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"Whose Child Is This?"

Friday, December 03, 2010

The weather over the past couple of days here has taken away all the snow we had received last weekend, but that's a good thing for me as I am not a snow lover. Maybe some day I will get to spend some time in a southern clime in the winter. I got invited to a Christmas Tea at my Mom's special care home this Sunday afternoon. It is the day when they start decorating the house for Christmas. And do they ever decorate. They have two big Christmas trees, one in the kitchen and the other in the living room. And ornaments and flowers all throughout the house. I spend a lot of time there around Christmas, including having my big Christmas dinner there.

I must say, I have been reading some excellent blogs here on SP lately. Well, I just got into blogging myself. I don't much care if I have any readers, it is just nice to put one's thoughts "on paper" so to speak. It is really a lot more fun than I ever thought it would be and I have met so many new SP friends by blogging. I highly recommend it.

I would like to share with you a lovely poem by an unknown author that I found the other day and also a link to a wonderful video entitled, "Have You Been Told?"


"Whose child is this?" I asked one day
Seeing a little one out at play
"Mine", said the parent with a tender smile
"Mine to keep a little while
To bathe his hands and comb his hair
To tell him what he is to wear
To prepare him that he may always be good
And each day do the things he should"

"Whose child is this?" I asked again
As the door opened and someone came in
"Mine", said the teacher with the same tender smile
"Mine, to keep just for a little while
To teach him how to be gentle and kind
To train and direct his dear little mind
To help him live by every rule
And get the best he can from school"

"Whose child is this?" I ask once more
Just as the little one entered the door
"Ours" said the parent and the teacher as they smiled
And each took the hand of the little child
"Ours to love and train together
Ours this blessed task forever."

~Author Unknown~


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GETNHEALTHY45 12/4/2010 12:59PM

    Come on down to Alabama! We don't get much snow and the kids are in total denial that it's winter because you see many in shorts, even today. Personally, I miss the snow - grew up in CT - but don't miss the shovelling.

I am touched that you spend a lot of time with your mother. I hope that my kids will be around like that when I'm older.

Keep up the good work!

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STEVENGO2 12/4/2010 11:45AM

    Keep blogging~ I enjoy your blogs. The song really touched me when I heard it. I thought of those who I love and those who love me back. And I thought how special it is that they are in my life and I am in theirs. I am glad we became sparkfriends so that I could hear that song you posted on your blog. It came at a great time during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Just to take a brake and slow down and think of why we celebrate that most important love in our life we find in Christ! Thank you for your blog!

God Bless,

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MUEHLBBO 12/3/2010 8:10PM

Glad you are blogging. I wasn't a blogger either and I agree that I don't care if I have readers either. It's just been good to get something down, whether it's mundane or not. Spend the time with your mom. It's great that you can.

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WILLOWWINDS 12/3/2010 3:16PM

    Loved the Poem.
That was great. So glad your blogging now. I love that you spend time with your Mom. I miss mine so much during the holidays.


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"The Sun and Our Mood"

Thursday, December 02, 2010

I's rather amazing how our attitude can change with the weather.

I was reading about how the sun affects our mental health.

When you go out into the sun, your body produces Vitamin D and that in turn releases Serotonin.

As Serotonin is the brain chemical related to one person's mood, it makes sense if you don't have enough of those little guys, that you can become pretty depressed.

It goes withoug saying that the more sun you get, the more vitamin D you get and the more Serotonin you get.

Therefore the happier you are when all those elements come together for you.

Unfortunately, not all people are wired the same way. Some people have more difficulty than others to produce Serotonin. Those cases are very affected by the lack of sun. That's why they sufffer from what is called "SAD" (Seasonal Affective Disorder) syndrome during the short days of winter.

Many people who are affected that way will find help by using special lights which will give them the same results as if they were sitting in the sun without the harmful UV. Some people also take a small Vitamin D supplement, on the advice and direction of their doctors and pharmacists.

SO, whenever the SUN appears, get out there and enjoy! Your brain will thank you for it.

Norah Jones-Sunrise (with Lyrics)

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STEVENGO2 12/3/2010 11:34AM

    Yeah I do feel a lot better when I get some sun. Get that vitamin D going and increase that serotonin makes for an awesome day! Bring on that sunshine!



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JENNA3FROG 12/2/2010 6:00PM

    I could definitely benefit from more serotonin! On cloudy days it's all I can do just to drag my body out of bed ... definitely need sunshine to function!

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"Rudy and Olive"

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I had a wonderful morning. I hadn't been able to get out to see my Mom, who is in a special care home for dementia patients, for several days due to snow and a back problem. So, I ventured there this morning and had a wonderful visit. I stayed for lunch and visited with all the residents there. And, to my and my Mom's surprise, her sister and brother-in-law came into town for a visit. They don't visit too often as they live over an hour away. All in all, it was a tremendous morning.

And the weather today is beautiful, nice and sunny.

And now to Rudy and Olive. Our local zoo, quite a large regional zoo actually received a couple of early Christmas presents... a couple of reindeer! Rudy and Olive will grow to 600-700 pounds are their life expectancy is at 20 years or more. We hope to have this "brother and sister act" around for quite a number of years. The public can't see them yet as the zoo is closed to visitors for the winter months. But, I hope to see them when I visit on opening day in March.

Meanwhile here are a couple of photos of Rudy and Olive. Olive is the lighter coloured one and Rudy is the darker one. Are they not sweet? Now let's hope they don't mystically disappear on December 24th. Oh well, if they do, they will be back by morning!

And to get us in the mood here is a wonderful animated video of the song, "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer":


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MOMFAN 12/1/2010 2:38AM


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STEVENGO2 11/30/2010 10:33PM

    I am happy for you that you had a good day with your Mother. Every day you spend with loved ones is special. I hope you get a lot more visits with your Mom.

Thanks for sharing the pictures of Rudy and Olive!And also Rudolph the red nose reindeer!


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Our Very Snowy Santa Claus Parade

Monday, November 29, 2010

To get us into the season, on Satuday our city held its annual Santa Claus Parade. More than 100,000 snowy people lined the parade route. The snow coupled with all the lights and decorations was awesome. In this blog, I am just going to post some pictures from the parade.

Enjoy the photos and here is Mariah Carey's cute, animated video of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"

MERRY CHRISTMAS! (Wow, did I really say that in November?)

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MOMFAN 11/30/2010 2:16AM

    Looks like you had a blast!

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JENNA3FROG 11/29/2010 9:57PM

    Fun stuff! And how nice of the weather to cooperate and give you some snow for it :)

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STEVENGO2 11/29/2010 7:40PM

    emoticon parade!

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MOMSCRZR 11/29/2010 7:28PM

    Looks like fun! Thanks for sharing. Ours is Saturday at the beach, but the temps will be in the 70s, which is fine with me... emoticon

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ALYFITN 11/29/2010 7:08PM

    Great pics!

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Motivation and "My Stationary Bike"

Monday, November 29, 2010

I read a story recently about a man who had just logged 13,000 miles on his stationary bike. He called this "my ride to nowhere."

In 2007 this now 44 year old man weighed 297 pounds and his blood pressure was 142/83. Three years later he weighs 205 pounds and his blood pressure is 110/60. This was a man with a goal, a dream, a vision.

Talk about motivation! How did he do it? He started out slowly, he worked up to 3 miles a day. He now powers his way through over an hour a day, each day, every day, on his trusty bike. What does he do to combat boredom? He plays video games while pedaling!

I know I can learn from this chap. I know if I have the motivation I can do anything I wish. Motivation is in one's mind. The mind must see the goal or need clearly. For the man above, he was concerned about his health and his family. For each one of us, our motivational goal may be different. But, yes, the goal is there... lurking in our minds. defines motivation as "something that motivates; inducement; incentive."

If we can find that one thing, that one goal that motivates us, let us write it out on post-it notes and stick them all over our homes, our cars, our office cubicles and on our bathroom mirrors to look at first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

My goal is to redesign my lifestyle, both physically and mentally. I have lost 44 pounds through this wonderful site and my goal is to lose 40 more. With my SP friends, I know I can do this!

What is your goal? Better yet, are you motivated?


"The reason most people never reach their goals is that they donít define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them." - Dr. Denis Waitley


Motivational Song - Never Give Up On Your Dreams

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GRACEISENUF 9/17/2011 2:27PM

    Bob, I was just reading some of your past blogs and saw the title of this one. WOW! incredible mileage he racked up and you have logged many miles yourself.

I love my recumbent exercise bike. I have had it a few months and the weight is dropping down. I try to ride it every day but sometimes I do take a day off. I will be going out of town tomorrow for 5 days but I am fortunate that our timeshare has a gym and a bike...WOO HOO!

This blog has really motivated me today to just keep pedaling those miles away.

emoticon for posting this one.


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STEVENGO2 11/29/2010 12:01PM

    My autistic stepson, when I had the chance to be his father~his Mom and I have divorced, taught me one very important lesson in life, "Don't give up!'. I have been with SP since April 22 and have lost over 30 pounds have decreased my blood pressure from 160/90 to 110/60 (have been taken off of high blood pressure medication)! And now I have energy and enjoy life! So I have achieved many goals on my way down to a healthy weight!


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FLYER99 11/29/2010 10:34AM

    Thanks for your comments. I need to do more pedaling on my stationary bike. I got it a few years ago and I have racked up a total of 2,409 miles (I just looked). But I have slackened off.. after reading this story and your comments... I am going to really give this a try again!

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MUEHLBBO 11/29/2010 9:54AM

    I have been exercise bicyle for the past month. I put in 12 miles a day, 6 in the morning and 6 at night. The first night I tried it, I only lasted five minutes. Now I go 30 minutes at a time. I haven't added much variety in levels, etc., but hopefully I will be able to work that in also. I'm almost 60 years old. Last week my Dr. dropped one of my diabetic meds. Hopefully I will see more of the same results as the man you talked about. Thanks for sharing. It will help to keep me motivated to continue.

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KIMBERBAKOS 11/29/2010 1:35AM

    Thanks for sharing! THose are some pretty impressive results for a stationary bike. I'm going to forward this to my boyfriend since that is one of few pieces of exercise equipment that he would be able to use.

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