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12/13/14 11:09 A

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Seeing my granddaughter today! We're going to lunch, then to "Make Meaning," an arts & crafts store where she'll make a project.

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12/12/14 10:02 P

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Realizing that now you can learn to fly! Went to the link--wow!

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12/12/14 11:50 A

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Questioning and answering about aerial silks: long, slinky fabric hanging from the ceiling on a sturdy hook. You can loop it around you and do dazzling gymnastic stunts. Here's a link to some photos: www.circusaerials.com/photos.html

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12/11/14 9:08 P

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Pondering "aerial silks." What is that?

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12/3/14 9:50 P

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Opening my eyes to new forms of exercise. Enjoyed a "static trapeze" class recently and looking forward to aerial silks on Sunday.

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12/1/14 9:43 P

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Needing to get back on track. Arrgh. Had a fun Thanksgiving, though.

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11/21/14 9:22 A

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Making Thanksgiving plans with my daughter and her family. We'll probably have a simple brunch, then snack on healthy veggies and fruits in the afternoon.

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11/19/14 7:43 P

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Looking forward to Thanksgiving. I don't do the whole traditional dinner. I have difficulty eating all that rich and high fat food. I love having lots of veggies. I'm thinking about roasting carrots, parsnips, and onions with a balsamic reduction glaze. I'd love to add brussels sprouts, but my daughter-in-law isn't fond of them and I want to make things everyone enjoys. Of course, my grandson is such a picky eater, I don't include him in that last statement, otherwise we'd all be eating ice cream and candy.

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11/18/14 9:14 A

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Keeping fit with new and interesting exercise choices is something I would enjoy. Swinging from a trapeze is actually quite fun! I have to call them...

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11/7/14 8:20 P

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Joining the circus? Nah, just kidding. If taking aerial classes at circus school is something that you would enjoy, then you should do it!

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11/7/14 3:44 P

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Imagining another trapeze class soon, is what I'm doing. There's not a specific trapeze school here, though I found a circus school which offers aerial classes to include trapeze.

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10/29/14 9:13 P

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Having vertigo just thinking of flying trapeze classes. Glad you had fun.
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I figured you would have great fall color on your trip. Yeah for you!

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10/28/14 9:41 P

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Going? Or coming? I've gone on my trip and returned home! The autumn colors were perfect in Shenandoah National Park! We had five great hikes. When we returned to DC, I took my first ever FLYING TRAPEZE class! It was so fun!!!

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10/21/14 9:18 P

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Flying off on vacation yet? Things have been busy around here. My husband put wood floor in our bedroom. We're going to paint the bedroom tomorrow. The new mattress gets delivered tomorrow, too. The furniture should arrive next week. Phew! He's going to put wood floor in the master bedroom closet next. I dread clearing all the stuff out of there. Ended up going to Florida for Cousin Jimmy's funeral. He was such a wonderful man and he will be truly missed. Got to visit my parents when we were there. They diagnosed my dad with COPD last year, then decided about a month ago that he had a bronchial infection instead. He's doing so much better now. What a relief!

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10/11/14 5:08 P

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Enjoying just being at home again!

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10/10/14 8:51 P

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Doing double the housework is no fun! No vacation there. I didn't know you had a cat. I really miss having pets, especially my cat (she passed away), but my allergies are so much better without pets.

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10/7/14 12:01 P

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Catching up on my household chores. Although I was away three weeks, I was taking the hounds home every day so they'd have a dog door, and the kitty was there, needing her daily check in for food & litter cleaning. So the house still got all dirty.

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10/6/14 9:04 P

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being away from home is easier when I'm driving because I don't have to worry about packing too much!

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10/4/14 7:03 P

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Answering with a resounding YES! It is good to be home. Which I now am, thankfully, though for a little less than two weeks...

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10/3/14 1:33 P

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Yo-yoing between houses might be fun for awhile, but it would get tiring. Going on vacation and visiting your daughter is different, though, because you change scenes entirely. Although, you do have to find someone to take care of your dogs. It is nice to be home after you've been away, isn't it?

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10/3/14 1:04 P

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Wondering why I set myself up to be away from home so much in September and October!? Just came home from three weeks of house-sitting, puppy-sitting for my boss. Tonight, I'm babysitting overnight so my daughter and son-in-law can go out of town for a wedding. Then, as you know already, I'll be heading to Shenandoah at the end of the month. Whew!

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10/2/14 8:24 P

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Vacillating between ordering a margarita or a martini at the Spark cybercafe, now. At least I found a safe place to order all the food I can't eat! Maybe I'll get a nacho platter, too.

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10/1/14 8:09 P

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Utilizing your knowledge to avoid food that makes you feel bad would be wise. :D Tell me this sage advice next time I want to mix up a margarita...

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9/30/14 2:53 P

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Trying to get back on track. Still. Arrgh! Had a serving of peanut butter Sunday. Felt like dying. Should I get a tattoo on my forehead that says eat lower fat? Nah, the back of my hand or down my forearm would be better unless I decide to eat all my meals in front of a mirror. Then the tattoo would have to be backwards.

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9/29/14 3:55 P

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Sending our replies several days later seems to be our new M.O. I've been busy too, and finding it difficult to do much sparking, although I am maintaining the healthy choices learned here!

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9/27/14 4:26 P

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Responding ten days later! (Oops.) Time gets away from me sometimes. My husband is replacing the carpet in our bedroom with wood flooring. That means everything has to be moved. We're also buying new furniture, finally. How can tearing apart one room be such a mess? It's a great time to declutter, though.

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9/17/14 3:00 P

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Questioning whether little me (all of 5' almost 2" tall) can handle three dogs whose combined weight is significantly more than my weight is common. People ask me all the time how I can handle that much dog on a walk. Simple (grinning). I'm the ALPHA, and they all know it only too well. Although they each know they are loved and I tend to spoil them with kindness, I can also be stern and demanding of them.

(I know that's not what you meant, but I get it a lot and it fit with my ING word.)

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Picturing you with your two calm dogs and a huge puppy! Great Pyrenees are supposed to be very sweet, but boy, do they get big. Also, they're not hypoallergenic--had to laugh when I read that. Funny word to use for a dog.

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Opening my browser to SparkPeople is less frequent these days. I'm currently house-sitting/pet-sitting for a 6-month old Great Pyrenees puppy. If you don't know the breed, at 6 months, he's the size of a Golden Retriever or a Labrador! Real sweetie pie.

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9/15/14 8:34 P

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Nothing more enjoyable than taking your vacation in a beautiful place and spending time with family you don't often get to see.

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9/7/14 8:04 P

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Making plans for Shenandoah is fun. My daughter and I will be there for a week. My daughter's boyfriend and his two daughters will join us the first two days. I'm excited!

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Loving the little bit of the fall color we've been getting. My husband says that Shenandoah hasn't been as dry as it has been here, so they may have more color for longer. We tend to have color here and there instead of spectacular color all at once. Fall is my favorite time of year and here, in the Charlotte area fall lasts a long time.

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9/5/14 4:39 P

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Keeping my thoughts positive for fall colors, though I'll enjoy being in Shenandoah even if the trees are bare. :D

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9/5/14 3:27 P

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Judging for the trees around here, you may just miss most of the autumn color. The dogwoods are starting to turn already, even with the hot weather we've been having lately. I was thinking you'd still have more color. Of course, my weather man says it's not a matter of temperature, but rather, a matter of light. We'll just have to cross our fingers and toes and hope that there are no big wind storms or heavy rains to take down all the leaves.

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8/29/14 10:58 P

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Imagining the beauty of Shenandoah in the autumn. It was so lovely in spring, now I get to see a different season. :D

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8/29/14 9:01 P

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Hoping you have wonderful fall color and the weather is perfect for hiking! Hmmm, partial kitchen . . . should be fine for lots of yummy fruits and veggies, though.

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Going to Massanutten Resort! The condo we're getting has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a partial kitchen. Not sure what partial means, though I think it doesn't have a full stove, just a hot plate. My daughter in DC is single, though she does have a serious boyfriend who has two daughters. He & the girls will join us on the weekend, though they'll not be there during the week. A nice balance. :D

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8/26/14 3:02 P

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Finding Massanutten Resort on Google was a snap. Don't know if you're staying there, but their site had some beautiful pictures of the area. Their condos sleep 8, so you could even invite your daughter and her family to stay with you. Lucky you, what a treat!

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Enjoying reviewing my Shenandoah photos from May, 2013, while I consider my visit this coming October. It will be near the end of the month. My boss gave me a week's time share at a condo in Massanutten... lucky me!

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8/25/14 10:28 P

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Doubting that you'll have any problems finding fall color. When we lived in northern New Jersey we were usually good through the end of October. I can't remember when you said you'd be there other than that it was in October. Sometimes it's cold and stormy and the wind brings down the leaves, so if we have nice weather in October, you should see wonderful foliage.

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Cavorting around Shenandoah is really on my mind. I hope I'm not too late for the fall color, though I may be...

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Buying a new phone meant I had to type in all my contacts again because my old phone was so old it wouldn't download the backup program! Ha! My husband pointed out that I could use the contact list from our email account. I don't think so. There are hundreds of useless contacts in there, plus, most of those contacts just list the name and email address.

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Abdicating the Y is fine with me. We can add it to the list with X & Z!

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Yearning to take "y" off the list because there are very few "y" verbs to begin with and even fewer appropriate ones!

Arranging your commute around flood zones would be extremely frustrating! Lucky you don't have to do that. Oh, that and the idea of losing electricity during the summer in the heat also doesn't appeal to me, either.

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Watching the rain come in was so uplifting! Fortunately, I live in the center of the metropolis, and we typically have no flooding issues. I'm just happy we actually participated in all the rainfall, as it sometimes hits the edge of the city and misses us entirely.

Thank you for inquiring -- I'm fine, no flooding, no commuting issues to work.

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Viewing news footage of the flooding in Phoenix. It looks really bad! Hope you're okay.

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Understanding your frustration. Definitely. I want universal healthcare, but not under control of for-profit insurance companies!

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Transcending labels and delving into personal values here. I'm pro-choice, which definitely puts me outside the conservative label. Then again, I believe in the right to carry arms. I also believe that prayer in school or anywhere else should be okay. I can't seem to agree with either Democrats or Republicans. I find both parties seriously lacking. I think America should be a democracy and not a socialist state. And if we must have universal healthcare why would we ever let the insurance companies be in charge (I refer to them to the mafia, since we pay them protection monies) and have it policed by the IRS? Seriously? That's insane. Oops, already there.

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Sensing there is a difference, though it may be as thin as a hair. (grinning)

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Realizing that to some I may be splitting hairs, but there is a difference between the two.

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Questioning the meaning of "liberal conservative" or "conservative liberal." Hmm. :D

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Promising myself to be better about answering these. I always seem to get stuck on p-ing words. I wonder if words ending with "ly" would be any easier.

I used to be a liberal. I'm becoming a conservative liberal. My family would be distraught by this news. I've come to despise political correctness and I'm beginning to wonder if America should stop trying to be everyone's friend and return to bullying everyone again. Oh, and when did we start making guilty criminals, victims and assuming that only white people can be racist? Hmm, apparently I'm ranting, I'll stop now.

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8/7/14 6:32 P

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Opening my mind to understand viewpoints different than my own is sometimes challenging. I tend to be very open-minded and quite liberal and find it difficult to understand some of the very "conservative" ideas being bantered around. However, I do try to understand we all see our world from different eyes.

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8/6/14 11:25 P

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Nothing is ever going to be perfect, is it?

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Meaning of Politics. Hmmm. It should be compromising, since we are a country of vastly differing opinions, desires, and beliefs.

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Looking at the clock and realizing it's much too late for political discussions, still I find I'm surrounded by people who know for certain what's wrong with the government, when I can't see absolutes. Has the government ever been so polarized? Instead of sitting down and finding solutions, everyone would rather point out who's wrong. What if no one is right? What if there is no one answer, just a series of compromises? What if politics were set aside? See, I have more questions than answers.

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Keeping the news on has become such a habit for me. However, I actually prefer music and to ignore all the political nonsense. It amazes me, for example, the Republican Congress has voted to sue our President for delaying provisions of the Health Care Reform that they voted to oppose over 30 times. Completely illogical.

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Jigsawing means using a jigsaw, when what I really want to say would be jigsaw puzzling. Not sure if that's right, either. Hmm, well anyway, I've become addicted to doing jigsaw puzzles on my Nook (e-reader). I know it's a total waste of time, but I can play with jigsaw puzzles when I watch the news or any TV show where they suddenly decide to show blood and gore.

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Investigating water rates, were you? No, you probably heard about water rates on the news. :D

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Having just come out of drought conditions this year, you have my sympathy! People got so good at conserving water in Charlotte, the water company had to raise their rates in order to make enough profit! Our water company here in Monroe didn't do that, thank goodness.

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Generating an answer to your Phoenix rain question: we typically have some wet weather in late July, August, and maybe September. It's called our Summer Monsoon. We also have winter rains, usually in January or February. So we have rain in both Summer & Winter, though not much. However, this year, we are so far behind our normal rainfall we are in a drought. I hear next year will be an El Nino year, so hopefully, we'll have more rain.

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Failing to keep up with my Sparking, oops! No, really not good, but I'm working at it. I thought it rained in the winter in Phoenix and summer was dry, but I saw where there were storms going through the southwest. Do I have it backwards?

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Enjoying a lazy holiday morning. Pretty soon, though, I'm going to have to clean up some tree branches that the storm tore off my tree last night.

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Dealing with pain is sort of like dieting. You have to find what works for you! Ha. Sorry you're in pain.

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Carrying an ongoing appointment with my massage therapist every two weeks for several years now. He keeps me in pretty good shape most of the time. I wouldn't go without, Linda!

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Being in pain is no fun! I got the pain in my shoulders to go away, but can't make my lower back stop going into spasm. For my shoulder (it's mostly my right shoulder) I finally put the heating pad on it for 10 minutes, then a bag of frozen peas for 10 minutes--doing that twice in a row. I just wish it would work for my lower back. My chiropractor says I should get a massage, as well. I've never had one. I hate being touched by strangers. It's difficult enough just to go to the chiropractor or the doctor.

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Aching shoulder muscles make me want my massage therapist now! Alas, the next appointment is a week from tomorrow. Ah well.

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Yawning-definitely time for bed! I was reading my last post. Wow, I skipped a whole bunch of words. Apparently I don't think straight when I'm tired.

Gee, that's a really late lunch! I would not have been a happy camper.

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