IMLOCOLINDA's SparkPeople Blog IMLOCOLINDA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 More Maxine on Easter <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... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 04:01:56 EST Walking and Meditation from the Cleveland Clinic This came in my e-mail from the Cleveland Clinic and I thought I'd share since I had shared the Meditation Workshop that starts tomorrow with Deepak and Oprah. The link for the entire article is at the bottom. <BR> <em>311</em> <em>135</em> <em>311</em> <em>135</em> <em>311</em> <em>135</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> DOUBLE DOSE OF WELLNESS <BR> Meditate while you walk for a double dose of wellness. Walking meditation reduces stress and reminds you of the things that bri... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:06:34 EST Easter Pet Parade Part 2 <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... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:48:44 EST Join Oprah and Deepak's 21 Day Meditation for Free <link><BR>epaks-21-day-finding-your-flow-meditation </link> <BR> <BR> Sorry I'm so late sharing this. It starts in just a couple of days but I think it's going to be great. Click the link and sign up if you're interested. <BR> <BR> " <BR> An inner guide for transforming your life! <BR> <BR> Did you know that there is a flow of powerful energy that permeates every aspect of our reality? When aligned with this flow, we’re tapped into the pure, unlimited... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 01:13:03 EST Vintage Easter Images ***copied from various internet sources including Bing and Google*** <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:06:34 EST Happy 49th Birthday Space Cadet First Class STEVEN2GO2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Steven is one of my dearest Spark Friends. I call him Space Cadet because he is from a town called Moon! He is also a huge fan of sci-fi. I call him that with love and affection and he doesn't seem to mind! He has inspired and encouraged me when I really wanted to throw in the towel. So today he turns 49 and I wanted to make sure that he knows I wish him a wonderful birthday! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:47:44 EST Easter Funnies <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://p... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 03:39:33 EST I Want to Shout it from the Rooftop! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today was my weekly weigh-in on the 100 Days of Weight Loss book discussion and challenge. I am down 33 pounds since January 1st! <BR> I set my goal at 20 pounds but had some really good weeks-way more fitness than food. When I hit 20 I didn't for one single second think about taking a break or a rest or having some Cheetos. I just thought I might be able to keep it up and get to 30. <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 17:27:39 EST Have you ever been to.... <BR> I have been in many places, but I've never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone. <BR> <BR> I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there. <BR> <BR> I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work. <BR> <BR> I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 05:47:34 EST Getting Ready for the Easter Pet Parade <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 08:23:23 EST Easter Terrariums I read a wonderful article a few months go in one of my magazines about the "come-back" of terrariums. The idea seemed like such a good one to me because of the short growing season here in Zone 3. Plus, if you do it right, they require almost no maintenance! They are their own little biosphere. I had some beautiful old jars that I used to keep kitchen staples in and thought they might work great. They did! Since I wasn't using flour and sugar anymore the little secret gardens sat in those s... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 21:23:03 EST Rise Above the Excuses! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 6 Apr 2014 01:29:54 EST Friday Ramblings Been a long, weird week and I'm looking forward to some sunshine on Saturday and Sunday so I can get a little work done in the yard and gardens. So I've scanned the photo file and this is just a collection of weird stuff that doesn't go together...but it's Friday night and I'm winding down! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 00:58:14 EST Thankful Thursday-Happy Every Day! There must be some kind of challenge about 100 Days of Happiness because a couple of my team members are posting blogs along these lines. I keep a gratitude journal and write down 10 things every day that I have noticed to be thankful for. My dogs make the list every single day! They never fail to make me laugh out loud at least once each day with some kind of doggie antics or silly face. I've been searching for ideas for Easter Parade blogs coming soon and so pet parade pictures fill my pict... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 06:00:43 EST $86,400.00 is YOURS to Spend! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Imagine that you had won the following prize in a contest: Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400.00 in your private account for your use. <BR> <BR> However, this prize has rules, just as any game has certain rules. The first set of rules would be: <BR> Everything that you didn't spend during each day would be taken away from you. <BR> You may not simply transfer money into some other account... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 02:41:37 EST Watch Out for those April Fool's Pranksters! <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 Apr 2014 04:37:13 EST Spring Cleaning Funnies with Maxine and 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... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 02:03:04 EST My Marching Into April Sermon I did not write this. I found it on the internet a few years ago and changed some of it to suit my purpose and cannot remember who wrote the original or where I found it. For that, I apologize. <BR> <BR> "THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY OF THE YEAR <BR> This is the wonder: that of all the days of the year, the most important one is the everyday. <BR> <BR> The everydays that are the most days of the year. These, the most days of our lives. <BR> <BR> I think about these everydays that have me taking... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 04:27:37 EST My Push-Up Post for Stacy My dear friend, MADEIT3, leads the Writer's team. She put out a little team challenge to blog about push-ups for March. I don't belong to the team. But I did way more than my fair share of push-ups when I was in Basic Training in the Army and then on a real regular basis 3 days a week during those 4 I feel qualified to share my take on push-ups! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 29 Mar 2014 04:18:33 EST Spring Travel Into the Snow <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Watching the Weather Channel to see how much snow I'm going to be driving in. The Nor'easter looks ... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:14:01 EST All is Vanity <BR> In this 19th century painting by Charles Allan Gilbert a woman sits at her dressing table. Nothing unusual about that you might ask ? Take a closer look at the picture as a whole, in particular the combination of the mirror, the perfume bottles and the woman's reflection. There's a second image here that isn't quite so obvious. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have a copy of this and it's hung on the wall in every bedroom I've... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 00:30:45 EST Have a Great Week! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 04:37:04 EST Yesterday, March 21st, Was World Down Syndrome Day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of my dearest Spark Friends is Eliz from St. Cloud, MN. She goes by NOWYOUDIDIT here on Spark People. She is the mother of 6 little boys and a darling daughter with Down's. She shared a song called "Happy" on our Dance thread on the 12 Weeks to Walking team in honor of the when I watched the video I also clicked on a few more (as we are all prone to doing on youtube!) And I found this description of D... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 15:20:33 EST