MIMULUSBUG's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MIMULUSBUG MIMULUSBUG'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/ death of a another loved one. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831447 One of my favorite aunts passed away Nov. 28th and was buried Dec. 2nd in Chicago Ill. and our family is dealing with the loss of this beautiful lady with the most wicked sense of humor and laughter that always put a giant smile on your face. She was making wise cracks to the very end. <BR> <BR> She had a prolonged 2+year battle w/lung cancer. I hate cancer. I am also trying to come to terms w/the death of another loved one. As my extended family ages, I know that more deaths are on the ho... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:44:22 EST Lost the battle w/hershey kisses last night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815519 Had really good DAY yesterday, cleaned the bathrooms, then got hallway prepped for painting and then painted, after that headed to my pottery/ceramics class, then did the grocery run. Got home about 8pm, so was a bit tired, put the groceries up then got lazy and cooked Totino pizza's for dinner (with vegies added), plus my big glass of water. Good so far. Unfortunately hubby pulled out his giant bag of Hershey kisses and gave me 5 "for desert"... <BR> <BR> Well, I couldn't eat just 5. You kn... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:15:45 EST Sunshine makes me happy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814197 We have been blessed with another gorgeous day in WVa today!I love how sunshine makes me sooooo happy (and energized) !!!!! <BR> <BR> So will be working outside today: still working on cleaning/organizing our storage sheds, plus old garage on lower property. AND may be even start working on the old chicken coop/shed (a yukky yukky mess) . Also hope to get some interior painting done before heading to jazzercise tonight. <BR> <BR> Well gotta go and try to get a lot done while the weather ... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:37:50 EST some sillyness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812173 Here's a few chuckles provided via WORKOUTWITHPAM' <BR> <BR> Q: What do you call a fake noodle? <BR> A: An Impasta <BR> <BR> Q: What do you call an alligator in a vest? <BR> A: An Investigator <BR> <BR> Q: What happens if you eat yeast and shoe polish? <BR> A: Every morning you'll rise and shine! <BR> <BR> Q: "What's the difference between a guitar and a fish?" <BR> A: "You can't tuna fish." <BR> <BR> Q: What do you call a baby monkey? <BR> A: A Chimp off the old block.... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 19:44:43 EST Help/Problem drinking water w/cold weather? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811236 For some reason I just don't want to drink the recommended 8+ glasess of water with the colder & wetter weather, SO was wondering if any of you have the same problem? <BR> <BR> If you do, do you go ahead and count other liquids you've consumed instead??? I'm thinking that I'd like to count my cups of warm green tea and bullion for my water tracking. <BR> <BR> Comments appreciated. <BR> <BR> <em>148</em> Wed, 5 Nov 2014 09:58:55 EST Fresh milk from the farm ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811001 Customer: Excuse me, but is that milk fresh? <BR> <BR> Farmer: I'll say it's fresh! <BR> <BR> Customer: How fresh is it? <BR> <BR> Farmer: This morning it was grass. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 4 Nov 2014 23:30:55 EST baking oatmeal cookies tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807235 Well my sweet tooth was calling so had to bake some oat meal cookies tonight. <BR> <BR> I've not been buying grocery store cookies, cakes, etc. to take home. In stead if I really have a craving I bake it from scratch. I figure if the craving doesn't go away after a couple of hours, home made cookies or cakes (we love banana bread & spice cake) are better than store bought. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing well! Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:39:11 EST I'M BAAAAAAAAAAACK! (but never sparked while out of town...) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805088 Yep, I'm back on the farm and sparking today :-) <BR> <BR> As some of you know the fall holy days keep me busy (preparation, fellowship, pot lucks & family). I was in Salem VA for Yom Teruah/Trumpets; Franklin & Norfolk Va for Atonement/Yom Kippur & family; Pigeon Forge TN for Sukkot/Feast of Tabernacles w/my mom; back to Norfolk to drop mom off & visit w/family. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I got sick at the end of my travels and had to see the doctor this past week for some antibiotics. A... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 14:17:37 EST Logging next door so did some hiking ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790838 There's a major logging operation occurring on the property to our south and east and the noise from chain saws and falling trees were getting sooooo close, hubby and I had to hike out on the property to evaluate our existing property fencing and hopefully talk w/some of the loggers to learn about what's going on etc. <BR> <BR> Needless to say much of the fence line was down and not that visible, so we found the property pins and began restaking the posts and wrapping orange tape on the wire... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 03:14:00 EST Early morning gun shot & learning more about deer... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790051 This morning I was up at 7am, in my jammies out on the deck feeding my 3 cats their breakfast. I was enjoying my cats & my coffee -then out of the blue I heard a gun shot ring out, like it was right infront of the house down at the road. I stepped out in the yard looked down towards the road and saw a white truck with the door open and a bearded guy standing there looking down at the ground, then watched him get into his truck and drive off. <BR> <BR> When hubby surfaced I told him about it... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:43:13 EST Through the eyes of a man...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787064 This little ditty from SLIMMERKIWI made me chuckle, so had to share: <BR> <BR> <BR> Some Guys have a real soft spot when it come to memories <BR> <BR> A wife was curious when she found two old negatives in a drawer and had them made into prints. She was pleasantly surprised to see that they were of her at a much younger, <BR> slimmer time, taken many years ago ...on one of her first dates with her husband. <BR> <BR> When she showed him the photos, his face lit up. <BR> <BR> “Wow, look... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 22:52:11 EST Anyone reading "The End of Diabetes", Joel Furhman MD? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785569 I'm currently reading the book "The End of Diabetes" by Joel Furhman MD, and was wondering if anyone else is reading -or has read this book. And of course I'm curious if there are any spark peeps out there who are trying to follow his recommendations and what your experience has been. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <em>148</em> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:22:23 EST How do you use the nutrition/food tracker? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783213 Ok, tonight I made beef(hamburger) taco's for dinner & cooked fresh pot of pinto beans. I used the 'stand & stuff' taco shells by 'old el paso', beef w/seasoning, cheddar cheese, chopped onions, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado +salsa w/side of fresh pinto beans. <BR> <BR> I thought I'd be real specific and estimate/track each ingredient that went into the taco (tbsp onions, tomatoes, avocado, etc.); but the tracker started "sticking", messing up so after the 3rd time I tried to enter the tomatoe... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:29:30 EST In pain, BUT down another pound!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782374 One of the things I did to change things up this September was sign up for a local jazzercise class. It takes me about 15 minutes to get there from the house, and the group is super nice & small (10 ladies). Anyway this week we started 3 new routines w/weights above our heads & to the side; and I think it's aggravating an old auto injury on my right side (neck & torso). I actually went to bed last night in a moderate amount of pain w/a heating pad on neck/shoulder area. I'm hoping that I can ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:38:14 EST need organization & space saving suggestions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781528 We are still unpacking boxes at the farm. Our home office-library in our Sacto home was huge (over 500 sq.ft.), and the home office & library space here on the farm is tiny. (Right now my library table is still outside on the front porch covered in tarps.) We purged a lot of office/book stuff in Sacto before the move to WVa, but it obviously was not enough. I've still got about 45 more boxes of "office" & "library" stuff left to go through. My original idea (after the Cali-purge, was to d... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:41:50 EST A few silly jokes for you... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780427 1) A child asked his father, "How were people born?" So his father said, "Adam and Eve made babies, then their babies became adults and made babies, and so on." The child then went to his mother, asked her the same question and she told him, "We were monkeys then we evolved to become like we are now." The child ran back to his father and said, "You lied to me!" His father replied, "No, your mom was talking about her side of the family." <BR> <BR> 2) Wife: "I look fat. Can you give me a compl... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:13:42 EST HELP- What to do w/peaches??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776980 In july hubby & I finally moved into small hobby farm property in WV that has 5 small peach trees. In July you couldn't even tell what kind of fruit trees they were, but after some good rains the end of July and all of August they are now ripening & falling off the trees. I'll be picking them this week and thought I'd wash em, peal em, chop em & then freeze them for future consumption. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'd appreciate in put on how to best freeze peaches (should they be blanched? dipped in ... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 04:12:45 EST What does CHANGE mean for you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776975 Sparker BARBIEE52 posted the following on a friend's page and I really liked it so thought I would share on my page/blog below. Please send inspiring comments you may have about what CHANGE means to you. Thanks -mim <BR> <BR> FROM BARBIEE52: <BR> <BR> The 3 C's of LIFE: <BR> CHOICES, CHANCES, CHANGES <BR> You must make a <BR> CHOICE to take a CHANCE, <BR> or your life will never CHANGE. <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> If you focus on results, <BR> you will never change. <BR> If ... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 03:38:45 EST Fall is here - are you changing things up at all? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776971 Well September is here and the leaves are turning here in WV. My hubby & I love the cooler fall weather and of course football games. <BR> <BR> This month I decided to change things up a bit by joining a local Jazzercise group in town that meets on Monday & Wednesdays. Jazzercise w/a group of people is something I've never done before so am looking forward to it. Anyway, I was wondering if any of you are changing things up this month? <BR> <em>185</em> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 03:30:48 EST Do you soak your beans & then pour the water off???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776626 Well I decided to cook some lima beans today. I opened up a 1 pound bag, culled the bad ones out, rinsed & strained them and then put them on to boil. Then decided to read the bag to see if they had a favorite recipe listed. Instead I read that the beans should be soaked over night (something I never do); then it said for a "rapid" soak boil them in water for an hour, set them aside for an hour, drain the water off (another thing I never do) and then fill pot w/water and cook. <BR> <BR> Any... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 14:27:05 EST Surviving Labor Day family & friends dining... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775763 This past Labor Day Chris & I headed to Franklin VA to kick off the weekend w/a family cookout and to visit w/nephew & his family that flew in from Louisiana. <BR> <BR> I did pretty good the first day, small portions, keeping light on the carb intake, selecting large portions of vegies & salad & small portion of desert. Day 2 we headed into Va Beach w/my nephew's clan to take them para-sailing while Chris and I took nice walk along Rudee's inlet and then had breakfast at Big Sam's. Lunch wa... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 09:56:00 EST Off track w/Last week's company http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767361 Well my mom and dear old family friend from Baton Rouge LA came to visit us on the farm last week. I was soooooooo happy to see them both! For some reason it kicked in my desire to bake goodies (banana bread, blackberry cobbler etc.). <BR> <BR> I love my sweets, and since joining SP, I've tried not to purchase cookies & cakes to bring home and eat. If my cookie & cake desire continues for more than a day I "allow" myself to bake something from scratch. When I took them to Morgan's Orchard a... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:41:39 EST Rainy Day Monday w/home grown tomatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762380 Wow last week just zoomed by!! Still unpacking boxes and trying to organize things better... <BR> <BR> Happy to report hubby & I made it to the farmers market in Lewisburg WV and found some wonderful home grown tomatoes!!! I'm in tomato heaven right now (been eating a tomato a day - trying to stay in control a little bit). It was a very small market but nice. One of the vendors was Morgan Orchard, which hubby & I had thought about purchasing over 9+ years back but just could not get up the ... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:12:29 EST Farm Life: RIP little bunny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752782 Well after my morning coffee, bagel & cheese I went for morning walk up behind the barn to check the area where I released the little bunny. Unfortunately I found him dead just about 10 feet away from where I let him go. RIP little bunny. <BR> <em>39</em> Mon, 4 Aug 2014 09:28:39 EST Farm Life: Bunny update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752318 Well the bunny made it through the night and his bleeding has stopped. His back is missing about a quarter size patch of fur; his left leg had bloody scratches & maybe bites too. BUT he's alive! and appears he may have munched on some of the lettuce I put in the box as well as taken a few sips of water from bowl I left him. YEAH!! <BR> <BR> So I distracted my cats, then wrapped the bunny up and took him up to high grassy area near the woods and tiny spring water run up behind our big barn. I... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 14:58:28 EST Life on the farm: My cat Tigger trying to kill a bunny!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751305 Well folks I got a nasty surprise today on the farm: my favorite tom cat kitty (who has been w/me since he was a sweet silly kitten) was trying to kill a young bunny rabbit. Hubby told me to let things alone, obviously the bunny entered into the cat's territory and was fair game. <BR> <BR> Tigger and his sisters, Squeaky & Bootsie. have been living on the farm since the fall of 2012, and he and the girls have become good mousers. The girls leave us the dead offerings on the door matt, but T... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 20:58:23 EST REPLACEMENT WINDOWS ... :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750563 Here's a little story I thought some might enjoy: <BR> <BR> REPLACEMENT WINDOWS. <BR> <BR> Last year I replaced all the windows in my house with those expensive, double-pane, energy-efficient kind. <BR> <BR> Today, I got a call from the contractor who installed them. He complained that the work had been completed a year ago and I still hadn't paid for them. <BR> <BR> Helloooo…? Just because I'm blonde doesn't mean that I am automatically stupid. So, I told him just what his fast-talking... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:37:37 EST uh... what happen to the HUDDLE section... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747792 ok I admit that I've been MIA for a while - but uh did they they do away with the HUDDLE section?? <BR> <BR> :-( <BR> <BR> I kind of liked it for easy check in and easy SP points for the day. <BR> <BR> There's several other things missing too. :-( <BR> <BR> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:01:17 EST Made it to West Virginia! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747192 Just wanted to let everyone know that Chris/hubby & I finally made it to West Virginia, to start our new adventures TOGETHER on our little 'fixer upper' hobby farm. This has been a long time coming as some you well know, Chris & I have been living apart for last 15 months. Since 2012 we have had many cross country trips to take initial possesion of the farm, then move my parents to the farm, then to move contents from our Sierra foothill cabin in 2013 once it sold. This years self-move with t... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:03:53 EST getting closer to selling Sacramento house http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667390 Well the 4th offer on our house has survived negotiations (3 counter offers and an addendum to help spell things out). Unfortunately the buyer's funding is FHA, which is notorious for very low appraisals and inspections that can sometimes be overly picky -and result in deal breakers. In addition buyer needs us to provide 2% of the agreed house price; 100% of owners title insurance, 100% city/county transfer taxes, $525 towards 1 year home warranty plan. As we head into escrow hubby and I hope... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 12:45:28 EST Veggie DIP-AHOLIC needs help!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663952 I'm one of those people that loves to have something to dip my raw veggies (carrots, celery, bell peppers, zucchini...) into. You know, sour cream-mayo-spicy goodness is just so hard to give up or replace. <BR> <BR> This week I'm dipping my veggies in a concoction of plain greek yogurt, almond milk and ranch dressing seasoning..... It's not disgusting, but I'll sure be glad when I finish it this week. <BR> <BR> Sooooooooooooooooooo, I'm reaching out to the Sparkdom for help! <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 00:56:57 EST Join Sac Area Spark Friends 1pm Friday at Garcias in Carmichael http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657056 If you are a Saramento area sparker please join me and other Sparkers this Friday/March 28th 1pm for a late lunch , at Garcias in Carmichael: <BR> <BR> Garcias <BR> 6049 Madison Ave, Carmichael, CA 95608 <BR> (916) 344-3177 <BR> <BR> Please let other area Sparkers know and RSVP to this message, so others can see who will be coming and to give me a count of how many seats I need to reserve/make space for. <BR> <BR> Hope to see you Friday at Garcias! <BR> <em>148</em> <BR> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:25:40 EST Yesterday, Tomorrow & Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655538 Sparking this morning & read MEDDYPEDDY's March 22nd blog: 'Wishes from the dying'. <BR> <BR> It made me think of a lot of things, including the following sayings: <BR> <BR> YESTERDAY IS A CANCELLED CHECK; <BR> TOMORROW IS A PROMISSORY NOTE; <BR> TODAY IS CASH IN HAND <BR> - SO SPEND IT WISELY! <BR> <BR> <BR> TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE <BR> <BR> Alright Sparkers, lets kick it into overdrive! <BR> <em>148</em> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:12:37 EST A little joke... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654705 Late one night a burglar broke into a house and while he was sneaking around he heard a voice say, "Jesús is watching you." He looked around and saw nothing. He kept on creeping and again heard, "Jesús is watching you." In a dark corner, he saw a cage with a parrot inside. The burglar asked the parrot, "Was it you who said Jesús is watching me" The parrot replied, "Yes." Relieved, the burglar asked, "What is your name?" The parrot said, "Clarence." The burglar said, "That's a stupid name for ... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 16:15:15 EST low Potassium, Calcium, & Magnesium anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654270 I've started to run the daily nutrition feedback this week and it indicates that I'm not getting enough calcium, potassium or magnesium. So was wondering if the nutrition feedback tool is trustworthy and if any of you are coming up low on these nutrients? <BR> <BR> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:18:28 EST Would you throw away perfectly good Key lime pie? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653503 Running errands yesterday w/my cousin and ended up at Target on Alta Arden. I had not been in a target in so long I didn't realize that they had a food section, so we had to check it out. She got ice cream and I got an Edwards Key Lime pie to share after dinner w/her, friend Tobey, & my self. It was delicious BUT it was also 450 calories a slice. <BR> <BR> So of course this morning I gave into the refrigerator siren call of having a slice of key lime pie for breakfast with coffee. <BR> <B... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:44:03 EST Sac restaurant: Mirage (indian banquet halls & rest.) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652373 Has any Sacramento area sparkers tried the new Mirage indian restaurant at 2159 El Camino? Sacramento Yelp is giving it 4-stars, 2 dollar signs ($$) w/59 reviews posted... <BR> <BR> I haven't been there yet but would be interested in checking it out w/some Sacramento area Sparkers. <BR> <em>148</em> <BR> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:45:58 EST Your favorite Sacramento area "sparking" restaurant? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651852 Ok folks, I'm looking for some input on choosing an area restaurant to have a Sacramento Sparkles get together. Please post your favorite go-to restaurant for fresh nutritious food and warm chatty environment to eat and catch up with old & new friends. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <em>148</em> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:01:56 EST IHOP chicken florentine crepes - YIKES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651251 My cousin Alma invited me out for late lunch yesterday at IHOP on Arden Way, here in Sacra-tomato. Alma was craving some IHOP crepes and her talking about it got me wanting some too. As soon as I saw "chicken florentine crepes" made with swiss cheese (my fav cheese) , and sauteed mushrooms, spinach and onions on the menu I had to try em. When they arrived I had not realized that they were topped with a 'rich holandaise sauce'.... As I ate the first crepe w/the 'sauce' on it started to wonder... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 03:21:32 EST Back in Sacramento & the 'joys' of home ownership http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642202 Oh how time flies! Since putting the Sacto house up for sale in July, I've been busy with a the fall holy days (Atonement/Yom Kippur, Trumpets/Rosh Hashanah & Tabernacles/Sukkot), a trip back to the farm in WV & visit to mom-n-sisters in VA, and 6 weeks of sickness (glad I survived that without antibiotics). So now back in Sacramento, trying to find the right price to sell the house without loosing too much buckeroos. <BR> <BR> Since getting back, about 25-feet of our back yard fence collap... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 13:06:24 EST The stress of keeping a neat house... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428385 Hi kids! I can't believe how quick time passes when you are working hard, I've been away from the Spark Pages too long. <BR> <BR> My Las Vegas cousin made it up to Sacto to help me with the final items for getting the house on the market and to celebrate July 4th. Happy to report we got it on the market. For the curious you can check it out on the Sac MetroList: http://metrolistmls.com/, ML #13038510. With this event, comes a new kind of stress: keeping the house neat and tidy for the pote... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 15:42:24 EST Getting closer to my WV farming adventures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399770 This week my cousin Johnny came up from LA to help with things at the Sacramento house. It has been so wonderful to have his help and company. I'm now down to finishing the cleaning/de-cluttering and staging of the home office, breezeway and garage area. The "for sale" sign goes in the yard this week, YIKES! <BR> <BR> During the visit we've been talking about the 25 acre 'farm' I'm moving to and remembered photo I took on the Seneca Trail/WV Route 219 of a stuffed dummy hanging from his bar... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 01:49:34 EST Down 5# & tracking "home" exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388116 My working on the house continues and since my last post I decided to be more diligent about tracking my hours of "home" exercise: you know, painting, re-landscaping (how many giant bags of mulch, soil, and yard trimmings can you haul out in an hour or two). I also found out you can "tweak" your back something fierce, just bending over and spraying round-up on invasive crabgrass & other weeds. I'm so thankful I have a pool and jacuzzi to use at the end of the day when I'm in pain and bone tir... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 14:32:18 EST Endless work on the Sacramento house... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379238 Well, work on the Sacramento house continues for me. One thing after another pops up. Most recent 'problemo' resulted from me flipping the on switch of an old wall heater we haven't used in 12 years (I had a table in front of it and pulled the table out to clean HA!) and the electric motor exploded, and flipped the main house electrical breaker off. SO; have had electricians out to remove the heater from the wall and repair the electrical lines. This week I've got drywall working being comple... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 14:04:06 EST Family wounds, therapeutic art & new SP background page http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339543 With dad's passing I was contacted by a cousin -who I had to cut off communication with over 9 years ago due to her verbal abuse & attacks on my family & I (she & her siblings had a troubled youth due in part to horrible mental/physical/sexual abuse in the Illinois foster care system.) She wanted to express her sympathy and regret for never meeting her uncle Pete. <BR> <BR> I have continually prayed for her over the years, asking that God/Yahweh would heal her heart/mind/soul; that she ma... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:39:45 EST Dealing with a parent's death & the fear of sparking?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338597 As some of you know my father passed away April 9th in Norfolk VA and we buried him April 15th . Saying good bye to him begins a whole new chapter for my family and I. Thanks to all for your kind words, thoughts and prayers -they really do help! <BR> <BR> Now that I'm back in Sacramento, I want to simplify my life more. I'm thinking that I should just stop Sparking. I've never been a good-consistent Spark Person. <BR> <BR> Do any of you have anxiety from not sparking when you know that y... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 19:53:17 EST Garage painting finishes today, & decided I hate wall paper... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240310 We got 1st coat of paint on the garage done yesterday, and will be working on doing touch ups today and then moving on to painting repaired/new wood areas around the breezeway doors and soffits at the front of the house. MAN do I hate cleaning up paint brushes! But things are looking good, YEAH! <BR> <BR> Then last evening after dinner I got a little rambunctious and decided to remove funky old "fake wood" wall paper that's been hanging in one of the bedroom closets since we bought the hous... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 13:56:42 EST Painting garage today w/hubby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238687 Well the work on the house continues. New drywall is up in the den, kitchenette & laundry room; new vinyl floor and new base cabinets are done in the kitchenette. We've finished all the dry rot repairs to the garage, breezeway and soffits so it's time to paint the garage today. Hoping the weather stays nice today. Tue, 5 Feb 2013 12:06:28 EST Rafting on the American River w/family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181077 With 2013 coming up shortly I thought I should update my profile photo with snapshot of the family rafting down the American River this August. It was a blast! Shooting rapids, whether in California or West Virginia, is fantastic fun with the family. On this float we met up with some senior ladies that were ultimately interviewed on the local TV station after their trip down the river! The 4th lady was 93 years old!! What an inspiration for staying active. Can you imagine, 93?! They are my i... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 16:21:00 EST Help needed for a CLUTTER-BUG! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135338 I'm a clutter bug and a procrastinator in need of some helpful encouragement. I'd appreciate any and all helpful comments on de-cluttering... <BR> <BR> Thanks. Wed, 14 Nov 2012 15:29:01 EST