IUHRYTR's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IUHRYTR IUHRYTR'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/ #542: Saying Goodbye to Sweet Baby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6454423 Digging a grave tonight was not how I planned to spend my evening, but what was I to do <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> After leaving a store, I left two paper plates of hard food for the cats <em>241</em> <em>240</em> the store employees feed and felt good having done so. It is one reason I carry the plates and food in my car. <BR> <BR> That good feeling quickly evaporated, however, as I drove home and saw a cat that had been hit and killed by a car a few blocks from my home <em>39</em> . I... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 23:12:48 EST #541: Helping Furry Friends Find Homes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430544 Last Sunday I volunteered the afternoon at downtown Orlando, Florida's Fiesta in the Park at Lake Eola for Abby's Animal Rescue, Inc., a No Kill dog <em>200</em> rescue organization, as a dog walker <em>338</em> . <BR> <BR> Since I have no more doggies of my own <em>39</em> , this was a fun experience <em>30</em> exercising the rescues up for adoption and cuddling with them <em>247</em> . <BR> <BR> Today, Saturday, I volunteered with It's All About the Cats, Inc., at the new PetSmar... Sun, 12 Nov 2017 00:30:41 EST #540: My Furry Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389151 It is almost 9:30 p.m. and I am back from feeding the colony cats <em>240</em> <em>241</em> down the street. After a rain such as we had tonight <em>257</em> their food was soggy and their bowls needed cleaning and filled with fresh food. During storms, some of the cats find cover in the carports of the houses near where they are fed, but some get wet. My heart breaks for them <em>51</em> as I wish they had a shelter for themselves and their food. <BR> <BR> But I can only do so muc... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 21:49:24 EST #539: More Positive Ripples -- Birthday Ones http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374824 I learned that when we cast our generosity upon life's waters, we create positive ripples that find their way back to us at unexpected times, in unexpected ways. <BR> <BR> A recap of the positives of my last two days of birthday giving. It is surprising how many of the ripples tied together. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, instead of seeking a complimentary birthday meal, I decided to offer a gift to someone and headed for my first visit to a diner, Carol's Place, 3421 S. Orange Ave, Orlando, FL if ar... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 21:48:41 EST #538: God Worked in a Mysterious Way Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228062 In an August 12th blog I related how I was led in a mysterious way to help a stranded motorist <em>226</em> . It happened again tonight. Not a motorist this time but a bowling league of all things. <em>294</em> <BR> <BR> I went to a meeting of a Wednesday night league. As I entered the meeting room ,a friend of many years asked me to sit with him <em>524</em> . I told him I hoped a team in that league needed a bowler. He asked if I wanted to bowl with him on Thursday nights at the same ... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 23:17:35 EST #537: Doing It Our way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217262 When government does not work, we, the people need to do what has to be done. No, not talking about overthrowing the government, but something much closer to home. <em>436</em> <BR> <BR> There is a middle and an elementary school nearby <em>150</em> . Because they are part of our Orange County (Florida) School System, the city of Orlando says the schools' locations are county property whereas the school board says the schools are in the city. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> The problem? School... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 12:19:47 EST #536: Sometimes Things Work in Mysterious Ways http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216802 Sometimes we are led into an unexpected situation for a reason. Last night I was going to gas up my car <em>433</em> on the way to bowling league <em>294</em> . I need to park on the right side of the pumps to reach my gas cap on the left of my car. The station I was going to stop at had a car already on the right side and I didn't feel like making a u-turn to get to the other side of the pumps so I decided to find a station on the way home. <BR> <BR> Having no specific station in mind I... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 14:24:22 EST #535: Memories of a Champion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176225 Muhammad Ali has died. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I remember when he was called Cassius Clay early in his career. I recall when he claimed conscientious objector status when he was drafted into the army. Then there were the famous bouts with Joe Frazier and George Foreman. I saw them all. Because these big men were about the same height and weight and moved slower than lightweight class boxers, I often thought, "Pay me a few million dollars <em>528</em> <em>528</em> <em>528</em> and I ca... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 08:20:57 EST #534: Streaking on SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155240 At some point my streak of daily logging in and spinning the points wheel <em>347</em> grabbed me and it became an obsession of sorts to keep it going. <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Through a week's hospital stay <em>282</em> and days when my computer was down <em>24</em> and I had to use one at the library, the streak continued. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Today it reached 2,200 consecutive days, more than six years. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Some may wonder why there hasn't been more o... Tue, 3 May 2016 00:46:27 EST #533: Goodbye Thumper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117786 Having to say goodbye <em>253</em> to a beloved pet one time is difficult. Twice in 11 days is unbearable. <BR> <BR> Recently, I wrote about saying goodbye to one of my dogs, Little Girl, that developed such severe arthritis in her rear hips that she couldn't walk. <BR> <BR> Two days ago, my other dog, Thumper, developed the same problem and also couldn't walk. I took her to see Kelley Cole DVM, who treated Little Girl, of Underhill Animal Hospital in Orlando. X-rays confirmed an arthriti... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 21:21:13 EST #532: Goodbye Little Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6108788 This morning, the compassionate Kelley Ann Cole Stanko, DVM, with Underhill Animal Hospital, Orlando, helped another of my pets cross the Rainbow Bridge. <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> Little Girl was a stray dog <em>338</em> that came to my home a year ago. She was so very skinny, with a collar but no tag, and very elderly. I hoped she was microchipped so charges could be brought against her owner for negligence, but she wasn't. <BR> <BR> For the first few days she slept on a soft folded bla... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 18:10:46 EST #531: Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6101154 Last night I had an <em>345</em> time at the church's chili cook off, my first time attending. <em>244</em> There were four different entrées, two kinds of cornbread, shredded cheese and rice for those who wanted to add them to their bowl, a variety of cookies, <em>495</em> sweet and unsweet tea, and soda (diet, yea!), and more. <BR> <BR> I was told that normally everyone contributes a dollar and gets a raffle type ticket. On the back of the ticket they write the number of the chili ... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 10:16:21 EST #530: Memories of Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050880 I think of my mother, Mary, often, especially on December 21st. It was on this date 11 years ago that pneumonia and leukemia took her from us after 79 years. <BR> <BR> She instilled in me a love of reading and writing and animals, respect and courtesy, politeness and compassion, and a believe in God. <em>296</em> <BR> <BR> As with many other women her age married to a career military man <em>652</em> , she endured numerous hardships ~~ having our father at sea or in a foreign country fo... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 19:46:00 EST #529: Dad's Special Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030502 On November 10th, 1976, at 11:30 p.m., I received a telephone call from Wayne, my brother-in-law in Louisiana. "Lou, your Dad had a heart attack. He's in the hospital and they're not sure if he'll make it." <BR> <BR> I worked for United Airlines and had a flight scheduled the next day. With tears in my eyes I called the crew desk and told them I needed to book a flight to Orlando to be with mom and that I had to cancel myself from the next day's flight. A while later a crew scheduler called ... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 15:07:00 EST From 2009: #5: Start Your Ripple http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876430 Often, our actions are much more far-reaching than we realize. <BR> <BR> Here's an example: <BR> <BR> Have you ever tossed a stone into a pond? Most of us have, and we've watched the ripples caused by the stone hitting the water, ripples that continue to spread until they reach the pond's shoreline. <BR> <BR> It is easy for us to see the effect the ripples have on our side of the pond, but what effect are they having on the other side? We likely will never know. <BR> <BR> When we help... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 22:40:30 EST From 2009: #133: Our Treasure Within http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836490 Monday, November 09, 2009 <BR> <BR> In the background as I write this is a television special on the History Channel about a search for treasure supposedly hidden by outlaw Jesse James. Interesting show. But all shows about hidden treasure fascinate me, whether it be undersea sunken ships or buried treasure allegedly left behind by an entity like James. <BR> <BR> In comparison to all of the lost treasure we will never find, however, is one treasure that remains abundantly available -- our ... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:53:29 EST From 2009: #40: A Real Fairy Tale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825357 August 08, 2009 <BR> <BR> Once upon a time there was a little boy named Jack and his sister, a little girl named Jill. They were good little children. They were polite and respectful. They helped with chores around he house. They did their school homework every night. All in all they made their parents proud. <BR> <BR> Every time the children did a chore or received a good grade on their schoolwork their parents gave them a treat such as chocolate chip cookies or a piece of cake or a cupca... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 19:55:25 EST From 2010: #415: From Unhappy to Happy Land http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822915 Monday, November 01, 2010 <BR> <BR> This is a story about people who lived in Unhappy Land and were very unhappy. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Their unhappiness dominated their lives and kept them from being able to walk or bend over to put on their socks and shoes. They were unhappy because they couldn't climb stairs without breathing hard and having their knees hurt. They were unhappy because they couldn't fit into seats on airplanes or at the movie theater. They were unhappy because they ha... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:47:45 EST #528: 1,600 Straight Days -- Only 22 Pounds -- Say What? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777847 Today is a milestone -- my 1,600th consecutive day logging in to SparkPeople. But during that time I'm currently only showing a 22 pound loss? What gives? <BR> <BR> Actually, I was down from 290.4 pounds, my highest weight, to 235 at one point but then the addition of numerous medications, steroid injections in my back, subsequent limitations on exercise, operations, and a long bout with depression all combined to jack me back up to 280 pounds. <BR> <BR> Frustrating? Definitely! Enough to ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:52:52 EST #527: I Was Truly Blessed Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285806 When discussing developing a positive outlook, many public speakers are fond of using the rhyming phrase, "An attitude of gratitude." To me, giving thanks for blessings throughout the day is a natural habit. Sometimes the blessings are small, sometimes so huge that merely saying, " <em>304</em> ," is not enough. <BR> <BR> Here is an example of a small (to me) blessing: Earlier this week the light bulb <em>189</em> in my dining room burned out. I made a mental note to change it but promp... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 21:42:22 EST #526: I Don't Like...But I Do Like... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205265 We all have things we don't like and things we do. Here are some of my thoughts about what I don't like and the positive side of what I do like. Maybe you can relate. <BR> ******* <BR> I don't like the way I look <em>15</em> , but I do like the goal weight picture I keep in my mind <em>9</em> and realize that goal can be achieved, despite setbacks, if I work diligently, day by day, inch by inch, pound by pound to get there. <BR> <BR> I don't like that I sometimes overindulge as with the ... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 15:57:31 EST #525: Goodbye Brownie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4949161 When I last blogged in February it was to say goodbye to Little Thang, one of my kitties. <BR> <BR> Today it is to say goodbye to Brownie, my last kitty <em>240</em> , the second one to pass on this year and the third in two years. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l471717590.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Brownie and Little Thang were strays that came to the house a number of years ago, about six months before Kitty who passed on last year. All three were amazi... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 16:03:57 EST #524: Saying "Thank You" Not Enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4758716 Three weeks ago I wrote about losing another pet, Little Thang, a kitty I took in as a stray eight years ago. When I said goodbye to her I also said goodbye to another piece of my heart as we all do when we lose someone or something close to us. <BR> <BR> Over the past several years there have too many relatives, friends and pets pass on that I am surprised there is any of my heart left. <BR> <BR> It is this accumulation of losses that left me feeling numb. <BR> <BR> But, you encouraged me... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 21:41:38 EST #523: Goodbye Little Thang http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4722829 Anyone who is or who has been a pet lover knows how hard this is to write. Last night at 11:00 one of my beloved kitty babies passed away. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l258492008.jpg"> <BR> <BR> She came to my house at the beginning of 2004, along with Brownie, another stray cat. I named her Little Thang because she was skinny and such a cute lil 'ol thang. When I brought them inside after deciding to keep them, she seemed happy to have a home and accepted he... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 01:03:40 EST #522: A Dream Died Last Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4677448 Bowling <em>294</em> has been a large part of my life for more than 40 years. It has brought me accolades, trophies, tournament records, perfect 300 games, gold medals, TV appearances, and countless bowling friends along the way. I have bowled in tournaments across the country from California to New York, from Illinois to Florida. <em>130</em> <BR> <BR> But last night I had to say goodbye to a dream. <em>253</em> <BR> <BR> I started having back problems many years ago and suffered a b... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 00:15:57 EST #521: Life is Like an Empty Glass http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4647356 With respect to Tom Hanks and his Forrest Gump quote: "My momma always said, 'Life was like a box of chocolates <em>255</em> . You never know what you're gonna get,'" there is another way of looking at life. <BR> <BR> Recently, I expressed my disappointment to my friend Patty that my relatives didn't have more of a sense of family. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Our dad died in 1976. When Mom passed on in 2004 I expected that my brother (who is 20 years younger), his children and my sister (five y... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 22:44:06 EST #520: Is Your Mountain Too High? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4641004 Profound insights often come our way in the strangest of circumstances. <BR> <BR> Like last night at a bowling center. <em>294</em> <BR> <BR> I didn't want to sit home so I headed out to watch friends bowl their league. On the table where I sat was a fortune, undoubtedly from a fortune cookie, that read, "Never judge the height of a mountain until you have reached the top." <BR> <BR> When I reread it, its wisdom hit me and I wondered: How many times are we faced with a problem and immed... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 00:23:11 EST #519: Precious Gifts Need Not Be Expensive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4637459 We often equate how much a present costs with its quality. But the most precious gifts need not be expensive as Lori (MOMMA_LITTLE) showed in her December 4th blog <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4612526 </link> . <BR> <BR> Her grandson Clayton was thrilled over a Santa Pez candy dispenser and a coloring book. The looks on his face with these two presents will make you smile. <BR> <BR> Since reading that story I have been reminded of several inex... Sat, 24 Dec 2011 21:23:46 EST #518: Pondering Lessons Learned From Losing Relatives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4580196 Last November 11 I wrote of losing my dad, a career Naval officer who died on Veteran's Day: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3775907 </link> <BR> <BR> As I thought of him again today, especially today, and then thought of Mom, I realized I had learned several lessons from their passings. <BR> <BR> One was that grief knows no time limit. <BR> <BR> We all react to such losses differently and manifest our feelings in a variety of ways... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 23:02:25 EST #517: Disloyal to Memories of My Parents? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4571792 Of the things of Dad's I found as I went through things after Mom passed, are three silver-plated trays engraved with his name, given him by shipmates and people he supervised while in the Navy. They have been sitting in a plastic bin with his Navy uniform, medals, certificates, plaques, etc. <BR> <BR> Yesterday a family friend said he had a friend who collected such things and used them on holidays to serve nuts and other things. He said she finds some at flea markets and some are engraved ... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 20:57:53 EST #516: What Happened to Halloween? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4562148 I miss being a kid during Halloween -- the fun, the candy, and the innocence. <em>333</em> <BR> <BR> The ones I recall with the most fondness were when we were armed with an extra large pillowcase and often nothing more than an old white sheet with two holes cut out for eye slits. We roamed for what seemed miles but in reality was likely not that far. We could count on nearly every house being lit up in an invitation to stop by for Trick or Treat goodies. By the time we returned home tired... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 21:38:07 EST #515: Running Off at the Keyboard 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4540314 It is no secret I enjoy words and often find phrases we use funny, contradicting, imprecise...you get the picture -- they make me ask, "Huh?" <BR> <BR> Here is part of a current radio ad: "If you owe the IRS over $20,000 or more..." Wait, isn't "over $20,000" the same as "or more"? <BR> <BR> Or this one from a weight loss clinic: "You'll lose up to 2 to 5 pounds a week..." Hmm, seems to me that "up to" 5 pounds includes "up to" 2 pounds. Duh. <BR> <BR> That's as bad as "each and every." Wa... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 18:30:10 EST #514: What Color Is Your Life? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4524789 What color is your life? <BR> <BR> Lately mine has been a blah gray. Oh, sure, there have been occasional periods of brilliant red, vivid blues and greens and bright yellow but those have been overwhelmed by long periods of muddy brown and coal black. <BR> <BR> Most of this blandness is, I'm certain, due to boredom, with every day seeming to be just as every other day. My best friends live in Texas and Wisconsin so with my being in Florida we rarely see each other. My brother and sister eac... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 21:46:15 EST #513: My Love Affair with Hamburgers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4517546 If you ever watched the Popeye cartoons of years past, you will remember Wimpy who always told people he was trying to get money from, "For a hamburger today, I will gladly pay you Tuesday." Old Wimpy sure loved his hamburgers. So do I. <BR> <BR> It is hard to remember exactly when I had my first hamburger <em>489</em> but that cooked meat inside a flat bottomed, rounded top bun, with tomato, lettuce, pickles and sometimes cheese, led to many laughs with Mom for decades. Here is the story ... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 18:38:57 EST #512: Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4502091 A rain storm last night knocked out my computer's modem <em>24</em> leading to multiple irritating telephone calls to At&T tech support, having to slog through their convoluted recording system to get to a live person only to get have one call where the rep couldn't hear me, another when I was disconnected and on downhill from there. <BR> <BR> But that didn't compare to today. My patience was sorely tried this morning. <BR> <BR> After another night of insomnia I cleaned up and went to McD... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 19:46:49 EST #511: I Accepted Her Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4492038 No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.” -- Harold MacMillan <BR> <BR> ******* <BR> Two weeks ago my <em>223</em> Kendra (JUSTDUCKY1405) issued a 14-day workout challenge on Facebook and invited me to take part. I readily admit my hesitation. You see, I have severe back and leg nerve damage that makes my right thigh go numb and my legs feel like they are dead. As a result I wasn't sure I could complete the challenge in a m... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 23:59:58 EST #510: Inspiring Moments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4485399 This week I experienced two inspiring moments. The first, if you haven't seen it, is the following video showing the true character and sportsmanship of school softball players. <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.godvine.com/Injury-Turns-into-In<BR>spiration-for-One-High-School-Girl-323<BR>.html </link> <BR> ******* <BR> The second was a brief conversation I overheard before a meeting. <BR> <BR> "How are things?" a woman asked a man next to her. <BR> <BR> "Sometimes life stinks," he re... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 21:14:59 EST #509: Are You Allowing Your Weight To Limit Your Fun? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4472623 Isn't it amazing how we can see something time after time without it seeming significant then one day while viewing the same thing once more we have an epiphany of sorts and gain a new insight into human behavior? That happened to me this afternoon. <BR> <BR> I was at a local bowling center for a practice session <em>294</em> . Afterward I had dinner and watched and talked with several friends <em>220</em> during their league play. During this time a couple came in to practice. While the ... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 22:42:54 EST #508: Understanding Poverty and a Plan to Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4459502 Today I gained a first-hand understanding of seniors and others who can not afford to buy their needed medications. Either they have no insurance to help offset the cost or, like me, have hit a Medicare gap called the donut hole. <em>473</em> <BR> <BR> Te way that works is that once the cost of a person's prescription drugs equals $2,840 that person then is required to pay higher co-pays for their medications. Even ones that had been no cost now have a fee to get them. This continues until... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 22:09:39 EST #507: An Evening of Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4450607 I debated with myself whether to write this blog -- it's a happy one -- or even to write it, as I want to explain some things that make me happy while not sounding like a braggart or seeming to be begging for applause, with I definitely am not. <BR> <BR> But here goes. <BR> <BR> Lately I have felt unfulfilled, bored, lonely, stressed, depressed, I'm not sure what. I mowed the back yard this afternoon, cleaned up and was ready to sort papers and declutter and stay in tonight. A friend of the... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 23:58:14 EST #506: Unexpected Blessings II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4435730 "I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances." <BR> Martha Washington (1732 - 1802) <BR> ******* <BR> <BR> Life is often funny. Not just funny ha ha but funny weird at how things work out. <BR> <BR> A couple of days ago while taking out my contact lenses one of them popped out and disappeared even though I ... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 22:59:20 EST #505: Following Our Dreams Without Regrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4431293 "When a dream is calling you, there's just one thing that you can do. Well, you gotta follow that dream wherever that dream may lead." -- Elvis Presley, "Follow That Dream." <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kdLUt5ktmg </link> <BR> <BR> I realized yesterday, mowing the lawn of all things, with this song running through my mind, that we all have dreams, some large and some small, and that following them does not mean dropping everything and moving to a new town. <BR> <BR> It may ... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 20:41:07 EST #504: Are You Satisfied Being a Wannabe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4425068 Too often, in too many aspects of life, too many people settle for being a wannabe. They are too scared to try, too afraid of succeeding, too hesitant about moving out of their comfort zone. <BR> <BR> This was made clear today in, of all places, a writer's critique group, Word Weavers of Orlando, where most members are published writers. <BR> <BR> In a previous writer's group, members were satisfied coming to weekly meetings, reading something they'd written and listening to feedback. That'... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 19:25:22 EST #503: Aim For Perfection But Don't Expect It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4419859 Like me, have you ever bowled in an organized league? <em>294</em> If so, you learned a valuable lesson you can successfully apply to your weight loss. <BR> <BR> Huh? Really? And what would that be? <BR> <BR> Just this: The odds of you bowling a perfect 300 game (all strikes) is astronomical <em>345</em> . So you likely settled for doing the best you could every game. <BR> <BR> There was still hope that perfection would happen but you did not give up if you failed to bowl a 300 game, d... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 23:14:27 EST #502: Squeezing the Life Out of Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4415417 I am fortunate in having orange trees in my back yard, mature trees that produce the sweetest, juiciest oranges you'll ever taste. <em>474</em> In season it is pure joy to pick oranges and juice them. I have a juicer that squeezes the last drop of juice from the fruit. <BR> <BR> I thought of those trees as I drove home tonight from dinner along a route I have traveled hundreds of times. I was nearly at home when I realized I hadn't paid strict attention to my driving. Oh, I was aware of ot... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 21:33:12 EST #501: Only a Moment in Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4412988 Last Wednesday on FATROCKSTAR's blog, CARLANNIE's reply included this remark: I have this sign on my desk that says, "This is only a moment; it's not the rest of your life!" <BR> <BR> How insightful! <BR> <BR> It brought to mind one particular situation a number of years ago when I was in law enforcement undergoing initial training on using TASERs, non-lethal electroshock devices that use electrical current to disrupt voluntary control of a person's muscles. You've likely read about them o... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 20:36:02 EST #500: Tolerating Life or Living It? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4393024 "People are always getting ready to live but never living." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> ******* <BR> <BR> In one of her recent blogs SPARKIE1964 innocently asked what has turned out to be for me a probing question: <BR> <BR> "Are you tolerating life or are you living it?" <BR> <BR> The other day I drove along one of our area's major streets on my way to give a blood sample in advance of this coming Monday's doctor appointment. It was a road I have traveled often in the 30 years I've lived ... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 22:33:33 EST #499: When Did We Become Fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4371183 Some dates and days are stamped indelibly in our minds -- when we got married, the birth of children, the dates our relatives passed on <em>39</em> , perhaps when U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated or when the Berlin wall came down <em>334</em> . <BR> <BR> But more important than those and other monumental events in our lives is one date that dogs us to this day and may have for our entire lives. So let me ask: <BR> <BR> When did we get fat? When did we become overweight and th... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 21:25:37 EST #498: The Lesson of the Palm Tree http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4358752 A few days ago a neighbor's palm tree crashed to the ground, breaking off about three feet above the ground. At first I thought carpenter ants or termites were the cause. But when I looked at the stump I saw none of them, only the same white/yellowish pulp as on the bottom of the fallen portion. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l918934831.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I spoke with a tree specialist who explained that palm trees rot inside and that inner weakness is what ... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 20:20:34 EST #497: Exciting News and Creative Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4346087 Interesting evening after getting a call from a reporter for our local Orlando Sentinel newspaper who wants to do an article about a highway safety video I produced and which many of you have seen. <link>blutube.policeone.com/Media/764-Mark<BR>er-Memories-Part-1-A-Journey-to-Unders<BR>tanding/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'll post when the article comes out and the Sentinel's site. Thank you for watching. <BR> <BR> ******* <BR> As I put cans of dog food on the conveyor belt at the grocery store t... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 23:33:33 EST