NO but think its right for us to look after ourselves firs!

emoticon you , well done Irene


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BEARGODDESS 6/18/2012 9:08AM

    It sounds like a graceful, positive way to say no, and saying no is very necessary to our own well being.

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SUNRISE14 6/18/2012 8:54AM

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4DOGNIGHT 6/18/2012 8:51AM

    Yes, I can say no and I can speak up!

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GABY1948 6/18/2012 7:04AM

    Yes, I learned that saying NO is very good for me too...after a long life of not being ABLE to say NO. It takes a lot of practice but it is VERY good! Thanks for sharing!

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A prize for Eating Fruit and Veg

Sunday, June 03, 2012

I was suprised today to have find I had won a Sparks Goodie prize awarded by the team
Every Day Is A Fresh Start - Make It A Positive One.
Surely thats some thing we all strive to achieve?
There was a competition for a month "Eat a varied a selection of fruit and vegtables each day. Then make a word up from the initial letter of each item".
It sounded easy . We soon discovered theres not many fruit or vegetables starting with a vowel. I ate a lot of apples over the month to gain a vowel
We earned point for the length of each word used. Most were 3 letter words but they gave us 5 points each.
I enjoyed this challenge. It made me try more of a variety of veg or fruit, I would think "ah theres a letter I can use to complete a word."Fortunatly I do enjoy fruit and vegetables and eat a lot of it daily. What a mixture it often was so I could make a word for the challenge.
The competition is over but I shall continue to look for a varied selection for every meal.
Maybe other teams may like to do this challenge?

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SUNRISE14 6/13/2012 7:40AM

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SPARKLINGME176 6/4/2012 2:45PM

    You go girl!

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VICKI-B--56 6/4/2012 8:04AM

  Glad to hear the team makes you work towards eating healthier. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HAVEFUN2LOSE 6/4/2012 5:05AM

    apples, oranges, avocado,elderberry(!) ugli, egg plant, onion...had to google for some of them,,,there are others but not ones I am likely to find, never mind eat!
Congrats on your prize

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DARWHOHOO 6/3/2012 5:04PM

    This is such a cool way of eating a variety of fruits and veggies! I am sure it was awesome. I would have loved this challenge!


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8HABIT 6/3/2012 4:12PM

    What a fun thing to do - using the first letter of vegetables and fruit to make up words! You are such a positive influence.

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RAWHIDE64 6/3/2012 3:28PM

    Congratulations. I don't eat enough but I'm getting better. I don't think I can make a word with Spinach, Strawberries, Blueberries, and carrots. emoticon


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DOOBRIE 6/3/2012 12:43PM

    Congratulations for winning the Sparks Goodie prize!

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JILL313 6/3/2012 8:36AM

    Congratulations on winning the Challenge! You do eat a lot of healthy fruits and veggies and I always don't eat enough. I'm a Leader of a Team but I don't know if this Challenge would work with our Team. It's tough to keep thinking of new Challenges but someone had a new and clever idea on your Team. Enjoy Sunday and fit some R & R in also.



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CPOPKIE 6/3/2012 8:08AM

    That sounds like a fun but challenging competition! Sounds like a healthy way to vegetate. haha. I have been trying to eat more fruits and vegetables, but I am sure you have me beat. Cant imagine having to find one for each letter of the alphabet!

I see your other blog title" Iam cute." and I have to agree. Just from your blog I can tell that you are a fun, cute person. Stay sweet and keep inspiring others with your positive outlook toward life! emoticon

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I am cute, are you?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I was told by a Sparks friend she thinks I am cute.This surprised me. Cute to me is something small and cuddly, a small child? Or has it a wider meaning? I think its good to be cute? Is it flattering to be so named?
What would I like to be called? Inspiring? Motivating? Special? Fantastic? Yes all of those and more. What would you like to be called?
I grew up with a dreadful inferior complex. In my family no one ever got praised or told they had done something good. So I assumed I never did anything worth praising.
Now at my advanced age I know I have done good things and a few not so good. Just normal.
I am all things to all people a wife, a mother, a grandmother an aunt, a friend and many more.
Do they all see me diffently? Does anyone think I am cute? I must look up the exact meaning of the word now.

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HANNAHV 6/12/2012 3:29AM

    of course you are!

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RAWHIDE64 5/31/2012 3:12PM

    WOW Irene, did you ever get me to thinking. That's dangerous. emoticon

Since we're in our second childhood I would say that cute is a delightful compliment and you richly deserve it. I think that your are already all those things you want to hear when someone describes you so you're doing great. Me? No, I am not cute.

You asked what would I like to be called. I'll settle for honest and honorable.


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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 5/30/2012 8:14PM

    My dictionary(Webster's New World) says that "CUTE means clever, pretty or attractive, in a dainty way". Yup, That's you for sure! In your latest profile picture, you look very pretty and attractive.

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/30/2012 9:45AM

    Take the compliments as they come! They are far better than insults!

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BEARGODDESS 5/30/2012 9:37AM

    Yes, I think you are very cute, in the absolutely best way possible. I also DO believe that you are motivating, inspirational (you ARE those things to me) and special. You may also be dangerously verging on being fantastic. I'll have to know you a little longer to know how fantastic you are! But I look forward to that!

I'm sorry that your family didn't tell you wonderful things about yourself (mine never did either) but you're here now, and we'll tell you all of the time how special WE think you are!

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DSJB9999 5/30/2012 9:32AM

    emoticon thoughts about cute - Yes I definitely think you are in so very many ways!!!

I was amazed when a lady at my SW class called me thin! I don't think I am to most but it was lovely to hear!

emoticon Donna x

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GABY1948 5/30/2012 8:55AM

    Actually, and forgive me, I DO think you are CUTE. But I only mean that is the best way. More than that, from all you said about "Now at my advanced age I know I have done good things and a few not so good. Just normal." I believe you are WISE.
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DJ1SKYWALKER 5/30/2012 8:16AM

    I am sure everyone saw you in a different way, yet their own way. It has to be different. I am sure my husband sees me differently than my children. My husband thinks I cute looking, but the kids think the things I do are cute. Funny to me.
You seem to have a cute personality to me. It's catchy!

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DOOBRIE 5/30/2012 7:54AM

    Yes, you're cute! Sweet and lovable.

I don't think I've been called cute but my granddaughter saying I looked like a princess is good enough for me!


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HAVEFUN2LOSE 5/30/2012 7:52AM

    Found this in my dictionary on the computer, some okay some not so your pick haha

Cute Cute (k[=u]t), a. [An abbrev. of acute.]
1. Clever; sharp; shrewd; ingenious; cunning. [Colloq.]
[1913 Webster]

2. pleasantly attractive, in a delicate way; -- said of
children, young ladies, pet animals and some objects, but
seldom of adults; as, a cute child; a cute kitten; a cute
little house; a cute statue.

3. smart-alecky or impertinent; as, a cute remark.

4. affectedly clever. --RHUD

-- From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48

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When the Time is right

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I was replying to a team mail today about keeping record of our weight and general life style plan I replied I had mine on various bits of paper.
One Day I will get around to putting it all together. There are 2 phrases there I and others use a lot, ONE day. When is that One Day going to come along? Will tomorrow be any different to today? Next week maybe? Next Year? Sometime? never?
Getting round to it" there is another common phrase. Just what do I have to go round something to get to what I want to do? Is it an unmovable object?
I have begged my son to give up smoking. He answers "I will when the right time will be to stop, its not yet.! Will it be when he has lung cancer??
I have a friend who is going to start to lose day!
I am going to phone some one, when I have time
These phrases are used so much and become meaningless. General putting off something we don't want to think of.
I do intend to find that "One Day" very soon. Not the same day for doing all the things I am putting off, but can make a start now to"getting round" to finding"One Day" and making sure "The Time is Right"

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CHANGEISGOOD 5/27/2012 10:06AM

    I love your blog, it is so true!!!
I have a favorite quote that kinda goes along with this. For those people you think about calling:

Three questions for if you found out you only had 24 hours to live:
1-Who whould you call? 2-What would you say? 3-Why are you waiting?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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ANIHAKA 4/30/2012 11:47AM

    I am guilty of putting off projects,or whateveor calling people & procrastinating as I can't find where to begin things sometime. It's a human trait of putting things off maybe it's because we're in a comfort zone and don't want to move forward, the reasons must be able to fill books.

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 4/26/2012 6:43PM

  Today is the only day we have that we can do something with and about.

Yesterday is gone forever and tomorrow is not even here that leaves's go since this IS THE ONE DAY i have been waithig for.

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IDLETYME 4/26/2012 8:42AM

    Maybe if someone in the house makes a change, others will notice and follow the example. A year ago this May the 8th, I quit smoking and gave up drinking soda. I am helping my health and my "purse"!. Your blog is a great reminder. Hope it gets through to others! emoticon

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    Yeah...that "one day" catches us all at times. Hugs!

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JAMER123 4/25/2012 10:20PM

    I really understand what you are saying!!! One day lives in my home too. My DH recently retired and I have been for several yrs. We are traveling like we have chosen to do but there is a tons of things I am going to get to at home, one day or when the time is right or tomorrow is soon enough!!! Thanks for a great blog!! I hope to change my habits!!
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GOTTASTITCH 4/25/2012 9:30PM

    Some others are :
when I have time,
After I finish _____
When I feel like it

When I am not wanting to do something at a particular reason and have a " justification " I ask myself if it is a reason for not doing it or an excuse. There is a big difference. Sometimes there is a reason but a lot of the time it is just an excuse.

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ESYLVANTUTOR207 4/25/2012 1:12PM

    Great blog! Yes, it always seems like, " I'll start tomorrow" or "I'll do better the next time." My new motto created by a Spark buddy is...."Stop Trying and Start Doing." So far, it's working. Good luck as you find the right moment to do what's right for you.....

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JILL313 4/25/2012 11:08AM

    Putting things off, unfortunately, is also true of me and many people. I keep thinking I'm going to lose this weight WHEN the time is right. I do try but not nearly hard enough as my scale seems stuck-so am I. Thank you for the reminder that today is what we have as none of us can predict the future.



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JUSTA123 4/25/2012 10:33AM

    To often we use the "one day" line and tuth is the "one day" most often doesn't come.We need to realize "one Day" is now and we need to grasp hold of it and enjoy the ride. have a terrific day!

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DSJB9999 4/25/2012 10:23AM

    emoticon for sharing these wonderful ideas today.

I will try to stop saying one day too myself today.

emoticon emoticon Donna x

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RAWHIDE64 4/25/2012 9:44AM

    What a great Blog. I have fallen into the "one of these days" rut and it weighs on me. It's time to make "one of these days" today.

Thanks Irene,


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BILLPHIL123 4/25/2012 8:09AM

    { have a lot of "one day" things. I did actually answer 10 letters this am that have been set aside for some day!! Phyllis

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JERZGURL_NAN 4/25/2012 7:50AM

    One Step at a Time - One Bite at a Time - One Log at a Time - ONE "I'll Do It Later' RIGHT NOW!!!

great reminder

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 4/25/2012 7:09AM

    HOW TRUE! Very thought provoking blog! emoticon

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HANNAHV 4/25/2012 6:55AM

    Too true Irene! Thanks for this great blog, thank you for making me read this. It is exactly the reminder I need right now, no more excuses from my side right this minute - the time is perfect to put my priorities in order - right now!

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DEEGIRL50 4/25/2012 6:49AM

    True, true, true! It would be nice if we could put "one day" on the calendar. Actually schedule it.

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GABY1948 4/25/2012 5:58AM

    This is so true! The way I handle it is when I have too many things in my brain to do...I make a list and can't stand it until I do them ONE at a TIME! Great blog! Thanks

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HAVEFUN2LOSE 4/25/2012 5:52AM

    Just do one of those things NOW emoticon

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ALBAUGHMO 4/25/2012 4:44AM

  you are right on track. the time to start or finish whatever we need to the time is now, because the later never come. you have hit the nail on the head. good luck with your one day. emoticon emoticon

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