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...
to all of you!
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!
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.
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
Saturday, January 21, 2012
This is a cute little kitty picture but I really think we should have one of the kitty clinging to the branch with her claws...it 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!
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, sera...it 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!
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!
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 this...so 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...
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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