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  • Kitty praying...

    4/22/2015 10:48:15 PM, by CTUPTON

    picture from DEBBIEDAY It is so purr-fect for me today! Thanks Debbie! chris... Read more

  • eat to Beat Cancer --web site link updated

    4/22/2015 9:54:26 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.eattobeat.org/... Read more

  • Hug a tree for Earth Day 2015

    4/22/2015 8:11:46 PM, by CTUPTON

    If you have never done this--and most people have not--try it, you'll like it. It makes you feel very strong and grounded. Yes, it makes you feel a little silly, too, but so what. It is way easier if you have kids to do it with. chris... Read more

  • just for funzies!

    4/21/2015 7:45:29 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • More on Fasting --

    4/21/2015 12:50:25 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Just read this SparkPeople article: How Fasting Affects Your Health www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.
    asp?post=you_asked_how_do_
    religious_fasts_impact_my_
    health_weight_loss and so it reminds me I have some sermons I need to watch on Fasting. In addition, it reminds me that I ha... Read more

  • frustrations of moving--have a ffew laughs...

    4/18/2015 7:31:59 PM, by CTUPTON

    I wish.... 1. You have to choose between spending the money and hiring movers or guilting your friends into helping you in exchange for a Papa John’s single topping pizza. The struggle is that if the movers scratch your coffee table, you’re insured. If your friend does it the only thing ... Read more

  • I have been getting more done lately by this method:

    4/18/2015 7:06:33 PM, by CTUPTON

    I find if I make a to do list for tomorrow--I get lots more done. In the morning I have energy but don't know where to start. So I have the pre-written list! At night I have lots of ideas but no energy to move things around. It is easy for me to just write down the ideas to be done the nex... Read more

  • Stuff I got rid of --yeah!

    4/18/2015 6:57:24 PM, by CTUPTON

    already gone -two vans full of trash from the basement to the dump, including old computer equipment -many tall kitchen garbage bags of my old clothes for the VVA truck pickup-my daughter forced me to focus on these and pushed me to get rid of lots of the clothes! I thank her for that. -man... Read more

  • Friday Rambles and stuuuuuuff

    4/17/2015 1:48:22 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    this past week I've been hecka busy. In between working, band meetings, and tending to hubs and the kids (an always full time job there right?) I thought about last week's blog. and what I was doing to make it better. Well, I do agree with some of the other Sparkies out there. Mojo is a nogo ... Read more

  • No pun intended--well maybe pun intended...

    4/17/2015 8:03:59 AM, by CTUPTON

    Which is your favorite? And do you have a favorite pun or play on words? Thanks for stopping by my blogs, chris Imagine living in China! China bans wordplay in attempt at pun control There really is an online articl... Read more

  • "Nicecream" with frozen cherries and frozen bananas

    4/17/2015 7:14:53 AM, by CTUPTON

    Recipe: Frozen bananas blended with frozen cherries, fresh strawberries, fresh raspberries, a tad of coconut water, and a dash of cinnamon! Nice cream for dayzzzz....Enjoy my friends! from the website Fully Raw... Read more

  • My thoughts --the moral bucket list

    4/17/2015 6:56:15 AM, by CTUPTON

    Mother Theresa and walking on water: As a teenager I had great aspirations. And I was said to always be "brooding." I was fairly unhappy and thought I should be saving the world. Dial ahead to now. I feel I am barely able to keep my own life together rather than out saving those starving peopl... Read more

  • The moral bucket list--this sure made me think!

    4/17/2015 6:23:39 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.nytimes.com/2015/04/12/opi
    nion/sunday/david-brooks-t
    he-moral-bucket-list.html?_r=0 In the realm of emotion, she is embedded in a web of unconditional loves. In the realm of action, she is committed to tasks that can’t be completed in a single lifetime. This is a philosophy... Read more

  • Herbs vs spices--who knew!

    4/15/2015 4:36:15 PM, by CTUPTON

    Only the green leafy parts of a plant are considered herbs. Flavourings from other parts are called spices. Thus, parsley, sage, rosemary, mint and thyme are all herbs. Seeds like nutmeg and peppercorns are spices, as are barks like cinnamon, buds like cloves, and flower parts like saffron. A few pl... Read more

  • Working Out Towards "Our Arrival"

    4/15/2015 9:55:09 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    I was looking for some funeral music for the rabbit we found a few days ago, which has now passed on to the ground, to become one with the dust. Then after reading ~INDIEGIRL 's blog (Beth), I thought of a cheerier piece. It's one that was bundled up in the soundtrack for the recent Summer Olympic... Read more

  • Some of my Fears....

    4/13/2015 11:26:31 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    I read this blog... www.goodhousekeeping.com/hea
    lth/wellness/advice/a19888
    /miss-about-being-fat/ and though I haven't lost any weight these last 10 years (other then the usual back and forth 5 or so pounds)...this gal hits it square on the head some of the issues I dealt with year... Read more

  • Cleaning out my basement for putting our condo on the market....

    4/13/2015 7:05:01 PM, by CTUPTON

    I had the truck pick up my donations!! 334 He took lots of stuff, including 2 dressers I had for my daughter when she was little. She is now almost 33 (May 29th!). I am sure I bought them at a flea market! 224 I painted one mint green and a pinkish color with a little yellow trim. the other I pai... Read more

  • Do you have a dishwasher you like?

    4/13/2015 10:42:13 AM, by CTUPTON

    Mine died in just a couple of years. I am selling the condo and I have to replace it. There is a store near me with used appliances that look new. I want to get one there. I don't' want to pay a thousand dollars! OMG! Please don't tell me your horror stories------- I need positive inf... Read more

  • Maine coon cat is very long and big--but we got him as a tiny kitten!

    4/12/2015 7:53:44 PM, by CTUPTON

    Native to the state of Maine, these good-natured, intelligent cats can grow to be quite large. In fact the "Guiness Book of World Records" (2006) lists a male Maine Coon cat as the longest cat in the world. He measured 48 inches long (120 cm), including the length of his tail, and weighed a staggeri... Read more

  • From FROSTY99-- about PINEAPPLES! Eat more pineapples!

    4/12/2015 5:58:19 PM, by CTUPTON

    A Simple Pineapple The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family. It is extremely rare that bromeliads produce edible fruit. The pineapple is the only available edible bromeliad today. It is a multiple fruit. One pineapple is actually made up of dozens of individual flowe... Read more

  • Why Man cannot form a humane society even after all these many years of wars and turmoil.

    4/12/2015 3:36:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have contemplated that question many times. I can't believe I did not come to a good answer. The book Utopia by Thomas More popped up on my computer. I read a bit about it and it got me thinking. Many societies have been engineered and fall apart. And obviously we are still producing wars at an... Read more

  • 10 Healthy restaurant--including IHOP!

    4/10/2015 5:28:07 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.
    asp?post=10_diet_friendly_
    restaurants_stay_on_track_
    when_youre_onthego... Read more

  • Is Swerve Sweetner healthy and good tasting???

    4/10/2015 4:51:21 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.swervesweetener.com/about-
    swerve/... Read more

  • I am craving caramel sauce for my yogurt

    4/10/2015 4:46:26 PM, by CTUPTON

    The Best Low Carb Caramel Sauce Yield: About 1 cup Serving Size: 2 tbsp The Best Low Carb Caramel Sauce This is the only low carb, sugar-free caramel sauce recipe you will ever need. It's ooey, it's gooey and it stays pourable! Best of... Read more

  • Passover Thoughts

    4/10/2015 8:23:32 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Philippians 3:13-19 13) Brothers, I don't regard myself as yet having taken hold, but one thing I do. Forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, 14) I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Forget about... Read more

  • Words Can Bless, Words Can Heal

    4/8/2015 3:51:17 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    I am fairly certain that I've written on this before, as I have one of the books mentioned in this blog that I read today. But I'm not going to go look for it. Right now, it's enough to just read this blog and see the dramatic words of kind words vs negative words on just ONE apple. The woman c... Read more

  • I'm too lazy to type this right now...

    4/8/2015 11:14:08 AM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    We've all been there. I'm sure this is why most of us are here. You'd think after five years of Spark, I'd have the answers. Alas. I'm just out of it this month. Well, and last month, and well, maybe the month before that too... I know I just need to move. Whether it be running or C... Read more

  • Easy burrito baked casserole--I need easy!

    4/8/2015 3:47:19 AM, by CTUPTON

    Brown rice, lean chicken, and spinach up the health factor of this dish. Serves 6 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes Ingredients: 1 15 oz. can no salt added black beans, rinsed and drained 1 16 oz. containers plus 6 tablespoons of Wholly Guacamole (Classic), divided... Read more

  • No means yes! Thanks, NJENGEN!

    4/7/2015 7:02:28 AM, by CTUPTON

    No means yes!! "No" to the cookie means yes to a healthier choice! "No" to chips or crackers means yes to better health, fewer joint problems. "No" to more nuts means yes to the ability to be more active more of the time! "No" to unnecessary food means yes to the kind of lif... Read more

  • Easiest face sun protection?

    4/7/2015 6:29:19 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am still lax putting on daily SPF creams -even though I had to have something removed from the center of my nose. 39 I was hoping there was a one step cream for this. I guess not. I thought I could use a tinted SPF protection cream. If you know a good one, please... Read more

  • largest immigrant population by state

    4/6/2015 8:26:13 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/
    2014/05/27/a-shift-from-ge
    rmany-to-mexico-for-americ
    as-immigrants/... Read more

  • Video: correct way to walk on stairs--who knew!

    4/5/2015 5:16:16 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.med-health.net/Knee-Pain-G
    oing-Up-Stairs.html... Read more

  • Lose weight to decreas pressure on each knee. Duh! Another reaso for me to lose weight.

    4/5/2015 5:15:32 PM, by CTUPTON

    From 3 fat chicks on a diet: Dr. Peyton comments, “Every additional pound you carry equals 3 extra pounds of pressure on your hip joint, 4 extra pounds on your knee joint, and about 9 extra pounds on your patella femoral joint (which you use going up and down stairs, ... Read more

  • Chemistry of synovial fluid. Very tecchnical! Just a link.

    4/5/2015 4:27:18 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.vri.cz/docs/vetmed/53-8-39
    7.pdf... Read more

  • More about synovial fluid. with a link

    4/5/2015 4:18:03 PM, by CTUPTON

    The inner membrane of synovial joints is called the synovial membrane and secretes synovial fluid into the joint cavity. The fluid contains hyaluronic acid secreted by fibroblast-like cells in the synovial membrane and interstitial fluid filtered from the blood plasma.[1][page needed] This fluid for... Read more

  • synovial fluid

    4/5/2015 4:13:10 PM, by CTUPTON

    Synovial fluid is a viscous, non-Newtonian fluid found in the cavities of synovial joints. With its yolk-like consistency ("synovial" partially derives from ovum, Latin for egg), the principal role of synovial fluid is to reduce friction between the articular cartilage of synovial joints during move... Read more

  • Cortisone shots for knee pain--a very complicated process to understand.

    4/5/2015 4:07:39 PM, by CTUPTON

    Cortisone can actually prevent healing! I read about it after I got my shot! I think I had to get it. My pain was awful. Having read up on it, I am doing some things to have it heal if it can. I am bending it to make fluid be produced there. That fluid from my body can help it heal. The sw... Read more

  • Peeps diorama : Peeple and Scott Walker

    4/5/2015 3:38:17 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am finding more and more peeps dioramas. They are really clever. I hate politics but this was kind of interesting, Peeple! chris... Read more

  • Add more veggies to kashi pizza--delicious!

    4/5/2015 2:20:36 PM, by CTUPTON

    This might save me from those pizza cravings! I added no salt (drained) diced tomatoes, green pepper, and more grated parmesan cheese. chris... Read more

  • Sugar addiction is real! The brain acts like addiction to

    4/4/2015 6:46:28 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.iflscience.com/brain/here-
    s-what-happens-your-brain-
    when-you-give-sugar-lent But we knew this already. Right? Lots of fun pictures are in the link! In short, this means that repeated access to sugar over time leads to prolonged dopamine signalling, greater excitation of t... Read more

  • 100 calorie snacks that fill you up--well maybe....

    4/4/2015 6:37:30 PM, by CTUPTON

    Healthy eating isn’t all about calorie counting. Nutritious foods are key, but sometimes it’s nice to know you can grab a quick snack that doesn't deliver an entire meal's worth of calories. The next time hunger creeps up when it’s least convenient (like 30 minutes before a dinner reservation)... Read more

  • I am not keeping a record of my exercise so no awards!!!

    4/4/2015 9:41:48 AM, by CTUPTON

    I changed the battery in my SPAT and after that it leaked in the pool. I dried it. It worked but leaked again. I asked on the message board. I got some direction. I am putting the little rubber O ring in the wrong place. the diagram is not very clear. I have not gotten around to fixing it yet. Way t... Read more

  • Misconceptions about aging--an excellent article!

    4/4/2015 8:06:44 AM, by CTUPTON

    I get emails from this website (agingcare.com). It is full of great information and even personal support from "people who have been there." I have several wweb sites that I regularly contact about being a caregiver, mostly. I list hem on my team postings as my signature. Hope this helps someon... Read more

  • A new ailment! Come on-I have had enough! Bumps on palm.

    4/3/2015 9:12:16 PM, by CTUPTON

    These bumps have been developing for maybe 6 months. No pain mostly--on occasion a burning sensation. And the bumps are changing. Probably related to trigger finger but my fingers aren't acting that way. I have asked various professionals. They said if there is no pain--just leave it alone. ... Read more

  • I am liking this website "abouthome." This is another article from there.

    4/3/2015 4:24:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    housekeeping.about.com/od/save
    money/tp/9surprisingcleane
    rs.htm Using things like ketchup as a cleaning liquid! HUH! 40... Read more

  • Woolite laundry soap seems a bit expensive. Here are ways to make yur own.

    4/3/2015 4:20:34 PM, by CTUPTON

    I use Woolite for any hand washables even if I wash them on gentle in the machine. I really don't know which recipe is best here. The last ideas seem pretty good to me. I have a bar of Fels Naphtha soap in fact. Homemade Wool Wash #1 •4 cups soap flakes •4 cups boiling water •1 c... Read more

  • Flowers and Hail

    4/3/2015 2:55:08 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    We had a hailstorm last week - not sure I can upload that video now. Then the crabapple trees bloomed in spite of the hailstorm: Tonight about 11 pm the lights were flickering and I shut computer down, knowing we were under severe weather alert. We did get some hail but some of my frie... Read more

  • You surprised me--you read my statistics blog! Here's more...

    4/2/2015 10:00:31 AM, by CTUPTON

    enjoy! chris... Read more

  • Correlation is NOT causation! These are funny.... but it takes some brain power...

    4/1/2015 4:08:09 PM, by CTUPTON

    Don't let the formal "science" looking graphs discourage you. hmm--I'd better stop eating margarine! www.tylervigen.com/... Read more

  • Go howl at the moon or.....

    4/1/2015 3:38:21 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.tut.com/article/details/69
    -5-fun-and-safe-ways-to-ex
    press-your-inner-wild-thin
    g/?articleId=69 It got me thinking anyway! chris... Read more

  • SPRING

    3/29/2015 10:08:12 PM, by CTUPTON

    Enjoy! chris ... Read more

  • What to order at Panera Bread SP article

    3/29/2015 4:43:17 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.
    asp?post=food_on_the_run_p
    anera_bread I am quoting a bit of the article. There is lots of info in the actual article! "Panera has stepped up their nutritional game recently with their Power Menu, a selection of high-protein, low-carb entrees with some se... Read more

  • cheese storage bags and paper--on grommet

    3/28/2015 1:34:29 PM, by CTUPTON

    thegrommet.com/formaticum-chee
    se-storage-bags... Read more

  • tacos for lunch today

    3/28/2015 10:23:21 AM, by CTUPTON

    I will use broken up corn chips on a plate and spoon on the taco filling No recipe used but here is what I did: brown ground turkey brown the onions use a dry mix of spices for tacos, low sodium add fresh and canned tomatoes (low sodium) add canned corn add some water ... Read more

  • Buffalo-- I am planning to move us there in a few months. Hard to get the packing and other things d

    3/28/2015 10:12:57 AM, by CTUPTON

    Why there? family But I grew up in that area and it has many, many advantages. Please don't discourage me. Comment only if you have positives to say about Erie County, Buffalo, greater Buffalo, Clarence_NY, snow, lake effect, cloudy weather, etc. Chris... Read more

  • Diet friendly "Boston Cream Pie"

    3/28/2015 10:04:12 AM, by CTUPTON

    Recipe Boston Cream Pie Parfait Nutrition factsAmount per Serving Calories: 128 Protein: 2.5g Total Fat: 4.5g - Saturated Fat: 2.0g Cholesterol: 60mg Total Carbohydrate: 19.0g - Dietary Fiber: 1.5g - Total Sugar: 11.5g Sodium: 120mg This recipe transforms a ... Read more

  • Getting Naked-- a blog from IOWAGRAMMA

    3/28/2015 7:54:56 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pub
    lic_journal_individual.asp
    ?blog_id=5750626 I just loved this blog. Thank you for putting this into words. I suggest water exercising to everyone! I am like a preacher for this. Many people say they would not be seen in a bathing suit. And these are "thin" ... Read more

  • Don't store cheese wrapped in plastic says Chef Meg... who knew?

    3/27/2015 6:24:05 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.thekitchn.com/how-to-store
    -cheese-what-to-do-100285 This link gives more information.But. my cheese doesn't last long enough to matter. 24 chef Meg's food storage ideas. recipes.sparkpeople.com/videos
    .asp?video=Peek_Inside_a_H
    ealthy_Chef's_Fridge... Read more