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  • Leaving my sister out is not okay with me

    3/2/2015 11:58:32 PM, by ANDILH

    My sister is disabled. I get it. She makes things more complicated. Believe me, me more than anyone else. I know exactly how much harder she makes things. I spend my days with her, taking care of her, taking her places. I'm the one who has to figure out how to make things work, figure out what... Read more

  • Happy Texas Independence Day!

    3/2/2015 7:31:42 PM, by MCJULIEO

    March 2 is not only Dr. Seuss's birthday, but it is also Texas Independence Day! So, though I'm far from back home in Texas, we celebrated as best we could.... A warm front melted the worst of the ice up here in southern Maryland , and by this afternoon, I could actually walk around with a swea... 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

  • OK, This is Ridiculous!

    3/1/2015 10:07:05 PM, by MCJULIEO

    OK, I know that I'm from deep south Texas, and that I'm easily impressed with all the snow that I've seen since being here in Maryland with my daughter, but Geez, LOUISE! We woke up this morning expecting rain.... to wash and melt all the piled up snow away... Instead we got SLEET, and freezing... Read more

  • Heading to the gym

    3/1/2015 7:59:22 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Got to work out this energy since it's a long wait until we have the first hearing in May regarding our burglary. The house is a fortress now and we leave in 3 weeks again.... Read more

  • Feeling good

    2/28/2015 11:21:43 PM, by SBECKER526

    I met friends for breakfast at 8 am on a Saturday at the Tomcat cafe. This restaurant got best in Berks again. The menu is overwhelming. The tables have pictures of musicians. We were at the Elvis table. I had French Toast called "Blind Faith" with cheese, bacon and apple. It was perfect - no... 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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  • House is a fortress

    2/28/2015 7:45:30 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    We leave again in 3 weeks. The house is alarmed, there are motion lights everywhere, and cameras are going to be installed.... Read more

  • Ate My Blog

    2/27/2015 11:04:22 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Phooey! The computer just ate the blog I wrote, and I don't have time to reconstruct it tonight.... Maybe tomorrow..... Maybe...... Read more

  • and the kid made bail

    2/27/2015 7:56:26 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    He got out last night and lives right behind us. We are devastated! His parents didn't pay bail but he got a relative to do so. Now WE have to go to court in May so this kid is out for months, having plenty of time to get rid of all he and his pals stole.... Read more

  • Good Day

    2/26/2015 11:27:39 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Only about 4 inches of snow fell and public school was called off, although son-in-law had to report to work for a super long day (fortunately a friend from work w/ 4 wheel drive was able to pick him up to give him a ride to work)... The snow was wet and perfect for building forts and tunnels... our... Read more

  • Arrest made

    2/26/2015 5:19:39 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    They found packages with our name on them in the house behind us and arrested the 20 year old dope smoker. Nothing else found yet but his cronies have probably disseminated the stuff among themselves. We meet with the police again today.... Read more

  • church family is weighing on my heart

    2/25/2015 11:49:19 PM, by ETERNALPINKGLOW

    Prayer request for Barbara widow at 56 she's really having a rough time adjusting to her life... Read more

  • Here We Go Again

    2/25/2015 11:43:25 PM, by MCJULIEO

    MORE SNOW predicted tonight! 100% chance! The only variable appears to be HOW MUCH is going to fall! Whether it's 1-3 inches or 9-12 inches, both amounts have been mentioned, I'm fine with it, and actually WOULD like to get out on the neighborhood sledding slope again... my triple layer of pants and... Read more

  • Quiet, but good day

    2/25/2015 11:33:44 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am doing so much better at the gym. I am using the elliptical trainer for cardio. I expect to start cycling at home on Saturday. Next week I want to take a zumba class. If all goes well, I will return to the rowing machine in 2 weeks. I have 5 more days under the surgeon's restrictions. ... 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

  • 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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  • Life is Good

    2/24/2015 8:59:43 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Still there is plenty of snow on the ground... This is such a new experience for me! The streets are passable and sidewalks are clear, but still there's a thick blanket of snow everywhere, and in many places it has taken an ugly, dirty look to it, but still some open places are beautiful and untouch... Read more

  • had a beautiful day...

    2/23/2015 10:13:39 PM, by ETERNALPINKGLOW

    I won 220 today that was really fun... Read more

  • Valentine Remarks

    2/22/2015 6:43:18 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Something I didn't know about Valentines Day: Southwest Airlines offers Free Drinks to those people who happen to be flying on their planes on Valentines alcoholic drinks that they usually charge for! least the brochure in the pocket in front of me said so (Valentines, New Years, ... Read more

  • Beginning Again or Just Going Forward

    2/22/2015 1:15:46 PM, by REREBIGMAMA

    Every few years I decide to blog. This decision is like a New Year's resolution for me because, inevitably, I start to blog, make a few entries, and then I stop. Why do I do this? Why am I continually starting over? Why is it so difficult for me to be consistent? I start out determined each time, ... Read more

  • I did not realise it had been so long

    2/22/2015 12:17:13 PM, by ELAINEANNE1

    Unfortunately for the last 2+ weeks I have a chest infection so not done much, I did go swimming a couple of times but could only manage 30 mins, I have not followed my diet at all and I have done some comfort eating. I have decided that I must get back to my routine and diet but it will take a f... 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 better

    2/21/2015 11:12:23 PM, by SBECKER526

    The pool was great. It was -20 degrees with the wind chill outside. My damp hair froze. As I drove home, the water ran down my back as my hair thawed. I felt energized and glad to be moving in the water. I am busy with my laptop finishing projects. I always seem to be doing the technology ... 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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  • Had to leave our cruise! House vandalized!

    2/21/2015 3:14:53 PM, by CHERYLHURT

    Got an email from our neighbor, just happened to get a signal and checked emails. Heard our house had been broken into, our 350 POUND SAFE ripped from the floor and dragged away, my purse stolen, wallet, keys, credit cards, everything, gone! We had to get off the ship a week early, grab a car, and ... Read more

  • Nose Bonk

    2/21/2015 10:36:21 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I am babysitting while DD and her husband go out together, and the "natives" are restless, so I decided that we needed a quick round of Nose Bonk to get some granny-grandchild bonding going. Nose bonk was originally designed to play with Koosh balls, those very hairy balls that are the perfect... Read more

  • what a beautiful day today

    2/20/2015 8:14:49 PM, by ETERNALPINKGLOW

    Seems like my off day flew by... ..enjoyed participating in water aerobics.. I'm so blessed to have a family gym... Read more

  • More Snow

    2/19/2015 10:00:33 PM, by MCJULIEO

    We had a little more snow to go with the 8 or so inches on the ground still, but it was only about a half inch, just enough to cover the sharp edges made by tramping and shoveling the snow we already had... Being from south Texas, I am still fascinated by it, particularly from the comfort of in... Read more

  • Catching up!

    2/19/2015 9:15:53 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am returning to my activities as I reach week 6 of my healing. I get to go to the pool to swim tomorrow. I had a 12 page newsletter to edit and minutes to complete all needing to be done now. I have few more items to edit and complete the layout.... 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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  • Book name: Resilience by Jesse Close

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

    Enjoy! chris... Read more

  • I am SO Sore!

    2/18/2015 10:05:01 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Well, apparently sledding uses muscles that I don't usually use... We got out on the neighborhood slopes and the little kids were zooming past me even on the uphill climb...when it was my turn To go down my sheer mass gave me an edge in momentum... Unfortunately, NOT in steering.... I... Read more

  • Happy Wednesday

    2/18/2015 7:54:48 AM, by ETERNALPINKGLOW

    Thankful for this beautiful morning. Greetings )... 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

  • Gold Star for Weatherman!

    2/17/2015 11:45:06 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Eight or so inches of snow fell overnight, just as the weatherman forecasted..... The kids got out in it early, and they come in periodically to thaw out before they get out again! We're supposed to go sledding after lunch... And I figure that I will be good for about 1 run before I wimp out wi... Read more

  • Snow!

    2/16/2015 5:02:04 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I'm far from sunny, warm south Texas, and it's snowing has been slowly, silently, stealthily falling for a few hours now... Carpeting the deck and ground and anything else that doesn't move.... The little birds are hopping around on the deck hunting for Morsels of food and leaving tiny footpr... Read more

  • Reading and listing questions

    2/15/2015 9:53:46 AM, by SBECKER526

    I see my primary care doctor and his resident on March 3. I am getting away for a day to see the Philadelphia Flower Show on March 2. Each day I enter into my journal how I feel. I am also entering into my journal how I am managing pain and what emotions I am feeling. Over the past month, I ... Read more

  • Ultimate Spark Streak

    2/14/2015 8:55:30 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Ta-Da!!! Without realizing it, I just achieved a Spark milestone..... As of today, I have logged into Sparkpeople every day for 1000 straight days!!! And it would have been longer, but I was on a cruise with NO internet or phone access when I missed the last time.... But 1000 days IS quit... Read more

  • Feeling low for a few hours

    2/13/2015 11:36:14 PM, by SBECKER526

    I really felt low for a few hours. I now see the reports from all medical tests. I'm not happy about having ankylosing spondylitis and fused discs. I do wonder how much more is wrong. Is AS just RA but of the spine? I did read the AS medical conditions under Health A to Z. I now feel bet... 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

  • Saluting My Library

    2/13/2015 9:37:04 AM, by MCJULIEO

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  • Enjoying each day

    2/11/2015 10:18:46 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am enjoying each day. I am getting plenty of rest. I am able to listen to my body concerning fatigue and pain. Gradually I am cooking more and returning to more normal activities. I am seeing my personal trainer and working to keep arm and leg strength while I continue to heal. I do man... Read more

  • Oh, No, You Don't!!!

    2/11/2015 2:22:04 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I confess that I MAY have considered it, though.... just sayin'....... Read more

  • 10,000 Steps ....Whoa

    2/11/2015 9:06:23 AM, by BJHARRIS549

    I have had my fitbit/activity tracker for over a year and walking 10,000 steps a day or once a week has been a dream for me ! After some thought on this goal of 10,000 steps , I decided to change my goal to 5000 steps. I am not whimping out...just took me a while to take a reality check. Now, ... Read more

  • Smiling

    2/10/2015 11:48:58 PM, by MCJULIEO

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  • 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

  • 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

  • really great day spectacular

    2/9/2015 10:31:59 PM, by ETERNALPINKGLOW

    A little tired from working last and back 9... Read more

  • All in Your Perspective

    2/9/2015 3:47:16 PM, by MCJULIEO

    The situation is completely changeable depending on how you look at it!... Read more

  • Taking time to heal

    2/9/2015 12:01:14 AM, by SBECKER526

    I am finding that my recent surgery is taking time to heal. I am using my time wisely and not doing too much. My car was discontinued in the US in 2009 ....shortly after I bought it. Recently I discovered that I had no certified technician or parts. So I spent time finding a car that would fit ... 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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  • One Bit of Advice

    2/8/2015 9:30:27 AM, by MCJULIEO

    If I were asked to impart some bit of wisdom or advice today I would simply say: Wear sunscreen. There are, of course, other bits os wisdom I might impart at OTHER times, but right now I'm thinking "Wear sunscreen" is at the top of the heap. All that running around in the park yesterd... Read more

  • 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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  • Urban Parakeets in the Wild

    2/7/2015 11:16:34 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Austin brags about its weirdness, and rightfully so..... as the state capitol, and home of the University of Texas, it already attracts a circus atmosphere all its own.... and when you throw in the million Mexican free tail bats that live under a bridge downtown, and lots of live musicians, and that... Read more

  • had a beautiful blessed

    2/7/2015 10:42:45 PM, by ETERNALPINKGLOW

    My wonderful day at my grandsons birthday ... also it felt really good to go to water aerobics miss that... 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 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

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

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

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  • The 100 Foot Journey

    2/6/2015 11:11:17 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I may have been the last person I know to have seen the 2014 movie, The 100 Foot Journey, but I waited until it was available at the library and checked it out for a delightful repast. It's a story of exile, and escape, and belonging, and love, and It involved an Indian restau... 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

  • Super Mom

    2/5/2015 11:19:10 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I was able to help my daughter-in-law when she had her wisdom teeth (all 4 of them!) pulled today.... mostly I ran herd on the three children, one of whom is a nursing infant not yet crawling, but even so, quite a daunting undertaking. Her car holds three car seats side by side in the back, and jus... 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

  • Heading to Florida

    2/5/2015 6:59:57 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Beloved and I start the drive to Florida today. He does the driving, I read, do solitaire or Sudoku, and we have lots of stops to enjoy. Will be at the hotel tonight and pick up the ship Saturday morning. I need the break and will be so glad to get back to sea!... Read more

  • long day I'm grateful

    2/4/2015 11:25:37 PM, by ETERNALPINKGLOW

    To have my son back home unfortunately I threw him a big welcome home party and I blew my diet today a little bit.. from time to time celebrations are important but not an excuse I will do better tomorrow hope everyone one had a great day..... Read more

  • Craft Play Day

    2/4/2015 10:20:31 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Oh, what great fun it is to get to dabble in paper and paint and glue and friends and conversation! Cups of tea and good friends make for a wonderful afternoon..... Pinterest is full of great ideas, and we have all kinds of raw materials to work with.... Thank you, Sparkpal, Improving Me for b... Read more

  • Woman With a Power Tool !!

    2/3/2015 11:22:31 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I fixed a broken wooden chair today!!!! It required wood epoxy which I mixed myself to fill in some holes.... and several wooden parts that had to be re-fitted together.... and using a rechargeable drill to set six screws plus four more in some brackets to reinforce my work... It wasn't pr... Read more

  • another beautiful day at work

    2/3/2015 10:22:07 PM, by ETERNALPINKGLOW

    Our safeway by my job morning up in organic veggies my favorite greens are .mustard according to my blood type A+ these are the most compatible..wishing everyone a beautiful Wednesday... Read more

  • great day so busy

    2/2/2015 11:58:42 PM, by ETERNALPINKGLOW

    Praise report my daughter Latoyya is cancer free..thank you so much for your support and prayers... 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 on Luling BBQ

    2/2/2015 12:14:06 AM, by MCJULIEO

    The City Market BBQ in downtown Luling Texas is an archetypal barbecue joint, set in a small town that stands more than 50 miles from any city of substance, and home to an annual watermelon festival.... Actually pumping oilwells dot their downtown esplanade and the pumps are decorated in whimsical d... Read more

  • pleasant day working in the office today

    2/1/2015 10:10:27 PM, by ETERNALPINKGLOW

    Well no phone for 2 weeks let's see if I can survive thanks sparks family for your prayers daughter is doing good... Read more