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I Don't Have to FEEL Like Doing It to Just DO IT!

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Today I really, seriously did NOT feel like doing any kind of workout. I mean, I really, REALLY d;id not feel like it.

I sat at my computer doing mindless stuff for over an hour.

Got nothing accomplished except playing the make a sentence game and posting on a few blogs.

Read emails that I was not interested in.

Then I went back to Spark, and took a SNEAK at my teams.

There you were, Port Angeles Surrounding Area Team Challenges. YUCK!

I clicked on it, and sure enough, there were my teammates, showing that THEY did their workouts, but didn't mention if they WANTED to do them or not.

There was Darcey's (one of the fearless team leaders) face with her racquet ball glasses on.

ALRIGHT ALREADY!!! BUT I am NOT going to do a whole lot! I will start with Oldies But Goodies music and the rowing machine.

15 minutes later (I was only planning on 5 minutes), I get off the rower, and there is this great jogging music next. Ok. I will just see if I even CAN jog for one minute. 5 minutes later, and much to my amazement, I was JOGGING! 3/4 mile in 5 minutes!!!

You have no idea as to how many years it has been since I could jog!

So I put in 2 more miles, walking and jogging.

Then I stretch.

OOOPS! Forgot to do strength training!

SKATER SQUATS!!! Haven't done them before. Ok. Not REAL bad, and I was capable of actually doing 30 of them!

"This Spark Thing", as I call it, really does mess up my plans to be a lazy do nothing person.

Once again, I am reminded that I don't HAVE to FEEL like it to just DO it.

I mean, if Darcey, Shirley and the rest of my very favorite team is doing it, then I can jolly well join in the fun.

It's GREAT to have a team pushing us on!

this afternoon DH and I are going over to the college to listen to Dr. Jim Fisher give a lecture on, of all things, VAMPIRES. Jim and his wife Ann Elizabeth are close friends, and I am sure we will enjoy this. Jim was inspired to do so by his 13 yr. old granddaughter who is a big fan of Twilight. And, since we live very close to Forks (the stories all take place there), we ought to learn more about those vampires!

The campus is pretty spread out, so I will be getting in more walking.

Okay, off to the shower, while listening to The Tokens singing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".

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NOTFATCAT 3/4/2010 6:46PM

    Oh great. I shouldn't have read this blog because my thing today was to take it easy after running around and exercising alot the last two days. Now I feel guilty.

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AMYJEAN911 3/4/2010 4:32PM

    emoticon emoticon Gosh-darn-it, now I gotta do something too. I had just finished rationalizing why it was ok to take today off, too. LOL! emoticon

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KAROUSELL46 3/4/2010 4:23PM

    Good for you! I'm glad Darcey with her racquetball glasses face makes you want to move it. lol emoticon emoticon

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DAWNWS1 3/4/2010 3:28PM

    Hmmm...it must be going around! I had the "don't wannas" this morning too, but dragged my sorry butt to the gym and did an hour of strength training and an hour on the elliptical. Good for us for JUST DOING IT!

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DARCEYOH 3/4/2010 1:36PM

    I am truley very sorry that my picture made you get up and do things you don't want to. hehe. I wonder how many other people see othe pictures of things and people and just get up and do what they should be doing?

I was definately in that mood last night, but I went to the gym anyways. I intended on doing only 5 minutes one each machine, but clocked in 15 minutes on rowing machine, 15 minutes on treadmill, some strength training, and a nice cool down.

Sometimes we just have to do it, even if we don't want to. And I was sure glad I did it last night.

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TINYC887 3/4/2010 1:07PM

    I think we have all been in the same boat but we do it any way. I work out mon to friday and only if i feel like it on the weekends, sometimes i do, sometimes I don't. As long as I push myself mon to friday im fine with it. Great job working out even though you didnt want to

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LOVESCAMPING 3/4/2010 1:06PM

    Yeah, I posted on chat that yesterday was an "I don't wanna" day for me too. I got in a 6-mile bike ride even though "I didn't wanna" and actually enjoyed once I got started. So good for you for doing it anyway.

Hope the lecture is interesting. I'm a big fan of books that have vampires in them, although I haven't read any of the Twilight series so far.

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    I was in the same mood yesterday - I was tired and didn't feel like working out. But got on SP and saw my streak and realized I didn't want to break it, so I go up and did my workouts. Glad I did and glad you did too! emoticon

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Letting Go of The Shore

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

We must let go of the shore

To my fellow swimmers:
here is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift,
that there are those who will be afraid,
who will try to hold on to the shore,
they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.
Know that the river has its destination.

The elders say we must let go of the shore,
push off into the middle of the river,
and keep our heads above water.
And I say see who is there with you and celebrate.

At this time in history we are to take nothing personally,
least of all ourselves, for the moment we do,
our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt.

The time of the lone wolf is over.
Gather yourselves.
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
For we are the ones we have been waiting for.
- Hopi Proverb

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SMOORES06 3/3/2010 8:00PM

    Full of wisdom and life - something this world knows little about anymore. Thanks for sharing!

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2BFREE2LIVE 3/3/2010 6:50PM

    Thank you for sharing, it is beautiful. Sandy

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KAROUSELL46 3/3/2010 6:35PM

    This poem reminded me of the news the other morning about the the rez at the Hoh. The natives are having to move their buildings b/c the river is rising and washing away their offices and homes and has been for years. The tribe bought some land up near Hiway 101 to start building....Karen

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/3/2010 11:55AM

    Thanks for sharing this--a lot of wisdom in it!

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KAYDE53 3/3/2010 11:43AM

    I really liked this; it makes you think!! Thanks for sharing it!! emoticon emoticon

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DARCEYOH 3/3/2010 11:40AM

    Very nice! I'm copying and printing this!

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Reverse Mortgages and Free Dinners

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

DH and I attended an hour long "seminar" on reverse mortgages today, held at one of our local restaurants. Following the seminar, we were fed dinner.

He and I chose the Prime Rib, expecting it to be a small one, you know, the size you can expect from a "freebie". Wrong! It was a regular size Paradise restaurant Prime Rib Dinner. It had rolls, salad, HUGE pieces of perfectly cooked prime rib, au jus, horseradish sauce, baked potatoe (with sour cream already on it) and fresh vegetables cooked al dente. A truly fabulous meal, and we each left the potato but brought home the veggies and half our meat for another meal. Truly very good!

Now about this reverse mortgage thing. If you get invited to one of these talks at a restaurant, I encourage you to go. You only have to sit and listen for an hour, then you get your meal. Worth the one hour lecture time.

You know that saying "If it's too good to be true, it usually is"? Well, that's what this reverse mortgage game is.

Here's the low-down on it, short and sweet.

1. YOU don't decide how much to pull out of your house; the GOVERNMENT does. It is usually at least 50% of your home value.

2. YOU get to pay approximately $12,000 for the appraisal of your house, incuding the normal loan fees at either a fixed loan rate or an adjustable.

3. If your spouse is under 62, his or her name cannot be put on the new mortgage deed.

4. You have a lot of choices as to how you want your money, sure, but remember, THEY decide how much you get.

So if you own a house with an assessed value of, say $100,000, they will give you $50,000 or there abouts. BUT! If you only want to pull out enough to pay off $15,000 worth of bills, too bad about YOU.

5. I couldn't get a straight answer as to whether Freddy Mack, Fanny Mae or the new gimmick under the name of Jennie May would actually be holding my property deed.

Nor could I get a straight answer as to which COUNTRY my deed would be sold to.

6. It was overheard that you can't have more than $2000 in a bank account as well. So, if you get a social security payment or earn money more than 2000 per month, you're screwed.

My advice? If you're 80, want to go on a world cruise and leave nobody anything, go for it. You don't have that much longer to go anyway, so you don't have to even care about their interest, who now owns your soul, and quite a bit of other red tape.

BUT if you are much younger (yet still over 62), think long and hard about it.

If it sounds too good to be true.......................get the free dinner and don't sign on any dotted lines!

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OURELEE1 3/4/2010 12:34PM

  Thanks for the information.

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RELGRAM 3/3/2010 12:14PM

  Thanks, Sandy; We wouldn't have done this anyway, because our kids want our place when we're done with it (-;, but if we get the free dinner, we just might take them up on that!!!!

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DARCEYOH 3/3/2010 11:39AM

    And now you know why the real estate market and for that the economy is in such dire straits! You may not have gotten all the information you wanted, but at least you got a free meal out of it!

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NOTFATCAT 3/3/2010 11:30AM

    Another trap for the desperate. If only people would save their money, don't borrow, and plan for the future they would be happier and more secure.
Good post!

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DAWNWS1 3/3/2010 10:41AM

    Heh heh, I'll remember that when I get to 80 and want to go on a world cruise (which sounds really good, by the way, and since my grandma lived to be 94 and her mom lived to be 96, I might still be "young" enough to enjoy it at 80!!) Just being silly, but thank you for the information, it is good to know.

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SLKIDDER 3/3/2010 12:24AM

    $12,000 for an appraisal? Who are they hiring?!
Another real estate finance rip off. Thanks for the info!

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PERFECT01 3/3/2010 12:20AM

    Good to know.

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DIANE7786 3/2/2010 11:50PM

    Thanks for the information on reverse mortgages. Some of my friends looked into them. They also said they couldn't get straight answers.

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WVROSE1 3/2/2010 11:33PM

    We attended a free prime rib dinner in our city recently for a seminar on insulation. The dinner was good but we weren't interested in the product. We get post cards in the mail for these dinners all the time and take in as many as we can. Sometimes they are for financial companies trying to get you to invest with them. I hadn't been to one on the reverse mortgages, so I'm glad to hear the scoop on them.

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YAFENELRA 3/2/2010 11:24PM

    I always figured it was almost a scam. Who knows what interest would have to be paid on it once you die and your family wanted to pay it off.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 3/2/2010 11:17PM

    I always wondered how that worked, Thanks for the info.

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KAROUSELL46 3/2/2010 10:13PM

    Oh wow. Thanks for sharing this info.

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Avocado Halves with Pink Grapefruit and Endive YUM!

Monday, March 01, 2010

Good morning. I can never figure out how to post a recipe in the recipe category, but wanted to share this one with you.

I made it last night, using Haas avocados and cut the cooking time down to 8 minutes. It is easy, elegant, very tasty........all the while being GOOD for us!

Warm Avocado Halves with Pink Grapefruit and Endive
Vegetarian Times Issue: March 1, 2009 p.60 — Member Rating: -

There’s no need to dress up this dish for a pretty presentation—the pale green of the avocado halves along with the deep pink of grapefruit segments make this a feast for your eyes without any extra trimmings. Try the recipe with smooth-skinned Fuerte avocados, which have a firmer, less fatty texture and won’t turn mushy when baked.

Ingredient List
Serves 2

1 endive, halved and sliced crosswise into half-moons (1 cup)
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 shallot, thinly sliced (1/4 cup)
1 Tbs. chopped parsley
1 avocado, halved and pitted
1/2 pink grapefruit, peeled and cut into segments
1/2 fresh lime, for juice
1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
2. Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Add endive and shallot, and sauté 3 to 4 minutes, or until vegetables are softened and brown around edges. Stir in parsley, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Sauté 1 minute more.

3. Sprinkle avocado halves with salt and pepper, if desired, and place on baking sheet. Fill with endive mixture. Bake 12 minutes, or until avocado begins to brown. Serve warm surrounded with grapefruit segments. Drizzle with lime juice.

Nutritional Information
Per : Calories: 225, Protein: 3g, Total fat: 17g, Saturated fat: 2g, Carbs: 19g, Cholesterol: mg, Sodium: 156mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugars: 5g

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SMOORES06 3/1/2010 7:53PM

    Thanks for sharing....definitely sounds interesting. I love avocados so I just may have to try this one!


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NOTFATCAT 3/1/2010 7:24PM

    Interesting recipe and it sounds tasty. Thanks for sharing.

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LOVESCAMPING 3/1/2010 4:17PM

    It sounds yummy. I've never thought of cooking avocado. I've just always had it fresh and raw or in salads or making guacamole. Thanks for posting this, Sandy.

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SLKIDDER 3/1/2010 1:34PM

    You post recipes by going to "Healthy Lifestyle," then Sparkrecipes, then the recipe calculator. For recipes we use over and over, it's worth the effort of entering the ingredients.

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2WHEELER 3/1/2010 1:19PM

    Thanks. I'll have to try this. Our favorite grapefruit/avocado salad is:

gently toss some fresh spinach (2 servings worth) with 1 tsp olive oil & a finely minced clove of garlic in a bowl. Divide onto 2 plates. Then in same bowl, add sections from 1 grapefruit and 1/2 avocado cubed and mix well. Spoon onto spinach.

I mix this up "to taste."

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    Ummm, sounds good!

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The Story of the Squirrels

Friday, February 26, 2010

There were five houses of religion in a small Florida town:
The Presbyterian Church,
The Baptist Church,
The Methodist Church,
The Catholic Church and
The Jewish Synagogue...

Each church and Synagogue was overrun with pesky squirrels.

One day, the Presbyterian Church called a meeting to decide what to do about the squirrels. After much prayer and consideration they determined that the squirrels were pre-destined to be there and they shouldn't interfere with God's divine will.

In The BAPTIST CHURCH thesquirrels had taken up habitation in the baptistry. The deacons met and decided to put a cover on the baptistery and drown the squirrels in it.

The squirrels escaped somehow and there were twice as many there the next week.

The Methodist Church got togetherand decided that they were not in a position to harm any of God's creation. So, they humanely trapped the squirrels and set them free a few miles outside of town. Three days later, the squirrels were back.

But......The Catholic Church came up with the best and most effective solution..They baptized the squirrels and registered them as members of the church.Now they only see them on Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday and Easter.

Not much was heard about the Jewish Synagogue, but they took one squirrel and had a short service with him, called circumcision and they haven't seen a squirrel on the property since.

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MT-MOONCHASER 2/26/2010 10:50PM

    That almost makes up for your status report of seeing pussywillows in bloom on your walk. We're still in the throes of winter here. Although it made it to 40F yesterday, it got clear up to 24F today...
I'm ready for spring and even dandelions!!!
At least now I know how to handle the squirrels...

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NOTFATCAT 2/26/2010 8:57PM

    Ha. Good one.

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MPENNE 2/26/2010 8:55PM

    Very good. emoticon

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DARCEYOH 2/26/2010 7:20PM

    hahahaha. That was cute!

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KAROUSELL46 2/26/2010 5:32PM

    OMGOSH emoticon

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TINYC887 2/26/2010 4:55PM

    lol i love it

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LOVESCAMPING 2/26/2010 2:58PM

    Thanks for the chuckles. Very cute.

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