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    9/30/2014 11:58:13 AM, by GIVEUP30


  • The basement flooded from the garbage diposal.

    9/29/2014 11:53:13 PM, by NORASPAT

    I have been cleaning the basement floor. I started a blog and I had to leave it. As soon as I was ready to continue it went away. I saw it with the photos and then it was nowhere to be found. I just wanted to WEEP but a better idea is SLEEP instead. Pat in Maine Read more

  • Begin again.

    9/29/2014 1:14:48 PM, by LILYMONSTAR

    Ok, I have not worked out in over a month. I've been under a lot of stress and just haven't been feeling good. I haven't had any junk food in a month and yesterday I did my nails and walked for an hour. I'll do the same today.... Read more


    9/29/2014 12:49:56 PM, by GIVEUP30


  • I tried and after 4 tries I stopped writing just showed you it. I learned a lot!

    9/28/2014 10:13:41 PM, by NORASPAT

    I have tried a number of times and I am losing the blog and trying for the photos. The photo is a burning Bush in our back yard. These are all pine trees.(... Read more

  • September 28, 2014 (Sunday)

    9/28/2014 8:14:28 PM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Hello Everyone, It has been a very busy weekend for me because my birthday was on Friday. I don't say much about my birthday in advance, but it seems like all of my classes were made aware of the date. I got a lot of really nice cards, gifts, and even money. So it was a very nice day. On F... Read more

  • Gratitude

    9/28/2014 6:50:13 PM, by SPEDED2

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  • Fit, Firm and Focus - Day 8

    9/28/2014 2:19:18 PM, by DI_NAMIC

    Review and goal-set! Got rid of the regained lb. Aim - get rid of another of the pesky things. Fit#Day 8 - a Jessica Smith walk - Abs walk. This will complement the useful video link on SP main page today to.... Firm~Day 8 - Coach Nicole's Seated Core work. As long as I've done or int... Read more

  • Editing pictures took a long time.

    9/28/2014 12:04:47 AM, by NORASPAT

    It is after midnight I will do it tomorrow. Pictures of early turning trees in the fall Pat in Maine. TOMORROW!... Read more

  • We had a really nice day with Grand daughter.

    9/26/2014 11:47:10 PM, by NORASPAT

    Wedding Anniversary for our son and DIL. Since they are living with us it was our son's idea to go to a local B and B that is very upscale. The food is amazing . Our granddaughter was with us after school. DH and I did more furniture moving and now we have it RIGHT. After school we took our... Read more

  • Fit, Firm and Focus - Day 7

    9/26/2014 6:17:15 AM, by DI_NAMIC

    Confession time - School work was valuable work BUT The big travelly bit yesterday was a flight up to Glasgow to see Ryan Adams and the Cardinals. We flew back on the 6.30 this morning. Great gig btw. He's in good shape! Now, whether it was all the airport walking or the adrenalin last nig... Read more

  • Today with help from DH, our son and myself re-arranged our cluttered bedroom

    9/25/2014 11:40:11 PM, by NORASPAT

    Our family moved in for a short while but the stay is extended. They are living in our basement where i had the run of the space. For a while longer that space is off limits. It is working very well. It is their 15th wedding anniversary and they have booked a place to stay so our grand daughter ... Read more

  • Change in the weather

    9/25/2014 7:59:16 PM, by TORNADO8

    Summer is over and time to settle in for the winter. I think this is the time to make resolutions for the long time ahead. One thing I will try to do is start a food diary. It is said to be helpful so it is worth a try. I have been working out on a good basis and my weight remains steady -- at least... Read more

  • September 25, 2014 (Thursday)

    9/25/2014 6:32:31 PM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    WOOHOO! Tomorrow is Friday! Hope you all have a GREAT WEEKEND! The Elvis impersonator is performing in this area again this weekend, and several of my family members are going to the show. I can only go IF it rains out the races, and I do not see that any rain is predicted for tomorrow or Saturd... Read more

  • Fruits

    9/25/2014 8:56:50 AM, by WENDYSPARKS

    Hi Sparkers! I making sure to eat my fruit for breakfast today.....blessings to all! ... Read more

  • Fit, Firm and Focus - Day 6

    9/25/2014 5:03:43 AM, by DI_NAMIC

    A working in schools and travelly day. I'm going to try for my big 3 but will have to update later. Many pardons!... Read more

  • Early to bed tonight.

    9/24/2014 9:07:42 PM, by NORASPAT

    Today was social. I am making the refreshments for the senior college concerts for the season. There is a certain box of cookies that many people go crazy over. We bought 12 boxes of Belgium Chocolate cookies, they are our best snack. Now I am pushing for crackers and cheese and grapes if they are... Read more

  • Fresh air!

    9/24/2014 8:13:42 AM, by WENDYSPARKS

    Hi Sparkers, looking forward to going apple picking this the season!! Have fun Sparking! hugs! Wendy ... Read more


    9/24/2014 7:07:10 AM, by GIVEUP30

    TO KEEP CHILDREN SAFE AND PROTECT THEM FROM HARM....... I untied the apron string right in front of mine when they turned 18. They are good working.... Read more

  • Not much Sparking done today. Dr. Appointment South and North.

    9/23/2014 10:40:30 PM, by NORASPAT

    Last Friday DH had a podiatrist appointment in Portland Maine 6o miles away from Augusta where we live. On our way back I suggested to DH he should have his replaced hip checked out to see if the foot problem comes from the hip and gives him pain in his hip. em>465 We went to their offic... Read more


    9/23/2014 11:40:26 AM, by GIVEUP30


  • Hoping to get this done. STRUGGLING for certain !!!

    9/22/2014 11:36:52 PM, by NORASPAT

    I am struggling to get the photos for you. It is very hard where there are NO WORDS just pictures in my SURFACE 8.1 I am hoping to show you the ALMOST finished yard. Then we can talk about other things instead. I hope they are in sequence we shall see. Read more

  • doctor

    9/22/2014 2:26:52 PM, by GIVEUP30

    doctor appointments all week so may not do much Sparks... Read more

  • It rained just when I wanted it to.

    9/21/2014 10:01:29 PM, by NORASPAT

    I was delighted to hear very heavy rain. This morning it was warm and foggy. I started to write about the lecture we went to but alas I am falling asleep at the computer. I will love you and leave you and hopefully get my thoughts together. If the sun shines and it is expected to be a nice... Read more

  • September 21, 2014 (Sunday)

    9/21/2014 7:51:24 PM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Hello Everyone, Thank You for your continued responses to my blogs. On the topic of my vehicle. I think it is very close to reaching retirement age. It is 14 years old, and has over 220,000 miles. I have kept it so long for several reasons, but one being that it is a truck, and I have grown... Read more

  • rest

    9/21/2014 11:58:50 AM, by GIVEUP30

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  • Day 4 of not eating after 9PM (Goal = 100 days in a row)

    9/21/2014 9:51:02 AM, by ABBY_G

    Made it. As planned, had a high protein/good fat snack between 8-9. Good luck with your plans and goals today!... Read more

  • Early to bed after another long day. I love it but my body does not.

    9/20/2014 9:27:15 PM, by NORASPAT

    I am almost finished in the back yard. I like the way it looks. It is not surrounded by flowers. We like to keep the bees in the rest of the yard it is full of clover. I do not like weed and feed all my neighbors do but I think if they have to flag with a skull and crossbones why do our neighb... Read more

  • Day 3 of not eating after 9PM (Goal = 100 days in a row)

    9/20/2014 1:01:28 PM, by ABBY_G

    Hello. Made it another night. Saving the calories for a snack between 8-9pm works really well. It's harder earlier in the day, but I'm not as tired then, so can cope better. ... Read more

  • Today was another good day.

    9/19/2014 11:26:40 PM, by NORASPAT

    The weather was cooperating. Last nights frost did not happen and so I have another few tomatoes will ripen. DH had 2 classes today I had one. I had the afternoon to myself and the dogs and I was able o dig up turf from the back yard and I have put it in the pool area. It is looking nice. ... Read more

  • September 19, 2014 (Friday)

    9/19/2014 7:37:24 PM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Another week down! Although it is the weekend, of course, I am still working, but I still look forward to each weekend. This was a normal week without any unexpected drama. WOOHOO! I did have vehicle problems which began the week before (in the drama filled week). I ignored them that week... Read more

  • [insert metallic sound of sword being pulled from sheath]

    9/19/2014 12:42:07 PM, by ABBY_G

    I am beast tamer! The light of awareness shines on all my frustration and other emotions and illuminates my way! grrr... (That's the sound of determination.) Translation: I got frustrated with something and wanted to eat to 'fix' it. I became aware of it and rather than eating, decided to ... Read more


    9/19/2014 11:35:31 AM, by GIVEUP30


  • Day 2 of not eating after 9PM (Goal = 100 days in a row)

    9/19/2014 9:31:30 AM, by ABBY_G

    Hello. I struggled with not eating after 9PM, but kept to it. Analysis of the success: 1, Planned snack between 8-9PM: 200 calories of almonds 2. Stress reduction: I made time last night to pay attention to my stress level and to lower it by shopping online for 15 minutes. (Didn't b... Read more

  • Today I met another Maine Spark Friend.

    9/18/2014 11:13:13 PM, by NORASPAT

    DH and I drove to Farmington Maine. The fair is in town and I was told a Sparker would be selling baskets there. We drove up, I FOUND HER BOOTH. Her products are so made. The baskets are awesome. Nice and symmetrical and v ery sturdy. Lovely cane Christmas bells. T... Read more

  • Day 1 again of not eating after 9PM

    9/18/2014 8:15:21 AM, by ABBY_G

    Hello. After a short successful run of not eating after 9PM, I messed up on Wednesday night and binged on about 800 calories of food at 10PM. Analysis: Didn't make the time for refreshing my memory about my goals and my plans. Was a bit sick and quite tired. I used food for comfort. Yest... Read more

  • Almost getting things under control.

    9/17/2014 11:48:50 PM, by NORASPAT

    I called yesterday for the Podiatrist to see DH. I was given an appointment today. Of course I had plans for today. I walked with my walking buddies and we walked 4 miles. We had coffee at our coffee bakery. I took one friend home, her Dh was not feeling like walking so I offered to take ... Read more

  • Where did the summer go?

    9/17/2014 4:20:02 PM, by SCDALYNCH

    Here I am again. Now I have been at 159 for weeks. Too many visitors and extra work. I get lost in all the shuffle. My friend has done well. I just need to focus on what I need. The exercise I have gotten amounts to wall painting, garden weeding and cleaning. Then cooking for a lot of people... Read more


    9/16/2014 10:21:53 PM, by NORASPAT

    I think this is the kindergarten of computers and it is absolutely great. If kids did not go to Kindergarten they would struggle to get a decent education. It seems like once we are older there is no priority to teach seniors the basics, I have been struggling with Files and wondering a... Read more

  • Busy week -- make time for w/outs

    9/16/2014 8:14:42 PM, by TORNADO8

    Last week was a good work out week but this week started out pretty good but things happening towards the end of week. Have to make it a point to make time to work out -- short video or walking. So enjoy videos -- I have a lot anyway. I guess you could say it is my hobby. Had a good dr's apt so at l... Read more

  • Fall weather

    9/16/2014 3:11:30 PM, by WENDYSPARKS

    Hi Spark friends, I can feel the cool weather today....but it feels nice....I am looking forward to pumpkin season.....see you here sparking! ... Read more


    9/16/2014 1:46:31 PM, by GIVEUP30

    EXPLORING EVERYTHING THAT CAN BE REACHED ISN'T THIS THE TRUE...I REMEMBER THOSE DAYS WITH MINE TWO... I only have great grandchildren now that are in this stage..... ... Read more

  • Shift Workers

    9/16/2014 11:51:53 AM, by OLD-NACL

    When I started the shifts OCT 2007 I would bring in left overs, frozen pot pies, frozen dinners, hot pockets - or, sometimes someone would not have brought in anything to eat and would make a "chow run" to healthy places like 5Guys... Read more

  • September 15, 2014 (Monday)

    9/16/2014 1:56:54 AM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    My kind of day...NO DRAMA! PLUS, our weather was warmer today, and it was more like summer than winter. I am not ready for winter yet, but it seems we start getting very cool weather each year shortly after Labor Day. I will be starting another new class tomorrow afternoon. I canceled one ... Read more


    9/15/2014 6:52:00 AM, by GIVEUP30

    ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY........ heard of this one.....had trouble trying to get the letters to go with the title but I unscrambled the letters and this is what I can up with... ... Read more

  • September 14, 2014 (Sunday)

    9/14/2014 11:24:33 PM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Hello Everyone, I hope you are all doing well. Thank you for your responses on my last blog. The races WERE rained out for last night. The rain was so heavy on Thursday, and with the cool temperatures and not one ray of sun on Friday, the track and the pits were too wet. I am hoping f... Read more


    9/14/2014 10:04:23 PM, by NORASPAT

    I was up early this morning, I was thinking I would make Brussels Sprouts today for our leafy greens with BACON. That is the way we like them. Up until last week I have bought the ready cooked bacon. Last week it went up in price and so I looked at the bacon in the cooler case and ... Read more

  • Friends

    9/13/2014 11:24:01 PM, by SPEDED2

    And so it is with Spark Friends.... Read more

  • Good Day today the weather cooperated for me.

    9/13/2014 10:21:23 PM, by NORASPAT

    I have no more pavers. I have even use up some rough or broken rough edges . It will see us through and the winter patio we have to Snow blow through the back yard fence. Today it had dropped much lower, I hope the tomatoes are not too cold. My hands are tired and I am putting on my Wrist sp... Read more

  • I finally can do some sewing and that will keep me busy.

    9/12/2014 11:16:49 PM, by NORASPAT

    It has been months that my sewing machines were all pushed in with our family's belongings. I wanted us all to enjoy the summer but now it is fall I want everything ready for fall and winter. I know I will be doing a lot of snow blowing , I always work with DH. We call it playing in the snow. ... Read more

  • September 12, 2014 (Friday)

    9/12/2014 9:19:01 PM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    What a busy week with lotsa 'drama!' I was not the one who started the drama but it seemed to be coming at me from several different angles. I tried to handle it the best that I could, but later I always wondered if maybe I said too much or didn't say enough or whatever. That's just me though. I... Read more


    9/12/2014 11:00:59 AM, by GIVEUP30


  • Thursday it rained. I thought I would just vegetate but it was too boring.

    9/11/2014 11:36:09 PM, by NORASPAT

    I had a call from a dear friend she is well in to her nineties and she and I go back almost 50 years. I have sewn for her for a very long time. She was over 5'8" and now she is as lovely as ever but she is shorter than I am . Her clothes and her colors are chosen with care. She orders by catalogs an... Read more

  • Set sail for fall challenge.

    9/11/2014 10:43:06 PM, by CANDOIT54

    Hello my mateys, this is a blog to say we set sail on the blue ship tomorrow morning for the fall biggest loser challenge. I am going to try my hardest to get into the 160's and STAY there this time. I know I can do it and this time I will. So Titans- let's set sail- blue and red together to start.... Read more

  • 5 nights in a row of not eating after 9PM

    9/11/2014 10:32:21 AM, by ABBY_G

    Eating less dinner and having a 200 calorie high protein w/some healthy fat snack between 8-9 worked last night, too. It was much less of a struggle to not eat at 11PM or in the middle of the night. Hope your plans are going well, too!... Read more

  • I have to back track on food.

    9/10/2014 10:56:09 PM, by NORASPAT

    I like to eat right but it just occurred to me that there are a a large number of older seniors who come to our concerts. The concerts are classical, country, folk, chorus and even some one man or woman acting. It is great to see such big crowds. Our performance this October will be a full house. ... Read more

  • adjusting the not eating 7PM-7AM plan to 9PM-7AM

    9/10/2014 7:37:35 AM, by ABBY_G

    My plan usually is to not eat 7PM-7AM. I've been struggling around 11PM, though, so am going to tweak the plan a bit to see if it helps: - Not eating 9PM-7AM instead of 7PM-7AM. - Having a smaller dinner (subtract 200 calories). - Having a snack (about 200 calories of protein and fat, such ... Read more

  • Today was great. Weather cooperated ---

    9/9/2014 11:21:28 PM, by NORASPAT

    so I have almost done those pavers on the play side of the pool. I have reset 60 today. It has been a busy day. I went out to pick up some prescriptions and I saw some "Mum's" falls flower for me. They were very inexpensive at our local Walmart so I have 2 burgundy and 2 yellow. they cheer me on w... Read more


    9/9/2014 10:15:03 PM, by GIVEUP30


  • 3 nights in a row of not eating between 7PM-7AM

    9/9/2014 9:30:43 AM, by ABBY_G

    I've had to take these steps to stop myself from eating between 7PM and 7AM: 1. not keeping anything tempting in the house 2. taking problem foods to the car and leaving them in a cooler in the trunk overnight 3. parking the car far enough away from the house so that it's less tem... Read more

  • Monday brings on MEETINGS.

    9/8/2014 10:39:15 PM, by NORASPAT

    September so Senior college is now in session. It is my job to take over the refreshments for the concerts we put on. A number of seniors come to our concerts and they like the refreshments. Everyone wants chocolate cookies but I will buy some but not 4 cans at a time. I am hoping to go ba... Read more

  • It's Still Sad

    9/8/2014 9:18:01 PM, by SPEDED2

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  • Hi everyone ! I was so happy to sere m y photos on my page.

    9/7/2014 11:02:53 PM, by NORASPAT

    Today I have started the large area. The weather is still cooperating. After I was worn out DH and I took out DIL and DGD out to dinner and it was a nice time together. Hence no time to blog about anything else. Thanks Pat in Maine.... Read more

  • I Can Do It!

    9/7/2014 7:26:37 PM, by SPEDED2

    I Can Do It! ... Read more

  • I hope you can see my pictures tonight. Camera is not cooperating-My fault .

    9/6/2014 11:03:46 PM, by NORASPAT

    Today I did more but it is still not done. I actually have been at it most of the day. 8.15 started went in at 11 and did even more this afternoon. It is slow because these pavers are very heavy. I am doing it all alone. ---MY CHOICE!!! Now to try to get pictures!!! This is the old pathway to... Read more

  • It's All in Black & White, Mostly

    9/6/2014 9:21:55 PM, by SPEDED2

    "Most people don't have that willingness to break bad habits. They have a lot of excuses and they talk like victims." Carlos Santana Here it is in black and white, mostly. ... Read more

  • oh no

    9/6/2014 2:26:04 PM, by LILYMONSTAR

    I've fallen off the wagon for about three weeks. I feel horrible. I need to hop back on because I felt so great when I was on it. Hopefully I can start today again.... Read more


    9/6/2014 7:03:24 AM, by GIVEUP30


  • September 5, 2014 (Friday)

    9/6/2014 12:51:27 AM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Hello Everyone, I hope your week has been a good one and that your weekend will be GREAT! No rain around here, so for now the races for tomorrow are on. I went to the football game this evening. It was a close game, but my son's team lost. They are getting better though, and they are having... Read more

  • I have the picture but not the time.

    9/5/2014 11:37:45 PM, by NORASPAT

    I have been in the yard since8am I decided it was looking so good I wanted to do more so I have bought some pink bricks for the pathway to the filter. DH was supposed to take photos, 4 pics no heads. So I will post pics tomorrow am really tired but happy with my single handed patio project. Pat... Read more


    9/5/2014 7:20:52 PM, by GIVEUP30



    9/4/2014 11:31:28 PM, by NORASPAT

    I had oped it came back but it did not come up on SEND!@!@! SORRY!!!... Read more

  • Our weather is like summer. I am making the most of it.

    9/4/2014 11:29:29 PM, by NORASPAT

    Today I added a few more pavers and then DH and I delivered posters for the concert series at our Senior College. We drtive 50 miles to pin up posters for each concert. WSe are just starting classes and one of my classes is a class on using files in windows 7. I loved and felt good with 7 but th... Read more


    9/4/2014 8:32:19 AM, by GIVEUP30


  • My day was full, I got a lot done.

    9/3/2014 11:49:49 PM, by NORASPAT

    I woke up to a phone call, I had overslept. It was a walking buddy wanting to walk. I hurriedly dressed and went out the door and halfway to the trail I realized I had forgotten to test my blood sugar. I cannot ever remember doing that. I put it behind me, we did our 4 miles. I went home an... Read more

  • When I challenged myself to meet a goal

    9/3/2014 6:43:54 PM, by INCOMPLETE1984

    The last time I really challenged myself to meet a goal was when I went from not exercising at all to exercising 3 times a week in January 2014. I kept this up pretty much consistently (apart from when my ankle was injured) until July when I wasn't well and then went away and my routine got all mess... Read more

  • Out of commission

    9/3/2014 5:52:37 PM, by SCHECK5

    Well I guess I had way to much fun this past weekend...I fractured my foot and now I will not be able to get my 10,000 steps in for the next for weeks...I have been SO good about getting them in since January. Now I will have to find other ways to get in my workouts...I guess I will need to get in ... Read more

  • Almost midnight.

    9/2/2014 11:42:54 PM, by NORASPAT

    Today was not a Maine day. I loved it, most everyone else did not. It was very warm but the humidity actually hit 93 % but it was around 80 degree's and eventually 85 Degrees. I actually ended up with a head ache, just from the pressure and I had less energy as I usually have. DH and I a... Read more

  • September 2, 2014 (Tuesday)

    9/2/2014 9:02:46 PM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Thank you all for responding to my blog of yesterday. Cloudy all day, and raining tonight. Not much going on around my place. I am back from teaching my last class of the day/night, but I still have to go out to pick up a few things at the grocery store. I should have stopped on the way home, bu... Read more

  • "Whatever you are be a good one"

    9/2/2014 2:14:52 PM, by INCOMPLETE1984

    "Whatever you are be a good one." That's a quote from Abraham Lincoln. But I'd like to counter that with another quote "progress not perfection" by FlyLady. Lincoln didn't say we need to be perfect, only that we need to be good, but my brain thinks "I need to be good; I need to be perfect; I n... Read more


    9/2/2014 11:27:56 AM, by GIVEUP30


  • A Whirlwind weekend just came to a close.

    9/1/2014 10:41:33 PM, by NORASPAT

    Our Eldest son came to take home our eldest grand daughter. I usually have had her here for years since she was 4. She and her older brother, he went home and she stayed. She always wanted to come every summer but this year she had to go to Summer school. I had her just a week. We did have a good... Read more

  • September 1, 2014 (Monday)

    9/1/2014 8:58:55 PM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    I hope you all had a great day. It was a nice day here. My sister, Kay, had the family at her house for a pool party and cookout. It was fun. I haven't been to her house but a couple of times this summer. I used to go there a lot and relax by her pool, but we are both so busy now that neither o... Read more

  • Me now

    9/1/2014 7:45:01 PM, by DOLLBABE56

    This is me now. Well, actually in June on Father's Day. I have joined a wellness center and attend an adaptive yoga class once a week. 2 - 3 times a week my husband and I go and use the machines. Still not losing anything. So... Read more

  • Quit or Commit

    9/1/2014 4:54:46 PM, by SPEDED2

    Itís easier to quit than to commit. Today, I choose to commit! When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. ... Read more

  • August 31, 2014 (Sunday)

    9/1/2014 2:38:37 AM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Have a GREAT LABOR DAY, ALL! HUGS Pam... Read more

  • Today was very good.

    8/31/2014 11:21:49 PM, by NORASPAT

    Today our youngest son was in bed -- he works nights. Our DIL was also going to work. I called my Spark friend in Maine and asked if I could visit for a while and bring along my Granddaughter. Our eldest grand daughter wants to be an artist as good as my Spark friend CHAIRUL. Our younges... Read more

  • Donít Think About It!

    8/31/2014 7:59:34 PM, by SPEDED2

    On Friday, my husband and I had spent a greater portion of the day on our twice monthly grocery shopping excursion. We live in the boonies and itís 20.4 miles one way to the closest grocery store. We drive on another 20 miles past that, to take advantage of Samís Club and the larger grocery stores... Read more