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  • Yard is Finished and Stunning

    9/17/2014 2:15:47 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Once the hot (triple digit) temps are over, I will get out there and take pics. People are knocking at my door already, asking who did this yard. He's putting his sign out front in a little while that I'll keep up for a bit. His work is one-of-a kind, no two yards are the same. He prides himself... Read more

  • Friends ;-) 9/17

    9/17/2014 11:15:09 AM, by PDSLIM

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  • This mornings workout

    9/17/2014 3:50:21 AM, by BUBBLEJ1

    For the past year I have been that crazy person who gets up at 5 am 3 days a week to go to the gym. I stopped briefly when the temperatures started to drop waaaay below zero in the morning but I'm back into the swing of things again and I'm loving it. 5 am always comes waaaaay too soon, but once I'm... Read more

  • Dogs ;-) 9/16

    9/16/2014 3:05:55 PM, by PDSLIM

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  • Fall Is Knocking At The Back Door

    9/16/2014 11:07:00 AM, by PANDABEAR42

    You can tell fall is knocking at the back door as the weather is getting less humid, there is fog in the mornings and evenings, a person can remove the AC and open the windows to enjoy the fresh air, the trees are starting to change into their fall grandeur colors, gardens are starting to look ragge... Read more

  • Plyo class and a funny kid story

    9/16/2014 2:10:47 AM, by BUBBLEJ1

    I decided to try my first class at my new gym today. It was at 5pm so it was a little tight getting there after work but I made it. It was a 30 minute plyo class, so basically a lot of jumping around. After over 10 months of no cardio at all (I hate doing it by myself and the classes at my last gym ... Read more

  • Animals ;-) 9/15

    9/15/2014 9:31:36 PM, by PDSLIM

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  • Heat Wave, Day24 w/o caffeine & sugar, Landscaping

    9/15/2014 10:43:22 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Schools will be out half-day and people are wilting wherever you look. Heat wave as we welcome in the fire season during a critically-severe drought. Whoopeeeee! Day 24 without caffeine and sugar. Sugar was easier to get back on track due to having been off it for awhile before the indulging... Read more

  • Our house

    9/15/2014 1:55:40 AM, by BUBBLEJ1

    We bought our first home 3 months ago, and moved in 6 weeks ago. We love our house. It is big, light, warm, and close to the beach (2 minute walk) and the local shopping centre (5 minute drive). We are so happy with our decision to move. My commute has dropped from 30 minutes to 10, and Luke's has h... Read more

  • Up 3 kilos this winter

    9/15/2014 1:35:38 AM, by BUBBLEJ1

    I haven't been blogging much lately. Maintaining is boring, so I kinda stopped. But now I have a really good reason to come back. I put on a winter coat this year. I blame the colder climate. This Aucklander is NOT used to below zero (celcius, that is). I am a cold weather wimp. Give me summer days,... Read more

  • Cats ;-) 9/14

    9/14/2014 11:47:15 AM, by PDSLIM

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  • Day Two: Cooking up a storm :)

    9/14/2014 2:29:51 AM, by ANAJAK

    So yesterday I cooked muesli and chicken breasts. I boiled potatoes, apples and eggs. I made salads - fruit and vege - I sliced and diced my way to a fridge full of healthy home cooked options. I ate well and rested and prepared for the week ahead - I planned every morsel (including my son's birthda... Read more

  • Elf Research

    9/13/2014 10:16:58 PM, by MEOWMEEEOW

    This week, my friend Dan went whizzing by me in his Elf. I knew it was coming sometime: an electric assisted bike. Three words: "I want one!" I've been saving for a car for at least a couple of years. While I could buy one outright, it would be old. It would break and I'd have to fix it. ... Read more

  • Animals ;-) 9/13

    9/13/2014 11:30:55 AM, by PDSLIM

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  • Back on Wii Fit after over 200 days !

    9/13/2014 7:42:33 AM, by LIBBYFITZ

    I had almost forgotten how to set it up! I love how the computer in the Wii Fit makes comments and it was suitably surprised to see me! It was pleased with my weight loss but I had gone past my goal end date ! So it asked me to set a n... Read more

  • Day One: One Step, One Choice, One Day at a Time.

    9/12/2014 11:06:50 PM, by ANAJAK

    I read an article by Coach Nicole last night and realised I have been hiding...again... The past 5 years have been challenging for me. I lost a business, lost a group of friends I thought I would have forever, started Law School, shifted cities, started at a new Law School, lived through 2 year... Read more

  • Landscaping Has Begun! Very Excited!

    9/12/2014 11:47:00 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I am dedicating this new yard to my dearly-departed cousin (in black top in photo) as we both have/had a tremendous love for nature. My landscaper's work around town has always given me a huge sense of peace, love and tranquility when I look at it - and Carole would be very happy for me to be doing... Read more

  • Animal Ads ;-) 9/12

    9/12/2014 10:15:58 AM, by PDSLIM

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  • Need-Love

    9/12/2014 9:43:25 AM, by MEOWMEEEOW

    I've been reading the Four Loves by C.S. Lewis. His definition of a need-love is something like drinking water when you're thirsty. When you need it you love it lots, but when you're not thirsty, you'd rather have something else. Last night, I was in the middle of a relationship bump in the... Read more

  • Dogs ;-) 9/11

    9/11/2014 1:34:51 PM, by PDSLIM

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  • In Memory of 9/11

    9/11/2014 11:14:05 AM, by PANDABEAR42

    I'm hoping i can do this in memory and in honor of those who have had some one lost or injured or just have been affected by 9/11. I'm sure everyone no matter where they lived have been touched by this tragic event and you have your own stories to tell. i even have a story related to that fa... Read more

  • I've Never Forgotten

    9/11/2014 12:24:49 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Nor will I ever. God bless and help our country; we are in big trouble with weak, corrupt leaders who have their heads up their butts making one bad decision after another. I'm so tired of it. Truly. And it has nothing to do with party politics. They are all a bunch of bums. Where have... Read more

  • Feathers ;-) 9/10

    9/10/2014 4:03:56 PM, by PDSLIM

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  • Packages

    9/10/2014 1:42:37 PM, by LUCKYLISA12002

    My wedding invites will arrive today! Can't wait :) Day off today woohoo.... Read more

  • Less Energy Without Caffeine

    9/10/2014 9:51:38 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Day 19 of no caffeine and I do feel wonderful. However.... My energy level is yucky. I have a lot of energy, but it depletes quickly and there is no instant fix as there was with coffee. I am doing more protein to try to combat the fatigue. This doesn't mean I will go back to it. But i... Read more

  • Cook... til you go out to dinner!

    9/9/2014 10:11:34 PM, by MEOWMEEEOW

    I was supposed to have company for dinner tonight, but they cancelled. That means I made: * Lentil broccoli soup * Tomato salad * Corn * Baba ganoush (can make it but not sure how to spell it) * Cut up veggies to dip in it * Cut and cooked green beans I nibbled along the way bu... Read more

  • The Down Side of De-cluttering

    9/9/2014 6:21:45 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I've been de-cluttering for a number of years now. Which makes me sound like a hoarder, which I'm not. But if you've been on the earth a number of years, you've accumulated things, things, things. And you get to the realization of how freeing it is to not hold onto those things. That said, I... Read more

  • Cats ;-) 9/9

    9/9/2014 10:23:32 AM, by PDSLIM

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  • Time is waiting for no-one!

    9/9/2014 8:38:24 AM, by LIBBYFITZ

    I am still coming to terms with the fact that it is already September! We had a wonderful family day on Sunday evening for father's day for hubby and both children and their partner's. It is hard to get everyone together now as my daughter works all day Sunday. I cooked up 2 diff... Read more

  • Accept your circumstances AND the condition of your body.

    9/8/2014 4:12:13 PM, by IAMWINNING

    The following devotional is taken from "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young, and is written as if Jesus is speaking to you. The scripture is from the NIV. “Accept each day exactly as it comes to you. By that I mean not only the circumstances of your day but also the condition of your body. Your ass... Read more

  • Animal Ads ;-) 9/8

    9/8/2014 10:13:44 AM, by PDSLIM

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  • Today's My Friend's Neurologist Appt.

    9/8/2014 12:12:00 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I blogged about the symptoms my dear friend is having, and how his GP insisted it's from nerves and would not give him a referral. I kept tenaciously (but pleasantly) insisting he convince his doc that this needs further attention. He finally got the referral. Today he goes and I suggested ... Read more

  • THE Wedding Dress (With Photos)

    9/7/2014 8:17:20 PM, by LUCKYLISA12002

    I have finally gotten a free moment to get back on to Sparkpeople! It's been a few days and I really have missed logging on each day. Work has taken up a big chunk of time but I'm just happy to be working! I've been busy working, wedding planning, exercising, and taking care of my uncle. On my day o... Read more

  • Getting Back in the Swing of Things And New Adventures

    9/7/2014 4:26:05 PM, by SUNNYWBL

    I am back to logging my food and exercise (again). I have stopped drinking alcohol again, even wine, my favorite! In August, I turned 75. I started thinking about what accomplishments might be written in my obituary. For years I have listed 'organ donor' on my driver's license. Last year ... Read more

  • Feeling Bad About Your Lousy Trivia Score?

    9/7/2014 3:46:38 PM, by SUNNYWBL

    This is a response that I wrote on one of my three Trivia Challenge pages. The gal had also asked whether every one got the same questions. The questions are totally random, I believe. If you want to feel better about your score so far, go to the leaderboards on the Trivia page. Make sure you c... Read more

  • Furkids

    9/7/2014 11:05:51 AM, by PDSLIM

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  • Exhausted, but Windows Look Amazing

    9/7/2014 10:49:57 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Yesterday entailed my having to scrub all of the window blinds by-hand and it was an all-day job. The windows look amazing and well-worth the hard work. What added to the difficulty was the heat - 90 degrees in the house with no way to turn on a/c posed a challenge. Of course, I was cleaning the ... Read more

  • Cat Gift for the cat who has 'everything'

    9/6/2014 10:43:00 PM, by IAMWINNING

    One of my kids sent this link to me......I had to cut and paste.
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  • Dogs ;-) 9/6

    9/6/2014 11:39:46 AM, by PDSLIM

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  • Waiting for Window Installers

    9/6/2014 11:18:57 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Today I'm having vinyl windows installed and it'll be a lot of work for both me and them. Just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a good day.... Read more

  • Animals ;-) 9/5

    9/5/2014 1:50:21 PM, by PDSLIM

    How wolves change a river
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  • Debunked another myth!

    9/5/2014 10:08:03 AM, by LIBBYFITZ

    Ever heard the story that people say oh, I can't lose weight at the moment because I am under stress or I am stressed out. I have proved to myself that if determined enough you can lose weight when under stress! How do I do it! Keep focused on the end goal! ... Read more

  • R.I.P. Joan Rivers

    9/4/2014 3:09:23 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    So many are departing; just heard the news on the radio.... Read more

  • Cats ;-) 9/4

    9/4/2014 10:24:26 AM, by PDSLIM

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  • This and That

    9/3/2014 2:22:56 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    After meeting MANY landscapers, I found one who is a gem. An absolute find. They started the demolition of front yard yesterday in preparation for a xeriscape. Since CA is almost out of water, it makes sense to not have to water anything. Or at least as little as possible. My budget is humble, ... Read more

  • I Found The Dress!

    9/3/2014 12:34:09 PM, by LUCKYLISA12002

    I had a wonderful time in Chico over the weekend. On Saturday I went wedding dress shopping at David's Bridal and ended up picking my dress!!!! It was totally unexpected and unplanned because I wasn't planning on finding the dress so quickly. The dress I chose was literally the 2nd dress I tried on ... Read more

  • Animals ;-) 9/3

    9/3/2014 10:19:42 AM, by PDSLIM

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  • Animal Ads ;-) 9/2

    9/2/2014 10:47:05 AM, by PDSLIM

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  • Dogs ;-) 8/31

    9/1/2014 10:22:33 AM, by PDSLIM

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  • Transformation -- a process

    9/1/2014 9:19:04 AM, by IAMWINNING

    The following is taken from “Jesus Today – Experience Hope Through His Presence” by Sarah Young (who also wrote “Jesus Calling”). The devotional is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you. The scriptures are from the New International Version, unless otherwise noted. “You are being re... Read more

  • Day 10 - No Caffeine

    9/1/2014 5:10:51 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Detox aches and pains are gone. No cravings except for occasional feelings of "everyone else gets to drink coffee but me." Which is a totally irrational thought since I don't really care what everyone else is doing. But you know how that feeling of deprivation can kick in sometimes. It's 2:1... Read more

  • Animals ;-) 8/31

    8/31/2014 10:44:56 AM, by PDSLIM

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  • Animal Ads ;-) 8/30

    8/30/2014 9:47:48 AM, by PDSLIM

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  • Bitter Sweet

    8/29/2014 11:45:33 AM, by LUCKYLISA12002

    Super excited yet nervous... I know tomorrow is going to be so bitter sweet for me because my mom won't be there to witness any of the wedding planning or the wedding. I really wish she could be there but I find some comfort in knowing her spirit will be present in some way.... Read more

  • Cats ;-) 8/29

    8/29/2014 8:41:35 AM, by PDSLIM

    Russian Circus Cats
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  • Dress Shopping

    8/28/2014 7:01:32 PM, by LUCKYLISA12002

    I worked today from 7am until 11:30am as a cashier and at the last half of the day I got to be the cashier out in the nursery which I enjoyed :) I get paid tomorrow and I was able to look up my pay check and saw that I got $483 for 63 hours. I get to try on dresses Saturday!!!!!!!! I CANNOT wai... Read more

  • The Power of Blogging

    8/28/2014 10:50:02 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    It was tough for me to blog about sugar yesterday, but once I did, I became instantly accountable and knew what to do to get back on the right track. Sure, I could have told you some of the emotional issues propelling that need for sugar comfort, but we know that there will always be emotional issu... Read more

  • Animals ;-) 8/28

    8/28/2014 9:09:48 AM, by PDSLIM

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  • 3 Day Weekend!

    8/27/2014 8:44:40 PM, by LUCKYLISA12002

    Today was my last 5am to 2pm shift for inventory prep! i go in tomorrow from 7am until 11:30am as a cashier. It looks like I have Friday off and I requested Saturday and Sunday off last week so I should end up with a 3 day weekend :) We're going to Chico to visit the Fiance's family and to go weddin... Read more

  • Day 6 Caffeine-Free, but Diving Badly Into Sugar

    8/27/2014 6:44:30 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Once I stopped caffeine, I took up with my other old nemesis - sugar - which I'd been off of for quite awhile. Gotta get a grip on myself. Hope all are having a good day.... Read more

  • Animal Ads ;-) 8/27

    8/27/2014 8:51:36 AM, by PDSLIM

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  • Friends ;-) 8/26

    8/26/2014 10:06:40 PM, by PDSLIM

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  • Yay!

    8/26/2014 9:11:38 PM, by LUCKYLISA12002

    So the venue has been reserved for 10am to 6pm and will have the ceremony begin at 11:30 and will last no longer than noon. I have contacted a few DJs and florists and just ordered my wedding invitations :) Things are falling in to place!... Read more

  • Cats ;-) 8/25

    8/25/2014 8:42:17 PM, by PDSLIM

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  • Body Aches - Not the Flu, but Caffeine Withdrawals

    8/25/2014 11:54:24 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    This is Day 3, friends!!!!!!!!! Hooray for me. And thank you all for the kind support. It really does help. As I've written, this weaning process has been kinder and gentler than cold turkey that I've done previously. Headache was minimal for the first two days, and pretty much gone now. Wo... Read more

  • Tips To Dropping Weight (over 200 pounds worth!)

    8/25/2014 7:43:10 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    I used SparkPeople and ate MORE naturally, in other words, less processed foods. I started by eliminating growth hormones, which can make cows fat (and thus the people who eat and drink from the cows fat) from meat and milk and buyi... Read more


    8/24/2014 1:08:06 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I hope you're all okay up there; very scary, for sure. Second day of no caffeine. I guess I'm doing fine. Headache is a lot milder than the cold turkey headache, so that's a wonderful thing. Wishing all a good day.... Read more

  • Animals ;-) 8/24

    8/24/2014 12:19:25 PM, by PDSLIM

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  • Coming Together

    8/24/2014 12:07:26 PM, by LUCKYLISA12002

    So we picked out our invites :) it's a pretty white card stock with sea shells on it and navy blue writing. We got the invites with the envelopes, rsvp cards with envelopes, thank you cards with envelopes, and direction cards. I'll be placing my order as soon as I get in touch with the caterer as I ... Read more

  • Well 61 is a magical age!

    8/23/2014 9:29:14 PM, by LIBBYFITZ

    Yes it was the big 61 yesterday and I feel wonderful! Had a lovely healthy lunch at my son and his partner's home. I sent a photo of the diet I am on and they made a wonderful lunch around all the ingredients I am allowed to eat. My biggest surprise was the day bef... Read more

  • weight loss 'clinic" scam

    8/23/2014 7:50:14 PM, by SNOWIEJAZZFAN

    I was talking with a church pal today, she is clearly losing weight. turns out she is going to a "weight loss clinic' that offers weekly support, nutritional counseling all the good-sounding stuff. I checked it out online, it is VERY expensive, $400 for the initial visit!! They put folks on very re... Read more

  • Dogs ;-) 8/23

    8/23/2014 3:20:04 PM, by PDSLIM

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  • GRADUATION DAY (NO CAFFEINE). Just Packed the Coffeemaker Away.

    8/23/2014 12:10:10 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    As many of you know, I have tried repeatedly to get myself off caffeine. Although my daily intake was only one small mug of coffee a day (nothing else - I don't drink soda), I am very sensitive to caffeine. Previously, I've done the cold turkey route and have suffered from those detox headach... Read more

  • Weekend Off

    8/23/2014 11:29:38 AM, by LUCKYLISA12002

    Got my walk in already and just doing my Sparkpeople stuff right now. I'm hoping to go fishing with the fiance later and do some of my exercises as well as pick out our invites :) I'm not sure which one I want yet but I think it's going to be 2 birds on a branch with a heart above them as they go in... Read more

  • Wedding

    8/22/2014 9:25:26 PM, by LUCKYLISA12002

    We went to go look at the venue I was looking at and the fiancé ended up liking it! So after our viewing we sat in the parking lot and called the reservation line and set our date by putting down a $100 deposit. The total for the venue is less than $2,000 and $500 of it we get back because it's a cl... Read more

  • Animal Ads ;-) 8/22

    8/22/2014 3:23:21 PM, by PDSLIM

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  • Perseverance

    8/21/2014 8:21:01 PM, by IAMWINNING

    The following is taken from “Jesus Today – Experience Hope Through His Presence” by Sarah Young (who also wrote “Jesus Calling”). The devotional is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you. The scriptures are from the New International Version, unless otherwise noted. “I am training yo... Read more

  • I Got A Raise

    8/21/2014 7:58:51 PM, by LUCKYLISA12002

    Found out today that I got a .$75 raise!... Read more

  • hurt feelings

    8/21/2014 4:34:19 PM, by BONBON561

    I've lost 10 lbs since Jan 1 this year, I've not gained any weight this month-I've not lost any either, I've a goal picked out if I loose or don't gain this month, and my blood sugar has been good. Why don't I feel good about myself you may ask? The person I babysit for has been saying things to m... Read more

  • Cats ;-) 8/21

    8/21/2014 1:46:28 PM, by PDSLIM

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  • So Often, I Think about Moving to Canada. Caffeine Detox Progress.

    8/21/2014 10:19:31 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Where is the warmest part? How do I make a living as a foreigner? (have many skills and much experience) I'll have to do a lot of research. Is there anyone out there who has relocated? Or native Canadians with any advice? I've researched moving to another state, but will inherit some of the same... Read more

  • Exhausted

    8/20/2014 8:03:35 PM, by LUCKYLISA12002

    Exhausted but still trying my best to put in the exercise...... Read more

  • Animals ;-) 8/20

    8/20/2014 1:39:24 PM, by PDSLIM

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  • Why Is Harry Pooping on the Carpet?

    8/20/2014 10:34:22 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I've blogged about this before; about once a week or every two weeks, Harry poops on the carpet. I honestly am puzzled why he's doing this. Litter box is kept very clean. Nothing causing anxiety. Carpet is clean. Nothing new as far as food. In fact, nothing is new in his environment. Thi... Read more

  • 5AM Shift

    8/19/2014 9:34:04 PM, by LUCKYLISA12002

    Well today was my first day working from 5am until 2pm for inventory prep... I arrived almost 20 minutes early just to find out there was construction going on by my work and the back gate to the back entrance was locked so I had to walk part of the way to work. When I arrived no one was there so I ... Read more

  • Dogs ;-) 8/19

    8/19/2014 10:39:44 AM, by PDSLIM

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  • 99-year-old Female Sprinter & 97-year-old Female Rig Driver

    8/19/2014 10:38:16 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    On the MSN website, there are two news stories about these ladies. Honestly, I can't even wrap my mind around what they are doing while most that age are either sick, dying, or dead. The rig driving was a lifelong dream of the 97-year-old and I have to admit that I've always thought it would... Read more

  • The road to competition.. I need your help!

    8/19/2014 10:01:05 AM, by RAVEN_X13

    Hey Sparkland! As some of you may already know, I have been training for my first figure competition for some time now. It is now down to the nitty gritty - my contest is in less than 12 weeks, and I need your help. I have devoted many hours/days/weeks/months of my life towards this goal, as we... Read more

  • I'm Back!

    8/19/2014 2:22:06 AM, by KARENAOM1

    A lot has happened in the 3 years from the last blog entry. I have moved again. I have lost another one of my furry friends, but was lucky enough that he live to the ripe age of 19. I gained more wait than ever, but lost 35 pounds of it. My secret this time was easy in some ways and difficult i... Read more

  • Animal Ads ;-) 8/18

    8/18/2014 11:03:52 PM, by PDSLIM

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