ALICIA214's SparkPeople Blog ALICIA214's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Thaksgiving. <BR> <BR> I hope that all my Spark friends South of the border are enjoying their Thanksgiving holiday <BR> safely and happily.. <BR> <BR> <em>430</em> <em>429</em> <BR> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 21:37:34 EST Thanksgiving To all my Canadian Sparkers,, <BR> I wish you all a Happy,safe Holiday week-end. <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> <em>636</em> Fri, 6 Oct 2017 22:24:13 EST Canada <em>636</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Canada Day to all Canucks on this site.. From Vancouver. <BR> <BR> <em>665</em> i am a Dual Citizen Sat, 1 Jul 2017 14:24:40 EST Absent. I have been missing from SP since Jan/27th of this year [some of you may have noticed my <BR> absence {I hope}. anyway, I landed up in hospital after making contact with the sidewalk that <BR> resulted in a partial hip replacement, bones smashed in my shoulder and I have a scar over my right eye,made a real mess of myself. However I have been home for a week now using a cane,I can't go out by myself or ride the bus yet, but I am going to therapy every week and I hope to be independent soon... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 16:45:32 EST A very happy Thanksgiving to all my friends IN the US.Be safe in your travels,and enjoy the company of your loved ones. <BR> <BR> Be Blessed.. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 18:35:46 EST Thanksgiving 2015 <BR> Nov 25th 2015. <BR> I would like to wish all my friends South of the border a Very Happy Thanksgiving rejoice with <BR> your family and friends, and if you are travelling to be with loved ones , have a safe journey. <BR> <BR> Blessings to you all. <BR> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:22:26 EST Explanation <BR> It would seem that I need to explain the strap that appears on my dog Chica's nose it is NOT a <BR> muzzle , when we first met when she was 10 month,s old she was very strong and eager to run <BR> and when we were out for a walk and she saw a squirrel that she wanted to say Hello to I was <BR> on the other end of her leash and in danger of doing a face plant the vet suggested I get a Halti. <BR> And that is a training tool that helps to stop them from pulling it is soft and does not ... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 14:45:22 EST Greetings <BR> <BR> Wishing every one A Merry Christmas. <em>446</em> , <BR> <BR> And A Happy Healthy New Year.. <em>445</em> <em>408</em> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 14:02:44 EST Thanksgiving <em>428</em> <BR> <BR> Wishing all my SP friends to the south a Very Happy Healthy Thanksgiving... <BR> <BR> Blessings to you all.. <BR> <BR> <em>430</em> <em>429</em> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:02:02 EST Easter <BR> <BR> I hope you all had a wonderful Easter,celebrated in the way that was best for you.... <BR> <BR> God Bless you all... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:32:48 EST Easter <BR> <BR> <BR> I would like to wish all of my Spark Friends a very Beautiful Easter. <BR> <BR> <em>451</em> <em>448</em> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:24:17 EST 2014 <BR> <BR> I would like to wish all my great Spark friends the very best of health and Happiness ib the year 2014....... <BR> <BR> Happy New Year <em>213</em> <BR> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 18:08:38 EST Thanksgiving <BR> Wishing all of my friends to the south a Very Happy Thanksgiving.... <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:21:12 EST TREED My dog Chica does not bark very often so when she does I listen, so on Tuesday morning when she stood on the back porch and growled and followed it with her very deep bark I went <BR> to investigate and saw a racoon almost flying up my holly tree,too funny really, but what was <BR> even funnier was watching that poor coon coming down that very prickly tree it must have hurt it's paws... all those sharp leaves it made sure it came down on the outside of my fence <BR> and stroll across the la... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 13:44:12 EST 4TH <BR> <BR> Wishing all my friends south of the border <BR> <BR> A very Happy and more importantly a safe Independance Day... <BR> <BR> July 4th <em>652</em> Thu, 4 Jul 2013 15:02:55 EST Well it had to happen, Chica finally got up close and personal with a skunk. I think it was not a full on shot she must <BR> have been far enough away that the shot got her near her jaw.. and I have to say if the shot tastes as bad as it smells it was no wonder she was frothing at the mouth trying to get rid of it. <BR> It took a lot of water to rinse her mouth out but I bet the taste lingered on. <BR> I had a mousse type of shampoo that I got from the vet and I rubbed that in pretty good and it <BR> seems t... Wed, 22 May 2013 23:06:47 EST Happy <BR> <BR> Mother's Day to all the wonderful Mum's on this site and world wide I often think we do well <BR> on the most important job there is and the only one that does not come with a book of instructions, so <em>242</em> Mum's Keep rocking!! Sun, 12 May 2013 12:40:04 EST Laughter <BR> <BR> I had the pleasure of revisiting the past last night two whole hours of The Carol Burnett show <BR> American Masters on PBS she is such a great performer and no bad language in any of her shows she will celebrate her 80th birthday on April 26th. A terrific Lady. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 20:07:54 EST Sunshine Yesterday was a lovely warm sunny day and I had the pleasure of hanging my laundry out on the line, sun dried clothes smell so fresh, sheets and towels go out today. <BR> Our streets look so pretty right now the Japanese cherry trees are beginning to bloom and <BR> the gardens are showing colour I have Forsythia blooming and my Lilac tree has big fat buds <BR> about to burst into life. Spring is such a lovely season!! <BR> <BR> Happy Easter to all. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:25:36 EST Big Fright A couple of nights ago my very furry friend let me know that she would like to go out for a while... <BR> and being the obedient servant that I am I opened the back door and when the outside light <BR> went on I saw to my absolute horror a skunk at the bottom of the steps...those of you who <BR> have visited my page will know my dog has a very thick coat.. hence my fright.! <BR> Well!! the skunk took off and Chica flew down the steps after it, I let out a screech loud enough to wake the ... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 14:41:30 EST 2013 I hope you all have a very productive and Healthy New Year <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy New Year Everyone. <em>445</em> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:50:28 EST Been a While <BR> since I blogged you all write such interesting blogs... <BR> Christmas was quiet just my son and I youngest son died three years ago and we miss <BR> him still. Prior to Christmas I was hit with a stomach bug that took up residence for more <BR> than two weeks and when I told my son Paul that he would probably have to cook the <BR> Turkey I could actually hear him pray for my speedy worked <BR> The highlight of my Christmas [apart from the obvious Our L... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 13:09:25 EST Thanksgiving <BR> I hope all my friends south of the border have an awesome Thanksgiving <BR> <BR> Blessings to you all. <em>429</em> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 12:46:47 EST SUN <BR> We finally have some sunshine in our neck of the woods so hopefully there will be fewer <BR> complaints about rain, I get a little upset at constant complaints about some rain when so <BR> many people are facing floods due to rivers overflowing their banks bringing down tons <BR> of mud and debris they are facing months of clean-up,and then there are many folks who <BR> have lost everything because of fire,it just makes our rain fade away into insignificance. <BR> Than... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 13:28:43 EST Holiday <BR> Happy Birthday to the U.S.A. and all her citizen's. <BR> <BR> Happy 4th to all my Spark friends. Enjoy your day. <BR> <BR> > <em>636</em> <em>665</em> Wed, 4 Jul 2012 11:45:34 EST Country <BR> Today we Canadians are celebrating our Countrie's 145th birthday. <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to us. <em>636</em> Sun, 1 Jul 2012 13:07:29 EST blooper <BR> Potluck supper at 5P.M Prayer and medication to follow. <BR> <BR> OOPS!! Where was spell check? Sat, 23 Jun 2012 01:04:50 EST Yesterday <BR> I had lunch along with some other friends to celebrate the 93rd Birthday of one of our friends, <BR> she is amazing she suffers from Osteroperosis and Macular degeneration yet she takes trips <BR> across the line to do a little gambling in the casino's and she has just returned from an Alaskan <BR> cruise she is as sharp as a tack and a very interesting conversationalist due,no doubt to her <BR> worldwide travels she is a very sweet Lady and I am happy she calls me a friend. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 13:54:15 EST Wrong Place <BR> I was riding the bus last week when I noticed police cars and the yellow crime scene tape across two store fronts and I immediately thought Oh dear a robbery,however it was a lot <BR> sadder than that. It seems a driver of a car across the street was attempting to park across <BR> from the stores mentioned when they lost control of the car and it shot across the street and hit a pedestrian who later died in hospital. A tree outside one of the stores holds many bunches of flowers in ... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 13:54:17 EST Holiday <BR> <BR> I hope all you lovely people south of the border enjoy your Memorial Week-end in a way that <BR> makes you happy!! <em>67</em> <em>213</em> Fri, 25 May 2012 13:50:03 EST Sunshine <BR> for the whole week-end unfortunately the wind and rain last week blew away the cherry blossoms but we are now enjoying Lilacs..poppies...and bluebells to name a few.. this is <BR> such a wonderful time of year a renewal so to speak. <BR> I would like to wish all the lovely Mums a very Happy Mothers Day,hoping you will all be outrageously pampered and loved. <em>214</em> Fri, 11 May 2012 13:45:26 EST Spring And April is almost gone snowdrops and Daffodils are dying off to be replaced by lilac bushes <BR> and our street is lined with Japanese Cherry Blossom trees,it looks like a sea of pink I will try <BR> to get a picture of them before the wind and rain blow the blossoms down.[It looks like pink snow}. Going to plant some sweet pea seeds and frilly poppies too hope they do well. <BR> <BR> Have a good week-end everyone. <BR> <BR> Cheers <em>213</em> Sat, 28 Apr 2012 12:52:42 EST This and that. <BR> Well, it has been an interesting week to say the least,I have snowdrops in bloom and lots of other spring flowers poking through the chilly ground,then we got a rain fall the likes of which I have not seen in a looooooog time some of which found its way into my house via the kitchen ceiling. I immediately went into stress mode, thinking of a huge bill.Anyway through reliable sources I found a company that will do repairs if that is what is needed,they come well recommended their employ... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 12:58:20 EST The White Stuff <BR> Has finally landed, not a whole lot yet but if the weather man is right we can expect a lot <BR> more in the next day or so. I DO NOT LIKE SNOW. It is beautiful on the mountains,but a royal <BR> pain on the streets especially those off the main ones, they do not get cleared and become <BR> skating rinks for both pedestrians and motorists. My dog Chica loves it she bounces around like a ball. Anyway that ends my little rant I must now go out in the white stuff to clear the <BR> si... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 16:45:19 EST Here it is <BR> The last day of the year 2011, hope you had some highs as well as the lows that we all <BR> experience in one form or another. Now it is time to look forward to 2012 hoping that it will be kind to us, so having said that I will wish every one all that they wish for themselves. <BR> Happy New Year to one and all. <em>408</em> Sat, 31 Dec 2011 12:46:32 EST It Is Almost Here. <BR> Christmas Day is just a few short hours away, and I bet many of you have some little ones who are too exited to sleep tonight because they don't want to miss Santa.I just came from the <BR> children's mass,it was lovely, tiny children processing down the centre isle carrying the Baby Jesus to the crib, the church was beautifully decorated and packed solid.It put me in the right frame of mind and put everything into perspective,sometimes we lose track of what is important. I wish you al... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 00:32:12 EST LOT'S of good things happening for Christmas, one of our local radio station's launched it's yearly <BR> programme to raise money for the Orphan's Fund, they have been doing this for many years now making sure that no child goes without a toy. <BR> And the fire department has spent dozens of man hours decorating a section of one of our parks that connects with the Christmas train and you get to ride the train for a donation which <BR> goes to the burn unit at one of our hospitals.Next week a huge... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 15:52:30 EST Football Lots of visitors and excitement here this week-end. Football fans from all over Canada have <BR> come to watch the final game of the season and the winner takes home the trophy the <BR> coveted Grey Cup.i was in a hotel this past Thursday to attend a celebration and I almost <BR> went to the wrong party,some out of towners were having a grand old time in one of the <BR> many ballrooms,{ I should have stayed there they were having so much fun]. <BR> Too bad the weather is so wet for ... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 14:51:27 EST Early <BR> <BR> I was a little early wishing my US sparkfriends a Happy Thanksgiving so I will get it <BR> right this time. Thursday 24th Nov is the day so once again Happy Thanksgiving to you all. <em>429</em> <em>430</em> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 15:12:39 EST Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the US. <BR> I wish you all a very Happy day hopefully you will be spending it with family and friends, <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving Every one. <BR> From a friend to the North of you. Wed, 16 Nov 2011 23:19:56 EST Remembrance <BR> Lest We Forget. All the wonderful men and Women who paid the ultimate sacrifice to ensure <BR> our freedom. God Bless Them ALL. <BR> <BR> Why Don't we have a Poppy on our Emoticon? to show our respect.!! Thu, 10 Nov 2011 15:23:15 EST Peaceful protests <BR> Just watching some people in Toronto being asked why they are gathering in such large <BR> groups, and it all seems to be about money the huge gap between the haves and have not's. <BR> One young girl made a comment, {she was with her mother} and she was asked what she <BR> thought the protests would achieve and her reply was The Power of people is greater than <BR> the people of power. Something the politicians should maybe pay heed to. <BR> <BR> Have a Happy Week-end. <BR> Sat, 15 Oct 2011 13:50:22 EST It was a challenge <BR> Cooking the Dinner for Thanksgiving, three out of four burners decided to kick the bucket, <BR> all at the same timeI put in new fuses but that didn't work, and since it was a long week end there were no services open, thank goodness the oven worked, so I worked in relays the steamer helped a lot too.The big challenge was the gravy, I usually make it in the turkey pan using two burners,had to rethink thar and use a saucepan and my one burner. <BR> Had a nice glass of red wine to help... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 13:02:45 EST Thanksgiving <BR> <BR> To all the Canadian members of SP I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> <em>479</em> Sun, 9 Oct 2011 12:26:12 EST SQUIRREL <BR> We has a baptism during mass last evening,a tiny 2week old girl who was given the name Teagan Elizabeth I wonder when I watch the ceremonies if they warm the water before it is <BR> poured over the babies head, this little mite slept through the whole thing, even being <BR> passed from one relative to another. <BR> Our second attraction of the evening was the little black squirrel who scampered around the <BR> Sanctuary,he had come in through the garden and then rushed around lookin... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 17:13:05 EST OUT OF THE MOUTH'S <BR> This is Grace as said by a three year old boy. <BR> <BR> Dear Jesus,thank you for the lasagna,You can't have any. Amen. <BR> <BR> <BR> Found in the Reader's Digest. Wed, 14 Sep 2011 00:35:26 EST A Happy Ending Late last Tuesday evening or early Wednesday, a little 4 year old boy was taken from his home <BR> which sparked a huge search that went on for 4 days, the little boy apparently is unable to speak and after days of posting pictures of both the child and the man suspected of taking him <BR> on TV, buses, radio, and what ever other means, the father made a direct appeal to the man <BR> who had taken him to please return him, drop him off somewhere that he would be visible . <BR> And his a... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 15:49:51 EST Hmm! <BR> Talk about weird weather patterns,for all of July and 3/4 of August most folks here have been <BR> complaining about a lousy summer, too cool-where is the sun? Well! it seems to have arrived <BR> it ranges from 22-25 celcius on the coast to over 30 up country,we usually have a beautiful fall <BR> but this one looks to be much warmer, it comes just when school resumes. This year for the <BR> first time the little ones will be attending kindergarten full days. <BR> I can't imagi... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 14:45:55 EST Last week <BR> A lady who belongs to our church and who I have known for many years is in the <BR> hospital she had either had a stroke which led to a heart attack or vice versa in any event <BR> she fell and was badly bruised and she was not found for a day and a half , which makes <BR> her recovery that much harder. Since I live alone [and maybe many of you do to] it is time <BR> to think of a way to make sure that does not happen to us. Thu, 25 Aug 2011 14:48:53 EST Peter Paul and Mary. I have long been a fan of this group I admire their ethics their strong belief in civil rights <BR> and most of all their music, in my humble opinion they are a very classy act. <BR> The programme was carried on PBS out of Detroit and was called Carry it on A musical <BR> legacy, and I had not seen it before , it must have been recorded some time before the death of <BR> Mary, a sad loss indeed. I am happy to say I recorded some of their programmes including <BR> a Christmas one,which I... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 13:19:51 EST