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  • Week 5: 2/5/20 - 2/11/20

    2/16/2020 8:04:26 PM, by SPARTAN40

    I am happy with last week. I am posting late and weighed in late due to business travel. I lost a pound this week which is good given the travel schedule as well as kids with the flu and a power outage. I’m not saying I couldn’t have done better, but I am happy to be home and ready to start worki... Read more

  • Special Blessings-February 16, 2020

    2/16/2020 3:02:29 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. Jim fixed breakfast for us this morning. 2. Jim and I are watching the Nascar race. Our President is there and he came out on the field for the opening ceremonies and to be the Grand Marshall. I was so proud of the people in those s... Read more

  • I have been bursting to tell you!

    2/16/2020 9:34:16 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    About a month ago, our daughter's boyfriend asked to take my husband and I out to dinner. He requested we keep it a secret from our daughter. After a nice dinner, he told us how much he loves our daughter and would like our blessing to ask her to marry him. We were thrilled. He has been... Read more

  • Special Blessings-February 15, 2020

    2/15/2020 1:35:33 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: We will be taking my Dad to the jamboree this evening. There will be an excellent band there and lots of dancing. Hugs, kathy Believe... Read more

  • Special Blessings-February 14, 2020

    2/14/2020 3:20:53 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. Jim let me sleep in and he cleaned the house this morning. 2. I woke up and found a dozen beautiful red roses waiting for me. 3. Jim and I did the grocery shopping for the week. 4. Jim made a reservation for the two of us at... Read more

  • Happy Valentine's Day

    2/14/2020 7:48:01 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    Happy Valentine's Day my dear Spark friends. I love each and every one of you. May your day be filled with love and joy! Let's make it about heart health. Share a smile and a hug today. Spread blessings and love. Add to that spreading some self love. Take good care of your o... Read more

  • Special Blessings-February 13, 2020

    2/13/2020 1:50:29 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: Hugs, kathy Believe... Read more

  • Kindness

    2/13/2020 8:48:43 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    I came across this photo I took several years ago. I was staying at my daughter's house, caring for my grandson. One day I looked out the window and saw these sweet deer staring in at me. They were hungry. It had snowed for many days. They had eaten every piece of foliage they could find... Read more

  • Special Blessings-February 12, 2020

    2/12/2020 11:27:43 AM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: Hugs, kathy Believe... Read more

  • Try something new

    2/12/2020 10:13:49 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    I like to try new foods. DO you? It keeps my menu interesting to try something new. I do not eat much rice. I do not enjoy the taste and it has so many carbs and calories. SOme good recipes use rice. For fried rice I have started using cauliflower rice. It cuts down the calories an... Read more

  • Special Blessings-February 11, 2020

    2/11/2020 11:40:44 AM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: Today is another wonderful day that God has blessed me with. Hugs, kathy Believe... Read more

  • What about it?

    2/11/2020 8:29:39 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    DO you ever wake up and feel like this? ALl discombobulated? I certainly do. Maybe I have not slept well. Maybe I tossed and turned all night. Maybe i had nightmares. Maybe I have a stressful day ahead. Whatever the reason, when I get up, I am a mess. My hair looks like a tornado h... Read more

  • Social Eating!

    2/11/2020 5:27:14 AM, by CAROLYN0107

    UPDATE: Yesterday I went to the Dr. office to have a nurse check out my blood pressure since my blood pressure medicine had been changed. My pressure was SO MUCH BETTER, the best I can ever remember. It was 115 over something. I don't remember. Anyway, I'm pleased. SOCIAL EATING: Last eveni... Read more

  • Monday

    2/10/2020 6:20:27 PM, by KITT52

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  • Special Blessings-February 10, 2020

    2/10/2020 3:45:47 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. Jim and I went out for our weekly Monday brunch. It was a nice relaxing hour. 2. I had an appointment with my Primary Care Dr. today. I got a very good report and my vitals were awesome. This was my kind of Dr. visit. 3. After ... Read more

  • Move it MOnday

    2/10/2020 8:10:56 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    A few years ago, I took this Have A Ball class at the gym. What I liked about it were several things. First, it kept me moving. The teacher was positive and helped us adjust if we could not do certain things. We had lots of laughs. It made exercise fun. After a bad fall I hurt my kn... Read more

  • Special Blessings-February 9, 2020

    2/9/2020 6:12:57 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. Jim, Jamie and I went to the coffee shop around noon today. 2. Jamie knew that I have been wanting to see the moving, "Little Women", so he took me to see it this afternoon. This was the last showing of it in our city. 3. Jim too... Read more

  • Sunday blessings

    2/9/2020 9:12:01 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    Today I am going to focus on all of my blessings. There is so very much to be grateful for. HAve a blessed day, friends.... Read more

  • Saturday

    2/8/2020 6:25:21 PM, by KITT52

    So. true.. Have a positive week end... Read more

  • Special Blessings-February 8, 2020

    2/8/2020 1:26:07 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. Jim and I went to the coffee shop this morning and saw a friend that we haven't seen for several years. It was nice to catch up with her. 2. I did the laundry after we got home and I am Sparking while the clothes are drying. 3. W... Read more

  • Rest day

    2/8/2020 10:23:19 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    I am planning on having a rest day today. I had a great week and am going to relax and do some things I enjoy. I hope you all have a healthy and happy day!... Read more

  • Special Blessings-February 7, 2020

    2/7/2020 4:00:12 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. Jim and I cleaned the house this morning, that is all except the office. Jamie worked from home today, so the office can wait until tomorrow. 2. We had a couple of inches of snow and high winds last night and this morning and we are to... Read more

  • Get moving

    2/7/2020 8:06:38 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    Good morning, friends! Today is gym day for me. I work with my trainer for an hour this morning. SHe has helped me so much with my back pain through the years. She is always pushing me to work harder. She is very encouraging also. SHe tells me I have the best form of all of her clients. ... Read more

  • Special Blessings-February 6, 2020

    2/6/2020 3:27:23 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. I talked to my Dad this morning and he is feeling much better. He was so sick and I am relieved. He is still a little wheezy, but nothing like he was. 2. After we put the Christmas things away, I always leave a few snowmen out because... Read more

  • It Don't Come Easy

    2/6/2020 8:55:06 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    Yesterday while I was working around the house, I was playing Beatle records on my turntable. I do enjoy hearing those songs from my teenage years. It keeps me feeling good and I tend to dance around the house. One song that Ringo sings is "It Don't Come Easy". I kept thinking about that... Read more

  • Special Blessings-February 5, 2020

    2/5/2020 3:38:49 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: Hugs kathy Believe... Read more

  • Wednesday

    2/5/2020 1:39:40 PM, by KITT52

    ........ this sums it up..... ... Read more

  • Week 5: 1/30/20 - 2/4/20

    2/5/2020 9:02:37 AM, by SPARTAN40

    I had a good week for exercise with more steps and stairs than last week. I have increased my exercise and activity every week this year, each week doing more minutes, more steps and more stairs. And this week I got back on my treadmill several times in addition to a nice long walk outside this we... Read more

  • Happy Hump Day

    2/5/2020 8:41:07 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    Good morning, friends. Yes, it is Wednesday, Hump Day. Let's get over that hump and get moving. I have my day planned to include exercise throughout the day. Every little bit helps. My hubby is leaving for two nights for work, so I have projecs planned to keep my hands busy and not cha... Read more

  • Happy Tuesday

    2/4/2020 6:52:01 PM, by KITT52

    Can't believe I have not blogged since Saturday... time sure flies when your having fun... Think about it....our life is up to us....... Read more

  • Lab Results.... No Diabetes! Yeah!!

    2/4/2020 6:09:29 PM, by CAROLYN0107

    I got my lab results back from my Dr. visit last Monday. My blood sugar was low so I do not have diabetes. At 70 years old and obese I always wonder if diabetes will "strike" but so far it hasn't. My Cholesterol is up some though. A couple of years ago when my cholesterol was up I started eatin... Read more

  • Special Blessings-February 4, 2020

    2/4/2020 3:49:09 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: Hugs, kathy Believe... Read more

  • Too Much Strut?

    2/4/2020 8:23:21 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    DO you ever have those days when you feel like strutting your stuff? Maybe the scale moved in the right direction. Maybe someone noticed you had lost some weight. Maybe an outfit fit better than it used to. Maybe you accomplished something you had not been able to previously. Maybe ... Read more

  • Special Blessings-February 3, 2020

    2/3/2020 3:44:44 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. I got the bedding changed this morning and washed this morning. Now, the ones I took off and washed are ready for next week. 2. Jim and I went out for our Monday brunch. It was nice to relax together and plan our week. 3. I call... Read more

  • Move it!

    2/3/2020 8:00:53 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    Good morning, friends! It is the first MOnday of new month. Let's make the most of it. As the week begins, let's make at least one healthy choice today. I am headed to the gym this morning to work with my trainer for an hour. What have you got planned? Let's MOVE it MONDAY. H... Read more

  • Special Blessings-February 2, 2020

    2/2/2020 2:31:53 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. Yesterday, Jim and I took my Dad to the hospital with pneumonia. They gave him some awesome drugs and today he is feeling better than he has in a week. What a blessing that prayer is. 2. Jim and I went to the coffee shop this morning.... Read more

  • Sunday Blessings

    2/2/2020 8:53:37 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    I hope each and every one of you have a very blessed day! ... Read more

  • Special Blessings-February 1, 2020

    2/1/2020 8:09:59 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: I had to take my Dad to the ER today because he has pneumonia. They released him this evening because he has good vitals and I was thinking how blessed I am to have him. Hugs, kathy Believe... Read more

  • Special Blessings-February 1, 2020

    2/1/2020 8:09:55 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: I had to take my Dad to the ER today because he has pneumonia. They released him this evening because he has good vitals and I was thinking how blessed I am to have him. Hugs, kathy Believe... Read more

  • Saturday

    2/1/2020 4:39:04 PM, by KITT52

    .... salt is not the only bad thing in junk food , but thought it was a good reminder why we should not eat junk food.......... Read more

  • You Say It's Your Birthday

    2/1/2020 10:16:01 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    Tonight my family will be here for dinner. All three of my kids, my DIL, my grandson and my daughter's boyfriend. My two sons are born two years apart. Their birthdays, in January, are 4 days apart. Every year we have a combined birthday dinner for them. They always want me to ... Read more

  • Special Blessings-January 31, 2020

    1/31/2020 4:21:59 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. Jim and I got the house cleaned this morning and then went out for coffee. 2. We got the grocery shopping done for the week. I wanted some special things to make some good Super Bowl foods. 3. I had good phone calls from my broth... Read more

  • Happy Friday

    1/31/2020 3:11:35 PM, by KITT52

    this is the last Friday of the month....hard to believe tomorrow is Feb. How is your year going.... Believe in your self.... Read more

  • Honest Tracking

    1/31/2020 8:06:16 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    This is one of the lessons I have learned this week from taking a closer look at my calorie tracking. I was not tracking flavored coffee Kcups. I was not tracking water additives when I go to the gym. I thought coffee would have no calories. I paid no attention to what I was adding to m... Read more

  • Happy Thursday

    1/30/2020 7:24:32 PM, by KITT52

    Have a Happy and Healthy Thursday... Read more

  • Special Blessings-January 30, 2020

    1/30/2020 2:19:20 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: Hugs, kathy Believe ... Read more

  • What my Water Bottle Has to Say

    1/30/2020 8:29:29 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    This week I have been evaluating the accuracy of my calorie tracking. Today I am focusing on my water bottle. I always take this water bottle with me to the gym. Before I leave the house I fill it with water, of course. But sometimes I add something to the water. But I never think about trac... Read more

  • Think healthy

    1/29/2020 8:42:23 PM, by KITT52

    Scallops, grilled... Read more

  • Special Blessings-January 29, 2020

    1/29/2020 4:25:40 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. My brother called me this morning and got my day off to a great start. 2. I had some medical paperwork to take care of and instead of procrastinating with it, I got it done right away. 3. I had some other things to mail out and go... Read more

  • Week 4: 1/22/20 - 1/29/20

    1/29/2020 12:12:59 PM, by SPARTAN40

    I was disappointed with my weight this week. I’m down 1.8 pounds. I was hoping to do better. I did pack my lunch every day this week and they were healthy. Also bringing fruit and Greek yogurt for snacks. I had more steps last week and more flights of stairs than previous weeks. Now I need ot ... Read more

  • (Not so) Sneaky Calories

    1/29/2020 9:30:53 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    Lately I am having no success at losing weight. As far as my tracker shows, I am well below my calorie range. I decided to take a close look at what I am eating and tracking. I have always thought I was being very accurate in listing my foods. Even if they were not healthy choices. Yes... Read more

  • Special Blessings-January 28, 2020

    1/28/2020 2:53:10 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: Hugs, kathy Believe... Read more

  • DOes it count?

    1/28/2020 9:53:45 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    I realized something on SUnday as I was taking Communion. ALthough I eat and drink Communion, I never put it on my food tracker. IN all of these years, it never occurred to me to track Communion. In my mind, I faithfully track everything I eat and drink. But do I? I decided to give ... Read more

  • Happy Tuesday

    1/28/2020 7:24:38 AM, by KITT52

    Have a happy and healthy day... Read more

  • Getting checked out!

    1/28/2020 7:17:09 AM, by CAROLYN0107

    An update about my brother. He passed away from a brain bleed (stroke) and a week later we had his Memorial service in Minnesota. It was good seeing my other brothers, their wives and also nieces, nephews and cousins. You know you're in Minnesota when you check into the hotel for a two night st... Read more

  • Monday

    1/27/2020 9:47:48 PM, by KITT52

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  • Special Blessings-January 27, 2020

    1/27/2020 4:14:15 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. Jim and I was up early this morning and went out for coffee before I went to a Dr. appointment. 2. I have stopped going to my regular Optic-Neurologist and switched to a different one at both my PC and my Ophthamoligist's recommendation... Read more

  • Sheep

    1/27/2020 8:16:31 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    What are you looking at? That's what I thought these sheep were thinking when I took that photo. Yesterday at church the pastor was talking about John 10 and sheep. How many times have I read about the sheep knowing the Master's voice. He showed video that I am going to post a link to. It b... Read more

  • Special Blessings-January 26, 2020

    1/26/2020 4:52:02 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. Jim, Jamie and I went to the coffee shop around noon. They are going to close for 30 days for a complete remodel, so our favorite server asked for my phone and she put her number in my directory. That way, I can text her before we want to g... Read more

  • Sunday blessings

    1/26/2020 9:02:44 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    Today is my rest day. Church is always my way to get recharged for the week. I hope you all have a blessed day.... Read more

  • SIlly Adventure Conclusion

    1/25/2020 10:01:14 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    To recap the story so far. My friend and I hiked up Goat Hill. We took along two companions, Bear and Zeebs. At this point we should have realized things were not as they seemed. Then we saw the vultures lurking in the trees. We stopped to take photos. We left Bear on the lookout. ... Read more

  • Special Blessings-January 24, 2020

    1/24/2020 3:52:34 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. Jim and I cleaned the house this morning. 2. After cleaning, we went out for a quick lunch. 3. We had 3 grocery stores to visit today. We went to all 3 and got the best bargains on the healthiest foods we could have bought. ... Read more

  • Silly Adventure 4

    1/24/2020 8:09:45 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    We had climbed Goat Hill with our two friends. Bear was beginning to get worried. He climbed into the sack. As my friend and I took photos of the lurking turkey vultures, Bear kept watch. HIs buddy Zeebs was oblivious to all danger. After we found the bones, carcass and hoof (OH MY)... Read more

  • Thursday

    1/23/2020 3:34:58 PM, by KITT52

    ...smile.....😊... Read more

  • Special Blessings-January 23, 2020

    1/23/2020 2:48:49 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. Our power went out for 1.5 hours today. The blessing was that the temperature in the house only went down 5 degrees and the water in the hot water heater stayed hot so that I could take a shower. 2. I had great phone calls with my Dad ... Read more

  • Week 3: 1/15/20 - 1/21/20

    1/23/2020 2:17:55 PM, by SPARTAN40

    Another decent week. I had to travel for business this week, so I weighed in early to use my home scale. The travel negatively impacted my flights of stairs. Happy to be back home now with more control over my schedule and meals. Despite the early weigh in, I was able to log another week of weig... Read more

  • Silly Adventure Part 3

    1/23/2020 9:48:10 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    For our birthday adventure, a friend and I hiked up Goat Hill, overlooking the Delaware River. I suppose from the beginning we should have noticed something was not quite right. We probably should have stayed in the car when we spotted the lurking turkey vultures. As you know we sp... Read more

  • Wednesday

    1/22/2020 6:41:15 PM, by KITT52

    so true...... Read more

  • Special Blessings-January 22, 2020

    1/22/2020 12:44:48 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: Life is such a blessing. Hugs, kathy Believe... Read more

  • SIlly Adventure 2

    1/22/2020 8:58:49 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    To catch you up, for our birthdays, a friend and I went on a hike up Goat Hill. We took these two with us to help us climb. Goat Hill overlooks the Delaware River. After our hike we saw a flock of turkey vultures perched in some trees overlooking the local prison and wildlife rescue place. ... Read more

  • Happy Tuesday

    1/21/2020 6:35:04 PM, by KITT52

    . Be a positive force in your life...... Read more

  • Special Blessings-January 21, 2020

    1/21/2020 3:22:06 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. I was up early, so I had time to read before starting my exercises and the rest of my day. 2. I had an enjoyable call from my brother this morning. He always takes my Dad to the nursing home to visit his wife on Tuesday and Thursdays, ... Read more

  • Crash

    1/21/2020 10:07:07 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    Pat 2 of my silly adventure will have to wait.. This morning my external drive with all of my photos crashed. UNtil I can get it going again, I have no photos to post except a few stored on my internal hard drive. Have a great day and wish me luck restoring my photos. ... Read more

  • Monday

    1/20/2020 6:42:29 PM, by KITT52

    these are steps we took on a vacation in New Mexico....so much history and so many steps...but I did it.... Im looking back at how far I have come .... Have a healthy week... Read more

  • Special Blessings-January 20, 2020

    1/20/2020 3:08:32 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: Hugs, kathy Believe... Read more

  • Silly Adventure 1

    1/20/2020 8:32:21 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    A couple of years ago, a friend and I went out for our birthdays (both in September.) We never do the go out to eat to celebration. We plan an adventure. One year we went on a treasure hunt, seeking out covered bridges. One year we went to a place that offered an "animal safari". This... Read more

  • A new week begins

    1/19/2020 4:36:29 PM, by KITT52

    another chance to set goals, laugh and have fun... find a joyful place ...it's up to you ... Read more

  • Special Blessings-January 19, 2020

    1/19/2020 3:28:54 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. Jim and I went to the coffee shop early this afternoon and Jamie joined us. 2. Jim and I changed the bedding today and I washed everything. This is normally a Monday job, but Jim is helping my brother tomorrow and I can't handle the he... Read more

  • Sunday blessings

    1/19/2020 9:12:50 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    SUnday is church day for us. I look forward to worship and hearing the choir sing. SUnday is my day to rest, regroup and plan my week. I hope you all have a blessed and happy day. (THe photo is not my church. Just a church photo I took and liked)... Read more

  • Happy Saturday

    1/18/2020 6:27:01 PM, by KITT52

    have a delightful week end... Read more

  • Special Blessings-January 18, 2020

    1/18/2020 4:29:27 PM, by KATHYJO56

    Today I am especially blessed for the following: 1. Jim and I went to the coffee shop this morning 2. After the coffee shop, we had several errands to run and hopefully, we are caught up for the week 3. Later, we went to two grocery stores to shop for freggies for the week. I hav... Read more

  • Solutions versus Problems

    1/18/2020 11:14:24 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    Several years ago we Had to take over a complex situation. My husband and I were executors of three estates. DUe to nothing having been done with my mother's estate ten years prior, or one of my brother's estate three years prior and finally the death of the brother who was in charge of those t... Read more