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  • Good For What Ails Ya!

    4/10/2020 12:10:50 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I spent much of yesterday just drinking in as many sources of smiles and laughter as a Google search for “Coronavirus Humor” could provide... And there was a LOT! . “ Grocery shopping has become a real life version of Pac-Man. Avoid everyone, get the fruit… And take any route to avoid contact.“... Read more

  • Don’t miss it!

    4/9/2020 12:16:55 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Had to look for them, but our Hostas are On their way! I still find it hard to take it all in! so much happens around us that we fail to notice, just because we’re focused on other things, and miss the beauty and perfection right before our eyes! This is a baby dragonfly I found in... Read more

  • My Doorbell Rang!

    4/8/2020 10:06:27 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Will wonders ever cease!?!?? I opened my front door to find a young man holding a bottle of wine and a magazine!!! In all this isolation, I completely missed that the house across the street had sold, closed, and the new owner (the aforementioned young man) had moved in, and decided that he would co... Read more

  • My First Ever!

    4/7/2020 11:04:45 PM, by MCJULIEO

    First, THE FASHION SHOW... Yes, after intense research and internet scrutiny ranging from YouTube to the Engineering Medicine Department of Texas A&M University, I made my first ever DIY protective face mask, consisting of 2 layers of woven cotton, 2 layers of non woven interfacing and a space ... Read more

  • Holy Mackerel! That’s About the Only Thing I Didn’t Find (in the pantry)!!!

    4/6/2020 11:54:24 PM, by MCJULIEO

    WELL, I made up my grocery list for curbside service at the local grocery store, anticipating that things may get a bit wore before they get better, and then, when I had my list together, there were NO pick up time slots available for THREE WEEKS! I thought that maybe I might be able to evalua... Read more

  • Focus on the Positive

    4/6/2020 11:10:59 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    With so many restrictions in place, it’s important to focus on the positive..... I am taking this opportunity to learn and improve ... change things around a bit. Like finding more low carb alternatives to replace sugar cravings...... Like Challenging myself to learn how to wir... Read more

  • A Spiritual Observation by C.S. Lewis

    4/5/2020 11:53:37 PM, by MCJULIEO

    if the print is too small, this is what C.S. Lewis wrote in 1942 of a conversation between Satan and Christ Satan: “ I will cause anxiety, fear and panic; I will shut down business, schools, places of worship, and sports events. I will cause economic turmoil.“ Jesus: “ I will bring togeth... Read more

  • How’s it going?

    4/5/2020 2:23:12 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    It seems that Some folks aren’t accustomed to spending so much time together. I’m really thankful DH and I really like each other’s company..... and have our own, separate work spaces where we can pursue our hobbies and projects Are you trying or learning anything new? ... Read more

  • Social Distancing Today

    4/4/2020 11:10:08 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Just in case you didn’t get the message: any of you have any experience with retired nuns enforcing social distancing recommendations??? it is time now! And astrologists can pretty much claim one forecast fits them all... “You will be spending time at home.” The dreary rainy day to... Read more

  • Social Distancing

    4/4/2020 6:57:24 PM, by JANROLG

    It’s been a few weeks of social distancing but it seems like it’s forever. In this time I have tried to get my eating and activity under control. So far so good. As I am gaining ground on this, I am thinking about when I go back to my work building (working from home now) . My concern is about k... Read more

  • April 4, 2020 4/4/4

    4/4/2020 3:57:05 PM, by PORTIA70

    Today is the mathematical 4/4/4 FYI :) So how is everyone doing today? I wanted to check to see how all of you are with another week ending of Stay At Home? I am still doing good. No physical appointments for awhile. Everything is done on the phone. I only go out for food or pick ... Read more

  • A Snowy, wet Saturday

    4/4/2020 11:53:03 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Hubby made this Bigfoot using copper sheet, to hang in my work shop! I am so excited! I just received a special order for two of my Bigfoot totem bracelets in my Etsy shop. It is for a husband and wife team of nurses ..... and requested Golden Tigers Eye and real Turquoise for their pr... Read more

  • As Close As My Phone

    4/4/2020 12:23:25 AM, by MCJULIEO

    . Today was (it seems) a series of long phone calls with people that I didn’t know that I wanted to speak to until after long visits together.... it was quite refreshing to re-connect, especially when you consider how long it has been since our last conversations. It is a simple pleasure worth ... Read more

  • Almost Catastrophe!

    4/2/2020 11:53:19 PM, by MCJULIEO

    After a mostly dampish day, a HUGE thunderstorm rolled in in the late afternoon, and Horror of Horrors! My internet went out.... And try as I might, I couldn’t get it working again...... Oh My Goodness! I lost my cool mellowness, and began calculating how life would be very VERY different in th... Read more

  • Today's inspiration

    4/2/2020 12:13:33 PM, by F8CONE8

    You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will be as one John Lennon This popped up on one of my art pages today. Seemed so appropriate. Can I dare to dream? ... Read more

  • Oh, The Things You Learn!

    4/1/2020 11:59:23 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I thought this was a joke response to making your own Coronavirus mask, but apparently, not only is it NOT a joke, but it might even be a valid prototype for future homemade masks. Today I spent quite a bit of time on the phone or in videoconferencing with my siblings, my children ,,,,,AND my ... Read more

  • April 1st

    4/1/2020 3:50:50 PM, by F8CONE8

    So the month of March was pretty much a non-starter for most of us. April 1st marks my son's birthday. One of the best days of my life! He is a teacher and is worried that some of his students won't be able to graduate. Some rays of sunshine in my community. One is all the people making m... Read more

  • Happy April Fools Day!

    4/1/2020 10:52:02 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Well, April finally made it! But I never imagined life as we knew it just a couple months ago would have changed so much! With the stormy weather keeping us inside along with restrictions on frequenting the grocery stores (where We would “walk” in bad weather), it’s bee... Read more

  • Hooray!

    3/31/2020 11:13:47 PM, by MCJULIEO

    my first tomato of the season!!! (Now smaller than a marble, but it will grow!) I’ve been nursing my little seedlings along for the past few weeks, and several days of rain have contributed to their conspicuous thriving... several plants have blooms, but time will tell whether they actually pr... Read more

  • Daily exercise

    3/31/2020 4:54:27 PM, by ANYVAR54

    I go for a walk each morning with my husband, keeping our distance from other walkers and joggers. It lasts from 30 to 35 minutes. I do leg stretches my chiropractor recommended which take 15 to 20 minutes. I also do neck stretches which take about 10 minutes. Today I have 65 minutes.... Read more

  • A healthy alternatives (silly)

    3/31/2020 2:38:20 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Do you think these will catch on?... Read more

  • The Best Medicine

    3/30/2020 11:07:36 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Laughter helps. Alone at last... Mona Lisa at the Louvre... oh, Nooooooooo! Please say it aint’t so! And there ARE REAL Superheroes! Truly they belong with the pantheon of Superheroes...... Read more

  • Monday’s Silly

    3/30/2020 7:25:52 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    We’re doing great. But other people, not so much. I’ve been watching wire wrapping tutorials online ... found a great teacher ... and I was finally able to successfully complete a test row of wire weaving using her sample weaves.... yay, me!!! How are you doing? Having any problems wit... Read more

  • Getting a Second Wind

    3/30/2020 12:52:48 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Yesterday I experienced a slight funk, and, while I was not exactly disgruntled, I felt a LONG way from feeling “gruntled”. After a good eight hour sleep last night, and the marvel of experiencing our church service on line, I feel refreshed, and recharged, and was greatly amused at a photo of ... Read more

  • Sunday Worship

    3/29/2020 2:03:18 PM, by ANYVAR54

    My church had an online service this morning. The pastor, two musicians, an introduction person and sound person pulled it off. It was wonderful. We also had Sunday school via Skype. I am new to all this online stuff, but I think I will get used to it fast I have also used Zoom in the past week. Isn... Read more

  • Smiling Through the Pain

    3/29/2020 12:05:30 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Though I’m getting a little tired with the weight of what’s been happening, I’m hanging in there, and find it helps to smile whenever I can.... This is satire.... do not try this in reality... Superman knows to stay home!! Even Darth Vader practiced SOME social distancing. Re... Read more

  • Quarantine can be good

    3/28/2020 5:02:53 PM, by JANROLG

    During this social distancing some people are stressing and feeling like everything is out of control. While some of that is true, what we decide to do while we’re home matters a great deal. I could have sat here eating my feelings or I could take charge of my health. I decided to take charge. ... Read more

  • How the Coronavirus is effecting my life

    3/28/2020 4:59:56 PM, by ANYVAR54

    My church is closed. We will have an on-line worship until this is over. My husband is working from home. We go for morning walk each day, taking a rest on Sunday. I get to have lunch and supper with him. He plans to go do our grocery shopping with the list I have made. We plan together what to ... Read more

  • Sing your song

    3/28/2020 1:24:55 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    thought this might be fun.... Hope you’ll play along ... Read more

  • Fresh Nuttiness

    3/27/2020 11:37:10 PM, by MCJULIEO

    The challenges of being a Hindu goddess at times like this... Next week, Turn Signals! Lifeguards Working from Home Meanwhile, I’m pretty sure that Alexa was not designed to “Homeschool my child” And, of course, reality in homeschooling stimulates honesty.... . ... Read more

  • 4 More Days Left In March

    3/27/2020 11:23:24 PM, by PORTIA70

    Well everyone, we are at the end of March and as of tonight we have over 100,000 cases of Coronavirus here in the United States according to John Hopkins. CDC left off at 85,000 and they will be updated tomorrow. There is also word that China has shut down their cinema's due to a fear that ... Read more

  • Honey do

    3/27/2020 11:12:43 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Are we having fun yet? ... Read more

  • Social Distancing

    3/27/2020 12:58:10 PM, by F8CONE8

    Good morning everyone from my little town on the Southern Oregon Coast. I must say if I am going to be isolated for awhile this is the best place to do it. I am surrounded by natural wonders and beauty. I have only less than a mile to walk and I can be at the bay or in a forest. Even though most... Read more

  • The New Reality

    3/26/2020 11:09:01 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Certain truths are about to become self evident.... A friend confided that she was so desperate that she let her husband cut her hair... I think we shall all discover just how much vanity we are harboring... How desperate???? this last one was a reminder from another Sparker.... i... Read more

  • So, guess who gets to have the same shoulder replaced again!

    3/26/2020 12:55:29 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Had a virtual appointment yesterday with my orthopedic doctor. He said the nerve conduction study revealed no nerve problems (Except for chronic carpal tunnel) .... YAY. Then he showed me on the X-rays, and explained where the socket/cup that was installed in my shoulder (which receives th... Read more

  • Time (for) changes

    3/25/2020 3:06:15 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    How has this changed your life ??? ... Read more

  • Surreal!

    3/25/2020 2:43:40 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I was going to head for bed early tonight, but stopped by Pinterest for just a quick perusal, and the next thing I knew, it was 12:40!!!.... And I got to thinking... maybe there’s news regarding COVID19 in my County, so I scooted over to our local paper’s web site, and sure enough, a fifth ca... Read more

  • How grandkids perceive their Grandparents

    3/24/2020 12:21:57 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    I had to pass this belly hurts from laughing!!!!😂 How grandchildren perceive their grandparents 1. I was in the bathroom, putting on my makeup, under the watchful eyes of my young granddaughter, as I'd done many times before. After I applied my lipstick and started to leave, the l... Read more

  • Almost Endlessly Amusing

    3/24/2020 12:04:39 AM, by MCJULIEO

    A Rite of Passage- photo taken on the First Day of Homeschool Notice theIr comment: No toilet paper was wasted in the making of this milestone photo. Perception of homeschool moms has changed from last week to now. And just like that, spankings and prayer are back in school! ... Read more

  • Social Distancing World Champion

    3/23/2020 10:48:43 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    As you probably are aware, I am a Bigfoot fan. (Yes I’ve had a couple encounters with Bigfoot and his family.) This coronavirus has given me cause to think about how easy it is to spread germs. How do I know for sure that the components I use, the chains, jump rings, pendants, tools, e... Read more

  • Are We All Going a Little Looney?

    3/22/2020 11:28:21 PM, by MCJULIEO

    One beleaguered parent posted on Facebook that her 4th grade daughter had screamed from the bathroom, “MOMMEEEEEE!!!! The TOILET IS SMOKING!!!!!!!” Both mom and dad went flying to her side only to find this The mom groaned that it was just the 4th day of homeschooling.... On the other han... Read more

  • Dream Big!

    3/22/2020 1:48:51 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Just watching the Iditarod sled dog race this past week Reminds me that we can do anything we set our minds to. Despite the adverse conditions we may face, we can take them on as a challenge or throw up our hands give up trying. So far about 30 teams have completed the race, despite blizz... Read more

  • Not a Reason to Give Up!

    3/21/2020 10:44:15 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I get it! Things are in turmoil! Life is hard, and not going the way we want, and my tendency is to “comfort eat”... Instead of surrendering to the funk, instead of giving up, instead of choosing to forget all the hard accomplishments and smart choices that I’ve made, how far I’ve com... Read more

  • Saturday And Trying To Find Things To Do

    3/21/2020 10:36:33 PM, by PORTIA70

    Well, we are here on this first Saturday of Spring. I did manage to go pick me up some food and get a walk in. It was really odd though not seeing the neighborhood doing the normal Saturday routine. And seeing new apartment complexes left with no workers to continue the build. It is almost ... Read more

  • Scary Time But Using It To My Advantage

    3/21/2020 6:49:19 PM, by JANROLG

    My work has us working from home, so I thought about the ups and downs of being home. The ups would be less gas and time on the road. The down would be having food in my space all the time. But so far that hasn’t been the case. I have been really mindful of my meals and what snacks I choose. ... Read more

  • Laughing is Good Medicine

    3/20/2020 11:44:28 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Just in case you need to laugh/smile in these challenging COVID-19 times: Many folks are adjusting to sudden involuntary homeschooling And some are facing a new reality... Even the games of life have very different parameterss Meanwhile those involuntary homeschooling pare... Read more

  • Ah, Spring! Ah-Choo!

    3/19/2020 10:46:23 PM, by MCJULIEO

    We’ve got an oak pollen colored World right now, and the allergists are busy with all the allergy sufferers.... But if you look around you, the sights and smells of blooms seen only once a year are a special delight. My little orange tree is so covered with delicate buds and blooms that it al... Read more

  • Another Day

    3/19/2020 1:26:27 PM, by PORTIA70

    Another day for all of us to enjoy. Even in self isolation we can do things like open the windows to let light in or hear the sounds still happening. We can listen to our music, read our books, turn on a movie. We can chat with friends and families. There is still hope out there to be had. ... Read more

  • Living Dangerously

    3/18/2020 11:38:49 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I did not stay at home today.... in fact, I spent almost the WHOLE day out shopping and/ or delivering things to people.... I even ATE OUT! (And it was Mexican food at a restaurant I had never been to before, so it was DOUBLE DANGEROUS!) I DID avoid crowds, and I didn’t hug or shake hands with ... Read more

  • Spark a versary

    3/18/2020 3:39:06 PM, by F8CONE8

    So it is now 10 years since I first came to SparkPeople. 804 My first go around I lost 50 pounds. But oh darn it I gained 30 back. OK so a net loss of 20 pounds. I have recommitted myself to staying healthy. Another 14 pounds off and my A1c is looking good. I confess that being home for t... Read more

  • Coronavirus Thoughts And Current Check IN

    3/18/2020 1:56:40 PM, by PORTIA70

    Hey everyone :) I need to really make time in the morning for SP. I always have good intentions on posting but then by the time evening comes up I am doing other things. Ugh this coronavirus has been a pain in the butt for so many. I am learning how to stay positive. I am an introve... Read more

  • A Lazy-ish Day

    3/17/2020 10:11:06 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Lots of things happening around the world. Lots of things happening around the country. Lots of reports and news and happenings around my life.... and I’m taking my time, staying calm, watching the garden grow, and breathing deeply.... Today I added rice to the chicken broth I made ye... Read more

  • Life Goes On...

    3/16/2020 11:01:18 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Perhaps you can see the poor defenseless tomato plantling, cut down before he had even the slightest chance of producing large luscious juicy fruit... I don’t know what kind of varmint chopped it down, but I am ever the optimistic gardener, and I just happened to have a spare tomato plant on hand t... Read more

  • Finding your Happiness

    3/16/2020 12:40:23 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    A teacher brought balloons to school and asked the children to blow them all up and then each write their names on their balloon. They tossed all the balloons into the hall while the teacher mixed them from one end to the other. The teacher then gave them 5 minutes to find the balloon... Read more

  • C.S. Lewis Quote on COVID-19

    3/15/2020 11:35:05 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Our church decided to offer JUST Sunday morning service with no other activities this week, but they opened the service with a quotation from C.S. Lewis .... it was originally couched within the context of the atom bomb, but it applies just as well to this year’s corona virus... Just substitut... Read more

  • Hi. My name is Cathy, and I’m a chocoholic....

    3/15/2020 12:07:29 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Not only am I a chocoholic, I just love sweets. And When trying to lose weight and get on a healthy lifestyle, satisfying your sweet tooth is not always something that goes hand-in-hand with success. I think that’s the reason Keto/low carb works so well for me .... because I can eat... Read more

  • Worthwhile Splurge (and Catastrophe Averted)

    3/14/2020 11:22:56 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Ever since I discovered Rhodes frozen cinnamon rolls, I have loved fixing them up the night before and letting them rise all night and then baking them in the morning to get hot, delicious fluffy cinnamon rolls in about 20 minutes (if you count pre-heating the oven).... unfortunately (or shoul... Read more

  • Trying to stay calm

    3/14/2020 10:14:25 PM, by JANROLG

    This virus has everyone going crazy. I realize this is serious, but buying everything and not leaving anything for anyone else is beyond insane. 1) things can be delivered. 2) the food will go bad if not used in a timely manner. 3) you now will not have enough funds to pay your bills. ... Read more

  • Our reflection

    3/14/2020 12:09:42 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you like what you see?... Read more

  • Home the Mighty Hunters (Fishermen)

    3/13/2020 11:33:15 PM, by MCJULIEO

    my son took advantage of the warm weather and spring break to take HIS son out camping, canoeing and fishing on the upper Guadalupe River, and they actually CAUGHT something, mostly bass, both big mouth and small mouth..... My grandson was SO proud of himself! And this granny was, too!... Read more

  • DIY virus protection

    3/13/2020 12:45:58 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

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  • My Favorite Texas Bluebonnet Story (of All Time)

    3/13/2020 12:23:57 AM, by MCJULIEO

    The wildly popular "Don't Mess with Texas" anti littering campaign illustrated perfectly the compulsive obsession that Texans have with their state flower, the bluebonnet, in 1988 when they contracted with country western star Jerry Jeff Walker to pose with a field of bluebonnets and sing their anti... Read more

  • Better to Be Found Out? or Not!

    3/11/2020 11:47:09 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I may have someone’s life the other day..... it was a normal day for me, and I had neglected walking out to get my mail from the mailbox, so off I went in the late afternoon, and, having picked up a handful of “blah” mail, I glanced over to my neighbor’s house where there was a man walking around on... Read more