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  • 90 years!

    2/22/2020 6:54:59 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    Today my mom turns 90. I am so blessed to have her..I am a lucky girl! Even though she never wanted kids she is the best mom—kind, loving, giving, she taught me to love nature and animals, to be respectful and kind to others, to be grateful every day even when things aren’t going well—there’s always... Read more

  • Friday

    2/21/2020 8:35:12 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    Lots to do today—cleaning up some items for my mom to use after her surgery (commode, shower chair, stair helper) It’s really cold..temp goes up to 30 tomorrow and stays there for a few days. But it’s 7 right now. Laundry is in and I’m off to the bakery!! Have a lovely day!!!... 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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  • Thurs

    2/20/2020 6:53:06 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    Cold day!! Working on involved cake, baking my moms birthday cake, collies for my stepdad. Then have to clean up some things and then I can take a breather! Have a good day!... Read more

  • Thurs

    2/20/2020 6:53:04 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    Cold day!! Working on involved cake, baking my moms birthday cake, collies for my stepdad. Then have to clean up some things and then I can take a breather! Have a good day!... Read more

  • weds

    2/19/2020 6:59:24 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    have to be at the hospital at 7:30 for bloodwork. NOT what i wanted to do today and totally forgot. My doc does bloodwork every 3 months on me due to the strong meds i have to take. she does it a week or 2 before my regular appt...and makes the dates 3 months in advance so i have plenty of time to f... 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

  • tuesday

    2/18/2020 7:39:19 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    its snowing, but its supposed to change over to sleet and go to high winds. i HAVE to go shopping...out of eggs at the bakery so no choice...lucy is out and as soon as i think she has sufficient time out i'm going to go get it done before it gets worse. shouldnt take too long i dont have a long list... Read more

  • Somethin' New---Book Nooks

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

    www.buzzfeed.com/christopherhu
    dspeth/book-nooks-bookcase
    s-shelves-creative-art-diy
    ?fbclid=IwAR3HJoQ63mvOzZB9
    U8GqczBTLLBRg1rQXoEF82gSwd
    yPVSLhqcWPRsVB8P4... Read more

  • Fun in 2020

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

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  • Monday

    2/17/2020 12:12:56 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    Big day today..surprise coming. House is pretty well done. Have to prep bakery..will need to go shopping too but probably Tuesday. Hope everyone has a good day!!!... Read more

  • Sunday

    2/16/2020 10:40:45 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    so, so sick of cleaning. as soon as i'm done this i need to throw in a washing of the lucy floor covering (prevents muddy paw marks) and the couch cover. i have cats, rotten filthy creatures that they are. i've had them all my life and loved them but these 2 are the most destructive things..i will n... Read more

  • Saturday

    2/15/2020 6:53:09 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    Off to the bakery to check the pipes and clean..so many in and out floors need a going over. Then home to clean more..will be glad when Monday is done—have a meeting here and I always stress about my old, needs updating, floor covering, and wall painting house. Then working on a pair of socks for ... 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 Valentines Day!

    2/14/2020 9:29:38 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    I havent had a human Valentine in years...and my ex husband and then ex sig other were never ones to acknowledge it. It amazes me the people that get upset or angry if they dont get acknowledgement. I was always happy that they showed their love all year not just for one day. I always made a special... Read more

  • thursday

    2/13/2020 9:36:12 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    and the cleaning continues. Snow is sifting down..so pretty!! finishing up all the valentines orders... temp is supposed to plummet..from 30 above to 5 below and a high of one below for tomorrow. then back up. snow went off the roof last night and is at about the 5.5 foot mark on lucys 6 foot f... Read more

  • HEARTPRINTS

    2/12/2020 11:24:56 PM, by L*I*T*A*

    ] HEARTPRINTS Whatever our hands touch We leave fingerprints — On walls, on furniture, on doorknobs and dishes; There's no escape, as we touch we leave our identity. Wherever I go today Help me leave HEARTPRINTS — Heartprints of compassion, Of understanding and love. Hea... Read more

  • weds

    2/12/2020 9:26:38 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    Good Morning!! I got up early and cleaned the kitchen...i deep cleaned at Christmas so it was just making sure everything was in its place and other things put away. as usual i found some Christmas things I had missed when i did the takedown in January, but all is where it belongs now. one room down... 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

  • tuesday

    2/11/2020 8:21:27 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    off to get groceries and a new pair of jeans mine are so old and ill fitting its time. then home to clean....bakery is prepped and ready for the valentines rush! have a wonderful day!... Read more

  • Monday

    2/10/2020 9:59:42 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    well, was supposed to get up and go get groceries. but..its snowing again..and 33 degrees, and the roads are slick. so, tomorrow it is!! have to clean today. prep the bakery. mail valentine cards. and watch the snow sift down!! Have a great day!... 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
    ... Read more

  • sunday

    2/9/2020 9:49:37 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    was 20 below when i got up so i let lucy sleep. i did my weights, and my walking, and got her up at 9:15..its at least above zero at this point. SHES happy to be out in the cold..i cant stand to let her stay out for so long. well meaning people who post all them "bring them in" stuff never dealt wit... Read more

  • saturday

    2/8/2020 9:56:52 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    well we ended up with about two feet. maybe a little more but i dont want to exaggerate it. my mailbox door is gone, the town plow must have clipped it again. i need to go shovel but wanted to get my weights and walking done first. its below zero so lucy cant be out too long. laudry ready to go i... 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

  • 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

  • friday

    2/7/2020 9:39:21 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    big snow...so far about 8" they are telling us 24 but i'll believe it when i see it. just gonna hunker down with my girl and enjoy it..i do love snow!!! have to get some things ready to return to amazon..WHY arent there universal sizes!!!! and when they say something should fit your measurement... 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

  • thursday

    2/6/2020 9:53:48 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    working on a really involved cake. waiting on the snow..only about 3" so far and doesnt look like its doing much, but we will see!! have a great day!... Read more

  • Update

    2/6/2020 7:14:31 AM, by AQUAGIRL08

    We got an attorney. I have to watch what I say now. I will post how I'm feeling sometimes but not always. My attorney will handle everything and my job is to just seek treatment and try to heal as much as possible. I have nightmares about the accident. I jerked awake at 4am with it this morning. ... Read more

  • wednesday

    2/5/2020 9:59:27 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    finally...lucy is bouncing a little. took her pills without a fuss (she hasnt wanted to eat at all..i use greenies pill pockets and/or cheese) and came right over and gave me kisses and wanted her nose itched...and her tail is wagging. i think my girl may be out of the woods!! yay!! have cakes ... Read more

  • Tuesday

    2/4/2020 9:13:04 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    other than to prep the bakery, i dont have any work work for today. Lucy is 3 pills in on the meds. still not herself, but she did eat some lunch yesterday, and a little of her supper last night. shes acting some better, though not the bouncy happy fluffernutter i'm used to. I so worry about h... 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

  • Monday

    2/3/2020 8:10:30 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    busy day...my girl has a UTI so need to run to vets for meds for her. have to stop for groceries, and do some cleaning. workouts done. have to prep bakery for the weeks work then maybe this afternoon some down time with Lucyfur!... 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

  • More winter or early spring?

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

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  • sunday

    2/2/2020 9:46:40 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    people asked about my keto waffles..heres the recipe: 2 eggs 2 ounces cream cheese 1/4 teaspoon baking powder few drops vanilla, optional mix all together in a magic bullet or blender,or by hand till smooth. use in waffle maker or as pancakes. you wont think this will work. its... Read more

  • Saturday

    2/1/2020 12:26:24 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    Doing well in 5% challenge. One cake pickup this morning then the day is mine! Broke down and bought a dash waffle maker so waffles for breakfast! Want to see how many of these tinies it makes. Might try the brownie ones later. We’ll see!... 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

  • friday

    1/31/2020 8:48:44 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    Happy Friday! Cakes done, packaged, ready for pickup. YAY!! cleaning, then knitting, playing with Lucyfur, and maybe work on the new puzzle some. its about half done. a bit harder but not as hard as the one i did last week!! have a great Friday...stick to what will help you reach your goal... Read more

  • thursday

    1/30/2020 9:19:42 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    have a cake to bake, and cleaning to do. its below zero so i'll have to fight with Lucy to get her to come in..she so loves the cold!! otherwise, sorting and puzzle and knitting!! Have a good one!... 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
    source/wellness_articles.a
    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

  • weds

    1/29/2020 8:05:29 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    have to shop. should have gone monday, the weather yesterday prevented it. i;m such a creature of habit, its hard to change and i dont WANT to go..monday is my shopping day!! but go i must..with my yak trax on so i dont fall and break anything!! have a great day Sparkland!!... Read more

  • tuesday

    1/28/2020 9:20:09 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    well my grocery trip delayed again till tomorrow. good thing nothing is urgent!! i woke up to a bunch of snow, i have a big maple outside my window and can see it piled on the branches. grabbed my phone and stuck in the local news channel. no mind you when we have bad weather our channel, which goes... Read more

  • Thank you! Your CBD sharing was top notch. Such a controversial topic!

    1/27/2020 1:45:30 PM, by CTUPTON

    My right shoulder has begun hurting badly. My daughter has this in a stick, like deodorant comes in. I tend to use pain patches from the drug store. I used her CBD stick on an arm area and one time on my shoulder pain. It did help. She says not all brands work! ANd it is expensive. So trying one t... Read more

  • Sheet pan baked veggies (for 1 week of lunches)

    1/27/2020 1:23:14 PM, by CTUPTON

    I got this from a friend: She makes enough for 1 week of lunches. At lunch time she adds meat or tuna or whatever to make a quick, filling meal. I have not done this yet. I need to buy veggies first. 267 773 69 369 198 I make one sheet pan meal on Sunday or Monday, pop it ... Read more

  • Monday

    1/27/2020 10:02:15 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    well monday is usually my shopping day. the pain ramped up last night, i had little sleep, and nothing on my list is urgent so will do the shopping tomorrow. i like to go at 8 am when the store is relatively empty. i detest shopping so much i'm usually in and out in 20 mins...i go to 3 stores first ... Read more

  • Almost Three Weeks Since My Accident

    1/27/2020 9:21:29 AM, by AQUAGIRL08

    I spent another week laying low due to my head injury. When I get up and walk around too much, the vibration of my steps literally makes my head feel like my brain is moving around. The neurologist said that this phenomenon often occurs after head trauma, mild or not. It's very irritating and caus... Read more

  • sunday

    1/26/2020 9:25:50 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    cooking bacon eggs and butter for breakfast, getting my computer stuff done and one thing in the pantry. its snowing...so pretty!! not too cold out, finished the puzzle i started tuesday (it was a hard one i usually have them done in 2 days) have a book to read and knitting to work on..housework can... Read more

  • How dare you?!

    1/25/2020 5:12:09 PM, by ZELLAZM

    It's been a stressful week, but mostly for good reasons including some celebrations: On Monday, I turned in my taxes, always a reason to rejoice. An even bigger reason - I FINALLY got my new kitchen installed! They finished on Thursday, and I've been unpacking and putting things away, which involves... Read more

  • saturday

    1/25/2020 9:55:43 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    up early started a new book. i know now why my knee is so bad..big storm coming..snow, sleet, freezing rain..its a doozy. normal for last week of january here..it always hits right when they build the ice palace for winter carnival. other than one cake pickup i'm done with work...so i'll do my... Read more

  • Friday

    1/24/2020 3:44:11 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    Sleepy. Keep waking up at 3:30 might as well get up and go to nakert and get the work done early. Really pleased with how the bakery is coming along! Committing to doing one thing a day is yielding results—maybe not as fast as I’d like but it’s starting to really show!! Had to laugh at my Ring d... Read more

  • thurs

    1/23/2020 9:31:05 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    Baking...way behind just needed to let lucy out..back to bakery now!! Have a great day!... Read more