--KREN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=%2D%2DKREN --KREN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Sharing space with "critters" in suburbia. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733368 I have a deck behind my house, an extension of my concrete porch, that is low to the ground but now and then something squeezes under it. I have a bird feeder hanging off the deck covering so naturally there is grain/sunflower seed on the ground a lot, which I know draws all sorts of "critters". <BR> <BR> I have lined the outside of the deck with brick to discourage these critters from taking up residence under my deck. Once in a while something small manages to squeeze in, like a mouse... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 21:43:10 EST Get REAL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706579 Real Food, that is. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1169338285.jpg"> Fri, 30 May 2014 07:54:55 EST Laugh a little! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700693 I like to step on the scale with all my clothes on. That way I can decide how much they weigh! <BR> <BR> Karen Thu, 22 May 2014 10:49:43 EST IN THE LINE OF DUTY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693107 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1986825991.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Please take a moment to honor Chuck Dinwiddie, Killeen Police Officer and member of the Task Force Unit, who was shot in the line of duty on May 8, 2014 and died yesterday, May 11, 2014. <BR> <BR> One of my sons used to be his roommate; one of my sons used to be his training officer 18 yrs ago when he became a police officer. Both of my sons have been good friends with him since they were all about 18 yrs old an... Mon, 12 May 2014 06:57:01 EST TEST - Where's the Blog? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683998 Blog test <BR> <BR> Where's the blog? <BR> <BR> Trying to figure out where new blogs show up under the new format, without looking at everyone's home page. <BR> <BR> Karen <BR> Here is where to post your questions about the new format. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10276x576<BR>19520 </link> <BR> <BR> And here is Coach Jen's response on that thread to the issue of blogs: <BR> <BR> "Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I'm going to try and ad... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:10:16 EST SIGNS I'D LIKE TO SEE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675005 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1543442203.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Spark People reduces images so much that often you can't read them, so: <BR> <BR> Sign on far left: If there is someone behind you and no one in front of you, then get out of this lane! <BR> <BR> Sign in middle: Stay in this lane unless you are going to pass. <BR> <BR> Sign on far right: If you can't figure out why, then take this lane! <BR> <BR> Karen Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:56:24 EST Kids Say The Darndest Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673806 <link>blog.petflow.com/hilarious-you-gotta<BR>-hear-this-toddlers-conversation-with-<BR>his-dad-i-cant-stop-laughing/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Karen <BR> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:58:31 EST Vacation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664906 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2088111874.jpg"> <BR> <BR> By the way, don't forget to thank your cat for the lovely Purrrrrrs and KItty Kisses you get each day! <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Karen Sat, 5 Apr 2014 09:27:39 EST BRAIN FITNESS TIP #3 - MUSIC! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646773 My mother had a stroke recently and will be going to a nursing home. <BR> I find that my brain isn’t as sharp when I’m stressed and exhausted. Her brain is definitely confused. So brain fitness - memory, recognition, attention - has been in my thoughts. <BR> <BR> Posit Science ( www.positscience.com/ ) specializes in brain fitness studies and software. I'm going to post one of their Brain Fitness Tips each day to remind us all that our brain needs good nutrition and exercise too. <BR> ... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 08:36:12 EST BRAIN FITNESS TIP #2 - Museums http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645907 My mother had a stroke recently and will be going to a nursing home. So brain fitness - memory, recognition, attention - has been in my thoughts. <BR> <BR> Posit Science ( <link>www.positscience.com/ </link> ) specializes in brain fitness studies and software. I'm going to post one of their Brain Fitness Tips each day to remind us all that our brain needs good nutrition and exercise too. <BR> <BR> VISIT A MUSEUM <BR> <BR> The task: Go on a guided tour of a museum or another site of int... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:17:38 EST BRAIN FITNESS TIP #1 - Chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645088 My mother had a stroke recently and will be going to a nursing home. So brain fitness - memory, recognition, attention - has been in my thoughts. <BR> <BR> Posit Science ( <link>www.positscience.com/ </link> ) specializes in brain fitness studies and software. I'm going to post one of their Brain Fitness Tips each day to remind us all that our brain needs good nutrition and exercise too. <BR> <BR> EAT DARK CHOCOLATE ** <BR> <BR> The task: Add some dark chocolate to your diet. <BR> <B... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:16:08 EST Loving a rescue animal (Video Clip) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641057 <link>www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1020135<BR>8696360711&set=vb.1572775822&type=2&th<BR>eater </link> <BR> <BR> This short video is amazing and joyful, especially for anyone who has ever loved and been loved by another species! <BR> <BR> Karen Thu, 6 Mar 2014 07:02:10 EST Natural Nature (Photography) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636722 <link>www.mnn.com/lifestyle/eco-tourism/bl<BR>ogs/nature-provides-the-perfect-pictur<BR>e-frame?hpt=hp_bn18 </link> <BR> <BR> I want to be there. In every photograph. And see it for myself. <BR> (Can you see me on my knees under those huge oaks in S. Carolina? I'm a tree worshiper. Or swimming in that cove in Greece? Yes!) <BR> <BR> Since I can't, PHOTOGRAPHERS ROCK! <BR> <BR> Karen Sat, 1 Mar 2014 08:55:47 EST Prayer Request http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630756 My DIL's brother has been diagnosed with cancer of the tonsils! <BR> (He is her only remaining brother. Their younger brother died 2 years ago of various health problems.) <BR> <BR> And my DIL herself had breast cancer and a double mastectomy two years ago. <BR> <BR> His tonsils were removed a few weeks ago. He has a stint in his arm now, ready for the IV and he will be using a feeding tube. <BR> <BR> His radiation will be every day for 7 weeks (That's probably every week day.) and c... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 10:46:24 EST ART - You're Never Too Old! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625789 <link>www.flickr.com/photos/23882161@N03/g<BR>alleries/72157623272449318/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1558056731.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Click the link above to enjoy more of the art of Inge Löök's "Old Ladies" in a larger, easier to view size. <BR> <BR> Her paintings will make your heart sing with joy. <BR> <BR> Karen Sun, 16 Feb 2014 19:11:42 EST See the Kitty catch the Lizard! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605530 If you live with a cat(s) you know they love to catch lizards! Rosie thinks the poor little geckos are gummy bears. They don't stand a chance. <BR> <BR> Remember your feline is a hunter, even when domesticated. Think what they're like in the wild! <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1020187<BR>1828149711&set=vb.1603544678&type=2&th<BR>eater </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Karen <BR> <BR> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 18:26:25 EST New Blood Pressure Guidelines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602611 <link>www.health.harvard.edu/blog/new-guid<BR>elines-published-for-managing-high-blo<BR>od-pressure-201312186953 </link> <BR> <BR> I saw this news back in December and just came across this article about it. <BR> <BR> In a nutshell, here is what the new guidelines recommend: <BR> <BR> among adults age 60 and older with high blood pressure, aim for a target blood pressure under 150/90. <BR> among adults age 30 to 59 with high blood pressure, aim for a target blood pressure under ... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 18:17:55 EST WHERE to Cat Nap? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597747 Cats sleep wherever they want! <BR> <BR> <link>www.mnn.com/family/pets/blogs/26-pho<BR>tos-of-cats-sleeping-wherever-they-wan<BR>t-however-they-want?hpt=hp_bn18 </link> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 08:50:18 EST EAT MORE VEGGIES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582095 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1246498601.jpg"> <BR> Sydney helping her Mom make fresh salsa! <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't those veggies look delicious? Low calorie, low fat, high nutrition! <BR> <BR> You never heard anyone say, "I think you have too many veggies in your diet", did you? <BR> <BR> Here's to a happy, healthy New Year! <BR> <BR> Karen Sat, 4 Jan 2014 17:06:08 EST My True Christmas Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569408 I have posted this here in past Christmases, so I apologize if anyone is getting tired of hearing it! <BR> <BR> One year, after my sons had gone to live and work on their own and Christmas was approaching, I was looking around trying to think of what to buy my husband for Christmas. After I while I realized I was really trying hard to dream up a gift for him. I knew he’d be having an even harder time thinking of what to give me. <BR> <BR> This got me to thinking about the whole meaning of g... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 17:05:09 EST Megan and the Scorpion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563448 My GD Megan practicing her Scorpion! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1675474069.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Youth is a beautiful thing, isn't it? <BR> <BR> Karen Fri, 13 Dec 2013 09:19:24 EST A SIGHT TO SEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551669 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1162317613.jpg"> <BR> WHO trims those hedges? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1115800624.jpg"> <BR> Words not needed. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l883920698.jpg"> <BR> Party Boat (I'm sorry SP doesn't let this photo come through in a larger size so you can see the beauty of this boat with every sail lighted.) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l16171... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:58:01 EST VETERAN'S DAY FRIENDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538172 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l599428936.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l827737149.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l34443106.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1357348516.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l79344864.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1923092234.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1818431... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 10:55:11 EST PROGRESS or FAILURE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512392 Two teenagers go to the store for their parents. Mom has given them a list of items to pick up for her. They are gone a very long time. Finally they return and do you know what took them so long? <BR> <BR> They could not read the list! They are both honor students! Why couldn’t they read that list? <BR> <BR> It was written in CURSIVE! <BR> <BR> Forty-five out of fifty states have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), a set of state-led educational standards. Texas, one of ... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 14:53:01 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490943 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFPsvF3UOdo&<BR>feature=youtu.be </link> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 09:09:13 EST Can You Finish This Sentence? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459540 Before I die . . . <BR> <BR> <link>www.hlntv.com/slideshow/2013/08/14/c<BR>andy-chang-art-project-before-i-die </link> <BR> <BR> I read this article and was interested in the question and the massive response to it. <BR> <BR> But even more so, I wondered what it means if I can't complete this sentence or answer this question. <BR> <BR> Does it mean I have no goals, that I'm not contemplative, never self-analyze? Or does it mean I'm sublimely content, happy, and happy to be happy... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 07:24:04 EST Thought for the Day - Add your own! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453946 There are moments when any of us can be a miracle needed by someone else. <BR> <BR> Karen Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:08:37 EST You'll Never Again Say "I Can't" after this video! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428089 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzlriQv16gg </link> <BR> <BR> Really incredible two minute video with Helen Keller and her teacher Ann Sullivan. <BR> <BR> Karen <BR> Sun, 21 Jul 2013 09:58:15 EST DOGGIE LOVE (video) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426402 <link>www.cnn.com/video/?/video/us/2013/07<BR>/19/newday-vo-soldier-dog-reunion.cnn </link> <BR> <BR> I just love these kinds of videos! This doggie is so overwhelmed by joy and love! <BR> <BR> I'm a cat person; don't even have a dog, but I can feel this dog's love! <BR> <BR> Karen Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:00:08 EST Feel Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420613 A happy feel good video about a dog and a doe who are good friends. <BR> Originally posted by my SP Friend SammiesMom13. It's worth sharing and watching. Makes you think how silly we are to classify people into groups of race, color, etc. These two aren't even the same species. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player<BR>_embedded&v=cmOMA6CqL68#at=148 </link> Sun, 14 Jul 2013 10:43:59 EST How well do you see COLOR? (a test) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415155 <link>www.xrite.com/custom_page.aspx?pagei<BR>d=77&lang=en </link> <BR> <BR> I found this on an art site where I'm a member. We all think that when we see a blue flower, it's blue of course! And surely everyone can see that it's blue! Can't they? <BR> <BR> Take this color test and then fill in your age and gender and see where you stand in that demographic. While you're lining up these blocks of color, notice how a color looks differently when it's next to another color. Fun and int... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 06:47:13 EST GRANNY - The Rest of the Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409656 Continued from yesterday's blog now that I have more details. <BR> <BR> What happened yesterday is – <BR> <BR> She went to Walmart on the bus, bought her groceries and fried chicken, caught the bus home and about a mile down the road she realized she did not have her purse! <BR> <BR> So she got off the bus and started walking back to Walmart – about a mile I think – while carrying two bags of groceries. (Remember she's almost 91, almost completely blind, very bent over and looks pretty fr... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 12:59:48 EST The Police Have Your Granny! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408779 Text I sent to my son Scott: <BR> <BR> Belton PD has your granny. ( I always knew I was going to send you this message one day, lol. ) Call for details whenever you want. By the way a very nice officer whose name I could not understand is taking her home. <BR> <BR> Email to follow. <BR> <BR> Email I sent an hour later – <BR> <BR> Granny is getting a ride in a Belton PD patrol car! <BR> <BR> Returned home this morning and found a message from Belton Housing and from Belton Walmart. <B... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 16:41:14 EST Granddaughter's First Pageant (pix) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407032 My granddaughter Megan, 14, is in the Jr. Teen Colorado state pageant this wkend - her Dad had to escort her for the formal wear - tomorrow night is the finale - she's not expecting much as some of these girls have been in pageants since birth, and this is her first. <BR> <BR> My DIL says my son smiled right after she snapped the photo, but this is his "Don't touch my daughter" look for all the guys who are always around, lol. Years ago I bought him a DADD teeshirt - Dads Against Daughters... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 07:08:55 EST Vegetarian Advice? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404279 Any vegetarians amongst us? <BR> <BR> Joe has tried a vegetarian diet for the past month. Now let me tell you that about 1 1/2 yrs ago, his blood sugar and his cholesterol were over 300! About 3 months ago his blood sugar was 99 and cholesterol was 160! He made that change through diet alone. He gave up sugar, most starches, alcohol, junk food, etc. He changed to only "real" food, unprocessed food. <BR> <BR> So now he wanted to give up meat and see what that did for him. To me, he has... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 06:54:38 EST POOL CRITTERS - PICS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397202 First, let me tell you that I've found the Fountain of Youth! The thing is, you don't drink from it; you SWIM in it! <BR> <BR> I've been swimming in deep water, so I can't cheat, for one hour twice a week. Doesn't matter what I do as long as I keep moving. If I get really tired, I float on my back for about a minute, then back to treading water, dog paddle, side swimming, etc. etc. Every muscle in my body below my nose is moving. <BR> <BR> I'm tired when I'm done, but also completely... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:04:13 EST Cravings ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349617 I woke up this morning craving sweets! Cookies, muffins, pies, whatever. If I bake those I'll eat them ALL eventually. <BR> <BR> Normally I avoid sweets like the plague. An easily-given-into addiction that will always be with me, so I am best staying away altogether. <BR> <BR> This morning it just wouldn't go away. So I tried to think of what would satisfy that craving and not be a total disaster. Oatmeal is what I came up with. With raisins and vanilla soy milk. And I threw some wal... Wed, 8 May 2013 09:47:45 EST Stress and Eating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275479 My recent bout of "The Troubles" (written about in several previous blogs), which I've re-named "Mother Madness" has earned me 3 extra pounds! I no longer come home and eat a pint of ice cream after dealing with my 90 year old, very independent and uncooperative mother. I'm thankful for that! However, I do still seem to compensate by overeating certain "comfort" foods. sigh <BR> <BR> I'm stuck. Too old to be emancipated, lol. Can't divorce her. Have no siblings. If I ignore her, she's ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 07:56:04 EST Thank You for the Prayers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272156 My DIL sent me an email late last night which I found this morning as I sat here having coffee at my computer, a morning ritual for me. <BR> <BR> She said little Sydney has some new hair growth in one of her bald spots! Finally! We have all been worrying and praying and I know that many of you joined us with your own prayers and wishes and positive thoughts. <BR> <BR> So THANK YOU for all the Goodness you send Sydney's way. We're hoping this signals the beginning of the END of her proble... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 06:29:54 EST My DIL requesting prayers for my granddaughter. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252030 My DIL posted this on Facebook today: <BR> <BR> "I would like to ask all my FB friends & family if you could pray for my daughter Sydney - for the last 4 months, she has been suffering from a case of alopecia & she's now almost completely bald in the back of her head. They think its from her tonsillectomy being so hard on her skinny little body. She is getting treated with high dose steroids one weekend a month to try & stop her immune system from attacking her hair but so far no luck. It hu... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 21:18:06 EST Photos of my new Watercolor Project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250657 I have ordered some clear vinyl checkbook covers so I can insert a small watercolor painting/design into each one. I thought it would be a fun gift to give my cousins, friends, etc. <BR> <BR> This is the first one that sort of happened accidentally. Next time I'll create some designs specifically to look good in this venue. <BR> <BR> I hope you enjoy seeing the beginning of my new project. Remember - <BR> <BR> I PAINT FOR SMILES! <BR> <BR> Are you smiling? <BR> <BR> Karen <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:57:08 EST New Bird Species Discovered! (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237534 New Bird Species Discovered! <BR> <BR> Cutiedonius Pienocula aka Cutie Pie <BR> <BR> Cutie Pie birdies, first discovered by Kren in Central Texas, are not known in any other part of the world. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1641646743.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is how he was hatched. (You know, of course, that birdies hatch head first, lol) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1398966946.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So far only blue Cutie Pies have been obser... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 17:25:35 EST This week's Fun with Watercolor (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232794 Still having fun doing small florals. These are in 4 different styles. <BR> Playing with this type of painting is the most fun I've ever had by myself, lol. Who knew that in my old age I'd discover something that is so much FUN! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l16386787.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1212549803.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1952221832.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 08:13:24 EST Unlike Clinton, she DID inhale! (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232023 When Joe comes to my house to watch tv with me, he gets "comfy" by taking off his shoes and propping his feet on the coffee table. Rosie loves it! <BR> <BR> Sneaking out from her secret place. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1463257759.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Getting settled. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l119114462.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ahhhhh! Deep breath! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l505776844.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And there ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:47:04 EST Lost in Memories of Winters Past http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224174 Snow. We don't see much of that in Texas. <BR> <BR> My hubby and I lived on 10 acres adjacent to a large area of Army Core of Engineers property that ringed Stillhouse Hollow Lake. This is where we raised our sons. It was a wooded area, high on a hill overlooking the headwaters of the lake. We could see the "weather" coming from the other side of the lake, long before it arrived at our house. <BR> <BR> On the rare occasions we did have snow, it truly opened up another world. Besides all the... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 10:13:03 EST Last Week's Fun With Watercolor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5193007 Small floral watercolors are a fairly new thing for me and I'm having a lot of fun with them! <BR> Now and then I'm really happy with some of them, other times, not so much, lol. <BR> And quite a few of them end up in the trash. <BR> I also wish I was good at photography because these look better in person. Cheap camera, unexperienced photographer, improper lighting, and I just have no interest in taking photos. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I had a good time. So did Rosie, who sits on the corner of m... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 11:42:02 EST End of year countdown - Day 58 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178513 Well, I've made it through Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and all the baking in between with no weight gain. Just a few days to go! The solution for me to accomplish that was ATTENTION. Just staying aware of what/when/why I'm eating and spending a lot of effort to stay focused and aware. <BR> <BR> I woke up today thinking about starting a new healthy year. I'm a little early, but it's on my mind. Last year I focused on nutrition until I found a healthy way to eat that brought all... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 08:27:12 EST NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173522 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2020575877.jpg"> <BR> NOT EVEN A MOUSE! <BR> <BR> This is Luna, a stray cat I rescued and gave to my son. She is known locally as the Mighty Huntress! <BR> <BR> Karen Sat, 22 Dec 2012 08:28:59 EST My true Christmas Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173470 One year, after my sons had gone to live and work on their own and Christmas was approaching, I was looking around trying to think of what to buy my husband for Christmas. After I while I realized I was really trying hard to dream up a gift for him. I knew he’d be having an even harder time thinking of what to give me. <BR> <BR> This got me to thinking about the whole meaning of giving and of Christmas. I’ll try not to make this terribly long, but this is the idea that came to me and what w... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 07:14:12 EST Something to make your heart smile! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171413 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player<BR>_detailpage&v=BzFCU7hN2yk </link> <BR> <BR> Even if you don't know anyone who is autistic, this short video will make you smile. <BR> <BR> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 20:25:35 EST