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Monday, December 28, 2009

I joined, why don't you join with me and we can support each other!


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GIGABYTEFL 12/29/2009 1:08PM

    Already signed up, ready to Spark the New Year.

Mac in Jax

Comment edited on: 12/29/2009 1:08:51 PM

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SKILILY34 12/28/2009 11:34AM

    Wow! Good luck everyone - you can do it!

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HJFOGARTY 12/28/2009 11:20AM

    I joined it too! thanks for keeping us up to speed

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LISA0517 12/28/2009 11:16AM

    I'm there.

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SOFEDUPP 12/28/2009 7:37AM

    I already joined.

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    I have already signed up. I really need this now.

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MISSM66 12/28/2009 4:50AM

    I'M there with you too.

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ATULGARG2 12/28/2009 3:57AM

  I'm there with you.

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New Uses for Holiday Things

Sunday, December 27, 2009

I found this article in a news letter I got, I DO NOT ENDORSE NOR CONDONE THESE IDEAS, JUST POSTING THEM:

Red Ornaments as Hungry Bird Banishers

Hang unbreakable ornaments on tomato plants early in the season. When pesky sparrows or blue jays come to peck, they’ll find the hard bulbs (instead of juicy treats) and abandon their attacks by the time the real fruits ripen.

Cookie Cutters as Window Dressing

When you just can’t bake another batch of holiday cookies, turn the tin cutters―angels, bells, stars―into sun catchers. Mix shapes and sizes, string them with various lengths and colors of ribbon, and tack the ribbons to the window casing.

Candy Canes as Cupcake Decorations

Remove the cellophane wrapping from the canes and form hearts by placing them hook to hook and tail to tail on a nonstick baking sheet or one lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350°F for 2 to 4 minutes (depending on the canes’ size) or until they stick together when you pinch the ends lightly. Cool thoroughly and remove with a spatula. If you want to make flat hearts with psychedelic stripes, bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

Muffin Tin as Centerpiece (this looks tacky in the picture)

A centerpiece of mini muffin tins filled with tea candles turns a simple dinner into a special occasion. Mix in a few Christmas balls that have lost their caps to add splashes of shiny color.

This one looks neat!
Foil Cupcake Liners as Light Embellishments

For a string of minilights that takes the (cup)cake, poke the pointy bulbs through foil cupcake liners. Use them for the tree or around your little girl’s bedroom mirror to make her feel like a holiday star.

Holiday Lights as Wreath-I like this one!

Ring in the season with a brilliant mantelpiece. Start with a wire wreath frame (this one is 18 inches in diameter, but you can use any size). Then wrap a string of lights around the frame, making sure to leave enough slack to reach the plug; otherwise use an extension cord.

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SOFEDUPP 12/27/2009 9:25AM

    I like the idea of the ornaments to save the tomatoes. I wonder if it really works.

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GRAMMYEAC 12/27/2009 6:47AM

    Some neat ideas, some tacky ones...

By the time the next holiday season rolls around, though, I will have forgotten about them!

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How can you bring out the best in others?

Saturday, December 26, 2009

This is the Healthy Reflections e-mail I got on December 26. Thought I would share it.

The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.

- Benjamin Disraeli, British statesman
How can you bring out the best in others?

Everyone has hidden treasures of talent and undiscovered potential. Everyone has something substantial to contribute. Why are these valuables still buried beneath the surface? Why don't they shine through? Confidence may be an issue. By teaching someone a new skill, you can help build that confidence. People need someone to believe in them. They need to know that if they take that first step out of their comfort zone, someone will be supporting them all the way. With small words of encouragement, with just a little extra time, that someone could be you. In some cases, others may just be unaware of their true abilities and potential. If you've never tried to shoot an arrow, how do you know that you're not the next Olympic archer? Concentrate on bringing out the best in others, and you'll bring out the best in yourself. Then stand back and watch 'em go.

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TRASHSTUFF 12/29/2009 1:16PM

  You've put a big smile on my face and peace in my heart. Thank you.

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HOPE2BE 12/26/2009 10:47PM

    You know Robin you have done that with me and it does work. Sometimes I'm down and you build me up. Sometimes its others but Spark People are good about encouraging and building others up.

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SIANAN74 12/26/2009 9:17AM

    Amen! Well said!


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SOFEDUPP 12/26/2009 9:05AM

    That is so true. I try that with my students when they tell me they are stupid or can't do something they never tried. Of course when it comes to something I want to do, it doesn't apply, Ha Ha!

Very inspirational and something to truly think about and live. Thank you!

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CSDAYS 12/26/2009 2:11AM

    We should all do this!


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Merry Christmas one and all

Friday, December 25, 2009

Santa brought me a barbell bar with the hooks for the weights, a Carb counter program for my computer, a fan for my computer (and me), a couple of movie dvd's and a wireless ear phone for my Skype.
The dinner is still cooking, just taking time to Spark!

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SOFEDUPP 12/25/2009 8:44AM

    It sounds like Santa was good to you. Hope you have a great day.

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GRAMMYEAC 12/25/2009 7:34AM

    I haven't seen my gifts yet -- still too early here in NH.

Have a wonderful day, Robin!

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Merry Christmas

Thursday, December 24, 2009

It's almost 11PM, according to NORAD santa tracker, he's been here, LOLOL. DH did buy us a new TV for Christmas, the 20 year old one we had died last month.
I've been cooking all day, cooked the potatoes, sweet potatoes, made pumpkin pie, pecan pie bars, fruit salad, cooked the sweet potatoes, made the dressing.

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GRAMMYEAC 12/24/2009 10:26PM

    Merry Christmas, Robin! Have a wonderful day!

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SOFEDUPP 12/24/2009 8:27PM

    I hope you have a wonderful day!

Merry Christmas! The food sounds delicious.

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DIANNEYME 12/24/2009 6:44PM

    Merry Christmas - have a wonderful day!

Thanks for all your help with the team...2010 will be another great year!


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782298 12/24/2009 3:34PM

    Good for you. Happy Hoidays and take time to enjoy all the food you are cooking.

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