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And The Envelope Please!

Friday, April 01, 2011

Results of the March Trivia Challenge:-

emoticon emoticonMonty68 with 90%

#2 - Sunny with 89%

#3 - Irene with 87%

#4 - Marcy with 76%

#5 - Addy with 74%

Honorable Mention - Tee with 67% but only 4 entries.....

Among the missing - Mom4407 whose last entry was 3/17/11 and was 88%! I wish that you posted more often and helped push all of us to better scores!

emoticonWhat a great Challenge Team we have! Thanks to all who enter every month and work hard at studying!

  
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DIDMIS 4/4/2011 2:03PM

    Ha ha, Sunny I had to read this again. I got my income tax ready but as you know they don't send out forms or the envelope as they used to. I call Internal Revenue to find out what kind of envelope I could use. I guess any old envelope will do as long as the forms fit into it.
I was asking "And the Envelope Please"
Irene

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SUNNYWBL 4/3/2011 1:27AM

    Irene, What did I mean? I guess I watch too many award shows!
Sometimes they say "And the Winner is ___. Other times they ask for the envelope with the winner's name. Or, you are pulling my leg and I'm too tired to realize it! emoticon

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KAKIPOPUP 4/2/2011 6:17AM

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JHADZHIA 4/2/2011 1:44AM

    I tied with your 89%! Yeah us!

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MNNSAIDE 4/1/2011 8:06PM

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DIDMIS 4/1/2011 7:29PM

    Thanks Sunny and what did you mean by "and the envelope please"?

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MONTY68 4/1/2011 4:55PM

   
Thanks Sunny, I got lucky, first time I got 90%.
You also did great with your 89%

Monty

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WBL's New Chore Service & The Provenance of My New Profile Pictures

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Last year my area was blessed to see the start of a Senior Chore Service. The program originated with funds from a one year grant. The purpose was to help seniors stay in their own homes longer with help for chores they either couldn't do or could no longer do. Although the chores are done strictly by volunteers, there is a sliding fee based on income. The fees collected will enable the Service to continue to operate. The volunteers are fully 'vetted' by background checks before starting.

I signed up for the program last year. The process started with a home visit from the Chore Program Co-ordinator, a lovely lady named Sallie. She fully explained the program, cost, and what the volunteers can do and what they are not allowed to do. After providing my income information, we walked around my house talking about what I wanted done and making a list.
Her job is to find volunteers with the needed skills, schedule them, come with them for the first visit to make sure they felt comfortable doing the work required. They Never do anything that requires professional licensing, ie plumbing, electrical work, etc. The senior is expected to supply all the needed materials. (The red tape and documentation required precludes the
volunteer from getting the supplies needed themselves. They can give you a list.

I had some very pressing wants:

1. Connect my living room's analog TV to a digital converter and HDTV antenna. I had tried several times to do this and never was able to get it to work.

2. Finish installing the woodwork in my entry (foyer), inside trim around the front door, trim on the entry closet, base boards in the entry, shelving and clothes pole in said closet and a folding door for the closet.

3. Reconnect the vent hose on my dryer to the outside vent. I was taking my clothes to the Laundromat for drying to prevent my house from being eaten by mold.

4. Install smoke detectors in house.

(2. was part of the leftovers from my previous encounter with a very crooked contractor. I got a lawyer, took crooked contractor to court, I won, he lost his contractor's licence. I was left broke, depressed, and with much work undone. The entry was just the most obvious of the undone work.)

Within two weeks, I could again watch TV in my living room, the smoke detectors were detecting, the dryer was again vented to the outside,and all the trim was installed in my entryway. The closet work will happen as soon as I have more funds available.

This chore program (and the local meals-on-wheels program) needs more funding to continue. Sallie approached me to help with a fund raising video. My part was a video interview describing how the chore program was helping me. I was glad to help. She and the photographer/videographer (another volunteer) came to my home last Wednesday. It was a very comfortable process. When we were done, I jokeingly asked the camera guy if he was willing to take a few still photos for me to use here on Spark and on Match,com. He was willing and these three photos arrived in my e-mail the same night...................

I think the fundraiser is scheduled for sometime in late February.

  
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MOM4407 2/2/2011 4:40AM

    What a great blog! I used to help with the meals on wheels program at my church it is such a need service. This program sounds so good. To think our Wonderful Sunny will be sharing and promoting the good work these individuals are doing. I love the new picture.

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BOBBIENORTHERN 2/1/2011 6:06PM

    This is really a blessing and something this good just has to continue, I am sure that the funds will come in or some means to enable the service to continue. I am so glad for you to have finally got things finished, almost.

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MONTY68 1/31/2011 9:43PM

    Hi Sunny
This is a great blog, for not only showing us what you have in your area and your involvement, may have other sparkers researching their own community for something similar. IS the video you are on, going to hit the tv stations in your area? The big bonus for you was the awesome pictures that you have posted.
Congratulations and thank you for sharing.

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RIVERWRITER 1/31/2011 2:46PM

    Good blog, Sunny. So glad to hear these services are being developed for seniors like us. I know what it's like to be without a partner to help, because my DH works out of town when he gets a job. Weeks like this one, where snow shovelling will be required, point up the fact that we often need help at both ends of our lives. I hope all states work out something like this service for aging citizens.

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LJCANNON 1/31/2011 2:05AM

    I am so glad that more programs like this are popping up. They provide a Priceless Service to people who truly are desperate for just a little 'Know-How'.
Congratulations on becoming a Star!! And how awesome is it that you got new Photos out of the deal!!
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI am just happy that your new found Fame won't go to your head!!

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YJNANA 1/31/2011 1:48AM

    Thats a wonderful service, and so glad there are volunteers to do such things :)
Love your profile pic :)

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JHADZHIA 1/31/2011 12:29AM

    This is an awesome service! I am glad you got things done you needed. I hope the fundraiser is a big success. We have a Meals On Wheels Program here too..
Would love to see this video!

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DIDMIS 1/30/2011 7:55PM

    Thank you Sunny for posting this. There has to be help out there somewhere. I have things that need to be done. Send them down. :)
I do have friends who help but have things that a woman just can't do. I can't even reach my high cabinets to clean them out.
Now what about that Match.com??????
Tell me about that. Maybe we can find a strong man who can help us but then he would want a strong woman not one like me.
Irene

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/30/2011 6:18PM

    That's great. I'm glad that the program exists and I hope it can help others. My mom would be lost without my husband and brother to help her with things like that. There are so many people out there with needs that others would be willing to help if there was just some way to communicate the needs like this program does for you. May it continue and expand.

Love the new profile pic....but I've already told you that. emoticon

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GROEDER 1/30/2011 5:00PM

    That is great!!!! I wish they had something around here like that. I would gladly volunteer to do whatever I am able to do to help someone.
Now that I am writing this, I think I just found a new project for our Lions club!!!
Thanks for the inspiration.
I will let you know if I can get things going after our current one that I am working on. We are having a Valentines chocolate and champagne party on the 11th.
Glad that works so well for you.
Gregg

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ESLTEACHER1 1/30/2011 4:38PM

    What an awesome service! I hope it gets all the publicity it deserves! With boomers getting older, this kind of service would be a lifeline for remaining in their houses longer and being able to feel independent. Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Let us know when your debut airs!



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MAXFOCUS 1/30/2011 4:20PM

    What a wonderful service. I'm so glad that is available for you. How neat that the camera guy took some photos for you. I hope the fundraiser is a big success.

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Not the Best of News! But, a Great Lesson Learned!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

This morning I got on the scale and saw a number I had not seen for a long time - 157 pounds!

Chasened, I sat at my computer and logged part of the last 7 days of food. I have been writing it down, but not logging it! NEVER a good idea!

All of the days I logged in were showing surplus calories eaten. The worst day was yesterday - I burned 1633 calories and consumed 2361 calories! (data from logging and my GoWearFit armband). Only 11% of those from protein, (I aim for about 25% protein), 17.4% from fat(I aim for about 25%from fat), and a whopping 71.6% from carbs( I aim for 50% from carbs). SODIUM = 3711mg (I aim for 1500mg)

Total Fat 68 g
Saturated Fat 16 g
Cholesterol 29 mg
Sodium 3711 mg
Potassium 3256 mg
Total Carbohydrate 406 g
Dietary Fiber 48 g
Sugars 162 g
Protein 72 g

There was only one food item yesterday that caused most of the damage, a package of Jiffy Corn Muffin mix. Since I haven't indulged in this item in a long, long time; I had never run the numbers. What a shock. If I had only done this last night before I made them, I wouldn't have done it, and I would have ended the day with 172 calorie deficit instead of a 728 calorie surplus!

Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
Total Fat 27 g
Saturated Fat 12 g
Cholesterol 24 mg
Sodium 2040 mg
Potassium 0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 162 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugars 42 g
Protein 12 g

My other packages of this mix will be donated to the local food shelf!

I also have not adjusted to the loss of Curves workouts in my life. I must refocus on upping my other activities...................

  
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MONTY68 1/31/2011 9:50PM

    Hi Sunny
Great blog and a good example on what happens when one doesn't track or really read the labels. It doesn't take much to get out of control. So, now, tracking will be a part of daily living. Congratulations.
I feel bad about your curves, my walking partner was going to curves and the closed all locations here, I finally convinced to go to our clubhouse and set a exercise program, which she did, so now I go with her to assist her getting into a good routine. So you need to find some ideas, like videos on Spark to get some exercise in.

Thank you for sharing.

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YJNANA 1/31/2011 1:44AM

    Wow Sunny, I was just thinking yesterday.........its been forever since I had cornbread. I thought I should get a box.
I forgot when I was in the store, and after reading your Blog, I have no desire to buy any now :)
Thanks

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JHADZHIA 1/31/2011 12:32AM

    I know I can't go without tracking my food accurately. I have been just packing on the calories with very little working out. I miss my Curves too, as well as my high intensity workouts.. But I can do alternatives and track my food accurately, so my weight gain is all on me no excuses..
We can do this!!

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PINKGRANNY 1/30/2011 9:28PM

    Lessons learned are valuable in the long run.

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BOBBIENORTHERN 1/30/2011 8:20PM

    What I am figuring out for me is just so long as I stay away from ALL processed food and eat lead protien, and veggies and fruit raw except when I make veggie soup and I have quit all salt. It really is so easy to get carried away with all the different types of food that are available to us and they all taste so good. I ran the numbers on that wonderful tasting corn muffin mix Jiffy a long time ago and I stay completely away form it. You are s smart lady to nip all of this before it all gets way out of hand. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/30/2011 6:20PM

    It's amazing how such a little box can contain so many calories!!!!

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LEANJEAN6 1/30/2011 5:50PM

    _-- Live and Learn--Good for you!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/30/2011 4:46PM

    How do you like your armband? I just got mine three weeks ago and am still getting the hang of it, but it does take the guesswork out of "how active am I really"?

emoticon Back up on track... move on! You're doing fine... you didn't wait forever to check it.

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MORRIS1989 1/30/2011 4:04PM

    At least you did learned something which is a good thing next time you will do better.

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ESLTEACHER1 1/30/2011 3:50PM

    You've learned a really valuable lesson and I like that you have goals in place to make future days more in line with what you want. Tracking is so helpful and it really does help keep you from exceeding your daily limits. You're moving up, good for you!!

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On Hand Warmers and YaksTrax, Part Two

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Though I have had the Yaks Trax for over 6 years, there is no rust. The newer versions are probably made with stainless steel. I most recently saw them at Famous Footwear for around $12-13.

I bought the handwarmers at WalMart in the sporting goods section ($1.97 +tx for three sets). I've also seen them at Sam's Club in larger packages.

The funny thing I noticed with the handwarmers , they took a while to start warming up( 10-15 min). When I had gotten home and was done with the shoveling, they still had about 9 hours of heat left. What to do with them? I decided to put them down on a small patch of ice near my front door. Hours later, I went to check how much ice had melted. Nada, but the handwarmers were cold! Hmm, so I mushed them up again as I had before. They started to heat up again! The next time, after I use them, I'll put them into the freezer in a plastic bag and try to use them again. The scientist in me lives on!

Note on disposal of handwarmers-
Ingredients - Iron powder, water, salt, activated charcoal and vermiculite.
After use, dispose with regular garbage, All natural ingredients will not harm the environment! emoticon

  
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DOTSLADY 2/25/2011 10:03AM

    emoticon emoticon info ... I always wondered what to do with them after my walks, too. LOL.

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MORRIS1989 1/30/2011 4:09PM

    That is something i didn't know about handwarmers next time i will freeze mines too. I use them because i work out side. I usually keeps mines because after i work out i be sore sometimes i put them on my aching body parts.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/16/2011 2:11PM

    I put warmers on my sore muscles if there is leftover time.

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KASEYCOFF 1/16/2011 4:23AM

    If it weren't for the salt in them, they'd probably be good to disperse in the yard... As for the 'science experiment,' I'm with you, hon - always fun to see what happens! :-D

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MONTY68 1/15/2011 9:05PM

    Hi Sunny
Thank you for sharing this information. Can always learn something new and I didn't know anything about Yaks Trax or hand warmers. I should put that in my memory bank in case I ever leave good old Florida.
Stay warm and have a good Sunday.

Monty

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On Hand Warmers and YaksTrax

Friday, January 14, 2011

I've had my YaksTrax for a number of years, my first pair was a gift from my school bus supervisor during my school bus driving days. That winter, I broke my left ankle thoroughly by stepping down onto snow covered glare ice. My first clue of impending trouble was the thought that then flitted through my mind, "Huh, I didn't know my ankle could turn that way." Well, it really couldn't! About 8 weeks after surgery to fix the ankle and install a permanent 6" x1/2" steel plate thereon, I returned to bus driving. My first day back I slipped on the ice in the bus lot! The next day I became the proud owner of the aformentioned YaksTrax. My boss had seen me fall and visions of 'workers comp' must have danced through his head.....................

They are bits of coiled wire connected with strecthy rubber that can be affixed to the soles of your shoes or boots.
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I had noticed during our first 18" snow that the limiting factor to shoveling time, was the bone-chilling cold in my hands. In and out to warn my hands. Today I went out to shovel some and then walked to the library to return some books in the falling snow. This time, I had HandWarmers between my two pairs of gloves. Wowser, what a difference! My whole body was toasty warm during the 41 minute walk and the pre- and postwalk shoveling sessions.

There is no stopping me now!

  
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FREEDOMSTAR 1/17/2011 5:53PM

    I have Yak Trax Carole bought me I should try using them again

John

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/16/2011 1:48PM

    Awsome..I might get some...could use some toe warmers too!

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KASEYCOFF 1/15/2011 3:01PM

    Are YaksTrax those things with kind-of cleats or studs on the bottom that you can fasten over your shoes or boots? And what are the kind of handwarmers you use? 'cause I surely could use some of THOSE! emoticon

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READNKNIT 1/15/2011 11:15AM

    I got a pair of yaktraks last year! A medical student who was staying with us heard my woes about walking our dog on the road in the winter. She had an extra pair and gave them to me. I LOVE them!

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RASCALSMOMMA 1/14/2011 10:30PM

    Ive heard of Yaks Trax and bought hand warmers but the hw didnt work for me. maybe didnt use em right or somehting . and the YT would they come in my size (rediculously small (6))?HUGS to you always. Laurie

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MONTY68 1/14/2011 9:54PM

    Hi Sunny
Your blog is the first time I have heard of Yaks Trax, sounded like a great idea, but the comment from Sue sounds like Stabilicers could be better. I probably didn't hear of these ideas living here in Florida. Even the hand warmers sound good.
As far as you, I have not seen to many things that would stop you. Great blog

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SUZYMOBILE 1/14/2011 9:05PM

    Good for you! Handwarmers sound like a wonderful thing, though I've never tried them.

I had YakTrax for years, probably starting when we lived in Conway, NH, 8 years ago, where I first had to walk Dingo on ice and snow all the time. I swore by them, but found that I had to replace them every year or sooner, because the coils would rust or break and cut through the rubber webbing on the soles--especially when walking on bare pavement, which is inevitable sometimes. This year I heard about Stabilicers from some SparkFriends, and I can't say how much more I love them! They're basically spikes in a rubber frame, but because of the way they're constructed, I can tell they're going to last forever, which other people claimed. LL Bean ships overnight and charges much less for them than I paid for YakTrax. I can also drive with them on more easily.

Both things, though, are treacherous if you wear them onto a marble, linoleum, or tile floor!

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MAXFOCUS 1/14/2011 8:40PM

    The YaksTrax sound like a great investment - I'm going to have to get some.

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DIDMIS 1/14/2011 8:28PM

    It must be really cold there.
How thoughtful of your boss (worker's comp) to give you something to keep from falling again.
WOW I don't need that.

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