OUTOFIDEAS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OUTOFIDEAS OUTOFIDEAS'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/ 12-14-2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3844666 With Christmas Eve only 10 days away I wanted to share a unique Christmas memory with my Spark friends. Thirty three years ago I worked with a Christian student ministry and church in Lawrence, Kansas and was privileged to be part of a group singing Christmas carols on the campus of the University of Kansas and all around the town of Lawrence. We were a diverse group with little to recommend us to the world, but we loved the Lord, and we loved each other, and oh, the glorious fellowship we ... Tue, 14 Dec 2010 23:56:07 EST 9/24/10...Part 2 (See Below) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3667982 We made it to Aransas Pass, TX (about 25 minutes northeast, across the Bay from Corpus Christi) where we had rented, sight unseen, a 3 bedroom/2 bath town home. The crew to unload us had been arranged by a friend of the guy who did the beautiful job loading the original truck in K. C. (brother and cousin of the friend of the friend!...God bless them!) There were to have been 4 or 5 guys...only 2 could make it. So those two dear guys, Lisa and I all worked like dogs getting everything off t... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 16:11:05 EST 9/24/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3667927 Did anyone ever read the tales of "Bomba the Jungle Boy" in your childhood? I remember reading them and snorting to myself that the battles he fought were a bit overdone and packed together, one on top of another, in an unrealistic fashion. For example: he would no sooner have battled the voracious crocodile in the river and fallen exhausted onto the river bank than a monstrous python would drop from an overhanging tree and attempt to crush the remaining life from him. Of course, he kill... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 15:33:23 EST March 21, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3026553 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l404937864.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a photo I shot at the Angola Prison Rodeo about a year ago which illustrates the idea of "being in the fight" even if you aren't necesssarily winning! I've been thinking of some of the readings I've done in training the mind for success...books like Psycho-Cybernetics, by the late Dr. Maxwell Maltz and Keys to Success, by Napoleon Hill...both pioneers in the field and whose writings have shaped many of tod... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 19:06:08 EST March 04, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2958536 Well, the news from the doctor was good and bad last week. The good news is that the things that are wrong with me are still in the range where they can be addressed by diet and exercise. The bad news is: <BR> <BR> 1. I am borderline diabetic. I've been expecting this. It is non-affectionately referred to as the Price Family Scourge in my family of origin, because all of my Father's 5 siblings had it, and at least one of their children had it. My Mother's Mother developed it later in... Thu, 4 Mar 2010 15:04:17 EST January 18, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2762491 I was reminded on the blog of a Spark Friend today (Annies'Adventure) of the strength necessary to keep going sometimes in the face of pain, less than hoped for success, prolonged struggle. It is the struggle that makes us strong, molds our character, gives us identity. Success that comes too quickly and easily...that costs too little...may not give us the strength to endure the lives we are called to live. What must it require to be Haitian at this point in history? What must it require ... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 14:30:11 EST January 11, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2730089 Yesterday's photo was of me with my son, Timon. Here's the promised photo of Rome. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/0/b809555133.jpg"> Mon, 11 Jan 2010 16:04:03 EST January 10, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2724787 To all my Spark Friends who have left me kind notes of encouragement and goodies...you bring smiles to my face and gladness to my heart. After a bit of a rough year in 2009, I have moved from Northeast Louisiana to the Kansas City, MO. area. I am sharing a home with my sister who is a hospital chaplain and Christian Counselor...great fun! We both have Celiac Disease, among other more positive similarities, and this makes menu planning, shopping, and cooking much easier for both of us...I'v... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 17:38:18 EST September 5, 2009 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2376278 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/2/b323674568.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The photo is from a 70 year old newspaper clipping of my mother at about 14 years of age...4H Queen in Mississippi. <BR> <BR> No, this does not herald my return to the boards, but it is an update of sorts, just to remind myself that I am still part of this community at large. <BR> <BR> Following my brother's neuro-surgery in March, family "crises" seemed to spiral out of control, culminating with the brief unexpec... Sat, 5 Sep 2009 19:50:08 EST 4-10-09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1961173 This "Good Friday" is good for many reasons, but mainly because the God who gave His Holy life for me is still patiently leading me along the tiny steps of my daily life. I am not the success I'd like to be in oh, so many areas, but I am alive and learning, and growing in the ways that count, I believe, for eternity. <BR> <BR> This blog post is not to herald my re-entry into the SP world of blogging on a regular basis, but some of my SP friends have asked for the ability to read an article... Fri, 10 Apr 2009 13:08:34 EST 10-12-08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1508399 What's wrong with this picture? We are assaulted with contradictions and temptations like this every moment of our lives. Is it any wonder that we are increasing in weight and decreasing in health and moral strength/will power? <BR> <BR> Anyway, that's from my "For what it's worth" department. I ran across some quotes today that I thought I'd pass on to those of us struggling with growth in whatever form. From an e-mail I received from a friend, entitled: A Woman Should Have: <BR> <BR> ..... Sun, 12 Oct 2008 21:26:32 EST 9-30-08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1488069 I'm going to be traveling over the weekend and am presently frying all my circuits trying to get ready to leave. In the midst of the craziness, my brother sent me the following via e-mail. I had to stop and laugh. (especially since I "fit" into several of the mentioned categories!) Hope it brings some comic relief to your day as well. <BR> <BR> BREAKING NEWS : <BR> <BR> In 2009 the government will start killing <BR> all the mentally ill people. <BR> I started crying when I thought of ... Tue, 30 Sep 2008 22:02:46 EST 9-19-08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1468349 I feel sadly compelled to post this account from the LA. hurricane sagas. This perspective is never covered on the national news since it is entirely politically improper. Make of it what you will. <BR> <BR> <BR> Dear Editor, <BR> <BR> I am a nurse who has just completed volunteering, working approximately 120 hours as the clinic director in a Hurricane Gustav evacuation shelter in Shreveport , Louisiana over the last 7 days. <BR> <BR> <BR> I would love to see someone look at the evacu... Fri, 19 Sep 2008 16:58:57 EST 9-14-08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1458609 Yesterday, the Ouachita was whipped to a backward flowing turgid froth by Ike's outlying winds, swirling, sucking, and battering the interstate bridge pilings below me. The city raised the floodwall on my side of the river 3 days ago, because the backwaters of already swollen rivers and bayous had been emptying into this river for a week following Gustave's visit. Today, the river looks like slowly melting pewter glass beneath uncertain skies. I've been kicking myself all day for not taking... Sun, 14 Sep 2008 18:53:48 EST 9-06-08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1444792 This comment was in one of yesterday's sparkpeople e-mails: <BR> <BR> "The groundwork for all happiness is good health." (Leigh Hunt) <BR> <BR> There is another old saying that goes, "If you have health, you have everything." <BR> <BR> I want to disagree with both of these statements. While good health is a wonderful gift, and being without it can be miserable, health does not necessarily ensure happiness, and neither does ill health have to guarantee misery. I have known a number of p... Sat, 6 Sep 2008 20:48:54 EST 9-01-08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1435139 With Gustave roaring into the Gulf and all of South Louisiana driving North, my friend, Caroline and I headed South instead...to Natchitoches, LA....about halfway between Monroe, LA. in Northeast, LA. and Alexandria, LA. in South Central LA. We had made this reservation at a Bed and Breakfast in Natchitoches over a month ago and figured it was far enough inland to be safe, so we saw no reason to change our plans. There were 18 other guests at the B & B this weekend...all from the Lake Charl... Mon, 1 Sep 2008 20:20:09 EST 8-25-08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1420538 Sometimes I'm content with all that I have...thankful for it, as a matter of fact. I realize I could easily be living under a bridge somewhere, locked in the horror of a mind twisted by years of illness, pain and yielding to fear and depression. (The more we yield to fear, the deeper its tentacles reach into our brains and squeeze the life from us.) I have much to be thankful for. <BR> <BR> Other days...like today, I am disgusted with my lack of tangible progress toward health and fitne... Sun, 24 Aug 2008 23:37:28 EST 8-08-08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1389018 The picture is a painting I did, reworking Honore Daumier's "Don Quixote". It reminds me that "impossible dreams" sometimes have to be tweaked and refined along the path of pursuit in order to reach them...dreams of growth and change and renewal. I went to an Art Crawl last night. 4 new galleries have opened in the downtown area just blocks from my apartment. I've been researching and writing about the "renewal" efforts that are taking place in the old inner core of the small city where I... Fri, 8 Aug 2008 14:15:04 EST 7-31-08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1372666 Coach Dean posted on his blog today that the results are in on the "Coach Tough Love" study he started the first week of July. I had every intention of participating in that research...to wit, a copy of the comment I posted on his blog on June 24th... <BR> <BR> "Coach, this sounds like a great idea. I find that my chief motivation killer is fear of being "overwhelmed" by responsibilities/committments I don't feel able to handle because of years of living with CFIDS and several other auto-im... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 20:11:39 EST 7-29-08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1368391 Just a quick note...the eye seems to be not growing any worse and is still free of pain, so that front is encouraging. I've been having to ride herd on some family crises...an uncle who had a heart attack 2 weeks ago...my mother's brother...the one who raised Quarter Horses and was my favorite when I was growing up. I wanted to grow up and raise beautiful horses just the way P. J. did! Anyway, he is not doing too well, (at least he's still with us) and my mother, P. J.'s son (my cousin), m... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 00:10:10 EST 7-03-08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1310210 What are you doing "right" in your life? Parents are often urged to "catch" their kids "being good" and reinforce the behavior by praising them for it. Can we learn to show the same kindness to ourselves? I have been drinking my 8 glasses of water every day now for 2 months. This is a major lifestyle change for me, because I HATE water unless I'm just dying of thirst! I'd rather go without fluid at all than drink water. But ya know, I'm beginning to get used to the routine of imbibing t... Thu, 3 Jul 2008 12:20:37 EST 7-02-08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1309058 What gets you out of bed in the morning when nothing is going the way you want in life??? No weight loss, no health and fitness, no loving supportive relationships, no financial success??? I'm just asking. It's so easy to get so swept along by the things we "do", that we often don't stop to ask ourselves "why" we bother doing them in the first place and how much it will matter in the larger scheme of things. I have had the idea of "motivation" on the brain lately because I just completed ... Wed, 2 Jul 2008 21:15:20 EST 6-23-08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1288918 Saw my eye doc this a.m. The good news is that the sclera is intact. The scleral band (buckle) that he had put in place 4 years ago to reattach the retina had "eroded" through the conjunctival wall, snapping some small blood vessels along the way. There are a couple of options. One is to go in and surgically remove the band entirely through a process called "scraping" the retina. My sister had to have this done a little over a year ago. One of the dangers here is redetachment of the re... Mon, 23 Jun 2008 17:46:46 EST 6-18-08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1278948 Kind of scary experience...last night as I was working on a painting, the sight in my left eye gradually became almost non-existent...put my hand up to my eye, and it came away covered in blood. Hm..."self," says I, "do not panic. Panic will not help." Off I went to the E.R. where the doc informed me that I had a cut cornea. Now I have had a couple of those in my time, and I knew this was not the case, since I had not experienced any injury, and had not even the slightest degree of pain. ... Wed, 18 Jun 2008 18:01:41 EST 6-16-08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1274707 I have obviously been slacking in the blogging arena...as well as a number of others. I've gained 15 lbs back since Christmas...back up to 175lbs. from 160lbs. I could be truly bummed...sigh. <BR> <BR> I've been having to travel for my writing work. (eating out a lot, not getting to exercise) The photo is one of a series I shot at Grand Gulf Military Park outside Port Gibson, MS. a couple of weeks ago. It was so still and primeval...beautiful and eerie in its isolation...almost like you ... Mon, 16 Jun 2008 23:16:06 EST 4-09-08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1131943 Have been battling an upper respiratory infection...again. I hate to be a "johnny one note," but with the CFIDS, this is a recurrent theme I simply have to live with. It has taught me to just keep plugging and to refuse to allow discouragement to overwhelm me, regardless. Some days, I just have to spend in bed and be grateful that I have a bed to curl up in! I haven't made much progress in the diet/fitness realm, but I am proud of my accomplishment in the perseverence/contentment arena. <... Wed, 9 Apr 2008 19:38:39 EST 3-19-08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1085252 I've been battling fatigue recently, trying to pace myself so that I don't have to cut back on the 3x/wk. exercise routine I have going...and painting like a fiend in order to get ready for a deadline showing coming up in a couple of weeks. Drawing and painting is hard work for me because I have to turn off the left brain analytical part of me and just operate on right brain eye-hand coordination...it's not something I've done so consistently in my life that it is a "native language". But I... Wed, 19 Mar 2008 18:00:47 EST 3-07-08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1060117 It's spitting snow over the Ouachita River as I write in front of my window. I have no other pressing obligations today other than to do my own "work", so I am trying to wrap my mind around the idea that I am actually free to accomplish something. Oh, joy!!! <BR> <BR> I was thinking this a.m....if evolution means that a species survives by adapting itself to the realities with which it must live, eventually transcending them and perhaps even reshaping them, and passing on to posterity its a... Fri, 7 Mar 2008 14:15:50 EST 2-25-08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1034603 This bloody scale will not relent!!! I have seen some encouraging shifting and redefinition of the muscle/fat balance around the mid-section, but the pounds are clinging with "Gorilla Glue"! Aargh, grafflesnarf, gltzsplk, *%@*&, etc.!!! Words fail me. I have to say, though, that I could zip up my size 14 jeans this a.m....I think they are not true 14's, though, since the 16's I had on yesterday were not at all "loose." Still, I hadn't been able to get into them before, so maybe...?? Mon, 25 Feb 2008 15:36:56 EST 2-16-08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1013654 The morning's cold grey rain has given way to dazzling sun splashing silver all along the river below my window. The day may prove redeemable yet! I've done a bit of writing, washed my hair, organized laundry, and cooked for tonight...plus... <BR> <BR> Each February, the gerontological studies program out at the university sends a group of students to several "elderly" housing sites around the area to facilitate their understanding of what can and should be done to address the needs of the... Sat, 16 Feb 2008 16:42:20 EST 2-09-08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=997718 Resolutions (written several weeks ago at the beginning of the emotional "down-turn...") <BR> <BR> New year… <BR> Time for new beginnings. <BR> Resolutions are all very well, <BR> but options are thinning <BR> along with my grey hair. <BR> Speaking of thinning, <BR> my waistline isn’t. <BR> <BR> I am pasting a quote here from Mare's blog again...(I love the way her mind works...working minds are so rarely encountered in this world.) <BR> <BR> "...accept yourself- as you are ... Sat, 9 Feb 2008 15:19:34 EST 2-03-08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=982503 My son's ice hockey team (He coaches at the university level) was engaged in conference tournament play this week end. In one sense, they did not do well...4th in regional standings...but in another, I am very proud of them. In 4 games in a 48 hour time span...grueling!!!...they won 1, lost 2, tied 1; but two of the three were decided in sudden death in overtime against their "bitterest" rival, and the other was a very close call against the ultimate conference champion...I think the charac... Sun, 3 Feb 2008 17:08:33 EST 1-28-08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=967523 Hibiscus <BR> <BR> Unfurl for me flower, <BR> but last longer than a day. <BR> My eager wish would coax you from your sheath, <BR> deprive you of the struggle that gives you strength <BR> to thrust your face in brazen gratitude, drinking in the sun, <BR> no certainty, save that with darkness, you will curl and die. <BR> You do it anyway…the cost of those few <BR> hours of His shining, deemed worth your all. <BR> I’d make your struggle less, your glory longer, <BR> and so, less precious. <BR... Mon, 28 Jan 2008 20:37:53 EST 1-27-08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=963760 Thinking...always a dangerous activity...that last bit I wrote about weight and flab not being the "enemy"...that's true. Neither is "food" the enemy. It is a gift from a good and gracious God, to be enjoyed and benefited from. I thought of this this morning as I fixed Blueberry Cream Cheese Blintzes and coffee for myself for breakfast. This is not a "diet" option, necessarily, and over and above that, I did not have a "gluten-free" recipe for crepes until this week, so although this is a... Sun, 27 Jan 2008 16:39:03 EST 1-23-08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=952410 I just had to copy this from MF's blog entry of 1-21-08...it is a very beautiful and insightful paragraph about the lessons learned in being still enough to truly listen and see the passages of our lives. She wrote: <BR> <BR> "I think the manzanita trees have something to say to me. I've <BR> been talking with them. I've been very quiet and listened to them. <BR> Something about rootedness, and growth, and change, and how <BR> life and death are ... Wed, 23 Jan 2008 14:17:33 EST 1-22-08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=949866 I've obviously not been blogging for some weeks now...spent time at my Mother's helping out with family pressures...gained up to 168 lbs., but am back down to 164. Not being in my own kitchen and on my own schedule is deadly. But life moves on whether I'm going in the direction I want or not, so I'm back to work if not quite back to the level of hope and optimism I had achieved in November. <BR> <BR> I've added a cookbook on the site, but am not sure how to share it. I'll get it figure... Tue, 22 Jan 2008 18:05:41 EST 11-29-07 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=843935 Had a lovely comment from MFScott after yesterday's entry...what a kind thing to say. Went to her page, but did not leave a message. That boat is a beauty...how do you spell envy??? I used to sail with my husband in another life long ago. Have had neither the health nor money to do so since the end of the marriage. Half the fun of it was seeing the wind in his face, the light in his eyes. I'd have to overcome that memory to sail in my own right, but I did love it. Had the ambition to s... Thu, 29 Nov 2007 13:58:16 EST 11-28-07 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=842991 Today is difficult...am fighting an upper respiratory tract infection...day eleven on antibiotics and steroids without significant improvement, but the intestinal tract is starting to feel the effects...reeking havoc with diet, needless to say, and with strength and exercise, and therefore with weight loss and ultimately with personal goal fulfillment. <BR> <BR> I WILL remember that this is the first significant bout with debilitating illness since I nearly drowned in CICU in my own bronch... Wed, 28 Nov 2007 20:28:39 EST