APPLEPIEAPPLE's SparkPeople Blog APPLEPIEAPPLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Happy Birthday to ME!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I MADE IT!! I am now 66 years old! It has been an overwhelming day. The realization that I am THAT old is hitting me hard. <BR> <BR> My eldest son called to wish me a Happy Birthday, my youngest son have me a huge hug. We plan to eat dinner together tonight and have some cake. My friends have been calling, emailing and it has been very amazing. <BR> <BR> Now I need to reach 100 years! ... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:44:45 EST Merry Christmas!!! And a short story <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is well and having a Merry Christmas! <BR> <BR> I had not realized I had not posted a blog since November! But then again, with all the stuff I have been doing/experiencing I guess the time went by quickly. <BR> <BR> This month has been filled with baking, some parties, and visiting friends. But I also had dental issues and had a temporary crown added. I get the permanent ... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 05:58:49 EST Busy with Christmas this week <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Got my tree up and my out side of the house decorated as well. I just put up bows, a wreath, and a flag--done in 15 minutes. That really comes in handy when in January it is so cold and it is time to take them down. Quick up & Down. <BR> <BR> I held onto an uncarved pumpkin I used for decoration near my fireplace for Halloween and Thanksgiving. So Yesterday I carved out the seeds & baked... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:41:33 EST Merry Christmas Gift to all: read for more information <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My books in the Kindle versions are FREE today thru November 29th! Please copy and paste the links below- if the links do not work. <BR> <BR> <BR> Find A Penny: A Financial Journey Kindle Edition <BR> <BR> <BR> S.O.S: Series of Occasionally Scary Short Stories Kindle Edition <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR>... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 11:54:41 EST What a week! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Between the left over candy and the election I am STRESSED. <BR> <BR> This week has been a doozy. FINALLY as of today the candy is gone. I am not sure if the candy or the election made me eat the candy---or both. Anyway it is now gone! <BR> <BR> I attended my Taneytown Ambassador Luncheon last night and received my official badge. The event was quite nice. Did my walking today around t... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:52:36 EST Halloween Gone. Now Thanksgiving. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yep. I did it. I ate Halloween Candy.....and yes, sadly I gained weight. But the good news is I have lost half the weight I gained. I bought in toooooo much Halloween candy for the treaters. I only had maybe 30-40 show up. I had prepared for 300! Needless to say, next year I will not be as prepared. <BR> <BR> Now the challenge is Thanksgiving. From September through New Year's Day is ALWA... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 09:47:55 EST Fall is here! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My dogwood's leaves are falling--but sadly not my weight this week. I am going to assume it is because of <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes, I have indulged! I admit it....(sigh). It is my one of weaknesses around Halloween. I enjoy making and eating them. I am just glad my apple tree had no harvest this y... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:30:51 EST Having a GOOD week! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My dad and me. Yesterday I went to the library and found a new movie "Fathers and Daughters" that has just come out recently. It was tearjerker. But still a good movie. It reawakened all the good memories I have of my dad. He passed away Memorial Day week end, just 2 weeks from his 69th birthday on Flag Day. He rarely talked about his service in WWII. Later after he died I found his dischar... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:40:57 EST New challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The view from HUBBLE is awe inspiring--not so much my diet. After the party last week and my sons birthday the next day, I had tons of cake and ice cream left over. Needless to say I am afraid I ate cake and ice cream and have gained weight. (sigh) But the good news is the Fall Challenge is back! And I am working on it via Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> I went to a training seminar and am now a ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:58:23 EST PARTY TIME!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had my Book Chat, Writers Club, and Walking Club to my house for an end of year cookout party. It was a lot of fun. I supplied the hamburgers, buns, condiments, plates and utensils and everyone brought a dish to share. We had shrimp, Mexican dish, baked beans, broccoli salad, potato salad, Amish Macaroni salad, cake, cup cakes, and sooo much more. Everyone feasted and had a ball.... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:27:04 EST Update on my progress-- sorry for the delay--But good news finally <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I apologize for not writing sooner. My life has been rather busy. I attend webinars to increase my knowledge and had 3 to attend. I have another one that starts today. One was on productivity, another on minerals and supplements, and one on increasing health which included talks on the miracles of natural herbs and medications. All were interesting. They were also all FREE. This week (free)... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:12:13 EST Well its been a week since my last blog--update <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since my last post I've been rather busy. I canned another 4 quarts of homemade zucchini pickles--total 9. I mowed the lawn and did more gardening. Canned tomatoes. Made zucchini cupcakes and did some cleaning. I've been walking 3 miles every day. Attending a webinar on Essential oils and a Wellness Summit. Volunteered at the local Fun Days for the local museum. Got my chimney sweep over to... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:22:16 EST This has been my year for challenges.. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Facebook <BR> <BR> Thank God it is hump day! I have had so many things happen this summer. The air conditioner in my car broke, my lawnmower had issues, was fighting a ground hog in my yard again (I won. He moved away), my son needed root canal and I paid for it, I did finish my second book (good news), I did get my property tax lowered. (yet to get the adjusted bill), my lawnmower was fi... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 12:17:55 EST Progress! <img src=""> <BR> via Facebook <BR> <BR> As many of you know, I've been struggling for quite awhile with my weight. My highest weight was 215 pounds reached after my husband's death. I have a tendency to eat when in great stress. That is why I began my weight gain when my mom was in intensive care for 4 months and then died. So since age 35 my life has been full of stress. Several family deaths, a move to a new st... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 10:32:39 EST Parallel Miracles <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Parallel Miracles <BR> <BR> About a month or so ago, while mowing her lawn, as usual, Sally hit a rock. However, this time it bent her mower blade. However, she continued and completed her task with a rather noisy, vibrating machine. <BR> <BR> Things have been a bit tough lately. It seems like everything was breaking. Her son recently required a root canal to the tune of $2500, her ... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:38:12 EST Healthy easy to make chocolate chip cookies <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For those who remember, I posted a video about making these cookies. It has 3 ingredients: 1 Cup of oatmeal, 1 ripe banana, and 2 handfuls or 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. Mash the banana and oatmeal together with you hands, then add chips and mash again. Then lightly grease cookie sheet and add form into cookie balls or flatten them (your choice) but if you flatten them wat... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:00:11 EST Weekly update: My next book is now available <img src=""> <BR> <BR> S.O.S: Series of Occasionally Scary Short Stories is now available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback. <BR> <BR> So as you can see I have been busy lately. <BR> <BR> Besides finishing the book, I have been doing yard work and home maintenance tasks all week. <BR> <BR> Monday was financial check-up with advisor. That went well. <em>198</em> Thank goodness! Then I stopped in at my lo... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:56:22 EST What I've been up to... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I began to use the Atkins Diet or Dr. Westman video to diet. Needless to say, I am losing weight but I am also eating more fat. <BR> <BR> Then my health insurance company wanted me to get a "wellness" check. My blood work said my cholesterol was high and my doctor wanted me to get medication. NO WAY! OF COURSE my cholesterol was up! I was eating FAT and LOSING weight! My fat was travelin... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:32:49 EST The Oak and Reeds <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of my favorite Aesop Fables is the story of Oak Tree and the Reeds. <BR> <BR> There was a beautiful valley cuddled in the mountains. It flourished with many varieties of plants and animals. Amid the valley flowed a stream which twisted throughout. Next to the stream were many flowers, trees and plants which fed from the water the stream provided. There were bees, insects and many other ... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 08:40:56 EST Checking out New website views Well I tried to upload a new banner and after I cropped it -I could not get it to post. This new look reminds me of Facebook----if it would only work. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the picture I am trying to make my banner. (sigh) <BR> <BR> Well this week has been eventful. <BR> <BR> MON- Dentist appointment and 2 cavity's filled. <BR> <BR> Tues- Took son to get his broken glasses replaced then n... Sat, 28 May 2016 07:26:45 EST It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop. - Confucius <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Confucius. Got to love this guy. He Has so many good quotes. I felt this one was calling to me since during the last challenge I did not lose one pound in the end. (sigh) So I will continue to try. The universe seems to be messaging me. <BR> <BR> My biggest downfall has been the depressing rain that has enveloped my geographical area. I am not use to so much gloom. And it has manifested it... Sun, 22 May 2016 09:21:49 EST Flow of the mind <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-of-wealth </link> <BR> <BR> I was awakened today with some reminders of how important your definition of wealth is. This article is a good one. Then I also got this reminder from Facebook post I made 3 years ago. <BR> <BR> "Finished reading "Your Money or Your Life" again the updated version. The original version I read in 2001 after Bill ... Wed, 18 May 2016 10:47:53 EST FRIDAY 13TH WAS GOOD TO ME <img src=""> <BR> <BR> HALLALULAA! MY COMPUTER IS BACK! <BR> <BR> And with it came the sun! After what seems like forever gloom and doom with the rain these past 4 weeks--finally-- a ray of sunshine! Lifted my spirits for sure. <BR> <BR> I was able to get my new asparagus planted earlier today. My new north star cherry tree is finally growing and showing some green leaves and sprouts. I did get some area ar... Fri, 13 May 2016 18:23:20 EST computer down My computer is in the repair shop so I might not be able to write for awhile. <em>46</em> Wed, 11 May 2016 21:53:05 EST Watching webinar on diet this week <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Truth About Fat Loss with Jonny Bowden. I have read his book on the Great Cholesterol Myth which is quite good so I signed up for the free webinar. <BR> <BR> I have listened to many experts on weight loss and here are some interesting things learned or relearned. <BR> <BR> 1. fat is good for you. You body can recognize it and knows how to digest it. <BR> 2. artificial foods and add... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:07:47 EST Finally losing weight <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My dogwood is in full bloom so I guess I can put my snow blower away. YES!!! <BR> <BR> I am back to losing weight. <em>9</em> Thank goodness! <BR> <BR> I have been busy with my walking club and am a docent for our local museum. I also had meeting with the Daycare Center I am on the board of this week. So my week was pretty busy. <BR> <BR> I spent one day with an old friend. She had... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 11:58:30 EST Daily Blessings.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> During a conversation with friends, we began to discuss how, we, many times concentrate on the challenges in our lives instead of the blessings. Tis true. Many tend to dwell in the bad things that occur in their lives. I, too, even as an optimist, do, on occasion, succumb to the lure of blame, self-pity, and the seemingly overwhelming challenges that may occur in daily life. <BR> <BR... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 09:50:44 EST Update on my life..... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a very Happy Easter! My sons spent the day with me. I cooked snow crabs, crab cakes, French fries, macaroni salad, deviled eggs, asparagus with hollandaise sauce , broccoli and had Strawberry torte for dessert along with CANDY! Needless to say, I did not need the CANDY. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> During this month I have been helping my youngest son deal with his root ... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 14:29:54 EST Artifical sugars and disease <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ucralose-splenda-on-the-microbiome/?ut<BR>m_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campai<BR>gn=effect-of-sucralose-splenda-on-the-<BR>microbiome&utm_source=NutritionFacts.o<BR>rg&utm_campaign=fde86dda34-RSS_VIDEO_D<BR>AILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40f9e<BR>497d1-fde86dda34-23375473 </link> <BR> <BR> In 1982 I killed my digestive bacteria us... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 18:02:33 EST Losing more weight since I am drinking mint tea <img src=""> <BR> <BR> OK. I am making some changes as I mentioned in the previous blog. Most of which was stuff I really was doing for the most part. But my own tea I grew I had not been drinking for a awhile. So I began to drink it since what I read says it helps the digestion process and increases metabolism. The first day yesterday, I lost one pound of the three I had gained due to a sugar binge which occurr... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 16:31:11 EST Making some Changes-- <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Recently got an e-mail from a company NUCIFIC which sells vitamins and health pills. Now I normally do not look at these let alone chick on the web video, but this time I did. I watched the video which talks about three things that improve your weight loss. Which really boil down to: get rid of sugar, preservatives, artificial additives. That I am doing now. But then they recommend ad... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:05:15 EST Sugar--the cause of so many negative things <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Interesting. I did the same in 1974-1975 and yes I grew to dislike candy. But I have forgotten that experience until now. I stopped using sugar in my tea and cut back and now rarely miss it. But with the Holidays these past few months, I have increased my sugar intake. But it hit me last night that for the past two days I had terrible headaches. And I realized for the past two days I had ea... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 10:27:25 EST Happy President's Day and Valentine's Day and weekly update <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, last week we had another snow as you can see by my Dogwood. However, I only got 4 inches instead of 5 feet. I was able to handle it with little effort. <BR> <BR> Then on Thursday I took my youngest son into Endodontic Surgery (root canal). Since he is unemployed and without insurance I also had to pay the bill. Needless to say it hurt both him and me. But he has vowed to pay me back... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 13:47:46 EST Pizza, de-cluttering, and mini blizzard <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Monday I surprised my son with homemade pizza. My dough recipe made 3 of these. He ate 2! LOL! I guess the dig out on Sunday amped his appetite... <BR> <BR> So Tuesday I began to gather my paper files and shredded so many of them. Files of things I purchased and gotten rid of, old data I was saving, old tax return back up papers that could be shredded over 8 years old (saved the returns... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:29:17 EST Survived the Blizzard---pics <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my backyard at 9:30 am when the storm was just starting Saturday. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my back deck at 9:30 am with 3 feet of snow. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my deck door now blocked with ... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:48:23 EST Snow blower is READY!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Filled the tank and it started right up! THANK YOU LORD!! <BR> <BR> 1, Went to Curves today and did my exercise. <BR> 2. Stopped at the library and got the entire last season of True Blood to watch this weekend. <BR> 3. Fed the wood stove. <BR> 4. Making homemade chicken soup for today and tomorrow. <BR> 5. Called a friend who is ill and talked for an hour. <BR> 6. Going to do my 6,000... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 16:00:46 EST What the ..... 24 inches of snow expected??!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What a tangled web we weave!! Cold also! <BR> <BR> Well this week has made me light my wood stove. The cold permeated my world big time. I was so cold I did not venture out to Curves or the walking club on Tuesday. But I did both Curves and got my walking in today. Since the "snow" is due, I also did grocery shopping. Preparing for the two feet of snow much like the 1993 snow in which I be... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 20:09:43 EST Soup Day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Made some Homemade Cream of Broccoli Soup today. Feeling better than yesterday. The fever seems to have gone and I slept in until 9:30 am. Did not eat much except for the soup. The pain in my waist is subsiding. I need to be well tomorrow for a Mystery shop. Taking it easy so I will be. <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Jan 2016 18:40:21 EST Happy New Year and Happy Birthday! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a wonder Christmas or Holiday season! I was grateful to spend Dec 24 thru Dec 27th with my sons. We feasted, watched movies, and enjoyed one another's company. <BR> <BR> On December 30th at 3:10 pm......I turned the age clock to....(yikes!)....65! This is so hard for me. When I turned 30 I felt like I was joining the "enemy"....remember the 60's and 70's? Well now, a... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:34:02 EST Meawy Christmas! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fortunately I have never had problems with any of my cats climbing my Christmas tree! <BR> <BR> My cat, Chess, who passed away in July of 2012, really enjoyed our Christmas tree for 22 years. We have a large manger that my father-in-law built to house the ceramic figures of the manager which were made by my mother-in-law in her ceramics class. Chess liked to walk between the figures and c... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 12:49:43 EST Busy Busy Week <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The week started with the home decorations--inside and out. I just use bows and wreaths on the outside and it goes up in 15 min and down in 15 min. Which is really good in January when it is really cold. <BR> <BR> Then I used the leftover turkey to make homemade pot pies for future meals in the microwave. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 9 Dec 2015 09:51:00 EST