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Life Is Full of Interruptions
Wednesday, June 25, 2014      10 comments

I write a "to do" list every morning. But at the end of the day when I write in my journal I often notice that the best moments are unplanned. Some of my very best moments might even be called, "interruptions." A friend calls and asks me... Read more
The One Canned Good I Cannot Live Without
Friday, June 20, 2014      13 comments

This is my choice. I need them a lot for my recipes. Fresh tomatoes are so "iffy" at the store, but canned tomatoes rock. They are saturated with tomato taste. I'm not ... Read more
Are You a Spark Hero?
Tuesday, June 03, 2014      13 comments

I am sharing this in honor of all the Spark heroes I know on this site! Love you guys. Thanks for the inspiration. "Ultimately, your happiness depends on your self-reliance – your unshakable willingness to take responsibility for your lif... Read more
Kayaking
Monday, May 26, 2014      10 comments

I've spent quite a bit of the weekend on the water in my kayak this weekend. Not only is kayaking a good upper body workout, it is a peaceful way to spend some time. ... Read more
Loneliness
Tuesday, May 13, 2014      12 comments

It's been a long time since I've thought of being lonely. I have 4 kids, five grands, a terrific husband. It seems like there isn't time to be lonely. But I know busy doesn't always mean "connected," and when I think about it I realize there ... Read more
Sparking at 5 AM
Friday, May 09, 2014      12 comments

I've been doing this for awhile, now. I get up early and take the time to check in with Spark and plan my day. When I saw this quote I realized how important "me space" is in my life. It isn't about not loving my family, it's about setting my... Read more
My Favorite Motivational Quote for Maintenance
Wednesday, May 07, 2014      11 comments

I love motivational quotes and read many, often. Nothing better for me than a quick saying that turns a day around. What I realized recently though, is that one motivational saying fits maintenance for me, better than all the others. And here... Read more
A Little Struggle
Wednesday, April 30, 2014      13 comments

It's not a perfect day. At this point it is dark and rainy and it is troubling to think that one of my goals is to get outside each day. There would be no harm or shame in staying inside, except that being outside feeds my spirit. So instea... Read more
I Admit It: I'm a Flexitarian
Friday, April 11, 2014      11 comments

Thanks to Spark I now have a name for how my eating has changed over the two plus years I’ve Sparked. I have changed how much I eat, and I have changed WHAT I eat. While I still eat red meat a couple of times a week I am faithful to eating... Read more
My Little Spring Salad Garden
Thursday, April 03, 2014      15 comments

These are my plants that have come back from hibernation. My herb garden "survivors" include: thyme, oregano, parsley, chives and a bit of Swiss Chard. Let the growing season begin! This is my front porch "salad" garden that I keep in spr... Read more
A Short Poem for a Peaceful Weekend
Saturday, March 29, 2014      19 comments

Sending this poem out for everyone's weekend. By Danna Faulds. "Walking Slowly" It only take a reminder to breathe, a moment to be still, and just like that, something in me settles, softens, makes space for imperfection.... Read more
Mall Meal Upgrade
Thursday, March 27, 2014      53 comments

I was so pleased to discover a healthy meal at a local mall. You are looking at kale salad, 1/4 of a turkey pita sandwich and some lentil soup. Who says mall food has to be unhealthy? It was good, by the way. ...though I'm not a fan of kale ... Read more
My Five Core Spark Habits
Thursday, March 20, 2014      11 comments

Spark people provides many opportunities to be informed and try new activities. Over my two plus years on Spark I’ve experimented with pretty much everything on the site. Everyone is different, of course, but for me there are five core things t... Read more
Am I Complaining to the Right People?
Monday, March 10, 2014      8 comments

I'm still thinking about complaining this week, having blogged about how I sometimes lob "nit noi" complaints at my beloved husband without thinking about it and wanting to quit. See last week's blog, https://sparkpeo.hs.llnwd.net/
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My Experiment: Holding Back My Complaints
Wednesday, March 05, 2014      15 comments

A few weeks ago I caught myself complaining to my husband about how long it was taking him to get ready to go to breakfast. We were on vacation. I said, “Took you a ... Read more

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