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DIY Tip - something Bob Vila never mentioned

Monday, October 24, 2011

Never stay up until after 1:00 a.m. stripping wallpaper in your two-hundred year old house, while the tv in the next room is showing stories of Hauntings, all of which seem to begin,"The family was happy in their home, until they started to RENOVATE..." emoticon

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DANCINGGARDENER 10/27/2011 11:37AM

    It wasn't YELLOW WALLPAPER was it????


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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/26/2011 3:44PM

    ROFLMBO!! Sounds spooky!! emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 10/26/2011 9:50AM

    Thanks for the tip!! YOIKS! emoticon

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LUNADRAGON 10/26/2011 4:16AM

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzs at that hour, it was just hallucinations. You were sleeping between the wallpaper.

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SLIMMERKIWI 10/25/2011 5:20AM

    I tell you what - if that had been ME I would have been a heck of a lot slimmer and the flush would have been working overtime - LOL!


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ACIMPEGGY 10/24/2011 9:33PM

    Bet you tend to munch then, too.

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SUZYMOBILE 10/24/2011 8:16PM

    And now it brings to mind a very creepy late-19th-century story called "The Yellow Wallpaper," by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

This is where the movie audience is yelling at the heroine, "Get out of that house!"

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JANEDOE12345 10/24/2011 5:28PM

    Allow me to wish you the very best as you decline into total madness. I say a padded wall is always more comfy than wallpaper.

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BETHGILLIGAN 10/24/2011 1:33PM

    Maybe you could decide you LIKE that wallpaper???? You're my hero to even be doing this alone in the middle of the night even!!!

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SUZYMOBILE 10/24/2011 1:14PM

    So .... in the immortal words of Paul Harvey, where's "the REST of the story"?? Do you have any ha'nts?

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(part 2) And to answer the question you've all been asking yourselves:

Friday, October 14, 2011

" If you don't care what you eat and you're willing to snag a couple apples and call it a meal, how come you got so danged fat?"

I can explain! Really! I don't particularly enjoy cooking, so I tend to make what's fast and easy, and if it makes a huge pot of whatever, I'll happily eat it all week long. During and well after college, I worked in a lot of restaurants in many different capacities, so I know how to cook big, fast and delicious but not in the least healthy.

The difference is the flip side of the apple thing - I'm alone now. (Not tossing a pity party - just explaining.) A few years ago, when I had a husband and a couple of kids and their friends and a couple workers around, I felt the same way I do now, only the result was different - huge pots of carbonara or Alfredo, a couple pepperoni pies, strombolis, beef bourg with lots of potatoes, lots of sausage with anything, and always, at the end of the day, having a couple beers with the guys.

At the same time I was making all this food, in the beginning I was working as a landscaper, so I burned it all off, and more. Then, gradually, circumstances changed but my cooking didn't, and over time, slowly - literally like ten pounds a year, but for six or seven years - it started to pile up. I didn't notice, and if i did, I didn't care - too much other stuff going on.

And that, my friends, is my story. I should probably put it in my introduction.

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REDWRITINGHOOD 10/19/2011 5:15PM

    Now I'm hungry. I think I'll eat an apple and try to forget all the other yummy things you talked about and concentrate on how yummy the apple is :)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/14/2011 9:27PM

    The food sounds delicious. I love carbonara. pepperoni pie. Stomboli. YUM!!!! LOL.

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BETHGILLIGAN 10/14/2011 7:42PM

    Hey! Life keeps marching on and sometimes we're a little slow to catch up. Sounds to me like you are doing just fine!!!! Have a great weekend!

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JANEDOE12345 10/14/2011 6:56PM

    This sounds like me. Except I used to take a few years now and then to ride around the skinny planet on diet pills. What dark fun to have been 111 pounds and completely faster than the speed of light. How stupid! I also used to cook in quantity and just would not eat it or anything else but Tab and rice cakes.

Now I just eat way too much of things I like and exercise too little -- very simple.

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HIPPICHICK1 10/14/2011 5:00PM

    Yes, I agree that this blog would be well-used as an intro.

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SUZYMOBILE 10/14/2011 2:37PM

    Well, m'dear, I wasn't asking myself that, and you're kinda being too hard on yourself for expressing it. But you sure made me hungry while I was reading this blog--even though I just had lunch! I can definitely understand the danger.

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    Switching gears from feeding 5 or 6 people to nurturing only one (the most important one, I may add) is a huge switch. Not only in quantity of food but also in whether one person is "worth the effort".

I know when I cook I get compliments from others and criticism from myself. I am one of those people who puts a meal on the table and, if I don't watch it, spends the entire meal saying things like "sorry about the lumpy gravy", "you don't have to eat this if you don't want to", and "I wish I hadn't overcooked this so bad".

It would be really hard to put in the effort to cook wonderful meals if the only one to eat my cooking was the person who is the most critical of it. So my compliments to the chef, it sounds like she could use more of them!

('sides, fresh picked apples and cheddar for breakfast is haute cuisine in my book!)

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 10/14/2011 12:43PM

    Mine crept up on me mostly from a stress.

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Different strokes...different folks

Friday, October 14, 2011

~INDYGIRL, who's lost over 150 lbs and is an inspiration to us all, said something this morning that made a great deal of sense to me: "Planning is good for some, while for others, it causes undue stress and binging. "

Like so many others, I've been through the mill recently financially and personally. I've found that I do best without detailed planning. I've lost a few pounds by simply not buying crap I don't want to be eating, and filling the refrigerator with decent choices. Since I'm usually too worn out to make a fuss about eating, whatever I grab for a meal will at least not be too damaging. I've got apple trees in the back yard, so I snag one or two of those with a hunk of cheddar for breakfast, use a bag of ready-washed salad for lunch and dump some beans on top for protein (or for a hot meal, good ol' baked beans - vegetarian, straight out of the can - on whole wheat toast.) I buy the little thin-sliced bread or the round sandwich thingees so if I want a tomato sandwich, it's mostly tomato and not so much bread.

Exercise is the same way. I don't plan an exercise session, but I do make sure I go out for a walk - Ive convinced myself that my dog needs the exercise, and like so many, many women, I'm more willing to take care of someone/something else than I am to take care of myself, so out we go for a walk. Maybe not a fast walk or a long walk, but at least we're moving our legs and getting some fresh air. I leave dumbbells lying around the house, so when I'm staring into space wondering what in the hell I'm going to do about X, I do a few curls. (Yes, I do occasionally trip over them. Consider it an exercise in self-control when you want to swear.)

When we're already spinning as many plates on sticks as we are, just what I *don't* need is the pressure of hitting a set list of exercises or having to make a week's worth - or a day's worth - of menus. It just sets me up for failure - even as I'm making the lists, I know I won't be able to abide by them. It's taken me a long time to realize that this isn't a character flaw - it's just part of my mental make-up.

For other people, menus and lists are soothing - they give a sense of control in an out-of-control life and take away the pressure of on-the-spot decisions. That sense of having everything ordered and planned is calming, and I understand that. But too often i think we of the other variety of human hold these guys up as examples of what we should be doing, too, and then when we can't do it - because it's not in our nature - we beat ourselves up.

The trick, as always is to figure out what works for *you*, and if you're a square peg, stop whacking yourself over the head trying to fit into that round hole. You can lose weight, get fit, save your sanity - and your head will hurt a whole lot less, too.

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EMRANA 10/14/2011 2:00PM

  Absolutely. I have learned very well on Spark that's it's all about what works for each person ~ and if you don't like it, you won't do it.

I have a set fitness schedule because I am spine injured. I've learned what works best for me (yoga and strength training) and I do it. But I'm also very free spirited. I like going through this journey knowing that I don't *have* to do anything and I'm choosing to make good decisions. Though I am vegan, I know that I *can* eat whatever I want. If I want cookies for breakfast, I can have that. I like dancing through life just making each choice instead of thinking about it in one big structure. It needs to be very open for me.

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HIPPICHICK1 10/14/2011 11:27AM

    I go between making plans and winging it. Most times plans fail because life happens. Like they say, "Plan A never works."
My original plan regarding the 30 Day Shred isn't working out like I planned, and if you've read my blog you can see happens!
I love how you just avoid buying crap that you don't want to eat. I do the same thing. There is really nothing in my pantry that could be called crap, even the dark chocolate!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/14/2011 11:13AM

    I agree. We are individuals and what works for one may not for others. I have to plan or I end up cheating but then I have to buy foods off plan for my husband so it's around.

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SUZYMOBILE 10/14/2011 11:07AM

    Very wise of you! I'm one of the OCD listy types, but I also try not to beat myself up if I don't get everything on the dang list accomplished every day. If I do end up forgiving myself too often, at least I know WHY when I start to gain weight or get flabby!

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ALICIA214 10/14/2011 11:01AM


I totally agree with you . We all march to a different Drummer, that's what makes us the interesting individuals we are.


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Coincidences, synchronicities or plain old statistics?

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Today is the one year anniversary of my husband's death, and I'm on the way to the bank to deposit the check for the sale of my mother's house. There are many examples of this sort of thing in my family history:
- all the people in my immediate family were born on holidays (well, technically Alex missed by two hours, but she's always late for everything)
- my grandfather MacNeal's body was sent home on my grandmother's birthday
- my grandmother remarried many years later, and my husband and I got married on her and her second husband's anniversary (he was long gone, and we didn't know about the date)
- my cousin was born on my father's birthday - and I only had one set of aunt/uncle and one cousin.

I'm sure there are more that I'm not thinking of just now. Is this unusual? Do other people's families behave this way? Or is this just one of those you-only-need-13-people-in-a-room-before-t
wo-are-likely-to-have-the-same-birthday things?

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 10/13/2011 6:59PM

    Please accept my condolences.

Price Albert died on a December 14th and then Queen Victoria's children started having grandchildren for her born---mostly--on December 14th. There are frenzied letters amongst them hoping that the interesting event will not occur on that accursed anniversary. I also believe that Prince "Eddy" (sometimes thought to be Jack the Ripper) died on December 14th.

But I really hope you do not think I make light of your woes. I'm just thinking of the role of significant coincidence in people's lives.

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LUNADRAGON 10/13/2011 6:15PM

    Well, October 5 is my birthday, and was my dad's. My dad also passed on October 5 a few years ago. This coincides with your loss as well, Karen.
I think these things happen, coincidences of the oddest nature, to show us life goes on. A life starts, another passes, and each day, and year pass too.

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    It happens. I have the same thing. My mother in law, my maternal grandfather, and my paternal grandma all died on the same day. My cousin and my paternal grandpa died on the same day. My step grandma and aunt died on Mother's Day. My Uncle on Thanksgiving. Both of my grandfathers were born on Christmas Day. My maternal grandma and mom died at the exact same time.

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SUZYMOBILE 10/7/2011 8:43AM

    Ah, there are NO coincidences because we are all connected beneath the surface and are led along our path in life by unseen forces. And I kinda believe that. I've even read "The Celestine Prophecy" and believe it, too.

That said, we just found out from our neighbors last night that we live in the "Spring Lake" neighborhood of Port Charlotte. And we purchased our house here based largely on an inheritance from Bill's mom, who lived and died in SPRING LAKE, NJ. (Cue "Twilight Zone" music. emoticon ) Who knew? We just blundered into this area under the guidance of our godfatherly realtor.

Bill's mom and her former next-door-neighbor, Tom, a much younger man, died the same night. We could picture her at the pearly gates, saying, "Tommy, what are YOU doing here?"

Bill's cousin, Buffy's, father died during the holidays several years ago, and then they found out that her mother-in-law (who knew and loved Buffy's father) died suddenly the same night, at practically the same hour. Buffy and her husband were literally racing from wake to wake and funeral to funeral, because they lived in different states.

Bill's other cousin, Patty, was born in a remote place called Whitefish, Montana, with a population of, like, 5 or something. We later learned that my cousin Don's wife, Patty, was born in Whitefish, Montana.

I could go on but won't.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 10/6/2011 12:31PM

    Sometimes yes. My husband his grandfather and my son all have their birthdays on the same day or within 2 days of one another. My relatives tend to die within 2 months of their birthdays. Which kind of makes sense. The day you are born begins your life cycle and odds are you will live xx amount of years which might be coming near your birthday. I also notice that who ever sleeps on the right side of the bed (using headboard with you laying in it so it is your left of right) anyway the right sider seems to die first. Odd.

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SLIMMERKIWI 10/6/2011 4:14AM

    That sort of thing happens in our family.

My grandfather died on my sister's 30th birthday
my great niece was born on my birthday
my great nephew was born on my sister's birthday
my brother-in-law's birthday was on the day of my Mother and father's Wedding Anniversary,
which just happened to be my grandparent's Wedding Anniversary
My FIL's funeral was on my BIL's birthday
I lost one of my jobs on the anniversary of my Dad's death
hubby's nephew was born on MIL's birthday, as was his niece
his niece was born on his Dad's birthday .........

and that is just for starters too!

It IS strange when you think about it - especially considering there are 365 days in a year (sometimes 366 :-)


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HIPPICHICK1 10/5/2011 10:00PM

    My sister and I both have boyfriends whose birthdays are the exact same date - July 3, 1962. Mine was born in Rochester, MN and her's was born in Italy. Figuring in the time difference, they were born about an hour apart. Weird, huh?

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BETHGILLIGAN 10/5/2011 2:35PM

    My son was born on my father in law's birthday. My daughter was born on Feb 1st, her daughter born on July 1st, and her son on Feb 2nd (don't know if that's a big deal but a little freaky to us!) My birthday is Dec 3rd, my husband's Dec 4th.

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    Coincidences happen most to people who notice coincidences. If you have the type of mind that notices the patterns the universe makes on your life, the universe appreciates the attention and gives you more of them.

Love you so, you little pattern recognizer, you.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

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    I come back, I look for you, I find you. This is an amazing day!
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W5VEOTX 9/24/2011 9:29AM

    Always excitement

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SUZYMOBILE 9/23/2011 11:25AM

    Always good to be reminded of that!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/23/2011 10:07AM

    Great sign!! And I need to make some changes!

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HIPPICHICK1 9/23/2011 9:40AM

    Isn't that the beauty of humans? We are only the constructs of our minds and we can change our minds any time.
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BETHGILLIGAN 9/23/2011 9:04AM

    Love it! thank you!!

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