BROOKLYN_BORN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BROOKLYN%5FBORN BROOKLYN_BORN'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/ You know you're weird when the doc calls the intern in to observe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084599 Nothing serious, fortunately. I was at an appointment to get new orthotics. The ones I got last year are fine for walking but I CANNOT run in them. I've been using a pair that is now 4 years old. Maybe a new pair will solve my shoe problem? (See other blog today) <BR> <BR> I really like this facility. The lead doctor has worked with our Olympic runners. They know what they are doing to keep people mobile. <BR> <BR> I've written before about my "difficult feet," but finally I got an ex... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:04:08 EST Shoe Woes Continue - I feel like Goldilocks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084596 I've always identified with the fairy tale, "The Princess and the Pea." Her problem was the mattresses. Mine are the shoes. Now I have a new alter ego. This is my living room floor right now. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7d1d6bcc-acf2-49aa-9853-4515346c45df.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I already own the 2 on the right, but they are wearing out. <BR> As Goldilocks would say, "these are TOO old" <BR> <BR> I replace my running shoes every 500 miles or 6 months whichever comes ... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:01:23 EST Targeted Advertising http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082917 I wasn't going to blog today. I got up late (7:00) and I have a lot to do. This is NOT a complaint about advertising in general, neither on Spark or anywhere else. It's more about how I see myself and how advertisers view me. <BR> <BR> Because I'm old, I'm used to the phone calls about how I need one of those emergency buttons or a reverse mortgage or some medical device. <BR> <BR> Because I'm retired, I have the TV on during the day. I'm bombarded with ads for specific drugs for a var... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 08:29:42 EST Carnegie Hall! Here I Come! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081245 No, I haven't suddenly been "discovered" and I didn't just buy a ticket. I'm actually going to be on the stage singing - in a chorus in a concert in June. <BR> <BR> It's not the NY Philharmonic and it is not one of their premier events, but I'll be on the stage I used to look up at from the audience. <BR> <BR> I know that feeling since when I lived in the DC area, I got to be part of the Christmas concerts at the Kennedy Center and even one program in the spring. Yeah, I was just one of... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 07:18:25 EST My split sports personality - watching 2 channels at once http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078509 I know why the networks schedule figure skating against football. Surely each will appeal to only one segment of the population. Except for me, again the oddball. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, Denver vs New England began at 3pm, so I had one hour to watch uninterrupted. I did use the time for 32 minutes of strength training (I keep my dumbbells right in front of the TV) followed by 16 minutes of yoga stretching. <BR> <BR> 4 pm - the live broadcast of the men's national figure skating championsh... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:54:55 EST Snowbound - fitness info for the data driven mind of a "confused squirrel" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077638 After one blizzard day of fitness walking around the house, strength training and yoga, I had to keep up my motivation for day 2. I would much rather be outside running or walking, but my neighborhood looked like this. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5060978b-b69e-4c7d-b21b-532e3d2ab768.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I won't let DH shovel the driveway. At 71 he doesn't need the sudden, unusual exertion. The road isn't even plowed so where could we go anyway? I don't own boo... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 08:15:24 EST Relatively Speaking - Continuing Yesterday's Deep Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076872 Yesterday I pondered what was considered a "significant" amount of weight loss and the attitudes of and toward those who have lost (or want to lose) different amounts of weight. <BR> <BR> Of course magazines want to make sales and spotlight the extreme cases either in total weight (a lot) or a short amount of time - sometimes unrealistically BOTH. The only time they consider percentage of body weight lost is in the "half my size" articles. <BR> <BR> Even I once succumbed to the hype. The m... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 09:07:39 EST Relatively Insignificant - The Power of Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076374 I'm blaming this blog on the blizzard. I have time to ponder and think deep thoughts. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was included on a group sparkmail regarding a request to interview women with a unique story and aha moment who fit certain other criteria. I'm too old to qualify by about 25 years so it certainly didn't affect me. <BR> <BR> However, one phrase stood out and I found myself still thinking about it today so I'm writing about it. <BR> <BR> The woman should have lost a "relatively sig... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 14:51:04 EST Eat what I want? Yep, I'm doing that! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075159 Last night DH & I were having dinner - spaghetti, which I carefully weighed on my food scale before cooking it. He also threw 2 thick slices of garlic bread in the oven and asked me if I wanted some. No thanks - and that was that. <BR> <BR> It reminded me of recent posts/discussions about food pushers and the methods they use. <BR> <BR> I've often heard "life is short, you should eat what you want." <BR> <BR> I AM eating what I want! <BR> <BR> When DH offers me a muffin or a cupcake... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 07:01:48 EST Today is DH's 71st Birthday - Look what he bought last night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072509 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/78bcc1e0-49a2-4736-81af-529df6960e15.JPG"> <BR> <BR> It weighs 2lbs 8oz and has 12 assorted varieties of slices. So each slice is 3.3 oz <BR> <BR> We are NOT having a party. He bought this for the TWO of us. The missing piece was his breakfast at 6am. I love cheesecake. It's my favorite dessert, but even I don't want to eat it before sunrise. <BR> <BR> He conveniently tore off the calorie/nutrient information before I saw it. <BR> So I ... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 09:10:21 EST Tech Savvy or Dinosaur? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065520 Two things prompted this introspective blog this morning. <BR> 1) Yesterday I was describing my virtual treks around the world to my friends at the gym. We're all retired. I will be 69 in June. A few people said they couldn't do that. They don't even have email. <BR> 2) This morning Spark Guy's Ultimate Challenge email described his daily planning spreadsheet. Very impressive! I love this challenge extending spark principles to other areas of life. <BR> <BR> High Tech, Low Tech, No Te... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 08:11:14 EST A Tradition Unfamiliar to Me and a 12 Course Meal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063839 This is about food, not religion, but yesterday Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Christmas. This is not my tradition, but it could have been if earlier generations had made different decisions. <BR> <BR> DH & I were invited to participate in Christmas Eve "Holy Night Supper" in Asheville, NC by friends I met online during my search for roots in Eastern Europe. I remember hearing stories of this symbol filled meal and I knew that some of the food would be the staples that m... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 08:20:24 EST The Spark Effect - My Multitasking Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061858 DH & I are getting on the road soon for a 6 hour drive to North Carolina. We have an event there at 5:30 (a special dinner). <BR> <BR> My computer is very slow right now. DH is downloading something and satellite access out here in the country isn't great in the best of times. Pages are loading slowly. <BR> <BR> Still Spark is what I do every morning, right after my daily weigh-in and getting my coffee (which DH has made every morning for our nearly 49 years of marriage.) <BR> <BR> So b... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 06:55:20 EST A confession: Competitive Yoga - My Goal: Be a MAINSTAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059680 I must explain that cryptic title. <BR> <BR> I hate it when I do stupid things. I can be really hard on myself, especially if my stupidity affects someone else. I'm not that hard on others. We're all human and make mistakes. <BR> <BR> Fortunately, my latest stupidity only affected me. <BR> <BR> I have a competitive gene inherited from my Dad ("Did you win?"). This mindset is regularly at odds with my mother's philosophy ("Be careful, don't do too much, sit down and rest"). <BR> <BR> Us... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 07:21:50 EST My First Pot of Soup and the "Ultimate Challenge" is the reason. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057691 Considering that I've been on this earth for nearly 70 years, that title must sound strange to "real" cooks, but to me soup is what I eat when I'm sick. Then I just open a can. <BR> <BR> Spark Guy's Ultimate Challenge encourages us to extend spark concepts to all areas of our life. <BR> <BR> A few days ago I organized my pantry and found a packet of Bean & Grain Soup Blend by "Organic Harmony." I have a vague memory of buying that to support some youth group, perhaps the marching band... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 07:02:09 EST New Year - New Clothes (from the clearance rack) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056612 I recently agreed on a Sparker's blog that I wasn't going to buy much (if anything) new this year. Of course, it's not all that hard for me. After nearly 50 years together, there's not much DH and I need that we don't already have. That means that my teenage grandsons sleep on "Incredible Hulk" sheets when they visit and our Christmas tree is 46 years old. That's all OK. I like having stuff around that reminds me of the past. <BR> <BR> I keep my clothes for a long time too. Fortunately,... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 07:59:29 EST Yorktown VA to Florence OR - 3 years & 4,063 miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055927 I began this virtual journey to trek across the USA on Jan 1, 2013. <BR> Yesterday I crossed the finish line. <BR> This was the route I walked/ran. The dot marks my location on Aug 18, 2014. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c82eb9aa-1ae0-404b-8c11-d66bc892736c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I recorded my mileage each day, I would see a picture of my surroundings <BR> I especially liked this photo on March 29, 2015 when Sheridan, MT was 10 miles away <BR> <BR> <img src="... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 08:18:02 EST Sabotage at the Movie Theater http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055193 Perhaps regular movie-goers can tell me if my experience is the new norm. <BR> <BR> When DH & I went to see Star Wars on Monday, we arrived at the theater 30 minutes early and the line was out the door. DH stood in line while I walked up to the front to be sure that tickets were actually available for what we wanted to see. <BR> <BR> The line ended at the concession counter where both tickets and snacks were sold together. I watched for a while and saw that every single person bought po... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 08:21:25 EST My SPAT (Spark Activity Tracker) just called to me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054469 I was feeling bad this morning because I lost my SPAT. I last had it for sure at 12 noon yesterday when I got home from the gym. <BR> <BR> DH really wanted to see the Star Wars movie. We never go to the movies, just watch them at home months after the release or on the plane while traveling. I can watch 3 or 4 on the way to Europe. <BR> <BR> Since it was important to him, I transferred the SPAT to my alternate sneakers and off we went. <BR> <BR> This morning the SPAT wasn't on my shoe ... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 07:34:10 EST Remembering Star Wars Past http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053882 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/896f8c56-1f29-4cdb-8fc8-ea06278fd31c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The last time Star Wars was in theaters the grandkids were caught up in the action. This was taken at Christmas 2003 when they were 2 - 9 years old. <BR> <BR> Now they have all already seen the latest movie - a few of them twice. <BR> Only DH & I haven't seen it yet. This week for sure! Maybe even today. <BR> <BR> Note: Our house addition hadn't been completed yet. The fireplace lo... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 09:33:07 EST Oops, my bedsheets tell the tale this morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053263 Nothing kinky or gross, just a light sprinkling of red and green sugar. <BR> <BR> A house-full of company always means readjusting some sleeping arrangements, especially with 5 grandsons and 1 grand-daughter. Since she was little, we would send Grandpa to a "snore room" and she would move in with me where we would watch kids' TV until she fell asleep. We have a king-size bed that she liked too. <BR> <BR> A few years ago she took a cake decorating class and got really good at it. She j... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 08:14:04 EST My 46 Year Old Christmas Tree http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052411 Christmas 1969 was bleak. Our baby was 3 months old. DH had left for Vietnam a few weeks after she was born. In those days you weren't allowed to stay in base housing once he was deployed so we sent most of our stuff into storage, loaded the rest into a U-Haul, and drove 300 miles to my parents' house with a colicky newborn in the back seat. <BR> <BR> As the holidays approached, my mood was dark. It was probably partly post-partum depression, but since my husband was out in a jungle wi... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 08:54:42 EST The search for running shoes for my difficult feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046231 I envy people with "good" feet. DH is one of them. He can grab anything on clearance sale and he's just fine. I'm like the woman in the fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea." Anything that's not quite right causes me discomfort which degenerates into aches and pains. Not that I every let it get that far. <BR> <BR> Thanks to my parents, my feet are flat, severely over-pronate and even have an extra bone. I'm not kidding. My right foot is almost one full size smaller than the left. A... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 07:08:30 EST When Genes Collide http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043086 I'm feeling introspective this morning, so this is a follow-up to yesterday's blog. <BR> <BR> I understand anxiety, both the situational and generalized forms. I have inherited my mother's "anxiety gene." She had a very severe case although 60 years ago we called it "the scaries." Disorders like this weren't well understood and usually met with "just get over it" advice. We carried "smelling salts" just in case we had to revive her. <BR> <BR> Mom never did get over it. In fact she w... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 07:50:57 EST Overcoming anxiety and just getting out there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042773 There wasn't any serious reason for me to be anxious, but I was. Our town's annual 5K was at 8:30 this morning in 30 degree temps. It's a fun event held annually for the last 36 years. <BR> <BR> However, it is a killer course - very hilly - and I hate hills. Also, because of our recent month vacation in Europe and resulting jet lag, I was not well trained and still I wanted to do well (a competitive gene inherited from my Dad). <BR> <BR> Our church gets a team together each year. We w... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 13:27:11 EST The Ultimate Official SP Life Challenge and me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038493 Yesterday Thanksgiving Day marked the first day of my 7th year of maintenance. Although I give total credit for my success to the motivation I receive by logging into SP each day, I don't usually participate in "challenges." I know they are very valuable for many people, but I have always proceeded gradually toward my own goals at my own speed and on my own terms. <BR> <BR> About 2 weeks ago my daily Spark email contained an announcement/blog from Spark Guy about this new challenge where w... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:00:25 EST Getting dressed for a run in the dark - Oops! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035163 We're in Tennessee visiting MIL in the nursing home. We stay at the same Best Western every time. The staff is used to me running laps around the parking lot (1/3 mile around). <BR> <BR> This morning it was dark and DH was still asleep. These visits are harder on him than me. It's HIS mother, after all. So I got dressed in my running clothes, reached into my purse for my room key and stuck it into my vest pocket. <BR> <BR> An hour later I returned to the room and tried to open the do... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:57:01 EST An unexpected voice from France http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034076 A few days ago while I and the rest of the world, were reeling from the horrific events in Paris, I received a surprise email from a stranger. <BR> <BR> As some of my spark friends know, my travels include walking in the footsteps of my Dad, a sailor during WWII, who kept a diary and took many pictures. <BR> <BR> From France, Alain wrote: <BR> “On your blog <link> http://www.brigs.us/Europe-Apr-2015/index-<BR>LeHavre.htm </link> I saw the pictures you took while visiting Le Havre in M... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 07:39:53 EST If I hadn't found Spark People, where would I be now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030802 As I approach my 6 year anniversary in maintenance (ironically, Thanksgiving week), I have a different perspective on my journey. Of course I think about how my life has changed, but it's also important to recognize where I would be if I hadn't made the changes. <BR> <BR> Note: I realize that my story may not seem as impressive as those who have lost huge amounts of weight and faced physical and life challenges. However, my continuous gain as I aged from age 35 to 60 happened even thou... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 06:58:57 EST Thinking of all veterans today, especially my Dad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030509 The first photo is in my Dad's WWII album and referenced in his diary. His ship the USS Philadelphia escorted President Truman to the Potsdam Conference to meet with Churchill and Stalin. Dad documented all his photos with labels. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5c593091-8996-46c9-a535-a2907d843ae5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last month we visited Potsdam, Germany and were surprised to see a similar photo as part of their exhibit. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 15:31:23 EST What to do when stranded in an airport? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026444 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fe127908-f93f-4733-b484-f6dbc0b7a7a3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Measure the distance around the terminal and walk 6 miles. Not all at once, of course since I didn't want to attract security as a woman acting strange. I also don't want to get all sweaty just in case I fianlly do get on a plane and sit next to somebody besides DH (who always accepts me as I am) <BR> <BR> It helps that my travel clothes always include a running shirt & bra, running shoes... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 07:01:36 EST Do you remember Yugoslavia? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020700 Capital Belgrade - controlled by Tito <BR> If yes, you must be at least 40 years old. 7 countries make up that area now - Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia - Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Kosovo. <BR> <BR> Unlike the "Velvet Divorce" that peacefully divided Czechoslovakia into the Czech and Slovak Republics in 1993, the Balkan peninsula experienced much violence and bloodshed. <BR> <BR> Much is still visible. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a595837f-7999-43... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 05:00:38 EST Thoughts at the Border - Hungary to Croatia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019825 At 5:30 am all passengers were called to the ship's lobby for a "face check." This was different from the procedure familiar to us when sailing south on previous trips. Officials used to come on board and check the passports held at the desk. If they found anything suspicious, they would only then ask to see the passenger. <BR> <BR> We spent 3 days in the beautiful city of Budapest - a city we have visited many times in the past, most recently in July with family and in December for the ... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 10:30:23 EST Sites of Germany that were new to us http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017333 2 weeks in Germany & most evenings ended like this. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ff568f61-f0a1-47f0-9624-9a65e0f2f78c.JPG"> <BR> <BR> No matter how often we travel to this part of the world, we always see something new. <BR> Like the brief period when the USA & Russia were friends. <BR> <BR> This is Torgau where the US and Russian armies met up in 1945 just before the end of the war. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ca8db14f-bf86-4148-875... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 05:20:12 EST Berlin - the Good & the Horrific http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012480 This was our 3rd visit to Berlin so of course we saw the Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island and the Octoberfest & reunification anniversary events that I described yesterday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/56681e57-3f59-4c17-9d8c-25d476b04963.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/03714cc2-3110-469f-9ad7-4c74964d2d00.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3fc88616-5fe0-4f46-8b87-0cb82da1c8fc.JPG"> <BR> <BR> When ... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 05:25:10 EST Finally we sail on the Elbe! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011980 This is our ship stuck in Wittenburg, Germany by low water levels. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9dbf7bde-90c0-405e-b6ab-7a3c5799bef4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We didn't miss anything since they put us in a Berlin hotel for 3 days. <BR> It was the 25th anniversary of reunification as well as Octoberfest. Several of our cruisemates really got into the spirit of celebration. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b0dd4ac5-a387-497a-9271-9971af863d56.J... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 05:22:29 EST Water Water Everywhere except where we need it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010170 DH & I fled the east coast rain and flooding for Europe to cruise the Elbe and then the Danube to the Black Sea. <BR> <BR> Because of the warm winter last year and lack of snow, the Elbe is too low for the ship to sail. So we are seeing the sites by land. <BR> <BR> First 3 days Berlin based. Our hotel is right by the Tiergarten (big park) - a great place for me to get in my morning run before a day of sight seeing. <BR> <BR> We arrived on the 25th anniversary of Germany's reunification ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 03:56:02 EST Healthy and Fit vs Thin - a blog question that made me think this morning. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005356 Healthy and fit...healthy and fit. That mantra caused me to accept the extra weight I was gaining each year. Finally, I realized that I was healthy and fit before, so why did I have to drag around all those extra pounds now? Why didn't I just stop gaining? <BR> <BR> That reality had to smack me in the face when I finally decided to get rid of the extra weight that had accumulated over the decades. <BR> <BR> Looking around at society or even reading the statistics, only a small percentage... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 07:37:01 EST My “sitting” injury – literally a pain in the butt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002682 I’ve reported oddball injuries before. <BR> <BR> Tripping over a sidewalk planter while scanning ahead for the Cheesecake factory (frozen shoulder) <BR> <BR> Missing a step at Golden Corral as I scoped out the dessert buffet and twisting my knee. <BR> <BR> Dropped a can of soup on my toe – took a long time for that to heal. <BR> <BR> Those were food related injuries. <BR> <BR> After my run on Sunday, I stretched as usual and blogged about DH & his donuts. Then we spent over 5 hours ... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 11:15:20 EST A 70 year old pot on a 21st century stove http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001357 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b57341c3-018a-478c-841f-f4dfc4f637b7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last week DH & I played Mom & Dad to 3 teenage grandkids while DD#1 & her DH were out of town. <BR> <BR> We brought with us a mountain of green beans from our garden. I’ve always used a pressure cooker a LOT so I brought one along with me. THIS ISN”T IT. <BR> <BR> When I put MY pressure cooker on HER stove, the pot “wobbled.” 40+ years of use must have warped the bottom. T... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 10:31:34 EST 5 Miles Done and I Returned to This! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000691 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ae3639bc-8920-4890-87df-69c32abe463c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> DH & I are in Asheville, NC at a meeting of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society “South” (my heritage group) where we saw an excellent presentation on the Wooden Churches of the Carpathians (Mountains in Eastern Slovakia). <BR> <BR> This morning I ran 15 laps around the hotel parking lot and walked 10 more – a total distance of about 5 miles. One guy smoking outside his room actually yelled... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 09:35:49 EST Strolling the Danube virtually - Regensburg, Germany http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998980 Although I love exercise, sometimes even I need some extra motivation. <BR> Here it is. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d62361ca-5ff0-460c-a849-dcf856efeb25.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I appreciate the trophies that Spark sends me to mark my milestones, but I wonder where all those steps and miles would take me if laid out end to end. <BR> <BR> On Jan 1, 2013 I joined the team “The Virtual Walk/Run Challenge” to trek across the USA from Yorktown, VA to Florence, OR. ... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 07:22:13 EST A Death Thousands of Miles Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994601 My cousin died suddenly. I learned about it yesterday morning. <BR> <BR> I met him for the first time in 2008 when my research succeeded in finding the descendants of my grandfather’s children who did not leave the “old country” for America. <BR> <BR> Pavel was the “head of the family,” a large family. He and the others warmly welcomed this stranger from America – grandchild #15 who arrived seeking her roots. <BR> <BR> DH & I traveled to Slovakia many times since then an... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 07:27:04 EST Like Mother, Like Daughter - Parenting Styles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994070 DD#1 (Hayburner1969) & I made this video in 2007 to describe our solution to a common problem. The grandkids got a kick out of seeing their younger selves. They're teenagers now. <BR> <BR> The background music is being played by DD#1. <BR> <BR> Edit: <BR> Oops: It doesn't want to play. I've got some research to do. <BR> OK - I think it's OK now. Wed, 9 Sep 2015 10:58:25 EST Advice from a past team leader - Remembering his contributions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992621 For several reasons I decided this morning to find out what happened to a leader on one of my teams. I had never met him because his active tenure as leader preceded my membership 3 years ago. However, threads he had begun and nurtured were still active so his name was still front and center. <BR> <BR> Sparkers come and go - some because life issues interfere - some because they don’t need the support anymore. I hoped that he was in the second category. <BR> <BR> I was saddened to le... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 10:32:19 EST Rediscovering the BEAST in the basement and taking my own advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5989346 No, it’s not DH, although that is his domain. In the late 80s I bought one of the first generation “lifecycles.” I’ve had a gym membership since 1975, but I thought this would be more convenient. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/27b4e76c-15b6-40c9-bb34-b81959324d8c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes, it was and I really liked the computer display. But I discovered that I much preferred the real thing, outdoors. So the beast became a place to hang damp clothes. <BR> ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:47:51 EST I ate "like a Viking" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986713 Thursday morning we drove to TN for one our regular visits to MIL in her nursing home. This is always stressful – the 4 hour drive plus the days in the home itself. However, this time it was less stressful than the atmosphere in our town where the reporters were killed the day before. As I wrote in an earlier blog, if I walk over to a neighbor’s house I have a clear view of the shopping plaza across the lake where the crime occurred. <BR> <BR> I was determined to eat sensibly in TN a... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:52:05 EST The Day After http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985562 Thank you friends for your expressions of concern regarding yesterday’s shooting in my little town. If it had not been reporters killed live on camera during an interview, 2 more violent deaths would not have made the national news. <BR> <BR> It was so strange to see the overhead maps projected to show viewers where the tragedy occurred. I could almost see my house! <BR> <BR> I remember when “going postal” made its way into our vocabulary as a term to describe a “disgruntled for... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 06:21:40 EST Run cut short by gunfire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985021 I never run TOWARD gunfire. The shots I heard this morning could be somebody taking early morning target practice or a drunk guy mad at his neighbor. You just never know so I went back home. <BR> <BR> This has happened before. I live on a country road, on a cove of a large lake. The lots are all less than an acre. It’s not like we’re on some remote mountain. <BR> <BR> I returned home to learn that there had been 2 fatalities at a shopping plaza across the lake. I can see it from ... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:13:58 EST Physical Hunger, Emotional Hunger and then there's ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983014 I’ve experienced both types of hunger, but I also eat too much because it TASTES GOOD! <BR> <BR> Physical Hunger: I eat 2 substantial snacks per day. If I don’t, between meals I wilt like a flower lacking water. (I drink lots of water, and only water all day). Tracking keeps my total calories and nutrition in balance. <BR> <BR> Emotional Hunger: Oh yeah, especially frustration causes me to look for: <BR> Chocolate chip cookies <BR> Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream <BR> Pringle... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 07:34:49 EST