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For Joanne and Her Cat "Get Down Smoky"

Monday, December 15, 2014

I had to chuckle at my emoticon Joanne's blog last night www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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Enjoy!

  
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_BABE_ 12/21/2014 5:11PM

    Funny...I must admit I am a cat person. emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/16/2014 6:21PM

    love this cats and trees are funny but when smoky wasn't even one he went up the tree and got his neck stuck in between the lights and some ornaments lucky I caught him in time . now he doesn't wear a collar because he is an indoor cat. he loves to sit in the tree and hide lol thank you great blog

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HOLIERTHANTHOU 12/16/2014 5:40PM

    Bahaha! Adorable. Thank-you for this blog of silly-ness :)

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MARYONAMISSION 12/16/2014 12:25PM

    Bahahaha, so very true. My kitten, professor mitens, has done every single one. Usually if she gets stuck and tangled I leave her for a couple minutes before I save her to see if she learns her lesson but no dice.
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PEWTERBUNNY 12/15/2014 9:03PM

    Sooo funny!

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ICECUB 12/15/2014 7:33PM

    LOVE THESE SO CUTE.

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BABYSOX 12/15/2014 6:15PM

    I love these. Thanks for the Christmas laughs.

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BRENDABUNNY 12/15/2014 6:13PM

    I saw one that just cracked me up the other day.
It showed a picture of a dog looking in bewilderment with the Christmas tree knocked down on its side and it said "Thank God your home the Christmas tree fainted!!
It was funny to see


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TEXASFILLY 12/15/2014 3:11PM

    Hahahahaha~ cats RULE! Love 'em all~ *hugs* BB~

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/15/2014 10:27AM

    cute! Thanks for sharing.

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NUTRON3 12/15/2014 9:27AM

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ROBBIEMARIE 12/15/2014 9:23AM

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/15/2014 8:07AM

    Cute!

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TaDa!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

My first batch of Homemade Creamy Limoncello is done!



I also made 2 batches of Old Bay Chex Mix.


This was my way of replacing baking this year. I simply cannot have cookies in the house. This worked out well for me because now I have some nice homemade gifts. I don't mean to brag...well OK, I DO... emoticon but I emoticon finished my cards and wrapping too! I completed EVERYTHING on my weekend TO DO List. I gotta hit the hay now...Night Sparkies! emoticon

  
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BABYSOX 12/15/2014 6:18PM

    Great ideas and congrats on completing your to do list!

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SEASONS_CHANGE_ 12/15/2014 5:46PM

    Wow, you did a good job!

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TEXASFILLY 12/15/2014 3:08PM

    YUM! What's your recipe for your creamy limoncello? Sounds delish~ *hugs* BB~

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ROBBIEMARIE 12/15/2014 9:25AM

    Limoncello? LOVE THE STUFF! But creamy limoncello? I must have that recipe! Love all your homemade gifts.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 12/15/2014 7:48AM

    Way to go! I am behind on everything.

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HOLIERTHANTHOU 12/15/2014 7:22AM

    Home-made gifts are the best. I'd love to get a bottle of limoncello (assuming it contains alcohol).

:)

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TENNISJIM 12/15/2014 6:27AM

    Awesome -- well done

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CAPECODBABE 12/15/2014 6:01AM

    Wow, you are doing great!!!

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_BABE_ 12/15/2014 12:21AM

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BRENDABUNNY 12/15/2014 12:18AM

    You are crafty and did an emoticon job way to go...What does Limoncello have in it? emoticon

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TWESTEN1 12/14/2014 11:19PM

    AWESOME job! That really is great (and yes, you're aloud to brag!!). Hope it's a wonderful week ahead :)

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ICECUB 12/14/2014 10:15PM

    looks wonderful. I still haven't send out Christmas cards. Way to go getting things done.

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Back Spasm Leads to Reward Plan

Saturday, December 13, 2014


Yesterday morning at work, I was cleaning out the office supply closet to make room and packing up used toner cartridges to ship out to be recycled. The boxes were not heavy, but they were large and it was a little awkward to carry them with my bum knee. I think I must have twisted something because later in the afternoon, I reached below my desk for a ream of paper and I felt my upper back spasm up. It took my breath away. I reached around with my knuckles and tried to press it out but I could feel it was not going to go away. I have had this happen before years ago and the only thing that helped was large doses of Ibuprophen (Motrin), but I cannot take that now because I am on Naproxin (Aleve) twice a day for inflammation in my shoulder, and now knee too. I was pretty panicked at this point. I have too much to do this weekend.

I called the chiropractor's office and begged to be squeezed in with the massage therapist so I would not be laid up all weekend. Thankfully , she took me in at 4:30 on a Friday, even though I am not her client and had never seen her before. Bless her heart. She worked on me and advised me to go home and get into a bath of Epsom Salts. It really helped immensely. I decided right then and there that I am going to book myself a real massage (the all over kind for relaxation - not just to fix a spasm) every 10 pounds that I lose. This is something that I always wanted to do but could never "justify" the expense. It finally occurred to me that I can afford it and I deserve it. If I go every 4 weeks, I can save up $20 a week for this. I am pretty frugal. DH goes out to lunch several times a week and gets coffee nearly every day. He probably spends close to $30-$40 a week. Why shouldn't I treat myself and give myself a little positive reinforcement? I am doing it. Dammit.


  
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BRENDABUNNY 12/15/2014 12:27AM

    Hey you should check into the specifics of what your health insurance covers when it comes to massage & chiropractic.
I just found out last year that our insurance covers 12 chiropractic adjustments a year a year and 10 massages and these are full 1 hour massages in addition to the therapy given.
We have Regence blue cross....a lot of people have this coverage on their insurance and just aren't aware of it..
With us all it took was the chiropractor to say I needed the massages (referral) very simple and I love it I go like every 5 weeks for one..check it out might be worth it.
If not your plan is a good one and you deserve the rewards.

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BABYSOX 12/14/2014 7:55AM

    Great idea. I got a spa gift certificate for my birthday in October and I still haven't booked it. You just reminded me that I need to go. Enjoy your reward.

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TWESTEN1 12/13/2014 10:06PM

    That is a fabulous idea & great reward. I think you should definitely keep putting the money aside and treating yourself. You are definitely worth it!

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ICECUB 12/13/2014 6:30PM

    ALEVE DOES NOTHING FOR ME. MOTRIN AND HEAT HELP ME. SOMEDAYS I COULD GET UP WITH OUT IT. LOVE THE CAT AND PUP PICTURE.

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_BABE_ 12/13/2014 3:49PM

    That's a good idea. I think my benefits plan even covers some massages and yet I did not partake.....that would be me... a relaxed big orange cat. lol

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FIFIFRIZZLE 12/13/2014 12:25PM

    Thank you for reminding me about massage. I love them and used to get them regularly to help me deal with various physical issues. They are such a great help.
Super attitude, and I hope you have a pain free weekend.

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TEXASFILLY 12/13/2014 11:11AM

    O! I love body massages~ Great reward idea! ;) BB~

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ROBBIEMARIE 12/13/2014 11:05AM

    Massages are extremely therapeutic and I think you are going to find so very many benefits by receiving them regularly. I go as often as possible to the same therapist who knows my tweaks and knots really well. When I broke my shoulder a year ago I went to her regularly after the initial 2 months in addition to my PT and it helped in the healing immensely. The ONLY problem I have with massages are not getting them enough!!!!!! emoticon Enjoy

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ADARKARA 12/13/2014 10:43AM

    That's a fantastic goal! It's great for physical health as well as mental health.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 12/13/2014 9:27AM

    Good for you!

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CAKAROO 12/13/2014 9:16AM

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TWEETYKC00 12/13/2014 9:01AM

    I hope it helps you. Enjoy those massages.

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Sunset Near the Bay Bridge

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I never really took to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, but I have to hand it to them. They DO have amazing sunsets. My work (which is the last exit on the Eastern Shore before the Bay Bridge) is in the same office park as my physical therapy office. I was at physical therapy tonight for my shoulder (rotator cuff - the knee is being addressed next Monday and Thursday…) when I heard everyone ooohing and aahing about the sunset. After they took the heat off my shoulder, I jumped up to take a look and I simply HAD to take a pic:


  
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SEASONS_CHANGE_ 12/13/2014 5:55PM

    Thanks for sharing the picture with us. Very pretty.

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ROBBIEMARIE 12/13/2014 10:57AM

    Stunning!

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TEXASFILLY 12/12/2014 11:05PM

    O! Loverly! ;) BB~

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BRENDABUNNY 12/12/2014 2:17PM

    Beautiful emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/12/2014 12:39PM

    Totally awesome! Thanks!

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ADARKARA 12/12/2014 9:47AM

    This is STUNNING! Thanks!

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RAWCOOKIE 12/12/2014 8:16AM

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TWESTEN1 12/12/2014 8:08AM

    Love it! Thank you for sharing it with us :)

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BE-THE-CHANGE 12/12/2014 8:07AM

    Absolutely beautiful!

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FORZACHANDMATT 12/12/2014 7:13AM

    That is gorgeous

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VALYNN26 12/12/2014 6:59AM

    Beautiful!

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TENNISJIM 12/12/2014 6:27AM

    Beautiful pic!

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HOLIERTHANTHOU 12/12/2014 5:56AM

    I love Maryland and the East Coast in general. In fact, I should be living there!

Beautiful photo. I love these sorts of unexpected gifts of beauty!

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CAKAROO 12/12/2014 5:49AM

    emoticon great pic!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/11/2014 10:02PM

    Wow. I used to live on the other end of the Bay Bridge. You're right. Beautiful sunsets AND sunrises too!

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_BABE_ 12/11/2014 9:06PM

    That looks like a sun rise when I go to work in the morning around 7:45 am....interesting. emoticon

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ICECUB 12/11/2014 8:45PM

    BEAUTIFUL

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REBESANCON 12/11/2014 8:38PM

    Absolutely gorgeous! Those colors are almost unreal. Thank you so much for the beautiful pic!

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Winter Freeze Off Begins!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

emoticon Today marks the official beginning of the Biggest Loser 10 week Winter Challenge. Go Purple Passion!

My starting weight is 249.8. emoticon Thankfully I stayed in the 240s, but I need to move on to the 230s post haste. This is up 6.8 pounds from my lowest point in the Fall Frenzy Challenge but still lower than when I started. I had lost some when I got back from Aruba, but kinda fell apart after that….up, then down, then up...I struggled. Time for me to look forward and begin making weekly goals and work to accomplish them.

My goals for this week are pretty modest, but should be enough to get me on track and give me a sense of accomplishment to build on:

emoticon Track my food every day.
emoticon NO Binging.
emoticon Daily knee exercises as instructed by physical therapist + ice


Here is wishing everyone a wonderful Wednesday!

P.S. For Colette: Red Bird Mints are DELICIOUS Puffy peppermint Mints that are 60 calories for a serving of 3. They literally MELT IN YOU MOUTH! This is fine, IF you can stop at 3. Apparently I cannot!

  
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HOLIERTHANTHOU 12/11/2014 11:34AM

    Good idea joining a winter challenge. Snow really makes me want to hibernate. I find that I am having to be much more strict with myself than usual, especially when it comes to fitness. I think your goals sound very reasonable and doable. Slow and steady is best. It really is! Particularly with knee issues, so I am glad to hear you are taking care of yourself.

The SP support is always so helpful. My SP friends keep me motivated and (most days) on track.

:)

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BRENDABUNNY 12/10/2014 12:55PM

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TWESTEN1 12/10/2014 12:24PM

    Good luck - you can do this!!! Woohoo ;)

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MAPFARMS 12/10/2014 8:50AM

    You can do it! I have been sick for a couple weeks and have not been working out at all, so I need to get back on track myself. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 12/10/2014 8:17AM

    We can do it! Go Purple Passion!

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TEXASFILLY 12/10/2014 8:03AM

    Excellent plan of action & good job on maintaining through vacation! No more puffy peppermints~ I literally inhale them. HA! You can do it, sweetie! *hugs* BB~

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TENNISJIM 12/10/2014 6:37AM

    You can do it

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EVIE4NOW 12/10/2014 6:26AM

  Good goals. Don't forget your water.

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RAPUNZEL53 12/10/2014 6:23AM

  Good Luck!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/10/2014 6:19AM

    Good luck to you & to the Purple Passion team.... we already know that you're a bunch of winners!!!!

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