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Spark People Screen Candy

Wednesday, October 24, 2012



While I'd really like to be able to see my whole SP Display, this good looking piece of eye candy is now gracing my SP screen with no X Box to close the ad. I can click on the ad and no matter how many times I open the new screen, this good lookin' virtual guy stays with me. I wish I could find a live guy with the same qualities.

Thankfully, I'm pretty good at figuring out what is lurking behind him. But at times, he is rather annoying. He doesn't listen when I tell him to go get a life.

  
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CHRISTINASP 10/25/2012 5:38AM

    I think he's in love with you...! :)

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NSTARSMITH 10/24/2012 2:01PM

    Hee hee! He's like a lot of guys, eh?

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TERRIJ7 10/24/2012 11:10AM

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Never Say Never

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I had never cared for Halloween decorations, even in my schoolroom. Too much orange. Iíd rather eat a pumpkin pie than leave a pumpkin to rot on my front porch. Spiders belong outside catching bugs, and who wants dried cornstalks or moldy bales of hay next to your rocking chair on the porch? Bah humbug! So, my first night on the mountain, I noticed a strange orange glow in Golden Pond as neighbors turned on their Halloween lights.

Now, I like lights - the mini Christmas lights that twinkle like little white stars on the tree. I REALLY like my Christmas tree with its three hundred lights turned on in the dark so much, that I used it as a night light until June. But those orange lights were unnatural.

As the cold weather settled in, the sumac leaves started to turn red at higher elevations. I inspected the mountainsides and couldnít help thinking there had to be more to this autumn business than orange lights.

As I watched the trees changing their leaves from their usual greens to decorate my mountain with garish red, yellow and brown, I became a wild hunter-gatherer. I searched for fallen leathery leaves, virginís bower vines, black walnuts, acorns with frilly caps, and sunflowers for the watering can on the deck. I had never noticed the black walnut tree growing up out of the first pond until I heard the green globes hit the water. I resisted the urge to turn the acorns into a necklace but I did cook three batches of walnut ink in my crock pot out on the porch.

I tried to capture everything I was seeing with watercolors and walnut ink. I even carved a bamboo pen so I could draw with that rich brown ink. Those paintings now decorate my walls in Florida with bright fall leaves, dried grasses, and sunflowers. And make me want to make that journey once again to turn on the orange twinkle lights that I left attached to my porch railing and play my harp on the porch in the twilight while the birds join in with their dusk chorus.

I never thought I'd ever get to experience Fall. I never thought I'd lose any weight after the steroids took over, either.

Never say never. Everything is possible.

  


Give Me a 2 X 4 with Have Fun routed on it

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Okay, Okay. The 2x4 hit again when I visited a Blog I follow this morning. Once again, MostMom1 outdid herself trying to convince us grown ups to have fun. And she did a fantastic job. She has sparked all kinds of memories.


Dad was the fun "spark" when Sandy and I were growing up.
My humor was more academic.


See the little sign on the door of the camper? I bought it at a local hardware store. It says, "Please Use Other Door" and points you off to the right. Mom and Dad humored me and it wasn't too funny until friends walked all the way around twice and finally asked where the other door was.

Sandy went on to become a clown with the church youth group:



And her clowning even rubbed off on me when we appeared in a talent show together.



So I turned to humor all of those days in the infusion room, watching funny videos, or listening to Prairie Home Companion jokes. I'd recommend Lucille Ball, or Mork and Mindy, or Saturday Night Live, or Ed Sullivan, or Victor Borge or MostMom1 to anyone who finds themselves incapacitated by a bum foot, a broken leg, a blizzard, or one of life's depressing moments. Get up and move to something funny. How about Lucille ball and stompin grapes. You could do that sitting in a chair. And by the time you were through doing her routine in your chair, you'd be ready to do something else, and laugh at the same time.

And I'm realizing there's probably at least one generation of readers who won't know anyone I mentioned except for MostMom1. I don't mean she'll know them. I mean YOU should know HER. So if you're interested, everyone else should be available on YouTube so your funnybone can be sparked. If you go there, search for Gildna Radner. You shouldn't get another day older unless you get to know Rosanna Danna!! i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/sha
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Gilda doing Roseanne Rosannadanna: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd_syuD-N_k&
feature=related


Gilda doing Barbara Walters: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQvRFrpKi-0&
feature=endscreen


Or Most Mom1 creating memories as herself:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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So, get going!! Find a spark to create some funny memories of your own, because life is too short to frown for any length of time.

Thanks MostMom1. You manage to put another smile on my face and a giggle or 2 is heard in my quiet house everytime a new blog appears on SP!

  
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CINDYSDAY 9/26/2012 8:43PM

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KIWIANN 9/26/2012 2:58PM

    Further evidence that we were destined to be friends - we share a similar sense of humor!! (no need to scour the internet to understand your examples of comedy - I know and love them all!) emoticon emoticon

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The Podiatrist

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

He walks in on little cat feet
Looks at my feet, and history,
Orders x-rays,
Then, hiding behind a screen, he returns and shoots it full of something.

At least I didn't kick him.

I'm home in much more pain than I was. It is strapped for 2 days then I switch to cute little elastic things with a foam ball attached that goes under my foot. For 2 weeks. I can pick up an anti-inflammatory tonight. Hopefully that will stop the throbbing.

No walking. No exercising. Though I can get in the pool if it is warm enough after I can take off the strapping. He doesn't know how much activity I do in the pool.

Well, I guess its okay. Virtual 5K trainings and walks keep on happening all the time. I can start that up again after the foot is ready for it.

But I was doing so well.

  
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DS9KIE 9/27/2012 11:29PM

    hope your foot is feeling better

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BRAVELUTE 9/26/2012 2:40PM

    Okay, for everyone I scared, "Shooting it full of something" was probably a bit strong. Because the cortisone, B12 and a 3rd ingredient have done their jobs.!! The foot is SO MUCH BETTER today!!! It's like a miracle, and some of you might have offered up prayers that made that happen, but my foot DOES NOT hurt today.

That makes it very hard to stay off of it and not go do my training. It needs to stay strapped 24 more hours, so no swimming, but I hope to be back in rare form tomorrow, with at least some pool time.

PKBOO3 I couldn't have gone on a vacation the way I was pre-appointment. I would have been traveling with a wheelchair. emoticon

I couldn't have gone last night after treatment either.

But I'm raring today with an anti-inflammatory to take once a day and a cream to rub on the area once the strapping comes off. Fear not. They know what they're doing. Anyway, you might need a different treatment.

I've been to podiatrists before and I never needed a shot. The last time, I needed 1 1/4" heels and a lift in my right shoe.

And if he/she says you should stay off of it for an extended period of time, you probably should be staying off of it. You don't want to do any permanent damage. Sometimes we stay away from doctors because we don't want to hear a bad diagnosis. Sometimes we don't want to have to put up with the treatment. Either way, we usually wind up paying for that foolishness in bigger problems on down the road.



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PKBOO3 9/25/2012 2:42PM

    Wow! He shot your foot full of something? What was it? That's scary that he would hurt you. I have a podiatrist appt next week. He better not shoot my foot full of anything. I haven't gone on my vacation yet & I would hate that he made my foot worse right before I leave! Wonder if I should reschedule until after the vacation?!

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KIWIANN 9/25/2012 2:18PM

    I am so sorry to hear that you are in more pain after your visit to the doctor than before emoticon It is not always easy to trust docs when they seem to cause more pain than they treat. Hopefully allowing your foot to rest will bring you healing quickly.
If you are looking for ways to get some exercise in without using your foot, there are some chair cardio workouts in the SP videos that worked well for me when I sprained my ankle last year.
Sending you hugs and wishes for healing emoticon emoticon

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BRAVELUTE 9/25/2012 1:24PM

    He didn't confirm the chiropractor's diagnosis, For now he is saying I have a pinched nerve. Don't care, as long as it gets better. So I'll do what I've been told. Definitely goes against my nature, but there won't be any learning curve to sitting in my recliner with my feet up.

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CHRISTINASP 9/25/2012 1:18PM

    You are STILL doing well! You are taking care of yourself!
I wonder if the podiatrist gave you a diagnosis?
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YOBOELI 9/25/2012 12:01PM

    Hope your foot feels better soon Good Luck

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Blood Pressure v not ^

Monday, September 24, 2012

On August 9, my blood pressure was 139/80.
Today, September 24, my blood pressure was 132/70. Nice to see it going down, instead of up, and I owe it all to the tools available to me at SP!! I'm sure just losing 16 pounds helped, but it has been so easy adding in anti-angiogenic foods and fiber with the help of the food tracker, and to get up out of my chair and move with the fitness tracker needing to be fed.

As for the podiatrist tomorrow morning for my wayward foot, I chanted a mantra while I walked my 40 training minutes. on each breath: No Steroids No Steroids No Steroids No Steroids No Steroids No Steroids No Steroids No Steroids

Of course, if he DOES prescribe steroids, I'll be ravenous and I won't have any problem eating the extra calories SP wants me to eat with all the activity.


  
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BRAVELUTE 9/25/2012 3:26PM

    Thanks Cindy. No steroids, at least orally. Cortizone-B12 injections in my foot, strapped, no activity, anti-inflammatory, and boredom, but hope was given to get to the root of the problem in my foot. emoticon

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CINDYSDAY 9/25/2012 3:19PM

    emoticon Sending good thoughts your way for your doctor's appointment.

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