SPARK on Monday

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Happy Monday!   Time for SPARKS.  If you don’t know what posting a SPARK is all about, here’s the history.   SPARKS is a Monday tradition – how did it start and what IS IT?  “SPARKS” was started by Annie McGuffy of McGuffy’s Reader but ended when her blog was hacked some time ago.  It was meant to be a way to start out each week with with a meaningful thought – something that spoke to each of us and hopefully everyone else who read it.   Although Annie isn’t currently blogging, a lot of us who enjoyed her SPARKS decided to keep posting SPARKS of our own.   Why?   Because sometimes we need a little “spark” in our lives and these posts were meant to at least be a PART of that effort.   Please feel free to post your own SPARK on your blog and let everyone know you have…….we get energy from each other that way.

I wanted my SPARK today to be about Winter………………we haven’t had much of a Winter here in my area of Virginia for a couple of years – the odd snow shower but no accumulation to speak of really until this year.    AND the cold – it is ridiculously cold – way colder than usual.    Anyway, that’s why my SPARK today is about winter – and it’s my sense of humor showing again I think that drew me to this particular SPARK.

I’m already anxious for Spring.    I loved Winter as a kid – but now that I have aches and pains and a hip replacement I’m not so crazy about it.    Snow is slippery even if you don’t think it will be, and ice hides under the snow so walking around can be treacherous.    You want to look up and see the beautiful trees coated in snow but unless you’re standing STILL you don’t dare move!    LOL    I particularly like this picture of the woods with snow-covered limbs because we’ve had a number of snowy days that made our woods look like a “fairy land”.     But in the end – I’m actually longing for WARMTH and Spring.    Come on Mother Nature………..BRING IT ON EARLY – I’m ready!

Hugs, Pam

 

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  1. I’m with you… snow was fun as a kid, but today I worry for slippery roads, my arthur-it-is in my fingers and instead of thinking about white wonderland I think about bruised and broken bones ;O)

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  2. Oh, I feel as if I’m in a padded room, Teddy, even without snow, haha. We are so isolated, we’re going a bit stir-crazy. That Ode to Joy had mama in tears, but that’s happening a lot lately when something’s so beautiful. You keep next to your mama on those icy walks, Teddy, and help her keep her balance. Maybe do balancing exercises on one foot for 20 seconds, then the other, for 20 seconds, next to a wall or strong chair. After about 2 weeks you will see a difference in balance because your core muscles deep in your mid-section are strengthening. It’s really wonderful for balance, which helps against falling.

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    • Thanks for the balance tips Miss Suzanne! Mama says she’ll give that a try….her balance is pretty darn good but she just doesn’t trust herself all the way – she’s afraid if she slips on the ice and falls she might mess up her brand new hip…! I’ll help her do some exercises – maybe she will feel more BRAVE then?? Know what else? My Mama does the tear/cry thing too sometimes for no reason – humans are funny – it’s a bit confusing for us kitties (and their Dads!) but tears are a good way to let the crazy/scary stuff out. Now make a BIG SMILE – that smile will make everyone ELSE smile….!!!!

      Big Hugs, Teddy

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  3. They say we’re going to get some really cold weather soon, but the snowdrops will be in bloom soon and other spring bulbs are putting up shoots in our garden. I like seeing the first signs of Spring!

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    • Oh Clowie we can’t WAIT to see the first little signs…..right now we’re still in the middle of an incredibly cold spell. Today we’ll finally get out of the teens and up to 30. That will be a treat!

      Hugs, Teddy

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  4. In the 50s we seemed to get snow regularly and quite a bit of it. We had so much fun with our toboggans then going home to change into dry clothes and sit in front of the fire with a bowl of soup. Happy memories, but now I am glad we don’t often get snow because I am like Bambi on ice if it is slippery out.
    Spring is on the way! Our snowdrops have been up for a week and a rose even bloomed in spite of the hard frosts we had last week.

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  5. Mom and I were meowing about this…well, I was meowing, anyway. She can never quite make up her mine which is worse Frigid cold or exceedingly hot and humid. I think she would rather keep warm in the cold temperatures than endure the east TN. heat and humidity. Summer is brutal here and the high temps and humidity keep on till November. Her favorite seasons are the temperate ones. Spring and Fall. Her least favorite is summer.
    Katie Isabella

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    • Yet again your Mom and my Mom have the same feelings about the seasons…….my Mom is a Spring and Fall girl too. Actually I guess I take after my Mom although I’m “game” to get outside ANY season!

      Hugs, Teddy

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  6. Hahaha… great Spark. I love snow but I forgot about the cold that accompanies it. It was 37 here this morning. No snow but it is cold and I don’t like it! Our Crotons are going to get naked! Hope you have a fire going. I see 28 and sunny for you. Good Morning!

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  7. O H MY CATS yes a white padded room. I love it. I was very thankful last week’s event was after my grocery day. Lots melted yesterday but re-froze over night. But sun all day today so I’m hopeful we get out of the padded room on good behavoir
    Hugs Cecilia

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  8. LOL! Your Spark made us giggle. We are looking forward to spring, too. We love winter when there’s snow ambiance but we really haven’t gotten that much snow but we have lots of ice to slip on! Not good. We couldn’t find the pet salt recently at any stores either so we got nothing, nothing but ice! Have a great week!

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  9. We feel that too, and I worry a lot about hubby…an artificial hip, and a fusion in his back, plus other mobility issues…he’s a disaster waiting to happen in the winter…I pray every day he’ll be safe.

    Myself, well, I am nit particularly bionic, but having messed up my elbow from a fall, years ago…I was trying to corral a loose running dog…, I have great respect for wintertime slippery stuff, too.

    Though, yes it is beautiful and peaceful looking.
    Why can’t it just stay off the roads and sidewalks, LOL!

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    • I’m with you on that – if it would just NOT stick to the roads or sidewalks and was just BEAUTIFUL (which it does a good job of anyway) it would be OK. It’s when it tries to TRIP US UP that it gets mean!

      Hugs, Pam

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  10. Mom doesn’t like the winter or the cold or the snow either. But that graphic you chose is so pretty. We Sibes LOVE winter cold and lots of SNOW!!!

    Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber

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  11. We are so tired of winter as well. That snow from more than a week ago doesn’t seem as if it ever has the intention of leaving. It is like a white padded room (cell), as the snow muffles sound. Try to stay warm. Love to all. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, angel Mauricio, Misty May, angel Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy, Sawyer & Kizmet

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