SHARON10002's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SHARON10002 SHARON10002'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/ Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - That's So Punny Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928777 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ea87f28e-5655-4679-9850-efab6053f8b0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's Friday again! Time to get yourself in the right frame of mind from the rigors of the week, and get your Funny Side Up. So here we go with some more punny pictures, and cartoons that I hope will make you smile, and help you to get your Funny Side Up. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d34312c1-6009-43fa-8b2d-c2ee91edadce.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Fri, 15 May 2015 18:45:36 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Mother's Day Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924920 It's Friday, and also Mother's Day weekend, and time for some laughter and fun. We all love our mothers, and they love us equally, if not more. It doesn't necessarily have to be all about the sentimental side of the day - breakfast in bed, flowers, chocolate, or other things our family thinks we want. <BR> <BR> So in honor of all you moms out there, I thought it was time to share some thoughts of motherhood from a different perspective - a mother's point of view. So with this blog, I'm ... Fri, 8 May 2015 16:37:06 EST Marvelous Monday: A Motivational Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922561 Do you remember the Disney movie, Pollyanna, starring Haley Mills? It was one of my favorite books and movies when I was a young girl. In case you are - ahem - too young to remember this - allow me to explain. <BR> <BR> Pollyanna was a young girl who considering her real life situation of losing her mother, and then her father, and was sent to live with her curmudgeonly old aunt. She decided that no matter how bad things were or would get, she could always find something to be glad about... Mon, 4 May 2015 17:19:30 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life: A Matter of Ominion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920954 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l341679316.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's finally Friday again! Is it just me or did you feel like it took a week to get here?! Seriously, don't we wish everyday was a Friday? <BR> <BR> It's the end of the week, and it's time to just let go of the serious drudgery of the daily grind, and get ready to have some fun for the next couple of days. <BR> <BR> Keeping this foremost in mind, here’s a look at some funny quotes I hope will tickle your fu... Fri, 1 May 2015 18:30:41 EST Making Your Monday Marvelous: Happy Monday Beautiful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918683 Thank you to each and every one of you that have been reading and enjoying my blogs. I have gotten so much positive feedback on my recent Make Your Monday Magnificent blogs that I have decided to do a series, "It's Marvelous Monday". <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l537365579.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, I could tell today was a Monday. It started out as one of those days. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1808894479.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:56:30 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life: Customer Service - May I Help You Go Insane? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917090 Happy Friday! Glad you could join me for Friday Happy Hour! Have you ever had a totally frustrating experience with a customer service department? I’m sure, I’m not alone . . . <BR> <BR> Although at this point I’m finding it a little difficult to get to my “Happy Place” after a go-round today trying to find alternative phone plans with my phone provider. So, here is the humorous side of our sometimes frustrating customer service calls. <BR> <BR> Dialed Number - Phone Ringing <... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:53:41 EST Making Your Monday Marvelous: Turning Monday Blahs Into Aahhs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914694 It’s Monday once again! I am focused on trying to view Mondays from a different perspective - changing it from one of “dread” to one of “moving ahead”. <BR> So It’s Marvelous Monday! It’s time to pump ourselves up so we are ready to face the week ahead. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1311280166.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This week we are going to focus on ourselves. I want you to begin today, and this week, by stepping up and giving yourself one reaso... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:26:21 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Life, and Lunacy - Places I've Never Been http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913060 Do you love to travel? I love to travel, and a weekend escape is always a refreshing and revitalizing change which invigorates the spirit once again. I've been thinking about all of the places I've been, places I'd like to go, and places I've never been. See if you recognize any of these on my list. Where are some of the places you've been or would like to go? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1653556118.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been in many places, but I've ne... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:12:18 EST It's Monday . . . How About a Little Lift Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910701 Sometimes it's hard to get going on Monday after the weekend. That can sometimes be a good thing or a bad thing. No matter what your frame of mind, knowing that you face the whole week ahead can sometimes leave a little cloudiness in what should just be another day. Would you like a little help? How about a little good news? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1885258635.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Feel better now? Okay let's try this. . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 17:35:16 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life: That's So Punny! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909033 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l183831643.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l739122369.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1700694548.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l792333375.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1845501069.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1257641769.jpg"> <... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:01:10 EST Happy Easter to You All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905872 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l592317512.jpg"> Sun, 5 Apr 2015 13:51:04 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life: Go Fly A Kite http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900340 Have you ever thought about the fact that life is like flying a kite? As life happens and envelops us, and we move from thing to thing, we usually find ourselves “gliding” along , but holding back, sitting on our heels, reluctant to let out our string while we wait for the “perfect conditions”, or “just the right moment”, to pursue a strong desire, a dream, or to simply try something new. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l235048025.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As ... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:58:08 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life: Spring Has Sprung? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896618 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2005703814.jpg"> <BR> Happy Spring! Well today is officially the first day of Spring. It officially arrives at 6:45 PM EDT. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1851492877.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But wait . . . What is this I see? S-N-O-W! Seems like winter just isn't ready to leave yet. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l967548086.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:40:01 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laugther, Lunacy, and Life - Truisms Part Deux http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892401 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l607755463.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's Friday! And you all know what that means. . . It's time for Friday Happy Hour! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l720018626.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Now that you've recovered from that, what do you say we all sit back, relax, and have a little fun? Time to get ourselves in the right frame of mind to start our weekend off right. <BR> <BR> <BR> This weekend is a continua... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 17:20:21 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life: Truisms Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888316 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l426216016.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Woo Hoo! It's finally Friday, and I'm Outta Here! Care to join me for some laughter and fun? Here are some of the funnier side of life's thoughts, and I'm calling them "truisms". <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l283590103.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1398970146.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l16... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 19:23:10 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life: The No Frills Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883851 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l712772674.jpg"> <BR> It's finally Friday, and you know what that means. . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l478223566.jpg"> <BR> It's time for our Friday Happy Hour get together! <BR> <BR> "Attention All Passengers. We sincerely apologize for the agonizing delay of reaching Friday this week. This is your captain speaking and we on Finally It’s Friday Airlines are experiencing mechanical difficulties which wil... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:43:57 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life: The Snow Fun Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879568 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2058783235.jpg"> <BR> <BR> BRRRRRR!!!! It’s time for Friday Happy Hour! I'm so glad you decided to join me! No need for ice in our cocktails today! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1019560884.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It’s the final boarding call for our flight out of Cold Water Creek to a much happier and sunnier place! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1376095267.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But do... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:11:43 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life: Valentine Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875221 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1057452722.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1712681619.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy Valentine's Eve! It’s time for Friday Happy Hour! I'm so glad you decided to join me! <BR> <BR> It’s the final boarding call for our flight out of Loveless, TX to a much happier and warmer place! Our first stop will be Romeo, Michigan to pick up the local bachelor’s club on their way to their annual "Loves Me - Loves Me Not" r... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:27:07 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life: Frozen Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870814 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l434095056.jpg"> <BR> It's Friday!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1330560421.jpg"> <BR> It’s time for Friday Happy Hour! I'm so glad you decided to join me! <BR> <BR> It’s the final boarding call for our flight out of Igloo, SD to a much happier and sunnier place! No matter where you are, the whole country is feeling the “frozen” temperatures these last couple of days. What do you say we take off?! <BR> <... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 17:24:21 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life: Senior Moments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856028 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l972917814.jpg"> <BR> It's Friday! Woo Hoo! <BR> <BR> It’s time for Friday Happy Hour! I'm so glad you decided to join me! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1449822752.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It’s the final boarding call for our flight out of the Valley of Despair to a much happier and sunnier place! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1973273479.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “Welcome aboard Finally It’s Friday Airlin... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 20:29:32 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life: Aloha Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850521 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l28215907.jpg"> <BR> A-L-O-H-A!!! It's Friday again! With much of the country in the "deep freeze" we are off on an island adventure. Time leave all your worries and cares of da week back dare, no let nottin' boddah you, and jes let go! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l717340098.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And. . . since always five o’clock in Hawaii, it’s time for Friday Happy Hour! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 17:45:09 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life: The Day After Xmas Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838917 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l248387416.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Is your head still spinning from all of the rush? Think about it, all that time and preparation, and now it's all like some distant memory! Time for this Special Edition of Friday Happy Hour - The Day After Christmas Edition. Come on in, take a seat, and sit a spell. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l579234249.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:34:10 EST Seasons Greetings To All My Spark Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838558 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1183138732.jpg"> <BR> Message: <BR> The blessings of peace, <BR> the beauty of hope, <BR> the spirit of love, <BR> and the comfort of faith. <BR> May these be the gifts that you receive this Christmas. <BR> <BR> <BR> From door to door, <BR> And heart to heart, <BR> Christmas binds us together, <BR> Even though we're far apart. <BR> <BR> No matter how near, <BR> No matter how far, <BR> I'm sending you love <BR> No matter where you are. <BR... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 23:32:55 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837279 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l722322370.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It’s hard to believe that we are finished with this challenge for 2014. I know from your wonderful comments that each one of us has experienced and received some remarkable "gifts" in the responses that we've received from those we have chosen to help in our challenges. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l83922016.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is the culmination of saving all of our... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 07:09:47 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836673 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l568920649.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We are all very busy running around and trying to get things done, and it seems like so is everyone else. Have you noticed how much more crowded the parking lots are these days? To make matters worse, in our area the county government has granted permits to build banks and fast food restaurants in parking lots! <BR> <BR> So today’s challenge is going to help alleviate the stress for us, and other drivers. <BR> ... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:06:18 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836269 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l51037154.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We’re here at the end of our third week of the December to Remember Challenge, and I’d like to thank you all of coming all on this challenge with me. It’s so right that “Things Are Better With Friends”. <BR> <BR> Here’s some of your comments from yesterday’s challenge re; Christmas movies you’re watching: <BR> <BR> MADAMES wrote, “We also watch White Christmas, Best Little Christmas Pageant Ever, a Charlie Brown... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:57:16 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835836 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l288529622.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My Spark friend, Kelly, said it best this morning. Sometimes in the midst of the Christmas and holiday bustle, you just need to sit down and take a deep breath. Later today I am going to do that. Saturday night is a good night to settle in with a big ‘ole tub of popcorn, and watch a movie. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1084352945.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There have been so many new and c... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:43:21 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life: The Xmas Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835551 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l146392029.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Time for this Special Edition of Friday Happy Hour - The Christmas Edition. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1747436434.jpg"> <BR> It's our final boarding call! Let's head to the gate! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1945377929.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “Welcome aboard North Pole Express Airlines Flight 500 to the North Pole! The weather there is snowy, icy, and it’s cold e... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:34:11 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835267 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l960709559.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here we are at the end of another week! Christmas is right around the corner, and will be here before we know it. <BR> <BR> I'd like to share this story from KATHYJO56. She wrote, "I want to tell you a story that Jim told me. He was at a gas station down the street, and an old man was looking all around with a very confused look on his face. There was a man standing behind Jim - Jim was in the middle - and he sa... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:12:56 EST Make This A December to Remember ! Day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834789 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1618746520.jpg"> <BR> “Hot Chocolate can warm more than hands – it can warm a heart, too.” <BR> <BR> “I don't understand why so many "so called" chocolate lovers complain about the calories in chocolate, when all true chocoholics know that it is a vegetable. It comes from the cocoa bean, beans are veggies, 'nuff said. ~ Unknown <BR> <BR> And finally for those of you who still have too many things left on your To Do List. . . “Make a list ... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:27:38 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834266 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1230717866.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A little reminder for today: <BR> <BR> The unexpected kindness, <BR> From an unexpected place. <BR> A hand outstretched in friendship, <BR> A smile on someone’s face. <BR> <BR> A word of understanding, <BR> Spoken in an hour of trial. <BR> Are unexpected miracles, <BR> That make life more worthwhile. <BR> ~ Helen Steiner Rice <BR> <BR> Before I go any further, I have to show you the results of my challenge fro... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:57:46 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833741 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l703492803.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here we are in the final stretch just before Christmas. Hard to believe that Christmas is in nine days! Do you take your mail carrier for granted? I know I usually don’t give mine much thought because he’s just there. So today I’m delivering a little card and a treat to him for a change. <BR> <BR> Your challenge for today is: <BR> Leave a little something seasonal for your postman in the mailbox waiting for hi... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:08:27 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833225 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1244320553.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We had so much fun making our homemade ornaments yesterday. I bought a box of regular sized candy canes, and we made some Rudolph Candy Canes for our tree. I used black peppercorns for their eyes and red M&Ms for their noses. For antlers I glued on Pretzel sticks. They were a little “primitive” looking, but cute, nevertheless! I used my “GoodSearch” and it felt good to be raising money for our wounded warrior... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:02:33 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832759 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1275696936.jpg"> <BR> Put on the Christmas Carols, and gather everyone 'round. Time for a little family fun. <BR> <BR> Today’s Challenge is a fun one, and one to get the whole family involved in together. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1366234916.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Make a Christmas Ornament for your family. When you are done, hang it on the Christmas tree, or display it for everyone to see. <BR> <BR> <img s... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 09:45:21 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832307 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1478432542.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nearly a hundred years ago, aviator Amelia Earhart observed, "A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees." <BR> <BR> I searched for a challenge that wouldn’t cost any money. I have been posting challenges that have asked you to give monetarily, and wanted to give your pocketbooks and pant pockets a breather. I happened upon this idea purely by happens... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:11:30 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832048 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l551032650.jpg"> <BR> And. . . since it’s five o’clock somewhere . . . <BR> It’s time for Friday Happy Hour! I'm so glad you decided to join me! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1952949512.jpg"> <BR> It’s the final boarding call for our flight out of the Ho Hums of the week to a much happier and sunnier place! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1172048429.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:05:37 EST Make This A December to Remember Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831802 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l141095645.jpg"> <BR> Sounds as if you all are having lots of fun giving out the candy canes! That and hot cocoa are two favorite elfin treats! Here are some of your comments from yesterday: <BR> <BR> TREKPURRSON wrote, “Thank you, Sharon, for getting us all in the Christmas Spirit! Gave candy canes out yesterday to my cashier at WalMart, and today at Subway to each sandwich artist! The smiles and thanks I got were amazing! Thanks for the ... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 08:13:27 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831221 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1791050640.jpg"> <BR> Well, we are almost halfway into the December to Remember Challenge. I have been getting lots of feedback from all of you, and it sounds like we are indeed spreading some Holiday Cheer! These last two days have been especially fun handing out the candy canes and giving out compliments yesterday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1010058164.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Before I begin, thank you for all o... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 07:02:05 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830678 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l990561205.jpg"> <BR> I don’t know about you, but I have noticed that so many people seem to be preoccupied, or hurting these days. Even ourselves, if something is bothering us, we put on our best smiling face, when in reality deep down we are hurting. So, I decided that I would try to be more conscious of this to try to bring a little sunshine into the lives of people I come in contact with by offering compliments and encouragement. It’s ... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 07:06:35 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830249 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1699595156.jpg"> <BR> “You're never too old to do goofy stuff.” ~ From the television show Leave it to Beaver, spoken by the character Ward Cleaver. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1184241452.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, ... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:57:38 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829485 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l888500922.jpg"> <BR> “Sometimes our stop-doing list needs to be bigger than our 'to do' list.” &#8213; Patti Digh <BR> <BR> First of all, I’d like to say “Thank You” to each and every one of you for sticking with this daily challenge for the first week. I haven’t visited your individual pages as I normally do to write a personal thank you, but I hope you know that I appreciate your participation, and support, as I know all those who have ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 07:04:45 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829020 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l54466401.jpg"> <BR> December to Remember Challenge: Day 7 <BR> <BR> During the holiday rush we all need to remember to take a little breather and just sit, relax, recoup, and chill. Today's challenge is designed to help you do that. Most of us become so busy, and focused on the “Christmas Hustle and Bustle” that we just don't take a break to pick up the phone and call our friends or family to chat. I have some longtime close friends that I... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 09:27:24 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828512 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1376061987.jpg"> <BR> Make This A December to Remember Challenge: Day 6 <BR> <BR> “Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.” ~ Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> Remember, we’re continuing to save our loose change today. <BR> <BR> Yesterday’s challenge was about remembering and honoring our military during the holiday season. SPARKFRAN514 wrote, “I went to the Dollar store, and they are collecting ... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 08:45:50 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828248 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l229644121.jpg"> <BR> Did someone mention Black Friday: The Sequel?! Oh boy! Another chance to rush to the mall, and get in line for Santa! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l499845708.jpg"> <BR> It’s time for Friday Happy Hour! I'm so glad you decided to join me! <BR> <BR> It’s the final boarding call for our flight out of the Valley of Despair to a much happier and sunnier place! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 17:57:59 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827957 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1360664356.jpg"> <BR> December to Remember Challenge: Day 5 <BR> <BR> “Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”~ Steve Maraboli <BR> <BR> Have you ever been away from home and family for an extended period of time? Most of us have not. Do you realize that only 1percent of our entire population serves in the military? That’s it! For the ... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 07:09:28 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827367 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l550868810.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Are you having a difficult time making the transition this year from Thanksgiving to the Christmas/Holiday mindset? Then why not take your focus off the stress in your life, and do something that will make you feel so good for the rest of the day? “Why not join us in this ‘A December to Remember” Challenge’”, writes KATHYJO56? “This will probably be my favorite of all the challenges we do. I love to do special t... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 07:07:06 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826798 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l35690338.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Welcome to Day 3 of the December to Remember Challenge. Here are some of the comments that were posted about buying a Christmas Card, and sending it to someone you’ve lost touch with. <BR> <BR> As for me, I sent a card to one of my cousins I haven’t seen in about 5 years. He lives up north, and we spent a lot of time together when we were kids. He’s kind of an odd duck, but truly has a heart of gold. He wasn’t ... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 07:09:32 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826125 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2096377729.jpg"> <BR> It’s Day Two of the December to Remember Challenge. December is just natural this time of year to want to make a difference, to give, to spread a little joy, and to be happy. With those goals in mind, I have decided that I am going to make December a month to remember. I am going to set a goal to “mindfully” do something different, out of my ordinary routine, every day to take my daily life up a notch, and to pump s... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 00:14:50 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825504 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1881541644.jpg"> <BR> Welcome to December! <BR> It’s that time of year again! Time for giving more than just presents - time to give of ourselves - our hearts. It’s just natural this time of year to want to make a difference, to give, to spread a little joy, make others happy, and to be happy. <BR> With that in mind, it is time for my 2nd Annual "December to Remember Challenge". <BR> <BR> I am going to “mindfully” do something differe... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:40:54 EST Thanksgiving at Our House http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823792 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l549110730.jpg"> <BR> For those of you who are coming to our place for Thanksgiving dinner, Martha Stewart ain't gonna be here! I'm telling you in advance, so don't act surprised. Since Ms. Stewart won't be coming, I've made a few small changes: <BR> <BR> Our sidewalk will not be lined with homemade, paper bag luminaries. After a trial run, it was decided that no matter how cleverly done, rows of flaming lunch sacks do not have the desired w... 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