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  • Plateau Busted

    6/18/2019 12:21:08 PM, by F8CONE8

    I have been hoovering around the 5 pounds lost mark for the last week. I keep telling myself if I just do the right things the weight will come off. Well today I lost a whole pound! That is so nice I will continue on this track. Last night at our meeting there were cookies, donuts, and cream... Read more

  • Blackberries Precautionary Prophylaxis

    6/17/2019 11:08:55 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Don’t you love fresh blackberries? I do! They are SO flavorful, and they’re loaded with vitamins and fiber! They make the most wonderful cobblers and pies, and I especially love turning them into SORBET! Freeze them, then throw them into a food processor with a tablespoonful or so of Eagle Bran... Read more

  • More Adventures with Amtrak

    6/17/2019 12:24:31 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Yesterday I boarded the Texas Eagle (Fort Worth to San Antonio) Amtrak for my return home after several days with my daughter’s family. Having had an almost seven hour delay in my trip north on Tuesday, I was suspicious when the Amtrak app showed Saturday’s southbound train to be on time, but sure e... Read more

  • Day by Day

    6/14/2019 11:46:09 PM, by MCJULIEO

    My last day of visiting with my daughter’s family flew by. I catch Amtrak tomorrow and should be home by the end of the day, one way or another... I’ve been watching the actual departure and arrival times for the route I’ll be taking, and in the 4 days I’ve been here in Fort Worth, the trains have r... Read more

  • Sparking The Best I Can

    6/13/2019 11:32:09 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Yesterday’s Spark experience left a lot to be desired as I did not, for the first time in ages, get 5 fruits and / or vegetables, although I DID get 8 glasses of water.... being a guest in my daughter’s home just adds a bit of difficulty, and I’m doing the best that I can... One good thing is o... Read more

  • Amtrak Across Texas Photos

    6/13/2019 12:48:20 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Well, though yesterday’s Amtrak excursion (that I was on) from San Antonio to Fort Worth was over 6 hours late, TODAY’S run was only about 30 minutes late, so maybe it was just a randomly No Good, Terrible, Very Bad day for them, and they will do better regularly... I hope so! The good news is ... Read more

  • Chugga Chugga Woo Woo- Amtrak Across Texas

    6/11/2019 11:22:39 PM, by MCJULIEO

    After such a wonderful experience last fall in the northeast (Boston to Roanoke, VA), I was ready to try taking Amtrak a bit closer to home, from San Marcos, TX to Fort Worth TX, a distance of about 215 miles of the busiest Interstate highway (I-35) in the country if you attempt it in a car.... ... Read more

  • Exercise

    6/11/2019 11:12:36 AM, by F8CONE8

    At my age I have probably tried every fad diet and workout plan there is. I have discovered I really am not a fan of "exercise." I even find physical therapy to be boring. What I do enjoy is activity. I like to garden, paint, clean my house, etc. This all requires moving by body to achieve a tas... Read more

  • Sugar detox

    6/10/2019 3:47:22 PM, by F8CONE8

    So I am now 7 days into my added sugar detox. I've lost a few pounds, thank you and I am learning to resist. an example was at the bank today. They have candy sitting out and I always take a piece or two, I don't even think about it. Not today! I started to and then said no don't need it. ... Read more

  • Non Scale Victories

    6/9/2019 12:38:57 AM, by MCJULIEO

    The scale may not be moving downwards but I can still feel like I'm making progress... Returned from the grocery store early this morning with a grocery cart full of healthy items and NO contraband! Kept going working through the seemingly endless piles of papers, filing some, discarding s... Read more

  • Saturday Morning

    6/8/2019 11:19:23 AM, by F8CONE8

    What a beautiful day here on the coast. It is cool but sunny. My garden is waiting for me to come weed and feed her and my lawn is saying "mow me". This is my favorite kind of exercise. Just moving to my own drummer. My Friday night dinner with friends was wonderful. I made healthy spagh... Read more

  • Recharge Zone

    6/7/2019 10:15:38 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I’m cleaning house, deep cleaning, the kind where you actually test the drawer of ink pens to make sure they work, or you get rid of them kind of deep cleaning .... this also applies to the unbelievably numerous electronic gizmos that need to be recharged (like wireless earbuds or headphones) arou... Read more

  • Seeing positive results

    6/7/2019 12:34:30 PM, by F8CONE8

    Last week I had an epiphany! If I keep doing what I am doing I will keep getting what I am getting. What I have been getting is some semi-serious health problems related to my diabetes. My diabetes was well controlled with diet and exercise and then for a variety of reasons (none of them valid) ... Read more

  • Home Again

    6/7/2019 12:30:38 AM, by MCJULIEO

    It’s surprising how possible it is to drive for 3 hours and NOT have to eat junk food the whole way.... before just recently, I figured that long trips were automatic Get Out of Jail Free cards as far as “healthy eating” was concerned, that is, like the 5 second rule, anything I ate while covering l... Read more

  • Mr. Fantastic Turns 102

    6/5/2019 11:01:25 PM, by MCJULIEO

    My mother’s good friend and neighbor where she lives turned 102 today, and the whole complex celebrated with cake and punch... she calls him Mr. Fantastic because, when asked how he is, he invariably responds with an enthusiastic “Fantastic!” There is much to be said for aging gracefully and gratefu... Read more

  • Worth It

    6/4/2019 11:22:51 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I’m taking a little detour to spend a couple of days with my mother in Houston, and I’m SO glad that I can do it... the drive from central Texas takes about 3 hours, but the traffic was moving briskly along Interstate 10, and the Texas countryside just rolled by without incident as I listened to Tal... Read more

  • College Baseball Drama

    6/3/2019 12:19:03 AM, by MCJULIEO

    My beloved Texas Aggie baseball team is stimulating all kinds of cardiological tremors with their run in the post season playoffs, hoping to wind up in the College World Series.... they are far from that, but in the opening weekend of the playoffs they managed to lose their first game right off the ... Read more

  • Not Too Bad

    6/2/2019 12:13:26 AM, by MCJULIEO

    After such a long, hard, sweaty day yesterday working in the garage, I expected to be a lot sore-er than I actually am, and I’m grateful.... and a LITTLE sore.... But I DO have a little bit better perspective on what else needs to be done out there (and a LOT better idea of all the various tool... Read more

  • Sweaty

    6/1/2019 12:59:57 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Worked in my garage all day today, more than 6 hours in the heat, albeit shady heat.... stifling shady heat.... But I deserve a rest... and something cold to drink!... Read more

  • Torture Device

    5/31/2019 12:55:47 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I ache...... at least my shoulders do, and I recognize that I really need to work on upper body strength.... and I have just the device to do it.... my reloading multiple can crusher! I don’t know where we got ours but it has served us well these last 20 years at least.. It’s mounted on... Read more

  • What the Grandkids Left

    5/29/2019 11:24:19 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Oh, we had a great time together over the holiday, but the grandkids proudly left me some sidewalk art... The second grader wanted to show off that she has learned how to write in cursive script and so she left “We love you Granny” on my front porch... along with at least one rainbow and severa... Read more

  • A Much-Needed Kick In The Butt

    5/29/2019 5:03:47 PM, by ON_A_DIET

    Have you ever gotten into a funk and just need a gentle kick in the butt? Thus, me, myself and I. An on-line women's magazine that I wrote for has recently shut down. Leaving me at side hustles where I earn pennies at a time. If I do not work, I am called what society says is lazy. ... Read more

  • Adventures in Holidaying

    5/28/2019 1:00:08 AM, by MCJULIEO

    One of my sons sacrificed his holiday by coming over (with his family) to do chores for me, and not only did e get a lot done, but we also had a lot of fun.... I had gone to the grocery store early to get corn on the cob (on sale) and ice, and he arrived with home smoked brisket, so we had all... Read more

  • With Age Comes Wisdom (or at least Perspective)

    5/27/2019 12:51:59 AM, by MCJULIEO

    What’s the old saying? “Too soon old, too late smart...” ... Read more

  • Summer Holidays Smile

    5/26/2019 12:58:16 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Too true!... Read more

  • Holiday Weekend

    5/24/2019 11:20:04 PM, by MCJULIEO

    This is not one of MY photos but it DOES show the giant bubbles that I want to make this weekend just in case the grandkids come for a visit on Memorial Day.... and my good friend gave me her excellent recipe, as well as a small amount of the super special (and somewhat hard to find) ingredient ... Read more

  • Thursday

    5/24/2019 11:04:07 AM, by F8CONE8

    We made it all the way to So Cal and this is the first chance I have had to write. Obviously, we are having a good trip and a had a great visit with my neice. Oh my she is such a special girl and so much like her mom. She now lives close enough that I can visit her often and really get to know he... Read more

  • Have to Laugh

    5/23/2019 11:46:40 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Here’s hoping that you all have a great Memorial Day weekend! (I’m expecting to pick my first ripe squash of the season, so I have that to look forward to) ... Read more

  • Old McDonald’s Farm

    5/22/2019 1:01:24 AM, by MCJULIEO

    This is such. A great season! I took a few more photos of my “crops” today... The figs are coming along nicely And the lemons look almost the same in these photos but really are bigger, and will take probably 4 months before they really ripen E-I-E-I-O! ... Read more

  • Look What I Found

    5/20/2019 4:14:59 PM, by MCJULIEO

    The First Squash of the Season is still small (about 4 inches long) but is a harbinger of a great crop to come........ I can remember all the times in my childhood that I would gag on squash, because my parents would insist that I TRY it every time it was served... (my mother apparently h... Read more

  • Sweet Graduate Service

    5/20/2019 12:35:09 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Our church honored our high school graduates this evening with a special service which featured the kids themselves, all five of them this year, focusing especially on their character.... it was particularly encouraging this year as each told of their fondest family memories (and commented on how th... Read more