MCJULIEO's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MCJULIEO MCJULIEO'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/ Paying the Piper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955373 I had intended to write this blog about the 4th of July.... Happy Birthday, America! <BR> <BR> But I find myself distracted with DOMS- Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.... at least I THINK that's what it is.... <BR> <BR> I've been swimming laps, you see, and I want to work up to 2 miles worth. I started three weeks ago with a half mile, steadily adding 1/4 of a mile when I felt like I could do it, and yesterday, I added a quarter of a mile to go up to 1.75 miles.... It felt GREAT! <BR> . <BR> ... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 11:31:36 EST Feels So Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955140 It took me almost two hours, but I swam 1.75 miles today!!!! <BR> <BR> I got a late start while helping a friend (really important that I help her instead of swimming early) <BR> <BR> BUT, because it was so sunshiny, and I sunburn so easily, I got to wear my super sun blocking shirt I got from Lands End.... <BR> <BR> For all 63 laps! <BR> <BR> No binding, no chafing! Even though it is long sleeved....it worked great, and I don't think I got sunburned at all! <BR> <BR> But if I have a ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 23:02:58 EST Baby Smiles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954696 I got to go to a four year old's birthday party today and had a wonderful time... <BR> <BR> Was privileged to hold two different smily babies, one 8 months old and one 6 months old... <BR> <BR> You know, I can't think of anything as adorable as a smiling baby..... they just reel you in and wrap you around their chubby little fingers.... <BR> <BR> Astonishing, really! It makes the whole day lovely! Thu, 2 Jul 2015 23:33:24 EST Urrgggh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953790 I want to be in bed right now, sleeping late, snoozing and snuggled under the covers with my eyes closed, blissfully unaware of the sun's rising and travelling across the sky. <BR> <BR> Only ONE THING can challenge that wonderful somnolence: <BR> <BR> getting up to swim laps! <BR> <BR> <BR> I tell myself: "If you want to sleep so much, you can go back to bed after you get back home, AFTER getting that mile in!" <BR> <BR> But EVERYTIME when I'm done swimming, I feel SO great, SO invigora... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 09:03:27 EST Glad to be home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953640 Although I love visiting with my mother, I am glad to get back home to my own bed again. The drive from Houston to San Antonio was full of spotty rain showers, but the traffic was good, and we actually got back in time to watch almost the entire world cup women's soccer game between the United States and Germany which the United States won, fortunately. <BR> <BR> Ever since my daughter played soccer in elementary school and through high school I have enjoyed watching girls play soccer, and w... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 00:09:41 EST Laughable Expert http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953019 My wonderful mother thinks I'm a computer genius!!!! Hilarious, right?? I think so.... <BR> <BR> But, and here's the critical thought: <BR> While I am, by no means, a computer expert, I still have had a few more experiences with the computer, and I'm not afraid to keep trying alternate methods when intuitive steps don't work, so in THAT respect, I MAY know, through the School of Hard Knocks, more than she does about SOME aspects related to the computer... <BR> <BR> THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:26:49 EST Houston Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952409 Back to Houston we went for a doctor's appointment, and the traffic today between San Antonio and Houston was fierce with what I presume were Way Too MANY Houstonians jockeying into position to return to the Big City after time away ... But only one wreck, thank goodness not us... <BR> <BR> How GLAD I am that I don't have to live there in Houston year round! <BR> <BR> In the meantime, I'm visiting my mother and other family members, which makes ANY inconvenience worthwhile... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 21:33:03 EST Garden Waning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952007 It's a little early for the garden to be fading in its annual midsummer slump, but there's no denying that the tomatoes are looking terrible! Even my heirloom tomatoes, all innately strong survivors, are showing spider mite infestation... <BR> <BR> Some of the tomatoes are already dead! <BR> <BR> The good news is that it will be easy to plant the fall tomatoes, and I should have my second crop of tomatoes by Thanksgiving! Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:01:21 EST Small Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951426 The swim team was still practicing when I got to the pool this morning, and the sun was still low in the sky so I didn't have to worry about sunburn today. Of course, the sunburn I already have is plenty enough to deal with. <BR> <BR> But I won't have an opportunity to swim again until next week so hopefully the sunburn I have now will be healed by then, and I think that then will be my chance to try out the long sleeved sun blocking swim shirt that I bought from Lands End. I know, I know! ... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:31:41 EST Owwwwww! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951037 The sun was shining yesterday between the clouds while I was swimming, and Boy! Do I ever have a sunburn!!!! You would think that having been red-haired my whole life, I would have more sense.... but NOOOOOoooooooo! Now I have a bathing suit shaped pattern on my back! <BR> <BR> But I'm not giving up on swimming! No way! I feel SO GOOD when I swim! <BR> <BR> I'll just have to go earlier in the day...instead of starting at 10 am, I need to start at 8.... <BR> <BR> I can do this! Thu, 25 Jun 2015 22:15:52 EST Hungry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950471 Ever since I swam a mile and a quarter this morning, I've been hungry!!! <BR> <BR> So I've been eating healthy fruits and vegetables.... <BR> <BR> But lots of them... <BR> <BR> The more I swim, the hungrier I think I am. You just can't burn 1000+ calories in an hour without needing to refuel... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:38:35 EST I Suspect SOMETHING'S Crazy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950021 My Sparktracker clocked more than 24, 000 steps today!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> While it's true that I DID quite a bit of shopping, three store's' worth, it wasn't constant walking, but was broken up by driving and parking for each one... it just seems like too much! <BR> <BR> But I'll take it! There HAVE been some days that I didn't have the Sparktracker attached to my shoe , after all.... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 23:29:32 EST A New Low http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949284 I WISH it were a new low number on my scale, but it's not....unfortunately... <BR> <BR> But it IS A new low for my 5 Sparkteam Bonus spins.... Usually I get five spins, and my previous low has been a total of 8 (a 3, a 2, and three 1s)... It's really hard to spin less that 8, but today I did it (two 2s, and three 1s)... <BR> <BR> Well, apparently this is NOT my lucky day, but I can still choose to make wise choices, which will still put me in the winner's circlel <BR> <BR> Go, ME! Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:16:10 EST Choices, Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948888 When I'm at home, I pretty much have complete control over what I eat, and when I eat it.... but I'm spending a few days with my mother again, and we're eating in her dining facility where she lives. There's SOME choice, but not like at home where I can have a huge salad topped with a measured allotment of grilled chicken..... <BR> <BR> Here, you choose from a menu that sounds a lot better than it actually IS, and you get what you get, in whatever portions they give you, and usually everyth... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 23:32:29 EST A Prayer to Pray Every Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948138 I loved this when I read it on CTUPTON'S blog, so I swiped it, .... errrr , adopted it... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> DEAR GOD, <BR> ENLIGHTEN WHAT'S DARK IN ME... <BR> STRENGTHEN WHAT'S WEAK IN ME... <BR> MEND WHAT'S BROKEN IN ME, <BR> BIND WHAT'S BRUISED IN ME, <BR> HEAL WHAT'S SICK IN ME, <BR> AND LASTLY... REVIVE WHATEVER PEACE AND LOVE HAS DIED IN ME Sat, 20 Jun 2015 10:06:32 EST Made Me Smile So Much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947801 I WAS going to blog about how great I felt after having swum a mile this morning, but I ran across this little drama/comedy from Texas A&M, and it made me smile so much I just wanted to share it: <BR> <BR> First of all, Texas A&M is not/nor ever has been considered a basketball school, and their snagging Billy Kennedy as coach was a great accomplishment, but the first year he was at A&M he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and he has been demonstrating grace under pressure ever since. ... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:32:04 EST Who Knew? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947344 I just read on the Internet movie database website (IMDb.com) that Dwayne Johnson , otherwise known as The Rock, was director Tim Burton's second choice to play the part of Willy Wonka in Burtons remake of Charlie and the chocolate factory, The part that eventually went to Johnny Depp. <BR> <BR> I can hardly imagine a role in which Johnny Depp could ever be traded for The Rock! One thing is for sure, though, it would have been a very different movie! And in my humble opinion, maybe a better... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 17:24:21 EST Not bad at all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946745 My first trip to the city Park pool to swim laps went well this morning... <BR> <BR> I got a late start but had eaten breakfast and had everything I needed for when I got to the pool, and I really had hoped only to go about a quarter of a mile, but I still felt good after the first quarter mile and decided to go that far again, and then one lap more. <BR> <BR> I feel great! <BR> <BR> But it will remain to be seen if I am sore tomorrow, but I hope to get in another half mile or so... I plan... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 15:51:41 EST Ah! Summer Fruits and Vegetables! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946390 The grocery store was on my To Do list today, and what a treat it was to see all the fruits and vegetables in their peak!!! <BR> <BR> Corn on the cob was 6 for $1, and it is as sweet as I have ever tasted! <BR> <BR> Pineapples are $1.50 each, and though they could use some ripening , they look wonderful! <BR> <BR> Calabacita squash (zucchini's wanna-be cousin) is running 99 cents per pound! <BR> <BR> Black seedless grapes were a whopping 99 cents per pound (Yummy in salads) <BR> <BR> Big... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 23:45:03 EST Tomato Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945809 I picked my first tomatoes of the season this morning! <BR> <BR> Apparently there is some kind of varmint that is attacking the tomatoes as they begin to change color so I was able to harvest only a few, but I'm optimistic that there will be enough to share. <BR> <BR> Ah! Homegrown tomatoes! Mon, 15 Jun 2015 22:58:36 EST So Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944917 Well, it's time to leave my mother in Houston and head back home again... it's raining in Houston and I suspect it will be raining on the way home <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> That can be a good thing! It won't be as hot so my air conditioning won't have to work so hard... because of the cloud cover, I won't get tired from driving west into the direct sun... AND MAYBE there won't be as many people on the road! <BR> <BR> It's all good. Such a great time over the last week, studying Revelation, ... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 11:32:06 EST Found My Sparktracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944378 I thought that it had fallen off my shoe, but it hadn't! <BR> <BR> In the bustle and rushing about of last week, I just had changed shoes, neatly stowing away the first pair, and forgetting to transfer the tracker! <BR> <BR> Oh! To THINK of all those thousands of steps I took that I didn't get credit for! <BR> <BR> Oh well! I'm back on track now! <BR> <BR> Or rather, I'm back on Sparktrack now! Sat, 13 Jun 2015 09:03:30 EST Not Quite Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944244 After 4 intensive study days at the conference on Revelation, I'm back at my mother's in Houston trying to organize my notes, digest all the lectures, remember all the people from all over the world (Such a great privilege, BSF has classes in 39 countries!)., and just catch my breath... <BR> <BR> And I can summarize Revelation succinctly: <BR> <BR> "I've read the back of the Book, and Jesus wins!" <BR> <BR> Fabulous time. Very fatiguing. Anne Graham Lotz is perhaps the best speaker I have ... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 22:55:51 EST SparkTracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943161 Somehow, in all the walking that I'm doing in this downtown hotel where I'm attending this conference, I've lost the Sparktracker right off my shoe.... <BR> <BR> And I was really adding up the steps, too! Wed, 10 Jun 2015 22:35:08 EST Downs and Ups http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942658 I scored a 1 on my Spark spin today... that's the Down of my day. <BR> <BR> <BR> On the other hand, I'm at aconference with over 1200 people from 39 countries around the world studying the Bible's Book of Revelation, and tonight we sang several verses of songs acapella... It was the most glorious and worshipful sound... <BR> <BR> Oh my ! Oh What a foretaste of glory divine! Wed, 10 Jun 2015 00:04:53 EST Across Texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941419 Drove from close to San Antonio to Houston today.... Wowza! Even a full week after the rains stopped, those rivers I crossed looked like they had just gone down from full force flooding... Searchers just found another body on the San Marcos River yesterday... The Brazos River was still quite full... Most of these rivers are usually stream like, except in rare circumstances.... Like now. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we set off across another part of Texas, from Houston to downtown Dallas. It's been a ... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 22:16:40 EST Birthday Face http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940880 Not my birthday, but a special five year old.. <BR> <BR> Her family celebrated today, and she had a really great birthday face... <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/88dfe098-c5bb-4f50-a3c9-83975091f639.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> For her birthday meal, she asked for STEAK.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b65c3e73-7a53-4e2f-b037-34646d27376c.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I would have guessed pizza... but she's full of surprises! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 20:12:14 EST 1111!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940220 Today is my one thousand one hundred eleventieth day in a row to log into Sparkpeople, <BR> <BR> 1111 looks really strange <BR> <BR> But it represents a whole lot of postings, and encouragement and exhortations from friends, and quite a few stumbles and recoveries.... <BR> <BR> Pounds lost, and pounds regained, and pounds re-lost, and pounds resisted, <BR> <BR> Miles swum, and walked, and hiked, and trudged, (and avoided)... <BR> <BR> Funks dissipated, and joys shared (and doubled) <BR... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 11:50:38 EST Summer Evenings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939961 I took a walk down to Gruene Hall (oldest continuously operating dance hall in Texas) which is only a few blocks from my house, and always hopping with tourists. This evening was no exception. Lots of people enjoying the early summer in Gruene, before the REAL crowds get here later on and the nearby restaurants and attractions were booming with business. <BR> <BR> The Guadalupe River just down the hill from Gruene is flowing at 5500 cubic feet per second, dangerous for inner tubers, but grea... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 00:43:03 EST No Excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939326 I didn't get my goals for the day done today, and I have no excuse. <BR> <BR> BUT, on the brighter side, I've been steadily using up the mystery stuff in the fridge/freezer, whether sending to the compost heap, or making stew... <BR> <BR> And strawberries in my green salad make it so that I don't need salad dressing... <BR> <BR> Yum. Wed, 3 Jun 2015 23:12:42 EST Nice Day For a Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938779 I started a morning walk in the neighborhood this morning, and reflected on how much I used to enjoy walking that same route with my husband before he got sick... even the dogs that used to bark so ferociously back in those days seemed to catch my slight melancholy, and kept their animosity respectfully to themselves...It has been a long time since I walked it, and quite a few of the sights have changed... <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I think I'll walk on down to the Guadalupe River which has an awful... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 23:26:11 EST Take Me Out to the Ballpark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938179 It's college baseball playoffs time, and my beloved Texas Aggie baseball team has survived its first round with considerably more drama than is generally considered healthy.... The Aggies had to play the University of California team three times, and the first two times ended up having to go to extra innings, with each team winning by one run... <BR> <BR> Ultimately in the third game the Aggies were able to pull out a win, a decisive win, and will now go to I think what is called a super reg... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 23:36:33 EST Typical http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937587 Ever since I became a widow, I have had a rough time with things that can break.... or die. <BR> <BR> Like, in a short amount of time, these things all died: <BR> my stand alone freezer <BR> the extra (back-up) refrigerator <BR> the computer <BR> the garage door opener <BR> the car battery <BR> the list became almost comical! <BR> <BR> <BR> Today, the hot water heater decided to bust a pipe and send water out into the garage AND the utility room... What a mess! <BR> <BR> But a blessing in... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 00:42:05 EST Protest Signs of the Times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937022 It seems that there are marches and angry protests going on just about all the time these days, but I can remember some real peaceful though powerful protest marches in my own past, but I found these protest signs to be just too good to be ignored: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1bd802df-b6a1-4de1-b719-73cfe31c1223.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8a7830dc-cb50-4eb8-b6f6-480de8ac7380.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Sat, 30 May 2015 23:38:00 EST Stuff, Stuff, and More Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936530 Not only am I a terrible packrat with stuff (my, oh my! I could open a craft store with all my stockpiled supplies!), but I am also a food packrat....since my auxiliary freezer died, and my back-up refrigerator died, I have necessarily divested myself of the usual perishables (I don't have any Ezekiel bread in my little freezer compartment anymore) <BR> <BR> BUT I have an alarming number of food supplies that I will have to practice creative consumerism to use up.... and, of course, if the n... Fri, 29 May 2015 23:28:37 EST Stuff, Stuff, and More Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936529 Not only am I a terrible packrat with stuff (my, oh my! I could open a craft store with all my stockpiled supplies!), but I am also a food packrat....since my auxiliary freezer died, and my back-up refrigerator died, I have necessarily divested myself of the usual perishables (I don't have any Ezekiel bread in my little freezer compartment anymore) <BR> <BR> BUT I have an alarming number of food supplies that I will have to practice creative consumerism to use up.... and, of course, if the n... Fri, 29 May 2015 23:28:11 EST One Good Thing About Moving Frequently http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935695 I'm house sitting for my brother (the retired Army brother) and I am struck by how clean and uncluttered the house is.... they moved and moved and moved and moved while in the military, and then moved again several times after they retired, and they are particularly good at getting rid of stuff that they don't need. <BR> <BR> Whatever the item, it's a pain in the neck to move! <BR> <BR> They keep the things they love, and unapologetically ditch everything else. <BR> <BR> That's a lesson I... Thu, 28 May 2015 11:59:30 EST Finding Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935469 I'm working my way through boxes, and bins, and piles of "stuff" as I try to establish some well needed Order to my house, my habitat, my Home.... <BR> <BR> One plus- I found some more stuff that can be donated to the Texas Paralyzed Veterans who will come and pick it up off my front porch tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Another plus- I found all sorts of future Christmas/Birthday/Wedding/Baby presents that I had forgotten about (Am I the only one who stockpiles gifts when they are on sale?) <BR> <BR>... Thu, 28 May 2015 00:21:26 EST Slow Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934893 Little by little I'm weeding out stuff: <BR> things I don't need <BR> stuff I don't use <BR> clothes I don't wear <BR> <BR> For a packrat mentality like mine, this is particu;arly difficult.... I mean to say... <BR> <BR> What if I might NEED that particular thing someday? <BR> <BR> What if I get back to that size again and it comes back into fashion? <BR> <BR> <BR> Enough is enough! Let someone else be blessed by whatever it is! <BR> <BR> Back to the saltmines with me! (Oh, I ate hea... Wed, 27 May 2015 00:43:23 EST Milestone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933998 Today I have successfully logged in to Sparkpeople for 1100 days straight... <BR> <BR> And actually remember when I didn't log in last... My husband and I were on a cruise to Alaska through the inside passage and had no phone connection, so I couldn't log in, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. He was already sick, but we had always talked about traveling to Alaska , so even with him in a wheelchair the trip was difficult but fantastic. <BR> <BR> But a Spark streak of 1100 days is niiiiii... Mon, 25 May 2015 13:39:31 EST Fireflies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933691 I saw my first fireflies of the year this evening... I don't know why, but just seeing fireflies make my heart happy... <BR> <BR> No flooding here, but just up the road there was a terrible problem... When the rain starts pouring down here in the Texas hill country, flash floods are a present danger... <BR> <BR> We got 3 inches, but apparently it was much worse nearby. Praying for those folks... Sun, 24 May 2015 22:39:55 EST Candy Corn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933241 I love fresh corn on the cob..... fresh, fresh, fresh makes even field corn as sweet as candy... <BR> <BR> But apparently corn on the cob loses a lot of its sweetness just by sitting around. Chemically speaking, the polysaccharides that are the sweet sugars of corn on the cob, very quickly disintegrate or break down to much less sweet starches. <BR> <BR> So when I buy fresh corn at the market I usually bring it home and cook it right away, to stop the enzymes that would spoil my treat.... ... Sat, 23 May 2015 22:48:10 EST Candy Corn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933240 I love fresh corn on the cob..... fresh, fresh, fresh makes even field corn as sweet as candy... <BR> <BR> But apparently corn on the cob loses a lot of its sweetness just by sitting around. Chemically speaking, the polysaccharides that are the sweet sugars of corn on the cob, very quickly disintegrate or break down to much less sweet starches. <BR> <BR> So when I buy fresh corn at the market I usually bring it home and cook it right away, to stop the enzymes that would spoil my treat.... ... Sat, 23 May 2015 22:48:01 EST Status Quo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932739 Not much progress today.... <BR> <BR> But there's always tomorrow. Fri, 22 May 2015 21:31:47 EST Better Living Through Chemistry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932201 I got a haircut today.. <BR> <BR> And a perm.... <BR> <BR> I'm not really an expert on fashion and beauty, but I was getting desperate about my hair, which is fine, thin, and wavy (and tends to be frizzy and has grown and grown to mid back level! Yikes! I don't remember it ever being that long) and I've taken to pulling it back into a bun or ponytail... and I needed a change. <BR> <BR> So I got it trimmed and permed into slightly more exuberant curls that I expected, but it should be good ... Thu, 21 May 2015 20:42:46 EST Wow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931706 When I have to deal with big corporations, I try to put it off as long as possible, but today was the day I did something about it... <BR> <BR> I received a second notice from an insurance company saying that my bank had refused to pay up on a monthly planned debit on May 1...... WHAT!!?? They threatened me with all kinds of penalties, too, and my stomach knotted up just to think of all the aggravation it would be to set it straight... <BR> <BR> But I contacted my large bank, which had no r... Wed, 20 May 2015 23:59:07 EST Good Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931075 It was a good day today.... <BR> <BR> Ate healthily, and was even able to simmer some rotisserie chicken bones into a delicious chicken wild rice soup....the pineapple that had been sitting on my counter tasted WONDERFUL when I got around to cutting it up, and all the peels will make fantastic compost for the garden... <BR> <BR> And though I have a bigger mess to clean up in the rest of the house than I started with, I have a To Do list for TOMORROW, too! <BR> <BR> Any kind of progress f... Tue, 19 May 2015 23:15:44 EST Must Have Been A Comical Sight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930212 Last week we went to visit my mother, and when we tried to take her to a movie theater in the middle of a thunderstorm... there was rain that came in waves, heavy then light, and wind, and my mom is in a wheelchair, so her chair was in the trunk of the car. <BR> <BR> My super efficient sister-in-law (retired Army nurse) handed me an umbrella as we bolted from the car's back seat, and I popped its opening mechanism as I darted to the trunk to snatch the chair and keep it dry for the transfer ... Mon, 18 May 2015 13:33:20 EST Must Have Been A Comical Sight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930211 Last week we went to visit my mother, and when we tried to take her to a movie theater in the middle of a thunderstorm... there was rain that came in waves, heavy then light, and wind, and my mom is in a wheelchair, so her chair was in the trunk of the car. <BR> <BR> My super efficient sister-in-law (retired Army nurse) handed me an umbrella as we bolted from the car's back seat, and I popped its opening mechanism as I darted to the trunk to snatch the chair and keep it dry for the transfer ... Mon, 18 May 2015 13:32:59 EST Powerful Storms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929732 When I woke up this morning the sky was roiling with wind and thunder and deluges of rain, and flash flood warnings were up for our county and surrounding areas as well... it looked like the storms were here to stay, and by the time I got to church, it was still raining so hard that the umbrella that I used for the short distance between my car and the door was so wet that I had to leave it outside to drip.... <BR> <BR> Outside was a mess, but inside was safe as could be (apart from possible... Sun, 17 May 2015 18:18:00 EST