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  • Bird’s Eye View

    8/2/2021 11:20:00 PM, by MCJULIEO

    FINALLY I had the chance to visit with my son who took his family to Colorado for “Family camp” for a week, and to hear some of the excellent details. “Somewhere south west of Pueblo” was how he described its location, so I accessed Google Maps and was able not only to find the place, but also to zo... Read more

  • Yowling Cat

    8/2/2021 12:37:15 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Ah! The Sounds of Nature! Last night I could hear the rocking sounds rolling out of Gruene Hall, the oldest continuously operating dance hall in Texas, where tourists and locals alike Texas two step and honky tonk late into the weekend nights. It’s just down the road from where I live, and whe... Read more

  • First Sewing Class

    7/31/2021 9:29:55 PM, by MCJULIEO

    FINALLY! My friend who wants to learn to sew (because she’s going to become a grandmother!) and I were able to get together so she could have her first lesson… I had gone to her house once before (to assess the state of her sewing machine and sewing supplies) and it had resulted in her taking her se... Read more

  • Little Things

    7/30/2021 11:32:25 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I did a lot of little things today…… tossing out old papers, picking grapes off stems and freezing them (for sorbet), gathering up parts for a project, finding scissors, making a mammogram appointment, returning phone calls, …. I can’t even think of all the little things I got done… but that doesn’t... Read more

  • Back Across Texas

    7/30/2021 12:13:53 AM, by MCJULIEO

    As I drove home from Houston, I considered the blessings that are surrounding me…. Time with my family was refreshing and needed …Though originally I was scheduled to stay in Houston for a few more days, it became possible for me to wrap up my immediate business and get on the highway before the usu... Read more

  • Watching the Olympics

    7/29/2021 12:12:39 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Somehow, without ever intending to, I got sucked in to watching the Olympics again…. I remember being fascinated by them as a child, but the level I’m seeing today is almost freakish in its level of expertise…. These athletes have given SO much to their sport, and have given UP so much for their spo... Read more

  • Ethnic Food

    7/28/2021 12:28:58 AM, by MCJULIEO

    When you think of “ethnic food”, do you think of “British food”? This is from the nearby HEB store…. I had to wonder what foods fit in that category, so I went looking, and sure enough , these products are not what I normally see I mean….. “salad cream”?? Mixes for Yorkshire pudding and Sheph... Read more

  • SomeThings I Discovered Today

    7/26/2021 11:37:20 PM, by MCJULIEO

    First off, I drove back from near San Antonio over to Houston today, and Thank Goodness for the way finding app, Waze, which redirected me out of Interstate 10 traffic along the old US Hwy 90 for about 10 miles, a stretch I’m sure I haven’t been on since high school….. it was so lovely driving along... Read more

  • A Good Thing About Drinking Water

    7/25/2021 10:57:28 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Experience is a great teacher, so I can embrace the truth that water is the best thing for me to drink, ……. If not for any other reason than when you (I) accidentally knock over my glass, it is a WHOLE lot easier to clean up!!! It’s also easily flavored with lemon, or any number of other health... Read more

  • Worth a Try

    7/25/2021 12:36:12 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I often buy large packages of frozen vegetables to keep in my freezer so I can make stir fry, or curry, or other things without having to have lots of fresh vegetables around…. But I had a hankering for some ROASTED vegetables, and thought I would try a pan full of what the store packages as “Califo... Read more

  • Trickle Down Knowledge

    7/23/2021 12:39:12 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Sometimes it feels like I’m gulping down information in such quantities that I know that I won’t be able to digest it all…. But going at my own pace, I know , will result in my own higher net knowledge…. and while my body is shrinking, I want my mind to be constantly growing, even if it is jus... Read more

  • jokes and picnic

    7/22/2021 9:41:03 AM, by CANDOK1260

    July is an excellent time for National Picnic Month. The fresh air stirs the appetite, and garden vegetables and fruits make outdoor eating easier. Have a picnic and tell us about it. My birthday party this year was a picnic on July 11. It was the last day before I turn 61. I was suppose to hav... Read more

  • A Day of Memorable Experiences

    7/22/2021 12:29:34 AM, by MCJULIEO

    A Bible Study Fellowship friend of mine died and I went to the memorial visitation time…. And I knew not even one person there, though her sweet sister introduced herself to me on the way in…. Talk about feeling conspicuous! My friend was black, from a strong black community and church, and I was t... Read more

  • Lifelong Learning Goal

    7/20/2021 11:51:17 PM, by MCJULIEO

    One of the things I have really liked about Sparkpeople is how much I have learned…. which, as it turns out, is one of the key ingredients in being healthy. And staying young, . Which pretty much makes it a life skill. We’re all in this together…. (And we all can learn from one... Read more

  • Grocery Store Crisis

    7/19/2021 11:24:49 PM, by MCJULIEO

    It’s Monday, which, for some reason, is my favorite day for grocery shopping, as long as I go early…. It seems less crowded….and the shelves seem better stocked… Is it my imagination? Maybe….. but I’ll take it!! It has been at least a while since I was in a grocery (or ANY KIND) of store, and ... Read more

  • Versatile Chicken Soup

    7/19/2021 12:09:34 AM, by MCJULIEO

    When I buy extra day-old rotisserie chicken, and I need to deal with more pieces than I can eat immediately, I like to simmer the chicken in water with onions and celery, and when it has made to richest broth I debone the chicken and decide what direction I want to go with the contents of my pot…… ... Read more

  • Sparkly Things to Remember

    7/17/2021 11:09:46 PM, by MCJULIEO

    A few things from SP I don’t want to forget (well, actually, there are a LOT of things!) And I hope the motivational memes will still be accessible somehow. There’s just so much good stuff on here! We are more than halfway through July!... Read more

  • Sentimental Journey Within My File Cabinet

    7/16/2021 11:36:07 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I have been trying to get rid of a lot of extraneous clutter, which even includes going through my file cabinet, and as I waded through my children’s files I was transported to those long ago days and the precious projects that they did that were savable…… the school assignments which were hilarious... Read more

  • Perspective on Problems

    7/16/2021 12:48:20 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I wouldn’t trade my problems with anyone. Even when I feel beset with challenges, I recognize that my problems are really pretty insignificant in comparison to others….. in a phone call today I grieved with a friend who just got a diagnosis of ALS, the same terrible incurable neurological... Read more

  • jokes and my goal

    7/15/2021 7:34:49 AM, by CANDOK1260

    This is borrow from LPORTER2015 My goals is to be at 159 by sept. 6. 1) What do I need to believe to accomplish this goal? eat better and continue my exercise 2) What kind of energy could I approach this goal with? allot of energy 3) What would my future self tell me about wh... Read more

  • Back to What Passes For Normal…

    7/14/2021 11:58:36 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I had such high hopes for my day when I woke up this morning! I had rested well, and got 8 hours of sleep! All the clutter that I had ignored when I headed for bed was right where I had left it, so I wouldn’t have to go looking for it… And then it started to go downhill…….. I checked... Read more

  • Home Sweet Home (in nick of time)

    7/13/2021 11:21:00 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I had signed up for a Zoom Storytelling class sponsored by my library, so I really made the effort to get home from Fort Worth in time to sign in on my own WiFi…. It’s a good 4 + hour drive but I made it in time to run inside and log in…. And it was just in the nick of time, weather wise, as w... Read more

  • Longing for Home

    7/13/2021 12:11:43 AM, by MCJULIEO

    As much as I love being with my daughter’s family, I’ve been here almost a week, and I’m beginning to long for home…. Which is a good thing because I’m driving back home tomorrow…. As much as I will miss the pitter patter of little feet, I can probably pass on the getting up at the crack of daw... Read more

  • Leftovers from a “Healthy Party”

    7/11/2021 11:06:07 PM, by MCJULIEO

    We still had to come up with main courses, but there were plenty of fruit cups, and veggie cups leftover from yesterday’s graduation party, so it felt a little like a party day today too… Hummus has protein AND fiber. ….. oh, and TODAY we cut up some vine ripened tomatoes from their garden, whi... Read more

  • Healthy Party

    7/10/2021 10:53:47 PM, by MCJULIEO

    The graduation party for my granddaughter offered foods that were particular favorites for my granddaughter, so there were some excellent choices, like individual fruit cups with grapes and blueberries and strawberries and cheese cubes, and vegetable cups with hummus in the bottom topped with pepper... Read more

  • Sweet Opportunity

    7/10/2021 12:48:10 AM, by MCJULIEO

    My oldest grandchild has a part time job at a fast food restaurant before she starts college this fall, and She had to work until 10:15 tonight….. everybody else at her house keeps early hours, and so almost all of them were already sound asleep, but I was awake when she got in.. Her mother cam... Read more

  • Limber NOT Lumber!

    7/9/2021 12:06:06 AM, by MCJULIEO

    There is nothing like a bunch of lively grandchildren to make me conscious of how I don’t seem to be able to jump up and tend to them the way I remember doing… Getting up is often accompanied by pushing down on the chair arms or the table, and maybe even an involuntary grunt!!! And THEN I... Read more

  • jokes June review July goals

    7/8/2021 10:00:59 PM, by CANDOK1260

    My goals for June were lose weight I now weigh 171.4 so I lost a little less than a lbs not eating when I get up in the middle of the night - doing good at this trying to drink at least six cups of water a day-doing good at this Exercise -trying to keep up my 20 min walk most day most day - c... Read more

  • Austin Creative Reuse

    7/7/2021 11:52:34 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Austin is the Hippie Capital of Texas (as well as being the Texas state capital) so it makes sense that Austin has things not dreamt of by other places, like the store that sells used (or at least, pre-owned) art and craft supplies…. I’ve heard the Austin Creative Reuse store described as a Goodwill... Read more

  • Trip Planning…. Don’t Forget!

    7/6/2021 10:45:38 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I try to keep an ongoing list of things that need doing (or packing) every time I leave on a trip… things like special wardrobe needs (I once forgot dress shoes for a trip that I needed to dress up for… I had to buy a new pair of dress up shoes!), charging cables are high on my “Don’t Forget” list….... Read more

  • Curry to the Rescue

    7/5/2021 11:19:10 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I have a bunch of bits and dabs of things in my fridge, and I need to get rid of much of it before a weekend trip, so curry seems a perfect use…. The rotisserie chicken went into a pot with onions and chopped celery and carrots, and eventually I added curry paste, which I keep on hand at all times… ... Read more

  • Grateful

    7/5/2021 12:22:19 AM, by MCJULIEO

    On this July 4th, I recognize that I’m a “Melting Pot” American, with ancestors who came from all over, so I can appreciate how blessed I am to be descended from people who sacrificed and worked so hard to forge a better future for themselves and their children….. I celebrated the 4th pretty m... Read more