LADYFROMTHEWOOD's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LADYFROMTHEWOOD LADYFROMTHEWOOD'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/ Hiya http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727053 I can hardly complain there aren't any blogs to read today if I don't post one myself, eh? (Actually, I've written one today already but then my internet connection ate it. Probably a good thing. I discovered while blogging what was eating at me and needed some time to process that.) Since then, one friend has blogged. (Thanks for the update! Your office rocks!) And I must admit that another friend blogs daily with a small update. I wish I could do that but once I begin to write, the ... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:51:59 EST Reboot day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725514 It is going well although my body is screaming protest. The yard and house are happy though. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> The garden bed of peas is cleaned out and done with. I need to research the best thing to put in the bed next. A large section of weedy flower bed is cleared of overabundant Creeping Charlie and Honeysuckle that were taking over my Five O'Clocks and daylilies. <BR> <em>373</em> <em>374</em> <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> I've hung out several loads on laundry on... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:01:11 EST Day One of Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723995 Howdy, Sparkbuddies! <BR> <BR> Hubby has returned to work this morning. Daughter decided to go in with him to save gas picking up a friend for an overnight visit. I have the house to myself!!! I love my family, but the introvert in me had a long week. <BR> <BR> Wonders never cease. This morning I actually gave up half of my usual coffee intake after turning on the Wii Fit. I wanted WATER in the worst way. Advanced hula-hoop on that game kicks my butt. I also did advanced stepping whi... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:04:50 EST Visits, Vacation, and Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715508 This week has been a busy one. My brother's family will arrive sometime in the night tonight. We have been preparing by getting the yard and garden work out of the way and some child-proofing. The visit will include a birthday party at the lake for their 2-year-old. With 6 extra people and 2 extra dogs visiting until Sunday, I don't plan to be checking in here for the week. <BR> <BR> Immediately after our visitors leave, Hubby has some vacation days. He is taking our daughter and her fr... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:56:11 EST Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711904 Oh, those darn brain pathways. <BR> Have to be so very careful not to let negative thinking wear a groove. <BR> I suppose due to the difficult situations we've faced since last year that I have fallen into a pattern, an unwanted one. <BR> And too often I use my written word (blog) to say the things I don't speak aloud but rattle around in my head. A release. Therapy of sorts. <BR> Working on getting my thoughts and words into line with my usual sunny disposition. <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> W... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 08:11:45 EST Mailbox http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711455 Yesterday I went into work with Hubby. I am able to sit in the office while he waits on customers and schedules loads to go out most any day I choose. Sometimes I start to get cabin fever and fix that by spending the day with him. <BR> <BR> JD was scheduled to leave the USA yesterday. It played on my mind. Mixed feelings. <BR> <BR> While there in the office I filled the hours by crocheting on a baby blanket that I had set aside THIRTEEN years ago. I had made a mistake in it and gotten ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 16:30:31 EST June 3 (Working out the lessons from 'takers') http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709593 Clever title, eh? June 3. I'm just not feeling the creative juices this morning. (Then later came back once I got warmed up...smh!) <BR> <BR> I kept myself busy yesterday as predicted. 4 loads of laundry washed and line-dried. I even made a new batch of laundry detergent. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1752893970.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wow. It just occurred to me that I still need to pull out the summer clothes bin and pack away the winter garb. More laundry. But I... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 09:32:12 EST June 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708714 This weekend went pretty well. <BR> <BR> On Saturday we spent the morning doing errands and the afternoon doing yardwork. I turned down the chance to have a caramel latte at the local coffee shop. And also the tradition of having a homemade "oatmeal pie" like the Little Debbie ones. We always get one when we go to the local Mennonite store. And a Mtn. Dew. I turned down both by substituting flowers instead. I spent more on the flowers, but hey, they last longer and don't make me fee... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 08:32:46 EST How then, to live? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706595 When things change in my life, such as relationships, I feel a little lost. No, a LOT lost. Always my mind is used to expanding out in an invisible sheet to encompass all those I love. Ready to be there for them. Always hoping for their best. My energy flowing in those directions. <BR> <BR> How then to live when I realize my energy was misplaced? <BR> <BR> (I'm working this out as I blog.) <BR> <BR> I think of the sea anemone, so beautifully expanded in normal conditions. Then, when ... Fri, 30 May 2014 08:10:28 EST Water Slowly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705800 <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> Water intake is the easiest task with the biggest impact when I spark. My skin, my hair, my acne, my energy, all show the vivid results of dehydration versus 8-12 cups a day. <BR> <BR> This is my 3rd day back on SP and my water intake was 3c., 6c., then today I'm setting myself up to succeed at 8c. I am skipping my morning coffee (mainly b/c I ran out of milk) and choosing water. Early in, early success. <BR> <BR> I have also pulled out my old friend, the 4c... Thu, 29 May 2014 07:58:54 EST What's Up? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705093 My weight, for one. lol. <BR> Got on the scale this morning just to see just how far I've backslid. There was no brow-beating nor guilt. Just a matter-of-fact information gathering. Just for the sake of having a base measurement from which to begin. <BR> <BR> It wasn't as bad as I expected. I hadn't regained all that I lost and more, but it was too close to what I had lost. My little turtle tracker took a bounce back to the near beginning. <BR> <em>134</em> <BR> <BR> It's ok. No ... Wed, 28 May 2014 10:07:50 EST Starting Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704179 Hmmm... it's been nearly 3 months since I've been active on SP, but it seems WAaaaaay longer to me. Winter has passed so I should change my snowy background to something more summer-like. <BR> <BR> I'll keep this short and true. I realize I need my SP friends. I've missed having other souls out there that take me at face value and truly "get" me. Been suffering recently from a void opened up under misplaced family friendships. I was long warned that I was trusting where I should not and... Tue, 27 May 2014 08:50:22 EST Regrowth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640125 Not new growth, just some retraining this old branch to grow in the right direction. I've been missing from SP this week due to taking a mini-break from the internet. Just needed to take a step back from all social media and noise to refocus. Read some, wrote some, picked back up on the things I had let slip... mostly ME. <BR> <BR> The biggest snow yet hit us this past Sunday night. For the first time in 9 years, hubby's work closed for a day due to weather. We got about 6 inches of sno... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 07:35:49 EST Caught breath http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633208 Yesterday turned out to be DD's worst day for dealing with all this aftermath. I felt so badly for her. But she took my advice after talking everything out and took a 4-wheeler ride out into our woods. She came back like a new girl, albeit with an injured finger from a flying branch. Nothing too serious, but bruising and swelling. But her smile is back. <BR> <BR> DH talked out his feelings to me also. He really analyzed the situations with clarity, or as he quipped "with blinders off."... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 08:40:08 EST Self-Preservation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632240 What a wonderful visit with my DS yesterday!!! The weather was great for a February day, sunny and mild. We ate at Toot's where I had a plate of those elusive fried oysters! <BR> <BR> We introduced him and his roommates to "An Idiot Abroad" on Netflix. It's a travel show, but has some language and some rather shocking parts. However, it shows attitudes and views you don't get with your normal travel series. <BR> <BR> We played with their puppy. Puppy love. I didn't even care that it m... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 07:57:25 EST Photo Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631025 Friday was a killer day. Exhausting. Emotional. <BR> But it's over. <BR> We all slept deep last night and woke almost to our old, happy selves. <BR> A little voice from my shoulder whispered, "You gave up. Loser." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l197936091.jpg"> <BR> We know we did everything we could. We knew that hope for everyone was in the form of change instead of continuing as was. <BR> <BR> Reminding ourselves of this truth has helped beyond anything ... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 17:14:17 EST Last night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629501 Tonight will be the last night that JD will be staying with us. She will be leaving tomorrow after school. She is very upset to learn that she will be leaving her high school. I told her that we wish all the best for her and that maybe this can be a new beginning for her. <BR> <BR> The house is very tense. <BR> <BR> And DD has a fierce head cold that came on today. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be so busy, transferring her school stuff, bank account, helping her finish packing. <BR> <BR> For... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:59:13 EST Letting go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627022 This week was rough, but I learned a few things about myself over the past 6.5 months. <BR> Moderate stress tempts me to emotional eating. Extreme stress makes me want to turn away from food. <BR> I have a record of giving my all to something for about 6 months then, if it shows no results or poor results, I am able to let go of it with the knowledge that I gave it my best. <BR> It's not my fault all the time. <BR> <BR> We continued to work with and for JD but this week she did something so... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 04:22:23 EST Probation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622393 An update on the situation with JD. <BR> <BR> After 2 meetings, hours long, her supervisor listening to both her and us separately then together, JD was reprimanded for the disrespectful way she has been acting. Seems all her complaints are about our lifestyle (rural, frugal, eating in more than eating out, homeschooling, etc.) She was told that she has 2 weeks to straighten up or else disciplinary action will be taken. This action is just basically a warning letter that goes in her perma... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:19:59 EST Extreme Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620095 I bet you've been wondering where I've been, eh? <BR> I pop in when I have a chance, but things at home have gotten crazy. <BR> <BR> Our JD is dealing with cultural differences and is still having a hard time adjusting. She has never before had so much time to freely think. Always in Japan, her days were filled with hours of school and study that we would consider outrageous. And part of getting ahead there (according to her) seems to include putting down those around you in an attempt to... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 07:51:23 EST SMART goals 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599823 Time to get serious. <BR> <BR> If I say I'm starting then I need to set my S.M.A.R.T. goals and get to work instead of coasting along. This weekend I realized how much I needed to find my new starting point to measure my progress monthly. Monthly, b/c I know the lies a bathroom scale can tell. <BR> <BR> 15 pound regain puts me back in the obese BMI category. <BR> <BR> So first things first; lose this 15 pound backslide. I gained it in 4 months, so losing it in 3-4 is realistic. <BR> <B... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:27:56 EST A Yogini I am not http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592471 After a full week of a horrible TOM that included a migraine and junk food, I had had it with myself. I went to bed early last night and woke refreshed. I traded in my coffee with sugar/milk for an unsweetened, hot, peach tea. I passed up Lucky Charms (JD's favorite) for two country eggs scrambled with spinach. Lunch was chopped zucchini cooked in tomato sauce and topped with a little cheddar. Water, water, water! And I pulled up the SP vid for yoga. <BR> <em>414</em> <BR> Um, yeah,... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:12:23 EST Know Thyself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584946 I have been contemplating the thought of trying yoga or Tai Chi and didn't know why, not when I have these new hooping dvds to conquer. I never, EVER thought of these disciplines as exercise routines that I would be interested in. But then yesterday morning I woke up with the odd realization that I was looking for an exercise that was about stress-relief, not needing a dvd to which I have attached lofty goals... not at this moment anyway. <BR> <BR> AND I have been slowly coming to that won... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 21:48:31 EST Culture Difference vs Family Difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580637 Disclaimer: This blog post is long and about personal stress instead of all "sparky" so no inspiration today. In case you don't already know, we have a Japanese exchange student living with us for the 2013-14 school year. It's been both rewarding and rough. I've turned to emotional eating as the year closed since she arrived. But we are determined to make the most of this opportunity and grow as a family and as individuals. <BR> <BR> <BR> What a rough day yesterday!!! Tension built un... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 11:18:46 EST Motivation from an Unexpected Source http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579053 I admit it. I needed a good shot-in-the-arm to get me back to full Spark. My DH has basically dropped completely from SP for months now. I've had plenty of stress to blame my return to craving comfort foods. Then, as the weight crept back, I began turning to Mtn. Dew again for some short bursts of energy. Naps are once again necessary as my sleep quality has plummeted. <BR> <BR> I already KNEW why and how and was trying to pull myself back to a healthy dock from a murky tide of sludgey ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 08:17:58 EST Shopping on NYE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577438 DD and I took a shopping trip as part of her Christmas gift to buy a few things she needed. A Mother/Daughter day was much anticipated! You know that it went well when your DD tells you "you're cool" out of the blue on the ride home and you know she means it sincerely and you know you really are. <BR> <em>36</em> <BR> She and I get along really well. We are both artistic types and do wacky things like seeing how fast she can push with me standing on the back of a grocery cart as we lea... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 06:49:30 EST Slinking back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574044 Christmas was nice for us. DS and his girlfriend visited for Christmas Day quite unexpectedly. I received thoughtful gifts. We traveled up to visit my brother's family last weekend and found out they are expecting their 5th child! We stayed in a hotel for the first time in ages so I felt like I was having a real mini-vacation. <BR> <BR> I've emotional eat ever since JD arrived in August. I've been afraid to step on the scale. However, I did order the Hoopnotica dvds for my Christmas gi... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 19:42:03 EST I knew better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541774 I did it anyway. I stepped on the scale this morning. Despite the good ranges and increased exercise, the scale is still up. I would have been better off not knowing that. I know the scale is a liar. Why did I let curiosity get the better of me? Truly, I'm not thinking on it too much but could've done better if I hadn't looked at a number. <BR> <BR> I will shake it off. <BR> <BR> Today is DS's 24th birthday. He lives too far away to make a visit to him feasible. We would have to spe... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 09:26:17 EST "Don't listen to yourself..." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541008 This morning on The Today Show, the news anchors were speaking about a 12,000 step challenge among themselves. Al Roker had a real gem of advice. "Don't listen to yourself, TALK to yourself." <BR> <BR> In case that sounds confusing, how many times have you listened to your inner-brat whine about exercise? Don't listen. Talk yourself into it and listen to THAT good advice. <BR> <BR> "My calves are sore. It's cold outside" whines the brat. <BR> <BR> "The soreness and stiffness will leav... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:50:32 EST 3-day streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540255 The conversation that DH and I had last night is the thing that made me get up off my tuckus and hoop today. He came in from deer hunting for only 2 hours between getting home from work and the early darkness commenting on how pretty it was in the woods with our little snowfall. "I don't know why I don't enjoy hunting like I used to. I used to be so excited that I couldn't wait to get up early and go. Now, I would much rather sleep in and not be cold. Yet, once I actually get into the wo... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:00:41 EST Doing pretty well (knock on wood) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539532 Yesterday, an hour of Zumba. <BR> Today 10 minutes of the elliptical. <BR> <BR> Staying in range on my foods. <BR> Getting in my water. <BR> Getting plenty of sleep hours (although not entirely solid ones.) <BR> Not obsessing about the scale. Only weighed once at a weird time so it didn't phase me at all. <BR> <BR> Had only one misunderstanding with JD in the past 4 days. That is an amazing thing! Peace is returning to our house instead of tension. That has been a real help all the way... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 20:43:18 EST Exercise mind-set http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538290 Exercise is the one thing I've never fully gotten into in a whole year. I still have the mind-set that it is work and not so fun. I can't figure out why b/c each time I actually DO exercise I enjoy it and feel good. Really, I do! <BR> <BR> I've even picked out the exercises that I find most fun. Hooping, Zumba, and walking/jogging. Throw in a SP strength-training video 3-4 times a week for good measure. <BR> <BR> Still yet, my inner-brat has to be dragged to exercise, screaming and cla... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:10:59 EST Deer Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537488 It's almost 5 in the afternoon on a sunny, brisk Fall Sunday. I'm kicked back on the reclining loveseat with my DH, laptop warming my lap as he watches a little t.v. He has been a pretty busy fellow this weekend, what with the opening of modern gun season here. <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning, I got up with DD and DH to see them off to the woods. I had a good feeling about DD getting one and told her so. Idky. She felt the same way. All morning, each echo of gunshot from around the country... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 17:05:08 EST Coming back and NEW GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534983 I don't know my current weight but I'm sure it's up. My belly feels big again. My face is filling out. I'd guess I've regained into the lower obese bmi again. I've lost most of my sexy muscle tone. <BR> <BR> I have noticed my skin looks older and more dry. My acne is slightly worse again. I'm low-energy and catching mild viruses. <BR> <em>527</em> <BR> I feel crummy for getting off plan here at SP. I rebelled against measuring, counting, and tracking. I went to festivals and had ... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 14:13:46 EST Rebel Yell! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531730 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530748 </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529943 </link> <BR> <BR> <link>tradingpounds.com/10/there-are-too-m<BR>any-rules/ </link> <BR> <BR> These blog posts above really speak to what I have been dealing with as far as my health journey goes. I think that there are some of my friends that may benefit from reading them also. <BR> <BR> As for ... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 09:33:10 EST Hit and Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515065 Just to let you know I'm still functioning! <BR> <BR> Since last blog entry, we have had an emotional crisis with DD. That has settled down and seems sorted for now. We also showed her jewelry and my crochet at another festival (this past weekend) so the week before was a rush to prepare for that. JD has had a few issues to come up that involve misunderstanding stemming from deep culture, both hers and ours. Sorted out also. <BR> <BR> My mom's birthday, a niece's play, Little Bird being... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 10:38:08 EST Reckless Abandon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503797 Abandonment issues and the way people cope with them - I've read article upon article today. <BR> <BR> I found the first memory that started it all. I discovered memories that added to that first fear and accumulated in my psyche. I realized that I had internalized a falsehood. That my years in school then perpetuated that falsehood each time an uncontrollable and unfortunate loss of friendship happened. <BR> <BR> I really did believe that I was unloveable for who I was. That no one tru... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 20:04:21 EST Picking the Locks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502400 A movie scene: A prisoner in a dungeon, with those archaic hand and foot cuffs on. Despite the dimness, a single beam of light has shone on a piece of wire just within her reach. She snatches it then busies herself picking the locks despite her complete lack of knowledge on how to do so. <BR> <BR> This is where I am right now. I have a plan and the tool. I know what lock needs to be picked first. I'm going at it with gusto despite the odds. <BR> <BR> I've been pondering the particular ... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 11:12:44 EST What's been holding me back? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501279 The reason that SP works is partly due to the community of Sparkers. When we blog our innermost struggles, our daily victories, our strategies, we are touching the lives of our friends (and strangers) that are actively seeking their own victories here. One comment, one blog post, one note can make all the difference. <BR> <BR> One of my Sparkfriends blogged recently and then someone else commented their own experiences. And I had a breakthrough. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pub... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 10:43:45 EST Fotos, Feathers, and Festival http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500548 Alliteration, gotta love it. Or hate it. I just couldn't resist. <BR> <BR> Little Bird is officially wild now. He no longer shows up to eat. In fact, today I plan to make a point to sit outside to be sure he is still alive at all. He came to the porch less and less until we had to be gone for several days in a row. I wish him an abundant lifespan and safety. <BR> (One of the photos we snapped about a week ago. At sundown, he would arrive and attempt to roost for the night on us!) <BR>... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:04:28 EST Short and Sweet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490609 Not much time to blog before bed so just a note really. <BR> <BR> Today was another fast day for me. Tomorrow morning is weigh-in day. I felt badly this morning but found out later that it was a mild virus that both DD and DH have been fighting also. After lunch, I did some housework. <BR> <BR> Little Bird is no longer wanting to be caged when he roosts at night, but still comes to the porch 3-5 times a day wanting to be fed. Even those feedings are becoming less gluttonous, 2 or 3 bite... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 21:42:12 EST Getting busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489406 <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I am so behind with keeping you'all updated on my whirlwind life. This time last year, I was the most boring, lazy, unmotivated person I knew. Oct. will be one year with SP. <BR> <BR> Your comments on my blogs are always appreciated. One in particular helped me to relate to JD with a bit more empathy this week. I can look back now and see that I had let my hormones sneak up on me a bit this month. I usually track better than that to avoid such miscommunication... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 14:57:51 EST Normal ho! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487114 You've seen the movie where a ship full of sea-weary travelers all burst into jubilation when the scrawny boy in the crow's nest yells "land ho!" <BR> <BR> I feel that moment is almost upon me. Land, solid ground being an analogy for "normal." <BR> <BR> Normal being relative, of course. <BR> <BR> The difficult situation I alluded to last week is beginning to improve. Plus Little Bird is only coming around every few hours and at night to roost. We have put up a bird feeder in hopes of a... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 10:35:54 EST Let's try this again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484488 MOVEITMARY, you were right. I did try to put a lesser-than sign in yesterday's blog. Mystery solved! And a good reminder to copy before posting. <BR> <BR> Now, let's see if I can remember what I was saying last night before that debacle. <BR> <BR> Little Bird is still here. Still making progress, albeit slowly. He is evidently learning to hunt on his own now and has a strong instinct to pummel, peck, and pulverize his food. I'm so very glad. There have been times I've been tempted t... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 10:50:56 EST SP ate my blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484082 Seriously. I wrote a nice blog, hit post, it said "no html" (which I did NOT have) and offered me a "go back" button. This button SHOULD have been labeled "erase blog." <BR> <BR> I'll try again tomorrow. It's bedtime. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:27:53 EST Got "grit?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479534 <link>www.positivelypositive.com/2013/09/0<BR>8/failure-makes-you-a-winner/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'm sorry but this article was just too good not to share. Even posting as my 2nd blog today! <BR> <BR> On this journey, I think we are faced with just some of this. Ok, I've failed again and again in the past. What makes me think I'll eventually succeed? <BR> <BR> My great-uncle would've said, "because you're too mean to give up." <BR> <BR> Granted, he called all kids "mean" for the fun of... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 13:28:45 EST You know me better than I know myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479369 Seriously. <BR> <BR> This morning I am writing from my bed. I'm still in my Eeorye pajama pants and baggy t-shirt. Sitting up in bed with pillows behind my back and a pillow on my lap, fan on low. I hear a Cardinal chirping through the open skylight above me. It sounds like, feels like a mild summer day by the glint of yellow light shining on the ceiling alcove, french vanilla light. The smell of blueberry pancakes and bacon are wafting in despite the closed door. My coffee mug is besi... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 10:24:02 EST Festival Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478331 There are so many festivals to choose from that we've had to leave out a few from today's itinerary. (pouty face) <BR> <BR> Update from my status. DH is feeling a little better but still having some chills and tired. He went to bed last night at 8:15. I made some delicious baked tilapia with onions and mushrooms and roasted broccoli for supper and was SO close to staying in range. Darn cookies in the house. Not good to have comfort food in the house when you are fighting mild depressio... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 05:50:19 EST B-day party photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478066 17 years ago, 24 minutes after midnight, I gave birth to a bundle of joy. As you know, last Saturday we threw a surprise party. Here are a few photos... <BR> <BR> Birthday cake and cheesecakes, homemade by moi. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1666115990.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> DD (tallest on right) and friends doing the Cha-Cha Slide on skates. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1006234037.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> JD trying out roller skates! <BR... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 19:33:04 EST Positivity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475689 I know my blog posts have not been very Sparky recently, nor about health. But they have been about living, which is something we have to do every day. I hope my mild griping has not brought anyone down at all. <BR> <BR> After a good night's sleep courtsey of DH's insistence that I be in bed by 9 p.m. I am feeling more positive and more active. I have learned how to get chores done in between feeding Little Bird. Yes, I know that naming him is a mistake. I just got tired of referring to... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 12:16:21 EST