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Jumpstart January Challenge Blueprint

Thursday, January 02, 2014      3 comments

I am planning to participate in the Jumpstart January Challenge. I am posting my intentions here along with the links to the videos that I keep losing, so I don't have to keep rethinking what I am planning to do. Day 1 - Wednesday Car... Read more

Bread and Jam for Francis

Friday, June 01, 2012      4 comments

DH and I have made our own Jam for several years - ever since we decided we didn't like HFCS. So tonight I did my beginning of the summer inventory. In the past year we have eaten or given away 31 jars of jam, representing 316 oz. I tried... Read more

Excuses vs. Reasons

Sunday, January 29, 2012      7 comments

This was written by one of the participants on an Asperger's support group that I am on. I'm blogging it here to remember. "Sometimes people get confused between an excuse and a reason. With an excuse, you are seeking to be excused from be... Read more

Seasons' Greeting

Sunday, December 25, 2011      5 comments

I would like to wish you all a: Splendiferous Solstice Merry Saturnalia Happy Hanukkah Joyous Christmas Wonderful Kwanzaa I hope you have a great time during whatever holiday you celebrate at the turning of the year. Ari ... Read more

Tooth Fairy Update

Friday, November 04, 2011      7 comments

I posted the status yesterday that DS9 had broken one of his teeth in a fall and that I was waiting nervously to hear from the dentist. Several of you responded to ask how he was doing, but the response was too long for a status update, so here... Read more

Muskmelon musings

Friday, August 12, 2011      5 comments

I like cantaloupe and other . But sometimes muskmelons have this "off" taste, almost oniony or garlicy. Does anyone know the science behind why cantaloupe sometimes tastes like that? Is it - a) Because it was stored near onions in th... Read more

Planning for the 9 Days

Sunday, July 31, 2011      4 comments

It's coming up on the 9 days before the Jewish Holiday of Tisha B'Av, which is a fast day commemorating the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. May communities have the tradition of not eating meat in the 9 days preceding the holiday as a s... Read more

Musing on Tracking

Wednesday, July 27, 2011      2 comments

As many of you know, I really joined Sparkpeople in hopes that I would be motivated to exercise more consistently rather than to lose weight. And while I took of 10 vanity pounds when I first joined, I've been very inconsistent on exercising s... Read more

Cooking Frenzy Weekend

Sunday, July 17, 2011      3 comments

Oh no! Ari is blogging about food again. I’m afraid I need to move my musings to locavore/flexitarian site instead since I always seem to be writing about cooking. Anyway, we spent a rare summer weekend at home and I had a bursting refrig... Read more

Eating a Rainbow

Thursday, June 23, 2011      4 comments

Red – tomatoes Orange – carrots Yellow - eggs (too bad the peaches aren't ripe) Green – green beans, lettuce, and cucumber Blue – blueberries Purple – beets What a colorful day. Ari... Read more

Ghosts of the Borscht Belt

Monday, June 20, 2011      4 comments

In 1886 Mendel packed his bags and emigrated from what is now Belarus (and used to be called the Pale of Russia) to America. Over the next 40 years, Mendel’s 8 brothers and sisters, along with their 3 first cousins, all came to America. In 198... Read more

CSA Season

Wednesday, June 01, 2011      3 comments

We picked up our first box from the CSA this week. As expected, the contents were a little sparse, but I know that will pick up quickly. Yummy goodness included: 4 heads of lettuce Spinach tiny turnips (tender enough to peel and eat ... Read more

Southern NJ SparkWalk

Sunday, May 15, 2011      5 comments

This morning KMIRANDA2000, HEVER79, COLEEENCOLE, ARIANERA, JERZRN, TERRI289, and a few husbands and friends met at Cooper River Park to walk. We saw goslings, a batch of N... Read more

Freezer inventory

Friday, May 13, 2011      2 comments

I'm still slowly putting my house back to rights after Passover and it had been several months since I updated the freezer inventory. So tonight, I took a few minutes and went through both the chest freezer and the one in our kitchen. Olde... Read more

Happy Mother's Day

Sunday, May 08, 2011      4 comments

Happy Mother's Day friends. I hope you both get some nice pampering and have a productive weekend. Yesterday was a full day - we did a 30 minute family housework blitz in right after breakfast - the kids picked up their books and clothing ... Read more


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