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  • SomeThings I Discovered Today

    7/26/2021 11:37:20 PM, by MCJULIEO

    First off, I drove back from near San Antonio over to Houston today, and Thank Goodness for the way finding app, Waze, which redirected me out of Interstate 10 traffic along the old US Hwy 90 for about 10 miles, a stretch I’m sure I haven’t been on since high school….. it was so lovely driving along... Read more

  • A beautiful sunny day 🌞

    7/26/2021 12:24:05 PM, by MOMMY445

    It's a warm and humid day here today. My daughter says hello to everyone. We are keeping cool and well hydrated. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I've been for a walk and I feel great! Now I am just browsing at the local mall for a while. Have a great day, everyone! Take care a... Read more

  • A Good Thing About Drinking Water

    7/25/2021 10:57:28 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Experience is a great teacher, so I can embrace the truth that water is the best thing for me to drink, ……. If not for any other reason than when you (I) accidentally knock over my glass, it is a WHOLE lot easier to clean up!!! It’s also easily flavored with lemon, or any number of other health... Read more

  • A beautiful sunny day ☀️

    7/25/2021 12:40:32 PM, by MOMMY445

    It's a warm and humid day here today. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I've done the mega miles DVD this morning and I feel great. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • Worth a Try

    7/25/2021 12:36:12 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I often buy large packages of frozen vegetables to keep in my freezer so I can make stir fry, or curry, or other things without having to have lots of fresh vegetables around…. But I had a hankering for some ROASTED vegetables, and thought I would try a pan full of what the store packages as “Califo... Read more

  • A beautiful day

    7/24/2021 10:03:09 AM, by MOMMY445

    It's a beautiful day here today. Later on, in the evening it's calling for a lot of rain 🌧️ here. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! My daughter and I are going out for lunch today. I'll be going for a walk later in the afternoon. Have a great... Read more

  • a lovely summer day

    7/23/2021 12:26:50 PM, by MOMMY445

    it's a beautiful sunny and warm day here today. my daughter says hello to everyone. both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! i have been for a walk and i feel great! i will be going for another walk later on to get some groceries. have a great day, everyone! take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • Trickle Down Knowledge

    7/23/2021 12:39:12 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Sometimes it feels like I’m gulping down information in such quantities that I know that I won’t be able to digest it all…. But going at my own pace, I know , will result in my own higher net knowledge…. and while my body is shrinking, I want my mind to be constantly growing, even if it is jus... Read more

  • A beautiful summer day ☀️

    7/22/2021 10:47:00 AM, by MOMMY445

    It's a beautiful sunny day here today. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'm going for a walk in a while. After lunch I will be doing some dancing. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • A Day of Memorable Experiences

    7/22/2021 12:29:34 AM, by MCJULIEO

    A Bible Study Fellowship friend of mine died and I went to the memorial visitation time…. And I knew not even one person there, though her sweet sister introduced herself to me on the way in…. Talk about feeling conspicuous! My friend was black, from a strong black community and church, and I was t... Read more

  • A beautiful day

    7/21/2021 12:16:58 AM, by MOMMY445

    It's a much cooler day here today. My daughter says hello to everyone. I'm watching a funny movie on TV and I am really enjoying the movie. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'll be going for a walk later on in the morning. Then I will be doing some dancing later in the afternoo... Read more

  • Lifelong Learning Goal

    7/20/2021 11:51:17 PM, by MCJULIEO

    One of the things I have really liked about Sparkpeople is how much I have learned…. which, as it turns out, is one of the key ingredients in being healthy. And staying young, . Which pretty much makes it a life skill. We’re all in this together…. (And we all can learn from one... Read more

  • It's a beautiful sunny day 🌞

    7/20/2021 11:01:49 AM, by MOMMY445

    It'll be a warm and humid day here today. There's a chance of a thunderstorm this afternoon here. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'm going for a walk in a while. Later on in the afternoon I will be doing some dancing. Have a great day, ever... Read more

  • Grocery Store Crisis

    7/19/2021 11:24:49 PM, by MCJULIEO

    It’s Monday, which, for some reason, is my favorite day for grocery shopping, as long as I go early…. It seems less crowded….and the shelves seem better stocked… Is it my imagination? Maybe….. but I’ll take it!! It has been at least a while since I was in a grocery (or ANY KIND) of store, and ... Read more

  • A beautiful sunny day 🌞

    7/19/2021 1:42:29 PM, by MOMMY445

    It's a warm and humid day here today. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I've done the mega miles DVD this morning and I feel great! Have a wonderful day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • Versatile Chicken Soup

    7/19/2021 12:09:34 AM, by MCJULIEO

    When I buy extra day-old rotisserie chicken, and I need to deal with more pieces than I can eat immediately, I like to simmer the chicken in water with onions and celery, and when it has made to richest broth I debone the chicken and decide what direction I want to go with the contents of my pot…… ... Read more

  • A beautiful sunny day 🌞

    7/18/2021 1:01:12 PM, by MOMMY445

    The weather is warm and sunny today. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I've been for a walk and I feel great! I'll be going for another walk after lunch today. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • Goodbye Sparkpeople - Keeping in Touch

    7/18/2021 6:17:41 AM, by HAKAPES

    I am utterly sorry that SP is closing down... all our connections, blogs, groups, communities go down the drain. :-( I guess this is part of this digital life, platform come and go, and with it everything comes and goes. I will reflect a bit on my time with SparkPeople and you, and write a few ... Read more

  • Sparkly Things to Remember

    7/17/2021 11:09:46 PM, by MCJULIEO

    A few things from SP I don’t want to forget (well, actually, there are a LOT of things!) And I hope the motivational memes will still be accessible somehow. There’s just so much good stuff on here! We are more than halfway through July!... Read more

  • Cycling Stage 2 - 800 km

    7/17/2021 4:07:27 AM, by HAKAPES

    When browsing the data and insights in my Garmin app, I was surprised to see how much I cycled in the past months, and that I am near getting this badge for 812 km of cycling (505 miles). This was all commuting, just cycling around the city transporting my children, shopping, work. Mostly... Read more

  • It's Saturday

    7/17/2021 12:14:20 AM, by MOMMY445

    I'm watching a funny movie on DVD just now. It feels good to watch something that is funny. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! Later on in the morning I will be going for a walk. In the afternoon I will be doing some dancing. Have a great day, ... Read more

  • Sentimental Journey Within My File Cabinet

    7/16/2021 11:36:07 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I have been trying to get rid of a lot of extraneous clutter, which even includes going through my file cabinet, and as I waded through my children’s files I was transported to those long ago days and the precious projects that they did that were savable…… the school assignments which were hilarious... Read more

  • Perspective on Problems

    7/16/2021 12:48:20 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I wouldn’t trade my problems with anyone. Even when I feel beset with challenges, I recognize that my problems are really pretty insignificant in comparison to others….. in a phone call today I grieved with a friend who just got a diagnosis of ALS, the same terrible incurable neurological... Read more

  • A beautiful day

    7/16/2021 12:07:41 AM, by MOMMY445

    I'm watching a funny movie on television just now. It's a great way to relax. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! Later on in the morning I will be going for a walk. It's going to be another warm and humid day here today. I will keep cool and st... Read more

  • A beautiful sunny day 🌞

    7/15/2021 10:24:22 AM, by MOMMY445

    It's a warm and humid day here today. There's a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'm going for a walk in a while. Later on in the afternoon I will be doing some dancing 🕺. Have a great day, everyone! T... Read more

  • Back to What Passes For Normal…

    7/14/2021 11:58:36 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I had such high hopes for my day when I woke up this morning! I had rested well, and got 8 hours of sleep! All the clutter that I had ignored when I headed for bed was right where I had left it, so I wouldn’t have to go looking for it… And then it started to go downhill…….. I checked... Read more

  • a beautiful sunny day

    7/14/2021 12:28:45 PM, by MOMMY445

    tit's a sunny and warm day here today. my daughter says hello to everyone. both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! i have been for a walk and i feel great! i will be going for another walk later in the afternoon. have a great day, everyone! take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • Home Sweet Home (in nick of time)

    7/13/2021 11:21:00 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I had signed up for a Zoom Storytelling class sponsored by my library, so I really made the effort to get home from Fort Worth in time to sign in on my own WiFi…. It’s a good 4 + hour drive but I made it in time to run inside and log in…. And it was just in the nick of time, weather wise, as w... Read more

  • a warm day

    7/13/2021 12:36:07 PM, by MOMMY445

    it's a warm and humid day here today. i have been for a walk and i feel great! i'll be doing some dancing after lunch. my daughter says hello to everyone. both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! have a great day, everyone! take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • Longing for Home

    7/13/2021 12:11:43 AM, by MCJULIEO

    As much as I love being with my daughter’s family, I’ve been here almost a week, and I’m beginning to long for home…. Which is a good thing because I’m driving back home tomorrow…. As much as I will miss the pitter patter of little feet, I can probably pass on the getting up at the crack of daw... Read more

  • A beautiful day

    7/12/2021 12:34:29 AM, by MOMMY445

    It's going to be a sunny day here today. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'll be going for a walk later in the morning. Then I will be doing some dancing 🕺 later in the day. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • Leftovers from a “Healthy Party”

    7/11/2021 11:06:07 PM, by MCJULIEO

    We still had to come up with main courses, but there were plenty of fruit cups, and veggie cups leftover from yesterday’s graduation party, so it felt a little like a party day today too… Hummus has protein AND fiber. ….. oh, and TODAY we cut up some vine ripened tomatoes from their garden, whi... Read more

  • A beautiful day

    7/11/2021 1:16:25 PM, by MOMMY445

    It's a cooler day here today. I've been for a walk and I feel great! I'll be going for another walk later on. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • Healthy Party

    7/10/2021 10:53:47 PM, by MCJULIEO

    The graduation party for my granddaughter offered foods that were particular favorites for my granddaughter, so there were some excellent choices, like individual fruit cups with grapes and blueberries and strawberries and cheese cubes, and vegetable cups with hummus in the bottom topped with pepper... Read more

  • A beautiful sunny day 🌞

    7/10/2021 1:48:04 PM, by MOMMY445

    The weather here is sunny and mild. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'm going for a walk in a while. Later on I will be doing some dancing 🕺. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • Sweet Opportunity

    7/10/2021 12:48:10 AM, by MCJULIEO

    My oldest grandchild has a part time job at a fast food restaurant before she starts college this fall, and She had to work until 10:15 tonight….. everybody else at her house keeps early hours, and so almost all of them were already sound asleep, but I was awake when she got in.. Her mother cam... Read more

  • A cloudy and cool day

    7/9/2021 2:22:25 PM, by MOMMY445

    The weather here today is mostly cloudy and cool. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I've been for a walk and I feel great! I'll be going for another walk in a while. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • Limber NOT Lumber!

    7/9/2021 12:06:06 AM, by MCJULIEO

    There is nothing like a bunch of lively grandchildren to make me conscious of how I don’t seem to be able to jump up and tend to them the way I remember doing… Getting up is often accompanied by pushing down on the chair arms or the table, and maybe even an involuntary grunt!!! And THEN I... Read more

  • It's Thursday

    7/8/2021 12:27:47 PM, by MOMMY445

    It's a mostly rainy day here today. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I've done a Leslie Sansone exercise DVD this morning and I feel great! Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • Austin Creative Reuse

    7/7/2021 11:52:34 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Austin is the Hippie Capital of Texas (as well as being the Texas state capital) so it makes sense that Austin has things not dreamt of by other places, like the store that sells used (or at least, pre-owned) art and craft supplies…. I’ve heard the Austin Creative Reuse store described as a Goodwill... Read more

  • A wonderful day

    7/7/2021 10:49:21 AM, by MOMMY445

    It's a mostly cloudy day here today and it's not warm and humid. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'm going for a walk in a while. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • Trip Planning…. Don’t Forget!

    7/6/2021 10:45:38 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I try to keep an ongoing list of things that need doing (or packing) every time I leave on a trip… things like special wardrobe needs (I once forgot dress shoes for a trip that I needed to dress up for… I had to buy a new pair of dress up shoes!), charging cables are high on my “Don’t Forget” list….... Read more

  • A wonderful day

    7/6/2021 12:27:54 PM, by MOMMY445

    It's another warm and humid day here today. Then the weather will be cooler for the rest of the week. I've been for a walk and I feel great! I'll be doing some dancing 🕺 later on. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! Have a great day, everyone! ... Read more

  • Curry to the Rescue

    7/5/2021 11:19:10 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I have a bunch of bits and dabs of things in my fridge, and I need to get rid of much of it before a weekend trip, so curry seems a perfect use…. The rotisserie chicken went into a pot with onions and chopped celery and carrots, and eventually I added curry paste, which I keep on hand at all times… ... Read more

  • It's Monday

    7/5/2021 1:03:20 AM, by MOMMY445

    It's going to be a very warm and humid day here today. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'll be going for a walk later in the morning. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • Grateful

    7/5/2021 12:22:19 AM, by MCJULIEO

    On this July 4th, I recognize that I’m a “Melting Pot” American, with ancestors who came from all over, so I can appreciate how blessed I am to be descended from people who sacrificed and worked so hard to forge a better future for themselves and their children….. I celebrated the 4th pretty m... Read more

  • It's Sunday

    7/4/2021 2:49:41 PM, by MOMMY445

    Happy July 4th to all who celebrate! My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'm going for a walk in a while. Later on I will be doing some dancing 🕺. Have a great day! Take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • A First for Me

    7/4/2021 12:03:22 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Today I drove home from Houston, and traffic on Interstate 10 for a holiday weekend was pretty heavy, so I couldn’t take a photo of something I had never seen before…. Houston is a sprawling metropolis, and it has large numbers of immigrants from all over the world…. Just turn the radio dial, a... Read more

  • it's saturday

    7/3/2021 3:22:38 PM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful sunny day here today! my daughter says hello to everyone. both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! i have been for a walk and i feel great! i will be doing some dancing later on today. have a great day, everyone! take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • Slogging On

    7/3/2021 12:53:47 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Going through my mother’s papers and possessions is HARD WORK…. And I guess there are several ways to approach it. One is to just SAVE EVERYTHING, and the other is to SAVE NOTHING! I hope my attention to detail is appropriate, and although I CAN’T save everything, I want to 1) Not only sav... Read more

  • A beautiful sunny day 🌞

    7/2/2021 2:33:09 PM, by MOMMY445

    The weather is nice today. It's sunny and a bit windy. I've been for a walk in the morning and I feel great. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • Ups and Downs (preferably with more Ups)

    7/2/2021 12:04:44 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug….. On really good days, I’m %100 windshield, but most days it’s a mix. Much of the day I spent standing on a ladder pounding nails into my brother’s kitchen fur down, to hang decorative plates, (they are reluctant to climb ladders ... Read more

  • A beautiful sunny day 🌞

    7/1/2021 12:54:51 PM, by MOMMY445

    It's a beautiful sunny day here today. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I've been for a walk and I feel great! I'm going for another walk in a while. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • High Finance

    7/1/2021 12:01:04 AM, by MCJULIEO

    My siblings met again today to hash out details of my mother’s estate…. How grateful I am that the one who is executor knows how to manage the complexities of stocks, bonds, IRAs, RMDs, BDAs, and so on and so on…. (I’m good with math, but not much with financial matters- all I know is, “Don’t spend ... Read more

  • A beautiful sunny day 🌞

    6/30/2021 12:03:53 PM, by MOMMY445

    It's a warm and humid day here today. It's going to be cooler here after today. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I've been for a walk and I feel great! I'll be doing some dancing 🕺 later in the afternoon. Have a great day, everyone! Take car... Read more

  • Houston Again

    6/30/2021 12:13:15 AM, by MCJULIEO

    When the skies opened up and we experienced a brief deluge I wondered if I would have to delay my trip back to Houston for a meeting with my family, but it eventually cleared up and I actually got away earlier than I expected… What i DIDN’T expect was encountering a HUGE thunderstorm cell almos... Read more

  • A warm and humid day 🙂

    6/29/2021 11:33:55 AM, by MOMMY445

    It's another warm and humid day here today. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'm exercising indoors today. I'll be doing some dancing 🕺 and a walking DVD. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • Self Encouragement

    6/28/2021 11:15:52 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Isn’t it funny how personal revelation often has to surface, and then circle around again and again before we take real notice of it? The idea of living our lives so that our future selves will be proud of us is common one on SP, and apparently in other places as well, as this cartoon shows. ... Read more

  • A warm and humid day

    6/28/2021 11:48:30 AM, by MOMMY445

    It's another warm and humid day here today 🌞. My daughter and I are keeping cool and well hydrated. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I've been for a walk in the morning and I feel great! I'll be doing some dancing 🕺 later on in the afternoon. Have a great day, everyone! Take ... Read more

  • Too Much Excitement

    6/27/2021 11:22:13 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Sometimes my life seems dull, at least in comparison to some others I know. For example, tonight while I was visiting with my brother on the phone, and he was telling me about the enormous pine tree that fell in a storm in their yard missing THEIR house but managing to clip the neighbors house ... Read more

  • A warm and windy day

    6/27/2021 2:39:14 PM, by MOMMY445

    It's a warm and humid day here today. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I've done some yoga and I feel great! I'll be doing some dancing 🕺 later in the afternoon. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... Read more