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Happy Father's Day

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Happy Father's Day, Pop! Love you always!

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MACANBEFIT 6/15/2014 2:57PM

    A lovely salute!

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SIOL55 6/14/2014 3:27PM

  emoticon I noticed your father was a vet. Thank you for your families sacrifices while he served.

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A Christmas Tail

Sunday, February 02, 2014

It has been a while since Daisy Dog has appeared in my blog and it is overdue!

Every year, Daisy Dog and Ittel Cat get gifts for Christmas. We usually open them on Christmas Eve. Due to their limited incomes, they do not reciprocate!

Daisy usually gets a new squeaky toy for her gift and Ittel (since she never learned to play with toys in all her 22 years) gets kitty treats.

This Christmas, I got Daisy a new collar and decided that, since she plays with her new toys for about a week and then ignores them for her old favorite ball, I would regift from a previous years toy. I carefully wrapped the gifts and on Christmas eve helped them unwrap them. Ittel was purrfectly content with her treats. Daisy totally got the wrong idea when she opened her new collar and thought we were going somewhere..anywhere! After she calmed down from that disappointment, she opened her toy and was really excited until she discovered it didn't squeak. I had made a terrible mistake by picking a discarded one that had lost it's squeaker.

So, after I got back from Arizona, I had a fit of conscience and purchased her a brand new toy with a great squeak, wrapped it for her and helped her open it. Great success! She joyfully ran around the house squeaking, tossing and enjoying it for a couple of hours.

Then she was totally exhausted and.....

It is now a week later and the new toy lies abandoned under the coffee table and she is back to the old favorite ball.

Now, I could draw a lot of comparisons to living healthy, deferred rewards and other stuff, but I'm not going to because this was just for fun!

Stay happy, Sparkies (and give Stitchy a hug for me, Mamadwarf!)

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 2/3/2014 9:42PM

    Do you think it would work to re-wrap the squeaky toy, and to help her to unwrap it again? Would it seem like a new toy and would she run around and play with it for a few hours? I'd be very interested in this experiment to know if it would work. Or maybe you could keep swapping them, wrap one toy this week, the next week a different one and keep switching them?

Such great fun we can have with pets!

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ALEXSGIRL1 2/2/2014 4:57PM

    so loved the pic they are funny I bought the cat many toys but he prefers a regular box or bag left over from our gifts. and the dog has the cat as his play toy. lol cute blog.

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LUCKYDUCK2 2/2/2014 2:49PM

    Furbabies are so much fun and such a huge part of our lives. Love the photo you shared of yours.

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CANNIE50 2/2/2014 12:21PM

    Oh, that picture - what a DOLL! I so enjoyed this blog. Keep 'em coming (along with more cute photos : )

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MAMADWARF 2/2/2014 11:17AM

    Yea for a new daisy picture!!!! First please give it tel another great...22 years is a long time for a kitty!!!!! Stitchy said to tell daisy that the SQUEEK SQUEEKs are the BEST Part!!! She loves chewing and biting until she gets that squeaker out!

She is doing better but still has another week on knee rest.

Thanks for posting this and I gave "baby granny" that extra hug for ya! This blog made my day!

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SUSANNAH31 2/2/2014 11:03AM

    That squeaker is important, I guess. If there is no noise to respond to the chewing, the fun is gone from the toy.

There may be some other parallels we could draw to SP in that one as well!

But we won't.


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JANETRIS 2/2/2014 8:16AM

    Great blog! I'm glad I'm not the only one who carefully picks toys and wraps them for my dog! The pic was precious! Have a healthy week emoticon Jane

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MSLZZY 2/2/2014 7:52AM

    Wrap the new toy up again and see what happens.
We all love a reward and she might get excited all
over again. And find a new reward for yourself.
A photo album from your trip? HUGS!

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Thank you to my wonderful Spark friends

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

You will never know how much your kind words have meant to me during the loss of my father. His funeral was beautiful, very personal to him and heart wrenching.

I would like to share with you one of my wonderful memories of him. This picture of my Dad and I dancing was taken at my daughter's wedding 18 years ago. (Neither of us are/were very good dancers, though!)

This epitomizes his joy in life that never faltered to the very end.

Love you, Pop!

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 1/26/2014 11:24PM

    So sweet! Cherish the memories! And don't forget to make new ones with the family that is here on earth!

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JPL2014 1/24/2014 9:54AM

    What a great photo. Nothing can come close to a father and their daughter. You are lucky to have had great memories with him. I lost my Dad in June so I know the heartache you feel.

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ONBEACHSIDE 1/23/2014 8:41PM

    A lovely memory to cherish! emoticon

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LUCKYDUCK2 1/23/2014 12:49PM

    His smile is AWESOME. It shows in his eyes. What a wonderful picture and memory of the two of you. emoticon

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MACANBEFIT 1/23/2014 10:04AM

    A beautiful memory to have of a very special moment. You both look so happy and full of life. Your father's joy will be with you always. I pray that the ache missing him causes will not last long. emoticon

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MSLZZY 1/22/2014 11:22PM

    What a beautiful testament to love and family. Cherish the memories! HUGS!

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JANETRIS 1/22/2014 10:14PM

    Im so sorry for your loss....your father sounds like a wonderful man. I hope and pray that all the memories you have, help you through this difficult time... emoticon

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HDHAWK 1/22/2014 9:05PM

    Your dad looks like someone who lived life to the fullest. What a great smile! I'm sorry for your loss.

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/22/2014 8:07PM

    a beautiful picture so sorry for your loss you were lucky to have a great loving dad

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CANNIE50 1/22/2014 5:42PM

    LOVE this photo - what a handsome man and, just based on the smile on his face, he seems quite charming, as well. He loved and was loved which means he had a good life. I am thinking of you, as you grieve this huge loss.

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MAMADWARF 1/22/2014 12:38PM

    you can tell alot from this picture. He seems young at heart, a sweet soul who loved a good laugh. You can almost SEE the good shining from him.

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SUSANNAH31 1/22/2014 12:34PM

    A beautiful photo of father and daughter. How fortunate for you to have had such a great relationship with your dad. It makes the loss even greater, though. Hugs to you.

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My Dad

Thursday, January 02, 2014

My Dad left us yesterday. He was 96 years old and the best person I have ever had the privilege of knowing. He always was truthful (even when it hurt), he had a wicked sense of humor and an innate intelligence. Was he perfect? Probably not, but he sure came close!

I will miss him. He and my Stepmom were married for 52 years and she took excellent care of him in the last few years as he became more fragile.

When I heard he had died, I rang the little cloisonne bell on my Christmas tree that he had brought from China several years ago. I hope this angel got his wings. He deserves them.

I am sad, but grateful that he did not have to be in pain and he did not die alone. He went quietly into that good night.

Godspeed, Dad!

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 1/20/2014 2:03PM

    You were very fortunate to have had a Dad like this and to be able to enjoy his company for so long in life! I know it is hard to say Good-bye, you will miss him tremendously, but look forward to that day when you get to see him again in heaven! It is not a day that I'm trying to rush to get here, but I know that I am looking forward to seeing many loved ones when God says that it is time.
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LUCKYDUCK2 1/15/2014 12:00AM

    I am so sorry to read about your Fathers passing. Sending you a huge hug.

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SUSANNAH31 1/9/2014 9:40PM

    I am sorry about your loss of your dad.
It sounds like you had a really great relationship with him -
and his memory will be with you for all time.

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HDHAWK 1/6/2014 10:24PM

    If you have to go that's a peaceful way to do it. It sounds like your dad lived a good life. Sending prayers and hugs your way.

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JEANNERR 1/6/2014 9:51PM

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Praying for both of you.

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CANNIE50 1/6/2014 9:36PM

    I am not surprised to learn that your dad was a wonderful man and that he had some great qualities (that show up in you, by the way). I love your resolution to honor his memory. What a gift to have had an excellent father, and for so many years. I also love that you have gratitude to your step mom and recognize the care she gave him. What a lovely family you are a part of...I am thinking of you, as you grieve and learn to live without him near.

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/4/2014 8:07PM

    a lovely tribute to your dad remember he is always at your side and are mostly who you are because of his influence and love

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MACANBEFIT 1/3/2014 7:13AM

    What a lovely tribute to your Dad! Your fond memories of him will keep him with you always. I am sure he received his wings. emoticon

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JANETRIS 1/2/2014 7:10PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Your Dad sounds like a wonderful Man. I'm so glad you have so many wonderful thoughts and memories of him. Hugs to you... emoticon emoticon Jane

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MAMADWARF 1/2/2014 5:45PM

    Oh Im so sorry. I know you will miss him but he sounds like a wonderful man. I will send a prayer to my dad and mom and tell them to pop in and say hello and welcome! Love you!

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MONSTERLAURA 1/2/2014 5:25PM

    So sorry to hear about your dad. I will send a little prayer for you and yours.

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What I did on my weekend vacation

Thursday, May 09, 2013

I had big plans to go to see my daughter, sil and granddaughters in a Minneapolis suburb last Friday (May3). When I got up all set to put my already packed bag and Daisy dog in the pickup to take off, there was six inches of heavy wet snow on the ground. The road report did not sound promising. After many e-mails and test messages (did I tell you I finally got an I Phone?), left around 11 and, by then, the roads were clear but wet. The trip went very well with only a couple of blips! My GPS told me to turn right at one road and then immediately started screaming "recalculating, recalculating, recalculating!!! turn right in on mile, turn right in one mile!!! I reached the one mile mark and that road was a gravel road covered in snow, so I did a U turn (don't tell anyone) and finally made it back to the correct road.

As soon as my granddaughter, Emily, got home from school we headed for the material store and purchased material which she picked out, thread, zipper, interfacing and all the other findings to help her make a dress. Emily is 10 and she asked her mom for a dress pattern for Christmas, so it seemed like we were all set to go on it. At this point, the dress had cost $10 for the pattern and another $28 for material, etc.

Friday night Emily helped iron the pattern and cut out the pieces, then Saturday morning while she was at a girl scout function we pinned the pattern. We worked on the dress intermittently through the weekend with Emily sporadically ironing seams, stitching simple seams and my daughter doing most of the rest with input from me. When she was little, I made all her clothes and most of mine, but haven't done much sewing for years.

Saturday afternoon everything stopped and we put on our Kentucky Derby hats and watched the 139th running for the roses.

Our mint juleps tasted surprisingly like Margaritas because we went directly from Kentucky to Cinco de Mayo (no pics, but the sombreros were impressive! and the Southwestern casserole was delicious).

After church on Sunday, dress making went forward and here is Emily modeling:

In our spare time, we went shopping for a mother's day gift for me and purchased some items to go on top of the kitchen cabinets.
Emily went happily off to school on Monday in her new dress and Daisy dog (who was very, very good) and I headed for home. Now, two days later, I feel rested up and ready to go camping tomorrow!

Hugs to all my Sparkies!

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 5/11/2013 8:43AM

    Fun! So happy for you that the snow didn't keep you home! What a wonderful memory making weekend for all involved!

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SUSANNAH31 5/10/2013 9:14PM

    What a great activity for three generations to work on: making a dress for the little one!
And what a pretty dress it turned out to be!

And how nice that you have hats for Kentucky Derby as well as sombreros for Cinco de Mayo.

It sounds like a great time with your family.


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MSLZZY 5/9/2013 4:56PM

    What a beautiful child and the dress looks marvelous! I'll bet she is one happy little lady! It sounds like you had a wonderful time. Now get that camper packed and get ready for a gorgeous and sunny weekend. Daisy needs to hit the road. HUGS!

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MAMADWARF 5/9/2013 4:30PM

    A. you look fabulous!
B. your granddaughtter is adorable
C. How awesome to have that time together to do simple things. I am sure you mean the world to them!! Making memories is the sweetest thing ever.
D. tell Daisy dog hi for me!

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JANETRIS 5/9/2013 4:27PM

    Sounds like a great weekend to me! Love the hats and the dress looks beautiful! What a wonderful job you all did together making it. Your granddaughter is a cutie pie! Hope your camping is full of nice weather! emoticon

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