IMLOCOLINDA's SparkPeople Blog IMLOCOLINDA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Smoke Detectors True Purpose? <img src=""> <BR> (*Fire Hazard <BR> *Your abilities in the kitchen) <BR> <BR> <BR> Seems like an old joke? I had dinner at a friend's place yesterday. She apologized for absolutely every single thing she set in front of me. She went on and on to all the other guests at the table about what a fabulous cook I am and how hard it was to feel good about anything she cooked because she felt like it wouldn't measure up. <BR> <em>39</em> ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:04:16 EST One Day at a Time/One Step at a Time <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> And it's easy if you follow these guidelines... <BR> *Drink your <em>274</em> <BR> *Eat your five servings <em>550</em> <BR> *Track your food and fitness <em>17</em> <BR> *Get in an extra 10 minutes of dancing <em>354</em> <BR> *Get plenty of <em>102</em> <BR> *Believe that you are worth it <em>306</em> <BR> * Keep walking <em>311</em> <em>315</em> <em>185</em> <em>206</em> <em... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:12:26 EST Winter is really here and sticking around! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 00:09:50 EST Happy Monday! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 00:47:36 EST Attitude of Gratitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and for the Dance 10 Minute Challenge how about this one??? <BR> <BR> if you can stand they are doing one of my favorites..."Highway to Hell" <BR> <link> _d etailpage&v=qfGggAGITwg </link> <BR> Yo Yo Ma never played like this!! <BR> <em>353</em> <em>354</em> <em>353</em> <em>356</em> <em>185</em> <em>354</em> <BR> Fri, 9 Jan 2015 18:24:26 EST Dance Like No One is Watching! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So here's a 30 Day Challenge...Dance for 10 Minutes Every Single Day until Valentine's Day!! Thu, 8 Jan 2015 23:51:56 EST There's no place like chrome? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Maybe you have to be a true foodie to think this is hysterical?? I laughed and laughed. Reminded me of a sad commentary (from a food service/catering background) that 70% of people could not tell you what was in Eggs Benedict but 100% could tell you what was in an Egg McMuffin! Tue, 6 Jan 2015 23:18:35 EST Beet it! Just came home from a lovely lunch and the veggie was Harvard Beets.. Then there was this e-mail from the Cleveland Clinic so I thought I might as well share...seemed like I was supposed to tout the wonders of beets. They are one of my favorites any time of the year! <BR> <BR> "Just beet it, beet it, beet it! Don’t let your body be defeated! These tasty root veggies boost athletic performance. <BR> Daily Dose <BR> If only Michael Jackson had been talking about this glorious root vegetable, m... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 17:19:50 EST Happy New Year 2015 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 00:37:34 EST I laughed so hard... Special <em>304</em> to my dear <em>223</em> BARBIEE52, who posted some comedy quotes on my page and I just had to share with those of you not lucky enough to know Barb! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “When I buy cookies I eat just four and throw the rest away. But first I spray them with Raid so I won’t dig them out of the garbage later. Be careful, though, because that Raid really doesn’t taste that bad.” ~Janette Barber <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 19:37:43 EST Fun Facts about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> REMEMBER THIS ON CHRISTMAS EVE... <BR> <BR> According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, <BR> While both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, <BR> Male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, <BR> Usually late November to mid-December. <BR> Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring. <BR> Therefore, according to EVERY hi... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 23:26:45 EST Being Santa <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Haven't all the years you've spent being Santa Claus, been more fun than all the years you spent waiting for Santa Claus? <BR> <BR> And not just for the joy you've helped place on your favorite faces, but for your ability to act instead of wait. Acting makes the suspense bearable. It gives you a starring role. Time passes more quickly. And best of all, it makes possible your dance with life as you network and min... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:04:53 EST Mute Monks Singing <link><BR>ailpage&v=ZCFCeJTEzNU </link> <BR> <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> This is in my Top Ten of music acts! Hope you enjoy. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:26:23 EST Makes You Wonder?!! <img src=""> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:57:24 EST The tree just fainted! <img src=""> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:59:07 EST Happy Thanksgiving Spark Friends! <img src=""> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>223</em> <em>430</em> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Wouldn't it be wonderful <BR> If every day we're living <BR> We stopped to count our blessings <BR> Like we do on Thanksgiving? <BR> If every day we took the time <BR> For gratefully expressing <BR> Our thankfulness for every joy <BR> And every little blessing... <BR> Wouldn't it be wonderful <BR> If... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:31:41 EST TGIF-Oh! Wait, not yet! <img src=""> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:07:40 EST Always Something to Be Thankful For...Always! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> T for time to be together, turkey, talk and autumn weather. <BR> H for harvest stored away, home and hearth and holiday. <BR> A for autumn’s frosty art and abundance in the heart. <BR> N for neighbors and November, nice things, new things to remember. <BR> K for kitchen, kettle’s croon, kith and kin expected soon. <BR> S for sizzles, sights and sounds, something special that abounds. <BR> <BR> That spells T... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:54:22 EST Ups and Downs of Life <img src=""> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:53:37 EST How Montanans feel about the rest of you! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just kidding! Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:15:40 EST I'm LOST! <img src=""> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 22:27:43 EST Doctor's Orders! <img src=""> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:23:54 EST Dryer Lint?? Maybe NOT!! <img src=""> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:22:46 EST Vegetable Soup Anyone? <img src=""> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:33:26 EST He landed on the moon today! Was reminded very early this morning that this was the anniversary of the day that Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. I was between 5th and 6th grade and living in Missoula, Montana. We had a color TV and watched it. When school started our social studies teacher said it would be the most 'momentous occasion' of our lives that we saw that. I can't remember his name-he was a wonderful teacher from New Zealand...but he was SO wrong. It had very little impact on my life as a whole and certainly ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:44:11 EST Good life rules <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My good friend STEVEN2GO2 often sends me these wonderful inspirational kind of e-mails. They usually come (or I open them) when I am really in need of what they have to say. This was in a great batch that came a few days ago and I just read tonight. Thanks Space Cadet...and thanks to the rest of you for reading it! Tue, 8 Jul 2014 02:53:21 EST Maxine on the 4th of July <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 05:56:09 EST Pot at the End of The Rainbow <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My good Spark Friend SHAKESALOT is a big fan of rainbows. She posted an incredible picture of a double rainbow once. I was driving down to the VA hospital on Wednesday afternoon/early evening and the sky had those bruised colored clouds and it looked like rain off in the distance. <BR> <BR> I was on my way down to have a colonoscopy. I won't bore you with the gory details but since it's 210 miles from where I liv... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 01:29:37 EST The Exercise Bike Reward!! This was in my e-mail today from my great Spark Friend STEVEN2GO2. I think you'll really enjoy it. It came from a website called The Daily Mailer. <BR> "This is such a genius and fun idea, I wish I was there to see all the smiling faces of the women taking part in this hilarious French stunt with the obvious goal of getting them working hard and exercising. By the end of it, they not only had tremendous fun and a story to tell, but burnt a huge amount of calories." <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>w... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 03:12:34 EST Let Yourself Be AMAZING! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:00:40 EST Goals <img src=""> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 05:42:30 EST Believe It to Achieve It. <img src=""> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 06:48:46 EST Happy Father's Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I flew the flag for you and picked up a couple of your 'pennies from heaven' today while I was out running errands! I miss you, Fast! Sun, 15 Jun 2014 04:40:54 EST Happy Flag Day and Happy Birthday Dad! <img src=""> <BR> *In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The United States Army also celebrates the Army Birthday on this date; Congress adopted "the American continental army" after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775. <BR> *info co... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 01:54:25 EST It's Been A YEAR!! <img src=""> <BR> I choose to be fit and healthy and happy! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> So today is my one year Sparkiversary. And what a year it has been! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I've logged over 2000 miles and achieved my goal (FINALLY) of getting my walking 5K under 45 minutes! I hovered just a few seconds above 45 until 2 weeks ago!... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 03:49:40 EST Primary Election Today in Montana I'm going to get on my soapbox for a minute and say that it is so vitally important to get to the ballot box and cast your vote in all the elections in your local, state and national elections. Look at any news station and see the battles that other countries go through just to be able to vote...and it's sad how apathetic we are. Read your history and find out how those suffragettes really suffered to win us the right to vote! We have a responsibility as citizens to know the issues, the candi... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 03:38:56 EST Happy Memorial Day <link><BR>litary+Song&Form=VQFRVP#view=detail&mi<BR>d=9D31B91031BD82FD68349D31B91031BD82FD6834 </link> <BR> By most accounts, "Taps" was first played in honor of a fallen soldier during the Civil War by a unit in a concealed, advanced position. Since the enemy was nearby and it was unsafe to fire the customary three volleys over the grave, the commanding officer had the "lights out" bugle call played instead. <BR> <BR> I was stationed at Fort Belvoir, V... Sat, 24 May 2014 03:30:13 EST Ironic Photos Got this in an e-mail and felt compelled to share the laughs! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Fri, 23 May 2014 02:43:36 EST The Typewriter <link><BR>rn-wo&sns=em </link> <BR> <BR> I thought this was very entertaining. Of course you have to be of an age to know the old typewriter - even when I was in high school we had electric typewriters...but my mom had one of these ancient kind and that's what my sister and I often used to type up our reports and essays. I still remember the "ding"! <BR> <BR> Just popped in to track my food and fitness and a virtual 5K and there was a wonderful music b... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:11:11 EST I'm Taking a Spark Break! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Always remember that you are a valuable, brilliant diamond, here to shine your light to the world in your own special way. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Much as worthy friends add to the happiness and value of our life, we must in the main depend upon ourselves. And every one is his own best friend or worst enemy." <BR> -Lord Evebury <BR> <BR> <img src=... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 04:10:00 EST Where I think Trev lives and Where I live! My amazing Spark Friend, TREV1964( <link><BR>EV1964 </link> ) the magician/musician/composer, posts these wonderful music vlogs and often describes the place that inspired him to write the featured composition. Today I got this great video of the coastline in England and it shows high and low tide simply by clicking on the pictures. I immediately thought of Trev and some of the areas he describes. <BR> <link><BR>id=5732... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 06:08:19 EST New Lyrics for Old Songs Some of the artists of the 60's are revising their hits with new lyrics to accommodate aging baby boomers who can remember doing the "mashed potato" as if it were yesterday. <BR> <BR> <BR> They include: <BR> <BR> Bobby Darin --- <BR> "Splish, Splash, I Was Havin' A Flash" <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> ________________________________________<BR>________ <BR> Herman's Hermits --- <BR> "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Walker" <em>360</em> <BR> __________________________________... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 07:38:15 EST More Cleaning and Gardening with Maxine and Crabby Me! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:41:00 EST Dad's New I-Pad <BR> A daughter is visiting her father and is helping in the kitchen. She asks: <BR> <BR> "Tell me dad, how are you managing with the new I-Pad we gave you for your birthday?" <BR> This clip is spoken in German but it's totally understandable in any language. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:15:37 EST Maxine Mirrors My Thoughts on Technology <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:08:15 EST Happy Easter! Happy Spring! Happy, Happy Everything! Today we celebrate the renewal that is in motion all around us and in our own lives. With Spring now underway and Easter and Earth Day before us, it is truly a time of new beginnings, growth, and abundant flow. What a perfect moment to reflect and witness the sprouts that may be emerging from the seeds you planted during the last week . . . <BR> <BR> You are stepping into a new season in your life—one that you are choosing and creating. It is a powerful moment where conscious choices ignite ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 04:01:45 EST Hunting for Easter Eggs in the Snow How many times did you have to hunt for eggs in the snow as a kid?? One year my dad hid them inside-including the hard boiled and dyed ones. Stuck one in the window sill behind the couch. Must have gotten knocked or rolled out of the sill and was under the couch by the wall. My mom kept telling us to check for dog poop on the bottom of our shoes since something stunk really bad. So I pull the couch out about a month later to do the heavy vacuuming behind it and voila, there's the culprit! I t... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:47:40 EST Easter Island - Somewhere Warmer than Here! Easter dresses are always short-sleeved or sleeveless and a light breezy thin cotton. Many Easter Sundays in Montana have snow! I remember the disappointment of having to put on my tired old winter coat over my brand new dress and wearing snow boots instead of the new Easter shoes...and the new Easter hat blowing off my head. I was trying to think of where it would be warmer. FLOWERDALEJEWEL had a funny picture of the statues on Easter Island and it got me to thinking...why not spend Easter o... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:36:35 EST Maxine on Easter Part 3 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:20:17 EST Final Entry for the Easter Pet Parade <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:36:11 EST