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Happy Independence Day

Saturday, July 04, 2009

I feel very independent today. And grateful to those who made it possible.

In a democracy, we get the government we deserve. And that's all I am saying about that. *runs out the door to play, laughing*

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LUCKY-13 1/16/2010 10:25PM

    Miss reading your blogs! Hope you come back soon!


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KUZINKEITH 7/5/2009 4:12PM

    THANKS -- You little firecracker, you!

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BARBARA_G 7/4/2009 11:17AM

    Thanks for sharing the great link. I'm glad you're feeling very independent today and are running out the door to play. Way to go!!! I need some of that spirit.

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LETS-DO-THIS 7/4/2009 11:13AM


Happy 4th!!

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VALERIEMAHA 7/4/2009 10:39AM

    Thank the goddess we deserve President Obama!!! Jimmy really got it RIGHT, eh!
Have fun!

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Hot Diggity Dog

Friday, June 26, 2009

This great vegan adventure hubby and I started was partially spurred on by the idea of growing some of our own fruits and veggies. We have talked of putting in a garden since we bought this place. In researching all the options, I found I preferred the idea of container gardening (easier to control pests, nutrients and water). I attended a workshop offered at a nearby farm -- coming away with the instructions on to make really cool "grow boxes".


You're looking at the start of zucchini, cucumbers, bell peppers and watermelon. Several kinds of tomatoes, basil and strawberries next.

And so it begins -- hot diggity dog!

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SUSANLUSAN 6/26/2009 6:03PM

    You got the grow box system right, Smashy. This way a heavy rain (like we get in Florida) doesn't drown anything. It just washes some of the nutrients away and so you replace them.

The vegan trucker I am married to has a big frig and several food boxes on board that can hold roughly three weeks worth of meals (which is how long he is usually gone). Otherwise he is stuck getting veggie subs from Subway or augmenting out of whatever grocery stores he might run across. He wouldn't set a foot in a KFC -- even before he went vegan. You are right -- it is challenging for him to find good food out there.

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MISS_VIV 6/26/2009 4:59PM

    so, the 'food' and water goes down the small pipe... into the bottome 1/3 and fills it up. Anything over the 3" drains away and is lost. the bigger sewer type pipes with slits in them, absorb the food and water and the plant roots absorb from that. I hope I am getting this right. Oh and just a quick question.?????? WHAT DO VEGAN TRUCK DRIVERS EAT? Do Wendy's and KFC have vegan????

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BARBARA_G 6/26/2009 4:23PM

    Your garden looks beautiful!

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MISS_VIV 6/26/2009 3:44PM

    RUBBERMAID? Awesome. Are there holes in the bottoms for drainage?
Great idea.

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Some Birthday Thoughts

Thursday, June 25, 2009

I often share with others on their birthday some thoughts I like to indulge on this special day.

I travel all the way back in time to the beginning and marvel about how that specific sperm and that very egg provided by my parents met by chance. Anything else would have been someone else, not me -- the green eyed blond female who is left handed and very curious.

I then think about being born -- what a fantastic experience that must have been! How is it that I can't remember it now? Did I remember it at one month, six months, a year but by the time I found language it was somehow forgotten? I wonder.

I like to think about all the experiences I've had in my life to date -- the special and the mundane. Some were good, some were terrible but nonetheless they are the many threads that make up the fabric of my life. It is what developed the "me who was born" into the "me who is living" -- the Susan y'all meet now.

This is what makes each of us humans a one-of-a-kind type of uniqueness that borders on the sacred. I like to honor the sacredness of me on my birthday. By the universal nature of life it honors the sacredness of every one of us.

So the sacred journey continues and I am 365 days older. Lucky me.

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LUCKY-13 6/28/2009 11:44AM

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Happy Birthday!!! May there be a lot more of them so we can continue to be blessed with you!!
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KGWINDER 6/27/2009 10:30PM

    I love thinking like this. Not only are you a unique person, but the way you see colors, smell smells, see and interpret the world is ALL YOU. No one else can know you quite as well as you do and you have unique insights and talents and gifts --- the limited time offer to the universe! Grab ever second while you can, waste not a moment regret the past and run racing into your divinely positioned place in the cosmos -- WOW it's enough to make me want to shout, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! smile, enjoy every bit.

emoticon Birthday Woman Coming......

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FLOWINGWATER 6/27/2009 11:45AM

    What a great way to celebrate a birthday - by celebrating the wonderful, uniqueness that is you! And a wonderful time to remind you how fortunuate we are that you have entered our lives. Thanks for being you, Susan! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BARBARA_G 6/25/2009 11:50AM

    Happy Birthday Susan!!!! emoticon

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BAREFOOT-LISA 6/25/2009 10:30AM

    Well happy birthday!

I too like to honor a birthday for what it is in simplicity... The day you were born and blessed us with the chance to know you!
So, thanks!

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VALERIEMAHA 6/25/2009 9:53AM

    ...and lucky me!
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A Check List

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

1. Long lost trucker hubby finally arrives home: check (yeaaaaa!)

2. New blood pressure device explored: check (easy peasy!)

3. Michael's blood pressure: 115/78 (a significant improvement!)

4. Susan's blood pressure: 98/63

5. "We are what we eat" lessons being learned here: You betcha!

PS - We've had trouble getting online since yesterday morning (severe lightning storms here --- almost 17,000 strikes in Central Florida over a five hour period played havoc with internet connections).

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LUCKY-13 6/28/2009 11:40AM

    Awesome news on DH getting home, your BPs, and having at least some internet with all those storms. We've been having our share of them here also. My cats are spending most of their time behind the waterbed. Poor dears!


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BARBARA_G 6/24/2009 12:23PM

    Those are some fantastic blood pressure numbers!!!!

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KUZINKEITH 6/24/2009 10:40AM

    SO .... did Mike's arrival home make your blood pressure rise or fall? I'm glad you two get to hang out together for a while. I hope the lightening doesn't strike you down ... we don't need any more crispy critters.

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VALERIEMAHA 6/24/2009 9:36AM

    Muy MUY EXCELENTE!!! On all fronts! Great news about BP. And happy you'reBOTH back among us!

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Dispatcher Gods Smiled Upon Us

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Michael is on his way in!!! Finally. He could be here sometime Tuesday. I routinely avoid riding the roller coaster of his coming and going. This last time out proved why it is wise to avoid. I really rode it this time. Ugh. Until Florida freight evens out, I need to make the necessary adjustments to avoid it in more extreme circumstances too.

I am also feeling better. The impressive joint aching I got into with the low fat experiment is finally receding. My energy for things other than coping with pain is returning. I tend to isolate when I don't feel well since I don't care to spread the cranky around. I am typical for the zodiac sign of the crab, lol. My birthday is this Thursday -- I'll be a glorious 55 (54 wasn't bad either).

For all that dispatcher trouble, the upside is Michael will be here to take me out for a birthday dinner. We live in a kind of rubber trucker time so birthdays and the like are often not celebrated on specific days but more like when opportunity and mood strikes us. Once in a while, we get to make it happen on the calendar day.

I greatly appreciate the solidarity offered by all my Spark friends. Your care arrived safely delivered to my sore heart despite the distance in our geography. That felt like family. Sometimes when it is especially challenging, all I can do is trudge with head down chanting "this too shall pass, this too shall pass...." trusting it always does. And it does. You made that passing easier. Thank you, each one of you, very much.

Oh, I almost forgot (trucker time) --
Happy Father's Day to all the papas!

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BAREFOOT-LISA 6/24/2009 10:45AM

    I'm so glad your hubby is home, where his heart is!
Dustin and I are blessed and a little spoiled to work relatively, the same time per day. I need to save up all these moments, because I am sure it won't always be this way! I'm always here for a giggle Sharon, if you ever need it!

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JOPAPGH 6/21/2009 9:24PM

    I'm so happy for you! Sometimes the W wished I was home less, but when we had to do the long distance thing it was hard on both of us.

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BARBARA_G 6/21/2009 1:43PM

    How exciting that Michael will be home for your birthday! How exciting that he will be home period!!!! I bet you already feel a bit better. It's almost Tuesday...

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FLOWINGWATER 6/21/2009 1:08PM

    I'm sooooo glad you're feeling better!! How wonderful that Michael will be able to share your 55th birthday with you! I'm so glad the gods have smiled upon you and allowed Michael to be there on your actual birthday. emoticon emoticon

Being a Cancer also explains why you are so devoted to your Spark family, too. I sure do appreciate your devotion and caring. Thanks for being you! emoticon

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JAZZTAZZ 6/21/2009 12:08PM

    I am so happy for you, I actually leaped when I saw your blog post. It is awesome you will get to celebrate your 55 b-day with your hubby. I am glad ALL your aches are feeling better. BTW...I love being a member of this family.

Peace be with you Susan

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KUZINKEITH 6/21/2009 10:17AM

    I FEEL YOUR JOY! "rubber trucker time" ?? pretty funny. How great that he'll be home to celebrate the 'speed limit' birthday with you - on the actual date! Brandy turns 55 this year too, and like you she's a crab --- July 6th.
We'll chat again on Thursday, if not sooner ---
I'm so glad we're family!

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VALERIEMAHA 6/21/2009 9:04AM

AAAAAY!!!!!! That is SUCH good news...and for your birthday! Maximas cool-i-us! And that you're feeling better is a good omen too, no snapping and snarling at hubby is a good thing!

Thanks for updating us on the comings and goings...and comings!

Blessed be!

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