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8/1/14 7:55 A

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good morning Goddesses!

Amanda the truth is I don't mind going and helping. Truth is she's depressed, and it's not being addressed properly -- medically or in the family. I think A portion of her physical is really emotional (you and i both know bucket loads about this). I think when i was sent as proxy for the kids it upset her. She's feeling better now, but Wednesday night she went into emotional overload and called a kids only meeting. I think the awkward I'm feeling is really because they all are at a loss of how to "deal with" her depression and look to me for answers. She does A LOT for her daughters. We don't ask for help we just handle it here, but the daughters are always in need. I think she is really upset that they don't return the help. I come instead. I'm doing my best to keep my group grounded and help Jim understand. I think at the moment that's the best I can offer and just keep going when she needs help.

Barefitness i hope you survived the day! ice cream shops in the summer have to be a BUSY place to be.

Amanda I like Katie's affirmation. I'll be putting it on my "wall" in a minute.

It's the Friday of summer break. I'm letting Bug sleep in this morning. She's done a fabulous job all week of going through the wake up routine. She's ready for school to start back. These 10 weeks have FLOWN by. I'm going to miss her.

In other news, I'm proud of my family. We cut the cable chord, bought a couple of Roku boxes and took out streaming services. I did the math and we'll save over $75 per month and between the stremming services, free apps for our tablet, and our HD antenna (we already had in case the satellite went down) we literally won't miss anything. I should mention my directtv bill was $118 per month. My stremming services will average to about $30 per month.

As I hate change so badly this was a big step for me, to change from a very well known service (8 years) to something completely foreign.

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7/31/14 11:28 P

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Eva, sorry for the awkwardness. I don't know if you could broach the subject with either SIL or MIL, even in terms of acknowledging the discomfort. I know my sister and I will preface occasional comments or conversations with "I need to bring up something that may be uncomfortable to hear/talk about" or "You might want to put up your shields, but I've been feeling . . ." when something involving the other person is bothering us. But then we've attended some personal growth workshops together, and do our best to take responsibility for our feelings, while trying to communicate as compassionately and truthfully as we can. That common experience and language can really help with some of that awkward stuff.

Bare Fitness, hope you survive the special and the crazy shift OK! emoticon

I survived another Taxi Day (one of the 4 busiest days of the year in terms of customers and cash transactions). emoticon It was my first one as a CSS2, processing the reports, looking up rates, assisting the many who didn't have all their information at hand or paperwork filled out, and taking payments of $100 to $500 from a number of customers.

Taking it easy tonight after a hectic day. And yes, I am very blessed to have found Katie. I used her marvelous quote from yesterday, that I shared on my status *, as a sort of affirmation today as I walked on break, and it is such a healing thing to say and hear! I think she sort of impressed herself when I asked her to repeat what she had just said, and then wrote it down to remember--and she wrote it too.

* "No matter what ~ always ~ you are enough ~ just as you are ~ right now"

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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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7/31/14 12:33 P

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So far pretty quiet at our house too. My honey is off to substitute at 2nd grade class, didn't think the school year started until Aug 7th~but this one school started early. Actually the schools in Phnx have started already! I'm glad was a kid when I was....and actually got a summer.

The monsoon rains and change in air pressure help cause some of my headaches.....the others are pms related :P stress and hunger can be thrown in there, but try to get those as often. I'm also having burst of energy and then exhaustion~today should be interesting....$1.31 scoops at Baskin Robbins.....all day! Heard corporate was advertising but haven't seen it yet (saw one for the flavor of the month) Need to eat breakfast......and make sure have lunch before I leave for work, it could be a long weird shift!

Have a great day goddesses!

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7/31/14 8:15 A

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Good morning Goddesses!

I am feeling better this morning. Thank you :) I don't often have headaches. not anymore and generally they are related to stress. My MIL isn't doing so hot, summer cold and still recovering from her 4th heart ablation. She can't drive, and everyone's bust, except me. So that means i'm the go to and she's not happy about it. Probably because the one SIL is a SAHM too. She has time like me but doesn't like to make time. So I believe the awkwardness is getting to me. I don't mind helping but i don't like her feeling like she's been abandoned by her kids either. As it were i feel like I'm an extension of my DH, but you all know, perspective. Anywho That's enough of that.

Ms. paula it looks like you had a wonderful time on your day trip!

Amanda I'm so glad you found Katie. She sounds like a very nurturing therapist. So hard to find one that is truly GOOD at their job.

Today is a quiet day at home (hopefully). Busy but quiet. Bill paying, list making, and orders to fill. Have a good day friends!

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7/31/14 12:12 A

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Thanks for the link, and sharing your day with us, Paula!

Sending healing energy your way, Eva! emoticon

I had a good session with my therapist, Katie. I didn't have any particular issues to work on, but I got in touch with something pretty deep that responded very strongly to her words. I am so thankful to have found this sensitive and wise woman. I feel very safe and card for in her presence, and she helps me recognize and work patiently and effectively with different parts. She's such a blessing in my life.

I wish this level of loving support for all my Spark buddies!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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7/30/14 9:28 A

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Hope your feeling better Mrs Eva I hate it when I get up with a headache emoticon

Yesterday we went to Brighton for the day on a coach trip and really enjoyed it, we walked miles. I bought some things that I wanted Insence, a rin for storing my ritual herbs in, a box for my candles so they don't clutter up the drawer and two jars to add my ritual oils.

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7/30/14 6:40 A

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Good morning Goddesses!

Not my usual self this morning. i woke up with a nasty headache. No clue why.

I hope you all have a fabulous day. I'm off to enjoy the quiet before bug gets up and hopefully (fingers crossed) have this headache subside.

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7/30/14 1:04 A

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Unfortunately the forecast shifted to higher temps--last I saw, 85 or 86 predicted the rest of the week--warmer than I like or expect here in the Pacific Northwest. (Who can say global climate destabilization?)

Just submitted the application, & I'm pretty pooped. Checking in quickly with teams, then off to bed! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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7/29/14 6:55 A

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good Morning goddesses!

Amanda good luck with your application!

Yes school here starts back in Early August. So strange. We use to start around Labor Day. registration was the end of august. But parents here want kids out of School in May (no clue why) So school starts back literally in the middle of the summer. It's crazy.

This is the coolest July on record for my area. our average temp is 94 but i can only think of about 5 days this whole month we've hit our normal range. It's been wonderful 80's in the south in July is unseasonably cool.

Today's high is 81 and i'll be weeding the flower beds. :) Nothing like cool temps for weeding :)

How are you all today?


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emoticon Eva--you are always missed! I'm glad you had fun and got things done. Back to school in early August? I always started after Labor Day! emoticon

Got my letter in the mail, and started a new application today--it's due noon on Wednesday. emoticon
Temps hit 86 today emoticon Luckily there was a bit of breeze when I went on my walks. Forecast is for a few degrees less--low 80s the rest of the week, and maybe below 80 by mid-next week.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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7/28/14 6:41 A

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Good morning Goddesses!

Barefitness how was the mountain with the pup?

Amanda I'm sorry to hear work is still upsetting you. I hope You keep finding you 'happy place" there until you do find a new position that suits you. you have so much to offer. I hope soon you'll find a place that you can blossom and that really appreciates the uniquness that is you. You give them so much emotionally.

I'm playing catch up so please forgive me for being short. I enjoyed my family time very much. We accomplished a lot and managed to have a little fun in the process. School starts next week so I still have a long way to go! I'll write a blog filling the world in later :)

have a beautiful day!

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7/27/14 12:49 A

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I hear you, BareFitness. Hope you had a fun day!

So I wrote a personal note of thanks to author Tama Kieves that kind of gushed, but I am so grateful to her. And I typed some feedback on the website she directs readers to, that I was not impressed with. But I made the feedback as constructive as possible, in terms of what her readers (like me) may be expecting or wanting. I'll see what response I get, if any!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I've had a few things happen in my life that can trigger emotions. Time doesn't heal all wounds, it just helps us deal with the pain, and know it won't always feel so "raw".

The creek was fun, headed up the mountain trail with the pup this afternoon.

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I'm really tired tonight. I want to get to bed early. I did finish Tama Kieves' This Time I Dance!, and loved it so much I'm buying my own copy from Amazon so I can reread it and highlight it. I plan to write a thank you/fan letter, because I was so impressed and am so grateful to her.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Swimming in a creek sounds fabulous! Enjoy! emoticon

I posted this on my Survivors of Abuse team and it may not relate to many of the goddesses here, but then it might:

One of the things that helps me--when I remember it--is that my past & the emotions that may get triggered when something today reminds me of my sense of helplessness, or some other aspect of the abuse from decades ago, doesn't have to define me. Even if I don't like something that's happening, it doesn't have to control me or take all my attention. I can choose to focus on positive things, even when there may be people or situations in my life that I don't like or even see as harmful. I can take action, ask for help, but not let the negative stuff control every thought and feeling.

I don't know if that all made sense, but I'm still learning it--or remembering lessons I've learned before--around my job situation. Today was better, mainly because I decided to feel happier and more powerful.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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7/22/14 1:39 A

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I've never met any sparkfriends in person, but have added on to my facebook page. Alot of the spark teams I'm on aren't very active.....I do enjoy seeing the activity on the few teams that are still active :)

I've been spending my free time out on the field in front of the house. Turkey, our pup, tuckers out faster than I do but can sunbath in the doorway. Looking at record heat the next few days and I get the time off to enjoy it! Maybe I'll venture down to the creek to go swimming!

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7/20/14 10:16 P

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My sister and I had a nice visit over lunch with a Spark Friend who lives not far away. It is nice to have Sparkers close enough to see. It's also cool to get to know people around the country and the world, but it is fine to meet face-to-face. I've asked on the Seattle team (over 14,000 people, but not very active) whether anyone wants to walk on weekends, as I've decided I want to get out more. I'll see if I get any response.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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7/19/14 12:39 A

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Everything was back to normal this evening when I logged on. No idea what happened last night! I'm continuing to read This Time I Dance! by Tama Kieves & still loving it. I also got her next book Inspired and Unstoppable from the library, looking forward to that as well. I'm reading The Passion Test at work, which is also good, but doesn't speak to my soul the way Tama's writing does.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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7/18/14 12:57 A

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What is with the crazy lack of pictures? A bunch of profile pix--including mine--don't show, and our team pic is the only one of my teams that won't show. I've never seen this virtual hiccup before!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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7/17/14 8:59 P

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Yesterday was a bit crazy, hectic for me.....least today wasn't as bad. See if I have enough steam to put the ice cream delivery tomorrow. Our boss is still on vacation! store is still standing....

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7/17/14 12:36 A

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Have a fun and relaxing time, Eva!

Enjoyed hearing from you both, Paula and Bare Fitness.

I shared a little in the Success thread. I'm losing steam, so will close and wish all a good night emoticon & a beautiful morning emoticon tomorrow!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Hello ladies! hope your day has gone well~things are pretty mellow here. I'm enjoying the last bit of my weekend, the rains over for now (supposed to have severe thunderstorms tonight) and we have the doors and windows to the house open! Nice breeze going through the house with faint sent of earlier showers.

We have some noisy neighbors on the hill, the party house we call it. Summer for the college kids will be over soon, and the parties will really begin. Never bothers me much unless it's making my dog bark, which also bugs other neighbors.

My boss is on the second week of her vacation and the store is still standing. I'm the boss for the rest of the week, or until she returns.....my crew still likes to call me for random questions.



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7/14/14 10:31 A

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emoticon makes such a difference we were early to bed and slept well it was lovely and peaceful.
Today we had lunch out and really enjoyed it a nice light Italian lunch a shared platter that was really tasty and healthy.
Tonight we watch a DVD and enjoy a meal that I will cook so a realxing day that we are both enjoying.

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Good Morning goddesses!

Mrs Paula I'm sorry about the being up all night. I understand. I've had some neighbors that kept the noise level too high many times. I hope you were able to sleep last night.

Amanda I'm sorry it all came tumbling in on you but i am glad you worked your way through it. I hope that IRS Advocate gets with you soon. I'm sorry about the rent raise. If our insurance or property tax fluxuates then so does my mortgage (escrow account). So I know about unexpected raises and what it does to you.

Well family vacation time begins on Wednesday and ends on July 28th. I don't expect to spark much during this time but i'll try to check in when I can. It'll be 12 days total.

I hope you all have a good day!

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7/13/14 10:34 P

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emoticon about the loud night and lack of sleep. Wishing you a very emoticon Paula!

I've watched the whole season (of Downton Abbey) on 3 discs: 8 episodes plus the longer "movie" special that ends the season & sets up the next year. Season 3 ended with Matthew's death, this one with 2 suitors for Mary, and numerous continuing subplots. I love the storytelling and the grand cast. I'm watching the special features now, which are so much fun!

Fortunately it never hit 90 degrees as expected. I hope it does rain to cool things and freshen the air. I've been running fans for days, and not doing too much, though I have managed groceries, laundry, some friend contacts and sorting through mail, files and paper--a project I hope to continue making progress on in my own babystepping way!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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A very bad night last night as we were kept awake with loud music, dog barking and howling, fireworks going off at 2am and lasting an hour and people arguing in the street. Police finally turned up and by then the argument had turned into a fight and it took ages for things to calm down. The dogs stopped barking and howling at nearly 5am so we are both running on low energy today.
Exercise was 20 minutes only and I feel worn out. So I am relaxing and getting some knitting done, I knitting a frog emoticon something nice and easy and fun for a charity.
I end up making the strangest things sometimes from teddies, rabbits, penguins, owls and now frogs, oh well it keeps my busy.
An early night tonight and I hope a peaceful one, then tomorrow we celebrate our 19th Wedding Anniversary and will have lunch out.

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Got season 4 of Downton Abbey from the library; I can't stop watching the episodes!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
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Big emoticon to your Bug on the emoticon & emoticon prizes on her photography and art. She must be feeling pretty proud--as I imagine you are as well! emoticon

Mainly money issues--the still missing/pending/"being processed" $1100 refund from the IRS & rent being raised $100/month (but it's the first & only raise in 7 years)--was the catalyst, but other issues crowded in, like gossip and tension at work, and the connection between the IRS stuff and my history of being hurt or neglected by the ones who were supposed to take care of me and support me, and of course feeling very powerless--although a Tax Advocate is supposedly working on the case--she just hasn't bothered to update me.

Anyway, today was better: I had some nice moments with coworkers and customers, and I started a new self-help book that really speaks--even sings--to me. It is This Time I Dance! by Tama Kieves; I love her message and the way she writes, as well.
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Good Morning Goddesses!

Amanda I'm sorry you are have a PTSD episode. What set it off? it sounds like to me you fought it back by doing "normal" instead of letting it paralyze you. I'm proud of you for taking steps to stabilize yourself and removing unnecessary stress (emails and newletters)

Prana_Dancer I suppose that big plop of paint could look like brown mustard LOL. And Thank you.

we got a phone call yesterday. Bug won 2nd place in the photography contest for her age group at the library. 6-11 year olds and then she won the art contest for her same age group for drawing a picture that best depicts "science". She drew a picture of a female scientist with her colorful beakers and test tubes work at her station. Pretty cool considering the subject was pretty broad. She turned it in a couple weeks ago but Tuesday's scientist (microbiologist) was a woman working with colors, much like Bug's drawing. I made the connection after the fact but still think it's pretty neat.



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I'm home struggling with PTS, money worries, job stress, but I managed to wash the dishes & clean stovetop & sink. Then I unsubscribed to 2 email subscriptions I got on that were supposed to be helpful, but just added to the stress and virtual clutter. I also deleted just over 45 emails from one of them, which oddly makes me feel lighter

I shared that with my other 2 teams, but forgot to post here. Since then, I picked up books and season 4 of Downton Abbey on DVD from the library, got some food items at Costco & took a nap. I deleted some more old emails and dealt with a few pieces of old mail. No great progress, but babysteps to help me feel mildly productive & more capable. Not looking forward to work, but I'll go in tomorrow.

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That's beautiful! Though in the first picture I thought she was painting with mustard. Apparently I haven't had enough tea this morning yet. :P

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Good Morning Goddesses!

prana-dancer you are right, year round education would probably come less a s a shock to the pocket book. My daughter is going into first grade so i have several years left of "that time of year"

She's annoyed that today our job is to clean out her closet of the clothes that won't fit and make a list so I know what we need to replace in a couple weeks. Fun Fun. She hates shopping and trying on clothes.

She's made her first painting to be displayed in a large art exhibit. She painted a fish for dawg daze. I'm proud of her. her are pictures of her work.
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Between my exercise this evening and the temps, I am beat. Will try to check in earlier and chat more soon. emoticon Have a great night and tomorrow, all! emoticon

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I guess the nice part about going to school year round is that there is never a "that time of year" where I have to buy my books. There are just times when my school supply cost is slightly increased.

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Good Morning goddesses!

Yes sadly it's getting to be that time of year where you buy all the things kids "need" for school. (FYI part of my stuff was sent back home unused.) we always donate something to the bins. Our Dollar tree does something like walmart as well.

Mrs anni i have a hydrangea and That's where she's planted, north. Just so happens north is between 2 windows LOL.

Amanda Bug had looked at the books your talking about and as we read chapter books together it might be something she interested in trying out from the library. They FINALLY got a bad kitty book (as Brenna put it) seems she's concerned there's not enough exposure LOL. She's currently reading non-fiction weather books. What ever floats her boat. I help her if she needs help. We found on that's a choose your own adventure weather book where you go through tornadoes, hurricanes, and flash floods. It's way above her pay grade but she likes it and that's what counts.

I'm sneezy this morning. and Esmerelda (the kitten) is trying to type so I suppose I'll go grab a show and see where the day takes me!



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Eva, mini-vacations sound fun! And thrilled Bug is getting exposed to many possible career paths open to her. I'm reading a newish book by Bruce Coville, a children's fantasy author with a wide humorous streak, but some positive sentiments as well. It's Always October from 2012--his 100th book. He writes more for upper elementary to middle school kids. My favorites feature 5th and 6th graders: Aliens Ate My Homework (and the books that follow in that series), and My Teacher Is an Alien (followed by My Teacher Glows in the Dark, My Teacher Fried My Brains, and perhaps my all-time favorite book title My Teacher Flunked the Planet). So she is probably a few years away from his work, but keep them in mind!
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Anni, good to hear from you. I love the idea of buying extra supplies to donate to those who can't afford them. All kids deserve shiny new supplies for school!
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Temps are in the 80s here, which is warmer than I prefer, but there's sometimes a breeze which makes the walks at work more pleasant. I can do my loop clockwise or counterclockwise, and have started doing the 1:30 and 4 pm walks in the direction where I walk in the sun first, and end in the shade. I've always been a "save the best till last" person. I'm also a "shade chaser" as one friend termed it--I'll go considerably out of my way and park much farther away from where I'm going if I can park in the shade, cuz I dislike getting in a hot, stuffy car!
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Bright Blessings Gorgeous Ones

Amanda, thank you for posting the link on organization!!!

Mrs_Eva The North side of the house for the hydrangea, I wasn't sure where to plant it!! I want it to survive. I was at Wally World yesterday and the school supplies were going up on display in record time and number!!! I guess it is a good thing, because they encourage shoppers to buy a little extra and donate to those that can't buy school supplies.

In case anyone is interested: on Blog Talk Radio today: Hippie Witch, Joanna DeVoe at 4p CST and tonight Susun Weed Ask An Herbal Expert at 5:30p. Or if you're like me download the podcast in iTunes.

Okay Gorgeous Ones, better get to gettin, and get some things done.

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Good morning goddesses!

Amanda thank you for the article. I do many of these things. particularly worst or hardest chore first and "Don't put it down"

When Bug goes back to school I'm going to start an organizing campaign around here. Mostly the craft supplies are out of hand at the moment. But before that we have to clean out her closet, donate what doesn't fit or she doesn't like, and make note of it so the items that need replacing can be replaced before school clothes shopping begins.

DH starts his vacation next Wednesday and will be off 12 days in a row. We have 2 mini trips planned. One to Patti's 1800's settlement and one to Memphis for Museum and Zoo fun. Both places are near Malls and shopping centers so i suppose I'll be doing the school clothes shopping then and so Thursday is the closet/dresser clean out.

On the 17th I go to the doctor and get all of my parts checked out for yet another year. New doctor so wish me luck.

We have 3 trips to the library left for the summer program. Today and tomorrow are both female scientist. She's excited. Mostly because she loves to see the experiments, but it reminds her there's such a huge range of jobs available to women in the world.









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Here's the link to an article about 14 things to do to organize and clean your home: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
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Good ideas from fellow Sparkers!

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Ms Anni plant on the north side of the house during late fall after the sap goes down.



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Bright Blessings Gorgeous Ones

It's good to read everyone is doing fine!!!!

Don't know if y'all listen to podcasts or not but there's one I iTunes download, upload it to the MP3 and listen to the podcast when I want to. Some of the older episodes have led me to a couple of books for summer reading. You should have guessed that from what I post on the team's home page. If you get a chance check out Joanna Devoe. It's Where Magick with a "K" meets the Law of Attraction.

Quick question: Anyone know anything about hydrangeas? Where to plant and when to transplant. A neighbor gave me a rooted hydrangea plant and I need to get it into to ground but where?



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Good morning goddesses!

Amanda I see you finished your application from the news feeds. How are you feeling about it all?

Thank you for your not thinkng I'm plain. I think sometimes i feel that way because I'm "natural" No hair color, no make up and I'm usually dressed very very comfortable. I'm a jeans and t-shirts kind of girl. And i like myself, but then i get out and i see perfectly manicured moms and i start to think I'm plain. But there's nothing wrong with being plain me.

Jim and I had a conversation about it all this weekend and he informed me I wasn't plain. I was confident enough to let my gray hair show and not wear make up knowing that it usually breaks me out and makes me feel uncomfortable. I guess he's saying I'm confident enough to be who I am. Plain me. ;)

Not that there's anything wrong with hair color and make up it's just not something I like for myself.

I hope you all had a fabulous 4th of July. We had fun at my mothers. Hot dogs and fire roasted marshmallows followed by fireworks. Fun fun. I went thrift shopping on Saturday and came home with 3 new shirts. Apparently women in my size never wear the clothes they turn in. of the 2 pair of shorts and 3 shirts I've purchased so far, I've had store tags on 3 of the items. I'm a happy shopper ;)


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If you don't mind my asking, what are you applying for?

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After writing responses to some of the essay-type supplemental questions out in longhand, I began typing them into a Word document that somehow makes the whole application process seem more real. When I'm done, I'll paste them into the appropriate places in the online application itself. I think I may need to create a more detailed work history for this position, since they ask for details of various kinds of work experience, I should probably give the employment details for the job experience I refer to.

I'm ready to take a break, though, and do some reading and watching of area fireworks from my balcony. emoticon

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emoticon for the support, sweet goddesses! emoticon

Eva, I had to dash over to check out your Bug blog--loved it! emoticon (And I must agree with the comment there is nothing plain about you, dear emoticon and emoticon team leader!)

Forgot to turn off the alarm yesterday morning, so woke up to it today--went ahead and got up. Just finished 2 loads of laundry--just need to get it all hung and put away. I've started back on the current application, and regretting that I haven't worked on it this week, with it due Monday. May try for a nap soon.


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I think it makes perfect sense. My husband grew up in a situation with unhealthy conflict and it's been a struggle to convince him that it's more healthy to have conflict and grow from it than it is to avoid conflict altogether.

That sounds like a break through and a lot of healing! Worrying about hurting everyone else in the world downplays taking care of yourself. I'm happy that you were able to make such a big step. :)

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Good morning Goddesses!

Oh you know if i took the time to put a star on her head i took pictures! here's the link to my blog. sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journa
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Bug was excited the park ranger was a woman. She's really paying attention these days to women and their jobs. Not sure why but we have 2 women coming next week that are scientist. And she saw the park ranger that's a woman. She's finding out just how exciting the work world can be for a woman.

She's also decided to enter a piece of artwork in the Dawg Daze in Milan. I need to post a blog with some of her art on it. She's good. particularly for 6. last night she decided she wants to do a painting but put sand in it so that it looks like the bottom of a fish tank or lake. Apparently she's painting fish for Dawg Daze. And apparently she's going multi-media even if she's not overly familiar with the term yet.

Amanda I like where your session is going. My therapist long ago went through an "agree to disagree" series. I'm thinking it's probably similar to what you are talking about now. how to find even ground after a disagreement.

We are in for a cooler weekend. thank goodness. We're having a bonfire and fireworks at my mothers tomorrow night so a cooler evening will be so welcomed!

Do any of you have July 4th plans?




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We absolutely need pictures of that, Eva! emoticon Will Bug get to take a picture of you with crazy hair too?

Today's high was 12 degrees cooler than yesterday's, thankfully!

I had an intense, very helpful therapy session today. I was dealing with some inner conflicts between parts, and we discussed a relationship dynamic I was unfamiliar with: the cycle of resonance, rift or rupture (depending on the magnitude of the conflict), and repair. Growing up, I never saw healthy conflict resolution--there was just lots of pretense and denial, domination and submission--so I've always been rather afraid of conflict and expressions of anger. So it was extremely helpful--even liberating--to realize the goal isn't to prevent any possible rifts or ruptures (conflicts), but to focus on positive repairing when inevitable hurts and disagreements arise.

Don't know if that makes sense to anyone else, but I was pretty excited and relieved to have a new tool and understanding, and to realize I don't have to worry about "not doing it all right" or making someone mad or hurting their feelings or getting mad or hurt myself. So if that speaks to anyone else, cool!

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Mrs_Eva_K: that's a lovely idea! I hope you don't mind that I clipped it to my evernote so if I forget I know where to find it.

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Good morning Goddesses!

Welcome Prana Dancer! The team goals are set so you can match them to your needs at this time. www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
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We have a monthly challenge located in the Training Grounds and the occasional "special challenge" that i will announce when we have them.

We're about to get ready to head to the library. live animals and crazy hair day so I'm about to go make Bug look like a Star. literally I'm going to put a star on her head made from her hair ;)






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emoticon There is a Team goals thread below this one (2 down) that goes into more detail. Actually you get to mold the goals to your own needs, desires, path.

Sorry, we hit the 90s today, and I'm wilted, so won't do much Sparking. I managed a few small chores in babysteps, but I'm about done in.

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Hi! I just found this sparkteam and I'm getting to know my way around. What are the element goals for the team goals? Are they anything specific?

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Good Morning Goddesses and Happy July 1st!

The July Challenge is up in the Training grounds Forum. Amanda I swiped you 5 minute wake up routine as part of it.

We have Esmerelda thumping around here. it's been years since I've had a house kitten. I'd forgotten what balls of energy they are. Yesterday she got "Lost" for 4 hours. She found a cubby in the sofa arm (I didn't know it existed until yesterday) and took herself a long nap. we found her when she started screaming because she's hungry and needed a potty. Poor thing couldn't get out. LOL.

Stay safe and Stay Cool in the summer heat!

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Took lazy day off. We have what's called a Personal Leave Day that we have to use by the end of the fiscal year--which ends today, 6/30. I had forgotten to schedule mine, and luckily was able to arrange today off, or I would have lost it. So I went to the gym, visited with my sister (who had driven her DH up to Seattle where he had a medical procedure done), then donated blood. I've been feeling lazy ever since.

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A lovely day nice and sunny and warm.
I am looking forward to July as we have two celebrations and a day out so I really need to watch the portion control this month.
Love the July Fitness Challenge I am definitely doing that.


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Good morning goddesses!

Shadow I subscribe to the thought that nothing is perfect but it can be perfect for me. Sounds to me like you found something that is perfect for you right now. And that's what matters. I think whipping that hedge into shape is an excellent exercise routine. I don't have a garden this year, my yard has stayed to wet, but the last several summers a garden has been my go to for summer exercise.

Amanda I hope you enjoy planning your vacation and catching up with friends. Sounds like you were a busy bee.

We have added a new fur-baby over the weekend. We are pet poor but Bug has never had her own kitten (all the cats here were adults long before she was born), So We adopted a cut little Maine Coon Mix over the weekend. Esmerelda is still finding her place around here but i think once she settles in she'll be a great addition to our family.

Amanda Esmerelda happens to be bad Kitty's real name. Man she loves those books. :)

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I'm feeling virtuous today, since I got a lot done--garbage & recycling out to dumpsters, handwashing, dishes, made stock with veggie trimmings, litter box, got AAA membership renewed, kitchen floor scrubbed, a head of red cabbage chopped for salads (with knife & cutting board--no food processor here). Plus I did the 5-minute workout again--I like it!

I also spoke with 2 friends on the phone today: starting to plan a vacation next year with an out-of-state friend, and catching up after several months with a more local one. It was nice to balance out the housework.

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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hi gang....i have been busy these past days. behind my fenced in yard i have more land that i am working on. there is a hedge that is overgrown and i am little by little hacking it down to a reasonable size. at least i am getting my exercise in and working on a great tan to boot! probably will take me all summer to work on it. tomorrow i plan on mowing the yard lawn...that takes 2 hrs so, i will be sweating my fat off my body...boy if this keeps up i will be skinny before i know it.
thanks for the encouraging words...sometimes i feel like such a failure in the "witch department". but i did do something a few days ago. i sat down and carved my name and weight into the top of a candle and then carved increments of 5lbs that i want to lose each week. i dressed the candle and sat with it burning for about 1/2 hr repeating a phrase to help me release my weight. i would like to burn the candle each week to reinforce my commitment to myself. well, it may not be perfect, but it is a start and i need to start somewhere.
time for me to get ready to hit the sack...want to snuggle up and read my book. chat later.

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Good Morning Goddesses!

Amanda all you should need to fix that closet is a new hook, available at lowes or home depot, and a screwdriver for the screws. the trip to the store will take longer than the fix itself. It shouldn't be an expensive repair and the hooks, if they are like mine, are sold individually. here they are less than $10.

Shadow there's nothing wrong with you. I think we all lose our way spiritually from time to time. When i'm feeling out of sorts in the ritual department I start with a self blessing while I shower. Then i move on to other simple rituals.

Amanda thank you about my practice. I have to use modifications on occasion myself, when my fibro is arguing with me. Those are the days i listen to my heart and do a practice set to meditation music, no DVD. Just choosing poses that I know will nourish me that day. I need straps for grabbing my foot in certain poses. Nothing wrong with it. Just chose the poses you like and go with it. You can add on when your body feels ready.

I hope you see the stay interviews Amanda.

Ms. paula I'm glad you enjoyed early morning gardening. Here in West Tn. if I'm going to garden in the summer I have to do it early. It's so hot and humid a person will dehydrate QUICKLY and never know what's happening.


I'm gearing up for 4th of july celebrations and tonight's birthday party. My niece turns 12 going on 22. I've had a very busy week. I'm ready for a little slow down. Tomorrow I'm going to good will shopping for shorts. The zipper broke in one of my favorite pair, so before hitting a retail store I'm going to see what I can find thrift shopping.

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Good to hear from you Shadow-- emoticon --and yes, I'm another struggler.
And emoticon Paula for your wise and gentle encouragement. emoticon

I don't have much to share of substance, but here's news from my corner of the world:

--I just broke a shelf in the bedroom closet and have no idea how to fix it. A hook holding the shelf up snapped off when I heave a couple of (empty) suitcases onto it. It might be an easy fix, but I'm pretty clueless about what it would take. For now I transferred my tops to the bottom rail where they don't fit as well, but they aren't too heavy.

--Work continues to be crazy, with more to do than I can really keep up with, so I just do what I can and practice a lot of letting go. Everyone in the unit got an invitation via our office manager for a "stay interview" with the regional administrator. I responded with an enthusiastic "Absolutely! Anytime!" Some businesses are starting to recognize they might benefit from gathering candid feedback about what's right and wrong with an organization before an employee is headed out the door, and thus supplementing the traditional "exit interview" (where telling the truth won't get you in trouble) with "stay interviews." We'll see if it actually happens and whether anything comes of it.


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Today I was up early and decided to do some gardening so 7am saw me in the garden and I really loved it.
Then I sat and meditated for a while and it was lovely, the sun was shining and the birds singing a great way to start the day.

SHADOW1012 I think we all go through times like that. When that happens to me I do really simple rituals nothing fancy or long just short easy things that take a few minutes. I light a candle and that is it nothing else just the candle and a few words or a simple meditation. It keeps me connected until I feel I can do more.

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sorry i was mia...just needed a break from everything. oh my girls....i am such a poor witch!. i just dont know what i want to do for any ritual. i guess fear keeps me back, it plan it out in my head, but that is about as far as is goes....i just dont know what is wrong with me. sometimes i think that i have hardened, i just dont feel anything....and i miss my spirituality, as much as i miss my thin body...but on the bright side....i have not given up on myself.
time for bed, we are in the middle of a severe thunderstorm and the cats are afraid (so am i) dont like the loud rumbling. need to tend to the girls...chat later.

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I love hearing about your yoga practice, Eva. My first ever yoga at a Y in Dallas was my favorite class & teacher. Never found anything as good in the 30-plus years since. Haven't found anything structured enough but doable (I need modifications for joints) that I've wanted or been able to stay with. I admire you for the practice you've developed and maintained.
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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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Good Morning Goddesses!

Indigo some of my ritual are outside. Just depends on the season and the weather. I don't keep a formal alter, well because i don't. too many nosy cats LOL.

I'm not after Yoga for the calorie burn. The physical aspect is to combat fibromyalgia. It helps keep the pain in check without my having to use medication on a daily basis. It also helps with my asthma, keeping the lungs clear. But it does build strength, even if it doesn't burn up the calories. I have PTSD and generalized anxiety disorder. it helps calm the mind and keep episodes to a minimum for me. I also find that Yoga helps me eat more mindfully simply because I pay closer attention to what my body needs. I've practiced for years but i don't always stick to an early morning practice.

Do you do your circuit training at home or in a gym?

Indigo you are an eclectic Wiccan, right? Eclectic Pagan here, matron goddess is Hecate. My friends call me a kitchen witch.

It's raining here this morning. perfect day to go see the local meteorologist at the library. We get to learn the science of extreme weather.

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Thanks for all the sharing & ideas, goddesses!

I loved your yarn fairies, Paula, and like your daily blessing candle.

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I keep my rituals outside because they're not welcome in my mother's house. I do them either in the back yard while she's at work or in the park in my town. I love working with faeries, they're easy and fun to work with. Yoga is good for the mind, body and spirit but it only burns calories depending on what you eat. I love doing yoga because it keeps me connected with Mother Earth but it doesn't always help shrink my waistline. I use circuit training but it tires me out. Dancing does help balance the energy from within as well as burn calories.

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Good morning Goddesses!

Ms paula I love the fairies and i think she will to. i have everything here in the craft basket to make fairies :) She's having a busy week this week. i allow her to go to VBS at my in-law's church (She still argues to me God is a girl but at least she respects their belief that god is a boy. Love she came to these conclusions on her own.) Anyway I'll have it in my back stock for an afternoon activity next week. We love crafting together. I helped her make a fairy basket last week. She's not big enough to wield hot glue guns and wire cutters just yet :) whatever-evakee.blogspot.com/2014/06
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She has a devilish grin here...

Amanda i've found that I have to simplify my rituals because often times bug wants to help. My daily one is to bless the food as i prepare it. I even bless the pets as i fill their dishes. I don't keep a formal alter but i have a "tool chest" with things I need for rituals. Remember all you really need is yourself. the magic is in you the rest is flourish.

I've started my day with morning Yoga, again. It's less of a work out and more moving meditation. I don't always use a dvd and often the sound track is just my breath. I'm listening to my heart tell my body what to do.

Rituals are what you make them. What matters is they mean something to you personally.




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Yes I do struggle to get Rituals done but do my best.

I set a reminder on my emails calendar a week before the Sabbat so I can prepare for it.
I look up new things to make and do so it is always fresh, simple things and even things that children make, why shouldn't it be fun we are all children at heart.
For the Sabbats I made cards that have a simple ritual in them so I don't have to get out my B.O.S. I also keep the altar really simple as I don't have a lot of space, that way it is easy to set up.

We tend to forget that what we do every day is a form of ritual right from getting up to going to bed we do things in a set way and that is in itself a ritual.

I am getting into the habit of lighting a candle when I prepare breakfast and asking a blessing upon the day and the food I will eat. I use the same candle each day until it all used up. Then I prepare a new one and dress it so that It is ready for my daily ritual of asking a blessing and giving thanks.




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Awesome to have a number of new members. I hope y'all will introduce yourselves and share a little of your path & current journey. And I'd love to hear from veteran GGs as to what's new with you!

I will confess I feel a bit embarrassed that I'm not doing more to mark the holidays. I did a MotherPeace tarot reading for the solstice, as I do for most of the festival days, but not much else, really. I talk to the Goddess often, but don't get around to rituals the way I'd like to. Anyone else struggle with this?

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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A lesson from vacation is that I need more balance in my life. So I pledge to work on taking at least one babystep each week in a few Big Rock areas of my life:
--attracting
--releasing
--empowering/strengthening
--connecting

I know that's still kind of vague, so I'll work on making it more concrete and breaking it into little do-able steps.
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After going way too long with no strength training, just walking, I finally did an abs workout: ~ 8 minutes or 9 sets of 20 reps on different exercises. I used to do these more often, but got out of the habit, and will probably feel my muscles tomorrow!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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That is so sweet and who is to say that butterflies are not faeries.
I made Yarn Faeries for Mid-Summer Solstice have a look here

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Maybe Bug would like to make some they are really easy to do and you can glue on all sorts of things for wings. I will use some twigs in a large vase to hang them from, all you need is some yarn, scissors, glue and something for wings and maybe some small beads or sequins, you could even use glitter to pretty them up a bit.
Naturally you would need to help her as you need sharp scissors to cut through the yarn loops.

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Good morning!

Ms. Paula your plans sound wonderful. I'm planning a nice grilled meal and dessert. And I plan to make a fairy basket with Bug. I think it's something she would like. She's been huntig fairy rings in the yard this summer. I love it. She's convinced herself that certain colored butterflies (pygmy blues and clouded sulfur) are fairies. and lace wing dragon flies are pixies. Who am I to tell her any different?

Amanda i hope you have a good day at work despite being short handed.

Bug and i plan to go to the dollar store and then to check out a new store in the area. I'm tired and sore today. no idea why but I know I slept like a log last night. If tight muscles unwound in my sleep that's a good possibility as to why.



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I was too tired yesterday to go out grocery shopping after therapy yesterday, so made do with leftovers that came home with me & a very little bit of food left in the fridge--just had to grab half-and-half at the convenience store for coffee! So I went today after work, and prepped a healthy work lunch and snacks for tomorrow.

We're going to be short-handed tomorrow. 3 of our 4 permanent Customer Service Specialists are interviewing for a different position, so it's possible we'll be losing somebody soon. I'm deciding to try to take work as "not seriously" as possible. I'll do as good a job as I can, but won't take on pressure that results from low pay, frequent turn over, and poor management.

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Can't wait for Saturday it is the Summer Solstice this weekend emoticon
What are you planning to do?

I am planning a nice meal with a salad and have a dessert a lemon one.
I want to make a kitchen spoon for decoration only, a God's eye and a fairy or two.
I will blog about them on my Practical Hearth Witch blog.

It is also the start of the 5% Summer Challenge and get this DH is going to make it the start of his Life style changes.
We went to see the Dietician at the Hospital and it is a group thing,DH is not a fan of group things but this is different. No long lists of foods not to eat just a realistic goal of lessening calories by 500 calories per day. No your doing it all wrong and need to do loads of exercise, again simple goals to aim for. During the next 12 weeks he wants people to aim at 5% weight loss again a goal that is reachable. So DH is happy to give it his best shot.
I have been here with him many times so will not get too excited but I really do hope he will stick with it. He is 310 pounds and needs to lose weight for his health.

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Good Morning Goddesses!

Amanda it sounds like you had a good time and that you made some self discoveries while you were gone. I hope you hear from your applications soon. Sometimes the wait is the worst.

I hope everyone is staying cool. We are having some hot days here in West Tennessee!Be safe and enjoy yourselves!

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Back home after a wonderful visit with best friends. The weather at the coast was marvelous. Ran into some rain on the drive down, and a little on the return trip, but sunny if breezy days on the coast. Reconnected with Margaret, the sister of my friend Susan who lives in Hawai'i, who it turns out lives in Portland, about 3 hours away. So I'm hoping to make plans to see her now and then.

Realized in talking with sister on the drives, and therapist today, that I need to bring more adventures and friend time into my life. I loved this gathering--and it made clear to me that I need more outings and connections like this. My life has gotten out of balance with too much solo & 'work-type' activity.

I've been fighting a cough the last 2-3 days, and did a lot of resting yesterday after arriving home to a lonely cat who had been on her own for a couple days. (My cat-sitter/house caller couldn't cover every day away.) She was happy to have me curl up on the sofa with her and watch Gilmore Girls episodes in between unpacking.

Back to work tomorrow. Sadly no word at all the last round of applications, though I checked email every day I was gone. Hope all my Spark pals have been having an enjoyable and successful week while I was away!

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Good morning goddesses!

bF i hope your honey's bad reunion is a blast. Do they plan to tour or is it a one night only? I think you've shared before but I'd forgotten.

It's library day! it's a comic/magician. Family oriented. He normally tours the local churches. Anywho. Looks to be a fun morning!

Have a good day goddesses!

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Father's day is pretty busy for us at Baskin Robbins~and our boss pretty much went through every cake she had.....only a few themed cakes left over and not too shabby for back up inventory. As assistant manager (along with a coworker) tried to help with the chaos as much as we could.

Survived and enjoying the rest of my weekend. I have two weeks before my honey's punk band reunion show.....along with my 20yr high school reunion. I get to spend an extra night with my high school bestie in our old military hometown......excited nervous! My honey has a week of rehearsal before the big show.....and I'll be here at the house. We are such home bodies~hardly ever apart.....longest was ten days when made trip back to real hometown in the cornfields of IL, usually only two to three days....and rarely....and we've been together for little over 13 yrs!

Hope you ladies are having a great start to your week!

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good morning Goddesses.

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Good Morning goddesses!
laughter is an awesome medicine. it keeps the heart young. There's laughing yoga classes in Memphis LOL.

I hope you all are having a wonderful Monday. I'm tired but good. Had a long weekend. Spoiled Jim for Father's day and watched Brenna make a cobra in art class. Forgot my fitbit for most of the day. Oh well.

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I did some swimming and pool walking at our hotel Friday morning, and for a walk today on the steep hills here, so getting good exercise in! And all the laughing gives my abdominals a good workout!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Good morning Goddesses!

Well this morning I am sore as can be. i should have known i can't lift a riding lawnmower out of the mud. i may think I'm a superhero, but I'm missing that monster power mutation.

DH helped get it unstuck when he got home. and I finished mowing. The up side is got got in almost 15000 steps literally just trying to move that blasted mower and fixing "dog holes".

So today will be a n easy day of grocery shopping, light walking and meditation.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Good morning Goddesses!

Amanda enjoy your trip! I hope Sue made it in safely. I'm glad she's able to join you this year.

This week I've started "momma Yoga" in the mornings before Bug gets up. I had forgotten how much I enjoy Yoga strait out of the bed. I've found teaching her new routines doesn't leave much actual Yoga for momma.

Anywho. I hope you all have a fabulous day.

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We are going back to last year's house in the hills of Brookings, just over the border from California into Oregon, on the coast. A very nice place.

Limited Sparking over next week while on vacation. Will have the laptop to check emails for any info on the last round of applications, but won't be spending a lot of time online.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Good Morning Goddesses!

Oh good i got a full night's sleep!

Amanda enjoy your 6-pack., Where are you meeting this year?

BF -- Ha this bunch around here crave 80's. not to hot or too cold. And we've had it, with a mountain of RAIN. We're having to watch flood waters the storm has dumped so much.

Printmaking was Awesome! i have to hang Bug's work for her today. And we go back to the library to see Mr. Bond! Science guy. We made Saop clouds in the Microwave over the weekend (microwave ivory soap for about 90 seconds and watch it grow) and then observed the melting process in the sink. Can you tell I'm trying to break Bug's boredom?


She's coming along with shoe tying and Yoga. She likes saluting the sun :)


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Looks like ladies are keeping busy~getting ready for Father's day at work, usually busy and the weather has been warm for us on the mountain. Reaches 80 and the natives start melting :P Enjoying the end of my weekend, have a weird schedule tomorrow....maybe will try to get some swimming in soon. Hope you ladies have great rest of the week!

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Have a marvelous time, Paula!

I'll be busy getting ready for the annual gathering of the gal pals--6-Pack. I think this is year 23 for us. I'll be picking up childhood friend (met in 4th grade) at airport ~11:30 pm tomorrow night.

Oops--time to get ready for work! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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good morning goddesses!

Ms Paula I hope you enjoy your trip.

I'm half asleep this morning. Bug has been up and down half the night. She's scared of the thunder. No bad storms but over the weekend it was rough so now she's jumpy.

This afternoon we are off to the library (weather permitting) to learn printmaking with artz underground. She's rather excited to see Ms. Jodi.

have a great day!

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Busy day today as I tidy up the place before we go out tomorrow. We are off to Skegness for the day on a coach trip. www.visitlincolnshire.com/destinatio
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So a day by the sea is going to be our holiday we will have another day out in late July.

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Good Morning Goddesses!

Busy weekend with SIL's wedding. Pictures are up on my spark page if anyone wants to see.

I'm also very tired.When we got home from the wedding on saturday our power was down. 7 hours later it came back up. poor guy worked through the night to restore power.

So today will be slow as I'm waiting on a call from what I hope will be my new doctor. I'm slightly ticked at the current doctors office. Have been for a while. So I'm in the process of trying to change.

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hi gang...was very busy this weekend, but finally finished all the outside projects. i posted pics in my photo area if you want to see. put the gazebo up in the back yard, all that needs to be done is to pick up some cinderblocks to anchor it down. front and side yards are all done for this year...so my outside is finally done. i may pick up some bushes to plant on the other side of my yard so the cats have somewhere to hide out in...but, overall everything i wanted to finish is done. got tons of exercise in doing it.
now...i need to concentrate on the inside and clean this house. it was neglected with all the outside stuff...so will have a busy day today.
off to start my day...have a great monday.

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Hope work went OK, BareFitness.

Your day at the seaside sounds lovely, Paula.

I'm headed off to 6-Pack on the Oregon coast this week myself. I just found out my house-visiting cat-sitter will only miss the last 2 days I'm gone, so my Dora will be very happy to have me return! I like not having to board her in a cage with a bunch of other animals. I just posted a recommendation for her services on the Seattle Spark team. Oh, and the salad was popular; there was enough for those who liked it to eat again for lunch on Friday, and a little left for my own dinner that night--extended with some extra ingredients.

I may have mentioned that I do a lot of parts work in therapy (I think Katie calls it Internal Family Systems). We've dealt with a lot of young parts, and recently met a new part--an older teen or very young adult--tough, profane, not willing to take BS. She holds my mother accountable for neglecting to protect me, unlike parts who feel great sympathy for an unhappy and wounded woman who had been molested by her own father. Because that wasn't the "popular" or "spiritual" opinion, she pretty much never came out until we started working on mother issues. She was reluctant to engage at first, but is so drawn to the kid parts, especially the hurt ones. She is very clear on boundaries and guards the young ones fiercely, and they idolize her. They call her KAY, for Kick Ass (Yo)--she thinks the Yo is corny, but the young ones like it. And she rallies them to Kick Ass on clutter and Kick Ass on flab, which totally energizes them. My internal life can be vastly entertaining, and it's so cool to discover qualities of these personality parts that I can draw on.
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So this weekend she rallied the group to sort through an entire banker's box of old papers, most of which got recycled, some shredded and only a little bit kept. And I got back to the gym after a 2 month absence. We'll see how my muscles feel in the next couple days!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Exercise all done and I feel good.
Weather is gloomy with rain and storms forecast for later hence my early posting of what I did for today. I was up at 06:00 hours and doing my exercise so if we do get the storms I am all done.
Later on I will be ironing and getting plans made up for the meals next week.
Really looking forward to Wednesday as we go out for the day to the seaside, I love walking along the beach and hearing the sea, I just hope it will be dry with some sun.

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I need to head to the library and get myself a book to read. Need to catch up on my Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz......hear it's been make into a show. I also have plans to re read my Walking Dead Comic since my collection is almost complete~but forget how it went because my honey and I are also watching the series.

too nice outside to continue sitting here.....need some relaxation before who knows what kind of shift at work tonight. Friday night, summer at the ice cream shop, coworker that doesn't want to be there (unless she got someone to cover her shift) and a newbie, fresh out of the interview on what can be a very busy night. sigh, I hope I survive :P

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Good morning Goddesses!

Amanda we do have The learning house in Jackson. and most of our stores carry workbooks. So does Sams. I thought I'd let her get through her wedding jitters first. She's still ticked off she has to wear the itchy dress.

I think she's about to get the shoe tying thing. She made them yesterday without any coaching aside from "Remember the next step?" Sound small but she gets so frustrated when things don't come easily.

The salad sounds delicious. If you have to have left overs lurking it's best it's a tasty salad.

Worth it you are some what a lucky duck. I bet your DH bring home the fresh veggies saves a small bundle at the grocery.

I discovered yesterday at the library that the reads program is now available for my kindle Happy happy Happy. So now I can check out some books without having to get in line for the hard copy. I love real books but this is convenient as i can look at leisure. Between us we can have 20 live books and 30 e-books at one time. It's book worm heaven :)

We're in for a wet day so you all be safe. I think it's a good day to have a long Yoga session with or without my bug.





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Left overs salad...I have that daily for lunch! My hubby works at Burger King as a closer, so, rather than toss the chopped up fixings..lettuce, tomato, onion, etc, he brings them home for me. I whip up a salad out of them, add me some cottage cheese, or grilled bird, etc...bam, Left Over Salad ala Yum!

Hope the crew loves it anyway! Your new bowl sounds cool, I has a small one, hahahaha.

Blessed day all!

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