SCOOTER4263's SparkPeople Blog SCOOTER4263's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Connections and Community (OT, although there is some relevance to food addiction)) So it started with this: <BR> <BR> (there was supposed to be a picture of a cat sleeping in a basket here, but I took it with my phone and tried to email it to myself so I could upload it here, and the mail server is down. It'll show up eventually) <BR> <BR> That's Binx, sleeping in the cat basket. <BR> <BR> The basket was originally meant for my great-grandmother's Boston terrier, but he was displaced by Justimere, a Maine coon cat. Justimere got his name because, even though he was s... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:11:40 EST Avoiding falls, staying limber, remaining young. Okay, link problems straightened out. <BR> <BR> Thanks to HIPPICHICK1 for showing this to me initially. <BR> <BR> This guy is nothing short of amazing. Totally worth a couple minutes of your time to watch this video. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>250/Meet_Stephen_Jepson_One_Really_Awe<BR>some_72_Year_Old_Man/ </link> Wed, 7 Jan 2015 14:56:10 EST "Juice Cleanse" - some science, some thoughts Here's the link for the science part - just cut and paste the whole deal (and beware - the graphics are really annoying): <BR> <BR><BR>etoxing-juice-cleanse?&utm_medium=emai<BR>l&utm_campaign=BuzzFeed+14&utm_content<BR>=BuzzFeed+14+CID_1924911585c4929ea5409<BR>25fa1c60cf5&utm_source=Campaign%20Moni<BR>tor&utm_term=The%20experts%20say%20The<BR>yre%20not%20great%20for%20you#4ldqpit <BR> <BR> The rest is just my thoughts. <BR> <BR> Because I live where... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 17:13:25 EST Miscellaneous ramblings. I spent a week with my daughters over Christmas, came home Tuesday, and I always need a couple days of "re-entry" after a long visit with them. (I was there for a week at Thanksgiving, too.) My house is too quiet, I'm tired (it's a 400 mile drive), and the four-leggers are either overwhelmingly glad to see me or mildly irritated that I left them alone. Today, though, I woke up at 5:00 (which is reasonably normal for me) instead of sleeping late and then napping on and off half the day (whi... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 07:26:01 EST Effort: Small vs Heroic This is something I've been thinking about for a while now. <BR> <BR> When I was in my thirties (I'm bearing down hard on 60 now, although I don't feel like it) I was heavily into body building. I never wanted to enter a competition, but I did all the egg whites-and-chicken-breasts things and lifted really heavy. <BR> <BR> (And for any woman who is afraid of getting "too bulked up" - don't give it a thought. Body builders spend hours every day - yes, hours every day - trying to gain jus... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 22:50:10 EST This is why we can't have nice things (photos) The main problem: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Passer and receiver: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Not to be left out (the first on is still in the tree - you can pick him out if you look hard): <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The result - every day, several times a day: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:25:28 EST Fascinating and simple recipe to try: Pine syrup! This stuff is amazing in tea and I'm sure in a bunch of other things I haven't thought of yet. <BR> <BR> Following the pine syrup recipe is the recipe for using it in an Alpine Manhattan. I have not yet made this but it sounds wonderful, and would make a lovely holiday beverage. The pine syrup also be worth a try in gin, perhaps -like a gimlet,only pine instead of lime... <BR> <BR> This is from November 2014 Food and Wine Magazine: <BR> <BR> Pine Syrup <BR> Contributed by Shae Whitney <B... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 16:10:28 EST Okay, time for a new plan. All summer - basically early May through now - I work as a landscaper and professional gardener. <em>198</em> I don't have to try to get my 10,000 steps in every day - I usually have them by noon - and I lift just plenty of heavy things, so I honestly don't worry about exercise. Sometimes I watch what I eat or go on a week or so of juicing, <em>478</em> but mostly I eat (and drink, <em>181</em> God help my poor liver) whatever I feel like because it gets used up. I eat a lot of pr... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 09:27:56 EST Road rage and other misplaced angers. I remember years and years ago, my husband and I were going somewhere in the city (Philadelphia), I was driving, and someone cut me off on the Schuylkill Expressway. The fact that the Schuylkill (known locally as the "sure kill") Expressway was moving at all was a miracle. Anyway, he turned to me and said, "Are you going to let him get away with that?" I think I muttered something about, "No, dear, please reach into the back seat and hand me the grenade launcher, will you?" and then he was... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 17:14:27 EST It's been a wild and wooly summer. I ran away from SP in the spring when I inexplicably gained weight. I've since learned that that's a silly thing. The next week I'd lost it again, whether by whim of weight or scale. We weigh what we weigh - it has as much to do with our overall happiness as our specific gravity. <BR> <BR> So...lessons learned...friends aren't necessarily those that you've had the longest. I "broke up" with a friend of nearly 40 years because when I asked something of her, for another person in serious p... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:43:07 EST I'm out - for a while anyway. This is just stupid and inexplicable, but after ten days of landscaping six hours a day, drinking tons of water, eating salads and very little else, Ive gained seven pounds. I don't understand how this is possible, but it's same scale, same place, same everything except amount of fat I'm lugging around. It's not muscle and it's not water retention - I've played those mind games before. <BR> <BR> So I'm bagging the whole SP thing for a little while. I'm extremely busy anyway, what with spr... Sat, 10 May 2014 15:42:14 EST Bucket Lists My daughter, who is 23 years old, informed me this morning that she is building something called a cafe racer -apparently some sort of small, fast motorcycle. I was horrified, but that's beside the point. When I asked her (repeatedly) why she'd do something like that when surely there were other things yadayadayada, her reply was that it was on her Bucket List. <BR> <BR> Ever since that annoyingly depressing movie came out, everyone I know has constructed a bucket list. So I thought I'd c... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:12:47 EST Quicky explanation of the term "blood moon" Apparently some folks are concerned that seeing a "blood moon"means the earth is going to end or something like that.While I have complete respect to anyone and everyone's religious beliefs, this time science can come to the rescue. <BR> <BR> There is a full lunar eclipse tonight. This means that the moon, the Earth and the Sun are all lined up with the Earth in the middle - the moon is in the Earth's umbra, or shadow. The moon isn't completely invisible though - because of the angle at whic... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:09:56 EST So...April goals. - Well, the first one is to walk 10,000 steps per day, although I recognize that the way my life goes I'm more likely to have 20,000 step days mixed in with 2,000 step days. If I get 50K or 60K in a week, I'll be happy. <BR> <BR> - The second is to track the food, no matter what. I can do that for a month. <BR> <BR> - The third, and final, is to do the Exercise of the Day, or some variation thereof. <BR> <BR> I thought about making a big workout schedule, but I really can't - we all k... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 16:43:25 EST New moon, new month (soon), new week, new FitBit(!), and maybe a new me. I'm another year older (59, God help us all), and probably no wiser, but still in there swinging. <BR> <BR> I'd lost a few pounds with the Winter 5% Challenge, but choked towards the end for reasons not entirely clear to me. Honestly, I think I was (and am) just so sick of being cold. I know it sounds like an excuse, but I think it might actually be a reason - it was simply too cold to stand in my kitchen (where no refrigeration is necessary, thank you) and cook healthy meals, so I opte... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 21:59:52 EST In Praise of Snowy Winter Afternoons (I may have stolen that title from someone...possibly Alexander McCall Smith.) <BR> <BR> Anyway... <BR> <BR> Sometimes, I think, we need to set aside all the striving for self-improvement, just for a moment. I realized the other day that it had been ages since I read something that wasn't trying to fix me in one way or another, weeks since I watched something on Netflix that wasn't a TED talk, and months since I hadn't guilted myself into eating a balanced diet or exercising properly. Eve... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 14:31:07 EST Dang, Oprah, really? Nothing puts you in your place like a good Oprah quiz. <BR> <BR> The link to 20 Things Everyone Should Be Able to Handle by Age 40 (or something along those lines) was in my inbox, and having just spent two hours filling out employment stuff online, I figured what the heck. I'm pretty evolved, reasonably capable - this ought to boost the battered ego a little. <BR> <BR> Not so fast, my over-estimating little friend. <BR> <BR> I'm actually only accomplished at THREE of Oprah's twenty thing... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 15:14:48 EST Thought for Today "I will persist until I succeed. I will never consider defeat and I will remove from my vocabulary such words and phrases as quit, cannot, unable, impossible, out of the question, improbable, failure, unworkable, hopeless, and retreat; for they are the words of fools. I will avoid despair but if this disease of the mind should infect me then I will work on in despair. I will toil and endure. I will ignore the obstacles at my feet and keep mine eyes on the goals above my head, for I know that ... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 19:07:14 EST Un-quitting, letting go, and a link for a crocheted Sherlock Brief history, for those lucky enough to have missed the play-by-play: first my daughters grew up and moved out. I know this is the natural order of things, but I expressly remember telling them that they were not to be older than 3 and 5. Then I lost my mother, my husband, a house and my money (which we were supposed to retire on) in the space of about four years, and I just quit. Quit trying, quit living, quit believing it would ever be any different. And for three years, it wasn't. I... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:16:15 EST A Snowy Valentine's Day and some good news about a friend <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the view out the window of my studio onto the deck. Now that I have a metal roof off of which the snow slides quite readily, I always check for an overhanging avalanche before I go out. However, it looks like I'm not going to be using that door any time soon anyway - that's about up to my rib cage. <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> Valerie, the 28 year old daughter of a friend, was complaining of shortness of br... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:45:06 EST Dress Your Age? Well.... I don't know about you guys, but I've had a genuinely lousy day. So, to cheer us up, here's a link for you: <BR> <BR><BR>age-six-inspiring-women-say-no-to-drab/ <BR> <BR> And as far as I'm concerned, the same goes for dressing appropriately for your weight. <em>204</em> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:38:15 EST Some People's Cats.... Usually when it's so cold, I put a fire in the wood stove in the dining room. That end of the house isn't heated, so it helps, and the four-leggers all like it. Recently, though, I've been running a little low on wood, so I haven't been doing it. <BR> <BR> Now I've discovered that one of the cats - there are three choices - has taken to prying the door open (there's no latch), walking inside and, well, using the ashes as a litter box. Not only is this in itself a problem, but the open doo... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 13:53:25 EST The Shoulder Report (If you have no idea what this is about and you're interested, it's in yesterday's blog.) <BR> <BR> Okay. First let me say that I'm truly touched by the obvious care Spark People have for members of their "family", and that care is evidenced by the number of people who took time out of their busy lives to encourage a virtual stranger to go to a doctor. <BR> <BR> That said, there's not a blessed thing wrong with my shoulder that stretching, rest, ice/heat and ibuprofen won't fix. There's n... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 16:26:13 EST Doctors' Offices, Weighing, Death ... and other miscellaneous thoughts. So last summer, in one of those combinations of grace and intelligence that I seem to specialize in, I tripped going through a doorway. I was far enough away from the doorway at the time to notice that a) I was going to face-plant onto cement and b) if i dropped whatever it was I was carrying, I could grab the door frame and prevent the impending face-plant. So I did. <BR> <BR> I was going at a pretty good clip, but I managed to get a palm on either side of the door and stagger through wit... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:59:03 EST February Goals and, Finally, the Word for 2014! I always liked February. Not because of the weather, although I do like winter, and not because of Valentine's Day, but because it's a lovely, compact four perfect weeks - no leftover days, no wondering where the first day of March will fall. True, it does get messy every fourth year, but Leap Year is sufficiently exciting by itself that it outweighs the loss of the beauty of the usual calendrical symmetry. To make proper use of February, you must start whatever it is you plan to do on th... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 13:06:27 EST for Pat in Maine: a snapshot of Life <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> (The caption is a little small. It reads, "Life is one damned thing after another.") Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:43:32 EST A Day of Good and Bad (totally off topic) I've probably mentioned a few dozen times here how badly I need bookcases. Last night I sat down and designed some really simple ones to make out of wood. Nothing fancy - just verticals with horizontals in between. <BR> <BR> GOOD: I mentioned my project to my neighbor Ken, hoping he'd give me a good price on some boards. Turns out he gave me the best price of all: FREE! I lugged them home and they're thawing in the kitchen as I write this. Also, I already have the electric drill. I h... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 15:51:20 EST Women's Bodies - What We Hear, What We Think My daughter emailed me this piece this morning, referring to a very popular radio show in the Pittsburgh area: <BR> <BR> "My (no longer) favorite radio show this morning really broke my heart with their morning segment which was- ladies only, call in and tell us what you hate about your body. Because women are crazy and are their own worst critic. <BR> <BR> "They unsuccessfully tried to make it okay by the male host (one male ((Bubba)) , 2 females, the show is Bubbas show) by saying... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:27:36 EST And this is how we define achievement: There was an event in Disney World this week and weekend called The Dopey (after the dwarf in Snow White.) It consisted of four events: <BR> <BR> On Thursday there was a 5K to run. <BR> On Friday was the 10K. <BR> On Saturday there was the half marathon to run. <BR> (If you did all three of these, you successfully completed The Goofy) <BR> On Sunday, today, was the full marathon. <BR> <BR> My daughter and her friend successfully completed all four and have their handful of medals to prov... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 15:48:02 EST A Little Late, But Here We Go: 2014 Goals The first three are the main Goals, the rest are smaller things that I just really want to finish (perhaps, "Finish What You Start" ought to get a place in the top section.) <BR> <BR> 1. Regain a healthy weight and fitness level <BR> <BR> This means I don't have to aspire to run a marathon, or weigh what I did when I was 23. When I did landscaping full-time, I was able to sling trees around, load heavy stuff, pull heavy stuff, dig holes in rocky ground and generally hold my own with the g... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 14:11:08 EST Anybody familiar with DailyBurn? During the cold spell, I was hiding indoors and watching Hulu, and they kept advertising this product called DailyBurn. Apparently it's an online program that gives you a totally different workout at home every day. <BR> <BR> That's all I know about it, but it did make me curious. Has anyone tried it, and if so, what did you think? Wed, 8 Jan 2014 20:45:56 EST Okay, this really is a bit much. The dog's water bowl has a skim of ice on it. That's the bowl that's INSIDE THE HOUSE. Yes, it is at ground level; yes, I do have a cobblestone foundation; yes, I do have an unheated "basement"; and yes, the wind wails through the ill-fitting windows on that side of the house.But still, this is the dining room we're talking about. This is just stupid. Tue, 7 Jan 2014 18:31:49 EST 2014 was going to be My Year - and it still may be. It's just off to a bit of a slow start. <BR> <BR> I was planning a six day juice cleanse. I did that between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I felt absolutely awesome - all energetic and smart and stuff. <em>58</em> Now, though, with temperatures well below zero F., somehow a nice cold glass of mangled kale just doesn't sound appealing. <BR> <BR> I was planning all sorts of vigorous exercise, too, <em>84</em> but even though that soun... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 15:53:48 EST Don't try this at home, kids It had very poor results. What? Oh...ordering Christmas gifts online while lying on the bathroom floor with a 103ºF temperature. <BR> <BR> It started Tuesday, when I took Lydia, my "next-door" Amish neighbor and mother of ten to the grocery and a few other places. We were talking over various things, and she mentioned that a 24 stomach virus was working its way through the family. I didn't think much about it because I never get those things - respiratory things very occasionally, but ga... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 16:38:28 EST What do we really want for Christmas? I have a neighbor whom I like very much - he's a good guy, a straight shooter, one of those "salt of the earth" types. One of 12 kids raised in the middle of nowhere by parents who both were loggers - he's immensely practical but loves his grandchildren with all his heart. He's set to retire from working the road crews in the spring and wants to take some time off now, too, for the holidays. <BR> <BR> Enter Wife #2 (Wife #1 married him when they were both 17 and they lasted maybe 5 years) ... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 16:52:34 EST Maybe I'm overtired.... but this made me laugh so hard the cat fell off my lap: <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 06:00:39 EST Oh What an Interesting Evening... Last night was indeed interesting. I was heading to bed around 9:00 and was <BR> settled in reading when I heard a kitten - a small kitten - shouting <BR> frantically for help. I tore downstairs and determined that it wasn't my <BR> small kitten, then set about listening at walls and heat vents and cold air <BR> returns. Finally went into my dark, spidery (thank heavens it's cold enough that <BR> they're all dead) wet basement and found where it was - between the basement <BR> "ceiling" an... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 19:09:40 EST Maybe the truth is overrated. This is a comment on CHUBRUB3's blog, "Little White Lies." <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559404 <BR> As so often happens, my comment turned out to be longer than the blog it was attached to, so I moved it over here. <BR> <BR> I dunno, Angela. There are times for truth, hard and cold, and there are times for gentleness. <BR> <BR> On a good day, I'll describe myself as a slightly eccentric, middle-aged widowed lady of gently fading beau... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 15:58:29 EST Hourglasses, apples and avocados. Oh my! Remember that 53 pounds I lost back in 2012 and early 2013? <em>9</em> Well, the bad news is that I've gained a significant portion of it back again. <em>24</em> What happened, truthfully, is that one of my daughters was also overweight and we were within a couple pounds of one another. I pulled ahead (or below, depending) and she was really upset. Instead of taking this like the adult in the family and carrying on with my program, I stopped weighing myself. And when I stopped wei... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 13:05:34 EST Question for the animal observers The other day I was having a casual conversation with a neighbor, a guy who's worked on the county roads for close to forty years. He confirmed something I'd noticed awhile back: there a a lot fewer raccoons dead on the roads than there used to be. He insisted that it isn't that they pick them up more quickly - and with the current budget cuts, it's more likely to be less often - but that fewer are being struck and killed. There are just as many raccoons around as there were, probably mor... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:42:48 EST A Clarification and/or Retraction In my previous journal entry, I wasn't referring to any humans, specific or general. I was just griping generally about radio stations that start the Christmas songs before Halloween (Oct. 10th, here, was the first one), and the stores that start pushing their wares - generally unnecessary and frequently unwanted - on us earlier and earlier each year, often with a subtext of guilt and one-upsmanship. <BR> <BR> Anyone who thought I was referring to people I knew personally, am related to, or... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:27:20 EST This is what bugs me about Thanksgiving No, it's not the basic concept of gratitude - in fact, I try very hard to maintain an awareness of my many, many blessings often during my day. I believe that: <BR> <BR> "If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough." <em>458</em> <BR> - Meister Eckhart <BR> <BR> And I love the food. <em>4</em> Over many years, some dieting and some merely health-consciou... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 08:03:12 EST Happiness...and where to find it, how to have more This article: <BR> <BR><BR>ings-can-today-will-make-happier-backe<BR>d-science.html <BR> <BR> is absolutely worth the time it takes you to read it. <BR> <BR> I can vouch for a few of the point personally. <BR> <BR> When I was a professional gardener/landscaper, I was outside for 6-8 hours every day and worked darned hard physically, and it was the happiest I've ever been in my life. I'm sure it was the combination of outside and taxing physical ... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 13:11:59 EST The more things change... ...the more they stay the same. <BR> <BR> Or so it seems, anyway. <BR> <BR> I was reading over some of my blog posts from here and from, and I see that I just keep retreading the same set of tires. It's been years, and I'm still too fat, my house is still a vast network of storage areas for myself and my relatives (many of whom are no longer on this side of The Veil), I still don't have enough money and a few other things. While I have a much greater unders... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 22:12:34 EST Anyone doing the Foot Levelers Marathon/Half/Walk in the Spring? My daughter has morphed before my eyes from a sensible person into someone who finds great pleasure in sprinting up the sides of mountains <em>84</em> Children. <BR> <BR> Anyway, she's doing the Foot Levelers Marathon on April 26th, 2014 in Virginia. It looks like an insane challenge, but never having exactly been noted for sanity (but also not for being suicidal) I agreed to do the Half Marathon as a Walker. Heck, I love to walk, I've walked all my life, I have six months to train...w... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 17:32:45 EST One question, one announcement <BR> Question: some relatively minor criminal event took place in the city near here, and an attorney friend and I were discussing it casually. The perpetrator - "alleged" perpetrator, I suppose - begged the court for leniency because he had a wife and three children and didn't want to lose his job. It makes me wonder: these guys get excused from their bad behavior while the unmarried and/or childless just get locked up willy-nllly? While I do understand the thinking, it doesn't seem fai... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 17:12:37 EST Sowing, Reaping and Other Consequences of Daily Life Like lots of folks, I begin autumn on August 1st and end it Nov 1st, with three harvests in between - and we're coming up on the final harvest, when all the things you've planted - physically, mentally, psychically, spiritually - come home to roost. (Mixed metaphor - let it go - I haven't had my coffee yet.) Harvest doesn't always give us what we want, but it invariably gives us what we need for our personal growth. <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> I remember many years ago when I first started... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 09:44:00 EST So many changes... Let's see... where to begin. <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> In ...May, was it?...the state of New York determined that, because I failed twice to renew my auto insurance on time (for some reason, right after my husband died, "remember to insure the car" just wasn't on the top of my To Do list...and they eventually caught up with me for this grievous infraction), I would no longer be allowed to drive anything registered to me for 90 days. <em>253</em> <BR> <BR> I could legally drive anything ... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 14:41:45 EST 4th I wasn't planning on attending any fireworks tonight, even though (or perhaps because) it was always a favorite family activity. The neighbors brought fireworks from SC and invited me to their party, but it's a family party and while I'm sure it would be fine, I always feel like that "extra person." I was going to stay home, especially after it rained heavily just a little while ago. <BR> <BR> Still, when I saw the night falling, I decided to take Lucy the Dog and hike up the hill - throu... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 21:54:23 EST Sunday, faith restored "Summer afternoon - Summer afternoon... the two most beautiful words in the English language." <BR> <BR> Henry James <BR> <BR> Regular readers (poor souls) will know that I recently sold off 2/3 of my farmland. Yes, it was absolutely necessary financially, but also the right thing to do for any number of reasons. For one thing, I'm no longer alone on Jackass Hill (yep, that really is the name) - I have a lovely Amish family living near me, and they've brought cows and draft horses and... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 15:12:26 EST