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The Nose Flute: First (Possibly Last) Attempt

Monday, October 27, 2014


Need a little boost to your Monday, something to lighten up the beginning of your work week? This may or may not be it. Who am I to judge? I just know that if someone gives me something called a Nose Flute, I have to share. Is this SparkWorthy? Yes, yes it is. This is how I make my life an adventure, peopleó trying new things, testing new kazoos. Someone has to do it. And now we all know that the Nose Flute, the ORIGINAL Nose Flute, is a difficult instrument. I tested it for you, so you wonít have to. Youíre welcome.

In other news, I have my big toe in Onederland again. Itís having a fine time and hoping the rest of me joins it soon. One thing that has really helped over the last two weeks, was a mini challenge that my 5% team did. We cut out evening snacking. You were allowed to have one, planned, healthy snack, if you needed it; but no grazing. This is nothing new to me. I know this is something I should do, but having the challenge specifically call it out really helped. I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that I did away with a lot of unnecessary calories at the end of the day. Iíd be tempted to bust out the popcorn popper, or grab a handful of something, but I stopped myself. After dinner, the kitchen was closed. And guess what? I didnít die. I was perfectly fine. I seemed a little hungry for a bit and then it passed. So, I think maybe I was snacking more from habit than actual hunger. Very helpful to know. Gonna try to keep this up.

I hope youíre making interesting discoveries and trying new things this week. I will leave you with this pic of some holiday fusion decor that Bubba and I saw on our walk yesterday.


Frosty the Snowman in the Pumpkin Patch. It works; it just works.

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!!

  
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SUPERSYLPH 10/31/2014 1:31AM

    The second one sounds like a baby!

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    You are so much fun. You make my day. Thank you for sharing yourself with us.

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CAPTAINMORGAN2 10/30/2014 12:43PM

    so much fun on a dreary cold wet day. These days always make me feel like hibernating til spring. thank you for the fun!!

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GIRLINMOTION 10/30/2014 12:29PM

    Thank you for sharing your new instrument adventure so we don't have too.

Welcome back to onederland!

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MARUKI52 10/30/2014 11:35AM

    You made me laugh so much. The expressions on your face are wonderful to behold. Thank you so much for sharing. emoticon

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AMERICA45 10/30/2014 10:11AM

    Shelli, you are an absolute love...lol. I laughed through this whole video. You raised me up from down in my dulldrums to feeling like, hey this girl can really be a great friend and we can have some laughs together.
I got the biggest charge out of the nose flute and the accompaniment of Bubba. Love to be besties if you would like in Sparking this weight away! emoticon

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2014TODAY 10/30/2014 7:34AM

    Thank you for making me smile! I enjoyed this!

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LIVEDAILY 10/29/2014 9:46PM

    The expression on your face is GREAT!! Have you ever played a Jew's Harp? That is supposed to be one of the most difficult things to do. I, myself, excel on the washboard and the spoons. Spoons are a lost art...

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/29/2014 7:20PM

  oh so crazy, dorky...

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 10/29/2014 6:15PM

    Great job on the snacking!

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Too funny! So, the nose flute makes a dog barking noise. Oh, that was Bubba! I wonder who comes up with these inventions?

Congrats on being in Onderland again. Just by cutting out evening snacking, huh? I may have to try that. These last 10 pounds just don't want to come off. But, like you, I like to dig out the air popper at night. Or an apple with gobs of natural peanut butter. Last night, I went upstairs to work in my office after dinner. I wanted to come down before bed to get a snack, but told myself - NO! I wasn't really hungry. It has gotten to be a habit for me. Thanks for reporting your results. I think I'll accept that challenge, too.

You know, Frosty in the pumpkin patch isn't such a bad idea. They could throw a sheet over him and he'd look like a ghost! And then just deflate the pumpkins, take away the sheet, and you're ready for Christmas without having to be out in the cold setting Christmas up. Were there any other Christmas decorations out besides Frosty?
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    Very interesting Vlog!!! That Nose Flute was very unique!!!
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JSEATTLE 10/29/2014 12:14AM

  Snacking in general is a tough one for me. I love to snack and some days that's all I do. But healthy snacks on hand is the key to good snacking for sure! This is a good rule always.

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    Shelli, emoticon emoticon your video's always make me smile!

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TREYONE 10/28/2014 8:50PM

  emoticon THANK YOU FOR STARTING THE WEEK OFF RIGHT FOR US!!!!!

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NONNAOF2 10/28/2014 3:49PM

  I just knew that you were going to make me smile today! You are becoming the master of so many instruments now! Somehow I just knew that you would figure out the nose flute before signing off!! Congrats in getting one toe into onederland, too! :-)

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HOPEFULHIPPO 10/28/2014 3:40PM

    I love how at the end of the nose flute, you just looked at the camera as if to say "I got nothing more"

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    Thanks for the smile. I really enjoy humorous posts.

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    I liked them all except the nose flute.

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    Love it. Keep it up!

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    TOO FUNNY

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  That was so funny!

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    always entertaining!!

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TRYINGHARD54 10/28/2014 5:56AM

    always great music.. I love it... the snowman, just fits. :-)

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TRISTAROSE 10/28/2014 5:45AM

    Well for sure I will not be purchasing a nose flute .... you are too funny!!

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    Your blogs always seem to make me smile. Thanks for that!

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Fine-tuning the Freezer Meal Marathon

Monday, October 20, 2014

If we've been friends for a while, you know that meal prep has always been my Achilles heel. I don't enjoy spending time in the kitchen. Cooking is not my fortť. Need I remind you of the cookbook I set on fire, while trying to cook and read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire simultaneously?


The pages are melted together. I keep it, as a humble reminder that reading and cooking don't mix.

Lately, you know I've made it my mission to work harder on meal prep, with menus, lists, freezer meals, snack stash at work, etc. I'm happy to say that I'm making strides. Do I love it? No. But I'm doing it and learning a lot as I go. I keep tweaking my system and thought I'd share what's working for me right now. Here is my convoluted process:

Schedule Planning/Shopping
I've learned this the hard way. Here's the deal: Randy (DH) and I are both ministers, working at the same church. While we love our jobs, let's just say that we don't do it for the money. Things are tight--always. Meal planning has been a huge help to us, nutritionally and financially. Secret bonus perk. But I have to stay on top of it. If I wait until payday to start making a menu and shopping list, it's too late. I won't have enough time to get it done. And if we don't do our big shopping trip on payday, we waste a couple of days with drive-throughs/takeout and our money and nutrition fly out the window. I need to have that menu and shopping list ready to go by payday. And Randy and I have made The Pact. One of us will go shopping ON payday. If I'm busy, he goes; that's the deal. Between us, I prefer to go myself. Randy's great about going, but has to call me approximately ten times while shopping, which kind of defeats the purpose. So, I put planning days and the shopping day on my planner. This girl does deadlines.


Meal planning goes on the schedule, like a doctor's appointment or meeting for work. It's a thing.

Meal Planning and The List
I schedule about 2-3 days to pull together a menu and shopping list. This is because I'm incredibly slow and I try to add a couple of new recipes each time. I browse through cookbooks, look online, try suggestions from friends. I use an app called Paprika for all my menu planning. I love it. I can type in recipes from my cookbooks, automatically download recipes from websites, rate and categorize them, add them to my meal plan and even generate a shopping list, if I want. I prefer using Paprika on my iPad for menus and the Groceries app on my iPhone for my shopping list. Randy has offered to make The List, but I know it would largely consist of Hamburger Helper and chicken nuggets, so I gracefully decline the offer.


Go, go Gadget Groceries!

Using the apps makes this hated job easier, so there's a little less whining on my part. I start with menu items, then add things like cleaning supplies and stuff. I give all family members a last-call to text me things they want added to The List and do a walk-through of the house, to see if I've missed anything. Then, I take a moment to feel exceptionally proud of myself, for doing something I loathe and despise.

The Dreaded Shopping Trip
I try to eat before I go; shopping while hungry is a rookie mistake. I prefer to go in the morning, when it's less crowded. If I have to go later, Audrey usually goes with me, which is helpful. My app organizes The List into categories, which makes it easier to find things. Before I get out of the car, I check to make sure I have any coupons and my reusable bags. The bags are important; here's why-- I can fit way more groceries per bag, they're easier to carry into the house and they're FUN. I intentionally bought entertaining bags. I figure if I'm doing something I'm not that crazy about, I might as we'll be slightly entertained. Plus, sometimes they cheer up the baggers. When I have everything ready, I take a deep breath, say, "For the Family!" and head into the store.


Two of my favorite bags. Gotta love Wonder Woman and Yoshi

My trip last week was a biggie, a month's worth. I had to put the top down on my car, so I could fit everything in my lil bug.


Meal Prep
The first couple of times I tried the freezer meal thing, I did meal prep in one, marathon session. That doesn't always work out for me. Most times now, I do it over a couple of days. I double up on some tried and true recipes, making two batches with one in the fridge and one in the deep freeze. I double-bag stuff, to prevent explosions/leaks and include the instructions on the bag. If she's able, Audrey helps with some of the prep. But we have a very small kitchen, so sometimes it's just better if everybody stays out of my way. Know what I mean? I put Netflix on my iPad and just get it done.


Cooking and binge watching Netflix works much better than reading

Friday night, I did something that made meal prep more fun. My BFF (Shelley with an ey) and I both tried a new recipe at the same time. We were texting each other the whole time and sending pics back and forth. It was nice, knowing someone else was in the same boat and it made cooking more fun. I think weíll try that again.


We made Tamale Pie and it was awesome.

Feel Proud
This is an important part of my process, because meal planning/prep is a big, non-scale victory for me. I stop and look in the deep freeze and fridge and I feel proud. Proud that I made myself do something I don't remotely enjoy and that I'm trying to take better care of my family. Plus, I know that Future Shelli will be extremely grateful and I want to make her life a little easier when I can.

So that's my long and convoluted update on my ongoing mission to feed my clan without losing any more of my mind. Hope you're making progress on your own personal missions too!

I will leave you with this pic of Bubba.

Some of my friends said that this is his camouflage pic. :)

Spark ON, Brave Sparker!

  
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ACHIEVECHI 10/28/2014 5:06PM

    Oh my word, you are my inspiration, but I don't know if I have a months worth of freezer space. I think I need a lesson on shopping for 4 and having it all fit in the fridge. Please make that your next blog entry. emoticon

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BREW99 10/28/2014 12:54PM

    Sounds like a lot of prep work (1 month at once!) but job well job. Congrats!

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ROCKYCPA 10/27/2014 11:26PM

    Way to go!

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NICKYCRANE 10/27/2014 1:31PM

    Great Blog! Thank you!
I've just got a freezer, so am making double quantities and now plan to divide the result into 3 and put 2 in the freezer for another week. As I live alone, I should be able to get away with cooking one or 2 dishes a week.
I also have some frozen meat ready to take out when the urge hits me to cook something. And half the dogs' meat goes in the freezer, so I have space in the fridges (2, I confess to my shame!) and the meat doesn't go off.

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--CHERYL-- 10/27/2014 12:59PM

    Love your blog and your wonderful sense of humor. Great idea trying/texting a recipe with your friend at the same time. emoticon

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BIKERMOM1960 10/26/2014 5:00PM

    Loved your blog, I am also not a big fan of cooking or meal planning. I shop for what I want to eat, and my husband shops for what he wants to eat (smoked sausage and pork and beans), yuck. I'm trying to eat healthier and follow a pretty ridged diet through a medical obesity Dr. Have lost almost 40 lbs. since Aug. 2014. Need to do what your doing so that we could make a budget with our groceries. Anyway keep up the good fight. emoticon

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MRSKATEDUVALL 10/26/2014 4:13PM

    I found this website, $5dinners. which, for 5 bucks, gave me a shopping list, recipes. assembly instructions and voila, after some hours in the kitchen, I have 20 freezer meals. Thanks for the tip about double bagging. I am in the middle of my marathon. I'm making the 20, plus some tried and true freezer meals. I am a paleo, slow cooker, to tired at 6pm to cook kinda girl so this plan is a life saver.

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LATINBOOK 10/26/2014 2:47PM

  love your attitude. try audio books. you'll have eyes on the knife and stove and ears on the entertainment.

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KALEWINE 10/26/2014 12:07AM

    Awesome process! Sounds like you have it down to a science. I might have to try out that paprika app. And Bubba is camouflaged in that pic.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 10/25/2014 10:27PM

    THanks for the inspiration! This is something I'm still trying to sort out; especially living with such a big family!

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JERICHO1991 10/25/2014 8:01AM

    Educational and entertaining. Thanks.

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SANDSGIRL26 10/24/2014 10:52PM

    I need to meal prep. I'm single and often don't get home until after 7:30 at night, so I need some healthy things I can pull out and just warm up. Good for you for having an attack plan! You are inspiring me!

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DIANAPOST12 10/24/2014 9:28PM

  What an awesome story. I like your ideas about fun bags. I too hate grocery shopping and I have to figure out things for a month. You have a lot of great ideas and keep on sparking! emoticon

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AMBER461 10/24/2014 7:38PM

  Very interesting blog, thanks for sharing.

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VANGO79 10/24/2014 9:54AM

    Thanks for sharing. I have tried many times to meal prep and plan and it just doesn't work out how I had hoped. After reading this its nice to know that I'm not alone.
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SIMONEKP 10/24/2014 9:16AM

    Batch cooking is a great way to maintain a healthy eating habit and save money.

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I do freezer meals as well.It is much easier since we both work 10-12 hour days.I use onceamonthmeals.com for my recipes.They have been a life saver on more than one occasion for us and they are free.

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SOOKIE 10/23/2014 4:01PM

    Nice, you are doing so well. Thanks for sharing those apps, will be checking them out.

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WHITEANGEL4 10/23/2014 3:26PM

    Way to go. You are doing gtrat

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TANGYTANGERINE 10/23/2014 3:25PM

    Thanks for some great idea's for planning and organizing - I'm gonna check out that Paprika App right now! Keep the Spark!!

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CHERYLHURT 10/23/2014 12:08PM

  Amazing!!

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SJKENT1 10/23/2014 12:01PM

    Shel.... awesome!!


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CATHIMOMMY 10/23/2014 10:12AM

    Awesome. I used to go to Dream Dinners, but now live overseas. With many young moms here and food prices astronomical, I am going to try and make it fun b y hosting a group freezer meal session this coming month!

Any good recipes you'd like to share?
Cathimommy

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VAINVT 10/23/2014 8:11AM

  Congratulations. It is so important to me to eat healthy and satisfying meals, so I applaud you for finding a way to get past your dislike of cooking and find a reasonable way to do this.

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    you got it going on
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SHENDERSO1 10/22/2014 8:59PM

    I really enjoyed your blog and the picture of Bubba was great! thanks for sharing!

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COFFEYANGEL 10/22/2014 8:51PM

    You know, I'm having one of THOSE days, blah & just not all that great. I stumbled on your blog & I just have to say: emoticon

In addition to the great tips & tricks you use (& so kindly shared), you also shared a much needed smile in my day & even a giggle (or 3). LOL

So, again, thanks so much for sharing & LOVE that Yoshi bag! I'm about to go hunt google to find me one! emoticon

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SHEENADEE 10/22/2014 7:41PM

    Fun blog! Love the picture of Bubba!

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DANIELLET96 10/22/2014 6:23PM

    VERY nice. If only I could get my husband to do the same! He does all the cooking and meal planning. Now that he is getting older, he lets me cook once in a while. I like the idea of planning everything out as we throw away a disgraceful amt of food due to not taking a list to the store emoticon

Sauces and soups make a lot of sense and I am going to encourage him to start doing this. Great tips, great blog!

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LIVEDAILY 10/22/2014 5:12PM

    I am glad you are persevering through this task, and seeing light at the end of the tunnel, too! You have a right to be proud of completing a "dreaded" task!! Love the grocery bags!! Three of my favorite things to make "big batch" (I know no other way) are: spaghetti sauce, soup, and chili. All things great to have in the coming months!

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RUDITUDI2000 10/22/2014 4:57PM

    Very inspired to get my plan together! Time to push through some barriers!

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AJB121299 10/22/2014 4:02PM

    nice

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LOLAJO54 10/22/2014 3:09PM

    great ideas and suggestions for us weak at the meal planning --which I am one.
Thank you very much --now I need to get at it ..

menu
shopping list
shopping
then preparing

wow --Hope I can do this .. I am not a cook!
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MEREDITHB51 10/22/2014 2:16PM

    We got into the meal plan/shopping list habit when we had three busy kids and two working parents. If we didn't organize ourselves on the weekend, getting to the store on weekdays was just ridiculous. So Saturday morning after the gym and before shopping was our planning/list making time. The kids also liked being able to look at the meal plan and know what was for dinner on a given night. Now our kids are all in college but it's part of our established routine, and though we aren't quite as rigid about our meal plan, it saves us tons of time and cognitive energy during the week. Before long, you won't even have to think about it - you'll just do your "lists" (what we call it) automatically.

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LEMONMOUSE 10/22/2014 11:27AM

    Thanks for sharing. Meal prep can take a lot of time but is so worth it. Loved the humor too!

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STARFLOWER75 10/22/2014 11:00AM

    This is my first visit to your blog- I hope you don't mind that I'm going to add you as a friend- I really enjoy the way you write. I completely relate to your meal planning and shopping struggles. I've been experimenting with different solutions- but putting it on the schedule is one that helping me a ton too. If I don't, I spend half a week scrambling for meals before I get myself organized.


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LAILATN 10/22/2014 10:01AM

    Fantastic blog post. I'm not a good planner either. This is inspiring!

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SCRAPPYGAMBLER 10/22/2014 9:47AM

    Wow! I like you also am not talented in the kitchen. Cooking and meal planning is not one of my strengths. You have inspired me!

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Walking Confessional

Sunday, October 05, 2014

I took my camera along on our walk Friday morning, but Iím just now getting around to posting the video. I was a little under the weather over the weekend, but doing better now. Walking is a great time for me to think, process things and sometimes, admit how Iím feeling about stuff. Letís consider this a ďwalking confessional.Ē Maybe youíll be able to relate, or maybe youíll just enjoy seeing the Halloween decorations. :)

I love walking in our neighborhood; thereís always something to see. Check out this inspiring sidewalk art we saw the other day:

It says: Joy can be yours, let your light shine and have a happy day!

And now, people are putting up their Halloween decorations, so thereís even more to see. The skeletons used to freak Bubba out, but heís over it. Look at these guys:

Coming for you!


Friendly dude


This is my absolute favorite. This family has a pack of dogs, so this just makes sense.

And the other day, we walked in the park and I took this pic, which I call Bubbaís, ďSound of MusicĒ pose.

The hills are alive, with the snorts of bulldogs!

I will leave you with this pic of some souvenirs some of my friends brought me from their recent vacation. Behold: The Wildly Noisy Wooden Thing, A Unique Kazoo and a Nose Fluteóyes, a Nose Flute.

As soon as Iím over this cold, you know I have to try these out.

I hope you see interesting things while youíre out and about this week and that you have friends who know you well enough to buy you a Nose Flute, or whatever floats your boat. In the meantime, have an awesome week!

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!

  
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ANDYLIN90 10/31/2014 2:19AM

    Liked your blog so full of wisdom, but just wondering...did your cute dog ever have to do his business???

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JSEATTLE 10/31/2014 1:41AM

  I admire the pages and stories you put together. Always something to learn from your multimedia creations! Thank you so much!

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    Fantastic. You are one special lady!
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SKELLEY3440 10/30/2014 10:17PM

    Apparently I need to move to a more interesting neighborhood cuz I don't have anything like that where I live! Fun testimonial or confessional.

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JAMER123 10/30/2014 9:14PM

    Enjoyed your confessional of walking. It's amazing what one can find by walking.!!
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KMRJPR 10/30/2014 8:01PM

    great blog!!

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CAROLJ35 10/30/2014 7:51PM

    SO TRUE! SO TRUE!
I have 5 # left to lose of the 15 I re-gained so know how you feel. Why is it so much easier to gain than lose???
Must try the weight exercise as I rely on walking, water aerobics, and recumbent bike so need to add weight exercises to see if that helps.
I joined the "100 Days To A New You" Team which has really helped me because I am on the 2nd round of 100 Days with NO Sweets since they are my downfall.

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PATRICIAANN46 10/30/2014 6:29PM

  emoticon your video and blog!!!!! This journey is filled with ups and downs, but that is life and we just have to lean on each other and get through it as emoticon we can. emoticon

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MRSFANCYLADY 10/30/2014 5:31PM

    emoticon Job with the video! I agree with both your confessionals. It's hard, but we have each other! And yes, we'll be together for quite a bit of time! Keep up the good work and Woo to your Hoo!

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SPARKLINGME176 10/30/2014 5:10PM

    I SO agree with YOU! I have put back on 8#. YUCK! I did GREAT with SP for almost 970 days! Then my DH came home from the hospital after 5 months (see my blog for today, Nov. 1 All Saints Day is our anniversary) & we have been SO joy filled he survived, that I felt a few pounds would be ok! I KNEW I would one day wake up & realize my jeans were too tight! & YES! that happened! PLUS::::: I gave away ALL of my clothes above a size 12. My size 12's are busting at the seams.

Thanks for letting me realize this is a life journey & you are on it with me! I am SO grateful & happy for your The Woo Hoo! (lounge) You rock!!!! Keep up the great work! You are like the Spark People cheer leader! emoticon emoticon & I hear you! THANKS!

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JUNETTA2002 10/30/2014 5:04PM

    Yeah what you said. Great blog

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NONNAOF2 10/30/2014 4:53PM

  You are the voice for all of us! I can definitely relate to what you are saying! We all need to stick together for support and hopefully we'll all get there at one point! :-)

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BAMAJAM2 10/30/2014 4:44PM

  "The hills are alive with the snorts of bulldogs!"
H I L A R I O U S L Y----- FUNNY !!!!!

My giant ELMO doll is ready for Halloween; He is wearing a Miss Piggy nose!! LOL

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ROSES4ME1 10/30/2014 3:52PM

    Great walk and I really enjoyed the Halloween decorations.

Reminded of something I read: "Wouldn't it be great if losing weight was like losing your virginity so once it's gone never comes back?"

Thanks for taking us along on your confessional walk.

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FLPALM 10/30/2014 3:51PM

    Share your WALK with us, your neighborhood decorations, it is so inspirational. We should walk more, so this is encouraging to me! Thanks for sharing!

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TURTLETALK 10/30/2014 3:45PM

    Thanks Shelli, I love your honesty, I believe that all of us wish this were easier. I love your housework analogy. Yes, we have to keep doing it everyday or the dirty kitchen will take over once again! emoticon

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MARYJOHANNAH 10/30/2014 3:37PM

    I love your neighborhood and most importantly I LOVE you. You made me smil and I wish you would live in my neighborhood.
Have a great day...and thanks

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LJK091354 10/30/2014 3:28PM

    Wonderful blog! I'm pretty sure we all feel the same way! (about the housework too!) Keep on walkin and woo hooing along.
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    emoticon emoticon Love your v-blog!!!
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SCHOPPEK 10/30/2014 3:18PM

    Loved this! You just keep on WOO-HOOing, Girl! This made me smile! emoticon

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    great emoticon video and blog!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon your are doing it!!!

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MASRITE 10/30/2014 2:45PM

    Loved watching your video. I so agree with both of your confessionals!! Wish it were easier and a one time thing. Hey, we can always wish!! Keep on Sparking!!

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114SKINNY 10/30/2014 2:11PM

  Thank you for making this video. I enjoyed your sense of humor along with your honest confessions we all are loudly screaming as we go thou our daily routine of weight loss or gain . The dog with the view was also enjoyable. Thanks for the honest encouragement we're not going down this path alone.
Woo Hoo!

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BBRYON 10/30/2014 2:00PM

  You hit the nail on the head with this post.It is why I enjoy walking in the neighborhood vice a treadmill. Thanks and keep walking! I like the dog too he looks happy.

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FRAN0426 10/30/2014 1:51PM

    Enjoyed your vlog and so agree wouldn't it be nice if weight loss were easy, and a one time deal. We all know that it is a life long change with bumps and set backs along the way.

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PROJECTLADY 10/30/2014 1:38PM

    Fabulous video and commentary ! I so feel the same as you about the weight loss thing and why can't it be easier emoticon . But we will keep up the good fight, especially with wonderful folks like you to help keep us motivated!
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TIHAITIEN 10/30/2014 1:28PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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RAESUN54 10/30/2014 1:27PM

    I enjoyed watching your video. I agree with your "confessions". I feel the same way. I like to walk and walked up to 60 minutes a day, til I had a fall and broke my foot. I am slowly getting back into it, but have not done walking in the area I did before. I have to work up to it again.
I hope you continue to share videos and pictures. It will make us feel like we are going with you too.

Take care and enjoy your day. Hope you feel better soon.

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PT.JEFFGIRL 10/30/2014 1:07PM

    Great walk video. I'm with Bubba though (then) don't like all those skeleton decorations-how about some nice pumpkins or mums?

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AIREDOLL 10/30/2014 1:00PM

    Awesome post!!! I watched you as I walked on the treadmill, what inspiration, felt like you were right there with me! Your neighborhood looks great and I especially loved all the decorations, ya gave me some ideas for next year.... emoticon emoticon

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I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED your positive attitude, your honesty and you just appear to be the kind of person everyone would love to have as a friend. Thanks for the video - so much of what you said I feel the same way. I really loved your comparison to the clean kitchen - I hear you loud and clear on that one!! And I only have a husband at home - no kids anymore!!

Keep up your walking and add strength training - there are so many SP videos on this site that you can do and it will figure your calorie burn, but that will help you as well. Thanks, again. Leann

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NELLYNELL05 10/30/2014 11:51AM

    Loved this!!
Here's a tip though: add weights to your work out. Any kind, free weights, strength training, anything that works your muscles. Upping the cardio will help your lung function and cardiovascular system but if you want to see results quicker and more definition you want weights.
Muscle burns fat more so when you're working your muscles, you're burning more fat. That's the most effective way in getting body fat percentage down. Plus, when you work your muscles, they will continue to burn fat, even as they repair themselves whereas cardio will only burn calories for so long after an intense work out.
You don't have to worry about bulking up either, women don't have the testosterone or the chemical make up that a man does so in order for you to bulk up, you'd have to drastically change your diet, eat way more and a TON of protein PLUS do major weights at a high lb number. I pull, lift and push 70-80 lbs and I'm not bulking up so I think that would be a good option to try out and see how you feel!

Spark on!

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JWARTHEN 10/30/2014 11:44AM

  Thanks for making the extra effort to video your walk. Exercising every day is a life style change for most of us. Your attitude is GREAT! emoticon

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DRTOVAH 10/30/2014 11:39AM

  Great blog!

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YICHE12 10/30/2014 11:35AM

    Oh I hear you on this. Once we have put weight on, those fat cells keep on calling us back to our past. This is a lifetime lifestyle change unfortunately. We have to do this till the end of our days.

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Mandatory, Unedited hOOp Break

Sunday, September 21, 2014

It really and truly did take a solid six months to recover from the Death By Bulldog Knee Sprain. I've been walking and stuff, but it's only been within the last couple of weeks that my knee actually felt 100%. 100%! Like, I can't even tell when it's going to rain anymore. I can't even tell that it was ever injured. As optimistic as I am, I wasn't sure if that was going to happen. But lo and behold, it has.

You know what that means, don't you? This short, round, middle-aged woman will be hOOping in her backyard again! Oh yes, yes she will. What have the neighbors done for free entertainment over the past months? I must make it up to them.

Spark on, Brave Sparkers!

PS: The song I'm hooping to is, "Wonder What You're Doing for the Rest of Your Life," from Train's new album, Bulletproof Picasso, which I've pretty much been playing nonstop all week. :)

  
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LORIVIOLA 10/25/2014 6:19PM

    Thanks for sharing Shell.
I will be rusty when I am able to return too.

Love your enthusiasm and zest for life!
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SJKENT1 10/5/2014 10:55PM

    Awesome. It has been so long since I've hooped.

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MAGGIGIRL 10/5/2014 8:45PM

    Wish you were my neighbour!! Looking good with the hoop! Spark on!

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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 10/1/2014 11:23PM

    You make me feel so happy watching you do your hooping again! It's hard to watch you without wanting to get up and join in the fun! I bought a hoola hoop just because of you! Now I need to get the courage up to TRY!!!

HUGS!

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THENEWKAREN 10/1/2014 8:48PM

    I got as far as buying the tubing and connectors to make like 6 to 8 hoops and it is sitting in storage. Guess I was afraid to make the hoop and try using it because I might have to admit I can't keep it moving...you have inspired me...may get the hoop made and try it soon.
Thanks for sharing!

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URBANAUDREYE 9/30/2014 7:40PM

    Just got the chance to watch this. So happy you're 100% again! Thanks for the smile I so desperately needed today.

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FITMARY 9/28/2014 12:39PM

    Very, very nice!!! No wonder the neighbors were complaining for all those weeks....
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TERRIJ7 9/28/2014 11:48AM

    Movin' in the grooove!

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PYNETREE 9/28/2014 7:47AM

    Fantastic return to hooping! Haven't lost any skills!

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JSTETSER 9/28/2014 6:55AM

    You motivate me!

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WRITERWANNAB 9/28/2014 12:34AM

    I wish you were my neighbor! Mine are perfectly nice, but rather quiet, conservative & speak only to be polite. I'd love someone to play with! emoticon

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PUGLOVER1999 9/28/2014 12:23AM

    Your video made me so happy! It was great to watch you perform; you have lucky neighbors! Glad your knee is 1005 healed, too!

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JERICHO1991 9/27/2014 10:45AM

    Thanks for the entertainment. You've gotten much better as a hoopster! Thanks for the song also. I'm adding it to my cardio playlist.

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WENDYANNE61 9/26/2014 7:31PM

    Rusty?? Your hooping is fantabulous, Shelli! Have a fun weekend and enjoy the freedom of middle-age, I say!

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VALKYR8 9/25/2014 9:20AM

    Hoop on Shelli!

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FLEMIDG 9/25/2014 1:13AM

    So glad your knee is feeling so good. Good luck with that hooping. Enjoy.

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MARYJEANSL 9/24/2014 8:46PM

  I'm so glad your knee is feeling 100% again. Hooray!

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AMBER461 9/24/2014 7:51PM

  I am that your knee is 100% better. Thanks for sharing.

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SEDONACAT 9/24/2014 2:05PM

    I'm so jealous! I can only do it a couple of times before it drops. Just don't have the moves! lol

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BEINGERIN 9/24/2014 11:45AM

    Your energy is inspiring!

Spark on!

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REBESANCON 9/24/2014 10:56AM

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1. So glad your knee is better!
2. Great music!
3. Fabulous routine!
4. Even the dog is having fun!
5. I'm dusting off my hula hoop right now!

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FRAN0426 9/23/2014 8:09PM

    Amazing hooping--continue to rock that hula hoop.

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AJB121299 9/23/2014 5:53PM

    nice

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NANHBH 9/23/2014 3:42PM

    So that's what happened to you! I must have missed that blog. So glad that neighbors will have their free entertainment again. They probably had to pay good money to get anything close to as entertaining as this!
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ALYEPSEN 9/23/2014 3:29PM

    You Inspire me!!! Welcome back!!

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  emoticon emoticon to Hoopsville! You truly know how to make it fun!

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    great post

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    Looking great!
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MOMMY445 9/23/2014 10:49AM

    great news! go for it!

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BECKYF3506 9/23/2014 9:39AM

    Wow--so cool! Wish I could do that. Looks like a lot of fun!

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SUCHANUT 9/23/2014 8:06AM

    Very groovy!!!!

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RITAROSE 9/23/2014 6:53AM

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Backyard Concert

Monday, September 15, 2014

A backyard accordion concertójust what you need, to start off your Monday! Iíve been working on this song for weeks, so I thought I would share, because I think itís important for you to monitor my accordion progress. EVERYTHING awesome is SparkWorthy, right? Of course it is!

As I mention in the video, I played this song in church yesterday morning. Iím telling you; this place lets me get away with just about anything. Heh heh. If youíre curious about how we used it in the service, hereís a link to videos from the day: vimeo.com/album/3037911 . The accordion bit is the third video.

Speaking of yesterday, it was a big one. Iíve been a little quiet on Spark, because weíve been working so hard to pull things together for yesterday. It was Worship Arts Sunday, when we combine the music team with the creative arts team, and do amazing things. Even Audrey got into it, by programming some wicked cool lights. Hereís a pic of the set (made entirely with styrofoam and buckets of paint).


We will not speak of all the styrofoam fumes inhaled, during the making of this set.

Check out the abstract artwork some of my buddies made, to illustrate one of the stories.

If you don't have some artsy friends, you might want to get some. I have extra; you may borrow some of mine.

Anyway, I mention it, not to drone on and on about work (because Iím sure you grow weary of that), but because I absolutely have a Spark Point. I team-taught yesterday, which means I spent a lot of time speaking onstage. In front of everyone. It was fun. I love it; I really do. I got to tell stories and storytelling is one of my favorite things.


I bought this card for myself. Iím hanging it on my office wall, next to the poster of Miss Piggy.

Fast forward to later in the afternoon, when Iím editing all the video clips, to post online. Question for the audience: Have you ever edited video of yourselfó full-body, low-angle, close-up, high-def video? Have you ever done this when youíre massively overweight? I assure you, it is not for the faint of heart. It takes a lot of courage, mixed with humility. I admit that my heart sank, more than a little. For a moment, I almost forgot my Secret Power of Awesome and thought, ďHoly cow, Iím fat. I feel sorry for people, having to see that.Ē

Fortunately, I did a gut check, rebooted my Secret Power of Awesome and plowed through it. Hereís the thingóI spent years, trying to hide behind the scenes, backstage or in the tech booth. Most of the time, thatís appropriate; itís where I need to be, to get the job done. But thereís a difference between working quietly behind the scenes and hiding. I avoided public speaking, because I was embarrassed by my weight. I decided this time around, that I wasnít going to hide. I love sharing stories with people. I love giving people a chance to laugh. That is my absolute favorite thing to do, help people laugh. And guess what? I can do that, no matter what my size is. I just have to get past my pride.

So guess what? I posted the videos. I cringed a little, but I posted them. And guess what? Iíll be up on that stage next week, doing the announcements and stuff. Iím guessing I wonít be able to lose 30 pounds by then, so Iíll probably still be this size. But Iím going to take a deep breath, smile and just be myself. That doesnít mean Iím settling. Far from it! Iím not quitting. In fact, Iím getting ready to start a new 5% challenge in a few weeks and I hope to knock some poundage off before Christmas. I really want to work and be much smaller when Iím editing videos of myself speaking a year from now. I completely want to work for that. Itís just that, in the meantime, Iím not going to hide. I will be true to my calling and if that means singing onstage with an accordion, so be it.

Hope you have a fantastic week planned. I will leave you with this determined face.


Bubba says, ďSpark ON, Brave Sparkers!Ē

  
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LORIVIOLA 10/25/2014 6:12PM

    That WAS something fun for today!
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SJKENT1 10/5/2014 10:50PM

    Yes... the secret power of awesome can sure keep us going.

Thank you for your courage and keepin' on...

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TERRIJ7 9/28/2014 11:55AM

    "Just play off your mistakes..." and keep goin'! I Love that!

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TRIM180 9/26/2014 10:53AM

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FUZZYBEEZ 9/25/2014 10:02AM

    I know I'm a little behind, but just wanted you to know this post really hit home and brought me out of a funk I'd been in for a while now. I felt like I got to attend church with you through your video links, and it was awesome. Thank you for sharing with us all.


Now if I could just find my own "Secret Power of Awesome" I think I could conquer the world....well at least my person world :)

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P.S. Love that little face!

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WHITEANGEL4 9/22/2014 10:21PM

    Thank you for sharing and the great blog

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GOOFYSMILE 9/22/2014 7:13AM

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MARUKI52 9/22/2014 6:19AM

    Thank you for posting this vlog. Straight away came back memories of my Grandma playing her accordian and the song too took me way back to her Church as I remember singing that in her Church. Such lovely memories you have evoked for my by this vlog and I sincerely thank you for it. Your playing has come on leaps and bounds since I last looked at a vlog of you playing. Well done.

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JANIEWWJD 9/21/2014 12:31AM

    Loved your blog, loved your music, and most of all; loved your dog!!!!!
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AMBER461 9/20/2014 11:40PM

  Awesome thanks for sharing.

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JERICHO1991 9/20/2014 11:43AM

    Your accordian playing is getting better! That's ok if you didn't quite make it to the end as planned. Thanks for sharing.

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TERRIJ7 9/19/2014 12:16AM

    You are amazing!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/18/2014 9:46AM

    Secret Power of Awesome? I want some! Thanks, I'll take it.

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WENDYANNE61 9/18/2014 1:10AM

    I hear and love your voice, your attitude and your thirst for life - live it to the full, cos you canīt buy it by the dozen! Thanks for bringing a smile to my face! P.S. please stop telling yourself that you are fat - you are plump, my dear!

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SUPERSYLPH 9/17/2014 11:34PM

    That was AWESOME!

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COLOR-BLUE 9/17/2014 10:41PM

    Thank you for filling me with your JOY, this evening! That's just a perfect topper to the end of my day! Oh, by the way, you're very good on the accordion!

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
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LIVEDAILY 9/17/2014 9:45PM

    I heard harmony...twice!! And you're getting much better at playing both parts to the songs and moving the accordion in and out!! LOVE the picture of Bubba Boy - He is looking at you with TOTAL LOVE in that sweet little face of his!!

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DEE1221 9/17/2014 7:40PM

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KIPPER15 9/17/2014 6:01PM

    Loved the concert!

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JSEATTLE 9/17/2014 2:05PM

  You always give me a lift. I'm taking some of your Secret Power of Awesome for myself today. Thank you for always finding the positive side to everything. Lesson learned!

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AJB121299 9/17/2014 2:04PM

    nice

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JONESEYJR55 9/17/2014 12:43PM

    "Secret Power of Awesome" You made my morning with this wonderful, magical thought! Thank you! I shall hold it in my heart and call upon it when I hit roadblocks. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CRYSTALJEM 9/17/2014 11:39AM

    Thank you for making me smile and the lovely concert. Bravo! emoticon

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DSHONEYC 9/17/2014 11:11AM

    I waited till Wednesday to check it out...it's really when I needed it! God's perfect timing. Bless you, you are emoticon

PS My favorite passage...the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Thanks!

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MISSMUFFETT101 9/17/2014 9:43AM

    Totally awesome - that was the "something fun" I needed! You are awesome...thanks for sharing

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EILEEN828 9/17/2014 3:18AM

    Ye-haw girl, that was great. I had an uncle once who loved to play the concertina, a version of the accordion, so this brings back great memories! Love the tune and I love seeing the fun you have with it. You're getting good, sista. Love it. emoticon

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SUBMOM2 9/17/2014 1:55AM

    That was so fun! And you're right - if you make a mistake, just keep going!! Thanks for that friendly reminder!


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JIBBIE49 9/17/2014 1:10AM

    I loved playing my accordion when I was a child, and wish I hadn't let them discourage me and quit. Keep playing. There are some great accordion pieces on YouTube. People in Eastern Europe really appreciate the music so much more than here in America.

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BLUEJEAN99 9/17/2014 1:08AM

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MARYJEANSL 9/16/2014 11:37PM

  Love that doggy face! I miss my own little dog, who died recently. :-(

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LIVELYGIRL2 9/16/2014 10:04PM

  that's some stage set. Your music is improving pretty quick for just learning...

Obviously, you are AWESOME no matter what size you are. But being on stage could be a another motivation for some. It seemed like before you did a bunch of exercise, so one has to figure out if they need an extra boast with that, or eating patterns.

It's not easy.

You sure are talented and creative. Your enthusiasm is a lot of fun too.

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NANHBH 9/16/2014 9:52PM

    You DO make us laugh! Love, love, love the accordion solo.

Thanks for your honesty and for reminding me to remember my Secret Power of Awesome! I love that.

Galations 5:22 is such a great message! Your joy is infectious. And your talents are such gifts to all of us. You're a musician, a singer, an artist, a storyteller - is there anything you don't do???
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ROCKYCPA 9/16/2014 8:45PM

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RAINBOWMF 9/16/2014 8:39PM

    Something fun was great even if I didn't see it until Tuesday

Thank you.

Mary

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SEATTLE58 9/16/2014 7:34PM

    emoticon I love how you're smiling when you're playing and that shows just how much you're enjoying it. To think that I could've been playing the accordian even, because when my sister and I were little, a guy came out to our house and showed us how it worked and my Mom and Dad decided on a piano for us to learn instead of the accordian! I had an uncle who could play like no tomorrow and you'll probably play like him too, one day! I love it!! emoticon

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CELLA_P 9/16/2014 7:08PM

    WOW!!

Simply amazing! Thanks for sharing with us emoticon

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JRRING 9/16/2014 5:24PM

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LOLAJO54 9/16/2014 4:51PM

    I LOVED LOVED it!!

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maybe time for another walk challenge?
last time it was 30,000 steps

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PATTISTAMPS 9/16/2014 4:42PM

    YES! You can get even MORE AWESOME in the next 8 weeks! Not 30 pounds, perhaps, but as we know, every single pound is a VICTORY! Spark on, Brave Friend!

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