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Sun, 1 May 2016 14:14:10 EST Not parking on the grass--rules. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154079 I had no idea some towns have an ordinance against this. I can't believe it applies to your own home. <BR> <BR> You gave me some good ideas like using plywood to save the lawn. <BR> <BR> When I first moved in, they reprimanded me for putting up a plain green Christmas wreathe with tiny white lights! That still sticks in my craw! <BR> <BR> <BR> I have not ever been fined , just get a phone call or have a management person stop by. It is annoying, however. I wonder if they brought it up at... Sun, 1 May 2016 13:53:35 EST Yuky condo rules! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153505 I got a reprimand phone call from "the management." <BR> <BR> not supposed to have my van on the grass. <BR> <BR> Well- I am moving things out of my basement to declutter this condo for selling. <BR> <BR> I drove the van to the basement door, 'round back. A truck was coming to take the boxes. They had to park in the driveway. So I parked the van temporarily on the grass. <BR> <BR> If they tell me I can't on occasion drive my van back to the basement door I will get angry. <BR> <BR> <... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:05:23 EST I know it is not monday but I will forget to post this later.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151740 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e95cecc6-6fea-45dc-809d-161deb77c3d9.jpg"> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:40:09 EST 5 yrs,5 yrs,5 yrs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151384 I thought Someone would have told me it took way too long for me to learn to speak up! <BR> <BR> Not one person did that! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> And through each 5 years I was reading self help books, going to alanon (8 yrs!) , and doing lots of crying. No, I would not give up. <BR> <BR> It was a very hard journey! <BR> <BR> (My role models growing up were a Mom who just burst into tears and a Dad who just blew up and "progressed" to at least not throwing dishes, "just" yelling . <BR> ... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:34:56 EST Is this how the doctor checks drug interactions--(well not webMD but yes computer data sheet)? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151382 <link>www.webmd.com/my-medicine/default.ht<BR>m# </link> <BR> <BR> chris Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:29:24 EST Thankfully, I have learned lots over the years. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150308 Today hubby barked at me about something. It did not affect me at all. In fact later I told him I was glad he got mad. It showed his spunk-which isn't often there not after the stroke in 2006. <BR> <BR> When we were first married I divided my time into 5 years, 5 years, and 5 years. It seems incredible now, but I had lots of learning to do. <BR> <BR> I say it took me 5 years of stuffing all my negative thoughts . Then 5 years of trying to speak up. But hubby was a yeller and that shut me d... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 21:42:23 EST really ugly rugs, too --a link http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149448 <link>www.chicagonow.com/chicagonow-life-s<BR>tyle/2010/05/14-ridiculously-ugly-rugs<BR>-owned-by-people-with-extremely-poor-taste/ </link> Sun, 24 Apr 2016 19:09:53 EST Really ugly living rooms! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149444 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d29aa9e-47e0-41f9-a5fb-6bb2e6086419.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was poking around looking for décor ideas. Then I found ugly stuff and got silly! <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9a4ce8ae-b47a-4b6e-90ac-10f8d962da98.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/71109f65-687a-42cd-896f-ed527c07ada9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1666ddd4-ee78-4e9e-8a0... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 19:03:58 EST Crunch fitness test SP article http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148518 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/39775f40-2f31-447f-875d-3fd7947f35c7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1114&page=2 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The article has a nice graph which does not copy well to this blog. <BR> <BR> I have been feeling my stomach muscles are improving after years of water aerobics. I am a bit curious if I can do these crunches on the floor. Hm maybe getting up off the floor will be the real test. ... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 09:26:23 EST Low carb lettuce wrap (with beef or chicken)----why didn't I think of this! (SP recipe) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148488 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/036d9791-acf2-42d9-8b68-d6654c6e3a96.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Delicious and bursting with flavor, these wraps are juicy and low in carbs. Can also work with chicken! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 10 <BR> <BR> Minutes to Cook: 10 <BR> <BR> Number of Servings: 1 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 100 grams (3.5 ounces) lean ground beef or steak (or cubed chicken, if preferred) <BR> 1 tablespoon finely minced onion <BR> 1 clove... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 08:36:28 EST Knitting is way more complicated than I thought.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148131 DD has been knitting up a storm. She wants to make a sweater now. <BR> <BR> <BR> Her mentor says to knit a square to count the stitches so the sweater comes out the right size. If you don't do this you could make a sweater 6 sizes too big <BR> <BR> Wouldn't that be awful after all that work! <BR> <BR> <BR> I am giving DD credit with sticking with this new hobby. She has made probably 5 hats and 3 or 4 scarves so far! <BR> <BR> <BR> chris Fri, 22 Apr 2016 16:35:59 EST A new sleep apnea mask (No I don't have sleep apnea but I know people who do have it) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145897 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ff46d418-e2a0-42af-9b60-148d0af7d89e.gif"> <BR> <BR> This looks more comfortable than the bigger masks I have seen. <BR> <BR> chris Tue, 19 Apr 2016 18:10:48 EST 2 chuckles... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145768 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/39ca461d-df87-484d-b403-cda267aa3818.gif"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5638a476-e0ab-4bd0-9b4a-32a4e232308d.gif"> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:49:29 EST The short, intense workput craze.... (Wall St Journal article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145133 Apparently there is a craze going on about short, intense workouts done at odd times to stop the excuses of not having enough time to go to the gym or do long workouts. <BR> <BR> In the WSJ article: <BR> <BR> There is a photo of a woman "and her daughter Clare do squats while another daughter, Maureen, makes cookies in their Oklahoma City home. Ms. Kierl often does app-guided workouts that are a few minutes long. " <BR> <BR> The article has photos of others doing very, very intense exer... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 18:02:28 EST Where are my measuring things for cooking? A sparkfriend said a utility belt is needed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142961 A utility belt was suggested. Great idea! In fact there is a company that will make custom too belts! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.custommade.com/gallery/custom-le<BR>ather-belts/?page=3 </link> <BR> <BR> Just for funsies: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4f3f5e0b-b8d2-4515-a2f3-9c908500daaa.png"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/334a6f4d-b8f4-4b20-83a9-62f341a08d35.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e628cbf6-0b2c-427... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:59:04 EST Progress decluttering. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142948 I actually feel like things are getting done. I don't have any more energy but I can see some results when I tackle a job. <BR> <BR> I can only work for about an hour--this is actually longer than I was doing a few years ago (overwhelmed caregiver!) So I guess I have made progress with energy. <BR> <BR> I don't have to take naps daily--only 2 or 3 or at worse 4 times a week. I am charting this. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today so far I have been working on the smallest (of 2) bathrooms. I think I can... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:37:15 EST Easily refurbish old "gold" jewelry! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142943 DD found a pen with gold in it. I have no idea if it has any metal or not! <BR> <BR> She had cleaned some jewelry from a thrift shop. It ended up looking dingy. <BR> She just used the pen on the chain-- wow! I think the pen was close to $10. <BR> <BR> I never thought this would work. <BR> <BR> I don't know how long it will last either. <BR> <BR> Who wooda thunk it! <BR> <BR> chris <em>41</em> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:30:53 EST More good news! About lost diabetic shoes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142940 Got a check for $378 to pay for hubby's diabetic shoes! <BR> <BR> Since last summer (!) I have been calling and calling the hospital--that lost hubby's diabetic shoes --and leg brace! <BR> <BR> Medicare paid for the brace because he needed a new one anyway. But I had no success getting the money for the shoes. <BR> <BR> The shoes were brand new! I did not even ask Medicare because obviously they would not pay again! I hope whoever got them loves them! Maybe a homeless person...I hope they... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:24:36 EST Belated April Fools Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141419 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/37726bb6-e68a-44a9-804c-2064e3442c4d.jpg"> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:16:20 EST Yeah! I can now clean all floors to the walls! Finally seeing PROGRESS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141358 This has taken YEARS!!!!!! <em>24</em> I am now almost 69! <BR> <BR> My ongoing days of fatigue has greatly hindered me from having an organized home--for my whole life--not just recently. <BR> <BR> I am making real progress! It is so good to be able to say this. <BR> <BR> <BR> I have had a cleaning person every 2 weeks for years. But she could never really clean well. A person is coming this afternoon. I am making sure furniture is moved away from the walls so the floors will all be c... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 09:50:48 EST Fashionably challenged? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141307 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a9d457f5-5e1b-4b36-8f40-204349c1a18c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I thought this was pretty funny! <BR> <BR> It is a Target ad by the way. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am not like this because putting this together is too much work. I wear pretty much a top and bottom--usually they coordinate. I have mostly stopped wearing jewelry, scarves, etc. <BR> Mostly it is my fatigue. But I am probably "fashionably challenged" too. chris <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 08:49:54 EST Mother Nature http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140691 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0482364a-fa0a-4917-9f99-2bddf1ae3375.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7f643833-b2cc-4cae-be2b-407d60276fa3.png"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e415db84-1697-4f22-a643-61e794df2991.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/abb1174c-8144-4571-acd1-8c3970ec0016.jpg"> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 12:07:14 EST Slightly different views of springtime....enjoy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139162 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/69e4c64f-bc72-47f3-a5db-32385e8ce1e8.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f9d41be6-683e-4b2e-8dec-a7cdbf9628ae.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dc2cab9d-6226-4df9-8b54-692cb410325c.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/97220762-8565-4cb2-b8c7-626faddc478c.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2c8cd3b5-f390-48ed-bc45-ef6f9a03e7a5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 13:53:36 EST Paleo recipes with photos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138937 <link>ultimatepaleoguide.com/recipes/ </link> <BR> <BR> I need to kick start my low carb eating! chris Sun, 10 Apr 2016 07:22:08 EST Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135817 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/15b0e0af-2220-4fe8-8276-f1bdae21ad20.jpg"> Tue, 5 Apr 2016 20:22:01 EST Spring peepers audio only http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135810 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4a47f817-46fe-48e9-831f-0564d544852c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKV5KsoDUQg </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYkKT-cNRO4 </link> Tue, 5 Apr 2016 20:06:20 EST Please pray with me to find DH's glasses. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135347 I just cannot afford to pay for more glasses. In the last 2 years it seems that is all I have been doing is paying for our glasses-breakage, losing them, etc. Mine and his both. <BR> chris Tue, 5 Apr 2016 07:59:01 EST AAACK , does this look familiar? Blank paper to write between meal eating. WOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133268 <em>252</em> <em>220</em> I love ideas from my spark friends! <BR> Why didn't I ever think of this? <BR> <BR> "Yesterday I put a blank sheet of paper on the fridge. On it, I'll write anything I eat (calories included) that isn't part of a meal. My goal is to keep that sheet as blank as possible. The more I see that blank page, the more I feel motivated to look for something healthier to snack on. Yes, I do still have to write down healthy snacks. My hope is that I'll SEE that I can enjo... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 12:58:03 EST Reduce junk mail-- I just signed up for this--free! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133263 Junking junk mail <BR> <BR> The first tool to eliminate a large portion of junk mail is the DMAchoice program from the Direct Marketing Association (DMA).This program was created to give you control over what mail you receive. <BR> <BR> The types of categories you may opt-out from receiving are credit card offers, catalogs, magazine offers (this includes subscription offers, newsletters, periodicals and other promotional mailings) and other mail offers (donation requests, bank offers, retai... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 12:47:33 EST Dressing for your body type http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131680 <link>www.wikihow.com/Dress-for-Your-Body-<BR>Type </link> <BR> <BR> Yeah, don't we all wish our body was perfect! <BR> <BR> The link has links to other articles about body shape. So don't stop just with this first link. <BR> <BR> I am pretty rectangular. I already know about putting attract the eye things on my upper body. I should get a bra fitting. I don't know about that! Bras that hook in front are what I get now. I can't hook them in back. <BR> <BR> Posture . Posture. Posture. ... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 10:55:04 EST Blue Buffalo cat food law suit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131130 I have been trying since March 11 to get my proof of purchase list from the company I buy from. <BR> <BR> over 20 emails back and forth! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> It would have been so easy to just forget it. I think at most I will get $200. <BR> <BR> This is a sign I am getting more organized! <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <BR> In past years I'd never be able to keep track of all the paperwork and emails and faxes. <BR> <BR> I did it!!! <BR> <BR> The company was definitely stalling... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 17:48:55 EST A nice chart showing calories burned by walking. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130970 <link>walking.about.com/od/calorie1/fl/Wal<BR>king-Calories-Burned-by-Miles.htm </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 13:04:31 EST SP chart and article: Fruit and Vegetable Storage--to reduce spoilage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128516 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2fac8602-d17f-4aff-a185-6c6f4d1a2611.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here is the title of the whole SP article, including this lovely chart. <BR> <BR> How to Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh <BR> <BR> Proper Storage Prevents Spoilage, Saving You Hundreds <BR> <BR> I am having trouble making a link to it. <BR> <BR> chris Sun, 27 Mar 2016 09:16:29 EST Happy Easter 2016 ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128253 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0d82ecc1-1097-45c3-9ab8-b1e024419c4a.jpg"> Sat, 26 Mar 2016 20:41:22 EST Chili Cheese Fries --healthier for Vicki http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127262 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/82965154-45da-4e75-896f-2558ea1d24bd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Original recipe <BR> <BR> <BR> Vegetarian Chili Cheese Fries <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 3-5 large organic potatoes (cut like normal french fries). Or you can try these french fry alternatives [2]. <BR> 2 tablespoons olive oil <BR> 1/2 teaspoon salt <BR> 1/2 teaspoon pepper <BR> 1 cup diced tomatoes <BR> 1/2 cup diced red peppers <BR> 1/2 cup diced green peppers <BR> 1/2 cup... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 09:17:29 EST Ripen an avocado fast with an apple (both in a bag together overnight) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127228 What you need: An apple, a brown paper bag and that not-quite-ready avocado <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6014e857-4a96-41e1-83b4-833f4809ee07.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is quoted from purewow.com <BR> <BR> What you do: Place the apple and the avocado together in the bag, then fold over the opening as best you can to seal it off. Let the fruits sit together overnight and--voilà! You’ll have a ripe avocado, ready to be enjoyed. <BR> <BR> Why this works: A... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 08:42:50 EST Fabric Art Windsor,CT Art Museum--enjoy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126590 Please see my sparkpeople photo gallery for 5 photos labeled "Art Show " <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_photo_gal<BR>lery.asp?id=CTUPTON </link> <BR> <BR> I have not actually gone yet . I will April 2. Someone else took these photos. <BR> <BR> Enjoy.! <BR> <BR> I did see a work in progress by a friend. It is a HUGE amount of work to make one of these fabric collages! The work is exciting to do as I could see by my friend's enthusiasm. She had her spare bedroom set up to work. ... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 10:18:39 EST Fabric Art Windsor,CT Art Museum--enjoy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126589 Please see my sparkpeople gallery for 6 photos labeled "Art Show 1 to 6." <BR> <BR> I have not actually gone yet . I will April 2. Someone else took these photos. <BR> <BR> Enjoy.! <BR> <BR> I did see a work in progress by a friend. It is a HUGE amount of work to make one of these fabric collages! The work is exciting to do as I could see by my friend's enthusiasm. She had her spare bedroom set up to work. And she has a huge amount of leftover fabrics from her own quilting projects. <BR>... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 10:18:27 EST I am slipping but I thank you friends for goodies at St. Pat's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123537 <em>137</em> <em>247</em> <em>137</em> <em>247</em> <em>137</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> You are the greatest friends anyone could ever have! <BR> <BR> chris Sun, 20 Mar 2016 11:36:29 EST Charting my fatigue has been a huge help. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122943 I am getting such a clear picture of my tendency to fatigue! <BR> <BR> In past years I could get very depressed thinking that "I am always so tired!" the brain fog was the worst. <BR> <BR> Till comparing notes with sparkfriends, I did not understand myself at all. It is awful to always wonder, "What's wrong with me?? <BR> <BR> The picture is coming clearer now. <BR> <BR> chris Sat, 19 Mar 2016 14:12:50 EST I got my new glasses. It has been a long struggle. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122893 First cataract surgery. So for several years I was not seeing well--and had to often drive at night. I did not realize I had a problem till a long auto trip at night. I could not read any of the signs! <BR> <BR> Got new glasses but they did not help much. Lost one pair!! Worth close to $600. taking them on and off messed me up and I kept losing them. <BR> <BR> Then, finally, cataract surgery. Just this past December. <BR> <BR> So 20/20 distance . But I did not know how frustrating it woul... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 12:48:59 EST Sat. April 2 10:30 I have a date! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6121717 Now I have to remember to actually go! It is at a local art museum. It is a fabric art display! <BR> My friend does quilting . I am awful at getting together with friends. I almost missed this chance--as usual. The museum is tiny and has very limited hours. Only Thur evenings and mid day Sat and Sun. <BR> <BR> Well-- now I have a date! chris <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> March 12 – April 23, 2016: Soulful Journeys. Come see this group exhibition featuring the works from the Connecticut Fiber Art... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 20:30:26 EST Thank you for your prayers.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6120046 A few months ago I asked for prayers for my sister and her husband. They both had different surgeries. They both are doing well. I thought I'd show you the T-shirt my BIL got . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/24719775-2b8c-46ab-9cfc-7785c4c62469.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Both my sister and BIL are very happy the surgeries are DONE. <BR> <BR> chris Tue, 15 Mar 2016 18:35:24 EST Clutter means INDECISIONS-- DUh! A doable plan to help myself....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117629 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c96a42f-109e-497a-a5b4-dc4a7563f2d2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have been decluttering all day! And....even better...making good progress! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Well pretty much every day for years and years I declutter. . It is constantly on my mind. <em>24</em> But many days I just feel swamped and do what I can, <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> I made lots of headway today! <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I know m... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 17:07:41 EST 8 year old chess genius from long ago--Something I learned about today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6112085 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/12fa1a39-868c-43e8-abb6-c263e1f44d5f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> By Kadel & Herbert - The New York Times photo archive, via their online store, here. Larger version from ChessTheory.com, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?<BR>curid=2948038 <BR> <BR> Samuel Reshevsky in 1920 (at age eight), giving a simultaneous chess exhibition in France <BR> <BR> --and he is Polish! Yeah! chris Sat, 5 Mar 2016 18:51:51 EST Doing taxes--I wonder which picture is ME? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6111725 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/03628fec-9011-4a80-9d6d-09978bf8de4f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/618f05de-e82e-4a23-8a1f-ad13ac1d8be4.jpg"> Sat, 5 Mar 2016 09:24:07 EST Walking 45 minutes instead of 30 helps lose 30 lbs. a year! Wow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6111709 from IZZY216 <BR> <BR> to Determination & Accountability Team <BR> 6:58 AM - 3/3/2016 Tip For Today <BR> <BR> WALK 45 Minutes <BR> <BR> You’ll lose weight and fat if you walk 45 minutes a day, not 30. <BR> The reason we’re suggesting 45 minutes instead of the typical 30 is that a Duke University study found that while 30 minutes of daily walking is enough to prevent weight gain in most relatively sedentary people, exercise beyond 30 minutes results in weight and fat loss. Burning an... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 08:57:21 EST Three Dr. Seuss quotes to lighten your day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6111692 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d45bd4c-4442-4bb6-ad16-c6b1a01bd75d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/563e57c8-76c1-4922-8361-f161234684b8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/20062f6e-4c19-447e-aedc-2e5f0a07a955.jpg"> Sat, 5 Mar 2016 08:28:49 EST Almost ready to show a loss on my ticker! Very close! Thanks to low carbs and also graphing my fatig http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6111266 You know how there is that weight that you can't stay below. From that point it is usually up and back down to the same place. <BR> <BR> totally, I lost 40 lbs over a few years. but for , say, a year or more I have not gone below this certain point. Oh actually once I went 5 lbs below it--but that sure did not last long. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Lately I have been eating way fewer carbs and more protein and even more fat (mostly) unsaturated. <BR> <BR> It has been about 3 months no... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 15:53:02 EST