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Thanksgiving FOOD for Thought!

Monday, November 09, 2009

A few years ago I put together my family's traditional Thanksgiving menu and calculated the calories in each serving!!

3 ounces of Turkey (white meat): 144 calories
Green Bean Casserole (1/2 cup): 116 calories
Mashed Potatoes (1/2 cup): 120 calories
1/4 cup Ocean Spray Cranberry sauce (jellied): 110 calories
Brown & Serve Roll: 87 calories
1 pat Butter : 36 calories
1 cup cornbread stuffing: 250 calories
1/2 cup Gravy: 56 calories
1/6 Chocolate Pie: 300 calories
1/8 of a Pumpkin Pie: 316 calories (not incl. Cool Whip)
1/2 cup Sweet Potato Casserole: 160 calories

Total: 1701 calories


And that's if you ONLY eat 3 oz of turkey and 1/2 cup of potatoes, 1 roll, etc..

Most people eat Thanksgiving dinner all day long.

I think we need to plan ahead for before and after T-day.

So save a few calories earlier in the week to spend on Thanksgiving Day.

And send as many leftovers as possible home with your guests!


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SHASTA11 11/9/2009 6:06PM

    Well, I was going to order dinner from Marie Callender's, maybe not. Thanks for the info.

Watched any good movies lately? I watched Hitman with Timothy Olhpant. Maybe I told you. Bloody, but good.

Hugs, Joan

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PJSTIME 11/9/2009 12:20PM

    WOW I think I will leave some of that food alone.

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FISHINGLADY66 11/9/2009 10:41AM

    Great Advice. I found out several years ago to use the strategies of banking calories and having the healthy food first to fill you up. Great Blog.

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JULJOH701 11/9/2009 6:33AM

    I combat this by staying to the meat and salad...I fill up on that and keep my calories low and my carbs low! It worked for me. (Canadian thanksgiving passed already!!)

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LINDAMARIEZ1 11/9/2009 6:30AM

    kren! that is about how mine adds up too! good thing it is once a year!!!!! I eat it!

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Pray for Ft. Hood soldiers & familes

Thursday, November 05, 2009

I live near Ft. Hood. Over 50,000 people there.

Reports of multiple shootings there, in at least 3 different locations, multiple shooters, 20 injured, 7 dead. 1 suspect in custody, at least 2 that have evaded arrest.

No idea of any info about the shooters.

Ft. Hood is locked down.

So reminds me of the Luby shooting in Killeen, years ago, when I was working in Killeen.

So tragic for so many.

My son called me about it. He was due to teach a law enforcement class there and an FBI friend called him about it.

Currently on Fox news and CNN..

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SHASTA11 11/7/2009 8:26PM

    What a horrible thing to happen. We need peace at home as well as around the world. We need to respect the lives of people and all things on the earth. We are unique and should reflect it.

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ROSILEIGH 11/7/2009 9:36AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with all the families affected,and also for the families of all the soldiers killed in Afghanistan, it seems that every time you turn on the news there are bodies being brought home.

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SERENITYSEL 11/5/2009 11:26PM

    We were just getting ready to leave Ft. Jackson, Columbia SC when the news broke. The soldiers were called to attention and skirted away. The families were asked to go back to the ceremony site and wait. We didn't know what was going on. Then it was announced and we were told they were waiting for a decision whether they would also go to lockdown. Ten minutes later the graduating soldiers came in and told they were dismissed and could leave according to their orders.

I felt bad for other families who were there for family day prior to their soldier's Basic training graduation Friday.

All the way home from SC we prayed for the soldiers and civilians at Ft. Hood. This was horrible and I've read so much about this senseless act and how the soldiers are saying, they knew they would not be safe on their deployment, but they thought they would be safe on their own soil. God bless each and everyone of them, and their families.

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FISHINGLADY66 11/5/2009 11:19PM

    My prayers are going up for all the families affected in this tragedy. I heard about this on the news yesterday. So Sad.

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BELTONWALKER67 11/5/2009 11:18PM

    Have been watching all evening. So many different reports. I'm praying for everyone involved.


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LOWNOTEDIVA 11/5/2009 6:30PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with everyone related to the Ft. Hood incident.

Kathilyn emoticon

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Knit vs Crochet - Help!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Recently, I've had the urge to learn to knit or crochet. I don't know why, really, I just know that when I get these urges they stay with me until I do something about them. Can't ignore them.

Trouble is, I can't decide which to learn. I have some old, imprinted ideas about what each one involves, but I do realize I'm probably wrong about them both, lol.

I tend to think of knitted items as bulkier, thicker, warmer.

Crochet products seem to be, in my brain, anyway, lighter, airier and more delicate.

Is this true?

I have some coasters that were made for me by a friend about 12 years ago. She crocheted them. They are each a different color and are really not flat coasters but more like socks for glasses. Here in Texas where it is so hot so much of the time, glasses sweat a lot and drip water constantly. I slip one of these socks on my glass and I'm good to go! In fact, I buy glasses now, based on if the socks will fit them, lol. I have only one size.

They stretch. They are washable. I love them.

I'm wondering if the type of yarn available for knitting or crocheting is different. Is there the same variety available in both?

I guess the first question I should be asking is "Which is easier to learn?" and "Does one move along faster than the other?"

Seems like a crochet needle is easier to carry around than two long knitting needles.

I can go on and on. So I thought I would just ask all the people here who love one or the other of these crafts.

By the way, my Uncle Al was a logger in Oregon and sometimes would also hire on as crew member on a fishing boat. A very large, bearded, strong, tough guy.

His favorite way to relax was - KNITTING! Any men out there who knit??

If you have any advice or input you'd care to share about this dilema, I'd love to hear it!


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PKHUNTZ 11/5/2009 1:35PM

  For me, crocheting is easier because it's one-handed. I can knit but it always feels awkward to me. My daughter is the exact opposite. So try them both and see which one speaks to you better.

One nice thing about both of them is it's a lot harder to snack when your hands are full of needles and yarn!!

The socks you are talking about are called cozies. Here are two links to patterns, one crochet, one knit:



Have fun!!

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FISHINGLADY66 11/5/2009 11:04AM

    I learned to crochet a long time ago. I love to crochet in the winter, it gives me something to do with my time. I am not a professional. I only do afghans and little pot scrubbers. I never learned to knit but I always wanted to . Good luck on your decision. Have fun.

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LADYIRISH317 11/5/2009 9:44AM

    I'm a dedicated knitter, though I do know how to crochet (not nearly as well). Both are great therapy, and both keep your hands too busy to eat!

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PEDAL-PUSHER 11/5/2009 7:29AM

    I am a knitter who also crochets. The yarn is pretty basic for both, and the bulk of the item depends on the weight of the yarn and size of the hook or needles. Crocheting does go faster, but I prefer knitting. There are basically 6 steps to knitting-----knit, purl, cast on, bind off, increase and decrease. Once you know them you can do anything.
There are excellent videos online to learn knitting, and I imagine there are ones for crocheting as well. Whatever you decide to do, start simple. Dishrags are a good beginning project (use cotton yarn) and you can find many free patterns on the web.
I carry my knitting everywhere. I have knitted in the doctors office, standing in line, even getting a pedicure and visiting with friends.
Happy sticks.........or hooks, whichever you choose. It's just a matter of personal taste.

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ANNROBERTS54 11/5/2009 7:22AM

    I an an avid knitter. I have never been able to master crochet. In knitting there is really only 1 stitch, done frontwards it is called a knit stitch, backwards, purl. Sure, later on you can make them cross to do cables, but at first you can just knit forever and get nice end products.

1 needle vs 2....get a circular needle for knitting. It has the 2 end cut in between it has a cable for the stitches to rest on. Much easier to tote around.

IE-the bulk of the finished item depends on the weight of yarn and the general pattern it is worked in, not wether it is knit or crochet. Both can go all the way from cobweb weight to very bulky.

Most people who want to make garments eventually will go with knitting. It is a bit easier to find patterns and definitely easier to get the garment to come out the size you expect. Someone who only wants to make afghans, coasters, hats, purses can go with either but many go to crochet.

The yarn available out there is immense and you can do either craft with what ever you like. I love wool. It is a workhorse product that will last a life time if treated right, ie kept from wool moths, gently washed, ect.

As far as speed goes, that is another thing that depends on yarn weight and needle size. Afghan makers tend to go a bit faster using crochet but again if you are knitting with large diameter needles and bulkier yarn you can get a fast afghan knitting.

That is all I can think of. Obviously I am biased toward knitting. But then again, I have done it all my life. Good luck with your decision. It can really help your weight loss to have something to pick up and distract you when you are bored.

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LORDLOVER 11/5/2009 6:52AM

    I am an avid crocheter. It is my therapy, my bliss and a very comforting thing to do. About this time of the year, I am sitting by a mountain of yarn making afghans for Christmas, scarfs for everyone. I love color and variety. I tried to knit once and I nearly lost my mind. Crocheting is relatively easy to learn and with a few stitches you can make a variety of projects...a granny square changed my life...lol

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Dreaming; Drawing; Adding Color

Monday, November 02, 2009

Back in the 80's, when I was. . . younger, I had a vivid dream in which I was watching cows grazing in a field. As I watched, one of the cows transformed into a line drawing.

I woke up with a very strong urge to DRAW like that. Now I was always the one in art class that had holes in my paper from all the erasing, lol. Could NOT draw. No talent, aptitude or desire for it, whatsoever.

Suddenly, I really wanted to draw. I bought an art tablet and started with simple shapes. Filled pages with them. Then I began to try to copy pictures in my children's books. I came across a book called "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" and there I learned to draw upside down. Felt the shift to another part of my brain I hadn't been using. Drawing became a passion with me and I began to do pretty well at copying other drawings. I did one of Norman Rockwell's and was happy with it.

Years later, I decided I wanted to add color to my drawings but didn't know what to use, what to do. I found a woman who was giving oil painting lessons in her home and signed up. I found out then that oil painting didn't have much to do with the detail drawing I had been doing, but I liked it anyway. So I began painting with oils. Once I learned the techniques I got pretty good at it. Good enough that when my boss let me hang my paintings in the office people offered me money for them.

Life happens. Life gets in the way. I stopped painting and drawing for a long time. Over a decade. Then I found a watercolor class at my local community center and signed up for it.

NOW I have something that I can do to add color to my drawing. Watercolor and drawing go well together. I'm stil rusty from the long hiatus, but I'm definitely back "into it".

So that's how I started my hobby and developed a passion for it. Even when I can't actually DO IT, I think of it, dream of it, and look at the type of art I love, every single day, on the internet. I've lately developed a passion just for color and am experimenting in ways to add or change the color in paintings.

If I could just develop a passion for digital cameras, lol, I could post my more recent work online. Have to work on that.


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FISHINGLADY66 11/2/2009 9:18PM

    That sounds like a Dream Come True. I never did like to draw, but I love pictures. You had a Dream and then a passion and you made it happen. I am glad you can enjoy life in Color.
You are one amazing Lady.
Thanks for sharing your story with us.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 11/2/2009 9:09AM

    I would love to see more of your artwork. What a nice story you have shared about your passion. emoticon

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BELTONWALKER67 11/2/2009 8:48AM

    I think that's what life is all about. Having a passion or a big dream and then just doing it. You are one busy, creative lady who really enjoys life and all its pleasures. Here's to many, many enjoyable hours of drawing and adding colors.


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MAYBELL75 11/2/2009 6:42AM

    Yes dreams do come true, all we have to do is be willing to work for them, it appears that you are doing just that, good luck, I am sure you will succeed.

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What's your NAME?

Sunday, November 01, 2009

What's in a name?

Most people will agree that the best thing about Spark People is all the Spark Friends we find here! The experience would be very different if we had no friends. We get our ideas, support and encouragement, and the chance to give our support to others from our friends.

I could go on and on with a list of all the benefits of having Spark Friends. But you already know all of it.

Think of the friends you have in real life. You know the first name of every one of them, don't you? How could you be friends, have conversations, address email notes, etc. etc. if you didn't know their name.

Here, where we often don't even have a photo of our Spark Friend, it's more difficult to "see" friends in our minds.

NAMES help put some sort of identity to a friend we can't see.

We won't even go into USER names, handles, nicknames, etc. that we create when we sign up on any site. Many times we use very cryptic names because we don't feel safe putting our name out there in the ether of the internet.

However, once we've joined a team and begin to make friends, especially when that friend list gets really long and many user names are very similar except for added numbers to make them unique, it becomes really difficult to KNOW THE NAME of the friend you want to message, or write to, or call attention to in a post on the forums.

I keep a list in my ADDRESS BOOK, where I add the address of everyone I know and put the name they want to be called right by it. But when you are posting many replies a day, it's hard to open another window (so you won't lose your place) and go to your address book to find the name of the person you have in mind.

It would be so good if everyone signed their name after each post, but often we are pressed for time and just don't do it. So, PLEASE, for the sake of all your Spark Friends, new and old and not yet found, try this little helpful trick so we will all know who you are and be more able to "see" you as an individual friend, just like a real person! LOL.

Go to your Spark Page and click on EDIT MY SPARK PAGE.

Scroll down, look on the right side, and stop where it says PERSONAL SIGNATURE:

No matter what you have there already, just leave it there, but add a line to the very top that says "My Name Is _ _ _ _ _ _"

THEN, you have to go to the very bottom of the page and click on SAVE YOUR CHANGES.

NOW, everyone will know what name YOU prefer to be called. I promise you will see you name in more posts and emails. People won't be just sending words out there to some unknown entity.

We'll all feel more noticed and appreciated for the unique person we are!

And I, personally, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!


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LADYNLI 11/1/2009 9:28PM


I agree with you. I know I have my name in the signature that shows up every time i post and it does make a difference.


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FISHINGLADY66 11/1/2009 9:09PM

    I found this out some time ago. I put my name in the signature and it shows in the box under the post.
emoticon idea of telling everyone how to do it.

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LADYIRISH317 11/1/2009 12:09PM

    Great thought -- doing it today.

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--KREN 11/1/2009 11:16AM

    You signature doesn't show when you leave a comment. To see any changes in your signature you have to post on one of the forum threads! Karen

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BIRDLEGS29 11/1/2009 10:30AM

    No signature so I did something wrong. I'll try again. My name is Jean

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BIRDLEGS29 11/1/2009 10:29AM

    I have wondered how this was done. I always try to sign my name but don't always do it. We shall see if I got it right.

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PJSTIME 11/1/2009 9:10AM

    Thanks good point - I will do that right now.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 11/1/2009 8:54AM

    Point well taken.


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NANCY- 11/1/2009 8:17AM

    Well said! Names can be fun, but I wanted to be real so I stuck with....


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SHYBABE5700 11/1/2009 7:38AM

    Hi, Karen ,I like that. My name is Sandra,but most calls me Sandy. emoticon

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AUNTYEMM 11/1/2009 7:38AM

    Great idea Karen! I agree it is hard to keep Track of all the lovely peole we "meet" here and I will definitely add your Tip on my page. Thanks!

Mary Lou ( aka auntyemm)

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