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12/16/14 10:14 P

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12/15/14 10:15 A

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12/15/14 3:41 A

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12/14/14 11:01 P

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Made it home with heavy slush and heavy snow on the road outside Billings. As we went North and East-turned to dry, very windy snow and visibility low. Glad to be home. Still snowing-3" on the ground.


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12/14/14 1:58 P

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It was 40 yesterday and just around freezing today with a fair amount of wind. It's supposed to snow just enough to be annoying, but so far it hasn't. I was kind of hoping to get some outside
Christmas decor (mainly lights) up today, but I really don't want to fight the wind.

The forecast for the rest of the week seems to be for about average temperatures and fairly sunny.

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12/14/14 10:52 A

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The weather continues to be crazy-60 degrees yesterday 30 degrees and snow today. Hopefully we will make it to Billings and back for granddaughter's Christmas program without incident.

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12/7/14 11:20 A

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Good morning fellow Montanans-how are you liking this crazy weather?

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11/30/14 9:07 A

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-7.8 degrees this morning but the wind has calmed down. Back to Billings today for granddaughter's birthday. Would just love to snuggle up and stay home.

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11/29/14 10:08 P

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I would have loved to see a 2 today. High was 0 F. and wind chill was in the -20 F range all day. It's now -10 and wind chill of -25. That sure gets your attention when you go outside...

It's supposed to be a whopping +4 tomorrow, but still blowing. I think winter has arrived here.

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11/29/14 5:03 P

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No and No to your questions on PT and exercises. Just drove home from Billings over the Bull Mountain divide where visibility is zero zero. Glad to be home. Wow 60 degrees yesterday and 2 today.

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11/28/14 7:04 P

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Dang it's been a while! I just got a new job at Bath and body works, so thats been keeping me busy. plus I just started physical therapy again. thank goodness its with a new ptist. Does anyone have any good hip flexor stretches? How has everyone been?

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11/16/14 12:12 P

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Can't believe how quickly the weather changed. Glad the temperature is above zero today but I am sure the wind chill brings it back down. Left Billings at 5:30 pm yesterday 15 degrees. 90 miles later in Melstone minus 7. My husband has a deer hanging outside. Hope it warms up some so we can get it butchered.

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11/14/14 12:33 P

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emoticon Yeah, I think the yard work ship has sailed...not that I'm complaining. I didn't get my window a/c out of the one window on my side of the duplex but I just covered it up. Too darn cold to mess with it now. Will have to wait until next weekend. I also need to get some plastic up on the bedroom windows on my mom's side. She should have paid someone to do it while I was in Kansas. I told her to do that but she waited for me...now I might not get to it.

If it doesn't warm up and melt off this snow it will be the first turkey day with snow cover that I can remember. Seems like it happened a lot when I was a kid because I remember traveling in it for Thanksgiving...but this bitter cold is just crappy!

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11/12/14 11:22 P

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I've been trying to get the basement done. Plugged a hole I had a fan in, now need to fix up a couple windows that are not in good shape and have broken panes. Also need to replace a couple of panes on the back porch.

There's also yard work that needs to be done, but I think it is too late, we've already got snow...

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11/12/14 6:46 P

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Is anyone wintering their house? I just finished my last window and one of the panels cracked a little. So glad I am renting this place.

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10/30/14 4:27 P

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Happymama- Just think you could charge the kids a candy tax! lol. Look at it as a great way to move out of the house and make some memories with your babies. :)

Who has snow? We have fog, but the snow is making its was down the mountain. Slowly and steadily creeping down to us valley people. :(



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10/28/14 5:28 P

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LEHIA13: I am so not ready for Halloween but i got to. I got a 3 year old girl who wants to go trick or treating and a 5 month old that is going as well. So if I like it or not still got to go.

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10/27/14 8:53 P

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And the flies-yuck-looking forward to the freeze. emoticon

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10/27/14 8:05 P

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Wind. Rain. Cold. Miserable. That pretty much sums up today. Supposed to be down to 20F or so tonight. That should get rid of the mosquitoes (can you believe they were still out?).

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Blowing up a storm here. Staying healthy.
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10/27/14 4:14 P

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Sure is quiet around here lately. Although i keep in my mind that its a good thing . Hope you all are keeping active! Happy healthy day!

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10/23/14 11:35 P

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usually at the fire hall giving out candy, glow sticks and D batteries for Smoke Detectors but this year I will be with my 2 and 4 year old grandkids Trick or Treating.


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10/23/14 8:47 P

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As ready as I ever am...

Although I have been thinking about wearing something kind of costumey to work.

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10/22/14 2:09 A

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Who's ready for Halloween?

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10/19/14 7:06 P

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Had a very rough week with a car accident on 10/11, then flat tire, and then 2 long days at Jury duty. Today we spent painting the inside of my husband's shop. Dish network-scheduled from 8-12noon, rescheduled at 7:40am to 2-3:15 pm, at 3 pm he called and said he was going back to Billings first-he didn't and he just left at 5pm. looking for a day off. Beautiful weather.


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10/16/14 5:43 P

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Thanks Mt moonchaser! Hes such a love bug! Im glad your cats are in your life too!!

Who's out enjoying this fall weather?? I am thats for sure! My boyfriend and i went on a 5.6 mile bike ride, it's been a while since i last rode my bike. The smell of the falling leaves was so wonderful!

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10/16/14 12:38 A

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MTTRAVELS -- I'm glad you found a kitten. May you have many years of enjoyment with him. I have two real spoiled cats that were throw aways when I got them.

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10/16/14 12:19 A

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Guys I finally found a wonderful little kitten that I adopted last week! So Ive been gone taking care of him, and training him, Hes just getting over being sick, so yea thats what Ive been up to haha!! How are you all? I miss talking to you guys!

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10/15/14 10:37 P

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I have sent JSMURRILLO1 a Spark Mail replying to this post -- here is some of what I wrote:

One very obvious problem I see is that the only way to interact with you is to send a SparkMail message.

If you are serious in wanting interaction, you can't have a page that no one can access.

If you want a private page, in order to have people interact with you, you must "friend" them, otherwise they cannot read any of your blogs or status posts, only comments that you leave on their blogs or pages, or posts you make to team forums.

You can open up your page by going to your Spark page, selecting "Edit My Spark Page" on the right side of the page. Once you've done that, look at the "More Options" column (right side) and select the privacy options you want. For myself, I don't check the following boxes --
Only allow my SparkFriends to see my page
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Show I Ordered the Spark Activity Tracker icon

This lets anyone who wants to visit my page find out a bit about me, who my Spark Friends are and what teams I belong to. Remember, you control what information visitors see.

I am trying to give you some information that may have escaped your notice. I didn't think that Spark gave very good instructions when I first set up my page, and I don't know if there has been improvement. There are a lot of features that Spark used to have that are no longer available, some of these changes I believe are backlash from the current political correctness attitudes and privacy issues.

I wish you the very best on your journey to better health.

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i spent a significant amount of time last week after i tucked my kids into bed, only to have no response at all from the Mt team. i was bummed bc i need support right now. i guess i did it wrong but what a headache. i don't want to spend my time online in the evening. i need to relax and read a book, not sit in front of a screen.

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i have actually wondered how to make line dried clothes soft. i hate the stiff crunchy feeling, ha ha ha.

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10/15/14 10:59 A

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I agree about the cool winter weather. So invigorating:) I dont know about any cats but my friend found a dog while searching on craigslist in Missoula. Good luck to you:)

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Rain glorious rain. it's nice to have it green at this time of year. Of course I hung my laundry out when the sun was out. Rain makes such a nice softener.

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10/5/14 9:08 P

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Im so ready for the snow! I love walking all around town in the colder weather with a cup of coffee or hot cocoa. the warmer weather makes me feel sluggish for some reason. I am starting my winter garden, squash, chillies, lettuce, spinach, herbs, beans, I garden inside over the winter.

I have a question, does anyone know anybody in Missoula who is trying to rehome their cat? I just got approved for a service animal for my depression and i want a cat. If anyone could help thatd be great! =)

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A little windy here today but I did get my vines out of my garden yesterday. The sheep enjoyed them last night.

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10/4/14 6:51 P

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I have a bunch of dead flowers in baskets I need to do something with. Hopefully this week will be nice to get out and get stuff done!

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Today's project-pull all the freeze killed vines out of the garden and put over the fence so the sheep and our goat, Casper, can eat. Then I juiced 2 pomegranates and 5 cactus pears that I received in a bountiful baskets delivery. The pomegranates I got 2 weeks ago, the cactus pears 4 weeks ago. I have mixed the juice together but haven't decided what to make with it. jelly would be good but I can never get jelly to set. Maybe some sort of tart or custard. emoticon Also received 6 lemons in the basket I picked up today so I need a recipe for those too. emoticon

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9/28/14 4:30 P

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It's cool and rainy where I am here in NE Montana - It rained for about 24 hours, and now the prediction is for showers for most of the week and cool temps. So far today it hasn't hit 50F.

As if we really needed more moisture after the 8 inches or so we got a month ago...

Oh well, my basement should be dry by spring - Hooray for gumbo dirt floors!! (Plus, no need for a humidifier...)

Besides kitchen cleaning, today's project is to try to get the furnace area cleaned and dried a bit. I finally bit the bullet yesterday and got a portable electric heater to try to get the area dried out a bit.

Hope everyone has a good afternoon/evening.

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Yes-I actually live 7 miles SE of Melstone in Rosebud County. I have been to Lewistown-I used to do Tax Counseling for the Elderly out of the Community/Senior Center.

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Oh cool! (and it is cool out today) I am in Lewistown. So Melstone must be east of Roundup on the Musselshell river?

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Melstone 70 miles NE of Billings on the edge of the Bull MTs. Heavy mist here today and chilly.

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MtRanchWoman, I can't remember where you are? It has been raining here for the past 2 days. At least the fall leaves ought to be pretty!

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Good morning from a typical fall day in MT. Glad to see the cooler weather and the small amount of rain we got last night. Today's exercise will be gardening and farm chores (cleaning the chicken coop). emoticon

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It's good to see that you haven't given up. Things have been pretty quiet here, I think everyone is doing end of summer things before the cooler weather hits this weekend.

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9/24/14 2:24 P

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Hey team! It's A_game my account was hacked but im back! how are you all?

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Oh, and DRINK YOUR WATER!

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You are right about sparkpeople taking up too much time and not enough time off your butt.
I only have a couple spark teams that I frequent, but belong to a few more "official administrative" teams that I only use to ask a sparkpeople kinda question on.

Hope everyone has a sparky day, and get off your butt!

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Commenting on Linda's post --

In my years on here (coming up quickly on five), I have noticed that a lot of people are gung-ho and join lots of teams when they join Spark. I must say that I am guilty of that myself. I get blog notices from one person who is on over 300 teams. I really don't get that, there's no way to keep up on that many...

When I joined, the default choice was a public Spark page. I don't really know if that is still the case, but from the recent trend I've noticed and other changes that have been made to the Spark site, I think that has changed. I haven't gone so far as to "join" with a dummy account to test my theory. It's not that important to me to have that knowledge.

I joined Spark to get points from another site so I wonder how many of the newer members have done that. I was a member for a while before I really started to use the trackers and then it was a bit longer before I posted a blog. I am not much of a blogger but I try to post something at least once a week (I see it's been six weeks now...).

However, like you I found that I was spending too much time on Spark and not enough time off my butt and doing things -- like cleaning house, exercising, etc. Unlike you, I didn't cut back a lot, but I did trim my Spark teams to ones that I feel I could maybe contribute to. Thinking about my recent activity on Spark, I may be trimming again. I won't drop the Montana team as I feel that there is a possibility of seeing someone on it that I know and/or meeting some of the members in person.

I think that the social interaction on Spark is great for a lot of people, but everything takes time and I think that a lot of members lose interest when they discover that {{GASP}} it takes work and a fair amount of time to utilize this site for the best results. Facebook is much easier (I think -- I don't have an account) and people there aren't there for the life style.

I think that each person must choose how much time to spend on Spark and how much of that time to use socializing, but I sure wish that people who join teams would at least let other team members get to know them by setting up Spark pages and letting their team (at least) have access to the information on that page.

Have a great week everyone.

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Moon-I am a team leader and also had one of the Class Teams for those who join in a week. I couldn't convince many of them to put together a spark page. And more than 10,000 people joined in that week. Many never set up a page so there was no way to contact them. On my walking team we show about 100 members but only about 25 post fitness minutes each week and about 45 post to earn spark points-but none of them post to the walking team. It used to be very active and now the thing should just be gone. The woman who set it up and invited me to join went offline without a word in January and the one I invited to help me lead the team hasn't posted since May.

You have to click on the MT team to join it. I think many of the newbies just click but then never introduce themselves or even stay active in any form on SP.

I used to keep track of all the stats for my team but it was a waste of time. I track my fitness and food and have a good amount of 'other goals' that I track. I spin for the teams-always for MT and 12 Weeks Walking-and thanks for the tip about being able to go back to days you miss-I am on borrowed computer time TFN so it's been great to go back and give points.

I don't have any idea what would make me more active on SP. I was spending too much time on the computer and not enough being active so I cut way back. I also cut way back on friends and teams so I could live in real life! I like to check in now and then but I am a crappy team member because I certainly don't participate in any team like I did in the beginning!

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You can tell if a page/profile is viewable to others by the choices listed under the profile image that appears when you post something.

If you have a viewable page, there will be three menu buttons to chose from under your image. They will be "My Spark Page", "Send Private Message", or "Reply". If you have a private page, there will be no "My Spark Page" option.

To make your page accessible, you go to your page and choose "Edit my Spark Page" and from there look to the right hand side of the color wheel where it lists "More Options".

Unclick the "Turn my page offline" box and others will be able to go to your Spark Page. If you want to have your page viewable by anyone who happens by you will need to also uncheck the "Only allow my SparkFriends to see my page" box.

Right now I have the "Link to my recent message board posts", "Allow comments on my page (you have ability to delete)", "Email me when I receive a comment (on my page, a photo, or blog), SparkGoodie or Trophy", "Show My SparkFavorites on my page", and "Show My Activity Feed on my page" boxes checked. You can set your level of interaction there. (I'm not sure what "Show My SparkFavorites on my page" means as I don't see that heading anywhere...)

My theory about why there are so many "private" pages currently is that when a new account is set up, the default Spark setting is to "Turn my page offline". I have not tested this out by opening a different account, so at the moment, it is just a theory of mine. Any observations from newer members either supporting or disproving this theory would be welcome.

I hope this information will help you, A_GAME, and also any other team members who would like to interact more with other Sparkies.

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