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My Christmas List

Sunday, December 14, 2014



With Black Friday and Cyber Monday and ongoing relentless extraordinary door busters being dangled in front of our eyes, the reason for the season, i/e. the birth of Jesus Christ, is forgotten or at least put on the back burner. I sent this wish list, which music enthusiasts will recognize this beautiful song written and performed by Amy Grant, one of my favorite artists, to each member of my family. I received great responses from all of them. . The words are simple yet profound.

In the midst of planning family events and attending holiday concerts and programs, I think it so important to never forget HIM....our precious Lord and Saviour who was born to us on Christmas Day!

I wish a Merry Christmas to all SparkFriends! Blessings to you all!

  
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ANGELBELIEVER 12/14/2014 8:29PM

    It's so easy to get caught up in the world and forget why we celebrate CHRISTSmas. It never hurts to be reminded. emoticon for that reminder. emoticon

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SMILINGEYES2 12/14/2014 7:01PM

    Yes, it is important to remember what we are celebrating this time of year. Thanks for your note and Merry Christmas.

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WANTED: CROCHET ENTHUSIASTS TO HELP CHEMO PATIENTS

Tuesday, December 09, 2014



I am crocheting hats for chemo patients for our local Kaiser Permanente and also for a young lady who has cancer and needs scalp protection from many rounds of chemo. The two examples posted are for female and male patients. This is a very simple design that I have tweaked to meet the needs of a sensitive bare scalp. I would like to share the pattern so that anyone who has the desire to crochet and donate hats to individuals or medical center can do so. Reaching out to others is what SparkPeople is all about.

I thought this would really be a special opportunity for SparkFriends to embrace the love and support concept which for me is the basis of SparkPeople. The pattern for this basic hat
follows.

Supplies:
1. Very soft yarn worsted weight, I use Caron Simply Soft
2. Hook size: J/6.0
3. Tapestry needle for sewing in the ends.

Gauge:
Band- 1 sc row (width) and 2 rows of sc(length) = 1"
8 dc and 5 rows= 2"

Abbreviations:

ch-chain
dc- double crochet
sc- single crochet
sl st- slip stitch

Band:
Leave a tail of 3" before making your beginning ch. This can be weaved in later when joining the band ends together.

ch 5

Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each remaining ch across, ch1 turn (4 sc)

Row 2: sc in first ch and each ch across, ch 1 turn (4 sc).

Rows 3 + ...repeat Row 2 until it reaches approximately 18". Do not fasten off working yarn. The working yarn and tail should end together. Carefully unite the ends with four sc .

Turn and insert the hook into the working yarn to begin the body of the hat.

Body:

Round 1: ch 1 and sc in first stitch and each st around, join with sl st to first sc. You will be crocheting around evenly around.

Round 2: dc in next dc and each sc around, join with sl st at end of row.

Round 3: Continue round 2 until the height of the hat measures approximately 7.25-7.50"....this includes the band.

Do not fasten off. Measure out enough yarn to weave through every other sc...about 20". pulPull the final loop through to fasten. slowly and carefully take the tapestry needle to weave under the loops of every other dc around. Pull the yarn tightly and sew to the top of the hat together with as many stitches needed for security. Fasten off. Turn hat.

Weave in ends of tail to the band.

Optional: Flower

ch 4, join with sl st to form a ring.

Round 1: ch 1, 8 sc in ring. Join with sl st to fist sc.

Round 2. ch 2, 1 dc in same space as sl st. (ch1, 2 dc in nect sc) 7 times. Ch 1, join with sl st to top of ch2. Turn.

Round 3: sl st in next dc and ch 1 sp. Ch 2, 2 dc in same ch-1 sp. Ch 1, (3 dc in next ch 1 space, ch1) 7 times. Join with sl st to top of ch 2. Turn.

Round 4: sl st in each of next 2 dc and ch-1 sp. 2 dc in same ch 1 space, ch 2 (3 dc in next ch 1 space, ch 2) 7 times . join with sl st to top of ch 2.

Round 5: ch 1, *6 dc in nect ch2 space, sl st in center dc of next 3 dc group. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to chain 1. Fasten off.

Sew flower to hat with tapestry needle.

Note: i vary this a lot. i use more 3dc in some rounds to make the flower more frilly. It depends on the color I am using.

Blessings today and always!
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_CYNDY55_ 12/14/2014 11:14PM

    Mighty Fine Your Instructions!! Very Pretty In Purple emoticon
emoticon for the Chemo patients!!! They will Love them!



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LESLIESENIOR 12/14/2014 1:49AM

    These are spectacular. I'm sure the patients will love them!!!!!

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AJDOVER1 12/12/2014 7:48PM

    thanks for your generosity in sharing this!

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PICKIE98 12/10/2014 5:45PM

    If my dog was still alive,I would use her fur!

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SONYATAY24 12/10/2014 11:30AM

    I am going to try and make one of these. Is there an address that I can mail to when completed?

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REBELBLITZ 12/9/2014 8:31PM

    Great loving gift of love! That will make many happy!

Cheryl

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ANGELBELIEVER 12/9/2014 12:45PM

    What a wonderful idea to show your love. Purple is my favorite color. Sadly I do not know how to crochet. A admire anyone who does. emoticon

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SMILINGEYES2 12/9/2014 10:30AM

    What a loving way to reach out to others. My mother did lovely crochet work but afraid I never learned.

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LIVE LAUGH LOVE

Sunday, November 23, 2014



What a joy it is to have William living with us during his winter break from Pharmacy School at Washington State University. He is a very special grandson. William lived with us as an infant and toddler and is back during his breaks from college. Oh my how the time has flown.

I have posted a few precious pictures denoting his growth from a child to a young man. What a precious gift from God a grandchild is.

May favorite piece of jewelry in my jewelry box ia a macaroni necklace crafted by him at Polly's Daycare. This necklace is truly priceless. And so is this young man!



It is so important to remember our blessings each and every day. William inspires me to be healthy, make good decisions about my lifestyle, and of course to always remember to LIVE, LAUGH, AND LOVE!

  
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SURVIVOR61 12/6/2014 1:30PM

    You indeed have a very Handsome grandson and earned bragging rights Grandma!! I am very happy for you and all that you have accomplished in life and here on SP my sister! You are an inspiration for all to follow. God Bless and keep on inspiring others to live a happy and healthy life style.
Your sister in Christ
Jill emoticon

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AJDOVER1 11/25/2014 6:43PM

    Thanks for sharing a bit of your joy with us!

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SHERRY666 11/24/2014 2:55PM

    YES THEY GROW UP TOO FAST........ WILLIAM IS SUCH A NICE LOOKING MAN..... I CAN SEE HOW HAPPY HE MAKES YOU FEEL........ ISN'T IT WONDERFUL THAT HE HAS DECIDED TO STAY AT YOUR PLACE WHILE ON BREAK.... THE NECKLACE IS SO CUTE.

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LESLIESENIOR 11/24/2014 1:44PM

    What a very special relationship you have with him. Smilingeyes2 is right, you have both blessed each others lives!!!

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SMILINGEYES2 11/24/2014 12:24AM

    Sounds like you have both blessed the others life incredibly.

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KYLE'S EGGLESS BUT DELICIOUS DARK CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Wednesday, November 19, 2014



My very precious grandson, Kyle on the right making the sign of the O for the University of Oregon, has severe life threatening allergies to eggs and peanut butter. He has to be isolated from others in the school cafeteris sitting at the allergy table with other students with severe allergies. This is so hard of his self-esteem.

I wanted to do something special for him for his seventh birthday in August so I searched for the perfect eggless cookie recipe....of course without peanut butter. Kyle and I both both LOVE dark chocolate. I finally found a recipe that I tweaked changing out the regular cocoa with the dark chocolate variety. I also added dark chocolate chips which I carefully screened to make sure they were safe for him to consume.

Bottom line.....he and the family love these cookies. I want to share this recipe with all SparkFriends who might also be dealing with allergies.

This is a moist, chocolate cookie. It could be easily vegan with vegan margarine. The recipe serves 24. I use a cookie scoop and the nonstick aluminum foil for the cookie sheets.

Here is the recipe.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup margarine
2 tablespoons oil
3/4 cup sugar
3-4 tablespoons of water ( I use 4)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa ( I use dark chocolate)
Chocolate chips ( I use dark and I add 1 full cup) to taste

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees.



1. Cream margarine, oil, sugar and 1 tablespoon water until light and fluffy.
2. Mix in remaining water and beat well.
3. Mix in salt and baking soda.
4. Add flour and mix until combined thoroughly.
5. Add chocolate chips mixing well.
6. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour before baking.
7. Place 12 cookie scoops per cookie sheet on nonstick aluminum foil.
8. Bake for 10 minutes.
9. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring them to cooling rack.

I think creative variations are possible. Next time I may try white chocolate chips for example.

Enjoy!
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SHERRY666 11/20/2014 3:07PM

    OH LYNDA YOUR ALWAYS DOING SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR ALL YOUR GRAND KIDS..... FOR SURE THEY APPRECIATE YOUR HARD WORK........... THE COOKIES SOUND REALLY GOOD.... I MADE WHITE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES AND CARAMEL APPLE MUFFINS emoticon emoticon FOR DOUG YESTERDAY..... SOME TIMES INSTEAD OF OIL I'VE USED APPLE SAUCE.. FOR CAKES OR COOKIES..... MOIST AND DELICIOUS......

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SMILINGEYES2 11/19/2014 9:47PM

    How wonderful to make something so delicious for this youth. It is so hard coping with peers. It sounds like he is very conscientious following his diet.

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MOMTO6CUTIES 11/19/2014 8:11PM

    Sounds great.

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JOY BUBBLING IN MY SOUL

Tuesday, October 28, 2014




i never thought I could be blissfully, miraculously set free

From alcoholism and morbid obesity

To experience absolute serenity.

September 28,2011: my personal deliverance

After many years of penance.

False promises no more

Sobriety consumes my core.


The Serenity Prayer my daily guideline

Helping others my genuine lifeline

Live Laugh Love

Thank you, Heavenly Father from above,

For an alcohol free life

And a mind free from strife.





With 100 pounds shed

Doctor visits to no longer dread

From sweat pants to bikinis, plus size to petite

Believe me, fashionistas, the journey has been sweet.






SparkPeople, SparkFriends, SparkTeams

You are all so dear to me

For supporting me in my sobriety.


Celebrate with me my third soberversary

As there is joy bubbling in my soul!


1,125 days alcohol free and counting!

  
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MOVINITMORE 11/8/2014 8:05AM

    To be able to have sobriety and lose the weight is so very emoticon !!!
God has blessed you so very much. emoticon
Lisa

You look beautiful and very Happy !!

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CETANISTAWI 11/2/2014 2:58AM

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ALLENJOSEPH 11/1/2014 3:01PM

    May God continue to bless you, "a day at a time". Sobriety is a very precious gift. We are so blest to have it.
You are glowing, Lynda! Happy. Blessed 3rd Birthday! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AJDOVER1 10/31/2014 6:51PM

    Congratulations! I love that we're all here to celebrate!
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_CYNDY55_ 10/30/2014 10:43AM

    C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S -LYNDA-
on your Sobriety!

3 Years is Special. 1,088 days was your count on this Day.
Many days they are. They go by quickly.
Alcohol Free Life. You do not have a desire to drink.
You have many reasons to celebrate.
Much Joy within You!
You've found Happiness in Recovery.
With it, many rewards. Your weight loss and health.
Your progress in your pictures!

You've always had the courage to Post your Blog!
Rejoice Lynda!
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SHERRY666 10/29/2014 2:25PM

    emoticon YOU HAVE COME SO FAR LYNDA........ JUST LOOKING AT YOUR PICTURES AND HOW MUCH YOUR SMILING AND FEELING GOOD ABOUT ALL THE HARD WORK... 3 YEARS OF SOBRIETY AND HOW WONDERFUL YOU CAN ALSO CELEBRATE ALL THE WEIGHT LOSS....... YOUR AN INSPIRATION TO OTHERS AND I JUST LOVE THE LAST PICTURE OF YOU POSTED....... YOU LOOK SO RADIANT emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LESLIESENIOR 10/29/2014 11:56AM

    Congratulations! You are a wonderful example to others that anything is possible, at any age.

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JSTETSER 10/29/2014 11:32AM

    You rock!
Thank God for the help of Jesus in our lives

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SMILINGEYES2 10/29/2014 11:10AM

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So happy for your transformation. You are an encouragement for others showing it can be done.

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SAGE150 10/29/2014 5:38AM

    Congratulations on you soberversary. I know that every one counts and is even more special than the last. Keep it going! Keep the joy bubbling in your heart. Congrats on your spectacular weight loss as well.

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Sage

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MAGGIEVAN 10/28/2014 11:16PM

    You are doing great. May I ask...is it a question of loving yourself now for the first time or has it nothing to do with that. A male in our family is an alcoholic and I simply don't understand it.

By the way, you are a very beautiful lady. Congrats with all your achievements. emoticon

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