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A Challenge within a Challenge

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

For the February portion of the 5% Challenge with the Teddy Bears, participants were again given the challenge (aka dare) to write and track our goals for the month.

Heres my goals and updated report: Workout 30 minutes minimum and track food daily. Complete two prayer shawls. Try 14 new things. Publish 3 blogs. (WO=Workout)

Feb 1-29: Daily WO, Track emoticon
Mar 1-30: Daily WO, Track emoticon
Apr 1-30: Daily WO, Track emoticon
May 1-31: Daily WO, Track emoticon
June 1-30: Daily WO, Track emoticon
July 1-31: Daily WO, Track emoticon
Aug 1-31: Daily WO, Track emoticon
Sep 1-30: Daily WO, Track emoticon
Oct 1-31: Daily WO, Track emoticon
Nov 1-30: Daily WO, Track emoticon
Dec 1-20: Daily WO, Track emoticon

Gifts to God:
Feb 13 Completed Prayer Shawl: Shaker
Feb 18 Completed Prayer Shawl: Deco
Feb 19 Completed Prayer Shawl: Deco
Feb 21 Completed Prayer Shawl: Pesto
Feb 23 Completed Prayer Shawl: Clouds
Feb 24 Completed Prayer Shawl: Sierra
Feb 26 Completed Prayer Shawl: Waterfall
Feb 27 Completed Prayer Shawl: Tudor
Feb 28 Completed Prayer Shawl: Pearls
Mar 04 Completed Prayer Shawl: Ocean
Mar 07 Completed Prayer Shawl: Pesto
Mar 09 Completed Prayer Shawl: Wildfire
Mar 13 Completed Prayer Shawl: Golden
Mar 15 Completed Prayer Shawl: Cherry Blossom
Mar 18 Completed Prayer Shawl: Pearls
Mar 19 Completed Prayer Shawl: Candy Apple Red
Mar 20 Completed Prayer Shawl: Ocean
Mar 23 Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Creamsicle
Apr 06 Completed Prayer Shawl: Mediterranean
Apr 06 Completed Prayer Shawl: Golden
April Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Lavender
April Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Lavender
April Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Antique White
April Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Creamsicle
April 29 Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Antique White
May 02: Completed Prayer Shawl: Baroque
May 05: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Pastel Yellow
May 8: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Lavender
May 12: Completed Prayer Shawl: Trinity Candy Apple Red
May 13: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Lilac
May 19: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Cool Blue
May 30: Completed Prayer Shawl: Mimosa
May 30: Completed Prayer Shawl: Golden (Sitara)
Jun 02: Completed Prayer Shawl: Purple Haze
Jun 05: Completed Prayer Shawl: Montana Sky (Sister C)
Jun 10: Completed Prayer Shawl: Delft (CLC)
Jun 13: Completed Prayer Shawl: Pearls
Jun 22: Completed Prayer shawl: Cool Blue
Jun 23: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Pastel Yellow
Jun 25: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy White
Jun 26: Completed Prayer Shawl: Trinity Quartz
Jun 27: Completed Prayer Shawl: Seafoam
Jun 28: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Soft Fern
July 3: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Hot Blue
July 5: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Deco
July 6: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Natural
July 9: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Cool Blue (CLC)
July 26: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Gigglin' Green
Aug 6: Completed Lacy Aqua (CLC 12/10)
Sep 5: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Deco
Sep 19: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Baby Yellow (Miki)
Oct 19: Completed Prayer Shawl: Baroque (FCC 10/21)
Oct 20: Completed Prayer Shawl: Golden (CLC)
Oct 21: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Soft Peach
Oct 23: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Lavender
Oct 24: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Gigglin' Green (CLC 11/26)
Oct 26: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Radiant Yellow
Oct 29: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Lilac (FCC 11/18)
Nov 21: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Montana Sky
Nov 25: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Seafoam (for Tanzeela)
Nov 25: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Seafoam (for Tanzeela)
Nov 28: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Pearls
Dec 01" Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Cool Blue (FCC to Muriel 12/8)
Dec 02: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Golden
Dec 04: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Coral Reef
Dec 05: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Coral Reef
Dec 09: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Turquoise

In Progress:

Prayer Shawl: Lacy Golden
Prayer Shawl: Lacy Creamsicle
Prayer Shawl: Lacy Regency (1 of 3)

Friendship Bracelets
Sep 15 UW-S colors (Evelyn)
Sep 22: UMD colors (Tanzeela)
Oct 04: UW-S colors (Kanishka)
Oct 06: UW-S colors completed
Oct 06: Pakistani colors completed
Oct 17: Navy and gold (Anne Marie)
IP: Green and Gold

Lets face it, Im not a frequent blogger so I don't think this will change anytime soon. I can only pray that I honor God by my thoughts, words, and actions: including how I eat and move. I began the month a little slow in the healthy eating department but seem to have found my Spark again. I'm glad to have exceeding my goals for knitting prayer shawls and trying new things.

Here's a summary of some of the new things I've done this month:

1) Made a prayer shawl for my Pakistani friends Mom in the hospital, finishing on the day that just happened to be her birthday.

2) Successfully followed the majority of the Teddy Bear Daily Dares (which could easily add to this New Things list further!)
3) Lost my phone a half-hour before taking a 29-hour road trip: I love that the world did not come to an end and while we actually left as originally planned, I kept my cool and my husband and I bought new phones a few days later.
4-6) Joined family and friends at three new restaurants: Fish Tale Grill, Dunkin Donuts, and newly built Golden Corral,
7) Signed a petition on the change.org website for a student in need of medical care in this country,
8) Offered to make a prayer shawl to a friend who also happened to be a former co-worker and neighbor) currently mourning the unexpected death of his wife.
9) Began knitting a new prayer shawl using part of a pattern from a lacy baby blanket. Its gorgeous, but slow work . . . so I do a little here and there while I complete other prayer shawls.
10) Attended a weekly study on the book Heaven by Rancy Alcorn.
11) Attended the Bontragger Family Concert

12) Enjoyed the work of an artist for my first ever Henna tattoo.

13) Cut a record number (over 50 pair) of lined mittens (ready to sew) for my Tuesday Mission Group.

14) Made the 15-Bean soup recipe on the Hurst HamBeens package and keyed the recipe and nutritional information into SparkRecipes.
15) Bought a new (for me) veggie and made a delicious Napa Cabbage cole slaw. So Yummy!

16) Worked a record number of jigsaw puzzles with my Dad.

17) Completed seven pray shawls in ten days (already turned in one). I praise God for my Florida time and my ability to knit with church friends who enjoy knitting and crocheting for the Lord.

Setting goals and putting them in writing helped me to own and solidify a plan of action. This process led to my achieving success and enjoying the wonderful non-scale victories I celebrate -- What a boost to my spirits! While written a bit differently from my regularly written Spark goals, Ive also met or exceeded my Faith, Family, Friends, Food, Fitness, and Fun Goal. Now I just need to add a new round of rewards for when my goals are achieved during this second time around to achieve a healthy BMI.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. I'm hoping you have success, too! How's your February going?

Hug, hug

New test of blog from smart phone.

I love that I can knit when I'm with so many of my small groups. I've completed 17 prayer shawls in the five weeks I've been in Florida. Here's a sampling that includes the new lacy pattern I've learned for a lighter shawl for so many of our Floridians:

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THECRAZYMANGO 12/2/2014 11:41PM

    I emoticon henna! Whenever I go to the Ren Fests I try to get one!

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ZELLAZM 3/11/2014 4:41AM

    I'm a bit late to the party and sorry to have missed you in Florida. It was a busy time for both of us, looks like. I'm just now catching up on blog posts from a month ago! Love to see your list of accomplishments, your smile and your dad's too!

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AALLEY2 3/10/2014 3:41PM

    wow, you sure do knit a lot! Are you on any of the knitting challenges? I joined one this year, let me know if you want the link. emoticon you do the Lords work! I can't wait to make a prayer shawl too. You inspire me!
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SVELTEWARRIOR 2/26/2014 11:41PM

    You sure have been a busy bee!!!!!!!! It is always great to hear from you.

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ADRIENALINE 2/26/2014 4:01PM

    Gee whiz Evy you surely know how to keep those fingers busy. This has been a great month for you! No goal to do well on Spark Trivia?

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PRESBESS 2/26/2014 1:02PM

    You are one busy woman! You are getting things done.

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PHOENIX1949 2/26/2014 10:32AM

    Busy, busy, busy, and in a very meaningful way. Thank you for sharing.

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THETURTLEBEAR 2/26/2014 10:18AM

    The shawls are gorgeous! I am always happy to see photos of you with your dad. Don't worry about not blogging all the time - it's QUALITY, not quantity, and you are a quality friend!

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CRYSALLIS1 2/26/2014 7:20AM

    Great to hear from you. Keep up the marvelous work!. Sounds like your mind, body, & spirit are all doing quite well. You know how to feed them all just what they need. emoticon emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 2/26/2014 7:08AM

    Oh my gosh, Evelyn, you have been soooo busy! It is great to hear from you. I think of you so often. Congrats on the great February your having. Keep up the good work.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/26/2014 4:06AM

    wow you have been busy love.keep up the good work.the bean soup sounds great i love beans. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Dared to blog . . . Planning for Success!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

My Spark is back! While I'm probably singing to the choir, the SparkPeople Community is one of the most positive and motivating you'll ever encounter! I'm glad to be part of an encouraging group of friends and teams. One of the things I like about being a fan of Joyce Meyers, is she has a loving way of spanking our behinds (verbally) in an attempt to bring us back into step with right and healthy living. Even well-meaning, constructive criticism -- when done with love and kindness -- is a good thing!

I have begun my fourteenth 5% Challenge with The Teddy Bear Team (one of fourteen teams all) vying to incorporate healthy habits while losing weight with several of us maintaining a healthy BMI. I know I can do it, but my most recent history does not paint a pretty picture as my new goal is to lose 28 lbs -- to return to a healthy BMI -- in the next 9 months.

Confession: I've gotten lazy. My love for food has been my demise as I�ve returned to some of my old, bad habits. The good news is that I have learned how to forgive myself quickly and get back in the program. My SparkFriends, SparkTeams, the 5% Challenge and Teddy Bears (who are actively showing love, care, and encouragement) are some of the best external motivators. It was today's Teddy Bear Dare that suggested we blog today.

I've strayed from the foundations of my healthy eating as encouraged by doctors I�ve come to admire: Dr Mehmet Oz and Dr Michael Roizen (You on a Diet), Dr Mark Hyman (Ultimate Metabolism and Blood Sugar Solution), Dr Daniel Amen (The Daniel Plan, Change Your Brain Change Your Life), and Dr Joel Fuhrman (Eat to Live, Super Immunity, and The End of Diabetes). After joining the Florida Gulf PBS in early December, I'm anxiously waiting for Dr Joel Fuhrman�s Immunity Solution package. In addition to maintaining my Spark ranges, I am trying to incorporate G-BOMBs into my daily regimen: Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries and Seeds.

�G-BOMBS� is an acronym Dr Fuhrman gives us to remember the most nutrient-dense, health-promoting foods on the planet. These are the foods you should eat every day, and they should make up a significant proportion of your diet � these foods are extremely effective at preventing chronic disease and promoting health and longevity.

Here are my 5% Winter Challenge goals:

FAITH: Spend 15 minutes daily in the study of God's word, knit 2-4 prayer shawls and be of service to God�s will by making faith an active verb. Here�s a group I made during the Fall 5% Challenge:

I find motivation in the following passage: "Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good..." (Galatians 6:9-10)

FAMILY and FRIENDS: Spend quality time (be present) with family and friends weekly. Listen better. Contribute heartily to the weekly healthy living challenges (daily participation within very good numbers). Here�s my Dad and I after working a puzzle. I also attended the wedding of a friend.

FOOD: Daily: Track, eat six or more freggies, drink 10+ waters, meet 4-7 recommend levels of: calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, and sodium.

FITNESS: Track and average 30+ minutes daily. Sleep 7-9 hrs a night six days a week.

FUN: Do something fun at least three times weekly. Below, my friend wears her new prayer shawl and we put the crowns on from having opened our English Christmas crackers! I love our winter wonderland and celebrate all four seasons!

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog. I'm wishing you success! What are you doing that works in achieving your goals?

Hug, hug

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TIMEHASCOME56 10/11/2014 9:10AM

    Great Blog, emoticon

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KALISWALKER 2/2/2014 1:19PM

    Evelyn I enjoyed your blog. You have a wonderful way of expressing your happiness.

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ADRIENALINE 1/30/2014 2:28PM

    I know you'll get back on track soon, good friend. You have a great plan. BTW those shawls you make are beautiful! What a gift you have!

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FLORIDASUN 1/29/2014 10:09PM

    Dear Evelyn: You will get right back on that health wagon. You are such an inspiration to me and such a loving and supportive friend. You might want to look into my plan The Fast Metabolism Diet by Haylie Pomroy. I've had roaring success with it so far and I know you enjoy cooking so you would be well suited for this.

Check it out and if it looks like something of interest I'll be happy to answer any questions you have. It promises to reset our metabolism within 28 days and the foods are very much in line with the G-bombs. I thought I'd NEVER be able to stick to it but once you get into to it your are determined to see it through...AND you are NEVER tempted to cheat because you are SO FULL of good foods every day.

Hugs to you my sweet friend...you are such a dear person to me I want to share something that is helping me that may help you too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CRYSALLIS1 1/27/2014 7:58PM

    Wonderful to see a blog from you. Great strategies to get it done. Quick forgiveness of self & moving on is a perfect way to continue on. You are one of the key people who has helped me. Wishing you a wonderful 2014 journey!

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LADYHAWKES 1/27/2014 7:09PM

    Great Blog Evelyn...love your prayer shawls, you have such a great smile, made me smile.

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DZINE4KING 1/27/2014 4:52PM

    Evelyn...great blog! I must say, it really inspired me! I have really been VERY slack here on Sparkpeople! I miss my friends and support. I love what you said about Joyce Meyer. I listen to her podcasts almost every night before going to sleep and if not her, Lysa Terkurst's "Made to Crave" book.

I am really needing some motivation to just make a plan, as far as the healthy eating goes. I am basically having to start all over...although the most weight I lost was only 20 pounds or so a few years ago. Do you have any suggestions as to what worked for you the first few months?

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FUNLOVEN 1/27/2014 8:47AM

    It is soooo good to hear from you Evelyn! Way to stick to it and get back on plan. That is what makes us winners - we don't give up emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/27/2014 8:10AM

    I had never heard of G-BOMBS. Interesting! I am glad to see your dad is still well!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/27/2014 7:32AM

    great to see you bloging again .good luck with the challenge.take care and keeop smiling emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 1/27/2014 12:04AM

    Ev - we've both got our Sparks back! WhooHoo! I love the G-BOMBS (do most of them now) and your Goals...all of them! We've both had some setbacks, but We Can Do This!!! I'm here to offer support and/or encouragement any time you need it. Let's Go teddy bear. We're in this together! Hugs

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CHERYLL1949 1/26/2014 11:35PM

    Hi, I would love to join The TeddyBear Team but it saids you have to be invited. How do you get invited? I love your blog. You are inspiring. emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 1/26/2014 11:22PM

    Great blog and a great plan!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am glad to see you Sparked again!!!!!

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LYNCHD05 1/26/2014 10:02PM

    Awesome blog Evelyn. I really enjoyed your itemized steps on how you are going to live your life. You are fry inspiring to me. I love the G BOMBS !!!!!

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_RAEVEN_ 1/26/2014 9:10PM

    Great plans. I'm glad you've got your spark back. I think this 5% challenge is helping many of us get our sparks back this time around. emoticon

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PHOENIX1949 1/26/2014 8:56PM

    Glad you are reSparked. Same here. Back to the basics. What I am using to keep me on track is Steve Siebold's 21-Day Fat Loser Program for Mental Toughness. One rule I made for myself is if I can't track something accurately, I don't eat it. I measure/weigh/track 'forthehealthofit' staying within calorie range and throw in a minimum of 30 minutes physical activity that I'm able to do.

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Healthy Habit #8: Stay Young at Heart!

Friday, June 07, 2013

This is more about a frame of mind we carry in life and how we treat other people than any one beauty secret we may hold tight to. Special thanks to the 5% challenges where my Teddy Bear Team is one of eleven supportive teams that encourage each other to live the healthy habits we practice during the weekly challenges.

What is it that you do that brings a sparkle to your eyes or that special glow to your smile? Its that activity, when combined with healthy habits I incorporate in my daily faith, family, friends, food, fitness, and fun that bring abundant joy to my life. All this and more, as I welcome the big 6-0 at a recent birthday.

Just last weekend, during one of our summer-like days of Spring, I enjoyed the company of my alma maters World Student Association to a tour of Wisconsin Point. Everyone joined me for an optional tour at my favorite Amnicon Falls and we all absolutely loved it:

Remember that if you make right choices, your emotions will eventually come in line with your decisions. -- Joyce Meyer

Faith: Ive begun supporting a new (third) prayer shawl ministry. My girlfriend crochets, while I knit:

My newest prayer shawl pattern:

My Tuesday Missions group prepared to raise funds for the local food shelves while coordinating a community concert:

She looks well to how things go in her household, and the bread of idleness (gossip, discontent, and self-pity) she will not eat. (Prov 31:27)

Fitness and Fun: Amnicon is pretty all year round, as is walking the Lake Walk:

Friends and Fun: May the time we spend with friends also glorify God. I taught a good friend how to make fun fur scarves.

Celebrating an International Night and events with friends and great food:

Family and Fun: My Dad is a special part of my life as he makes the transition from assisted living to full nursing care. We enjoy life together through the activities we share:

Food and Freggies: I love my freggies and any new way I can prepare them. My best woman loves to put an apple in her coleslaw. Yum!

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8)

May you find that spark in your step and smile in your heart that allows the spirit of your youthfulness to shine through. May our love be deep and authentic so that we treat others with patience, forbearance, and kindness. Stay young at heart!

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JAZZEJR 11/3/2013 6:20AM

    Well, Girl, as usual you've got a lot going on to bring a smile to your face and a twinkle to your eye. I do love how you enjoy your life!

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LASARRE 8/29/2013 11:39AM

    This is just wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 8/28/2013 12:43PM

    I hope your day in the spotlight is a great one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/27/2013 4:26PM

  Your so full of life. I know all the giving and loving you give makes you blessed and energetic.

You seem like a real God lover! and of course that makes you care about others. emoticon

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MISSFORTE 7/26/2013 4:09PM


I love that you enjoy life and reach out to others in so many ways!

God Bless!

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PYNETREE 7/25/2013 10:06AM

    Thank you for sharing!
Good reminder to me to go search for the bright light in my life, and savor it!

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TEDDYBEAR662 6/21/2013 10:45AM

    emoticon emoticon That was so great to read! Thanks for sharing!!!

emoticon Hope you enjoy your day in the spotlight today! emoticon

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HEALTHYBARB1 6/20/2013 9:15PM

    Loved reading your blog today. Especially loved the pictures of you with your Dad!! My dad is needing extra support these days and we are in the midst of selling our home so will be moving in with my parents to help out during his time of increased need. Also enjoyed the scripture versus and words of encouragement!! Smiles Barb

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WELLNESSME09 6/20/2013 8:09PM

    You are amazing and a blessing to so many!

Love your blog and your pics. emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 6/9/2013 7:55AM

    Oh, Evelyn, thank you sooo much for sharing pictures of the things we just got done talking about (maybe that is what prompted the blog?). You have got such a beautiful soul. I am blessed to have found you her on SP emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 6/8/2013 5:32PM

  You got the best attitude!!!! I think we have alot in common. I think giving and loving, serving, gives one passion and spunk!

This is exactly why we don't look or feel our age. emoticon emoticon

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MANDELOVICH 6/8/2013 3:13PM

    You are amazing. Yes it's all about finding what lets our spark shine!! You are shining so brightly!

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FLORIDASUN 6/8/2013 8:52AM

    Soooo much fun to see all of your amazing friends and the support that you offer them. I get SUCH a kick out of seeing your amazing father. His smile is just as beaming as his daughters. He is SO lucky to have a loving daughter like you and you are so lucky to have an AMAZING and upbeat father like him!

I LOVE it when we help support our elders and give them the honor they deserve. I look back at the time my sweet momma spent with our family before she went into full time nursing care as one of the biggest blessings our family shared together.

My momma was quite the career woman as I was growing up so she wasn't home that much due to her daunting work schedule (a photo journalist)...so I really relished the time I got to spend with her in her golden years. We did have to take her to 'adult daycare' so that the hubs and I could continue to work in our large construction biz but she loved the social aspect of that and would wait patiently for us to pick her up each night and then tell us all about her day.

Just makes me smile through memory tears of her sweetness! emoticon She was an angel supreme and the BEST little momma anyone could ever ask for! emoticon

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 6/8/2013 1:47AM

    Loved the blog...enjoyed the pix! May God be exalted and glorified in our treatment of others and in our lives.

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MJ7DM33 6/8/2013 1:08AM

  Great! Thx for sharing!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 6/7/2013 10:15PM

    Wonderful Blog!!!

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Dr. Oz Show Fans Team

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WILSONWR 6/7/2013 7:20PM

    Sounds like you have a very active and fruitful life! Thanks for sharing!

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ADRIENALINE 6/7/2013 7:18PM

    A great pictoral romp thru an amazing woman's life YOU , my friend! I am fortunate enough to still have my father too. 98 years old and still living independently. I count him among my greatest blessings!

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MARTHAWILL 6/7/2013 6:16PM

    Another great blog Evelyn. Inspiring. You look amazing and always have a positive attitude. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WIZKEY 6/7/2013 5:41PM

    I love how all the things you do to make others happy also makes you happy!! emoticon

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Paradise calls . . . with photos!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

I am so lovin' my home away from home today! $20 at the farmers market today brought me a taste of Freggies heaven: 4.5 lbs tomatoes, 1 lb green beans, potatoes (Idaho, red, and sweet), 2 bunches of asparagus, 3 red sweet peppers, 6 medium zucchini, 9 oz fresh bean sprouts and a small to medium-sized watermelon.

One free parking spot also provides me a delightful waterfront walk along the Caloosahatchee River . . . just a few miles up from the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico. This water girl and freggies queen truly is feeling heavenly today.

The snow in my northland home cannot leave soon enough, as were been in yet another winter storm watch. Yikes! This is how I left the DLH Airport (the old terminal has been raised for removal):

Don't get me wrong, I love all four seasons, but I can also appreciate the paradise my newly met SparkFriends (FloridaSun and ZellaZM below) live in and Birthday Bear (BevieAnn) enjoys while visiting Hawaii.

May you find joy in this day and every day. What is bringing you great joy these days?

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SJKENT1 7/25/2013 4:32PM

    how wonderful!! I live in the Upper Peninsula of MI after living in Bemidji MN for many years. Have driven through your area many, many times. Are you a Snowbird now?

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FLORIDASUN 5/4/2013 10:21AM

    Hello my dear friend...so HAPPY to see the two of us...two cute little peas in a friendship pod! Your visit TRULY made my day! Our friends Richard and Deb went back home to Iowa and they are shocked by the snow they see falling this late in the year.

I hope we haven't crippled our dear Mother Earth to the point that she has forgotten her seasonal memories.

Hugs to you dear Evelyn...you are a beautiful and spirited and inspirational friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1STARVINGARTIST 4/24/2013 1:33PM

    I love the farmer's market! Thanks for sharing!

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FUNLOVEN 4/22/2013 12:10PM

    Thanks for sharing Evelyn. I have been wondering what you are up to and it looks like that is a bunch of sunshine! I have been away from my computer for the past 4 days and in catching up on my e-mails I realized that it is my Spark Friends that can bring me joy today and every day emoticon

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 4/21/2013 5:20PM

    Beautiful photos!

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CGDINASIA 4/20/2013 6:19AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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LYNCHD05 4/19/2013 5:05PM

    I too love farmers markets. Everything is so fresh.......hmmmmmm
Enjoy your beautiful weather,

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LINDAF49 4/19/2013 5:01PM

    Lovin' all those veggies and glimpses of your paradise
Keep up the healthy way of walkin' and eatin'

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WILSONWR 4/19/2013 5:00PM

    What a nice change of weather for you! (And those vegetables look great!)

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ZELLAZM 4/19/2013 11:14AM

    I've heard it's safe for me to go back to Germany, too! They've been having days in the lower 70's.

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DMSPEER93 4/19/2013 10:27AM

    Beautiful pictures!!

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SUSANBEAMON 4/19/2013 1:05AM

  nice pictures. i'm waiting for the snow to quit. i am ready for summer.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 4/18/2013 10:42PM

    Enjoy Paradise!!!!!!!

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GINGER_BEAR 4/18/2013 10:02PM

    Enjoy! We are waiting for the snow to quit falling today! emoticon

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JOYCRN 4/18/2013 7:18PM

    One of my best market experiences was between a wedding and a week at the beach. We went to this old train station in Philadelphia and the prices were unbelievable! We had healthy eating on that vacation! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 4/18/2013 7:01PM

    What a great buy at the farmer's market! Enjoy your paradise!

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ARNETTELEE 4/18/2013 6:36PM

  Friendships bring the greatest joy! And fresh veggies and fruits too.

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JAZZEJR 4/18/2013 6:20PM

    What a life! Hey, that's Bobbi with you! Wish I were there!

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RAPUNZEL53 4/18/2013 5:58PM

  Lovely pictures!

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MANDELOVICH 4/18/2013 5:56PM

    How lovely!!

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Healthy Habit #7: Having Fun!

Friday, March 08, 2013

I have a knack of taking life a little too seriously. Theres more to life than reaching a goal if you cant have a little fun along the way. I try to make room in my week to do at least three fun things. It's important to slow down and smell the roses! Many of these do not translate into a photo opportunity, so Ill go back a little in time to pick a few fun photos:

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. -- Katharine Hepburn

In between goals is a thing called life that has to be lived and enjoyed. -- Sid Caesar

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. -- Albert Einstein

A special hug, hug with international students at a Nepali birthday:

Spreading good cheer at the nursing home:

Being silly with a fellow college student at a church dinner:

Having a little fun shooting for a Teddy Bear Team profile photo:

Wow . . . now that was one very special Easter Sunrise service with my hubby's church on Lake Superior!

I actually bought this outfit last year thinking I would have fun with my 3-pc set of belly dancing DVDs. Yikes! -- What was I thinking? The delight alone, however, was more than worth it! I ended up settling for a jingle wrap skirt to boogie around in.

Oops? -- Small obstacle course. If a tree falls in the middle of the woods, does it make a sound?

Love my Hebrew apron in the church kitchen:

Love how these mushrooms looks like a floral bouquet:

Both fun and beauty in a rainbow:

Hello there, little fella. Like Dr Doolittle, I sometimes talk to the animals!

How is fun part of your week's activities?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FLORIDASUN 6/8/2013 8:42AM

    Now this blog added a BIG smile to my mug! emoticon Especially the blue toe nails...that IS fun! emoticon You could SO rock that little belly dancing outfit...you know you could! emoticon You are FUN...I love you Evelyn! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MJ7DM33 4/19/2013 10:32PM

  Lovely blog! Thx for the reminder !

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LIVELYGIRL2 3/28/2013 3:36PM

  Looks like you now how to actually enjoy yourself. GREAT !!! Thanks for whispering i our ears and giving us the nudge ( shove ) also! emoticon emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 3/28/2013 10:19AM

    Love all the pics, Evelyn. Thanks for sharing and brightening my day. I love to have fun and try to find fun in something I do every day even if it is just a feeling and not an actual action.

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BOOKWORM27S 3/24/2013 7:02AM

    Great blog!

I love the Hepburn quote.... so very true.

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ANGELA76H 3/9/2013 12:12PM

    Yesterday the sun was shining & I would have loved to run, but hubby was home & he wanted to walk. It was great to just be able to enjoy each others company and the warm sun. Love your pics! I'm glad you take time to have fun, it's important! Life is short. Enjoy your weekend!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 3/9/2013 4:11AM

    Loved the peek back Ev. Thanks for the memories. I love the Teddy Bears!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 3/8/2013 10:25PM

    I love you blog!!!!! The belly dancing outfit is gorgeous!!! Thank you for reminding me to have fun!!

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PHOENIX1949 3/8/2013 8:05PM


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    Loved your blog and pictures. How fun and up lifting. You take beautful pictures. It is important to stop and smell the roses, and not take life too seriously. Thanks for reminding me!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GINGER_BEAR 3/8/2013 3:53PM

    Very fun blog and heartwarming to share these times with you. Luv your apron and what is that on those baking sheets? Pie??? lol...Thank you!

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MJ7DM33 3/8/2013 3:49PM

  Luv the pics!! Thank-You for the reminder! I see lots of fun in your pics!

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WILSONWR 3/8/2013 3:45PM

    Sounds like you have lots of fun along the way. Great pictures - made my day!

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ADRIENALINE 3/8/2013 1:29PM

    Having fun is the most important part of leading a life full of quality. As always your pictures never fail to entertain.

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LASARRE 3/8/2013 1:05PM

    Great blog! Great photos! I need to do more of the sit back and enjoy!

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MIKAEELA 3/8/2013 1:03PM

    Great blog! Thank you for sharing! :) emoticon

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PRESBESS 3/8/2013 12:59PM

    Great blog! I love your definition of fun... it looks, well... fun!

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MANDELOVICH 3/8/2013 11:28AM

    Love this! Your blog and photos made me giggle! I need to have more fun! Great reminder!!

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HEALTHYBARB1 3/8/2013 11:14AM

    OH Evelyn!!!
You so made me smile...I love all the pictures...especially the belly dance outfit...made laugh!!! I love your birthday hug picture...cute toes!! I chose this week to have some fun and went walking by the lake twice with my DH. Sunshine and spring warmth made me smile too. Your blog today has motivated me to do some fun things this afternoon and over the weekend!! Got me making a list of fun in the sun things to do!!! Thanks for the motivation toward fun and play!! SMILES and HUGS Barb
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