Ready for Springtime!
My heart goes out to those of you who have been inundated with extreme cold and much snow this winter. Central NC typically gets one or two "winter storms" each year with accumulating snow in the 2-4 inch range each time. Because our daytime h... Read more
Yes to the Mother of the Groom Dress!
DS2, Kevin, is getting married this summer. Tonight, I went shopping for the dress and found it!!! I'm so excited. When DS1, Ben, got married seven years ago, I was at my heaviest weight, and in spite of having their ten month engagement to l... Read more
After NINE rounds, still loving the BLC (Biggest Loser Challenge)!
It is hard to believe that I've been SParking for over five years, now. If you know me, or have read the ... Read more
An Ongoing Challenge to Master Maintenance
It is hard to believe that I've been working at mastering maintenance for four years now, and though it is easier in some ways, it is harder in others. Read more
Perfect Weekend with a final taste of summer
I frequently mention the lake in posts to the BLC Panthers, so I thought I'd share some updated photos.
Yesterday was a perfect, early fall day with temps more like early September in NC -- 85 degrees. The last two weeks have been chilly,... Read more
Happy Independence Day
The American Bald Eagle: This beautiful symbol of our freedom has made a big come-back in North Carolina. Happy Independence Day from Kerr Lake, NC ... Read more
Summer 2013 Goals
Monday is our last day of school with students and Thursday will be our last teacher workday. This is week-one of BLC22, so from all respects, it is the perfect time to set goals for this summer...
Our weekend BLC challenge reminds us that... Read more
Memorial Day Weekend
It's a beautiful, but cool, Memorial Day weekend on the NC/VA border (Kerr Lake). I can't believe that m... Read more
Last night, I spent the night at my Mom's house in the bedroom where I grew up -- almost always fun, and something that I do a few times a year.
As I opened my bag to dig out my pajamas, I discovered that I had forgotten to pack them! As I... Read more
A good SParkling friend, and member of my BLC Panther team, Anne, posted a blog this weekend that gave me much food for thought. She has been in maintenance for four years now -- several months longer than I -- yet she still struggles with the ... Read more
Back to the Future
For my Spark friends who aren't participating in the BLC -- I'm writing this blog as part of a Weekend Challenge Assignment for the Panther Team in the BLC21. Our theme for the week is "Back to the Future" and one of our challenge areas is to r... Read more
A little walk in the country while waiting for Hurricane Sandy
The last weekend in October is one of my favorite weekends of the year, and I've never spent it anywhere but on the farm that my mom grew up in eastern NC. Though typically,... Read more
12 week goals
One of the things that I enjoy about the BLC challenges is the occasional weekend challenge that requires a blog entry. This weekend, our first of BLC20, we are challenged to blog our 12-week goals, so here goes...
1) I will rein in my cr... Read more
BLC Summer Break Plan (Part of the Panther Weekend Challenge)
It is hard to believe that BLC 19 is winding down and we'll have almost two months of "downtime" starting next Wednesday following our final weigh-in!
I'm so glad that Anne, and then Ferne, and then Lizzie, and then Carol, started mention... Read more
Water Activities and my bucket list
I've always loved water activities. Though I never thought of myself as athletic since I couldn't catch, throw, kick, or hit a ball well, I learned to swim in preschool and loved competing (and winning fairly regularly) in swim meets. Later, m... Read more
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