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Happy Birthday to me yesterday, and Happy Birthday to Baby Jesus today!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The really important one is today, so Merry Celebrations to you all on His behalf. I hope it is as joyous a day for you as it is for me.

Yesterday was a quiet celebration of my 68th year on this earth, because the ice storm made the roads a bit treacherous for travel. But that was OK--I thought I'd have a quiet day of reflection, but my family and friends had the phone ringing all day.

I enjoyed a wonderful dinner with all my favorite dishes--huge prawns bathed in garlic butter, baked potato with butter and sour cream--they were small so I had two, green beans and white wine! Ta da! So good! Even though I can see the Spark dieticians shaking their heads. I'll be good again...tomorrow.

Then I thought of some things I still needed to get done before Christmas, and decided, "Nope, not on my birthday!"

It's so nice to reach the age of "I'll do it if I want to, and if I don't, well...."

It's wonderful to be in such good health that I actually forget how old I am, and have a tendency to refer to others my age as "the elderly," not considering myself a member of their group.

I'm just truly thankful for life, in all its colors and textures. I'll take it all...all that I can get.


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COLUMBINE2 12/29/2013 11:04PM

    I'm glad you had such a great birthday! You are the youngest 68 I've ever seen or known! Lookin' awesome and getting better every day, I'd say!

Glad you had a fun birthday ... with prawns..........my fave! Here's to the best year ever with lots of fun, good health & NEW friends, opportunities & challenges met! Go, baby, GO!

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/26/2013 1:51AM

    Stay young, girlfriend! You look marvelous. Many blessings to you this day as we enter and celebrate the Second Day of Christmas. Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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SVELTEWARRIOR 12/25/2013 9:56PM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY my friend!!!!!!!!!!!!! Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!

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BBONET 12/25/2013 6:17PM

    Happy Birthday dear friend!!! What a great day to be born!!! emoticon emoticon

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KALISWALKER 12/25/2013 4:52PM

    Life is good!

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JTREMBATH 12/25/2013 1:14PM


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JUSTLYLE 12/25/2013 9:33AM

    Great attitude and outlook on life, Happy Birthday yesterday and a Big Happy Birthday to our Lord and Savior!

The Old Farmer Skeeter emoticon

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Friday, December 20, 2013

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IMIN2GENES 12/21/2013 7:51PM


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ADRIENALINE 12/21/2013 7:17PM

    So cute. Thanks

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FLORIDASUN 12/21/2013 8:18AM

    Lovin it...ya gotta have a sense of humor during the holidays! emoticon emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 12/20/2013 10:48PM


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SPERRIN2012 12/20/2013 9:58PM

    Tall and better.
Taco Bell

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Mandela, Rest in Peace

Friday, December 06, 2013

What can I say? Only that I am so grateful to have lived in this era of so much positive change effected by so many people. But Mandela has always been beside Martin Luther King as one of my heroes.

What a gentle, strong man. I can't even imagine how hard my heart would have been after being purposely, unfairly jailed for 27 years of my life's prime. I would have come out swinging. He inspired millions to do the right thing.

A friend who recently returned from South Africa said he could not believe how peacefully and genuinely cordially everyone of every race treats each other there. Oh boy, could we in the US learn something about softening our hearts after legislation has changed our way of life. Maybe some day...

Many of Oprah's guests say that we have been sent here for a purpose, that our job is to find out what our purpose is and to carry it out. I'm still trying to figure out what mine is.

Apparently Mandela did what he was sent here to do. And he did it well.

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COLUMBINE2 12/6/2013 11:23PM

    He was one of the greatest men to walk the earth. Like you, I can't imagine going through his experiences and coming out the way he did! I wish he could help us in the US....we certainly need it!

I'm so grateful for the huge feats he accomplished.

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ADRIENALINE 12/6/2013 6:24PM

    Such a loss. His grace and gentility has been a light for all of us. Hi strength has done a lot to improve all of humankind!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 12/6/2013 5:28PM

    A great loss of a Great man

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RIDLEYRIDER 12/6/2013 7:37AM

  We should learn from this great man. We can only hope....

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AZMOMXTWO 12/6/2013 7:12AM

  great blog

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Overnite oatmeal parfait

Sunday, November 10, 2013

I just finished making the simple overnight prep. This is going to be yummy! I didn't have lemon fat-free pudding, but I had vanilla so I just added a smidgen of lemon extract to it. And I had some non-sweetened vanilla almond milk and some honey vanilla Greek yogurt--they worked fine. Also I had old fashioned oatmeal. Next time I may try oat groats and chia seeds. (I just learned that we're supposed to grind chia seeds, the same as flaxseeds--I use a little coffee grinder.)

Tomorrow morning I think I'll add this mixture to strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, sliced bananas and walnuts. Can't wait!

A truly inspired recipe. We do have some smart SP friends!


It was a super fantastic breakfast!!!!


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HEALTHYBARB1 11/17/2013 5:05PM

    YUM!! Thanks for sharing!!
Smiles Barb

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KALISWALKER 11/16/2013 3:32PM

    That sounds delicious. I am adding more beans and veggies to my meals this week.

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BRAVERUDE 11/16/2013 11:15AM

    This sounds really interesting - I will be spending more time cooking in about 4 weeks (end-of-the-career!!). emoticon

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NWILKER 11/11/2013 2:45PM

    Sounds delicious! And no crockpot! :D

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SONYALATRECE 11/10/2013 12:46AM

    Excellent version!

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ZRIE014 11/10/2013 12:41AM

  sounds nice

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Some inspiration for simple, superfood dishes

Friday, November 08, 2013

Big page of Pinterest suggestions


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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/8/2013 11:06PM

    Thank you for sharing this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Some of these recipes look scrumptious!!!!!!!!!!

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