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Spring flowers! What Sara's been up to...

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dear Spark Friends,
It just occurred to me that some of you might like to get some lovely spring bulbs and help my choir out at the same time. So I'm sharing this email message here, to give you the opportunity. Fundraising for this Rome trip has been taking up a lot of my time but I'm hoping to be back to more of a normal routine soon. Thanks to all of you for continuing to comment and to be there for me! I do NOT forget you, busy though I may be. Sometimes I think my Spark friends are better friends than my so-called Real Life friends...
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Dear Friends of Music and/or Flowers -
And friends/members of OLV Sanctuary Choir, past and present -

As you may have heard, OLV's choir is planning a pilgrimage to Rome immediately after Christmas this year!
We have members who need help in order to make the trip, so we are selling beautiful spring bulbs, through this website...

Here is the link directly to our page:

Many unusual combinations of spring bulbs are available until April 27th. Three more days to decide! Good prices too.
We have sold many of these in person but doing this online is very easy and secure.
The company is a good one, our members have ordered from them before and been pleased.
You can order as much as you want and still only pay $5 flat shipping fee! If you order more than $40 worth, you get a free set of bulbs!

So if your garden could use a bit of spice, check out our link and order - and help us go to Rome!

God bless you and your family and your garden this year!
Love, Sara

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MICKEYMAX 6/3/2012 6:46PM

    hope all is going well. I am a wee bit behind of my blogs and missed out. hope all is excellent!

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TEENY_BIKINI 5/4/2012 10:51AM

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CANNIE50 5/2/2012 1:55PM

    I am sorry I missed this! emoticon I need to get back to planting bulbs, even though they tend to serve as tasty snacks for the neighborhood deer. The trip sounds fantastic.

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CELLO23 4/26/2012 4:35PM

    Good luck with the bulbs! Busy here too - aggh! keep the heid!

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STRIVER57 4/26/2012 2:36AM

    i would even though i only have a couple of window boxes, except the shipping and duty and stuff would be pretty prohibitive. great fundraising idea, though.

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CLAIREINPARIS 4/25/2012 9:32PM

    So sorry I don't have a garden and I don't live in the US! Good luck Sara! emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 4/25/2012 4:51PM

    Sounds like a fun trip. I don't garden (black thumb) but I like the idea of the bulb sale for a fundraiser. Good luck!

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"Now, thieving time..."

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

It's on days like this that I remember, I am 66 years old going on 67...
Tension-producing developments at work lead to lack of sleep and I finally hit bottom and fall asleep, heavily asleep, for two hours on the sofa when I should be finishing a task.
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So what do I do? Listen to my body, which perhaps is warning me that it needs rest to be ready for the coming onslaught of rehearsals and masses...and read a murder mystery!

No, I do NOT feel this old yet, but I could not resist sharing this quotation with you.

"Now, thieving Time, take what you must --
Quickness to hear, to move, to see;
When dust is drawing near to dust
Such diminutions needs must be.
Yet leave, O leave exempt from plunder
My curiosity, my wonder!"

- Mark Antony DeWolfe Howe, quoted by M. C. Beaton in Death of a Dustman

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TEENY_BIKINI 4/10/2012 9:16PM

    Sleep is a beautiful thing. Enjoy!

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MERRIKATE 4/6/2012 4:53PM

    THAT was what we used to call a Power Nap, I think, one that grew because you needed it to. I take MUCH comfort in the recent research on the blessed benefits of sleep in keeping us youthful -- having just a month ago turned 67, this info is music to more than merely my ears! Being right-rested keeps the brain young and changing in GOOD ways, and that so splendidly protects our curiosity, our wonder from the filtering veils of time's dust. When I retired from my career, my physician looked me in the eyes and firmly murmured, "Now, sleep, sleep, sleep -- no more excuses." I did, too. Did much to turn retirement into re-FIRE-ment! All our systems benefit deeply.

Yup -- the secret of a vibrant ripening for us IS "listen to your body"! So glad you did that this time, HURRAY for self-healing!


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STRIVER57 3/29/2012 1:27PM

    i like that ... based on how distractible i am when doing work-related research online, curiosity is not something i risk losing. fortunately. when you need to nap ... you need to. wishing you better sleep.

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CELLISTA1 3/29/2012 11:44AM

    Being this age is such a mixed bag! (I'm the same age as you! When is your birthday?) I'm extremely grateful for the increased wisdom and understanding. I'm nicer now! - and definitely more caring toward other people. My relationship (love affair) with food has changed for the better. But I used to be prettier, slimmer...

I love to sleep and do plenty of it. How many hours do you sleep at night, usually?

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CALLIKIA 3/29/2012 10:01AM

    Truth? I fell asleep, like HARD asleep at my desk yesterday about 15 minutes before quitting time. I'd been fighting it for 3 days, and then BAM! My coworker woke me up when she came in to ask if I was ready to leave for the day. My calendar says I'm 31...lately I feel every bit of it and more!

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CELLO23 3/29/2012 8:17AM

    Well, there is something glorious about deep, well-earned sleep - very restorative. So enjoy it and revel in it, say I! This word 'should' is quite pernicious and it's worth asking 'says who?' Sometimes the answer is surprising!

And your quote is spot-on - a sense of wonder and curiosity is the key to being youthful. And plenty young people don't have one and are far from seeming youthful! Sometimes I feel very immature. But what the heck :)

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JOY73YL 3/28/2012 7:03PM

    Kayaking - what fun. Keep it up. The calendar says I'm 75 but I really think I'm 25 going one 24.
My kids, "We are older then that!". Me, "That's your problem no mine!!!" emoticon

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What on earth have I been doing?

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

NOT dead. NOT gaining weight...yet...
Losing some muscle because I've been spending so much time editing photos!
But here are the results so far...

I hope this will work and take you to all my photos of Florence!
I do mean to blog but in the meantime this is the quickest thing.

emoticon to all you sparkies! I think of you often even though I have not been communicating very much. It is the silly season, coming up to Holy Week and Easter.

I love reading your blogs and thank you so much for commenting on my feed, monotonous though it may be! More leisured times are coming, I hope.

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    I just had a lovely time looking at your pictures. Many thanks for sharing them, it must have been a very busy time uploading them all indeed!!!

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CANNIE50 3/1/2012 8:49PM

    Your trip sounds amazing, and I look forward to checking out the photos, and reading the blog when you post it.

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CELLO23 3/1/2012 3:59AM

    Wow Sara! No wonder you've been busy! These look amazing! Haven't had a chance for a proper look yet, but had a quick visit and this one really made me smile :


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MEGA_MILES 2/29/2012 8:33PM

    Love the Pics. I so miss travelling. Look forward to more of them.

Welcome back.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 2/29/2012 7:49PM

    It sounds like you had a great time and can't wait to see the pics. Good luck getting back to your goals.

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SWEETSUGAR7 2/29/2012 7:35PM

    Ok so you got some editing out of the way.

Get back on the horse and ride... Get some walking and exercise in and prepare good foods and snacks.

I wish you luck on your journey. Get moving and you will be able to keep moving. If you sit your body will slowly sit to long and you don't want that.

Glad you had a good time and thanks for sharing your blog.

Have a great week~

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Clawing it down here! Hang tight, kitties!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

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This is a cute little kitty picture but I really think we should have one of the kitty clinging to the branch with her would be SO SPARK!

That is how I feel today. Clawing down those last five pounds. 138.2, down 0.6 of a pound. Could be worse, meow!

I know I'd have done better if I had resisted the lure of several helpings of pudding last night plus 3 oz. of bourbon. BUT when you can't get to sleep due to pre-trip panic, and you stay up until 2:30 AM, all kinds of unpredictable things happen. IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE! emoticon

I wanted to get my blog in today - oh WAIT! It doesn't matter, the week's challenge is DONE! Oh well, I guess I have the habit, so here it is anyway. Very soon I will vanish from Spark for a week or so while traveling to Italy, so when I am not there, you will know I have gone. Does that make sense?

I will still be walking a LOT. I will probably also be eating a LOT. We will hope that it evens out. I've tried to do extra videos to make up for the days I will miss on the January Jumpstart challenge so I'm hoping I can still get my trophy. However, que sera, has been well worth it to do that challenge. Coach Nicole's videos are becoming an essential part of my life and even if my weight weren't down today, I can feel myself getting stronger. That's what it's all about!

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to all my friends and fellow team members and especially to all of you who have commented on my blogs and feed - best of luck on the rest of January's challenges and may you accomplish your goals, stay in the game and keep plugging away with flair!

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CANNIE50 1/25/2012 12:43PM

    Ciao! I hope your trip to Italy is everything you dreamed of, and then some. Enjoy every morsel, and every step you take. emoticon (I hope I picked the right flag - I know the colors but not the design ;)

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/22/2012 7:33PM

    Have fun in Italy, it is easier to stay on trak there portions are smaller and foods healthier, a lot of restaurants prepare from sctrach nice!!
Have fun

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 1/22/2012 1:01PM

    Hope you have a great time on your trip! Have fun!

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STRIVER57 1/22/2012 7:29AM

    you'll walk it off in Italy ... and as Buteafull says, portions are smaller there. i think your hotel is not far from an excellent pizza by the gram place that's in that book, i think. great for lunch if you're around there for lunch.

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BUTEAFULL 1/21/2012 1:46PM

    make those bites count, eat things you won't have back home like their version of ice cream in pistachio yum to die for, and you can still watch portions, the europeans don't as large as we do

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    Sara, enjoy Italy. Thoroughly enjoy each bite there, and it will help you not to get TOO much, or you can also share, or bring some back to where you're staying I suppose, at times. :) Don't worry on it, it's one week away where you shouldn't be worrying about dieting. You just focus on a great time, and you'll come back with renewed ambition to begin again to get the last five pounds gone. Just wait and see. :)

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Seated core video

Friday, January 20, 2012

Ok, a quick report here...I missed doing a video on Wednesday so yesterday I did the Wed. video, Seated Core exercises.

This is the one that asks you to pull the abdominal area WAY IN in order to make your leg move. First time I did this, I couldn't feel if I was doing anything different! But this week, I DID feel my abs kick in and realized when I was adding leg muscle to I was able to make the leg lift smaller and feel it just happening from the abs. Cool!

The other thing I noticed was that previously I have done the leaning-back abs exercise and let my back curve, rather than keeping it straight as instructed. SO my back muscles have been doing some of the work. Aha! When I keep the back straight, I feel the abs more.

Today I did the Pilates hips and thighs video, and it was definitely easier than last week. I can feel that this is going to be GREAT for those flabby upper leg parts that we love to hate... emoticon

45 minutes cardio, walking to and from Starbucks at 17-minute/mile pace, in pretty chilly temps! It felt like a fairly easy day. I guess I am ready to go to Rome and walk up and down those seven hills!

Happy weekend, Sparkies! GO CATS!
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HEALTHY4ME 1/20/2012 7:46PM

    OH what videos are you talking about, can you give me the link or whatever. I have back issues and knee ones too so am thinking on trying seated ones for when I just can't do the walking cos of my knee.
Great going and thanks in advance!

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MICKEYMAX 1/20/2012 7:40PM

    You go girl! WOOT!

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