APPLEPIEAPPLE's SparkPeople Blog APPLEPIEAPPLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 49 Uptown Policemen Fireman Funk <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>town-funk/ </link> <BR> <BR> I am grateful to find this video today! I really needed a pick me up! <BR> <BR> I've been rather sad these last few days. Memories of my late husband stream in around his birthday through April 9th the day he died. So I really needed the uplift. <BR> <BR> Kudos to the public servants who made the video! ... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:01:28 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 48 Mushrooms <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 48 <BR> <BR> I am grateful to love mushrooms. <BR> <BR> Oddly enough we share 80-85% percent of our DNA with the mushroom kingdom and that is perhaps why it is such powerful medicine.--from article <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oom/?utm_campaign=Blogs-and-Podcasts&u<BR>tm_medium=email&utm_source=email-broad<BR>cast&utm_content=m... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:39:28 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 47 Living to 100-108!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 47 <BR> <BR> Visit and take the calculator test. I did and I found out I am well on my way to live 100-108!!!! Very grateful!! <BR> <BR> This site was amazing. The report given sounds like it was made by the doctor. It is free and very helpful. Please take advantage of it! You can ignore the pl... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:49:35 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 46 My guardian angel still looking after me! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 46 <BR> I am grateful I was advised of fraud on one of my cards by an online store.. even more so that the card they say was taken was an pre-paid gift card which expired several months ago! It no longer exists so I am safe! Thank you guardian angel! <BR> <BR> Went grocery shopping spent $23.66. I bought some corned beef for St Patrick's Day. I looked around and f... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:36:20 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 45 Optimism 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 45 <BR> I am grateful to be an optimist. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On being an Optimist <BR> by Peter EC Kirwan, <BR> <BR> So who is more realistic, the optimist or the pessimist? The answer is that both of them are creating their view of reality according to the way that they think. <BR> <BR> This view of reality is influencing their beliefs, their actions and the results in... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:33:26 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 44 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 44 <BR> <BR> Got a really good night's sleep last night. I slept for 10 hours! This was a card I got last year on my birthday! I am participating in a sleep study. Yes, I do a lot different things! LOL! <BR> <BR> This weekend CVS had Listerine on sale plus they would give me a $5.00 cash back coupon to use on future purchases. So I did a year stock up which cost ... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:39:48 EST 360 Days fo Gratitude: Day 43 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am grateful to be alive! In my past I have come close to death many times. As a child I jumped into the river to save my brother without thinking. I held him on my shoulders so he could breathe and hopefully call for help. When I could not hold my breath any longer I would pull him down rise to the surface and yell for help--then dive back down and raise him again to the surface. Finally ... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:11:48 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 42 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am grateful I can walk! Seems like a small thing. But watching a neighbor ride in her electric wheelchair to get to the grocery store and library really made me appreciate I have two working legs. <BR> <BR> This Sunday I plan to celebrate my youngest son's birthday. I bought shrimp to steam for the meal. I plan to make Manhattan Clam Chowder, homemade french fries, and probably Brussels... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 14:10:38 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 41 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was 2 years ago today. I am grateful that this year it is sunshine! <BR> <BR> I am concerned about global warming. Although I like the sunshine, I worry our environment is in danger. I read recently that over 50% of the life on earth is in danger of extinction. Scary. <BR> <BR> I've been watching the squirrels in my backyard this morning. They are really fat compared to previous ye... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 09:57:46 EST 360 days of Gratitude: Day 40 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am grateful for the unexpected wonders I have experienced throughout my life. <BR> <BR> Many times we are so busy complaining about what we don't have or what went wrong or other negative things. But if you look close enough, there are hidden wonders beneath the stress. When things go wrong I find myself looking for some good somewhere inside it. Perhaps it is just the optimist in me. Bu... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 08:40:07 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 39 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 days of Gratitude: Day 39 <BR> <BR> I felt very grateful to be able help an old friend with software issues today. We spent over 4 hours talking while we fixed her problem. My friend and I go way back. We worked together at Verizon so our friendship spans over 30 years. I was both a co-worker and supervisor to her and now we are both retired. We share as members of Alpha Lamda Sorority... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 16:46:06 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 38 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am grateful I am getting a tax refund. It will be going straight to emergency fund. <BR> <BR> My local market had their fish sale so I stocked up enough for 24 weeks. Doing it this way I save quite a bit over $25. My money saved from other sales is helping to pay for it. I also made my trip pay while recovering my tax information by stopping at Aldi's for more cheese and hamburger buns. ... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:19:35 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 37 Functional Medicine <img src=""> <BR> Facebook share cartoon <BR> <BR> Functional Medicine. <BR> <BR> I am grateful to find this video. Functional Medicine is the name of what I seek for my health. I just did not know what to call it until now. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>1541033962594014/?pnref=story </link> <BR> <BR> I have several examples I have lived through. <BR> <BR> Story 1 <BR> <BR> Whi... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:19:11 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 36 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 36 <BR> I am very grateful that the hail storm with hail the size of marbles did little or no damage. <BR> <BR> Suddenly the house trembled. The walls were pounding. The wind was fierce. My poor cat scrambled for her hiding place on the second floor. At the windows were a loud tapping then a hard knock a the front door which repeated itself and shook the hinges. F... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:32:48 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 35 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 35 <BR> <BR> I felt very grateful today when while walking about my yard I found several patches of blooming flowers blossoming from the grass. The birds are chirping, the sun shining, and temperature 66 degrees. Hard to believe it is February! <BR> <BR> Earlier this week I gained weight but after going back to my intermittent fasting diet, I lost all I gained p... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:47:23 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 34 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fit bit shoe boat badge for 5,000 steps from their website. <BR> <BR> I am grateful that my Fitbit came yesterday. I was sad that my Spark People tracker was no longer being supported but very glad my new tracker links with Spark People. Also yesterday a friend called and wanted to walk. Very happy I could track my steps. <BR> <BR> I also joined the Fit Bit tracker group on Sparkpeople. ... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:53:14 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 33 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l-superhero-photoshop-battle_us_58ad54<BR>bbe4b0d0a6ef464804? </link> <BR> <BR> I am grateful for this amusing collection of pictures. Made my day! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was grocery day. I spent a bit more than planned-but it was because of the pork ribs I bought for Sunday's dinner. $10.37. The store had other ribs on sale but-when you ... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:39:16 EST 360 Days of Gratitude:Day 32 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You have to look very closely between the hedges & umbrella at the grass to see the flock of black birds which flew into my yard as I was peering through the window from my office. I was feeling a bit low today and seeing those birds made me very grateful. I enjoyed watching them search for an eat the food my yard provides. I am very happy that Certified Wildlife Habitat is being appreciated... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:50:08 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 31 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 31 <BR> <BR> I am grateful for the time I have been given on this earth. <BR> <BR> All that really belongs to us is time; even he who has nothing else has that. ---Baltasar Gracian <BR> <BR> Yesterday was TV Day. Since Directv was giving away free access to their premium channels, I was watching all day. But I did make my crazy cake for dessert today. It i... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:40:30 EST 360 Days of Gratitute: Day 30 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude:Day 30 <BR> <BR> I am grateful to be on the phone call to attend my Representative Andy Harris's Town Meeting last night. I was able to ask questions as well but others were asking the ones I had. ACA was the main topic. Many people were very concerned over repeal/replace vs just fix the current ACA issues. Unfortunately, the call was over in an hour. I am still not s... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:24:11 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 29 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am grateful for the beautiful flowers I just received from my Brother John and his family! What a surprise! <BR> <BR> Also I just received $40 into my PayPal account for surveys & user testing I did last week. That will help to pay for misc items this month. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> And for those who don't know what Gnocchi is. Here is a picture with the gnocchi board when you make t... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:46:35 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 28 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 28 <BR> <BR> I am grateful for this sentence/quote. It expresses my reason for starting the 360 Days in the first place. <BR> <BR> If you look at what you have in life, you'll always have more. If you look at what you don't have in life, you'll never have enough. <BR> - Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> Got a great night's sleep last night. My cream of broccoli soup was t... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:01:30 EST 360 Days of Gratitute: Day 27 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Heaven's Gate in China from Emotional <BR> <BR> I am grateful for the wonder and beauty of nature. <BR> <BR> Well I did grocery shopping to day. This was second trip this week because I ran out of stocked items. So I used the sales to stock up today. I was able to buy salmon for 2-3 meals for 9.99 and beer batter fish fillets for 2.99 for 2 meals. So I will be good on fish for s... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:05:00 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 26 & Happy Valentine's Day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Valentine"s Day! I hope everyone enjoys their day today! <BR> <BR> I am grateful today for all my friends on Sparkpeople. I enjoy reading your blogs, getting feedback and encouragement and having people to share my journey as well I can share yours. Thank you! <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:18:49 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 25 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>c_ref=SEARCH# </link> <BR> <BR> I am grateful to a dear friend who shared with me the video about a crow who was happy but began to doubt his happiness when he thought other birds must be happier. After talking to several birds he met a peacock. The peacock said," I am not the happiest bird because of my beauty, It is my beauty which is cagi... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:12:58 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 24 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 24 <BR> <BR> Unlike most people, I rarely have any problem sleeping. My mother would tell me I was sleeping my life away. Last night I had the most wonderful night's sleep. It recalled the one's I had as a child. I slept 10 hours! AHHHHH!!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I spent most to the day writing. I am working on a fiction novel which has, I am told, an compelling plo... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 10:56:48 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 23 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am grateful for a relatively calm winter--so far. We had our FIRST snow today and it melted quickly from the roads due to the 70 degrees we had yesterday warming them. So far I have not had to use my snow blower. Normally I would be refilling my gas can by now. The snow looks pretty but it is nasty to deal with and cold. Brrrrr <BR> <BR> Knowing a storm was due, yesterday, I did my groce... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 12:00:22 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 21 MONEYTALKSNEWS & Day 22 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> from moneytalks news website <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 21 <BR> <BR> I am very grateful for the website Money talks News. I have tried many of the hints in the link below and they work! You might enjoy subscribing to them--for free! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-help-your-stuff-last-longer/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I do add the paper towels to my ... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 11:53:13 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 20 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 20 <BR> <BR> I am grateful for the experiences I have had. <BR> <BR> Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you. <BR> - Aldous Huxley <BR> <BR> Saturday I did a stock up trip to stores which are in the next town. I visited Dollar Tree where I stocked up on dryer sheets, bagels, toilet cleaner, and pound cake for Sunday's st... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 09:44:04 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 19 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 19 <BR> <BR> I am grateful for my memberships to credit unions. WHETCO in Wheeling, WV and Atlantic Financial Federal Credit Union in Baltimore. Over the years they have saved me money and kept me out of dept. As a member of each I vote and have a say in the business they operate. That way they are my fiduciaries and have been for over 30 years. <BR> <BR> Today w... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 16:02:26 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 18 I am grateful to be a minimalist. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 18 <BR> <BR> I am grateful to be a minimalist. It helps me to focus on the "real" values of my life. <BR> <BR> “Minimalism is the promotion of things I most value and the removal of everything that distracts me from it.” – Joshua Becker <BR> <BR> Years ago I read Joshua Becker articles on line and they really spoke to me. Without realizing it, I was a minimalist... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 11:19:44 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 17 <img src=""> <BR> from emotion on Facebook share <BR> <BR> I am grateful for the beautiful flowers. This picture just made my day yesterday. <BR> <BR> Today I went over my savings for January. I only spent $114.67 on groceries last month! That means I saved at least $25, since I usually budget $35 a week. I can use that savings for refilling my pantry as needed since I have been living off it currently for the ... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 13:17:45 EST 360 days of Gratitude: Day 16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 16 <BR> <BR> I am grateful for having my homemade vegetable soup on this very cold day! Brrrrr. It snowed hard but it the sun came out and it quickly melted. The chill in the air remains. <BR> <BR> The soup was made from leftover/and fresh vegetables, homemade canned tomatoes, some leftover ketchup in the bottom of the bottle mixed with a little water, tomato pas... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:48:52 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 15 <BR> <BR> I am grateful for my fireplace. It warms my home and my heart. <BR> <BR> Sun, 29 Jan 2017 18:05:39 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 days of Gratitude: Day 14 <BR> I am grateful for my mini food processor. I know it sounds odd. But it is more than just a handy tool to me. I inherited it. My loving, kind, and wonderful mother-in-law introduced me to this tool by sharing it's benefits with me. When she passed away, this little tool reminds me everyday of how much I loved her and makes me grateful everyday to have known ... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 10:09:09 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 13 and updates <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 13 <BR> <BR> Although 13 is an unlucky number dating back to the killing of the Knight Templar on Friday the 13th and even in the ancient cultures of Maya and so many others, today it is bright, a warm 50 degrees out and even with the wind blowing the trees so that they seem to dance as well at the fantastic day it is! So I am very grateful to be able view a... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 10:25:22 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 12 , updates & how to make your own dairy substitutes <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 12 <BR> <BR> I am grateful for my Yogurt Maker. I Made a new batch of homemade yogurt yesterday. I first began to make my own in 1974 after I got married. Eating that home made yogurt back then helped me to lose weight. So I need to begin that again. I stopped during the Holidays. The yogurt tastes good, is healthy, and full of probotics. It also is less expensiv... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 09:57:15 EST Tip on how to lower sugar in rice, and other tips! Awesome! White rice: Use oil, then chill <BR> <BR> Steamed white rice is full of starch that the body quickly converts to sugar, causing blood sugar levels to spike. It’s why eating too much is linked to a higher risk of diabetes. But if you tweak the way you cook it, white rice can be much healthier. Sri Lankan researchers in 2015 found that adding just two teaspoons of oil (they used coconut oil) to the water in which you cook a cup of rice, and then immediately chilling the cooked rice for 12 hour... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:03:57 EST 360 Days fo Gratitude: Day 11 and updates <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 306 Days of Gratitude: Day 11 <BR> <BR> Smiling. Yesterday I realized (after looking at my dental insurance statement) I over paid my dentist! I called and they will sending me check for $108!! Very grateful! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I went to my library and found several new movies to borrow. "The Accountant" is very good. "The Girl on the Train" is good but odd. It took me a while to u... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:44:38 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 10 and updates <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 10 <BR> <BR> I am grateful that (other than ice) we (so far) have had no snow except for 1-2 inches compared with the usual 4-5 feet we usually get. However, that said, I am waiting for the shoe to drop. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was Sunday, the day I spend each week with my sons. I raided my freezer to make oven fried chicken. The bread crumbs I used were homemade. Wh... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:58:50 EST 360 days of Gratitude and updates <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 9 <BR> <BR> I am sooooo glad I do not have to wear this!! What were they thinking??? <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Well Saturday went well. I was able to eat from leftovers (soup) and pantry. Went over my budget things are going fine. <BR> <BR> Diet is still hovering. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:00:35 EST 360 days of Gratitude: Day 8/ updates <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 days of Gratitude: Day 8 <BR> <BR> I am grateful for my sense of humor. It has served me well. <BR> <BR> No spending today. Spent most of the day watching the Inauguration. Did make dinner for myself and son. I had frozen fish which was thawed to make fish sandwiches with the buns I bought for .85. My son ate 4 of them, I ate none. So the 4 left will be used for another meal. I also ... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:47:37 EST 360 days of Graditude: Day 7 and spending/diet update <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I am grateful for my optimism. It keeps me moving forward. It helps to make and reach goals. <BR> <BR> Today was grocery day. Yesterday I was able to stop at Aldi to take advantage of the "make a trip pay" philosophy regarding usage of gas in my car. Happily I found 1 gallon milk for $1.59 and hamburger buns for .85 so my total was $2.44 so far for groceries this week. Then I went to... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:22:06 EST 360 days fo Gratitude: Day 6 <img src=""> <BR> from Facebook share <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 6 <BR> I am grateful for nature. The beauty, bounty, and joy it brings into my life. <BR> <BR> Today is the dentist day. $1298 bill for crown is paid in full. Thanks to my emergency fund. <BR> <BR> It always amazes me just how how much "stuff" happens. This past year has been filled with repairs to garage door, front door lock, lawn mowe... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:59:54 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 5 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 days of Gratitude: Day 5 <BR> <BR> I am grateful for the Carroll County Public Library. It has enriched my life with entertainment, knowledge, and friends. Through the library I have joined the Book Chat and Writer's Circle. Our Walking Group was first started via library offering. It is a community environment which, thankfully, is also within walking distance of my house! <BR> <BR> T... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:24:09 EST Day 4: Grateful <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 4 <BR> <BR> I am grateful to be a citizen of the United States of America. It might not be Utopia –yet. But America has become our best chance of acquiring it. <BR> <BR> “Utopia is a society which reflects or possesses highly desirable or nearly perfect qualities for its citizens.”—Wikipedia <BR> <BR> Granted that does not always mean the same for everyone. B... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:13:33 EST Day 3 of grateful and update <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am grateful for my sons who bring sunshine into my life. <BR> <BR> Update: Yesterday I used my pantry and found a potato soup mix that was given to me for Christmas. So I had that for dinner. Today is my day with my sons. I again used the pantry. I made pot roast with carrots and baked potatoes, steamed broccoli, salad and home made bread sticks. Also made chocolate pudding for dessert. ... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:13:15 EST How to make things last longer/360 Grateful Day 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 Grateful: Day 2 <BR> I am grateful I have the courage to write. Writing has been such a joy and makes me very happy. <BR> <BR> Now for progress. I had some left over garlic bread that I dry out. I then broke it into small pieces and added them my small food processor and ground them into bread crumbs which I plan to use as covering for my oven chicken on Sunday. I inherited it from m... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:35:09 EST 360 Days of Gratitude in pictures <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I recently read an interesting article and visited a website which a person posted a picture every day of how they are grateful. I was so affected by it I have decided to TRY to do the same thing. <BR> <BR> Above is my cat/friend Samantha who came expectantly into my life over two years ago. I am very grateful she is here with me and gives me joy every day. <BR> <BR> Update on budget. ... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:09:35 EST New Year and New Goals <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As I was viewing the landscape from my back yard I began to make new goals for this year. Last year I was able to pay off one of my sons largest student loans. It hurt...I will not lie to you. But I just could not let that debt exist if I die. So I cleared it. In doing so, I did hurt my financial goals to get me to 2020 when I plan to take my own social security; bar any health issues or fin... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 14:13:36 EST