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Thursday, April 28, 2011

emoticonTo everyone!

Tuesday we got 1 1/2" of rain and so I drove my car to the library, plus going to the gym was the next stop in my plan. Now I've said before that life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans. Driving to the library, 'life' happened to me again!

The car was difficult to accelerate and I tried another gear which didn't help. Then, like a big light bulb going off, I realised that I probably had a flat tire. I haven't had one in so many years that I wasn't sure what it should 'feel' like. When I parked in front of the lib. I checked and sure enough my front left was VERY flat and sitting on the rim. I called a tow truck from the inside of the library. Did I mention how much rain we got?

I had him take me directly to Sam's Club. (On and off, I had remembered being told I should have my tires replaced before LAST winter, so I figured it was past time) Sam's didn't have any record of me replacing any tires on my 2002 Saturn. I looked stupidly emoticonat him and asked if it was possible that the car still had factory tires on it, he looked, sure enough they were. I ordered a new set of Goodrich tires, which happened to be on a special.

So, my new tires ended up costing a whopping total of $305 including tax and mounting/balancing. That also included regular tire rotation and rebalancing for the life of the tires plus free road assistance if I need a tire change during the life of the tires. Yesterday I took the tow truck's bill to State Farm and they gave me a check for the entire amount!

So anyway on Tuesday, after getting my auto re-rubbered, I made my planned trip to the gym. Now, I had not done much ST since leaving Curves at the end of December. I figured I would have lost some strength in those four months. That said, I was appalled at HOW MUCH I had lost! emoticon emoticonNo wonder I had gained weight! ( Of course, it had NOTHING to do with all the 1/2 price easter goodies I had OR the fact that I had been out to dinner a lot more than usual lately.) emoticon

Yesterday, I was out in my front garden picking the daffodils that had been flattened by the rain, When what to my wondering eyes did appear, blooming trout lilies! I looked a little further and saw the peeping blooms of blood root! God was showing me the promise that spring really was on the way, despite the snow flakes appearing during the day.

Last night the weatherman explained all of our cold weather and the horrible outbreaks of deadly tornadoes to the east and south. A strong "La Nina"! The jet stream has been coming from the west then sweeping directly down into Texas before heading northeast and causing the deadly weather there. A news man also explained that the tornadoes were deadlier due to the spread of people moving into areas previously unoccupied by people.....
Two years ago we had a deadly tornado touch down about 10 miles north of here. Torn down were less than 5 year old houses in an area that previously held only fields and trees.

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MONTY68 4/29/2011 11:27PM

    Hi Sunny
Great blog,
Glad you paid attention to how your car was acting up. I think it is amazing that you had the original tires. I thought I did well going 5 years. that sounds like a good price also. I have State Farm but don't have towing, as I had 5 years of free towing with the car. Thanks for saying that, I need to call State Farm and add it.
I think I read somewhere on Spark, that we start losing muscle after 2 weeks without exercise.

I get confused over La NIna and El Nina and don't remember which one creates more hurricanes. We are 1 month away from hurricane season.
Thank you for sharing

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/29/2011 8:53AM

    You have had a lot going on in Sunnyland. You did a great job of taking care of your tire situation.

I hate how we lose muscle when we don't use it....just doesn't seem fair. I bet Curves is pretty interesting, because you can see just how much you have lost by the settings on the machines.

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DIDMIS 4/28/2011 8:43PM

    Nice Blog Sunny in Sunnyland. Say I think you got a good deal on the tires.
And State Farm pays my toll also if I need it and a rental car if I need it. Both of these not too expensive.

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DIDMIS 4/28/2011 8:43PM

    Nice Blog Sunny in Sunnyland. Say I think you got a good deal on the tires.
And State Farm pays my toll also if I need it and a rental car if I need it. Both of these not too expensive.

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-PAULA 4/28/2011 4:55PM

    Love that title!

Sorry about that flat tire but 10+ years on factory tires is GREAT! I know that was a pleasant surprise when your insurance company gave you that check for the tow!

About your strength loss/weight gain, I'll remember that next time I'm on an extended vacation from fitness. I admit sometimes I do take a week or two off without considering the consequences.

Haven't watched much news - thanks for explaining about El Nina. Maybe that's why our temp reached 93 today. Just saw our news radar and storms are coming our way.

Stay safe.

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RASCALSMOMMA 4/28/2011 4:47PM

    Thanks Sunny for the "weather" report! HUGS to you as well

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SUNNYWBL 4/28/2011 4:46PM

    Yes, that inexpensive rider on my car insurance has been very worthwile. Especially since the reason for the tow will be expensive on it's own!

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SUZYMOBILE 4/28/2011 4:30PM

    Excellent that your insurance covered the tow!

And thanks for the explanation of all the tornadoes. I wondered if it wasn't El Nino or something.

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Re: KASEYCOFF's Blog - Day 109: Routines(To Be Cont.)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I would like to tell you I'm a rollercoaster type of gal, but on average I'm not! But planned roller coaster ride,s I like! When I was in my 'formative' years, we sometimes went to an amusement park near Willow Grove, PA. It had three levels of roller coaster rides - easy called the ___?_, medium called the Alps, and a scare you to death - The Thunderbolt. I was born logical . I pondered how to achieve The Thunderbolt. I longed to ride The Thunderbolt, but it scared me spitless!

I decided to started on the small one until it became ho-hum, I then started riding the Alps until it also became NBD. Then I rode The Thunderbolt, yes I DID! But just once was plenty - enough plenty!

There is an old poem called, "Somebody said it couldn't be done."

Ever since I saw a movie called, "Beneath The Ten Mile Reef" I had dreamed of seeing that for myself. When my eight year younger brother joined the Navy. I was kinda jealous, then he went into the submarine service and I was even more jealous! The last straw was when he became a Navy scuba diver. But I was a girl. Girls were never allowed to have THAT much fun.

In the '60's, civilian scuba diving became doable. Then my DH decided to take a class. In those days obtaining diving certification required 12 weekly classes of 3 hours each. And so in my early thirties I found myself taking the scuba diving class along with my DH. Oh, and by the way I needed to learn how to swim! I only knew how to hold my breath and swim underwater and how to do the 'doggy paddle'.

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VIAFREE 5/11/2011 8:50PM

    Sunny, I see you are an achiever, you are definately an asset to have as a friend here on SP. And Rah! Rah! Rah! for the Roller Coaster and Scuba duba diving girl!! emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 4/20/2011 12:13AM


I have to say, I wasn't competing with my brother, I was jealous that it was easier for boys to live those dreams. I fulfilled my dream later, when it was possible...........

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MONTY68 4/19/2011 11:31PM

    Hi Sunny
A very interesting b log. What I felt, was a young girl who had dreams and created them as an experience. The last roller coaster for me was about 13 years ago,
I liked your dream about scuba diving and eventually doing it. I think that is wonderful. I believe if we can dream it, we can accomplish it.
Thank you for sharing this

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DIDMIS 4/19/2011 11:11PM

    Sunny, I rode the roller coaster once because I didn't know any better.
I rode it again because my sister called me chicken.
I screamed and screamed and promised God if I got out of it alive I would never get on one again and I haven't.
DID YOU SEE BIGGEST LOSER TONIGHT. Now those were some terrifying things also.

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RASCALSMOMMA 4/19/2011 7:25PM

    You have had your share of adventures Sunny; I think its called LIFE! HUGS Laurie

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KASEYCOFF 4/19/2011 5:34PM

    Oho, I think mebbe you ARE a roller-coaster kind of gal, lol... I used to live not too far from Willow Grove. It didn't have an amusement park by then (1980s) but people still talked about the one that had been there. I guess Hershey Park kind of put the 'mom and pop' operations out of business.

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NELLIEC 4/19/2011 4:15PM

    Sounds much more adventurous than me. But then I didn't have any brothers to compete with. emoticon

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Facing My Reality, Part II

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Whether you noticed or not, I reset my weight tracker - again. emoticonSigh...

I have not been logging my food and getting enough exercise and we all know where this always leads - Repeat after me - We gain weight!

The first thing I did was take all my LARGER slacks , jackets, jeans, and blouses to Good Will! That gives me NO LARGER CLOTHES TO GROW BACK INTO!

I recently mentioned that my Omron was not tracking well and sometimes not working. I took it apart several days ago and used canned air to blow it out. It didn't help. Although the new tether that I bought has arrived, the new Omron still has not! emoticonI am walking every day, again, and soon I will restart logging my food again. I will get there again.

All of this goes to prove yet again that , "I am a fallible human". Then again, aren't we all?

One great thing I did this week was be healthy enough to donate a pint of my blood to the Red Cross. emoticon emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/10/2011 11:49PM

    Good reminder about what happens when we don't track and don't exercise.

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JHADZHIA 4/9/2011 11:40PM

    Glad you know the problem and are getting back into it. I know the feeling. I have really slacked off in this surgery recovery. Nine pounds later :(
What say we get it back together!
We can do this!
Thank you for donating blood! In spite of all the surgeries I have had, I never had a transfusion, but there is always a first time.

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RASCALSMOMMA 4/9/2011 11:37PM

    we are ALL facing reality of one type or another honey. Youll get there. HUGS!

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MONTY68 4/9/2011 7:09PM

    Hi Sunny
Congratulations on donating blood. I like what you wrote, no excuses and taking responsibility for your weight gain. You also made a commitment and have a plan to get back on your healthy journey and I know that you WILL do it.

Thank you for sharing.

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DIDMIS 4/9/2011 5:40PM

    How much did the blood weigh emoticon
Seriously I am sorry you gained but you will lose it. You are a determined woman. emoticon
I couldn't even donate enough blood for my surgery several years ago and had to take iron tablets before i could donate what I did. Soon we will see you go
emoticonin weight.

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SUZYMOBILE 4/9/2011 5:01PM

    I know you can do it, Sunny, because you've done it before, and because it's finally spring!!

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MNNICE 4/9/2011 3:56PM

    Way to get back on track! I just started donating blood a couple years ago -- it's a good feeling to be able to celebrate our good health by donating blood!

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And The Envelope Please!

Friday, April 01, 2011

Results of the March Trivia Challenge:-

emoticon emoticonMonty68 with 90%

#2 - Sunny with 89%

#3 - Irene with 87%

#4 - Marcy with 76%

#5 - Addy with 74%

Honorable Mention - Tee with 67% but only 4 entries.....

Among the missing - Mom4407 whose last entry was 3/17/11 and was 88%! I wish that you posted more often and helped push all of us to better scores!

emoticonWhat a great Challenge Team we have! Thanks to all who enter every month and work hard at studying!

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DIDMIS 4/4/2011 2:03PM

    Ha ha, Sunny I had to read this again. I got my income tax ready but as you know they don't send out forms or the envelope as they used to. I call Internal Revenue to find out what kind of envelope I could use. I guess any old envelope will do as long as the forms fit into it.
I was asking "And the Envelope Please"

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SUNNYWBL 4/3/2011 1:27AM

    Irene, What did I mean? I guess I watch too many award shows!
Sometimes they say "And the Winner is ___. Other times they ask for the envelope with the winner's name. Or, you are pulling my leg and I'm too tired to realize it! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 4/2/2011 1:44AM

    I tied with your 89%! Yeah us!

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DIDMIS 4/1/2011 7:29PM

    Thanks Sunny and what did you mean by "and the envelope please"?

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MONTY68 4/1/2011 4:55PM

Thanks Sunny, I got lucky, first time I got 90%.
You also did great with your 89%


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WBL's New Chore Service & The Provenance of My New Profile Pictures

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Last year my area was blessed to see the start of a Senior Chore Service. The program originated with funds from a one year grant. The purpose was to help seniors stay in their own homes longer with help for chores they either couldn't do or could no longer do. Although the chores are done strictly by volunteers, there is a sliding fee based on income. The fees collected will enable the Service to continue to operate. The volunteers are fully 'vetted' by background checks before starting.

I signed up for the program last year. The process started with a home visit from the Chore Program Co-ordinator, a lovely lady named Sallie. She fully explained the program, cost, and what the volunteers can do and what they are not allowed to do. After providing my income information, we walked around my house talking about what I wanted done and making a list.
Her job is to find volunteers with the needed skills, schedule them, come with them for the first visit to make sure they felt comfortable doing the work required. They Never do anything that requires professional licensing, ie plumbing, electrical work, etc. The senior is expected to supply all the needed materials. (The red tape and documentation required precludes the
volunteer from getting the supplies needed themselves. They can give you a list.

I had some very pressing wants:

1. Connect my living room's analog TV to a digital converter and HDTV antenna. I had tried several times to do this and never was able to get it to work.

2. Finish installing the woodwork in my entry (foyer), inside trim around the front door, trim on the entry closet, base boards in the entry, shelving and clothes pole in said closet and a folding door for the closet.

3. Reconnect the vent hose on my dryer to the outside vent. I was taking my clothes to the Laundromat for drying to prevent my house from being eaten by mold.

4. Install smoke detectors in house.

(2. was part of the leftovers from my previous encounter with a very crooked contractor. I got a lawyer, took crooked contractor to court, I won, he lost his contractor's licence. I was left broke, depressed, and with much work undone. The entry was just the most obvious of the undone work.)

Within two weeks, I could again watch TV in my living room, the smoke detectors were detecting, the dryer was again vented to the outside,and all the trim was installed in my entryway. The closet work will happen as soon as I have more funds available.

This chore program (and the local meals-on-wheels program) needs more funding to continue. Sallie approached me to help with a fund raising video. My part was a video interview describing how the chore program was helping me. I was glad to help. She and the photographer/videographer (another volunteer) came to my home last Wednesday. It was a very comfortable process. When we were done, I jokeingly asked the camera guy if he was willing to take a few still photos for me to use here on Spark and on Match,com. He was willing and these three photos arrived in my e-mail the same night...................

I think the fundraiser is scheduled for sometime in late February.

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MOM4407 2/2/2011 4:40AM

    What a great blog! I used to help with the meals on wheels program at my church it is such a need service. This program sounds so good. To think our Wonderful Sunny will be sharing and promoting the good work these individuals are doing. I love the new picture.

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    This is really a blessing and something this good just has to continue, I am sure that the funds will come in or some means to enable the service to continue. I am so glad for you to have finally got things finished, almost.

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MONTY68 1/31/2011 9:43PM

    Hi Sunny
This is a great blog, for not only showing us what you have in your area and your involvement, may have other sparkers researching their own community for something similar. IS the video you are on, going to hit the tv stations in your area? The big bonus for you was the awesome pictures that you have posted.
Congratulations and thank you for sharing.

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RIVERWRITER 1/31/2011 2:46PM

    Good blog, Sunny. So glad to hear these services are being developed for seniors like us. I know what it's like to be without a partner to help, because my DH works out of town when he gets a job. Weeks like this one, where snow shovelling will be required, point up the fact that we often need help at both ends of our lives. I hope all states work out something like this service for aging citizens.

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LJCANNON 1/31/2011 2:05AM

    I am so glad that more programs like this are popping up. They provide a Priceless Service to people who truly are desperate for just a little 'Know-How'.
Congratulations on becoming a Star!! And how awesome is it that you got new Photos out of the deal!!
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI am just happy that your new found Fame won't go to your head!!

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YJNANA 1/31/2011 1:48AM

    Thats a wonderful service, and so glad there are volunteers to do such things :)
Love your profile pic :)

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JHADZHIA 1/31/2011 12:29AM

    This is an awesome service! I am glad you got things done you needed. I hope the fundraiser is a big success. We have a Meals On Wheels Program here too..
Would love to see this video!

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DIDMIS 1/30/2011 7:55PM

    Thank you Sunny for posting this. There has to be help out there somewhere. I have things that need to be done. Send them down. :)
I do have friends who help but have things that a woman just can't do. I can't even reach my high cabinets to clean them out.
Now what about that
Tell me about that. Maybe we can find a strong man who can help us but then he would want a strong woman not one like me.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/30/2011 6:18PM

    That's great. I'm glad that the program exists and I hope it can help others. My mom would be lost without my husband and brother to help her with things like that. There are so many people out there with needs that others would be willing to help if there was just some way to communicate the needs like this program does for you. May it continue and expand.

Love the new profile pic....but I've already told you that. emoticon

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GROEDER 1/30/2011 5:00PM

    That is great!!!! I wish they had something around here like that. I would gladly volunteer to do whatever I am able to do to help someone.
Now that I am writing this, I think I just found a new project for our Lions club!!!
Thanks for the inspiration.
I will let you know if I can get things going after our current one that I am working on. We are having a Valentines chocolate and champagne party on the 11th.
Glad that works so well for you.

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ESLTEACHER1 1/30/2011 4:38PM

    What an awesome service! I hope it gets all the publicity it deserves! With boomers getting older, this kind of service would be a lifeline for remaining in their houses longer and being able to feel independent. Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Let us know when your debut airs!

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MAXFOCUS 1/30/2011 4:20PM

    What a wonderful service. I'm so glad that is available for you. How neat that the camera guy took some photos for you. I hope the fundraiser is a big success.

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