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Need a laugh and love animals?

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Then watch this video - totally safe and very funny. Enjoy!


Merry Christmas!

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HOWLERMOM 12/8/2010 9:30PM

    Very cute - thanks for sharing!!

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MCINTYJ 12/8/2010 9:52AM


Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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SPARTAN40 12/8/2010 9:17AM

    Thank you. Very cute!

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    Thanks for sharing this with us. CUTE! Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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Let's Play.........

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Family Fued!

I found this on NOMORESTALLING's blog who found it on TXPATRICIA's blog, who found it on AMER281�s blog.

You are not allowed to use my answers; you must use different ones!!!

Remember, you can't use the same answers as the person who sent it to you....

1. Name something you use in the shower? Shampoo

2. Something people hate to find on their windshield? Parking tickets

3. Name something a man might buy before a date? Condoms (tee hee hee)

4. What is something you cook in the microwave? Popcorn

5. Name a piece of furniture people need help moving? Piano

6. Name a reason a younger man might like an older woman? Experience

7. Name something a dog does that embarrasses its owner? Sniff in personal places

8. Name a kind of test you cannot study for? Pap

9. Name something a boy scout gets a badge for? Tying knots

10. Name a phrase with the word 'home' in it? home-made cookies

11. Name a sport where players lose teeth? Rough game of dodge ball

12. Name something a teacher can do to ruin a good day? Show up?

13. Name something that can brighten your day? Flowers

14. Name a bird you wouldn't want to eat? Vulture (yuck!)

15. Name something a person wears even if it has a hole in it? Blue jeans

16. Name something that gets smaller the more you use it? Pencil

Remember...NO copying!!

Let me know if you decide to play so I can check on your blog your answers...

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INFLATED 7/12/2010 12:07AM

    I played from JOKNOWS page. I entitled the blog, Playing Family Feud (Sunday, June 27.2010).

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    1. Name something you use in the shower? Olay "in shower" lotion

2. Something people hate to find on their windshield? bug guts

3. Name something a man might buy before a date? flowers

4. What is something you cook in the microwave? dh's sandwiches

5. Name a piece of furniture people need help moving? hope chest

6. Name a reason a younger man might like an older woman? sex

7. Name something a dog does that embarrasses its owner? mount your guests legs

8. Name a kind of test you cannot study for? blood

9. Name something a boy scout gets a badge for? citizenship

10. Name a phrase with the word 'home' in it? "home for the holidays"

11. Name a sport where players lose teeth? hockey

12. Name something a teacher can do to ruin a good day? pop quiz

13. Name something that can brighten your day? a hug

14. Name a bird you wouldn't want to eat? goose

15. Name something a person wears even if it has a hole in it? tee shirts

16. Name something that gets smaller the more you use it? chalk

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NOTBLUSHING 7/3/2010 10:06AM

    I wanna play!

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Life's little moments

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Today while I was out walking in the humid, sticky weather, the sun came out and a breeze picked up. I stopped my walk, lifted my face to the sun, and just kept silent for a moment. It was one of those pure moments of joy that are too infrequent for me these days. In seconds it had passed; I turned my MP3 back on and continued on my walk home. Someone leaving their house across the street must have though I was a bit balmy; they pulled away s l o w l y from their parking space.

I've been going through a rough patch and some good things are starting to happen, some are staying the same, and some are still questionable. Today to have this brief moment of calm, joy, I don't really have an adequate word for it, but it was like a confirmation. My heart was lifted and though the moment has passed, the memory is almost as good.

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EMSSBEARS 6/25/2010 12:57AM

    Glad you were able to have an enjoyable moment that gave you lasting memories. Now all you need to do is get well and you will as good as new.


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    Sometimes life gives you one of these special moments. I am so glad that you were aware of it. I had a similar episode last week. It had been gray and yucky most of the day. It even rained a bit. My deep water aerobic class was held anyway despite the gray cool weather. We were cold in the pool, but determined to make the class count. About half-way through the class the sun peeked through the clouds and we were blessed with a partial RAINBOW. It was so awesome. It was as if God were saying, yep... this is what you are supposed to be doing. Sometimes these moments just pop up and help us to remember to be grateful for the blessings we DO have and forget.. for a moment the stress related things that try to keep us down. I hope that you get more blessings than struggles in your life. Love you, Dawn

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INFLATED 6/8/2010 2:58PM

    You have captured many of life's moments with the pictures you have posted. When I walk, I know I have to move at a good pace in order to get the heart rate up, but I look for my neighbors and I look for wildlife. I see squirrels and rabbits and there is a long-haired black cat that sits on the tree lawn and it doesn't run away when I come by.
I enjoy watching the birds slide down the pool cover to get a drink of water from the water that has accumulated on the cover. There are lots of things that could cause me to worry, but worry won't solve a single problem.
This Scripture has helped me so many times: Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. At times I feel like my sanity depends on focusing on that Scripture.

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FLORIDASUN 6/8/2010 9:23AM

    I think that these brief moments are the universe speaking to us...telling us that no matter how big we think our burdens are at the moment that our spirits always have the ability to soar and that as long as we persue our life's lessons we will be safe and peaceful and happy. I'm glad you had this glimpse...they are all too rare..but crystalize it in your memory banks and go to it as your solace...hugs and remember with every downward cycle there is an upward cycle just around the corner! emoticon emoticon emoticon Life is a gift..we just have to get through the wrappings! emoticon

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MAMA2BABIES 6/4/2010 10:52PM

    hi there, im not very good at keeping up with other peoples blogs, but you commented on mine, so i thought i would take a look at your page and your blogs. im gonna try to spend more time reading other people's pages, so that i can get to know them better. anyways, i had a similar experience yesterday. i was out on the walking path near my house and i looked up to see a hawk soaring in the sky. he was not flapping his wings, but just floating, in a big circle. i watched him for a few minutes, just soaring. i thought to myself, what a feeling that must be. just to soar...floating in the air...seemed to be carefree. it was a special moment for me as well. earlier that day i decided, instead of just walking for my health, i was going to walk and enjoy the experience. its nice to slow down and see the world around us.

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DYNAMICDEB53 6/4/2010 1:54PM

    Have a special moment like that is rare and one I think you needed. I am glad you can find that inner peace even just for a moment, hopefully they will come more often for you.

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MARYMAC45 6/3/2010 7:18PM

    Try as best you can to take time for you. I'm glad you had a brief moment of solace today and I wished it was longer for you. Enjoy the upcoming weekend!

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MKPRINCESS007 6/3/2010 4:14PM

    Good for you, savoring that moment to JUST BE. I often, especially when I am caught up in things, just try to take a moment to care for myself with a cup of tea, a song on the radio, a cool breeze, to center myself again.

Glad you took care of yourself today!

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HVMBRU 6/3/2010 3:59PM

    Sounds like you've hit a rough patch, losing your job. Also have some life-changing decisions you want to make. (I read your page.) Wishing you all the best in your choices.


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My ABC's

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I got this from the funny, inspiring, sweet, lively bog of FLORIDASUN, with her permission to use. As she wrote, if you've are reading this, you also have the honor of copying all these goofy questions and writing your own responses! Paste these instructions in the body of your blog. This is MY info, not Bobbi's.

A - Age: 55 just turned this month
B - Bed size: XL twin electric beds side by side make a King (but it isn't the same let me tell you)
C - Cat's names: no kitty cats, no pets of any kind, but some day I do want a dog
D - DH's name: no DH but my mate's name is Barry
E - Essential start your day item: tea, but some days I don't have it, so I guess nothing is essential, except maybe a potty run.
F - Favorite color: cobalt blue
G - Good at: making people laugh
H - Height: 5'3"
I - Interests and pursuits in life: I love to read, walk, hike. When we finally get a permanent place of our own, I'd like to have a yard that I can turn into a haven with low or no-maintenance plants - no grass to mow.
J - Job title: Immature Adult Keeping my fingers crossed as my lay-off may be ending soon and I'll have work to go to (and complain about) again!
K - Kitchy collections: I have some teacups and saucers that I've bought on trips or that have been given to me as gifts. I only have four or five sets; does that make a collection? The only things I really want to collect are money enough and lots of good memories.
L - Life Goals: still working on this but for now I'd say to find a permanent home we can both be happy in (location with good weather is the question at the moment), and equally important is to improve my health and reduce my weight. Once these goals of health and shelter are met, then I'd like to travel, maybe take a class in Tai Chi or Yoga and get really good at something like this, and keep my mind sharp, keep learning.
M - More time is needed for: clearing the clutter, making my home a haven and not an place to pile stuff
N - Nickname(s): there are so many but I will share a few: chainsaw, larry (of the 3 stooges), and, no, the rest are too embarrassing.
O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: too many! several surgeries, car accident, kidney stone
P - Pet Peeve: Companies who need telemarketers, spam, junk mail. Life is messy and complicated enough without people making it more so on purpose. Oh, and professional politicians.
Q - Quote that I love the most: there are so many it is hard to choose, but the one that occurs to me now is: What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
R - Right or left handed: right
S - Siblings: I have six and mom says we are each so different
T - Time you wake up: no regular schedule these days, but later than I'd like
U- First word that comes to your mind for "U": unique, but then my negative self thought "unemployed" because I am at the moment
V - Vegetable you dislike: there are a few, but the first that comes to mind is lima beans - too dry
W - Ways you run late: thinking what I still have to do to get ready won't take as long as it will
X - X-rays you've had: Most all of me has been x-rayed; I've had a couple MRI's and some ultrasounds too.
Y - Yummy food you make: spinach eggs, many-fruit protein smoothies, spinach salad with apples, walnuts, and my own oil and vinegar dressing
Z - Zoo favorite: I don't like the idea of a zoo so I no longer go to any and have no favorite in-captive animal

And you? What are your ABC's?

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FLORIDASUN 6/8/2010 9:18AM

    Yay...loved learning about you more with your ABC's...they are fun aren't they? I love your attitude and your positive way of looking at life and I hope each and every one of your wildest dreams come true...I surely do! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EMSSBEARS 6/2/2010 12:46AM

    Thanks for sharing this was a very informative blog.


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    love to learn new stuff about others. Have a great holiday weekend. Love, Dawn

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INFLATED 5/27/2010 3:50PM

    Thanks for your comment on my page. I was locked in the car on a trip home from Ohio with a milkshake, so you know it went down the hatch, my hatch, lol. I resisted it all the way home until we came to a complete stop on the interstate. The road was closed in both directions due to a wreck. I know what you mean about "out of house, out of tummy."
I had to laugh about the nickname, Larry. I was given that nickname in a chat room and two other ladies were Moe and Curly. My husband calls me, Huz or The Huz. There is a story behind the nickname he dubbed me with.
I hope you have a good Memorial Day weekend.

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CAROL3SAN 5/27/2010 2:48PM

    emoticon Very amusing and entertaining.
Have a great day. emoticon

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Risky behavior edited 5/27

Monday, May 03, 2010

5/27 entry added: It went ok with the Swiss Rolls for a few days, but then I slowly returned to my former bad habit of if it's in the house and it is sweet, I wil eat it all now! I have finally learned that it is best to just not buy these. Last night I really wanted a 'treat,' but there was nothing 'snacky' in the house so I just sipped my water as I read my book. If I'd had cereal bars, twizzlers, snack cakes, candy, etc., it would have been eaten. Out of house, out of tummy!
Tonight I was offered a ride to the grocery store after a meeting. I don't drive so I graciously accepted. It was after 8pm and I hadn't eaten since 5pm so I had some concerns about being tempted into buying impulse items. I picked up lots of fruits and veggies, some lean meat and low fat dairy. I even got some Greek yogurt to try. Next I perused the housewares/gardening section for possible items for our clubs gift basket soon to be raffled off. On the way to the checkout, I passed by the Little Debbie display and snagged a box of Swiss Rolls.

Now, I have been known to put away a box of these little devils in one 24-hour period. I have never brought them home and not had at least two packages the same day. So imagine my surprise and my delight when I decided that 8:45 was past my eating cutoff for the day, which is part of a new habit I'm working on - to have a bedtime routine, the first step of which is to stop eating at 8pm. So instead of pouring myself a glass of milk, breaking out the snack cakes (I call them big Deborahs), and plopping myself in front of the television, I put the box of cakes in the fridge along with the milk and all the GOOD food I bought, drank some water, then came here to Spark to check my nutrition page, and knew that I'd done the right thing this time.

I ate within my calorie range today and this has been, I'm ashamed to admit, unusual for me. I can have a great start to my day, but somewhere along the way I go off track, or forget to track! And whenever there has been junk food in the house, I have difficulty keeping away from it, not thinking about it, and not eating it all, just to get it out of the house! Imagine, bringing food home that I know I shouldn't have, then feeling the need to eat it so it will be gone and not tempt me anymore! Sounds kind of crazy and that is how I end up feeling sometimes, crazy, stupid, weak, and in denial.

It may be risky bringing this food into the house tonight, but I have long wanted to test myself, to see if I could have something I crave, that is a trigger for me to overeat, to have that in the house and NOT eat it. The thing is, I didn't have this thought in mind tonight when I tossed the box into my cart; I think I was just thinking the same old thought, "I'll just have one package and half a glass of milk. I'll save the rest for another day." Of course that was NEVER what actually happened. One package always became two and sometimes more. So.........like most risky behavior, this wasn't planned, and I don't know if I'll respect myself in the morning, but right now, I'm feeling pretty good about what I'm doing. Heck, I haven't done anything risky in a while, so it was about time.

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MARYMAC45 5/27/2010 4:15PM

    I envy you that you could resist the LITTLE DEBBIE swiss rolls. They are a favorite of mine. I cannot have them in the house. Today I'm looking at raisin scones which my daughter baked yesterday and brought me 6. I love them, but if I start, I will eat them in 2-3 days. They are about 400 calories each and about 35 fat grams and I don't know how many carbs. I wish I could be like you and resist. But I know I will eat one tonight. Great job. I love the blog.

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INFLATED 5/11/2010 4:56AM

    Well, how did it go with the Swiss Rolls?

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    I respect your desire to "test" yourself. I wish you much success. I'm proud of you for resisting the "treat" so far. Stand firm and Spark On my friend. Love, Dawn

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DYNAMICDEB53 5/5/2010 3:33PM

    Good for you, holding to your plan and leaving those snacks alone. I think that having trigger foods around is hard. I can have some of them in the house and behave myself, but not all of them. I hope this test goes well for you and you learn from it.

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JOSEPHINE1231 5/4/2010 11:30AM

    It will be interesting to see how this little "test" works tomorrow or the next day. But you did make it through one day, so good for you.

I have done a lot of reading lately on "trigger" foods. And the one thing I have learned for me at least is, if you don't buy it your don't eat it.

I was craving chocolate and I bought a bag a good quality chocolate drops, thinking that two of them were only 150 calories. Save them for a treat when I had a good day. Yeah, not so hot in practice.


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LIFE-OF-LEISURE 5/4/2010 8:43AM

    woo-hoo, great follow through on your goals! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 5/4/2010 8:12AM

    Yay...for you...you strong little soul you! It is good to test yourself every once in awhile..now pop that box in the freezer and only allow yourself to defrost one pack at a time..or better yet...put them in individual baggies and have only a small portion at a time! At least it sounds like a plan right? I LOVE greek yogurt..I use it for so many things..you can sweeten it with a little Stevia (real sugar substitute without all the additives of Sweet N Low or Splenda) and actually use it to replace whipped cream on desserts...or you can use it in place of sour cream or other cheeses...it's yummy and healthy at the same time!

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EMSSBEARS 5/4/2010 5:49AM

    Great job I am so proud of you. I need to follow your example and set an early bedtime so that I can get rested up before time for the gym everyday (of course I am writing this at 4:47am and I have yet to go to bed and will be leaving for the gym at 5:00 - I really need a better schedule-lol)

Sounds like you are doing great since you got back, any more luck on finding a retirement place??

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DAISES2 5/4/2010 3:18AM

    great blog,and great job remembering your cut off time.
i'm no good at setting goals.i don't know what goes on with me
if i want a bar of chocolate nothing in this world will stop me from having it,yet on another day nothing in this world could get me to eat it.
well done on staying within your calorie range,i'm sure you will have more days like that emoticonval

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ANISMENDOZA81 5/3/2010 11:21PM

    Loved the blog. Sometimes we need that temptation just to see if our minds are catching up to our life changes. You were awesome for remembering your cut off and sticking to it. Great Job and keep it up! emoticon

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