250,000-299,999 SparkPoints
SLIMMERJESSE's Recent Blog Entries

The Rainbow in My Room

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

For background info, and sparing readers redundancy, please read yesterday's blog.

I just set up the Rainbow in My Room and closed myself in the darkness of the bathroom to test it, then the laundry room. It is soooo pretty and will be a blast when night falls and I hit the rack.

But the best birthday present of all that I've given myself is when I started this healthy lifestyle change in October '08. Also, the gift of finding and sticking with SP since January 09. It's the gift that keeps on giving.

And really enjoy my SPfriends. Thanks to all for your warmth, kindness, advice, support and whatever else you provide. I appreciate each and every one of you.

Have a fun day.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SKYEFYR 2/5/2010 4:33PM

  Okay, I get the moon, but what exactly is the rainbow???

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHERIRIDDELL 2/3/2010 11:16PM

    The rainbow in your room sounds gorgeous .I think our Spark friends are little rays of sunshine real glimmers of light sparkling in our lives!Thank you for brightening my days!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ALEXSGIRL1 2/3/2010 8:37PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JERSEYGIRL1950 2/3/2010 6:41PM

    Oh that's funny after I read your blog I had already looked it up and it showed on amazon and I was going to ask about the rainbow cause you can get both as a package..SOLD now I just need to wait for payday next friday..could definitely use little piece of heaven LOL emoticon

Comment edited on: 2/3/2010 6:46:59 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLIMMERJESSE 2/3/2010 5:44PM

    LisaNancy, that's exactly how it feels!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LISANANCY 2/3/2010 5:43PM

    A rainbow in your room, sounds like a little bit of heaven. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

The Moon In My Room

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Over the past two years, I have lost seven loved ones (friends and family members) and have 3 others how are in Stage 4. The sadness and grief tidal waved me and has caused major changes in my personality and life even though I've worked hard to reverse them.

I make my living through my creativity and that was one of the changes. My creative self seems to have left town, as has my motivation. Not a good thing for a solo earner in a high cost of living city.

Since I have always been a fun-loving, laughing kind of gal, I've decided to return to the fun things in life. Maybe at some point, if I have enough fun (along with other therapeutic things I'm doing), the creative, laughing part of me will return.

My b'day is next week and I feel that age is irrelevant. That is, I do not give any power to the negative stereotype of aging that our society loves to do. Have always lived this way, and swore early in life that I would always do what I want regardless of chronology.

With that said, one of my b'day gifts arrived yesterday. The Moon in My Room. It is the moon and lights up to all phases. It's a blast and I'm having fun with it already. Puts my mind on this creative, cosmic track instead of the same old feeling the blues since my heart is broken from so much loss. Honestly, it is wonderful having the moon with me and lighting up my night and early morning.

Tomorrow I will set up the Rainbow in My Room. Yes, there is more to come after these. I am also going to start stargazing and expecting a beginner's telescope any day now.

Have a wonderful day, SPfriends.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SKYEFYR 2/5/2010 4:30PM

  That sounds so cool and like so much fun!

Got boychild a telescope last year and really am hoping to start using it with him this summer. (Now off to read about your rainbow!)

Report Inappropriate Comment
HICALGAL 2/4/2010 6:06AM

    that's wonderful...we should never let our age determine how we should act or live, but by that inner glow that inspires us to live, laugh, love and find joy in whatever suits our fancy. emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JERSEYGIRL1950 2/3/2010 12:47PM

    First off I'm soooooooo P.Off I'm not getting your blogs and don't usually go scanning so I have some catching up to do...I have to check this moon in the room thing..sounds awesome. Lastly I'm so sorry you have faced so much lost I know he can't be an easy thing to go through. I'll keep you in my thought and prayers. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

    I'm excited about that moon in the room...sounds fantastic! Sometimes the "creative" side of me works a lot better when I'm not thinking about it. So I'm glad you are returning to fun, stargazing, etc. I'm sorry for your losses, it seems that you've taken care of yourself through all of it. One day at a time.
It's always good to read your blogs. You express yourself well.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ZUZUBEE 2/3/2010 7:58AM

    The moon sounds wonderful! You continue to move forward and try new things. It may take some time, but the creativity, laughter and fun will return! For everything there is a season.... Hang in there!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHERIRIDDELL 2/3/2010 1:13AM

    A creative block is brutal but I am sure your creativity will return to you. I have an astronomy programme on the computer and we have a telescope here (strangely enough if you read my tonight's blog you will understand why I only actually venture outside to use it in summer !Otherwise I might never blog again being frozen to the telescope and at the mercy of the wolves and coyotes looking for midnight snacks!)We really do have alot in common I have stars in my room , no moon though but I can see a potential addition !Age is just a number .You can overcome anything .I see amazing fortitude in you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TEDDYTEDDY 2/2/2010 8:43PM

    The moon in your room sounds very soothing and wonderful. And a rainbow in your room? Are these something you can buy and set up or did you create them? They sound absolutely wonderful.

I have had a lot of losses in the past few years but they are mostly in terms of big changes in my life and not the death of anyone close. There has been a lot of sickness personally and with members of my family. The last death was my sister about 3 years ago and of course that brought back memories of the other people who died earlier in my life including my father (before I was born), my mother (29 years ago), my sister 28 years ago, my favorite aunt (27 years ago). (Dates approximate.)

Grief can be overwhelming but as someone once said, life must go on. I have never read up on or gone to grief counseling but maybe that is something that would help you since you seem to have had an awful lot of people move on, but you are still here and you need to live. I often think of my father and my favorite aunt as being angels in my life cheering me on when things are difficult and I think they want me to enjoy my life instead of being consumed with my loss of them in this life.

Thanks just a few thoughts I had as I read your blog today.


Report Inappropriate Comment
ALEXSGIRL1 2/2/2010 7:16PM

    happy birthday how ever old you are. sorry for all the heartache you seem to be handling it well. like the moon stargazing idea. remember half the world is night.your creativity will be back soon. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LISANANCY 2/2/2010 4:20PM

    How absolutely awful to have to deal with so much pain. You mentioned that you are creative. Is there a way to show your sorrow and growth to others that may be feeling like the world has come to an end. The loss of a loved one is more than most people can handle. It would be interesting if you could combine your emotional growth into something that could help others. If you do jewellery, it could even be adding a star and giving the piece a name to reflect growth and love. The grief process takes years. Just a thought. Good for you the Moon sounds wonderful. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAICOR 2/2/2010 9:49AM

    Your blog was beautiful, and although it seems that there is no room in your life for the good, you are already starting to accept it through these wonderful gifts. Remember the wonderful memories you have.

Report Inappropriate Comment

What I Do While I'm Sparking

Sunday, January 31, 2010

I decided to cut down my time on this site a bit because it was getting to be too much computer time. What I try to do when I'm sparking is keep refilling and drinking water so that the time is put to good use. And I also have a mini cycle under my desk and pedal while on this site. As much as I appreciate the SP site, I would rather be moving than sitting. So now I combine both.

It's like driving - I try to do isometrics for stomach and butt when I drive. Put the time to good use. (smiling)

Wishing all a great week.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JERSEYGIRL1950 2/3/2010 12:51PM

    Good for you pedaling I do to the water and sometimes sit on the stability ball working out the kinks but I agree I cut my time way now on spark too. Can't write your story if your reading everyone elses emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JCORYCMA 2/1/2010 10:56PM

    Very ingenious! Now you don't need to feel guilty about your sparking time :) I realized a while back that I can't eat and type at the same time. Works for me! I always tell my patients to do their kegel exercises at stop lights and during commercials. You never know what is going on in the care next to you!
Joanne emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ALEXSGIRL1 2/1/2010 6:30PM

    what a grand idea. love it . emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BESTSUSIEYET 2/1/2010 4:49PM

    Hooray for another great idea! I have a pilates ring that I could use for thighs while I'm sitting at the computer. But I definitely notice my motivation isn't as strong when I'm not logging on, tracking, and being held accountable by loving Spark Friends!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLENDERELLA61 2/1/2010 12:26PM

    Great ideas about multi-tasking. Yes, sometimes I spend too much time on this site, too. Making sure I get in my cardio first is probably what I need to commit to do.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BOO-SHAY 2/1/2010 9:07AM

    Good for you in multi-tasking. Though I know how important it is to keep sparking. I've cut back some on my time also. But its great how you are combining the exercise with sparking.

Report Inappropriate Comment
HICALGAL 1/31/2010 8:49PM

    good for you. i spend too much time sparking and kind of defeats the whole purpose of living healthy. emoticon emoticon

ps..thanks for the goodie. i appreciate your friendship and support. have a wonderful week! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LOVEPAINTING 1/31/2010 8:02PM

    Great ideas!!! I need to multi-task more. When you belong to so many teams, it can be very time consuming to do justice to all.

But the bottom your bottom line. Exercise is more important than anything. Keep on Keepin on!!!



Report Inappropriate Comment
FREELADY 1/31/2010 7:42PM

    Details, please! I need isometrics for driving!! Is this a Spark exercise or your own innovation?

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHERIRIDDELL 1/31/2010 6:46PM

    I have dug out my ancient thighmaster to use while on the Sparksite ,so great minds think alike we are putting our computer time to good use and multi-tasking!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TWEETYKC00 1/31/2010 6:45PM

    keep on going any way you need to! at least you're trying to do something while on line!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DIANET2 1/31/2010 6:37PM

    great ideas!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LISANANCY 1/31/2010 6:35PM

    We will wait for you. I love how you multi task. Just like a clever woman. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

Farewell to My Favorite Author, I Miss you Already! (JD Salinger) And Sugar Issues

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Even though he was an extreme recluse (which I can identify with and fantasize becoming), there is a comfort just knowing that some of your favorite people are still sharing space on this beautiful planet of ours.

The only book I have read over and over, even into adulthood, is my favorite - Catcher in the Rye. It's so funny that I love Holden more than ever as time goes by. In fact, in the first reading or maybe even second, I didn't even fully realize he was writing from a mental institution! Guess that says a lot about me that he seemed like the most normal one of all! (smiling) Yes, I love Holden, I love the book, and I loved JD Salinger. I miss him already and will bring the book out later today and start again. I laugh aloud in all of the same places and find it so relevant even after all these years (decades).

Okay, now on to sugar. My nemesis. Doing better, but still not "there" completely. However, I can feel the difference immediately as my body really responds well when I get rid of all of it. I am still struggling with coffee and, even though I drink so little, it makes me feel awful. There's so much going on in my life right now, that I really don't want to tackle too much and then it might become counterproductive.

Have a wonderful day, SPfriends.

(P.S. Even those I've added as sparkfriends, my page indicates to "add as sparkfriend." So I'm continually adding, adding, adding the same people. One of the quirks I encounter on this site.)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JCORYCMA 2/1/2010 11:01PM

    That note to add as a spark friend, Sweetie is for US to add YOU. That way when we visit the page of someone we'd like to friend we just click on that. I can sympathize with you about a favorite author dying. I love to read and have many favorite authors. There is so much talent in the world and it's sad to see them pass on and not be able to enrich our lives with anything new.
Joanne emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
RICH530 1/31/2010 9:31AM

    A good book makes a great friend!!! Being an avid reader I understand how you feel!! You are right, don't take on too much at one time even if there isn't a lot going on. Make your goals small and therefore attainable!! You can do anything you set your mind to. Just don't try to do it all to quickly!! Good luck!!
emoticon Lee

Report Inappropriate Comment
SKYEFYR 1/30/2010 8:55PM

  I know just how you feel. I'll never forget the day Erma Bombeck died. She always made me laugh and I could relate to her humor so. It's comforting to know that there are others that think like you and "get" you.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GHW1968 1/30/2010 7:57PM

    I just finished teaching this novel to my Eng 10 class. Supposedly, there is a locked safe in his house. I am hopeful that it might contain some literary masterpieces that he was heretofore hesitant to share with the world. We can only hope!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAT573 1/30/2010 6:36PM

    My favorite story was "A Fine Day for BananaFish"!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LISANANCY 1/30/2010 4:15PM

    A good book can be a wonderful friend. I agree with you completely. As to coffee, you may refer to it a poison bug juice, maybe that will help you turn down a few cups. emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ALEXSGIRL1 1/30/2010 1:04PM

    i am recluse also. i will miss jd. salinger also. don't take so much at a time. beak things down to little pieces. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

Thinking of Relocating to AZ. Any Feedback?

Friday, January 29, 2010

I want out of my high cost of living city to an easier one, without giving up good weather. I understand the summers are brutal in AZ, and I've been through that before in Palm Desert for a couple of years. Any feedback - pros and cons - would be greatly appreciated. You can only do so much reseach on the web, and only drive through so many cities. But there is nothing like advice from those who live there or have lived there. Thanks very much.

Have a wonderful day, SPfriends.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JERSEYGIRL1950 2/3/2010 12:56PM

    I couldn't go back to jersey but sometimes want to go back to be with my kids but they have their own lives...Hubby and I been thinking that too...I'm in central florida where the humidity for 8 months is brutal..always wanted to go to AZ. I guess it's a diferent kind of hot there I would like the corner tip of florida at least to be near the ocean...hubby lived in calif. for a long time I just visited up north...I love it and can't talk him into it..too expensive to live..Oh well

Report Inappropriate Comment
SKYEFYR 1/30/2010 8:57PM

  Come back to NJ!!! Near me. (I know, a totally selfish statement, but I can't help myself.)

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/30/2010 11:32AM

    Wish I could help you with this one but I have been in PA and OHIO my entire life except for a few trips north or south. We are thinking of relocating to a warmer climate but not sure where it will be. Ken has a few ideas but also don't want to be where there are tornadoes and such. Starting to really dislike the cold weather. But in PA if you wait for a while, it is sure to change... However our cost of living is quite low according to the outside world of statistics.
Blessings and hugs,

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHERIRIDDELL 1/30/2010 2:19AM

    Lots of people go there for the winter from here .Winter is brutal here in Edmonton .We hear good things about Arizona .My husband has been there with the military but I haven't been .He thinks it is fascinating!

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 Last Page