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Old 08-02-2008, 07:14 AM   #1  
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So, irrigation systems... what fun... well, maybe. I like the image of leaping over the trenches! Now you be careful out there!

Today I've promised myself I will go to the hardware etc. store and deal with the light fixture. As usual I have about a hundred things I need to do... after all, I went to the movies on last Thursday, and so that was sort of my "weekend" day.

Oh! Did anyone else see the jump rope competition on TV? It was shown on July 28. I had NO IDEA that jumping rope was such an amazing sport. These were mostly kids in their teens, and when they do double dutch... well, let's just say never in my wildest dreams would I be able to move my feet that fast, let alone turn the rope that fast! I was astonished! Here's a YouTube sample from 2007:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqrWdqveZ18

This is the speed doubles competition. Teams can consist of any combination of girls and boys.

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Old 08-02-2008, 07:33 AM   #2  
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Morning . . .

Sorry I was MIA yesterday -- stuff happens sometimes. We have a long weekend here in NS (and most parts of Canada) and, of course, the forecast is for 3 straight days of rain. Guess I'll be finding ways to move it and shake it inside.

Have a good one, gang . . . see you later. . .
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meowee, are we talkin' to ourselves in here?

Everybody else must be having a good weekend away from the computer!

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Looks like it's just us JAY . . . . . . Hope they are all having lots and lots of fun. This long weekend of ours is definitely living up to the forecast -- rain is coming down in sheets right now and expected to continue until about Wednesday at latest predictions. Oh well, I'm getting lots of inside stuff done.
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Hi Jay and Meowee, Just a quick fly by. I'm still jumping over trenches. I don't think I'll ever make the jump rope competition. WOW See you later.
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I'm BAAAACK
Missed you all - but had a wonderful time.
Nutshell version:
Friday - stopped at microbrewery for lunch, on into Rochester and hiked for 2 hrs, then another microbrewery for dinner

Saturday - breakfast at a wonderful little diner - fantastic spinach omelet - hiked 10 miles which included seeing deer, beaver, rabbits, a bike race in a velodrome, and a cider mill. Then on to Trader Joe's for groceries. Finished with a wonderful eggplant and brown rice dish for dinner.

Sunday - Same diner for breakfast - veggie omelet this time - and then on to Birch Run (outlet mall) where I shopped all day! Came home with 2 suits, 2 dresses, 3 tops, 3 pants, 6 skirts, 5 jackets, and two pairs of shoes.

Spent $373.14 for an average of $16.22 per purchase. Considering I did most of my buying at Petite Sophisticates, Kasper, Anne Klein, Coldwater Creek and the Bass outlet - I'm very, very pleased

I think I'm set for clothes now, and I think that Freda is right - I love my wardrobe too much to gain back an ounce

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I'm off to unpack

I will catch up more tomorrow.

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Hey Laurie! Hey flowingair! Laurie, glad you had a good weekend! Great shopping! I would love to do something like that--I'm not a shopper, but I do like to find clothes I like and pay less for them.

flowingair, are the trenches getting to the fill-in point yet?

meowee, did it stop raining? We have rain every day now--sometimes all day, sometimes only in the afternoon. Looks like we'll have sun this morning.

Well, I replaced the ballast on the fluorescent light fixture over the sink. Took awhile to accomplish, and I was so relieved when I turned on the power and flipped the switch and the light went on. If it hadn't I would have had to throw in the towel, 'cause I used every bit of my strength and stamina on it. Being over the sink, it was very awkward to work on. I don't think there's a place in my body that hasn't been twisted.

I have a lot of work to do today... I need to get some projects finished and turned in so I can get PAID!

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Good Morning . . .

Rain thinned a bit yesterday afternoon. So far today, it's just overcast, but the rain will likely show up again soon. Hey, no holiday Monday plans for me and I've got lots of inside stuff to keep me busy -- if I get really bored, I can even do some laundry.
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Morning ladies, I had to work the weekend, but now I'm off untill Friday. I do have the grandkids here for the next 2 days thought, so my time is not my own. They are here from 9-9. Gs starts soccer practice today and GD starts tomorrow. It's that time again allready, run, run, run....

Laurie, My favorite stores!! I've got to get up there soon. maybe this weekend. sounds like a fun weekend.

Jay, Congratulations on getting the light fixture fixed. My Goodness, you are multitalented! I wouldn't know where to start. I've went too long with our "traditional" roles i'm afraid. But DH and i have started to teach each other the things we might need to know. I'm a little embarassed to say I had never pumped gas untill last year. That was "his" job. he had never been to the bank. That was "my" job.

Linda, Sorry, what was the "long weekend" for you?

Flogirl, Remember when jumping rope was something you did for fun? What happened to all that energy?

Make it a good day, Freda
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Called different things in different parts of the country -- here in NS it's "Natal Day" -- in Ontario it's just called "the Civic Holiday". Quebec doesn't have it at all. Most of the Western provinces do, but i don't know if they give it special names or not.

Basically, it's just an excuse for a long weekend at the beginning of August and doesn't really celebrate anything in particular -- at least not anything that I'm aware of.

Hey . . . the sun just came out for the first time in days.
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meowee, it celebrates the "birth" of Halifax, doesn't it? Hence the "natal"?

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Not only can she fix light fixtures and powerwash the house, she knows Canadian history too? Jay - you NEVER cease to AMAZE me!

Linda - sounds like a great excuse for a holiday to me. It was hard to get back at it today after the long weekend. And it is HOT here - and muggy - ugh.

Freda - hope you are enjoying the kids and your time off! Are you staying cool?

Jay probably just laughs at me, but I can't handle this heat. (Yes, I know high 80s isn't hot to most folk, but ugh!!!!)

Well, I had a much better experience giving blood this time. It renews my faith in the system after the nurse from hxxx last time

Gotta get supper started. My turn to cook and DH walked in to give blood right as I was leaving, so he should be home soon.

Hope you are all staying cool and enjoying this first week of August!

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meowee, it celebrates the "birth" of Halifax, doesn't it? Hence the "natal"?

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Could be . . . but until relatively recently, different areas of the province celebrated different Natal Days (guess each had their own founding day, which would make sense) . . . maybe they finally agreed on August 1 because it was the Civic Holiday in Ontario and had been for many years and now it really isn't any "birth day" at all. Hey, I'm from "away" so I can be expected to be in the dark, but my friend LouLou was born here and she doesn't honestly know either.
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Hi to all.
Yes, We are finally filling some of the trenches with dirt. We'll get the rest of it done eventually. The raking and shoveling the dirt back in is a whole lot easier than the original digging. There are still some giant mole tracks left from all the trenches. I feel like all my hard work should have made the scale really move, but it still seems to be stuck in the same place. I know I need to focus on some better food choices.

Laurie- Sounds like you had a great weekend and made some super clothing finds.

Jay I'm impressed by your electrical prowess. Electricity scares me a bit. Changing a light bulb is my speed.

Have a great day everyone

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Hey meowee, thanks for the explanation... I guess like many holidays the original reasons have gotten somewhat obscured.

flowingair, those trenches will settle, of course.

Electrical repairs aren't hard in themselves. The wiring part is often the easiest--you just follow directions. Of course, you must turn off the power to the circuit, and that's sometimes inconvenient... But the hard part is often the reassembly of things. I took the fixture down off the ceiling so that I wouldn't have to be trying to do all the wiring up there (still had to do some)--and getting it back up in place was what wore me out.

I learned from sad experience that physical activity alone does not cause weight loss... not for me... the food restriction has to be there.

More work for me today, and in days to come!

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