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Who is LaraineRose?

Updated on November 9, 2014

LaraineRose - Who?

I was the "twinkle in my pappa's eyes" as they say. Being the long, longed-for "girl" in the family after my parents had 3 boys, you might think that I would have been spoiled. Not so! I worked with or without my mum by my side. We had a huge garden in which we grew everything our big family needed. One of my jobs was to pick the raspberries and other fruit we grew. Weeding was another of my favorite duties. Ahaw, and if you believe me .. you are truly gullible!

I was the only daughter of my parents' 6 children and I was Mum's only helper. I kept asking, "Why wasn't I born a boy, they get to work outside with dad?" Mum always had a good answer for me. "If you were a boy, who would help me?" Or, "Who would wear all of those pretty clothes I sew if you were a boy?" GOOD ANSWER! Mum did dress me in pretty little dresses and I fondly remember one shortie coat mum made for me. It was red and had a pretty blue satin collar with wide, long blue satin ribbons that could be tied in a big, fat bow. I loved that coat!

I guess you could say that growing up I was a bit of a tomboy, having no sisters to play with. Dad, once a professional baseball player, taught me how to 'place' a ball to a spot in the field where nobody was and, when I hit the ball to run like the wind.

I won many races and my brothers used to tease me saying that if I kept that up, I'd never have a fella as none of them would be able to catch me. I still like to run, hike and generally be with the boys. Over the years though I have learned to love entertaining and all the 'ladyfide' things my mum taught me.

But, who is LaraineRose? Well, cast your eyes just a bit lower and I'll tell you a bit more about myself. I'm not famous, but I do hope that you might come to like me for, just being me.

Photo credit for all photos unless otherwise credited: Will Borden

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Our odometers keep rolling over, it is now 2014. Here is some very good advice written by Regina Brett, when 90 some years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me."

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone...

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first pay cheque.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion, today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come.

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Who am I?

I am a gardener

Working outdoors in our extensive garden of vegetables, fruit and flowers is a favorite pastime of mine. A wonderful peaceful feeling comes over me as I plant bulbs, water and even weed. Since I no longer ski, winter seems long for me. I can hardly wait until the springtime flowers blossom and I can get my hands in the warm soil, digging another bed for more alyssum, clarkia and godetia. On the rare occasion when late frost threatens, I cover these young plants with paper tents.

Are you a gardener?

Country Charm by Will Borden
Country Charm by Will Borden

If you lived on 20 acres would how much of that 20 acres would you have in flowers and vegetable garden?

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Perennial Combinations - Recommended

Even the best of gardeners has had their share of poorly orchestrated vignettes and disasters but Cole inspires us to try again.

I found this to be an invaluable resource. A picture is indeed worth a thousand words and this marvelous book is a great visual aid which helped me to see how plants work in combination. After the introduction of each new combination Cole shares bits of wisdom about the cultural requirements of the various plants, points of fact that are missing in most books on perennials.

This is a "must have" addition to the library for the new gardener as well as the consumate professional.

Perennial Combinations: Stunning Combinations That Make Your Garden Look Fantastic Right from the Start (Rodale Garden Book)
Perennial Combinations: Stunning Combinations That Make Your Garden Look Fantastic Right from the Start (Rodale Garden Book)

'Perennial Combinations' is broken down into categories based on available light and varying cultural conditions making it easy to use and understand. The lush photographs clearly illustrate the points he shares about texture, form and color. Cole's lifetime of experience as a gardener and designer comes to the fore as he encourages us to create tapestries and tell stories with plants.

 

I am a night thinker

I'm a nighthawk

I do my best thinking late at night (early morning). I remember nights while a wee one living at home, dad laying out a blanket on the lawn, for the whole family to watch for falling stars. Now, out in our beautiful flower scented garden, what wonder of wonders I dream while swinging slowly back and forth on our newly painted, blue, swing-for-two, gazing up into the star studded sky. I try to find the now famous formations which make up Orion, the Big Dipper, the Bear and others. Am I a dreamer? Sometimes, not always.

Stargazing - Fascinating!

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D

I've recently discovered an animation that was rendered using the measured redshift of all 10,000 galaxies in the Hubble Ultra Deep Field image. This video ends with a fly-through of the Ultra Deep Field. Every galaxy in the image is in its proper distance as viewed from the telescope line of sight. As if this image wasn't amazing enough.

Animation Credit: Hubble Cosmological Redshift Animation Courtesy: Mike Gallis. Music Used in this video belongs to the Spirit Legends Collection.

I'm one of a couple

Retired now.

No use talking about what I used to do, like skiing, working at a full-time, full-tilt job and keeping an immaculate house with lots of goodies available for the endless stream of company we entertained. That was fun!

That was then ......but now, I desire to talk of Will and I as a couple, because we are a "matched set." Especially since his retirement, we seem to be like two beautiful leaves waiting for the autumn winds to come and blow us off the tree. NOT SO FAST - don't be thinking I'm talking here of the end of life and living. I want to share the story of why Will took the picture of two, old, dried up leaves and then you'll understand me better.

Story of The Two Leaves

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Fall came and went. The winds were extreme. All the leaves had long since fallen, been raked up and composted. One day, I happened to notice 2 leaves high up in our maple tree, still clinging to the branch, not yielding to the strong winds that whipped them back and forth. Every morning, while sitting enjoying my morning coffee, I would say to Will, "Well, they're still there" until it became a bit of a joke and Will's line to me. He would laugh and say, "Yup, they're still there," as he saw my glance upward.

It's cold in them, there hills!

Winter came in with a vengeance, with record breaking snowfalls. The raging icy northerly winds buffeted those two leaves.

All winter long the morning ritual continued. "Still there." "Yes, still there." As most of you know by now - Will, my husband, is a well-known, extremely talented photographer. One day, Will pulled out his camera and asked me to look at a picture he had taken, just for me. The picture was of these two brown, wizzled-up leaves still together and still stubbornly hanging on.

At last!

Springtime!

New lime green leaves started bursting forth along each branch of the Maple tree. Every day brought new wonders to the yard: primroses, crocus, snowdrops, daffodils, tulips, forsethia and rock cress. The 2 leaves were momentarily forgotten until one early evening, just before sunset I was enjoying a stroll around our acreage. I noticed that now our Maple tree was adorned with healthy mature growth. The leaves twisting and turning seemed to dance in the early evening breeze. I suddenly remembered, looked up searching and silently asked myself, "Are they still there?"

Three reasons to love LaraineRose

That's a lot more than three reasons!! You'll HAVE to love me!!!

~ She loves all of God's creation.

~ Has a kindly spirit.

~ Enjoys hiking in the wilderness.

~ Enjoys travelling (everywhere!)

~ Loves Squidooing and reading the Squidooing of others.

~ Enjoys needlework of all sorts.

~ Enjoys baking & entertaining.

~ Loves a good story!

~ Enjoys dancing.

(If you don't look at anything else - please see my dancing link below. I think that you will REALLY enjoy it.)

~ She tells an interesting story. (Added by special request.)

Would the real Bert please stand up

Another reason to love LaraineRose

I just received this complimentary comment and wanted to share it with you.

"You need to add another line to the why to love Laraine section, she tells an interesting story. Love your sense of humor and enthusiasm - it shines through."

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LaraineRose loves dancing - If we practiced ..

My husband asked me ...

"If we practiced do you think we could do this???"

My response was - "Absolutely - if we were 34!"

Riccardo Cocchi & Yulia Zagoruychenko - Jive

Winners of the International Dancesport Championships - 2010

LaraineRose dancing the Paso Doble - With Riccardo Cocchi

Will and I have taken dancing lessons and we became pretty good dancers but ... what I wouldn't give to dance the Paso Doble with Pro. Riccardo Cocchi. Yulia would just have to sit the dance out!

If someone asks .. - May I have this dance?

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Learn how to dance - Wonderful to watch too

LaraineRose Loves All Of God's Creations - KITTENS

This is the GREATEST little YouTube I think that I have ever seen! No kidding! Have a look.

THIS BOOK - Helped us to raise our Ziggy

Once upon a time.. a little, black, orphan kitten found us. We named him Ziggy because he was a very nosey kitten. This book helped show us how to keep him clean, how often to feed him, housebreaking tips and so forth. I recommend it to anyone inheriting a new baby "Ziggy" into the family.

Ziggy

Ziggy
Ziggy

LaraineRose loves all of God's Creation - PUPPIES

Best friends? You bet!

Welsh Corgi puppies ! Around 5 weeks old. Soooo soft and fuzzy ... just like stuffed animals. I just love them so much... !

I enjoy animals, small and large and tend to get very upset when I see or hear of cruel treatment of them.

Watch for the puppy who just wants the others to go away and leave him to sleep.

Minnie Rosebud, Miss Twiggie & Bella Blue

Our Minnie Rosebud, Miss Twiggie & Bella Blue just got back from the groomer.  Don't they look cute!
Our Minnie Rosebud, Miss Twiggie & Bella Blue just got back from the groomer. Don't they look cute!

Raising and training a puppy that is filled with good common sense. - How Hard can it be?

We have never purchased a dog - preferring to provide a rescue service instead. (Someday, I'll tell you about our Minnie, Bella Blue and Twiggie.)

New puppy owners are barraged with conflicting information from friends, neighbors, breeders, books and even veterinarians! It's overwhelming to try to make sense of it all. Here is a book, written by a professional trainer with many years of experience.

I strongly recommend that anyone considering a new puppy, first take the time to read these books before starting out the door to actually get their new puppy.

The Art of Raising a Puppy
The Art of Raising a Puppy

This book is refreshing and easy to use, from housetraining and "possessed puppy syndrome", to how to REALLY care for your new friend. You'll find yourself referring to this fun and informative book over and over again.

 

Your first pet.

When a child, were you fortunate enough to have a pet in your home? No doubt you looked after it as I did. Not very well. Mum or dad were always making sure it was fed and exercised. I am curious what pets were more popular. Cat, Dog, Gold Fish or Other. Please take the poll if you have time.

What was your first pet?

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LaraineRose loves hiking.

"I'd like to do this." I said to myself and so I did.

With more than 850 parks and protected areas of year around resorts, British Columbia, Canada, offers hundreds of hiking trails. Every type of excursion is available, from short walks on well marked nature trails to thigh burning, multi-day wilderness backpacking trips.

Along the many paths in our protected forests and provincial parks you'll find the freedom to discover nature for yourself; an abundance of waterfalls, meadows, lakes and beaches - all reachable without guides, ropes or heavy packs.

A favorite hike of mine

(pictured to the right)

A lot of steps, all well built. The trail follows a staircase up the gorge to a set of tall but low volume falls. An easy hike in this small park. On the way down, use the stairs or take a trail by the rusty remains of on old irrigation pipe. Hard to miss, really. This is a 2 kms, 4 hour easy hike that can be done in the spring, fall and summer. Although I have never seen one here, it is a good idea to watch out for bear.

Directions:

Enter the Fintry Provincial Park off Westside road. The road follows the west coast of Lake Okanagan. Park by the old buildings, just inside the park gate. The trail leads past the building and to the right. It is very hard to miss.

In BC it is possible for the well-prepared backpacker to travel many days in rugged wilderness, trek through coastal and old-growth rainforest, along deserted beaches, alpine meadows and rugged mountains. Freedom in the wilderness is not the sole domain of seasoned hikers - guided adventures can be tailored to suit individual experience, limited only by your imagination and desire to conquer.

Hiking and Backpacking in British Columbia

A Guide to Parks, Trails and Campgrounds

Parks in British Columbia

Hiking Trails in British Columbia

Campgrounds and RV Parks in British Columbia

Hiking trails. - A journey with beautiful things just waiting to be seen.

Here are a few hiking trails in Canada, U.S.A., Japan and Italy. Lots to choose from no matter where you live. My hubby and I have hiked a few of them.

Some things you'll need to go hiking. - Hiking Equipment

Hiking is not an expensive activity. Just a few things are required to make it a pleasant and safe experience.

High Sierra Old School Backpack
High Sierra Old School Backpack

Super cheap and is super durable! I love all the compartments and even though there isn't a laptop "place", the biggest compartment is more than enough for my laptop and there's still room for books! It's a great fit!

 
Garmin GPSMAP 76S [VHS]
Garmin GPSMAP 76S [VHS]

Some hikers do not believe that this is necessary equipment. I disagree. One never knows when the weather will change, a fog will roll in and this light-weight item will be most welcome.

 

A grand place to hike .. The Grand Canyon!

A grand place to hike .. The Grand Canyon!
A grand place to hike .. The Grand Canyon!

What you need to know before going hiking, camping .... - Good sound instruction and entertaining as well

This is the best book! Geared towards navigating in the outdoors., it goes in depth into how to use bearings, orienting yourself, direction finding, and a substantial amount of info in navigating without a GPS by using a compass, paper topo maps, the sun, the stars, and so forth.

It is, by design, not an outdoor survival guide, but it does cover the basics for hiking and points to more detailed sources when necessary.

Outdoor Navigation With GPS: Hiking, Geocaching, Canoeing, Kayaking, Fishing, Outdoor Photography, Backpacking, Mountain Biking
Outdoor Navigation With GPS: Hiking, Geocaching, Canoeing, Kayaking, Fishing, Outdoor Photography, Backpacking, Mountain Biking

I really enjoyed how well the author taught the concepts of latitude, longitude, bearings, datums and declination.

Towards the end of the book, the author even includes some fun GPS-based games you can organize, discusses geocaching, and compares different GPS receiver models.

This book goes beyond the receiver's manual and actually teaches you how to navigate. One of the big points it makes is to find what direction you need to go, find an intermediate waypoint, PUT YOUR RECEIVER AWAY, and head off in the proper direction. This keeps you from walking over poison ivy, off of cliffs, into trees, and generally aware of your surroundings. Once you get to your intermediate destination, pull the receiver out and find your next step. Who wants to be focusing on the GPS device the whole time when you could be taking in the beauty of your surroundings instead!

 

Hiking Silver Star mountain trails - British Columbia, Canada

Silver Star Mountain Resort, BC, Canada
Silver Star Mountain Resort, BC, Canada

Brightly coloured store fronts and boarded sidewalks provide a unique ambiance that radiates fun, enthusiasm and excitement for the whole family.

Silver Star isn't just a skier's winter getaway. I hope that you will come check out Silver Star in the summer? There is an ever-growing selection of mountain bike trails but still loads of room to go for a solitary hike and let the little White-crowned Sparrows, Mountain Chickadees, Cross-bills, Whiskey-jacks, Stellar Jays,and Ravens put a song in your heart.

There are breathtaking hikes through the BEST wildflower meadows and berry patches, past an abandoned silver mine and to the most spectacular view points of the Okanagan Valley and Monashee mountains. For Will and I, these hikes usually start with a scenic chairlift ride featuring the unique wildflowers and wildlife of the mountain. On our hikes we take our time to enjoy the spectacular views and refreshing sub-alpine air.

At the end of the day we are attracted to the warmth and safety of the town where service and friendliness are as honored as the values of a time gone by. It's the size of your smile that counts at Silver Star.

A wonderful way to spend a summer day!

Photo Credit: Tim Fitzgerald

Silver Mountain Hiking - beautiful flowers! Photo by: Will Borden's Fine Art

Silver Mountain Hiking - beautiful flowers! Photo by: Will Borden's Fine Art
Silver Mountain Hiking - beautiful flowers! Photo by: Will Borden's Fine Art

Silver Star Winter Wonderland - Photos by: Silver Star Mountain Resort, BC / Tim Fitzgerald

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Early morning lightGroom to beMewsPeaksSki HillField of dreamsBy candlelightGuess Who!
Early morning light
Early morning light
Groom to be
Groom to be
Mews
Mews
Peaks
Peaks
Ski Hill
Ski Hill
Field of dreams
Field of dreams
By candlelight
By candlelight
Guess Who!
Guess Who!

A hiking we will go, a hiking we will go - Hi, Ho, adareo, a hiking we will go.

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Hiking Equipment

Do you think you need special equipment to go hiking?

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LaraineRose Loves Traveling - Be Prepared

Layering clothes is good. I always like a soft sweater just to take the chill off early mornings. That wind-proof jacket always comes in handy if you find yourself by the ocean or if your adventures take you into an early evening.

Ecoland Women's Organic Cotton Long Sleeve Fitted Crew Neck Tee
Ecoland Women's Organic Cotton Long Sleeve Fitted Crew Neck Tee

This is a great little sweater to pull on when the wind gets nasty or to drape over your shoulders on a cool evening.

 

Tropical Plantation - Photo by Will Borden

This is a plantation we visited while vacationing on the beautiful Island of Maui.

I had my first taste of Guava Juice there. We drank gallons of it while on the island! When we got home to Canada, we had one of our grocery stores import it by the case. After introducing it to our friends we had trouble getting it .. the store was always running out of it. (Good intentions .. gone awry!)

LaraineRose Really, Really Loves Traveling - Travel Light - But Ready For Every Event

No need to look dowdy when you go "out on the town." Sure, take that light pair of sandals and pink shawl as they don't weigh much and you'll feel like a princess when you go out on the town.

Sakkas Soft Jersey Feel Solid Color Smocked Bodice String Halter Long Dress
Sakkas Soft Jersey Feel Solid Color Smocked Bodice String Halter Long Dress

I would add this pretty party dress (in black) to my suitcase. Looking Good!

 

LaraineRose Really, Really, Really, Loves Traveling - A Hat For Every Occasion

You'll look smart as well as protect your "fairness" with a great "topper" and you'll, no doubt, get to the head of that line-up faster. I'd recommend that when you are out hiking the trails, you don't need to be a fashionista so make sure you have one of these along for protection.

MILITARY MOSQUITO & INSECT HEAD NET
MILITARY MOSQUITO & INSECT HEAD NET

This is definitely not "downtown" wear, but for when I go camping/hiking. I don't dare leave without it.

I call it my "funny wear."

 

LaraineRose Loves Squidooing - Can't Leave Your Laptop At Home?

Going on a vacation? Just have-to take that laptop with you to watch the ratings of your Squidoo lenses!

Samsonite L45 Notebook Plus Case, Black
Samsonite L45 Notebook Plus Case, Black

Made of durable 600 denier polyester. Compact and portable design. Laptop compartments with 10mm foam padding. SmartPocket slides over luggage handles.

Multiple pockets with organization features.

Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 15 x 6 inches ; 6 pounds.

 

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LaraineRose loves doing needlework. - Embroidery Lessons

Learn how to embroider. Discover how to thread a needle the easy way, how to use an embroidery hoop and how to finish off your work. More helpful information can be found at www.stitchingcow.com

Anyone can learn how to knit from a good instruction book. - My Experience

It really is true. Many people believe that knitting is a hard thing to learn. My mum was good at knitting and she taught my brother and me when we were very young. She started us off by having us knit scarves for the winter. I wish that I had kept my first scarf. It had holes all over the place. I remember that my brother's was much better than mine. He had even put different colors together. It wasn't long though before I caught on. Getting the tension right was my biggest problem.

My favorite thing to knit is, baby wear (in the summertime). Next favorite, afghans (in the wintertime). Can you guess why? Well, I'll tell you why I like knitting afghans in the winter; it's because as I knit, the afghan gets longer and it keeps my knees warm. Now, you can probably guess why I like knitting baby wear in the summer. That's right! I certainly don't need something to keep my knees warm then!

It's really good idea to learn how to read a pattern. Here is a very good book that I can recommend.

Needlework - Men and women

The Irish fishermen used to, and some may still, knit Aran sweaters while waiting for the fish to bite.

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LaraineRose Loves

Entertaining

Backyard Barbecue This year declare your independence from the kitchen and fattening fare with a cookout that's both healthy and crowd-pleasing. Some fireworks to wow your friends: a refreshing Icy Strawberry Kiwi-tini that's as vitamin-rich as it is zesty; a full-of-fibre Sweet Potato salad tossed with Dijon dressing; and skinless baked barbecue chicken that doesn't skimp on the flame-kissed flavor.

Icy Strawberry Kiwi-tini

Prep Time:5 min

Total Time:5 min

Makes:4 servings, about 1 cup each

~ 1 bottle (16 oz.) CRYSTAL LIGHT Ready-To-Drink Strawberry Kiwi, chilled 1-1/2 cups frozen strawberries

~ 1/4 cup cold ginger ale

~ 1/4 cup vodka

PLACE all ingredients in blender container; cover.

BLEND on high speed until smooth.

POUR evenly into 4 glasses.

SERVE immediately.

Jazz It Up: Garnish each filled glass with a strawberry and peeled kiwi slice.

Variation: For a non-alcoholic version, prepare as directed omitting the vodka.

Sweet Potato Salad

Prep Time: 20 min

Total Time: 3 hr 20 min

Makes: 6 servings, 1 cup each

~ 2 cups cubed peeled sweet potatoes, cooked

~ 2 cups cubed peeled new potatoes, cooked

~ 1/2 cup chopped celery

~ 1/2 cup chopped green onions

~ 1/2 cup chopped Ham,

~ 1/2 cup Salad Dressing (I like Miracle Whip)

~ 3 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard

COMBINE potatoes, celery, onions and ham in large bowl.

ADD dressing and mustard; mix lightly. Cover.

REFRIGERATE several hours or until chilled.

Perfect BBQ Grilled Chicken

Prep Time:5 min

Total Time:51 min

Makes:4 servings

~ 1/3 cup Caesar Dressing

~ 4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1 lb.)

~ 1/4 cup Barbecue Sauce (I like Bull's-Eye Original)

POUR dressing over chicken in resealable plastic bag.

SEAL BAG and turn to evenly coat chicken with dressing.

REFRIGERATE 30 min. to marinate.

REMOVE chicken from marinade; discard bag and marinade.

PREHEAT grill to medium heat. Place chicken on grill; cover with lid.

GRILL 6 to 8 min. on each side or until cooked through (165°F), turning and brushing occasionally with barbecue sauce for the last few minutes.

Cooking Know-How: Set the timer in the kitchen for 6 min. on each side so you don't forget to turn the chicken. Don't overcook the chicken - grill just until the juices run clear and the chicken is cooked through (165°F).

Use Your Oven: Don't know what to do if your grill runs out of gas unexpectedly or if it starts to rain? Just place the chicken on a baking sheet and bake at 400°F for 20 min. or until cooked through.

Food Facts: If chicken breast halves are thick at one end, flatten thick end of chicken to ensure even cooking.

Cookbooks for the entertainer - The Best of the Best

365 Great Barbeque & Grilling Recipes
365 Great Barbeque & Grilling Recipes

All tried and true recipes for the barbeque and grill.

 
Smoothies: 50 Recipes for High-Energy Refreshment
Smoothies: 50 Recipes for High-Energy Refreshment

This wonderful book is packed with delicious recipes for blended fruit drinks that are good for you too. It is in full-color with photos of many of the smoothies. Conveniently, complete nutritional information is given, including fat, protein, fiber, sodium, calcium and much more.

 
The Bartender's Black Book, Eighth Edition: 2,800 New and Classic Recipes
The Bartender's Black Book, Eighth Edition: 2,800 New and Classic Recipes

Easy to read recipies, non-coded names for liquors, short, sweet, and to the point. Spiral binded so the book will not close while you are mixing.

 

It's a grand night for a get-to-gether.. - Let's party!

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LaraineRose has a sense of humor

Some of the artists of the 60's are revising their hits with new lyrics to accommodate aging baby boomers.

You have to be a bit older to get a chuckle from these.....

They include:

-Bobby Darin --- Splish, Splash, I Was Havin' a Flash.

-Herman's Hermits --- Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Walker .

-Ringo Starr --- I Get By With a Little Help From Depends.

-The Bee Gees --- How Can You Mend a Broken Hip.

-Roberta Flack --- The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face.

-Johnny Nash --- I Can't See Clearly Now.

-Paul Simon --- Fifty Ways to Lose Your Liver.

-The Commodores --- Once, Twice, Three Times to the Bathroom.

-Marvin Gaye --- Heard It Through the Grape Nuts.

-Procol Harem --- A Whiter Shade of Hair.

-Leo Sayer --- You Make Me Feel Like Napping.

-The Temptations --- Papa's Got a Kidney Stone.

-Abba --- Denture Queen.

-Tony Orlando --- Knock 3 Times On The Ceiling If You Hear Me Fall.

-Helen Reddy --- I Am Woman, Hear Me Snore.

-Leslie Gore --- It's My Procedure, and I'll Cry If I Want To.

And Last but NOT least:

-Willie Nelson --- On the Commode Again

Quick, what do you think of LaraineRose?

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Will has generously supplied all of the photos for this lens. (Unless otherwise credited.) If you haven't already taken in the plethora of beautiful photos and inspiring digital artwork of this artist, I encourage you to do so.

View Will's work at: Will Borden.com

"Can It," Won It

Lens of the Day

I am so proud of this lens. I do a lot of canning. Some homemakers call it preserves but I call it canning even though I use jars not cans. I have many canning books that call it "canning" also.

So canning/preserves .. this lens will show in detail how to save your garden produce and, set you on the road to tastier, less expensive and more nutritious food for the winter.

I was over the moon when this lens also became winner of the sought-after Purple Star.

Awarded the Purple Star and Lens of the Day - My best lens so far.

Can It!
Can It!

Another winner of Lens of the Day and a Purple Star

What! A talking quail!!!!

Our quail family started with a mumma and poppa quail and multiplied until now we have about 100 wild quail skitting around our property.

This lens is written by one of the newest of our quail family. Come have a peep. I'm sure you will find what he has to say entertaining.

Getting a Quail's-Eye View of Things

And yet another winning lens!

Lens of the Day and Purple Star Awards

My most recent lens and much to my delight, it won a Purple Star and the Lens of the Day Award.

This lens was created to answer the Hot Potato Challenge. I hope that you find it interesting, educational and motivational. Canada's Boreal forest needs our protection.

If you haven't read it yet, please read this lens regarding a most important subject: Canada's Boreal Forest

Share your stories, sightings, thoughts, rants

and raves...

Shout Out For LaraineRose!

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      Laraine Sims 3 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @asereht1970: I am happy you enjoyed this lens. Thank you for taking so much time to read it and getting to know me better.

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      Long lens but worth reading every thing. The guy is right, you are a very good story-teller. Thanks for sharing this great lens.

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      Just stopping by to say hi, and re-read some of the MANY reasons I love Laraine Rose!

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @geosum: Yes, I DO have a life! Thank you for checking out this lens.

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      geosum 4 years ago

      Great lens. You do have a life!

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @bushaex: Yes, I'm enjoying my life. Thank you for your visit.

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Linda BookLady: Thank you for visiting!

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      Stephen Bush 4 years ago from Ohio

      It's fortunate that you retired in order to have time for all of your wonderful interests!

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Thank you for this comprehensive look into your life! What a treat!

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Mamabyrd: Thank you so much for visiting and your kind comment!

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @kristalulabelle: I'm so pleased that you found me here and enjoyed your visit.

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @donnetted: I'm happy that you visited me here! Thank you for your kind comment AND the blessing too!

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Margaret Schindel: Thank you, Margaret. Takes one to know one!

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      Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hello Laraine, just decided to stop by here again to wish you and your family a Happy and Blessed Canadian Thanksgiving. Wishing you all the best and many blessings! :)

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Margaret Schindel: Thank you, Margaret. Takes one to know one!

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Margaret Schindel: Thank you, Margaret. Takes one to know one!

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @ajgodinho: Thank you, aj!

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @WriterJanis2: So cute, who couldn't love them! Thank you!

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      Mamabyrd 4 years ago

      Your story was an amazing read thank you for sharing

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      I really enjoyed reading about and "meeting" you. I love your optimistic point of view and enjoyed reading about your mum.

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      Donnette Davis 4 years ago from South Africa

      I have SO enjoyed getting to know more about you. Thank you for sharing yourself! Blessed x

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      LaraineRose, I always love reading your lenses, but this one is especially wonderful! What a pleasure to get to know so much more about you. You are a delight. Blessed!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I totally fell in love with your animal videos. Blessed!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @SteveKaye: Thank you for your comment, Steve! I am so happy to see you here!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      You have created a work of art, which is the signature that you put on everything that you do. Thank you for publishing this lens. I enjoyed reading about you.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @LornsA178: Thank you and thank you also for taking the time to read all about me and the things I enjoy.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very much appreciate your spirit in the Squidoo community... Best wishes in all that you do! :)

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      I love this lens about you! You're such an interesting, charming, full of life, kind of person. Thanks for sharing yourself. God bless!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: Thank you so very much! :)

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @aesta1: Thank you so very much for visiting my personal lens! I appreciate your friendship and look forward to reading more of your lenses.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Really enjoyed your sharing of your own person. Your personality really shows in your lenses. I am happy to have met you here in Squidoo.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @favored: I thank you! I am proud of all of my brothers also.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      You certainly are an interesting lady, and I think your brothers would be proud to have you as their sister.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Gypzeerose: Ah, thanks for the compliment and thank you for the blessing too!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Thanks for being on Squidoo - we are all blessed by your presence, and this lens is blessed by me.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Kathleen Hiler: I'm so pleased that you visited! You made my day!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @andreaberrios lm: Thank you so very much for visiting. I am pleased to meet you also and will be visiting your lenses soon.

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      andreaberrios lm 5 years ago

      It's so nice to meet you Laraine!! Blessed*

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @OhMe: Thank you for taking the time to visit an old friend. Easy on the old! I'll be dropping by again soon.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow, it has been awhile since I have been to this beautiful page. You have really done a lot of work here.

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      Kathleen Hiler 5 years ago from Mountain Home

      I;ve enjoyed the trip throught htis lens:)

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @blue22d: Nice gesture. Thanks!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @SayGuddaycom: Thank you , dear friend. I appreciate the vote of confidence!

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      blue22d 5 years ago

      Came back to revisit. I have always enjoyed this lens. Thanks Laraine.

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      LaraineRose, so nice getting to know you better through this lens. Thanks for sharing it with us. Here's wishing you all the best.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Thank you for your visit. I hope that you will return again some time.

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      You sound like a very nice person, LaraineRose! Really enjoyed reading about your life.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @kathysart: I was so happy to see that you had visited me here. Thank you and thank you for adding your blessing to this lens.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      I esp love your "45 lessons life taught me." So wise. Great fun on this lens.. Angel blessed.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @rob-hemphill: I agree, Rob. From what I have read in your lenses you have enjoyed a lot of adventure. Growing up in Kenya (if I remember correctly) must have been awesome. I went to school with a girl who had moved from Kenya. Her family lived on a game reserve and she was so very interesting to talk with. Thank you so much for visiting my lens.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Brandi Bush: Thank you for visiting me here, at my personal lens. For a long time I just fit in my hobbies moment by moment .. now I have a bit more time. That time will come for you also, my dear.

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      Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

      It's lovely to read about someone who has such a positive attitude, and enjoys life to the full - life's too short for otherwise, isn't it?

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      LaraineRose...you are a woman of many interests and talents! I do believe that we have several things in common. I LOVE that you learn one new word every day! I stress vocabulary in our homeschool. :) And I do love to hike and needlepoint, although there's not much time for either one right now. Nice to meet you here on Squidoo!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Andy-Po: Thank you for stopping by Andy. I'll be for a visit soon.

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      Andy 5 years ago from London, England

      Very interesting. Great to get to know you even better.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @goo2eyes lm: I'm so happy that you dropped by. Please come again!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      it's nice to meet you laraine. i came back to give this lens some squidangel *blessings*.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you ever so much for your comments and blessing. I'll be having a lot of picnics at home this coming summer. Let me know when you are in this area. We'll plan it!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I have always thought you were wondrous and this just proves it. :-) Those revised lyrics made me laugh out loud. And, those life lessons, especially #17, #23, #26, #27, #28, #32, #33, and #34 were very easy for me to relate to. We have several things in common. I think we need to have a Squidoo picnic at your home. Your food and drinks sound luscious. Here's to you! Cheers.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Country-Sunshine: Thank you. I'm stopping by your lenses soon. Put the kettle on.

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      You certainly sound like a fun and interesting person! I'm looking forward to getting to know you better!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: Thank you for the compliment. Glad you stopped by - please come again!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It's all in your smile Laraine and the happiness in your eyes, you can tell a lot about a person that way. I love this lens and I really enjoy finding out about people through their Lensography. I also loved the way that you set out this lens so those lessons in HTML paid off.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @beckyf: Thank you, Becky. I enjoy reading what you have read too. I'll be seeing you soon.

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      beckyf 5 years ago

      Every section I read, I thought, oh, I want to comment on this, or remember this, but when I got to the end of your page, there was so much, I'd never be able to fit it all in the comment box, so I'll just say that I very much enjoyed reading your lens, and you sound like a fun person to get to know. I especially like the story of your two leaves. :)

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Formosangirl LM: That's funny! I love it! Thanks for the visit. I'll be to see you soon.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: Thank you for visiting me here. I appreciate the chance to read some of your lenses too. There are a lot of nice people here at Squidoo.

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      Formosangirl LM 5 years ago

      There is so much information on this lens. I really enjoy it. I am glad you put in Regina's lessons. I also enjoy your story about 2 leaves. Isn't it wonderful to have an insider subject matter between family members? Mine is "Triscots," a cracker that I didn't like but am growing to like. I told my husband "Don't buy Triscots. Buy anything else." He heard "blah blah blah..buy Triscots" and brought home a box of Triscots. So, when I mock him for not listening, I just say "blah blah blah...buy Triscots" and he knows what I am referring to.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Dear Laraine,

      Now I got to know better, this lens throws a great deal of light on your personality and interests. Happy meeting on Squidoo.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @marigoldina: Thank you so very much for the compliment. It is not easy to keep to a schedule of learning especially with so many distractions (more now than any other time in history, I believe). I sometimes fall off the wagon too but try to keep learning every day.

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      Heather B 5 years ago

      You are so genuine and honest Laraine! Your lens is an inspiration, especially the part about learning one new word a day. I was attempting to do the same, but for some reason, I got out of the habit.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @kelli320: You have some awesome lenses already. I would love to read one about yourself. Thank you for visiting me - I'll be watching for your new lenses.

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      kelli320 5 years ago

      I LOVE your lens. It was wonderful getting to know you. You are such a sweet person- I enjoy many of the same things that you do(gardening, canning and entertaining). I think we'd be friends in real life, if we ever had the chance to meet.

      I've only been squidooing a week and just figuring out things on the site. I wasn't sure what types of lenses to make, but I love that yours are so personal- like a friend to another friend. You've inspired me to make one about myself.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @BeyondRoses: Thank you for your comments and your particpating in the polls and, of course, the like. I will be back to visit you shortly.

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      BeyondRoses 5 years ago

      Lovely to read your stories, the quotes, and your reflections. Sweet pets! Because of love, we are invincible...

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @blessedmomto7: Thank you for the blessings, I really appreciate it.

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      blessedmomto7 5 years ago

      Excellent lens. Loved the dance videos. Blessed by a squid angel.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @goo2eyes lm: That would be nice. I've never won a LOTD award although I have nominated a lot of lenses for that award. Thanks for the thought!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: Thank you for the visit. I will be visiting your lenses soon.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Pleasure meeting you here! Good luck, best wishes and God bless. :)

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      You could be a candidate for LoD.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Johanna Eisler: Thank you for visiting. I like doing the polls in other's lenses too. I'm going to be visiting you again soon.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      I loved getting to know you better, too. and the polls between subjects was fun, too!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Ruthi: Thank you so very much for visiting me here. I appreciate your comments.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      I so enjoyed getting to know you a bit better, thank you! Loved the story of the two leaves.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @PromptWriter: Thank you, I'll be by to visit your lenses shortly.

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      It was lovely getting to know you!

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: Thanks Matthew.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @KarenTBTEN: Thank you, Karen. I appreciate your comments and the blessing you are welcome in my neighbourhood any time.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @KimGiancaterino: Thanks, Kim. I appreciate your visit.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @ellagis: Thank you for visiting.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @MargoPArrowsmith: Thank ya! I'm coming to visit you now.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: Thank you for visiting me here and the kind compliments. I'll be to see you soon.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Wednesday-Elf: Thank you, you are an angel and I appreciate it. My life is still hectic but maybe I'm learning to use my time more effectively now. I've been reading some time management books and there are some good tips there. Thanks for keeping in touch.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      nice post I really like it, this madam woow can teach us of many things!

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      KarenTBTEN 6 years ago

      I am out of my neighborhood, but this is one of the best Squisoo-autobiographies I have read. Squidangel blessings.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @TonyPayne: Always happy to see a familiar face. Thanks for the visit.

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Great job ... I love the way you wove everything together!

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      ellagis 6 years ago

      Glad to meet you! :)