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Having a ball with kelp noodles...

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Kelp Noodles are a sea vegetable in the form of an easy to eat raw noodle. Kelp noodles are fat-free, gluten-free, and very low in carbohydrates and calories. They have a neutral taste and take on the flavor of what ever marinade or seasoning you use. Great for salads, stir-fries, hot broths, and casseroles, while their healthful content provides a rich source of trace minerals including iodine, which kelp is well known for. Kelp Noodles are a healthful and tasty alternative to pasta and rice noodles.

No cooking is required. Just rinse and add the noodles to any dish and they are ready to eat! The longer you soak them the softer they become. I love them because I enjoy foods with texture.

I purchase mine from Sea Tangle Noodle Company and buy them a case at a time and split with my cousin. I have seen them in some Oriental stores but they run like $5.00 a package of 12 oz. It is so much cheaper to buy in bulk on the internet.

As a leader of the Raw Foodies I post a different Raw Food Demo of the Day because it is always nice to share new ways to make our recipes. We also have a lot of new members joining and they are always looking for direction or ideas on how to transition to a Raw Food lifestyle so this team thread is very helpful.

I have actually found quite a number of different Raw Kelp Noodle recipes. I have posted them and still have a few more to come for next week. I have decided to try to group the demo recipes by type. I think when I finish this series of kelp noodles I will move on to Raw Soups. Soups you say in the summer, well all of ours are uncooked and so refreshing for a hot summer day. This time of year we have a bounty of fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs to make them with.

Kelp noodles not your thing, then substitute zucchini, butternut squash, sweet potato, daikon radish, etc. You need to think outside the box when following a Raw Food lifestyle. We Raw Foodies like variety too. It is not just rabbit food.

So many different options to prepare:

And this one is really thinking outside the box. I never would have thought to put it into sushi. MMMMMMMMMMMM! I'm going to definitely make this one some time.

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THE70SNUT 7/26/2011 5:37PM

    Those pictures look so fantastic

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DEFIANTVEGAN 7/19/2011 11:33AM

    Ooh I've purchased them before and they are pretty good.

Those pics look delicious yumm you are making me hungry and I just ate!
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MRDPOLING 7/16/2011 10:53PM

    u make me hungry!

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TOFUTONI 7/16/2011 9:53PM

    Surprised that you did not share your great recipes. I guess I will go to the link and watch the video demos.

Here is my favorite way to prepare them

1/4 cup thinly sliced shallots
1 cup sliced mushrooms, any type
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
1 tablespoon nama shoyu (raw), liquid aminos (gluten free), or soy sauce (cooked)
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil (not raw; can use raw if desired)
1/2 cup julienned carrot
1 (12-ounce) bag kelp noodles, rinsed with warm water to soften
1 cup baby spinach leaves, packed
2 tablespoons chopped scallions

1. Place shallots, mushrooms, and garlic in a large bowl; add your choice of soy sauce plus sesame oil and toss to mix well. Set aside for at least 1520 minutes to marinate and soften.

2. Add carrot, kelp noodles, spinach, and scallions to bowl. Mix well. Will keep for 1 day, refrigerated.

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    I love kelp noodles. The sushi with the kelp noodles looks emoticonDo you have the recipe?

Here is my favorite way to make them:

1 cup young coconut meat
cup dried coconut
cup young coconut water
1 teaspoon curry powder
teaspoon turmeric
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
1 T sesame oil
package kelp noodles, soaked
1 medium red pepper sliced into matchsticks
2 cups of baby spinach
6 mushrooms sliced real thin
1 package kelp noodles, soaked

Combine all in a big bowl and mix well. emoticon

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DS9KIE 7/16/2011 9:28PM

    those pictures look yummy

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KSTYLEFITNESS 7/16/2011 7:14PM

    I need to try these! Those pic smade me hungry!

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    I've never heard of them.

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ROSAMARCELLE 7/16/2011 5:32PM

    Thanks for sharing. Sounds delicious emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 7/16/2011 4:54PM

    great share ...thanks so much....
blessings and hugs...........lita

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/16/2011 3:37PM

    Oh dear emoticon when I come to NJ can I skp lunch?

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Found these horrid little creatures on my tomato plants...HELP!!!!!!

Friday, July 15, 2011

The novice gardener that I am reacted badly to what I found on my tomato plants this morning. I woke up really early so I decided to pick basil as my plants are huge and I don't want them to flower yet. I have some basil plants in with my tomato plants as it is supposed to keep pests away. Don't you know the tomato plants without basil next to them had these creatures on them.

I immediately freaked out and ripped the tomato branch off where this thing was. I freaked because I thought the little white things were the worms eggs and I did not want more to hatch. I should not have done that. I should have gone inside and looked it up on the internet 1st. This is what I found out:

"Frequently hornworms are found with a number of white cocoons attached to its. DO NOT KILL THIS TOMATO WORM! These white sacks are not the caterpillar's eggs--quite the opposite!--the white cocoons are the pupae of the Braconid Wasp. These wasps are parasitic insects that prey on hornworms. These wasps hunt down our garden pests, inject their eggs into their prey where the eggs hatch into larvae and begin eating the internal organs of the hornworm. After these "maggots" have matured they bore through the skin of the hornworm and proceed to spin a cocoon and attach themselves to the worm. From the cocoons emerge adult Braconid Wasp which will begin hunting for other Tomato Hornworms and Tobacco Hornworms to feast upon."

Stupid, stupid, stupid! I either have to look for more at dusk or dawn because they don't like sunlight which is why I guess I haven't seen them before. My tomatoes are only just starting to ripen so I haven't paid that much attention to them other than watering. I hope if I have any more these parasitic wasps come get them. I'll leave the green things with the white things on them to do their job.

I was able to pick 4 nice ripe ones though. Can't wait to eat them later!

Now I also have something else to look up. I found a couple of more ripe ones besides those other 4 but when I picked them they were flat on the bottom and black. Now what! Are they the damage from these Hornworms, that's what those horrid creatures are called or something else?

I was going to finish up with my raised veggie bed this morning but I am to freaked out and don't want to move any plants till I know what is what.

PS: I read some place but I don't remember where about putting tinfoil on the stem of the tomato plant at the soil level. Does anyone know why you are supposed to do that?

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DEFIANTVEGAN 7/19/2011 11:30AM

    Interesting Yvonne,

Good to know I would have thought the same..=)

Love my tomatoes.. By the way I didn't know you had posted so many blogs, Darn Spark Website stopped giving me updates seems I have to request it almost every month. gasp so sorry you are not forgotten my friend.



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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/16/2011 12:03PM

    My tomato plants are dead..... sorry about the worms but glad that you got the good info. Sorry that I haven 't been posting to your blogs. I'm back to sleeping in the van 5 nights a week & have been babysitting the girls. Call me on my cell after 10 some night and we can talk if you're up & able. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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FUNGRANNY72 7/15/2011 11:55PM

  Sorry, but I can't help you. I do not have a green thumb and everything I have ever planted has died.

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ROSAMARCELLE 7/15/2011 3:53PM

    Well you learn something new every day! I probably would have freaked out the same. It sounds as if you're going to get a good crop from the garden though. Raised beds are great. We got one last year and grew lettuce, spinach and radish in it. emoticon

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KARENDEE4 7/15/2011 2:45PM

    That green bug is bad. He is a horn worm I think? However, the white eggs on that green bug will kill it ... I use a tomato gardening forum and someone just posted about them.

Link to my fav gardening site. If you send them a link to your photos they are happy to tell you exactly what you have.


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MARYHOLMAN 7/15/2011 1:01PM

I know squat about tomatoes and crawly things.

I remember when a tomato actually tasted like a tomato--not like the hot house variety-imported from who knows where- we get now. Bet yours will taste great!


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WILLOW49 7/15/2011 12:32PM

    Sounds like blossom end rot to me...

Enjoy those tomatoes!

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BAMATEACHER 7/15/2011 11:55AM

    Sounds like blossom end rot. I have had that problem before. I don't know what to do once it shows up, but putting a Tbsp of Epsom Salts in the soil when you plant is supposed to prevent it (that's what I've done the last several years).

I'm having blight problems with my tomatoes....

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SKFEREBEE 7/15/2011 11:15AM

    Sounds like your tomatoes have blossom end rot. Here's some info on it:


Hope this helps!

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/15/2011 11:05AM

    I would think between the ground and the plant, along the stem?

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THOMS1 7/15/2011 10:49AM

    Thanks for this blog. We have a raised garden for the first time this year and haven't run into that yet but thanks for the info. emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 7/15/2011 10:05AM

    am learning along with you....
have never seen those before either...
thanks for sharing......
blessings and hugs.......lita

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OLDERDANDRT 7/15/2011 9:59AM

    I think the foil is to keep cutworms away when the plants are small and tender, you put it also below soil level a bit to protect the stalk till it gets thick and tough. emoticon emoticon
Sorry you destroyed the hormworm with the parasites, but now you'll know the next time you see it! Live and learn!

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KSTYLEFITNESS 7/15/2011 9:35AM

    Eeeew! Reading what that was really grossed me out! Now, if the hornworm has these parasites, isn't that a bad thing? I mean, sound like they suffer from it. What are you supposed to do? I think putting them out of their misery would be my reaction. Plus, they'd do more harm to your garden as well.

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My newest toy for my container garden.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

It was a perfectly gorgeous day today. There was no humidity and the temps were the low 80's. I have been waiting for a day like this for a couple of weeks now plus my shoulder had to feel up to it. Today was that day!

My girlfriend's husband had made me a 3' x 2' raised bed box for my garden. I am forced to container garden because unfortunately my soil is mainly a combo of sand and clay. I have been gardening in huge flower pots but I have been interested for a while in raised beds for flowers or vegetables. I just needed some one to build one for me. My girlfriend's husband came to the rescue. I had even thought about using a kiddie pool filled with good soil but I was afraid that in the heat the plastic would heat up and leach into the soil and then my veggies. Not so good!

I spent an hour or so puttering in my garden, mostly with the prep of this raised veggie bed. I live behind a boatyard, I am not on the water but I still get the awful reeds that grow near the water in my backyard. They are a pain to weed and take a lot of strength. I needed a good day heatwise and also shoulder wise because this was going to be hard work. My right arm is still very weak from rotator surgery so I had to be careful, used both hands most of the time. I also had to pull all of the other weeds besides the reeds and pull clean an area bigger than the raised bed would be. Oh what fun I had. NOT!

Weeds gone, I raked the area and leveled it out. I am going to plant some seeds from a cantaloupe I had eaten in the area around the box to see if they swill grow in my sand/clay soil mix. I have nothing to lose because I got the seeds for free when I ate the cantaloupe.

I put the box in place and laid a layer of top soil on the bottom. On top of that I threw in a layer of shredded newspaper. Yup you read that right, I had read that online. I watered that well and tomorrow if the mixture has dried out I will add my store bought garden soil and then transplant some of my tomato and red pepper plants to their new home.

If this works out well my girlfriend's husband will build me some more. Here is a good link on raised beds and how to build them:

Here is a video on how to build raised beds and compost bins from recycled wooden pallets:

emoticonI wish this was a picture of my garden. It is from the internet. I don't know hot to upload pics. My profile pic was uploaded by a disc.

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DEFIANTVEGAN 7/19/2011 11:36AM

    I've seen and heard of the raise Garden containers but I wouldn't have thought they would be successful.

Hmmmmm for now I can only do pots if I did start a garden maybe next year or who knows what I'm able to grow or plant season allowing, now you got me thinking.


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SHARJOPAUL 7/16/2011 9:25AM

    Raised beds are wonderful! Enjoy!

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ANNCHER 7/15/2011 5:01PM

    I like to work in the garden. I go home every day & look at my garden & flowers. Last night I weeded & watered the plants. Right now the dill is taking over my garden. I need the dill for pickles that I make. Enjoy your garden! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 7/15/2011 11:12AM

    I have a couple of raised beds and pots, too. Nothing but a couple sweet potatoes in one of the raised beds and the rest just resting this year. (a long story......suffice it to say we were too lazy to deal with it this year.) Hoping the sweet potatoes do something good! Got a couple of tomatoes so far, but it's not looking good for any more, even tho there are a few small ones and blossoms on there! That internet pic you posted here is really nice. Wish I had a great place to put that many beds that would get the right amount of sun all day. Maybe I'd do better! hehe
Glad your shoulder is letting you do more stuff, now! Just be careful not to re-injure it or injure the good one while protecting the fixed one! emoticon

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SECRETMUSIC 7/15/2011 8:03AM

    You will love your raised bed, Yvonne! I have been square-foot gardening for 30 years, so if you should have any questions, please give a holler. Enjoy!

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 7/15/2011 7:40AM

    Great job and workout! The garden looks great.....mmmmm...all those fresh veggies and herbs. Good for you!

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    The garden is looking good! Would love to have raised beds but need to get the yard fenced in first. Too many rabbits and animals around that would eat my veggies for a snack. emoticon

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PONYFARMER 7/15/2011 12:02AM

    I thought you said that you had no camera. I love the pics tho so thanks for putting them up. I envisioned them being higher, like with legs.

I have two horrible knees that just will not allow me to kneel or squat or bend over for very long. I am truly a mess.

But I love what you are doing their, so keep going.

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NATALIE225 7/14/2011 11:29PM

    Sounds great! I'm moving in a couple weeks and I'm thinking about starting a garden when I get my own place. It'll probably have to be in flower pots though, as I lack a yard. Good luck to you...I hope this works out well!

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EGRAMMY 7/14/2011 10:40PM

    emoticon A little fellow for your container garden. So glad you have these toys.

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Thank God our heatwave broke...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Yesterday Newark, NJ which is about an hour north of me hit 99 degrees and that was without the humidity factoring in. After I took my afternoon walk (late afternoon) although the temps and humidity were dropping I wasn't ready to shut my a/c off yet. I just went out to get my mail and there was a nice breeze and no humidity. I immediately went and shut the a/c off and opened the windows. I just love the fresh air!

money is very tight right now as I am still out of work. I keep my air set at 79 t0 80 degrees just to take out the humidity and have all my fans going to circulate the air and keep it cool. Draw all the shades to keep the sun out. Next thing to do is I am going to throw a load of laundry in because I refuse to run the dryer when the a/c is on. Waiting for the sun to set and then I will go out and water my garden. The plants look all wilted from today's heat. I have to water them daily because when you container garden the plants and soil dry out faster.

Excuse me while I run around doing the emoticon Happy Dance in between starting the laundry.

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Hope it has cooled down in your area too! emoticon emoticon

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FUNGRANNY72 7/14/2011 4:06PM

  I am glad it has cooled down for you. I live in Hernando, MS and we have been having temps in the high 90's for the past few days. If you factor in the humidity the heat index has been in anywhere from 103 to 111. It is miserable. I stay inside because this kind of heat and humidity just wrecks me. They are saying there is a chance of rain this Saturday and Sunday. I hope they are telling me the truth.

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OLDERDANDRT 7/14/2011 10:59AM

    Yes, thank you, it has cooled nicely here, too! What a relief!!! I have container plants, too. I've been having to water the tomatoes twice a day in the 100 degree (and the 90's) heat! They do dry out fast! Happy Dancing with you!!! emoticon

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NO_SNOW_BODY 7/14/2011 9:50AM

    We had a nice break for a couple days, I need to cut the grass today before it heats up again for the next 5 days, we are suppose to have heat in the 90's with humidity making it feel over 110 and the only A/C we have is in my bedroom. Going to be a tough few days.

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    I sympathise so much. i can't stand the heat!! emoticon emoticon

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    Glad your heat wave broke. You would be cold living in Oregon. It was partly cloud/sunny today and about 68. Hopefully summer is right around the corner for us.

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DS9KIE 7/13/2011 11:23PM

    Yes it was 88 instead of 99 woo hoo... I saw Saturdays temps....yikes over 100 degrees.

Man I got the wildest Thunder storm last night... Thunder, lightening (which knocked out the lights for 5 minutes) and I thought it was raining very hard and was very windy and then it was raining so hard, it was a big wall of water. I have never seen it pour rain so hard. The street looked like a river with wind blowing.

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L*I*T*A* 7/13/2011 10:57PM

    so happy to hear things are getting better.....
enjoy the cooler days....
blessings and hugs......lita

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WISEDUP1 7/13/2011 9:55PM

    Did you hang your clothes out to dry? That is my goal this summer! So far, I have dried 2 loads. My hopes are still high that we will have more nice weather soon in the Pacific Northwest!

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EGRAMMY 7/13/2011 9:19PM

    Glad your heat wave broke. emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 7/13/2011 8:51PM

    We have been having very unusually high temps of 103-105 the last week or so. Today we finally got a break at 90 degrees. Take care and stay cool! emoticon

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 7/13/2011 8:50PM

    The heat broke here too...whew! Good time for your walk lat in the day and watering your garden too. I give my garden good soaks in the morning and sometimes again at dinner time depending the heat of the day.

Keep on dancing my friend! You look so cute dancing.


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WILLOW49 7/13/2011 8:22PM

    Much cooler here today...only in the 70s. Brrr! lol

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MARYHOLMAN 7/13/2011 8:19PM

    I think I'm fortunate even though I live in my mom's basement. It's always much cooler down here and I don't have or need an air-conditioner-just a fan.

Keep your little green friends safe emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 7/13/2011 8:02PM

    LOL We're still in spring time in the 60's rained ahrd yesterday. I'm in Portland, Oregon well south of it in Oregon City.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Our teacher asked us what our favorite animal was, and I said, "Fried

She said I wasn't funny, but she couldn't have been right, because
everyone else in the class laughed.

My parents told me to always be truthful and honest, and I am. Fried
chicken is my favorite animal. I told my dad what happened, and he said
my teacher was probably a member of PETA. He said they love animals very

I do, too. Especially chicken, pork and beef. Anyway, my teacher sent
me to the principal's office. I told him what happened, and he laughed,
too. Then he told me not to do it again.

The next day in class my teacher asked me what my favorite live animal

I told her it was chicken. She asked me why, just like she'd asked the
other children.

So I told her it was because you could make them into fried chicken.

She sent me back to the principal's office again. He laughed, and told
me not to do it again. I don't understand. My parents taught me to be
honest, but my teacher doesn't like it when I am.

Today, my teacher asked us to tell her what famous person we admire

I told her, "Colonel Sanders.."

Guess where I am...???

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    This is a good one.

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BUTTERFLYAT38 7/12/2011 11:50PM

    my vegan side says: emoticon emoticon

my carnivorous side says: emoticon emoticon

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 7/12/2011 6:36PM

    That's so funny!

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/12/2011 4:26PM

    OH Gosh, that is TOO FUNNY!

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MARYHOLMAN 7/12/2011 3:37PM

    Love that story! emoticon

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SKYRUNHER 7/12/2011 3:26PM

    LOL that's too funny!!! I love it!

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