CTUPTON's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CTUPTON CTUPTON'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/ Chicken Cabbage Stir Fry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935868 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f811dd57-23a4-4eb0-b3c0-dff8be42c9c5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> CHICKEN CABBAGE STIR FRY <BR> Ingredients <BR> ~ 3 chicken breast halves <BR> ~1 teaspoon vegetable oil <BR> ~3 cups green cabbage, shredded... <BR> ~ 1 tablespoon cornstarch <BR> ~1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger <BR> ~1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder <BR> ~1⁄2 cup water <BR> ~1 tablespoon soy sauce <BR> Directions <BR> 1. Cut chicken breasts into strips. <BR> 2. Heat oil in a frying ... Thu, 28 May 2015 19:25:34 EST The best cheap sunscreen by Clark Howard. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935315 Want the best sunscreen for your money? Check out these options <BR> <BR> Equate Ultra Protection Sunscreen SPF 50, which is a Walmart storebrand lotion, clinched the Best Buy trophy with a score of 94 out of 100. It costs only 56 cents an ounce, the same price as last year. Active ingredients include Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (13%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (7%), and Oxybenzone (4%). <BR> <BR> Two other sunblocks scored higher in the lotion category. They were was Coppertone Water Ba... Wed, 27 May 2015 18:43:52 EST I got lots done today! Lots of clothes to donate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935314 I kept working away to get rid of stuff from my closet. <BR> <BR> I put some in "wardrobe" boxes with a pole for hanging clothes. <BR> Lots went into boxes for donations. Some went into boxes for moving day. <BR> <BR> Two closets look awesome. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Not done but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. <em>185</em> This is the 3rd day working on this! <BR> <BR> I counted my pants. 40! I could not believe it! I still have not sorted these. I probably will have... Wed, 27 May 2015 18:43:16 EST Thank you for all the goodies and good wishes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935264 I am spending the evening "packing" for the move. First, take care of my own closet. I did other closets before but I knew I'd be overwhelmed by my own closet. Today a truck picked up 15 boxes/bags of stuff we did not need, including plenty of my own unused clothing. <BR> <BR> I chose to stay home and not visit DH in rehab today. I had a chiropractor appt. and a dental cleaning. So now, I'd better get some packing done. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR... Wed, 27 May 2015 16:21:46 EST My country, the USA, is in great need of prayers and God's help. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934591 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ad15fd60-eeae-4ebd-8d27-0ac5bccad6d7.png"> <BR> <BR> Praying that our leaders act wisely to make our country an instrument of peace. <BR> <BR> Memorial Day 2015 <BR> <BR> <BR> chris Tue, 26 May 2015 14:10:56 EST Hubby in rehab on pureed foods that came straight from the refrigerator! #@##%%***@#$ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933872 Yesterday, the pureed foods were cold! The pureed chicken (yuk!) and the pureed potatoes were just out of the refrigerator! I realized it when I was leaving and I tasted them! <BR> <BR> This is adding insult to injury! <BR> <BR> I honestly thought he'd throw the tray last night! He once threw a sub sandwich that had peppers on it when he had ordered it without peppers! <BR> <BR> chris Mon, 25 May 2015 09:05:47 EST DH is now on pureed foods plus the diabetic food restrictions! Oh boy! He is not happy at all. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933057 Good thing he is in rehab. He can't get any other food, Yesterday the kitchen made a mistake and sent up a piece of pizza. The aide immediately gave that to me and ordered his pureed dinner! Boy was he mad! <BR> <BR> It was suggested I take photos of his meals so I know what to cook for his diabetic meals. Well--now it is even more restricted. <BR> <BR> The physical therapist is working to make his throat muscles stronger so he can go back to solid (probably soft) foods. <BR> <BR> chris Sat, 23 May 2015 14:27:44 EST In prep for moving I am using up contents of my kitchen cupboards and freezer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933056 I had chocolate pudding made with silken tofu. It was OK. I bought the 2 packages quite awhile ago. <BR> <BR> The cookies were gone months ago. I am resisting buying more. And hubby is in rehab so I do not have the excuse that the cookies are for him . (Besides he is now on insulin.) <BR> <BR> I have many strange flours and seeds and those "health food" type things. This will be the challenge to use them up. <BR> <BR> chris <BR> <BR> Sat, 23 May 2015 14:24:34 EST A young engaged couple sees themselves after 70 years. Wow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932532 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/dailysp<BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=147 </link> Fri, 22 May 2015 12:16:40 EST DH is in rehab... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932202 I chatted with the person who coordinates his stay with Medicare. She was more encouraging today. The first phone call I got from someone there sounded like he would stay only one week. That really does nothing to get him stronger. And he is now on insulin shots! I am so unprepared for this responsibility. At least staying there he is getting used to a new way of eating. He is very picky and does not choose healthy foods. There he has no choice. even with 3 meals and 2 snacks a day , these ar... Thu, 21 May 2015 20:46:52 EST Medicare --getting enough physical therapy--for hubby, 9 yrs after his serious stroke. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931865 They think we can do the physical therapy ourseklves at home. Well that means I hav eto get hubby to do it. And he won't do it even with me asking him too. At rehab in that setting he loves to do it--of course with a therapist giving him her total attention. And with lots of machines around. <BR> <BR> At home it is me, the wife, who also does all the other things for him. He even has a diaper. And he can only transfer if I strap him into a lift and have him carried to the bed/chair/whatever.... Thu, 21 May 2015 08:42:22 EST DH in rehab after a short hospital stay.... I really need this time to myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930987 I am so grateful for this time --not having to be a caregiver for a short time. <BR> <BR> first--it saves me a ton of money for health aides here at home. <BR> <BR> second -he is getting intensive physical therapy which at home he can never get enough <BR> <BR> third -he just started diabetes bad symptoms and I surely was getting overwhelmed <BR> <BR> fourth-it gives me some time to devote to getting the condo ready to sell <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> chris Tue, 19 May 2015 19:42:13 EST SP featured this recipe but I made it 10 min. before seeing it on my computer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930984 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/32ffc1d5-8097-4008-bdfa-115b0e3bdc76.jpg"> <BR> Angel food cake with pineapple--but I used canned peaches. <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=40716 </link> Tue, 19 May 2015 19:38:42 EST I was hungry! I never feel this. I always eat first. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929583 Hubby is now in rehab and I visited him yesterday --and ordered dinner from the kitchen there. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> One sign said dinner was 5:00 to 6:00. So I was sitting in his room with him . 5:00 went by and it was close to 6:00. No dinners. A nurse came in to give him an insulin shot. I asked about dinner. She said it is pushed to 6:30. There is a change in place. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> OMG. 6:30! I will never make it. I was so hungry! <em>46</em> I know this is absolutely rid... Sun, 17 May 2015 11:51:20 EST When will my "bad luck" end. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927185 Since early Dec. our family has had major problems. One after the other. The current one is hubby having major diabetes issues resulting in change of meds. Now a bad reaction to the new diabetes meds so he is in the hospital. He has a rash all over and is very, very sleepy. <BR> <BR> He had a stroke in 2006 so we certainly don't want any issues developing. <BR> <BR> It is Hartford Hospital and everything seems so far very efficient and coordinated. I know some people have had issues at t... Tue, 12 May 2015 21:46:07 EST Mr. Mrs. Ms. and Mx Oh my! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925886 <link>www.ibtimes.com/mr-mrs-or-mx-oxford-<BR>english-dictionary-adopts-gender-neutr<BR>al-honorific-1907977 </link> <BR> <BR> Remember when Ms. was unfamiliar and now we use it easily. Well, the newest is Mx. <BR> <BR> <BR> chris Sun, 10 May 2015 16:56:45 EST Grilled mustard, lemon,coriander chicken breasts with Lemon Basil vinaigrette http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925445 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1896366987.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The link at the end has great photo instructions--which always helps me actually make the recipe! chris <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mustard, Lemon, and Coriander Grilled Chicken Breasts with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> (Makes 2 servings, but can easily be doubled or tripled, recipe adapted from Fine Cooking.) <BR> <BR> 1 T Dijon mustard <BR> 1 tsp. ground coriander <BR> 3 T + 2 T olive oil... Sat, 9 May 2015 19:17:10 EST I know you all want to know how to make the perfect cookie so.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925348 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l190811227.jpg"> <BR> The following link has a much larger picture and more info. <BR> <BR> <link>www.ozy.com/good-sht/the-science-beh<BR>ind-baking-the-most-delicious-cookie-e<BR>ver/6613?utm_source=HF1&utm_medium=pp&<BR>utm_campaign=pp </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Best Tips for the Best Cookies <BR> 1.Ooey-gooey: Add 2 cups more flour. <BR> 2.Crispy with a soft center: Use 1/4 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. <BR> 3.... Sat, 9 May 2015 14:07:43 EST CNET research on trends in music http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924891 Remember these? Sgt. Peppers, Hendrix, Cream, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Simon and Garfunkel, The Byrds, The Association, The Mammas and the Pappas, Vanilla Fudge, The Moody Blues, of course Scott McKenzie, and many many more <BR> <BR> <BR> A group of biologists and engineers from several London <em>58</em> universities wanted to move beyond subjective taste to make data-quantified conclusions about pop music over a 50-year period. So they ran a catalog of more than 17,000 song... Fri, 8 May 2015 15:10:53 EST May is Star Wars month... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924695 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l721983298.jpg"> <BR> bigger picture: <link>tulakrystal.thoughts.com/posts/yoda-<BR>may-the-force-be-with-you </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2100628481.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l266210391.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2112397569.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1299912103.jpg"> <BR> ... Fri, 8 May 2015 08:24:33 EST Changes in urine samples after switching to organic foods. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924677 <BR> <BR> This is really scary to me. <BR> <BR> The colored graphs at the end of the pdf report is very clear. <BR> <BR> Compare Day one with Day 7 for each of the family members. <BR> <BR> chris <BR> <BR> <link>www.coop.se/PageFiles/430210/Coop%20<BR>Ekoeffekten_Rapport_eng.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> <link>www.coop.se/Vart--ansvar/Ekoeffekten<BR>/The-Organic-Effect/Read-the-report-fr<BR>om-IVL/ </link> Fri, 8 May 2015 07:47:57 EST Kudos to sparkpeople! Wow Jan. 2012 50(oops--10 correction!) million people visited SP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924380 <link>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SparkPeople </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> In January 2013, Consumer Reports assessed 9 DIY diet plans and rated SparkPeople with an overall score of 76, behind top scorer MyFitnessPal (83), The Paleo diet (80), and the Mediterranean diet (77).[1] <BR> <BR> SparkPeople.com announced on February 15, 2012 that during January 2012 that there were 10 million visitors to the website, making it the most visited fitness & weight loss site on the internet. SparkPeople.com was... Thu, 7 May 2015 16:45:34 EST ESP??? I chose the star wars like picture BEFORE I knew about May 4th! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923617 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l13503587.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1536343452.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l855018556.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Those were the pictures I was considering for the "EVENING EATING SABOTAGE MYSELF_HELP!" team picture this month, May 2015. <BR> <BR> Remember I looked at many search results, each with of pictures with hundreds of pictures for each of my various searches..... Wed, 6 May 2015 10:31:55 EST A slightly early "Happy Mother's day!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923335 Even if you are not a mother , please celebrate yourself! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1624874136.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 May 2015 22:12:42 EST From How to Win Friends, Influence People, and Succeed in a Changing World! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921713 Life sure throws out tough situations like strokes, cancer, death of loved ones, serious car accidents, job loss,hurricanes. So there are plenty of things that can cause us worry. But worrying mostly hurts us. So.....lessening worry whenever possible is essential! <BR> <BR> How to Stop Worrying and Start Living: <BR> First, what are the mathematical odds that the worrisome thing will actually happen? <BR> If it has low mathematical odds, don't waste time and stress worrying about it! <BR... Sun, 3 May 2015 09:12:07 EST Mother Goose's Serenity Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921683 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2136195968.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For every ailment under the sun <BR> There is a remedy or there is none. <BR> If there is one, try to find it. <BR> If there is none, never mind it. <BR> <BR> From The Leader in You: How to Win Friends, Influence People, and Succeed in a Changing World. by The Dale Carnegie Association. Stuart Levine.CEO and Michael A. Crom, VP. Sun, 3 May 2015 08:18:10 EST our poor cat--I spilled his food on the kitchen floor. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921522 <em>240</em> <BR> <BR> I actually left the food there to see if he'd eat it. At first he ate it from the floor not in the dish. As the day went on he kept coming to me and bugging me, even picking at me with his claws. I am really, really tired today. I was out last night to a retirement party and today I worked the library booksale. I just did not have the energy to deal with the cat food on the floor. The cat, CUjo, finally ate more of that food. He settled down. Now, I know he isn't h... Sat, 2 May 2015 22:21:45 EST I just learned about Kentucky Derby hats! I did not know about this before. Where was I? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921396 <link>www.nbcsports.com/horse-racing/count<BR>down-triple-crown/2015-kentucky-derby-<BR>hats-and-fashion?cid=eref%3Anbcnews%3Atext </link> Sat, 2 May 2015 16:10:03 EST great summer chopped salads http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919767 <link>www.halfbakedharvest.com/easy-summer<BR>-herb-chickpea-chopped-salad-goat-cheese/ </link> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:43:55 EST Me with our cat, Cujo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918960 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l229280857.jpg">Me with our cat, Cujo Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:20:23 EST Plants that keep mosquitos away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918484 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1952582664.jpg"> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:11:03 EST A high school student over the PA said the Pledge of Allegance in Arabic... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918064 Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic said over the public address system a high school. In a different newspaper article it said, "It said the pledge had been recited in other languages throughout the week." <BR> <BR> I challenge you to make an opinion about that. Maybe write it down. <BR> <BR> Then... read the following article. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>http://illinois.edu/blog/view/25/145<BR>762 </link> <BR> <BR> "The web of language" is a perfect title to the articl... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:35:42 EST 75 SP recipes for spring time eating! : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917942 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1067433394.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ◦The best time to harvest the greens is in early spring, when they’re young, before they begin to flower. As they get older, they become bitter, but can still be used if you boil or sauté them <BR> <BR> ◦The tenderest, sweetest part of the plant is the “crown”, the cluster of new buds that sits right above the taproot. <BR> ◦When washing the greens, rinse them under water, then soak for a few minutes... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 12:22:12 EST Kitty praying... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916072 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l314981845.jpg"> <BR> <BR> picture from DEBBIEDAY <BR> <BR> It is so purr-fect for me today! <BR> <BR> Thanks Debbie! <BR> <BR> chris Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:48:15 EST eat to Beat Cancer --web site link updated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916038 <BR> <BR> <link>www.eattobeat.org/ </link> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:54:26 EST Hug a tree for Earth Day 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915990 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1885619083.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If you have never done this--and most people have not--try it, you'll like it. <BR> <BR> It makes you feel very strong and grounded. <BR> <BR> Yes, it makes you feel a little silly, too, but so what. <BR> <BR> It is way easier if you have kids to do it with. <BR> <BR> chris Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:11:46 EST just for funzies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915344 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l315399381.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l61773281.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l8197988.jpg"> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:45:29 EST frustrations of moving--have a ffew laughs... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913596 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1704070164.jpg"> <BR> I wish.... <BR> <BR> 1. You have to choose between spending the money and hiring movers or guilting your friends into helping you in exchange for a Papa John’s single topping pizza. The struggle is that if the movers scratch your coffee table, you’re insured. If your friend does it the only thing you can do is pick the pepperonis off his pizza. That’s about it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. If you decide to get... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:31:59 EST I have been getting more done lately by this method: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913581 I find if I make a to do list for tomorrow--I get lots more done. <BR> <BR> In the morning I have energy but don't know where to start. So I have the pre-written list! <BR> <BR> At night I have lots of ideas but no energy to move things around. It is easy for me to just write down the ideas to be done the next day. <BR> <BR> This method gets me up and moving and accomplishing something in the morning. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:06:33 EST Stuff I got rid of --yeah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913579 <BR> already gone <BR> -two vans full of trash from the basement to the dump, including old computer equipment <BR> -many tall kitchen garbage bags of my old clothes for the VVA truck pickup-my daughter forced me to focus on these and pushed me to get rid of lots of the clothes! I thank her for that. <BR> -many boxes of assorted things for the VVA truck pickup <BR> -at least 10 plastic bags full of books <em>46</em> <BR> -my sparkpeople recipes and printed articles I just put in one box ... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:57:24 EST No pun intended--well maybe pun intended... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912794 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1607253400.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l794215359.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1651809430.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1547670939.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2016681093.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1223041322.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:03:59 EST "Nicecream" with frozen cherries and frozen bananas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912768 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2057735171.jpg"> <BR> Recipe: Frozen bananas blended with frozen cherries, fresh strawberries, fresh raspberries, a tad of coconut water, and a dash of cinnamon! Nice cream for dayzzzz....Enjoy my friends! <BR> <BR> from the website Fully Raw Fri, 17 Apr 2015 07:14:53 EST My thoughts --the moral bucket list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912760 Mother Theresa and walking on water: <BR> <BR> As a teenager I had great aspirations. And I was said to always be "brooding." I was fairly unhappy and thought I should be saving the world. Dial ahead to now. I feel I am barely able to keep my own life together rather than out saving those starving people in Africa. <BR> <BR> My chosen field was being a teacher of the Deaf. I could not have picked a harder career for myself. I was definitely unprepared for this. I learned lots! <BR> <BR>... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 06:56:15 EST The moral bucket list--this sure made me think! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912751 <link>www.nytimes.com/2015/04/12/opinion/s<BR>unday/david-brooks-the-moral-bucket-li<BR>st.html?_r=0 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> In the realm of emotion, she is embedded in a web of unconditional loves. In the realm of action, she is committed to tasks that can’t be completed in a single lifetime. <BR> <BR> This is a philosophy for stumblers. The stumbler scuffs through life, a little off balance. But the stumbler faces her imperfect nature with unvarnished honesty, with the opposite of squ... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 06:23:39 EST Herbs vs spices--who knew! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911891 Only the green leafy parts of a plant are considered herbs. Flavourings from other parts are called spices. Thus, parsley, sage, rosemary, mint and thyme are all herbs. Seeds like nutmeg and peppercorns are spices, as are barks like cinnamon, buds like cloves, and flower parts like saffron. A few plants like dill give us both a herb and a spice - both the leaves and seeds are used. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:36:15 EST Cleaning out my basement for putting our condo on the market.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910730 I had the truck pick up my donations!! <em>334</em> He took lots of stuff, including 2 dressers I had for my daughter when she was little. She is now almost 33 (May 29th!). I am sure I bought them at a flea market! <em>224</em> I painted one mint green and a pinkish color with a little yellow trim. the other I painted off white. I probably had planned to paint a decoration on the drawers but it never got done. That was 30 years ago and the dressers were not new. Are they antiques now? ... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:05:01 EST Do you have a dishwasher you like? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910457 Mine died in just a couple of years. I am selling the condo and I have to replace it. <BR> <BR> There is a store near me with used appliances that look new. I want to get one there. <BR> <BR> I don't' want to pay a thousand dollars! OMG! <BR> <BR> Please don't tell me your horror stories------- I need positive information Thanks so much! <BR> <BR> chris Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:42:13 EST Maine coon cat is very long and big--but we got him as a tiny kitten! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910108 Native to the state of Maine, these good-natured, intelligent cats can grow to be quite large. In fact the "Guiness Book of World Records" (2006) lists a male Maine Coon cat as the longest cat in the world. He measured 48 inches long (120 cm), including the length of his tail, and weighed a staggering 35 lbs (16 kg). They are also known for remaining playful most of their lives. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l859084604.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 19:53:44 EST From FROSTY99-- about PINEAPPLES! Eat more pineapples! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910063 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1165761709.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A Simple Pineapple <BR> <BR> The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family. <BR> It is extremely rare that bromeliads produce edible fruit. The pineapple is the only available edible bromeliad today. <BR> <BR> It is a multiple fruit. One pineapple is actually made up of dozens of individual floweret's that grow together to form the entire fruit. Each scale on a pineapple is evidence of a separate flowe... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 17:58:19 EST Why Man cannot form a humane society even after all these many years of wars and turmoil. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909990 I have contemplated that question many times. I can't believe I did not come to a good answer. <BR> The book Utopia by Thomas More popped up on my computer. I read a bit about it and it got me thinking. Many societies have been engineered and fall apart. And obviously we are still producing wars at an alarming rate. So why can't we get it right? <BR> <BR> Here is a very level-headed analysis. Now why didn't I think of that! <BR> <BR> <link>www.ucg.org/human-nature/why-human-u<BR>topia-wo... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 15:36:57 EST