SparkPeople Together We Are Stronger Team Messageboard This team is for support in the real world! We send and receive support letters through the mail at least twice every month. This round is from March through May. Next sign up happens in May. SparkPeople Together We Are Stronger Team Messageboard QOD 3/23 are you more a pessimist or an optimist. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Depends on some things, but I guess Working for the government for so long, more of a pessimist...... it does get tiring though. away from here more of an optimist .... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:23:58 EST QOD 3/22 So ... whats for breakfast this morning? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My cup a tea , life cereal, banana , 2tbls ground flax seed. my go to breakfast every morning, I know boring Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:16:28 EST QOD 3/21 what is your least favorite thing to do with housekeeping? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> toss up between dusting and doing laundry! Both necessary but I hate doing both! Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:30:48 EST QOD 3/20 have you ever won anything? <BR> <BR> <BR> a few things over the years..... a set of cookbooks, a 13 inch tv, my gun, and yesterday a set of movie tickets! they were all so surprising to me. Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:36:15 EST QOD 3/19 what are you reading at the moment? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I like murder mysteries, spy thrillers, mostly, some romance things now and then. I am currently reading "Echoes in Death" the series about a murder cop in the future by J.D.Robb <BR> and "Unashamed" by Christine Caine a Christine writer about dropping your emotional baggage. <BR> Sun, 19 Mar 2017 10:10:27 EST QOD 3/18 have you seen signs of Spring in nature where you live? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I always see the Robins returning around the 12-15 th of March, they were there! plus my garden is starting to wake up. Sat, 18 Mar 2017 09:07:56 EST QOD 3/17 do you celebrate St Pat's day in any way. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Nope just another day as far as I'm concerned. Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:13:31 EST QOD 3/16 now.... what do you like about traveling. <BR> <BR> <BR> I get to see and discover new things and just explore everything. Thu, 16 Mar 2017 07:32:12 EST QOD 3/15 What do like least about traveling? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Not sleeing in my own bed. Though I was real tired last night and slept pretty good. Im a creature of habit, so I bring breakfast from home.... but the routine is not the same. Wed, 15 Mar 2017 08:03:12 EST QOD 3/14 are you a DIY selfer, handy with tools and comfortable using them? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm pretty resourceful having an 84 year old house kinda requires it! AND I have tools and am not afraid to use them! Tue, 14 Mar 2017 05:47:06 EST QOD 3/13 any victories you want to share? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Being on this site right now is a victory...... so much is going on in my life... 2 grown sons living with me because the economy, another is getting over a car accident, and th oldest is going to have surgery for torn rotator cuff, Mom is getting better still not 100%. I am so TIRED of working with the public.....I don't have the energy to deal with all this some days <BR> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 06:26:19 EST QOD 3/12 do you provide care or assistance to an elderly family member? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes, my mom. She will be 84 this year and she is mostly able to care for herself. I and my sons help with various yard work and or maintenance tasks. when she is not feeling well, I take her to various medical procedures. She is pacemaker dependent, she has had breast cancer and bladder cancer. She has a wicked sense of humor and she is very independent, I have to sometimes remind her that I'm now the ... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 08:59:06 EST QOD 3/11 what are you doing this weekend? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Work Sat morning , then church. Sun my last class to get my concealed carry. Sat, 11 Mar 2017 08:25:51 EST QOD 3/10 Do you have a decorating "style"? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'd go with eclectic traditional....I have a dark navy Leather couch and oak end tables and entertainment center and just things that make me happy, not a show room type of house. Fri, 10 Mar 2017 07:51:59 EST QOD 3/9 Now... what's for dinner? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I just put Chicken Cacciatore together in the crock pot, lots of herbs and spices and a can of red beans, going to serve it over rice tonight. it will cook all day while I work..... yum <BR> <BR> Thu, 9 Mar 2017 07:28:31 EST QOD 3/8 What's for lunch today? <BR> <BR> <BR> A can of soup ans some crackers, apple or an orange. been to lazy to cook Wed, 8 Mar 2017 07:31:11 EST QOD 3/7 What are your plans today? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Work, I also have to attend a grievance meeting at another facility. routine stuff, BUT it gets me out of the office for a couple of hours! <BR> <BR> Tue, 7 Mar 2017 07:56:13 EST QOD 3/6 Are you happy with your medical doctors? <BR> <BR> <BR> I am, I'm grateful to have good medical care. Mon, 6 Mar 2017 10:50:30 EST QOD 3/5 anything special going on today? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Nope, slept in, still in jammis, got to clean kitchen today, not been home all week long in even just to tired, so you can imagine what it looks like! LOL Sun, 5 Mar 2017 13:01:50 EST QOD 3/4 Do you take any supplements? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I take a a slew of Vitamins every day. I think most foods don't have enough for energy and such Sat, 4 Mar 2017 08:22:25 EST QOD 3/3 do you record things on tv to watch later? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yea I have a bunch of things, and I watch them before I go to sleep or when I wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep. Fri, 3 Mar 2017 07:43:40 EST QOD 3/2 sorry I'm not awake yet! posted on 3/1! <BR> <BR> <BR> do you collect anything? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Besides books, that I have way to many of! Longaberger baskets..... I have a lot, close to 50 I guess .... I use most of them and their resale value is high. My grandfather was a basket weaver in Germany, maybe that's why the fascination. <BR> Thu, 2 Mar 2017 08:50:52 EST QOD 3/1 do you have a favorite "something" and why? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I LOVE Lavender .... the flowers, the smell. It it so relaxing to me to be out in my garden and the smell of fresh lavender in my hand when I trim it or pick some to let others smell brings me joy. I only have Olivia olive oil lavender soap in my house. It is the only soap I have found so far that actually smells like the real thing. <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Mar 2017 09:51:09 EST QOD 2/28 Do you celebrate Mardi Gras? Tue, 28 Feb 2017 04:24:25 EST QOD 2/27 It's National Kahlua Day, National Polar Bear Day AND National Strawberry Day! Which should we celebrate? Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:15:05 EST QOD 2/26 I'm guessing that no one here is watching the Academy Awards tonight. (Or are you?) <BR> <BR> Did you see or enjoy any of the movies nominated for best picture? <BR> <BR> <em>272</em> <BR> <BR> Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell Or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester By The Sea, Moonlight Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:29:04 EST QOD 2/25 What is your morning routine like? Sat, 25 Feb 2017 03:36:30 EST QOD 2/24 How do you like to celebrate your birthday? Fri, 24 Feb 2017 04:23:50 EST QOD 2/23 It's National Chili Day! What's in your recipe? Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:20:35 EST QOD 2/22 Any interest in having a makeover? Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:10:56 EST QOD 2/21 Are you outdoorsy? <BR> <BR> What are your favorite outdoor activities? Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:31:56 EST QOD 2/20 Do you have slippers? Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:10:42 EST QOD 2/19 Do you have a nickname? How’d you get it? Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:02:05 EST QOD 2/18 It's National Drink Wine Day! Do you imbibe? Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:02:09 EST QOD 2/17 What's your favorite sleep position? Fri, 17 Feb 2017 03:23:46 EST QOD 2/16 Do you keep in touch with any of your past loves? Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:31:01 EST QOD 2/15 What is your favorite berry? Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:53:54 EST QOD 2/14 Spot anything beautiful lately? Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:20:27 EST QOD 2/13 The last Peanuts comic strip was published on this day, 17 years ago. What member of the gang is your favorite? Sally, Linus, Lucy, Shroeder, Franklin, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Pig-Pen, Woodstock, Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Frieda, someone else? Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:57:54 EST QOD 2/12 Watching the Grammy awards? Care about any of the nominees? Sun, 12 Feb 2017 13:57:21 EST QOD 2/11 It's National White Shirt Day! Can you go an entire day without getting a stain on a white shirt? Sat, 11 Feb 2017 13:48:20 EST QOD 2/10 A company by the name of Andvinyly will press your ashes into 30 copies of a working vinyl album. You have to supply the sound as long as it is 24 minutes long. Would you ever consider doing this? Have you made other plans? <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:34:42 EST QOD 2/9 How do you feel about chocolate covered espresso beans? Thu, 9 Feb 2017 03:41:59 EST QOD 2/8 Were you ever a member of Girl Scouts or Brownies? Wed, 8 Feb 2017 04:29:48 EST QOD 2/7 Do you play any video games or game apps? Tue, 7 Feb 2017 12:52:46 EST QOD 2/6 Did you have a favorite teacher? Mon, 6 Feb 2017 12:57:20 EST QOD 2/5 Will you watch the Super Bowl? Commercials? Halftime show? Sun, 5 Feb 2017 12:07:21 EST QOD 2/4 Facebook was founded on this date in 2004. Do you use Facebook? Sat, 4 Feb 2017 12:57:10 EST Need your help for Spring 1. Bonnie - BonnieMargay <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Kitty is offline, so I will need your help this time. (I don't have any info on past pairings.) <BR> <BR> Please SparkMail me with your form, otherwise I do not have your information. <BR> <BR> Who were you just paired with for winter (or most recently)? <BR> <BR> Anyone you haven't sent to yet that you would like to be paired with? <BR> <BR> Thanks! I also need your: <BR> <BR> Spark ID: <BR> <BR> Full Name: <BR> <BR> Mailing address: <BR... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 14:25:43 EST QOD 2/3 Thoughts on cereal? Fri, 3 Feb 2017 11:38:23 EST QOD 2/2 How do you keep caffeinated? Thu, 2 Feb 2017 13:20:27 EST QOD 2/1 Do you have a favorite animated movie? Wed, 1 Feb 2017 15:49:09 EST QOD 1/31 End of January already, how did it go for you? <BR> <BR> <BR> I got my house clean still have the computer room to do. one more month I can cross off to retirement! Tue, 31 Jan 2017 07:39:19 EST QOD 1/30 What are you passionate about? <BR> <BR> <BR> I get angry when people abuse others, just because they have "power" over them. Like work bosses. I will tear them up in a happy heart beat, and I can because I am a Union Steward. Mon, 30 Jan 2017 07:26:46 EST InCoWriMo InCoWriMo stands for International Correspondence Writing Month, and it is for the month of February. You commit to writing and delivering (by hand or post) one card, letter, or postcard every day for the month of February. You can write 28 letters to the same person or send 28 postcards to 28 different folks, or whatever.... just one per day. <BR> Get more information here: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> There's a list of 28 addresses you can write to if you want including the... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 15:34:58 EST QOD 1/29 After all the purging of house stuff, I still keep some things for sentimental value. <BR> <BR> What do you still hold onto? <BR> <BR> <BR> I have these clay hand prints that all my boys made in kindergarten. I have them hanging on a very short wall next to the actual Graduation pictures of them. They used to tease me about keeping them now I think it just brings a smile to their face that I have kept them all these years and display them. I have resprayed them as the original coat of p... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 12:35:57 EST QOD 1/28 Any advice for new couples just starting out? Sat, 28 Jan 2017 14:52:03 EST QOD 1/27 any plans this weekend? <BR> <BR> <BR> I have a meeting on sat, then work sunday I'd like to start to clean my computer area Fri, 27 Jan 2017 07:43:17 EST QOD 1/26 What is something you would like to do or try? losing weight is NOT one of the answers! :)) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I would like to go up in a Hot Air Balloon and take a ride. Thu, 26 Jan 2017 07:47:26 EST QOD 1/25 My heart breaks for all the trials and heartache we have all faced.... <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> I also want to Celebrate the fact that we are SURVIVORS! We did what was necessary to emerge on the other side. All the things you are struggling with today will make you stronger. <BR> <BR> So imagine yourself as your own best friend, how would you treat your best friend? Do that for yourself today. <em>223</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I will continue to speak up for myself, and listen to the... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 07:29:17 EST QOD 1/24 Have you ever gotten help trying to overcome a difficulty in your life? I now this is very personal, sometimes just talking about it can be embarrassing. But if you had broken your arm to get healing it would be just a part of who you are...... <em>247</em> to all. <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes, I was abused by my dad and put myself into therapy, for 7.5 years! right after my divorce. It was the hardest thing I ever did, hated every moment of it, but am so GLAD I did it.I'm in a much better place. Tue, 24 Jan 2017 07:48:44 EST QOD 1/23 What is something you like about yourself? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My hair. I wear it short and spiky, it is naturally silver. I have had so many compliments on it <BR> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:38:21 EST QOD 1/22 If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> That I would have smaller feet, I wear a 10 WIDE and it it so hard to find comfortable shoes. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:16:59 EST QOD 1/21 How are you moving forward with your goals today? Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:45:15 EST QOD 1/20 No matter your political bent did you watch the Inauguration? <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes I'm on last day of Vacay and watched it. I am so grateful to live in a country that allows for a peaceful transfer of power. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:21:33 EST QOD 1/19 Do you use a video streaming service? If so, which one? Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:36:02 EST FYI on Kitty Long and short, my heart can't handle the stress I've been under. I broke for a bit but I'm better now. I have to cut down on what I do and some stresses. <BR> <BR> Money is now overly tight so I'm downgrading my phone and canceling internet. I can live without these things. There is a lot I now know i can live without. <BR> <BR> Anyone who would like to stay in touch I'm going old fashioned. So pen pals is something I'm open to. We can trade letters monthly but that's the most I'm... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:36:19 EST QOD 1/18 Tell us about one moment (or more!) of joy, success, or connection today. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:59:36 EST QoD 1/17 do you make New Years resolutions? and how are you doing so far? <BR> <BR> <BR> NO I do not, I think it sets me up for failure and then I feel bad. I can only think as far as maybe 3 days out, life happens and sometimes the best intentions..... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:46:26 EST QOD 1/16 If you had a whole day to do whatever you wanted, what would it be. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sleep in, get up and have a leisurely morning. maybe sit and read a good book, It's winter here so no outside for me! <BR> <BR> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:37:14 EST QOD 1/15 Have you ever been to any of the countries your ancestors are from? Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:55:18 EST QOD 1/14 What do you have planned for the weekend? <BR> <BR> Absolutely NOTHING! I've been working like a loon for 4 weeks now and I finally have a full 2 days off. I have nothing on the books. If it warms up I might take the girls to the dunes, otherwise it is a lazy, snuggle weekend. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:14:21 EST QOD 1/13 This was supposed to be yesterday. <BR> <BR> What can you do to make those words more of a reality? <BR> <BR> I just need to get "back to me". Exercising and being happy in my own skin. I had that once so i know it's possible. But step one is definitely EXERCISE!! Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:45:43 EST QOD 1/12 Do you have any unused gift cards? What will you do with them? Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:21:57 EST QOD 1/11 3 words to focus on - what do you want your description to be? <BR> <BR> Strong, Confident, Joyful. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:03:13 EST QOD 1/10 3 words to describe how you feel right now. Are you good with this or does it need to change? <BR> <BR> Stressed, tired, anxious. <BR> <BR> I hate this but at least I know this is temporary. A few more weeks and things should get better <BR> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:23:00 EST QOD 1/9 How often do you "dress up"? Do you enjoy it? <BR> <BR> As rarely as I can. I do jeans and "barely better than t-shirts" for work most days. <BR> <BR> I like the results but hate the effort. Mon, 9 Jan 2017 08:33:15 EST QOD 1/7 How do you wear your hair? <BR> <BR> I'm really short and colorful right now. I have wigs for when I need a more dignified look Sat, 7 Jan 2017 11:45:04 EST QOD 1/6 What is something you look forward to every day? <BR> <BR> Coming home to my dogs. Yes, with 3 large dogs it's chaos. Jumping barking and occasionally some falling/tripping. I love it. Fri, 6 Jan 2017 12:08:07 EST QOD 1/5 How do you stay organized? <BR> <BR> I use my phone to remind me for appointment but I do much better with and old fashioned date book. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 09:57:45 EST QOD 1/4 It's National Spaghetti Day! <BR> <BR> How do you top your pasta? <BR> <BR> Do you eat a special kind? Wed, 4 Jan 2017 18:36:48 EST QOD 1/3 Share something you are doing for YOU today! <BR> <BR> Sick - so I took the day to recover and rest. Hopefully this will help. Tue, 3 Jan 2017 09:45:24 EST 1/2 Sorry guys, someone decided to take out our transformer sometime early this am. Took the power company all day to take out the old one and put in a new one. So glad it wasn't that cold today. <BR> <BR> Did you do anything today to more your towards your goals? <BR> <BR> Honestly no, just snuggled under the blanket with the dogs, read, and tried to keep warm. <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Jan 2017 19:13:23 EST 1/1/2017! It's a brand new year! What are your goals for 2017? <BR> <BR> To slowly build back up my fitness. <BR> <BR> To go back to being less sensitive of the nasties around me. <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Jan 2017 10:58:46 EST QOD 12/31 WOW another year done! Let's take a deep breath and look at all the good things from the past year. Be safe if you are out and about, and live each moment. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Grateful that I am mostly pain free at this stage in my life. Grateful 2 of my grown sons have a place here at home in this economy. Praying that Joshua finds a steady job in his field. I am working today til 5:30 then home to relax and probably in bed by 10 PM, hopefully fireworks will not wake me up. Happy New Year... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 07:59:04 EST Inspiration An important lesson in loving yourself no matter what the critics say <link><BR>s/991053130999234/ </link> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 04:38:32 EST QOD 12/30 as this year winds down, anything you would have done differently this past year? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Not really, maybe spent less time on computer doing things instead of reading about things. Fri, 30 Dec 2016 10:03:24 EST QOD 12/29 Have you ever had major Surgery? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes, I had torn my rotator cuff. I was a 5.5 month recovery. I understand it is one of the tougher surgery's to get over. I wasn't fun believe me! Since it was my right arm and I am right handed, I was pretty much useless lived with my mom for 6 weeks. Slept through 2 weeks weeks of them while on morphine! Thu, 29 Dec 2016 11:25:38 EST QOD 12/28 Do you have something that you do year end? <BR> <BR> <BR> I take vacation time at the end of the year to not have to deal with snow and bad drivers, but I also clean house from top to bottom and go through everything and get rid of things that I haven't used or worn in the last year and donate all to Goodwill, starts today with cleaning and packing Wed, 28 Dec 2016 10:11:15 EST QOD 12/27 What's on the agenda for today? <BR> <BR> <BR> Some house cleaning and paperwork. Tue, 27 Dec 2016 14:23:43 EST QOD 12/26 So what are you doing today? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Got home about 1:30AM! slept in late and am not feeling like a nap is coming up! Mon, 26 Dec 2016 13:14:04 EST QOD 12/25 tell us something that bought home Christmas to you this year. <BR> <BR> <BR> I worked yesterday til 2 pm at the frame store, one of my co workers is going through a rough patch, I told her I understand as I am in the same place financially with 2 of my sons home and Josh just lost his job again.....anyway on the way home I went through toys are us parking lot .....BAD move, in order to get around I accidentally hit the curb so hard I punctured my tire! <BR> <BR> I'm wow 1/2 hour from hom... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 10:41:20 EST QOD 12/24 Do you have a special dish that you only make during the holidays? <BR> <BR> <BR> I used to make breaded cauliflower, Everyone loved it! A lot of work breading and frying each individual flower! plus the grease.... My Gram used to make it all the time. <BR> Now I make sweet potato casserole and it is easier and better health wise for everyone. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Dec 2016 09:06:09 EST QOD 12/23 do you have brothers or sisters? <BR> <BR> <BR> I had twin brothers, one died from testicular cancer about 15 years ago. Fri, 23 Dec 2016 12:31:41 EST QOD 12/22 anything you are excited about? <BR> <BR> <BR> besides spending time with Mom and 3 of my 4 sons this sunday...... I start my month vacation from work! YEA! Thu, 22 Dec 2016 07:31:25 EST QOD 2/21 do you exchange gifts with co-workers? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There are only 4 women where I work and we exchange small 5.00 gifts. usually lottery tickets or personal care items like nail kits, or bath items, etc . This year I bought fuzzy aloe socks and some hand cream. <BR> Wed, 21 Dec 2016 07:27:30 EST QOD 12/20 Is there something you do as a family for Christmas? <BR> <BR> <BR> We attend Christmas services at Willow Creek Church, which I attend. It is always so beautiful and at the end everyone is singing Silent Night and hugging each of our family members. Tue, 20 Dec 2016 07:16:03 EST QOD 12/19 What do you need to get done before January? Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:04:13 EST QOD 12/18 Do you like being at the malls, shopping centers, with the crowds of people? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> NO... I stay away as far as possible! If I have to it is very early or later or avoid as much as possible. Sun, 18 Dec 2016 09:29:27 EST QOD 12/17 Are you ready for Christmas? <BR> <BR> <BR> This is the first Christmas on a long time that money is so tight.... so the kids and I had decided only Oma and my Brother and his wife will get a gift.... the others will just get to enjoy each others company. We all get together and play games and have fun. My house is a mess I am looking forward to having the time off to deep clean and just be "away" from work. Sat, 17 Dec 2016 12:32:59 EST QOD 12/16 do you do Christmas cards? <BR> <BR> <BR> I do only to about 15-20 people the rest I hand out to my friends Fri, 16 Dec 2016 07:14:15 EST QOD 12/15 do you wear glasses? <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes , need them mostly for far so around the house i leave them off except when watching TV <BR> <BR> Thu, 15 Dec 2016 07:38:12 EST QOD 12/14 what is a favorite memory you have ? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have to think on this one.... there are a few. Wed, 14 Dec 2016 07:35:00 EST QOD 12/13 are you a DIYselfer or mechanically inclined, or do you just call a repairman? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have renovated a good portion of my old house myself, and I can change out sump pumps faster than a speeding bullet! Manly tools don't scare me, including circular saws. kinda proud of the things I've done. Tue, 13 Dec 2016 07:16:09 EST QOD 12/12 Love it or hate it ...... winter? <BR> <BR> <BR> HATE IT !!!!!! Did I mention how much I hate winter!!!! <em>246</em> Hate having to deal with the clueless people who drive in it, shoveling it and being outside all day in it..... need I go on?? Mon, 12 Dec 2016 07:15:21 EST QOD 12/11 being at TJMAX yesterday bought this question out <BR> <BR> Are you a Fashionista or not? <BR> <BR> <BR> Most definitely not! I dress for my comfort and what I feel comfortable wearing. Sun, 11 Dec 2016 11:31:30 EST QOD 12/10 Is you house decorated for Christmas? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It will be this weekend, the tree will be put up and start putting things out. I'll se how much I get done before the girlfriend get together at 6:00 Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:15:36 EST QOD 12/9 have any fun plans this weekend? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have to work middle shift Sat, but girlfriends getting together for Christmas Sun Evening... looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 9 Dec 2016 07:27:29 EST QOD 12/8 how do you get rid of or handle stress? <BR> <BR> <BR> I am stressed right now, not sleeping well. It involves my son from NY now living with me and money. He is not returning my calls and bills are pilling up ...... I took a mental health day to try and figure out a solution. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:20:32 EST Tell us about yourselves Here I am ! <BR> <BR> If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? anyplace that is warm all year <BR> <BR> What is your favorite color? red <BR> <BR> What is your favorite home cooked meal? Lasagna <BR> <BR> What is your favorite grab and go meal? yogurt <BR> <BR> What is you favorite snack? anything chocolate <BR> <BR> If you could be any animal which one would you prefer to be and why? Lion, they are the top of the food chain <BR> <BR> Are you ticklish? not really <BR> ... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 21:08:03 EST QOD 12/7 long hair, or short hair ...and why? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'd always had below or just shoulder length, then when I hit my 40's it got shorter, now if it takes more than 5 minutes to "do" my hair too much time and the short spiky style suits me. Wed, 7 Dec 2016 07:35:09 EST QOD 12/6 Have you started Christmas shopping yet? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Nope, money is tight right now, and I only have 6 people to buy for and they all get gift cards, so they can buy what they want after Christmas. Tue, 6 Dec 2016 07:44:21 EST QOD 12/5 what is the challenge for you today? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Going to be cold and I work outside most of the day...... why I HATE winter! Mon, 5 Dec 2016 07:56:43 EST QOD 12/4 what is the weather like were you are today? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well they called for a light dusting of snow and already there is about 3 inches and it is STILL snowing!!! everything is white ..... pretty to look at but I HATE winter! Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:29:31 EST QOD 12/3 What are you multi tasking right now? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> On the computer and giving myself a pedicure, feet are soaking in lavender bath salts Sat, 3 Dec 2016 10:01:26 EST More love letters What a gorgeous idea! <link> </link> Sat, 3 Dec 2016 04:33:01 EST QOD 12/2 Do you have a special thing you do for Christmas? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have a collection of Santa's. the smallest is about 2 inches of Santa sitting, a glass one I bought in Venice Italy and the largest is a "pencil" Santa about 4 feet tall..... I enjoy putting them all around the house. Most go onto a shelf in the living room as they are smaller. I have had friends bring different ones from around the world. Fri, 2 Dec 2016 07:25:22 EST QOD 12/1 Almost forgot my turn! LOL <BR> <BR> <BR> Christmas lights on house or not?? <BR> <BR> <BR> Not to much work! I do decorate inside though Thu, 1 Dec 2016 07:56:04 EST QOD 11/30 Where do you go for advice? Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:30:48 EST QOD 11/29 What are you looking forward to? Tue, 29 Nov 2016 03:44:01 EST QOD 11/28 Sadly, Florence Henderson passed away a few days ago. Do you have a favorite TV mom? Mon, 28 Nov 2016 03:07:05 EST QOD 11/27 Do you know what you were almost named? <BR> <BR> I was born with a strawberry birthmark on my hip. Just barely missed being named Strawberry. <BR> <BR> <em>761</em> Sun, 27 Nov 2016 04:19:14 EST QOD 11/26 Do you have a strong opinion about something silly or weird (but not political)? <BR> <BR> My wife thinks it is outrageous when winter scenes include polar bears and penguins together, since they live on opposite ends of the earth. <BR> <BR> I'm glad people read, but go a little overboard about respect for books. I borrow a lot of resources from the library, and go out of my way to scrub them down with rubbing alcohol to clean the wraps before I handle them. I also remove all the paper scra... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 04:55:00 EST QOD 11/25 Here we go with the Black Friday stampede! What are your holiday shopping plans? Fri, 25 Nov 2016 04:10:17 EST QOD 11/24 Share a blessing in your life today. Thu, 24 Nov 2016 03:34:56 EST Winter sign up 1. Bonnie - BonnieMargay <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> How is it time for December already? <BR> <BR> Please SparkMail Kitty at SouthSideKitty with your updates for the winter buddy form. <BR> <BR> Spark ID: <BR> <BR> Full Name: <BR> <BR> Mailing address: <BR> <BR> City, State and Zip: <BR> <BR> Birthday: <BR> <BR> Spark Anniversary: <BR> <BR> Any other special dates coming up for you in December, January or February? <BR> <BR> Winter goals: <BR> <BR> Share some of your favorite thi... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 03:33:42 EST QOD 11/23 Do you have a favorite pie? Wed, 23 Nov 2016 04:25:20 EST QOD 11/22 Do you have a favorite day of the week? <BR> <BR> Tuesdays and Thursdays are my dance classes; Thursday is a little better because I get to be a student, and there are two hours of sweaty dance bliss in a row. Tue, 22 Nov 2016 04:28:00 EST QOD 11/21 Today is Pumpkin Pie Day! Will you celebrate with a special meal this week? Mon, 21 Nov 2016 04:15:38 EST QOD 11/20 What are some of your favorite smells? Sun, 20 Nov 2016 03:37:58 EST QOD 11/19 What makes a good friend? What makes a great friend? Sat, 19 Nov 2016 04:15:45 EST QOD 11/18 Have you ever taken dance lessons? What kind and how old were you? Fri, 18 Nov 2016 04:09:56 EST QOD 11/17 Today is the Great American Smokeout. Do you know any butt kickers? <BR> <BR> <em>270</em> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:44:00 EST QOD 11/16 Do you make/eat stuffing in the bird or dressing outside the bird? <BR> <BR> Cornbread, white, brown or some other kind of bread in it? <BR> <BR> Or do you just buy a box? Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:09:37 EST QOD 11/15 It's America Recycles Day. Do you bother? How much? Which stuff? Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:45:19 EST QOD 11/14 What do your everyday dishes look like? <BR> <BR> Do you use any small dishes for portion control? <BR> <BR> Do you have other dishes for special occasions? <BR> <BR> Any memories about or descriptions of the "good China"? Mon, 14 Nov 2016 14:38:34 EST QOD 11/13 Winter is coming--has it snowed yet this season where you are? Sun, 13 Nov 2016 15:18:20 EST QOD 11/12 What does your Saturday look like? Sat, 12 Nov 2016 14:51:13 EST QOD 11/11 Are you or a family member an active or former service person? Fri, 11 Nov 2016 14:28:58 EST QOD 11/10 Do you get flu shots? Do you get the flu? Thu, 10 Nov 2016 13:17:22 EST QOD 11/9 How are you taking care of yourself today? Wed, 9 Nov 2016 16:21:29 EST QOD 11/8 Did you vote in person today? Some other way? Tue, 8 Nov 2016 14:07:11 EST QOD 11/7 November is National Adoption Awareness Month. Do you love someone who is adopted? Mon, 7 Nov 2016 13:44:13 EST QOD 11/6 What are you doing with your "extra" hour today? Sun, 6 Nov 2016 13:59:02 EST QOD 11/5 How are you moving it today? Sat, 5 Nov 2016 15:17:10 EST QOD 11/4 Happy Friday! Are you working for the weekend, working ON the weekend, or not working? Fri, 4 Nov 2016 04:27:05 EST QOD 11/3 Last fruit or veggie you ate? Thu, 3 Nov 2016 04:10:38 EST QOD 11/2 November is a great reminder to practice gratitude. Anything you're grateful for today? <BR> <BR> I got a lot more information at my post-op follow up appointment, had fun teaching a great dance class, and my favorite restaurant had my favorite soup on the menu for dinner: coconut beet. Mmm! Wed, 2 Nov 2016 03:32:06 EST QOD 11/1 November first is considered by many to be a day for remembering our beloved angels and ancestors. Have any of your angels made you smile lately? <BR> <BR> During my friend Laurie-Ann's funeral service last month, we had a lot of visits from hummingbirds, dragonflies, and monarch butterflies. <BR> <BR> I've been listening to her favorite album, which we sang together over and over again for the last 23 years. Singing "Do You Think of Me" for her on Halloween me happy: <link> Tue, 1 Nov 2016 05:13:56 EST QOD 10/31 Happy Halloween! <BR> <BR> First share any plans for the day! Second how was your October? <BR> <BR> Just going to be handing out candy tonight in my "teddy bear" mask. <BR> <BR> October didn't go as planned for me. Oh well, start again tomorrow. Mon, 31 Oct 2016 11:07:33 EST QOD 10/30 <em>38</em> Do you listen to podcasts? TED talks? radio? music? Any favorites? Sun, 30 Oct 2016 15:24:15 EST QOD 10/29 Will you had out treats on halloween? <BR> Sat, 29 Oct 2016 09:32:10 EST QOD 10/28 How do you deal with people who seam to want to take offensive with you? Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:19:28 EST QOD 10/27 Do you have a favorite movie or show for the Halloween season? <BR> <BR> I always go back and re watch the horror classics with Bella Lugosi and Boris Karloff. Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:22:38 EST QOD 10/26 Do you hand out candy/treats to trick or treaters? <BR> <BR> Yup. We do candy. Chocolate for the older kifs and dum dum suckers for the little guys - but they must be in costume. I even keep some milk bones handy for the occasional dog. Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:05:58 EST QOD 10/25 Do you carve a pumpkin for Halloween? <BR> <BR> We have too many squirrels and possums by us. They completely eat a real pumpkin overnight. <BR> <BR> I have a "artificial" pumpkin I put out Halloween week and I will probably carve on on Halloween day (and let the critters eat it that night. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:41:33 EST QOD 10/24 Have you been to a costume party as a kid or adult? Do you like them? <BR> <BR> I love costume/masquerade parties. We used to have one every year. Last few years we've had to go to other parties. <BR> <BR> Hoping to star having our again soon. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:37:46 EST QOD 10/23 is there a movie that scared you as kid (or that you wouldn't watch) that as an adult you find funny/no big deal? <BR> <BR> I ask because one of my oldest memories is watching "The Blob" at the drive in with my dad, I was 3. I was Terrified it was going to get me and my family. I stuffed towels under doors and windows for weeks to protect us. <BR> <BR> Now I laugh at that movie and love to watch it with friend. Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:48:53 EST QOD 10/22 <em>38</em> What is the last costume you put on? <BR> <BR> (Or, if you don't do costumes, what is the last fun thing you dressed up for?) Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:11:35 EST QOD 10/21 Are you a "swear-y" girl? <BR> <BR> OMG-beyond belief! I even have a swear word coloring book. I can't post about 70% of my funny/motivational stuff because spark would have a fit! Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:21:18 EST QOD 10/20 Do you have a favorite mug/glass? Why and what's on it? <BR> <BR> I have a Dr Who water glass I carry EVERYWHERE! <BR> <BR> I also have two coffee cups I use daily. The work one says "you had me at woof" and the one at home is from Chris, big purple doggy mug "my therapist had a cold wet nose" Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:46:11 EST QOD 10/19 Seems like we all like to give/get stickers. What do you use your stickers for? <BR> <BR> I like to track things on my wall calender with stickers. Also just to dress up letters and envelopes - I send lots of cards to friends and family. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:41:58 EST QOD 10/18 Sorry so late. Busy beaver today! And the brain is not working. <BR> <BR> Do you track exercise? <BR> <BR> My fitbit handles it here. But that left Me not paying attention so I got bad. Now I put stickets on my calendar when I hit my minute goals. Not perfect but better than nothing. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:26:59 EST QOD 10/17 Are you good about tracking your food? <BR> <BR> No. And I know that is why things are not working right now. I used to be really goodabout out but fell of the wagon Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:44:05 EST QOD 10/16 What is one of your favorite ways to unwind? <BR> <BR> I love a good video game. Sun, 16 Oct 2016 12:31:42 EST QOD 10/15 Is there a food you don't like that "everyone likes"? <BR> <BR> I really don't like watermelon. I spend every summer saying "no thank you, I really don't want it." Sat, 15 Oct 2016 10:21:58 EST QOD 10/14 What was the last book you read? Did you like it? <BR> <BR> Deadpool: Paws (A Prose Novel) <BR> <BR> OMG this was hysterical. It is an actual novel about the comic book character. I really enjoyed it. Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:51:30 EST QOD 10/13 What do you enjoy for entertainment? <BR> <BR> I love a good movie. Cuddle up with hubby and the dogs, pour a glass of wine, and very lost in another world (and get the holy hell scared out of me)! Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:40:06 EST QOD 10/12 Share something you LIKE about what youdo/did for a living. <BR> <BR> Consistent but challanging. I like things that are a bit of a challenge to work out. I am presented with different issues each day, sometimes it takes real creativity to get it done. Wed, 12 Oct 2016 10:22:57 EST QOD 10/11 Did you follow "the rules" as a kid? How about now? <BR> <BR> As a kid, yes. Even into my teen years I didn't break the rules. <BR> <BR> Now, if it doesn't hurt anyone - go for it. The less I conform the more I like me! Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:47:39 EST QOD 10/10 What is something you've always wanted to do/try but never have? What's holding you back? <BR> <BR> I love tatoos but don't have any of my own. I always laugh and say that I can't commit to a design. Full honesty - I'm terrified of needles. Mon, 10 Oct 2016 08:52:58 EST QOD 10/9 How long does it take you to "get ready" on an average day? <BR> <BR> I'm pretty simple. Since I cut the hair, it's a wash an go. I do't wear make up, so no fuss no muss. I can go from bed to out the door in under 20 minutes. Sun, 9 Oct 2016 12:18:28 EST QOD 10/8 What do you just feel "naked" without? <BR> <BR> My Fitbit and my watch. I will turn around and go home for both Sat, 8 Oct 2016 09:40:55 EST QOD 10/7 Share something fun/enjoyable you have planned this weekend. ( you've got time - come on and plan some FUN) <BR> <BR> We have Zombie-fest tomorrow. Heads will roll! Hubby is performing as Walking Dave so it should be awesome. Fri, 7 Oct 2016 09:13:03 EST QOD 10/6 What is your favorite warm drink for a cold day? <BR> <BR> Coffee. Did I say coffee? Really I ment COFFEE. Thu, 6 Oct 2016 08:02:51 EST QOD 10/5 Is there a food/drink you loved as a child that you still have as an occasional treat? <BR> <BR> I bought my Boo-Berry cereal last night! One box a year, and I rarely finish the box but need Rio sneak in a bit every year! Wed, 5 Oct 2016 12:10:06 EST QOD 10/4 Do you still have toys ( the G-rated kind)? Have any favorites? <BR> <BR> I have lots of toys. I love my stuffed dogs and Griffin puppet. Tue, 4 Oct 2016 08:54:17 EST QOD 10/3 What did you do this weekend just for fun? <BR> <BR> Hubby and I were binging the new Luke Cage series on Netflix. 2 episodes left. I love that stuff! Mon, 3 Oct 2016 08:45:37 EST QOD 10/2 Are you organized? Do you plan out your days? <BR> <BR> Organized - kind of. I mean I know what I have to do each day. <BR> <BR> I've tried to plan my days but I am so bad - I rebel against my own plans! I need to get over that and get myself more scheduled. Sun, 2 Oct 2016 12:34:09 EST QOD 10/1 What are your goals for October? <BR> <BR> Getting back to tracking and exercise everyday. Sat, 1 Oct 2016 11:03:13 EST QOD 9/31 Any plans for this weekend ? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have to bring all the inside plants back inside for the winter..... washing everything down and trimming evert hinges take me awhile Sat, 1 Oct 2016 08:52:58 EST QOD 9/30 do you decorate for fall, either in house or outside? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Not really, to much work! I might just put a pumpkin on the steps outside and hang up some colored corn Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:13:35 EST QOD 9/29 What do you like about Fall weather. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Cooler, nice sleeping weather. the air smells different, leaves changing Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:37:07 EST QOD 9/28 what are you grateful for? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> my GOD who loves me anyway, even tho I hate it my Job, my relatively good health and the health of my children, a place to call home and reliable tranportation Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:47:13 EST Meditation Summit The Science of Meditation Summit is about the transformative effect of meditation on the areas of our lived experience that shape our happiness, well-being and ability to be of service to others. The five-day online program will begin on 19 October and will feature over 20 renowned thought leaders, leading researchers, and wisdom holders offering their insights and proven practices--all at no cost. <link><BR>ef=2594631ba2 </link> <BR> <em>135</em> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:26:47 EST QOD 9/27 What do you love about this team? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> That even though you are all my cyber friends and not here in front of me in the flesh, I would be there as you all have been here for each other . <em>304</em> <em>247</em> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:43:57 EST QOD 9/26 what would you like from the team today? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just found out my New York son lost his job again......... I need prayers for him and me as the financial burden is becoming a problem for me. Please pray for him to find a job soon Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:05:29 EST QOD 9/25 now that the weather is changing, is there something you need to finish or get done before it gets real cold? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have to make the transition for the house plants to come back inside. Means trimming them and washing the pots and saucers to make sure I don't bring unwanted guests inside! takes me most of the day. Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:22:17 EST QOD 9/24 Thanks Bonnie! If I don't do this on my computer at home instead of my phone it get lost! Don't ask were my post from yesterday went.... <BR> <BR> <BR> So today what do you need, not want need? <BR> <BR> Less stress about money, helping my children is now starting to affect me and I have to figure something out. Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:25:22 EST QOD 9/23 What are you focused on today? Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:11:49 EST QOD 9/22 is there something that you would like to do, and haven't yet? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I want to take a hot air balloon ride. We used to live in an area where they took balloons in the air and they floated over the apartment. I could hear the wooosh of the flame to heat the air, it was so cool..... one of these days. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:41:52 EST QOD 9/21 What do "like" about being "older"? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There is no longer any need for me to try to "impress" people I just do my thing irregardless of what others may think Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:00:55 EST QOD 9/20 whats for lunch today? <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm having a Jenny Craig Philly cheese sandwich and sauteed green pepper, onions and garlic from my garden and I have 2 oranges Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:48:30 EST QOD 9/19 Now... what are you at peace about? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> That I am a treasured child of the Most High God! I know He died for me, that there is nothing I did to deserve it and nothing I can do to lose it. <BR> <BR> Now that doesn't mean I live a stress free life! Just that, that is one area I don't ever have to worry about. Mon, 19 Sep 2016 07:00:34 EST QOD 9/18 SO I found my question from yesterday........ I forgot to click create a new topic! hate when I do that!!! <em>246</em> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> what do you like about the place you live? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The yard I have about 3/4 acre and it feels like the country as most of the house here are over 50 years old. I am close to train and interstate, all the old growth trees block so much of the "outside world" and my house is oriented true north so I get any breeze tha... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:19:18 EST QOD 9/17 What are you annoyed about? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My computer!! I posted earlier a QOD must have. Not hit send .... then I decided to clean out the computer and it it taking forever!!! Sat, 17 Sep 2016 13:02:53 EST QOD 9/16 is there a chore you dread doing? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There are a few, paying bills and assorted papaer work, always on time, just hat dealing with it. And the basement, my house is over 80 years old and I get water in the basement in fall and spring, just maintaining the sump pumps, I have 2 and so happy I don't have to pay a plumber as I know how to do them. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:12:00 EST QOD 9/15 are there certain "chores" that you only do when fall comes? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Getting the the yard ready for winter, cleaning up old stalks trimming bushes and trees. maybe was some windows etc. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 07:02:46 EST QOD 9/14 how does life change for you now that fall is almost here. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> not much, start to think about getting the garden put to sleep and getting the house plants back inside, other than that life is pretty much same ol same ol Wed, 14 Sep 2016 07:04:13 EST QOD 9/13 what's the weather like where you are today? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Very gloomy, supposed to rain today. Whisch will be a pain with being outside most days at work Tue, 13 Sep 2016 07:26:38 EST QOD 9/12 what did you have for dinner yesterday? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I had a taste for sushi, so I bought some california rolls and I finally diced the last butternut squash from last year harvest and put it in the oven with onion and garlic salt ans some olive oil and a little water ....I had 2 bowels when it was done Yum!!! Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:16:12 EST QOD 9/11 where and what were you doing on 9/11? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was at work and when It happened we left the brake room door open so we could all hear and see what was going on, customers were commenting and work slowed down for everyone to absorb what was going on ......I will never forget my disbelief and sadness. Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:59:53 EST QOD 9/10 do you have something you cherish? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> when my 4 boys all started kindergarten the teacher made them all do hand prints in plaster of paris and put paperclips as hangers, they gave them to me at Christmas. I still have them up on this very short wall in the living room. My oldest is 44 years old, then 41 and the twins are 37. They have been respray painted so they look all new And I think one of the boys cracked one in half, which I reglued. They used to give me $hit about... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 07:50:57 EST QOD 9/9 what is a flaw you have.... no shaming just something you need to work on or are aware of. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> PATIENCE!!! I have none! Not about waiting for things, dealing with the public! why do they think I need to do their thinking for them?? Fri, 9 Sep 2016 07:51:05 EST QOD 9/8 if you had an opportunity to do something new what would it be? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> to take the time to become a Master Gardener. I love to work with plants, just to much time involved now, maybe when I retire. Thu, 8 Sep 2016 07:36:40 EST QOD 9/7 Do you have silly things you wear or like to do during holidays? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have a bell necklace and earrings I wear during the week before Christmas....they are a tradition at work and by the late afternoon ... my fellow workers are telling me enough already!!! LOL Wed, 7 Sep 2016 06:56:31 EST QOD 9/6 is there something you wish you had done differently. <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes put a pad under my knees in all the floor washing and gardening I did through the years! My knees would be in better shape. Tue, 6 Sep 2016 07:46:20 EST QOD 9/5 tell us something about yourself we might not know. <BR> <BR> <BR> I was born in Munich Germany to a German woman and American Service man. Mom and Dad stayed in Germany for 2 years before I came to America and since I was born in a German hospital I had to become a Citizen through my mom when she took her Citizenship when I was 12. It was hard to get a USA passport, because I only had a German birth certificate, luckily mom kept and old USA passport with me and my twin brothers listed on i... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 11:08:35 EST QOD 9/4 if money were no object what is the one thing you would do? <BR> <BR> <BR> I would go on a world tour of all the places that I want to see and go to. I'd take my kids so that we could all enjoy it Sun, 4 Sep 2016 12:56:12 EST QOD 9/3 what is your morning routine like ? <BR> <BR> <BR> wake up do business ( i know tmi ) feed the cat, turn on computer, do my Spark in the morning, answer emails, read my morning cartoons, get lunch ready. get ready for work..... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 09:03:27 EST QOD 9/2 Any special plans for Labor day weekend? Fri, 2 Sep 2016 10:21:40 EST QOD 9/1 so what are you looking forward to as the weather changes? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> cooler for sure so I don't just drip sweat! Thu, 1 Sep 2016 07:39:51 EST Summer Reveal! Kitty SouthSideKitty sending to Rene Ohanamama <BR> <BR> Kristy Tweetykc00 sending to Cathy Cathygetsfit <BR> <BR> Bonnie bonniemargay sending to Bobbie Ann floridasun <BR> <BR> Chandra leslielenore sending to Casey caseysauer <BR> <BR> Cathy Cathygetsfit sending to Kitty Bigpawsup <BR> <BR> Casey caseysauer sending to Bonnie bonniemargay <BR> <BR> Deborah spoongirldeb sending to Chris gardenchris <BR> <BR> Chris gardenchris sending to Holly georgiagirl <BR> <BR> Bobbie Ann floridasun... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 20:20:47 EST QOD 8/31 Goodbye, August! <BR> <BR> When is the last time you tried something different? <BR> <BR> On Monday, we started out on our usual walk near my wife's work, and I asked if we could go a different way so that it was up and downhill instead of flat and easy. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, in a ridiculously frustrating situation where someone failed to meet me as we had just agreed on, I just kept getting more and more curious about what could actually be going on instead of flipping out. Keeping my cool... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 14:46:00 EST QOD 8/30 A little encouragement today: Tell us about a totally non-scale victory. Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:12:16 EST QOD 8/29 Your beloved brings you the perfect hostess gift. What is it? Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:13:13 EST QOD 8/28 Anything old school working just fine for you? Newspaper? Magazines? Landline? VCR? Vinyl? Pocket calendar? What else? Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:28:24 EST Fall Sign Up! August snuck past me! Lets get this sign up rolling. I'm also "SparkMailing" out the form to update for Fall. Please fill it out and return if you are on the list. <BR> <BR> Kitty!! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:03:47 EST QOD 8/27 What three adjectives might other people use to describe your personality? Sat, 27 Aug 2016 03:01:49 EST QOD 8/26 It's National Dog Day! Do you prefer dogs, cats, both, neither, something else? Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:01:25 EST QOD 8/25 Have you ever received a message or gift directly from spirit? <BR> <BR> When my wife and I moved in together 23 years ago, she received a Christmas cactus in the mail from an anonymous source. Her father was quite a gardener, and it happened to be one of his favorite flowering plants. This one blooms every year right around the day he died while she performed CPR on him, in the beginning of August. Thanks, daddy! Thu, 25 Aug 2016 03:53:26 EST QOD 8/24 What's the difference between getting dressed and dressing up fancy? <BR> <BR> Usually a fake flower in my hair. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:12:20 EST QOD 8/23 Any recent progress with a goal or signs of something good to come? Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:30:21 EST QOD 8/22 Any good tricks for portion control? Mon, 22 Aug 2016 04:27:34 EST QOD 8/21 What is your recovery plan for your best/hardest workouts? Sun, 21 Aug 2016 14:28:19 EST QOD 8/20 Do you have a favorite tea? Sat, 20 Aug 2016 14:53:20 EST QOD 8/19 Fie on this heat and the pests that come with it! <BR> <BR> Tell me something good about summer. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:46:23 EST QOD 8/18 How did you find your way to your calling, whether or not that is your career? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 02:20:11 EST QOD 8/17 Are you right or left handed? Do you know if you have a dominant foot? Wed, 17 Aug 2016 03:51:15 EST QOD 8/16 Do you attend your reunions? Tue, 16 Aug 2016 13:39:57 EST QOD 8/15 Ever get sent to the principal's office? Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:12:33 EST QOD 8/14 Do you have a happy birthday memory to share? Sun, 14 Aug 2016 03:36:35 EST QOD 8/13 Posting a little early since I'll be in dance workshops from 9 to 5: <BR> <BR> What is the nicest gift you've gotten for yourself recently? <BR> <BR> Half a dance intensive! it's a special opportunity to study intensively with the creator of the dance style I teach. I found a way to buy myself one day of dance workshops at ATS Alchemy today, even though attending one day wasn't really an option for this two day intensive. <BR> <BR> I went ahead and asked the event organizer if I could s... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 02:00:10 EST Olympic women Fifty photos that show the raw power of this year's Team USA <link><BR>show-the-raw-power-of-olympic-women-te<BR>am-usa-ftw_us_57979c7ee4b0d3568f84a7b0? </link> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 17:54:10 EST QOD 8/12 What do you like most about the hardest things you do (work or exercise or life)? Fri, 12 Aug 2016 03:42:56 EST QOD 8/11 Bonus points if you're shy: When is the last time you made a scene or caused a ruckus? Thu, 11 Aug 2016 04:21:34 EST QOD 8/10 Anything on your wish list? Wed, 10 Aug 2016 04:00:38 EST QOD 8/9 Potluck! What dish will you bring that works with any dietary requirements you have? Tue, 9 Aug 2016 13:24:30 EST QOD 8/8 Any goals for the day today? Mon, 8 Aug 2016 13:54:35 EST QOD 8/7 Did you play sports in school? Sun, 7 Aug 2016 12:29:43 EST QOD 8/6 Are you watching the Olympics? Any favorite events? <BR> <BR> I missed the opening ceremony and can't find it online. I like the women's hockey in the winter games a lot because it is all of the technique without any of the violence. <BR> <BR> Feeling weirdly detached from the games this year. Unimpressed with an IOC that isn't interested in respecting the health and safety of the athletes. Maybe that's my liberal freak flag flying high. Sat, 6 Aug 2016 15:07:13 EST QOD 8/5 What's your kryptonite (your biggest weakness)? Fri, 5 Aug 2016 03:20:54 EST QOD 8/4 Do you need anything to help you sleep? <BR> <BR> I use ear plugs for quiet, blackout curtains and covers on all light sources for dark, a fan for the heat, a teddy bear to wedge between my (now) bony knees, retainers on my teeth, pajamas. So grateful for sleep! Thu, 4 Aug 2016 12:00:17 EST QOD 8/3 If your body could talk, what would it say right now? Wed, 3 Aug 2016 12:23:50 EST QOD 8/2 <em>149</em> Do you have a favorite children's book or author? Tue, 2 Aug 2016 14:31:01 EST QOD 8/1 What are you looking forward to in August? <BR> <BR> My anniversary and getting back to running! Mon, 1 Aug 2016 09:01:21 EST QOD 7/31 I'm so happy to fly home today! What would you look forward to most about your life if you were coming back to it today? Sun, 31 Jul 2016 11:01:13 EST QOD 7/30 Do you like large crowds? <BR> <BR> I like big festivals but can only handle the crowds so long. Part of the reason I like pierogi fest so much, only 3 blocks from home. So I can run home and take breaks. Sat, 30 Jul 2016 09:49:40 EST QOD 7/29 What traits are important to you in the people you surround yourself with? <BR> <BR> Loyalty and Humor. I can work with anything except someone who is disloyal. I have to be able to trust a person. <BR> <BR> And if you don't have a good sense of humor you can't deal with me! Guaranteed. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:07:12 EST QOD 7/28 Do you curse? <BR> <BR> I recently found out that there is such a things as a "sweary girl". That would be me! Spark keeps me clean but that's not really me. And if I'm upset, I can make a MARINE blush! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:53:40 EST QOD 7/27 What is something you are controlling about? What could you care less about? <BR> <BR> I'm controlling on finances. I have an almost paralyzing fear of becoming homeless, so I don't "play" when it comes to money. <BR> <BR> Honestly, I could give a rat's a$$ about house work. There is dust on the shelves and dog hair on the floor. There might even be a few "self aware" dust bunnies under the couch. God made dirt and dirt won't hurt! LOL. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:07:17 EST QOD 7/26 How often do you balance your checkbook? <BR> <BR> I'm annoying about that. At least once a week, usually twice. And it has to be to the penny! Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:25:31 EST QOD 7/25 Wondering why no answers today - came in to find out I never hit post! lol <BR> <BR> So, are you a forgetful person? <BR> <BR> Guys, if I get any worse, I could plan my own surprise party! Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:25:46 EST QOD 7/24 Morning person or Night owl? <BR> <BR> Honestly I can be either. There are times I have fun staying up most/all night. But I am also an early riser. As long as I get at least 6 hours sleep, I'm cool. <BR> <BR> I prefer being a morning person. Feel like I get more done when I get up early. Up late is always more play time. Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:59:40 EST QOD 7/23 Do you set an alarm on the weekend/days off? Why? <BR> <BR> I don't need an alarm clock. I have dogs. At 5:30 we want attention, at 6 we do the potty dance and want breakfast. There is no snooze on a dog so I'm up. Sat, 23 Jul 2016 08:04:53 EST QOD 7/22 Do your ever go a day or more without "tech"? How do you feel about being "unplugged"? <BR> <BR> I had very limited connection yesterday because I didn't have my phone. That was upsetting. <BR> <BR> However, I have found I NEED unplugged time. And I mean from everything - phone, internet, tv- everything that squaks. I try for a weekend each month with just family, friends, and dogs to recharge. Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:32:20 EST QOD 7/21 Where and when was your last vacation? <BR> <BR> I haven't been on a real vacation in YEARS!! I think my last one was Colorado when my son was a baby. He's 22 now. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:29:51 EST QOD 7/20 We are looking at some uber hot temps the next few days here in Chicago. <BR> <BR> So, for today, do you like the heat in the summer? <BR> <BR> I love it!! Granted heat index over 105 is a bit too warm but I'll still get out and enjoy the sunshade much as I can. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:32:59 EST QOD 7/19 When was the last time you received something unexpected? <BR> <BR> Last Monday. One of the girls who has been here a LONG time came back from the Dells. She brought me the cutest shark glitter globe. I thought at first she got something for everyone but it was actually just 3 people. I was very surprised, and a bit humbled. I've never been certain if she actually liked me. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 08:20:49 EST QOD 7/18 What was something tomboy- ish that you did when you were young? <BR> <BR> I played hard ball ( boys baseball), caught toads, frogs, tadpoles, and snakes. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:56:14 EST QOD 7/17 Do you have a "dream car"? <BR> <BR> 1972 Roadrunner for muscle (and yes I would do this paint job) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 55 T-Bird for style (couldn't find a good pict of the classic pink/grey that I would want): <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sun, 17 Jul 2016 12:24:06 EST QOD 7/16 No limits- if you could do anything for fun tonight, what would you do? <BR> <BR> Dinner and dancing would be great. Sat, 16 Jul 2016 08:40:12 EST QOD 7/15 Do you have a favorite "adult beverage"? <BR> <BR> I'm normally a beer girl but I certainly enjoy a good whiskey in the winter or a SoCo and pineapple when its warm! Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:21:55 EST QOD 7/14 Do/Have you ever been called something that was not ment to be "complimentary" but you took it as such ( or embraced it so to speak)? <BR> <BR> My boss has called me creepy, weird, and scary. I love!! Gotten to the point now that I will "try" to hey him to say something to that effect. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:22:17 EST QOD 7/13 How do you deal with stress or disappointment? <BR> <BR> Dogs. I snuggle with my girls. Reminds me that the world isn't all bad. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:45:02 EST QOD 7/12 Are you ever silly for sillys sake? What was the last just silly thing you did? <BR> <BR> I love being silly for no reason. Just goofy stuff that makes me smile. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's status update was just a reflection of my mood. Gonna see how long I can keep out going. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 08:30:05 EST QOD 7/11 Have you ever tried a "detox" diet/regiment? What is your opinion of what you tried? <BR> <BR> I've thought about doing one a few HUNDRED times but never really have. Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:04:38 EST QOD 7/10 What do you splurge on? Sun, 10 Jul 2016 15:22:42 EST QOD 7/9 What kind of purse do you carry? I dare you to weigh it!! <BR> <BR> I don't care of purse - I have a back pack with me all the time. And yes, it has everything from first aid to survival items in it. I'm just overly prepared. <BR> <BR> 10.2 pounds. Sat, 9 Jul 2016 08:41:32 EST QOD 7/8 Are you a girly girl? What are some of your most girly/femine traits? <BR> <BR> I've always laughed that I'm "female" and that's the best you are gonna get. I color my hair (currently an oil slick) and love clothes but that's about as girly as I get. Fri, 8 Jul 2016 08:24:06 EST QOD 7/7 Do you personalise your work space? What are some things you do/have? <BR> <BR> They say a picture is worth a thousand words so here ya go. This is part of my desk at work: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 7 Jul 2016 08:21:31 EST QOD 7/6 If you suddenly came in big money (like more than you could actually spend), what would you TREAT yourself to? <BR> <BR> Private African safari and an Alaskan cruise! Wed, 6 Jul 2016 09:25:50 EST QOD 7/5 What is something you wear every day that you would feel "naked" if you forgot it? <BR> <BR> My fitbit and my watch. Tue, 5 Jul 2016 11:16:38 EST Independence Day QOD What does independence day mean to you? <BR> <BR> Time to remember our founding fathers and all those who went before me. Mon, 4 Jul 2016 09:16:59 EST QOD 7/3 What was the last movie that you saw (TV, DVD, Theater)? Did you enjoy it? <BR> <BR> Took my hubby to see Tarzan yesterday. He loved it. I actually thought it was pretty good. I'm not a huge Tarzan fan but it was fun with a bunch of action. Sun, 3 Jul 2016 12:29:40 EST QOD 7/2 What are your plans for the weekend? <BR> <BR> Working with Dizzy on some training and getting the yard ready for summer. Sat, 2 Jul 2016 09:38:27 EST QOD 7/1 OOPS - forgot this am that is was July 1st. My month for QOD!!! <BR> <BR> So lets start with an easy one. Do you have any pets? <BR> <BR> I now have 3 dogs - Gyspy, Tazzy, and Dizzy. All large/medium sized. <BR> Hubby and I have 2 prairie dogs - Buffy and Willow. <BR> Hubby has two cats that live in his martial arts Kwoon - Thor and Gandolph. <BR> <BR> I would be absolutely LOST without my dogs. Fri, 1 Jul 2016 12:25:19 EST QOD 6/30 Do you have a back up computer? <BR> <BR> <BR> My computer is being looked at cuz it was so slow, my phone is a samsung galaxy 5 but the site is such a pain to access and my samsung tablet is quirky for me to work ..... so until I get my desk top back I havn' t been on much and I have so many things to wade through....when I ge to it back tomorrow Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:34:28 EST QOD 6/29 What would you do if you had no water? <BR> <BR> Evidently we had a water main break on my block.. heard noise last nigh and went to investigate that's when I say the note on my door...... it is now 6:25 still no water.... I NEED my cup of tea!!!!! Oh yea.... I still have my well water! We are good to go just taking longer.... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 07:26:42 EST Hi from Kim in Cali Hello all. As my topic reads, I am Kim from Cali - the Central San Joaquin Valley to be precise. I'm going to welcome my 47 year on the 14th of August, and I am currently a full-time grad student working toward an MSC/MFT (MS in counseling: Marriage and family therapy). I look forward to meeting you all and hope to share some motivation. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:16:37 EST QOD 6/28 Do you provide some care to an elderly relative? <BR> <BR> <BR> My mom is pretty self sufficient at 83 years young.... but there are things me or my sons do to help . Mow the grass, clean gutters help with yard work etc..... today I am taking a day to get her to the hospital for a procedure she needs. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:00:54 EST QOD 6/27 What are you looking forward to this week? <BR> <BR> <BR> That I can cross off another MONTH till retirement!!!! <BR> <BR> AND Dinner with a Spark Friend! Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:47:59 EST QOD 6/26 What do you like most about your house? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The yard and my outside space. I love to be in my garden tending it and making it look nice. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:35:34 EST QOD 6/25 what is the oldest thing or weirdest thing you own? <BR> <BR> <BR> my house is over 80 years old and years ago they used to bury their garbage ..... so when I have dug in my yard I come across strange things.... I have a couple BLUE glass jars, but the weirdest is a BLUE GLASS spoon! the top handle did not survive but the Spoon part is intact, it is only about 3 inches long so it must have been in one of those blue jars I found... I keep the blue glass on the window sill and the sun shines... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 11:51:39 EST QOD 6/24 is there something you wish you were better at? ( NO self shaming!) <BR> <BR> <BR> computers, I know enough to be dangerous! LOL I can do most things fine just wish I knew more on programing issues. Also more able to do more repair/maintenance on my 80 years old house, I tackle a lot, just some things are intimidating ... like electrical and laying new cement. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 07:47:51 EST QOD 6/23 what is something you hate doing? <BR> <BR> <BR> sitting down and paying bills and dealing with all the paperwork! wish I had an accountant! Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:42:56 EST QOD 6/22 are you retired or close to it? <BR> <BR> <BR> Close 2 years MAX if I can last that long! Texas hear I come! out of this state and no more WINTER!!! Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:35:47 EST QOD 6/21 what is your favorite part of your day? <BR> <BR> <BR> the mornings.... it is quiet and I can just sit and veg. listen to the birds or enjoy the quiet. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 07:28:28 EST QOD 6/20 what are your plans today? <BR> <BR> I have to go downtown to Chicago and give a deposition against my crazy Ex boss...... not looking forward to it. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 07:37:14 EST QOD 6/19 what did you want to do/become when you were growing up? <BR> <BR> <BR> I wanted to be an airline stewardess.... they got to travel all over the world and I thought that was exciting ! Sun, 19 Jun 2016 08:39:35 EST QOD 6/18 Are you handy with tools? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have done a LOT of remodeling in this house, From installing dry wall to putting up crown molding. I even have a work bench and a large toolbox. I have and know how to use a miter saw and a dremel tool. I've stained and varnished all the woodwork and doors and windows in this house, all 11 windows and trim, 18 doorways and doors , that a LOT of wood! Sat, 18 Jun 2016 10:30:55 EST QOD 6/17 is there someplace in the world you would like to see? <BR> <BR> <BR> Ayers Rock in Australia....... Don't know why, it just intrigues me. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 07:42:37 EST QOD 6/16 have you ever traveled outside the continental USA? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes, I've been to Germany. Italy, Czech Republic, Switzerland, and even Iceland. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 07:33:30 EST QOD 6/15 what do you look forward to each day? <BR> <BR> the clock saying 4:30 so I can go home! LOLOL my logging into Spark to "talk" to all my friends and have some laughs! Wed, 15 Jun 2016 07:34:30 EST QOD 6/14 I'm feeling heartbroken. Please tell me about a blessing in your life. <BR> <BR> Today is the day my favorite little person turns three. She decided to have a pirate theme for her birthday party this weekend. She is so completely surrounded by loving family that her grandmothers are flying in from Texas and Kentucky for the party, the uncle is flying in from Sacramento, and her whole chosen family of devoted friends like me will be there. Looking forward to blowing bubbles, talking like a pi... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 15:54:30 EST QOD 6/13 Why do you want to lose weight? <BR> <BR> A healthier weight means less pain in my hip and that i can have more fun in my life. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 10:20:56 EST Two words, change one cellar door Sun, 12 Jun 2016 17:19:07 EST QOD 6/12 Any regrets in your life? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My dad abused me and I never thought it impacted my life the way it had, until everything fell apart. I finally put myself into counseling, wish I'd done it sooner, might have changed some things. Still and all GLAD I did get help. <BR> <BR> Sorry if this is to personal, just read someone else's blog and it bought back so many things. <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT DAY! Sun, 12 Jun 2016 09:17:58 EST QOD 6/12 Are you a sports fan? Do you have a favorite team? <BR> <BR> I like sports but am not a huge fan anymore. Just don't have the time to keep up. I do enjoy a White Sox game (taking my dad today as an early father's day gift). I will also listen to baseball on the radio while I do things around the house. Sun, 12 Jun 2016 09:17:23 EST QOD 6/11 Happy Saturday, lovelies! <BR> <BR> What is the weirdest thing in your vehicle right now? <BR> <BR> Keep anything in there to feel prepared? <BR> <BR> No car or don't care? Tell me about your day instead. Sat, 11 Jun 2016 17:18:58 EST