TERI-RIFIC's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TERI%2DRIFIC TERI-RIFIC'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/ This Kid had fun at Kids Fitness and Health Day at the Y http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355249 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/199e1398-349e-403f-96c2-d75eb65c3722.jpeg"> <BR> I really had a good time playing all of the games with my grand kids. My friend Joyinky is a hooper. When I first started Spark People I had asked her about it, but then as is my wont I got side tracked and never really pursued it other than buying a hoop at a sports store that wasn't really the right kind. Anyway, at the Y there was this gigantic hoop and I tried it and I kept going and going, l... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:19:54 EST What are the Chances? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354235 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ce840be-41bf-46bd-b94d-4aa59676d9f0.JPG"> <BR> If you have 4 pairs of socks in the clean clothes bin, of pulling out all 4 unmatching socks in a row, especially if you are in a hurry? In my case 100 %. <BR> Also, aren't these socks made wrong? <BR> Also, see how my one toe on my left foot, pokes out? I dislocated it and my husband "fixed" it. Now it doesn't bend. Probably exacerbated by my family of stoics who made me run a 5 K a week after ... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:04:29 EST Cabin Fever, Spring Fever, My Daughter, Toaster Ovens and a Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347098 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de257652-3729-4bb6-94a8-5e11dbb437c8.JPG"> <BR> So it went from winter to summer in two days. My daughter and I broke out the two jogging strollers ( the rickshaw -double stroller and the single) to go running/walking with her three kids 4,3 and 2. It was brutal, it was hot (80!), but it felt so good to be outside again. I really had cabin fever bad this year. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e28f1b87-5b4a-4293-a46f-bbfe9e... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:26:51 EST An Idea for Spark People and Race Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345891 Since the launch of the new community feed, I have noticed that few people I follow post on it. I set my default filter to see only my posts and since I don't post I view a blank screen. Nice. The biggest thing on the start page is the tracker info box. This is important, but for me, I don't like it in my face on the start page. I use My Fitness Pal for tracking, but I thought, well, if it's going to be staring me in the face, maybe I'll track my meals in there. The food search feature does ... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 08:03:26 EST Earth Has No Sorrow That Heaven Can't Heal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342712 https://youtu.be/oH_P7QxDAh8 <BR> We sang this in church today. Sometimes I need to be reminded who I am and who God is. And I hope we all can find the truth and comfort of this song. Sun, 2 Apr 2017 13:36:56 EST Good and Bad of Firehouse 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338825 They had predicted snow/sleet but it was 37 this morning so it just rained. Good. It only rained a few spits here and there during the race. Good. So the weather was not bad at all! It was the over dressed nitwit who made it a bad race. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ebbfcdb-38e3-4731-bafb-94710e4d89ed.jpg"> <BR> I had on an undershirt, a long sleeved running shirt, and a medium coat. I had on my thermal pants. I had a headband under my hat. At the race I had the bril... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:06:24 EST Where Insulin Goes Fat Follows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335141 My saw husband saw a type 1 diabetic girl in the ER, not for the first time, in diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) which is life threatening,high elevation of glucose in the bloodstream. She does it to herself because she wants to be thin. <BR> My best friend's son was first diagnosed with type 1diabetes when he was in his early teens. My friend came to me wracked with guilt. She took him to the doctor because of increased thirst and urination. She said when he took his clothes off in the doctors of... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 07:54:28 EST Church Paint Nite, A Diet Conversation and Doing 9rounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334869 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/693281c8-b643-4c16-bf14-1b765eed7a0b.jpg"> <BR> Last night was a fun evening at church. The painting is mixed media and glued-on paper shapes and words. Two women at our table were discussing dieting, so of course, I had to chime in. The woman I talked to was a very friendly woman around my age. She has been dieting since October and has lost about 57 pounds-abut 2 pounds per week. When she explained what she was eating, it sounded very littl... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 15:46:14 EST Hashtags http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331901 You can make up your own, just sayin. Sun, 12 Mar 2017 15:22:17 EST Fun, Fun, Fun Tri and Great Loot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331838 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/87655e87-ddc3-4e60-9dce-4181fdfec891.jpg"> <BR> I had a blast this morning doing an indoor tri at the Y. I got to meet and talk to some fun people in my <BR> "Wave" including a cute 15 year old boy. First we swam for 10 minutes. I am a poor swimmer. I completed 4 laps. Tyler, the 15year old did 13. We had 10 minutes to change and get to the spin room where we biked for 30 minutes. I did 8.2 miles which was actually better than some. Then we a... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 13:04:04 EST First Charity Race and Wicked Cold and New Running Gear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331322 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/53bd79e0-c700-44af-b3fc-d63be030a3c6.jpg"> <BR> Today was a race in memory of Vanessa Marcotte, a young woman who was abducted and murdered while running along a road during the day in a quiet, upscale rural community near here. I don't know whether it made national news, but it was big news here and still is. The murderer has never been caught and they have no real clues. The race is to benefit a tutoring service where she had volunteered. <BR... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 12:08:55 EST A Recipe I Am Loving Right Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330927 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/96612039-74c9-461c-b5f5-6606fc156695.jpg"> <BR> So, I'm thinking this doesn't photograph well, but the taste is sublime. On a bed of spaghetti squash you place crumbled feta cheese and a teaspoon or two of pesto. You microwave it until the cheese melts and then you put grilled or sautéed chicken on top. I find the blend of flavors amazing. Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:56:02 EST I'm Too Young To Be A Curmudgeon, I Think! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330691 The word change by itself is meaningless. What kind of change is it? Is it for the better or worse? What has changed and why? I, myself, am very open to change. I love change for the better. <BR> I replied to one of Chris Downey's first posts to the new community feed in which he reported that he started his day by drinking coffee: <BR> " Thank you for starting Spark People. You are a nice person, but I don't care what you drank at breakfast" <BR> He has replied to some critical comments, but... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:01:44 EST The Physical Science of Physical Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323901 Having continuous weather updates available on my phone and iPad, I decided to just look out the window to determine if I wanted to go for a run. It looked sunny, a bit windy and the thermometer read 36 degrees. I decided to put on my thermal pants and go for it. 10 seconds after I left the house, the sun disappeared, it started snowing. Just a few flakes here and there, but then gale force winds picked up and my face started getting pelted with what I first thought was sand from the road, bu... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 10:49:45 EST Trolled and Appalled http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321407 I don't watch much TV. I do like My 600 Pound Life because of the insights it gives to weight loss and also, I love to see people step up and overcome their problems. I love to see them succeed. Even though they all get gastric surgery, Dr. Nowzarden is very balanced in his approach and makes the person lose about 50 to 100 pounds before he will approve them for surgery. He makes it clear that the surgery is a tool, not a panacea. There are aspects of the show that are off-putting. I don't th... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:14:30 EST Good days and What I'm Thinking Lately http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317512 Today I wrote as my status that I had a good day yesterday, stayed with my food plan and exercised and today I feel GREAT. I had the typical thought after I wrote that-I wish I could bottle this feeling! It feels so great the day after success in eating and exercising-physically as well as mentally. I can truly say to myself: this feels better than eating junk and stuffing myself. However, When I'm feeling tempted, it's hard to remember that. So, I'm writing it down to help. The physical acti... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:17:02 EST Lesson on Temptation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308288 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a9028c8e-8cbd-4e61-b179-0c19beff8c42.JPG"> <BR> I have taught Sunday School for over 20 years. I have learned more than the kids. We moved about 5 years ago and had to look for a new church.. Just this past year we started to go to a church that seemed a match for us and our daughter and her kids. I started teaching again (second gradeonce a month) in December. The lesson was on Jesus' Birthday. The lesson plan called for having a birthday part... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 07:18:31 EST Something I Thought I Would Never Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303542 Be in a Triathlon! (Of sorts). One thing I never wanted to do was a triathlon. I am a poor swimmer. I had a near drowning incident when I was 7 ( during a town swim lesson!) and I was afraid of deep water. I didn't learn to swim until I was in HS. Even a sprint triathlon would be too much for me. So I just found out that my Y is having an indoor triathlon in March and I signed up. It is USAT approved-so it is official. LOL, you have to pay an extra $15 to join USAT. Anyway, you swim for 10 mi... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:03:34 EST Fun Races Coming Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295796 When my daughter visited for Christmas, we planned for some races to do together. I'm not that great a runner, but I am a fantastic race picker. I've been to Key West, Big Sur and Lake Tahoe. In Feb, I'm going to do a 10 K in Savannah. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eed252cb-71d5-41ae-a86f-a7db9f82a32d.PNG"> <BR> I've never been to Savannah and I'm looking forward to it. <BR> For the BIG extravaganza race, my whole family ( son and GF are maybe) is going to the Delaware... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:44:26 EST Change -More Reading http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295087 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34509f5e-470a-4e83-969f-b69c410d5292.PNG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c36eeb77-4836-459d-9d1d-a98c26e88f00.PNG"> <BR> I knew I forgot to put something in my previous blog. I get a Pastor Rick's daily devotional by email. Ever since Jan 1, it has been on change, and I have found it very helpful. After a certain point, I think things outside of "diet focused material" have more impact. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 05:53:40 EST I've Been Reading http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293353 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef0a1dc6-b386-4e6c-8943-f50ca8ba5990.PNG"> <BR> I just finished this book and it gave me a lot of insight into my behavior. I actually worked with the man who wrote it, but I can't remember where. Either it was my psych rotation or when I was a nurse intern in a psych facility. I just remember that he was always reading in his office and had a rep for being wicked smart. He's a Rabbi, too. Anyway, he started a drug recovery program in Pittsburg... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 17:20:05 EST An Interesting Morning and Looking Back-Looking Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288839 So I got a call this morning from my husband from work (he had worked 8P to 8A in the ER) saying that he couldn't find his truck keys and could I drive in and bring him the other set. Welllll.......those keys haven't been accessible since last year when we let our granddaughter throw them down the cellar steps and they fell down the side of the steps and disappeared. We have 3 tons of wood pellets piled underneath the stairs. So I decided one set of keys was enough and we could wait to get th... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 17:09:28 EST Third Year in a Row http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271568 Here we are at the start of the Turkey Trot 5 miler. This was my third time following my new Thanksgiving tradition. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35797dfa-fc81-4d94-a2dc-94f71fc1ae53.jpg"> <BR> At the finish: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/335642c3-2ad8-4068-a13f-b2ab2dcb548d.JPG"> <BR> Naturally, every year is different. Last year was warmer <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3a7557ea-cd87-41c2-a1e1-c39b29d6804f.JPG"> <BR> Tw... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 11:28:22 EST Baking Cookies but not eating any http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270039 My daughter had to bake cookies for an event and I helped her. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0b4c40f3-c896-4763-9139-d2c0343ceac1.PNG"> <BR> They were a new recipe for rolled sugar cookies, decorated wth fondant and icing. I was absolutely not tempted to eat them. However, I really wanted to try a bite of one because I was curious about how they tasted. I really wanted to know for myself how they turned out! I could have tasted one and it wouldn't have made much of a d... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 23:21:13 EST O Christmas tree -Traditions- But I don't like early Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269892 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/43347888-9665-4b53-ba2c-482677460783.jpg"> <BR> Last year I wrote something like, " it's not really Christmas until my husband is lying on the ground under an evergreen in a cold puddle or a snow drift. Yesterday when we cut our tree it was warm and sunny! Last year it was frigid, but sunny. Where have we caught a break?Today was gloomy and had wet snow, that didn't stick anywhere but made a mess everywhere. It was our kind of tree cutting day... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 17:01:58 EST Halloween Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259049 <BR> It started out with some silliness on the back deck. I knew my husband would eventually shoot me if I got him the toy gun! <BR> I am not a makeup person. My daughter helped me. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/727dea74-1716-4e45-ba5c-a0f0814c8c8e.jpg"> <BR> It has been awhile since I wore false eyelashes. My granddaughter kept telling me that my eyes looked funny. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7df12193-20b7-421c-8fdc-437f09ae66bd.jpg"> <BR> M... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 22:28:22 EST A Gutsy Runner, Nevada, and Dangerous Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251018 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1f60178b-90df-48f8-888d-d58a55edc010.JPG"> <BR> The "ad" in Nevada rhymes with bad , not odd. Who knew? I've always said it wrong. We took a day trip to Virginia City, where the Cartwrights of Bonanza used to go. They have a herd of wild horses that mosey around the city. I thought it was very cool, but I guess they can cause problems, too. It's a pretty run-down place. The scenery is beautiful, though. We also went to the Donner Pass and that ... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:18:18 EST Emerald Bay Half Marathon and Lake Tahoe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248966 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0bd037a6-7465-4d79-b112-7c0f48e7a685.jpg"> <BR> First of all, Lake Tahoe is just a gorgeous place. Mark Twain famously said, " This is surely the fairest sight the whole earth affords." Pictures don't do justice to the crystal clarity of the water and the cerulean blue color. We got here a couple of days early, so we did some biking. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b93bc2cd-927a-41a4-87ad-9e2be596ea35.jpg"> <BR> And we did... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 19:07:29 EST Weird Stuff?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244179 For the past two weeks or so I have been getting notifications on my feed that I have lost weight. I have not posted any new weights for the past two weeks. Where is this coming from? When I look at my ticker on my page, the last weight I posted is listed. (159.5) When I look at my tracker where you can post a new weight, that weight is listed on the left, but a new weight 161.5 is listed on the right as the last posted weight on Sept29(yesterday). But it hasn't changed my ticker weight. I d... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:06:47 EST First Place - Oh Yeah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241147 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/815b84ab-9ce1-47eb-accd-04d6db8d768d.jpeg"> <BR> This morning was " Run for a Beer" 10 K in our town. The race ends in our little downtown where the Ale House sponsors October Fest. It was a very hilly course. I got first place in my age group. I was thrilled to Death! This is probably the only time this will ever happen for me, because I'm pretty sure I was the only one in my group! I don't care. I got a medal and got my picture taken for the... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 14:11:26 EST A Pensive 4 mile Run and a Halloween Costume http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239154 I had a really enjoyable run. I ran the entire 4 miles and felt really good. Since I just wrote my 3 year blog I thought about that and some of the comments. Also, my husband decided he wants to go to his work Halloween party. We are not a social couple. He talks very little and I am a fun when I have to be introvert. My daughter thought we should go as a hunter and a deer. That sounded good to me. My husband already has his hunting garb. Her first idea was a cat and a scratching post which I... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:42:16 EST My Three Year Sparkiversary. A Look Back and a Look Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237901 <BR> <BR> I've looked back over my blogs from the beginning. Without them, I wouldn't remember much! My original goal was 60-60-60. Lose 60 pounds by age 60 and weigh 160. At the end of the first year I weighed 168. The second year I did get down to 160. Since then I have been hovering around that weight with a low of 153 and a high of 165. For awhile I hovered in the high 150's. Then I hovered in the low 160's. Today I weigh -drum roll-160. Go figure! . <BR> Here is a photo show... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 13:30:27 EST Yesterday I Picked a Red Pepper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234074 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bc01de24-8ccb-4c05-a24e-de558fd9faf6.jpg"> <BR> There it is, hiding in there in all of its red shininess. <BR> I thought it would never turn red. It was big and green for a long time. Family members pressured me to pick it. But I decided if I didn't wait I would never know for sure if it ever would turn red. I think it took about a month. Unfortunately, when I picked it it had a hole. I prayed it wasn't due to a bug <BR> <img src="http://phot... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 14:55:49 EST A New Car and a Look Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232714 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c8bef138-cbe7-42e3-ac6c-15309bb8a779.jpg"> <BR> We are getting a lot of laughs about buying a new car which looks almost exactly like our old one. We are not the kind of people who buy a new car every 3 years or so. We bought our first car as a couple in 1989 (I still miss my Camaro) and it was a Suburban. We have had Suburbans ever since. This will be our 4th one. My husband was in the Air Force and we lived in OK when we bought the first one.... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 07:57:50 EST My New Shorts are " The Story of my Life" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224361 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/61025c03-27c6-44ea-8d86-54f3b661b774.jpg"> <BR> So, I'm always looking for something that I can't find/doesn't exist or they don't make anymore. I tell myself- go to the store and see what they have. ( choose from what they have) -don't decide what you want and then go to find it. I've been wanting cargo shorts. My husband has them, my son has them-pretty much every man in America has them. I couldn't find any. ( I wanted the kind t... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:47:43 EST Who Knew!!!!!!?????? Then Vacation and Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218392 I spent about half an hour writing a blog this morning on my Husband's laptop and it wouldn't load. I tried 4 different times and then it was lost.It took a long time to write because all of my pictures I wanted to use were on my phone and I had to transfer them to the laptop, which was a big pain in the neck. I have written blogs about SP mobile site being useless to me and my frustration at not being able to access the full site anymore from my phone. SP used to have a link at the bottom f... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:43:22 EST My New Yard and Garden and Comments Needed from Gardeners http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194693 Last October we moved to a new house. This spring I was greeted by a yard to take care of again. I also decided to plant a garden for the grandchildren. I started some heirloom tomatoes from seed. I got Abe Lincoln, Mortgage lifter, Cherokee Purple, Brandywine, Old German Yellow and Black Krim. Miraculously, some of each survived my care. Here they are: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/00501e3f-7232-4663-9ab3-d4fba6b6d53c.jpg"> <BR> I think I planted them too close togeth... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 14:58:48 EST Food Struggle Last Night and Pandora's Box http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178081 My middle GD is just over 2 and she went on the potty yesterday, so my hubs promised her ice cream after dinner. Usually I make him take the girls out for a treat, but last night we ate dinner late so he said he was going to get some ice cream at the store and bring it home. When I am "in the zone" I can tolerate this easily but last night I wasn't in the zone. <BR> ."I'm going to get Ben and Jerry's for myself. Do you want me to get you anything?" <BR> "I wish you hadn't asked." <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 06:14:51 EST The Project is Finished http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170556 The actual building of the swingset went better than planned. Hubs wanted to save money by picking it up ourselves in NH thus paying no tax or delivery charge. And we were about to save $450 by assembling it ourselves. I guess I've learned a few things over the years because I bought some ratchet tie-downs and studied the truckers hitch knot ahead of time and both were needed. Everything fit in our two vehicles and nothing fell off. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/38c164... Thu, 26 May 2016 07:01:13 EST A Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170553 Trying to post a blog and getting error message. Yikes! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/07ea475b-8c03-40cf-b317-ba05d9198122.jpeg"> Thu, 26 May 2016 06:57:49 EST The New Spark Page-What You See is Not What You Get http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166156 O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us <BR> To see oursels as ithers see us! <BR> What you now see on your Spark page is not what others see. <BR> First of all, I LOVE CHANGE! I am easily bored and get tired of things quickly. There is nothing I like better than improvement! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e21c025b-7f73-47f0-8d29-052c2a645583.jpg"> <BR> I played around with the new page to see if I could finagle it to show more of what I wanted. What I found is that your ow... Thu, 19 May 2016 09:15:54 EST Life and Death in Nature http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165352 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d75bc1d0-963e-4840-9526-1f747cfb98b2.jpg"> <BR> The bear that I met up close and personal in my backyard just walked through, but hung around in my next door neighbor's back yard for awhile. She sent me this picture. I never even saw the cubs. Well the bear was dead by the next morning. She climbed a tree by power lines and came in contact with a transformer and was electrocuted. The cubs were rescued, though. They shut off our power while the... Wed, 18 May 2016 06:48:27 EST A Big Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162999 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6e55cdc3-3c62-4495-9290-2682e28dbb03.jpeg"> <BR> First, after only six short years my son graduated from college. I couldn't go to Virginia, but my husband went. One of the reasons-actually the only reason it took him so long was that he got involved with a terrible girl. I prayed every day for them to break up. They did for awhile and then they got back together. I was devastated! She truly was leading him down into ruin. They broke up again a... Sat, 14 May 2016 19:43:41 EST I Never See It Coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157401 I have a long history of coming up with ideas that end in torture in the fulfillment. So when we bought our new house last October during our housing crisis we looked at the yard and thought-room for a swing set- check. When we went to look at swing sets we realized that a decent one would take up a lot of the yard. So I looked at the woods and walked around back there and thought that if we cut down a few trees we could put the swing set back there. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Fri, 6 May 2016 06:40:34 EST The Eating Aspect of a Destination Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154866 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4ae3cf93-d53b-45fa-947b-5daeb115e5de.jpeg"> <BR> It really was the most beautiful place, even though it was windy and cold. Very windy! I ran 9 miles. It took under two hours. The rest was vacation and eating out. That's the flip side. There was no scale at any hotel gym and my daughter didn't have one where she was living (she is a traveling PT and packs light). I am very dependent on weighing every day. I had no clue as to what I would weigh... Mon, 2 May 2016 14:34:02 EST Big Sur and Meeting Jeff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149550 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/beb98202-a23a-47f0-b687-61fae656c312.jpeg"> <BR> Big Sur was an amazing race! If there is a more picturesque race I don't know what it would be. Right when we got to the Expo, Jeff Galloway was speaking -how lucky for me. So I got to meet him and he is the nicest, friendliest person ever! I was just thrilled to death and he was so enthusiastic about my weight loss and running accomplishments. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/gu... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 21:51:48 EST If You Are Too Lazy to Boil Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143759 You would have something in common with my son. He is giving me new recipes for the diet he has devised for me, which, by the way, is working really well for me. So he tells me to hard "boil" eggs in the oven in a muffin tin. I had never heard of this. But he says it cooks them well and it is much too much effort for him to boil water. I'm going to try it. 30 minutes at 325-350 then take out and plunge in ice water. I have to say , though, at least he cooks! He is a better cook than I am. My ... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 19:51:33 EST Cats and Dogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140458 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/936a19c6-d75a-4df9-bcbf-edff7fb74eff.jpg"> <BR> It's raining cats and dogs and it made me think about-well-cats and dogs. I was never a cat person. I didn't like them. When my son was in HS, he badgered me, as only he can, to get one. I gave in, we got one, and he left for college. Now, he doesn't even like the cat, and I have a cat. I'm glad I have her, though, because she has been a lesson to me in animal behavior. We got a full blooded, regi... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 06:49:23 EST An Acquired Taste And The Last Time I Write about a Certain Thing.., http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132267 During my big 3 day watch the GK's by myself extravaganza, I planned on not leaving the house/yard. I did not go to church on Easter because often they have to call my daughter <BR> to the nursery to get the baby, and I thought it just wasn't worth it to go through all the rigamarole of getting the three of them ready only to spend most of my time in the nursery. Plus, with their Mom being gone and with all of the extra people, I was pretty sure it would not go well. <BR> <BR> I also plan... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 07:07:23 EST Conversation with Granddaughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129899 So, this is day three of me watching the granddaughters by myself. It seems longer. LOL. They will be 3,2 and 1in April and May. It rained all day yesterday-need I say more? My daughter's divorce hearing was to establish temporary custody. It could have gone better. It could have been worse. She got full physical custody. Visitation is a problem since they don't know him at all and we live in MA and he lives in GA. Domestic violence was an issue. He claims it was "mutual". He did not have an... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 06:57:13 EST