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Bringing Back the Impromptu Block Party

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Today's Livestyle Blog by Sheiili Mosteller

reminded me of the impromptu block parties that used to happen around my house in the late fifties. My dad's homemade stilts, a pogo stick, hula hoops, jump ropes, street skates, and bikes were favorites with kids and adults of all ages. There never was an invitation. Just a few kids playing outside and soon the place would be jumpin, literally!!

The "toys" that Shelli describes just might get everyone out from their video and computer screens and outside having FUN together!! And if no one shows up, just put on a pair of those Schwings and knock on a few doors. I bet you'll soon have a crowd Hooping and . . .

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KIWIANN 1/24/2013 12:14PM

    If life ever brings me the opportunity to move to Florida or NC, I will definitely strive to find a place in your neighborhood -- and you could definitely count me in your block parties!!

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Did I leave the Window Open?

Monday, January 21, 2013

My vacation/retirement home here in NC is in much better shape since I bought it in 2008. I've added a screened, roofed porch to the deck. And when water damage destroyed the subfloor in both bathrooms and laundry room, restoration involved putting in 2 new bathrooms. I took advantage of the house being torn up to replace the 13 year old low grade blue shag carpet.

Even so, it took me 5 hours to warm up yesterday after going to the pool. I took a LONG hot shower, put on layers with a wool sweater on the outside, and ate a warm comforting supper. I didn't get warm until I wet to bed under piles of blankets. I wondered if I was finally giving in to the flu.

No, this morning I feel great and I'm torn between staying here to watch the inauguration and going to the gym. But sitting here in the recliner with frigid air blowing out of the central heat vents makes me wonder if I left a window open somewhere, or if I should retreat back to Florida.

I did that in 1971 when I was renting half of a barn of a house. I closed off the living room and slept on the couch near the huge old heater that blew no air. Showering was next to impossible. In the spring when I ventured through the dining room to the kitchen to make a pot of coffee, I noticed a window wide open. I swear I didn't do it. I think a thief opened it and left after finding nothing worth stealing.

So this morning, I started a fire in the fireplace. I love that fireplace. I haven't gotten to use it much because I'm usually here in the spring and summer. We were snowbound one year at Christmas and had the fireplace roaring every morning and evening. But this trip, I noticed the button. You know, a little silver push button? Anyway, I'm glad I found it because it is now actually BLOWING wam air into all cold corners of this house.

I'll have to start a fire when I get home this evening and remember the blower switch. Maybe I'll warm up faster. And next summer, I'll find someone to make sure the insulation and ductwork are intact under the house.

It all makes me think of my journey toward health and weight loss. From Jan. 1 - 4 I lost six pounds. I wondered if I had found that blower button that just blows away the pounds. But since then, the scale had been standing at attention, no gain or loss since January 4. I started looking around for the open window, something I was doing or had forgotten and wasn't doing. And then, this morning, the scale reported another pound has melted away to that large hole in the ground.

I'm taking this lesson with me as I continue on my quest for that last piece to the puzzle that will help me unearth the slim healthy me. I might still need to retreat to the warmth in Florida before the planned time of exodus, but I will NOT give up and say, "Why bother" if the SP journey seems to be halted or derailed for a while. I'll just need to make sure I didn't leave the window open!

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PAHOOT 1/23/2013 7:17AM

    Well, fat busting button sounds lovely but I think we are all out of luck on that one. I, too, am wintering away from home and have no scales. Actually, that's pretty freeing as I have to figure out if I'm losing by the pain caused by my waistbands! If it hurts, I'm obviously eating too much! Love your blog.

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ANGEL1066 1/21/2013 7:05PM

    I'm looking for that button, too, lol! I love your analogy, and will look for my own open windows, too, now that I am feeling less rough. God Bless, and keep whittling away!

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LAURAAT 1/21/2013 3:44PM

    What a great analogy! Thanks for sharing :)

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CHRISTINASP 1/21/2013 11:30AM

    Very nice blog. I'm glad you're finding ways to keep warm!

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CHRISTINASP 1/21/2013 11:30AM

    Very nice blog. I'm glad you're finding ways to keep warm!

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ALICIA214 1/21/2013 11:30AM


Amen to that!!! emoticon

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LINDSEYJ 1/21/2013 11:20AM

    " Oh, please, someone show me that button that blows away the fat. HA!" Bwahahahaha!!!

I'm a Texas girl living in Washington, and some days I just put on my warm winter hat and never take it off! There is also a new fad of fingerless gloves, and those are nice to wear around the house.

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NEEDBU66 1/21/2013 11:15AM

    Oh, please, someone show me that button that blows away the fat. HA! emoticon

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Your Compass

Sunday, January 20, 2013

I am the Compass, the ONE who can help you understand your destination.
I am the One who can help you find different paths to your destination when the one you’re on dead-ends.
I am the One who can help you find a new direction if the bridge on the path you’re on is out.
I am the One who can help you help others stay on the path to the destination.
I am the one who can soar the heights, helping you to set your sights on lofty mountaintops and then to see there are many paths that will take you there.
I am the one who is ready to go in another direction if the way is blocked.
I am the one who has the vision to help you find what is needed on your journey.
I AM Guide.
I Am Navigator when all is dark and you can’t see the next turn.
I AM the WAY whether you trudge along the byways or fly to new worlds.
I Am your never-failing GPS. I know all routes. I will not let you get lost.
I KNOW both where you are headed and HOW you are to get there and when you will arrive.
My compass is not broken or affected by magnetic attractions of trivial pursuits along the way.
You do not need AAA for this life journey because I am already here.
Because I stay focused on the destination, I can help you know when it is time to stop and revel in the scenery along the way.

Who is your compass?

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LVSHOPE 1/20/2013 3:37PM

    Love this post! Parallel is Jesus is the same yesterday, today & forever.

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SAMMIESMOM13 1/20/2013 9:45AM

    Jesus is my compass.

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VUKELK 1/20/2013 9:32AM

    Very inspiring and very much worth keeing close at hand and reading often.

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How do you decide what to fix for dinner when you're stumped?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

I used to go to a fast food restaurant when I had no idea what to fix for dinner. I couldn't get to one today, even if I wanted to. Besides, they are all closed due to the water main and the sewer line breaking.

So, I'm left to my own devices. I'm thankful I'm not like this often. I love to cook, put things together, layering in flavors.

And I have lots of choices I can fix and layer. But I'm coming up empty.

So. Today is the day to plan next week's menus. Double trouble.

Maybe I'll go walk in the rain and get inspired.

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SAGELADY2 1/19/2013 3:16PM

    Hi, catching up on my reading. Looks like you got washed out and almost away there. Hope you got the food sorted out. My old me always had a spare bunch of meals I could throw together in emergencies and always keep propane on hand (plus water). We're preppers in a sense that we never let things get to zip normally.

I like the idea of cleaning out the fridge. I'm doing that next. Before I go to the store. :-) Taking a break from creating a new rock garden bed in front. Been hauling rocks off and on for a few hours. It's heavenly warm outside and a stiff wind blowing so the fans are on and the house is airing out. Have to get Dix to the park soon for her walk or she'll kill me.

Have a good rest of your weekend and I hope you dry out. emoticon

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BRAVELUTE 1/17/2013 4:19PM

    Thanks everyone. You've helped to get me back on track. I'm going to either eat or throw out all those leftover bits. Then perhaps when all that clutter is gone out of the refrigerator, I'll get back to my "normal" self.

I think I'm really leaning toward breakfast for supper. That would be a comforting meal, warm by the fire.

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ARIANERA 1/17/2013 4:07PM

    1) Eat the oldest meal on my freezer inventory
2) Google "name of ingredient" recipe for the veggies in my CSA box and look for something new and quick
3) Eat breakfast for dinner (often something involving eggs like an omlet or fritatta)

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BARBARASDIET 1/17/2013 3:58PM

    Fast food, ugh. My go-to when I haven't a clue--and sometimes when I don't have anything in the house--is pasta with a little olive oil, parmesan cheese, parsley and black pepper. So good!

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NSTARSMITH 1/17/2013 3:56PM

    Oh, man, I am so glad I do not have anyone expecting me to cook for them! Being as how it is just me (and the puppy) if I have zero inspiration I am happy with canned soup, crackers and cheese. But maybe sometimes that what everyone ought to get, especially with natural processes and broken water mains! Just to be flexible, sometimes you gotta serve what's in the cupboard and let creativity go ...? Who knows. I don't know the family you are serving, but there's my thought!

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CHRISTINASP 1/17/2013 3:09PM

    Maybe waiting for an hour or two until you get hungry helps for the meal planning?
For dinner maybe you can focus on one item that you have that you like and start from there, combining it with other flavors you enjoy.

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5th day

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The fifth day of rain. And I mean heavy rain. Seems like we're getting to the worst of it. Don't see how it will ever turn to snow. I've decided to stay put and stay off the bridges I must cross to get to the wellness center. I'll miss the pool.

Safer to stay here, put my new trampoline together, and drink my own water. (not on the failed city system 9 miles away).

So cardio will have to be up to me.

15 years ago, 5 years ago, even one month ago, I'd just , light a fire in the fireplace, have a cup of tea, and curl up with a good book.

I still might do all those things but I also want to do a little zumba and jumping on the mini.

Nice change.

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LINDA! 1/17/2013 12:54PM

    Good for you for finding a way to exercise. Some of the Spark videos have cardio. Enjoy your book as well.

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CHRISTINASP 1/17/2013 11:18AM

    Well, if it keeps raining like you won't need a pool!
You're inspiring me to think on about ways to exercise now that there's too much cold and snow for me to do my usual biking.

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SHARJOPAUL 1/17/2013 11:05AM

    A little exercise then curling up with a good book sounds good to me!

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TCANNO 1/17/2013 10:54AM

    No curling up with a book least not until you have run round the house a few times.

I am sure that you can set something up indoors

Good luck

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