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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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Getting to bed by midnight 5x's/week - can a 'night owl' do it???

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

One of my new Spark Peeps blogged about needing help & accountability! (See NOEL_76's 9/08/09 blog), which hit several nerves in my troubled little pea-brain that is in need of more self-control muscles.

One of the problem areas we have in common, is getting our 'pattooties' in bed before midnight. I am a terrible night owl/insomniac and had identified getting to bed before midnight at least 5 times a week as an important health goal for me since I've started. I however have only been tracking on my personal goal list (that none of my spark peeps can see). Need less to say, I have been doing pretty bad (except this past Sunday when I met up w/my good friend 'Rita who tucked me in bed early).

So, as of today/tonight I am making public and tracking my personal goal to get to bed by midnight 5x's a week. If you are a night owl who has been able to do this, please post your suggestions and stories about how you did it. I need all the helpful info I can get to get my first personal spark streak a-going.

Ciao for now,

Below is today's blog chuckle for your reading pleasure.
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A woman was sitting at a bar enjoying an after work cocktail with her girlfriends when a tall, exceptionally handsome, extremely sexy, man entered. He was so striking that the woman could not take her eyes off him.

This man noticed her overly attentive stare and walked directly toward her. Before she could offer her apologies for staring so rudely, he leaned over and whispered to her, "I'll do anything, absolutely anything, that you want me to do, no matter how kinky, for $20.00... on one condition..."

Flabbergasted but intrigued, the woman asked what the condition was. The man replied, "You have to tell me what you want me to do in just three words."

The woman considered his proposition for a moment, and then slowly removed a $20 bill from her purse, which she pressed into the man's hand along with her address. She looked deeply and passionately into his eyes, barely concealing her anticipation and excitement, and slowly and meaningfully said....

"Clean my house."


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NOWELLE76 9/10/2009 2:11AM

    Hi, thanks for coming by my blog and writing. I DID make it to bed at midnight last night and was happy to wake up at a decent 8:30 hour today. That's my motivation.. to just be well rested in the morning. Usually when I am up until midnight, I'm not doing anything productive. It's 11:11 right now so I best get going!

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MISS_VIV 9/9/2009 10:05AM

    My favorite sport is SLEEPING. I have never had a problem with that.. I can sleep ANYWHERE, ANYTIME. Or just turn on the TV and I am gone. No, I am not ill, but if I can have my choice between the Late Night Shows and my very comfy bed...Then I will choose my bed. I do have a small tv in my bedroom for the news at 10 but rarely make it that late.
I have no recommendations or remedies.
If I need to stay awake past 10, I will probably have a bit of shut eye in the afternoon. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GETDONE 9/9/2009 1:24AM

    Thanks for the funny!!! It will help me sleep
I found that a funny tv show or so helps me sleep. Also a little good reading and off I go. There will be times that we all can't sleep because of life--so don't worry about that.

also a glass of milk or chocolate milk helps sometimes, sipped slowly.

I tried meds once--not good it left me feeling tired and drug out. Laughing is better -going on the sites for jokes is a great one that is always handy--it is just remembering to do it when I am in a blue mood. and that I can fix!!
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RIPPEDPAUL1 9/8/2009 10:44PM

    I have bouts where I can't sleep, I now I keep a ipod loaded with short stories and classic audiobooks that can allow me settle back down and go to sleep. There are lots of free short podcasts or Librivox recordings.

Another technique that worked for me was going to bed at a set time and getting up at a set time. It didn't vary on the weekend. I worked well for me. Now I have cats that get me up by jumping on my bladder in the morning.

Best of luck with your goal! emoticon

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    Wow - I am proud of you for bringing this up. Please let me know if anything you try works. I have never been able to sleep at night. I could sleep all day of allowed, but not at night. Good luck and please keep us posted.

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LITTLEWIND53 9/8/2009 8:20PM

    I often fall asleep quite easy, but staying asleep in where I have trouble. I seldom get more than 1 to 2 hours at a time!

Good luck with your new personal goal.

Oh, yeah, if you ever see that georgous hunk of man, send him my way. My apartment could use a good clean as well (LOL)

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SHININGSOUL 9/8/2009 8:18PM

    I am the same, and I have tried everything. A routine helps. Also, milk or soy if you can have it, help. And magnesium is helpful as well. Magnesium has been the most successful thing I have tried.
I also find that I have a few comedies, and other relaxing shows I like. If I watch one of these for a bit, I feel relaxed, and have better success.
It is a battle and I honor your struggle.
I have heard that one key for peri and post menopausal women regulating their weight is to get to bed before midnight. It is definitely true as I start gaining the minute my sleep gets out of whack! crud!

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LIMASTAR 9/8/2009 7:54PM

  Loved the punch line!!!

I'm a night owl too. As I've gotten older, I find it harder to sleep much, even though I know I need the sleep. I've tried going to bed earlier, but for the most part will just lay in bed wide awake. Have no solutions to the problem The Dr. suggested meds, but I do not was to take meds just to get some sleep.

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