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/ 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 Denied Indulgence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929343 Some of you may be familiar with Blue Bell Ice Cream, founded in Brenham, Texas, and enjoyed by many, many discriminating Texans.... unfortunately, about a month ago all of Blue Bell's delicious flavors of everything (ice cream, ice cream drumsticks, fudge bars, everything) was yanked off the shelves of grocery stores which carried Blue Bell... <BR> <BR> Apparently there had been some contamination with Listeria bacteria, a soil borne pathogen, in their factory, and they wanted to get all po... Sat, 16 May 2015 22:44:49 EST The Big Mo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928906 Momentum <BR> <BR> Physicists can talk all they like about thermodynamics and entropy but everybody can understand that when you have Momentum it's hard to stop. <BR> <BR> And I'm making progress and have momentum in a particular project right now, but I need to go to bed.... <BR> <BR> Just like a sports team on a roll I hate to slack off and perhaps lose whatever ooomph I have going for me. <BR> <BR> But <BR> <BR> I'm going to bed anyway.... whatever gave me tonight's momentum can just ... Sat, 16 May 2015 00:32:56 EST Great Expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928336 I used to sew garments for myself (and children) quite a bit, and I found that I could get the size I wanted and the modesty I wanted in the color I wanted with the pockets that I wanted.. <BR> <BR> Ah, POCKETS!!!! They are so hard to get in garments these days, and I've found myself in a constant struggle and search to find pockets, especially in skirts. <BR> <BR> Back in the day. I had a wrap skirt pattern that I made for myself and it became almost my summer uniform, crisp and cool and e... Thu, 14 May 2015 22:53:54 EST Woman in Gold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927669 We went to see the new Helen Mirren /Ryan Reynolds movie, Woman in Gold yesterday, and were very impressed. <BR> <BR> Based on the true story of Marie Altmann, whose Jewish family in Vienna, Austria had their artwork and possessions (and lives) taken by the Nazis in WW2.... as the only survivor of that terrible time, she took the Austrian government to court over the Gustav Klimt portrait of her beloved Aunt Adele, and the story was well told with great performances by everyone, skillfully i... Wed, 13 May 2015 19:06:55 EST Cajun Food Worth It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927000 Went out to eat last night at Bayou City, Houston's premier cajun restaurant.... and I'm having trouble tracking it.... I KNOW that roux based dishes are sky high in calories, but they are also exceedingly delicious..., and lowfat versions are what I cook at home, but they are not quite so tasty. <BR> <BR> So I split an order of courtbouillon (pronounced KOO buh yonh) with my mother, and it was SO worth it. <BR> <BR> Yum! Tue, 12 May 2015 14:08:02 EST Time with Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926297 My mother is a dynamic woman, especially for a 93 year old. She was a national collegiate debate champion, graduated at the top of her class at Baylor, gave the commencement address, and taught school for a year before marrying my father at age 19!!!!! She raised threes sons and me (and that is no small feat!), and when I left for college she became a teaching leader for Bible Study Fellowship... <BR> <BR> Even though she now lives in a senior independent living apartment complex, she still... Mon, 11 May 2015 10:53:05 EST Must Be the End of the Semester http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925714 I live just a block or so from the oldest continuously operating dance hall in Texas (Gruene Hall), where the music and the beer flow uninterruptedly deep into the night on weekends and often during the week, too, but ESPECIALLY around Finals time at the universities close by.... Gruene Hall is the perfect diversion, and some campuses have been known to run buses so as to avoid impaired drivers on the interstate. <BR> <BR> There are probably about 10 colleges in San Antonio just 40 miles awa... Sun, 10 May 2015 10:05:33 EST Today Was Election Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925520 And even though all I had to vote on was a city council member, a school board member, and a school district bond, I voted. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1945839880.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1533712156.jpg"> Sat, 9 May 2015 22:59:48 EST Getting Late http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925080 I just wanted to get a little something down for today....before heading to bed... <BR> <BR> I've been looking up strange and interesting holidays to piggyback a Friends of the Library anniversary party onto, a holiday intriguing enough to be acceptable to all that diverse audience... it's going to take some negotiating, I know... <BR> <BR> I'm looking for something in late late October, or mid November, or maybe in the spring of 2016. <BR> <BR> I DO like that Nov 4 is *Use Your Common Sen... Fri, 8 May 2015 23:19:38 EST Luncheon Woes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924421 The local library foundation authors' luncheon was today, and although the author/speakers were fabulous, the food itself was a bit of a challenge, and I confess that I did not fare nearly as well as I would have liked.... <BR> <BR> The tables were set beautifully with teapot flower arrangements (usually three different teapots full of flowers at varying heights elevated by stacked old books). The center of the table was bedecked with pages from old books arranged in concentric circles. It w... Thu, 7 May 2015 18:41:29 EST Flat Stanley http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923644 Flat Stanley is a children's literary character, a boy who was flattened by a bulletin board so flat that now he can travel in an envelope and have great adventures... My grandson's kindergarten class is studying Flat Stanley, and so he mailed me Flat Stanley for me to go places and do things.... <BR> <BR> After about a month, this is the letter I wrote back to his class: <BR> <BR> Dear Gabriel, <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for sending Flat Stanley to me for a visit… we have gone places ... Wed, 6 May 2015 11:17:39 EST Star Wars Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922417 It's May the Fourth, and Star Wars, a movie that I have seen probably more than any other (I actually saw it in the theater... AND I saw it at a Drive In movie place!), popularized the saying "May the Force be with you", so today has become Star Wars Day. <BR> <BR> Did you know that in 1977 when the first Star Wars movie was released that the critics were sometimes quite harsh, but the AUDIENCES LOVED IT, and lined up every night to watch it again and again... they were not so jaded that the... Mon, 4 May 2015 12:12:43 EST Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922113 Long story..... <BR> <BR> To condense: I had to install a new modem for my internet, and the instructions were inadequate, and I hated to look stupid to my brilliant, tech-savvy children by asking them to come and install for me... so I tried to follow the supposedly simple instructions, and do it myself... and I tried, and then I re-tried, and it still didn't work... <BR> <BR> So I called customer service, who determined after a half hour or so of also trying, that I needed a real repair m... Sun, 3 May 2015 23:57:35 EST I Have a List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921219 In keeping with my anticipation of accomplishment today, I'm penning this blog BEFORE the day is set in motion, not after. <BR> <BR> I have a list that I think can be accomplished, not just a TO DO list, but a "I'm not going to rest until these things are DONE" list. <BR> <BR> Do-able. <BR> <BR> The To Do list is for afterwards.... and can be held over to tomorrow... <BR> <BR> Today is mine! Sat, 2 May 2015 09:09:34 EST On a Roll http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921090 Wow! I am still making progress, accomplishing things that formerly intimidated me into paralysis... <BR> <BR> It is So true, at least in MY case, that the small successes encourage me to try more and dare more.... <BR> <BR> I even found something that I had been diligently looking for for DAYS!.... <BR> <BR> Feels so good... <BR> <BR> Not only for today, <BR> <BR> But also for anticipating victories tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Woo Hoo! Sat, 2 May 2015 00:15:10 EST Flying High http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920468 What a great feeling it is to have completed some projects, and to have made amazing progress on others that have been weighing me down... I feel like I'm floating, or even FLYING! <BR> <BR> I managed to get rid of some stuff (Thank you, Texas Paralyzed Veterans, for picking up a load!) <BR> <BR> And I managed to fix my garage door opener, by reprogramming it!!!!!!!... actually I had the trouble shooting instructions, and still had to call the Genie Company, but was able to follow the phone... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 22:39:30 EST Me Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919915 I was blessed to get to go to Craft Play Day today..... Crfat Play Day is really just an afternoon spent together with Sparkpal, Improving Me, and our other friend, Donna, drinking tea, sometimes hot, but today it was iced, and dabbling in artsy things, paper crafts, paint, glue, and oftentimes altered books. <BR> <BR> Today was a perfect de-stressor for me, and though I didn't have anything but contentment to show for my afternoon, that was plenty. <BR> <BR> Another glorious day. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 22:22:29 EST Ooooo, Cool! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919342 A cool front has moved in and the world feels WONDERFUL! It's perfect growing weaher, and my tomato plants are lookinhg healthy as can be, and there are even a few little green tomatoes adorning their luscious foliage... <BR> <BR> We've been having regular rain, and it brings back memories of what our yards used to be like, back before rain became so scarce. I believe that in all of last year, I mowed the yard only about four times in all the summer, and THIS year we've mowed twice already, ... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:59:53 EST Diminishing Enthusiasm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916559 Having been distracted by other, more urgent, obligations, and having a messy, MESSY house because of it, I woke up this morning ready to clean the heck outta my living environment.... <BR> <BR> And I started out OK, but then tapered off, finding roadblocks to any long-lived momentum, but I DID get the back porch cleaned off... <BR> <BR> And I assembled a Rubbermaid storage shed/cabinet by myself, and it is ready to use immediately for storing nozzles and hoes, and gloves, and flower pots, ... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:09:24 EST Home Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916099 As great as it was to be with my dear college friend, it still feels great to get back home again, and have my own menu and timetable.... <BR> <BR> Went to the grocery store and bought some lovely produce.... the cameo apples looked beautiful at 77 cents per pound, and the zucchini was especially inviting at 88 cents per pound.... strawberries were less than a dollar a pound!! and pineapples were only $1.50 each! <BR> <BR> That's some pretty good eating, right there... <BR> <BR> And it rai... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:33:53 EST Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915288 I'm staying with a friend from college for a few days , but have had a wonderful time, just hanging out and even helping her daughter who has newborn twins... <BR> <BR> But <BR> <BR> We DID attend a Texas A&M baseball game on Sunday afternoon.... That was fun, though alternatingly wet..... And hot.... There was a rain delay for 2 hours after the first batter... Long day... <BR> <BR> Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day.... And it's a beautiful day for it, too! Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:44:46 EST Taking It Easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913651 After the frenetic pace of the last week or so, today seemed almost comatose.... I slept in and then pretty much caught up on some little indoor tasks and some reading for recreation... <BR> <BR> And I got to listen to my beloved Texas A&M baseball team (currently ranked #1 in the country) play against U Arkansas. ...they had a double header! Ahhh! Shades of my youth! I find baseball very restful. <BR> <BR> And since I'm listening, not watching, I can be doing other stuff, too.... like fold... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:01:17 EST End of Conference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913222 A few observations: <BR> <BR> I did a HUGE amount of walking these last few days while I was at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference, with today, being a shorter day, having the fewest steps. <BR> <BR> Oddly enough, NONE of the stairs at the Austin Convention Center are available for anything but Emergency use... almost all the stairwells are labelled "For Emergency Use Only. Alarm Will Sound", and much to my surprise, even the stairwells that are NOT labelled thus will set up a ... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00:00:41 EST Librarian Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912074 I love libraries and the people who inhabit them. <BR> <BR> My presentation at the Texas Library Association annual conference went great, and there were several people who cornered me afterwards to tell me how much they enjoyed it....I was SO relieved to get those encouraging words.. <BR> <BR> Heading for bed. I am really pooped! Wed, 15 Apr 2015 23:43:31 EST Librarians Everywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911452 The Texas Library Association annual conference started today, and librarians of all kinds arrived in Austin ready to learn and to party... The exhibit hall was opened early for two hours as a special event, and the TLA served refreshments/dinner and I should have resisted, or at least stopped at the things that were healthy, but didn't… <BR> <BR> The roast beef sandwich was small and unadorned so it was okay, but I really should not have eaten that brownie... Well, there is no doubt that ... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 22:46:22 EST True Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910892 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1014172724.jpg"> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:40:52 EST Things Are Shaping Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909668 My presentation for the Texas Library Association's annual conference in Austin next week is shaping up nicely.... <BR> <BR> I KNOW that it should have been ready a month ago, but it wasn't... there was just too much going on, and I had higher priorities on other projects... but I'm buckling down now, and I've pretty much finished all the sawing that I needed to do in the garage. <BR> <BR> And the chicken breasts that I marinated and baked earlier in the week are perfect for quick salad mea... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 23:35:43 EST Cool... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909129 Texas cooled down overnight, and while it started out rainy and wet, by noon it was dry, and the afternoon was sunshiny.... it made it a lot easier to work in the garage.... <BR> <BR> Slow progress. <BR> <BR> But it IS PROGRESS! Fri, 10 Apr 2015 22:57:55 EST Reluctant, But Did It Anyway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908619 Another First for me today.... I changed the blade on a band saw... all by myself!!! With help from the internet... <BR> <BR> When I cut up old rejected, useless books for crafting projects, I use my husband's old bandsaw... he checked me out on it to make sure that I would handle it safely and responsibly, and if I had any trouble, he was there to help me, like if my sawblade broke, which they tended to do after a few hours of use. <BR> <BR> But he hadn't taught me how to re-install new bl... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:22:31 EST First Time for Everything http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907985 Today I threw away perfectly good candy... Easter candy..... chocolate eggs... <BR> <BR> I didn't need them... I didn't really WANT them.... they were too sweet.... <BR> <BR> TOO SWEET??!?!? When has anything ever tasted too sweet to me??? <BR> <BR> But they did. <BR> <BR> So I dumped the package of chocolate Easter eggs with the crunchy sugar coating in the garbage can.. <BR> <BR> First time for everything.... <BR> <BR> And I am NOT going to retrieve them... not even tempted. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 22:39:18 EST Hard, but Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907358 I'm working in the garage, trying to use the bandsaw to cut up some samples for my talk on recycling books next week at the Texas Library Association.... It was a perfectly gorgeous day, but maybe a wee bit warm... <BR> <BR> In fact, the garage was hot, and I was giving my pores a real workout. In short, it was sweaty business. <BR> <BR> But it felt so good to move books from my unprocessed pile to my Done pile! <BR> <BR> I'll take my small victories as they come.. <BR> <BR> And use peppe... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 22:03:02 EST I Found It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906548 About a month ago I lost a diamond (not really, but Cubic Zirconium doesn't roll off the pen as easily) stud earring.... I was in the shower when I noticed an empty earlobe, and after looking all over everywhere for it for days and days, I figured that it was gone forever, down the drain and halfway to the sewage treatment center. <BR> <BR> So I ordered another pair from Amazon, and they arrived yesterday... Yes! On Easter Sunday! What is this world coming to??!?!!?? <BR> <BR> Well, THIS mo... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 16:22:41 EST He Is Risen! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905684 A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act. <BR> Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, 'I love you.' <BR> Billy Graham <BR> <BR> God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. <BR> Saint Augustine <BR> <BR> The great gift of Easter is hope - Christian hope which makes ... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 07:30:52 EST Parade of (Chicken) Homes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905542 Austin, Texas is famous for its eccentric and undescribable characters, and its peculiar, and sometime baffling mindset, and you cannot disagree that their motto, "Keep Austin Weird" is an appropriate one. <BR> <BR> Today I was invited to go on the Annual Funky Chicken Coop tour, a pilgrimage of about 10 urban chicken habitats held every Easter weekend.... each welcomed us into their backyards and enthusiastically proselytized us with tales of lovable egg-producing pets with names like "Cind... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 21:58:06 EST Tourist Migration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905086 Since this is a holiday weekend (Happy Easter!) there was a major tourist migration out of the city of Houston westward toward New Braunfels and the Texas Hill Country... Interstate-10 was PACKED, but you know what? <BR> <BR> If you had to go slow, ....and you DID.... <BR> <BR> you had a LOT more opportunity to look at the wildflowers better.... blankets of bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush covered large expanses, and made me glad that I had to go slow.... <BR> <BR> I had a lovely time in ... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 00:21:29 EST Hahaha... April Fools! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903812 I'm staying with my 94 year old mom at her Independent Living Apartment complex, and this morning we entered the elevator, only to find an official (looking) notice posted saying that residents could get a $250 rebate on their apartment lease if they would get a tattoo with the apartment logo on their arms... <BR> <BR> Needless to say, the breakfast dining room was abuzz with chatter about the offer... <BR> <BR> UNTIL... <BR> <BR> someone pointed out today's date..... <BR> <BR> Happy Apri... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 21:02:42 EST Hahaha... April Fools! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903811 I'm staying with my 94 year old mom at her Independent Living Apartment complex, and this morning we entered the elevator, only to find an official (looking) notice posted saying that residents could get a $250 rebate on their apartment lease if they would get a tattoo with the apartment logo on their arms... <BR> <BR> Needless to say, the breakfast dining room was abuzz with chatter about the offer... <BR> <BR> UNTIL... <BR> <BR> someone pointed out today's date..... <BR> <BR> Happy Apri... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 21:02:26 EST Some Crazy Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903279 Well, I had this week all planned out with constructive and healthy things to do.... <BR> <BR> But little did I know that The Unplanned Diversion was lurking just outside my vision, and when the time was right, It POUNCED.. <BR> <BR> And so I find myself sleeping on a rollaway bed in my mother's apartment, NOT doing what I had so carefully planned, but instead making myself useful while my mom needs some help with a nasty bugbite on her foot... While she stays bed bound keeping her foot ele... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 00:50:11 EST