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2/6/14 8:37 A

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I always check the nutritional info, as I find that there is often a difference between Canadian and American nutritional info.
I usually just go to my saved items now that I have built up a good list.

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2/5/14 12:45 P

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Mauri I do the same, I check the information with what I have in front of me and if it doesn't match up I enter it myself, as some don't include the nutritional information that I am tracking. I also have voted and said the information is wrong and what it is and put down the correct information. I do like it when I search for a food and it has all the correct information, then all I have to do is click on to enter to my food tracker to whichever meal I am tracking.

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Do you use the SP nutrition tracker? If you search for a food that has been entered by another SP member, do you check the nutritional facts that are listed? How often do you find they match or don't match the container/box/can that you are eating? If they don't, do you enter the item as an unlisted item with the nutrition data from the packaging?
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This challenge was driven by a discussion on another of my teams.

Those of us who use the tracker find often that the information doesn't match the packaging we have in front of us. We also find it confusing because 1 serving is not always defined by the person who entered the information. Our case discussed was Olive Garden lasagna. If someone enters it as "1 serving," does it mean one healthy serving or one full OG serving?

I almost always check the nutrition facts against the packaging and will re-enter it as a new item so that my nutrition data is close to what I'm eating.

I do know that it is not always accurate, but it's the closest to actual without hiring a lab to test it. emoticon

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Great idea, thanks!

Ended up doing more than 3 and most were ones I have not left comments on before.

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Will do Mauri...thank you for the challenge.

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Since we are a team, I thought for Writing Wednesday we could write comments at 3 of our Positive Bloggers team members' blogs.

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A great reminder Mauri. If anyone is trying to remember there word they chose...check under General discussion and you will find 2013 words/phrases.

I chose the word Challenge, remind me to think about this type of word for next year! Yep, I have been challenging myself, but there have certainly been a lot of challenges to face this year too!

Thanks for the reminder Mauri. I WILL continue to challenge myself to be the best I can be.

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I will choose "One day at a time"
It helps me stay motivated and getting the best out of each day.

One day at a time !!!


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I chose the word serenity. I am better at incorporating some days rather than others. Thanks for reminding me of my goal. I will post the word on my bathroom mirror to remind me to take time each day to find that serene center. Yesterday I found it floating in the pool. I'll let you know where I find it today. I am hoping to find serenity in the completion of tasks that I have lined up for the day. Thanks for the thoughtful challenge, Mauri!

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Did you choose a word/phrase to guide you through 2013? If you did, how are you doing with incorporating it into your lifestyle? If you didn't choose a word/phrase, is it because you didn't know some of us do? Did you not think of it?
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I chose the word "quiet." As you know, I work some really crazy hours - today is day 11 of my work week with 2 to go. It fills my life with lots of noise - sometimes chatting or chattering, social media, email, computer work, etc. I know me well enough to know I need quiet in my life.

It can be a difficult decision to have quiet time. It means making decisions to not turn on my computer when I come home from work, making time to meditate/pray instead of hopping onto SP or ClubPogo to relax.

Still working on incorporating it...

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What do you do when your motivation begins to wane? If it doesn't, how do you stay motivated?


I list my positives each and every morning. That helps me to remember just how much I have to live for and to be grateful for. When my attitude is right, I find that I can do almost anything that I choose to do.

I try to switch things up in my routine so that I don't become bored, challenge myself to do even "one more" of something makes me feel great.

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July 10, 2013

What do you do when your motivation begins to wane? If it doesn't, how do you stay motivated?
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I have found that my *Spark* Restart helps a lot in staying motivated. On the days that I manage to achieve my 3 goals, it is so much easier to stay on track.

I have also added an "Other Goal" to my daily check-in that requires me to do a self-pep talk about why I am working towards a healthy lifestyle.

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Oh, my, I'm a veggie fanatic, so it's hard to choose just a couple!

Mauri, like you, I love zucchini - I caramelize it in a pan with just a tiny bit of olive oil and minced garlic. YUM! I also love zucchini/swiss cheese omelets.

I also love to take kale and cook it and cook it and cook it down until it gets "pot liquor" and I also put in garlic and one slice of cooked, chopped bacon and then add some hot sauce at the end. I'll cook it very low for 2 - 3 hours. It's really, really good.

I also do slow roasted tomatoes in a 250 oven with olive oil, garlic and basil.

YUM! I'm hungry now! For tonight's veggies, I'm grilling spring onions and asparagus.

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Veggies of almost any kind are top on my list!

I especially love roasted baby potatoes. I like to drizzle them with olive oil and back in a cover dish with onions and carrots. Sprinkle a little bit of garlic powder or if I have garlic cloves to add I will do that. A little splash of lemon juice and oh my...I am in heaven.

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As I read Wanda's blog about her garden, and members of my other teams talking about the veggies they have planted, I'm wondering what your favorite vegetable (or two) is and what is your favorite way to prepare it?
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I have two veggies I love.

Spinach, and my favorite way is to saute it with a little bit of olive oil and minced garlic. I'll eat it anyway it's cooked but that simple saute is how my nonna, my mom & my aunt prepared it. Sometimes I will stretched bread or pizza dough and bake it as a "spnach pie," as we call it here in RI.

Zucchini would be my favorite of this season. My favorite way to prepare it is sauteed with chopped onion and then added to eggs for a frittata...Now that on a plate, with my sauteed spinach. Heaven!

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I have all new tune ups!
Meditation and mindfulness are new practices for me, I have always enjoyed yoga but done it sporadicly. Recently I have committed to a simple 30 minute Hatha Yoga DVD daily, I feel absolutely lovely when I'm done, in body and in mind.

Also I have recently begun to try to delve a bit deeper in my blogging here on Spark. As well as posting gratitudes daily with one of my other spark teams.

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Great challenge Mauri...thank you for the reminder.

For me, my "tune up" is each morning as I write my blog. I start my morning off even before getting out of bed with giving thanks for the new day and asking that I have a positive attitude through out the day. Then blogging my gratefuls each morning reminds me how much I have to be grateful for. It helps me to keep my focus on the positives things and not let the negatives over take me.
I have also gone back to track my food each day. I noticed that I had slipped back into the old habit of not eating sufficiently for my body. I'm making changes to keep things working properly.

Thank you again Mauri.
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In the old email notifications from SP, there were "Healthy Living" emails sent that focused around a quote. I remember one that reminded us we sometimes need to "tune up" our bodies much as we take care of our cars. In what way(s) do you "tune up" your road to a healthy lifestyle?
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As I remembered that email, I am reminded how I assessed each month and whether I was maintaining my personal Spark Plan that I write each year. Because I've let work take over my time, I haven't done that since sometime in 2011. Now that I am tracking nutrition once again and rewritten my "Other Goals," I have set a reminder to do that at the end of 28 days.

My morning time is now divided differently to allow me to *spark* each day, whether it's our team's daily challenges, blogging, entering meals, or visiting the other two teams who support me.

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Wanda, you beat me to it again. emoticon

Great challenge! Thank you!

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April 24 Writing Wednesday

Try to remember a time when you might have hurt someone or someone hurt you. Write a letter to this person apologizing or asking for forgiveness. You don't have to mail the letter, but you do need to release the burden you might have been carrying. Letting go of things that burden us is a great step forward to health.

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What are your passions in life? Do you have the opportunity to pursue them? if not, can you make changes in your life to follow them?

My number one passion is focusing on Clenton to help him regain his strength and health and for him to be able to have a good quality of life for as long as he's hear with me.

Second passion is reading, it gives me a means of escape and helps me to relax, especially when I read before bedtime.

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What are your passions in life? Do you have the opportunity to pursue them? if not, can you make changes in your life to follow them?

My passions in life: my family, I am so blessed to have the wonderful children that I do and a hubby that is my best friend in so many ways. Our family is a very tight unit and always there for each other.
We make time for each other. Most weekends find us gathering together at our home, even if it's for just a short visit.
Reading is my other passion. Working at the library, keeps me motivated to find and explore new books and topics, challenging myself to grow and learn.

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What are your passions in life? Do you have the opportunity to pursue them? if not, can you make changes in your life to follow them?
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1. Reading - When I take a technology free day, I love being able to pick up a book and read.
2. Walking - Because my work hours are so long, I don't walk as much as I did. I need to find time, even if it is 10 minutes here & there to do that. Walking helps clear my head.
3. Time with friends - I've lost touch with so many friends because of working so many days & hours, because I don't have the time & on the few evenings or weekend days I don't work, I'm too exhausted. I need to take back some of my own time to do this.

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I certainly do want to make changes in 2013, right now just trying to feel better so I can get back to exercising. My priority right now is my health.

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Happy New Year Mauri....this is a great challenge...I am going to have to see if I can do this one either from work or later when I get home again. I need to do some thinking on this one. Thank you for "challenging" me. (I'll be back)

Hugs,
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Do you make changes to your healthy life program/plan at the beginning of each new year? What changes are you making in 2013?


1. I have set some new goals for myself to work towards this year. I will continue to do my walking as much as my knee allows me to do.
2. I have brought out the weights once again and am working on establishing a routine for upper body exercise.
3. I am choosing to challenge myself.

Have a great day.
Hugs,
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Do you make changes to your healthy life program/plan at the beginning of each new year? What changes are you making in 2013?

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1. I am re-examining my 2012 Spark Plan, though hoping to get it done by yesterday but delayed because of the flu. I am hoping to have it done by the weekend.

2. Still working on my 2013 word of the year. I need just a bit more clarity before I settle on one of the several in consideration.

3. Need to readjust since I lost one of my part-time jobs so it has taken its toll on finances, which then affects the kinds of food I can afford to buy.

4. Allowing myself to grieve the loss of one of my two best friends who died of her cancer a month ago. I realize I am in the midst of my seasonal affective disorder (SAD), coupled with her grief and our sn*wstorm this weekend. Added to those is being back in the office environment since the Hope Bus is in hibernation. These have contributed to depression. I need to be more consistent with my counseling sessions to help ease me through these issues.

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How about you?

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List 5 blessings that occurred for you today.

1. Still not feeling good, but thankful it's just allergies and not anything serious, there are so many of us who have to deal with the allergies.

2. Easy food available to fix for DH's lunch.

3. Not having a job to have to try and go to when not feeling well.

4. Being able to lay down and rest if I feel I need to.

5. This probably should be number 1, having an understanding DH.

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List 5 blessings that occurred for you today.

1. I woke up to live another day!
2. I have a wonderful family! Happy birthday to my niece (RIP), her twin brother (27), and my great-nephew (12).
3. I'm back on track! 3.2# loss since Monday.
4. I have the day off. :D And it just started raining, so my boyfriend is home early. YAY!!!!! (Just heard him pull up!)
5. I get to try out the Zumba class at my gym this afternoon! I hope this instructor is better than the one who leads the morning classes. Not that she is bad, she just seems a little full of herself.

I'm aiming to get in shape enough to be able to hike to Havasu Falls, AZ by the summer of 2015! I hope to become a certified personal trainer and/or a nutrition coach someday!

Life doesn't come with a remote, you have to get up and change it yourself.


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August 22 Writing Wednesday

We all have blessings that occur on a daily basis, more often than not we over look them because they don't seem so significant.

List 5 blessings that occurred for you today. (Come back at the some point today to do this one)

1. Blessed with a new day of life.
2. Although tired due to lack of sleep from thunder storm last night, I had a positive and cheerful day at work.
3. Finally got all my holiday pictures uploaded.
4. I'm back on track with my nutrition.
5. Beautiful gift of sunshine and cooler temperatures today.

Hugs,
Wanda

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The reality of life is that we need to change something in order to get something."

That idea is part of a healthy quote email SP sent in 2009 and I saved. What one change can you make today to help your wellness journey?

Will eat lighter today to try and balance things out from eating out last night, all ready got in a good workout. It's so great we have the ability to adjust.

Thanks Mauri

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"The reality of life is that we need to change something in order to get something."

That idea is part of a healthy quote email SP sent in 2009 and I saved. What one change can you make today to help your wellness journey?
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There are several I need to make since my work schedule interferes with exercise, water and food. I really miss and can feel the effects of not always making my 8 glasses of water. I used to drink 10 or more glasses. Today my change is to focus on getting the water my body needs.

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Wanda, just sharing this on those indoor gardens...My co-worker commented that she knows no one else who has ever killed a cactus...I have two dead ones in my office...
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As the earth awakens in springtime, I can't help but think about all the beautiful flowers.

Do you garden? Flowers? Veggies? Fruits?
What is your favorite flower(s)?

Thanks to a very inspirational spark friend, Yep, I now garden. I used to restrict myself to indoor gardening only and now I've branched out considerably to the great outdoors. I'm very much into veggie gardening and the more I do, the more I want to do. There is nothing like eating your own fresh grown veggies. I started out as a container gardener and now have 4 raised garden beds as well as my containers. Even if you live in an apartment, you can still grow many veggies in containers. Don't let where you live dictate whether or not you can grow things. Some is always better than none.
I also have 2 apple trees and a pear tree. I just planting them last year and am hoping to see some fruit this year from them.
Flowers are Garry's domain, I'm an indoor flower garden still and Garry does the outdoor flowers.

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Good Wednesday morning!

As the earth awakens in springtime, I can't help but think about all the beautiful flowers.

Do you garden? Flowers? Veggies? Fruits?
What is your favorite flower(s)?
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I miss the flower gardens I use to have at our last home in the country. Seeing we are in a ground floor apartment we have planted flowers, we have daffodils, shasta daisy's, and Asiatic lillies. It gives DH something to look after. We both love flowers.

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Good Wednesday morning!

As the earth awakens in springtime, I can't help but think about all the beautiful flowers.

Do you garden? Flowers? Veggies? Fruits?
What is your favorite flower(s)?
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I don't garden since I missed my parents' gene for the skill but I love flowers! My favorites are violets, lilies of the valley and tulips.

Yesterday on my way home from a local school where I taught breast cancer awareness classes, I noticed a home that had a beautiful garden filled with daffodils, jonquils, irises, hyacinths and tulips and thought that I would love to have such a garden. Those were the flowers that my parents had planted at a home we rented when I was a child.

How about you?

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Seeing as our Thanksgiving was over and done with in October, I'll share a story of how my Dad and Garry are cut from the same cloth. Garry and I have been together since our very early teens. Garry had come over to our place for Sunday dinner. Mom had made the usually roast, potatoes and gravy. Garry was cutting his meat and his plate tipped over in his lap, my Dad laughed and helped him clean up. Garry, good sport that he was stayed the evening despite lots of ribbing from my Dad. The next Sunday he decided to brave it once more and stay for dinner....it was the best evening of Garry's life to that point...my Dad had the same thing happen to him...he was cutting his meat and his plate tipped onto his lap (and no...it wasn't on purpose). Garry was so pleased to discover that he was not the only person that this could happen to. Lots of laughs and ribbing over this incident have carried through the years.
Sure do miss my Dad.

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Nov. 23, do you have any Thanksgiving stories you could share from the past with us, this day before the Big Bird Day!

When I was a kid my mom won a live turkey at bingo, and it was a big bird, and yes we did have it for Thanksgiving dinner.

I can remember when the kids were quite young, I fixed a turkey and forgot to take the stuff out of the neck cavity, I felt pretty silly when I discovered that.

Have a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving tomorrow and be thankful for all that you have.

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Mauri what a pleasant surprise to come here this morning and see you had all ready taken care of today's challenge, thank you dear friend.

I am with Wanda on the parents one, there are lots of things I'd love to ask them. I am thankful for the values they instilled in me as I was growing up.

I would like to be able to ask my oldest sister if she thought or knew if someone had done something to her to make her so sick before she passed away, I'll always wonder.

Mr. and Mrs Conklin who had a very large family and would have to take two cars to get them all to church, but they would still stop and pick me up and take me to church with them when I was just a little girl. There were many times I'd be down to their place about 1/4 of a mile from where we lived and they'd invite me to eat a meal with them, they had a daughter my age and we played together a lot. When I got older Mrs. Conklin was my 4-H leader. I just loved this whole family and have so many good memories connected to them.

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Mauri...I love the challenge, yay for seeing you first things this morning...hope your day is filled with positives.

If you could invite 3 people who have touched your life to the dinner table, who would they be?

1. My parents...there are so many questions I realized I had never asked while they were still here. So many times that I never said "thank you". It's only as you gain perspective that you see the bigger picture of all that they attempted to do in your life. Thank you Mom and Dad.

2. Shirl...she has blessed my life in so many ways, and right along with her I would like to sit down with Marla, Mauri, Polly and Kathy. Each of these ladies have blessed my life with their caring and genuine being. They have taught me much more about living to the fullest than I ever knew possible.

3. This is tough...to limit it to only a few people. There are so many that have touched my life in very positive and full filling ways. I need to have a party!

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Since I am up and AWAKE early today, thought I'd give Shirl a break today.

If you could invite 3 people who have touched your life to the dinner table, who would they be?
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For me, it would be my 7th grade teacher, Sister Mary Josepha, who helped me develop some independence from my overprotective mom;

My friend Peter, whom I don't see much anymore but who helped me understand the process of dying and loss when my dad was making his journey to a new life;

My friend Laurie that I met through my new job who is teaching me to love life with it's sparkling moments and it's darknesses. Laurie is dying of triple negative breast cancer but is helping many people, gracious and happy...90% of her days are spent with big smiles on her face.

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Reading through all the responses to this challenge, left me feeling like I want to be traveling too...lol.

We are really in limbo this year. I do have some time off work at the end of July, but with Garry's Dad in hospice, we aren't making any specific plans. Garry's been doing a lot of back and forth to Saskatchewan to see his Mom and Dad, but we'll have to wait on the Lord on this one.
I'm actually looking forward to having the time off and not having to go anywhere to be on a time schedule. I'm planning on some relaxing on back deck with some good books.

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Mauri and Kathleen your activities for this summer sound like fun. We won't be doing any far away traveling, our excursions will be close to home. Youngest DD wants family to come to their place in Paw Paw over the 4th of July and camp out and swim, July 30, we have a grandson's wedding to go to over by Kalamazoo, we also received another wedding invitation from one of DH's grandsons and that will be in Aug. in New Jersey, but we aren't going to that one. There are local events wie'll be going to like Celebrate Charlotte, and our Eaton Co. fair, we usually go down there on senior day, it's free. I hope all have a fun filled summer.

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I am going to travel with my daughter and a friend, to a peninsula in Lake Michigan, we are going to stay in a cabin (or house, not quite sure what to expect) and look at lighthouses and art galleries. I hope my daughter will not be too bored. I am looking forward to it, but a little anxious too.

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Good one, Shirl.

On the last weekend of July, I will be traveling to Long Island, NY for a family reunion on my maternal grandmother's side. I have not seen some of these cousins in 10+ years...and some I've yet to meet. We are coming from as far away as Italy (they actually took up a collection for one of the Italians to be able to fly to NY), Florida, California, Illinois, and as close by as Rhode Island. What fun it will be!

In August my friend Sandy and I are making a return trip to Scranton, PA to meet up with my Spark friend Char from my Movin' It team...We met for the first time last year and had a blast...along with two other teammates. This year I know Sandy & I are going...not sure if anyone else will be joining us...hoping they do!

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Tell us if you have any trips planned this summer, doesn't matter if they are just day trips to some place local or far away trips, what fun things do you have coming up for you this summer. First day of summer is almost here.

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Spring seems like it is coming late here, there is still snow in the forecast, and it's cold and gray and wet. But not every day. Some days are in the 50's and 60's, sunny and breezy. Our rhubarb has made an appearance and I am looking forward to the spring tart taste of rhubarb sauce and baked goods. The forsythia is the most "blooming" thing in my yard along with a few daffodils.

I am praying for your healing Mauri, and that you will get a good treatment plan in place soon.

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Spring looks like summer down here in Texas. The summers I used to know it upstate NY at least. I enjoyed reading tales of crocuses and tulips, hyacinths and I used to love the bearded Irises arrival. Someone mentioned the forsythias blooming and that made me pine for my old home. What I consider the beauty of Spring in Texas is about the last week of March when the Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes are in full bloom. It is a gorgeous sight!

Mauri, I wish you well with your arm/shoulder trials. Keep us posted. We're good for a prayer or two! Love you.

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Thanks for the healing prayers/thoughts. They are now leaning towards surgery because I'm "only" 61 and active so they think it will restore more rotation/axis/movement to my shoulder than it healing on its own. Seeing an orthopedic surgeon today for a second opinion. The concern is that they have discovered arthritis in my shoulder bone (tho' I don't feel it???) and if it is brittle, it could pulverize. That puts me in a worse situation than I presently have. Today I've finally reached frustration point and tears...Tomorrow is 2 weeks and I still don't have a treatment plan in place!

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Mauri...healing prayers for you my friend. Have they ruled out surgery?


Spring is upon us...What are you doing to celebrate springtime...or has it not arrived where you live?

Spring has finally arrived on our doorstop. The mounds of snow are finally melting, the snow mold is everywhere and so are the allergies, but no one is complaining...WE HAVE SUNSHINE!
I love the springtime. Things are renewed and life once again shakes and squirms it way out of the cold and dark. Birds are chattering, activity increases out of doors. You once again begin to see your neighbors as they all begin to come out of their homes to spend time in their yards and chatting to one another. God willing, we will actually see a summer this year too!

My seedlings are all in need of being transplanted into their permanent home for the growing season. I'm as anxious as they are.

Spring...renewal...life.

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TKESLER, I'm with you on having a SHORT hot summer!!

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Compared to the rest of the country, springtime is here, but it is not the springtime that we are used to. It has been a mixture of rain, wind and sun. (although looking out my window this morning-it looks sunny and pleasant). I am not complaining though. I would like spring to take it's time, because it means a short hot summer.

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