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My summer vacation with apologies to my supportive team!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My apologies to all for being MIA for the past 3 weeks, I was NOT abducted by aliens although my family and friends think menopause is playing havoc with what brain cells I have left and making some rather *different* decisions with the journey I have been taking the past 3 weeks and for the upcoming month.



Audra sent this to me in an email and it clicked for me why I needed to do this emoticon ! While it probably would not make sense to most, it was like a light bulb turning on for me and hugs to her for always seeming to know what to send me to make me feel better in a crisis or personal meltdown. You are the best!!

At 8 30 pm on sunday nite (the 6th) I got a frantic call from a friend asking if I could go help out in the NWT at a firebase camp. I thanked her for thinking of me but told her no. I then called son and jokingly (kinda) told him of conversation and he told me to do it otherwise would b*tch and moan for months after that I should of done it. So I called her back and my new boss and said yes. 6 hrs later was on a flight to NWT. Cakewalk right?? Was only supposed to be for 7-10 days, internet, a kind of paid vacation in the bush with looking after 30 firemen!! Any womans dream come true emoticon plus get paid money for doing it!

24 hrs later we pulled into a camping spot and only thing there waiting was BUGS and smoke and 1 cute squirrel!! No running water, no kitchens, no luxury motel rooms, cabana boys were on strike and 2 rather dismal outhouses!! Deep breathes and checked purse and pockets for a reality check or at least some valium!!







With roughly 500,000 thousand hectares in fire to put it in prospective is around 1930.5 mi2 with the 180 + fires burning right now in NWT.

I have no words to explain how hard all of us worked to help out in this crisis situation. There is only 3 of us for kitchen for meals for all and clean up. Nova Scotia's fire bosses were amazing by bringing in supplie sand caring for all!! BC fire bosses controlled the chaos with fire plans. Ontario arrived yesterday. NWT is not our home but all contribute. Somehow a 30 men camp is now at 100 all trying to contain and steer these fires away from Yellowknife. We work for 16-20 hour days and yet noone gets tired as the support we get from these amazing men is so worth it!! Some nites they even do dishes or help to clean tables to ease our work load after they have worked the firelines themselves for 12 hrs plus!! Noone complains, all just chip in to keep our *family* safe and in good spirits!!

Melissa your Alaskans are incredible!! I want to adopt them all!! Matt and his crew opened a whole new outlook for me as to how people should treat each other. I have never had so many hugs or appreciation shown, that these young men gave to me. I count my blessings that for that short period of time they came into my life and changed my outlook with their beliefs! They are amazing!!



I am home for 3 days and then go back on Saturday morning. Please accept my apologies for once again being MIA for 3 or so more weeks.

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CINDYKC2000 7/30/2014 10:41PM

    emoticon Lady. You are one awesome person.

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STARLITNIGHT 7/30/2014 4:50PM

    I am so happy your son gave you that push you needed to have a once in a lifetime experience. Blessing for all that you are doing to help the firelighters! Stay Safe!

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ONTHEPATH2 7/30/2014 4:09PM

    Wow!!! Kudos to you for helping out! The photos certainly put things into perspective. I'm sure those firefighters appreciate your support. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Things I love,,,,,

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Copying idea from fellow team mates and fullfilling promise about blogging more




my 3 sons. Tyler (oldest) Mitchell (baby) and Devon (my problem child lol)



1 of the few times they are all smiling.



Mitch and Destinee (not seen future grandbaby lol)



Lucy (kitten), Jackie (parrot) and chewy



Chewy after a walk!



Mitch and Garry fishing.



Daisy



schmangies Teegan and Bella



Tub and Teegs



My 1st grandson Logan!! emoticon Oct 24/13












  
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REBBUL67 2/9/2014 4:47PM

    What a beautiful family!!!!!

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SUNSHINE5268 1/10/2014 7:10AM

    aaaawwwww sooooooooooooooooooooooo special, hugs... ty for sharing :)

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DREAMINGOFNEWME 12/30/2013 5:24PM

    Beautiful photos. Would love to read more posts emoticon emoticon

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SUNSHINE5268 12/4/2013 7:28PM

    wowwwwwwwwwwww what beautiful photos..... emoticon

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LOSIN_IT4GOOD 9/3/2013 1:57AM

    You have a lovely family! Love the one of chewy after a walk...because I can relate! LOL!

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CHATERJOY 9/1/2013 9:53AM

    Good looking family! emoticon

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MUMMY22BOYS 8/31/2013 9:16PM

    I LOVE this blog!!! Love seeing all the pics!!!

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DETERMINEDJANET 8/31/2013 6:41PM

    Love it!!! Thanks for sharing!

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AHAPPYLIFE 8/31/2013 3:17PM

    Congrats & thank you for the blog! Super congrats on the grand baby!

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TROOPER1961 8/31/2013 2:37PM

    Thanks Deb!!

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DFOLKARD 8/31/2013 1:49PM

    Nice lookin' boys!

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No remorse today!!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

As I sit and watch the snow blowing someone thought they would make me feel better and sent me this.

I have to admit,,,,, I did smirk!!


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REBBUL67 2/9/2014 4:48PM

    LOL :)

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RUFFIT 4/12/2013 8:38AM

    That is GOOD!! We have a cold front in right now!! Moni emoticon

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BLUESKY104 4/11/2013 11:53PM

    That is too funny emoticon

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MZKYNDLY 4/11/2013 5:51PM

    LOL, seems like spring is late everywhere this year!

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LEANIE64 4/11/2013 4:40PM

    This is just funny..thanks for posting..and take cheer..the snow will melt and spring will finally come...with all the birds chirping, tulips poking their heads up...just that good feeling..Have a good day..snow and all. Sharlene

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LORIVIOLA 4/11/2013 4:35PM

    FUNNY!

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Reflection on last 10 weeks!!

Friday, November 09, 2012

While reading over my blog on beginning of fall season, I am making my checklist of what I did or not do for this.

5 things that have held me back in the past

1. Lack of interest: I always start off strong and then slowly drop off.


*I found myself in a bit of a slide on week 7. Picked it up slightly in week 9 and going to finish strong for last week.*

2. Lack of accountablity/excuses: somehow the saying *today is another day* fits too often.

* Did alot better this challenge,,,being in a couple more competative sites has helped me out for this.*

3. Late nite snacking. This is my worst 1!!!

* While definately not perfect because of inner team challenges I limited *grazing* to once a week 2 at the most!! When football is on, everyone enjoys munching as much as I do. Is a good thing CFL is almost done that leaves thursday, sunday and monday nite lol.*

4. Overeating when I eat out or getting takeout instead of cooking supper.

* This was the easiest 1 to complete*
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5. Lack of motivation: Especially on weekends. After working all week is so easy to take the weekend off instead of sticking with program.

* Having the *buddy system* this challenge was the best part!! Dee was such an inspiration, always came to rescue for motivation and support.


COMMITMENT

While I never completed my 1000 minutes for a week,,,, I did get 912. who knew that it would be so hard!! Looking back,,,, I cannot remember enjoying the BLC as much as this 1. emoticon

  
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REBBUL67 2/9/2014 4:51PM

    Reflecting on the good and bad is emoticon it keeps us accountable, and also helps us work on the hard areas. You are doing GREAT!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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BELLAMAGOO78 6/8/2013 12:29AM

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I think it's important to look at what have been challenges so that we can reflect on them and hope that you are able to find the courage and support to deal with them head on!!

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HOWIEANN 11/14/2012 9:56PM

    Great job!

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OBNURSE3 11/14/2012 12:11AM

    You have done so great this challenge..so happy for you and proud of ya' Glad to have you on Yellow! May the winter challenge be equally successful. emoticon

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JUSTYNA7 11/12/2012 9:32AM

    Hurray for the yellow team challenges! I think you and Dee were the best buddy system. And Deb's challenges rock!

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DFOLKARD 11/12/2012 8:54AM

    So happy to have you on the team. You and the Bodymedia band are keeping me focussed!

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HDRURY 11/10/2012 6:54PM

    Great job! I am so impressed with your 912 cardio minutes in a week, WOW. It looks like you have done a great job with your goals this challenge. Snacking doesn't have to be bad. As long as it is counted in and planned (even if the snacks aren't healthy), then I say go for it! I equate late night snacking with out of control, unplanned sitting and eating bad food for no reason. It is a particular downfall of mine, but we will overcome!

You go girl!!

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VONBLACKBIRD 11/10/2012 1:08PM

    Great plan and sounds like you accomplished alot and now you will know what parts to really work on..Snacking in the winter (football season) is my downfall also...Keep up the good work.

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WINNING!!!! at losing!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Let me explain something 1st. I NEVER win at anything lol. Last May, Spark had a discount special for people interested in purchasing a Body Media. I knew a little bit about it from watching the Biggest Loser on tv so I thought what the heck,,, was cheaper then alot of other things I have purchased in the past and are all in a drawer collecting dust so what was 1 more gadget. A couple other people on our yellow team also got 1 and I bought 1 for mom.

Our illustrious yellow team leader DEb, told me about another 3rd party app called earndit that you can also join for free. It is an awesome site!!! Whether you have a BMF, a fitbit, or a smart phone you can incorporate any of these and literally get *paid* for working out. You accumulate points which you can use for purchasing merchandise or donate to charities which is fantastic!!! You also collect these little *trophies* of honor which to me is the biggest reward.

You can also join these other challenges that are sponsored from different companies and win lots of really cool prizes. Wait for it,,,,, I actually won something today!!! ME ,,,,,,,,,, who NEVER wins anything!!!

Feeling like an academy award winner,,,, I want to truely thank Spark people for giving people more outlets to keep us accountable for this journey we all are on to lose weight. To Deb, for being so knowledgeable to help her fellow teamies which struggle at times for losing weight and keeping at it, Dee my spark partner and the rest of the BL Yellow team, who keeps me on track and especially to EARNdit!! EXceptional site to keep people motivated and competitive!!! Especially for people like me,,,,, who have such a hard time keeping on track and accountable!!!

Thanks!!!!

Sheryl


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JUSTYNA7 2/7/2013 10:54AM

    Nice!

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DEEBREW6 9/12/2012 3:26PM

    emoticon I've never heard of earndit...I will be checking it out. You're pretty awesome as a partner. emoticon

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TROOPER1961 9/12/2012 2:17PM

    Thanks Heather, was a $50.00 tango card .

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OBNURSE3 9/12/2012 9:04AM

    WOW thats great. What did you win?

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DFOLKARD 9/11/2012 5:31PM

    Awwwwwww thanks for the shout out! emoticon

Maybe I'll be next LOL.



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