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  • decluttering for Lent

    2/23/2020 9:02:26 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • We Are on Our Way to South America!

    2/23/2020 1:10:21 AM, by KALISWALKER

    Today I finished packing for my trip to South America. My medium sized suitcase weighs 35 pounds, but I am allowed 50 pounds. I have a carry-on duffel that is almost empty, so I can do a little shopping. I wasn't sure what to pack or how much. I have 3 pairs of pants, 2 dresses, a romper, 4 pair of ... Read more

  • Light Make Up

    2/22/2020 6:26:59 PM, by TIZSLIM

    When my daughter started at her secondary school, I was provided with an extensive document which among other things, gave details of uniform - including for the 'upper years'.  Once they reached such giddy heights, the girls were allowed to wear low heels and 'light make up'. The [ex?] Worker Frie... Read more

  • Sat;urday Morning Sunshine

    2/22/2020 10:00:30 AM, by DWROBERGE

    I am up early this cool sunshiny morning to be ready for Church later today. Keeping focused for more successes. Thanks to all for the encouraging comments. Hope all are having a great weekend!... Read more

  • Iced Tea

    2/21/2020 11:06:10 PM, by LIL-VIXEN

    I tried this new tea today called Teavana Crafted Ice Tea. It is a tea with creative blends of bright botanicals, real fruit flavors and premium teas. It comes in lots of different flavor mixtures. The flavor I’m drinking right now is Pineapple Berry Blue with Hibiscus. It’s very good tea. If y... Read more

  • It had to be said

    2/21/2020 5:35:23 PM, by TIZSLIM

    I answered The Worker Friend[?]'s last email in the end. I was so angry that I chose not to reply initially as I wanted to process what I was feeling.  After some nine hours the absolute rage I was feeling had abated somewhat.  I was still angry but calm.  I'd got to the kernel of my anger if you g... Read more

  • Friday Morning Sunshine

    2/21/2020 12:53:04 PM, by DWROBERGE

    It is a bright sunshiny cool day on the Gulf Coast. We are headed outside to finish the work in the flower beds. Keeping focused for more success. Thanks to all for the encouraging comments. Hope all are having a fantastic start to the weekend!... Read more

  • PT

    2/21/2020 2:03:40 AM, by TYMBERWOLFE

    PT today and I'm a little sore but it's getting better with them making my joint go just a little further each time. I'm staying in my calories which makes me happy. One day at a time!... Read more

  • Flu long gone

    2/20/2020 9:11:48 PM, by PZOOKEY

    Well the Flu is long gone. Been plateaued again since returning to work 291.6 is still better than the 320 at Christmas but still a long way to go.... Read more

  • Mixed bag

    2/20/2020 6:29:00 PM, by TIZSLIM

    As you may guess my trip home was a bit up and down.  Elaine rang me just as I was leaving Friday to say she'd realised she'd double booked and could I get to the Oddfellow's meeting hall by 7.30 p m to join her at a quiz night.  Well no I couldn't owing to the fact the trains wouldn't get me there ... 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

  • 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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  • What Rock Bottom Means

    2/19/2020 6:32:42 PM, by TYMBERWOLFE

    I am happy to say that I have lost a pound according to the scale today 193 and I am happy about that. I have stayed within my calories since my last post. I am in a weird place right now. I am at a crossroads with my career because I can't do warehouse with my shoulder now. I am at the highest wei... Read more

  • Getting Ready & Weight Fluctuations

    2/19/2020 12:25:52 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I realized this week, I am stressed as I prepare for my trip to South America. I have so many to do lists, I can't find them all LOL. Regardless the plane leaves Sunday at 6:35 AM and I will be on it. The scale is telling me that I have been doing a bit of stress eating. While my weight has fl... Read more

  • Week 7

    2/19/2020 10:05:16 AM, by PAIGE2017

    Well this week was Valentine's Day. My hubby brought me a gorgeous bouquet and some chocolate covered strawberries from my favorite bakery. We also went to a painting class and each painted a half of a forest. It was a lot of fun! We've never really done anything like that before and it was real... 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

  • Doing my best...

    2/18/2020 6:45:53 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    Hello, dear sparklers! I have had a few bumpy weeks lately. I know this is the timeline of grief. Some days you feel like you might be leveling out and finding your feet then a significant holiday rolls around that you must face without the love of your life and you slide back down the into th... Read more

  • Somethin' New---Book Nooks

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

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    s-shelves-creative-art-diy
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    yPVSLhqcWPRsVB8P4... Read more

  • Fun in 2020

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

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  • Rotary Telephones, Landlines, Phone Booths

    2/16/2020 10:35:05 PM, by LIL-VIXEN

    Can you recall having a rotary phone and a landline or ever stopping on the side of the road to us the phone booth to make a phone call. With the onset of cell phones, all of these nostalgic items are just part of history. Although Bell developed a primitive version in 1950, it took until 197... Read more

  • You Are What You Eat

    2/16/2020 4:06:25 PM, by BEDA65

    I wrote this the other day on the community feed, but now I'm really curious about it. Please play along and sate my curiosity. If you are what you eat, I say I'm a salad because that's mostly what I eat. I know other people have their own go to meals that they eat more often. What wou... Read more

  • Not at my best...

    2/15/2020 10:54:42 PM, by TYMBERWOLFE

    My weigh in this morning was a rude awakening. The injured foot along with the shoulder surgery = very little physical activity was bad enough...add in boredom eating from sitting so much and I have gained 20 pounds. TWENTY POUNDS! I have go to make this stop and get control. It has been very diffi... Read more

  • The Good Wife

    2/15/2020 4:19:40 PM, by IMEMINE1

    Alan and Sandra lived on a cove at Gull Lake Alberta. It was early winter and the lower portion of the cove had frozen over. Alan asked Sandra if she would walk across the frozen part of the cove to the general store and get him some smokes and beer. She asked him for some money, but he told he... Read more

  • Family Tree

    2/15/2020 11:51:28 AM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    My oldest, Sarah, got me a DNA kit for my birthday. After sending that off to get the results, I figured I'd work on a family tree. I can't believe how much time I have put into it this week. Once I got started, it was easy to keep going. I had no idea that my paternal grandfather had so m... Read more

  • Tired But Preparing for Our the Trip

    2/15/2020 3:11:28 AM, by KALISWALKER

    As I prepare for 5 weeks in South America, I am doing my best to ready the house, plan for the dogs, get through a zillion to do lists, and start packing. Update about our cruise. 7 of us were planning on traveling together, but the couple from Malaysia decided not to go. Even though their fli... Read more

  • Happy Valentine's Day to my Spark Family!

    2/14/2020 10:25:18 PM, by BEDA65

    Wishing all my friends a wonderful Happy Valentine's Day! God bless you all! Spark On! ~B~... 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

  • Happy Valentine's Day!!!

    2/14/2020 11:32:59 AM, by APPLEPIEAPPLE

    Happy Valentine's Day!! The sun is shining where I am. It has been a week of gloom with rain, cold, and clouds. So Today I really welcome the sun and the fact it is Valentine's Day just makes it better! Diet wise, I am still hovering. My weight is just stubborn. It will not give in. My ... Read more

  • Scheduling Problem

    2/14/2020 10:00:12 AM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    I know we will start moving in a few weeks. Do you think I have anything packed? Very little. I made the mistake of working on my family tree this week. I've spent way too much time every morning on it. Time just gets away from me. (I let it,) Time to get the timer out again when I get on... Read more

  • More hooky to be played

    2/14/2020 9:36:44 AM, by TIZSLIM

    I'm leaving Base Camp for a few days and going back 'home'.  Time to see The Fam and friends for a few days which I'm really looking forward to.  The Worker Friend [?] will be collecting me and more of my stuff from Elaine's on Monday afternoon but he wants to stay at his place Monday night so we wo... Read more

  • Playing hooky

    2/13/2020 5:20:23 PM, by TIZSLIM

    As well as bringing my piston engine rowing machine to me Tuesday evening, The Worker Friend [?] also brought some more of my stuff that was stashed in his loft.  Yesterday morning he unloaded it from his van and then did a few snagging chores around Base Camp.  We could of course have carried on wi... Read more

  • Hope

    2/13/2020 10:27:30 AM, by BEDA65

    ~Without wavering, let us hold tightly to the hope we say we have, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.~ Hebrews 10:23 NLT Despite God's promises, despite Christ's love, and despite our countless blessings, we frail human beings can still lose hope from time to time. When we do,... Read more

  • The customers from h*LL...done & dusted..thank the heavens!

    2/12/2020 7:52:53 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    213 Howdy to my sparklers! I FINALLY settled the dispute from the consignment customers from H*LL! Well...actually they are from Ireland...BUT...I'm sure it is a very HOT part of Ireland...get it?? 18 I have been through H*LL and back with these customers. First their housewatch guy that... Read more

  • Wednesday weigh in including the return of The Bargain Queen

    2/12/2020 5:08:36 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Glory be.  She arises phoenix like from the ashes, arms held aloft in triumph. She smiles gleefully as she surveys her latest Piston Engine*.  "What are you waffling on about now Tiz - cut to the chase ffs".   OK OK I hear you.  Remember the rowing machine that wasn't?  I was very disappointed ... Read more

  • Packing for South America & Back on Track

    2/12/2020 1:13:43 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I am preparing for my South American trip, leaving here Feb. 23. There are 7 of us traveling together, starting with 9 days in Peru; then a 14 days cruise from Chile to Buenos Aires. Our last days will be in Brazil and Argentina. We are doing walking tours in various cities along the way. I los... Read more

  • 2/12/20 Hang in there!

    2/12/2020 12:18:08 PM, by MUSTLOVEROCK

    My weekends are still a disaster but I'm not going to beat myself up for it anymore, I have decided that I'm going to keep doing my best Monday - Friday and eventually my stubborn brain will catch up and I will gain control of my weekends too. I'm still making progress so I know that losing co... Read more

  • Week 6

    2/12/2020 10:18:22 AM, by PAIGE2017

    This was a tough week! We've been dealing with sickness at our house but thankfully my throat hurt too bad to want to eat any of the junk at the house while I was cuddling babies and binging on tv shows. All but one of the five of us have tested positive for strep and I'm just constantly praying t... 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

  • Scintillating at Sixty - Best foot forward

    2/11/2020 12:38:47 PM, by TIZSLIM

    2 Months to go.  I have every intention of dancing the night away even if whatever daughter is organising doesn't include dancing.  What's more I intend to wear heels.  All of which presents me with a problem.  I am still being bothered by the damn corn on the sole of my foot.  I have tried jus... Read more

  • The First 30 Days

    2/11/2020 9:19:35 AM, by LIFESGREAT2DAY

    Yesterday was the start of my first 30 days of 90 days of change. I am breaking it down into 30 day increments. I didn't start off the first day too well, I had to work and didn't plan for that. I got the cabin turned over for the guests to arrive, and they were a no show. They hadn't pa... Read more

  • A Blast from the Past

    2/10/2020 11:11:48 PM, by LIL-VIXEN

    How many of you remember jiffy pop popcorn? This popcorn came with its own self-contained popping pan. When I was a little girl, I used to love to see the popcorn rise up in a bubble when the popcorn started popping. I thought that was the coolest thing. And guess what, you can still by jif... Read more

  • Sad News Today

    2/10/2020 10:18:19 PM, by BARB4HEALTH

    Got a call this AM that our 45 year old nephew died of a heart attack. Please pray for my brother and his wife. This was a sudden death. So sad! 39... Read more

  • War Paint

    2/10/2020 6:51:15 PM, by TIZSLIM

    I've had a bitty sort of day.  Not really getting anything major done - just pottering along with this 'n' that.  Until mid afternoon when I figured I'd test run some of the make up stuff.  I hadn't bought new eye shadow palettes on the basis I rarely use eye shadow anyway.  So as best I could I fol... Read more

  • Disney World

    2/10/2020 7:43:47 AM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    The first time I went to Disney World was in 2001. I went to a convention through my FBLA-PBL membership. I had a wonderful time. When Helena was 2 and 3, Sherry, Helena and I went to the Magic Kingdom for 1 day. A bucket list item of mine would be to go back with all my girls for at least 4... Read more

  • First Vision Board

    2/9/2020 8:07:14 PM, by BEDA65

    This was lots of fun, but very time consuming and a lot of work! I am very pleased with it. ~B~... Read more

  • The Queen of Bargains

    2/9/2020 6:24:00 PM, by TIZSLIM

    One of the remaining structural jobs here at Base Camp is getting the chimney sorted out.  I had some remedial work done on it to ensure it wouldn't topple down [I'd rather not be responsible for someone being smacked on the head and dying as a result tbh] but it still needs more work.  Not least be... 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
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  • BBQ

    2/8/2020 9:49:08 PM, by KWAKELAND

    BBQ baby back ribs were my downfall today.......... Read more

  • I'll just look in my pan'ry

    2/8/2020 6:21:30 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Back in the day [pre children] I used to regularly go to Glastonbury.  Occasionally we'd wander out from the festival to the local villages.  One such occasion we ventured into a pub where I had a half of cider.  Not your ordinary commercial stuff mind - this was local brewed and boy it was strong.*... Read more

  • Changes, Next Exit Please

    2/8/2020 5:43:12 PM, by LIFESGREAT2DAY

    I had let myself slip a little this past week, no weight gained, but nothing lost either, I weighed the exact same as last week’s weigh in. I thought that was odd that it was the exact same number so I stepped on the scale again...yep no gain no loss. I’ll admit I got a little discourage... Read more

  • I forgot how much work moving is.

    2/8/2020 11:17:37 AM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    It was only two years ago that I moved into this apartment. It's getting close to the time where we will close on our house. I've been slowly trying to weed things out for a few weeks now. In the past couple days, I've been trying in earnest to start packing. I forgot how much work it really is... 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

  • It's been a little bit...here are some updates & pics of new merch in the gallery!

    2/7/2020 9:55:30 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    Hello, my dear sparkies! These days seem to be flying by but then also I feel suspended in time. I came home last night to find my A/C out...UGH! Now I know many of you are saying...what the heck...A/C...are you nuts! In Florida, you really need A/C almost all year. Even when the wea... 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

  • Just take five

    2/7/2020 6:54:38 PM, by TIZSLIM

    I like to keep a good stock of tinned/ packet/dried food.  Plus herbs, spices etc.  Granted it became harder at the old place with all the problems and financial restraints but I've built it up since moving to Base Camp.  The problem with fitting a second hand kitchen though is everything has to kee... Read more

  • The flu is leaving

    2/7/2020 11:08:02 AM, by PZOOKEY

    Fever has finally broken. Chest congestion is easing. So many things to do but still supposed to be resting. I can't wait to get back to work on Monday. Only good thing about the Flu was the breaking of the 300 lb plateau. Stepped on the scale at 293 this morning. I am hoping that the scale keeps mo... Read more

  • Krazy Kamp

    2/7/2020 10:13:49 AM, by PAIGE2017

    My middle child joined a local drama club this and tried out for a part in their play, Krazy Kamp. The public performance was late and it was so cute. She played the part of Cleopatra and she did a great job. I was so happy for her. She has already told me that she wants to do it again next y... Read more

  • Can not eating enough calories cause weight gain?

    2/6/2020 9:30:30 PM, by SMITHDEB1

    I'm struggling to eat enough calories. I'm exercising. I'm still gaining weight. My normal calorie intake is below 1000 calories a day. It's not that I try to eat less, I just get full and most of my choices are natural healthy foods, homecooked, and no additives except seasonings. when I try to ... Read more

  • Let's makeup

    2/6/2020 5:39:54 PM, by TIZSLIM

    One evening recently I was meandering around youtube as one does when I happened upon a 'make up tutorial' for older women.  It has to be said I've never watched a make up tutorial before.  Or any sort of tutorial really.  I prefer to read instructions rather than watch a demo - generally speaking. ... 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

  • A link to a calorie calculator that might be helpful.

    2/6/2020 11:35:33 AM, by APPLEPIEAPPLE

    I've found a link that can help you compute the amount of calories you need to eat to reach your weight goals. See below. https://www.verywellfit.com/
    static/4.134.0/components/
    tools/calculators/iframe-e
    mbed/embed.min.js?id=weigh
    t-loss-calculator My weight ha... Read more

  • Presence and Peace

    2/6/2020 8:43:40 AM, by BEDA65

    I felt compelled to share part of one of my devotionals this morning. It certainly can be applied to our new lifestyles of making good choices in every aspect of our daily lives. .......To receive My Peace, you must change your grasping, controlling stance to one of openness and trust. The only... Read more

  • 2/5/20 Braking up with old habits

    2/5/2020 5:05:22 PM, by MUSTLOVEROCK

    I was feeling a bit discouraged because I thought I was doing good and it turns out I gained 2 pounds and of course I felt like giving up just like I have done so many times before. So instead of giving up I decided to look for ways to re-spark my motivation and keep going because I know how the st... Read more

  • Wednesday weigh in - still counting the ounces

    2/5/2020 4:09:58 PM, by TIZSLIM

    10 ounces lost this week.  Which is a little better than last week's 'nearly half a pound'.  Overall it means I've lost 1lb during the last fortnight.  *sigh* Hardly earth shattering.   Hold on a sec,  I need to put my Polly Anna head on......... Clunk.  Click.  Whirrrrrrrrrrrr...............<... Read more

  • Week 5

    2/5/2020 9:50:19 AM, by PAIGE2017

    Had a dream last night that someone asked me why I always look pregnant....maybe it was more of a nightmare. The shower in my new house is right in front of a giant mirror so I'm always judging myself in the mirror and perhaps that is where that dream came from. I do carry a lot of weight in my mi... Read more

  • Some Progress

    2/5/2020 9:49:30 AM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    I didn't have any ambition before Christmas. The last couple weeks, I've gotten a bit accomplished, some of the things I had put off for awhile. I've gone through a few things in the house. I don't want to wait to the last minute to packed. I gave away some things, threw away others, and o... Read more

  • See it, Say it, Sorted

    2/4/2020 5:57:27 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Travelling on the railways in the UK you get used to hearing various stock phrases.  "We'll be serving an assorted range of sandwiches, snacks, beverages, hot and cold drinks......"  What?  Has anyone ever told them what the word 'beverage' actually means?  "We'll be pulling into blah station stop..... Read more

  • 1st Blog...ever!

    2/4/2020 3:49:34 AM, by PBVHCCVH

    I've never done a blog before, but shall give this a try. I just joined Spark Premium and am finding it very informative and helpful. My exercising has to be modified after falling yesterday and cracking 2 ribs and getting a mild concussion! The positive side is that I stayed on my calorie count... Read more

  • An Ode to Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson

    2/3/2020 5:34:56 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Sung to the tune of Simon and Garfunkel's  'The Boxer' I am just a fraud boy and my story should be told. I have squandered unbuilt bridges, with a bluster built on mumbles and false promises. All lies and jest ’cos my fans hear what they want to hear and disregard the rest. hrm hrm hrm ... Read more

  • well Plateau is broken but house is sick

    2/3/2020 4:31:51 PM, by PZOOKEY

    Woke up this morning still with a fever. Called in sick to work and went to the doctor. Flu A is what the test said. I am home for the week. My wife went to the doctor on Thursday and had a negative flu test but was sent to the doctor by her work and this time it was positive and her bronchitis is n... Read more

  • My Boyz

    2/2/2020 5:29:08 PM, by TIZSLIM

    I'm training them as you can see. In more ways than one! The Worker Friend [?] arrived late Tuesday afternoon and left this afternoon.  PT arrived early Wednesday morning and left yesterday afternoon.  He's working on another job and fitted in a few days here whilst the plasterers were d... 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

  • Ground Hog Day & After the Party & Targets

    2/2/2020 2:14:38 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Some think Canada has a lot of national holidays but Ground Hog Day is not one of them, it's classified as a celebration. I am challenged to think of it's importance as something to celebrate today. These are the paid holidays (statutory) where I live. New Year's Day Wednesday, January 1 ... Read more

  • More winter or early spring?

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

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  • One Month of 2020 Gone

    2/2/2020 10:47:59 AM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    January 2020 is in the record books. I did find a house last month, so I guess that's a big accomplishment. For February - usually a long month to me - I know I need to go through my stuff, get rid of things I no longer need and pack up what I can. I usually do this a couple times a year, b... Read more

  • A pinch and a punch

    2/1/2020 4:04:41 PM, by TIZSLIM

    "A pinch and a punch for the first of the month.  No returns". It's a long time since I indulged in the somewhat childish 'first of the month' nonsense.  But today I caught The Worker Friend [?] with it.  Funnily enough he abided by the 'no returns' rule. Bit like the 'no stepping on the cracks... Read more

  • National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day – February 1, 2020

    2/1/2020 1:56:58 PM, by KALISWALKER

    LOL I am glad I didn't see this earlier or I may have been tempted to have breakfast at Dairy Queen. Tonight we are going to a Robbie Burns supper/party. A Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, the author of many Scots poems. Our hosts knock themselves ... Read more

  • Relaxing today and not by choice

    2/1/2020 12:50:58 PM, by PZOOKEY

    Well good and not so good news today. Good news Is I am now at 299 lbs, Officially under the 300 plateau. Not so good news is I caught some kind of bug that is going around coughing and sore joints with a slight fever. Hopefully this will clear out before Monday. Not really hungry so I should have ... Read more

  • Fresh New Month Cannot Wait!

    2/1/2020 9:37:17 AM, by LIFESGREAT2DAY

    January has passed. I didn’t do that great but still lost 6.4 pounds for the month. And over time I know that will add up. My daughter is getting better now it seems today. It’s been a long sick month for her between January and December and we are both finally catching up on sleep. Sleep is a ... Read more

  • Rebounder......

    1/31/2020 8:37:32 PM, by KWAKELAND

    I put my new rebounder together today all by myself.......I'm 61, 4'11", 136 lbs. The instructions recommended needing 3 strong men to put it together. So, I asked God for strength, then proceeded to put it together, using a full upright freezer for assistance. Perhaps God strengthened me as he d... Read more

  • Brexsh!t Day

    1/31/2020 5:40:43 PM, by TIZSLIM

    So here it is.  Midnight Brussels time [11 p.m UK time] we'll be out of the European Union.  I could of course write an angry tirade about what a mistake I think it is. Not much point though is there?  It wouldn't change anything.  It wouldn't make me feel happier about it so all in all, it would be... Read more

  • Slight downward movement

    1/31/2020 2:56:37 PM, by PZOOKEY

    I wish I could say the plateau is over but I finally dropped under 300. Weighed in yesterday at 299.8 and this morning at 299.6. Not a huge drop and not really enough under 300 to call it a win but still movement after almost 3 weeks and in the right direction. Only a little over 10,000 steps today ... 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

  • Anonymous Poem

    1/31/2020 8:39:03 AM, by BEDA65

    Read this in one of my devotionals this morning, thought it was apropos for Sparkers. If you have faith-God's got the power! If you make the commitment-God opens the way! If you make the pledge-God gives you the winning edge! ~Anonymous... Read more

  • 1/30/20 Finally!!!!!

    1/30/2020 5:44:14 PM, by MUSTLOVEROCK

    This is huge I’ve been waiting for this for about 6 years now and finally it’s happening! I’m so happy that Kaiser is finally educating and encouraging Doctors & staff to use a plant based diet to cure diseases Instead of always recurring to medication. The prof that was presented by Dr.Lawenda was ... Read more

  • 1/30/20 I really needed this today

    1/30/2020 12:57:38 PM, by MUSTLOVEROCK

    Don’t live with regrets. Approach life with perseverance and dedication to the things that matter most to you. Success is never easy. It remains up to you whether you will give up, or fight through the tough battles to earn whatever it is you want. A fragment of a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson is... Read more

  • Losing my Mind...

    1/30/2020 9:23:04 AM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    or at least the memory part of it. I used to make a to-do list every day. I think I will have to go back to that,,,,in between trying to remember where I put everything... Read more

  • Begin Again

    1/30/2020 6:25:25 AM, by NOWISMYTIME1

    Now that we are beyond the January madness-it is time for me to set some real goals, ones that resonate with who I am. Last quarter sucked, bar none. I ate my stress and in trying to please others, starved myself. But I am going to close the door on that and work to leave it in the past. I don’t... Read more

  • A case of mistaken yelling....

    1/29/2020 10:41:54 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    Hello, my sparklers! I packed up my laptop and went roaring out the door to get to work and totally forgot my charger cord. This MacBook sucks energy like our big ole' Toyota Sequoia (Taz) sucks gas! Rats! I'm already down to 88% after being fully charged when I came into the gallery. ... Read more

  • Last Bit Blog...

    1/29/2020 8:39:09 PM, by BEDA65

    then I'll give it a rest. Thought people might like to see the Bit crystal I ordered. It came today. The crystal sits on a base with an led that shoots up through the image and makes it look 3D. I love it! ... 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
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    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

  • 1/29/20 Take charge

    1/29/2020 2:22:33 PM, by MUSTLOVEROCK

    Conquer your mind and you will create confidence, love, fulfillment and freedom to live the life you want. 52 Note to self: Always be stronger than my excuses.... Read more

  • Wednesday weigh in - Two for one

    1/29/2020 1:57:19 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Before I went 'home' I bought a replacement pedometer - mine broke so long ago I can't remember.  Found a watch style one on eBay [where else?] that counts steps, miles walked, and estimated calories. Plus actually tells the time.  At the vast cost of £2.99  Bargain eh?  It has also told me I don't... Read more