RUBYCLAIRE's SparkPeople Blog RUBYCLAIRE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community STILL TRYING! It's been over one year since my last blog and I haven't accomplished on solitary thing. I have been so far OFF track, it's ridiculous. I guess all I can see is, "KEEP ON TRUCKING". <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:13:04 EST If At First You Don't... KEEP ON PADDLING!!! Let it be known that Ruby is still working at trying to get back into a healthy groove. It seems that no matter how many letters I write to myself, nor how often I tell myself, which just happens to be every morning, of every day, of every week, "I will make good food choices. I will exercise today", I come to the end of my work day, and once again my hand slips off my boat, and of course the boat drifts a bit further away. Once again I find myself struggling to reach it in the hopes that I c... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 17:44:44 EST FRANCO-AMERICAN FESTIVAL WEEK - 2013 COMING TO LOWELL FROM SUNDAY, JUNE 23 thru SUNDAY, JUNE 30 - <BR> <BR> If you are of French decent, or simply enjoy the French language, foods, music & customs, then this is the place to go. An entire week of fun activities from start to finish. Check out the schedule which I've posted below. Don't think you can make all the events, that's okay, mark your calendar, or make yourself a reminder in your cell phone so you don't miss the ones that peak your interest the most. All events are ... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 07:11:33 EST LETTER FROM ME TO MYSELF! My dearest self, Ruby, <BR> <BR> It's been a long time since we've REALLY had a nice chat. Well actually, I've been talking, but I almost feel as though you have been purposely ignoring me. I know we've had our differences, but I must confess that your ignoring me has really been causing me an enormous amount of distress. You seem to hear the words, but they go in one ear and out the other, so to speak. You are not digesting them. <BR> <BR> What happened, Ruby? We were doing so well, and I ... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 09:16:19 EST MOTHER'S DAY!! I had a fall this morning, landing on the knee that I injured a few years ago when leaving the motel at Cape Cod. I banged it up pretty badly, but that stand in the way of my having an awesome Mother's Day with my wonderful son, Charlie. <BR> <BR> First we took a ride out to the cemetery, parked the car at my parents grave and then walked to visit her, my two Memeres, my 6 aunts and a few cousins, leaving a few flowers for each of them. In our walk, which was a bit tough but I did it, we als... Sun, 12 May 2013 19:26:22 EST I HATE CENSORS, as much as Auto Correct! I was just trying to post a "Good morning" to my teams, and also tell everyone about a wonderful meal I enjoyed with a friend last night, but apparently the sensors must think that the ingredients in the meal are profane words. Ha, ha, ha. I will try posting it again by removing the ingredients to see if it will post. Spark People needs to do something to correct this situation, and then you KNOW there is nothing wrong with your words and so you have to try to figure out what the heck word, ... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 08:52:09 EST YULE BLESSINGS! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of my FB friends wrote that she is not stressed this holiday season because of all of her blessings. She then asks, "How are you blessed?" <BR> <BR> My blessing are numerous, and not one more important, or more meaningful than another. <BR> <BR> I am blessed to have a home which keeps me warm and protected from the elements, especially in New England at this time of year. <BR> <BR> I am blessed to have the... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 21:35:37 EST GEMINID METEOR SHOWER!! If you can get away from city lights tonight, watch the skies for a SPARKTACULAR display of meteors. <BR> <BR> Check out the links for more information: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hnology_and_science-space/#.UMoQ0YYvNmI </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hower-peak-preview.html </link> <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 12:40:38 EST WHOA!! TIME TO PUT ON THE BRAKES! My head is creating major problems in my life, once again, but I should say is STILL, not once again. I have yet to get out of my own way. My idea of getting back on my healthy train always seems to be, "I'll start tomorrow" and then I convince myself to buy Cheetos or potato sticks, just one more time before I get started. <BR> <BR> Since I reached 173lbs at this same time last year, and was so proud of myself, I have managed to find almost 20 of those lost pounds. This is NOT a good thin... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 07:12:10 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! On Monday, December 2, 1946, at 9:30pm, or there about, a new-old soul came into the world in the guise of a baby girl. Since her birth, she has tried, to the best of her ability, to make a positive difference in other souls she has met along her journey. <BR> <BR> Life is a continuing learning process, so along each souls journey mistakes are bound to be made, but this particular soul is glad to have already learned many lessons, and also to have corrected several mistakes, while some rem... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 10:21:01 EST SEASON'S GREETINGS! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Growing up in a Catholic family, in the 1950's and 1960's, we were taught to say, "Happy Holidays", as well as "Merry Christmas," because, my Mom said, it was including all the holidays my family celebrated, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year. I have carried this tradition with me for 66 years, except that now, I choose for myself, and although my spiritual beliefs have changed, my love for humanity and all ... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 21:41:08 EST THIS Is Sooo Very Inspirational! Good Sunday morning everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm taking a break from the housework I've been doing since 5:30 this morning so figured I'd check FB to find a particular message I needed to find. What I DID find was MUCH more than I expected, and so well worth the watch. <BR> <BR> If this man can accomplish what he did, then there should be NO excuse, for ANY of us. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>7QZJ76A </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I CAN DO IT!! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> ... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 09:59:27 EST MY TO-DO LIST...Thanks to FB Not a bad idea. Plan on starting each morning with this pledge....see how it might change your stress level and/or attitude after a while. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Oct 2012 09:53:46 EST WHICH STEP HAVE YOU REACHED? How wonderful is this for inspiration on our quest for healthy living. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No matter how steep you may find the stairs, just take it one step at a time. <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> to all my dear friends! <BR> <BR> <em>188</em> Ruby <em>8</em> Sun, 7 Oct 2012 13:50:43 EST BREAST CANCER AWARENESS! This was shared with me on Facebook and I feel it is VERY important to make EVERYONE aware. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> If it helps just ONE person, then this is worth the share. <BR> <em>390</em> <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 4 Oct 2012 07:04:45 EST I'm Feeling REALLY Sad! Just a quick blog to share my sorrow with my friends. On September 25th, I lost another cousin to cancer. I have to say that I am glad that I did get to spend a few hours with him on August 27th, his 69th birthday, while he was in the emergency room. Sadly, he didn't really know me most of the time because the medication he was on for his chemo caused him to be delusional. I next spent a little time with him after our Massachusetts Spark Rally, when he was back in the hospital. He was always ... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 19:08:49 EST SPARK RALLY - MASSACHUSETTS SPARKLERS!! WOO HOO!! Yesterday was an absolutely FANTASTIC day!! <BR> <BR> The sun shone brightly, and even though temperature reached the low 70's, a brisk breeze kept it feeling much cooler in the shade. That alone would have been enough to give definition to this "fantastic" day, but what REALLY made it superb was the gathering of old AND new friends from our Massachusetts Sparklers Team. <BR> <BR> One of the most perfect places to meet in Central Massachusetts is at Green Hill Park. <BR> <BR> Thanks to o... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 17:10:00 EST Oh oh! Big Mistake! HUGE MISTAKE!! I have NEVER gotten a desire for this particular food where I couldn't just leave it, but this morning was different. My son's girlfriend posted a comment on FB that she was going out to get coffee & donuts. <BR> <BR> NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I don't want any donuts!! Well, alright, maybe just one. My friend Sandy spent another night at my house and I knew she wanted coffee and I wasn't about to make any, so I told her we'd take a ride. <BR> <BR> We went to McDonald's and each got a coffee,... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 20:27:06 EST ANOTHER SATURDAY AT THE BEACH! Last Friday night, my friend Sandy spent the night so we could make sure we were both up early to try to catch another sunrise. It's a 40 to 45 minute drive so I was up at 3:30 am and woke my friend at 4:12 am. As we drove up the high way, the sky kept getting lighter and lighter. I was so afraid we'd miss it because it happens so quickly. <BR> <BR> Lucky us, we made it there on time and unbeknownst to me at that time, my friend had NEVER seen a sunrise. It really is pretty awesome, ESPECIAL... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 19:52:52 EST THE ENERGY OF THE BLUE MOON!! Is today the day you'll get started? Is today the day you'll get your "SPARK" BACK? These are questions I've been asking myself this morning. I know that the Blue Moon carries more energy than we are use to and with that we can use it either negatively or positively. I choose the latter. I SHALL be using this energy to help me give my journey to health a much needed boost. A kick in the pants, so to speak. <BR> <BR> My light has NOT gone out, but has been barely a tiny, little spark. So smal... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 06:33:06 EST HAMPTON HAPPINESS! I tried posting another video, but maybe it was too long, so I'm trying this one. <BR> <BR> As recorded in still pictures, I had an AWESOME time on that mid-week vacation day I used to go the beach. I thought you might enjoy this video. As is usual, I went on my ocean walk which brings me to my half-way point, the southern jetty, as you'll see in this video. It makes one incredible workout! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Star... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 11:57:49 EST No Walk Today! All week I anticipated my Saturday morning walk so even though I knew it was going to be really humid today I figured I could be up early enough to walk before it, and the heat, set in. WRONG! Last evening I ended up getting interested in a great movie I had taped so didn't get to bed before 12:30ish. Alas, my late night caused me to over sleep this morning. <BR> <BR> Total bummer, I awoke around 7:45 and the sun was already heating up the air. "No prob", I thought, "I'll get dressed and go ... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 22:15:46 EST READ THE BLURB FIRST BEFORE WATCHING THE VIDEO This story has NOTHING to do with healthy living, exercise, cardio or any other such thing. It's a story of one day in the life of Ruby Claire. <BR> <BR> I've known for quite sometime that my home has been a haven for mice, I've found their tiny gifts EVERY where. Alas, I tried once to get rid of them, but I find the "Humane" way of using sticky paper quit INHUMANE. Think about it! By getting themselves caught on sticky paper, they die by slowly starving to death. I think, whoever has the ne... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 21:29:52 EST WALKING THE BIKE PATH(S)!! The bottom of my feet, the front of my legs (my shins), the backs of my legs (my calves), my hips, my back and even my arms, ALL hurt right now. <BR> <BR> I got up fairly early this morning, watched my weather report on WBZ TV - Channel 4, turned on my computer and jumped online to see what the temp was in Lowell. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Even though the humidity was REALLY hi, the lo temperature of only 65 would make walking ... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 16:02:13 EST FINALLY! DAWN BREAKS OVER MARBLE HEAD! The title of this blog is something we New Englanders say when something FINALLY clicks with us. You know times when you've tried to learn, or comprehend something and you finally "get it". <BR> <BR> Well, THAT is literally what happened to me, the morning of June 25th, while I was out on my walk, I finally got it! I finally got WHY, for the last year or so, I’ve preferred walking, which had become VERY seldom, in my own neighborhood. It because I could go home whenever I felt like it. I cou... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 11:26:44 EST FRANCO-AMERICAN FESTIVAL WEEK SCHEDULE!! As many of you know, I am presently the Vice President of the Franco-American Day Committee of the Lowell, MA area. I decided to post the schedule for our fun filled week, which begins this coming Sunday, for anyone in the area who may have in interest in the French language & culture of French Canadians. <BR> <BR> SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2012 <BR> <BR> 10:00 a.m. - FRENCH MASS honoring the Franco-Americans Community and all Franco-American Veterans, at St. Rita's Church, 158 Mammoth Rd, Lowell,... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 04:56:25 EST AN OPEN LETTER TO MY BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER, AMY-JEAN!!! My darling Amy-Jean, <BR> <BR> I want to say thank you because it was your idea to go for a walk before your birthday dinner celebration last evening. As you already know, I have not been out walking in quite sometime and to be perfectly honest, I have NO idea how long it's been. Oh sure, I have been walking in the house, and "Yes" while wearing my head weights. <BR> <BR> Anyway, when you suggested getting together on Monday after work for dinner, I was thrilled. I thought it a WONDERFUL i... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 22:57:03 EST HEAD WEIGHTS! - READ BELOW THE VIDEO BEFORE WATCHING IT I promised you that I would do a blog today to explain what I mean when I talk about wearing my head weights, and why, but I must apologize because I didn't keep my promise. I fell asleep before the video was finished downloading. <BR> <BR> As an adult, I started going to a chiropractor, at least ten years ago because of ongoing back pain. After taking xrays, he suggested I wear head weights because, instead of my neck curving forward, as it's suppose to, it is actually more straight and th... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 06:41:57 EST OSTARA CELEBRATION - 2012 In my spiritual beliefs, we celebrate the Spring equinox, which falls any where between March 20th & 22nd. This year it happened to be on the 20th. Ostara, believed to be named after the Germanic Goddess, Eostara, is a celebration of birth & rebirth. It's the time when the earth is being reborn from the USUALLY long, cold, dark days of winter. The Spring equinox is the day when there is equal balance of dark & light. Days are now getting longer, buds may be starting to form on the trees and f... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 19:03:35 EST FULL MOON RISING AND WEIRD WEATHER! Hi all, I just wanted to share these two pictures with you before I go to bed. <BR> <BR> This first one was taken from my former bedroom window. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This was the weather forecast from this morning, Thursday, March 8, 2012. It certainly felt like the temp was warmer than 67. THIS IS MARCH FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! The temperatures are suppose to be MUCH colder here in New England. Ha, ha, ha! <BR> <BR> <... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 21:54:43 EST What I Did Today! I think I've been doing pretty good lately, at least on the weekends. <BR> <BR> Although I went out for Chinese food with a friend last evening, I'm still not doing too badly in the food department. I may have chosen my General Tao chicken, along with my Sweet & Sour chicken, fried rice, shrimp & one Peking ravioli, but I also loaded up on green beans & chicken & broccoli. See, not TOO bad, huh? <BR> <BR> Today for breakfast I had a chicken sandwich on small pita bread, then ate the very s... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 22:34:32 EST 1st NEW ENGLAND WINTER STORM of 2012 <BR> Been doing everything you’re suppose to, like eating healthy, doing your ST and getting in your cardio as well, (I know I have) but you still feel tired & sometimes overwhelmed. Maybe it was an exceptionally stressful day at work, or the kids where bouncing off the walls because they got cooped up in the house today. Well, then, THIS is just what the doctor ordered. Sit back, put your feet up and take a little ME time. <BR> Enjoy the video & let all those stresses leave your body & mind... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 22:52:09 EST LOWELL, MA - WINTERFEST! Just a VERY quick blog to share with you a little about the mid-winter festivities usually held the first weekend of February each year in the beautiful city of Lowell, Massachusetts. <BR> <BR> There are several things that usually go on at this event, kids stuff, a HUGE tent with beer, music & dancing, a snowman competition between local school & fireworks to end the celebration. It's really alot of fun. The one thing I've ALWAYS loved is the "Northern Soup Bowl Competition". This year the... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 07:11:56 EST GET SERIOUSLY INVOLVED... ...WITH YOUR OWN LIFE!!! <BR> <BR> When SparkPeople extended an invitation to all of us to apply for a "Free" "28 Day Boot Camp with Coach Nicole" DVD, I threw my hat into the ring, never imagining that I would be one of the winners. All we'd need to do is to fulfill a promise to write a review by the end of January, so here is mine. <BR> <BR> This GREAT tool arrived only a little over one week ago, so I really haven't had much time to work with it, but what I have seen & done is superb.... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 23:41:26 EST Successful Surgery! I was going to wait for tomorrow, after I have a chance to speak with DeeDee's husband, but will at least let you know now that what I have heard so far is that the operation took six hours, and "ALL IS GOOD". I'll be speaking with Ted tomorrow so I'll let all of you know then how things are going. <BR> <BR> You cannot imagine how grateful I am for all your loving thoughts, prayers & blessings. I know they are all greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> Keep those prayers & blessings coming becaus... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 23:35:52 EST BEST FRIEND! You may remember when, or maybe we didn't even know each other, way back on June 29th, I wrote a blog about my friend DeeDee's son being in an horrific traffic accident and almost losing his life. Well, today I come to you to solicit more prayers and protective & healing energy. <BR> <BR> DeeDee, the one on the right, is the one in need at this time, and with her permission, I ask all of those who read this blog to please send her as many prayers and as much healing energy as you can possibl... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 22:21:20 EST STILL TRYING TO... ..."Get Organized", "Get Back On Track", "Change Myself for the Better"? Take your choice, <BR> <BR> Good day, my dear friends!! <BR> <BR> Contrary to popular belief, I have NOT become a hermit, nor have I fallen off the edge of the earth, although sometimes it may feel that way. <BR> <BR> I have still been struggling with getting my life back under control and so I have not been "Huddling", nor writing "Blogs", nor posting on any of my team's threads. I know, that is NOT the way to go ab... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 15:28:14 EST Now THIS is EXERCISE! Just wanted to share a GREAT exercise video that one of my Sparky friends shared in one of her blogs. <BR> Enjoy!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=youtube_gdata_playere </link> <BR> <BR> <em>324</em> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 22:06:48 EST HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY GAIN WEIGHT IN 3 EASY STEPS!! STEP-1 Eat as much BAD (junk) food as possible. Make sure you buy Wendy's new cheeseburgers, with LARGE fries & drink. Don't forget to give them your coupon. Also, Make sure you get to McDonald's as much as you can and buy two (2) Big Macs, your fries & drink. <BR> Make sure you grab snacks at work from the wide selection they may have of candies, chips, pretzels, Chex Mix. Oh, and make sure that while watching TV in the evening, you fill up on more snacks until you go to bed at 10:00 p.m.... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 07:05:22 EST HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>499</em> <em>500</em> <em>501</em> <BR> I found a message on Facebook this morning that kind of jarred me a bit. I want to know WHY some people believe that this time of year is EXCLUSIVELY theirs? My extended cousin posted the following comment: <BR> <BR> "I'm inviting all my Facebook family and friends to join me in returning to the traditional greeting of "Merry Christmas" instead of the politically correct "Happy Holidays". If you agree with me, please... Sat, 10 Dec 2011 08:54:34 EST You Are So BEAUTIFUL!! I just received a sweet message from one of my lovely Spark Friends. The thought, and the idea, was really quite nice, but alas, I first saw this "chain mail" or "SPAM", back in January 2011. It was sent as a "Beautiful Woman Award" and although the sentiment is quite lovely, I also remember that a message had gone out to let everyone know that Spark People totally frowns upon this type of message being sent out. <BR> <BR> I can well understand their feelings and although well intentioned,... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 20:58:54 EST TRUE CONFESSIONS, or something like that! Back around October 17th, I started to stumble, and then fell, metaphorically. I really didn't do TOO much damage because I really didn't fall too far. In essence, I got what would be the equivalent of a skinned knee, or a couple of scrapes & bruises, by getting my weight back up to 182.8 after having reached 170'sville for a second time. Alas, I've had a bit of difficulty regaining my composure & balance, but that's okay because although I am still a bit wobbly, I am determined to once again... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 16:17:38 EST A ROCKIN' REUNION & A WONDERFUL WEDDING! I'm sure you're all saying to yourselves, "what the heck was that?" Well it was suppose to be a video of my friends and I dancing at our 47th "mini" high school class reunion. Yup, you read that correctly, I graduated 47 years ago, in 1964. Strange how when I say "1964", it really doesn't seem so long ago, but when I say that was forty-seven (47) years ago, HOLY MACKEREL! <BR> <BR> Anyway, my friends and I were all having a "blast" dancing so I figured I'd tape us and share the video with y... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 00:19:27 EST HALLOWEEN "SAMHAIN" PIX! I've added a few more pictures to my Samhain photo album. These are of the decor in my home, mainly the bathrooms. I have one or two more pix I'll post at another time. <BR> <BR> I have a question for you, why is it, just before bed, I seem to get motivated to get my housework done? I putter around during the day and don't accomplish very much. Today I stripped my bed, got 3 loads of clothes, washed, hung-out, taken in, folded & put away, got my bed made with nice clean outdoor smelling she... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 00:07:45 EST CHAPTER 2 - RUBY'S BERKSHIRE ADVENTURE - Monday & Tuesday Let's see now, where did I leave off? Oh yea, I remember now. <BR> <BR> After our little afternoon stroll through Stockbridge, we headed back to our little condo where I prepared a wonderful spaghetti dinner. My sauce is made with green bell peppers, onions, zucchini, summer squash, mushrooms, a large can of tomatoes, a couple of cans of TOMATO sauce simmered to perfection and served over a bed of whole wheat angel hair pasta, and a nice glass of wine to clear the pallet. Mmmm, mmm, good. I... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 20:26:11 EST CHAPTER 1 - RUBY'S ADVENTURE to the BERKSHIRES! - Saturday & Sunday! Here I am, once again, with another adventurous blog thanks to some wonderful friends, AND of course family? <BR> <BR> I was glad to have a visit, albeit a short one, with my cousins, Connie & her daughter Debby who live just outside of Worcester. <BR> <BR> Connie & Debby own a mini golf place at the intersection of routes 12 & 20 in Auburn. It's called Crystal Caves, for those who may know the area. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR>... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 13:06:40 EST FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 This is going to be just a recap of last week. <BR> <BR> Last Sunday I went on a schedule bus trip with my friend Sandy to, guess where? You're right, how'd you know I went to Cape Cod? Because I was starting to get a cold last week, I wasn't sure if I would be up for the trip. This trip was to Bourne, where they had their 42nd annual Scallop Festival. Before the festival, we took a boat trip up the Cape Cod Canal. Below are just a few of the pictures I took. <BR> <BR> <BR> The tour ahead ... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 12:45:04 EST THANK YOU, EVERYONE! Seeing that I have been out of my loops for one reason or another these passed few months, I want to say "Thank you" to all of you for taking the time to drop by and show your concern. All your loving comments and get well goodies were GREATLY appreciated. Even though I was not up to reading very much lately, I wanted you to know that I still tried to be connected by writing a quick status or huddle a few times. <BR> <BR> I haven't wanted to say too much about how I've been feeling becaus... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 08:06:38 EST CAPE COD DAY #2 <em>298</em> <BR> I promised you day #2 of my quick little trip to the Cape, so here it is. <BR> <BR> When I spend time at my friends' DeeDee & Ted's, I can't help waking up early in the morning, no matter how late we go to bed. Ted is ALWAYS in bed way before we end our gabfest, and this trip was no exception. Even with the lack of sleep the the night before my trip (remember I told you that the trash truck awakened me at 3:30 a.m.) I was unbelievably wide awake, so DeeDee and I were up u... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 19:32:05 EST CANCELED!! I've already sent Spark messages to my teams, but in case not everyone reads their messages, I thought I'd drop a quick line to say that sadly, due to lack of interest, the Greater Lowell "End of Summer SP Picnic/Rally", has been canceled. I think it was VERY thoughtful of a few people to respond to let me know they were already committed that day, so wouldn't be able to make it. I also did receive a positive response from my SP friend Janine who lives approximately 1 1/2 hrs away. THAT was s... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 18:47:09 EST