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  • Spring.... May day.... candy?

    5/2/2016 10:53:26 PM, by KAREN608

    So what gives with May day this year. Once upon a time it meant giving lilacs, or some kind of flower. Now people give you plastic cups full of miniature chocolates, sugar laden hard candies. Okay there was a mini box of raisins that sent my heart racing in bliss! Yay, raisins. Our culture seem... Read more

  • Great Day

    5/2/2016 10:42:51 PM, by MCJULIEO

    We must have had a cool front come in because today was delightfully less hot than it has been.... And my friend who is working with Child Protective Services was able to come out of a county family court hearing, and get an infant out of an abusive home and into a much better and safer enviro... Read more

  • Looked at assisted living facilities yesterday

    5/2/2016 4:34:14 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Mum, beloved and I looked at two A-rated private facilities yesterday. Had an OK lunch at one of them...I can't imagine putting Mum there, but if she moves in with us it means our travelling is over until she dies. It's hard balancing a husband and a parent. My sister in California is absolutely ... Read more

  • GRR- cool license plate

    5/2/2016 12:25:56 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Saw a license plate that I thought would speak for many, if not most drivers.. The first three symbols on the plate were GRR And then there were four digits, so by my sometimes erratic calculations, I figure that up to 9999 different license plates could have the preface- GRR Ge... Read more

  • Spring is know the rest!

    5/1/2016 2:14:10 PM, by CTUPTON

    and maybe some people are not quite ready for spring: ... Read more

  • Not parking on the grass--rules.

    5/1/2016 1:53:35 PM, by CTUPTON

    I had no idea some towns have an ordinance against this. I can't believe it applies to your own home. You gave me some good ideas like using plywood to save the lawn. When I first moved in, they reprimanded me for putting up a plain green Christmas wreathe with tiny white lights! That stil... Read more

  • My girlfriend's divorce and eating raw

    5/1/2016 5:52:30 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    She called me last night, an old friend I used to do Bible work with. He husband decided he wanted "to be happy" so walked away from 40 years of marriage and cleaned out the bank account. Now he's living in Malaysia where the girls look young and he gets "all the passion he wants." I didn't know w... Read more

  • Snake Season

    4/30/2016 9:28:56 PM, by MCJULIEO

    When I was visiting with my old college buddy, we decided to talk a walk around her decidedly rural neighborhood, for me to see what building had started since I was there last, and to check out the glorious morning after last night's big storm.... she's a horticulture expert, so we focussed on all ... Read more

  • Yuky condo rules!

    4/30/2016 4:05:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    I got a reprimand phone call from "the management." not supposed to have my van on the grass. Well- I am moving things out of my basement to declutter this condo for selling. I drove the van to the basement door, 'round back. A truck was coming to take the boxes. They had to park in... Read more

  • First of May tomorrow!

    4/30/2016 6:10:31 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    And school is almost out...hurrah! I have to start driving again...beloved leaves next week for TWO WEEKS! Ugh! We are almost through with our dance lessons. Not continuing them will free up a whole bunch of time. I have really enjoyed them but they aren't teaching us anything new, just rehashing... Read more

  • Old Friends Are the Best Friends

    4/30/2016 12:30:57 AM, by MCJULIEO

    It's so great to have friends who remember you back in the dark ages.... Before you were defined by where you lived, or who you married to or who you had given birth to.... I'm spending some time with one such friend. She and I met as 2 of the very few girls in our very large college organic c... Read more

  • Counting the days until school is over!

    4/29/2016 5:28:44 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Beloved drove me this week but next week he leaves to go to Florida for a few weeks so I have to be able to drive myself. I can't wait for school to be over so I can just rest, read, and relax! When Mum can't volunteer anymore then I will pack it up. It takes me 40 minutes to get just over 30 mile... Read more

  • quiet times

    4/28/2016 4:04:45 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am enjoying a time of planning. I will be facilitating a discussion on the book, The Faith Club for our residents. My team consists of Barbara Hetrick, Chaplain Carl Wenzel, and me. We will present this program to the residents at the May Town Hall. I am very happy to be involved. I have ... Read more

  • Slept in, finally!

    4/28/2016 8:51:33 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I was tired to tears yesterday. Mum just says, "why? You haven't done anything!" Health problems, soaring and crashing BP, doctor visits, all are exhausting. Sometimes I wish she weren't around and I instantly banish those thoughts because I know I don't have many more years with her. But she's str... Read more


    4/28/2016 6:11:45 AM, by SMIDGON

    Well, we took John to the oncologist yesterday afternoon. There was some areas, but, the oncologist felt they were scar tissue and such. He will be watching them. However, there are 3 suspicious spots on his liver! He will be having a biopsy. Then, if confirmed, he will have to have C... Read more

  • Bureaucracy Did NOT Stomp Me This Time

    4/27/2016 10:25:13 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Oh, I am flying SO HIGH! Long story: I needed a scheduled interview with the Customs and Border Patrol to get a certain form for a trip I'm making this summer... I had made the application, and been approved for the interview, but they had no slots available for MONTHS in ADVANCE (and the pape... Read more

  • I know it is not monday but I will forget to post this later....

    4/27/2016 9:40:09 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • 5 yrs,5 yrs,5 yrs

    4/27/2016 10:34:56 AM, by CTUPTON

    I thought Someone would have told me it took way too long for me to learn to speak up! Not one person did that! 252 And through each 5 years I was reading self help books, going to alanon (8 yrs!) , and doing lots of crying. No, I would not give up. It was a very hard journey! (... Read more

  • Is this how the doctor checks drug interactions--(well not webMD but yes computer data sheet)?

    4/27/2016 10:29:24 AM, by CTUPTON
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    4/27/2016 9:57:47 AM, by SMIDGON

    Yesterday when Hubby took John to the urologist. The urologist said, depending on the report today from the oncologist, then he would decide on whether to remove the Stent and not replace, or to replace it. You see, they have to be dealt with every three months! We go to the oncologist ... Read more

  • Raw foods, day 1

    4/27/2016 5:30:22 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I have to do something so am willing to try this drastic step. For breakfast I had 5 cups baby greens pureed with water and two apricots...not tasty but not awful either. A few hours later I had 24 raw almonds. For lunch I had a huge raw veggie salad and 4 slices of dried apricots for the potassi... Read more

  • A Few More Words of Wisdom

    4/26/2016 11:55:33 PM, by MCJULIEO

    How is YOUR Scenery today?... Read more

  • Has anyone done a raw foods diet?

    4/26/2016 4:52:10 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Heard from a dietician friend, very slender, no medical problems whatsoever, that she recommends a raw foods diet to many of her difficult patients...difficult to treat, she means. Has anyone tried it? I'm looking for resources, anything to get my blood pressure and resulting crashes, under contr... Read more

  • Thankfully, I have learned lots over the years.

    4/25/2016 9:42:24 PM, by CTUPTON

    Today hubby barked at me about something. It did not affect me at all. In fact later I told him I was glad he got mad. It showed his spunk-which isn't often there not after the stroke in 2006. When we were first married I divided my time into 5 years, 5 years, and 5 years. It seems incredible ... Read more

  • A Few Words of Wisdom

    4/25/2016 9:04:09 PM, by MCJULIEO

    We need to let the music inside us out!!!! And SHARE IT!... Read more

  • Cannot drive? How do I volunteer?

    4/25/2016 6:08:27 PM, by CHERYLHURT

    The doctors tell me I cannot drive until they "get the orthostatic hypotension under control." Cannot tell me how long that may take but my blood pressure is officially "uncontrolled" and I now have to take readings 4X day. How do I volunteer? My Mum "lives for the school" so now what do I do? I ... Read more

  • My Kind of Police Car

    4/24/2016 11:52:45 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Well, the local police department caught a drug dealer and shut down his network, and after many legal battles, was awarded his 2007 Corvette Z06, worth about $80,000... I saw a Facebook post with a picture of what I thought was the car photoshopped to look like a police car.... well, yesterda... Read more

  • really ugly rugs, too --a link

    4/24/2016 7:09:53 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • Really ugly living rooms!

    4/24/2016 7:03:58 PM, by CTUPTON

    I was poking around looking for décor ideas. Then I found ugly stuff and got silly! 198 ... Read more

  • That Time of Year

    4/23/2016 10:57:51 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I made another trip up to Austin today, this time to rendezvous with a young relative just home from the mission field in French equatorial Africa, and since she had many friends there where she attended college that she wanted to see before leaving the country again, she chose Mozart's Roasted Coff... Read more

  • Feeling close to God

    4/23/2016 8:47:44 PM, by SBECKER526

    I feel so blessed in my life and content. I feel God's presence in my dealing with others. I am a good friend/listener to several people in my new community. I feel God is drawing me closer to them. My life experiences guide me. I am at peace and hence can listen with love and kindness.... Read more

  • Crunch fitness test SP article

    4/23/2016 9:26:23 AM, by CTUPTON
    114&page=2 The article has a nice graph which does not copy well to this blog. I have been feeling my stomach muscles are improving after years of water aerobics. I am a bit curious if I can do these crunches on t... Read more

  • Low carb lettuce wrap (with beef or chicken)----why didn't I think of this! (SP recipe)

    4/23/2016 8:36:28 AM, by CTUPTON

    Delicious and bursting with flavor, these wraps are juicy and low in carbs. Can also work with chicken! Minutes to Prepare: 10 Minutes to Cook: 10 Number of Servings: 1 Ingredients 100 grams (3.5 ounces) lean ground beef or steak (or cubed chicken, if pre... Read more

  • Another ambulance ride!

    4/23/2016 3:35:30 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Today is my birthday, 63, and I am back in the hospital AGAIN! I was driving to volunteer at school yesterday and half way started to feel light head , like I was going to pass out. I pulled into some guy's yard, waited a while, and drove some more. I made it to a laundry shop, pulled in, knew my ... Read more

  • Day Well Spent

    4/22/2016 11:06:19 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I spent most of the day in a waiting room while a friend was having outpatient surgery for a shunt to facilitate cancer treatment....I had a book, and armed with prayer, I had a perfectly pleasant time...and even though the traffic was awful in Austin as it usually is, I was glad to provide her tran... Read more

  • Knitting is way more complicated than I thought....

    4/22/2016 4:35:59 PM, by CTUPTON

    DD has been knitting up a storm. She wants to make a sweater now. Her mentor says to knit a square to count the stitches so the sweater comes out the right size. If you don't do this you could make a sweater 6 sizes too big Wouldn't that be awful after all that work! I am givi... Read more

  • Finally Friday

    4/22/2016 5:02:38 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    School today...beloved is going to ride the hills and he deserves the break. He spent yesterday meeting the TV guy to fix Mum's 3ABN satellite, lowered her bed so she can get in and out, then was working at the school. I met with the allergist and have loads of skin testing May 2, should have had ... Read more

  • TWO Days in a Row

    4/22/2016 12:54:13 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Both yesterday AND today I woke up to spectacular thunderstorms, but by noon the storms had passed and the skies were totally cloud free and brimming over with sunshine.... TWO days in a row! But oh boy! I am not tired of water falling from the sky.... this has been perfect temperatures and rain for... Read more

  • Back on the treadmill of life, at full speed!

    4/21/2016 4:44:15 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Beloved drove straight back. The next day we were at Mums' with groceries, new phones, new lamps...all had "died" while we were away. The next day beloved and I were at her house building a ramp from the garage into the house since she can no longer walk the two steps up into the house. The NEXT ... Read more

  • It's Always Something

    4/20/2016 11:45:44 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Grandchildren are the greatest things EVER... Except when they are sick, which they were today as I watched them until their parents got back....not hungry, but needing to eat.... not feeling well enough to play, but not sick enough to fall into a deep restorative sleep.... Maybe even a we... Read more

  • SO Grateful!!!

    4/19/2016 9:50:33 PM, by MCJULIEO

    A couple weeks ago I received an email from Discover Card saying that there had been some suspicious activity on my card account, and had I used it in the previous couple of hours?.... I hadn't, and so they cancelled the Old Card, and sent me a new one.... so I was already super security conscious..... Read more

  • A new sleep apnea mask (No I don't have sleep apnea but I know people who do have it)

    4/19/2016 6:10:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    This looks more comfortable than the bigger masks I have seen. chris... Read more

  • 2 chuckles...

    4/19/2016 1:49:29 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Anybody gotten rid of a nasty corn?

    4/19/2016 6:47:00 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    It's these dancing shoes...they rub my left little toe and now I have such a bad corn I cant wear any shoes but flip flops! My beloved carefully cut the top off with a new scalpel blade, the podiatrist cut out a piece, and now I'm waiting to have "cortisone shots" into the toe. I'm wearing the cor... Read more

  • Resistance Does Not Have to Be Futile

    4/19/2016 12:35:35 AM, by MCJULIEO

    For SOME reason, a lot of companies were running special IRS Day sales, both in their brick-and-mortar stores, and online as well... (I mean, as much as I love a good sale, spending MORE money on a day that the government got a bite out of me just seems a bit extravagant) It was hard, but I res... Read more

  • The short, intense workput craze.... (Wall St Journal article)

    4/18/2016 6:02:28 PM, by CTUPTON

    Apparently there is a craze going on about short, intense workouts done at odd times to stop the excuses of not having enough time to go to the gym or do long workouts. In the WSJ article: There is a photo of a woman "and her daughter Clare do squats while another daughter, Maureen, make... Read more

  • Frustrations and Fights

    4/18/2016 2:25:52 PM, by ANDILH

    Every day I wake up in pain. Every single day. It's a fight to get out of bed. Some days I can't get out of bed until I take something to help with the pain. I keep it on my nightstand so I can just reach over and grab it. But dealing with this much pain makes every day life difficult. Norm... Read more

  • Home again

    4/18/2016 6:44:51 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    See the doctor in two weeks so will be very careful, no wine, lots of fresh raw ...time to pay the piper!... Read more

  • Geezerette-hood

    4/17/2016 10:36:05 PM, by MCJULIEO

    The wedding I attended last night was lovely.... the bride was resplendent in a gorgeous lace covered gown, the groom's smile was so wide and non-stopping that MY face hurt in sympathy.... I have known these two since they were wee children, and watched them grow up through college and careers (the ... Read more

  • Heading home!

    4/17/2016 6:26:32 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Yeah! Heading home today! It's a ten hour drive but I'm glad we're back!... Read more

  • New thing for me

    4/16/2016 1:10:58 PM, by SBECKER526

    I have a new desire to explore the Wyomissing Park. I went on a bird watching walk. I got to the creek and then walked along it. The sunshine was super. We saw many birds. Their sounds and colors were beautiful. I felt so relaxed as well. I was walking for over 2 hours. Great experience...wa... Read more

  • Brutally hot

    4/16/2016 8:30:31 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    We walked into Cozumel yesterday and the heat came on hard and fast. After an hour I was ill, we had to get a taxi the rest of the way. Beloved got his haircut from the barber he uses, then we walked in the coolness of the shops before heading back to the ship, again by taxi. After a long, cool ... Read more

  • TWO New Grandchildren at Once!

    4/16/2016 1:10:05 AM, by MCJULIEO

    The family (including my wonderful 94 year old mother- the new Great grandmother) all got together to celebrate two new additions to the family yesterday.... yes, TWO! We are doubly blessed! Not twins, but sibling foster kids officially and legally adopted under all the laws of the state of Tex... Read more

  • Keeping relationships strong

    4/15/2016 4:28:59 PM, by SBECKER526

    I have been caught up with the move and health concerns. Several groups of friends understood. This past week I made certain I got in touch and had time with them. I met my golf buddies on Tuesday evening. We talked about church, golf, and so much more. They are my family. I met with my Br... Read more

  • Where are my measuring things for cooking? A sparkfriend said a utility belt is needed!

    4/15/2016 1:59:04 PM, by CTUPTON

    A utility belt was suggested. Great idea! In fact there is a company that will make custom too belts!
    tom-leather-belts/?page=3 Just for funsies: ... Read more

  • Progress decluttering.

    4/15/2016 1:37:15 PM, by CTUPTON

    I actually feel like things are getting done. I don't have any more energy but I can see some results when I tackle a job. I can only work for about an hour--this is actually longer than I was doing a few years ago (overwhelmed caregiver!) So I guess I have made progress with energy. I don... Read more

  • Easily refurbish old "gold" jewelry!

    4/15/2016 1:30:53 PM, by CTUPTON

    DD found a pen with gold in it. I have no idea if it has any metal or not! She had cleaned some jewelry from a thrift shop. It ended up looking dingy. She just used the pen on the chain-- wow! I think the pen was close to $10. I never thought this would work. I don't know how long ... Read more

  • More good news! About lost diabetic shoes.

    4/15/2016 1:24:36 PM, by CTUPTON

    Got a check for $378 to pay for hubby's diabetic shoes! Since last summer (!) I have been calling and calling the hospital--that lost hubby's diabetic shoes --and leg brace! Medicare paid for the brace because he needed a new one anyway. But I had no success getting the money for the shoes... Read more

  • Another week and my dress won't zip!

    4/15/2016 8:24:03 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Good thing we head home Sunday. Today we walked three hours into town, around, and back to the ship. Getting the exercise in.... Read more

  • Great Time So Far

    4/14/2016 11:41:58 PM, by MCJULIEO

    My mother is a perfect guest.... she is so appreciative of every effort I make on her behalf... she thinks my children (and grandchildren) are all adorable AND brilliant... and she paid for dinner when we went out to dinner at the Grist Mill last night... She apologizes for any inconveniences s... Read more

  • Going to Hell

    4/14/2016 6:34:39 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    The site in Grand Cayman that's a dying coral reef. All dark instead of pink, people painted Red Devils all over the post office where you can pay a few dollars and get your passport stamped, "Hell, Grand Cayman." It's fun to do the first time...we will skip all that and just get more walking in. ... Read more

  • Not Time to Panic!

    4/13/2016 11:59:05 PM, by MCJULIEO

    My mother and her best friend have come for a little visit, and even though I'm thrilled to have them..... It's my Mom!!!!!! No pressure, right? The beds are clean, the bathroom is clean, and it's too late to do anything else.... We are going to enjoy being together...... Read more

  • Burned my feet

    4/13/2016 2:57:16 PM, by CHERYLHURT

    Somehow got my feet sunburned...and my knee caps. Only a few days left before we hit the US on Sunday. Then will have to really go vegan with NO wine for a month to prepare for labs...this darn fatty liver!... Read more

  • Belated April Fools Day

    4/13/2016 11:16:20 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Yeah! I can now clean all floors to the walls! Finally seeing PROGRESS!

    4/13/2016 9:50:48 AM, by CTUPTON

    This has taken YEARS!!!!!! 24 I am now almost 69! My ongoing days of fatigue has greatly hindered me from having an organized home--for my whole life--not just recently. I am making real progress! It is so good to be able to say this. I have had a cleaning person every 2 weeks for... Read more

  • Fashionably challenged?

    4/13/2016 8:49:54 AM, by CTUPTON

    I thought this was pretty funny! It is a Target ad by the way. I am not like this because putting this together is too much work. I wear pretty much a top and bottom--usually they coordinate. I have mostly stopped wearing jewelry, scarves, etc. Mostly it is my fatigue. But I am ... Read more

  • Remember the Segway! And the Alamo!

    4/12/2016 8:42:56 PM, by MCJULIEO

    The great battle cry of the Texas revolution was "Remember the Alamo!".... and the Alamo, an ex-Mission turned into a fort, is now located in downtown San Antonio... it hasn't moved, but the city has grown up all around it, so its a downtown historical site and battlefield.... I've always thoug... Read more

  • Mother Nature

    4/12/2016 12:07:14 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Gone swimming

    4/12/2016 6:52:20 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Got in an early ocean swim, fabulous! In the rain. So much for Caribbean sunshine...... Read more

  • Wowsers! I have GOT to get one of those!

    4/11/2016 7:42:04 PM, by MCJULIEO

    "My name is Julie, and I can DO THIS!" is what my instructor told me to say as I stepped onto one of those very cool, very dangerous-seeming Segway people movers, for my very first Segway tour this morning... and I kept it up for 2.5 hours! It was a tour of downtown San Antonio, and we covered a LOT... Read more

  • Got our walking in

    4/11/2016 11:12:00 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Early morning and again early afternoon walks are so peaceful. Saw a whale off the side of the ship, unusual for this time of year in the Caribbean. Love the sound of the sea. Calm, stress-free week ahead. Have a blessed day, spark friends!... Read more

  • Mum refuses to go into assisted living

    4/10/2016 9:05:27 PM, by CHERYLHURT

    And she doesn't want to live with us either! I spent the day trying to call her...she can't open her cell phone...leaves the phone off the hook...what do you do with an aged parent? I want he to be safe and happy...but it's killing me!... Read more

  • Mum refuses to go into assisted living

    4/10/2016 9:05:26 PM, by CHERYLHURT

    And she doesn't want to live with us either! I spent the day trying to call her...she can't open her cell phone...leaves the phone off the hook...what do you do with an aged parent? I want he to be safe and happy...but it's killing me!... Read more

  • Slightly different views of springtime....enjoy

    4/10/2016 1:53:36 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Paleo recipes with photos!

    4/10/2016 7:22:08 AM, by CTUPTON
    / I need to kick start my low carb eating! chris... Read more

  • Best Time to Drive is at 5 AM!!!

    4/9/2016 10:59:01 PM, by MCJULIEO

    My good friend had to fly out of San Antonio to return home this morning, but her flight necessitated driving the 40 or so miles to the airport in the dark to get her to her early check-in.... aside from having to get up pretty early, it was a fabulous experience! There WERE some cars on the i... Read more

  • Slept so well

    4/9/2016 8:12:49 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    The roar of the sea, gentle rocking of the ship, no kitty making mad, passionate love to my face at 1am...slept better than I can long remember.... Read more

  • Medical emergencies put it all into perspective

    4/8/2016 9:18:49 PM, by CHERYLHURT

    Unplanned stop in Turks and Caicos to drop off not one, but TWO medical emergencies. The ship sent off another medical emergency two days ago in St. Thomas. That's three people too ill to stay on board. Makes my stresses pale in comparison. Early bed tonight to be rocked asleep by the waves and ... Read more

  • Feeling of Accomplishment

    4/7/2016 11:35:39 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Well, it may not be absolutely finished, but today I took all my IRS data to my accountant... I feel like a huge load has been lifted off my shoulders, making it possible for me to enjoy the rest of the fabulous day... Am taking my own medicine (posted in conspicuous places) What can you d... Read more

  • Stressed to tears!

    4/7/2016 7:49:40 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    We got near the Virgin Islands yesterday morning about 0830 so I tried calling my mother. Kept getting the message "call cannot be completed." Sent a text to my "Bay Area" sister and asked if she had been in contact. "Yes", on Sunday. It was now Wednesday. Two hours later I could only call the p... Read more

  • Kick in the Pants- Just What I Needed

    4/6/2016 11:53:30 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Do you go over the section of Sparkpeople that has the Inspirational quotes in it? I USED to when they were a little bit easier to find on the website... but not so much any more... But this one I ran across in an old Sparkblog today; "What can you do TODAY to bring you ONE STEP CLOSER to ... Read more

  • Fitness Surprises for ME!

    4/6/2016 10:31:02 AM, by SBECKER526

    I felt so stressed and in pain around January 1st. Then things changed in surprising ways. 1. We found a buyer for our house. Settlement occurred on March 11th. 2. The shoe inserts relieved foot pain. 3. Did the Vionic sponsored Spark Challenges and decided to try their action shoes and ... Read more

  • Help, I'm losing it!

    4/6/2016 6:54:59 AM, by BETTERME57

    So I have a confession to make. I feel I am losing my self control. For the last month I was sick with a sinus infection and bronchitis. I could smell or taste anything so my appetite was poor. Now that I have gotten better finally everything smells and taste wonderful. I had deprived myself of... Read more

  • To Do List

    4/5/2016 10:56:32 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I need to make my To Do List up, and actually follow it!!! Slowly I'm going through my closets and getting rid of STUFF ... every other week or so I get a notice from a charity group asking for donations of household goods, and they will even COME PICK THEM UP... so I usually have at least a bo... Read more

  • Spring

    4/5/2016 8:22:01 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Spring peepers audio only

    4/5/2016 8:06:20 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • Trying to cope

    4/5/2016 11:00:18 AM, by SELENAMDZ

    Thank you everyone who posted on my last blog. Really means a lot and feels good to share whats going on with you all. My husband has told a few people of his terminal disease (huntingtons) but as of now, our children dont know he has it yet. We are trying to find the right words for them, and t... Read more

  • Sharing the bounty!

    4/5/2016 9:32:28 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    In two days the ship has delivered 4 bottles of wine, a cheese wheel, fruit basket, fruit plate, and 5 boxes of 4 cupcakes...we have been having a great time finding first time cruisers and having the room steward put them in their room with a note from us welcoming them. We love passing on blessin... Read more

  • Please pray with me to find DH's glasses.

    4/5/2016 7:59:01 AM, by CTUPTON

    I just cannot afford to pay for more glasses. In the last 2 years it seems that is all I have been doing is paying for our glasses-breakage, losing them, etc. Mine and his both. chris... Read more

  • Sweetest Little Wildflower Ever

    4/4/2016 10:59:58 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Yesterday I mentioned the five petaled wildflower that the smartphone couldn't identify, except just kind of generically.... but not only do I keep a variety of naturalist field guidebooks (birds, trees, wildflowers) ready to look up these puzzles of nature, I also went straight to the internet with... Read more

  • Dining with the Captain tonight

    4/4/2016 8:31:02 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Got three hours of walking in so far this morning. Slept like a baby. Tonight we have a big, formal din Ed so will be very careful all day!... Read more

  • Absolutely Breathtaking

    4/4/2016 12:34:05 AM, by MCJULIEO

    This was a glorious day... cool without being cold, sunshiny without being glaring, surrounded by friends, new and old, without being stifling or complicated.... A great day! I got to see the bluebonnets with fresh eyes since Friday, and my friend, who is a native Texan, and flew back for a vis... Read more

  • The only sound..,

    4/3/2016 8:01:38 PM, by CHERYLHURT

    Is the sea....our door is open...sitting on the balcony watching the water. Peace.... Read more

  • Way Behind in Blogging

    4/3/2016 12:12:30 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I'm so far behind, and this is still going to be short.... Ate out twice today with friends and had lovely salads both times, making wise choices and skimping on the high calorie stuff (unless I really wanted it!) with no snacking!!! So why can't I function without snacks EVERY day???? ... Read more