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  • Daily Highlight 257 - Feeling the Pressure

    11/14/2019 11:04:01 AM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - Ah tis' the Season of Stress. Now I do no usually eat over seasonal stress, but I know that I need to let go of my desire for perfection. (Not in others, but from myself.) I'm glad I let go of Thanksgiving and not order it. Dinner is done and that pressure is off. My lists help me get... Read more

  • It seems it has been a LONG time

    11/14/2019 8:23:38 AM, by FYREDANCER

    Whelp, I had that baby that I was hoping for. She is in 1st grade now. LOL I am back in the saddle because after my last 35# loss, I put 25# of it back on by not watching my portion sizes, eating processed foods and not being very active. Instead of wallowing, I am going to get back into being a min... Read more

  • Team Jackie

    11/14/2019 5:39:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday's featured article on Personal Health Teams got me thinking about me. I have a team, and perhaps I don't use it enough. In fact, now is my time to make a few changes to maximize my team. 1. My PCP. Dr. Perez is my go-to person for my medical perspective and medication. He has a n... Read more

  • Daily Affirmation for Thursday, November 14, 2019

    11/14/2019 4:15:23 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " I love myself as I truly am " - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to jlh@sail7.com... Read more

  • Good Things to Do When It’s Cold Outside

    11/13/2019 10:42:31 PM, by MCJULIEO

    This list is primarily for INDOOR things to do when it’s too cold to go outside.... basically, things that might take a little incentive to make it so that I will tackle it... 1) Clean out the freezer! If you are like me and you toss dibs and dabs into the freezer, thinking that the small po... Read more

  • Whoops...I may have bitten off more than I can chew with new merch!

    11/13/2019 7:38:36 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    213 Well...ever the optimist does have it's limitations sometimes doesn't it my friends? I have been SO focused on getting great new merchandise in our consignment gallery that I may have overstepped my space limitations...oopps! I got a BIG household of stuff in today and registered over ... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 256 - Tis' The Season

    11/13/2019 9:45:48 AM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - Tis' the season when things get frenetic. Alright it isn't here yet, but my plan for the season is in place. I have lists, menus and a calendar/schedule. So much to do for the holidays and then the "normal" stuff. Dentist, doctor, hair, nail, appointments and baby sitting. So much to d... Read more

  • Renewal & Rainbows

    11/13/2019 5:18:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    Renewal starts in the mind and works out into the body. Yes, It is all about attitude and focus. Today, more than ever, my focus makes a big difference because of my big challenges. I could easily be the dark cloud in the room, or I can choose to be the rainbow in someone else's storm. ... Read more

  • Yep, It Got Cold!

    11/12/2019 11:26:16 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Well, the prediction came true.... it got cold last night! Swiped this from the Sparkfeed today, thank you, Sparker Wisdom! No snow or even ANY precipitation, but a cup of water on the porch froze over.... that’s plenty cold enough for south Texas in November... I HAD hoped that I woul... Read more

  • Yippee...ask and ye shall receive!

    11/12/2019 10:15:35 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    Hello, my friends! I've been fretting that the things I have on the floor of our little consignment gallery are too trendy. Yes...very cool and quirky...but that doesn't always transfer into sales. So...you can imagine how happy and excited I am to have TWO lovely households coming in. To... Read more

  • Sad News

    11/12/2019 5:21:18 PM, by POSEY440

    My Mom died Sunday, the day after I left home for Florida. ... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 255 - Stewouper

    11/12/2019 2:43:04 PM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - Oh yes, it is true the scale did rebound up. Am I worried, no... because it will go down again. My youngest asked what was in the crock pot. I replied: "Stewouper." and laughed as soon as that came out of my mouth. "Soup or stew... whatever you wish," I clarified. 481 Gratef... Read more

  • It has been awhile

    11/12/2019 7:43:31 AM, by JACQUELINE2010

    I haven't wanted to get on the computer. Making a post from my phone is a pain in the butt. November Monthly Goal: I am changing everything. 1) Drink 8 oz of water at least 3 times a day 2) Walk at least 10,000 steps or 3 miles daily 3) No snacking!!!!! That Halloween candy got ... Read more

  • Warming Up This Cold Morning!

    11/12/2019 5:27:47 AM, by JSTETSER

    Perhaps you have had mornings like mine... Today it's cold and rainy outside. My body wants to just sit on the couch, drink tea and vegetate under a warm blanket. Since I just had a rest day, I will get up and moving and I know that my body will thank me later. .I might keep my workout insi... Read more

  • Daily Affirmation for Tuesday, November 12, 2019

    11/12/2019 2:02:08 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " Like a Manatee, I am Peaceful, Respectful,, Gentle, Kind, and Self-Healing." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to jlh@sail7.com... Read more

  • Brrrrrr

    11/11/2019 11:26:33 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I know all you people from Up North will laugh at us warm blooded (hot blooded?) southerners, but a cold front whooshed in this afternoon and the temps dived about 30 degrees with another 10 degree drop tonight and even more to be expected.... And my feet are cold. But I've already picked ... Read more

  • All is well in Bobbi world tonight...happy face!!

    11/11/2019 8:54:21 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    Hello, dear friends of mine! Well...I faced my fears and discussed them with my grief counselor on the earlier blog I wrote this morning. She is a grief counselor but she has wise advise about most anything so I ran it by her that I had this 'whole house' estimate I was supposed to do tod... Read more

  • Just for safety's sake...

    11/11/2019 7:56:37 AM, by FLORIDASUN

    Hello, dear sparklers! I have my one on one grief counseling this morning and then I have a whole house estimate to do at 1:00 p.m. I think I mentioned that to you a few days ago. I was discussing this estimate with my girlfriend (the one who's ex-husband had her boyfriend that she was hav... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 254 - Veteran's Day

    11/11/2019 5:47:37 AM, by NANCY-

    232 Highlight - Veteran's Day is a day my hubby likes to get a free meal. He has many places to choose from. Getting him to go out can be a bit of a challenge, he's a homebody, however when it comes to food he is there. I'm along for the ride, but not all those calories and fried does sit we... Read more

  • Giving Thanks!

    11/11/2019 5:28:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    This November, I'm giving lots of thanks in three ways. First, my mom and I are making Thanksgiving Cards and giving them to friends. Inside the card, it says "I thank God for you! We also look at our friends in the eyes and say those words. People keep those cards that my mother colors fo... Read more

  • Daily Affirmation for Monday, November 11, 2019

    11/11/2019 2:36:59 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " Like a Butterfly, I have been Reborn with Bold Colors and Strong Wings." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to jlh@sail7.com... Read more

  • Ooops

    11/10/2019 11:25:14 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Have you ever wanted to impress someone (or group of someones), whether with your sports skill, your understanding of a craft, or your expertise in the kitchen? Well, maybe because I do so comparatively little of it, Today I wanted to impress my friends at church with a special potato dish at our la... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 253 - Would You Rather...

    11/10/2019 11:20:34 AM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - Getting things situated for the holidays. 429 383 446 408 Thanksgiving dinner has been ordered. Ordered because the guys love the smoked turkey. Christmas list is in progress. I do not fret the holidays. I relish them. It is a time that I actually lose weight. Why? Who... Read more

  • Semi-Precious

    11/10/2019 8:00:00 AM, by BESSHAILE

    After a dry start to the autumn - so dry all the leaves on the beech tree in front of the house fell off!!! - when usually they remain as the golden color of winter - we got rain in October and now the colors are exploding around me like so many topazes, amethysts, garnets and peridots. I originally... Read more

  • I Choose!

    11/10/2019 6:38:05 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I choose what will help me most. I'm going for a hike today. I could sew or go to church, but I choose to move my body. Soon the weather will turn icy and very cold, and I will be inside. I need these days of outside exercise! I choose to eat low carb and low sugar. There are poor... Read more

  • Daily Affirmation for Sunday, November 10, 2019

    11/10/2019 4:04:14 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " My life is the eye of the hurricane - an island of calm in a sea of uncertainty." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to jlh@sail7.com... Read more

  • Glorious Day- Nice Surprise

    11/10/2019 12:43:49 AM, by MCJULIEO

    It was a perfect fall day today, with temperatures in the 70s and sunshine after a quite cool (high in the 50s) and damp-ish day yesterday... sometimes it just takes a less than perfect day to help us really appreciate the other days! And after a lovely day of getting things done, my oldest chi... Read more

  • One day at a time, one foot in front of the other..projects

    11/9/2019 8:55:38 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    213 Hello my dear sparklers: It's been a minute since I last blogged. I always intend to sit down and sort our my feelings in a blog (which helps me immensely) and then the day is gone and I intend to blog the next day and poof it disappears also. I've gone to another dine out with the gri... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 252 - Baby It's Cold Outside

    11/9/2019 12:54:12 PM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - Waiting for the school bus the blustery wind blew right through us. Using a tree to sheild us did little to protect us from the biting cold. The sun was so low in the sky that it's rays provided little warmth. Finally the bus arrived, my two eldest grands bounded off the bus, s... Read more

  • I thank God For Team Jackie!

    11/9/2019 5:39:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    We all need a team to help us, and I thank God for mine! I work very hard having helpful people around me. I help them and they help me when I need it! I would not be where I am if I had to go it alone! 1. I have friends who work with my Mom. They not only keep my lovely Mom doing well, bu... Read more

  • Daily Affirmation for Saturday, November 9, 2019

    11/9/2019 4:33:19 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " I Invite Rainbows and Butterflies Out To Play." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to jlh@sail7.com... Read more

  • Christmas Already?

    11/9/2019 12:12:10 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Now that Halloween is over, the stores have decided to really embrace Christmas as the most important product right now.... where Halloween items haunted shelves, the ornaments and tinsel have taken over. And Christmas advertisements have blossomed even on HULU. I’m not ready for it! ... Read more

  • Decisions

    11/8/2019 12:11:23 PM, by NEWFLABULESS

    I've tried the Noom app and here's my take on it: It's nice to get daily tips and reminders I have to REMEMBER to open the app each day It's only available on my phone There isn't really any interaction with others, besides the coach, unless I'm not using it correctly I like SP when ... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 251 - New Middle Number

    11/8/2019 8:56:24 AM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - Last night was a group meeting for the study group. At the weigh in the psychologist was amazed I had dropped so much weight since last month. When you put things into proper perspective it was only about a 3 pound loss. My weight goes up and down, up and down and up and down. When I ... Read more

  • I Quit the Clean Plate Club!

    11/8/2019 5:36:31 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am thankful for always having more than enough food! Growing up, I believed what my parents said. Mama told me to always eat all my food on my plate, and I took that seriously. There were people who did not have enough food, and I should eat mine! I realize now that if I did not eat all my... Read more

  • Daily Affirmation for Friday, November 8, 2019

    11/8/2019 3:04:34 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " When I Honor myself, I am confident of my being, and I am gentle with myself." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to jlh@sail7.com... Read more

  • Out of Season Shenanigans

    11/7/2019 11:13:43 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Once upon a time there was a serious university, dedicated to higher education .... and then they let the students come..... The above picture portrays a bicycle perched atop the dome of the Academic Building in the center of the campus of Texas A&M University from a couple of weeks ago..... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 250 - IRL - In Real Life

    11/7/2019 11:20:20 AM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - Having to see people's faces really helps me really stay accountable. Is it fear of judgement? Is it look of disappointment, that I want to avoid? Or is it a bit of competitive nature? I do know that I do not want to be the only one not succeeding. Setting a health goal was ... Read more

  • Working the Plan!

    11/7/2019 5:26:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have a simple plan to help control Type 2 Diabetes(T2D) in my body. This plan is so simple that when my life is falling apart (as it has recently), I can still work this plan. It involves a few things that I do every week: 1. Always have the low carb snacks first! I bought a $20 hard-boile... Read more

  • Daily Affirmation for Thursday, November 7, 2019

    11/7/2019 2:42:39 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " I am so honored that the Power of the Universe has chosen for me to be ME." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to jlh@sail7.com... Read more

  • Getting Ready for the Cold

    11/7/2019 12:56:06 AM, by MCJULIEO

    We don’t get very cold in south Texas, but when the temperatures drop below 60 we take notice, and e alter our behavior accordingly, like switch to jeans instead of shorts, and carry a windbreaker to toss on over our t-shirts..... I even have added a blanket to my bed so I don’t have to turn on... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 249 - Slipping Back and Forth

    11/6/2019 11:23:50 AM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - Falling back into old habits when things are out of sorts. After being ill, the old way of doing things crept back in, especially the nighttime gnawing. Last night was the first night that the gnawing wasn't a challenge. Exercising is practically nonexistent, my back has been seizing... Read more

  • Snowbird

    11/6/2019 10:35:30 AM, by POSEY440

    I am off to Florida on Saturday for the winter. Hoping I can get on track there. They have a pool need one right no. Wish me luck, will still be here daily on Spark. ... Read more

  • Eavesdropping On TheBrains

    11/6/2019 5:24:42 AM, by BESSHAILE

    43 Did you see that scale? 18 Yeah 43 Down half a pound! 18 uh huh 43 Well - don't you feel proud? 18 um. well... 43 Come on - what's the matter? 18 I thought I'd see a bigger loss 43 Really? Why? 18 Well - the week before we dropped 2 lbs and ate cake 43 oh girlio - you k... Read more

  • #6 Wonderful Wednesday!

    11/6/2019 5:19:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I'm thankful for another day on God's green Earth! It's just another normal day for me to help kids learn, love my family and help my Mom. I'm thankful for all the people in my life. Make it a habit to tell people to thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without th... Read more

  • Daily Affirmation for Wednesday, November 6, 2019

    11/6/2019 3:28:41 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " I forgive everyone - especially myself. I forgive for my own sake, that I may transmute my resentments into Unconditional Love." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to jlh@sail7.com... Read more

  • Daily Affirmation for Tuesday, November 5, 2019

    11/6/2019 12:41:57 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " I follow my own star and my own inner compass." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to jlh@sail7.com... Read more

  • A Planted Wall

    11/5/2019 11:24:43 PM, by MCJULIEO

    While I was in Houston for my mother’s birthday, I made a special effort to check out something that I had seen only from a moving vehicle, a trendy, rather large grocery store that had on the street side what appeared to be a plantable wall.... much like a specialized strawberry pot, this wall was ... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 248 - Voted Today

    11/5/2019 3:30:17 PM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - Had my "I Voted Today" sticker on. While in the produce department a very young girl noticed the sticker and said:"You voted for your boss today?" I couldn't help but smile. I replied: "We are the boss, because we get to choose who gets to work for us." She thoughtfully smiled. ... Read more

  • Meeting my Goals!

    11/5/2019 5:31:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's a long road to reach my goals! I am working to control Type 2 Diabetes mainly through food and exercise. I realize that while I cannot control my genetics, I can understand the pitfalls of my parents, and adjust my path. SparkPeople helps me to stay on track with meeting those goals, and ... Read more

  • First Impressions May Not Always Be Accurate

    11/4/2019 11:48:48 PM, by SUNSET09

    When we meet someone new, we give them the once-over without even thinking about it We immediately subconsciously take in what they are wearing, what they are saying and so on, and form a first impression that tends to last But you know, of course, that a first impression is not alway... Read more

  • 98 Year Old Birthday Girl

    11/4/2019 11:16:16 PM, by MCJULIEO

    My son and his grandmother My mom’s birthday was this weekend, and since you celebrate your 98th birthday only once, my siblings and I threw her a party.... it was a grand time, and in the proverbial words of countless society page columnists, “A Good time was had by all!” some of the g... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 247 - Anxious

    11/4/2019 2:04:52 PM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - Hubby is almost done with immunotherapy. He'll be one of about eight of their patients that have completed treatment. So many questions are not yet answerable. Good news is his side effects are minor (as far as we know). Small patches of hives and now just a rash on his leg and dry mou... Read more

  • #4 Grateful for Ladybugs!

    11/4/2019 5:16:25 AM, by JSTETSER

    Okay, I'm actually grateful for a sewing room where I can create ladybug hats. It took me a few days to figure out exactly how to place the eyes and the antenna, but I really like the way that the ladybug hats came out. I've had requests for hats with antenna and without the antenna. ... Read more

  • Daily Affirmation for Monday, November 4, 2019

    11/4/2019 2:28:58 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " I Find A Magical White Bunny In Every Rabbit Hole." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to jlh@sail7.com... Read more

  • I Love College Football!

    11/3/2019 9:37:09 PM, by MCJULIEO

    How hilarious is it that the remarkable Mason Fine, quarterback of the University of North Texas, football team, showed up at the press conference following his stellar performance on Saturday (threw for 300+ yards and 7 touchdowns) dressed in an inflatable Tyrranosaurus Rex costume????!!! ... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 246 - Sleep, a Chance to Dream.

    11/3/2019 4:35:11 PM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - Amazing! Extra hour of sleep actually happened. I expected my son to wake me at an ungodly hour, but it didn't happen. I awoke rested and surprised. He seemed to need the extra also. Good thing too, as it was a weekend for the Special Olympic bowling Invitational. Grateful - ... Read more

  • #3 Grateful for an Extra Hour!

    11/3/2019 5:32:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I'm grateful for on extra hour of sleep! I don't usually sleep in on purpose. I have a busy day and goals to reach. Today is my hiking day, and I'm going to get some of my school work done early. The extra sleep feels very good today. What are you thankful for today? ... Read more

  • Daily Affirmation for Sunday, November 3, 2019

    11/3/2019 1:48:30 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " Everyone I Love Becomes My Family - and I Love Everyone." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to jlh@sail7.com... Read more

  • Problems with Daylight Savings Time

    11/2/2019 11:50:30 PM, by MCJULIEO

    It’s a good thing they have to move those stones only twice a year! (Hope you enjoy your extra night of sleep tonight!)... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 245 - Back In Time.

    11/2/2019 8:50:26 PM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - Power is back. That last post was done on my phone. It is amazing what we take for granted. Washing machine, refrigerator, etc. It is nice to unplug every once in a while. However I did not relish doing laundry in a wash tub when I was in Europe. My grandmother cooked on a wood st... Read more

  • Whoa! Fundamental Shift!

    11/2/2019 8:18:34 AM, by BESSHAILE

    I moved the sewing machines into the studio yesterday and what a surprise - as soon as that basic (and old friend) machine was on the table I couldn't wait to sit down and start sewing. The Red Velvet Dress is still in the "thinking about it" stage but I have a basket of hemming and mending beside... Read more

  • #2 Grateful for Today!

    11/2/2019 6:18:04 AM, by JSTETSER

    Did you know that today is a gift? This is an opportunity that will only come once. Today I encourage you to approach today as I was taught to approach a busy street: 1. Stop and listen. 2. Look both ways. 3. Move forward! Rise to this day by learning the lessons of gratefulness. ... Read more

  • Daily Affirmation for Saturday, November 2, 2019

    11/2/2019 3:55:29 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " In the eternity of all creation, I am the only ME that ever will be." - jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to jlh@sail7.com... Read more

  • Getting Ready for the Big Party

    11/1/2019 11:43:31 PM, by MCJULIEO

    It;s Party Time tomorrow.... my mother will celebrate her 98th birthday, and my brothers and I have been working like maniacs to make it a fun time for her, and inspirational for everyone who will attend. My mom has been teaching Bible classes for at least 50 years (and STILL does!), and she continu... Read more

  • Daily Highlight -

    11/1/2019 4:43:02 PM, by NANCY-

    Highlight- Oooo! Went the wind and out went the lights ... and the internet. 🎃 Our lights went out late Halloween night. Not a nice treat. Late night and early morning left me with little appetite. No cook breakfast for this household. Grateful - No damage. The tree across the power lines and... Read more

  • Slowing Down with TheGrands and New Glasses

    11/1/2019 5:59:57 AM, by BESSHAILE

    In chronological order I'll speak about the glasses first. In the past 6 months my eyesight has become somewhat fuzzy - particularly the left eye - so yesterday I took myself off to the optometrist way before Medicare will probably pay for it, since I just went there last spring. No matter. I'm pic... Read more

  • My Attitude of Gratitude

    11/1/2019 5:20:17 AM, by JSTETSER

    My November Attitude of Gratitude is a yearly build-up to Thanksgiving. It's a life-changing full month of thankfulness! Have you ever tried it? I hope that you will join me in mindfully focusing on those things in your life that deserve to be thanked, one day at a time. Today I am thankful... Read more

  • Daily Affirmation for Friday, November 1,2019

    11/1/2019 5:05:00 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " I Delight in Dancing Lightly With Life." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to jlh@sail7.com... Read more

  • Zest for Life

    11/1/2019 12:31:36 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I’m sleeping on my mom’s couch as we prepare for her birthday party , and I can’t help noticing that some of the people who live in her senior apartment complex are a lot more lively than others... admittedly there are a LOT of variations health wise, and the residents of this supposedly Independent... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 243 - Oopsy

    10/31/2019 11:30:03 AM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - Well that didn't work. My plan to cut my nighttime gnawing failed. Oh well! I think I know what happened.... I didn't have a PLANNED snack. 198 Yes, meals were planned snacks were not. I do need to take evening meds with food. So tonight I will have grapes and cheese. It ... Read more

  • Keeping The Fright out of Sight!

    10/31/2019 5:17:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    What do you fear? What scares you silly? Lately, I've been afraid of all sorts of things as I watch my mother's health decline. Fear can keep us from moving forward with our goals in life. Don't be scared into doing nothing because of fear of doing things wrong! Today I hold on to my faith ... Read more

  • Long Day, Full of Memories

    10/30/2019 11:41:24 PM, by MCJULIEO

    After driving from south central Texas near San Antonio to Houston, I was pretty bushed, but the thrill of being with my mother was exhilarating, catching up in ways that the phone just cannot do ... It’s time for bed now, and I find myself going through my collection of photos from the past 8... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 242 - What To Do

    10/30/2019 1:07:55 PM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - Yesterday's overwhelm is gone with the perspective of a new day. There is still much to do and absorb, but a good night's rest is very healing. Before last night's sleep, I resorted to that nighttime gnawing. At least it was with popcorn and not a bag of candy, not that it makes gnawi... Read more

  • TheBrains Are Whispering

    10/30/2019 7:17:24 AM, by BESSHAILE

    18 woo woo - did you see the scale? 43 Yep. Feels good doesn't it 18 you betcha. 2 lbs down 43 Yep. 7 to go. What part did you like the best about last week? 18 I liked it when we ate so many zero points foods that we had a point carryover into the next day 43 Wanna try for that aga... Read more

  • Family Time

    10/30/2019 5:44:40 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's been almost 20 years since my Dad's passing, and each of us children has helped Mom in different ways. We have all done what we could do in our own way. In some ways caring for Mom has brought us closer, and in other ways, it has divided us. At first, John spent Sundays at church with ... Read more

  • Good Thing My Head is Screwed On

    10/29/2019 11:08:40 PM, by MCJULIEO

    The last several weeks have been wild, with intense obligations and super-human expectations, and I have to keep it up for just a few more days.... for the big 98th birthday party for my mother on Saturday.. All my siblings live in Houston, where she lives, and I’ll drive there tomorrow to help... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 241 - Too Much

    10/29/2019 9:06:37 PM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - Lately I've been like a sponge, soaking up information. However I feel supersaturated. There is so much to take in, so much to do. I need to squeeze some stuff out and narrow my focus. Good thing my menu is planned, that is one thing I do not have to deal with, Grateful - ... Read more

  • Fix-It-Up Projects

    10/29/2019 7:02:39 AM, by BESSHAILE

    I suddenly realized I've never done a photo tour of the studio. Like I promised. Of course - it's not finished yet but it's finished enough to show it off. So this weekend I will pull out the camera and make something to share. It won't be ready for an article in Stampington's In Her Studio but y'a... Read more

  • Thank God for Hired Help!

    10/29/2019 5:30:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    There were three wonderful women in my mother's life that I greatly appreciate. They are the ones who alerted me just a week ago that Mom's health had changed, and she needed more than home care. They put their jobs on the chopping block for the sake of my mother, and I greatly appreciate them.... Read more

  • In the Clouds With Silver Linings Category

    10/28/2019 10:56:45 PM, by MCJULIEO

    This is the kitchen towel in a friend’s home, and I immediately thought of SP..... While it is INFINITELY PREFERABLE to make smart and/or wise decisions right off the bat, sometimes we just FLUB it.... and when THAT happens, it can be so much better to shuffle the incident into a “history... Read more

  • So much to catch you up on in Bobbi~world! New merch coming in the gallery!

    10/28/2019 7:25:43 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    213 Hello my sparklies! Wow...it's been a minute, hasn't it? Time without my sweet hubby seems to move in slow motion yet the days still fly by. I always have good intentions on a blog...but then boom the day is done and I'm exhausted and push myself to get my Teddy Bear Challenge stuff posted... Read more

  • Daily Affirmation for Monday, October 28, 2019

    10/28/2019 3:05:55 PM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " Every day, I give thanks that I am me, and that everything that has ever occurred in my life happened exactly as it did - however unpleasant it may have appeared at the time." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to jlh@sail7.com... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 240 - Uh Oh

    10/28/2019 10:29:01 AM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - I have the SparkPeople app on my phone, that is how I was able to post my last blog from the birthday party. Sorry about the format, it has been corrected. 257 However that blog did not tell you about my embarrassing situation at my grandson's hour long sport class. It was rainin... Read more

  • The Prize and Walkin' My Socks Off

    10/28/2019 7:57:19 AM, by BESSHAILE

    Whenever TheBrains get to talkin' there isn't much time for anything else so I thought I'd post about the other cool things that happened this weekend today. I was at a district meeting for a civic club I belong to - my first ever - on Saturday. The drive through VA's glorious autumn colors wa... Read more

  • The Noise

    10/28/2019 5:25:51 AM, by JSTETSER

    There are so many voices trying to get our attention. It's important that we focus on the voices that will help us, not hurt us. I find people here on Spark encourage me to keep going and do my best. Those are the voices that I listen to. Don't focus on the negative noise. It will tear yo... Read more

  • Something I’ve Never Seen Before

    10/28/2019 12:11:11 AM, by MCJULIEO

    you cannot see this very well, but this caught my eye as I drove through a neighborhood to get to the retreat this weekend I will zoom in so you can see a little better it’s a yard full of skeletons artfully at play, including a couple who are completely suspended in the air as they caro... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 239 - Party Time

    10/27/2019 1:46:52 PM, by NANCY-

    Nothing like the unending exhuberance of youth. Twenty 5 year olds running around was a sight to behold. Wish I had that energy. Grateful- Had a good drive down. Spending time with my grandson. To snuggle with my youngest grand.... Read more

  • TheBrains Assess The Week

    10/27/2019 6:50:52 AM, by BESSHAILE

    58 Last week I had a come-to-Jesus meeting with TheBrains about making better choices and Ms. LeftBrain came up with a plan that Ms. RightBrain agreed to. Let's check in and see how things went. "Yoo hoo! How'd it go this week?" 43 I think it went pretty well. How do you feel about it? 18 Ok... Read more

  • Focus On The Positive

    10/27/2019 5:44:50 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sometimes the best way to get through the day is to focus on the things that bring me joy. Lina is now 7 and I still remember her first Halloween outfit. I bought the little onesie and sent it down to my son who was in med school. Today her outfit will be much different than the little pumpkin... Read more

  • Daily Affirmation for Sunday, October 27, 2019

    10/27/2019 2:32:41 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " I constantly seek excellence in all domains that truly matter to me." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to jlh@sail7.com... Read more

  • Time For An Early Bedtime

    10/26/2019 11:34:06 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Today was the second day of a church ladies retreat, and despite the invigorating content and lovely fellowship, I am tired, and am going to bed early ! The weather was totally gorgeous, quite cool in the early morning, but gloriously sunny in the afternoon, with time to walk in the neighborhoo... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 238 - Time for a Change?

    10/26/2019 4:17:56 PM, by NANCY-

    Highlight- I'm hoping things calm down here and thank you all for the prayers. Thankfully things have not gotten worse. 321 Meanwhile.... I'm rethinking my approach here in the home. I've implemented many small changes, but now may be the time to just dive in. What is wrong with what I a... Read more

  • A New Day

    10/26/2019 5:23:02 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday was a tough day, but I survived. Today will also be tough but I will be okay. My mother is now in a nursing home, and I'm sad about it. She is in a long-term unit, and I did not realize how much lower the quality of rooms is in the long-term than the short term. Mom doesn't have a ... Read more

  • Daily Affirmation for Saturday, October 26, 2019

    10/26/2019 4:33:40 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " I have compassion for everyone who has ever been a player upon the stage of my life." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to jlh@sail7.com... Read more

  • Perspective Makes All the Difference

    10/26/2019 12:48:25 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Here in south Texas we tend to hopscotch all over the map, weather wise, and the sporadic cool fronts always take a bit of getting used to.... for example, I noticed last week, when one day’s 95 degree high temp required me setting my car temperature at 75 which was plenty cool enough... but the nex... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 237 - Be Prepared.

    10/25/2019 2:00:34 PM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - The Boy Scout motto is a good one to follow. Thankfully I was. My son awoke me with: "Want to take me to the walk-in clinic?". Like I would have said no? I was dressed and ready to go in less than 5 minutes. Clean clothing, teeth brushed, earrings, meds, purse, phone, water. My purse ha... Read more

  • The Little Log Book

    10/25/2019 6:54:02 AM, by BESSHAILE

    Just in case you didn't know, I use the Weight Watcher eating plan for both selecting and tracking what I eat. I like it because it uses small numbers - the kind you can keep in your head - and because it's weighted to guide you away from sugar and processed carbs. In its latest incarnation you do... Read more

  • Today

    10/25/2019 5:17:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    Life is a gift worth unwrapping every day. I'm not looking forward to my responsibility today. Mom is going into a nursing home. Family members are angry with my decision. Those who agree with me are silent. Today I face the furious noise. God is with me in this day, and tomorrow is going to... Read more

  • Daily Affirmation for Friday, October 25, 2019

    10/25/2019 2:22:47 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " My compassionate intents are generally received clearly and acted upon - perhaps not immediately, or in exactly the way I hope - but acted upon favourably, nonetheless." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to jlh@sail7.com... Read more