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Peeking outside the cave: a neighborhood walkabout

Monday, May 27, 2013

After having my sleep interrupted by the weather radio multiple times overnight, I turned off the alarm and slept to the sounds of a steady rain with a few rumbles, clear to 6:13 a.m. The "cave" weekend was a good call. Saturday I napped quite a bit, being done in by the allergy stuff. But I did get out to get my haircut.

Sunday I had my church and sports on TV, allowing me to relish life in memory. I found myself with tears coming down my cheeks to the National Anthem as sung pre-Indy 500 start... beautiful voice and I find with each passing year a greater awareness of the sacrifice of those who "gave all" to give me the life I enjoy. Least I can do is live it to the fullest I can and appreciate it.

I got all the "peopling" I wanted in some computer chat with my son, quizzing him on how Boomer and the Cats were getting along. He informed me that he had made a kitty psychology error in treating them like dogs... and had been forced into reading up on cat psychology online, and resorted to installing a kitty door in he and DIL's bedroom door. The cats can have their safe haven to escape back to now, and explore the phenomenon that is Boomer at their own pace.

Boomer turns out to have serious issues with the crate, so Plan B (crate him while son works) turned into a non-starter. The intermediate resolution was plan C: Boomer stayed in the garage while son went off to work this week. Kitty door may make it possible to allow Boomer to live in the house while son is at work. So I guess we are down to plan D, at this point, huh?

Good luck, Boomer... adapt, kitties!

Today I was starting to get "cabin fever" but still very much in solo mood, so after the rain mostly stopped, I went out for a neighborhood walk, just a gentle one.

Starting with my yard, looking green from the rain this weekend.

At mile 1, the trail ahead:

Not quite to mile 2, but Iris mean Memorial Day to me, so couldn't resist pausing to take their picture:

At mile 2, a round-about:

From thence, home. Anyway, that's today's peek... and tomorrow, back to work. It's been a good recuperative and regnerative weekend, methinks.

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LJCANNON 5/28/2013 4:39PM

    emoticon I love the whole concept of a "Cave Weekend"!! It sounds AWESOME!! Glad to hear that you enjoyed it.

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LEANJEAN6 5/28/2013 6:47AM

    so nice to have a "'cave weekend"--LOL------I love the pictures!----Lynda emoticon

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GABY1948 5/28/2013 6:04AM

    Glad you had a nice weekend!

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PATRICIAAK 5/28/2013 12:21AM

    Glad you were able to relax

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WATERMELLEN 5/27/2013 9:00PM

    Boomer looks very sweet! And your lawn is getting greener absolutely! Sounds like you've had the perfect weekend.

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DOGLADY13 5/27/2013 7:47PM

    Sounds like you had a terrific weekend. We all need to recharge our batteries from time to time.

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SPINNINGJW 5/27/2013 5:24PM

    When do I get to meet Boomer?

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DALID414 5/27/2013 3:38PM

    We had opposite weekends. I felt I had to workout all weekend! emoticon
emoticon Happy Memorial Day, Barb. I thank DS for his service.

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LESLIELENORE 5/27/2013 3:29PM

    Love the pics from your walk. This turned into a fairly social weekend for me, even though I had planned to hole up.

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MOBYCARP 5/27/2013 2:59PM

    It's so fun to have an independent kid with pets!

Daughter: I wonder if I can get a squirrel feeder to encourage the squirrels to hang out near my window and tease Smudge.

Dad: First, you don't need to encourage the squirrels to do that. They'll do it to amuse themselves, and amuse you as a byproduct. Second, squirrel feeders are called "bird feeders." Doesn't matter what kind of bird feeder, put something in it the squirrels like and they'll figure it out.

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DLDMIL 5/27/2013 2:15PM

    Glad that your weekend has been a good one. Have a great Memorial Day.

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SLENDERELLA61 5/27/2013 12:35PM

    Thanks for sharing your walk. Great job! Love how your yard is responding positively to the rain!! Hope the allergies are done giving you trouble! Enjoy your day off. You are so right about those who sacrificed for us to live -- we need to live free each day!! -Marsha

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1CRAZYDOG 5/27/2013 12:19PM

    Like siblings for sure! Kitties and Boomer have to learn how to get along. **SIGH**

Your grass is looking good! Beautiful pictures! Love irises. Had some @ the house we owned in IL but no success here in WI. h well. I can enjoy pics of them.

HUGS and Happy Memorial Day.

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KALIGIRL 5/27/2013 12:16PM

    Here's to R&R and much needed emoticon

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ALICIA214 5/27/2013 12:10PM


Good luck to Boomer!!

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From inside the Cave... Indy 500 day...

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Some days are just special on a person's calendar. Every one of us has that inner personal calendar. One of the stellar days on mine is the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. I remember the cookouts after church, where several church families got together, picnicked in the park and all the fathers gathered around the car radio to listen to the great names of the day: A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Bobby Unser and others, announced as they led laps and won or lost that afternoon.

When I grew up and started programming computers for a living, one of my early cube-mates was a young man from Scranton, PA, who happened to have met the Andrettis... and who also happened to be a hobby race driver. So he's one who comes to mind this weekend as well.

So today... I will be walking the treadmill once again, with memories cherished and new ones being forged... ladies and gentlemen, Start your Engines!

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EMMACLAIRE5 5/31/2013 12:05PM

    Indy 500 was a big day in our house growing up as well! I haven't watched it in years, but remember those days fondly. We never made it to the race, though my dad hit the time trials a few times because he knew a guy who worked for the track. We did, however, go to see the guys race in Milwaukee several times. I know many people don't understand the attraction, but there's nothing like being there. I remember one year we were having breakfast before race-day, and my mom's friend spilled scrambled eggs in her lap because she was gawking at Bobby Unser eating his breakfast! Good times :-)

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COMPUCATHY 5/26/2013 11:21PM

    Awesome! Great idea to do your walking with the Indy 500! Hope you are having a great Memorial Day weekend! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 5/26/2013 9:29PM

    Happy Memorial Day! Memories like that are something that live on forever! HUGS

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GABY1948 5/26/2013 8:51PM

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WATERMELLEN 5/26/2013 3:42PM

    Vroom vroom vroom: yeah!!

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DOGLADY13 5/26/2013 2:54PM

    I mostly remember family barbeques and it being colder than we really wanted, but we sucked it up and picnicked anyway!

Your memories of Memorial Day are evocative of many childhood memories.

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LESLIELENORE 5/26/2013 1:44PM

    Great memories! I remember going to the parade. I live in a small town, so it wasn't very big, but it seemed amazing when I was little.

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MOBYCARP 5/26/2013 1:32PM

    I don't think I've listened to the Indy 500 since I moved out of my parents' house. If it were to play on the radio, I'm sure it would bring up memories of Dad gardening or washing the old 63 Rambler while the race played. He really enjoyed it, but it was always just noise to me as a kid. Now, it would be memories of Dad more than the race itself.

Just typing this out calls to mind that Dad was interested in Watkins Glen when he and Mom came here to visit, years ago. As an adult, I could grasp more of his description of car racing and how his interest formed than I did as a kid.

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DLDMIL 5/26/2013 1:14PM

    The good ole days. The backyard BBQ with friends and family were so much fun. Times have changed and not necessarily for the better with regards to family time. Have a good day.

Veterans are why we get to celebrate this great weekend. emoticon

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ANDI571 5/26/2013 11:51AM

    I was telling DH that I miss the days of the whole family going camping. By the time Kel got up big enough to remember, every one started going their separate ways and the camping days were no more with the whole family. I feel she missed so much.

Hope your good memories brings lots of joy today. emoticon

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MNTWINSGAL 5/26/2013 11:27AM

    What good memories!

Enjoy the Indy! Car racing is one of the few sports I've never gotten into much, but I do respect the skill of the drivers and the excitement of the race. I have many friends who will be glued to it, though nowadays it'll be via the TV or Internet rather than the radio of yesteryear.

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Opportunity day 2

Saturday, May 25, 2013

I had arrived home after my walk, showered and slept very well. Got up Friday morning, checking the clouds outside and saw it looked to be a fine day... so, biked in to work, with the thought at the back of my mind to "be flexible", and allow for a plan B.

Halfway through the day I was feeling kind of yuck... and hoped I'd be able to bike wherever I needed to (car shop or home). I persevered, got through my work day, and they called to say the car was done. So in the end plan B was not needed, the weather was still fine in the afternoon. It was 71 degrees, sunny and windy. A twinge warm for the bike ride 8 miles out to where the car dealership sits on the edge of town, but not beastly. The head and cross winds were the challenging bit.

Now let me say one thing about this city: we believe in recreational trails. There are miles and miles of 'em, and they are like having our own sheltered commuter highways... only without the angry drivers. They can be crowded at times, but not as crowded as I've seen the streets get at "rush 15 minutes". As I rode, I encounted some strolling dog-walkers, some other bikers, and some families just out enjoying the day. I was riding with a deadline: get there before they close at 6 p.m.

I knew that the bike trail ended a half mile to a mile before getting to the dealership, and I'm not that familiar with the residential streets in that particular neighborhood. I had looked at a map in advance and had a plan in my head. I ride defensively, and am not uncomfy on the broad suburban streets. Still, watch out for those massive SUV's!

But there were no hitches... might have taken one turn differently (and if I ever do this again, I'll try that other turn). I located my little Fit in the lot, and loaded the bike into the back before going inside to "settle up".

Oh, my heavens... nasty bill. BUT, the A/C now works as it should, and I enjoyed it all the way home. And felt good because I'd just biked and had a car that carries the bike inside with no extreme modification... flop down the seats, lift Brenda in and drive on. Love it. It's why I picked this vehicle.

This morning I was supposed to go biking with the "biker babes", but woke to

the sounds of thunder emoticon and falling rain. emoticon Between that and my sinus allergies that are starting to act up... opted not to do that. I'm having my steel cut oats and sipping my mug and sparking... and contemplating a swim in a bit... emoticon haven't had one yet this week.

LIFE is good... three day weekend stretches in front of me... thinking it will be a "cave" weekend... to recharge the introvert batteries. Spark on! emoticon

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LEWILL1982 5/27/2013 9:26PM

    I love caving! I read your blogs backwards but glad you had a restful and rejuvenating weekend!

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WATERMELLEN 5/26/2013 3:43PM

    When you're such excellent company: why not enjoy it? I totally get that "introvert" recharge thing myself!!

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CAALAN23 5/26/2013 11:14AM

    I am smiling at the term "cave" weekend. Nice. Enjoy your time!

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PATRICIAAK 5/25/2013 8:53PM

    Hope your sinuses clear.

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SIMONEKP 5/25/2013 4:21PM

    sounds like a great plan B

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LESLIELENORE 5/25/2013 2:58PM

    I think I need to recharge my "introvert batteries" also. This would be a good weekend to do that.

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SLENDERELLA61 5/25/2013 2:17PM

    That's great that you biked to get your car. Impressive!! I honestly would be way too scared on our roads to go to the Honda dealer. (I could get to the Ford dealer, but I don't have a Ford any longer.) Hope you enjoy your swim. I admire the way you have a plan and Plan B and an alternative plan to handle the weather and other situations that arise!! Way to stay active, Barb. Thanks for your support on my blog, too. -Marsha

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DALID414 5/25/2013 1:43PM

    emoticon of a 3-day weekend emoticon

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MRS.DOYLE 5/25/2013 1:35PM

    You are very lucky having running and cycling trails. They are conspicuous by their absence where I live. Hey ho....lots of gardening to keep me fit.

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DOGLADY13 5/25/2013 1:32PM

    I would love to bike to work, but 33 miles one-way isn't realistic. Especially without a shower at the office.

Enjoy your weekend, however it shapes up. Sometimes a weekend alone is just what is needed to restore oneself to happy equilibrium.

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DLDMIL 5/25/2013 12:34PM

    Glad that you were able to make the plans work for you. Have a great weekend.

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DEBRA0818 5/25/2013 11:14AM

    Hooray for Plan B's and not having to use them!


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1CRAZYDOG 5/25/2013 10:50AM

    Glad you didn't have to resort to plan B and the weather cooperated.

Hope you get over your sinus infection. They are rampant this time of year here. UGH

Hugs and have a wonderful Memorial Weekend.

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MSLZZY 5/25/2013 8:07AM

    Three days to rest, recuperate and recover that feeling of wellbeing. I think your weather will be tracking my way so I am prepared. Be flexible and enjoy the holiday weekend! HUGS!

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    Always have a Plan B and never be disappointed.

Make Today a Great Day!

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Coiled spring, meet opportunity!

Friday, May 24, 2013

I mentioned yesterday that I was feeling a bit of a coiled spring. I also mentioned that yesterday might turn into one of those days when the planned exercise didn't line up with circumstance. The reason for that potential bump was that I had the car in to the shop for a preventative recall (software upgrade)... and one never quite knows how those things will go.

While I had it there, I asked them to look at the A/C. It's not been the same since my trip to Florida last November, and in fact I noticed it on Thanksgiving day, when I drove in bright sunshine from Arkansas home... it just wasn't behaving properly. Of course, Winter in Nebraska one doesn't need A/C... so I ignored it until last week when Summer suddenly appeared, and it still wasn't doing its thing.

Of course, they found something... seems on that trip I must have encountered a rock. It damaged the compressor. $$$ Ouch. BUT, since they didn't have the part on hand, it gave me the chance to let them keep the car overnight... and WALK HOME. Now for me, that walk home varies depending on route, and I took one that is mostly the shortest (did take one minor detour in a park on the way). 6.3 mile afternoon walk. My current background shot is of the lake I run around from home in about a 4 mile loop (or more... I can add to that basic 4). You get this view as you get to the top of the dam face, coming up it from the west. What a reward!

Anyway, it was a great chance to let the coiled spring unravel a bit. Today's plan: bike to work and to pick up the car after. We'll see if THAT turns into a plan B... the weather can always intervene.

LIFE is good. Spark on! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 5/25/2013 7:33AM

    Good Day Barb!!!!-----Sunny here--but frosty!===Enjoy yer weekend!----Lynda emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 5/24/2013 11:00PM

    Hope all is well now.

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WATERMELLEN 5/24/2013 10:56PM

    I'm betting that you sproinged along like a kangaroo on a pogo stick!

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LEANJEAN6 5/24/2013 8:37PM

    Yu always make the best of a situation Barb! Good for yu!-Lynda--Oh-=-Enjoy yer long weekend! emoticon

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MOBYCARP 5/24/2013 7:47PM

    It's great when exercise can be worked into dealing with what life throws at you! Walking home and biking to work the next day is the kind of solution that makes a lot of sense to me.

And the car a/c . . . yeah. I once bought a used car in the fall, and found out the following summer than the a/c didn't work. Yes, fixing it cost; but I got it fixed.

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DLDMIL 5/24/2013 3:46PM

    Way to go, take the opportunity to get your exercise in. Sorry to hear about your AC. Have a great weekend.

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DALID414 5/24/2013 1:26PM

    Happy Friday!

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ANDI571 5/24/2013 1:11PM

    If life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Good job! emoticon emoticon

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LJCANNON 5/24/2013 12:52PM

    emoticon Because you are Basically Fit, you were able to turn an "Obstacle" into an "Opportunity". That is a HUGE NSV to me!! I know too many people (younger than You & I) who would have had a Major Problem if the car was sidelined overnight!

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LESLIELENORE 5/24/2013 11:23AM

    I love walking. Cool that you took the opportunity to do it. Sorry about the AC issue.

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CAALAN23 5/24/2013 10:01AM

    I love how you make opportunities out of what others would consider a stressful problem! You rock!

Good luck with the car. A/C is a requirement here in Arkansas (although I am going without it at the moment in mine, go figure!)

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1CRAZYDOG 5/24/2013 9:23AM

    Sorry 'bout the car, but seems like that walk to uncoil was meant to be! HUGS and hope the A/C gets fixed. **SIGH** Always something.

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KALIGIRL 5/24/2013 8:19AM

    Here's to some unwinding in the great outdoors! Can't think of a better way...
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CELIAMINER 5/24/2013 7:46AM

    I agree with're great at making lemonade! Hope the walk helped melt away some of the stress you've been having lately, and thanks for reminding me I need to get my car AC checked. Sorry about the compressor...big wallet owwie!

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DEBRA0818 5/24/2013 7:12AM

    Beautiful lake and great instant strategy on walking home. You have some beautiful territory on the way -- it's all GOOD!

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EBEAMS 5/24/2013 6:51AM

    That's awesome! Not only did you take advantage of the opportunity when it presented itself, you already had the confidence you were more than able to meet the challenge! THAT is fabulous!!!

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MSLZZY 5/24/2013 6:50AM

    So everything worked in your favor to take a wonderful walk. Hope the repair bill isn't too steep. Rocks and cars need to learn to play nice LOL! Have a great Friday!

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EWL978 5/24/2013 6:43AM

    That's a great case of "making lemonade out of the lemons"!! Good for you.

Keep on keeping on and good luck with the car.

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Balancing week

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Not every day has to be UBER active to be fully lived. But the balance must be there. Balance is not always balance in a given day. It might be balance over the week.

This morning I'm feeling a bit of the coiled spring... Monday was a scheduled rest day. Missed working out beyond the walking breaks on Tuesday and again on Wednesday because there were "life" things that needed doing, and it got squeezed out. Today threatens to be the same. But... there's this lovely Holiday weekend coming up, and I have my mind set on three days of nice activity... we shall see. And the coiled spring feeling usually turns into a GREAT next workout.

Whatever happens with "the plan" versus "the actual", I remind myself... I am LIVING my life, not wishing it away.

On to today's pep talk:
* Drink your water
* Eat what's in the bag
* The cookies at the coffee kiosk won't make it all better. Really.
* Work is NOT the entire world (even though you know you love what you are doing)... remember to go to recess!
* Stretch, mentally and physically... and hold your head high.
* YOU are worth it!

Spark a GREAT Thursday, my friends, for LIFE is good. Namaste. emoticon

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LEWILL1982 5/24/2013 11:20PM

    Beautifully written and a great reminder. LIke the new background pic also!

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PATRICIAAK 5/24/2013 12:38AM

    Man plans and God laughs
Enjoy the weekend.

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SLENDERELLA61 5/23/2013 9:40PM

    Enjoy that holiday weekend!! Balancing.... uncoiling spring...... pep talks..... and my favorite part: "living life not wishing it away" -- yeah!!

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LESLIELENORE 5/23/2013 3:28PM

    Life does happen. Hope you have a great weekend!

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DLDMIL 5/23/2013 2:36PM

    thanks for the daily pep talk. I definitely need it today, I will be going to recess and eating what is in the bag.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/23/2013 11:30AM

    Always gotta have a Plan B inthat hip pocket for those days when the balance that presents itself for that day is different than how we had planned out. YOU have a great plan. You ROCK!

Hugs and here's to a great Thursday.

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ROXYZMOM 5/23/2013 10:04AM

    It's always so hard to pass up the cookie when you know it's there'. Here's to will power!

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DALID414 5/23/2013 9:56AM

    emoticon namaste

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KRISZTA11 5/23/2013 8:35AM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing!

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KALIGIRL 5/23/2013 8:22AM

    Here's living our lives! They're emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 5/23/2013 7:47AM

    Great pep talk Barb!

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LEANJEAN6 5/23/2013 7:37AM

    Nice cover page Barb!--And I love yer comments about "eat what's in the bag!"--pretty neat!-Lynd emoticon a

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JGRAY76 5/23/2013 7:29AM

    Love the pep talk. I am sore from Bootcamp on Tuesday but energized so hope to work out the kinks today.

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MSLZZY 5/23/2013 7:27AM

    Very valid points! Life is what you make it, at the time. Live in the here and now.

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KASEYCOFF 5/23/2013 7:25AM

    ...and it you do snag a cookie, squeeze every bit of delicious out of it, lol...

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WATERMELLEN 5/23/2013 7:24AM

    That "coiled spring" description is one I'm very familiar with too! We Canucks had our 3 day weekend last weekend, sigh.

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