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  • YES!

    7/29/2014 11:05:21 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Dead Air-conditioner is now fixed! Dead computer is replaced (Mercy! I'm wrestling w/ Windows 8) Woo Hoo! I checked off some biggies from my To Do list!! And strawberries are particularly delicious in a salad with romaine and black oives and balsamic vinegar dressing! And I have NO overdue l... Read more

  • peace

    7/29/2014 10:21:16 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am concerned about world conditions. I pray for understanding and a miracle.... Read more

  • I was curious if the solids from making almond milk were used in some way...

    7/29/2014 6:19:15 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is the answer I got from the Blue Diamond company. "We are unsure of what happens to he almond milk solids as this is proprietary information." I told them I was just curious and had no negative intent. Since almonds are so expensive, I jut wondered about this. chris ... Read more

  • Coping

    7/28/2014 11:04:27 PM, by MCJULIEO

    It's hot in Texas right now, and today my house air conditioning died. What a surprise! I'm so glad that my AC repairman is a friend, and will be coming first thing tomorrow to look at it. In the meantime, I'm sleeping with a fan blowing on me... I can survive this by God's grace.... Read more

  • 1600 Miles on My Virtual Walk Across America

    7/28/2014 4:03:46 PM, by WARMSPRINGDAY

    > Baby steps > > Choices I can live with for a lifetime > > I have a choice > > I have never regretted a healthy choice > **1600 miles since April 1, 2010 ~ in Walnut, KS **I am the tortoise, but moving forward is better than not moving at all. Read more

  • SP trivia : How far does food travel to get to us?

    7/28/2014 1:31:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    Our existing system of food transportation and distribution requires enormous amounts of energy and resources. Before reaching your table, the average food item in the United States will travel 1,300 miles! This is one of many reasons that environmentalists and nutritionists alike ... Read more

  • Day 3 of Elimination/Rotation Diet Plan (based on food insensitivities)

    7/28/2014 1:18:44 PM, by CTUPTON

    Breakfast: almond breeze and apricots in a blender. Lunch: Kidney beans, corn, quinoa, cardamom (Tomatoes , rice, onions, not listed for today-darn) Dinner: Pork tenderloin, peas, canola oil, dill weed. (mint was yesterday--not today ) Snack: almonds and cocoa Snack: br... Read more

  • Big Day

    7/27/2014 11:01:11 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Celebrated Peruvian Independence Day yesterday by gathering at a Peruvian restaurant and eating Peruvian food and listening to a lively Peruvian band....I can only guess at what it was that I ate, but it was good! And a good time was had by all! But surprise! Though Peru is supposedly the No. 1... Read more

  • Nervous

    7/27/2014 9:59:59 PM, by SBECKER526

    I have my first mammogram since my cancer on Tuesday morning at 9 am. I am quite nervous about it. I worry that it is too soon since I'm only out of radiation therapy for 3 months. I am also worried about lymphedema. I am exercising properly and eating well.... Read more

  • A very, very strange mixture for an evening snack. End of Day 2.

    7/27/2014 7:21:26 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am so tired of dealing with foods that for my evening snack, I took all the foods I had left (that I had planned for today) and threw them in one bowl. So my evening snack is a bowl of cauliflower, hazelnuts, blueberries, red lentils and paprika! I had planned to make two snacks form t... Read more

  • Making Progress

    7/27/2014 6:02:10 PM, by BALLOR2

    I am looking forward to my workouts. I like training for the Hometown Heroes Honor Run10k. Im very out of shape, but making improvements. I'm so glad I started and completed the Runner's World 1 mile streak. I increased the speed on the treadmill yesterday! Im in a smaller shoe, bra and clothing s... Read more

  • Well Day 2 is way harder than Day1 on my food sensitivity rotation diet.

    7/27/2014 2:57:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    At least I am only eating the things on my list. I am having an afternoon snack. Not what I would have picked for sure. I planned a snack of eggs (egg beaters) and zucchini. Not too appetizing . I had cooked spaghetti squash that I had not eaten yesterday. I sprayed a pan with pam, heated the spagh... Read more

  • Not a bad smoothie for breakfast.

    7/27/2014 9:07:46 AM, by CTUPTON

    With limited choices for what is scheduled for today's menus, here is the smoothie I came up with. No dairy and no almonds for today so the avocado had to serve to make it "creamy." 1 whole avocado broccoli apple juice mint leaves (which I now grow myself nutritional yeast (which ... Read more

  • More about why we can have cravings for dairy products. Comments are welcomed!

    7/27/2014 7:07:16 AM, by CTUPTON

    More quoting from the SP team Calling all Vegans and Vegetarians. These links were listed on that team. I am really trying to figure out this dairy thing. I had never heard of it before. chris NOTE: I did not write this . I am just quoting it. "I [not Chris] just gave up cheese three weeks... Read more

  • New things

    7/26/2014 8:11:53 PM, by SBECKER526

    I love to use technology, but recently have more distractions and problems to resolve. Today I had no activities scheduled. I decided to play with technology this weekend. On Friday evening, I used my Sparkpeople apps on my LG Optimus G Pro phone. I was able to do most things. I enjoyed the... Read more

  • What an awful lunch

    7/26/2014 1:36:16 PM, by CTUPTON

    lima beans, codfish, flax seeds and cumin I won't do this again! I am not craving things. I guess that is a good sign. chris... Read more

  • In 2008(on SP) someone wrote this about giving up dairy. It is news to me!

    7/26/2014 12:13:32 PM, by CTUPTON

    NOTE: I did not write any of this! chris "There is an interesting section in the book "skinny bitch" about dairy which explains a lot about why you might be going through withdrawal. Apparently, along with containing traces of morphine, codeine and other opiates which are naturally ... Read more

  • Menus based on my food sensitivity testing--oh my!

    7/26/2014 11:54:04 AM, by CTUPTON

    I just made a green smoothie from kale, peppermint tea, and coconut. No dairy is listed on the 4 day rotation diet they gave me. I normally would use almond milk in the smoothey but almond are only on another day. From the foods listed for each of the 4 days , "normal' meals are... Read more

  • Bananagrams

    7/25/2014 11:21:52 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Have you ever played the game Bananagrams? I don't get to play it very much, but I enjoy it a lot, and so a bunch of us from church got together and had what we called games night. We had chess, Jenga, Apples to Apples, dominoes, and a few other games, as well as Bananagrams, which is a little... Read more

  • getting to another new normal

    7/25/2014 6:55:57 PM, by SBECKER526

    I was overwhelmed this week. My 12 page newsletter is at the printer now. My husband is trying to build up strength. I moved furniture and houseclean my den. Dialysis supplies arrived on Wednesday as the new window treatments were installed!📱I got a new phone. Now for a quiet weekend!!😃... Read more

  • Tiring (for me) "fun" trips for my disabled husband

    7/25/2014 6:25:25 PM, by CTUPTON

    I really would like my husband to experience more than our 4 walls here in the condo. I am so involved just doing the required things I don't have energy left for taking him places. Senior centers and community living groups take vans of people to local events. My husband would never join a group l... Read more

  • A techy spoon to help people with hand tremors!

    7/25/2014 7:28:03 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.agingcare.com/Articl
    es/spoon-helps-seniors-wit
    h-tremors-164492.htm www.agingcare.com is a website with wonderful tips for caregivers. Not all the answers are helpful, but the "helpful" answers are marked. And there are articles from experts and articles... Read more

  • Peru Independence Day

    7/24/2014 10:32:46 PM, by MCJULIEO

    This weekend is Peru independence day, and since I have developed a fondness for all things Peruvian I am going to go to the celebration that the Austin Peruvians will be hosting... Peruvian people are very very very nice and friendly. Peruvian music is wonderful! And so far, all the Per... Read more

  • My shoulder might have been less damaged if....

    7/24/2014 8:35:06 PM, by CTUPTON

    My shoulder might have been less damaged if....I had known enough to move it more. I had plenty of physical therapy. And I moved it as much as possible during all those water aerobic classes. Now I know moving it would have prevented odd bone build up which now severely limits how I can move th... Read more

  • Surrounded by Romance

    7/23/2014 11:30:29 PM, by MCJULIEO

    The Romance Writers of America are having their annual meeting in San Antonio, one of the most romantic cities in the country, and I had the chance to attend with a bunch of library people today. I don't know just what I was expecting, but it was great fun, and the speakers/writers/publishers I hea... Read more

  • Small Incentives as Rewards

    7/23/2014 8:03:26 PM, by WARMSPRINGDAY

    Have I said I struggle with rewards? Yeah. That. Still. Well, SP offers some rewards, and I do find it a pleasure to find this in my inbox That is And ... Read more

  • Hangman but for music terms--"Hangnote"

    7/23/2014 7:40:47 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.musictheory.org.uk/h
    ang-note.php This is so much fun! chris... Read more

  • hemidemisemiquaver???????
    ???

    7/23/2014 7:37:28 AM, by CTUPTON

    Quotes: Their gaiety consisted of ruling staves and copying a borrowed duet filled with hemidemisemiquavers . -- Patrick O'Brian, Master and Commander , 1969 Anything could follow, a hemidemisemiquaver or a whole note; and the translator was charged with interpreting t... Read more

  • Getting along

    7/23/2014 12:14:35 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Tthere's a group of volunteers that I spend time with, and so Somehow I have become the peacemaker of the group. I Don't think it's because of any innate ability that I may have, although as a mother of three I spent a lot of time as a referee, and I'm not afraid to jump in before fisticuffs occur, ... Read more

  • Wearable Computing Gloves for learning Braille

    7/22/2014 6:47:06 PM, by CTUPTON

    The device evolved from a technology-enhanced glove that teaches beginners how to play piano melodies in 45 minutes, created a few years ago at Georgia Tech. www.techfragments.com/26
    74/wearable-computing-glov
    e-teachin... Read more

  • Exploding "Pyrex" cookware--BEWARE!

    7/22/2014 6:38:39 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.techfragments.com/16
    08/exploding-pyrex-cookware/ This makes me mad. Companies changed the composition of "Pyrex" and now we can't count on it like we did years ago. chris... Read more

  • Best peppermint tea!

    7/22/2014 2:36:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    Carington Peppermint tea. My daughter introduced me to this. Very full bodied and smooth! I had to order it online. I could not find it in the stores. It used to be ln there. I don't know what happened! chris... Read more

  • Why can't we get dialysis supplies?

    7/21/2014 11:50:00 PM, by SBECKER526

    We have had several months of shortages of my husband's low calcium dialysis solutions. Once again our order is delayed. We know the company will eventually come through, but the stress is overwhelming. I don't understand why the supplies were not released on time.... Read more

  • On Track

    7/21/2014 7:56:00 PM, by WARMSPRINGDAY

    I have not been able to realistically continue to post a blog daily on a long term basis. I needed to do that during my 15 day streaks to keep myself accountable and motivated. But I'm working on some other things, too, and my time is limited. So I am just reporting in to say that I am 100% on track... Read more

  • I miss "Health in the News" at parkpeople!

    7/21/2014 8:44:34 AM, by CTUPTON

    A link to why ealth in the Nws is not at Sparkpeople anymore. It is a shame. I miss it. www.sparkpeople.com/mysp
    ark/messageboard.asp?imboa
    rd=3&imparent=33840381 www.healthday.com/ HEALTH IN THE NEWS WEBSITE chris... Read more

  • Texas Woman Quotes (More 7)

    7/20/2014 11:00:08 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Molly Ivins (1944-2007) " If Texas were a sane place, it wouldn't be nearly as much fun. "... Read more

  • Busy with projects

    7/20/2014 10:28:59 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am working on the 12 page newsletter for my retiree group. I designed and edited 6 pages today. I also have lists of potential new members to invite. I played with the cat and rested too. Today was a rest day from gym exercise.... Read more

  • Decluttering is turning up loads of stuff I never knew I had.

    7/20/2014 2:16:58 PM, by CTUPTON

    I think some people who used to clean for me just tossed things into cupboards and drawers. Unbelieveable. In the bathroom--a very tiny bathroom-- are just 2 small drawers and 3 small bottom cabinets. Honest, I did not put all that stuff in there! If I knew they had been doing this I woul... Read more

  • Texas Woman Quotes (More 6)

    7/19/2014 9:55:21 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Betty Sue Flowers " Somewhere deep down, I really feel that every Texas woman ought to own a pair of red boots - even if she never wears them. "... Read more

  • Yet another miracle

    7/19/2014 3:04:14 PM, by CTUPTON

    Today we tried buying DH a wedding ring to replace the lost one. I did not know where to go for it. For many months I was very over whelmed thinking about selling our condo, finding a new place, decluttering, my own health appointments, etc etc. So I put it off and DH was asking again an... Read more

  • Progress on reducing my pain!

    7/19/2014 8:06:02 AM, by CTUPTON

    It has not been quick. It has not been cheap. And it took a few years to figure out some things. But I am finally making progress . What has helped is a local chiropractor who has lots of tricks in his bag. Gaston techniqu... Read more

  • SP article: Top 10 things You Can Do At Sparkpeople--who knew!

    7/19/2014 7:28:39 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkpeople.com/reso
    urce/motivation_articles.a
    sp?id=1521 Calendar: Top of page TRACKERS/REPORTS/LOTS OF ICONS__PICK THE CALENDAR. I have been n sparkpeople since 2008 and I am here daily. But it is easy to get into a rut and do the same things over and over. I ... Read more

  • Texas Woman Quotes (More 5)

    7/18/2014 6:19:31 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Linda Ellerbee " If men can run the world, why can't they stop wearing neckties? How intelligent is it to start the day by tying a little noose around your neck? "... Read more

  • SP article: Making a healthy salad

    7/18/2014 7:47:17 AM, by CTUPTON

    Greens! water chestnuts, apple slivers, a small serving of nuts, crumbled whole-grain crackers, and homemade croutons. To make your own low-fat croutons, just slice a large clove of garlic and rub it over both sides of a piece of whole-grain bread. Cut the bread into cubes and the... Read more

  • 5 words or less

    7/18/2014 7:45:14 AM, by SBECKER526

    I feel: Hopeful Content Energetic Peaceful Grateful... Read more

  • A Yearly Pain awareness week in Canada--who knew!

    7/18/2014 6:43:08 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.canadianpaincoalitio
    n.ca/index.php/en/national
    -pain-awareness-week It is very strange but lots of people are unaware of pain they are having. I, for one, had no idea my upper back and neck hurt> I am aware now.... Read more

  • Texas Woman Quotes (More 4)

    7/17/2014 10:55:48 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Liz Carpenter (1920-2010) " I am Woman - hear me roar. . . . Or is that my vacuum cleaner? "... Read more

  • Texas Woman Quotes (More 3)

    7/16/2014 6:50:01 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Justice Sandra Day O'Connor " It's an honor to be the first woman on the Supreme Court, but it will be even better when we get the second cowgirl on the Supreme Court. "... Read more

  • Some decisions made

    7/16/2014 8:58:34 AM, by SBECKER526

    Bob decided to accept his surgeon's decision to have follow up. Can you believe no doctor ordered thyroid blood tests? Yet Bob had a CT scan, an ultrasound, and a biopsy! He will have the thyroid blood test soon. He will repeat the ultrasound in 6 months and see his surgeon. If his growth ... Read more

  • Texas Woman Quotes (More 2)

    7/15/2014 11:00:13 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Ann Richards (1933-2006) - 45th governor of Texas " Neither snow nor rain can move my hair. " " It is absolutely joyous to get up in the morning and feel good, to see the beauty of things around you, to live a life that isn't anesthetized, that's open to all feelings. " " Ginger Roger... Read more

  • An email I get to prompt me to use 10 min. decluttering.

    7/15/2014 5:23:34 PM, by CTUPTON

    Simply Placed will send email alerts to get stuff decluttered! chris Time for the Tuesday Ten Minute Toss Challenge! RIGHT NOW spend 10 minutes sorting and tossing through a pile. This might be a pile of books and papers on your bedside table, a pile of mail on the kitchen table or a p... Read more

  • Did you eat your frog today? Better yet, eat an elephant!

    7/15/2014 10:36:20 AM, by CTUPTON

    What is the best way to stop procrastinating about some big, ugly chore facing you? ANSWER:Eat an Elephant ! Q: How do you eat an elephant? A: One bite at a time. If you feel overwhelmed by a project or task, break it down into bite size pieces. The end result may feel daun... Read more

  • At his limits

    7/14/2014 10:27:57 PM, by SBECKER526

    My husband is really at his limits with respect to tests, procedures, and his many health problems. We will go to the surgeon tomorrow afternoon and listen to his suggestion. We then will go home and ponder what he wants to do. Ultimately he makes the decision about surgery or treatments in gener... Read more

  • Lost 200 pounds of Appliances

    7/14/2014 6:57:49 PM, by MCJULIEO

    This year's tally: My garage door opener died My chest freezer died. My emergency backup refrigerator died. My good friend, Dave, came and picked up the dead freezer and refrigerator, and officially removed the freon and other forbidden parts, and took them to the junkyard.... (M... Read more

  • Just want to cry.

    7/14/2014 3:03:35 PM, by MILESGLORIOSUS

    This job just sucks the life out of me. Everything is a problem. Everything is an exception. Maybe I'm too simple minded to do it. Being responsible for getting people paid and not being able to do it because I get frozen by the enormity of the situations or enraged by the sheer scope of the mi... Read more

  • Houston is Hot

    7/13/2014 11:17:17 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Houston is hot in July. And August. And September.. But it's a humid hot.....which makes it really REALLY hot. That's all I wanted to say. Air conditioning is the greatest invention EVER!... Read more

  • Sweet Memories

    7/12/2014 11:21:10 PM, by MCJULIEO

    There are only a few people who remember me from my college days....fewer still are those who remember me from my childhood, and most of them are related to me.... I was blessed to spend the afternoon with my mother and siblings...all of us spontaneously and unexpectedly together for the first ... Read more

  • Being Supportive

    7/12/2014 10:21:37 PM, by SBECKER526

    My husband faces so many medical challenges. He is showing some weariness with tests and procedures. I am willing to listen and to offer suggestions. I do research on Medline and Web Md for him. I do Health A to Z as well to find out more information. I have questions for the Dialysis Cente... Read more

  • ALCAT food sensitivity (blood) test

    7/12/2014 10:54:59 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.alcat.com/landing/fo
    od-sensitivity-testing.html A chiropractor signed me up for this test. A person came to my house to take the blood samples. Insurance won't pay for this but I have wanted to do this for many years. The chiropractor sys they see how white bloods... Read more

  • A bit more food sensitivity information.

    7/12/2014 7:53:42 AM, by CTUPTON

    OH--I Overlooked I had a mild reaction to gluten/gliadin, including malt, spelt, wheat, oat, rye. Mild reaction to casein so limit cow and goat's milk. No reaction to whey. No reaction to Candida Albicans... Read more

  • Unexpected results of a food sensitivity test

    7/12/2014 7:46:23 AM, by CTUPTON

    Huh!!! Severe intolerances to these foods: carob, onions , peanuts, string beans, tapioca, vanilla (avoid all of these for 6 months) I eat these regularly except for carob. I have been having tapioca fo... Read more

  • Texas Woman Quotes (More)

    7/11/2014 11:14:33 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Barbara Jordan (1936-1996) Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power. Human rights is not a temporary or transitory political issue. We have got to respect the humanity of each other and know that no one has the right to rule others. I'm neither a black politici... Read more

  • Adventure!

    7/11/2014 7:36:02 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    We explored Gettysburg yesterday and had a marvelous time. We're driving back from PA to Maryland and our 2008 car lost all power. My husband had to quickly get us into a nearby church parking lot so we could call AAA. Two hours later the tow truck showed up but he towed us to the dealership near... Read more

  • Reflecting

    7/10/2014 10:42:59 PM, by SBECKER526

    My husband and I face many challenges, yet grow closer with each one. We can express our deepest fears snd joys. We are present to each other. It is as blessing.... Read more

  • Sustainable Exercise

    7/10/2014 7:40:12 PM, by WARMSPRINGDAY

    I came across this post this evening by Diane Carbonell who has lost 158 pounds and kept it off for 16 years. It echoes my thoughts, my goals, my philosophy. I've said many times at the beginning of this journey: "changes I can live with for a lifetime." It's why I set a 10 fitness minutes per... Read more

  • Six Pounds of Butter!

    7/10/2014 9:33:27 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Yes! I can hardly believe it myself, but in that refrigerator that died, I had six pounds of BUTTER, for goodness sakes! I guess that I stocked up while my DH was sick and I was trying to give him extra extra calories, and I didn't use them up before he died, and then I nudged them to the back... Read more

  • Walking for hours every day

    7/10/2014 6:34:25 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    We are getting a ship tomorrow so yesterday we stopped and explored Wiliamsburg and Jamestown, areas of first American settlements . We walked for almost 10 miles according to my pedometer and today we are driving up to Gettysburg to hike some more. Not eating as well as we do at home, but not too... Read more

  • Goodbye June, Hello July

    7/9/2014 11:42:46 PM, by INTIBLUE

    June was a lovely month. I did notice myself eating to soothe myself when I was concerned about inconveniencing someone else, and my weight hasn't really changed a great deal - but it hasn't gone up. Yesterday I enjoyed a really fun run/walk with very dear BF of 5 miles with a stop for a late night... Read more

  • More medical problems for my husband

    7/9/2014 10:51:43 PM, by SBECKER526

    My husband, Bob, has courage and wants to do the best he can. Recently he had a CAT scan of the chest and a MRI of the thyroid. He then needed to have a biopsy of the one lobe of the thyroid for a large nodule. He got the news that he must see an ENT surgeon and plan to have the thyroid remov... Read more

  • Frustration

    7/9/2014 8:23:04 PM, by WARMSPRINGDAY

    So . . . the scale says I gained 9 pounds since last week's weigh in. Wha-a-a-a? I'm being faced with the temptation of giving up and eating whatever I please or restricting to an incredibly low caloric intake. I know, I know! None of these are adult or reasonable, but really!? That's my e... Read more

  • I was called the energizer bunny! Me! It is miraculous!

    7/9/2014 5:45:25 PM, by CTUPTON

    At the pool the exercise was to lay on your back and raise your legs with one foot on top of the other. Toe to heal--not crossed. It is an abs exercise. It took me awhile to get lined up but then I jut kept raising and lowering both feet together using my abs. After a few minutes something ... Read more

  • Domestic Catastrophe

    7/9/2014 10:03:10 AM, by MCJULIEO

    My refrigerator/freezer died without me noticing until yesterday... the freezer was already thawed.....it was my extra fridge, kept in the laundry room, not the kitchen, but STILL! It was the backup that held pre-prepared food for special events....the Thanksgiving turkey thawed in that fridge...mea... Read more

  • 167 Spark teams--Is this too many?

    7/9/2014 6:57:28 AM, by CTUPTON

    Of course I cannot post often on all these 167 teams! I use "Recent Posts" to help me post consistently on a bunch of these teams. I join mostly so I can comment there. chis... Read more

  • My girlfriend starts brain radiation today

    7/9/2014 6:31:41 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    The cancer is also in fifteen spots in her brain so prayers are asked for. She starts eighteen day of radiation to the brain today and will lose all her hair. She has been forced to retire medically from her school nurse job , more chemo..and not much hope. Know your body, fight if you do not fee... Read more

  • Texas Woman Quote

    7/8/2014 9:11:15 AM, by MCJULIEO

    (Babe) Didrikson Zaharias (1911-1956) It's not just enough to swing at the ball. You've got to loosen your girdle and really let the ball have it. Winning has always meant much to me, but winning friends has meant the most. You can't win them all - but you can try. ... Read more

  • Travel starts today

    7/8/2014 7:16:44 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Took a really long walk this morning in preparation for a long drive today. Will post when I can. Heading to pick up a ship on Friday for three weeks...I need a break so badly!... Read more

  • Looking Guilty

    7/7/2014 6:54:53 PM, by MCJULIEO

    When I was in Colorado a week ago, I saw the funniest thing...Lake City is so small that it is an hour away from the nearest stoplight, but in the summer it has a bakery.... and it's a GOOD bakery. They will make cakes with 24 hour notice, but they specialize in pastries and bread.... T... Read more

  • Such varied experiences

    7/7/2014 12:24:45 PM, by ANDILH

    This morning I read an article about Disney Paris and how they treat their disabled visitors. Having never visited Disney Paris and knowing no one who has been there with a disabled visitor, I can't speak to the truth of the article. The comments were sort of a mixed bag with some people condemnin... Read more

  • A link to a review of the novella, "God's Debris"

    7/7/2014 8:22:07 AM, by CTUPTON

    republicoflagrangia.org/
    2013/06/15/a-review-of-god
    s-debris-by-scott-adams/ Most of the comments I found about this little book were junk. The above link at least had some stuff I could wrap my head around. chris... Read more

  • Great walk today

    7/7/2014 7:35:48 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Now I have to drive to my mother's place...she's 88 and grumpy that we still like to travel. I realize she is left alone when we're gone but she does have friends in church she can call for rides. My stomach churns and gets all acidy...I've been taking my husband's prilosec so I guess I'll talk to... Read more

  • New phone on the way!

    7/6/2014 11:23:35 PM, by SBECKER526

    I soon will pass my Blackberry phone onto my husband. ATT required us to replace his "dumbphone." I will swap the new phone; he'll get mine. I will be in app heaven. I want to download the Sparkpeople app, My Health Chart from my doctors/hospital, my home security system app, and others. I ... Read more

  • Rest Day

    7/6/2014 2:28:35 PM, by WARMSPRINGDAY

    In balance to my June 1 blog about how I gained 20+ pounds, I'm working on a blog about how I'm working to arrest that downward spiral into the dark abyss to turn it around into an upward spiral. I expected to share it with you today, but I am finding it taking a great deal of concentration to write... Read more

  • Holiday

    7/6/2014 2:02:17 PM, by ELAINEANNE1

    We have just come back from a weeks holiday in Torquay(for the Americans it is on the South coast of England) and we had a great week. the hotel, food, weather and the coach company were all good. We visited Plymouth, Exeter, several beautiful churches, had a ride on a steam train, visited Agatha C... Read more

  • Quotes from God's Debris

    7/6/2014 12:34:35 PM, by CTUPTON

    Why dont we hold funerals when skin cells die? The idea being that God sees the dying of each cell and lots and lots of what humans can't handle with our puny minds. To a God not bound by the limits of human practicality, every tiny part of your body would be as action-packed and me... Read more

  • You need a bit of time to read this.

    7/6/2014 11:40:26 AM, by CTUPTON

    nowscape.com/godsdebris.
    pdf It is a pdf file of an actual book: God's Debris I am now in the process of reading it. I have not finished it yet. Supposedly there is a flaw in the logic. I wonder if I can figure that out. chris ... Read more

  • Fuhrman's Crock Pot Cabbage Rolls -but I made one mistake...

    7/6/2014 11:17:18 AM, by CTUPTON

    Fuhrman's Crock Pot Cabbage Rolls--4 very huge servings! 3 and 1/2 cups of currants ??? I used dried currants and I think I goofed. The result was a very sweet meal. Another recipe says 1/3 cup currants. Probabl... Read more

  • 3 hour bike ride!

    7/6/2014 8:13:16 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    We just finished a 3 hour, 35 mile bike ride along the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville, SC. Now I honestly crash for the rest of the day!... Read more

  • AHA! Explanation!

    7/6/2014 1:59:59 AM, by MCJULIEO

    When I checked my Sparktracker after turning my computer off and then on again, I found this message: "Our partner, FitLinxx, is currently experiencing issues with their system and it is currently down. All of your data will be stored on your device and will sync up once FitLinxx system comes b... Read more

  • Out of Sync

    7/5/2014 11:43:56 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I've done so much travelling lately, it's been hard to know what day today is and establish a regular schedule... Even though YESTERDAY seemed like Saturday, because of the holiday, I know that TOMORROW is SUNDAY... Thank goodness for church services keeping me on schedule! Also, I spent ... Read more

  • Today's dumb joke.

    7/5/2014 9:01:33 PM, by CTUPTON

    If your canoe gets a flat tire while rowing up a tree, how many pancakes does it take to get to the moon? answer: Yellow because snakes don't have any legs. It doesn't make any sense, but I find it hilarious. Dawn http://dilbertblog.typepad.c
    om/the_dilbert_blog/2007/0
    7/pol... Read more

  • Mindful eating and social gatherings

    7/5/2014 12:17:38 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am finding that I am in social gatherings more than usual during last week and next week. I am dedicated to entering the foods in my nutrition tracker and to be mindful of the selections that I make. I am keeping my breakfast sensibly focusing on cereal, fat free organic milk, berries or a... Read more

  • One Healthy Choice

    7/5/2014 10:12:02 AM, by WARMSPRINGDAY

    I argued with myself about my walk this morning - again! But I've set a goal of 10 minutes of exercise per day in July - I have a schedule made out . . . and . . . I was able to tell myself "You can rest tomorrow." Here's to goals, commitments and rest days! So, I made one healthy choice a... Read more

  • So good to have friends...

    7/5/2014 7:45:49 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Beloved and I threw a party at our house yesterday evening and we invited two sets of friends we met when we moved here to SC. We love having parties and inviting the neighbors! We all sat on the deck and enjoyed lots of good food and laughter, then the guys set of fireworks to celebrate the 4th o... Read more

  • Devil's Backbone

    7/4/2014 11:48:23 PM, by MCJULIEO

    The tourists are out and thick in our tourist loving town, but I needed to get back home after a lovely day spent 50 miles away, and my host suggested that I take Ranch Road 32, sometimes called the Devil's Backbone, as an alternate route to avoid the greater congestion of tourists... so I did.. ... Read more

  • Rescue Cat and Fireworks

    7/4/2014 10:07:09 PM, by SBECKER526

    Snaggles, my rescue cat, has separation anxiety with respect to me. If I am away, he chews his fur off. I am working with him and comforting him. He is also scared of fireworks. So this 4th of July finds me at home. I have Snaggles snuggled at my feet. He is currently purring. We just fin... Read more

  • Round 3 - Last Day

    7/4/2014 4:26:55 PM, by WARMSPRINGDAY

    ^^ Round 3 of 15 day goal of at least 10 fitness minutes per day ^^ ^^ 1 rest day per week ^^ ~ Day 1: 30 minutes Zumba ~ Day 2: 25 minutes fitness clas... Read more

  • today's dumb joke

    7/4/2014 12:24:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    Why order a taco when you can ask it politely? ... Read more

  • KaBoom!

    7/3/2014 11:08:50 PM, by MCJULIEO

    The fireworks have started going off already, on this Independence Day Eve....and though the police have made a special point that fireworks within the city limits are illegal, I'm hearing booms and quite a few of them nearby right now.... we live very near the edge of town but I'm sure that these n... Read more

  • Round 3 Day 14

    7/3/2014 10:33:57 AM, by WARMSPRINGDAY

    ^^ Round 3 of 15 day goal of at least 10 fitness minutes per day ^^ ^^ 1 rest day per week ^^ ~ Day 1: 30 minutes Zumba ~ Day 2: 25 minutes fitness clas... Read more

  • More CT scan results

    7/3/2014 7:30:37 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    My friend's cancer has also been found in her lungs. Yesterday they brought in a nutritionist and a dietitian to show her the healthiest ways to eat. They were told food today is apparently pretty awful for us and we should be eating as much raw, organic, locally grown food as we can. Processed fo... Read more