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  • Wednesday is a good day

    7/29/2015 10:42:14 AM, by SAMIAM824

    I am currently 17 days into refocusing my life and priorities. I first found spark people in 2006. I really used the tools, community, and motivation from all of the wonderful Spark Friends I made and reached my goals not just in weight loss but in my life in general. Flash forward to today. I have ... Read more

  • 7/28/15 - Bedtime

    7/28/2015 11:41:47 PM, by GORDON66

    Due to staff vacations, it was one of those days at work. Although I got a lot done, it wasn't what I had planned. I'm pleased I didn't have a melt down or pitch a fit. It's such a waste of energy. After today, I'm quite certain my boss is happy that I agreed to return to work on a part-time... Read more

  • White Bean, Tomato, and Green Bean Salad

    7/28/2015 3:11:13 PM, by GORDON66

    If you have a lot of green beans in your garden, this is the perfect recipe. Enjoy! Ingredients Dressing: 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil 1/4 teaspoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ... Read more

  • 7/27/15 - Bedtime

    7/27/2015 10:44:48 PM, by GORDON66

    Although it's a tad bit long, I had a great hair day. Humidity does have its advantages. 211 I made White Bean, Tomato, Green Bean Salad. It includes feta cheese and a dressing with lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. Dill weed adds a nice flavor. As I walked home from the gy... Read more

  • 7/26/15 - Bedtime

    7/26/2015 10:25:22 PM, by GORDON66

    Picked more beans and gave some to one of my neighbors. She's having them for dinner. It was less humid today, so I really enjoyed being outside. Since I didn't have anywhere that I needed to be in the morning, it was very pleasant just laying in bed. I didn't get up until the kitties in... Read more

  • 7/25/15 - Bedtime

    7/25/2015 10:15:39 PM, by GORDON66

    I probably picked two pounds of green and wax beans, and there are more. I had to stop, because the colander was full. I also found two ripe tomatoes!!! 258 373 While checking out my garden, I didn't get a single mosquito bite!!! 244 It was dusk, and I thought for sure I would be a pin cush... Read more

  • 7/24/15 - Bedtime

    7/24/2015 10:53:49 PM, by GORDON66

    I have to laugh. I put sand between the bricks on my patio, and the sparrows are taking a bath in it. There's sand all over the place. Oh well, I can always go to ACE and buy more. After all, God's creatures need a place to preen. If my backyard suits them, it's fine by me. Although it was ... Read more

  • 7/23/15 - Bedtime

    7/23/2015 11:36:57 PM, by GORDON66

    I'm excited about joining a chat room, because I get to "talk" with a group of wonderful ladies. Both my morning and afternoon commutes to work were very speedy. CTA gets high marks from me today. To all my co-workers, I passed on an email from America's Dog offering $1 hot dogs on Nation... Read more

  • 7/22/15 - Bedtime

    7/22/2015 10:12:04 PM, by GORDON66

    As the result of the Starz series, the Outlander novels are all the rage now. Almost 20 years ago, I read the first four novels. I enjoyed them and was delighted to discover that I had "The Fiery Cross" tucked away. I'm looking forward to reading it. I did some weeding around my vegetable ga... Read more

  • 7/21/15 - Bedtime

    7/21/2015 11:44:33 PM, by GORDON66

    Letting go of the small stuff makes life so much easier. What's even better is that my definition of "small stuff" keeps getting broader. Aggravation is so over rated. I've come to appreciate the effort it takes to work up a sweat at the gym. Today was one of those glorious days that's... Read more

  • 7/20/15 - Bedtime

    7/20/2015 10:48:24 PM, by GORDON66

    I've always been pretty short on self-esteem so finding the good stuff can often be a struggle. Today in the push up position, I did a set of TRX planks to pikes. This is not an easy exercise, so I have to say that I'm proud of myself. I saw little itty bitty green and wax beans on some of th... Read more

  • 7/19/15 - Bedtime

    7/20/2015 12:02:47 AM, by GORDON66

    I am grateful for the tomatoes that are ripening in the garden. I picked one yesterday. I am thankful for the car I drive. It gets me where I need to go, keeps me entertained with a radio and CD player, and warms me in the winter and cools me in the summer. Oh, yes, and the loan is paid off.... Read more

  • 7/18/15 - Bedtime

    7/18/2015 11:52:12 PM, by GORDON66

    Turned on the A/C for the first time this year. Yes, it was that muggy, so I was glad to have it. It was actually rather pleasant in the morning, so I cut the grass after my strength class. While surfing through "On Demand", I spotted "The Phantom of the Opera". I'm a sucker for romance ... Read more

  • 7/17/15 - Bedtime

    7/17/2015 11:03:25 PM, by GORDON66

    I went to a really, really, really large garden center in our area and bought some perennials - Shasta daisies, coneflowers, and balloon plants. I hope whatever critter that has been snacking on the Asian lilies stays away from the new plants. The humidity is awful so I moved quickly around th... Read more

  • 7/16/15 - Bedtime

    7/16/2015 11:09:34 PM, by GORDON66

    I finished reading my very first Nicholas Sparks novel. Chick lit written by a guy; I must say it's a pretty weird concept. The book is very cliched with no surprises. With so many changes in point of view, it wasn't well edited either. Out of 5, I give "The Rescue" 2 stars. Walking home fr... Read more

  • 7/15/15 - Bedtime

    7/15/2015 10:51:11 PM, by GORDON66

    This afternoon I sat through the last of a series of webinars. Yippee!!!! I'm so glad I'm done. My poor little banged up toe is feeling much better. I can wear my sandals again. Yippee!!! I'm thankful that have decent writing skills and can get my point across in work related emails. ... Read more

  • Summer Black Bean and Pasta Salad

    7/15/2015 2:48:14 PM, by GORDON66

    On warm days, this salad is great. 3/4 cup uncooked ditalini (very short tube-shaped macaroni, 3 ounces) 1 1/2 cups halved grape tomatoes 3/4 cup diced peeled avocado 1/2 cup chopped seeded poblano chile (about 1) 1/2 cup chopped cucumber 1/3 cup chopped red onio... Read more

  • 7/14/15 - Bedtime

    7/14/2015 10:53:43 PM, by GORDON66

    I got a vote of confidence at work today. I appreciate it. I did three sets of TRX crunches. 244 While driving to and from the gym, the weather was so pleasant that I opened up the sunroof. What a difference 24 hours make. Sweet dreams everyone!!! Leslie XXXOOOXXX... Read more

  • 7/13/15 - Bedtime

    7/13/2015 10:54:52 PM, by GORDON66

    Gosh darn!!! It is very humid!!! My shower felt terrific. The wind is picking up, so I'm hoping we don't have any damaging storms. I made Summer Black Bean and Pasta Salad, and it's really good. It includes avocado, poblano pepper, red onion, cucumber, and grape tomatoes with a lime juice ... Read more

  • 7/12/15 - Bedtime

    7/12/2015 11:46:50 PM, by GORDON66

    I'm glad I checked my work email. There was a "yikes" transmission that needed my immediate attention. My boss likes to tell people what they want to hear - even when he's wrong. Sigh. I'm grateful I have a part-time job. I'm grateful I have a part-time job. I'm grateful I have a part-time... Read more

  • 7/11/15 - Bedtime

    7/11/2015 11:48:01 PM, by GORDON66

    Although I had to swat away pesky bugs, I managed to get the grass cut. My favorite instructor led the strength class today. Kristin is just the best!!! Yesterday, I crawled under the utility tub to get to the dryer vent to pull out lint. I thought I had done a decent job, but the clothe... Read more

  • 7/10/15 - Bedtime

    7/10/2015 11:53:52 PM, by GORDON66

    One of life's greatest and most simple of pleasures is reading a book. I grabbed a lawn chair, set it up on the patio in the shadow of the garage, and just indulged myself. The weather was perfect, and it was just breezy enough to keep away the bugs - absolute perfection! Today I took a TRX c... Read more

  • 7/9/15 - Bedtime

    7/9/2015 11:49:03 PM, by GORDON66

    I tried to use my fare card to get on the "L" this morning, but it didn't have enough money on it. All I had to do was walk about 20 feet to add fare to the card. I was relieved it happened on my trip into work, because, on the trip going home, there isn't a fare machine at the station. At ... Read more

  • 7/8/15 - Bedtime

    7/8/2015 10:49:51 PM, by GORDON66

    Although it was overcast for most of the day, the rain held off until late this evening. I got in almost four hours of yard work. Being outside is a joy! I spoke with my best friend Mary. She is the primary caregiver to her parents, and her mother can be very demanding. Thankfully, her ... Read more

  • 7/7/15 - Bedtime

    7/7/2015 11:53:58 PM, by GORDON66

    Yesterday evening I banged my baby toe on my exercycle - again - and worried that I had broken it - again. Although it hurt to wear my sandals, it felt just OK in my sneakers. At work, I finally took a good look at the toe, and it's bruised and swollen. I was wondering whether I should cancel my ... Read more

  • 7/6/15 - Bedtime

    7/6/2015 10:40:07 PM, by GORDON66

    Goodness! It was humid today. By the time I had walked to the gym, my hair was dripping. I had a chat with one of my neighbors. She's in her 90's and looks terrific. It's raining, so I'm glad I didn't water the garden this morning. Sweet dreams everyone!!! Leslie XXXOOOXX... Read more

  • 7/5/15 - Bedtime

    7/5/2015 11:27:19 PM, by GORDON66

    The US women won the World Cup! Thank you Canada! 244 Last year I had a tree removed. Since weeds aren't growing in the area, I thought it was unreasonable to expect grass seed to germinate. I got a shovel and started digging out tree roots and wood chips. Once I've got the area cleared,... Read more

  • 7/4/15 - Bedtime

    7/5/2015 12:03:46 AM, by GORDON66

    I'd never seen a Fast & Furious movie, and I caught the last half of #6. First of all, The Rock - well - rocked, but I have to say I was impressed with all the strong female characters. Then there were the car chases. Yikes!!! The kitties weren't stressed out by the fireworks! 244 On t... Read more

  • 7/3/15 - Bedtime

    7/3/2015 11:48:33 PM, by GORDON66

    A friend is going to join in a TRX session. Today the group did TRX atomic crunches with push ups. I left out the push ups, and just did the crunches. I still thought I was going to die. Since I lived, it's all good! 244 I was another glorious day to be alive!!!! Sweet dreams eve... Read more

  • 7/2/15 - Bedtime

    7/2/2015 11:34:16 PM, by GORDON66

    I wore a jacket to work today and was glad to have it. When I got up this morning, it was 55 degrees. I finally pulled out a calculator and determined that working only two days a week will not create a hardship. I'm going to be OK. For the holiday, the office closed early today. 244 ... Read more

  • 7/1/15 - Bedtime

    7/1/2015 10:34:52 PM, by GORDON66

    Although the temperatures were not very July-like, it was a terrific day!!! The chimney is repaired!!! 244 I have bricks that surround a light pole next to the patio. I've been obsessive about keeping the weeds at bay, and today I put sand between the bricks. Since those gaps were about... Read more

  • Update!

    7/1/2015 6:53:11 AM, by BLACK-PRINCESS

    I've been on & off SP 4 a while cause of some health issues that I'm trying 2 deal w. I finally got the mobile app, so I can log in food while I'm @ work. I hope 2 be on more since I'm not working 4 the summer.... Read more

  • 6/30/15 - Bedtime

    6/30/2015 11:44:18 PM, by GORDON66

    It was cool enough for me to have to put on a long sleeved T-shirt. Since the mosquitoes are positively ferocious, I was spared being bitten. I had another day that was tough on my self-esteem. I've decided that a person's need to be in complete control is their problem and not mine. Whi... Read more

  • Stuff We Take For Granted

    6/30/2015 4:39:26 PM, by ROXYHON

    I was so sick on Sunday, and thought that it was heatstroke since it felt very similar to when I have experienced it in previous years. 67 527 Then on Monday, you couldn't even see from one bridge to the other crossing the river! There are forest fires burning here in Northern Saskatchewan, ... Read more

  • Red Lentil and Vegetable Soup

    6/30/2015 2:33:51 PM, by GORDON66

    This soup is quick, easy, and really good. Total Time: 0:30 Level: Easy Yield: 7 1/2 cups Serves: 4 Ingredients 1 tbsp. olive oil 4 medium carrots 1 small onion 1 tsp. ground cumin 1 can diced tomatoes 1 can vegetable broth 1 c. dried red lentils 1/4 t... Read more

  • 6/29/15 - Bedtime

    6/29/2015 11:04:52 PM, by GORDON66

    Here's a novel concept. I walked to the gym this morning. It's a 1.7 mile one-way trip and takes about 30 minutes. This is the first Monday morning that it hasn't been raining. Although it was humid, the temperatures were in the 70's so it was tolerable. I had purchased too much spinach... Read more