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Wednesday's pep talk

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Short week. Important reminders:

* Do not dwell on yesterday's mistakes (or triumphs).
* Do not fear tomorrow's failures (or successes).
* Seek only guidance for TODAY, for this decision RIGHT NOW.

Then you will truly be living in the moment.

And LIFE is good. Spark on!

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JANEMARIE77 5/31/2013 7:49AM

    love it thank you

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ONUTHIN125 5/30/2013 8:07PM

    emoticon emoticon My Hubby always says live in the now! Spark On! emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 5/30/2013 7:49AM

    and remember to eat what's in the frig!--LOL--Here's to to-day Barb!---Love it!-lynda emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 5/29/2013 11:25PM

    staying in the 'present'.

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WATERMELLEN 5/29/2013 10:29PM

    Right here, right now -- with a little reminiscence re bridal wreath spirea (confetti!!)

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TAFODIL24 5/29/2013 7:34PM

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LESLIELENORE 5/29/2013 1:05PM

    emoticon I find sometimes that success is scarier than failure.

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DALID414 5/29/2013 12:12PM

    I know it's a self-pep talk, but your words are true for me, too.

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DLDMIL 5/29/2013 11:22AM

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1CRAZYDOG 5/29/2013 10:33AM

    emoticon advice. HUGS!

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MSLZZY 5/29/2013 9:32AM

    Right here and right now! Can do! Have a great Wednesday!

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GABY1948 5/29/2013 9:22AM

    Your reminders are great for all of us... emoticon

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DEBRITA01 5/29/2013 9:08AM

    Cheers to living in the present! emoticon

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ANDI571 5/29/2013 8:57AM

    Thanks for the reminder! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 5/29/2013 8:56AM

    Living in the moment -- great words, Barb!!

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LEWILL1982 5/29/2013 8:41AM

    Lovely! Don't forget recess, haha. I need a peptalk today, need to get my eating tightened up a tad.

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MIRAGE727 5/29/2013 8:40AM

    Right Here, Right Now! I love it! Thanks for sharing, Barb!
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-SHOREIDO- 5/29/2013 8:30AM

    Thanks for the boost!! It is a short week and life IS good : )
I'm liking the bag thing!
Have a great day Barb!
Ginny

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KALIGIRL 5/29/2013 8:23AM

    In the present! emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 5/29/2013 8:23AM

    FABULOUS!

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Great advice!

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DOGLADY13 5/29/2013 8:01AM

    And eat what's in the bag.

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Was the cave weekend enough?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

So it's back to work today.

It takes more than a cave weekend now and then to make a healthy life. It takes daily diligence to the program.

Today's reminders:

* Remember to breathe.
* Don't try to do it all yourself... seek help/advice from others.
* Prioritize.
* Drink your water.
* The cookie at the coffee kiosk will not make it all go away.
* Eat what's in the bag, it is healthy, and it's why you packed it.

One... day... at a time... one ... DECISION... at a time!

LIFE is still good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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LEANJEAN6 5/29/2013 7:45AM

    Eat what's in the bag!-I love it!!! emoticon

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DLDMIL 5/28/2013 10:46PM

    Yep back to work on union negotiations (UGH). Was accused by the union that the FMLA leave policy has been inconsistent and arbitrary. Pissed me off big time, but I wont bore you with the details other than I have for the last 10 years been as consistent with every employee that has been on FMLA.

I ate what I packed
Remembering to take a breath before answering a question
Haven't done very well on the water

Thank you for your daily inspiring blogs and keeping me and everyone else centered in what is important.

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WATERMELLEN 5/28/2013 9:02PM

    I'm with you on all of this . . . (except, gotta admit, my water mostly has coffee in it!!)

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PATRICIAAK 5/28/2013 8:49PM

    yep!

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DOGLADY13 5/28/2013 5:02PM

    Eat what's in the bag... I thought of those words today as I packed my lunch. I made sure it was something I'd want to eat so I wouldn't find excuses to forage for something else.

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MYLIFEMADELITE 5/28/2013 3:43PM

    Eat what's in the bag. So true. Hope it was a great day!

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SLENDERELLA61 5/28/2013 11:28AM

    Cheers for Daily Diligence!! You've got it! -Marsha

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GABY1948 5/28/2013 11:27AM

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1CRAZYDOG 5/28/2013 10:15AM

    Couldn't agree more! HUGS

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SIMONEKP 5/28/2013 9:47AM

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CELIAMINER 5/28/2013 9:42AM

    Just what I needed to read this morning...thanks!

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LJCANNON 5/28/2013 9:42AM

    emoticon One Choice at a Time is Definitely Good Advice!!

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LEWILL1982 5/28/2013 8:40AM

    Good advice!

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ANDI571 5/28/2013 8:31AM

    Good blog. The last two days weren't as good as the ones before, but today is a new day to get refocused. emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 5/28/2013 7:56AM

    Well said! I have several things that I need to make a priority...I definitely put them on the back burner this month (not good)....for good reason (and some not so good). A fresh week to make the right decisions!

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MIRAGE727 5/28/2013 7:55AM

    Rock on, Barb!
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MSLZZY 5/28/2013 7:29AM

    You always put it into perspective and focus. Have a great day!

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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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MSLZZY 5/27/2013 9:30PM

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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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PATRICIAAK 5/26/2013 11:11PM

    enjoy

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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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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.

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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!
Tina

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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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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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JOHNMARTINMILES 5/25/2013 8:01AM

    Always have a Plan B and never be disappointed.

Make Today a Great Day!

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