NELLJONES's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=NELLJONES NELLJONES'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/ Crappy Bonus Points are Depressing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276501 I shouldn't start my day with spinning for points on Spark. Of all the stupid things that get me down, it's crappy points. Which falls squarely in the category of Things I Can Do Nothing About. <BR> <BR> Let's see if I can counterbalance the low spins with a productive day. Mon, 5 Dec 2016 05:32:49 EST Happy Thanksgiving To You All!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271488 It's just one turkey dinner! I can do this!! <BR> <BR> With a Redskins game for dessert, though I fear that won't turn out as well as the dinner. <BR> <BR> A great, happy day to you all!! Thu, 24 Nov 2016 08:52:37 EST My Father Died 15 years Ago Today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265361 He died on 11/11, Veteran's Day, 2001. I remember at the funeral home, I was with Mom and my brother, and when the man asked the date of death, we said "11/11", which was the street address of the house we kids grew up in. It seemed an omen. <BR> <BR> The last 11 months of his life were a horror for him: he had had mouth surgery (I'd still like to kill the surgeon who practiced on him) so couldn't eat, drink or talk. He was in terrible, unremitting pain for all 11 months after that surge... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 17:40:28 EST Would YOU Like To Be Queen For A Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209816 Does anyone remember that TV show? Women would talk about the financial and emotional trials in their lives, the disabled children, the debt, the missing husbands, sick parents, and the audience would applaud. The woman who got the loudest applause on the "applause-o-meter" (yes, that was a real thing) would win a.......washing machine!, or some other household appliance. And for a few moments she wore an ermine cap and a crown. How that eased the pain of a disabled child, I don't know. <... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 14:11:01 EST Landmarks that note time is passing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190019 Today was the last mass said by our priest of 12 years. He is moving on. <BR> <BR> When I think how well I remember his arrival it seems like just yesterday. But when I think of all that has happened in the last 12 years, it seems like a long time. It seems like we just said goodbye to Father Bob and his dog, now it's goodbye to Father Tom. <BR> <BR> The poor man is 75 and needs a break, so he'll be going to a tiny parish up north. Sounds cold to me, but he wants to fish and move more s... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 14:40:41 EST My birthday didn't work out as planned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184529 I had scheduled a massage for my birthday. I wanted a facial and a massage, but they were booked for facials, so I thought a massage would suffice. It was the only special thing for the day. I told them I'd had neck surgery in January so didn't want anyone messing with my neck, not because it would be dangerous but because it would be uncomfortable. <BR> <BR> I got to the spa, filled out the form, got undressed and was lying on the table when the masseuse came in and said that anyone who ... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 09:14:11 EST Happy Birthday To Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183980 I'm 67 today! I will celebrate by getting a massage, a treat doesn't have to be food. <BR> <BR> I'll make us a nice, legal shrimp dinner tonight, no cake. <BR> <BR> Indulgences don't have to be food. I'll have a peaceful day, no regrets tomorrow. <BR> <BR> My husband gave me a big hug this morning (he remembered!). One of my kids emailed me Happy Birthday, another sent flowers, I called the other two. My Mom doesn't remember anything, let alone my birthday, but she's happy in her own li... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 11:19:24 EST Bad Spark Spins are an awful start to a day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177454 Silly as it sounds, when I get low spins on the wheel and low team flag points, it just feels like a bad start to a day. I've had low bonus points for a couple of weeks now, and it's easy to feel like I'm doing something wrong. <BR> <BR> It's like the Spark version of getting up on the wrong side of the bed. <BR> <BR> Oh well, maybe tomorrow. At least I'm not "getting back on track" tomorrow. I am comfortably at goal and I can take comfort in that. Mon, 6 Jun 2016 09:15:32 EST I love my Fitbit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172344 Yesterday I had to go to the condo to do a job that paid staff was supposed to do but took half a day off. Yes, it's a management company policy that I didn't know about, but a lot of residents would be without pool passes for the opening of the pool, and a hot one at that. I couldn't leave my residents hanging, so I tromped all over 16 buildings, up and down 3 flights of stairs in each one to slide envelopes under the door. It was hot and miserable. <BR> <BR> But I was wearing a Fitbit, ... Sun, 29 May 2016 08:57:14 EST Counting Out Pills is like Making a Meal Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167566 Every Saturday morning I count out the week's pills into little 7 day pill containers, for me, my husband and my mother. That way I can count to be sure we all take our medication, and I can check to be sure Mom is taking hers. <BR> <BR> Making out a meal plan isn't any different. It takes a little thought, very little time, and can prevent problems. I never have to ask myself if I've taken my calcium, I can just look at the container. I have have to wonder what I'm having for dinner, I ... Sat, 21 May 2016 13:35:36 EST Sometimes You DO Have To Give Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156842 My husband has had three strokes, and he had to make the difficult decision to give up riding a motorcycle. All the years of striving to keep trying, to not give up on anything, had to be put aside with this painful decision. <BR> <BR> We read all the time about how to get old people to give up driving when they are no longer safe behind the wheel, yet to them, that amounts to "giving up". My father didn't mind so much, he still had Mom, but when Mom was diagnosed with dementia, her doctor... Thu, 5 May 2016 09:52:34 EST I reached my Weight Goal 45 Years Ago http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052502 And I've kept the weight off. I don't remember the actual day, just that it was about Christmastime. <BR> <BR> I read a story in the paper today about the new Weight Watchers plan, and that so many people are outraged that their favorite treats now have double the Points. They call it "deprivation". They should see the old old WW Plan I lost my weight with, they would REALLY call that deprivation. But I learned to see the world as one of possibilities rather than bemoan those foods that ... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 12:41:08 EST I have a new kitten!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050269 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e4cfcb5-c6a3-4fdd-a3bd-092e0299a146.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Her name is Rosie. She is a seal point Siamese, and will be 8 weeks old tomorrow. This photo shows her asleep on my husband. <BR> <BR> I have three Siamese again! I lost my Isabelle, but now I have Rosie! Sun, 20 Dec 2015 14:29:04 EST What a Wonderful Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038319 I cooked for three days, the food was wonderful. What made the day really wonderful was having family around. This is the one day of the year when Mom has her own three children with her. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f63df637-b0e4-467e-bbda-13e716ac20f6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My sister is on the left, my brother behind Mom, me on the right. We're all old now, but to Mom we are still her little ones. <BR> <BR> I hope you all had a wonderful day of thanks! Thu, 26 Nov 2015 20:28:42 EST Calling An Audible For Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028153 In football, the offensive team has each play planned out before each scrimmage. But sometimes the quarterback looks at the defense and sees something he wasn't expecting, something that won't work with the planned play. So he changes the play at the line, an "audible", to try to confront the defense he sees rather than the one he expected. <BR> <BR> Our plans for the day can be the same. We had the day planned, but the day that presents isn't what we expected. When confronted with this... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 09:28:23 EST My Kitty Isabelle Is Gone 2003-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022691 We got her in March of 2003. I have always had cats, but had been reading the Cat Who mysteries by Lilian Jackson Braun, and just had to have a Siamese. I got her from a farm about two hours away. Both her parents were Siamese, but not registered. She was a beautiful seal point kitten, about 3 months old. <BR> <BR> And what a scamp! We had 3 other cats at the time, all older, and dismayed by the energy of a kitten. But they tolerated her, played with her. Isabelle loved to "kill" spir... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:28:40 EST Great Course: Nutrition Made Clear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000875 I highly recommend this course from The Great Courses. The instructor is Professor Roberta Anding, a Registered Dietician, and Director of Sports Nutrition and clinical dietician at Baylor College of Medicine's Pediatric Department. <BR> <BR> The course covers weight loss, of course, but just about every other aspect of nutritional science. She doesn't attempt to sell anything or promote one aspect of weight loss, but she does cover all the science involved. She goes through each nutrie... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 15:09:29 EST Article in Consumer Reports about Snacking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979026 The article says that it was just a generation ago when people didn't eat between meals so as not to "spoil their appetite". Has it only been 25 years, or whatever a generation is? <BR> <BR> They discuss that some people have taken as gospel the idea that we should eat 5 or 6 small meals a day, though there is no proof that it is healthier, except for the very young and the very old, who have a hard time eating enough. But for those who want to lose weight? What a wonderful excuse for tho... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 15:51:34 EST Try to Imagine Weight Bankruptcy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962788 When a person's financial debts become overwhelming, he can file for bankruptcy in court. In a Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the court will reorganize the debts. You still have to pay them off, but maybe not all of them, and deadlines are eased and penalties are reduced. <BR> <BR> But Chapter 7, you get the magic wand. Poof! They're gone! It's a lot more complicated, of course, but that's pretty much the result. Chapter 7 is only available to people who have tried everything, and cannot get o... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 14:12:36 EST Woman's Fitbit Info Leads to Her Arrest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954960 I read that a woman has been charged with false alarms to public safety, false reports to law enforcement, and tampering with evidence, based on the info from her Fitbit. <BR> <BR> This woman claimed to have been sleeping at her boss's house when she was awakened, dragged from her bed, and raped in a bathroom. Police then looked at her Fitbit data, which said she had been awake and walking around at the time she claimed to have been asleep. She said the Fitbit had been lost in the struggle... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:05:11 EST My husband has sold his last motorcycle. It's over. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951461 Years ago, my husband wanted to learn to ride a motorcycle. His mother forbid it, but she died in 1997, and we both signed up to take the Basic Rider Course. There was no way I was letting him discover something new without me. Turned out that we both loved riding! We both started out on Hondas: he had a Nighthawk, I had a little Rebel. I outgrew the Rebel in 3 months, and got a Yamaha Virago. Then we both got used BMWs: I got an 1100R, he got the 1100RT. We rode with friend on weekends... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 18:23:50 EST I am 66 Years Old Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945997 My mother doesn't remember, but she doesn't remember much anymore. My husband doesn't remember, but then he doesn't remember his own birthday. So far nothing from my kids. I won't remind them, just let it go by. I remember when birthdays were a huge event. Then it was my kids' birthdays that marked time. Now it's the grandkids. <BR> <BR> My big gift will be next month on the 4th Wednesday when my first Social Security check lands in my checking account. Last year was Medicare, this yea... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:30:40 EST "Promise of a diet pill can backfire simply because it exists" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936421 That's the headline of an article by Robert Ferdman in today's Washington Post. <BR> <BR> The story tells of an assistant professor at the Tuck Institute School of Business, Amit Bhattacharjee, and his study entitled "The Perils of Marketing Weight Management Remedies". <BR> <BR> "There's a funny, kind of counterintuitive thing that happens when many people take weightloss drugs: they gain weight", he says. It's called the Boomerang Effect. <BR> <BR> People want easy weight loss so badly ... Fri, 29 May 2015 19:16:23 EST Jean Nidetch 1923-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920208 Jean Nidetch changed my life. Actually it was Weight Watchers, but Jean was still the heart and soul of WW back then. Her very image evoked hope in those of us who were hopeless. She turned a food plan into a mission of success and possibility. She was her own success: she got to her goal in 1963 and stayed at goal until she died, and shared that success with many thousands of us. <BR> <BR> We all know Jean as the founder of a weight loss plan, but most don't know what she contributed to... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 11:37:49 EST Americans spend more money eating out than buying groceries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917577 For the first time since the US Department of Commerce starting collecting the stats in 1992, money Americans spent at bars and restaurants exceeded what they spent in grocery stores. The convergence began in earnest just at about the time of the housing bust, and accelerated in the last two years. <BR> <BR> The stats are about money, though, not calories. I wonder how America's waistline will look in 30 years? Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:08:22 EST Stanford Marshmallow Experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913371 I was reading about an experiment about delayed gratification in children, done at Stanford University in 1970. <BR> <BR> They took a bunch of young children, ages 6-9, and offered them one marshmallow, but if they were able to wait 15 minutes without eating it, they would get two marshmallows. Some kids ate the one right away. The ones who waited for the two didn't just sit quietly for 15 minutes, but sat on their hands, or stared at the wall, or kicked their chairs, anything to help them... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:56:41 EST Case dismissed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910508 After months of worry and preparation, the court date was today. <BR> <BR> We had a maintenance man at the condo that we fired last September. Three days later, the newly hired maintenance man discovered that the former guy had used our shop as storage for his son's household goods. That's called trespassing. His son had just gotten out of jail and had to move in with him, and evidently didn't want to pay for storage so stole our space. We found a set of brass knuckles in plain sight, an... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:59:16 EST It feels so good to be thin!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909905 When I was at church today, I noticed how beautifully thin some of the people were as they filed out to take communion. I remember when I used to notice thin people and wonder Why, Oh Why can't I look like that? Now I do. <BR> <BR> You can buy a smaller nose or a different hair color. You can't buy a thinner body. If you could buy thin, everyone would find the money to be thin. Thin takes work and patience and diligence. I can be blonde in a few hours every few weeks by sitting in a ch... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 12:18:56 EST Eggs Are Good For You Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879300 I remember back in the 70s when "experts" first told us that ingested cholesterol could kill you. They told us to avoid eggs and shellfish, two of my favorite things to eat. My father was an organic chemist, not into biology though, and he always told us that it was the saturated fat that our livers converted into cholesterol that was the problem, not cholesterol in foods. <BR> <BR> He has now been vindicated but he is no longer around to see it. <BR> <BR> I'm glad I listened to Dad rathe... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:10:34 EST Why is Superbowl about food? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866978 I was a senior in high school for Superbowl I, although it was called the NFL-AFL Championship Game at the time. It was a new idea, something about trying to see if the two leagues could combine as a business. Nowhere did I read anything about chicken wings or guacamole. I went to the grocery store yesterday and there were football shaped cakes. Really?? <BR> <BR> It's a football game, not a food extravaganza. When my boys were little we'd have a dinner favorite, but nothing in excess, no... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:12:11 EST I reached my goal 44 years ago. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839227 And have stayed there pretty much ever since. There was a 10 pound blip during menopause, but I knew what to do and I did it. <BR> <BR> My goal weight is about 10 pounds lower than it was when I was 21. Old ladies just can't carry the weight like we used to, I guess. <BR> <BR> I did it by living all the wonderful lessons I learned in Weight Watchers way back when. They gave me the tools, it was up to me to use them. One of the biggest advantages to staying at goal for a long time is war... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 09:44:42 EST Going to any lengths http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827493 There are times when I'd rather just sit on the sofa and read, do nothing physical, for days on end. Then I see someone like this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1088850993.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is an old man who after several accidents and serious osteoporosis, still carries his walker down three flights of stairs to go walking. This day was pouring rain outside, so he carried that walker down to the electrical room (a room that has to be empty by law) and w... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 10:35:01 EST A Second Chance isn't the same as a Second First Chance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825158 We all get second chances, but each attempt is farther along in life. Sometimes it's harder. Getting a college degree is harder when you have a house and kids than it would have been when you were 18 and had nothing else in life but studying. It's still a second chance at a degree, but not the same. <BR> <BR> It's the same with second chances for changing health. It's harder when you are older, it's harder when you have already had your first stroke or heart attack. But harder doesn't m... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 12:02:02 EST Massive amounts of sugar and oil for NO CALORIES!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748414 Yes you heard me! It's called a sugar polish, and I just had one at the Arlington Spa in Hot Springs, Arkansas. They mix sugar and olive oil and scrub it all over your body, then wrap you up in plastic for 25 minutes before rinsing it off. It feels decadent! And it is totally calorie free! <BR> <BR> I highly recommend it, followed, of course, by a massage. What a treat! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:47:32 EST LOSE 10 POUNDS FOR FREE!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722227 I love these kinds of ads. If only it were just about money, like a facelift. If only all it took were money! <BR> <BR> I lost my weight on Weight Watchers many years ago, but it was by the week not the pound, which makes more sense. And they didn't promise Easy, just something that worked if I worked it, and they helped me with the work. <BR> <BR> I guess people buy these ads and plans or they'd stop, but the promise of Easy Weight Loss has been around for hundreds of years. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:29:51 EST Fatty Liver Disease Caused by Obesity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718476 <link>well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/13/th<BR>reat-grows-from-liver-illness-tied-to-<BR>obesity/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0 </link> <BR> <BR> I saw this article in the New York Times yesterday. Usually fatty liver disease is found in alcoholics. Now it seems it is a burgeoning problem caused by overeating. <BR> <BR> Everyone is horrified by the practice of fattening goose livers for foie gras (which means, after all, "fatty liver" in French) by forcefeeding. It's a process called "gav... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 13:47:11 EST The pursuit of Easy Pleasure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707467 There is a lot of talk about the addicting nature of food, but I wonder. What I am really addicted to is Easy Pleasure. And what's easier than a cheap bag of Cheetos? <BR> <BR> We all reminisce about "simple pleasures", but they all sound so pedestrian these days. Today's Little Things didn't exist for most of us until a few decades ago, like professional mani-pedis. Now they are so cheap and omnipresent that we don't see them as the extravagances they once were. It's just something else... Sat, 31 May 2014 12:26:59 EST Preparedness vs Negativity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704220 I am listening to lectures about critical decision making from a business professor. He speaks of hashing out plans, of trying to anticipate every possible failure or problem in advance. He cites business plans for new products, plans by generals going into battle, plans for ascending Everest. In all cases people get together to brainstorm, to try to figure out in advance anything that could possibly go wrong, possible problems they may encounter no matter how absurd it may sound, and prep... Tue, 27 May 2014 09:35:13 EST I Don't Understand Modern Grocery Stores http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702007 I know there are a lot more products than there used to be, so the stores have to be bigger. I enjoy the bigger variety of produce, but the packaged foods seem to be crowding out the basics. <BR> <BR> Why are the same products in multiple areas? There is basmati rice in the Asian section, short grain rice in the Latin section, and all of them in an American section. It's all rice. <BR> <BR> I couldn't find the peanut butter at my local Harris Teeter, only to be told it's with the bread. ... Sat, 24 May 2014 09:51:23 EST If You Can Dream It You Can Be It?? Really? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683441 The slogan is on posters and T-shirts, and I don't get it. <BR> <BR> I dream of being the Best In Class, standing at the top of a skill surveying all the lesser mortals beneath me. That is what a dream is, isn't it? <BR> <BR> But that demeans the work of people who have been working for years, for decades, on a skill. There is no way I can accumulate decades of experience in a few years, no matter how hard I work or how badly I want it. <BR> <BR> There is an arrogance in thinking that ... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 19:24:01 EST I am a Pickle. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605151 There is an old saying that once you turn into a pickle, you can never go back to being a cucumber. <BR> <BR> When I was little, my mother gave us 3 squares a day (small by today's standards, normal at the time) and all 3 of us kids were normal weight. Somewhere in my early teens, who knows why, I began to eat between meals. I saved my allowance and bought pretzels and Tastykakes. I snuck the food into the house, and snuck the trash out. No one ever saw me eat, but they sure saw the res... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 10:29:06 EST Find Your Inner Adult! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594548 I have read a couple of blogs and posts today about accepting the realities of life as an adult rather than that of a child. "But I want it!" or "That's not fair!" are the attitudes of children. <BR> <BR> We celebrate childhood these days. Everything I needed to know in life I learned in kindergarten? Really? I had to learn self discipline, it wasn't something I was born with, and I sure hadn't learned it by kindergarten. <BR> <BR> Maybe I was just lucky to have been raised in a happy... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:06:17 EST Today is our 31st wedding anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586724 Amazing. Where did the years go? I remember sitting on a plane with Ron the previous March, looking at a calendar and selecting a date. <BR> <BR> Then the planning. Unlike weddings today, we were doing it on the cheap. It was a second marriage for us both, and back in 1983, most churches still wouldn't marry divorced people. Etiquette instructions for second marriages were no wedding dresses, no bridesmaids, no fancy anything. The theory was, I guess, that if you failed in a first mar... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 10:32:20 EST I have been at goal for 43 years! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571586 I actually don't remember the exact day, but it was December of 1970. I just picked Christmas Day because it's a joyous day for so many other reasons. <BR> <BR> My life has changed in a million ways since 1970. I'm older, of course. I had two more kids, divorced and re-married (for 32 years now), acquired a wonderful step-son. Three of those sons are now married with children of their own. I have moved 7 times; I live in a different state than where I lost my weight. <BR> <BR> Time go... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 10:54:42 EST My Wonderful Father Died 12 Years Ago Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538497 I miss him every day. He was the wisest, kindest man in the world, and he loved me without reservation. My mother was the critical one, my father was the accepting one. He was firm about certain things, though, like frugality, perseverance, kindness. He taught me about caring about the natural environment long before that was a social concern. We used to go for long walks in the woods and he made me learn birds by sight and song, and to identify trees by bark and leaf. He taught me abou... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 18:15:55 EST What constitutes "Perfection"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525376 We talk all the time about not being perfect, about how perfection can't be our goal. But what does "perfection" mean? <BR> <BR> I have defined "perfection" to mean eating to my food plan for one day. That's all. I can accomplish nothing else that day and still have a perfect day. Even if I make no inroads on my "to do" list, I can have a perfect day. I used to have high expectations that a Perfect Day meant I was Mary Poppins: Simply Perfect In Every Way. Alas, not going to happen. T... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 10:13:16 EST Think INSIDE the box! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498383 When I first joined WW years ago, the Plan was very limited until you reached goal, then you got certain foods back every two weeks for 10 weeks. Then they switched to an exchange plan and the whole universe of legal food opened up. The lists were HUGE! It's an enormous box of possibilities. <BR> <BR> I know people who bemoan not being able to eat the Macho Nacho Platter at some restaurant, yet look at the lists. The components are all there if you make them yourself. Or smothered pork c... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 09:44:58 EST Power Out AGAIN!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480217 I don't know what it is about our section of the power grid, but once again the power is out. I heard a bang at 4am, woke me up, and the power went down. Thank goodness we have a whole house generator!! Although it came on and no power was coming to the house. I had to get a flashlight and reset the circuit breaker on the unit out back. Whatever tripped the grid circuit tripped my generator as well. The people across the street have power, as usual. You'd think that after a couple of d... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 07:05:33 EST Kitchen Almost Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476703 They finally put in the correct cabinets!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l293725782.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1229881002.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now, just the final trim and painting. It's been a long two months, but worth all of it!! Thu, 5 Sep 2013 11:23:55 EST It wasn't that long ago... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472391 By definition, anything I remember "wasn't that long ago". <BR> <BR> I remember stories of WWII when I was a kid, since every man on the block had served, but since I was born in 1949, I had no first hand knowledge of the time. I vividly remember Vietnam, my first husband served there while I was home with our first baby, yet WWII seems like a million years ago while Vietnam seems like just yesterday. <BR> <BR> When I think of all the things that have happened between a long ago time in ... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 09:39:06 EST