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  • a nice day

    8/27/2014 11:58:51 AM, by MOMMY445

    a day to enjoy and to take it easy. it is not as hot here today,which is a relief. went for a really long walk yesterday and i felt good afterwards. all birds are okay and say hello,hello. my daughter will be getting some more clothes today for school. i will see what i can do. i know what she likes... Read more

  • Day 4

    8/27/2014 10:35:35 AM, by JUSTCONFUZZLED

    I'm so friggin' lazy. You'd think that with me not working right now my house would be spotless and all the running that I need to do would be ran. But NOPE! Today I'm playing laundry/dishes/vacuuming catchup. When I got my last pedometer I remember being excited the ... Read more

  • Epiphanies!

    8/27/2014 9:31:48 AM, by NICOLES0305

    So, I found this Abraham-Hicks stuff on weight loss. Its all about changing your mindset, changing your thoughts, your beliefs on weight loss. I've been watching some of the YouTube videos, and let me tell you! HOLY WOW! This stuff is amazing and eye opening! They liken weight loss and its stru... Read more

  • Everyone belongs in the gym!

    8/27/2014 6:57:52 AM, by RISINGBLUESTAR

    No matter what size you are, you belong in the gym. It doesn't matter if you weigh 100 lbs or 500 lbs. Don't allow others to make you feel uncomfortable while working toward your goals! Unfortunately, there will always be jerks but if they have a problem with your presence at the gym, your body or a... Read more

  • Would I Really Want a Do-over?

    8/27/2014 4:54:33 AM, by PATTYKLAVER

    Everybody has those days on occasion where a day doesn't end up at all like they wanted. Yesterday was one of those days. I tried to get a handle on my mound of paperwork. I swear it grew as I sat at the table. Mom's basement flooded a couple weeks ago. When someone with short-term me... Read more

  • Trees and people

    8/26/2014 10:04:43 PM, by GOOSIEMOON

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  • Home sweet home...

    8/26/2014 9:16:44 PM, by CATTUTT

    Last night was wonderful. It was so nice to be back on my futon in my house. I fell asleep almost as soon as my head hit the pillow and slept peacefully. I woke up at 11 this morning and stayed up til 12:30, then went back to bed and slept til 2. So I've caught up on my rest, and it felt wonderf... Read more

  • Dental appointment Wednesday!

    8/26/2014 9:13:27 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    For me the hardest parts about my visit tomorrow will just be waking up and the pain shot before the work begins. I have a 3 - 4 hour appointment starting from 8am until 11am or 12 noon. I trust my Dentist. He is great at making the process as pain free as possible and giving warnings of what will h... Read more

  • Feeling great!

    8/26/2014 8:18:15 PM, by NICOLES0305

    Have I said how happy I am to be back?! I really am! I've been doing some personal research this week. I've decided to take a whole new approach. It starts with visualization. I'm visualizing myself already at my goal weight, with my ideal body. I have a very clear image of myself at this size ... Read more

  • a lovely day

    8/26/2014 3:31:16 PM, by MOMMY445

    a very hot and humid day here today. even my daughter, who loves to be outdoors, is taking it easy today. all of the birds are doing well and say hi. it looks like i will finally get the reference i need to get into the women's program i want. i am definitely in school from september of this year un... Read more

  • It's About Time!

    8/26/2014 9:21:23 AM, by PATTYKLAVER

    I'm starting to really get excited about going to Nova Scotia to see Sherry and Helena. I guess that before this, it just seemed like too far away. So, my spirits are lifting. My lists are being made. My errands must be started. As it's a day off for me, it's time to put the pedal to the metal... Read more

  • Day 3

    8/26/2014 8:31:48 AM, by JUSTCONFUZZLED

    I caught myself wanting to stick my hand in the M&M bag out of habit yesterday, but I didn't. I am eager to see how No S does when I'm honest about it and don't cheat. I decided to return my pedometer. I tried tracking with a pedometer before and started what I wou... Read more

  • So tired, and so glad to be home...

    8/25/2014 9:03:09 PM, by CATTUTT

    We're back from the land of no communication. From mid-day on Saturday til this morning, I mostly had no cell service. It was a long couple days. The trip was okay though. Here's some photos... Ginger, on our way to Virginia... Read more

  • I do not like the changes either!

    8/25/2014 8:32:45 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Like my friend Keke wrote, we think we no longer earn points for blogging! Plus now you have to look all over the place since everything is in different places! And sparks again to my knowledge gave no warnings of these stupid changes. Now sparks is more complicated than before, I am frust... Read more

  • Home is knowing. Knowing your mind, knowing your heart, knowing your courage. If we know ourselves,

    8/25/2014 5:37:18 PM, by SEASONS_CHANGE_

    Home is knowing. Knowing your mind, knowing your heart, knowing your courage. If we know ourselves, we're always home, anywhere. ~Glinda, the Wizard of Oz ... Read more

  • Bad Bad Days

    8/25/2014 3:51:52 PM, by ECKOKITTEN

    I am in such a downward spiral of just crap. I am so sad feeling and every little thing feels like this huge overwhelming task. I can't get through the day. I just wanna hide away and cry. I am doing so bad. I see my therapist on Wed and I am so glad because I desperately need to talk it out a... Read more

  • a beautiful,sunny day

    8/25/2014 11:32:39 AM, by MOMMY445

    i feel that my job interview went really well. in the meantime, i will work on other things while i wait. today, my daughter has one of her friends over that she met at day camp. they will spend the afternoon together. i am glad to see that she is making friends pretty much wherever she goes. i went... Read more

  • Day 2

    8/25/2014 10:12:25 AM, by JUSTCONFUZZLED

    I'm so excited to see how this year of No S goes. In the past I went off of No S because I felt I wasn't losing fast enough, and maybe something else will help me lose weight faster. The fact is that I've lost weight "faster" on other things, but what happened?? I ended up getting ... Read more

  • 8.25.14 Update

    8/25/2014 8:57:07 AM, by PATTYKLAVER

    I had such grand intentions last Monday. I really wanted to get in more activities that the week before and to eat better. I got a 50/50 result. Granted, my knee has been sore and swollen all week. But it's done that before. I worked at getting it down, but it just didn't work. I have an appoi... Read more

  • I HATE that!

    8/25/2014 1:49:18 AM, by NICOLES0305

    I HATE the way I fell off track for MONTHS! I really am disappointed in myself. I came down with Strep throat back in April and things quickly went down from there. In my defense, I've been dealing with some emotional stuff, and I realize I should give myself a little bit of a break because of it. I... Read more

  • Week ending 8/24/14

    8/24/2014 7:17:03 PM, by EFDUNCAN

    Not a bad week but I was up a pound for the week. The knee feels better than it has in over a month. Had 3 good runs and 4 good gym visits. Work was stressful and found a couple times I was mindlessly eating due to stress. I hope for a good week. Goals are to exercise every day and make good eatin... Read more

  • No S, Day One

    8/24/2014 4:13:25 PM, by JUSTCONFUZZLED

    I've come to a conclusion. I believe it's possible for more than one approach to work for someone (approach to diet/exercise/etc), but for results to happen you have to have consistency and stick to whatever approach you choose. I'm very inconsistent, and it's causing me to be unsuccessful and unm... Read more

  • Day 40 of 135

    8/24/2014 11:09:32 AM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    Haven't posted in a while as it's been busy but want to recommit to my goals and stay on track which I have mostly been doing, although it's kind of a two steps forward, one step backward. I'm hoping to make it to all forward progression soon. I know I can be successful..... Read more

  • Goal Dangling in Front of Me

    8/24/2014 8:54:14 AM, by PATTYKLAVER

    I ended up yesterday a little on the down side. I pulled out my calendar to take a look at what the next few weeks bring. I wanted to think about what I can do to motivate and cheer myself up. I realize that in 10 days I will ... Read more

  • Yesterdays Demons~

    8/24/2014 3:53:22 AM, by CYBERCITYSHELL

    The dungeon of my past~ Demons,and trolls~ Controlling my existance~ Biting and spitting~ Clawing,punching~ Yelling-bellowing~ Haunting,OMG they're taunting~ I don't need them, I know~ They've ruled me so far~ Hunted,yes dam right~ They've stunted me for sure~ Letting them go~ ... Read more

  • Let's go Bucs!!!

    8/23/2014 11:51:51 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    As you have read I am disappointed and frustrated with the whole Steelers organization. I am lucky that here in Pittsburgh there are the Pirates (Bucs), Penguins and the Steelers. The last three days the Pirates have won in exciting games. This year for the second year in a row the Pirates have a c... Read more

  • Just a little bit deeeep and maybe a bit negitive, my life...

    8/23/2014 11:40:08 PM, by CYBERCITYSHELL

    Hey there Sparkies, it has been a while since I put virtual pen to paper. And did a blog, and I have almost done so a few times. It has been a very changing year in so many ways. With ups and downs, new job that came with so many emotions. Which I told you's about the bullying, there's been the goss... Read more

  • Big problems

    8/23/2014 1:43:09 PM, by JAZZYGF

    My decision on drugs has worked out. I feel better and more energy. Friday morning after a nasty storm our barn completely collapsed We had been working on tearing it down for 2 years and this year we finally got it down to beams and metal room. Eating at all and healthyis been a problem. Th... Read more

  • "Mommy Mode"

    8/23/2014 9:28:43 AM, by PATTYKLAVER

    My granddaughter will be 2 months old on the 27th. My daughter went yesterday to get her long hair cut. She said she had been wearing it up in a bun. Helena's "death grip" is getting stronger every day. So...she said she wanted to get out of "Mommy Mode". Whoa! I've been in "Mommy Mode" for 34... Read more

  • Failure? Never

    8/23/2014 7:30:13 AM, by OLDEROWL

    I have been following Leo Babauta's blogs and one of his latest blogs at zenhabits.net/believe/ helps us to believe in ourselves regardless of whether or not we meet our goals. The main point of his blogs is that we are human, and life events can't always be controlled; therefore, ... Read more

  • Because

    8/22/2014 10:39:44 PM, by GOOSIEMOON

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  • 10 hours til we hit the road...

    8/22/2014 9:04:52 PM, by CATTUTT

    Today has been a busy day. It started off slow with sleeping in. After I got up I ate some breakfast and gave the kitchen a good cleaning. Not long after that it was time to wake dh up to head out. I woke him up at 2:30 and we left as soon as he got dressed, and it was after 7 when we got ba... Read more

  • In the fullness of Love blossoms the beautiful, fragrant flower of compassion. ~Amma

    8/22/2014 8:01:59 PM, by SEASONS_CHANGE_

    In the fullness of Love blossoms the beautiful, fragrant flower of compassion. ~Amma ... Read more

  • Curiosity confuses the cat...

    8/22/2014 3:34:37 PM, by VELVETALCHEMIST

    So, today has been a rather disappointing day (hole in favorite shirt, stood up by favorite sister, tonight's dinner ingredients spoiled, etc) so I decide to add further insult by attempting to calculate just what my ideal weight should be. What. A. Trip. So, according to the gubmint and their... Read more

  • Update on the Steelers

    8/22/2014 2:07:54 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    I am very disappointed with the Steelers. Both running backs who violated our laws played in the preseason game against Philly last night. The coach did not bench them! It is disgusting!!! Hey I will say I am happy that the Steelers lost the game, they deserved to. When players break the law, at lea... Read more

  • it's friday

    8/22/2014 1:34:52 PM, by MOMMY445

    i am having a good day so far! woo hoo! my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! it's friday! the weekend is here! yay! i am looking forward to meeting up with one of my friends this afternoon. then i meet up with my good friend later on, for supper and a visit. have a wonderful day,ev... Read more

  • The Writing Diet, Day One

    8/22/2014 11:08:37 AM, by THELORELAI

    I'm starting The Writing Diet again thanks to the lovely Justyna, leader of The Writing Diet team here on SparkPeople. It will involve three pages of free writing every morning, jounaling every time I eat or feel like eating, walking for twenty minutes, and the following: Asking the following q... Read more

  • New puppy

    8/22/2014 4:46:51 AM, by RISINGBLUESTAR

    I am trying to get a pic of the new puppy up but it keeps appearing upside down! She can get on kitchen chairs herself and she is a ball of energy. She is mostly black with some white. I can't wait until I can get the pic right! :)... Read more

  • News from Pittsburgh PA!

    8/21/2014 10:05:05 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Last night I turned on the TV and watched our local news. Yesterday we had a crazy weather day with thunderstorms, lightening and flooding. In downtown Pittsburgh a van was struck by lightening. Luckily someone saw smoke coming from the van and made sure the driver got out. The news showed the ... Read more

  • Staining while it's raining

    8/21/2014 9:44:26 PM, by GOOSIEMOON

    I spent the better part of today staining the screen porch on the house we're remodeling. Up and down the ladder at least 100 times...that's got to count as some sort of workout, right?... Read more

  • Stress eating...

    8/21/2014 9:11:31 PM, by CATTUTT

    T Minus one more day until vacation and the stress is really setting in. I keep trying to tell myself the trip is worse in my mind than it will be in reality, but I don't seem to be convincing myself. I think I'll feel a lot better once 6:30 am on Saturday rolls around and we get on the road. I t... Read more

  • woo hoo!

    8/21/2014 3:24:03 PM, by MOMMY445

    i just found out a while ago that i got into the online upgrading course i wanted! yes! i will have to take math separately, at a different place. the coordinator for the program will send me the links for that one this week. then i can go ahead and plan to be in college for september 2015, full tim... Read more

  • Grr.

    8/21/2014 2:31:05 PM, by VELVETALCHEMIST

    GRR. Just... grr. So I know I've gained weight. But I haven't weighed myself in a while, and my favorite pair of jeans have been hanging out in my sewing room waiting for a couple of strategic patches on a couple of weak points. Yes, the weak points are the inner thighs, but that's normal. I... Read more

  • Wonderful Beginning of Day

    8/21/2014 11:02:51 AM, by PATTYKLAVER

    After grabbing my coffee and morning pills, I sat at the computer and looked at my email. This was the first one I looked at. Seeing this beautiful smile started my day off beautifully. In 13 days, I will see her. I haven't se... Read more

  • thank you all so much

    8/21/2014 3:12:10 AM, by TINAXX1

    so sorry i haven't thanked you all sooner, i haven't been around much as you can tell. i am feeling emotional and overwhelmed right now thank you all so very much for all of the birthday wishes they have touched my heart and made my day. love you all tina ... Read more

  • Very interesting documentary on the clothesline

    8/20/2014 10:26:23 PM, by GOOSIEMOON

    www.dryingforfreedom.com
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  • Hey, I will make this a Wacky Wednesday with 10 wacky quotes by Groucho Marx!

    8/20/2014 9:40:07 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    "I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." "I've had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it..." "Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution?" "When you're in jail, a g... Read more

  • The picture that made my day...

    8/20/2014 9:21:22 PM, by CATTUTT

    As I've mentioned in passing in a couple blogs, a dear SP friend just had a baby. XANGELSTEARZX gave birth to her son Kody, and they just came home from the hospital on Monday. She just posted this pic... Of him wearing a one... Read more

  • The world spins. We stumble on. It is enough. ~Colum McCann

    8/20/2014 9:20:56 PM, by SEASONS_CHANGE_

    The world spins. We stumble on. It is enough. ~Colum McCann ... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    8/20/2014 3:18:58 PM, by MOMMY445

    another nice summer day. my daughter's last day at day camp is tomorrow, it is a full day at the camp for her. she gets to see the movie frozen.all of the birds are doing well and say hello,hello! it was calling for rain for most of the day here. so far, it only rained once in the morning. there is ... Read more

  • Major changes

    8/20/2014 11:09:25 AM, by JAZZYGF

    First medicine Not taking blood pressure meds for 3 days My pressure too low so thinking this is slowing me down Next think before I eat something bad Eat a lot more protein and even use as a snack also Try and force myself to move and get at least 5000 steps a day So weds and check in s... Read more

  • Tea-Fueled Goals

    8/20/2014 10:06:35 AM, by THELORELAI

    The lasagna recipe I tried last night needs a little tweaking, but it did taste good and I’m sure my boyfriend will be happy to open his lunch box and find that he has the leftovers for lunch today. I know I'm looking forward to lunch--leftovers are my favorite. My goals for today: ... Read more

  • Great Point!

    8/20/2014 8:44:47 AM, by PATTYKLAVER

    I was reading some blogs this morning and one hit home with me. It was comparing ourselves to a car. It was stated to "keep your paint job pretty, it makes you feel better while you're driving around". (Indygirl) It made so much sense to me. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, I of... Read more

  • Stuff I hate!

    8/20/2014 7:41:31 AM, by RISINGBLUESTAR

    Nothing seems to help my thyroid issues. No matter how healthy I eat, how much I cut down or how intense my workouts are. The doctors frustrate me even more. I shouldn't have to feel nervous or worry about going. If the blood tests show up normal than it's my fault. Plus the PCOS. It just makes me w... Read more

  • Tiring Tuesday

    8/19/2014 10:08:43 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    I did three loads of laundry. I spent time cleaning and organizing my home. I also went to the VA. I am in the middle of hopefully ending the use of my rep-payee and being in total charge of my VA pension. I also enjoyed a pleasant long walk and even did jumping jacks! Around 6pm I was watching... Read more

  • Sometimes it's fun to not be a homebody...

    8/19/2014 9:19:12 PM, by CATTUTT

    I am happy to say I accomplished the things I said I would today. Well, 99% anyway. I woke up this morning and was actually ready to be awake, so that was a better start than yesterday. After I sat around for a little bit, I got up and did the first ever-present chores... cleaning the kitch... Read more

  • Tracker Problems

    8/19/2014 3:21:22 PM, by PATTYKLAVER

    Sure - just because I said yesterday that I was going to pay more attention to my tracker report, my tracker went on the fritz. It updated a little after 9 am. Then, at about 6 pm, it would light up, but it was lighting up red. I posted on the technical message board, but never got a response. S... Read more

  • I got my body into this...

    8/19/2014 2:46:54 PM, by CANNIE50

    so it is my job and my obligation to get my body out of this. That is the thought I had when encountering altitude sickness while climbing Grouse Mountain (see previous blog) and that is the thought I have about being 5'3- ish and weighing 188 pounds. I have tried very hard to accept my weight and s... Read more

  • a beautiful day

    8/19/2014 1:02:17 PM, by MOMMY445

    i do have some errands to run today. it is a really nice,sunny day here. my daughter and i will be doing some back to school shopping tomorrow. i picked up some supplies that i will need for school. all of the birds are doing well and say cheep,cheep. i am still working on being able to go to schoo... Read more

  • Trying again to blog

    8/19/2014 10:52:20 AM, by JAZZYGF

    Take 5 steps in right direction then 20 steps back again, and again Thinking about a change but what?... Read more

  • Creating a Good Day

    8/19/2014 9:44:08 AM, by THELORELAI

    I have days where I don't sleep well and I have low energy. It's easy to keep putting things off until I feel better but sometimes it takes weeks or months to feel better. So I'm working on doing things in 15 minutes spurts and then resting. So far today I've mad... Read more

  • Day 35 of 135 - feeling the spiral

    8/19/2014 9:31:50 AM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    Yesterday and this morning, I was feeling some old bad habits creeping in and spending a lot of time on here trying to get out of that feeling - thanks spark community - reading your comments and blogs help so much! But I was not eating correctly and eating too much and not drinking enough water and... Read more

  • A Manic Monday!

    8/18/2014 11:02:06 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Today was a Manic Monday. For those who enjoy music, I borrow the words 'Manic Monday' from the song by one of my favorite all woman bands the 'Bangles' who came out with this song in 1985. Today I had to arrange for my ride to the VA with my driver for tomorrow to meet with a Social Worker con... Read more

  • Say what? All the laundry is done?

    8/18/2014 9:10:51 PM, by CATTUTT

    I started out the day being about as lazy as humanly possible. I woke up once, stayed up for about half an hour, and went back to bed for another hour and a half. I just wasn't ready to be awake yet. I was more productive the second go around. I cleaned the kitchen, rinsed the cans, unload... Read more

  • Day 34 of 135

    8/18/2014 8:59:28 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    Not a good day overall and I'm disappointed but I'm not going to let it derail me for long - WILL get back on track tomorrow!... Read more

  • Well, that was humbling...

    8/18/2014 3:46:17 PM, by CANNIE50

    This past Friday morning, I headed up to beautiful Vancouver, BC with some good friends, to tackle Grouse Mountain, the infamous (and rightly so) Grouse Grind. 1.8 miles, 2800 feet, and nearly 3,000 "stairs" (I am 5'3" - these rough, uneven stairs were not designed with short people in mind, believe... Read more

  • it's monday

    8/18/2014 11:46:42 AM, by MOMMY445

    i have made some inquiries on help i need to complete one section of an application package i need to finish filling out to be accepted into a women's program that specifically helps single moms to get back on their feet. my daughter says hi and sends hugs! all of the birds are doing well and say ch... Read more

  • Review of Last Week 8.18.14

    8/18/2014 9:36:04 AM, by PATTYKLAVER

    I was reminded again that I can't do hard, physical work for very long. After spending 5 straight hours on Mom's flooded basement, I couldn't move. My knee is still reminding me. I learned that I really should stay out of casinos. I don't have good luck and I can find many other things to ... Read more

  • Catch fire

    8/17/2014 11:17:49 PM, by GOOSIEMOON

    "Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses." ~ Ann Landers ... Read more

  • The scale

    8/17/2014 10:39:08 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    When I was reading an article here on sparks I came across a quote: "You are so much more than the number you see on the scale!" Under this Sparks explained what they meant about this. I will paraphrase this: The scale does not tell how good you feel. The scale does not tell you how m... Read more

  • Sunday walks with The Buddy...

    8/17/2014 9:09:16 PM, by CATTUTT

    Today turned out to be an absolutely lovely day for a walk with The Buddy. We met at the park at noon, and although it was pretty roasty at first, within 5 minutes or so of starting our walk, the shade came over and a breeze was blowing. It was perfect weather. We walked for 11 minutes, then sat ... Read more

  • Week ending 8/17/14

    8/17/2014 7:28:11 PM, by EFDUNCAN

    Another good week for me. Down 2 more pounds but have not done great with the diet this weekend. Great work outs everyday including 3 good runs. Had family over for mexican last night and some brought beer. I said no to the beer so the weekend calories could be worse. Had to have some of my sister's... Read more

  • Weigh In Disappointment

    8/17/2014 12:10:10 PM, by ECKOKITTEN

    Today was my weigh in day... I am back up to 210 lbs. I swore I would never see 210 again and there it was staring right up at me with all its evilness. All I can say is that I am disappointed in myself, angry, upset, feeling quite down. I have no one else to blame but myself. My actions broug... Read more

  • What we can learn from the Ferguson, Mo events.

    8/17/2014 12:09:44 PM, by OLDEROWL

    The vary tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri seem to have people on both sides jumping to contrary conclusions. Maybe a deeper understanding and appreciation of life would help. Everyone tends to judge things from his or her own perspective and too many do not attempt to understand the full merits ... Read more

  • Suggestions Needed

    8/17/2014 10:45:40 AM, by PATTYKLAVER

    How do I quit spending so much money on someone like this? Sherry was talking to Helena and she gave mom this expression: Like I really believe you, Mom!... Read more

  • Other Blogs' Lessons

    8/17/2014 10:30:53 AM, by PATTYKLAVER

    I've been reading more blogs lately. You all sure have helped me as I see myself in a bit that I've read. I got reminders this week on setting goals, ranging from cleaning the house to reminding me to do more for me and stepping away from people that I just don't get along with. It dawned on... Read more

  • Summer fun!

    8/16/2014 11:54:50 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Today was our community end of summer pool party. I had a lot of fun! I enjoyed throwing a ball around the pool. I knew almost all the people at the party. The most fun were the kids. There were about 10-12 kids there. I think I over did it a bit as my left knee hurts and I scraped up my right knee ... Read more

  • New loveseat and rug...

    8/16/2014 9:22:11 PM, by CATTUTT

    Today has been a pretty awesome day around here. I initially woke up stupidly earlier than I wanted to, but it wasn't too bad. I managed to occupy myself and keep my sanity, that's the important part. I made something to eat, tidied the kitchen and got the food for later cooking in the slow cooke... Read more

  • Day 32 of 135 - Home from vacation

    8/16/2014 6:48:11 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    This will be short because we have a lot of unpacking to do but we had a fantastic vacation. While it is sad to have left the beach, it's kind of nice to be home too! I was very happy to see that while I did not lose weight on vacation, neither did I gain and now I will hopefully move forward to los... Read more

  • what a rainy day

    8/16/2014 2:56:23 PM, by MOMMY445

    it is really raining here. my daughter's soccer tournament went really well. now we are at the library relaxing. it was so worth it to get up extra early to come to see my daughter play soccer. i would do that again anytime, no matter what sport she wants to play in the future. her arm is all better... Read more

  • Here we go again!

    8/16/2014 10:21:02 AM, by MPETERS79

    After a long time of period where my life wasnt going too well......its going better again! Trying to get myself back into the rythm now of daily blogging.... Read more

  • Fun Friday, looking forward to Sunny Swimming Saturday

    8/15/2014 9:39:27 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    I had a great Friday and am looking forward to a sunny, swimming Saturday! Tomorrow is our annual end of Summer pool party. The weather is expected to be great, lots of sunshine and in the low 80's. There will be a DJ, free food and free drinks. ... Read more

  • A small victory...

    8/15/2014 8:55:26 PM, by CATTUTT

    Dh woke up earlier than normal this afternoon, so we decided to go run the one errand we needed to run before we ate. We had hoped we would avoid rush hour traffic if we did that. So we set off on an errand that should not have taken more than 45 minutes round trip. What happened? We got stuck i... Read more

  • The opposite of loneliness is not togetherness, it's intimacy. ~Richard Bach

    8/15/2014 3:22:10 PM, by SEASONS_CHANGE_

    The opposite of loneliness is not togetherness, it's intimacy. ~Richard Bach ... Read more

  • it's friday

    8/15/2014 11:50:39 AM, by MOMMY445

    the weekend is here! hurray! my daughter feels much better today. all of the birds are doing well and say cheep,cheep. i will be meeting up later with my good friend. from there, tomorrow morning, i will be heading to my daughter's soccer tournament. after that, i have not decided what i will do. ha... Read more

  • Reflections

    8/15/2014 6:42:50 AM, by PATTYKLAVER

    I'm in a reflective mood lately. Summer is almost over. My Helena is out of town for a few months. My Sarah and my Sherry are in different locations. Mom is struggling and the short-term memory seems to get shorter and shorter with each passing day. Another crossroad seems to be looming in fron... Read more

  • THANK YOU SPARK FRIENDS AND COMMUNITY

    8/14/2014 9:30:19 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    All of you who read my blog yesterday and responded so kindly, I thank you from the bottom of my heart! YES, I too am very happy I failed in my suicide attempt. Since then I enjoyed being an Uncle and Godfather to my amazing nephew Mike. Also I will always cherish being allowed to be the step f... Read more

  • No queso, but someone needs to slap the chips out of my hands!

    8/14/2014 9:01:13 PM, by CATTUTT

    So I said last night we were going to Moe's, and although it wouldn't be healthy, I was going to make one healthy choice and have tomatillo salsa instead of the queso dip with my chips. I did do that, I'm happy to say. Dh got the queso, and although I love it, I only had the salsa. The burrito bo... Read more

  • Laughter

    8/14/2014 10:35:59 AM, by PATTYKLAVER

    With the passing of Robin Williams, I am reminded of the healing powers of laughter. As television showed clips of Robin in various interviews, I was again amazed how he had the ability to talk about anything and make it funny. I had to laugh again at what he said. Oh, how I wish I had that abili... Read more

  • it's thursday

    8/14/2014 9:18:33 AM, by MOMMY445

    i had a great day yesterday! i plan on having a great day today! my daughter says hi and thank you for all the well wishes. she is already feeling better. all of the birds are doing well and say cheep,cheep! today, not too much planned. helping out a friend of mine and picking up some mail from my p... Read more

  • New scale!

    8/14/2014 7:01:09 AM, by RISINGBLUESTAR

    Thanks for all your comments on my previous blog!! Bought a new scale. I like the Taylor brands and this one has a wide platform. I had a Taylor scale before and it lasted for 7 years. I have a health-o-meter one but it's all over the place. Of course, my weight is something to work on because... Read more

  • Rifftrax Live- Godzilla tomorrow

    8/13/2014 11:49:38 PM, by PAZUZURISES

    Can't wait...... Read more

  • Day 29 of 135 - Stuck on a boat

    8/13/2014 9:57:01 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    Vacation is going so well - we are so sad it's half over but are having such a good time. We have been doing a lot and today was to be a more relaxing day with both my husband and I taking a break from exercising except for some walking and the plan was to play some mini golf which the boys loved ... Read more

  • Sometimes an attempted suicide is not selfish, it is because you care too much for those you love!

    8/13/2014 9:52:41 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    The first time I tried to commit suicide was not selfish, it was just the oppisite. I had been honorablly discharged from the Navy and living with my parents. At the time I was on medication for being Bi-polar. 30 years ago before the introduction of generic medications, medication was very expensiv... Read more

  • "Vacation" is planned...

    8/13/2014 9:15:13 PM, by CATTUTT

    Finally got a confirmation that dh will get to take off week after next for vacation. Which means we are going on "vacation". I use the term vacation loosely because, although we are leaving Columbus and going to Virginia, it's not really a pleasure trip. Just going back to my hometown to visit m... Read more

  • How I sifted thru conflicting diet infro.

    8/13/2014 6:35:42 PM, by OLDEROWL

    I was kind of sold on a carb cycling/exercise plan by Shaun Hadshall and have lost enough weight on it to feel that it is working for me. Also, I found a book in my wife's collection of books describing the Pritikin weight loss plan which confirms Shaun Hadshall's recommendation to eat whole food ... Read more

  • I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; bu

    8/13/2014 3:26:34 PM, by SEASONS_CHANGE_

    I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. ~Agatha Christie ... Read more

  • a lovely day

    8/13/2014 12:48:15 PM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter sprained her arm the other day. she will be just fine. i am out and about today, enjoying the cooler weather here. i was able to meet up with my good friend the other day. that is so relaxing for me and for my good friend. all of the birds are doing well and say cheep,cheep! have a wonde... Read more

  • Ouch!

    8/13/2014 10:42:47 AM, by PATTYKLAVER

    Many times I start doing something without thinking about how long it will take or how I will feel afterwards. I did it again yesterday. When I headed to Mom's yesterday to start cleaning the flooded basement, I knew a few things. I wore old clothes. I stopped at the Dollar Tree store and bought... Read more

  • Depression

    8/12/2014 10:45:59 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    One thing I like about Sparks are the well written health articles. If you go to the orange tab: ARTICLES & VIDEOS in the blue section there is: Health & Wellness. First place your cursor on this and then go to the right where you can scroll down to Depression. With the news of Robin Williams death... Read more