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Live each day to the fullest.

Saturday, February 23, 2013



Life can be uncertain at times. We are never promised a tomorrow. One of my SparkFriends (A-New-Tara) passed away last Saturday, Feb. 16. She was a very vibrant lady. She was in the midst of writing 28 days of gratitude on her blogs. What are you thankful for today?

We never know what life will bring, so make sure you live for today.

IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER
by Erma Bombeck (written after she found out she was dying from cancer).

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner."

There would have been more "I love you's." More "I'm sore's."

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute...look at it and really see it, live it and never give it back. Stop sweating the small stuff.

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KARENLEIGH32 2/23/2013 10:00PM

    Sorry for your loss, the poem was a nice thought.

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ANHELIC 2/23/2013 8:12PM

    What a great tribute. I'm going to share this with my friends and family.
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BIGPAWSUP 2/23/2013 6:17PM

    This blog is a wonderful tribute and exactly what she would have appreciated.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 2/23/2013 3:27PM

    I appreciate your fitting blog in memory of A-New-Tara. She'll be missed by many here.
I appreciate your friendship here at Spark.
Maria

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 2/23/2013 1:42PM

    We all think we're going to live forever,,,or at least the year....... emoticon

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NEEDTOLOOSE1 2/23/2013 12:22PM

    Thanks for sharing. Puts things in my life back into perspective. It's not wanted I wanted to hear, but what I needed to hear. Thanks


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    Beautiful blog, great reminder Tara. was very kind. emoticon emoticon

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NANCYRUBIO 2/23/2013 10:30AM

    She was a very funny and intelligent lady. I enjoy anything she has done or said....

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GIRLINMOTION 2/23/2013 9:58AM

    Erma was a very wise women who gave great advice.

It is easy to get caught in a trap, while there we need to remind ourselves how to get out by keeping things positive.

Thank you for reminding us with Erma's advice on life.

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1EMMA2011 2/23/2013 9:36AM

    What a beautiful tribute to Tara; indeed she will be so missed. I still can't believe she's gone. Thank you for your reminders that life is short and we should make the most of each minute.

So glad you are my SP Friend!

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    What a wonderful blog. Thanks so much for sharing it. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYM48 2/23/2013 9:33AM

    This is an excellent blog and I wish more people could live by this. We only have the moment to enjoy to our best ability.
Great job for posting this.

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    So true!

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PAANDRUS 2/23/2013 8:47AM

    So so true! Ive started burning my cupboard full of Yankee candles..couldnt live wo all the scents you know..and then had a coupon! Ive also started to use my Christmas china the whole month of December. Good blog!

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WATERDIAMONDS 2/23/2013 8:33AM

    Beautiful reminder. Thank you.
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JOANIE69 2/23/2013 8:02AM

    Thank you Nilla! emoticon
I am going to e mail Erma's words to my friends and family.
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    what a fitting tribute.

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    great blog... thank you

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Have you tried The Beatles workout?

Friday, February 22, 2013



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It's Friday & I'm ready for some funnies? How about you?

By the way, I saw on FaceBook the other day that SparkPeople has a Pinterist page. It is emoticon !!! If you haven't seen it, go check it out. There are funnies, healthy eating & exercise tips, videos, motivation quotes, etc. So much info!! Here's the link: pinterest.com/sparkpeople/

On with the funnies, I say!!!!!! emoticon

Hmm. What ever happened to the dinosaurs?



Got gum?



Healthy chocolate cake?



The dangers of modern technology:



Don't forget to do your Friday Happy Dance today!! Get in some exercise! Here we go!

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Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon


  
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JULIERAE41 2/24/2013 9:27PM

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    I workout to Beatle songs! I have seen the SP pinterist page and agree its good!

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ANHELIC 2/22/2013 10:35PM

    Thanks for the funnies. I needed that at this time of night after a long hard day.
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    Thanks for the funnies !! And the link. Have a wonderful weekend. emoticon emoticon

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    Tastes just like chocolate, huh? emoticon

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    Blessings to you too! HUGS!

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    emoticon ....HAG WEEKEND!

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BIGPAWSUP 2/22/2013 9:53AM

    Those were fun! Thanks for a Friday giggle! Have a FANTASTIC day!

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    WOOHOO! Doing the happy dance!

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    Great! Hope you have a wonderful Friday!

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    Thanks for the great start to my Friday!!! Have a super weekend!!!
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The art of living.

Thursday, February 21, 2013



You are destined for greatness. You may never become President or King or Queen or Prime Minister, or hold some other lofty position, but you are destined for greatness where you are -- in your homes, among your families and friends.

Don't just "settle."



Be mindful of the doors you open & close.



Take care of your body, it's the only one you have.



"Greatness" is not just for the chosen few.



Today, go out & live -- go out & be great. I know you can do it.

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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REMEMBER2BME 2/22/2013 2:51PM

    Killer blog. I especially like - The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.

It sure makes me think.

HUGS 2 U!

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    Thank you for inspiring us to greatness!
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    AWESOME!

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    GREAT blog! THANKS!!

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A walk in the park with photos

Wednesday, February 20, 2013



On Monday hubby (Brian) & I went for a walk in a fairly new park that is close to our home.

The park is built on what used to be a sandstone quarry. Sandstone from the quarry provided stone for buildings, tombstones, houses and churches in Virginia and Washington, DC, including the Whitehouse, the Capitol Building, Gunston Hall, Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia, Mount Airy in Richmond County, Virginia, and Aquia Church, in Stafford, Virginia, as well as steps and walkways at George Washington's Mount Vernon.

It was a bit chilly, but a beautiful walk. I look forward to going again when there are leaves on the trees (spring or summer) and in the fall when the leaves are changing colors.





A good portion of the trail is handicap accessible.





Brian:









A second bridge. There was a "no fishing" admonition posted at the front of the trail along with a bunch of other rules, but a man & his two children were fishing near this bridge. The two times that we walked over the bridge, they had caught a fish.



Me:



Me again:



Overlooking Aquia Creek. The white images are birds:





Stones from the quarry:





Up close, you can actually see tool marks on this large section of rock. I took an up-close photo but it didn't turn out. Next time . . . .



On the trail:









More stones & boulders:





Lots of downed trees from recent storms:



A little woodpecker was having so much fun pecking the heck out of this tree:



Last one:



Thank you for reading my blog today!! Go do something fun today that doesn't feel like exercise. emoticon

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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FUSIONFITNESS3 2/20/2013 11:26PM

    Looks like a lovely walk. Thanks for taking us along.

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ANHELIC 2/20/2013 9:59PM

    Looks like a beautiful park to walk through especially in the spring and summer. Thank you for sharing.
Blessings,
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KARENLEIGH32 2/20/2013 8:59PM

    Love the pictures, where is this park? I looks like a nice walk!

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    Nice photos, thanks for sharing!
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MATTEROFHEART 2/20/2013 3:22PM

    What a great place to walk! You are looking great!!!

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JULIERAE41 2/20/2013 3:02PM

    Great walk! Thanks for taking us along!

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KJELLYBEAN15 2/20/2013 9:32AM

    Nice. Reminds me that the girls and I are well overdue for a good nature walk.

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GIRLINMOTION 2/20/2013 9:29AM

    What a great way to spend time with DH and get some exercise in too along with an extra dose of nature (best medicine ever).

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BIGPAWSUP 2/20/2013 9:10AM

    That is beautiful! Makes me want to go to the Dunes!

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NANCYRUBIO 2/20/2013 8:23AM

    Hi Brian~~
What a rewarding walk. So beautiful and nice that it is handicap assessable

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VICKI-BISHOP56 2/20/2013 8:11AM

  I'd LOVE to go on that kind of walk. Reminds me of Kings Mountain Battle Ground. emoticon emoticon

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CAPECODLIGHT 2/20/2013 8:11AM

    Really nice place to walk! Thanks for sharing.

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PLPSAVAGE 2/20/2013 7:54AM

    Think I'll try getting out before the storm today. Thanks for the inspiration!

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LIFEISPURRFECT 2/20/2013 7:35AM

    What a beautiful park. I love the advice you gave about doing something fun. I just realized that we have some fresh fallen snow and I have a pair of snowshoes just itching to get used.

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MLH148 2/20/2013 7:17AM

    You are so wise! "Do something fun that doesn't feel like exercise"

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    A great walk!

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MARYJOANNA 2/20/2013 5:32AM

  What lovely photos and how fortunate you are to live near this great park. It is an inspiration to go walk!

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Be nice to yourself.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013



I had another blog planned for today & spent about 15 minutes putting it together, & when I went to post, I got an error message. emoticon So I'll have to save it for tomorrow. I don't have time to put it together again before I go to work. Sooooo, I guess this is the blog that was meant to be for today. emoticon

We aren't always nice enough to ourselves, are we? We shouldn't compare ourselves to others.



Be your unique self:



Use positivity:



Instead of negativity:



Forgive yourself when you mess up:



Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon



  
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JULIERAE41 2/20/2013 2:29PM

    Putting these togehter does take some time. Thanks for doing it. I always enjoy your blogs! Have a great day!

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KARENLEIGH32 2/19/2013 11:08PM

    Just read 3 days of you blogs, as usual I enjoyed them all! I love the way you speak to us using the cartoons!

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    Great reminders!! Thanks for sharing!
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GIRLINMOTION 2/19/2013 9:58AM

    You're amazing!

You are truly gifted. You should be a blogger outside of SparkPeople.

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BIGPAWSUP 2/19/2013 8:35AM

    Awesome! Perfect way for me to start the day and really what I needed to hear. Thanks!

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KJELLYBEAN15 2/19/2013 8:30AM

    I think this is exactly what I need to hear today. Thank you.

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NANCYRUBIO 2/19/2013 7:11AM

    And blessing unto you for all your meaningful blogs,

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