SCOOTER4263's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SCOOTER4263 SCOOTER4263'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/ I'm out - for a while anyway. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692060 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677103 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" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672237 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661928 - 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660375 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639601 (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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638712 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633688 "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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630185 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624020 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l114601951.jpg"> <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.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622591 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> http://seniorplanet.org/dont-dress-your-<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.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618681 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615162 (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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614143 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612118 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608693 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l804398398.jpg"> <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) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596107 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593820 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: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591358 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588188 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587353 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585992 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585847 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569963 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565003 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.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564000 but this made me laugh so hard the cat fell off my lap: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2125604096.jpg"> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 06:00:39 EST Oh What an Interesting Evening... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561542 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559867 This is a comment on CHUBRUB3's blog, "Little White Lies." <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public<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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559114 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551008 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550869 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545001 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542703 This article: <BR> <BR> http://icoolbuzz.com/health/10-simple-th<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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533373 ...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 mumsananarchist.livejournal.com, 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519600 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519590 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506791 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486296 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410988 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383493 "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 You Don't Have to Be Pretty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382791 This is from this blog: <BR> http://www.dressaday.com/ <BR> <BR> It's written by Erin McKean, a woman whose work and wit I love - she's a lexicographer (and she does great vintage fashion work, if you're interested in that sort of thing..which I am!) <BR> <BR> You Don’t Have to Be Pretty <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1127329711.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> So the other day, folks in the comments were talking about leggings. I'm pretty agnostic about leggings, bu... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 21:03:15 EST Tired. Bad memory. Sleep? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374569 Since my old FitBit quit and they kindly send me a new One, I've learned something interesting: My ability to sleep is even worse than I thought. <BR> <BR> I've always been a very light sleeper, and for years had to have absolute darkness and absolute quiet to sleep (and if I had them, I'd fall asleep literally in under a minute.) <BR> <BR> I was always a back sleeper, until I gained so much weight a few years ago and started to snore. Then I'd wake myself up every time I fell asleep, l... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 12:15:24 EST The new job and The Project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368328 I am finally semi-gainfully employed - 20 hours per week, although being May and all, I'm putting in about twice that at the moment, which is fine. I work for: <BR> <BR> heritagefarminc.org <BR> <BR> where I am the landscaper and greenhouse manager. Ten hours a week I have SEMP (Supported Employment) help - one of the participants is assigned to me to do whatever I ask them to do, typically simple but labor-intensive tasks, like moving 100 flats of vegetables from one place to another. ... Sun, 26 May 2013 10:44:58 EST I feel...healthier?...already! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367358 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1415425953.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sorry about the picture quality - that's what you get with a phone in a weirdly lit kitchen. <BR> <BR> Anyway, that's my Green Smoothie (or juice - I'm still not quite sure of the difference - possibly a smoothie uses a blender and juice comes from a juicer.) The larger pitcher behind it is the rest of the batch - I got a little carried away adjusting the flavors. <BR> <BR> The tiny glass in front is my C... Sat, 25 May 2013 07:50:33 EST Is a little competence really too much to expect? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366390 This is the latest installment in what is apparently a continuing saga of irritation and disappointment, stemming from dealings with people whom you'd think knew their jobs. This is even better than my usual complaints about Home Depot people who don't know a Phillips from a flat, and grocery store people who don't know where the mayo is. This is about the people who control the driving lives of all New Yorkers. <BR> <BR> I'll skip the gory details of the back story and get right to the pa... Fri, 24 May 2013 06:45:55 EST New and exciting hummus recipes! Really! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361392 This is from the ReBoot with Joe website. I've made two of the hummus recipes, and they're not only good tasting, the color is fantastic. I've been making my own hummus for a long time, but the beet one is really special. Here's the link if you want to look at the photos or explore further: <BR> <BR> www.rebootwithjoe.com/after-school-snack<BR>-rainbow-hummus <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Prep Time: 15 minutes <BR> <BR> Cook Time: 15 minutes <BR> <BR> Total Time: 30 minutes <BR> <BR> Yield: ... Sun, 19 May 2013 18:35:19 EST ...wherein our heroine makes a potentially unpopular proclamation: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355447 I agree, in theory, that we should make our lives count, and that we shouldn't always be putting off until tomorrow, etc. I *do* believe there's no time like the present for tackling issues like health, weight, exercise, even drinking a glass of water. Moreover, we *should* be concentrating on making our world a better place for those who dwell thereon. <BR> <BR> However, I'm getting a little...overwhelmed?...by all the sayings about making every single moment count towards our one preciou... Mon, 13 May 2013 17:28:48 EST A Mother's Day Question: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353952 How could the years have gone by so quickly when some of the afternoons of toddlerhood were so incredibly long? Sun, 12 May 2013 11:11:01 EST Reboot and miscellaneous, more personal stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352550 The real estate closing finally went through, so I now don't need to move. I have a (small) nest egg, a steady income through the mortgage (which I'm holding, not because a bank wouldn't accept the borrowers - I learned that lesson years ago - but because the buyers are Amish and don't want to deal with "English" banks right now. It's all good - no worries) and several part-time jobs that I love - one as greenhouse keeper and landscaper for Heritage Farm ( heritagefarminc.org ), one writin... Fri, 10 May 2013 21:05:28 EST Gardening/landscaping/life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337477 Well. It looks as though last year's experiment - let the back yard go totally wild, and have a lovely meadow full of flowers - was a Complete Fail. Rather than a meadow, I got a scrubby patch full of burdock and brambles, studded here and there with hidden piles of dog...leavings. The point of the trial - aside from sheer laziness - was that a friend had reported great success with this, and that the yard is extremely uneven, everything from trees coming out (or going in) to a sinking leac... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 16:37:39 EST