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Ouch...a sunburn!

Friday, April 01, 2011

I'm wearing sunscreen today,it's windy,sunny and just beautiful!But,i got a sunburn after 30 minutes of gardening!My flowers,tomatoes,potatoes and onions are loving it and i've got dirty nails.Yes i wore gloves but no rain and its dusty....hugs sp have a great weekend!!

  
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MARVEEME 4/1/2011 5:54PM

    I'm jealous too....I woke up to snow falling!

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ROCKYCPA 4/1/2011 3:59PM

    Windy and cold here in MD - can't wait for the warmth. Enjoy your weekend.

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ABETTERSOUL 4/1/2011 3:34PM

    I'm jealous! It's still "winter" here in NY!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 4/1/2011 3:25PM

    Sounds like a wonderful morning for sure. This time of year is amazing. emoticon

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Planting flowers and growing myself

Thursday, March 31, 2011

I'm so busy lately that,I dont have time to focus on the past!Reaching for healthy food is as natural as if i've been doing it my whole life!I was out planting some more flowers my husband brought home and realized my whole attitude has changed,i'm different,inside and out.My husband told me yesterday its like i'm glowing! :) My neighbor was looking intently at me then asked point blank "Did you have a gastric bypass or something?"OK,she sees me everyday and knows I'm always around,how did I manage that?Do they have gastric bypass drive-thru's?I think people notice us losing weight and wish it was them.I was wearing 14's and now wear 12's and even though its just 11 lbs i'm tightening up the gut and butt!I offered to have her start walking with me but she says OH my backs acting up and I shouldnt.I make sure that I have a smile on my face all the time because happiness begets happiness!HUGS sp

  
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RATFINKROB 4/1/2011 12:13PM

    Thanks for the great blog and pictures of your flowers. I love rose moss.

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JOAN68 3/31/2011 5:08PM

    Your blog is a beautiful story. One that sounds doable for all of us. Love your flowers, they are so beautiful. Hope to have some that beautiful myself this summer. Joan

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MARVEEME 3/31/2011 4:59PM

    Bet ya remember being where she is now, dontcha?

Bet you're glad you're not still there, dontcha?

Its rare that folks notice weight loss in others when they're around them a lot, so savor these compliments. It may not be jealousy, but lazy intrigue. Don't stop inviting her to walk, she may be inspired some day and change her life! I always assumed that I could not walk on a track going nowhere but in circles with my heel spurs and plantar fasciitis, and being a smoker. Nowadays, five miles is no big deal, and at a pretty good clip too!

SPARK ON!

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It takes alot to make me mad

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I have a pet peeve about seeing the elderly being ignored!We all are going to be there and I'd like to see more people offer help.When you see an elderly person struggling with something in the store or restaraunt or anywhere,offer to help!I was raised to respect my elders and still do.I was at DMV when an elderly lady pushing a walker came in.Not one person besides me offered thier seat to her.At Wal Mart a lady struggling to put groceries in her car,nobody stopped to help so I did and she hugged my neck!At the Hospital I watched an old man in a wheel chair lose his umbrella in a pouring down rain storm and people blindly walked by .....Whats wrong with people?I was soaking wet but he got that umbrella back and was safely tucked into his car!!My husband says i'm overly sensitive but he will do the same thing.HUGS!sp

  
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MARVEEME 3/30/2011 10:41PM

    You are correct in your observation, and it goes much further than the elderly. Our culture has taught two generations of children about "Stranger Danger", so people don't even make eye contact any more, and if they do, it is in an aggressive or defensive way. Our people, for the most part, have become selfish to the point of no return. So self indulgent and impatient that people will drive off after running a stranger over in a car. Courtesy is uncommon these days, though there are still a few of us holdouts that demand that we practice it and teach it to our children. Children, and people, learn what they live. I have used the term "pay it forward" thousands of times when helping people (not just the elderly) and I'm prayerful that it makes a dent in this wayward trend. Start flashing a smile to everyone you see, and watch for the response. The half that doesn't think you're crazy or on drugs will likely look away or scowl. I assisted a young man (20 something just shy of 6 ft tall) in a parking lot who obviously became over zealous Christmas shopping, and could not maneuver his cart in the snow, let along fit his big box purchase in his trunk. I helped to steer him in, then ran to my car for the rope I kept in my car. He was thankful to the point of tears, and I told him to pay it forward. We need to BE the angels God wants on earth. From this, others may follow our example.

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DUSTYGIRL25 3/30/2011 6:38PM

    Yes! What ever happened to manners? I don't even think anyone even knows about giving up their seat to an elderly person. Or even holding a door open for them. I have noticed so many people nowdays becoming ruder and non-caring to other human beings. What's up with that?
My father always held doors open for people, rushed over to pick things up for someone when dropped and went out of his way to always help anyone in need. I was raised the same way. To always say please and thank you. To ask permission before acting on something that might affect someone else. To generally be a good person and live by the old "golden rule" of do unto others.

Good for you for going out of your way to help people. Maybe the trend will catch on again.
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ABETTERSOUL 3/30/2011 5:26PM

    I agree! I think people are just so caught up in their little world and are just so in a hurry to get to (where?). The bible tells us to respect the elderly.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 3/30/2011 2:22PM

    I agree with you. I'm very sensitive to the elderly. I believe God wants us to take care of our fellow man when we can. And there is a measure of respect that the elderly have earned.

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The things I see on my walks

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Dont get me wrong,I am not a window peeper but at times something pretty like a suncatcher or a suction cup window hummingbird feeder catches my attention Recently,I finally hornswaggled(talked into)my friend thats comes over for lunch to come walk with me.She was huffing along grumbling when out of a door walks an older I'd say 75 year old guy,butt naked and looking like he took a wrong turn!Well my friend was running away and I grabbed her jacket.He was out in the street and instead of running too,I took the jacket and wrapped it around him in an attempt to cover him.Soon his daughter came outside to get him. Laughing and crying that he was ok.She turned to me and hugged me and said Thank you!I think If it had been me out walking and saw him i would run too!Thats not me!He could have been hit by a car.My friend said Girl you are CRAZY!!No i'm compassionate....Turns out Ted was under medication that gives him confusion and delerium.He is one of my good friends now!Too bad we met under those cicumstances but,I'd do it again.My friend was shaken up and refuses to walk with me again,haha she wont be missed since I have made other walking companions....Spark people if you were faced with that sort of thing,could you run????And by the way i make sure im always safe and cautious i knew the guys daughter!Hugs sp!

  
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2PONDS 3/30/2011 6:56PM

    so glad that u were there to help out a stranger in need of help (even if he was not aware that he need help) His guardian angel was watching over him, his angel choose you to help. we need more people who stop to help. emoticon

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MARVEEME 3/29/2011 11:22PM

    That's a great story! Congratulations for "seeing" the situation for what it was: a confused person in need of help. I'm pretty gutsy like that too, and some of my friends think I'm nuts for getting involved when I see situations that warrant assistance. I'm so glad you could help out without making a judgement against this person on your first meeting. We teach and are taught "stranger/danger" so strictly that people now walk right past dead or bleeding people without a thought. There HAS to be a middle ground, and I think you have it!
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RIKKI572 3/29/2011 5:29PM

    Most people are too quick to judge others and run. I think it speaks volumes of your character, because you stopped to help. Don't ever change, the world needs more people like you!!
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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 3/29/2011 3:54PM

    So glad you were there to help out. You just never know how God is gonna use ya. emoticon

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WDWGIRLS 3/29/2011 12:49PM

    You are awesome! That was a wonderful thing to do - poor man could have died of exposure or been hauled off by the police and family would have been traumatized too!

My inclination would be to help, but would back off immediately if I felt threatened.

Your friend wimped out - sounds like she just used it as an excuse!

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DUSTYGIRL25 3/29/2011 12:24PM

    Wow! You sure have some experiences when you go walking. You did a really nice thing buy stopping to help him and to make sure he was safe. Not sure if I would been such a quick thinker with the jacket cover up. I do understand your friend being upset, it would kind of freak out some people.
However, good for you for helping out a friend in need.
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being victorious

Monday, March 28, 2011

Today,I woke to a chilly,cloudy,windy March Monday!The sun normally gets me going so for some reason I needed a butt-kicker!I started by organizing some book shelves in the office where I keep photo albums.I picked one up and sat down.There smiling from the pages was an 85 lb new bride!YES, thats what i was thinking 85!!!Then flipping through the pages came the babies smiling a toothy grin,riding a bike,dressing up for halloween,birthday parties!As a MOM and army wife I shoved all my wants and needs down and focused on my daughters,then grandkids.We move from Missouri to Germany to Kansas to Alaska to Virginia to Louisiana to Texas! When I finally did get some room to breathe,the teenager syndrome hit like a bolt of lightning.First came one grandson then another and to my surprise I discovered I was pregnant!Hundreds of problems and a sick time of it, emerged my 9 pound miracle.OH,did I mention? I wasnt supposed to have anymore kids after my second daughter was born!Well i'm raising daughter#4...GEE WHIZ why cant they have a how to manual?Sooooooooooo i'm in the learning to say NO process and putting myself #1!!!This is the time where i'm learning so much about myself as A PERSON,A WIFE,A MOTHER A GRANDMOTHER and my DOG even gets pissy when im not paying attention to her!I have the strength to be VICTORIOUS!!And i am...hugs sp

  
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WORKTHEGOAL 3/28/2011 7:34PM

    I love it - I love your drive, your enthusiasm and your Its My Time attitude - you Go girl!!

I wish you all the good luck and good health to follow through with your goals.

You are Woman - you are STRONG!

Mandy
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DUSTYGIRL25 3/28/2011 2:25PM

    Whew! You are one busy person! Just keep on doing what makes you feel the best! emoticon emoticon

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WDWGIRLS 3/28/2011 11:52AM

    Cold, chilly day here too! Sounds like your kids and grandkids keep you busy. I feel like this is the time we get to get back to finding ourselves, and SP can help with that as well as with weight loss. You have made great progress, so keep on and you will be where you want to be!

My AHA moment came last week when I went out for a walk by myself and decided I'm walking my way back to me. So I got out this morning between showers, and got a quick 15 min walk in, and will do a Leslie DVD later this morning. emoticon

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