BOVEY63's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BOVEY63 BOVEY63'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/ It's no wonder girls and women feel fat. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746987 Several times over the past few days I have come across the following story online. <BR> <BR> 'Plus-sized' model Robyn Lawley posts unedited, makeup-free bikini selfies <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l790697407.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My question is: "How the heck is she considered 'plus sized'? It's no wonder girls and women are starving themselves. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:06:10 EST Random pictures and one for CODEMAULER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741494 I forgot to add a picture for my Spark friend CODEMAULER yesterday so here it is plus a few random ones from my picture folder. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1249854505.jpg"> <BR> CODEMAULER: I can picture you and the hubster camping in this tent! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1587323161.jpg"> <BR> Blueberries starting to ripen at work. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l25132771.jpg"> <BR> A favorit... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:11:39 EST Catching up with old friends and family, fun and possible promotion at work, and roof troubles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740939 I am finding hard to believe that summer is about half over (according to my son’s school schedule anyway). It feels like only yesterday we were still shivering in the cold temperatures. But wait a minute – it did get down into the lower 40F degrees the other night. And, no I did not turn on the furnace! <BR> <BR> Catching up with friends and family is common this time of the year. My hometown always holds a big 4th of July celebration, and reunions are typically planned around it. A cousin,... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:10:11 EST Wonderful weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724291 The weather didn’t cooperate as well as I had hoped this past weekend, but it sure didn’t dampen the wonderful time I had. In fact, my youngest son and I embraced it and had a fun experience yesterday. <BR> <BR> Mike, my son Troy and I spent a quiet Friday evening at home – light, easy dinner after work followed by a movie and early bedtime. <BR> <BR> Mike had a meeting and then mowing at his mom’s, and Troy had to work until 3 p.m. on Saturday. I caught up with some friends via the phone, ... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:25:03 EST Sanity may be on its way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722295 I almost hate to jinx things, but it finally feels like a little sanity may be coming my way. My phone rang at 6:45 a.m. on a Saturday morning (nearly two weeks ago). Mike was already up and came in to see what the call was about. It was the hospital calling to say my mom had been brought in by ambulance at 3:30 a.m. with another anxiety attack – she had gone in with one just two days before. He lay down beside me, and I told him that he was my sanity these days, but then I said “No, Sandy (a... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:19:39 EST A living nightmare – ACCOUNTING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706978 As a student I liked, and was good at math, but that certainly didn’t mean I was destined to become an accountant. I preferred art, photography and writing so I chose to pursue a career in Graphic Communications. After earning my degree, I was hired at a local photography studio to print graduation, wedding and other professional photos, waitressed for a few years, and then was hired as a graphic artist at my hometown newspaper. After three years, I became the editor and a year later the publ... Fri, 30 May 2014 17:54:12 EST Sparking before doing a deposit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701566 Sparking before doing a deposit <BR> <BR> I am on my lunch break at work and realized this may be the only time I have to write a long-overdue blog. <BR> <BR> Life continues to be a rollercoaster ride – high, lows, moving too fast and sometimes crashing to a stop. Overall, though, the ride has been quite good. <BR> <BR> I may have said it before, but I have definitely had my fill of funerals – went to one last Friday and have another tomorrow. I think that makes about 17 since April 2012. ... Fri, 23 May 2014 14:52:49 EST Life in the Super Fast Lane http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678968 I am finally getting the chance to sit down and do some Sparking. Life has been so hectic the past few weeks, and tonight I am home alone for a while - so now taking some "me" time. <BR> <BR> What I have been up to: <BR> 1. Working on an auction at work (being held this Friday and Saturday), plus all the every day work that needs to get done. A co-worker and I also sorted through boxes of papers and took a pickup truck load to be shred. <BR> 2. Two weekends of taking pictures of children wit... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:42:09 EST Flashlight tour, a cold and sprained ankle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657947 This past Saturday a friend and I travelled to Duluth (yes, I go there whenever possible) and went on a Flashlight Tour of Glensheen (Congdon) Mansion (if you want more information about Glensheen, go online to www.glensheen.org). We have been on several tours of the mansion and the grounds over the years. The Flashlight Tour was introduced this month and the schedule was limited – with most spots reserved quickly. <BR> <BR> The tour was led by a guide and usher (who followed behind the grou... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:13:25 EST Trying to overcome insults from the past http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650144 “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” How many times did we say these words in our childhood and try to convince ourselves that we really did believe them? <BR> <BR> I did my best trying to bury hurtful words and keep my chin up. Years later, I now see the negative affect those words have had in my life. In this blog, I will focus on words in regards to my weight. <BR> <BR> Like most children, I had some baby fat, shed some and kept some. Neither the school ... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:11:25 EST Calving time at work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646368 As a reminder, I work in the administration department at a research and outreach center. Several areas of research are conducted here - Agronomy, Animal Science, Biotechnology. Forestry, Forest Biology, Horticulture and Wild Rice. <BR> <BR> Public awareness is a big part of my job - designing brochures, website updating, news articles, etc. This also means that I get paid to partake in one of my most favorite hobbies - photography. With calving season beginning a couple weeks ago, calves ar... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:30:34 EST Exploring Lake Superior's Ice Caves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644664 After seeing several pictures of Lake Superior's Ice Caves posted on friends' facebook pages, I knew I had to see them. My youngest son was just as enthusiastic about them, so we set out yesterday morning for the 3-hour drive to Apostle Island on the Wisconsin side of Lake Superior. <BR> <BR> We arrived about 2 p.m., took a shuttle to end of the entrance road and walked about two blocks to the lake. Once on the lake, there was a 1.1 miles walk (more like a snow hike) to the Ice Caves. Temper... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:00:52 EST Winter Beauty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631521 Mother Nature may have been brutal this winter, and yet she has left so much beauty. The following pictures are from Lake Superior. I can't take credit for them - they were shared by friends on facebook. I am hoping to get there soon and see it for myself. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1306874663.jpg"> <BR> This is a picture of the Great Lakes taken from space by NASA, showing the astonishing extent of the ice cover. It was taken in the early afternoon of Feb.... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 11:01:25 EST Letting my friend's do the whining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630132 I promised that I wouldn't whine about the weather in my last blog. In keeping with this promise, I am sharing pictures from friends' facebook pages. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1674941845.jpg"> <BR> Outside a friend's door last night. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l92116448.jpg"> <BR> Looking out a girlfriend's living room window. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2039097348.jpg"> <BR> Yes, there ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:11:48 EST Done whining about the weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623160 Over the past few months I have complained a lot about the weather. It’s definitely not great here today, but I am okay with that. <BR> <BR> Have I gone crazy or did my brain finally freeze? No (well crazy maybe, but not due to the weather). <BR> <em>100</em> <BR> The reason I am no longer going to complain is that so many areas in our country are getting blasted with freezing rain and heavy, wet snow – areas that are not accustomed to it. <BR> <BR> Yes, Minnesota has gone through a re... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:45:23 EST Fun and Inspiring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604612 I was browsing through facebook on my break and came across a funny weight loss picture and an inspirational one. A light bulb came on and I realized that this is how I need to proceed in my journey to a healthy lifestyle and weight - humor mixed with inspiration. <BR> <em>189</em> <em>246</em> <em>521</em> <BR> Those who know me, know that I have weird sense of humor, love to laugh (which sometimes turns into uncontrollable giggles) am someone who will encourage and cheer on those ... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:43:04 EST My Spark is a little brighter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603598 First of all I want to than everyone for the awesome comments and support on my last blog. You are amazing!!! <BR> <em>223</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>223</em> <BR> Yesterday I was texting with a Spark Friend and she has been trying to get the Spark burning bright again too. We realized that we have put ourselves on the back burner once again and need to put ourselves back in front. Having grown up being told to always put others first, this isn't always easy for me. But I... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:22:42 EST Trying to relocate my Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573204 I know it’s there – somewhere buried within. It hasn’t gone out completely – there I days I feel a slight burn. For the first two plus years it was shining brightly, then fizzled a little when my job was reduced to part time, and over the past year and a half it seems as though it has gone into hiding. What puzzles me most is that it burned more brightly when I was at my lowest point. Now that I am happier than I have been in a very long time, it is barely visible. <BR> <BR> I will be on the... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 17:11:16 EST Winter has arrived http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557797 I knew it would come. I just didn't know it would start with such a vengeance! <BR> <BR> Winter is most definitely here. When I left for work Tuesday morning, it was a pretty much normal December day - cool, a little snow on the ground. By the afternoon a mix of snow and freezing drizzle had started. I went from work to help a friend paint winter scenery for display at a local landmark. It was 10 p.m. when I was on the road home. The roads weren't too bad. <BR> <BR> The weather deteriorated... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 17:36:03 EST Family time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551685 The past week has been full of wonderful family time. <BR> <BR> Friday my oldest son and I drove to St. Paul to see Elton John in concert, and we had such a great time. We talked the entire 3.5 hour trip down, he took me out to an Italian restaurant for dinner, Elton was AWESOME and we talked all the way back home - arriving at 2:30 a.m. It was such a special time with my son and I will cherish it always! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l194739931.jpg"> <BR> Tyler and... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 17:27:55 EST A quick hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546967 I have been absent from SP since last Friday, due to a very busy schedule. <BR> <BR> It is supposed to be our slow time at work but being one person short in our department (typically three people) and our boss being here on a part-time basis (he is director of two facilities) the work never seems to end. We have been able to keep up but will be so happy when another person is hired in mid-December. <BR> <BR> Mike and I have been busy getting ready for his son, daughter-in-law and two gra... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:08:41 EST Ramblings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523362 I’m really not sure what to blog about, and am hoping something will pop in my head as I type. <BR> <BR> Weekday mornings I drive Trout Lake on my way to work. This is the same lake I photographed often when I worked in town and walked by it every day. It looked so peaceful one morning this week so I stopped to take a couple pictures. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1211061035.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l40801762.jpg"> <BR> <... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 17:30:15 EST Catching up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513292 Catching up. It seems like I do a lot of that these days. It’s not necessarily a bad thing though – I am kept busy at a job I enjoy, I have a wonderful son who still lives at home and likes spending time with me, friends and family who want to see me, and a wonderful man who I want to be with all the time. <BR> <BR> After a couple weeks of working with banks and detectives, it seems as though the unauthorized spending of my wallet thieves has stopped. No word on an arrest but I am hopeful th... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 13:46:30 EST Babies, wedding and a stolen wallet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490389 Last week I went on my first vacation in over two years; and my first with Mike. Our plan was to leave Thursday, visit his son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons Friday in Illinois, attend my niece’s wedding on Saturday in Ohio and head back to Minnesota Sunday. <BR> <BR> Thursday we drove the 80 miles to Superior and headed south through Wisconsin. I have determined that Wisconsin could be called the “3-Cs State” – corn, cows and cheese! It was a beautiful drive. We arrived in Illinois lat... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:46:41 EST Horticulture Day, a funeral and a wedding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477982 I haven’t been present on Spark much until today, and sure hope I was able to catch up with most of you. Work and life have kept me pretty darn busy and I am hoping for a relatively quiet weekend. <BR> <BR> Wednesday, August 28 was out annual Horticulture Day at work. This is a day set aside for the public to stop by and take tours of our gardens and apple orchard. It takes months of planning and keeping fingers crossed that Mother Nature cooperates - not only that day but throughout the gro... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 16:46:12 EST Playing catch up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460180 I am trying to play catch up with my Sparking today, and it looks like you will get a short blog with lots of pictures. <BR> <BR> Work has been very busy, which is typical during the summer months due to much of our research being outdoors. In Minnesota this means "Strike while the snow is gone!" Next week is our annual Horticulture Day where the public is invited to go on tours and ask questions from staff, Horticulture researchers and professors, and master gardeners. This means a lot of b... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 17:35:59 EST Happy Busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442537 The title says it all - I am happy and busy. <BR> <BR> So often I begin writing a blog only to be interrupted by one thing or another. I am writing this one from work (Ssshhh, don't tell anyone LOL!). It is very quiet and most of the staff has left early to get an early start to the weekend. I am one of two people who has to stay until the automatic locks go on, and the other person is one of those who left early. Due to the quiet, I have accomplished a lot and am now able to take a little ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 17:24:24 EST Love, family, friends and gardening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414629 The title pretty much describes my life, aside from work, these days. Love continues to blossom along with the flowers, shrubs and trees that now decorate my yard and deck; and I have been able to spend quite a bit of time with family and friends. I am finding the motivation to continue my journey to a healthy body and mind; as well as improving my surroundings by doing little improvements over time. <BR> <BR> My relationship with Mike has brought me more love and joy than I have ever known ... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 17:14:40 EST Fitness fairy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395184 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2110756225.jpg"> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:31:17 EST Summer weather has made it to Minnesota – Finally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391960 I know summer doesn’t officially begin until Friday, but I start saying summer the day school ends for my boys. Unfortunately Mother Nature didn’t agree and decided that is when spring weather would finally kick in. <BR> <BR> Outdoor work has kicked into high gear at work and at home. Our horticulture, forestry and wild rice departments have been planting non-stop, and we have been planting trees, shrubs and flowers at home. I love seeing green leaves, white and pink blossoms and the smell ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:01:22 EST Father's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390690 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l126072030.jpg"> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 10:25:42 EST It’s been a good couple weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371747 It has been two weeks since my last blog, and time has flown right by. <BR> <BR> Work has been good and busy. All departments are in full swing with late spring and our short summers. For those who don’t know, I work in a University research facility and our main areas of research are beef cattle (reproduction and various feed options), wild rice, horticulture, forestry and forest biology. I am in the administration department and work with all departments in one way or another. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 29 May 2013 17:31:33 EST Finding happiness while dealing with sadness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356560 I realized that it has been nearly a month since I last blogged and thought it time to write another one. <BR> <BR> So much has been going on in my world, and time just seems to be flying by. To think that the year is nearly half over boggles my mind. As in every life, there have been ups, downs and lots of in between. <BR> <BR> On the up side, my sons are doing well in school and life in general. The oldest turned 21 in April and recently finished his junior year of college. The youngest i... Tue, 14 May 2013 17:13:21 EST Spring???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328715 As of tomorrow it will be one month since the official beginning of spring. Below are pictures taken in Northern Minnesota this morning. I do believe Mother Nature is a bit confused! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1477514655.jpg"> <BR> Looking out my front door. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l969646390.jpg"> <BR> Footprints that I left on my way to dig out my vehicle. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l65806689.jp... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:53:02 EST Turning Fifty was Fabulous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327865 “I have decided that 50 is going to be my year” is a line from my April 2 blog. Well, I am happy to report that it has started out that way! <BR> <BR> First of all, I am making much better choices when it comes to eating and have started getting back into a regular exercise routine. I have a dress hanging on the back side of my bedroom door and my goal is to wear it on my 51st birthday (although if the weather is like this year, it may be a bit cold for that). <BR> <BR> As for celebrating ... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 17:37:13 EST How Minnesotans are feeling! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320696 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1346409893.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l898864570.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1128240559.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1502254493.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1893138059.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1475634719.jpg"> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:51:40 EST Two week countdown begins today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309123 Two weeks from today (April 16) is a big day for me – it will be my 50th birthday! <BR> <em>410</em> <BR> I remember when my parents turned 50 and I thought they were old. Funny, I don’t feel old. I don’t think my former classmates are old. I guess the old saying “you’re only as old as you feel” is correct. But then I really can’t say how old I feel, so maybe I do feel 50. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> Anyway, I have decided that 50 is going to be my year – I am going to get back on track t... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 16:18:08 EST Spring…ing forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303502 Unlike the first day of spring, when it was four degrees below zero, today is looking more like winter may be on its way out. The day started out at 9 degrees and is now sunny and temps are in the upper 40s – almost no-jacket warm. <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> I was able to get out and enjoy some of it during work this afternoon. I walked out to the cow pastures, down to the Horticulture department building and back to the Administration building where my office is located. It was pretty muddy a... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:55:28 EST Carrots, Eggs or Coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267457 Thought this was too good not to share! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1615274264.jpg"> <BR> A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose. <BR> <BR> Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and put them on the stove. S... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:58:51 EST Walking away from the drama http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260296 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1892552459.jpg"> <BR> The above picture was posted on a friend’s facebook wall this morning, and it helped me to realize that I do need to release myself from a relationship that was becoming too stressful and full of drama. <BR> <BR> I fell hard and fast for man, who seemed like the closest I have ever come to a soul mate. We could talk for hours about anything and everything, and when we together there was electricity as well as a relaxin... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 17:23:03 EST What a difference a few hours can make http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248043 I was just reading over my last blog and can’t believe how life can change on a dime; and send a person spiraling downward. <BR> <BR> I was so excited to tell you about the new man in my life, and how well things were going. In a matter of a few hours, laughter became tears and soft words became angry and hurtful. We met as planned for lunch with my youngest son and I couldn’t have asked it to go any better. They hit it off, found several things in common and we did a lot of laughing. <BR> ... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 16:52:40 EST Life in the fast lane http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243117 To say that my life has been smack dab in the middle of the fast lane would be an understatement. Some days I feel like I am going to meet myself coming as I am going. This, however, is not all bad – some has been quite enjoyable and I am happier than I have been in a very long time. <BR> <BR> I am still working full-time hours at my job that is supposed to be 30 hours a week, while still putting in 10-15 hours a week at the other job. Luckily I love both my jobs, my bosses and the staff whi... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 17:27:10 EST 42 lessons life taught me - from a 90-year old woman http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230208 Written by a 90 year old <BR> <BR> This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!! <BR> <BR> ... Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio . <BR> <BR> "To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 42 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:" <BR> <BR> 1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good. <BR> ... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:10:05 EST Bitten by the Love Bug! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202501 Yes, the title is true; I have been bitten by the Love Bug! <BR> <em>129</em> <BR> At the beginning of December I decided to take one more stab at online dating, took my profile out of hiding on one site and checked the matches chosen for me. There was one that struck my fancy so I typed a simple “Good Morning” to him. He responded almost immediately, and we struck up a conversation online. From there we began emailing, talking on the phone and texting – one phone conversation lasted 7 ½ ... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:25:19 EST Spending Christmas Day alone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176874 Yes, I did spend Christmas Day by myself and it was a wonderful day. It was my first day off since November 25th and it felt so good to not have to start the car and drive somewhere, to be able to clean the house, take a nap, clean some more, watch a little TV, listen to some new music and talk to a special man on the phone. <BR> <BR> I did spend time with my family on Christmas Eve and we will have our larger celebration this Friday when my niece and her family are here from Ohio. It will b... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 16:45:39 EST It has been a week!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155016 I blogged just over a week ago, and what a week it has been since then! <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> I started Day #1 of a 28-day work streak – consisting of my two regular jobs that total 50-60 hours per week and adding five hours on Saturday and three hours on Sunday taking pictures of children and pets with Santa at our local mall. <BR> <BR> Work Monday through Friday went well – accomplished a lot at both jobs, kept up with the regular household chores and was able to spend some quality t... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 17:19:46 EST Blog: A long time coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146094 It has been nearly a month since I have blogged and what a month it has been. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> I currently work at two jobs, which total 40-45 hours per week. Due to a co-worker at one job leaving for another job, I have been working over 50 hours per week and also attending several out of town training sessions, adding an additional 10-15 hours per week. Between the hours, the 200 mile (one way) drive for training and trying to keep up with the usual house-hold chores, there has be... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 15:29:39 EST A little more about me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113919 Hi! <BR> <BR> Here is an idea for a blog that I borrowed from _Susan who borrowed it from another Spark user. <BR> <BR> Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? <BR> In my pants pocket <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> Nope <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> Right now its light brown frosted with blonde <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> Karine, age 75 <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> David – passed away in September <BR> <BR> Your favorite thi... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:11:28 EST Trying to play catch up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112741 I have been trying to blog for quite a few days now, and it seems that time always gets away from me. The main reason for this is that one of my co-workers has moved on to another job – leaving us with only two in our department. Not only are the two of us trying to carry the workload, I have not been certified to do some of the duties which require a reconciler as well as an approver. Being that my supervisor is the approver, she cannot be the reconciler. Last week I went for training in one... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 17:26:07 EST A good week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100223 Last week was a good one - we were able to say goodbye to my dad in a beautiful way, surrounded by the love of family and friends. The memorial service was held Friday. It was simple, touching and filled with both tears and laughter. I know he was smiling down on us. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l315064976.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had taken three days off from work and spent some of the time putting together a photo board as well as a display of photos of he and my mom fr... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 17:12:09 EST