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  • Small Victories

    3/20/2018 12:25:45 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Big shocker when I weighed this morning.... I was up TWO POUNDS! With no obvious reasons, I have chosen to consider it an anomaly, and just persevere doing the things that I know are wise.... So, when I went to the movie theater today (to see "I Can Only Imagine"), I snacked on fruit beforehand... Read more

  • Potluck Ambush

    3/18/2018 11:55:33 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I SHOULD have planned better for the potluck lunch today after church. I really should have! I brought a delicious green salad, and I COULD have eaten just that, but, No! I took a spoonful of this and a spoonful of that, and pretty soon my plate was full (although fully half was my tossed green... Read more

  • Bushed! Tomato Bushed!

    3/18/2018 12:20:17 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Wonder of wonders! It just so happened that I was able to piggyback my request for mushroom compost on a friend with a pickup truck and a need for mushroom compost for his own garden... We worked like crazed people to unload the cubic yard of rich organic garden goodness, and after he left I ... Read more

  • Spring is Official

    3/17/2018 12:53:36 AM, by MCJULIEO

    It's official! The mesquite trees have started to sprout their lacy foliage, and everybody in Texas knows THAT means that there will be no more frosts, so you can put your young tomato plants in the ground.... So I spent part of today getting my garden plot ready, and tomorrow I hope to actuall... Read more

  • Assignment for our monthly writing group--topic: HAPPINESS

    3/16/2018 8:29:28 PM, by CTUPTON

    March 15, 2018 Christine Happiness As a young person, I used to brood most of the time. I’d say I was not at all steeped in happiness. I am not sure at what age I started to brood and over think. Definitely by my teen... Read more

  • Darn. Having bad effects from overdoing it Tuesday.

    3/16/2018 8:27:08 PM, by CTUPTON

    I knew Tuesday was too strenuous for me but I did not want to miss anything. It is Friday and I am still sleeping too much and nursing a hurting knee. Other people would consider it a normal day. Not for me apparently. 1 and 1/2 water aerobics class. Take hubby to the doctor--but his... Read more

  • Made MeSmile

    3/13/2018 11:04:41 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Sparker IRENESHOCKLEY posted this as her status today, and I couldn't help laughing out loud. And this is my brother's birthday, so, in honor of my brother, I post this groaner: (hope that you can read it) ... Read more

  • Blearily Dealing With Daylight Savings

    3/11/2018 10:22:30 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I set my watch ahead for Daylight Savings Time to re-commence last night, so that I would go to bed earlier than usual, but I didn't sleep all that well, and today has been filled with one desire for a nap after another. But I didn't nap... I figured that if I napped I wouldn't sleep tonight! ... Read more

  • The Expedition

    3/10/2018 11:19:59 PM, by MCJULIEO

    When you are in a wheelchair, as my mother is, every time she gets out of her independent living facility is an expedition, but today i was able to transport her in her power chair using my freshly repaired wheelchair ramp van.... when my husband died, and I didn't really need the wheelchair van any... Read more


    3/9/2018 10:20:27 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Aha! Oh Frabjous Day! The bluebonnet wildflowers were out along the highways of Texas today as I drove from San Marcos to Houston .... traffic was moving REALLY fast (the slowest stayed with me going 75mph- the speed limit along Interstate 10), but even at 75mph you could appreciate the early ... Read more

  • Ready for Bed

    3/9/2018 12:04:50 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I had a busy day, and got a lot done, but I need to go to bed and let the cares of the day float away with my consciousness... Spring Break starts tomorrow and I've got a lot of Texas to cover. Unfortunately, the bluebonnets are not out early this year, but that won't keep me from keeping ... Read more

  • Happy St. Patrick's month!

    3/8/2018 7:33:52 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Interesting Evening with Professional Librarians

    3/8/2018 12:43:55 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Last night I accepted an invitation to a soiree at the Texas State Library and Archives for the opening of a new exhibit of various treasures held in the vaults of the state library and put together by the state archivists.... I had seen some of the interesting bits put on display before, but ... Read more


    3/7/2018 12:08:50 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Today, when I went to vote in the Texas primary elections, I noticed at my precinct several clusters of political fans lined up outside the building where the votes were being cast for a little bit of last minute electioneering, and I happened to notice that of the three candidates for county distri... Read more

  • Words of wisdom...

    3/6/2018 8:33:35 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • First graders finish famous sayings...

    3/6/2018 7:02:22 PM, by CTUPTON

    Better to be safe than a tiger. Children should be seen and not in the night. Look before you walk on water. A picture is worth a thousand dollars. Too many cooks spoil the whole table. Other kids were similarly amusing: ... Read more

  • Harbinger of Spring

    3/5/2018 10:15:25 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I actually got outside and attacked my shrubbery today, clipping back (some might say "chopping") the bushes that have gotten WAY overgrown, and that includes my very healthy rosemary plants.... now, IF ONLY I knew someone who would like a LOT of fresh rosemary that I've just harvested!!! It wa... Read more

  • Chocolate Ban

    3/4/2018 9:42:01 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I love chocolate, and I have enjoyed it in small doses successfully in the past... however, since I've realized that my good habits are sliding toward chaos and I'm consuming more chocolate than is healthy and not being able to stop myself, I am calling for an immediate chocolate ban for the next co... Read more

  • Gobbledegook

    3/3/2018 11:34:00 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I went to the cell phone store today, and tried to upgrade my phone.... of course it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be, and I wound up having to call Corporate Customer Service and speak to them for almost 30 minutes, and then when I hung up with THEM, I discovered that I wasn't authorized to ... Read more

  • Planning Ahead

    3/2/2018 11:18:22 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I crock-potted a pork roast today for many, many meals to come in the next week.... The larger chunk I put in the crockpot with onions and celery and barbecue sauce and seasoned it with generous shakings of Cajun Seasoning, to make a Pulled pork recipe that would still be tasty after several meals..... Read more

  • Sweet Friends

    3/2/2018 12:58:57 AM, by MCJULIEO

    It's so good to be able to get together with old friends.... And it's so good to have a really good restaurant nearby.. And if that restaurant serves an excellent salad with 8 ounces of beef tenderloin, it's even better... It's all good!... Read more

  • Silver Lining to a Dark Cloud

    2/28/2018 2:19:47 PM, by MCJULIEO

    A few years ago a good friend moved away from here to Georgia, way too far away! Last week her mother died and the funeral was scheduled for here in Texas..... and as sad as I am for her grief, I am SO looking forward to getting together with her.. Good friendships take a long time to gr... Read more

  • about doing good...

    2/28/2018 1:15:19 PM, by CTUPTON

    “ The Paradoxical Commandments People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. T... Read more

  • head bumping in cats...who woulda thunk it!

    2/22/2018 11:52:48 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • Ice and a cold virus

    2/22/2018 10:47:42 PM, by KAREN608

    Several times we had freezing rain, and more is coming. By Monday a good thaw, but one must use some ice melt to make walking safer for postal workers and for me to make it outside as well. Since Saturday a cold virus has had hold of me, coughing and congestion. So far the flu has sidestepped m... Read more

  • Warning! Venting....

    2/22/2018 3:25:17 PM, by CTUPTON

    Not fair! I had 3 great things planned for today and all 3 fell through! water aerobics writing club meeting haircut with a very special hair dresser Insurance people called me even before I was out of bed. That led to many phone calls! Not good news all 'round. ... Read more

  • Back to the Grocery Store (A DIFFERENT One)

    2/21/2018 11:47:55 PM, by MCJULIEO

    After yesterday's mortifying experience I went to a different grocery store for a bunch of really great specials, perhaps for even too MANY specials.... I loaded up on some great buys: seedless red grapes 99 cents / lb 2 green peppers for $1 2 avocadoes for $1 beefeater tomatoes 2 lbs/ $1... Read more

  • Aghast at the Grocery Store

    2/20/2018 11:06:35 PM, by MCJULIEO

    At the grocery store today, I had a mortifying experience.... after getting a great start in the produce area, I worked my way through the seafood department (salmon ends and pieces for $5.49/ lb) and was halfway across the huge grocery store when I realized that somehow I had gotten someone else's ... Read more

  • I may be a little over today but...

    2/20/2018 7:40:33 PM, by EMMASMART

    My calories may be a little high today but I am neither too hungry nor too full. I went out with my sister and packed peanut butter and crackers, V8 and plum organics apple, raspberry, spinach and yogurt. It was awesome. Super tasty so full. Came home time again and made me a veggie burger with n... Read more

  • Living here is way different than living in our own home!

    2/19/2018 7:53:09 PM, by CTUPTON

    110 apartments. So almost 150 residents. We eat meals mostly in a big dining room. Young waters and waitresses serve us. Four residents to a table. Tonight I sat with a woman most people don't like. I realized she zeros in on the negative aspect to each person's behavior. I focus on the p... Read more

  • Staying Positive

    2/19/2018 6:10:15 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I'm staying positive, How about you?... Read more

  • Can You Identify?

    2/19/2018 12:24:16 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Oh, yes!... Read more