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Monday, September 26, 2011

I've joined numerous teams and unjoined them as well but I have 2 current favorites here on Spark. The first and long standing team is Quilt and Lose. I've done lots of quilting since I joined last year but not so much losing. The other team I like is Orgnized Life. I stumbled onto it while I was perusing the team menu and have enjoyed it so much as it is helping me organize!
So I'm asking you today, What's your favorite team and why?

I joined Quilt and Lose as a novice quilter and I have learned so much from my quilting Spark friends. Like prewashing your fabric, which I do half the time. I've also enjoyed seeing all the beautiful quilt photos that are posted on Spark pages and have posted a few myself! I'm currently working on a quilt for my 7 year old grandson and nearly finished. We are going to see him and his brother in October so maybe I can get it quilted by then.

The other team I like and have recently joined is Organized Life! As soon as I joined, I established the AAPT Club! Attack A Pile Today club and this has really taken off! I have plowed through numerous piles in my home and continue to enjoy doing so! Who woulda' thought? I have my eye on 4 piles today that I would like to attack so hopefully I will do so. I also have a list of work items to do so I suppose I need to so that first. Business is business!

So share your favorite teams and I'll check'em out! Later.

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NINAVEE 9/27/2011 10:54AM

    I haven't had the opportunity to check out the entire list of teams yet, but it looks like there is something for everyone! I can't wait until I can wrangle up enough time to take a thorough look and make some choices. There is so much here, something for everybody, that's for sure!

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TOWHEE 9/26/2011 6:01PM

    My two favorites are Quilt and Loose for many of the same reasons that you like it and Viva Vancouver the local Spark team for Clark County Washington residents.

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COLEENCOLE 9/26/2011 5:22PM

    I also love Quilt and Lose.

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ANYVAR54 9/26/2011 4:40PM

    The two teams that I enjoy the most are the following:
The slowest looser, which has a turtle as it's Icon. Encourages slow loosing which is healthy.

The other is Christian Women with Depression. I am both a Christian and one who deals with Depression in my life. I have found oodles of support from the other women there. There is also a subset of women studying a women titled "Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food" by TerKeurst, Lysa. It is a Bible Study type book by a woman who has struggled with her own issues related with weight loss.

thanks for asking. I am probably a member of too many teams, but I have also dropped out of some, and added others.

I usually find new teams on my friends pages.

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LOSE4LIFE47 9/26/2011 9:20AM

    I like the team **Positive Sparkers** that I am on as it helps me to speak & think more positive. Also I like the team God Answers Prayers!

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

I was busy the last few days so didn't get to blog. Z is for zucchini and y is for yam. X doesn't exist I dont' think. Looked online and didn't see one so if anyone out there knows an X fruit or veggie, let me know. This has been an interesting journey through the alphabet with the fruits and veggies. Several of you have asked if I have tried all these things and the answer is no. We don't try things that are foreign to us if we haven't been exposed to them in everyday cooking. I am an adventurous sort though and I do try different things when presented with them. On to other things I guess!

I have finally decided to get my life in order. I joined the team Organized Life and started a sub-group called the AAPT Club. Attack A Pile Today! I have been devoting myself to cleaning up piles of stuff with the help of my friend, Cassandra, who is a professional organizer and coach. She was over yesterday and I plowed through a lot of stuff in my office and have a box filled with stuff to throw away. Why am I keeping price lists from 2009? I can actually see the floor in front of my bookcases. There is more to do but I am at least encouraged. Much more to do!

I even started a blog organizeanddecoratoe123.blogspot.com where I'm baring my soul. Cassandra and I were busy in my office dumping stuff and filling the box. We felt so good. Then we walked out towards the foyer and the Fed Ex man had left 3 big boxes outside the front door! She instantly knew what I go through. I get rid of something and something else appears. These boxes were filled with some accessories and a lot of packing trash. I found places for most of it but I wondered why on earth I had ordered this stuff. It is a new program for accessorizing with my company. So this stuff has to sit around my house until I cart it over to a client's home for a presentation. Did I need it? Probably not, but It was a weak moment.

So I'm in the AAPT Club. Today is Saturday and I'm going to attack some piles around here. Later.

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ANYVAR54 9/24/2011 10:47PM

    You have so inspired me. I left a comment on the APPT response. Got so much done today. Thanks, Ravyna

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KASEYCOFF 9/24/2011 11:23AM

    Re organizing:

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Got a busy day ahead with work. Leaving the house in about an hour and won't return until latge afternoon. So why am I sitting here and not getting ready? Good question. Will have to finish up the fruits and veggies tomorrow! Later.

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ANYVAR54 9/21/2011 5:06PM

    Hope you enjoyed your work day.

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JENNY888 9/21/2011 2:47PM

    Go get em!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I have a secret. I've been going to wikipedia where they have a complete list of fruits from a to z! This morning I had no clue about V so I went there and found that they listed vanilla as a fruit, the bean I guess? Didn't really talk about it but did describe it as a spice. They also listed voavanga with no description so if anyone out there knows what voavanga is, jump right in here. W is for watermelon and easy to list but there were a few berries such as wineberry and wolfberry which is commonly knows as a goji berry.

Spark's tip of the day is to enjoy vegetable based soups and throw additional fresh veggies into soups that are low on them. I guess if you are heating up canned tomato soup you can throw some fresh spinach leaves into it. That would probably be tasty.

Winter Squash is a veggie with a w and veggies are v's. Other than that, w's and v's sound kind of wintery.

I planned a walk this morning but woke to a steady drizzle. Kind of nice sleeping with the window open and the rain softly coming down! Soothing it was but hubby had to get up to go to work so me, too.

I have found that it is incredibly easy to get 25 points each day in order to spin the bonus wheel. As a result, my points are racking up very quickly. It's fun because when I see I only need a few more points, I'll take a quiz or a poll or look up something informative on Spark. It's good for me too. I learn things and I also learn that I already know some things as well! Later.

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COLEENCOLE 9/23/2011 8:30AM

    Have you been trying all these fruits and veggies?

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ANYVAR54 9/20/2011 6:40PM

    KASEYCOFF - another reason for me to buy a hand blender. My sister has one that she uses to make smoothies.
I have enjoyed your lists of fruits and vegetables.

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GAILRUU 9/20/2011 10:38AM

    Violets are also edible, especially if you glaze them with sugar and put them on a cupcake!

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KASEYCOFF 9/20/2011 10:06AM


I use Google, my own self, lol...

If you'd count WINTER squash, what about VALENCIA oranges--?

Re vegetable soup: I have a... whaddayacallit, a hand blender? a wand blender? You know, one of those gizmos sometimes used behind the bar to mix drinks. Anyway, what I do with vegetable soup is throw in whatever vegetables I want (I don't use potatoes, but just about anything else is fair game, especially carrots and rutabagas... squash is good... so are parsnips, and turnips if they fairly mild), then after they've cooked down I use the mini-blender and blend the soup right in the soup pot. It ends up like a creamed soup with a great meld of flavors. I almost never use salt, but once the veggie soup is blended I usually add some herbs and spices for flavor. And I'll tell you, it doesn't last long at our house--!


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Monday, September 19, 2011

T is for turnip and I don't know what else. Anyone? I'm ready to get to the Z's. Never tried any UGLI fruit. Anyone? This has been an interesting venture, going through the alphabet for fruits and veggies. Someday, I'm going to pick up an ugli fruit at the supermarket and try it. When we went to the market yesterday, I had a list and got everything on it. I even had gone through the cupboards and checked what we needed. In between big trips, hubby usually goes to the grocery because I don't want to.

Actually my husband is really helpful around the house. He does most of the laundry, takes out the trash, grocery shops when we need it, runs the vacuum, gets up first and makes the coffee and gets the paper. Before Panda died, he fed her most often and walked her. What do I do? I make most of the mess around here and cook most of the meals. That's kind of a real eye opener when I think about it. Not much of a housewife I am. I think it's because we reversed roles when I bought my business at age 36. I became the major breadwinner and hubby became the house husband in a sense. Never really thought of it that way but I guess it is true.

We had 2 sons and he was there for them, taking them to practices and activities. I was always there too but he did more in that fashion than I because when someone called for a decorating appmt, I had to go. My husband is also the type that wants to be active, to be doing something. Drives me crazy sometimes. I would just as soon take a nap, or sew a quilt or watch TV.

Since I joined the Organized Life team I have jumped into organizing big time. Check out my new blog! organizeanddecoratoe123.blogspot.com

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ANYVAR54 9/19/2011 3:51PM

    Sounds to me like you and your husband have a good marriage. That is awesome. I always enjoy your blogs. Gotta get ready for my grandson.

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HEALTHYSLIM2 9/19/2011 1:48PM

    Love the idea of finally getting organized. I am trying. Small, baby steps at this point. Thanks for being a motivator. It's great to know that even an Interior Designer can have issues with personal "clutter".
On your blogspot blog you talked about putting away one thing and then leaving out something else, and how it would never get better if that's what we did. So I am off to put away three things and not leave anything lying around today! Wish me luck!!

Comment edited on: 9/19/2011 1:49:05 PM

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4DOGNIGHT 9/19/2011 10:41AM

    Can't believe I missed tomato and tangerine. Guess I was off in la la land this morning.

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KASEYCOFF 9/19/2011 10:36AM

    Tomato. Tangerine. And I'll get back to you on the 'U' thing, lol...

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