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 - Totally Irrational But Still Functional http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351679 Woo Hoo! It's Friday again!!! I don't know about you,but to be perfectly honest, this past week was a very taxing one for me and DH with all the stress of trying to get our taxes filed and paid on time! We a call on the due date at 3 PM in the afternoon to come down and sign them so they could be e-filed! <BR> <BR> You see the "root of the problem" is that I don't even pretend to understand those forms, or the tax code, which I believe is all based on "imaginary numbers" and "theories" tha... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:52:33 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Easter Eggstravaganza http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348553 Happy Fry-Day! For peep’s sake, it’s Easter weekend! Time to get crackin’, and put a little spring in your step so we can hop on down the bunny trail, and try to frisk that floppy eared waskaly wabbit that has all of the chocolate goodies in his basket. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/23af3c8c-6305-41ec-a578-f8cac52f3455.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now if you are hiding Easter eggs for your children or grandchildren, it might be a good idea to write down where you hid them ... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 18:09:14 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Casually Speaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345243 Hi-dee-ho, everyone! It's Friday once again, and I know we're all ready for the weekend fun to begin! Time to cut the cord on all those things that have been feeling like a ten ton albatross hanging around your neck, and walk, skip, boogie, to that favorite song you haven't been able to get out of your head today. <BR> <BR> Since today is Friday, and I'm always encouraging you to have a seat and get comfortable, I thought we'd take a look at some Casual Friday humor. So grab a glass of y... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 18:24:20 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Foolin' Around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341884 Woo Hoo! Hello my wonderful Spark Friends! Friday has finally arrived! It's time to put your happy face on, and get ready to let loose, and have a little good-natured fun with your family and friends tomorrow on April Fools Day. <BR> <BR> Since today is the day before the first day of April, or known to some as April Fools Day, I thought we’d look at some “fool”ish funnies. So here are a few that I hope will help get those chuckles, and belly laughs goin', and those wonderful "c'mon get ha... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 18:52:02 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Just For the Health of It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338447 Happy Friday! This week has been exhausting, and I'm so glad that Friday is finally here! <BR> <BR> I don't know about you, but with all the hectic pace and the madness that's been going on this week, I could use a breath of fresh air, or even better, an oxygen tent! All of this talk about health care is much needed, but has left me breathless. <BR> <BR> Care to join me for some "FDA" (Friday Delirious Attitude) approved laughter and fun? I’m sitting down to relax with a tall glass o... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:55:50 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - A Little Bit O' Blarney http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334495 "Top o' the morning to ye! Welcome aboard Shamrock Airlines Fight 5-0-0 from Dublin to Blarney. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/93317868-f0f8-481d-91d7-dfc85376e62a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's our annual St. Patrick's Eve flight, and we are jammered (very crowded) so no dancin' a jig in the aisles. Pay attention now as Ae'll be introducin' our pilots to ye. In the pilot's seat we have Captain Jameson, and in the other seat we be havin' Lieutenant O'toole. Me name... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:02:56 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Parenthood The Toughest Hood on the Block http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330989 Woo Hoo! It’s finally Friday, that day of the week we wait sooooo long to greet, and yet is so quick to flee! Time to unwind from all the hustle and bustle and frustration of the week, and sit down with your favorite beverage, take a deep breath as you begin your “Ahhhh” moment, and just sit back, relax, and let the good times flow! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35a2e910-8f5d-45e5-b45e-66ec17a0daab.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last Friday’s topic was about marriage, and so... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:26:17 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Luncacy, and Life - Laugh Often and Love Much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327356 Hip Hip Hooray! It's finally Friday! Let's shout it all together now - Thank GOD it's FINALLY Fridaaaaaaaaay! Time to let go of all those things that have been feeling like a ten ton albatross hanging around your neck, and head on down the yellow brick road to the Land of Oz with some marriage humor to start the weekend a grinnin' and livin'! <BR> So put on your comfy pants - no, I did not say your "fat" pants, C-O-M-F-Y, the ones that just feel soooo good, and your bunny slippers, and grab... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 18:36:56 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life: Friday Funnies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321002 Friday's finally arrived, and not a moment too soon! Time to just sit back for a moment and unwind from the daily grind of this past week. Grab yourself something relaxing to drink, and slip your shoes off. Here are a few pictures of animals that I hope will make you laugh, and get you into the right frame of mind for the weekend ahead. <BR> <BR> I don't pay attention to no stinkin' signs! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1e31519a-d23d-43b2-ac9b-f612337b2152.jpg"> <... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:46:46 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - One Flew Over the Chicken Coop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317571 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> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9c5a570e-72b6-4df3-878d-f3161824c508.jpg"> <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, being cooped up in your office, or with the kids, and get ready to have some fun for the next couple of days. <BR> <BR> For some of you, it's ... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:48:56 EST Valentine Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Love Is In the Air http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316109 Happy Valentine's Day, and I have a special one just for you! It's a special Valentine’s Day Happy Hour! I'm so glad you decided to join me! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/af325bf0-af86-4db7-b9ec-893884236779.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is your 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 She Loves Me - Maybe Not retrea... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:32:55 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Out of the Grab Bag http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314137 Hello my wonderful Sparkies! It's finally Friday that day of the week so many of us wait for so (im)patiently to arrive! It's time to get our happy face on, and get ready to let loose of all those little cares and worries, and whatever else has been holding us back. Here's a Hodge-podge of funnies that I hope will help get those chuckles and belly laughs goin', and those "take me higher endorphins" a-flowin'! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/317c6818-69a8-4d39-98e7... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:20:58 EST Are You Ready for Some Football? Going the Whole Nine Yards in Our Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311365 Are you tired of all the football hoopla and hype? It seems that for the last few days no matter which way you turned you just couldn't escape it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fc9ad577-16b4-4577-8415-b10a69c16f3f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This got me to thinking about how the game of football is comparable to our journey in trying to meet our goals as we work to get healthier, and lose this weight. <BR> <BR> So here are some thoughts on how our weight loss is simila... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 19:01:55 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Just For Kicks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310364 Happy Friday! The clock is winding down and it's time to release your cares and to do lists, and put your comfy pants and funny, bunny slippers. Grab your favorite Friday night beverage, and let's get ready to drop-kick all those worries that have been hot on your heels all week into the end zone. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a63913aa-8ecc-4636-afa5-6d82261469dc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Are you ready for some football?! Me neither. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 19:22:54 EST Happy Groundhog Day - Only the Shadow Knows! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309788 Happy Groundhog Day, or should I say Happy Six More Weeks of Winter day! Every February 2nd we celebrate Groundhog Day, and thousands of people travel to Gobblers Knob and wait for Punxsutawney Phil to emerge from his cage to predict when winter will end. <BR> <BR> Tradition has said if he sees his shadow we can expect six more weeks of winter. <BR> If he doesn't we will welcome an early Spring. <BR> <BR> Just how reliable is this famous rodent? <BR> <BR> In the past 28 years, he's been c... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 18:08:35 EST New Beginnings: A New Series Through January - Final Thoughts on Embracing Our New Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308604 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/84ad118b-4a8b-40c1-ba3b-41ac419c264e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!" ~ C. JoyBell C. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b2697b8e-0041-4600-8609-f31a29e680eb.jpg"> <BR>... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 18:29:00 EST New Beginnings: A New Series Through January - Penny Pinching http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308029 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6299a6b2-c07f-4cf4-beab-356bc19c357c.jpg"> <BR> Do you find yourself wringing out your wallet, and going through all your pockets for every last cent to help you make it until your next payday? Saving more money is consistently one of the top three New Year's resolutions every year. <BR> <BR> It seems only fitting that our New Beginnings series, should address this topic, and I have found several ways that you can set aside money to put int... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 18:14:19 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - These Jokes Take the Cake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306361 Happy Friday!! . . . and Friday always takes the cake! Since it’s five o’clock somewhere . . . It’s time for Friday Happy Hour! I'm so glad you decided to join me! Since today is National Chocolate Cake day, 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/3e5ba8a9-f33c-4e6e-9390-4c7a1ae015cb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 18:10:08 EST New Beginnings: A New Series Through January - In Search of Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305815 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/17c9456e-a702-4d20-8b2b-cd97c5c905c1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you feel you get enough sleep? Do you want to improve your quality of sleep? Do you struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep? This is another resolution or goal most people set for themselves at the beginning of the year, or maybe a new month - to get more sleep. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9f67edd9-b58c-4163-9f65-aa8b0b55251a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So as a co... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 19:35:35 EST New Beginnings: A New Series Through January - Wednesday Whisperings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305218 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ceb700b-1075-4c72-a6c8-8d48147421c7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. <BR> The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, <BR> as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied <BR> a single moment in all your life. <BR> You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose. ~ Arnold Bennett <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7f... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 18:48:26 EST New Beginnings: A New Series Through January - Bottoms Up! Drinking More Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304627 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c9052a50-3cb0-4674-855c-895827ee9f2e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of the things many here struggle with is drinking their 8 glasses of water a day. You may have set this as one of your new goals. I don't know about you, but some days water "tastes good" to me, and others it just doesn't, and I struggle to get my 8 glasses down. I also find that I have no problem drinking my 8 glasses of water in the summer, but as the temperature cools off, I must co... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:59:38 EST New Beginnings: A New Series Through January - Smart Cookies Set Smart Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303948 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/468ac120-b4dc-4f76-a05b-6113d4748df7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Did you know that a recent study found that most women tend to set unrealistic weight loss expectations? Research has shown time and time again that a modest 10% weight reduction is the point at which overweight people begin to make significant heath gains. Do you realize that that means 5 pounds or less for each of us?! <BR> <BR> But given the atmosphere of big gains are better, and th... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:47:29 EST Sunshine Saturday - Smile! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302632 S M I L E - It's such a little word but can go such a long way. It is one of the most powerful words in any language. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/857faa89-089c-4b9c-9cb3-d954b2cce89b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Smiling makes you feel better about yourself, even if you don't feel like it. And it always makes other people think better of you." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7885eb07-3d29-4286-a5ff-aabfff4839c2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Life is like a m... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:18:34 EST New Beginnings: A New Series Through January - Help and Accountability in Meeting Your Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301350 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f067dd7-b976-4a8e-bfe4-5611bb40ba68.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete". - R. Buckminster Fuller <BR> <BR> Yesterday we talked about getting help with meeting our goals, and resolutions. Our goals take a variety of forms not just concerning our weight or becoming healthier. They can include learning, trying new things, gett... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:21:08 EST New Beginnings; A Series Through January - On the Track To Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300889 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c2591d11-010d-456a-b7bf-f966ae1c2d18.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How are you doing with your January or 2017 resolutions? I'll bet you sprinted out of the gate ready and rarin' to go, and even though you are committed to making 2017 your year, perhaps you have caught yourself slipping. Truth be told, by now a majority of the population has already fallen by the wayside. They don't make it even through one month! <BR> <BR> Here is a list of the top res... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:57:59 EST New Beginnings: A New Series Through January - Growth or Change? That is the Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300166 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/00788f77-4709-45f1-9b35-734d6bb374c2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Change or grow? Which is what I need now? These two words get tossed around interchangeably to address ways to live a better life, but in reality are actually different. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ae64179b-7d54-48c6-b19d-ce026c050b42.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Change can be caused either by internal or external circumstances. It usually involves a reversal or a rad... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:47:03 EST New Beginnings: A New Series Through January - Motivational Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299514 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d2192c0b-0c14-402d-8670-e1bcadce8d71.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The summit is believed to be the object of the climb. But its true object - the joy <BR> of living- is not reaching the peak itself, but in the experiences and the adversities encountered on the way up. There are valleys, cliffs, streams, precipices, and slides, and as we walk these steep paths, we may think we cannot go any further, or even that dying would be better than going on. But ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:38:40 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Friday the 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297516 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? 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. But to tell the truth, it's not just any Friday, it's Friday the 13th. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/11636732-bdcc-4b37-a7ca-17c7b674065e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR>... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:40:54 EST New Beginnings: A New Series Through Janurary - The Best Is Yet To Come http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296921 New beginnings are all about change. Change is never easy, and that's because it's not supposed to be. We are trying to grow, and unfortunately, growth is a painful process. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bbafdb70-e9ed-4f92-b06f-4365ac43f058.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We're sailing along in our life, and we think we have it down, and then suddenly a gust of wind comes along out of the blue, takes the wind right out of our sails, and we find ourselves wondering "What was I ... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:25:14 EST New Beginnings: A New Series Through January - Today's Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296193 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df5e4834-924c-44f9-918a-5238839c135e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "I am the only one who can make change happen, because I am the only one who can change my mind." <BR> <BR> I'm in the midst of great change; not only in how I look, how I feel or how healthy I am, but in some other major aspects of my life. It is almost impossible to extract and focus on one area without it having an impact on everything else. That is just the way the universe works. Think... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:55:48 EST New Beginnings: A New Series Through January - The Real Truth Behind Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295487 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dfd307b0-82f8-40c5-8ace-9ec135c74566.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "All our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits." ~ William James <BR> <BR> Edgar Rice Burroughs believed that people are creatures of habit. Research proves that he was right. Forty to forty five percent of our daily decisions, or what we believe are decisions, are actually not decisions at all - but routine habits. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:39:33 EST New Beginnings: A New Series Through January - Writing A New Chapter of Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294765 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/731a64d0-9006-4173-9f3d-43ff5519c7cd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's the start of a new week! Welcome to week two of the new year, and your new beginnings. No matter where you have been, or are on this new path of self discovery, I'm reminding you that you are not stuck permanently in your life as it is now - even if it appears there is no way or no hope. <BR> <BR> You may find yourself ruminating and bemoaning the fact that you should have started to... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 17:37:12 EST New Beginnings: Today's Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293161 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0601a689-88a5-4ad7-9677-65f430e6d6a9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a611bd20-fc8b-46d9-ae77-052f1f61ae0b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have A Great Day! Sat, 7 Jan 2017 11:12:50 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Losin' It All Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292768 Happy Friday! Since we just began the New Year, and we have all reviewed and renewed our goals and get serious this month, I went in search of some laughs. Let's face it. Weight is constantly been an issue for all of us - whether we're trying to lose it, it found us again, or we're trying to keep a good thing going. But it is never easy. The temptations are all around us . . . <BR> <BR> Here are some funnies and cartoons to tickle your funny bone, and get those laughs a-goin' and the en... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 18:56:02 EST New Beginnings: A New Series Through January - Transitioning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292100 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fef46afe-6ad1-4fce-b207-50cd56dca5b5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When you start a new beginning, you must leave your past behind. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f78b253f-67fc-4d70-9b84-5952b6f24118.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Opening a new door and closing the door on "the old" is necessary. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1beeac9e-cf78-4b33-99e4-5a947a0d3802.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There is no way to leave it open "... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 19:06:43 EST New Beginnings: A New Series Through January - Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291327 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/82fb1299-9e95-4746-b963-327d8d9a8603.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Who gets to determine when the old ends and the new begins? It's not on the calendar, it's not a birthday, it's not a new year. It's an event big or small, something that changes us. Ideally, it gives us hope - a new way of living and looking at the world, a way of letting go of old habits, old memories. What's important is that we never stop believing we can have a new beginning, but i... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 17:25:47 EST A New Year and Ready for New Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290555 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/38b9bebd-641a-4e15-9b9e-1ec4e82932bb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here we are in a New Year and the first week of a new month, January, named after the Roman god, Janus, an appropriate personification of the start of the New Year. This particular Roman god had two faces so that he could look ahead toward the future and back at the past at the same time. The god Saturn bestowed upon Janus this remarkable ability, and his name comes from the Latin word janua... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 17:07:23 EST New Beginnings: A New Year Thank You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289743 My Dear Spark Friends, <BR> <BR> Welcome to a New Year! I want to wish each of you a very Happy and successful start to your year, but even more than that I'd like to give you a very heartfelt, and deeply deserved, thank you to each of you from the bottom of my heart. <BR> <BR> I've taken a short Spark break over this past week, and have been giving it some thought of how to "Thank You" for all of your dedicated friendship and support. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 18:31:30 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - As the Confetti Falls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287606 Happy Friday! <BR> <BR> Here we are at the end of the year, <BR> I am wanting to send you some New Year cheer, <BR> So here's something that will make you smile, <BR> And begin your New Year's Eve in style! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9a4ce4aa-e356-4e32-a60c-04236684f10e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's some holiday humor to get you ready for tomorrow night's celebration. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/67732356-2343-42c2-a4d2-734b927679d1... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 18:52:14 EST A December to Remember Challenge: Christmas Unwrapped - Thank You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284849 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b43f74c0-35ba-4e7d-8b72-a550219040cb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good Morning! Happy Christmas Eve! I hope you are all ready for your special holiday with family and friends. These last few weeks have been filled with the magic of Christmas brought to life by your sincerity, your giving, and your participation, and sharing your wonderful stories. <BR> <BR> I know from your great comments, goodies, and feedback that each one of you has experienced an... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 10:36:24 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - The North Pole Express http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284604 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d4bc9203-7b47-434e-bdd4-f7934b373fe5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Welcome aboard North Pole Express Airlines Flight 500 to the North Pole! The weather at the North Pole currently is very snowy and icy, and we won't tell you the temperature, but let's suffice it to say, "It's cold enough to freeze your jingle bells off!" <BR> <BR> Thank you for signing up for this special North Polar Express Flight for all of you who are still "true believers". As part... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 18:28:57 EST A December to Remember Challenge: Christmas Unwrapped - Day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284501 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/24a6523d-86fd-4ed3-993e-f0d12e4c177a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ho Ho Ho! Good Morning! I hope you all are doing well today, and that you have everything under control and organized for this Christmas weekend! I have some last minute things to get done, but they are manageable. Today's challenge is going to be a fun one, and one that will not put any undue stress on you. <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is going to be a "family affair". <BR> <BR> Day 2... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 10:35:22 EST A December to Remember Challenge: Christmas Unwrapped - Day 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284130 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eaa913ae-1fb4-4793-b35d-0b8ac68aff46.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good Morning! We are all very busy running around and trying to get things done, and it seems like so is everyone else is as well. Have you noticed how much more crowded the parking lots are these days? The roads here are more crowded, and parking lots are jammed! So, if you must venture out these last few days before Christmas here is your challenge for today: <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 09:32:13 EST A December to Remember Challenge: Christmas Unwrapped - Day 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283750 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9bbe89a6-5444-48a4-813d-3837636935c1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's hard to believe that we are finished with our third week of this challenge for 2016, and have only 3 more days until we are finished. I'd like to congratulate you all for completing another week, and coming all this way with me in this challenge. I know one thing for sure, "All things Are Better With Friends". <BR> <BR> I'm glad you all liked the Give A Gift to a Cashier ideas. I'm go... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:49:48 EST A December to Remember Challenge: Christmas Unwrapped - Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283297 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2891e601-113c-4b8f-930e-8da85b99589e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good Morning! I'm so glad you enjoyed yesterday's video! We can't get around shopping during this time of year. For most of the population, a cashier is someone you interact with here and there during that weekly trip to the grocery store. Sometimes you get nice ones, sometimes you get not so nice ones, and sometimes we're so preoccupied, we probably don't even notice. <BR> <BR> But as ... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:05:21 EST A December to Remember Challenge: Christmas Unwrapped - Day 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282877 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/49328bae-1054-428d-9c40-8a8f6fbfc127.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good Morning! It's the final Christmas countdown week, and usually the busiest of the season. With that in mind we are going to get it off to a great start. Today's challenge is one that you can do as many times as you like. So here we go! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is: <BR> <BR> Day 19 <BR> <BR> You've Been Jingled! <BR> <BR> Send the Elf (Gnome Goodie) to 2 or more Spark friends. ... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 10:27:32 EST A December to Remember Challenge: Christmas Unwrapped - Day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282470 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/19266fbd-1eee-4691-b918-1b7c9128c3fd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning and Happy Sunday! It's hard to believe, but here we are in the final week counting down to Christmas. This is the week that most of us realize that we have only a few days to get everything done, and everything right, and everything. . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d713ba9-504d-4e85-9f83-63acaf4fcaef.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What is it that causes yo... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 11:40:38 EST A December to Remember Challenge: Christmas Unwrapped - Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282035 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eb0f37e3-18de-4449-ac99-5274f7d0bbc5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good Morning! Santa and his elves are as busy as can be getting ready to load the sleigh with all those toys and presents! With Christmas Eve just one week away, things can start to feel very overwhelming. Sometimes in the midst of all of the Christmas and holiday bustle, you just need to sit down, and take a deep breath. Later today we are going to do just that. Saturday night is a goo... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 09:46:10 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Jingle All The Way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281818 Christmas comes but once a year, <BR> I'm inviting you to join me for some holiday cheer. <BR> Balancing holiday schedules is always such a trial, <BR> That's what makes Friday Happy Hour so worthwhile! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6d1593a7-92c8-4475-a1a2-fcdf6341ad49.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The weather outside might be a cold snow storm, <BR> But we'll have cocktails to keep us warm. <BR> So come and join me if you will, <BR> And let's all take time to just laugh and... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 19:08:32 EST A December to Remember: Christmas Unwrappred - Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281690 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/00d8c272-9e03-45e1-bbd3-7f6d59d83552.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas." <BR> <BR> Good Morning! We're almost through another week, and we're well on our way to making the season happy and bright not only for us, but for many others as well. Isn't that a wonderful feeling?! <BR> <BR> I was glad to see t... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 11:45:14 EST