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 - Math Is All Irrational To Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148191 It's Friday again!!! Time to get yourself in the right frame of mind from the hustle and bustle of the week, and get your "Thank God It's Friday 'tude" goin' on. So here we go with some more punny pictures, and cartoons that I hope will make you smile, and not groan too much. These are for all you "nerds" and "math-phobes" out there -count me in!! So sit down and take a load off, as we become irrational from the craziness that is math. <BR> <BR> <BR> Did you know . . . <BR> <BR> <img src... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:49:55 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Blowin' in the Wind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143043 Happy Friday! Haahhhh - Choo! Sorry about that! Dust in the wind. . . all we are is dust in the wind. . . What is with Mother Nature?! She is most definitely spreadin' herself around. . . Either that, or there's a wild plant and tree party going on that no one bothered to tell us about. . . The answer my friend in blowin' in the wind . . . Spring is officially in "full bloom" here in my little corner of the world, and it has made me miserable for the last couple of weeks. So here's a litt... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:44:02 EST Friday Hoppy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Egg-stra Eggs-tra Easter is Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127562 Egg-stra Egg-stra read all about it! It's Friday, I have it on good authority that Peter Cottontail is busy in his little underground workshop finishing the coloring and dyeing of the last truckload of eggs. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/561cbe54-f14e-4dfa-9cc1-3f007e5b2669.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3c159b37-8b7c-4182-b5e9-21e52cc71852.jpg"> <BR> <BR> He is also limbering up, and getting ready for all that cardio ... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 18:32:56 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - A Little Bit O' Blarney http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122409 Top o' the morning to ye! Welcome aboard Flying Irishman Airlines Fight 5-0-0 from Dublin to Blarney. I'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 is Bailey Alexander, and on behalf of us all, welcome aboard! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bd43fa0c-72ef-4ef1-b09c-2fc04636835d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The reason I'm standing on this beer keg is so all of you all the wa... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 18:40:05 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - The Ill Literacy Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116956 Woo Hoo! It's Friday! That day of the week so many of us wait so long for to arrive, and it's time to get our happy face on, and get ready to lose all those things that have been weighing us down, nagging for our attention all week, and get ready to cut loose for the weekend! There, their, they're. just take it easy; I know it's been a rough week. Time to put your giggle glasses on. Thought we'd have a little fun with some "crimes against literacy". I hope that these will help get those b... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 17:26:12 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Testing, Testing, Testing 123. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6111382 It's Friday - that day of the week so many of us wait so long for to arrive, and it's time to get our happy face on, and get ready to let loose,and let go of all those things that have been dragging us down, and nagging for our attention all week! Here are some funnies that will help get those belly laughs goin' and those endorphins a-flowin'! It's time for some more kids say the darndest things, and especially on their tests.So hereby I declare the weekend officially begun, and I say . . . <... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 19:26:53 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Isn't Life Grand?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6105570 Woo Hoo! It's Friday again! Time to get yourself in the right frame of mind for the upcoming weekend, and get your "Nana-Tude" goin' on. This week it's time for some funny pictures and cartoons for all you grandmas and grandpas out there. So get your sense of humor on, and I hope these will make you smile because there's a lot of truth and humor in our little angels! Isn't being a grandparent just grand? I mean most of the time you just can't help but to grin and bear it. . . It's time fo... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 17:53:22 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Luncacy, and Life - In My Humble Ominion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6100001 Hip Hip Hooray! It's finally Friday! Let's shout it all together now - Thank GOD it's FINALLY Friday! Time to let go of all those things that have been like a ten ton albatross hanging around your neck, and head on down the yellow brick road with the Minions to the weekend a grinnin' and livin'! Now, have you ever met a humble minion? I didn't think so! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/357c67c8-073a-4a34-94b8-d8760e4ed148.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 17:23:28 EST Friday Happy Hour; Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - My Punny Valentine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6094523 Olive a good pun. How about you? To be quite honest, I really have to say that I'm quite fondue of puns, and you all seem to be, too. As my part of my Valentine wishes for you, and in honor of Valentine's Day, I thought we'd share a few. So sit next to your favorite valentine, and let's get this party started! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6ac427e7-d964-4290-abbe-74058ce53ef4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e12d9fdd-737... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:00:01 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Huddle Around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088760 Hip Hip Hooray! It's finally Friday! I don't know about you, but I've been waiting for Friday for a whole week! Seems like the week moved slower than a snail through peanut butter. Time to let go of all those things that have weighed more than a pile on you this week, and head on down the field to an all American weekend! It's Superbowl 50! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6f67f9ea-a22e-40e0-a79b-64247ebf9dc3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spar... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 18:30:28 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Children's Letters to God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082586 Woo Hoo! It's finally Friday, so why not let go of all your cares and worries for a few short minutes, and join me for some laughter and fun? I was talking to my husband the other day just after video chatting with our son, and our two grandchildren. We were laughing about something our little granddaughter said, all of which we thoroughly enjoy, because we all know kids can say the cutest and darnedest things. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6e59426c-c702-4583-bd... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 18:37:06 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - That's Snow Funny! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076475 SnOMG it's Friday!! Over the next few days, America's Eastern seaboard will likely see record levels of snow... accompanied by record levels of snow wordplay. In recent years, there has been a blizzard of innovative combinations of words involving snow, with snowmageddon and snowpocalypse leading the way. This weekend's BIG one is officially named Jonas, but has already been coined by some of the weather guessers as Snowzilla. Here are a few more "snowmenclature" for your enjoyment: <BR> ... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 18:08:53 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Senior Moments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070412 Hip Hip Hooray! It's finally Friday! I don't know about you, but I've been waiting for Friday for a whole week! Time to get your grin on! Time to let go of all those things that have weighed a ton on your shoulders this week, and head on down the yellow brick road to the weekend a grinnin' and livin'! This week it's time for a little senior humor . . . <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/82f192d3-b811-4847-8563-ebcc694bf10d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 17:49:07 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - New Year Resolutions/Delusions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064277 It's Friday - that day of the week that seemed to take forever to arrive this week! That's the problem with the first full week after two holiday short weeks! Time to get our happy face on, and get ready to let loose, and let go of all those things that held us down like a lead anchor around our neck, and nagging for our attention all week! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dfb8fe2c-f935-4311-967c-dcea197c11d8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Another new year is here, and people w... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 18:03:59 EST Happy New Year Wishes - A Toast to New Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060303 As we get rid of an old year, and begin a new one, we find ourselves thinking about all we did or didn't achieve, we recount our failures and successes, our gains and losses, and our dashed hopes or expected fears. We contemplate these silently, or sometimes in writing. So with that in mind, I leave you with this thought: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c6b06c79-6c87-4514-9688-7f8f07795251.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Another year has gone by, <BR> Just like the twinkle of a... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 17:54:36 EST My Christmas Gifts for My Spark Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052307 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c38f348d-36ea-4219-883b-dfaeb7e1005d.jpg"> <BR> I hope you have a very Merry Christmas! <BR> Thanks for stopping by! Fri, 25 Dec 2015 00:08:41 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - The Christmas Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049479 It's Friday again, and you know what that means! It's time for our <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/201870ba-e805-4f4e-ace9-53e2341895aa.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Santa, you are cleared for landing on Runway 25 North. Just remember to watch out for that big Pole at the end!" You know that he's been circling, and in a holding pattern, just awaiting those words for final approach. Sorry, but it's time to 'fess up to the Naughty or Nice thingy. <BR> <BR> <img src... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 18:20:18 EST Getting Ready for Christmas Happy Hour - Best Rum Cake Recipe Ever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048978 Are you looking for a good Christmas Cake recipe? This one is an heirloom, and was passed down to me by my aunt enclosed in a Christmas card long ago. (Yes, I realize I'm giving away my age). So, once again this year, I've had numerous requests for my Heirloom Christmas Rum Cake recipe - so here it is for all my wonderful Spark Friends. If you like it, please keep in your files as I am getting tired of typing this up every year! Time to get into the Christmas Spirit! <BR> <BR> Christmas... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 17:32:42 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Santa-tude - A Mom's Letter to Santa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046011 Ho Ho Ho! It's Friday!!!! Time to Jingle All the Way into the weekend! Here's a special holiday edition of our Friday Happy Hour. with a little something I think we all can relate to. So grab your beverage of choice, one that has no assembly required, and I want you to know that there are No Humbugs allowed. I've got your Christmas Spirit all wrapped up in today's <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4dcc9277-776c-4f33-b08a-6aa117bc666a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 16:44:21 EST Friday Happy Hour; Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Wine A Little and Please Pass the Eggnog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042416 Woo Hoo! It's Friday again! Time to get yourself in the Christmas spirit for the upcoming weekend, and get your "Jingle Bells" on with a little Christmas levity. What could be better than some Christmas Happy Hour humor with funny cocktail napkins, and cartoons for a <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/872546d9-c5a2-4e19-8724-4911a40de6ba.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So get your Ho Ho Ho on - time to let go of the week's frustrations and accumulated stresses. I hope these will ... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 18:14:11 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - No Pun Intended http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038707 It's Friday again! Happy Black Friday! In case you're a little fried from all of that bargain hunting, and shopping grab a Gobble -t of your favorite beverage, and roost for a minute. It's time to stop being so stuffy, and lite n up for the weekend. Let's start our Attitude Adjustment Hour, and head on over to the punny side of the street. I know what you're about to say. I know, I know . . . <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/58344320-5d68-4d98-9bc6-1acc847a07a7.jpg">... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 19:18:58 EST Happy thanksgiving - My Thanksgiving Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038108 Lord, I humbly ask Thy blessing <BR> On the turkey and the dressing, <BR> On the yams and cranberry jelly, <BR> And the pickles from the deli. <BR> <BR> Bless the apple pie and tea, <BR> Bless each and every calorie. <BR> Let us enjoy Thanksgiving dinner. <BR> Tomorrow we can all get thinner. <BR> <BR> For all Thy help along the way <BR> We're thankful this Thanksgiving Day. <BR> We're thankful too, for all our dear ones, <BR> For all the far away and near ones. <BR> <BR> Although we may b... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 09:41:04 EST Happy Thanksgiving - Thanksgiving from Plymouth to Present Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037947 Tomorrow, we celebrate one of our nation's most beloved holidays, Thanksgiving. Our national holiday of Thanksgiving was actually the physical demonstration of gratitude by the Pilgrims for what they had - shelter over their heads, some food, and the neighboring Indians. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f65b6584-f31c-42ce-a6a8-36151903a464.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It followed a year that was rife with pain, suffering, sickness, and death for many of their loved ones. Ne... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:27:47 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037443 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/39b5ff7a-92cc-4268-9482-f3b2bf3f98dc.jpg"> <BR> It's almost Thanksgiving, and the time when we begin to remember that it is time to get into our hearts, and appreciate all we have in our lives. It's said to think that many believe this holiday is just about the gathering of kith and kin, and seeing how much willpower we have or don't have. Some people even view this holiday as a nuisance, and one that demands things of them they don't want t... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:02:46 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036819 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3cfba451-28fe-4b78-95cf-639a69bb3cb1.jpg"> <BR> To live a life of gratitude is to open our eyes to the countless ways in which we are supported by the world around us. <BR> Such a life provides less space for our suffering because our attention is more balanced. <BR> We are more often occupied with noticing what we are given,thanking those who have helped us, and repaying the world in some concrete way for what we are receiving. ~ Gregg Krech <... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:54:09 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - The Turkey Trot Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035335 It's FINALLY Friday!!!!! This week seemed to go by slower than a snail trying to get through a puddle of molasses . . . It's definitely time to get our happy face on, and get ready to let loose, and shake those tail feathers! So here come some pre -Thanksgiving laughs that will get those belly laughs goin' and those endorphins a-flowin'! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/13c3a94b-16d8-4f5d-a4bf-453346ca12f3.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:15:17 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034853 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3b866f0c-1b65-4bc6-9e54-83a0ab748e82.jpg"> <BR> "Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful." Buddha <BR> <BR> Here is a beautiful video about the Amazing Power of Gratitude. The photos are beautiful, and I think you'll find it a good way to start or end you... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 18:09:39 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034354 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/78d3db1a-0067-4fa9-80cb-a34da56d02d0.jpg"> <BR> Gratitude can also help us overcome stress in our lives. This is true whether at work, at home, or just going through your day. When your boss is grumbling at you for the presentation he wanted yesterday, pause for a moment and be thankful you have a job - many others do not. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I accidentally illustrated how gratitude can overcome stress and negative feelings. I put them to... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:38:49 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033797 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c17e83ee-0e82-4a45-8fb7-3a3e15fa1f8a.jpg"> <BR> Would you like to turn those negative thoughts into positive ones? Gratitude is the way to steer our heart towards joy. Whenever you are feeling that you are no good, that you belong somewhere else, or that you are a failure, start to count your blessings. Gratitude will start to alter your mood almost immediately. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/43c08ef9-a650-47d5-8... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 17:40:37 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033372 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3b4513b0-ff66-430d-a50a-28b63a6c5616.jpg"> <BR> Why do we overlook so many little things to be grateful for in our daily lives? Let's face it, life is a complicated mess, and can at times be simply overwhelming. We are focused on "bigger things", and if your attention is focused there, the little things pass right by with nary a side glance. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we learned of the numerous benefits that finding and feeling gratitude has on our... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 22:38:58 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032787 When you stop to think about it, recognizing and expressing gratitude in our lives seems so basic. But most of the time, we become so involved and overwhelmed in our lives, that we forget to search for it and identify it on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/053ed7bd-ec19-4802-aada-a48b7ac16d62.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It has been proven through extensive research that people who regularly practice gratitude report a multitude of benefits. These include: <BR... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 22:44:07 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032270 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/65cea8b3-9b41-45d7-846e-9d8bf65281c9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I am grateful for making good progress on a project I am working on. <BR> <BR> Today I am grateful for my husband taking car of my car in so many little ways. <BR> <BR> Today I am grateful for a call from my sister in law who we haven't heard from in a long time. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/312b23b0-2f54-41a3-ac87-940878ddbb16.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Th... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 22:41:19 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031785 Gratitude Is many different things within our life. It is an outward expression of our appreciation for this lifetime. It helps us see things with a whole new and fresh perspective. This works not only when things are status quo, or going well, but in our difficult times as well. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a3e3670e-7eaa-4f20-ba49-4c19c487516c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Finding a way to appreciate just one little, insignificant thing, a beautiful sunrise, the sight ... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 23:41:58 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Punny Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031632 Woo Hoo! It's Friday again! Time to get yourself in the right frame of mind for the upcoming weekend, and get your "Atta-Tude" goin' on. It's time for more punny pictures, and cartoons, and just plain Punny Stuff! So get your sense of humor on, and I hope these will make you smile, and not groan too much. If that's the case, I guess you'll just have to . . <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b0513b5e-6c99-41bf-8953-9fc684196cdc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 17:05:14 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031129 <BR> We've all heard the saying that what does not kill us only makes us stronger. However, when faced with life's everyday challenges, it can sometimes be very challenging for us to find the good in what we perceive is going wrong in our lives. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e1c9f12c-7c17-460a-ac16-b0d4393cf620.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Can you recall a time in your life where you were faced with a problem or issue you felt was insurmountable? Did you manage to come o... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 19:01:11 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030583 Today I am most grateful for those who serve our country, and our veterans. They are a very special breed of individuals who feel a deep longing and desire to help make a difference in not only our country, but the world. Hundreds of thousands have left home at the first opportunity to join the ranks to stand shoulder to shoulder in unity of mind and spirit - freedom. It is with a deep sense of pride that they serve and wear their uniform with distinction. <BR> <BR> "America's veterans e... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 19:18:10 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029945 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/087c5caa-2923-4113-9cf2-fd532f3af873.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On a scale of one to ten, where would you rank gratitude? That's something I'll bet you have never considered before. I want you to pause for a moment, and give it your full attention and then your ranking. We have been thinking and discussing the aspect of gratitude and with the goal of living a more abundant life, and so I decided to do just that. How often do you sit down and contempl... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 15:37:29 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029564 "Gratitude is many things to many people," she says. "It is wonder; it is appreciation; it is looking on the bright side of a setback; it is fathoming abundance; it is thanking someone in your life; it is thanking God; it is 'counting blessings'. It is savoring; it is not taking things for granted; it is coping; it is present-oriented." <BR> ~ Sonja Lyubomirsky - The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7e333... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 23:27:51 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028980 Did you share your happiness today? Did you send that out to those you met today, and leave them with the sunshine of your smile? It's easy with a smile, a simple nod, or some small gesture to change the energy in a room, or change the course of someone's day. <BR> <BR> If you are not feeling that upbeat, think of things that make you happy, put on some music you love, or read something you love. There are so many ways to summon that energy to yourself and then to spread happiness aroun... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 22:48:12 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028317 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1eed233f-a4bd-4aba-90f6-f07920e7029f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I wrote about the feeling of gratitude I had while sitting out on my deck in the beautiful Autumn sunshine and air. Today I awoke to the flip side of that day. It was overcast and rainy. I allowed myself to feel the gratitude for the rain, and for Mother Nature's way of taking care of her own as the soft blanket of leaves settles over the ground in preparation for winter's blank... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 17:23:26 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028024 I'm sitting out on my deck with my morning cup of coffee looking at the trees decked out in all their bejeweled glory, temperature near 70, and beautiful sunshine. It's unseasonably warm, probably one, if not our last, days of Indian Summer. It's warm with a slight breeze; the perfect weather to be outside. I inhale deeply and close my eyes, and take in the smell of all that is in the air, and my most favorite smell - leaves. <BR> <BR> As I gather my thoughts, I become aware of my emotiona... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 00:01:11 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter , Lunacy, and Life: The Minion's Guide to Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6027871 It's FINALLY Friday!!!!! This week seemed to go by slower than a snail trying to get through a puddle of molasses . . . It's definitely time to get our happy face on, and get ready to let loose, and shake off all of those things that have been dragging us down, and nagging and pulling on our last nerve for our attention all week! So here come your favorite little yellow guys that will get those belly laughs goin' and those endorphins a-flowin'! So hereby I declare the weekend officially beg... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 18:19:20 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6027458 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/493cbd46-b2e3-4413-a3e8-3fde129f5197.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Today I am grateful for having the patience to sit and wait and talk on the phone for necessary information. <BR> <BR> Today I'm grateful for having a woman return my call and fit me into her schedule for an appointment tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Today I am grateful for all of the ways God helped me to navigate the labyrinth of bureaucracy. <BR> <BR> I'm very sorry to be posting this so very la... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 22:32:53 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026797 Is happiness constant or does it fluctuate? Are you aware of the peaks and valleys of happiness in your life? How long does it stay, or doesn't it? In a recent study it was shown that just as your body has a certain weight that feels "natural" to it and it strives to maintain, your happiness also has a basic level that is mostly predetermined as well. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/78183258-14d7-4f49-b3e9-41c3c777bbbd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If something bad happens ... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 18:41:47 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026184 With arms outstretched I thank. <BR> With heart beating gratefully I love. <BR> With body in health I jump for joy. <BR> With spirit full I live. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e573ac77-13fc-4502-b846-8747a0541767.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Gratitude gets us in touch with the source of every aspect that comes into our life. It nudges us gently, and steers us toward being in the moment - fully engaged with all senses. If we are not, it flits right on by us like a beautiful... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 18:54:55 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6025660 I begin this second day of the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge by saying thank you for all for your gifts of your comments yesterday. You each gave me a gift of your time and your comments, and for that I thank you. I so appreciate the good, all of it, that each of you brings to my life in your own unique way. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dc1ba51f-f1d8-43ac-8cbd-9383355842ed.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Before I go any further, let me say, that family, friends, and health... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 21:48:12 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6025034 November is most associated with one of our favorite holidays - Thanksgiving. Since today is the first day of November I thought it would be appropriate, in keeping with the spirit of Thanksgiving, to challenge myself to focus on the myriad of little things in my life that I am thankful for. These often "flit right by" in plain sight, but go unnoticed every day because we are so busy focusing on the bigger things and life's problems. I promise to outwardly express and share my gratitude wi... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 23:16:57 EST Friday happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life: A Scary Good Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023809 Welcome aboard, foolish mortals, to Broomstick Airlines! As a special Halloween treat, tonight we are offering free broom rides to all of our frequent flyers. Since this is our annual Ghouls Night Out flight, it should be frightfully fun! <BR> In keeping with our motto, 'Fly Broomstick Airlines for a scary good time', we have a frightfully fun flight planned for you. I promise you it will be creepy, kooky, and all together spooky! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 17:18:28 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - That's the Spirit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019975 It's Friday!!!! Friday has finally completed its weekly lap, and I don't know about you, but it took so long to get here, I think it crawled! I'm so ready to bury this past week! I'll bet you're just dying to find out what this week's Happy Hour has in store for you. <BR> With Halloween just a week away, I thought we'd start to give up the ghost of those monster tasks that have been burying us. It's time to get into the spirit with our wickedly funny 'tudes for the weekend and the upcomin... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 16:57:35 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life: The Miss Spelling Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016144 It's Friday - that day of the week so many of us wait so long for to arrive, and it's time to get our happy face on, and get ready to let loose,and let go of all those things that have been dragging us down, and nagging for our attention all week! Here are some funnies that will help get those belly laughs goin' and those endorphins a-flowin'! So hereby I declare the weekend officially begun, and I say . . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/53645ae2-a20e-4f7d-99b1-... 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