KASEYCOFF's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KASEYCOFF KASEYCOFF'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/ Day 576: Stir-up Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036355 Today is "Stir-up Sunday." There's an old tradition in Britain that Christmas puddings should be mixed up and steamed on the last Sunday before Advent so they can "mature" in time for Christmas. <BR> <BR> <link>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stir-u<BR>p_Sunday </link> <BR> <BR> This is the first Christmas since we've been together (coming on sixteen years! suddenly I feel so old, lol) that we'll be in the US for the holidays. I didn't want Himself to feel too homesick, so I was determined ... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 21:16:29 EST Day 575: I just thought... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6015813 ...I'd get there first, what with TGIF 'n' all: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/410294e3-cbeb-4f33-b1ad-e79bbc1feb72.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 'ave a good'un, Sparklers - carpe diem! Fri, 16 Oct 2015 02:36:32 EST Day 574: The Five-Minute Rule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007157 No, this one isn't like "Oh, crap, I dropped it on the floor, is it okay to eat--?" <BR> <BR> Consider this: <BR> <BR> Supper's ready, I'm dishing up. Here's my dinky bit of sweet potato or brown rice or corn. It's what, half of what I would've eaten in the "old days." <BR> <BR> The devil on my left shoulder says "Go on, have more. You can have more." <BR> <BR> Does the angel on my right say "Uh uh uh, don't give in to temptation"? <BR> <BR> Once upon a time, she did - and it was very ne... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 04:33:09 EST Day 573: Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006596 A couple of things have kind of come together in the last few days. <BR> <BR> First, I hit 300 days for my log-in streak. <BR> <BR> I say this not to brag, but to indicate how it's all in perspective. <BR> <BR> I'm not as pleased about it as I might have been. <BR> <BR> Why? Because 300-and-a-bit days ago I was poised to hit 700 days' log-in streak. <BR> <BR> Even now, I can't tell you what happened. I had logged in, consistently, without fail, for nearly two years. Through all kinds of... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 06:32:54 EST Day 572: A Blog for KATIE5668 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6003081 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/194cd540-14d8-4f6d-bb79-0e063d318acd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A tad early, but I just know she'll enjoy it, lol... <BR> <BR> 'ave a good 'un, Sparklers - carpe diem! Thu, 24 Sep 2015 03:54:38 EST A Poem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002461 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4e04782d-f201-4230-9b79-c4e3f82217bc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I don't remember where I nicked it from. <BR> <BR> I do know that this is one of those "I'll have a large Americano barrel, please" mornings... <BR> <BR> 'ave a good 'un, Sparklers - carpe diem! Wed, 23 Sep 2015 03:19:45 EST Day 570: Friday Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995495 I had about two cups of cut-up (raw) butternut squash in the fridge from the other day. <BR> <BR> Instead of looking through the recipe site I posted (of course) I thought, wonder how that would taste if I gave it the sweet-potato treatment? <BR> <BR> I've been seeing a lot on the 'net lately about "baked sweet-potato fries." Well, I've been making them for years. I cut up the yams, toss them in a bag with curry powder, bake at 400F (200C) for 20-30 minutes, depending how thick I've cut the... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:53:27 EST Day 568b: Looky what I found--! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995228 You know how a few days ago I was raving about butternut squash? And how some of you decided to give it a go? Well, get a load of this link: <BR> <BR> <link>www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/rec<BR>ipe_slideshows/butternut_squash_recipes </link> <BR> <BR> I think it said there are thirty different recipes on there. Seems to me that's a good starting point if you're looking for something new to try with squash. <BR> <BR> 'ave a good'un, Sparklers - carpe diem! Fri, 11 Sep 2015 05:33:33 EST Day 569: History 'n' Highlights http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993858 Today marks a special occasion for the monarchy in Britain: having broken the previous record for Number of Years as Reigning Monarch - said record having belonged to Victoria, her great-great-grandmother - Elizabeth has now become the longest-reigning monarch in British history. <BR> <BR> She acceded to the throne the year I was born, so I've always felt a special affinity for her. (Eisenhower became president in 1952. I've always felt a special affinity for him, too; he just didn't stick a... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 04:24:40 EST Day 568: Back to (New) Basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991408 ...so I'm always telling Himself that cooking is science, and the kitchen is a laboratory: you might have to run several experiments before you get results. <BR> <BR> I love butternut squash. <BR> <BR> I'd happily use it in everything from soup to side dishes to ersatz lasagna to custard-y pies and all points in between. <BR> <BR> But - I hate cutting up butternut squash. <BR> <BR> I can't peel the things to save my life. I probably waste more than I use. As for dicing them - hah. My sha... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 09:25:34 EST Day 567: Just had to share... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979321 One of my cousins posted this: <BR> <BR> Today was the absolute worst day ever <BR> And don't try to convince me that <BR> There's something good in every day <BR> Because, when you take a closer look, <BR> This world is a pretty evil place. <BR> Even if some goodness does shine through once in a while <BR> Satisfaction and happiness don't last. <BR> And it's not true that <BR> It's all in the mind and heart <BR> Because <BR> True happiness can be obtained <BR> Only if one's surroundings are... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 04:05:05 EST Day 566: It's been a while, ain't? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948762 I came across this article yesterday, among some photo journalism posted on the Reuters website: <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.reuters.com/news/picture/<BR>toddler-harper-beckhams-designer-cloth<BR>es?articleId=UKKBN0OY1N220150618&slide<BR>Id=1057279419 </link> <BR> <BR> The headline read "Toddler Harper Beckham's designer clothes go on sale for charity." <BR> <BR> I recognize most (I think) of the big names, but other than that, the lives of the rich and famous pretty much pass me by. <BR>... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 18:45:33 EST Day 565: Early Harbinger of Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871604 Just a short one - I meant to post this a week ago, so you see how far behind it I am. But better late than never, ain't? <BR> <BR> There are a half-dozen fitness centers - in community-center buildings with other public facilities such as libraries, tennis courts, indoor pools, etc - around the town where we live. (I say "town," but it's either a big town or a small city.) <BR> <BR> Once we're in the system we have access to any of them we choose. Two days a week we go to a large one that'... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 02:57:25 EST Day 564: Shifting Mountains http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868748 I haven't had much to say of late - it's been quiet around here, in some respects, and after the fiasco(s) of last year, that suits me right down to the ground. <BR> <BR> I've been back in the gym since the New Year. (It's part of that resolution thing, ha ha.) I daresay I'm not the first to discover this, but... when you're exercising regularly and you've built up some fitness, then stop, you don't just go back to the pre-exercise level. You go below it. <BR> <BR> I'd heard that, but I'm n... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 14:49:06 EST Day 563: Quest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853199 "Quest: The act or instance of seeking or pursuing something..." <BR> <BR> Over the last few days the word "quest" has popped up in three or four different articles I've read. <BR> <BR> The latest one: <BR> <BR> <link>chrisguillebeau.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Chris Guillebeau is a young man who visited every country in the world. It took him a little over ten years to accomplish, but he set himself this quest - the word he used - and achieved it. <BR> <BR> I've always paired the word "que... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 03:44:39 EST Day 562: Windy Day-- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851148 Is it ever! We're in a flat plain - that is, Cheshire is a flat plain - of sorts, and the air currents travel from the Irish Sea, sweeping across Cheshire, until they bump up against the hills of Lancashire and Derbyshire. That's why this area gets so much rain. So they tell me. <BR> <BR> And yes, we've had that today, too, by the bucketful. <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> <BR> Back to the washing machine: yes, it came with the apartment, so it technically belongs to the landlords. If I don't have m... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 15:20:36 EST Day 561: This 'n' That http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849975 You remember I told you yesterday was shaping up to be another of those running-around days? Much like the Red Queen in "Through the Looking Glass," we need to run full-tilt just to stay where we are. If we slow down, we lose ground... <BR> <BR> The washer: it's a strange (to me) hybrid machine. It's a combination washer/dryer. In theory, I load the clothes, add detergent, set the type of wash (quick, heavy-duty, whatever), then set the drying cycle (gentle, auto, whatever) and in a couple ... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 02:50:24 EST Day 560: An Early Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849153 Bits 'n' pieces: <BR> <BR> I don't remember when I first came across "About.com." If you're not familiar with it, a description might be "an anthology of topics and subjects," everything from how-to's to movie reviews to recipes. Some of the articles are quite in-depth; some generate weekly newsletters. I tend to browse it the same way I do eHow or Wikipedia. (I need to get out more, lol.) <BR> <BR> At any rate, this morning I received the current About.com 'Health' newsletter. It's headlin... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 03:24:15 EST Day 559: Burfdays 'n' Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848724 Today is my daughter's birthday - what a sparkling January it was when she arrived on the planet! She's been a delight ever since. (Of course, all children are, aren't they?) <BR> <BR> I did my bit at the gym today. Mostly I discovered how woefully out of shape I am and just how far I've deteriorated since I left off with regular exercise last fall. I've lost quite a lot of flexibility, too. But it'll get right. Eventually. <BR> <BR> I was thinking about motivation. I need that in order to ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 15:09:42 EST Day 558: And so we begin... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847278 First day back in the gym. <BR> <BR> First day of Beginning Tai-Chi. <BR> <BR> I'm on my way! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l653429829.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 'ave a good 'un, Sparklers - carpe diem! Tue, 6 Jan 2015 03:19:01 EST Day 557: The State of the Kasey, Part II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846270 So where to go from here? <BR> <BR> Most of you know my thoughts on New Year's Resolutions*: it's a good opportunity to focus on behaviors you want to change, a time to reflect on what's worked - or not worked - in the past, and to draw up some goals you want to aim for in the coming year. <BR> <BR> *Hereinafter NYR. <BR> <BR> There are a lot of pro-and-con articles about "Why you should--" or "Why you shouldn't--" list some resolutions. Personally, I figure whether I call them resolution... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 03:20:55 EST Day 556: The State of the Kasey, Part I http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845321 [Note: I'm only four days behind. So far.] <BR> <BR> I'm all for highlighting the positive. But when you have a year of mostly downers (yes, it happens) what do you do? <BR> <BR> Ignore them? That ostrich thing is so not me. <BR> <BR> Gloss over them? The word "repress" comes to mind - is that healthy? <BR> <BR> Wallow in them? Oh, aye, there's the rub, as Will once said. <BR> <BR> Peek into my little world and see how the last year (year-and-a-half, really) has gone. <BR> <BR> In Octob... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 04:20:49 EST Day 555: Y'know, that holiday thing 'n' all... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838211 We're earlier than those in North America, but things are quiet here yet. The following was in my email this morning. <BR> <BR> SparkBloggers aren't supposed to post articles in their entirety; we're supposed to post links and give credit. <BR> <BR> Well, I'll give credit: the site is called "Delancey Place," and their self-description is "Eclectic excerpts delivered to your email every day." And indeed they do. <BR> <BR> I'm going to post the article in full, though; the direct link is: ... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 04:39:00 EST Day 554: Expensive Lesson(s) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785707 Well... there will be no DisneyWorld, at least not this January. <BR> <BR> I won't be spending Christmas on the beach, or with my son and daughter-in-law, either. <BR> <BR> We ran into a problem before we even left Manchester Airport. <BR> <BR> Seems that Himself lacks a certain type of visa - I don't know yet if it's "more than" the one he's used the last few trips, and "less than" a full-blown green-card visa, or what. But point being - he doesn't have the right kind. <BR> <BR> He can't... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:12:05 EST Day 553: ISO Feedback http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778349 The house is sold, we're retired, a couple of potentially nasty health issues loom in the next couple of years, so while there's time - we're thinking of doing something that (for us) may be wild and crazy. <BR> <BR> We're thinking of going to Disney World for four or five days, possibly a week. <BR> <BR> Is this nutz? <BR> <BR> We don't have any grandchildren yet (though Lord knows we're old enough, and have kids old enough, that we could well have been grandparents by now, lol), and ther... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:07:39 EST Day 552: Dates of Infamy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777637 There are a few - December 7, 1941... November 22, 1963... September 11, 2001... You remember where you were, and the shock as comprehension washed over you. <BR> <BR> And when the anniversaries arrive, you run across articles and photographs and film clips. Some of those last can get very elaborate, with carefully sequenced pictures and musical backgrounds and whatnot. <BR> <BR> I often glance at such things, especially the photo-essays, but I don't usually pay too much attention. The simp... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:05:48 EST Day 551: Inspiration... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768474 ...I take it where I find it: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l447192271.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 'ave a good 'un, Sparklers - carpe diem! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:46:41 EST Day 550: The - Big - NEWS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764342 We've been sitting on this for the better part of two months. Practically drove ourselves - and each other - nutz. So sure after that bitter, bitter experience in February that this, too, would fall through, and so reluctant to say anything. Superstitious? Not so's you'd notice. But we were so afraid we'd jinx everything. <BR> <BR> But today, today was the day. It's over. It's done. Papers signed, money and keys exchanged. On their part elation and excitement. On our part elation and excitem... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:55:54 EST Day 549: Old Habits, Simple Pleasures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755494 I can berate myself - justifiably or unjustifiably - for any number of things: the piece of cake I had... skipping my morning walk... staying up too late... the second piece of cake I had... the pension plan I bypassed when I was 23... (lol). <BR> <BR> As I sat here this morning drinking my first cup of coffee, I realized it's a totally guilt-free pleasure. It's something I've not second-guessed, not so much as considered quitting, even after the caffeine's bad for you / caffeine's good for... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 02:19:47 EST Day 548: A Healthy(er) Point of View... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751474 I came across a blog - perhaps more of an essay - this morning, as I was 'net-surfing. The author captures much of what I think, and much of what I need to think, if that makes sense. <BR> <BR> Give it a read: <BR> <BR> <link>www.yahoo.com/health/exposed-by-my-c<BR>hildren-for-what-i-really-look-like-93<BR>429355637.html </link> <BR> <BR> 'ave a good 'un, Sparklers - it's Saturday, carpe diem! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l843259068.jpg"> Sat, 2 Aug 2014 03:57:32 EST Day 547: We live. We learn. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741211 Found this an interesting essay: <BR> <BR> <link>zenhabits.net/ </link> <BR> <BR> That's all I came here to say... <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> 'ave a good 'un, Sparklers - carpe diem! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l134343134.jpg"> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 03:59:00 EST Day 546: A Milestone... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732586 I don't do streaks well. <BR> <BR> I suspect it's mixed up with an all-or-nothing mentality with perfectionism thrown in. You know. A or F, and it darned well better be the perfect A. <BR> <BR> Add sore loser to the mix: if it's not a perfect A / blue ribbon / I win, I'll take my toys and go home. <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Where can I share my (ahem) quirks 'n' foibles if not here? <BR> <BR> The past twelve months have been unbelievably - no other word for it - hellish. If th... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 15:26:50 EST Day 545: The Long and Winding Road... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708645 ...was our Class of 1970 song. Forty-four years ago today I graduated from high school. <BR> <BR> But that's not really why I posted a blog this morning. <BR> <BR> The real reason I came over here was this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l183497435.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Brilliant, IMHO. Have a good 'un, Sparklers - carpe diem! Mon, 2 Jun 2014 07:14:59 EST Day 544: The Photographs Have Arrived http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704284 Himself had fun photographing the small-town parade - while of course there are parades of one sort or another in Britain, this was his first up-close look at an American parade. <BR> <BR> Sandy Creek is a very small town, with a correspondingly small high school, but they've got a good band with lots of enthusiastic, talented kids. <BR> <BR> Enjoy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1173508909.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Local central school, pre-K through 12th - my mother... Tue, 27 May 2014 10:50:04 EST Day 543: This 'n' That... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703429 The house I'm living in is across from a high school. It's sunny today (this is shortly after 10 AM, and things can change rapidly here, weather-wise) with temps in the mid-sixties and expected to rise by a good eight degrees or more. <BR> <BR> The school band is across the street, gathered around the flag and warming up for the parade that starts in another hour or so. Himself is over there taking pictures - one of those uniquely American events he's never had the opportunity to see first-h... Mon, 26 May 2014 10:22:46 EST Day 542: For Teeny-Jeannie Cannon... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701897 I don't know how true it is - you know how almost every day it's Something-or-Other Day, but the pic is good: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l392045906.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a good 'un, Sparklers - carpe diem! Sat, 24 May 2014 06:51:30 EST Day 541: Coincidental Message http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701269 I hadn't intended to blog today. This year I've missed more days than I've hit - which is okay. Just one of those phases. <BR> <BR> My Spark visits have been perfunctory, but again, that's okay. Other things fill my days. If you charted busy times and calm times, you'd get a sine wave, probably more representative of Life's undulations than any calendar could ever be. <BR> <BR> Doing the basics this morning on the Start page, a video caught my eye. I don't usually dip into YouTube videos, b... Fri, 23 May 2014 07:36:54 EST Day 540: A New Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686997 So I'm gonna start it right. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l727413442.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a good 'un, Sparklers - carpe diem! Sun, 4 May 2014 08:43:08 EST Day 539: KUWTT (Keeping Up With The Times) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685161 Seniors Texting Code <BR> <BR> ATD: At The Doctor’s <BR> BFF: Best Friend Fell <BR> BTW: Bring The Wheelchair <BR> BYOT: Bring Your Own Teeth <BR> FWIW: Forgot Where I Was <BR> GGPBL: Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low <BR> GHA: Got Heartburn Again <BR> IMHO: Is My Hearing-aid On <BR> LMDO: Laughing My Dentures Out <BR> OMMR: On My Massage Recliner <BR> OMSG: Oh, My! Sorry - Gas <BR> ROFLACGU: Rolling On Floor Laughing And Can’t Get Up <BR> TTYL: Talk To You Louder <BR> <BR> Proba... Thu, 1 May 2014 17:56:26 EST Day 538: Connections... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683223 My mother's mother was 20 when my mother was born; my mother was 20 when she had me. I've written of my grandmother (and even my great-grandmothers) before. <BR> <BR> I don't think I've written much about my other grandmother, my father's mother. <BR> <BR> My paternal grandmother was nearly 40 when she had my father - he was the baby of the family. Hence, my other grandmother was almost the same age as my mother's grandmother. <BR> <BR> Back to today: <BR> <BR> I'm sorting papers. There a... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:53:31 EST Day 537: Manic Monday Indeed... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666230 Some of you know the story, some don't - no matter. The bottom line is I'm in Watertown, at least until June. I spend my days moving stuff from one room to another, as painting, remodeling, etc. all go on around me. The latest: "Lady, can you move everything out of the kitchen?" "Um, yah, sure, I DID - everything is packed into the little pantry at the end of the room, and I moved the microwave, coffee-maker and refrigerator (!) over THERE out of the way--?" "That's great, ma'am, but we need... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 07:16:37 EST Day 536: Early Sunday Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665479 No particular message - no pithy sayings, no deep thoughts, no inspirational or motivational stories. No blog, really. Just a picture appropriate to the time and day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l916434873.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Early Sunday Morning," by Edward Hopper. He's long been one of my favorites. <BR> <BR> Have a good 'un, Sparklers - carpe diem! Sun, 6 Apr 2014 06:52:23 EST Day 535: A Different Monday Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632136 Every time I think I might be ready to face going back, something reminds me why I'm putting it off as long as possible. My cousin's husband posted this photo on FB: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1412393122.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Why, oh, why isn't my family from Florida?!? lol... <BR> <BR> Have a good 'un, Sparklers - carpe diem! <BR> <BR> p.s. Then there was this: <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/21/li<BR>ving-well-on-location_n_4811159.html </l... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 03:02:24 EST Day 534: Finding Myself On A Monday Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626062 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1340551077.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Your chuckle for the day. Have a good 'un, Sparklers - carpe diem! Mon, 17 Feb 2014 02:37:33 EST Day 533: How to Judge People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619984 I've been going through some old cookbooks. Some are basic ones written for brides setting up housekeeping, some are themed (bread, preserves, pies), and some are 'freebies' that came with new stoves or mixers. <BR> <BR> My favorites are the booklets, especially the oldest ones. There's one from the World War I era outlining which cut of meat to roast on Sunday, then giving recipes for leftover dishes to make the rest of the week. Another from the 1930s features low-cost budget meals to stre... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 02:32:23 EST Day 532: Food for Thought... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614607 I'm not real good at the whole self-help thing. I mean, I find all kinds of good ideas, read lots of inspiring stories, all of that, but my inability to apply these gleanings with any consistency seems to preclude my incorporating them into my life in a way that gives me long-lasting benefits. Y'know? <BR> <BR> I came across a simple, thought-provoking gratitude reminder today. A woman asked "What would your life be like tomorrow if you had only the 'gifts' you gave thanks for today?" <BR> ... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 02:44:15 EST Day 531: IT's OFFICIAL--!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601167 I'm a full-fledged member of the club: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l850656956.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Her Britannic Majesty has decided I can stay - and go. Have passport, will travel! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l62416481.jpg"> <BR> <BR> P.S. - Y'all DO realize I've retained my American citizenship, right? I mean, you don't think I'd throw the Yanks over, now, do ya? I just realized maybe I didn't explain...? <BR> <em>211</em> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:24:01 EST Day 530: Half-full 'n' all that... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590896 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l672770116.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?” Answers called out ranged from eight ounces to twenty ounces. She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 06:08:50 EST Day 529: MERRY CHRISTMAS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571433 "I heard the bells on Christmas Day..." <BR> <BR> They're not playing carols here, though. They are ringing the changes, and will be for some time. It's a Christmas tradition here in the village. <BR> <BR> Although this was recorded in Liverpool, it will give you an idea of how it sounds: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=pugRM2Nsnyo </link> <BR> <BR> Happy holidays to you and yours, Sparklers - carpe diem! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l381874898.j... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 04:56:19 EST Day 528: A Good-Morning Pic... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565330 This was actually taken yesterday - Sunday - afternoon by one of my cousins. Notice the snow was still falling: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l334947924.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Okay, I admit it - I've turned into a wimp. But I like hot water, and lights, and heat, and my coffee first thing in the morning... <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Have a good'un, Sparklers - carpe diem! Mon, 16 Dec 2013 04:09:35 EST