GOODWITCH333's SparkPeople Blog GOODWITCH333's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Well! I Never! ( until today) <BR> <BR> Not a word of a lie, two red squirrels just snuck into the house. Widdershins is all puffy-tailed and there is scampering in the walls. <BR> <BR> The last time it rained this hard, cubits were involved. <BR> <BR> But I'm not too upset. My cup is full. So is my well. Really full. I've never seen a well actually overflow until today. Even the spirit road ( the road that leads from the church to the graveyard) is one big puddle. I hope the ghosts all have their booooots on! <em>4... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:34:08 EST No One Knows what's under there. Over the past few weeks, I've been ticking off some of my neighbors. On Purpose. With Good and valid reason. <BR> <BR> I have a lovely old summer home. Emphasis on OLD. Built in 1847, the house had an addition put on. In 1897. It had a porch put on. In 1963. According to one lady, the previous owners rebuilt the porch three times in the past 15 years. <BR> <BR> According to me, they may have replaced a few boards, but they never dealt with the underlying issues. The support beams had six ... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 08:16:07 EST Read what you Eat Jane Austin Cookbook... The Baker Street Cookbook... Recipes from the Bible...Beatrix Potter Cookbook, even the Cookbook of Narnia. I have them all. <BR> <BR> One way that authors get us to connect with people in stories is to describe what they are eating. Food evokes powerful emotions. It lets you know that you are experiencing a different time: a different place. <BR> <BR> Today I spent the day listening to an audio book while doing yard work. My imagination was in Egypt, solving a murd... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 18:52:07 EST Want a Quickie? My spark coach task for today is to share my personal choices for food on the run. There are times in all of our lives when we just don't feel that we have even ten minutes or more to eat. For many people, this is the excuse they use for the evil bell or the golden arch . When I'm in the boonies, fast food isn't an option. When I'm in the city, it isn't a wise choice. In less time than it takes to wait in line at one of those places, here's my grab and go list. <BR> <BR> Peanut butter and b... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 07:12:23 EST The Supreme Rule-er Anyone who has kids or dogs knows how important rules are. Both kids and dogs love rules. They want to know that they are doing it right. Rules make them feel safe. Rules let them know what to expect. Rules allow them to feel a sense of accomplishment. It is hard-wired into us. <BR> <BR> At 51 and retired, with no one at home to "set an example for", no boss to impress and no friends that I need to conform to, I am truly FREE of rules. So what do I do? <BR> <BR> I set odd little arbitrary r... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 06:56:18 EST The Best Laid Plans The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men go oft awry said the great Robbie Burns. <BR> <BR> After downsizing, packing, painting, renovating and putting my life on hold for months, my DH got tired of being jerked around by his employer, so on Wednesday, he handed in his resignation. The retention bonus they offered him was so under whelming that he just simply signed the official " I'm Outta Here" forms. I couldn't be happier! No more months and months of 80 hour work weeks. No more uncertainty. <... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 19:27:29 EST I'll Be Back My life has become Over-The-top stressful. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I spent the day packing. Our oldest has decided she wants the silver. Wonderful! So I have it all laid out and will polish it all before giving it to her. Since DH is home, he is actually seeing this process for the first time. ( He travels A LOT) <BR> <BR> He has left all of the packing and downsizing to me and with it all of the dilemmas of "letting go". <BR> If you've never done this, you have no idea how hard it is. If you ... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 09:41:12 EST All the Tea in China I'm in the start of a big move. We've lived in this house for 25 years. It's been a great house to raise kids in, but now that they are all successfully grown, it's time to move on. We have our retirement home 3000 miles away on the other side of Canada. We are also in the "green card" process so my hubby can continue to work in Texas, also 3000 miles away. <BR> It falls to me to downsize our belongings and "justify" what is kept ( justify to myself, as in will this have a purpose or meaning... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 10:11:33 EST Was That Really Me? Lately, I've been going through all of the family and vacation pictures and dividing them up for the kids. Lots of memories, lots of duplicates, lots of "why did we take a picture of this blurry thing?". <BR> <BR> I came across some pictures of me which I had forgotten about. They were from when I was in my early thirties. Some were of my days as a runner, some from a photo shoot. A friend of mine made Medieval armor and asked me and some random guy buddy to pose in his work for a catalog h... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 22:25:08 EST For Good Measure I'm the sort of person who finds it really easy to open a bag of something and mindlessly graze. I often go through a pack of raspberries while driving home in the summer. A bag of snow pea pods can disappear.*POOF!* <BR> <BR> I was thinking about this as I was eating pretzels. My son really likes pretzels in salsa. I like them just plain. When I get a big bag at Costco, I immediately divvy it up into 100 calorie sac bags. We have a huge healthy snack bowl with applesauce, fruitcups, pretze... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:56:07 EST Obligations DH and I were skyping last night, talking about obligations. <BR> <BR> He's never really connected with Kep. He's just not a dog person. And yet, when ever he was home and I was travelling, the dog was well cared for, walked daily and petted and talked to. That is because DH felt obligated to uphold the dog/master obligation contract ( I will provide your needs, you will not bite me and you will protect us). This "contract" is the difference between domesticated canines and wolves. <BR> <BR... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 10:53:58 EST Oh, How EMBARRASSING! So after a lovely meal at the sushi place has digested, I took the dog out for a nice long walk. It was snowing and chilly, but I had on my warmest coat and my Russian hat and my Tsuu t'ina gloves. I was toasty. <BR> <BR> We did the "long walk" and as I was coming in the front door, my ipod was blaring Kellianna's "Shares Her Love". And I was blaring right along with it. And dancing. All the way up the stairs and around the kitchen. To me Shares her Love``epitomizes my faith like ``Amazin... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 19:14:25 EST Mutant Enemy There is a TV production company called Mutant Enemy. I love them. At the end of the show, a little mutant zombie shuffles across the screen and says GRRR, ARRR. <BR> <BR> That's the kind of night I had last night. Grrr, Arrr. <BR> <BR> I texted my daughter to come over and say goodbye to the dog before he goes to his new home. She got mad at me for texting her. If I had called her, she wouldn't have picked up because she was at work. I can't win. <BR> <BR> She and her Beau came over. I as... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:28:28 EST Happiness....I choose YOU! I had a long hard day yesterday. It was great. <BR> <BR> In anticipation of the big move, I spent all day yesterday repacking and sorting out 24 years of "stuff". Half of the garage has things to go to charity. The garbage and recycling bins are full. My muscles ache, my brain is still reeling from all of the decisions. <BR> <BR> But I am happy. My life is moving forward and I'm both trepidacious and excited about the next phase. <BR> <BR> The hardest thing that I am doing is re-home my da... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 10:16:35 EST GoodWitch333 is Change I went to update my status, messed it up and clicked on it again. <BR> <BR> It came up with GoodWitch333 is change. <BR> <BR> I'll go with that. <BR> <BR> I am change. <BR> <BR> Powerful stuff. <BR> <BR> I hope you are change, too. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 18:21:08 EST My Dirty Little Secret I have a confession to make. In spite of being a mostly intelligent woman, occasionally, I am an Idiot! ( aren't we all, sometimes?) <BR> <BR> At the beginning of this year, at size 22, I was pretty desperate to loose weight. I found a website for a special Low Carb diet. It promised fast weight loss. It was supposedly used by the Duchess of Cambridge, Her Royal Self! Dang, it must be good! That chick is scary skinny! <BR> <BR> So I gave them $300 dollars! and started the "personalized" pro... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 09:25:55 EST Waking up Joyous! Some days I wake up Grumpy....and sometimes I let him sleep. <BR> <BR> This was on a coffee mug my husbands ex gave me one birthday. ( We are friends.) <BR> <BR> Truth is, sometimes I wake up grumpy when I'm the only one in the house. But not this morning. <BR> <BR> Have you ever had one of those mornings when you wake up and your head is dancing and colors are bright, all is well with the world, the sky is peacock blue and the clouds all look like cotton candy? I'm having one of those day... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:25:46 EST One Bad Day Does Not a Week Make I was talking to a girlfriend yesterday whom I haven't talked to for a few years. We just kind of lost touch as our lives took different directions. <BR> <BR> Listening to her was like listening to a victim of domestic abuse. I know what I'm talking about. That used to be my job. But she lives alone. The perpetrator of her abuse is herself. She was positively venomous about her self, her perceived failures, her looks, her life. I was completely bowled over by her despair. She and I used to ... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:40:41 EST Diet Dreaming I think I must have gone to bed hungry last night. Or maybe my healthy eating patterns are beginning to form into habits. <BR> I had the weirdest dream last night. I was having a huge argument with an old friend and I stormed off and went back to my apartment. I headed for the fridge and grabbed...not a container of Rocky Road ice cream... but a large container of peach flavored 0% yogurt. <BR> <BR> AND I ATE THE WHOLE THING! Even in my dreams, I binge when I'm really stressed out. <BR> <... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 11:02:46 EST Old Books, Memories and Acceptance Anyone who has been checking out my life lately will know that I'm preparing for a pretty big change in my life. <BR> <BR> Sometime this year, I'll be leaving the house I've lived in, raised kids in and raised myself in for the past 24 years. That means a whole lot of paring down and cleaning out. I started with the book shelves; No small task. <BR> <BR> I'm a book worm, married to a book worm, who raised book worms. My boy taught himself to read by age three. My youngest was constantly s... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:22:45 EST Everybody Lies Along with my new SparksPeople cookbook and "I could Pee on this and Other Poems by Cats", I ordered a couple more seasons of "House" because, face it, Buffy will soon run out and at this point I'm really liking the gazelle/DVD time. <BR> <BR> I was watching an episode of "House" last night and Greg said the line "Everybody Lies" <BR> It started me thinking about the whole honesty thing. I take honesty very seriously. I may over-react if someone says I'm lying because I strive so hard to be ... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 10:03:51 EST The Things We Do For Love. All week, I've had this feeling that something big is going to happen. Last night, I found out what it is. <BR> My DH skyped me last night, as he does most nights when he's on the road. His company has asked him to relocate to Houston. They have started the "Green Card" process, which seems to be a big ( and expensive for the company) deal. It kind of left me breathless. I'm a Canadian. <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong. Houston is a great place to visit. The food there is scary good. The only b... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 10:49:01 EST There are Two types of people in the World This morning, my son stumbled downstairs wearing a shirt that says: <BR> "There are 10 kinds of people in the world: Those who understand Binary and those who don't" <BR> It amuses. <BR> <BR> But if you really look at the world, it's made up of only two main groups; Introverts and Extroverts. <BR> There are several tests that try to determine which side of the line one falls on. They are all good, many are complex, most take time. <BR> <BR> I know an easy test. It's fun, too. <BR> Go to a... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 10:22:43 EST Jinkeys, Velma! Spark Coach today was about our TRUE reasons for wanting to loose weight. What do we hope to achieve, what is our TRUE motivation. <BR> <BR> In the video, it was something noble, "I want to be healthy to play ball with my son". <BR> <BR> I thought about mine and the first thing that came to mind was " I want to look"Hot!". " I want to look like Daphne" <BR> <BR> JINKEYS!! <BR> <BR> How shallow is that?!? And how realistic? I'm not 20 something anymore. The best I can hope to achieve mig... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 11:32:49 EST OMG, A Habit Just Formed!! ** CAUTION: May contain trigger statements! Do not read if you are hungry** <BR> <BR> <BR> As most of you know, DH travels A LOT. I'm quite used to him missing "special days" like our anniversary and Valentines day. So we celebrate when we can. "When we can" turned out to be yesterday, since he's leaving today. <BR> <BR> We went out to our favorite Italian place for lunch yesterday. It's the kind of place where we know the waiters by name and can ask the owner how his trip to New Orleans w... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:25:49 EST Blow up Your TV When I was growing up, my parents only allowed religious music in the house. After a great many spats, they finally allowed "Pat Boone and the Jesus People". <BR> So secretly, my sister and I sneeked really evil music into the house. You know the ones I'm talking about... Simon and Garfunkle and *gasp* John Denver! <BR> <BR> This morning I found myself humming the John Denver tune "Blow up your TV. The chorus goes like this: <BR> <BR> Blow Up Your TV, throw away your paper <BR> Go to the co... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:44:49 EST And I say to myself What a Wonderful World! Guess what amazing fantastic thing I get to do today?!? <BR> I get to clean out the basement!! <BR> <BR> Okay, Diana, Step away from the laughing gas. <BR> <BR> Seriously though, I'm fortunate that I have a basement...and a house. <BR> <BR> For those of you who live in warm places, we in Canada pretty much have to have basements. The frost line is about six feet down. Our foundations need to be below that six foot mark so that the foundation remains stable during the freeze/thaw cycle and... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 23:51:07 EST Weather Forecast: Flurries with a 50% chance of Strawberries Every morning, I stumble downstairs, flip on the Keurig and power up my laptop. I start up email, Spark People and the local weather forecast. As I sip my first cup of coffee, I find out what I need to deal with, I get inspiration and I find out when I should walk the dog or do "outside" things. <BR> <BR> Today, like most of North America, we are getting flurries ( but ours are not anywhere near as bad as Atlantic coastline and Ontario). Things are getting treacherous for a huge portion of N... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 10:28:23 EST When you've done it right! We've all had days when we feel like we've messed up. Our scale hates us, our spouse is irate, our kids think we are Evil-in-a-dress and the cat thinks your favorite shoes are the right receptacle for their latest hairball. <BR> <BR> Then there's a day like today. <BR> <BR> The hairball landed in my son's room...Next to his university texts. He's in final year engineering and doing really well. His cell phone rings and it belts out classical music. He loathes "Rape Rap", as he calls it. He... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 14:02:43 EST Forward, March I really love popcorn. It's a staple, just like oatmeal and apples. I especially love that horrid, calorie laden movie popcorn, which I indulge in about 4 times a year. <BR> <BR> Last night, I went to see Warm Bodies with DH. I let him know that I had tracked my popcorn. At lunch, I ended up having crab and an orange. I talked to him about the carbs and fat in non-buttered movie popcorn and that it was the non-buttered that I had tracked. I could not have been more clear about this without ... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 10:31:03 EST The Dark Recesses <BR> " The Insides of our own minds are the scariest things there are." <BR> <BR> I found this gem on a book review but it really resonated. Truth often does. <BR> <BR> I suppose if everything that a person does turns out well, if they never mess up, say the wrong thing or choose the wrong course of action, the insides of their mind will be one big rainbow of happiness. <BR> <BR> Then there are us non-fictional people. <BR> <BR> In the recesses of our minds are all of our fears and fai... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 09:39:48 EST Instant Gratification I love that this is a free site. I also love that it has the Spark Coach paid option. <BR> <BR> I'm finding that the spark coach adds extra motivation and is fun to wake up to each day. <BR> <BR> This mornings visualization exercise asked me to imagine going to my favorite restaurant and ordering the healthiest thing on the menu instead of my usual. It asked how I felt about that. <BR> <BR> My initial reaction was "It sucks! I WANT to eat linguine mare e monte and penne ala rosa. Spaghet... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 08:33:26 EST Sunny Days are here Again! I think for most people, a sunny day makes them feel energized, happy and alive! Certainly, the sun up here in the great white north means slightly lower heating bills, a chance for the sidewalks to de-ice and happy kitty snoring in the sun spot. <BR> <BR> Sun is good! <BR> <BR> Or so I've been told...and not just by Taoh ( the cat). <BR> <BR> Here in the north, vitamin D is an issue. There is also a correlation between lack of sunshine and MS. Most of our cereals and our dairy products ... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 15:12:06 EST Help, please. I love my DH. Really, I do. <BR> <BR> But I don't love what he does to my food choices. <BR> <BR> DH travels a lot. He came home last night after being gone for a month. To be really nice, he brought home a giant pretzel, a huge bag of Chuy's Chips and two large creamy Jalapeno dips. The chips and dips were for the rest of the family ( I'm allergic to peppers) but the pretzel was for me. <BR> <BR> Now, we skype every night. He knows I'm dieting. He knows how hard I have to work to loose e... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 10:26:23 EST Lessons Learned I'm a Silver-Lining kind of person. <BR> <BR> I try to find something to be grateful for every day. I find that making a point of doing this makes my life happier; not perfect, just happier. <BR> <BR> When I've just spent two days on the couch moaning with a pillow wrapped around my head, how can I find anything to be grateful for? <BR> <BR> I was able to get up...yea! <BR> Some people live in perpetual pain. My pain goes away. Yea! <BR> I have meds to help cope. Yea! <BR> I can take a da... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 09:45:40 EST Chinook City I love my city. It's beautiful, has lots of green space, great biking and running trails. It's pretty safe. Our water quality is amazing. Just to the west we can see the Majestic Rockies. It's one of the best places to live in Canada. <BR> <BR> There is one thing that makes this city hard to live in. The very Chinook arch that brings us warm winds in the middle of winter, that melts the snow, dries the streets and lets joggers don shorts also brings pain. <BR> <BR> When I first moved here... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 08:31:58 EST Embrace your Wabi Sabi Today I used the word Wabi-Sabi. It's one that is part of my everyday knowledge, but I realized that it might not make sense to a lot of people. <BR> <BR> Wabi Sabi is a Japanese concept. It's about embracing imperfections in old objects and finding their beauty and usefulness. It is said that if an object can connect us to spiritual longing, our inner spirituality and perhaps our ancestors, it is Wabi-Sabi. <BR> <BR> I consider this an important concept. While others may throw out their ... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 11:20:32 EST Teach Your Children Well I was the Mean Mum. <BR> <BR> At least that is what one my best friends conveyed to her children. She and I had kids the same age, husbands in the same career, same socio-economic bracket, same ADHD issues. <BR> <BR> "If you do that again, I'll go make you live with Auntie Diana!" I actually heard her say. I tried early on to talk to my friend. It didn't work. She had excuses. She thought that a good excuse was as valid as a good reason. It isn't. <BR> <BR> I believed that my kids should k... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:44:32 EST Dead Man Walking Or in this case, it's Woman...and she's limping <BR> <BR> A couple of days ago, I spent the whole day with my daughter. She had a day off. We went walking, grocery shopping, out to lunch. It was great. It was also the first whole day in my new shoes with my orthotic's and on the ice. I don't know if it was the ice and I twisted or if it was the orthotic's not playing nice with the new asics. <BR> <BR> Yesterday (and today) I am limping pretty badly. Yet, it isn't that hard to find the grat... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 09:13:22 EST History, Gratitude and Oranges I live in Canada. It's winter. There is snow on the ground. It's cold outside. <BR> <BR> Okay, I'm done stating the obvious. <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm a history buff. I was a member of the SCA (Society for Creative Anarchism). I've "lived" history in that context; cooking medieval dishes, sewing Anglo-Saxon clothing, Spinning wool with a drop spindle, and limiting my food to the framework of " What was Period" <BR> <BR> I've also read many history books, everything from dry texts to historic... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 11:00:18 EST Back to the Future Some time ago, if you wandered around downtown and saw someone talking to themselves you would think "NUTBAR!" and you would probably walk a little faster ( just in case it was contagious!). You might even hope that a cop would bring the guy down to the station and get him off the street. <BR> <BR> Today, you just assume they have a blue tooth in their right ear, feel all self-important and can't be bothered to stop and actually converse with the person on the other end. <BR> <BR> This got... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:18:08 EST Willy Nilly, Being Silly First thing I thought today: <BR> <BR> Hocus Pocus <BR> Halitosis <BR> Breathing Out <BR> is Quite Atrocious <BR> Breathing in <BR> Will make you focus <BR> "Dental Hygiene's" <BR> the Prognosis <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 09:05:01 EST She's wearing WHAT?? Sometimes, we wear clothes in the privacy of our own homes that we would never wear whilst going out, at work, shopping or hanging out at the library. For most people, this might mean sweat pants, that comfy but stained favorite T shirt or the big fluffy pink house-coat. <BR> <BR> But does it HAVE to be ratty and comfy to qualify? <BR> <BR> I'm wearing something today that fits the "wouldn't wear this in public bill" but it isn't tattered or fluffy and it's not even particularly comfortabl... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:19:24 EST Vampires and Gazelles At the risk of making a few enemies, I have to say that I am not a big fan of the Twilight Movies. Among it's numerous flaws (story line, plot, lack of acting skills, sparkly vampires, incredibly weak hormone driven female role model) was the concept of a "vegetarian" vampire who ate only animals. Somebody didn't use their Thesaurus when they wrote that one! But this is not the point of my blog today. I just had to get that out there. <BR> <BR> The point of my blog is Vampires and Gazelles.... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 10:13:28 EST Blue Monday This Morning I woke up feeling Really positive and happy with life. I think my status reflects that. <BR> And then I checked out the news. <BR> Apparently, Today is Blue Monday: The saddest day of the year.This is supposedly because it's the third Monday, it's boring, lonely, winter, bills are coming in the door and resolutions are going out the door. <BR> <BR> TOSH and PIFFLE! <BR> <BR> Yes, some people spent too much on Christmas and now they have to pay the piper. So tighten your belt, p... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:50:55 EST The Dish on Dieting Last summer, I read an article that said that people eat less food when they use black dishes. Really, said I, always on the look out for gimmicks that might help me loose weight. Serendipity being what she is, while I was grocery shopping at Costco, there was a clearance sign over a few tattered boxes guessed it, black dishes. For 15 buck, I decided to give it a try. <BR> I DID learn something that month. Shiny black dishes always show streaks. They make the table slightly depressi... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 10:36:15 EST Second Breakfast I kind of envy those people who have trouble eating breakfast. "I'm not hungry first thing in the morning" they say. Myself, I wake up Ravenous! I always have. My favorite meal is breakfast. I would far rather go out for a celebration breakfast than out to dinner. I could eat oatmeal twice a day. Toast brings comfort and eggs make me think of Jane Austin, Edwardians, Victorians and Hobbits. Herein lies my dilemma. <BR> <BR> I wake up rather early in the morning. I'm usually up by 6ish. I liv... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 09:51:31 EST