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  • Late Start

    3/28/2020 10:43:48 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    These pansies are in my pot garden on my front porch. It is a dreary, rainy day today. I woke at 4 am and was awake for two hours before I fell back asleep to get up at almost 8 am, very late for me. Last night we were blessed to watch one of my favorite Christian worship leaders sing for... Read more

  • Refuge

    3/27/2020 11:00:22 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    For just a moment when I woke up this morning, I forgot about what is going ono in the world, and felt like it was a normal day. As I laid there figuring out what day it is, I remembered. I have been in isolation with hubby for two weeks now. I am thankful I still g=feel healthy. During... Read more

  • Hello Thursday

    3/26/2020 9:53:22 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    My pots on my front steps are in bloom. I thought I would share them with you today for a bit of freshness and color. I am having a hard time figuring out what day it is. Every morning when I am still in bed, I ask myself, what day is it? There is not much that distinguishes one day from ano... Read more

  • Grand Dog

    3/25/2020 9:57:01 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    This is my grand dog, Lucy. She is part Vizsla and part SharPei (among other things.) She was a rescue dog. Lucy is about 8y ears old now. Ever since she was adopted by my son and daughter-in-love, I have been taking care of her every week day at lunch time. They both work, so I have gone t... Read more

  • Peace

    3/24/2020 9:26:07 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    I am blessed to live on a riverside. No matter the season, no matter the time of day, I can look out my window, or walk across the street and see the calm waters flowing. These days with the world being in such a turmoil, there is a lot of upset and stress. I love music. Music is ano... Read more

  • Rainy Monday

    3/23/2020 11:36:16 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    There are new rules for living these days. ANd there are some old rules we need to take more seriously. This sign has been in my bathroom for years. It started as a kind of joke reminder. NOw it is terribly serious. We are all doing our best to remain healthy. As I have said before I hav... Read more

  • Promise

    3/22/2020 8:49:12 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    As I was talking a walk around my yard yesterday, to get some exercise and fresh air, I noticed this one little flower on my cherry tree. Just the one so far. It is very early in the season for this tree to flower. The rest of the tree is just starting to make little buds. It is usually in... Read more

  • Saturday

    3/21/2020 10:38:11 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    Yesterday I walked laps around my yard in between raindrops. THis Korean Azalea was in bloom. Isn't it pretty? I am thankful for another day. I am thankful to be healthy. I am pretty much an introvert who has been staying home for years. That part does not bother me. I do miss my ki... Read more

  • Random Thoughts

    3/20/2020 10:25:05 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    WHen I came across this photo, I though of social distancing. WOrds that until recently I had not even heard put together before. Hopefully we are all practicing this. My cousin in another state sent me a photo yesterday. She was sitting outside of a fast food restaurant she goes several t... Read more

  • Talking to myself

    3/19/2020 11:08:35 PM, by CHRISSYMACD66

    Local | Definition of Local by Merriam-Webster local. noun. English Language Learners Definition of local (Entry 2 of 2) : a person who lives in a particular area, city, or town : a local person. : a train or bus that makes all of the stops along its route. What makes you a "local"? Is it prop... Read more

  • One Step at a Time, or is it?

    3/19/2020 10:53:52 AM, by LUVSCLASSICS

    One Step at a Time, What does this mean? In addition to my own goals, to lose weight, eat plant-based, do on-line exercises with You-tube, take a class, apply for jobs, My sister diagnosed with Diabetes on Monday!!! She had been Pre-Diabetic for several years..... No amoun... Read more

  • To brighten your day

    3/19/2020 8:34:10 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    Several years ago my the Arts Council in my township sponsored oxen. A variety of artists, businesses and schools were given a white oxen and tasked with decorating it. I think there were about 50 of them. WHen they were completed, they were placed all over the township for us to visit and ... Read more

  • Talking to myself

    3/18/2020 9:22:28 PM, by CHRISSYMACD66

    Text: People: "I want 2020 to be like the roarin' twenties!" Earth: "Alright, infectious disease is spreading." People: "No, not like that." Earth: "The US stock market is tanking." People: "Wait..." Earth: "LMAO Bars can't be open anymore." Hey there universe. I don't get it. In times lik... Read more

  • Wednesday

    3/18/2020 9:22:20 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    This is my over 1000 year old Ginkgo tree. The man who had our house built in 1905 planted this tree. Yesterday after the rain stopped, I went outside and walked laps around the yard. I wanted to get some fresh air and some exercise. WIth my constant back pain, walking is not easy for me ... Read more

  • St Patrick's Day

    3/17/2020 9:34:13 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    Happy St Patrick's Day! May your troubles be few My your blessings be more May nothing but happiness Come through your door. Jus for today we are all Irish. Look for the blessings all around. I already have over 11000 steps in for today. Making the best of being at home. ... Read more

  • Monday

    3/16/2020 9:31:34 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    I feel like we are sailing into uncharted waters. WHile social distancing. Yesterday we finished gathering our tax information and emailed it to our accountant. A month early! Unheard of in my house. A blessing to have that taken care of. I will not be going to the gym to work with my tr... Read more

  • Sunday blessings

    3/15/2020 10:31:01 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    CHurch is cancelled but I can watch it online. I am blessed. I am using this time at home to do some cleaning out. I cleared out a cubby full of random items this morning and generated a large box of trash and recycling. I have my phone available to be in touch with friends and family. ... Read more

  • Corona Virus

    3/14/2020 11:25:00 PM, by JERSEYGIRL24

    Like so many, I am deeply upset about COVID-19. I apologize in advance if anything sounds like I am coming across like a selfish baby. I know that others have it much worse than I do. Nobody in my household has the virus (at least not yet). I have been working from home since September, so at le... Read more

  • COVID19 #Coronavirus #UpcomingWedding #WeWon'tGiveUp!!!

    3/14/2020 9:31:58 PM, by HICIM705

    So, we are less than 90 days away from DD's big day and here we are ... in the middle of a PANDEMIC! Next Sunday is 'supposed' to be DD's Bridal Shower. So far, the restaurant has not canceled it, but ~ every hour that you listen to the news, it is becoming more and more apparent that the canc... Read more

  • Figuring Things Out

    3/14/2020 9:48:53 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    WHen I was in second grade, one of my younger brothers, who was three at the time, got spinal meningitis. It was my first experience with being quarantined. My brother was hospitalized and my family was quarantined for two weeks. NO one could leave the house. My parents were not allowed... Read more

  • Sailing into the Weekend

    3/13/2020 8:00:08 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    I have training this morning. I am going to be very careful at the gym. They always keep it very clean, but I am going to make sure I wipe every machine, wash my hands a lot. They have sanitizer dispensers all over the gym floor areas. I just checked the jury duty website and it says al... Read more

  • Dealing with it

    3/12/2020 8:59:40 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    The virus has everyone worried. We were invited to a 90th birthday party in Virginia. It was going to be a big affair. With people coming from all over the country. I admit, I did not want to go. I did not want to be in a crowd of people that I did not know where they had been or the s... Read more

  • Hump Day

    3/11/2020 9:25:05 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    First let me say the rest of my Tuesday went well. Aside from my neighbor's boxes blowing all around my driveway all day. I picked them up several times and put them back where they had them, only for them to blow in my driveway again and again. Once I could not get into my driveway and ... Read more

  • How my day began

    3/10/2020 9:22:19 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    Did you see that moon last night? It was so big and bright. My camera just cannot do it justice. My hubby travels a lot for work. He left at 6am and will be home on Thursday afternoon. I was just getting out of bed when he left. WHen I came downstairs there were lights shining in my... Read more

  • Looking for Answers

    3/9/2020 9:12:25 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    How many times when I am bored ,upset, angry or lonely, do I turn to the refrigerator looking for an answer? Or open a kitchen cabinet door? Or just run to the kitchen looking for inspiration? After opening the refrigerator how many times do I reach for a carrot? Or look for a piece of fr... Read more

  • Skinnytaste Broccoli Cheddar Quiche for breakfast

    3/8/2020 9:57:39 AM, by JERZRN

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  • Confusing

    3/8/2020 9:13:55 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    These footprints sure are confusing and hard to figure out. That is how I feel the morning of a time change. The clock is telling me it is time to get up. But my body disagrees. Even my FitBit is confused. I have a FitBit Inspire HR, which tracks my heart rate. There is a blank spot ... Read more

  • Change those clocks

    3/7/2020 9:35:30 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    Happy Saturday, friends. I slept better last night. I resolved what what stressing me out. My session with my trainer really helped. That big sundial is just a reminder to change your clocks tonight for Daylight Savings time. We are losing an hour when we spring ahead. I hope you al... Read more

  • This is it!

    3/6/2020 1:06:14 PM, by MARYPHONE

    Back to normal again. My daughter is back at school. Hubby is done traveling until this Corona thing is under control. It's the last day of our Winter 5% challenge. I've had a good loss-i don't think i will hit 5% but that's ok. Gotten to make new two friends on here. and hit a new lower... Read more

  • Happy TGIF!!

    3/6/2020 12:36:07 PM, by RUFFIT

    Been super busy here at our office. Hubby is running around and so I am trying to keep ahead of the work. Who said running a business is easy.... Sometimes I miss the old corporate days where you work until 5pm and shut the door behind you. Just got to keep moving forward. I can't wait for the ... Read more

  • Handle with Care

    3/6/2020 8:12:12 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    Hello Friday. YOu may recall that I love listening to my vinyl records. The Traveling WIlburys were a favorite because my favorite Beatle, George Harrison was in the group. ALong with Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. (SOme of you younger friends may have to look them up... Read more

  • Nice sunny day ....

    3/5/2020 5:08:09 PM, by RUFFIT

    Time for a walk soon!! Enjoy, ... Read more

  • Thursday!

    3/5/2020 11:27:25 AM, by MARYPHONE

    Well i have one kid sick at home-she has been pretty miserable all week so i got her to the dr. just a cold. i have been home with her today so of course no gym and i will walk later-so i will burn less calories today. Still trying to stay on course. Here's a another way to stay on course. ... Read more

  • Number Please

    3/5/2020 9:37:12 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    My grandfather was a sharecropper in Tennessee. When my mother was growing up, her family of ten was very poor. They had no indoor plumbing. They certainly did not have a telephone. But in the mail would come telephone books. SHe used to love to play with the telephone book, pretending she w... Read more

  • Hello....

    3/4/2020 3:22:27 PM, by RUFFIT

    Well, the attorney for Mom and Dad's Estate wrote an email last night and said the house sold. All went well and the buyers seemed happy to buy such a well built home. Hopefully Mom and Dad up in heaven are happy with me and how I handled everything to date. Here is my all time favorite pictur... Read more

  • Wednesday's post

    3/4/2020 11:55:44 AM, by MARYPHONE

    We are more than 1/2 way through this week. Been a rough week for me eating wise-when i don't feel great, i don't think i have my eating in check. i am not feeling 100% neither is my younger daughter. We are almost to the end of the winter challenge. Spring challenge starts in about a month. If... Read more

  • Daydreaming

    3/4/2020 9:54:47 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    Happy Hump Day. Midweek often makes me drag my feet about getting anything done. today I have been daydreaming of better weather, getting outdoors more and taking time to get away. It is motivating me to keep moving, so I can actually enjoy myself when I get a chance to get away. Meals a... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    3/3/2020 8:27:02 PM, by MARYPHONE

    well i thought i blogged earlier but it's gone so here i go again. it's the last week of the 5% challenge-not making it this time but getting closer. if you are interested-here's a link to the challenge. Spring Challenge starts beginning of April. Here's info. he Spring Challenge is begi... Read more

  • Something to think about....

    3/3/2020 10:09:03 AM, by RUFFIT

    This is "worth" thinking about... A father before he died said to his son: “This is a rugby ball your grandfather gave me, and it’s more than a century old. But before I give it to you, go to the Sports Shop and tell him I want to sell it, and see how much he offers you.“ He went, and the... Read more

  • Giving thanks today, for sure!

    3/3/2020 10:00:22 AM, by KVD08844

    Sometimes, you just count your blessings. I sure did today. The tornado that struck Nashville last night was quite devastating, and we find that it ripped through the part of town my son and his girlfriend live in. A restaurant 1 block from their building was destroyed, and their apartment comple... Read more

  • Late start

    3/3/2020 9:54:39 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    I got a late start this morning. I heard about the destructive tornadoes in the Nashville area. I have family in central Tennessee. I needed to get in touch to see if everyone was ok. I am thankful to say everyone I talked to was not affected by the tornado. I did manage to get some ext... Read more

  • Whoops!

    3/2/2020 7:32:28 PM, by MARYPHONE

    Well i already missed a day of this blogging every day! i was just worn out emotionally. I realized i need to work on my emotional eating still. thought i had it more under control and then bam! today happened. it never makes me feel better. And, if you would like to participate in a spring ... Read more

  • Quick Hello....

    3/2/2020 9:13:49 AM, by RUFFIT

    Well, yesterday I rested for a part of the day. My stomach was in turmoil but it was to be expected. That is one thing with me if I am upset my belly goes in overdrive. I did some cleaning around the house, put a good meal on, did laundry and baked since Justin was home. All in all it was a prod... Read more

  • MOnday, MOnday

    3/2/2020 7:57:44 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    Happy MOnday. Happy new week. I am getting ready to go to the gym to work with my trainer this morning. Just a reminder -drink lots of water today...and every day. SOme days most of my exercise is steps added due to drinking lots and lots! 246 I hope you all have a healthy and bl... Read more

  • Prayers for Comfort and Healing. Hooray Good News, too!

    3/1/2020 11:11:52 PM, by AGAPEJOY

    This has been been one of those weeks of sickness, death, and funerals. Which, I have found happens sometimes in the first couple of months of the new year. News of death on both sides of my family within a week of each other. Then, news of terminal sickness condition worsening. Lord, give the... Read more

  • SUnday funny

    3/1/2020 9:14:22 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    I mentioned that I got a new car this past week. The first day I drove it, when I got to the gym, I could not get out of the car. Every time I tried to turn sideways to get out, I kept getting stuck. I was wearing my winter parka. It has strings around the waist to cinch it tighter.... Read more

  • Happy February 29th Sparkversary to Me!!

    2/29/2020 11:40:28 PM, by AGAPEJOY

    So, today is my literal Sparkversary! I joined Sparkpeople on February 29, 2008. Twelve years ago today (literally date wise 4 years) 246 I've served in every leadership position. The most as CL and have been on 3 teams. Still have not reached my goal weight, but I'm getting there. It has ... Read more

  • Rough and Emotional lately...

    2/29/2020 9:14:53 PM, by RUFFIT

    Just cleaned out my Mom and Dad's house today. They built a custom log home. It sold quickly because it is built well and my parents maintained it. I forgot a few corners to clean out two weeks ago so I did that and checked everything over again. I didn't want anything personal I pa... Read more

  • My plan for the week

    2/29/2020 2:34:24 PM, by MARYPHONE

    So i haven't been blogged in a while-i'm not really a blogger-but since it's part of the 2020 Winter 5% Challenge-i will do this for the next week. Since mid-November, my weight loss mission has been really successful. that's when i started following weight watchers. It's the old plan-the stuff ... Read more

  • Heading out of February

    2/29/2020 9:48:06 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    We have an extra day this year! DO you know anyone born on February 29th? My brother was born on March 1st and missed February 29th by just a few hours. Having a birthday every four years would be interesting. As I head into a new month, I like to look back as well as forward. What d... Read more

  • It's Friday

    2/28/2020 7:51:31 AM, by RUTHIEBEAR

    Some days are easier than others to get going. Though I felt like this polar bear when my alarm went off this morning, I am going to celebrate the fact that it is Friday. I am heading to the gym to work with my trainer. SHe will work out all of my "kinks" and I KNOW I will feel more energ... Read more