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Lean on Me

Monday, July 08, 2013

This video helps decribe Sparkpeople and those I have met here. Thank you!

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POUTINGPEGGY 7/27/2013 8:57AM

    Great video I actually started to are so right about spark people.

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INFLATED 7/20/2013 4:35AM

    I have always liked this song. You never know what a smile or kind words may do. I thank God for my Spark friends.

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DEELIN1960 7/10/2013 9:48AM

    Just what I needed this morning! You just never know that even a small amount of support, could make someones day. :-)

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PATTISTAMPS 7/9/2013 11:00AM

    What a wonderful video! I had a friend who passed away a couple of years ago, and this was one of the songs played (by his niece and nephew) used at his memorial. so the song has a special meaning to me anyway. Thanks for sharing!

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DWSCHUYLER 7/8/2013 12:48PM

    You are right! I loved it! I just sent it to a couple of my friends plus my principal! Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!

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Fresh Spearmint harvested

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Fresh mint from my garden

Last Christmas I gave all my close friends my harvested mint for tea and other uses. To make the tea my process in more than drying the leaves. Here these will be used for sachets, etc. For tea, I pick the best leaves, wash them then pat them dry before I add them to the dehydrator. There they process drying for about 5 hours or so. After that I carefully remove the leaves from the stems. Then they must be processed in a food processor to crush them into tea leaves. After that I place them into containers or plastic bags to store. They make great tea!

The lesser leaves I dry as shown. Once they are dry I again remove them from the stems. I will then process them but not as much. These then can be used for sachets, pillows, etc for their scent. This little hobby is fun and very enjoyable. And the harvesting gives me exercise!

I had a friend over for the Fourth of July and she remarked how much she enjoyed my tea and how she could not find anything at the stores like it. So I will definitely be giving her more this Christmas.

I hope every one has had a great Holiday! and you have an enjoyable weekend!

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INFLATED 7/20/2013 4:30AM

    This sounds good. I am the only one that likes hot tea here.

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PATTISTAMPS 7/8/2013 10:27AM

    that is really a lovely gift... from your heart and your hands! I don't grow things well, but last year I did make homemade Limoncello for gifts. Not quite as soothing as tea, but seemed to be well received!

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WIGIME 7/7/2013 4:44AM

    Hmmm, this might be something I can add to my soap. I do have a dehydrator. I'll have to see...

Good idea!

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IMLOCOLINDA 7/7/2013 12:03AM

    Great idea. I have lots and lots of spearmint. I planted it, knowing it's an invasive but has worked so well to keep weeds out of my perennial beds and I love the smell mowing over the stuff that's out into the grass and when the dogs brush against it. I've only used it fresh in fruit salads and iced tea...never gave it much thought. I will definitely try drying the good leaves for tea...although will try in in the oven since I do not own a dehydrator.

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0309COOKIE 7/6/2013 7:26PM

    What an interesting blog. Thanks for sharing that info.

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 7/6/2013 10:35AM

    Thanks for sharing how to make tea. I love mint and plan to plant some. You motivated me to get it done.

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Microsoft Called - My Computer's Broke???!!!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

I experienced this call about 2 weeks ago as did my sister-in-law before I got this in an e-mail from a local computer company with our Chamber of Commerce. I usually do not share this on Sparkpeople-but since another friend on Sparkpeople may have been a victim as well I though I'd share. I was able to recognize the fraud thankfully. See below.

As far as my diet is concerned I am just holding still--sigh.

Microsoft Called - My Computer's Broke???!!!
It's not true... there is yet another scam
that we want to bring to your attention:

People are receiving calls about their computer from "Microsoft" and other trusted names. These are generally not calls from these trusted companies, but scammers! They are claiming that your computer is in need of services. We have heard this from multiple sources... a friend of ours that they called actually didn't own a computer! Here are a couple samples of what they said:

"We are getting an error message from your computer, are you the owner of the computer?" ... "Go to your computer and I'll tell you exactly what to do."

These callers can be very convincing, but do not give them your information. Instead call your trusted IT-Support team if you truly feel something may be wrong with your computer. These scammers will lead you through a process to do a variety of things:

Take control of your computer
Steal and sell your contact information
Steal your credit card payment information
Steal your account passwords for bank accounts
Install spyware and/or viruses
Any combination of these can potentially cause a lot of problems for you. Always be cautious when receiving calls like these and protect your personal information and passwords.

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INFLATED 7/5/2013 6:14PM

    I am surprised my comment about Sherlock showed up since I was on at a time when Spark People was performing maintenance.

I told the people at church about this blog. Most of us have a home computer. I do appreciate that you wrote a blog about it. So far, I haven't had a problem, other than one of the scariest times of my life.

My husband said, "If we go to the bank and we are wiped out, we will just have to start over." Most men wouldn't have been so kind at the prospect of losing all of their money and possibly their house.

It was a hard lesson for me. I depend on my son, but there are times that he just doesn't want to fool with my questions or help me with the computer. I thought I could handle it, but I know now not to trust anyone when it comes to allowing remote computer use of my computer.

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PATTISTAMPS 7/3/2013 12:41PM

    This is a good thing to share! So many people are taken in by scams that we all need to help each other when we hear of one. I "like" to think I am "smarter" that that, but we all have moments of vulnerability... So thanks!

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THINAGIN2 7/2/2013 6:43PM

    Thanks for sharing this scam information with the rest of us. We all need a heads up occasionally, especially now when there are so many trying to take advantage of others!

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BETZYGIRL 7/2/2013 6:38PM

    Thanks for sharing. There are too many people who respond to calls like this without thinking about them being scams. So sad.

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Hello! Weekly catch-up. Sherlock update

Monday, June 24, 2013

Sherlock hiding in the yard.

Well it was inevitable. Sherlock sneaked out of the deck door yesterday. Now he is an inside & outside cat. He seems to stay in the fenced yard and is really enjoying his life. He comes when I call him and is now using the doggy door to get in and out. He caught on to that REALLY QUICK! I worry about him but he has is Revolution and ( I hate to admit it) seems happier with his added freedom.

Since I spent most of my life around woods, I created a very woodsy yard. My yard is an official wildlife habitat. Needless to say---Sherlock loves it.

Saturday I sold raffle tickets for the Taneytown History Museum at the local "Wine, Art, Jazz Fest." I was very good only drank water and did not eat anything there.

My pedometer arrived. I was amazed that I regularly walk 3-5 miles just around the house doing things each day. I use chores or play for exercise. So mowing the lawn, housework, swimming, working the garden are good things for me to do.

I have not lost weight--but I have maintained it! I enjoy cooking but have kept to healthy stuff. make my own yogurt, occasionally my own bread, soft pretzels, pasta, jam, jelly, can & freeze food, as well as have food dehydrator. I use that mostly for my spice harvests.

I am trying to lead a healthy life. I hope the weight comes off soon.

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INFLATED 7/3/2013 2:22AM

    I am always glad to know that Sherlock's story has a happy ending.

I am not all swollen since using the 80/20 plan of 80% raw foods and 20% whatever I like. The swelling in my left leg has gone down and my clothing is looser. I think it will be a slow loss for me, but I am content as long as I am not putting the pounds back on.

I knew you were a busy person and your pedometer shows that.

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PATTISTAMPS 6/24/2013 2:49PM

    Awwww.... Love that photo of Sherlock! Some kitties do really love it outside, and how wonderful that you have such a great yard for him! I think I need to get a new pedometer. I know I have one somewhere around here... but have no idea where. I know it would ensure I get off my butt more often instead of sitting in front of the computer...

Have a great day, and visit your own wildlife habitat!

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VONBLACKBIRD 6/24/2013 12:08PM

    How wonderful for have a habitat for wildlife and for your cat to enjoy. emoticon

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Cabin in the Woods

Friday, June 14, 2013

Cabin at Oglebay Park, WV

Last weekend I spent two days with my brother and his family at Oglebay Park in Wheeling, WV. They rented a cabin and a shelter for the high school graduation of their son. It was very enjoyable. The six hour one way drive is a bit of a killer. I am now just getting back to normal.

While there, I swam for 90 minutes doing laps in the indoor pool at Wilson Lodge. It was very relaxing. Just what I needed after that drive. In my younger years I would buy a family pass to the Wheeling Park Pool and we would go there every day and swim. My husband and I would take turns doing laps and usually swam 5 miles a day. We were also teaching our children 3 and 5 how to swim. My five year old could swim the lap length of the pool on his own at age 5. He did join a swim team for a while but hated beating the other kids so he quit. He did not like making them feel bad.

I would love to get back into swimming. But the pools here are not made for laps--only dips. I have thought about a Endless Pool but they are thousands of dollars and if I was to do that I would want it indoors to use all year long which even more expensive. So unless I win the lottery---I do not see that happening any time soon.

As a child I also played batmitten, walked 5 miles a day, and occasionally bowled, rode a bike and played golf. But most of that is more fun if you have someone to share it. I have been looking at bikes but not made a commitment as yet. Exercise is easier when it is fun & shared.

Now to get to work cleaning the house. Have a great weekend!

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INFLATED 6/14/2013 3:45PM

    I really like the cabin. When we first moved to Deep Creek Lake, we lived in cabin similar to this but it looked more like where the chairs are without the other end attached. It had a fireplace and linoleum floors. One night a log rolled out of the fireplace and caught the linoleum on fire. Dad later built a house and the cabin was rented out.

I am glad you got to go swimming. The temperatures dropped which means the water in the pool will be cold. I need to have my son clean it before adding a bunch of chemicals to the water. If there is debris like leaves in the pool, the chemicals don't do much good and there are leaves in it which will have to be vacuumed out.

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VONBLACKBIRD 6/14/2013 1:11PM

    I used to love swimming too. Have thought to get an above ground pool for summer use.

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MAMISHELI53 6/14/2013 11:28AM

    I love camping, but as I approach my 60th birthday and deal with arthritic joints, I'm not so keen on tents and sleeping bags, even WITH an air mattress. This summer 3 of my old "Scrabble Buddies" and I are going to rent a cabin outside of Allegany State Park in NY. We'll be able to be comfortable, but close to the park to do some hiking and enjoy nature.
Blessings to you on this journey to a healthy lifestyle.

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