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  • Happy Holidays

    12/25/2014 4:37:21 PM, by SBECKER526

    Many of you do not celebrate Christmas. I wanted to wish you a day of peace, love, and hope. May you enjoy health and happiness.... Read more

  • Merry Christmas

    12/25/2014 4:36:12 PM, by SBECKER526

    To those of you who celebrate Christmas, I wish you a Merry Christmas. Our Christmas is very meaningful and quiet. We went to church last evening and then took the actual day slowly. Both of us have chronic health problems. We enjoyed a home cooked meal. This RA person did some preparation ... Read more

  • a delicious and healthy recipe website

    12/25/2014 12:44:04 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.asweetpeachef.com/ch
    icken/shredded-chicken-enc
    hiladas/ ... Read more

  • Merry Christmas!

    12/25/2014 8:52:20 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I hope that all of you have a blessed day, full of love and peace and joy. Jesus is the reason for the season.... Read more

  • Christmas Eve Surprise

    12/24/2014 11:57:11 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I bought gasoline at $2.059 per gallon! and in one gas station in town it was under $2.00 per gallon!!! What a nice unexpected surprise!... Read more

  • Tough holiday

    12/24/2014 5:03:31 PM, by SBECKER526

    It was exactly one year ago tonight that I received the news that I had breast cancer. I gulped and then prepared to attend church. I said very little to anyone that evening and fought back true tears. Bob went along to church so I wanted to be stoic. As I prepare for church tonight, I said ... Read more

  • Back home after 3 weeks at sea

    12/24/2014 3:48:59 PM, by CHERYLHURT

    Have to buckle down now and get these 10 lbs off that have crept on after so many cruises this year. Pants are snug! We are glad to be home enjoying rain and home cooked meals now until February. Merry Christmas everyone!... Read more

  • a chuckle

    12/24/2014 12:23:34 PM, by CTUPTON

    "When they asked George Washington for his ID, he just took out a quarter." -- Stephen Wright, English footballer See the Smile of the Week ... Read more

  • Online Community for RA

    12/23/2014 1:11:03 PM, by SBECKER526

    I joined an online community for Rheumatoid Arthritis from FaceBook. It does not have as rich a presence as our Sparkpeople group. I have met new folks and came away with the realization that I am doing rather well. While I have daily pain, I can still exercise, dress, cook and do activities. I ... Read more

  • I Love My Family

    12/22/2014 10:36:12 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I get to spend the day with my family, or at least part of it, today. My mom, my siblings, and my kids and grandkids will be there, (most of them)... I'm taking roasted root vegetables, fresh pineapple, and a smoked ham. A good time will be had by all.... Read more

  • Family Time

    12/21/2014 10:46:05 PM, by MCJULIEO

    My niece was married this afternoon, one of those rare Sunday afternoon weddings, and it was held in an old farm house way out in the country outside Austin. The bride was beautiful, and the groom wore tennis shoes with his tux. They wrote their own vows, and they were spectacularly moving.... ... Read more

  • Time to enjoy the holidays

    12/21/2014 9:45:21 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am glad the preparation of the holidays is almost done. I will now have time to enjoy friends, my cat, and my husband. I finished wrapping gifts while listening to Christmas music. I am feeling better. I got hit with a GI episode that made caring for Bob challenging. I was successful as... Read more

  • Milestone

    12/20/2014 9:45:06 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I just passed the 200,000 Spark point barrier! And I'm still overweight. But less overweight. But I've now, after previous years of yo-yo dieting, got a plan, and I now know that whatever choices I make, I am still the one who makes the choices, not my circumstances, not my relatives... Read more

  • Hardly Anything Cuter

    12/19/2014 2:47:18 PM, by MCJULIEO

    We attended a pre-school Christmas program last night, and those 2, 3, 4, and 5 year olds were criminally adorable.... The audience had been warned that some of the "performers" might get stage fright and run to sit with parents in the pews, but that was OK, so we were all cool with that, though it ... Read more

  • Dither Mode

    12/18/2014 11:00:05 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Holiday Season. So much to do. Mother is coming. It's time to stop dithering!... Read more

  • Still Wondering

    12/17/2014 10:32:12 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Saw a real live SWAT team, or as close to it as I've ever been, in action today, but I don't know what was going on.... maybe will find out on the news tonight... Flashing lighted police cars blockaded I-35 as headed south through our town today, and they had pulled over a tractor-trailer rig (... Read more

  • Luncheon, then Other Activities

    12/16/2014 11:58:21 PM, by MCJULIEO

    My beloved buddies from our Craft Play Day group decided to go out to lunch today, rather than actually doing some crafts...I am so grateful to have friends who accept me the way I am... it was a good time, and even though we DID have a hot spinach-artichoke appetizer, I ate less than half my delici... Read more

  • Reality and Christmas

    12/16/2014 10:13:11 AM, by SBECKER526

    Cancer did change my outlook on life and helped me set priorities. I can't do everything I used to do, but I appreciate everything I can do. What I learned: 1. Take care of me. 2.Take care of my husband. 3. Take time for the relationships that are soo important. 4. Don't worry about ... Read more

  • Yikes! Mom is Coming!

    12/15/2014 8:53:56 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I have one week to get ready for my mother and her best friend coming to spend the night for two nights! If I become scarce around SP, it's for a good reason!... Read more

  • Learning more

    12/15/2014 1:29:58 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am finishing up projects and trainings for the retired school employees. I began reading minutes and key documents for board members of Breast Cancer Support Services. I feel good about my new role.... Read more

  • 'Tis the Season!

    12/15/2014 12:15:11 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Went to a Christmas program at a big Baptist church here in Houston this afternoon, with a full choir (probably about 200 voices, and a full orchestra, though there was no harp, but they DID have timpani!!!), and it was perfectly wonderful! The orchestra sounded fabulous and the choir was out of thi... Read more

  • Sleep is wonderful

    12/14/2014 9:24:56 AM, by SBECKER526

    With the new cycler in place, we had no alarms go off during the night. I actually got to sleep for a longer period of time. I feel so much better and have some energy. I am happy to be more alert. I will be able to enjoy a Christmas Jazz worship today at 11 am. I will attend the cafe to se... Read more

  • New normal?

    12/13/2014 11:26:06 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am so relieved and happy. My husband's dialysis cycler machine had a system error on Thursday evening. I called tech support who got me through the proper end of cycle procedure for his dialysis. I called our dialysis support nurse who suggested that I request a new machine. Bob is diabetic an... Read more

  • Along for the Ride

    12/13/2014 10:43:30 PM, by MCJULIEO

    My older brother was driving today (in Houston) in his new car, a fancy one with all sorts of fancy special features, as we were trying to get to the Houston Museum of Natural Science... He dictated the address and the super smart GPS guided us through the typical Houston Christmas traffic, and when... Read more

  • Win Some, Lose Some, Win Some

    12/12/2014 10:47:10 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Brought ALL of my Cookie Swap cookies to my mom, except ONE which I did eat and enjoy... so it was a great victory.... BUT, for dinner tonight, we went to eat at a Mexican restaurant, and though it certainly COULD have been worse, I ate past the point of fullness, and wish that I had stopped ea... Read more

  • Cookie Swap

    12/11/2014 10:27:05 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Danger! Danger! Christmasl Cookie Swap Ahead! Today is the annual church ladies cookie swap.... Everybody brings 4 dozen cookies. Everybody goes home with cookies, lots of cookies... I used to love it, but this year, after losing the DH, I'm just a little melancholy (It comes and goes ... but I... Read more

  • More changes

    12/11/2014 9:01:20 AM, by SBECKER526

    I am willing to make changes if it benefits me and others. I am working with my husband to help him adjust to some new problems. We received information about dialysis supplies that would come from Ireland instead of the US. I was nervous about that. We were told that the sugars would be d... Read more

  • How to Deal With Stress

    12/10/2014 10:05:25 AM, by MCJULIEO

    This seemed particularly timely just now... https://www.youtube.com/
    watch?v=35T8wtmTbVg Edit: I don't know why the link doesn't work, but try searching Youtube for "Stress kittens" or maybe copying and pasting https://www.youtube.com/watch?
    v=35T8wtmTbVg might ... Read more

  • Best Birthday Present Ever!

    12/8/2014 11:32:04 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I had a birthday last week, and my grown kids offered to take me out to eat (that's a story in itself) but I drove up to Austin to rendezvous with them early, and at one point I got to hold the baby, born 7 weeks ago. As I held him so we could have a face to face chat, the corners of his mouth ... Read more

  • Keeping positive

    12/6/2014 9:59:37 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am getting more balance in my life. We had some problems with my husband's dialysis setup. For several days I had poor sleep. I rescheduled so I have fewer morning appointments at 8 -10 am. That way I can sleep later. I have fixed training times so I can get my fitness done at my convenie... Read more

  • No Place Like Home

    12/6/2014 4:11:06 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I live in the heart of Texas, a beautiful tourist destination between San Antonio and Austin.... and this place is full of "colorful" characters, not just MY little part of The Great State, but the whole darn landscape....and by "colorful", I mean I need to tell someone what I saw, just to see if i... Read more

  • More on Technology

    12/4/2014 12:05:15 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I know there's a proverb which that says 'To err is human,' but a human error is nothing to what a computer can do if it tries. ― Agatha Christie, Hallowe'en Party If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger. Frank Lloyd Wright 1. When a distingu... Read more

  • On Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County Board

    12/3/2014 9:09:10 PM, by SBECKER526

    In November I was asked to serve on the Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County Board. I weighed my activities and discerned my passion. I received my diagnosis of breast cancer on Dec. 23, 2013. So tonight in less than one year I was elected to this position. I did the board applica... Read more

  • A Few More on Technology

    12/2/2014 2:30:38 PM, by MCJULIEO

    The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do. B. F. Skinner Television has changed the American child from an irresistible force to an immovable object. Laurence J. Peter Men have become the tools of their tools. Henry David Thoreau One machine can do the wo... Read more

  • Cyber Monday

    12/1/2014 11:46:35 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Well, ITRIED to take advantage of Cyber Monday, and I carefully scanned lots of websites looking for stuff that I couldn't live without , but came up empty handed... EXCEPT I did try to buy some software that I could download on my new-ish computer (since this new computer doesn't even have a C... Read more

  • A little blue today

    12/1/2014 1:57:28 PM, by LITTLEBLOSSOM

    It's almost Christmas and my van broke down. I am a caregiver so I make very little. I always get us by and we are fine. But right now I am having to try extra hard to summon faith and courage. I'll admit it, I'm sad. I'm very downhearted. But I did still go for my walk this morning. I am only down ... Read more

  • Small Progress

    12/1/2014 12:09:06 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Small progress is still PROGRESS, right??? For once, I had the right kind of light bulbs in the right size in the right wattage and a ladder just tall enough to get the important light bulbs replaced in my life. Who knew there could be so many variables???? Appliance bulbs! Ceiling fan vibratio... Read more

  • SP recipe Robust Turkey Vegetable Soup-for Left Over Turkey

    11/30/2014 12:37:05 PM, by CTUPTON

    I boiled the turkey bones for stock and then made this soup! I saved the recipe to my SP recipe collection. I will make this a tradition! chris ... Read more

  • Storage Area

    11/29/2014 7:31:00 PM, by SBECKER526

    My friend and I worked on the attic storage portion last Saturday and today. We went through every carton and took almost everything to the locations to benefit others. My husband will have days of shredding of receipts and papers. I also got rid of much of my mother's belongings. Next up is... Read more

  • No Shopping...Volunteering

    11/28/2014 11:29:18 PM, by SBECKER526

    Ten members of the Berks County Association of School Retirees were teammates as we worked to make the holiday a little brighter for PA soldiers. We also got to see the facility the Keystone Soldiers has to bring items to servicemen and veterans. I worked with our membership chair and our trea... Read more

  • Decision Time

    11/28/2014 1:06:49 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Do I eat the holiday treats, or do I not? Do I sleep in, or do I get up and get outside for some active time? Do I brave the crowds in a massive shopping frenzy, or do I thoughtfully consider the stash of gifts that I have been purchasing throughout the year, and resist impulse buying? ... Read more

  • How'd You Do This Thanksgiving?

    11/27/2014 9:27:24 PM, by MCJULIEO

    There were lots of kinds of food, and lots of each kind, too, but I took small portions of ONLY the things that I knew I liked..... No mashed potatoes, no sweet potato casserole, no dessert... But I was perfectly content, and able even to have a little pie with our evening meal later in the da... Read more

  • Spark People Activity Tracker seems to be half price now!

    11/27/2014 7:34:25 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Thankful

    11/27/2014 7:27:42 PM, by SBECKER526

    I have much gratitude in my life. My cancer and the scar tissue are almost gone. 2 more treatments ahead. I have strong friends in my daily life and in Sparkpeople. I am completing the presidency in an organization and look forward to serving as a past president. My church family and my breast ... Read more

  • CRRRAAZY!

    11/26/2014 10:54:24 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Traffic in Austin today was Crazy.... Or as the radio traffic reporter said, "Really bad, even by Austin standards." Supposedly Austin has the second worst holiday traffic in the country ... And I'm really glad that I don't live there, and can avoid the worst of it usually... So than... Read more

  • New things ahead

    11/26/2014 10:39:38 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am enjoying each day and making the most of it. I worked with colleagues to encourage quality people to assume leadership roles in the Berks County Association of School Retirees. My friend, Candy, will be installed on December 4th as the new president. She assumes all the duties of the office ... Read more

  • Cool colored bands in icebergs

    11/26/2014 4:36:49 PM, by CTUPTON

    The following link has a few more: blog.seattlepi.com/art/2
    008/06/18/iceberg-color-th
    eory/ ... Read more

  • Searching online for a sparkpage background....oops!

    11/26/2014 4:27:58 PM, by CTUPTON

    I did a few searches for images for my holiday sparkpage . I tried these searches: wreathes, Christmas flower arrangements, snow jewels, snow flakes, and finally purple snow flakes. That one got me a surprise! Apparently "Purple... Read more

  • Laugh at the snow!

    11/26/2014 3:47:59 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • The Thanksgiving Poem I Generated

    11/26/2014 2:55:28 PM, by CTUPTON

    If I were a Thanksgiving Turkey... I would look as thin as I could. I would listen for kitchen sounds. I would watch out for hungry people. I would want camoflage. If I were a Thanksgiving Turkey... I would smell like an old shoe. I would taste like leather. I would be stu... Read more

  • Poem Generator online

    11/26/2014 2:49:02 PM, by CTUPTON

    oakdome.com/k5/lesson-pl
    ans/word/thanksgiving-turk
    ey-personification-poem-ge
    nerator.php Even I can create a nice poem with this. There are set ups for many occasions! Enjoy! chris... Read more

  • A reminder to myself to eat more cruciferous vegetables.

    11/26/2014 8:16:30 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.greenandhealthy.info
    /cancernutrition.html Concentrate on anticancer cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage, as well as high-antioxidant berries. Cauliflower, for example, is loaded with nu... Read more