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In praise of 90 year old women! (+b-day cake temptations)

Monday, September 14, 2009

As some of you know I've been dreading going to a birthday party this afternoon, because I have such a hard time controlling my food/beverage intake when I'm at a party or cookout enjoying myself. I told NOEL_76 that my party plan was to limit my food intake to one (small if possible) slice of birthday cake and plain ice tea, diet soda or ice water for beverage. Unfortunately I was not well prepared for what I would be tempted with!

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If you can imagine, her daughter-n-law baked FIVE DIFFERENT CAKES! Strawberry cake, lemon pudding cake, German chocolate cheesecake, carrot cake, and a date torte! Actually I should have known, since this party was for a friend of mine that turned 90 years old this past week and her daughter-n-law loves to bake!! Plus she made fruit salad to go w/it. Anyway, I ended up modifying my plan and decided to cut 1-sq inch bites from 2 of the most tempting choices and have a cup of fruit salad w/ice tea. (Thank goodness there was no ice cream; or I surely would have blown it even worse.)

Part of me didn't want to go to the party because of the food temptation & bad choices I might make. But another part of me absolutely wanted to be there to celebrate Dory's milestone of 90 years on this earth. She is spry, witty, somewhat cantankerous and slightly hard of hearing lady, but frequently says that 'growing old beats the alternative -- dieing young'. She is a special lady and I was honored to be there. Even though I deviated from my party plan, I wouldn't have missed this party for the world.


--Today's Chuckle & wisdom--

Dory's son received and email about another 90 year old lady which I have copied & pasted below. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio: "To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me... It is the most-requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more"

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's,we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

FYI: I came home and googled 'Regina Brett, 90 years old" and found the following statement:

Please know that Regina Brett, author of 50 Life Lessons, is not 90 years old (don't feel bad - that misinformation is all over the internet), but she is indeed wise. She is actually 53 years old; she is the senior metro columnist at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland (Ohio's largest weekly newspaper); she was a finalist in both 2008 and 2009 for the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary; and she has a book based on her 50 Life Lessons coming out in April of 2010. You can check out her website by going to http://www.reginabrett.com where you will see that all I've written here is true !! You can also read all of her past columns, including the columns nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, at http://www.cleveland.com/brett

OK. So Regina wasn't 90 years old after all. So lets praise 53 year old women too!


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GETDONE 9/14/2009 6:05PM

    emoticonwith the good choices you made at the emoticon
And thanks so much for the positive list.

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SKEETER90 9/14/2009 1:47PM

    You did really well at the party this weekend, especially considering there were 5 different cakes. I can't say I've ever been to a b-day party with 5 cakes! It sounds like a great time, and you were in control. It's tough when you have a plan and it has to go out the window, but you did a really good job of modifying your plan. emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 9/14/2009 1:10AM

    Thank you for sharing this. It contains a lot of truth - much of which we know, but need to be reminded of sometimes!

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JEN169 9/14/2009 1:09AM

    I got this in an e-mail once and I saved it because it is good advice! I think I saved it, I will actually have to double check. Anyway... reading it through again made me feel good and gave me a subtle reminder not to worry.

Peace and Blessings,
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Great night sleep & loving community gardening

Sunday, September 13, 2009

I made it to bed before midnight last night and had a really great night sleep. Got up totally refreshed and enjoyed the cool overcast Sacramento morning on the front porch watching the hummingbirds flitting in and out of the flowers and the bird feeders. I could even hear the faint sounds of thunder clapping in the distance as the wind started to pick up. What a blessing it would be if California received some gentle rainfall this weekend. I love the smell of rain when the big drops start falling. It didn't last very long (maybe an hour) but it was divine.

I decided to take a mid-morning walk over to my vegetable garden in the community/neighborhood garden near the house. The sunflowers have all gone to seed and the birds are just thrilled with this and chirping ecstatically about their fabulous find. Two of my neighbors were in the garden watering and weeding and picking zinnias and tomatoes and peppers. I was originally reluctant to commit my energy to planting a garden in a community location. I was worried about conflicts w/other gardeners and the vegetable thieves that are known to run off with stuff.

I've had my run ins w/one of the gardeners next too me about "boundary line" locations and abuse of my scarecrow & boundary markers; I've actually had one of my old watering hoses stolen, and several big tomatoes that I had let stay on the vine because I wanted them to reach the peak of ripeness. Despite this, the joy of walking over there, chatting and getting to know other gardeners in the neighborhood and the sharing of our excess bounty has made up for any/all of the negative things I've experienced w/the garden. I hope more neighborhoods and communities develop urban gardens. They are a blessing in so many ways.

Yeah for community gardens!


I had a problem with my computer, so I called the 10 year old next door, whose bedroom looks like Mission Control and asked him to come over.

Dave clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem.
As he walked away, I called after him, 'So what was wrong?'
He replied, 'It was an ID 10 T error.'
I didn't want to appear stupid, but nonetheless inquired, 'An ID 10 T error. What's that? Incase I need to fix it again?'
Dave grinned, 'Haven't you heard of an ID 10 T error before?'
'No', I replied.
'Write it down,' he said, and you'll figure it out.'
So I wrote down ID 10 T


I used to like this kid

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SKEETER90 9/13/2009 10:09PM

    Thank you for writing this blog! I loved the images that you wrote about - very refreshing. So glad you had a good day :)

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AJDOVER1 9/13/2009 11:30AM

    Your blog is a great way to start my day! Thank you!

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FAILED: to get big bootie in bed by midnight.

Friday, September 11, 2009

I failed to get my big ol bootie in bed by midnight last night. Ended up eating a Popsicle & 2 regular yogurts and watching boob-tube before hitting the sack at 2AM.

Part of me wanted to meet my goal, but the other part of me was just having too much fun chatting w/my mom (about her night out w/friends preparing for special music at upcoming church/fellowship); THEN w/my nephew & his buddy (about Philosophy & American History studies at college this past year).

emoticonRATIONALE: I allowed myself 2 nights a week to get to bed after midnight, so last night is not necessarily a total failure.

emoticonASSESSMENT: The 5 nights a week parameter was a good decision for me, but I really need to have ready, healthy low cal snacks available for next time this occurs. So I'm putting 'Light' yogurts & popsicles on my grocery list for this coming week.


(my current exercise program for the week)


Chin and jaw toner video:


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GETDONE 9/12/2009 10:36PM

    Great planning!!! emoticon

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MIMULUSBUG 9/12/2009 12:25AM

    REEDSKI: So what time do you get up in the morning?...

In my younger years I could regularly get by on very little sleep; to bed at 2AM up at 6:30AM w/no pain. Today I got up at 7:30 am and thought about turning over in bed, but didn't. I so need to read up on circadian rhythms, thanks for reminding me. I've not read a thing about circadian rhythms in years so would benefit from a refresher.

GILLIANMASTERS: I am a late night chocolate fiend...

I am definitely going to be on the look out for those 90 calorie chocolate Popsicles! Thanks for the helpful suggestion.

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REEDSKI 9/11/2009 2:52PM

    So what time do you get up in the morning? I'd never survive if I stayed up past midnight 2 nights a week.

Have you read about our circadian rhythms?

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    I am a late night chocolate fiend. there are some really good chocolate popsicles that are under 90 calories each. Good luck. I like that you are not beating yourself up for one night. That is a great attitude to have. Have a wonderful day.

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HAPPYCPA1965 9/11/2009 1:42PM

    I liked your blog. You identified the problem, found the fix and have a plan. Congrats!

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Things can be better in the morning :-)

Friday, September 11, 2009

What a difference a good sleep can make. Happy faces/smiles (except for pop of course, but he can't help it.) Best of all my beater truck started up!!! Yeah! (I was dreading having it towed over to my mechanics shop.)

Ticked off a lot of my to-dos today: got prescription refills, purchased coffee pot gift, hunted down & purchased the evasive 'bottle washer" I've been needing for my sports bottles. Connected w/SMASHY1 at the Arden Library to check out the meeting room for up coming SparkPeeps potlunck (what an awesome facility for FREE!!!). Right now it looks like there will be 3 at the Sept 15th potluck. I'm going to call it a success if we get one or two more Sacramento Sparkies to join us. I'll bring my digital camera to document the event and post.

SMASHY1 & I had lunch at Denny's on Watt (between I-80 & Bus-80, for those of you from Sacto). Denny's menu has a nice selection of low cal meals. I had 'full' chicken-baja salad & SMASHY1 had 1/2 chicken-pecan-cranberry salad & bowl of soup. The waitress was swell (quite the character) and overall service was good.

This evening I tried to post "award medals & ribbons" to the SacSparkle peeps that participated in the August "Huddle Your Bootie off Challenge" & the top 5 Spark Points & Fitness Minutes team members; but am afraid I can't type that well and hit the return key before proof reading things. So if you have something on your Spark Page from the team that doesn't quite make sense, forgive me -I meant well...



Note: These were compiled by another & just shamelessly copied/pasted here.

1. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

2. Don't worry about what people think; they don't do it very often.

3. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian anymore than standing in a garage makes you a car.

4. Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

5. Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.

6. A person who is nice to you but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.

7. For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.

8. If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.

9. Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of cheques.

10. A conscience is what hurts when all of your other parts feel so good.

11. Eat well, stay fit, die anyway. (Someone's Favorite)

12. Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it. Embrace your differences. Love each other.

13. A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand. (2nd Favorite)

14. Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.

15. Opportunities always look bigger after they have passed.

16. Junk is something you've kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.

17. There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.

18. By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.

19. Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator.

20. It ain't the clothes that make you look fat. (Honorable Mention) LOL

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SKEETER90 9/11/2009 9:18PM

    I'm so glad that you had a better day today!!

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SNAZZYPS 9/11/2009 7:41PM

    Those were good - have a good day!

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GILLIANMASTERS 9/11/2009 11:39AM

    This was awesome to read first thing in the morning. Thank you. Have a wonderful day.

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PHYSICIST 9/11/2009 11:26AM

    I especially liked 4, 8 and 19!! thanks MIMU!!! emoticon

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LINDACHRISTIE 9/11/2009 6:53AM

    I like this.

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JANIEWWJD 9/11/2009 3:23AM

    emoticonWow!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Huh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Bad day today, but finally winding down listening to Bonnie Rait & Van Morrison

Thursday, September 10, 2009

I had a crazy-bad day today. Things went down hill after big fight/blow up w/hubby in the morning. The day climaxed with me running out of gas in my beater truck by myself, dealing w/AAA, and ultimately having to have my truck and me towed home this evening.

Thank goodness for jacuzzi tubs, hot water, Bonnie Rait & Van Morrison. I am so ready to go to bed!

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GETDONE 9/11/2009 12:35AM

    Good night sweetie, sleep well. emoticon

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SHININGSOUL 9/10/2009 8:26PM

    so sorry, a soothing bath and a hope for a better tomorrow!

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SACTOKAREN 9/10/2009 12:29PM

    Sounds like one of those days that are better off put in the past and put into perspective.

I love your cartoon - says it all about relationships!

Hope today is better for you.

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SKEETER90 9/10/2009 12:14PM

    What a sucky day you had yesterday. It's so good that you took the time for yourself to relax, as much as you can anyway.
How are you doing today so far? I'm thinking of you.

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MISS_VIV 9/10/2009 10:25AM

    A better today my dear. Bonnie Rait and Van Morrison will make everything seem better. You might want to check out Pandora radio and make up your own station.

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