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5/3/16 10:06 A

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Good morning. We have glorious sunshine, whoop whoop and suppose to get in the mid 60's, so glad it's not another gray day. Yep, getting curls today, haven't had a perm for a couple of years or more. It'll be nice visiting with my sis after I get done at the salon. Today is our youngest DD's birthday, she is down in Florida on Marco Island celebrating with her DH.

Wanda my heart goes out to you in your loss of Kismet.

Kathy your fishes look pretty happy swimming in their nice, clean pond. Our youngest DD and DH are on Marco Island, which I have no idea where that's at in Florida.

Kathryn, Nancy, Donna, Mauri and whoever might stop by wishing all a great Tuesday.

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5/3/16 8:57 A

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Good Morning all,

I'm taking a mental health from work today. Yesterday was harder than I even imagined it to be. Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is not fun. We were blessed to be able to find an incredibly compassionate vet to come to the house. I am at the moment an emotional wreck and will take today to try and come to terms with everything and do my grieving. I don't think my co-workers want to deal with me today. Sent and email off last night to my supervisor letting her know what was going on and will trust that is sufficient.

Thank you all for your kind words and caring.

I have posted Tuesday's challenge, but going to try and disconnect from technology today. Perhaps spend some time in the garden and in quietness.

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Good Morning Sparkies...

Thanks for the weight loss congrats but today it shows I gained one back. lol Yo Yo... hehehe

I saw on Good Morning America today that when we gain after dropping a bunch of weight, it's not all our fault. Our bodies are slowing down and are trying to get back to our original weight. Crazy... So makes it even harder.

Kathryn - Good luck to you this month. You can do it. Keep doing the meditation and talking to your therapist to help you through. You can do it. You are right you have to take care of you. Prayers that all will be good with Ron's surgery.

Shirl - Yay on getting your hair done. I am needing to get mine cut again. It's growing so fast. hehehe I haven't permed in a long time since I color... It damaged my hair so bad. Besides I'd rather be a blonde than curly... Bahahaha Oh and It's a natural blonde that I use. Yep that's the name of it. hehehe

Wanda - Thinking of you this morning. Sending prayers for you and Kismet. Hope all is ok.

Well I know some of you saw my snake I posted on FB... Scared me yesterday when I went to walk out the back door and he was sitting there.
Still don't know what kind of snake it is. But will be watching where I go for sure. The Snake guy said it was either a rattler (not good) or and eastern hognose which is not venomous. I did not see a rattler so hoping it's the hognose. Ugh Do not like it that he was out there at all. Usually only see the black snakes which do not harm you. Still hate all snakes!

Today I go to Kissimmee. I have 2 appt's over there today. So will be gone all day. Then will stop and get some grocery's on the way home. We are about out of everything. lol
One of the appts is getting my teeth cleaned. hehehe Fun Fun!

Happy Fish... Still need to redo around the pond some and pull more weeds and put mulch down. Then maybe add some stones to the pond.


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Good morning. It's another overcast morning, hope to see the sun this afternoon. Tomorrow I am going to the salon in Okemos where my GD works and she's going to give me a perm, then after I leave there will go visit my sis and BIL. I made a pan of blonde brownies this morning to take to my GD and sis, also will make some cookies after lunch, those brownies smell so good.

Wanda we need to send you and Kathy some bubble wrap to put around you to protect you, no more falling you two. Very sorry to hear about Kismet, I know what you are going through. Glad you had a nice weekend and could get things done outside.

Kathy WTG on those 4 lbs. gone. Bet those fishes are happy with their clean pond.

Kathryn I bet you will do better this time doing the "Every-other-day diet"

Nancy hope your week is getting off to a good start.

Wishing all a good Monday!

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Positive quote-Because today is another chance to get it right.
New week new start. I am going back on my Every-Other-Day-Diet. Before on it I was having problems with binges but after reading "Never Binge Again'" I am in a better frame of mind and can handle eating less every other day. I have my meals planned for the month and will stick to the plan. I have some added stress this month with hubby's surgery but have plans to call my therapist if I need to. Things are going to be okay and I can take this time to take care of me too. Today I fast and have every thing planned out including a trip to my favorite thrift store. I love the walk, about 2 miles there and back.
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Kathy emoticon on the weight loss emoticon can't all be emoticon I bet keeping your fingers busy on your projects helped a lot

Wanda so sorry you fell, hope you heal right up quickly.

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It was so strange that no one had posted and then poof you were all here. hehehe

Wanda - Sorry that you fell. I didn't fall far so thankful for that. And yes we both need to stop doing things that make us fall. Hope your knee feel better and no damage other than a bruise.
So sorry about Kismet... I just hate this sort of thing. Your heart breaks at the thought of calling that vet for the last time. UGH Prayers to help you make the right decision for all. ((hugs))

Shirl - Congrats on your elimination. WTG!!! My scale went down as well about 4 pounds. It's from all the sweating I was doing cleaning that pond. hehehe
Did the kids make it to FL? It's so hot here they wont' want to stay. hehehe

Kathryn - Hope you took some time off with your walking. You need that day of rest.

Nancy - Speaking of a day of rest... Did you get your list knocked out? hehehe

I managed to get the pond finished up but had to wait on Andy to come home and patch the hole. We knew we had one but didn't realize it was that big. lol So it's all fixed and the fish are happy. Now to weed some more around it and then mulch some more and some more decorating. I ordered a pump for it so hope that helps keep it cleaner. Have been looking at some DIY filters too. But taking a much needed day off.

Need to catch up on some laundry. Sure wish my washer was inside today. But a few steps out in that heat won't be too bad. hehehe UGH

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Good Morning Sparkies...

I checked in and no one had posted yesterday then did a post and then everyone's post shows up... lol

So going to go read what you posted...

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Kathy...love the little mini skirt for the manatee. She will love her present. Can't wait to see the dragon. Sounds like you and I had the same sort of weekend with falling! I took a header yesterday...have no idea what I did, just knew I hit the ground. I was so worried about my knee as I fell that I didn't care that I was going face first! No damaged done other than a sore knee. It is a bit stiff and swollen this morning but I think that is because I bruised things up a bit. I really have to stop falling emoticon .

Nancy...Day of rest...what is that? *grin*. Hope you got all your errands done. My inside chores got put on hold so that we could get some outdoor chores done, or in our case, started!

Shirl...The brain is not working well this morning so although I have posted Monday's challenge...it is pretty basic this time round. Hope you have a great day.

Kathryn...have a great day.


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Good Morning all,
I'm running late this morning as I had a rough night last. Battling with the decision on when to take Kismet to the vet or get the vet to come to house. She has not had a good weekend and I was actually going to stay home from work today but will wait to see how she handles today. I am calling the vet to set up a visit and will go from there.

We ended up having a beautiful weather weekend, so lots of projects on the go outdoors now. Kyle and Garry got all the pieces done for my new raised garden bed and now it's just a matter of assembling. Garry has been working on reconfiguration of the area that the bed will be going.
I got some potatoes planted yesterday and more yet to do. My blueberry plants did not survive the winter. Kept hoping they would, but still no signs of life on them.

Whoops, got to run...will try and log on again from work and see if I can bring you up to date.
and get a challenge posted for Monday.
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Hi.
Just dropping in to say hello.

I have more chores to complete on this "day of rest" but wanted to check in. Looks like everybody is doing okay, aside from Kathy's fall on her butt. I need to work on getting stronger too, Kathy. Too much sitting going on here.

Have a great Sunday. See you tomorrow.

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Good afternoon. It's a gloomy one, hope we see some sun tomorrow. Went to church today, didn't have time to post serenity Sunday, it's kind of late but will go do it after I get done here.

Kathy sorry for your fall, but glad you managed to get yourself up, that's a good idea to strengthen your legs, they do help hold us up.

Kathy congrats on winning the $30 voucher to the farmer's market, woo hoo!

Wanda missing you today.

Hope everyone is having a serene & blessed Sunday!

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Positive quote-If you can't stop thinking about it don't stop working for it. Have been busy and happy the last few days. I went shopping and paying bills Friday and on Sat. went to a garden class. I won $30 worth of vouchers to the Farmer's market. In the last two days I walked over 5 miles so am taking today as a badly needed rest day. It is hard for me to just rest but am doing it. Hubby on the other hand is not resting. He did some stair climbing and is now doing a heavy cleaning of the bathroom.

Kathy so sorry you fell, glad you got up and now have good plans on strengthening your legs. Your dragon and manatee look so cute.

Shril emoticon on the weight loss emoticon

Wanda I got a rosemary plant at the gardening class Sat. I hope I can give these plants enough sunlight to have them grow well. I move them around to get in the most direct sunlight and they are in indirect sunlight all day.

Nancy so nice that your wedding dress will be used in other wedding emoticon emoticon to the lucky couple

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Good Morning Sparkies...

I spent yesterday working on my pond. I feel like a truck hit me this morning but still need to finish up the pond and put the fish back in it.
But that is all I'm doing. hehehe

Yesterday I was trying to kneel down and it hurt my knees so much that I fell over on my backside and then could not get up. I have no leg strength at all. So after about 5 times of trying and getting scared cuz there was no one to help me that I pulled myself up and decided that I need to start doing something to strengthen my legs. So thought back to some things they had me do in PT and I'm starting to do them.

I called my friend Juli who I made the Manatee for and invited her and her hubby to the beach house next weekend. Will be nice to get together with her. It's been a long time since we did. She lives about an hour from me. So we just don't get over that way.
I've decided to make her that same cake I made for Marie's for her birthday. She will love it. lol

Hope everyone is having a good weekend. I need to get moving to get that pond done. My fish are not happy in the bucket. lol


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Good morning. The sun's trying to come out, but we have clouds and chance of showers. I was very pleased with my weigh in this morning, scale is still moving down, 2 more lbs. removed. Our youngest DD and her DH will be flying out of Detroit this afternoon headed for Florida, they'll return next Saturday and we'll get together for Mother's Day, as they have to come back to pick up their 2 dogs at her sister's, they had the closing on their home up here on Friday, that made them happy, now they can really enjoy their vacation. If you check out silly Saturday you might get some giggles.

Wanda, you were the early bird this morning, thanks for starting Silly Saturday, you gave me giggles and smiles.

Kathy the dragon is cute and friendly looking and I love the way you dressed up the Manatee for your friend, she's so cute. Sometimes get togethers are more relaxing and enjoyable when there aren't quite so many people, it's easier to visit.

Kathryn keep on staying binge free and taking those walks, you are awesome.

Nancy what's on your agenda for today? I think that's wonderful Nancy wants to wear your wedding dress.

Wishing all a silly Saturday and be sure and find some laughter in your day!

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Good Morning Sparkies...

Dinner at Marie's was nice last night. There was no one there but her DIL Laurie, me and Penny and kids. Everyone else was at the beach with Andy. hehehe I know there has to be more then a dozen of them over there. hehehe

I got an idea on the way home last night. Decided that my Manatee needed something else. So started on a little mini skirt... Making it out of the same hot pink glittery yarn as the bow. I think it's turning out cute. That poor Manatee needed a little something else. Juli's birthday is coming up next week. So need to get up with her.







Doesn't she look cuter now. hehehe

Penny has been sick for a couple weeks with a cold. After spend time with her yesterday I woke up with a sore throat... sure hope it's not the start of something. ugh

On the positive side... I woke up again today. hehehe

Wanda - Hope you get your flower beds all ready for planting today. Yay Garry!!! Just adding a little encouragement to yours. hehehe
Can't get over your weather... We are in the 70's in the morning and 90's now during the day with lots of humidity. It was 96% humidity the other day. ugh...






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Good Morning team,

I'm up far too early for a Saturday morning, but going back to sleep wasn't working so decided to get up.

On the cool side here this morning only plus 3. It is supposed to warm up significantly later and we are still looking at possible rain this weekend. So far not happening. Garry wants to get out and get started on my new garden bed if possible this weekend. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Kathy...love the preview of the dragon, he looks great! Looking forward to seeing the finished product. You need to start a little side business and make some money selling your creations. *grin*.

Kathryn...You are sure doing well with getting all that walking in. Way to go! Helps to relieve stress when you take yourself for a walk. Keep up the binge free lifestyle.

Shirl...What's happening this weekend for you and Clenton?

Nancy...Hope your lunch with your friend was a lovely time.

I may be up, but the brain is still not ready to be chatty this morning. LOL. I will check in again later today to see what everyone is doing.

Have a great day,
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Good Morning Sparkies...

Nancy - congrats to all them birthdays and weddings and all. Nice that you are letting your sister use your wedding dress. I'm still saving mine in case my DD ever gets married. Not sure that will ever happen. lol Enjoy your lunch with your ex co-worker. Sounds like fun catching up on what happens after you left. hehehe

Wanda - You are right... This dragon is a nice dragon...lol I've just had to except that. hehehe Worked on him yesterday for a while. At least he has ears now. lol

Shirl - You would be surprised at how easy it is to do these critters and such. I've taught myself how to read these patterns... If I don't know how to do a stitch I do a google search and watch a video. It's as simple as that. So you could do it too. lol

Kathryn - How fun to go to the thrift store and find such deals. WTG... lol And just look at all the walking you got in. You are Awesome!

Ok I've decided to give you all a SNEAK preview of the dragon... But you will have to wait for the final a few more days. lol


This Dragon does not have a mouth on the pattern so I added it as well as nostrils.lol The grandson I'm making it for loves purple so make his mane that color. lol

I stayed up really late last night. Had a cup of coffee right after dinner and just did not get sleepy at all. UGH So will be dragging today. Need to make a cake for Marie's tonight and Penny needs to go to the store so better get some more coffee in me and get moving...

Have a great day everyone.



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Good Morning all,

We are looking at a sunnier day today, but rain on the weekend. Guess those inside chores will take priority!

Kathryn...you are remarkable with all your walking. Way to go on achieving your goals that you set for yourself. Congratulations on the shopping finds also. Your Native American meal sounds very interesting...fill us in. Have a great day today.

Kathy...LOL...that dragon is just being ornry with not letting you make him fierce! He's a friendly dragon. I'm sure your fish pond is going to enjoy having a filter and being clean. It would nice to have a fish pond in our backyard, but then it would be for Kismet's entertainment and food, so not doing that. Enjoy your day.

Nancy...congratulations on adding to your family. How exciting that Mary wants to wear your wedding gown. Such exciting times ahead. Pictures please *grin*. Planning a wedding long distance has it's challenges, but in the end, everything works out and the important part of them getting married is all that matters.
Our youngest will celebrating their first anniversary next week on May 5th. The time has just flown by. The wedding was in Mexico and we had such a fabulous time. Our son has taken on the responsibility of a family. They have been together now for almost 3 years. We love Lauren and the kids and look forward to watching the wee ones growing up. Roman is 7 now and Imogen will be 4 in June. Imogen is non-verbal and so we are all learning sign language as she undergoes some intense speech therapy to help her learn to speak if possible. She has childhood apraxia. She has no other delays in any way and is a really smart little cookie. We realized that we were going to have to learn sign when she started developing her own. We love being grandparents.

Shirl...it looks like I will be doing indoor chores this weekend, but that's ok as we need the rain and the chores need to be done at some point. Kaeli got her approval for getting a mortgage, so now that she knows how much she can spend, she will begin looking for something. Hate to see her having to move into the city in order to find a place in her price range, but things are pretty expensive here in the Park. We will just trust the Lord with this one.

Enjoy your day all,
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Positive quote-What I'm looking for is not out there it's in me. Hubby scraped together a little money and sent me off to the thrift store again today. I walked there, about 3 miles there and back. I went to two that are close together. One was selling all their clothes for 99 cents each. I found a pair of shorts, jeans and capris. The other store I found a cute little basket and a coffee mug for me. I have a doctor's anointment this afternoon and a Native American dinner to go to this evening. They are both one mile there and back walks. I reached my goal of walking at least 10 miles a week and or doing 150 minutes exercise, in fact suppressed them both.
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Hi Positive People!

I have set myself a goal for today to get all the laundry done and clean the laundry room. I'll let you know if I meet my goal.

I got a text from one of my teacher friends and made a date to get caught up with them on Saturday. I'm looking forward to that date. It will be fun to get caught up with the doings at my old haunt!

Shirl, I did manage to get my 8 glasses in yesterday. I was drinking the last two right before I went to bed. I was surprised that I didn't need to get up and go during the night! Must be my body really needed that water!

Wanda, You did read correctly. Mary is getting married July 16th in New York at my sister's "estate". I like her intended. They make a very nice match. She wants to wear my wedding gown, so I'm taking it up to Colorado in May to get her fitted and ready to go. Son Peter, in the Navy, slipped in a marriage on March 25th. He and his new bride, Charlotte, tied the knot at the Justice of the Peace with brother Matt as a witness. It seems customary in the service to get hitched ASAP so that you get better benefits! We will celebrate those nuptials when they decide when and where they would like to party. We just met Charlotte over Christmas break. Pete seems happy. That's all that counts with me.

Kathy, thanks for sharing that bedspread photo. Neat use of the granny square! Now where's that dragon?

Kathryn, keep up the good work with your nutritional quest!


Any and all who stop in, have an awesome day! Keep it POSITIVE!

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Good morning. The rain started sometime during the night and suppose to be rainy all day, a good day for inside projects, I have stuff in my closet I need to go through and see what I can donate to the 3 day sale to help the resident council raise money for the resident fund. Will be making homemade oven fried chicken tenders and roasted Brussel sprouts for lunch.

Wanda, yay for the longer weekends coming up for you.

Kathy that bedspread is pretty, I haven't crocheted anything in quite a while, maybe this fall I can get back into it, I've made doily's and afghans and that's it for me, oh and snowflakes.

Kathryn glad you found some good deals at the thrift shop.

Nancy happy belated birthday to #3 son, hope you were able to get him outfitted ok. Now that my walking is curtailed for a while I am trying to incorporate other exercise besides just riding the bike, but I've tried to increase my time on the bike, did 40 min. this morning, I just need to keep this ole body moving. I was two glasses short of getting in my 8 glasses yesterday, but today all ready have 4 down, so will make those 8 today.

Wishing all a great Thursday!

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Good morning everyone...

Wanda I'm about to forget making this dragon fierce. Well we'll see. hehehe I've left it for a day or so just cuz I got frustrated. So plan to finish up a few other things on him today and then maybe something will come to me. hehehe It's a process. lol
Love that you get Friday's off now. And picture you on your porch enjoying that ocean sound your trees make. hehehe

I'm planning to work on my pond a little soon. My poor fish... hehehe It's so green. But I think Andy's about ready to make us a DIY filter and get a pump for it. I will so enjoy it more that way. He has been stubborn about it all these years. lol

Kathryn - Yep gotta ready them labels before you buy anymore. I used to be so much better at it when I was on Weight Watchers. Good luck on finding something to munch on that is healthy...

Nancy - Did you find something for your son that he excepted? hehehe The way kids dress anymore it's such a struggle. I will be so happy when them baggy low pants are out of style. lol I want to run up and yang em down. hehehe

Shirl - I thought of you when I saw this beautiful bed cover on FB yesterday. It looked like your doily only big and it was light blue. A lot of work... I actually made myself a giant granny square bed spread years ago. I can't use it cuz of Keno getting on bed and getting it full of her dog hairs. lol


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Happy Thursday all,

I just realized that today is my last full week until this fall again. My Fridays off start next week, the first week of May and run until the end of September. So looking forward to the reduced schedule and using up some of my holiday and overtime hours. Work 4 days but get paid for 5...sounds great in my books *grin*.

We had some sunshine peek out yesterday afternoon. Was nice, but the wind was on the chilly side so no sitting out on the back deck. My ocean trees are almost all out in full leaf now so should start hearing those ocean sounds soon.
I'm like a kid waiting for Christmas with wanting to get out and start planting in my garden. I need to buy a load of dirt for the new garden bed and also some compost dirt to help regenerate the other beds. This nicer weather is bringing all the neighbours out of their homes after a winter of being closed in. It nice to greet each other once again. During the winter months we rarely see anyone. All the summer projects seem to have started in earnest. The neighbour across from us is busy building a new deck and fencing. The neighbour beside us was out doing front yard work when I came home yesterday. A busy street!

Hope everyone has a great day today. Sounds like you are all busy with different errands and projects. Shirl...it is crazy the stuff that we accumulate. I have a big chore ahead of me too. Good luck with getting rid of all the excess items.
Nancy...hope you had a successful shopping trip with your son and that he is no longer sporting the "homeless" look. Did I read a post of yours right...Mary is getting married?
Kathryn ...I just received a new Chicken soup book at the library yesterday called "chicken soup...joy with less". Kathy...good luck with making that dragon look fierce.


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Good Afternoon Ladies.

Wanda, thanks for the reminder about cinnamon, I had lost sight of that fact. That will help for sure.

Shirl, you sound like you are going great guns on your plan. I almost got tired reading about it.

Kathy, I can't wait to get a load of your dragon!

After a slow start, I'm getting ready to step out with #3 son and get him a pair of shoes and some jeans. His birthday was yesterday and I told him that he needs to get a couple new items because I'm tired of him looking like a homeless person! So hopefully, I'll be able to get him outfitted before he takes off again. That's the plan.

On the food front, today is grab and go day. Breakfast was a banana, lunch was a high protein muffin and some raspberries and dinner will probably be a chef salad. KISS. Keep It Simple Stupid!

I'm working on that water, Shirl. I'm still behind, but I'm resolved to meet today's challenge!
Have a WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY!

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Positive quote-The best AB exercise is 5 sets of stop eating so much crap.
That is one of my many problems. But really I am the one that buys it. So the two bags of dark chocolate candies that hubby and I ate last night were my fault. I read the labels after I ate them and they were just crap!!! Not good pure dark chocolate, that is healthy for you, this stuff had flavors of fruit and a ton of sugar. I thought I was buying some thing healthy because it was dark chocolate. People read your labels before you buy. Okay I'll not getting too high on my soap box today.

Nancy I hope your blood sugar reading soon level out. Wanda is right cinnamon is good for that. I use to use it in my oatmeal when I was having problems

Shril your smoothie sounded yummy

Kathy you are trying with your eating and that is good. Taking a walk in the Dollar store sounds like fun, I wish I could do that today but I spent all my money at the thrift store this morning. I got great deals though. I found a wooden T.V. tray for hubby to use in the bedroom. He likes to eat his meals watching sports on T.V.

Wanda I hate waking up to the alarm.


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Good Morning Sparkies...

Shirl - I love that doily that Miss Sugar is sitting on. It reminded me of ones my mom had. I think I have some of them but they are stained. Not sure I could do one of them. May try one day just to see. They look hard to me. lol I do enjoy making the things for kids and special friends... hehehe
As for stretching... I'm doing a few for my legs as they hurt a lot... I need to walk more and some for my back. Just gentle ones since I'm in pain. don't want to make it worse.

Wanda - Bummer that you are getting more rain but the ground and trees and flowers love it. lol Good time to de-clutter. My poor closet needs it as well as the house needs a good cleaning. I swiffered this morning but that is all I can do for now. Just hurts to do any bending or lifting or anything like that.
The Dragon is coming along... I'm having trouble figuring out what to do with his face. He's too nice looking. hehehe So trying different things then pulling it out and trying something else. lol (talk about 1 world problems) hehehe

Kathryn - Loved the quote today too... glad you are enjoying the books on binging. Hope they help. I'm guilty of the fast part... I'll eat a little something in the morning but not want anything else until dinner. (Crocheting helps me not nobble all day long) But after dinner I just graze... Not good. Last night I was better. Was trying to not binge... Or what I call mindless eating... UGH!

Nancy - sounds like you are gaining on getting things back on track. Good for you. baby steps one at a time. ((hugs))

I'm going to run to the bank today and then walk though the dollar store to find a brush to brush the dragon oh and maybe another bin to store YARN in. hehehe Then need to make his legs, ears and horns...

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Good morning. It's a beautiful sunny one and warmer than yesterday. Got in 30 min. on the bike this a.m. also got some stretches done, and when I get done here will be cleaning the bathroom, oh I am so excited, lol. Today is Administrative Assistant Day and we are going to buy lunch for Kristi, she's a really nice lady and just want her to know she's appreciated, I know when I worked I loved being treated nice on that day.

Happy Administrative Assistant Day!

Wanda I know it sure feels good when you can get rid of stuff. Well if you do get the rain that should soften up the soil some for you when you can get back to your gardening.

Kathryn loved your quote, you sure come up with some good ones.

Nancy speaking of cinnamon I put some 1/4 tsp. in my smoothie this a.m., it also had spinach, 1/2 an avocado, 1/2 a frozen banana, a handful of blackberries, sliced, blanched almonds, a Greek Coconut yogurt and coconut water, oh it was so good.

Mauri need to go check out your challenge for today.

Kathy I wish I was as talented as you are with the crocheting, I crochet, but it's easy stuff, I made the doily that Miss Sugar is sitting on. Sure hope the new doctor's can find some relief for your back.

Wishing all a well Wednesday!

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Good Morning all,

I'm a little rushed this morning. I woke up at just after 3am and as it was too early to be getting up, I had hoped to fall asleep again. Yep, I did and woke up with a start when I realized that the alarm was going off. Usually I am awake a few minutes before the alarm rings. Just those few minutes to spend in quiet meditation and prayer make a difference to my day...this morning wasn't able to really do them justice. Oh well...first world problem. *grin*.

Kathryn...It is great when we find a book that helps us out and encourages us to stay the course. I think you might enjoy some of Dr. Dyer's books. He just recently passed away and unfortunately I never got the opportunity to hear him speak in person. My SIL did and really enjoyed him. We have several of his books in our library.

Kathy...How's the dragon coming along? Glad to hear that your tomato plant is doing well.

Nancy...sounds like you have a good plan for getting healthy without having to resort to medications. Cinnamon is good for lowering blood sugars, just in case you want to add some to any of your meals.

Shirl...This weekend might end up being a cleaning out weekend seeing as we are supposed to be getting more rain. We won't be able to get out and do any yard work so inside projects will be the order of the day.
Sounds like you are making great progress with decluttering. Way to go.

Mauri...thanks for the challenge this morning. It may be a simple challenge, but one that we can all use a reminder for.

Have a great day all,
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It's very late this evening.
My focus has been on getting my blood glucose levels under control with my diet so that I don't have to take another med on top of the one I am taking already. I have had two days of good numbers, but I have focused so much energy on that task that I have done very little of anything else. So now that I have myself back on track, it's time to build a life around all that menu focus! Tomorrow I will see if I can start expanding my life a bit!

(I drank too much coffee today and I'm wide awake!)

Kathryn, I will try not to be fast, cheap and easy. That was a fun quote.

Shirl, let's keep shoveling that clutter!

Kathy, always great to see you! (splash!)

Wanda, thanks for the thoughtful Tuesday challenge. I will be tackling Wednesday. (Day late and dollar short)

Have a great Wednesday!



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Positive quote-You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy or fake.
Went for a nice 3 mile walk this morning and caught up with hubby walking down the street on my way home. It is a nice sunny day in the 70's. Rain coming tomorrow for a day. Don't know how much we will get, maybe a trickle. I picked up my library books and looking forward to reading NEVER BINGE AGAIN. I have been doing well not having a binge, day 12 binge free.

Wanda will see about the Wayne Dyer books

evening update NEVER BINGE AGAIN by Glenn Livingston PHd was very helpful and insightful I would suggest it for anyone having problems with binges or staying on a healthy eating program to read it

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Well it's just about lunch time. This morning took DH for a haircut, then stopped by Walmart for a few things. We had thunderstorms roll through last night and it was foggy and drizzle this morning. When I get through here need to fix us lunch.

Wanda, yes, I am trying to go through the apartment and get rid of things I don't use and don't need, and am making good progress. Some of the stuff will go in the city wide 3 day sale in May.

Kathryn you do so good with your walking, I am not sure when I can get back to my walking, right now I am riding the exercise bike.

Kathy the stretches I am doing are for the calves and also for plantar fasciitis, but I need to do some others also, they do seem to help. Miss Sugar has made herself right at home.

Well must go fix our lunch. Everyone have a great Tuesday!

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Good Morning Sparkies...

Wanda - Hope your weather is nice for the weekend so you can get another raised bed ready for planting. hehehe

Shirl - Are you spring cleaning? Want to come do my house too? hehehe

Kathryn - Nice quote... Something I've always had trouble with.

I heard from the new dr office with a referral for me to see and orthopedic dr. And they are even in my area which I'm so happy about. Looking forward to finding out what is going on with my new pain in the back.

Andy's going to the beach this weekend and some of our friends are going too. They have a small baby that is just learning to walk so I'm staying home with the dogs. Ozzy would trample the baby and my back hurts so using it as an excuse. But I may go ove the weekend after and invite my GF who I made the Manatee for. Need to call her and see if she's busy.

Have a great day everyone... need to get moving as I'm going to Aldi's to get some fresh veggies in the house. (since I'm not growing any) well except my tomato which is doing good... lol



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Good Morning all,

Well the expected snow overnight did not happen...Yay. We could use a nice steady rain though to clean things up after the winter accumulation of dirt.

I'm so wanting to get my seedlings into the ground, this waiting around for warm enough weather is killing me *grin*. Hopefully it will be nice enough this weekend to look at getting the new raised garden bed into place that hubby said he wants to build for me. That will give me a total of five beds. Still not enough in my world, but it is a great start LOL.

Kathryn...That is great that your library is bringing in the books that you want. We are pretty good about that here too. I get lots of patron requests sent to me everyday from the selectors. Some items we can get and others we can't but we do try. Have you read any of Dr. Wayne Dyer's books? You might enjoy those ones too.

Kathy...I am so looking forward to seeing the finished dragon! He sounds like a perfect dragon with "fire" for his tongue. What a great idea to put some wire inside of him so that he bends. You are so creative.

Shirl...My little lemon tree that I have in the house is busy flowering right now too and the house smells amazing. I'm looking forward to being able to put it outdoors in the sunshine as the weather warms up. It sounds like you are in the spring cleaning mode. What to come and help me with my projects?

Nancy...It's crazy the things that we accumulate and then need to sort through and find a permanent place for. We have never lived in one place as long as we have lived here. I think I like the moving every couple of years that we used to do. We never accumulated stuff! Mind when I look at some of the things, I realize that they belong to the kids. I'm thinking that when the weather warms up...they need to come and collect their stuff! That would probably empty out my basement considerably. *grin*.

Donna, Mauri, and anyone else that pops by...hope you have a wonderful day also.

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Positive quote-Learn to love your body no matter what size you are, it's the only one you have.
The rain came down on the mountain ranges on the east and west parts of Ca. We only got a tinkle north of us. Hubby and I took a short walk this morning and than I took a longer walk getting in my mile a day. Tomorrow I am walking to the library. I have a book on hold waiting for me, an other Chicken Soup for the Soul. I requested the library buy two more about weight loss and shaping up. They said they would order them and I should check back in two weeks.

Kathy I will try my walking videos again on rainy days thanks for the reminder. Glad you found yarn called fire, that sounds just right for the dragon.

Wanda sending you some emoticon emoticon

Shril loved hearing about the cat kathy sent you, it was so nice of her, thanks for sharing the photo.

Nancy hoping you are feel okay today emoticon

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Good Morning Sparkies...

Wanda - Were you peeking in my basket at Walmart? hehehe Yes I did get some more supplies. I was there looking for wire for my dragons I'm making. They didn't have any so ran by the Yarn isle. Just in case and Yep found 3 more skeins I needed. hehehe Dragons need Flames Right? hehehe So got some really bright orange called FIRE... and yellow to mix with it. hehehe And Purple for the Dragons hair. Noah's favorite color. lol I went to the hardware store for the wire so he will bend. So now I'm set for Dragon's. lol Actually I have started it and it's almost 2 ft long. 1 foot to go. hehehe He's a long Chinese Dragon. Hope I can find a box to put him in. Hmmmm Guess he'll bend up good for packing and shipping. hehehe
Now like you. I can't believe that April is almost over. Time is flying too fast. We need to make sure to enjoy each day. ((hugs))

Shirl - I'm so glad that Miss Sugar is adding joy to your life. Meow... hehehe She sure has an honored place to sit. lol You inspired me this morning to do a few stretches, Thank you. I really need to do them too. But gentle ones. Don't need anything else hurting on this poor body. hehehe

Kathryn - I know you like to walk in the rain too, but for them days you don't want to have you tried any video's called walking away the pounds by Leslie Sansone? hehehe She has lots of them with different intensities. Keep Moving my friend. You are such a motivator.
I walked in Walmart ever though it hurt with each step. Hips and back ache with each step. But kept going. Saying...I can do it. lol Thanks!

Nancy - Hope you had some luck finding the info you needed online. I'm going to see if I can find an Orthopedic Doc today in this area. thank goodness for the Internet. hehehe

Donna - I too am wondering how the Reno's are going. We miss you and your positiveness!!! LOL Is that a word? hehehe

Hey I think it's warm enough to ~~~~S*P*L*A*S*H~~~~ Boy I needed that. hehehe

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Good morning. Woke up at 6 this morning and was wide awake so read my daily devotion and did some stretches before DH got up, then while I fixed his breakfast he took a load of clothes up to 2nd floor to get going, my breakfast was a delicious smoothie. Yesterday after getting home from church was just a laid back day, spent some time out on our patio sitting with DH.

Wanda hopefully your pear & apple tree will both be fine, hope them busy bees have been doing their job. Little Landon had so much fun at his birthday party, he's such a cutie, says great grandma. Thanks for looking at the pictures on FB.

Kathy it's so nice how you bless people with your talent with you crochet items, spreading the love. Miss sugar sits on the little table between Clenton and my chairs and keeps us company.
Little kids are so much fun to be around and watch, Landon had a great time at his party. Thanks for looking at the pictures on FB.

Kathryn good luck with all your little plants, and how nice you can go to a gardening class and learn how to take care of all the different plants.

Nancy it sounds like you are doing the same thing I am, trying to cut out unnecessary things being in the apartment, it's amazing the amount of things I come across that I'd even forgot I had and do not use, I've made quite a dent, but still have more things to go through, but I feel so much better with just the stuff I've gotten rid of.

Donna is all the remolding done now?

Mauri I know this is your very busy time of year, but hopefully you can find time for you.

Wishing all a marvelous Monday!

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Happy Monday all, it is already the last Monday of April...WOW!

Monday's challenge is posted so stop on by and join in.

Kathryn...Tomatoes are so yummy fresh off the vine. I hope that you have great success with yours. I am so anxious to get my garden in, but this past weekend was just another reminder that we can still get some snow!

Kathy...How did your shopping spree to Walmart go yesterday? Did you get more crocheting supplies *grin*.

Nancy...slow and steady wins the race. You will get to where you want to be with your health issues because you are choosing to. Hugs.

Shirl...Hope you had a great day yesterday and wishing you another good one today.

Our snow is all gone, but the temps are still hovering around zero at the moment. We are supposed to see some warm weather again as the week progresses.
I have a nice pineapple/orange/kiwi and chia seed smoothie to take with me to work. Made with coconut milk. Made bread yesterday and gave the extra loaf to Shy and Kyle when they came to pick up the dog. It's time to sort through all my recipes and toss the ones that I never use and generally downsize what I do have. We just don't eat all the fancy desserts or the baking anymore. Besides if I need to make one for any reason, they are probably on the internet anyway. Might as well clear some space in my house!

Off to begin another week at work. Have a great day.

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Positive quote-Nobody can do it for you, you have to do it yourself.
New week, good day to start back on track, eat smart, exercise daily and spend some me time taking care of your inner spirit. I am taking my own advice this nice sunny day. Took a walk to the supermarket and Starbucks enjoying the fresh air. Rain is coming soon and I want to take advantage of this nice warm day.

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Happy and Serene Sunday to all.

Today is take it easy day here. Just picking at a few odd jobs, doing some reflection and a little internet research.

Shirl, Thank you for the "Dares". All good reminders of how we should create our happiest life!

Kathy, Have fun at Walmart. Lots of things to see. I like that one stop shopping experience.

Wanda, Hope the snow clears up long enough for Garry to get that oven built (smile)

Kathryn, Have a great day and keep up the good work.

Any and all who pop in today, make it a great day!

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Happy Sunday Sparkies...

Kathryn - There is nothing better than homegrown tomatoes I agree with everyone else. And you have to have drain holes for them and well most things. You can sit and old dish/bowl under them to catch the drainage or the store sells little plastic ones by the plants on the cheap. Good luck with them. And I will be sure to post the dragon when he's done.I'm planning to get the wire to put inside him today so I can bend him. And I need it before I can continue.

Shirl - You are very welcome my friend. Mr. Mario told me to send her to you. hehehe Love the pictures of Party. Looked like he had lots of fun. lol

Nancy - Way to go yesterday getting that Monkey off your back. Good luck with your today. Deep breaths to get you moving...

I'm heading to Walmart to pick up a few things. Have a great day everyone...


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Good Morning everyone,

I was reading through the posts this morning and realized that I hadn't posted yesterday. Not sure how that happened. Maybe I was interrupted or some such thing.

We had Skye puppy for overnight as Kyle and Shyra went to Calgary for the day. They should be home today. Glad they didn't attempt to come home last evening as the roads down south were very bad with ice, snow and rain.

Kathryn...glad you have some answers as far as Ron's surgery goes. Will be keeping you both in my prayers for a good outcome. Yay on getting some new tomato plants and some advice on growing your peppers. Nothing like fresh veggies from the garden or your container. So glad that I didn't plant anything other than garlic (which will be fine) seeing as we got some snow last night. I'm just hoping that my pear tree which has been in bloom for the past few days doesn't suffer for the snow fall. The bees are not out to pollinate, maybe they got it done already, I can only hope.

Kathy...what a cute little kitten you made for Shirl...so much love and fun. You are indeed and amazing person. So thoughtful. It's funny how now when I am on Pintrest I'm finding all these so cute crochet projects that make me think of you. *grin*.

Shirl...Our mermaid is indeed a blessing in our lives. Such a special friend. It looks like Landon's birthday party was a great success. Loved the Cave man cake...what a cute idea.
Garry is going to build me another raised garden bed. He was showing me his plans yesterday. So blessed to have a hubby who is so helpful. One of the beds, I am going to set up as my tomato tower bed for this year. I hope to get about 3 towers within the bed and with luck about 12 tomato plants. We are also looking at seeing how we can incorporate a "summer" kitchen for me next to the BBQ area so that I can do some of my canning outdoors. Because I do so much with the pressure canner (which can get quite heavy) the glass top on my stove is not the best place to use the canner. Apparently there have been issues with the glass top cracking and it would not be covered by warranty. I am trying to persuade Garry that he should build me an adobe style pizza oven too in the back yard. I can then make my bread outdoors too *grin*. I have so many projects that I would love to have Garry help me with. LOL.

Nancy...so glad that things are drying up for you. We had a co-worker that just moved to the Huston area in January with a job transfer that her hubby got. We have been thinking about Lori and hoping that they are not flooded out too. How nice to have a facial massage. I would love to have one, but I'm just a bit concerned about the products they might use on my face. I really don't want to have a face that is all inflamed from allergies. I should check into it sometime. I have to cut out my monthly massages as our medical plan does not cover what they used to and the price for one has almost doubled in the past year. Really miss them, but the funds are needed in places that cover more of the necessities. Not that my health is not a necessity, but there are less expensive ways of dealing with my health.

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Good morning. It's going to be a beautiful day. Ready for church. I have pork chops in the slow cooker so lunch will be ready when I come home. Serenity Sunday is posted. When I woke up this morning I thought it was Monday and was thinking about doing a load of laundry and sweeping and mopping the kitchen and bathroom, then it dawned on me it's Sunday not Monday and I needed to get lunch going in the slow cooker, so got up and got moving, lol.

Nancy take each day as it comes and just keep doing your best for that day.

Kathryn there is nothing to compare with a home grown tomato, I hope they have some good ones at the farmer's market this summer and that I can remember to go to them on Saturday mornings.

Wishing all a serene and blessed Sunday!

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Kathryn, you are correct about the joys of garden fresh tomatoes.

Shirl, thanks for the pictures of the happy event.


I came back to report that when I got off the computer after posting, I did manage to do one of the jobs that have been a monkey on my back. I did have some trouble with antsy hunger today and went over my calorie intake, but I tracked it and have it on record for "study".

Have a great evening and hope to see you tomorrow. Time for bed.

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I went to a garden class this morning. I learned a whole lot about growing tomatoes. I got two nice little tomato plants. I came home and threw my sickly tomato seedling in the trash. I learned I needed drain holes in my pepper plant seedlings pots, so fixed that right up. Next week we learn about growing herbs. I am really looking forward to this next class too.
I was able to take a half hour walk on our break, so that was really nice. We were served lunch and I was able to have a nice veg sandwich. I did not have to break my healthy eating of not eating deli meats
"It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato".

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It's been a very nice day, we had good weather, which is good as Landon's party was in his mom's backyard, their home is cute, but small, but it was nice to be out in the fresh air and sunshine. I did a Sat. blog and tried again to post some pics and it just isn't working the way it use to. I am going to try here and see what happens.


Birthday boy, Landon, with his little birthday cake, it was so cute, had two plastic dinosaurs in it and lots of little eyes all over it, his theme was cave man.


This present was a little bigger than him.


Landon and his mama, Elissa.

When I got home there was a package waiting for me on my bed, it came all the way from Florida and was from this sweet little Mermaid, it really made my day, I think I'll call it Sugar, for the sweet person who made it and sent it to me. Love you to pieces.


Kathy Clenton thought this was so sweet and so do I, thank you, you are a special friend.

Kathryn I loved Fridays quote, made me laugh, sometimes it'd be good if our jeans could talk to us.

Hope all have had a beautiful Saturday!

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Happy Saturday Ladies.

Slow start to my day today. My word for the day is sleepy. Yesterday I had a facial because I went in to cancel my massage membership and they said I will have 30 days to use up the time I have built up. It's about 8 hours. I was gone for 2 months and I already had time built up. 1st world problem to be sure.

I had my chest x-ray and will get the Dr.'s report next week.

I will have to really push myself to get something accomplished today, so I'm going to get right on that now. I know that if I don't do something to continue some forward momentum here, it will undermine my efforts for a healthy lifestyle. So here I go. I will report back this evening with some good healthy choices that were made this afternoon.

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Binge free day 9 doing fine. Am tweaking what I eat hoping that eating more protean will help me not want sweets so much. Maybe I have just been letting myself get too hungry.
Positive quote-Eat for the body you want not the body you have.

Shril emoticon on the weight loss emoticon . Good to hear the shot worked. Have fun at the birthday party

Kathy hubby's surgery is to be on the 20th of May. He will stay in the hospital for 3 days.
A dragon sounds like a fun project, don't forget to post photos, looking forward to seeing it.

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Good morning. We have beautiful sunshine and clear sky, suppose to be in the low to mid 60's today, sounds good to me. I was real happy with my weigh in this a.m. the scale was nice to me and going downward at last emoticon Looks like we are going to have a good day to go to Landon's birthday party this afternoon, I am riding with my DD. I'll see if I can get some good pictures to post later. DH and I watched the movie Seven Year Itch last night on Netflix, it's a cute movie, makes you laugh. I am feeling so much better then what I was.

Wanda what are your plans for this weekend?

Kathy like your nails, very pretty, maybe I'll have the lady upstairs do mine up for Mother's Day.

Kathryn glad you now know what to expect with Ron's surgeries, it's the unknown that stresses us out. The shot has helped a lot, I feel a lot better.

Nancy glad to hear you have sunshine. I liked your positives in your post.

Wishing all a great Saturday, silly Saturday is posted, be sure and find some laughter in your day!

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Good Morning My Friends...

Happy Saturday...

Nancy - I so can relate to you and all the meds them doctors push at us. I'm on so much that the new dr I saw mentioned it and said I needed to get off some. So I'm taking a look at them to see what I can possible try to live without. Its so crazy when they just give you more and more. But non of mine are like yours. Good luck to you figuring it all out. Maybe now that you are home again and can get back on track with your eating things will be better. ((hugs))

Kathryn - I've always loved that quote. It's a cute one and if our jeans could talk that is what it would say in my case for sure. lol
I'm glad that you both know what Ron needs now. Do you know when he will have the first surgery? Glad you took a relaxing me day. They are important for us.
I'm having one today as Andy is helping a friend today. I'm looking forward to just doing what I want today. Which will be finishing this pony for Gracie.

Gracie's brother Noah is having a birthday soon too. And I've figured out what every 12 year old boy might like... A dragon. I found a pattern for the cutest Chinese Dragon. I can't wait to start on it.

Wanda - How are things with you? Are you planting this weekend? My tomato is looking better since I fertilized it and put the mulch on it. I think it likes the new spot too. It's right next to the water barrel we have so no forgetting to water it. lol
Hope your day is a good one.

Shirl - Enjoy the birthday party... Love watching them baby's with their first little cake. I remember Jessica my granddaughter was covered in chocolate with hers. hehehe
Hope your weather is nice for the day...

Have a great day everyone...


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Positive quote-My heart says eat chocolate and cookies but my jeans say, for the love of God women, eat a salad
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Feeling less stressful today as we know now what will be happening with hubby. He is to have two surgeries on his neck. One next month and the other later. Bones are pressing from both side on his spinal cord. A friend of his had the same surgery and did well. Every thing will be alright. Did not go off on a binge last night so am 8 days binge free. Am doing my meditation each morning and finding it helpful. I like spending some time just to sit and relax and take some time for me.

Nancy sending you emoticon and emoticon that all goes well with your health problems, you are in my emoticon

Kathy love that photo of Ozzy, so cute. Your nails look very pretty as do the photos of the flowers. Hope all goes well with your new doctor and he can help with your back. Thanks for the prayer. I have a nick knack with it on, sitting on my dresser.

Shril take it easy, glad you got the shot. I use to get them in my feet and they helped hope it helps for you for a long time

Wanda thank you for your well wishes for Ron I pass all those along to him and they make him feel better that you all care.

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Good Morning All,

I got two messages from the posts this morning. One day at a time and change what you can and leave the rest. Both good solid AA principles. I went to the Dr. yesterday and I am really balking at the traditional western medicine approach of throw another pill at the problem. I have an order for a chest x-ray to check out my lung condition, a prescription for an antibiotic and another pill to help lower my blood glucose levels which rose over the past month. I will be on the internet researching all possible solutions and educating myself so that I can figure this "health crisis" out. I have things I can do to help myself.

Now let me take that griping and turn it into a positive.
I am grateful for the information that is available to me to educate myself as to the best healthy choices.
I am grateful for the energy and focus that I have to work to be my healthy best.
I am grateful for good friends like you who support me in my mission.

Have a great day ladies. The sun is out in full force today, drying up the wetness! Life is good!

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I knew someone would post while I was typing. lol

Shirl - Glad that shot is helping. Just go easy on it.
I agree about the Serenity Prayer. It's helped me through so much in my life.

And that Pic of Ozzy is funny. I think he was saying Mommy please let me go play. lol And I agree with Wanda he looks just like a 2 year old standing there. lol

Enjoy that birthday party for Landon. time flies huh? Doesn't seem like it's been a year already.
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Good Morning Sparkies...

Happy Friday to you all.

Wanda - The "Mark about town" program sounded like it was a big success. Glad all went well and everyone enjoyed themselves. Good luck on that rain. Hope it helps to put out any fires. They are so destructive. I can't get over that they are taking money from the fire dept.
Prayers for all those in the line of them fires.

Shirl - How's that knee feeling? Probably a little sore from that injection. But hoping you will be up and walking with Margarete soon.

Kathryn - How are things with you guys. Did Ron find out anything from the dr? I forget when you said his appt was but thinking it was yesterday or today. Sending prayers for you both.

Nancy - sending hugs and prayers your way. Hope you are safe and dry where you are.

Yesterday was a nice day except for the pain... I went and got my nails and piggies done yesterday. I got pink tips and a purple flower on it. I wanted to do something different and this is so out of my box that I'm having a hard time with them. hehehe I may have to paint over them before the week it out. lol But I do think they are pretty... But I like my blue ones better. or white tips with blue flowers... Just needed to do something different. look



As for today... I guess I'll do a load of laundry and some more crocheting. Got another leg to do on the Pony/unicorn... I sewed the eyes on... hehehe Not my favorite thing. But they will do. I'm sure Gracie will not mind them.
I'm trying to thing of something for the boys... They are both almost teens so not sure they will like anything except for maybe a long beard lol I will keep scanning the Crocheted things and will come up with something... Andy ideas? lol

We were invited to Marie's for Dinner but I just don't feel like making that trip over there. So will pass this time. Maybe next week I'll feel better.

Have a great day everyone... Yep even those peeking in and those we haven't heard from in a while.


I'm not sure what today will bring except for more crocheting.

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Good morning. I hope the gloominess goes away by this afternoon, we had a foggy start to the day. The shot is helping, maybe I can make it around the grocery store without hobbling, that would be nice. Tomorrow will be heading to Kalamazoo for great grandson, Landon's 1st birthday party, I'll post a picture of him later today, he's a cutie.

Wanda glad that yesterday went so well and that food was bought in to help the food bank out.

Kathy the Serenity Prayer is a good one to share, can help calm us and give us peace. That picture of Ozzie is cute, it's like he's saying "mom I want to go out and play with them, please"

Kathryn hope all goes well with Ron's appointment.

Nancy sure hope Texas doesn't get anymore rain, keep safe.

Wishing all a fab Friday!

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Good Morning all,

It's on the cool side this morning, but supposed to warm up later in the day. Rain is in the forecast for this weekend. We certainly need it.

The "Mark about town" program was a great success yesterday. It was so strange to have all the people in the library in the wee hours, but certainly a lot of fun. I was surprised at how many of our patrons came down to support the effort. Food was raised for the food bank which was awesome. Lots of fun.

Kathryn...thinking of you and Ron as you get some answers about the surgery. Hopefully you will both be able to put the stress and worry aside once you know what and why. Keep on working on the binge free, you are awesome. You are so right...when we tell ourselves that certain foods are on that "never" list, it seems our minds just crave them. By making all foods okay, we seem to be better able to control how we eat them. Thinking of you today.

Kathy...I love the picture of Ozzy looking out the window. He is just like a two year old *grin*. Hope all your doctor appointments go well.

Shirl...So glad that you were able to get a cortisone shot for your knee. Hope that it helps and long term.

Nancy...keeping you and those around you in my prayers. So much water and damage being done. Hugs.

I'm running behind for some reason this morning, so need to cut things short here. Will check in again later.

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Hi everyone...

Loved reading about all that you all are up too.

Wanda - Prayers that if this job is what Garry wants that he gets it. And YAY you have a good thing to look forward too this weekend. I'm glad Quinn is happy to be working.

Shirl - Glad you got that injection in the knee. Hope it helps to reduce the pain. What do you have planned for the weekend?

Nancy - Hope you are safe in all that water my friend.

Kathryn - Deep breaths to calm all that worrying. I've had 3 major back surgery's. They are no fun for sure but if he needs it you have to trust the dr to do his job and all will be ok. When I get overly stress like you are feeling I recite the Serenity Prayer...



Ok I'm being called to dinner. It's Andy's night to cook. lol

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Good afternoon. Well it looks like the rain has stopped for awhile. Went to my doctor's appointment at 10 this morning, he gave me a cortisone shot in my left knee and I go back May 19, or before if I need to, I liked him. I am just taking it easy the rest of the day, he told me for right now riding the exercise bike and stretching would be better for me than walking, he said some walking would be ok, just not a lot.

Wanda hope the tv shoot goes well for everyone, that's nice exposure for your library. Glad Quin is liking his new job and good luck to Garry seeking another job. Wow, that 1st yr. went by quickly for Shy and Kyle.

Kathryn hooray for 7 days of binge free. Maybe after you and Ron see the surgeon and you can ask some questions you won't be so stressed, it helps if you can know what to expect.

Kathy that pup is so darn cute, she's going to love it. Good luck with the new doctor. Love your pics of the flowers.

Nancy, yay, home safe and sound and now time to focus on you and becoming a healthier you, it'll happen.

Mauri thanks for yesterday's challenge.

Donna you sure have a cute little grandson.

Wishing all a good Thursday!

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This is strange... When I checked in there was no new messages and then I posted and then everyone was there. But no time. I will come back and read what everyone I up to later...

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Good Morning. ..

My app with the new dr went well. He is sending me to an Orthopedic dr for my back. So hope that goes well too.

I'm off to get me nails done today. Can't decide on the color yet... but I will. lol

Here's some more pic's to enjoy...

This is Ozzy watching the dogs across the street. He wanted to go play and was wagging his tail. lol


I just love it when my roses bloom and the Amaryllis too.




Have a great day everyone...


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Positive quote-Don't think about what can happen in a month, a year, just focus on the 24 hours in front of you and do what you can to get closer to where you want to be. I was up early today . I have a very stressful day planned, going out of town for a doctor's appointment for hubby. The doctor will be talking about surgery on his spine. We are both stressed and not acting like are selves, snapping at each other. Good thing did happen yesterday. I planned when to eat cookies, took them out of NO FOODS. In fact am getting smart and not putting any foods in NO FOODS. I have learned my lesson, saying I can't have it makes me want it more. I had them two planned times and the package did not call me all night. And when hubby came to bed with some and offered me one, I said no thank you. I did not want cookies I wanted sleep!!! Day 7 binge free, a whole week I'm on a roll now emoticon

Wanda how exciting a T.V. show coming to the library emoticon have fun Super Star

Shril I hope all goes well at your doctor's appointment

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Good Morning everyone.

Temperatures dropped to the very cool side last night. Brought in all my plants for overnight. I will set them out again if it's warm enough when I get home from work. Might just wait until the weekend though as temperatures are a bit cool.

My pear tree is in full blossom, hoping that I don't lose them this year. Last year we came home from Mexico to a snow storm and my pear tree wasn't impressed. I'm hoping that it stays warm enough for the bees to come out and do their work.

Nancy...welcome back. I was wondering how much the flooding might have been of concern to you. Wow, there is a lot of water. We need some of that desperately. The wildfires around here are making the air difficult for breathing. Lots of towns on evacuation alerts as well some that have lost everything already. Glad that you made it home safely and will keep you in my prayers.

Kathryn...thank you for being my inspiration on a daily basis. Love the quotes that you come up with. They sure do speak to me. Happy upcoming Anniversary to you and Ron also. Time sure does fly. Garry and I will be celebrating 42 years on the 4th.

Kathy....the pup is so cute, she is going to love it. Good luck with your doctor's visit. I was texting with Lauren last night to see how things were going with Q's new job. He is so thrilled to be back to work and at a job that seems more stable. He is working in camp at Christina Lake for a few days. Lauren and the kids are going to be here in town this weekend visiting with her sister so we will get to see them. YAY! Now I am really looking forward to the weekend.

Shirl....Hope your get some good advice for your knee. Murphy's Law...the moment you make an appointment with a doctor, you feel better! Garry got a line on a new job yesterday and today Kaeli is going to help him get his resume all together. We have put it in God's hands and will trust that if the job is meant for Garry, then it will happen. Things are so slow in his present job that making a living is pretty tough. He gets paid by commissions and that is not working well at the moment. He is not one to change jobs easily so we were rather surprised at how interested he is in applying for this new one.

This morning will be a different start to my work morning. CBC is coming to our library to do their "Mark About Town" show. We will be open at 6am to the public so they can participate. Thankfully there will be other staff that will be coming in early this morning so that Andrea and I are not left holding the bag. Normally we are the only two people at work, so this will be different. Hopefully all goes well. Andrea and I have been kinda chuckling to ourselves at all the groans and moans from other staff that have to appear. They are not used to coming in to work until between 8 and 9 am. We are used to being at work at 5:30 am.

Have a great day everyone.

Hugs,
Wanda

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Positive quote-Progress, you might not be where you want to be but you're not where you use to be.
In the beginning, and I thought I looked cute/sexy

I think I look cute/sexy in this photo but I am only a little over half way to goal

I have a way to go on my journey but will get there taking it day by day

Nancy emoticon you were missed. Good to hear you made it home without too much trouble with the flooding

Wanda wish the happy couple emoticon from me and mine. Ours is the 5th of May, eleven years for us, my how time flies

Kathy the pup is so cute




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Hello to all.

I've been back in Texas since the rains came. On Sunday night, my son (he came to pick me up in Arkansas) and I made it to within a block of the house and were stopped by a new lake in the road! We sat and waited until the water receded a bit and snuck through the church parking lot to make it home. Plenty of water here!
I am not at my healthy best. I have a persistent cough. Allergy symptoms. My blood sugar is not within the levels they are supposed to be. I'm run down and a bit discouraged. But today is the day that I take hold with all the strength that I have to make the choices to get me back on the road to my healthy best. Getting back to my Spark routine is step one. Tracking my food, staying on plan, tracking my exercise, blogging, reporting to my team and participating in the challenges. That's what works for me.

Kathy, I appreciate your craftiness and enjoy the photos!

Kathryn, I enjoy your quotes very much

Shirl, good luck with your ailments. We have to keep right after them!

Wanda, enjoy your payday! I'm going to have to get me another one of those soon!

Mauri, thanks for the thoughtful challenge I WILL!

To any and all who drop in. Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

~Nancy~



You rarely have time for everything you want in this life, so you need to make choices. And hopefully your choices can come from a deep sense of who you are. -Fred Rogers


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