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  • Power back...Mom had a heart attack

    3/2/2015 10:17:55 AM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    RANT ALERT: My husband and I have decided Feb. was the month from hell for us. After both of us getting the flu and then not having any electricity for a week due to a massive ice storm, our power was restored and we were able to get back into our house on Saturday. I was exhausted and ... Read more

  • Worst of my flu fever is past but still not well

    3/2/2015 9:04:34 AM, by CTUPTON

    I have had enough! 225 I want fresh air and get rid of these germs. Someone told me to get meds at the doctor. They always say it is a virus and we have nothing for you, just stuff to reduce symptoms. But I guess there are several antiviral drugs now. I am not used to asking for t... Read more

  • half price now--SPAT-Spark Activity Tracker

    3/2/2015 8:53:56 AM, by CTUPTON

    543 I have mine on my shoes always and on my water shoes in the pool. It records automatically onto the computer when I walk by. Nice to know it is half price right now. 528 20 Chris... Read more

  • Because Dr Seuss Knows Everything

    3/1/2015 8:30:24 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    The man's simplicity was genius. They're books for kids, sure, but I'm pretty sure that Dr Seuss when he was writing his books was talking to adults too, or rather the inner child in all of us, who wondered and who dreamed and somehow got buried beneath life and responsibility. His books, I ... Read more

  • Arggh! So active today and forgot my FitBit!

    2/28/2015 10:03:15 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    I hate it when that happens... Especially since I have been stuck to my desk over the last week, totally busy with other stuff. At last I've had a day in the garden, and a truly busy one at that, and no tracking of all the steps I have been up and down. Oh well, I know I have done it. So do my leg... Read more

  • Winter

    2/28/2015 2:49:28 PM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    I don't know when the official start of Spring is but as far as I'm concerned new season starts at the beginning of the month, so now's the time to do my Winter roundup! Winter: Dec - Feb Start Weight: 167 End Weight: 164 Winter weightloss = 3lbs 425 December I ... Read more

  • Oh no! How did the flu get me?

    2/28/2015 1:40:49 PM, by CTUPTON

    SP has many articles about the flu--prevention ans treatment--oh and why it is different from a cold. And if it a "stomach, intestine" thing it is a different virus. I did not know the flu was primarily respiratory. So if you want to know more, do a search on SP for flu. Please do ... Read more

  • Useless wasteland --answer!

    2/28/2015 1:15:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    The Grand Canyon Well Ives sure missed that boat! chris... Read more

  • SP recipes---healthy swaps for things we love but should not eat often

    2/28/2015 1:13:31 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • Day 6 of no power....

    2/26/2015 12:05:10 PM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    Last night it snowed a couple inches. It's pretty, but I just want the electric company workers to be able to restore power to the thousands in our county that haven't had power for almost a week now. We are safe and relatively warm in the timeshare where we are staying, but would love to be able t... Read more

  • Useless wasteland...where is this?

    2/25/2015 8:35:36 PM, by CTUPTON

    Joseph Ives was given the job of looking at a certain area of the US. Here is his summation: "A few years later, Ives wrote an extensive report on his mission in which he pronounced the ? a beautiful but essentially useless wasteland. “After entering it there is nothing to do but leave,” h... Read more

  • The Flu And The Big Ice Storm!

    2/25/2015 5:39:40 PM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    It's been a rough couple weeks. I got the flu a couple weeks ago. It was pretty bad for a week. As I was getting better, my husband got it. We were both coughing like crazy. Just as my husband was getting better, we had a major ice storm on Friday night. Our power went out along with alm... Read more

  • Can't find my flylady motivational music ~!

    2/25/2015 5:18:56 PM, by CTUPTON

    It was so upbeat and motivating. Does anyone know what I am talking about? Thanks, chris 335 542... Read more

  • Fuhrman's food plate

    2/25/2015 4:03:24 PM, by CTUPTON

    Use the link below for a bigger picture.
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  • A Rude Compliment?

    2/24/2015 9:26:13 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    LOOOOOOOOL I'm laughing so hard, I kinda can't believe the conversation I just had. There's only one thing about myself that I don't like and have any kind of sensitivity about and hate people commenting on....which is honestly a good thing since I'm so far from perfect and people literal... Read more

  • Some Rainbows Amidst The Rain

    2/23/2015 11:29:51 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    So yeah, I didn't take the delay to my move very well...I should be in the countryside by now!! If I was I woulda missed the awakening of the bed bugs, as I'd been quite lucky in not getting any bites...up until this morning when I woke up with 7...lord do I itch, and the cheeky blighters ... Read more

  • Andrei Tarkovsky's "Stalker"

    2/22/2015 10:10:22 PM, by PETALIA

    "Let everything that's been planned come true. Let them believe. And let them have a laugh at their passions. Because what they call passion actually is not some emotional energy, but just the friction between their souls and the outside world. And most important, let them believe in themselve... Read more

  • Time for Irish Soda Bread--here is one recipe, there are many.

    2/22/2015 9:25:48 AM, by CTUPTON

    Ingredients 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for currants 4 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch dice 1 3/4 cups cold buttermilk, shaken 1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten ... Read more

  • Feeling a wee touch of autumn here

    2/22/2015 3:18:50 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    So my buddies in the USA must be getting a sniff of spring. I just want a very hot day so I can clean out the henhouse ready for the cooler weather. So far the perfect days have all been while I am working. On another note, crushingly busy with all sorts of things, Sparking is far from my mind ... Read more

  • Lots more data about coconut oil...

    2/21/2015 9:00:03 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • Coconut oil better? Well, no real proof. Darn.

    2/21/2015 8:59:13 PM, by CTUPTON

    From Nutrition Action Newsletter:
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  • A song

    2/21/2015 2:43:40 PM, by A_RARE_BEAN
    uczes because I always do as I'm told 211 I don't want to speak right now, so that's all...I will have this song on repeat until things get better 247... Read more

  • Aeolus at The Eden Project - Acoustic Wind Pavilion

    2/21/2015 2:35:14 PM, by _RAMONA
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    t/52878929719 Since several people have asked for more information about my feed picture, I thought this was the easiest way to provide the information.... Read more

  • SP cardio for people with joint pain-Jessica Smith free videos

    2/19/2015 6:34:16 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • Sometimes...

    2/19/2015 6:04:19 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    Sometimes.. I don't want to get out of bed I don't want to move unless life promises it will be a bit kinder I feel like I could just cry until my tears match the volume of the ocean...all of them. I'm so tired of living I don't think I could move another inch I want to turn my sp... Read more

  • Book name: Resilience by Jesse Close

    2/18/2015 4:54:51 PM, by CTUPTON

    Enjoy! chris... Read more

  • Our friend's home in Cohassett . MA . Yes, this is scary!

    2/17/2015 9:09:33 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Book about mental illness in the family of Glenn Close

    2/17/2015 8:56:08 PM, by CTUPTON

    Other people seemed to know about this family way before I did. That is not new. I think I live in a cave. Oh well. But I did find the book fascinating and eye opening. Jesse Close was not diagnosed till age 50. But she struggled all her life and no one put it all together till so late in her l... Read more

  • Egg and Spoon a book I want to read --for fun

    2/17/2015 6:40:09 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is what GOODREADS says about Egg and Spoon: "In this tour de force, master storyteller Gregory Maguire offers a dazzling novel for fantasy lovers of all ages. Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside. Her father has been dead for years. One of her brothers has been conscr... Read more

  • What I've been up to.... Making Kombucha...Sunflower

    2/17/2015 12:30:10 PM, by _JULEE_

    As some of you know, my holidays were spent sleeping... Well, sleeping and taking massive doses of herbal antivirals and other supplements to combat a monster bout of Epstein Barr Virus. The die off was a massive event. Once I was lucid again - sometime near mid-January, all I wanted to consum... Read more

  • Hysteria & Delerium

    2/16/2015 2:10:46 PM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    Sorry to constantly bore you with my house ridiculousness but I needs a place to vent and pour my frustrations out so I don't go mental. I need sleep, well ok we all need sleep, but I REALLY need sleep. This is one of the things that I have to be super protective of because for me it's very ve... Read more

  • tumeric benefits and tumeric with BioPerine and arthritis

    2/13/2015 7:37:59 PM, by CTUPTON

    BioPerine(black pepper extract) is to improvement of the turmeric (curcumin)
    8328.html"And at least one new study suggests curcumin's value for arthritis treatment. Since arthritis is so common and the r... Read more

  • Oh now! Huge plumbing problems!

    2/13/2015 3:22:28 PM, by CTUPTON

    The toilet has apparently been leaking water to the basement ceiling--which was just newly sheet rocked and painted. It was so bright and beautiful. Water is raining all over the place down there. The guy we have painting the condo went to the basement and called me down there. I almost fainted... Read more

  • A Good Walk

    2/12/2015 11:30:19 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    Todays walk was super fun. I extended my route and included 3 giant truck off hills so my glutes got a great workout. When I got to the nature park bit (its not as big as it sounds) I got stalked by 3 squirrels!! People are clearly feeding them as they came right up to me looking at me as if to s... Read more

  • frozen peaches for smoothies-- a new discovery

    2/10/2015 2:28:16 PM, by CTUPTON

    Along the way poking around SP I found something about frozen peaches. I can't find the original recipe right now but... I whipped up a smoothie in the Nutribullet: frozen peaches non fat sour cream frozen zucchini pieces right from the freezer It might be a stand in for ice c... Read more

  • Smart TV's and exercise

    2/10/2015 8:51:48 AM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    Usually, hubby and I go to an aerobics class every weekday morning at 8 am. Over the weekend, hubby hurt his back and wasn't feeling up to going to class on Monday. I was all dressed in my workout clothes before I realized he wasn't able to work out. Of course, I could have gone on my own, but I ... Read more

  • 14 Ways to Beat the Clutter-SP article--boy do I need this!

    2/10/2015 8:48:58 AM, by CTUPTON
    ellness_articles.asp?id=1998 These photos are NOT MY HOUSE. Just examples of what can be done. ... Read more

  • Advice to people considering shoulder surgery--maybe knee surgery too....

    2/10/2015 7:34:04 AM, by CTUPTON

    In the months and years before surgery, if you can, and within doctor's parameters, exercise the joint as much as possible. My reasoning is to have the muscles and tendons and ligaments as good as they can possible be before surgery. I did that with concentrated effort mostly April to November in th... Read more

  • Back in's good to be home.

    2/9/2015 3:11:36 PM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    I really loved my month in Florida last month. It was the first time that I've ever been a snowbird. I really "get" the concept after doing it. Even though the winters in Tennessee aren't nearly as bad as they are in so much of the US, Januarys in Tennessee tend to be rainy and dreary. It was a ... Read more

  • well look at that

    2/9/2015 3:46:28 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    "Waving at Mr B Ben on one of my river walks, do tell us the time good sir" ;) I finally figured out how to blog on my phone!!! Still don't think I will though since I have fat thumbs and cant write a 50,000 word diatribe on such tiny keys lol. Back at grandmas now so again limited with how mu... Read more

  • Red velvet valentine's cake-- I think I will try this.

    2/8/2015 7:37:09 PM, by CTUPTON

    Also, there is a photo of this cake made in a bundt pan. Note: this makes 20 servings! 24 4
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  • SP friend's Vegetable Cornbread Casserole-- it was delicious!

    2/8/2015 8:03:50 AM, by CTUPTON

    Vegetable Cornbread Casserole- for one person--but I made a big batch for freezing some Nutrition Info • Calories: 302.0 • Fat: 5.0g • Carbohydrates: 57.7g • Protein: 11.6g Ingredients Cornbread for topping Per person: 1/4 cup red kidney beans 1/3 broccoli 1 cup canned tom... Read more

  • And for my Canadian spark friends...

    2/8/2015 7:57:11 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • More snow jokes...

    2/8/2015 7:55:43 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • More snow laughs

    2/8/2015 7:54:07 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Snow-- at least have some laughs about it!

    2/8/2015 7:52:15 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • The Ridiculousness Of It All

    2/8/2015 4:05:01 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    I seriously wanted to get my rage on this morning....this house ALWAYS makes me want to get my rage on and be Hulk Bean. But I don't like myself when I lose my temper, so instead I walk, today was a 3 hour one!!! It was a great walk too, river was at high tide, lights were pretty, then caugh... Read more

  • Garden Potatoes 2014

    2/7/2015 10:28:03 AM, by OTEN36

    I just ran out to the garage and refilled the potato box. I'm down to a half a box of both red and russet potatoes from my 2014 garden. I will be sad when they run out but grateful I didn't plant too many and they go to waste. We keep them in our garage as we don't have a basement. It stays arou... Read more

  • Corn bread with veggies inside? Anyone have a tasty recipe?

    2/7/2015 8:27:14 AM, by CTUPTON

    I love cornbread but I eat too much when I make it. Maybe if I "beef it up" with veggies inside, it will be healthier for me. Thanks, chris... Read more

  • I Will Win....Always

    2/7/2015 3:52:29 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    Out of yesterdays quotes, the I will win one probably most reflected how I felt. I wanted one that said I always win, but that sounded kinda douchey, so went with the more determined less threatening one of, I'm trying my best and I'll win eventually 211 But the thing is, I guess I can... Read more

  • I got a surprise compliment today!

    2/6/2015 9:27:39 PM, by CTUPTON

    The guy painting our condo (to sell) said he did not know me! He said I had lost a lot of weight! Now he is a very tall and "built" guy. It definitely made my day! chris... Read more

  • Pic N Mix

    2/6/2015 4:39:45 PM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    It's been a while since I've done a quote blog (ie the last time I was home lol) No theme, just a mixed bag of stuff relevant to my mood today. ... Read more

  • Thanks to 1crazydog for making me think of Winnie the Pooh!

    2/6/2015 3:30:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    Enjoy! chris ... Read more

  • My "recipe" for lazy man's stuffed peppers

    2/6/2015 10:08:09 AM, by CTUPTON

    Uh I don't follow a recipe. Just what ever I have on hand. I use shallots instead of onions. I have been told my body is sensitive to onions, but shallots are OK for me. I sautéed the shallot pieces in the pan with some olive oil. Measure? Well- not me. I did the same with the pepper... Read more

  • the old ways

    2/5/2015 9:33:59 PM, by PETALIA

    David Quentin photo of Robert Macfarlane walking the Broomway ‘I can only meditate when I am walking,’ wrote Jean-Jacques Rousseau in the fourth book of his Confessions, ‘when I stop I cease to think; my mind only works with my legs.’ Soren Kierkegaard speculated that the mind might function... Read more

  • Lazy man's stuffed peppers

    2/5/2015 2:31:19 PM, by CTUPTON

    I knew I was forgetting something! Tomatoes. After I added those, It tasted right. I am cooking this and freezing plenty. Yum! chris 370 267 369 286 etc.... Read more

  • a note about home-made ice packs

    2/5/2015 9:30:37 AM, by CTUPTON

    I was laughing to read about the vodka in the ice pack. But the alcohol content is higher than in a bottle of rubbing alcohol! And.. my father-in-law used to pour vodka into the water pipes at their vacation trailer on Cape Cod. Now I understand how smart that was. chris... Read more


    2/5/2015 9:21:29 AM, by CTUPTON

    NOTE: I am NOT a therapist! I just copied this from the internet--chris 58 334 224 Flexible homemade alcohol water ice pack •2 cups water •1 cup rubbing alcohol or high-proof vodka (I used Everclear) THIS WAS IN THE ORIGINAL DIRECTIONS!40 •Food coloring for the blue ... Read more

  • Poster -showing shoulder movements done by a hunk

    2/5/2015 8:41:39 AM, by CTUPTON
    6078172762/ I am , of course, only interested in the boring range of motion done by shoulder muscles. chris ... Read more

  • I am ready!

    2/5/2015 8:24:49 AM, by CTUPTON

    Yes, I am getting fed up trying to get my arm back after shoulder surgery. My spark friends are so good to me. I do appreciate all your comments and goodies and encouragement. The first weeks I spent in my nightgown and bathrobe and had an aide help me to shower 3 X a week. I was a total slu... Read more

  • Six of one, half a dozen of the other

    2/4/2015 4:46:01 PM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    I will finish the some point, and I have started Love Is, and will errr blog that too at some point LOL, I'm still working the projects offline though so no fear 20 . Just thought I'd do an update of sorts. The title says it all really, I find myself odd sometimes, it's ... Read more

  • Bartholomew and the Oobleck

    2/2/2015 1:48:44 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is my favorite Dr. Seuss book. I had my students do a play of this. It was related to the chemistry unit. Many (but not all) of my students were "special needs." chris from Wikipedia Straight after the king says those simple words, the Oobleck Storm breaks up and the s... Read more

  • more about "If I Ran the Zoo"

    1/31/2015 7:51:01 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is new to me. I don't remember reading this book. But.. I did read lots of Dr. Seuss books to my daughter when she was young. Someone gave us a whole bunch of these books. chris If I Ran the Zoo is often credited[1][2] with the first printed modern English use of the word "nerd," in the... Read more