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  • It’s Slow Going

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

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

  • Yuanna Iguana?

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

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

  • Drat! Drat! Drat!

    1/22/2020 10:47:26 PM, by MCJULIEO

    My beautifully written Sparkblog just winked out! All those carefully crafted words.... poof! GONE! These things happen.... and the world keeps spinning,.... Oh well, maybe it will come back as in a dream... Or maybe it just wasn’t as intriguing as I had thought.... And I almos... Read more

  • Feeling excited!

    1/22/2020 7:01:22 PM, by FULLOHOPE

    I’ve embraced a whole food, lower carb diet and I feel fantastic. It’s been a while since I’ve experienced mental clarity and energy like this. ... Read more

  • CBD oil or lotion Has anyone used it?

    1/22/2020 12:32:37 PM, by CTUPTON

    My daughter had me use hers. It looked like a deodorant. I had a "knot" near my wrist. I have many of these. If I press on it , it hurts. So I rubbed her stuff on it. The pain did go away.Even this morning when I press on it, the pain was practically gone. But I am afraid of it. Here is some i... Read more

  • Wednesday- Gratitude List

    1/22/2020 9:27:43 AM, by LUVSCLASSICS

    I must remind myself to-day that there are so many reasons to be grateful-- #1. The house has a working furnace and hot heat, it’s about 26 degrees out there. #2. Will continue to do morning exercise indoors with Cable T.V. Exercise or You-tube exercise. #3. Grateful for the food in the ... Read more

  • No Such Luck

    1/21/2020 11:04:43 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I was READY to serve. I was WILLING to serve. I was prepared to serve on whatever jury they had for me to serve on..... I even had to drive around and around the courthouse and even had to walk several blocks to get to the place where I reported for jury duty... But it was not to be. I was Jur... Read more

  • Called For Jury Duty

    1/20/2020 11:53:28 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I have to report to the courthouse tomorrow for jury duty, and though I have plenty of other things I could be doing, I am honored/glad to have the opportunity to be selected and serve.... I figure that if I ever had to be tried in a court case, I would HOPE to have jurors like me making the import... Read more

  • MLK day, volunteer at a service project.

    1/20/2020 10:27:27 AM, by LUVSCLASSICS

    Today, on Monday January 20, 2020, The U.S. nation remembers Martin Luther King, Have checked and there are a few service projects today in my area. I’m splitting my time to do two things. Making no-Sew fleece blankets as lap blankets for children in need at the local YMCA, 12:00 - 2:00 p... Read more

  • Translators At Work in This New World

    1/20/2020 12:56:14 AM, by MCJULIEO

    As the world seems to get smaller and smaller thanks to technology, we find technology helping with making that transition easier... a case in point: Probably the most translated book in the world is The Bible, and the group that has been responsible for the most translations of the Bible is W... Read more

  • Don’t Do It! Don’t Do It! Don’t Do IT!

    1/18/2020 10:40:57 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Don’t watch the movie I wrote about yesterday! Perhaps against my better judgement, and I’m saying that like I have actually demonstrated better judgement in the past, I actually watched the movie on Amazon Prime that I wrote about yesterday, The VelociPastor...... about the priest who turned i... Read more

  • Not Making This Up!

    1/17/2020 11:25:12 PM, by MCJULIEO

    It was a damp and occasionally drizzly day today, and I got quite a bit done on my art project (iris folding for beginners, Scan n Cut for beginners), and when I took a break, I found that Amazon Prime has suggested a movie that they think I will like... I haven’t watched it but it has 4 stars,... Read more

  • The Internet: Love It or Hate It, There’s a LOT There

    1/17/2020 12:24:44 AM, by MCJULIEO

    It was the best of times. it was the worst of times. It was the Internet. I meant to spend just a few minutes checking out a few questions I had today, and the next time I looked up, two HOURS had passed !!!!! And I tell myself that I’m doing research for my website-to-be, but I find myse... Read more

  • So Sleepy...

    1/15/2020 9:40:46 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I am sleepy. And I will be heading to bed pretty soon, but what I think I REALLY need is to spend time together with my friends..... It’s not a luxury if you claim it “for medicinal purposes”..... One day at a time keeps it from being overwhelming... ... Read more

  • Needed: Eyes To See

    1/15/2020 12:43:12 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I had to run by the library tonight, and I must have passed right by this spectacular spider web on my way into the building... it was above my head, but was about a yard in diameter, and the spider itself was about the size of a quarter... I know people who are truly freaked out by spiders, b... Read more

  • Goof Off Day

    1/13/2020 10:53:01 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I should not have goofed off today, but I did. And I will never regain the time that I wasted. I DID wrestle with creating a new website to showcase my recycled book projects, but it is a LONG way from being suitable for human consumption.... this is not an intuitive process for me.... I a... Read more

  • Cold Feet, But Not For Long

    1/12/2020 10:59:03 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Ever since our storm front barreled into south Texas on Friday night, it has been cold.... not CANADA cold, but south Texas cold... 30s at night and reaching up to the low 60s during the day.... and there has been enough of a wind to make wind breakers a smart move... and my feet get cold, whi... Read more

  • To do list

    1/12/2020 2:42:44 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat!

    1/11/2020 9:55:54 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I don’t know when trampoline centers became a “thing”, but today marked the third birthday party that I’ve attended for one of my grandchildren hosted by one of those places.... the first one I went to was a few years ago, and I actually ran around and jumped with the kids... but today I just pretty... Read more

  • Trying to get new hearing aides.

    1/11/2020 10:35:42 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am frustrated my insurance company promises free hearing aides but getting the information from them has been very frustrating. The left hand does not know what the right hand is doing! chris... Read more

  • Sixty Second Rejuvenators

    1/10/2020 11:53:27 PM, by MCJULIEO

    In my efforts to make the most out of the time that I have, (and I KNOW that I goof off a lot), I found this Spark article on squeezing the most out of one measly minute: 60-Second Health and Fitness Boosters
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  • Funky Meals

    1/10/2020 12:38:05 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Instead of going to the grocery store, I have decided that It is WAY past time for me to clean out the bits and dabs in my freezer, so meals are bound to get a bit strange here for a little while... I have ground turkey that has been browned and ready to go into spaghetti sauce,.... and I have ... Read more

  • Garden Progress

    1/9/2020 12:55:17 AM, by MCJULIEO

    A few weeks ago I gathered more than 30 bags of leaves put out at the curb for “green recycling” so I could enrich my garden’s mulch level.... today I emptied all those bags and decided that I needed more, so I drove around and helped myself to another 35 bags worth ... it took 2 van loads ful... Read more

  • A word about Hygge

    1/8/2020 12:32:52 PM, by LUVSCLASSICS

    In the winter, the Scandinavians have learned how to be in a state of happiness. The word is “ Hygge” “Everyone can identify with a fragrant garden, with the beauty of a sunset, with the quiet of nature, with a warm and cozy cottage.” – Thomas Kincaid How do you pronounce Hygge? ... Read more

  • Being Virtuous

    1/7/2020 10:24:52 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I had lunch with some good friends at the Grist Mill Restaurant right next to Gruene Hall here in New Braunfels, and we sat at a picnic table on the cliffside overlooking the beautiful green Guadalupe River... and I COULD have had their spectacularly scrumptious Chicken Fried Steak, which I ha... Read more

  • Bought a bag of air...

    1/6/2020 6:57:42 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Give them the Pickle

    1/6/2020 3:59:32 PM, by LUVSCLASSICS

    Sunday, January 5, 2020 Less exercise time; Church at 11:40 Am- 12:45pm, Sister had agreed to attend diner, but when arrived back at house, she complain of anxiety, lying in bed, refuse to come outdoors. My husband and I went to diner ourselves at 2:30 pm, Got a cup of Manhattan clam ... Read more

  • Memes With Staying Power

    1/6/2020 3:33:16 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I saw this in the SP inspirational quotes, and went looking for variations... apparently, others have embraced other aspects of this inspiration, too! At least part is attributable to a specific person... and this one points out a difference between understanding and wisdom... I fi... Read more

  • Gorgeous Day

    1/5/2020 11:43:11 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I think it really DID get to 75 today! And I noticed that my neighborhood is full of deciduous trees that have not dropped all their leaves yet, so I’m pretty sure that they won’t start putting on fresh new spring leaves until the old ones fall off... It is of particular interest to me since I... Read more

  • Glorious January

    1/4/2020 10:49:57 PM, by MCJULIEO

    70 degrees and sunny today, and tomorrow it will be 75!!!! The trees are still begrudgingly giving up their leaves as we tramp around in leaves ankle deep on the ground.... it seems hardly worth it to rake or blow them when there’s still several bushels Worth still sticking to their limbs... Ma... Read more

  • flu preventative Have you used black elderberry ?

    1/4/2020 11:12:06 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Walking resolution

    1/4/2020 10:40:06 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Back to What Passes As Normal (and a Tip for 2020)

    1/3/2020 10:28:03 PM, by MCJULIEO

    As it was the last day of my Christmas Break, I found myself thinking, "One last day before I have to get serious again!", but it just seemed so practical to count up all the projects that I have lined up for this spring, and get an early start right now.... don't wait for the deadline but get those... Read more

  • Kids, Grandkids, and Other Wild Animals!

    1/3/2020 12:04:39 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I have family spread across Texas, but when we decided to meet somewhere fairly easy for all to get to so that we could celebrate our late family Christmas, where could we choose? Waco, of course! And then, where could we rendezvous in Waco? The Waco Zoo seemed especially appropriate, and espe... Read more

  • First Day of the New Year and Decade

    1/1/2020 7:00:00 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I should be more excited about this fresh clean slate before us, but I’m taking it slowly.... I DID start listening to a new book as I cleaned house today, and am cautiously optimistic about the traffic tomorrow s I drive to Austin ... and then later to Waco... and then home again...(my kids and gra... Read more

  • Last Day of the Year... and Decade...

    12/31/2019 9:54:16 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Inertia seems to be settling in on this last day of the year, and I find myself looking around me at chores that should be done but no enthusiasm for doing them.... If nothing else, I SHOULD be excited about a new year, a fresh start, a clean slate! But I’m not feeling it! If I don’t get s... Read more

  • 80% Off?? Yes! Thank you!

    12/30/2019 2:09:13 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I just got home from a $300 shopping spree.... but I spent only $60 for it at the Hobby Lobby After Christmas 80% Off sale..... yes, it was all technically “Christmas stuff”, but as a crafty person, I had my eyes peeled for supplies that could be used year-round with minimal re-purposing.... so I ev... Read more

  • Well the cat has taken over...

    12/30/2019 11:41:42 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Some Observations

    12/28/2019 10:56:35 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Driving back across half (or so) of Texas today I noticed a giant billboard for a ranch near Interstate 10 which announced “Hog Hunts!” “Trophy Taxidermy!” “Game Processing!” “Dog Food!” Seriously, Dog Food??? I guess after you bag your wild hog, have part of it taxidermied into an ornament for... Read more

  • cont. SP article about controlling cravings

    12/28/2019 11:41:36 AM, by CTUPTON

    1.Take the apple test. "Check in with yourself, and ask yourself if you're really hungry or if the craving stems from something else, like boredom, stress or anxiety," Rumsey says. To differentiate between true hunger and a craving, ask yourself "Would I eat an apple right now?" (Feel free to substi... Read more

  • Craving for cheese? SP article says this is the reason

    12/28/2019 11:29:36 AM, by CTUPTON

    29 24 198 Cheese: There's a place for cheese in every (tolerant) diet, but if you're finding ways to slip it into every meal and most snacks, it may be time to reassess your relationship with the creamy dairy food. Serious cheese cravings can sometimes be triggered by a calcium deficie... Read more

  • Happy New Year 2020

    12/27/2019 10:09:00 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • video make ginger tea for colds and flu relief

    12/27/2019 10:00:21 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • License Shorthand... Which Is It?

    12/27/2019 9:31:03 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I saw this license plate in the parking lot here, and my first impression was one of empowerment: I thought it said “I GOT THIS”, But when I showed it to a friend, she said, puzzled, “I GO THIS...??? what does that mean?” Which prompted another onlooker to ask, “Maybe it means,... Read more