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Sunday, July 03, 2011

6:30 am; woke at 5am--seems to be a pattern, but that is okay with me. I am really a morning person. I love gardening, but my body can barely do it anymore, how ironic, I finally have the time to do it because I am retired, but my physical shape will not allow it. The early morning is best. I am creating an "outdoor room" in my little postage stamp backyard, I want to plant perennials so maybe the work won't be so hard once everything is established, just weed and keep it all up. The gardening must use a lot of calories, because I am on a hill, and I have to go up and down stairs A LOT.

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 7/3/2011 9:42AM

    I love gardening also! And I also have a little "outdoor living room" with a swing, some chairs and yard art in it. I never sit in this "room" though. If I'm outside, I'm working!

I'll be waiting for pics of your new "living room"

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Habits Hinder

Saturday, July 02, 2011

I have been thinking a lot about habits. When I got a new car, there were several habits I had to change and IT WAS HARD. Four times the AAA had to come because my car would not start because somehow I did close the door hard enough and the light stayed on and wore out the battery. This never happened with my old car. But even with this total bad consequence, I just did not seem to learn.

So, think about eating habits. I watch my daughter feed her toddler son and I can observe how food and eating is just such a major major thing. Her delight in his eating, her sampling from the same spoon, all of it.

Most of our bad eating habits hopefully did not come from our parents, but from our peers and the society around us as we were growing up. I mean, I think the reason diets have a 90% failure rate (or is it 99%?) is you just cannot try to eat different foods for a few months or even a year and expect it to stick. Now, my mother never gave me chocolate as a baby, of course. But food and eating are so primal, that later on, I am positive that we all transfer this wonderful mother/baby interaction to our chocolate cravings. There has got to be a reason that diets do not work.

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NANA717 7/3/2011 9:45AM

    You are so right! And my age, those habits are very hard to change!

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JEANNE229 7/3/2011 9:23AM

    Carol, you are SO right. My mom was such a good cook, and we equated eating those delicious meals with her love.

Old habits DO die hard. But we're all trying!

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/3/2011 6:42AM

    You really gave me some thought to think about today.

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VINGRAM 7/2/2011 1:34PM

    Ahhh - and the comfort foods - in my case - scrambled eggs with lots of full fat cheese. Now how can that possibly make a person feel better?

Old habits do die hard!

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Hate to Stop

Friday, July 01, 2011

I just hate to miss one day of the blog, because I know that could be the start of a slippery slope to non-Sparking. I had trouble sleeping last night, found a big spider in my bed at 2am, and so woke up later than usual. Out of my routine. But, I walked to the museum for my workout, saw a fantastic exhibit, Balacianaga (sp), and even walked back, even though it was up hills. On the way back, an estate sale was going on in one of the big houses on a street a few blocks away, and I was curious about the house. To see these hordes of people going through another's possessions is sobering. There was the old man's stairway lift, just like my mom's. There were all his old books and things. What really got me is they were even selling his immodium and shaving cream. Even a bag of sugar was up for grabs. I tell you, the whole thing really got me thinking. A person's life, summed up in their possessions, and he is gone.... It is going to be so horrible when my mom goes. There is so much junk in her house and the idea of an estate sale is horrendous to me.

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NANA717 7/3/2011 9:59AM

    I can relate to what you're saying, in many ways. Blessings.

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/2/2011 6:36AM

    I'm glad you enjoyed the exhibit. They are always interesting.

Estate sales get to me sometimes. We are trying to get my mother to slowly give away some of her things, and she is trying.

Everytime, we go visit, she gives me something which I treasure.

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VINGRAM 7/1/2011 5:04PM

    My DHs parents were in a nursing home and his mom wanted to do the sale while she was still living. It was still depressing. I don't think there is any way to do it without some painful memories. I, too, stop at estate sales - but only occasionally, because I find them very sad, also.


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Glorious Day

Thursday, June 30, 2011

It is 6 am, and I woke up to a glorious day. After all the rain, fog, and greyness, this day is a total gift!! But without the contrast, how would I know it is glorious???

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/1/2011 4:47PM

    Don't you just love these glorious days? Ours is warm, but very nice.

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CARLANNIE 6/30/2011 3:10PM

    That's right! We must experience both sides of the coin to appreciate the glory!

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JEANNE229 6/30/2011 11:52AM

    Amen, Carol!

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CATIEMARIE 6/30/2011 9:47AM

    Perhaps, you're right. Enjoy the day to the fullest. By the way I love the photo of the flower when I first opened your spark page.

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KAIMANAOC1 6/30/2011 9:47AM

    It's a beautiful day here as well! Enjoy!

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Looking to share food tracker

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I have definitely, finally, got into the habit of honestly tracking every morsel I put into my mouth. Even a stick of gum!!! I would like to find a buddy with whom I can share the food and fitness trackers. We could check up on each other with positive comments.

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JEANNE229 6/29/2011 10:31AM

    Carol, that is a great idea and a good goal. Once I finally get in the habit I will come back and look you up (you will probably have a partner by then, but maybe we could be the 3 muskateers).

I'm trying...but not yet there.

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