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  • Even more Spring!

    2/21/2020 11:40:48 PM, by MCJULIEO

    “Lemon tree, very pretty, and the lemon flower smells sweet, But the fruit of the poor lemon, is impossible to eat!” Recorded by Peter, Paul, and Mary My lemon tree is blooming! And the blooms are so fragrant! They remind me of summer lemonade! The funny thing to me is that my li... Read more

  • Two Inspirational Messages Today

    2/21/2020 11:27:30 AM, by SPACECASEDUFF

    1. For someone who loves sleep so much you'd think I'd go to bed earlier... ~aunty acid (facebook.com/auntyacid) 2. Everybody was saying we must have more leishure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed. ~Prince Philip The first one definitely ring true for me. Today with 7 hours... Read more

  • More Signs of Spring

    2/21/2020 12:56:12 AM, by MCJULIEO

    This VERY fragrant cluster bloom is from a Texas Mountain Laurel... the bloom reminds me of the bloom of a wisteria vine, and it even SMELLS similar....like GRAPE! AND the wisteria tends to bloom early just like the mountain laurel, though I think wisteria tend to flourish in acid soils ... Read more

  • scientific research

    2/20/2020 5:59:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neurobio
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    l_exercise In NOOM (a weight loss app) I learned about a brain chemical that helps cognitive function and in general making more brain cells. Whoopee! BDNF brain derived neurotropic factor 58 So how can we get more of ... Read more

  • I kind of like this inspo of the day

    2/20/2020 3:56:57 PM, by SPACECASEDUFF

    There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures. ~Josiah Gilbert Holland I feel like, in a weird way, this almost goes with my quote calendar entry for the day: The place of the... Read more

  • The bravest thing you have ever done--ask for help.

    2/20/2020 12:36:09 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • catnip

    2/20/2020 11:42:32 AM, by CTUPTON

    Heard noises. Looked for the source. Cujo was in the middle of the dining room table. I could not figure out why. No food there. Oh! The new catnip package was there. 240 ... Read more

  • Foods to help muscle cramps

    2/20/2020 10:59:22 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Foods to help muscle cramps

    2/20/2020 10:59:22 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Texas A&M, I Love You!

    2/19/2020 4:49:32 PM, by MCJULIEO

    If you’ve been reading my Spark blog for any length of time, you may have noticed that I love Texas A&M University..... and not just because I graduated from there, either! This last weekend, just before the basketball game between Texas A&M and the University of Georgia, the woman slated to si... Read more

  • Inspirational Message of the Day

    2/19/2020 10:18:20 AM, by SPACECASEDUFF

    Collect moments not things Honestly, I think this one is kind of overused. Pretty much everyone has heard this at some point or another. But no matter how often you've heard it, or how well known it it, it is always good to remember. (And it's definitely better than the calendar thought for ... Read more

  • Ephemeral Beauty

    2/18/2020 11:50:43 PM, by MCJULIEO

    a friend invited me to teach her how to make book flowers for her son’s fiancee’s wedding shower..... There was just one tiny, eensy, weensy specific need.... the flowers needed to be BLUE.... The bride loves blue... blue everything! And I had plenty of book pages available to use (left over ... Read more

  • I have been wanting pancakes so I went looking...

    2/18/2020 8:09:02 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lif
    estyle/recipes/buckwheat-p
    ancakes/rcp-20049839 I will try to get graphics...... Read more

  • Somethin' New---Book Nooks

    2/17/2020 11:27:58 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.buzzfeed.com/christopherhu
    dspeth/book-nooks-bookcase
    s-shelves-creative-art-diy
    ?fbclid=IwAR3HJoQ63mvOzZB9
    U8GqczBTLLBRg1rQXoEF82gSwd
    yPVSLhqcWPRsVB8P4... Read more

  • Washed My Tree Today

    2/17/2020 11:16:26 PM, by MCJULIEO

    My tree needed washing.... that is, my silk ficus tree on the front porch that welcomes guests to my home was getting really REALLY dirty and dusty, and there was even a mud dauber nest on one branch! And the afternoon was delightful, 80 degrees with a nice breeze.... So I dragged the 6 f... Read more

  • Fun in 2020

    2/17/2020 12:49:08 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • I realize I just posted but...

    2/17/2020 12:18:53 PM, by SPACECASEDUFF

    My daily calendar (The Quotable A**hole calendar, thanks to my dh and dd for Xmas) just had a quote that hit close to home. "They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?" ~ Princess Diana What can I say... Read more

  • Inspirational Message of the Day

    2/17/2020 12:01:54 PM, by SPACECASEDUFF

    Every day at group, the leader handed out inspirational messages or quotes at the end of the meeting. I kept almost all of them knowing they would come in handy, but didn't know exactly what I was saving them for. So, here is the first - randomly selected - thought of the day: My path is ... Read more

  • Covered Dish Strategy

    2/16/2020 10:26:07 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I hosted a covered dish lunch today after church for our Church widows, and let me tell you! These ladies are excellent cooks, and they’re not afraid to use calories! Normally I bring a fruit salad, or cut up pineapple, or something very healthy, but since the RSVPs were heavy on the desserts, ... Read more

  • No Neighborhood Drama

    2/16/2020 12:25:52 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Remember me finding this official police “Crime Scene Investigation” vehicle parked in front of my house Tuesday? Well, my neighbor was out working in his yard, and so I went over to pass the time of day (but really to ask him about the police car) ME: “So, I noticed the Crime Scene vehi... Read more

  • Mega Shopping- Retail Therapy!

    2/14/2020 10:24:28 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I started out to go to Dollar Tree to get the parts for a wonderful YouTube project, and it was going to be WONDERFUL! Except my closest Dollar Tree didn’t have all the necessary parts, so I went to ANOTHER one, which had SOME of the parts, but not all.... so I wound up at the biggest Dollar T... Read more

  • Joke of the day. A broom wedding.

    2/14/2020 7:57:32 PM, by CTUPTON

    A broom wedding... Two brooms were hanging in the closet, and after they got to know each other a bit, decided to get married. The bride broom looked very beautiful in her white dress. The groom broom was handsome and suave in his tuxedo. The wedding was lovely and attended by all the push br... Read more

  • Updated photo, finally, at Valentine Luncheon

    2/14/2020 7:23:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    John's nursing home had a beautiful luncheon for families who signed up. Not that many signed up. They missed a nice time. The room was all decorated in red and our meal was prime rib, potatoes, steamed veggies, shrimp cocktail, cake with strawberry filling. We sat with several very nice ... Read more

  • Food Exorcism

    2/13/2020 11:06:52 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Gruene (pronounced “Green”) Hall I live very close to one of Texas’ most adored restaurants, the Grist Mill, high on a cliff overlooking the green Guadalupe River, with tables on several levels clinging to the cliff side so that tourists sitting under umbrellas and chowing down on Texas country c... Read more

  • Still Don’t Know

    2/13/2020 12:33:06 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I still don’t know why the police crime scene vehicle was in front of my house yesterday, but I DO have one neighbor upon Whom I can depend for all the latest news of the neighborhood, and I will just have to walk on over and see if she has the “scoop”... It was a cool-ish day today, but I took... Read more

  • Surprised, But Clueless

    2/11/2020 11:10:31 PM, by MCJULIEO

    This police “Crime Scene” vehicle was parked in front of my house this morning as I left to go to Bible study.... I didn’t know our police department even HAD a crime scene vehicle! This is a view from the rear... I hadn’t heard any commotion in the night, nor in the morning, and, except f... Read more

  • Preserving memories of our parents and grandparents--thank you all!!!

    2/11/2020 4:32:47 PM, by CTUPTON

    Thank you for commenting on my blog. chris... Read more

  • Instapot--Making Yogurt-no I have not tried it yet.

    2/11/2020 4:29:45 PM, by CTUPTON

    Here is the link for the jars:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d
    /B07QX5H547… Here is the recipe I use: 1 52 ounce jug of fair life whole milk, One can of sweetened condensed milk, one small container of heavy whipping cream, and one serving of yogurt of choice. I use a serving of the previ... Read more

  • Bio-Rhythms

    2/10/2020 6:56:27 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Do you find yourself responding to certain stimuli with surprisingly repeatable responses? Like, for example, when you attend a movie, are you drawn to purchasing certain “movie snacks”? Or, when watching TV, do you have to have something in your hands, to eat or knit or crochet? When I w... Read more

  • A Very Good Decision

    2/9/2020 10:35:14 PM, by MCJULIEO

    When ground turkey was on sale for $1/ lb I bought 10 pounds, and added Italian sausage seasoning to it, and browned half, while splitting green peppers and stuffing them with the remainder, and baked them, and packaged up the batch for easy meals. The stuffed peppers have been my Go-To meal f... Read more

  • I taped my Mom talking about old family photos

    2/9/2020 6:02:00 PM, by CTUPTON

    I taped my Mom talking about old family photos. I am so happy I did that! Of course she is not with us anymore. Here is some info about saving your own information. https://www.familytreemagazi
    ne.com/storytelling/16-thi
    ngs-to-write-down-about-yo
    urself-for-posterity/?fbcl
    ... Read more

  • Tasty Treat Restored

    2/8/2020 9:28:16 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Do you enjoy dried apricots like I do? They are yummy, sweet enough to be a real treat, VERY portable, very pretty in their orange ness, and fairly easy to store (they don’t require refrigeration). I buy several pounds when they go on sale, but since I know that dried fruits can add up calories pre... Read more

  • 10,000 steps a day is a myth SP article

    2/8/2020 8:48:57 AM, by CTUPTON

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week to reduce disease risk. But regular, daily walking—to and from the door of the grocery store, or out to the mailbox and back—isn’t usually fast enough to raise the heart rate to "... Read more

  • Holy Smokes! Never Done It Before!

    2/8/2020 12:47:43 AM, by MCJULIEO

    You probably cannot see this very well, but today I got 202 points from the Spark Team Affinity Points..... Of the five spins that made, .. FOUR teams received 50 points each, and one team received 2... by far the most I’ve ever received in one day.... On the other hand, more than once I... Read more

  • CHART To remind myself about blood pressure

    2/7/2020 9:05:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    I was supposed to go back and get it measured again but I did not go.Just lately it has gone higher. But I lost 19 lbs. HUH??? ... Read more

  • Yes, It Did... A Wee Bit!

    2/6/2020 11:33:39 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Yes, there was a tiny bit of snow last night, and my son, who lives in Austin, sent a photo of his backyard with a light white dusting on his backyard furniture and his kids in shorts and short sleeves this morning as the sunshine began to melt everything on the way up to the 60s this afternoon. ... Read more

  • Fatty liver

    2/6/2020 2:43:01 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have known for years that I had fatty liver. My doctor said , of course, lose weight. But the following article gave me much more information. Losing 8% of my weight is supposed to significantly reduce this problem. I lost 19 lbs. So this gives me some hope. I learned more i... Read more

  • Oh My Goodness, Snow?

    2/5/2020 10:52:35 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I just checked the weather forecast for tonight and tomorrow, and it ridiculously is predicting snow flurries!!! The temperatures today were in the 60s, and the last week has been gloriously warm sunshine in the 70s and 80s, but somehow the weathermen think that even though it’s now 37, that somehow... Read more

  • Yes! Happiness is a Choice!

    2/5/2020 12:32:02 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Even though I cannot control all of my environmental factors, I CAN choose my reactions to the less than perfect things that surround me... Which includes that *%@#* so-and-so tree trimming company that never came back to finish their job, even though they PROMISED, and even though I had decide... Read more

  • So Much Better

    2/3/2020 10:25:36 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I got a good night’s sleep last night, and the world is a so much better place today!! My problems did not go away, but they don’t seem so important any more... And I tackled the 8 pounds of ground turkey sitting in my fridge (on sale last week for $1 / lb) and .... I made stuffed bell pep... Read more

  • The Spirit Is Willing

    2/2/2020 11:57:49 PM, by MCJULIEO

    “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” pretty much sums up my attitude right now at this very moment.... As described by Paul in his New Testament letter to the Romans, he wrote that he didn’t do the things he wanted to do, and the very things he DIDN’T want to do, he DID... Of course, ... Read more

  • My invented Chile Recipe --about 20 servings

    2/2/2020 4:23:46 PM, by CTUPTON

    RECIPE CALCULATOR 41 www.verywellfit.com/recipe-n
    utrition-analyzer-4157076 I know I am inventing my own recipe depending what I had on hand. 198 It is very thick right now. Probably I will add some beef broth too. I used this recipe calculator. I found it very useful. ... Read more

  • More winter or early spring?

    2/2/2020 2:02:48 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Good Art Thrills, Bad Design Chills

    2/1/2020 11:57:12 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Some art really is a delight, but SOME (and I’m including design work) is so bad that it makes you wonder (and NOT in a good way) how would you like to have to navigate this stairwell? How could this playground designer ignore the implications of this slide? This one is challengin... Read more

  • Etch A Sketch Art

    1/31/2020 11:30:21 PM, by MCJULIEO

    YesterdayI likened the GPS art form that Bichelangelo (sometimes referred to as “Cycleangelo”) uses to the limitations imposed by the children’s drawing toy, the Etch A Sketch, since he has to follow street grids which are pretty much in a square-ish pattern, and diagonals are sort of hard to come ... Read more

  • SAVED! Medicaid re-certification due

    1/31/2020 2:50:39 PM, by CTUPTON

    I WAS TOLD BY SOMEONE THE DEADLINE IS MARCH 31. WRONG! It was Jan. 1st! Almost as bad as doing taxes. I called she said send it in by end of Jan. EEEK! I am still not done. I called again. OK to mail it Monday. Our name starts with U so she won't get to ours till next week. ... Read more

  • replacement phone battery...

    1/31/2020 2:33:15 PM, by CTUPTON

    I just dropped my phone off to get a new battery. I came home to watch a youtube video about that. Yup-it was definitely right to pay someone to do this! Over 20 tiny, tiny screws were removed to open up the back of the phone. Over 20! Yeah and later put them all back! The battery ... Read more

  • More Bicycle Art by Bichelangelo

    1/30/2020 11:59:21 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I was so intrigued by the Canadian bicyclist who uses his GPS tracker to “draw” amazing graphics, that I actually looked him up... Oh My! He apparently draws his inspiration from everywhere, from Queens Victoria and Elizabeth to nature (how about that T.Rex!?!) and he’s not above l... Read more

  • Something We Could All Aspire To

    1/29/2020 10:37:23 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Don’t you wish you had thought of this uniquely energetic and healthy Art Form??? I don’t have a GPS tracker that records like this, but this is the most creative exercise form EVER!!! It makes me WANT to bicycle a design shape! Don’t you LOVE it!?!? Bichelangelo, wherever you a... Read more

  • To all caregivers-you MUST take care of yourself! Are you doing this?

    1/29/2020 4:11:21 PM, by CTUPTON

    https://www.sparkpeople.com/re
    source/wellness_articles.a
    sp?id=1825 Some quotes from the article, too... but please see the article... 9 Self-Care Tips for Caregivers 1. Put your own self-care at the top of your priority list. Stick to your exercise routine, don't skip meals, fue... Read more

  • Brain humming... no I have not tried this. But I sure am curious

    1/29/2020 4:04:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    https://pro.donovanhealth.com/
    p/OV6SSSO1A/POV6W107/?fbcl
    id=IwAR2kzZyNmVQEpP_DdBFkS
    ASxU17elowkPbw-5DY6mL6b_uX
    -qnBoeZQ98J8&h=true... Read more

  • Life Interacts With Art

    1/28/2020 11:43:45 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Sometimes I don’t “get” Art.... and that includes some statuary, but that wouldn’t keep me from interacting with it.... just like these people who wanted to photograph their interactions with Art.. Does seeing statuary make you want to pose with it? I have to laugh... ... Read more

  • It’s a SIGN!

    1/27/2020 10:55:02 PM, by MCJULIEO

    There’s a bit of goofy in me that makes me want to exclaim, “It’s a SIGN!” Whenever I want confirmation on something.... and, when I see a traffic or road or any other kind of sign that tickles my fancy.... and I sorta collect their images... entirely appropriate warning “Get out of the sun if... Read more

  • Thank you! Your CBD sharing was top notch. Such a controversial topic!

    1/27/2020 1:45:30 PM, by CTUPTON

    My right shoulder has begun hurting badly. My daughter has this in a stick, like deodorant comes in. I tend to use pain patches from the drug store. I used her CBD stick on an arm area and one time on my shoulder pain. It did help. She says not all brands work! ANd it is expensive. So trying one t... Read more

  • Sheet pan baked veggies (for 1 week of lunches)

    1/27/2020 1:23:14 PM, by CTUPTON

    I got this from a friend: She makes enough for 1 week of lunches. At lunch time she adds meat or tuna or whatever to make a quick, filling meal. I have not done this yet. I need to buy veggies first. 267 773 69 369 198 I make one sheet pan meal on Sunday or Monday, pop it ... Read more

  • Progress

    1/27/2020 12:41:38 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I turned in my suggestion for that ladies’ group craft (iris folding, like in yesterday’s blog) and it was very well received, so I’m going to get all the parts together so I won’t have any last minute surprise preparations..... Yay! I didn’t procrastinate! I’m 5 weeks early! I’ll call the tree... Read more

  • Iris Folding

    1/26/2020 12:49:16 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Iris folding is a paper craft that involves lots of little strips of colored paper, and it is quite easy to do, though it looks pretty complicated. I’ve suggested it for a craft at our church’s Ladies Conference, and here are the samples I assembled: They can, of course, use a... Read more

  • It’s Slow Going

    1/24/2020 11:16:15 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I focused on staying home and trying to deal with getting a bunch of little nagging things while I waited for the tree trimmers who PROMISED they would come back today after several days of rain so they could finish their work and haul away all the brush they had amassed (they didn’t come back, and,... Read more

  • Yuanna Iguana?

    1/23/2020 6:28:47 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I thought it was a joke, but it's not (though I think it's pretty funny)/ According to the Miami Herald: "Mango season may be months away, but if you live in South Florida today, your trees may be ripe for the picking — of iguanas. Iguana meat, dubbed “chicken of the trees,” started show... Read more