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  • The Studio Tour (at last)

    4/4/2020 6:29:11 AM, by BESSHAILE

    Well, my friends - it is very hard to do an ad-lib video holding the camera as you wander around opening drawers and lifting objects. Also - I regret to say this is done with a cell phone - so it's a tall skinny video. I am sure there is a way to set the phone's camera so that it takes a landscape... Read more

  • reality has hit with Corona 19

    4/3/2020 10:19:08 PM, by USMAWIFE

    today really hit me.. it was the first time since this virus think that I talked to hubby about upgrading our wills. The last day we did them was in 1988, when our boys were four and six and hubby was still on active duty. the main thing that concerned me was a special form so that if anythi... Read more

  • When this is all over.. and it will be

    4/2/2020 9:54:49 PM, by USMAWIFE

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  • ThePlan 2020 April

    4/2/2020 3:56:48 PM, by BESSHAILE

    You all know what happened to March – for each of us it was a time of swiftly altering plans, back-stepping away from progress to take ourselves into different directions. In my case, plans didn't go out the window – but the emphasis shifted. But I am most comfortable with a plan in place, so April... Read more

  • Sort of mid-week -- 2Apr20

    4/2/2020 2:13:29 PM, by MT-MOONCHASER

    One of my Spark friends posted this -- Sorry dog lovers, they don't practice social distancing well. 334 I hope everyone is coping well and feeling great... 593... Read more

  • I don't know who wrote this, but it's beautiful.

    4/1/2020 6:25:44 PM, by USMAWIFE

    . We fell asleep in one world, and woke up in another. Suddenly Disney is out of magic, Paris is no longer romantic, New York doesn't stand up anymore, the Chinese wall is no longer a fortress, and Mecca is empty. Hugs & kisses suddenly become weapons, and not visiting parents ... Read more

  • March - gone

    4/1/2020 11:25:29 AM, by AFERRARI

    So the month has come to an end - all 31 days of it. Was it a good month? Did I succeed in any of my goals? It certainly was a month filled with stuff. COVID-19 has hit and hit hard. Most of us are self-isolating. While we are not legislated to do so we are understanding the severity of this an... Read more

  • empty streets

    3/31/2020 3:50:51 AM, by USMAWIFE

    When you go out and see the empty streets, the empty stadiums, the empty train platforms, don’t say to yourself, “It looks like the end of the world.” What you’re seeing is love in action. What you’re seeing, in that negative space, is how much we do care for each other...... Read more

  • Weigh-In -- 29Mar20

    3/30/2020 11:03:16 AM, by MT-MOONCHASER

    Same as last report - but up and then down in between times. I am not eating as much staying at home, not being tempted by the candy and chips on display near the bathrooms... Closest reported case here is in Havre, a couple of counties away, although I suspect we have it here, just not tested... Read more

  • Worry

    3/29/2020 11:51:10 AM, by USMAWIFE

    “Worry is a lack of faith in the other and cannot exist simultaneously with love. Either we have faith in the other person to do their best, or we don’t. Worry says I don’t trust you to do your life right. Worry comes from a place of arrogance that I know better what should be happening in your life... Read more

  • ThePlan 2020 End of March

    3/29/2020 8:30:37 AM, by BESSHAILE

    It's not quite the end - but it's close enough for me to sum it all up anyway. Besides - it was SUCH a good month for me & ThePlan 2020. Except for getting the taxes done (will not take blame for this -DH is the foot dragger) and getting back to my WW goal weight - I accomplished everything I hoped... Read more

  • beautfiul day

    3/28/2020 10:30:27 PM, by USMAWIFE

    it was 87 here today.. sunny with a slight breeze Hubby and I got out and did some work in the yard still more to do ... and it will get done... Read more

  • Spring Time Challenges

    3/28/2020 12:16:01 PM, by CEIGSTI

    Hello! I'm back. Probably will be on here more often now that I can't go anywhere. :) But that's a good thing and it will get me back in the habit of focusing on me and being healthier. I also am trying new fitness videos too. Our dog is loving it because we walk her every day at noon. We need... Read more

  • Forgetting What Day It Is

    3/28/2020 7:26:10 AM, by BESSHAILE

    Ooops For the second time now I've forgotten the day of the week. Mind now, I could remember with just a little thought, but for that brief moment I wasn't "here and now" - with that body knowledge of time. I feel like I'm on vacation and selfishly, I don't want it to end - but with so little... Read more

  • and the people stayed home

    3/27/2020 11:55:40 PM, by USMAWIFE

    got this from a craft newsletter http://goodtogoknits.wixsite.c
    a04f-8c3c-4a29-a5ed-edfdf645e9db... Read more

  • trying to add beauty

    3/26/2020 9:57:17 PM, by USMAWIFE

    went out and purchased some plants from Lowes to make the house look a bit more like spring now. we will put them in over the weekend... Read more

  • Time in Medical Land

    3/26/2020 8:23:02 AM, by BESSHAILE

    My semi-annual check-up was on Tuesday and I called twice to the dr's office to be sure they wanted me, it was safe, I wasn't a burden on the system, since I felt perfectly fine and I'd already seen the lab work results - everything was the same or better. I was told to come in - so I did and had a... Read more

  • our new normal

    3/25/2020 11:14:37 AM, by USMAWIFE

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  • simple acts

    3/25/2020 4:06:42 AM, by USMAWIFE

    today was just a great day to do anything to make some one else happier. I try to do it most days but when you go out, it is more special to make a strangers day more special... Read more

  • 2nd Blog.......Ever!!

    3/24/2020 11:50:07 AM, by PBVHCCVH

    This a letter that I sent to all the Teams on which I am the Leader or the Co-Leader. Several people asked if I would post this where anyone could read it, so here it is. Even if you're not on the Teams, I still care about you! MESSAGE TO ALL TEAM MEMBERS During this time of turmoil i... Read more

  • multitasking

    3/23/2020 10:29:06 PM, by USMAWIFE

    the last few days I have felt like there has been no real me time I have been finding links for free knitting and crochet patterns which are limited for a bit and posting to not only my facebook groups, but my sp knitting groups and several yahoo groups. I figured out roughly in the last few... Read more

  • Blessed Rain

    3/23/2020 9:04:45 AM, by BESSHAILE

    We've had a long dry spell around here - that began in early February when I could be forgiven for expecting a number of rainy days - it was February, after all. And though we really need to get lawn professionals in here to rebuild our yard after 2 years of workmen's trucks parking on it - we expec... Read more

  • ThePlan 2020 Last Week of March

    3/22/2020 10:44:28 AM, by BESSHAILE

    You had to know I would bring this up again - It's Sunday! And I do love my plans. Besides, it's good to stick to healthy routines as closely as possible during these ... what is the curse? "interesting times" that you may live in. So how did last week go? Well, first off - when I opened my pr... Read more

  • For all crafters who are hunkering down with hubby

    3/21/2020 9:45:02 PM, by USMAWIFE

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  • Saturday

    3/21/2020 12:44:04 PM, by WILSOD1

    It's Saturday... Read more

  • Achieving a Long Sought Goal

    3/21/2020 7:31:05 AM, by BESSHAILE

    I come from an arty family. I also had a mother whose mantra was "It's just a book. I can write a book". In other words - if I don't have what I want, I will just make it - or get it or find it. She was the most "can do" person I ever met. I also was a talented (thank you God) and successful ( be... Read more

  • COVID-19 funny --

    3/20/2020 11:52:50 PM, by MT-MOONCHASER

    Stolen from a newsletter I get form a company -- Letters Home From the Wasteland: Cousin Fredrick, As you know supplies are scarce. However I have good news! The horticultural text you sent us last autumn has been quite the boon. Not only have we started to cultivate our own crops for... Read more

  • Happy Friday

    3/20/2020 9:59:43 PM, by WILSOD1

    Happy Friday... Read more

  • international day of happiness

    3/20/2020 8:36:01 AM, by USMAWIFE
    #new... Read more

  • Celebrating in the Midst of Now

    3/20/2020 6:32:47 AM, by BESSHAILE

    Spring flooded into my world yesterday and began distributing it's generous gifts. We've had a mild, dry winter - zero snow and very little rain. Things have been budding and blooming early. Several days ago my bell weather tree clothed herself in the delicate yellow green of true spring, cascadi... Read more

  • Talking to myself

    3/19/2020 11:08:35 PM, by CHRISSYMACD66

    Local | Definition of Local by Merriam-Webster local. noun. English Language Learners Definition of local (Entry 2 of 2) : a person who lives in a particular area, city, or town : a local person. : a train or bus that makes all of the stops along its route. What makes you a "local"? Is it prop... Read more

  • first day of spring

    3/19/2020 10:05:23 PM, by USMAWIFE

    and it is 80 degrees here. and will be that way for the next few days. then rain and temps dropping into the 60's... Read more

  • Look

    3/19/2020 5:14:24 PM, by WILSOD1

    Look at who decided to pull himself up to standing ♥️♥️♥️... Read more

  • Have no idea where the day went

    3/18/2020 10:33:58 PM, by USMAWIFE

    went to the grocery store and everything that was on sale, was not in the store.. so depressing ... Read more

  • Talking to myself

    3/18/2020 9:22:28 PM, by CHRISSYMACD66

    Text: People: "I want 2020 to be like the roarin' twenties!" Earth: "Alright, infectious disease is spreading." People: "No, not like that." Earth: "The US stock market is tanking." People: "Wait..." Earth: "LMAO Bars can't be open anymore." Hey there universe. I don't get it. In times lik... Read more

  • Happy hump day

    3/18/2020 6:02:24 PM, by WILSOD1

    Happy hump day... Read more

  • But Not For Me

    3/18/2020 8:11:49 AM, by BESSHAILE

    It's still early days in this period of combating and coping with a fast moving, life taking virus. Most of us expect it to get worse before it gets better and for many, this waiting just ratchets up the anxiety level beyond endurance. I already have one friend who is bouncing off of one crisis to... Read more

  • I know it's coming

    3/18/2020 3:55:15 AM, by USMAWIFE

    so I am making a list of things to do when we are forced into hunkering down so far they include cleaning out the garage a really thorogh house cleaning where I will need hubbies help at moving things ordering the new light fixtures and hope hubby can install install 246... Read more

  • Happy Tuesday

    3/17/2020 1:00:23 PM, by WILSOD1

    Happy Tuesday... Read more

  • being over 60 is changing a lot these days

    3/16/2020 10:16:03 PM, by USMAWIFE

    I had a followup appt with the internal medical doctor for tomorrow. There just is something about her ... I rescheduled it for April. During that time I am going to see another doctor who does more holistic medicine. at 445 pm today the nurse from the internal med office called and wa... Read more

  • Spring Retreat

    3/16/2020 8:26:55 AM, by BESSHAILE

    When I was in high school we had an annual 3 day retreat where we came to school but did no school work. We stayed put with nothing to do except remain silent. It was a time of reflection, peace, self-searching - a time of prayer and communing and being. It was one of the 2 most valuable things I le... Read more

  • Happy 8 months old!

    3/16/2020 1:13:24 AM, by WILSOD1

    Happy 8 months old!... Read more

  • as this week begins

    3/15/2020 7:53:24 PM, by USMAWIFE

    I pray for this world. I pray especially for the doctors and scientists who are working on this virus I pray for all the business's which are suffering due to this virus I pray for all those who are exposed that they might survive and most of all.. I pray for those who are hoarding.... Read more

  • Happy Sunday

    3/15/2020 12:25:21 PM, by WILSOD1

    Happy Sunday... Read more

  • ThePlan 2020 Mid-March

    3/15/2020 8:53:39 AM, by BESSHAILE

    And What a March this has turned out to be. Meetings canceled, classes canceled or going on-line, churches scrambling to set up youtube services, and empty grocery store shelves. But in the spirit of Keeping on Keeping On I'm sticking as closely to my normal routine as possible. And it's mid-... Read more

  • victory

    3/14/2020 8:03:37 AM, by USMAWIFE

    I need to VENT!!!!!!! Because I'M PISSED!! 😡 I went to Whole Foods earlier to pick up a few things. I'm waiting in the checkout line and I dropped a $20 bill (yep that's me trying to hold everything, because I didn't want a cart). The lady in front of me picked it up. I thanked her and held my ha... Read more

  • LONG day

    3/13/2020 11:35:21 PM, by USMAWIFE

    last week we had issues with our gateway. The company sent us a new one, which would not install properly and set up an appt for us today from 2-4 pm after we took the fur child to the vet, we were sitting around waiting for the tech. At 1250 pm our services stopped completely. I called... Read more

  • Happy Friday

    3/13/2020 1:43:12 AM, by WILSOD1

    Happy Friday... Read more

  • In memory for those who crossed the rainbow bridge

    3/12/2020 9:06:46 PM, by USMAWIFE

    They tell you not to cry. They tell you that it's just a dog, not a human being. They tell you that the pain will be over. They tell you that the animals don't know that they have to die. They tell you that it's important not to let him suffer. They tell you that yo... Read more

  • Happy Thursday

    3/12/2020 11:22:39 AM, by WILSOD1

    Happy Thursday... Read more

  • a frog enters a bank

    3/11/2020 6:55:09 PM, by USMAWIFE

    A frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller. He can see from her nameplate that her name is Patty Whack. "Miss Whack, I'd like to get a $30,000 loan to take a holiday." Patty looks at the frog in disbelief and asks his name. The frog says his name is Kermit Jagger, his dad is Mick Ja... Read more

  • Happy Weight and Skinny Mirrors

    3/11/2020 7:44:17 AM, by BESSHAILE

    So what is my happy weight? Not sure, actually. I mean - the truth is - I don't care if I weigh 1,409,723,293 lbs if I still fit into my size 10s. I guess I'd have to be 398,104,243 feet tall to do that but hey - it's relative. LOL - what I want, actually, is to feel like my body is firm and l... Read more

  • God gives answers in three ways

    3/10/2020 9:38:02 PM, by USMAWIFE

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  • a way to raise your blood pressure.. deal with your health insurance carrier

    3/9/2020 8:25:57 PM, by USMAWIFE

    I have been having a discussion with our insurance company for an office visit from last Oct. the first one had an incorrect code for the blood draw and they rejected it as it should not be processed with an office visit the second one had the correct code, but they updated the original cl... Read more

  • Where's my puppy?

    3/9/2020 10:14:32 AM, by WILSOD1

    Where's my puppy?... Read more

  • SWANS!

    3/9/2020 6:45:17 AM, by BESSHAILE

    It is art day today and I slept late but I will be back tomorrow to thank you all for your kind comments on my recent blogs. But I do want to share with you some photos of the swans that filled up the bay on which I live. We always get some. This year, we're getting a lot. They are too pretty to ... Read more

  • another week

    3/9/2020 3:58:37 AM, by USMAWIFE

    stay safe... Read more

  • Weigh-In -- 8Mar20

    3/8/2020 11:45:09 PM, by MT-MOONCHASER

    Same-o, same-o. Do you suppose that it's because I've been eating like crap? Need to work on more freggies. Really don't have a (poor) excuse for not getting them in. Mother Nature has been having Spring play hide an seek with us here. Today and tomorrow are hiding times, then maybe we'... Read more

  • Keep Coming Back To You

    3/8/2020 6:40:21 PM, by MLUDKE22

    Hey again Spark, I know it’s been several years since we last talked. You feel like that friend who I don’t see for a long time and then we fall into step like we’ve never been apart. This time friend, a lot has happened since we last connected. You knew I got married, well now we have a son! A s... Read more

  • I'm noy amused

    3/8/2020 3:17:44 PM, by WILSOD1

    I'm not amused... Read more

  • The Thing About Plans

    3/8/2020 8:42:43 AM, by BESSHAILE

    The thing is - plans change. Life intervenes. They are just *PLANS*. A glance at last week's pretty planner shows - a blank week. Yup. The whole week went kafluey after Tuesday and I never opened the planner up once. Tuesday was a jam packed day with a workshop taught by me, 2 board meeting... Read more

  • beautiful day

    3/7/2020 10:37:25 PM, by USMAWIFE

    the past few days I have been doing a lot of cajun cooking. Yesterday I made hubby gumbo where you make a lot batch of sauce and use some as needed. Just add your proteins to it and serve over rice. I enjoyed the sauce over veggies.. Today I made cajun style baby backs and then used the ... Read more

  • Spring break has begun

    3/7/2020 9:23:31 AM, by WILSOD1

    Kids have two weeks off and my husband has one week off.... Read more

  • spring cleaning begins

    3/6/2020 11:11:11 PM, by USMAWIFE

    I am taking this slowly this year starting with my husbands closest and also cleaning out papers in the office... Read more

  • March Can't Make Up Its Mind

    3/6/2020 7:49:30 PM, by LADYCALICO

    "It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade."-- Charles Dickens ... Read more

  • Celebration

    3/6/2020 9:13:45 AM, by WILSOD1

    Celebrating a job well done at production night!... Read more

  • Otter be more otters

    3/6/2020 8:10:29 AM, by BESSHAILE

    But at least we have one around here. I've always known there were otters living in these parts - I've seen their slides on the bank of Farmer's Hall Creek. And once I saw one walking down the road - from behind he looked about the size of a big raccoon but I knew it was a different animal. And whe... Read more

  • Happy Thursday

    3/5/2020 10:58:35 PM, by WILSOD1

    Happy Thursday... Read more

  • thursday

    3/5/2020 10:43:54 PM, by USMAWIFE

    the rain is still coming.. honestly believe it is time to build an ark got the rest of the errands finished and will all hope i will not need to go to the store until Sunday ... Read more

  • March Blusters

    3/5/2020 9:06:23 PM, by LADYCALICO

    "The stormy March is come at last, With wind, and cloud, and changing skies, I hear the rushing of the blast, That through the snowy valley flies." ―William Cullen Bryant ... Read more