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A quick check-in for me too. It's been quiet around here today. Hubby has been packing for his ski trip, the one he thought he would not get to take. His chart looks pretty good for most of the days - I did caution him to be extra careful on Thursday.

My gratitude tonight is that we had dry weather when I needed to go out and run errands this afternoon. I don't mind the rain but I prefer not to be out driving around in it.

Hope everyone had a good day. Sleep well and have a great Tuesday.

Oh yes, since it's so late, I'll go ahead and add the March discussion thread.

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2/29/16 9:13 P

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Thanks for your words, Carol. They are much appreciated. It was fun indeed.

Well, just a fast check in for me tonight. I'm not feeling very well. I have a bad headache that won't quit and for some reason I'm drop dead exhausted and both of my lower legs have swollen up quite substantially for unknown reasons. Usually only happens when I don't drink enough water or have too much salt or whatever, but I drank all my water today and I've been great on my food plan up to this point, so no extra salts there. No idea what's going on. So I"m going to head off and prop my feet up a bit and hopefully it passes soon. It's so uncomfortable having my skin stretched out so far like that.

Tiffany

Depression is anger without the motivation.

I think depression runs rampant in society today because we are all so obsessed with making a living instead of living our lives.

Live your dreams, it's not as hard as it may seem...On your hopes you must lean...From your fears you have to wean yourself.


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2/28/16 10:45 P

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Jacklyn and Tiffany, it's good to hear that you both had good times this weekend, getting out of the house and mingling with others. I've never been medicated for social anxiety but I can sympathize. Talking to people one-on-one is something I enjoy doing (with the right individuals) but I'm totally bamboozled when it comes to groups. Congratulations on handling it so well; you were also lucky to have that time with your brother. Tiff, I'm glad you enjoyed the painting party. The important part was the socializing, not your painting.

I have been reading a book I picked up at Powell's Bookstore last week on finding the 13th sign of the zodiac. I can understand why the concept never caught on with the mainstream astrologers (it would complicate everything and require that every book and computer program on the market be revamped along with the brains of every astrologer out there. But the idea of a sign that connects us with the the core of our being, with the universe in the role of healer and psychic communicator, has some value. Astrology falls in that category, and when I revamped my own to include that sign my passion and personal connection to astrology was perfectly explained. I won't change all the charts I work on but I will certainly add some of those factors to readings I do in the future.

My gratitude today is that the Universe pushed me out of Denver to Oregon where these materials are available at a reasonable price. I would never have found them in Denver and my understanding and practice of astrology is taking off by leaps and bounds.

Hope everyone else had a good day too. Sleep well and have a great Monday.

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2/28/16 9:31 P

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Hope everyone had a good weekend!

The cub scout event was pretty fun. I got to meet some of the other moms. I have some social anxiety that I haven't been medicated for in too long, so talking to other people is kind of a challenge. But I did it for my son, and he had a good time. It also helped that my brother was there. We had some good long talks too. He recently lost a bunch of weight, so it was nice sharing with him my first steps on this journey. However, I didn't move as much as I had hoped while there, and I definitely got sunburned. The little man did too, and his lips are so chapped he looks like he's wearing lipstick. poor guy.

Today was also pretty good, though I didn't get done a lot of what I wanted to do. The kids and I played outside and started some herb seeds. We also all got new shoes. I hope that the new shoes will help my foot pains, which have been making me reluctant to work out as long as I need to. We also got to the park today and visited with some family. However, the house is a wreck and I need to wash dishes and clothes and clean up before the new dishwasher comes to get installed.

Grateful today for a beautiful day where I got to see my children give offerings to the Goddess at the old Catholic church I used to attend. They have a beautiful grotto with a statue of Mary as the Queen of Heaven (or the Our Lady of Lourdes, as appeared to St. Bernadette, which I've always thought of as an extension of the Goddess).

Hoping for a restful night for everyone and a bright, beautiful morning. Blessings.

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2/28/16 4:41 P

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Thanks, Carol. It's not too bad. It's under control for now with special contacts, but like I said, it'll just keep worsening as he ages, so I told him when we see an eye doc for our checkups here in a couple months to ask about costs and risks and all that jazz and if he'd be a good candidate for the screw surgery thing. So we'll see.

I'm sorry to hear that the Ancestry thing hasn't found your father. That's horrible. Are they going to continue trying? Also sorry to hear of the insomnia. I've been dealing with it as well this weekend. Maybe something is in the cosmos causing it for some reason? Not sure, but just a thought.

The party was pretty darn fun. I hated the painting thing, actually. It wasn't as relaxing and fun as it could have been. But then again I'm also hard on myself. But met a few cool people and I think I actually also made a new friend while getting closer with my existing ones. So that was fun. I drank way too much, but was sober when it was time to go home, so never fear.

Anyway, I think that's it for me today. I've got laundry and other stuff to finish today. Why does the weekend have to be so short? emoticon

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Depression is anger without the motivation.

I think depression runs rampant in society today because we are all so obsessed with making a living instead of living our lives.

Live your dreams, it's not as hard as it may seem...On your hopes you must lean...From your fears you have to wean yourself.


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2/28/16 2:17 A

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Hello everyone,

Evon I hope you are feeling better and life is getting better as well.

Tiffany, I'm sorry to hear your husband has such problems with is vision. I know that the idea of eye surgery is really scary and understand the concerns about how to deal with all this. I hope he is able to get some relief. It's amazing that he can drive and work - what a guy! And it certainly has to be stressful on you too. Hope he gets help soon.


It was a quiet day here today. I spent awhile exercising my brain doing the puzzles in the newspapers. Had another night of insomnia - 2 in a row again, so did not have much spunk or impetus to work out today. Hopefully I will get better sleep tonight. I got a response back from the man I contacted from the Ancestry references but he says he can't find my family anywhere in his references or the family tree he has put together. That's not a surprise; his ethnic connections sound more like my mother's side of the family, although there should not be any I don't know about. That would be quite a story to find some of them over from Great Britain and did not contact any of this branch of the family.

My gratitude today is that things were quiet and I had a chance to sit with the papers and puzzles for awhile.

Hope everyone had a good day. Sleep well and have a wonderful Sunday.

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2/27/16 12:44 P

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Hope everything gets back on track sooner rather than later, Evon. Brightest blessings.

Not much to add today. I didn't check in last night since we didn't come home until later. Hubby and I had our first Real 3D movie experience with Gods of Egypt. Fantastic movie if you haven't seen it yet. Even in regular 2D mode, it'd be a wonderful movie. Great plot line and I loved how they kept things within what the ancient Egyptians would have believed. Hubby won't be going to another 3D movie any time soon, though. His corneas are misshapen and he's probably looking at a surgery sometime soon. It's called keraticonis (sp?). Basically instead of his corneas being round like a basketball, they are cone shaped like a football, distorting his vision. He's actually legally blind without corrective contact lenses. But as he's gotten older, it's gotten worse and will continue to worsen. So he's probably going to have to have this screw thing put in his eyes to pull the shape back to normal. That or he'll have to have cornea transplants. We're saving that option for when we're out of options.... So yeah, he had a really hard time focusing on the movie because of his eye condition. Which is too bad because I'm officially in love with the 3D experience. Definitely better than the crappy paper red and blue glasses they used to use that never worked worth a crap.

Also going to a coworker's birthday party this afternoon. Going to do this wine glass painting thing. Some of the glasses are really pretty, so let's see what I can do with my chronic shaking thing. Lol. It probably won't be as bad as I'm worried. I signed up so I'm gonna try it. Why not? At least I can have fun even if they turn out awful. So, I think that's all for me this morning. Enjoy your weekend!

Tiffany

Depression is anger without the motivation.

I think depression runs rampant in society today because we are all so obsessed with making a living instead of living our lives.

Live your dreams, it's not as hard as it may seem...On your hopes you must lean...From your fears you have to wean yourself.


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2/27/16 12:23 A

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Greetings all!

Evon, I'm sorry you have had such a hard time of life lately. I trust things are straightening out and you will be getting your life back under control soon.

Jaclyn, I don't know what is going on that you are so tired but I hope you will be able to take better care of yourself soon. I understand scouts can be a time consuming activity, although I didn't have my son get involved until 5th grade at the full Boy Scout level. It was a mixed bag for us too with some of their belief stuff. I am sort of a generic deist/astrologer/past life person and my ex-husband (son's dad) is a high priest pagan. But the scouts did provide stability during some turbulent times.Good luck as you work through that.

Hope everybody else is doing all right. We are chugging along - no great excitement today.

My gratitude is that I have had time to assemble some of my first-of-the-year family chart updates; I'm a little behind this year! So it looks as though we may have some stressful times through April. But they won't be any worse than what we have had for the last couple years, so we will manage.

Hope everyone is sleeping well. Have a wonderful Saturday.

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Good morning everyone.

Hope you all have a great friday. I've got a busy weekend ahead, with my son's scout pack. I'm trying to get him finished with his Wolf rank, but I'm having some issues. Specifically with their whole "Duty to God" thing. It's difficult blending Cub Scouts with my family's Paganism.

I've been keeping up with my caloric intake pretty well the last day or two and I even managed to take the dog out for a walk yesterday, but I'm so tired. I actually overslept today. I need to get to bed earlier, I think. Having dinner with my husband's family tonight, so I'm sure I will destroy my diet plan. His step mom is a great cook and it's a birthday, so there will be cake... But I will try to not go overboard.

Anyway, hoping everyone has a good day.

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Good morning, all!

I think I'm definitely well down the road to recovering from my flu and I've spent relatively little time at home so that whole situation is not immediately stressing me. I'm feeling better today.

Since all of this has been going on my food addiction has gotten out of hand again and I'm really disappointed that I gave in. So, I'm working at getting myself back on track. I think I'll start the five day pouch test - it's something that's SUPPOSED to help get me back to the way I was eating right after my weight loss surgery. I SO need that right now.

Have a wonderful day, y'all and I'll check back in while I'm working tomorrow.

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2/25/16 11:37 P

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Sounds like a good lunch. I had bosses take employees to The Cheesecake Factory a couple times. The food was good but awfully heavy and way too much of it. Sure made for good leftovers, though.

Not much new here. No real news from Ancestry.com in the process of trying to figure out who my father was. But I guess it may just take awhile.

My gratitude today is that I finally managed to get all my groceries from our Costco shopping trip into the freezer. Now we can eat off it for awhile and it will not spoil. But it was a tight fit!

I hope everyone had a good day. Sleep well tonight and have a great Friday!


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2/25/16 9:06 P

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Probably another quick check for me tonight. I'm just tired. Today was much better, so that was great. Diet is completely trashed, though. Was surprised yet again with a free lunch. A coworker had her birthday today and the boss decided to take us all out to the Cheesecake Factory. It was quite a bit of fun, actually. And my boss was totally cool with the fact that I needed to run home after eating to let the dog out. Didn't even ask me to stay late to make up for it. I thought that was nice of her. I offered, too. She said no, it was fine. So yeah. And on Saturday there's a wine glass painting party for her that I'm going to. That should hopefully be fun.

Well, guess that's it for me. Hope everyone had a wonderful Friday Eve. Goodnight!

Tiffany

Depression is anger without the motivation.

I think depression runs rampant in society today because we are all so obsessed with making a living instead of living our lives.

Live your dreams, it's not as hard as it may seem...On your hopes you must lean...From your fears you have to wean yourself.


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2/25/16 1:19 A

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It's good to hear from everybody but sorry to hear there are problems. Hope things improve soon.

My gratitude today is that I was able to get some "planning" paperwork done, arranging for automatic distribution of my mandatory minimum requirements from my IRAs. It starts when you are 70-1/2, which will be near the end of this year. But now most of it is out of my hair - one less thing to think about if my mind gets distracted between now and then.

I have had trouble sleeping 2 nights in a row and I'm on my last legs. Hope tomorrow will be better and I will have more energy.

Hope everyone had a good day. Sleep well and have a great Thursday.


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Glad to hear your family is safe and I hope it all continues.

Evon, I'm sorry to hear of your troubles. I hope it eases soon.

Carol, no worries. I get emailed whenever someone likes or comments on a status update. And I hope your day went well.

Just a fast check in for me tonight. I just don't really feel like being on my computer tonight. It's been a rough day and I'm just wiped and wanna stretch out with dinner. Anyway, hope everyone else is doing alright. Goodnight!

Tiffany

Depression is anger without the motivation.

I think depression runs rampant in society today because we are all so obsessed with making a living instead of living our lives.

Live your dreams, it's not as hard as it may seem...On your hopes you must lean...From your fears you have to wean yourself.


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Good afternoon, all,

Just a quick check in. I've been lurking for a few days but have been ill and really stressed about home stuff and don't want to share that.

Hugs to all, I'm really NOT trying to ignore you!

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I had an extra day off of work yesterday, thanks to school being shut down from the severe storms that passed through yesterday. I am grateful that I had my kiddos with me, but am so frustrated with my hubby's work because they didn't send him home, even though we were under a tornado watch. He works for the satelite company and spends much of his day driving around or installing the dishes, so working in that kind of weather really isn't the best thing to do. needless to say, I was really on edge, worried about his safety yesterday. As a result, I had a rough day with far too many sweets and far too little movement. I couldn't even take the dog for a walk because the weather was too bad.

Fortunately, everything is back on schedule for today, and my whole family is safe and sound.
Also got my little man to help me with a quick protection visualization, which was the first time he's ever done anything like that.

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2/24/16 1:58 A

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Hello Team. This will be short - it's been a long day and it's late now.

Tiffany, I'm sorry if I confused someone else's doctor's report with you. There actually is a way to comment on those status reports but I don't know if they ever get back to the status originator. I never get comments on my status postings, but then no one may think there is anything worth commenting on.That's why I brought my comments back here where I knew you would see them.

Hubby and I took a trip over the pass to shop at Costco and check out the bookstores. I picked up 4 books at Powell's and none at Barnes & Noble. Now I just need to find time to read them.

Grateful today for the beautiful weather for that trip and the safe driving conditions all the way around.

Hope everyone had a good day today. Sleep well and have a great Wednesday.


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Evening, team. Hope everyone is doing well. Sorry for forgetting to check in last night. I was really upset about this thing that happened, I'll spare you the details, and worked myself up into a tension headache. Ended up taking a muscle relaxer just before I had dinner. Probably not the best idea, but too late now, obviously. I woke up so foggy this morning and just couldn't get my brain to wake up. I turned the water in the shower colder than usual to wash my hair, hoping that would jolt me. It helped a bit, but not enough. So I ended up making a full pot of full caffieneated coffee. I usually only make a half pot of half caffiene and half decaf. I chugged half that pot in about 20 minutes. By the time I finished, I felt better. So that was good. I've done that before and never had a problem. If anything, I sleep so deep for so long, I wake up before my alarm wide awake and ready to run a marathon. Not really...you'll never catch me running. I've always hated it and now with my knees being so bad, it's never gonna happen. But I ended up having really vivid dreams about halfway through the night and kinda started tossing and turning, so that might've been why I couldn't wake up when it was time to shower. Needless to say, I skipped my workout for this morning. But I got my Tai Chi in tonight, so that's something to be proud of.

And thanks for the status comment again, Carol. I wish there was a way on here like on FB to directly comment, but there isn't. That, or I'm overlooking it. That's always possible. And I actually haven't gotten a doctor for my shoulder yet. Must've been someone else's post. I do have a recommendation from my cousin from this one that she's gone to for over a decade and is actually really close to where she works, so I know where it is since I've seen it. I haven't called yet because I need to get the car fixed first. That's the number one priority right now. After that's done, which should be done by the end of next month, I'll call and get in. What's cool is this doc also added in weight loss specialty to his family clinic, so it'll almost be like a one stop shop for me, lol.

Well, I guess that's all for me tonight. I think I'm gonna head off and stretch out and finish decompressing before bed. Hope everybody had a great Tuesday and I'll see you tomorrow.

Tiffany

Depression is anger without the motivation.

I think depression runs rampant in society today because we are all so obsessed with making a living instead of living our lives.

Live your dreams, it's not as hard as it may seem...On your hopes you must lean...From your fears you have to wean yourself.


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It's been a quiet day here. I finally got some clean-up work done in my office. My computer desk is just about finished without messing up my writing desk. I had a good talk with my son this morning. I'm really grateful he calls to talk - usually once a week from the car on his way to work. At least he stays in touch; my husband has two sons and they never call even to check on us old folks. Tiffany, I saw your status post about having a good visit with the doctor who will work with you on you back. Glad to hear it - I know you were concerned about finding a new doctor who would help you.

My gratitude today is for that son of mine. He had some intestinal problems a few years ago; a colonoscopy revealed some pre-cancerous stuff they removed. He has to get the procedure repeated every 5 years now. He told me this morning he will be doing that Thursday of this week. And I'm grateful he is conscientious about going for these check-ups even though they are definitely aggravating to do.

I hope everyone else is having a good day. Sleep well tonight and have a great Tuesday!

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The sunny days recently have been the best! One nice thing about the early spring we seem to be having is that i can get out with the kiddos and play. Glad to hear about the positive effects it is having on others as well.

I am trying to keep up my practice. Honestly, I am just coming back to it after years of neglect. And I'm trying to find ways to incorporate my kids, since they would just interrupt me if I don't let them join in.

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Jaclyn, sorry to hear about your frustration. My experience is that things happen when and how they are supposed to. Keep doing your part to locate these folks and their activities. You will be able to go when the time is right. It's hard to deal with the timing of the Universe but we usually do better to follow it instead of fighting it. Meanwhile, keep up your private practice and see what happens.

Tiffany, sorry to hear you are feeling anxious as well. I know you have mentioned issues in the last few posts and certainly hope you get them settled soon.

I also am feeling anxious these days. My progressed moon will be directly opposite my natal Uranus in the next few weeks. When this alliance occurred 24 years ago I slipped on the ice in my mother's driveway on Christmas Eve and broke my ankle. Surgery Christmas morning was provided by an orthopedic surgeon who looked like a cross between a cowboy and Santa Claus - western shirt, bolo tie, and tooled leather belt with a white beard and mustache. The result a couple weeks later was having to travel from Colorado to South Carolina for a weekend meeting. After the meeting one of the board members helped me get my suitcases to the airport and then watched the football playoffs with me in the bar drinking sodas. We got better acquainted and 2 years later we were married. But that was our turning point. So obviously when this happens it's a big deal - and probably quite noticeable. It will be interesting to see what this one brings. Other than that, it was a quiet day. I cleaned my cpap machine and worked through another Richard Simmons workout program.

My gratitude today is for sunshine this morning and some of this afternoon. Also for the additional minutes of light. Since we were sunny it was even brighter than it has been. My winter SAD is going away already.

Sleep well my friends and have a good day on Monday. It will be a bank/government holiday in the U.S. (Presidents Day) so no mail tomorrow. Should make it quieter for everyone here.


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It could be anxiety. Hard to say. But as they say, where there's a will, there's a way. I'm sure you'll be making the right choice, regardless of whatever you pick.

Not much to share right now. It's been a quiet weekend. Don't hear me complaining much there. It's good to have a quiet weekend to try to get ready for another week to come. Hopefully this week will be a good one. I admit to being very nervous about something right now, but I don't know what it is I'm nervous about. I just am. But I also know that whatever happens will happen and I'll deal with it somehow like I always do. Anyway, I better run. It's getting late and I still need to finish the laundry. I hope everybody enjoyed their weekends. Goodnight!

Tiffany

Depression is anger without the motivation.

I think depression runs rampant in society today because we are all so obsessed with making a living instead of living our lives.

Live your dreams, it's not as hard as it may seem...On your hopes you must lean...From your fears you have to wean yourself.


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I just found out that there is a local woman's healing center about a half hour from where I live, and that they had a full moon drum circle on Friday (looks like they hold them the friday nearest the full moon). I am desperately feeling a lack of connection to my spirituality, so I wish I could have made it.

Also found out today that a group is doing a weekend camping trip about an hour away with drumming, music, dancing and other various witchy goodness, but I can't go, because its adult only and the two little ones are not very good when they have to stay with family, and hubby is working a 6 day shift currently, so I can't rely on him to either come with me or take care of the little ones.

Or maybe it's my anxiety rearing its ugly head... making me think there isn't a way around all of this.

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Another quiet day at home. Made a batch of bran muffins. We did a supper of leftovers from last night's meat loaf and potatoes and more of that red cabbage I cooked up a few days ago. I'm glad my husband doesn't mind leftovers - actually enjoys them as I also do. And it's so easy.

My gratitude today is for being able to rest and read the weekend newspapers and do the puzzles. It's my day of rest and the puzzles are my mental gymnastics. No interruptions. Whee!

I hope everyone is doing well, having a good weekend so far.

Sleep well and have a great Sunday!

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A busy day but not much to report. I actually did some serious cooking today (after my Richard Simmons workout) and made a meatloaf and some baked diced potatoes (Spark recipe). It's been YEARS since I made a meat loaf. Tonight was my Oregon Astrological Assn. meeting. I hate the drive in the dark and the rain. But I went extra early and got a good parking space. It's all street parking and a real pain. The presenter was awful but I talked to some good folks and won a door prize of a book I don't have. Coming back I was proud of myself for figuring out all the crazy turns on the freeway system. Maybe by the time we hit our 2 year anniversary here next summer I'll have some of it figured out.

My gratitude tonight is for a safe trip to and from that meeting.

Hope you are all sleeping well. Have a fabulous Saturday.

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I'm trying. There's a lot of doctors out here and I really just want to find a good one like the last one I had. She really listened to me. I lucked out with the lady doctor who was actually a referral from a friend. I'm asking around to try to find names and get in to get the process started. I felt better this morning, was able to move just fine, but my back started doing that burning thing when I was making breakfast this morning. Grr. And as an interesting side note, I pulled an 8 of swords card last night.....

Sorry to hear of your family's loss, Carol. At least he's no longer suffering. I hope your sister will be alright during the difficult grieving process.

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Depression is anger without the motivation.

I think depression runs rampant in society today because we are all so obsessed with making a living instead of living our lives.

Live your dreams, it's not as hard as it may seem...On your hopes you must lean...From your fears you have to wean yourself.


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Tiffany, from the sounds of that shoulder and your back I suspect your friend is right: you have let that cyst develop way too long. I do hope you will get yourself a Primary Care doctor and get it looked at. I worry about you lady!

Moira, I understand about husbands wanting our time. I deal with the same issue, as others here will tell you I've complained about rather consistently. I'm trying to stop whining but it does get annoying.

Evon, I hope you can shake that cold and get your energy back. You may just be getting a delayed reaction to that recent long drive to and from Wyoming. Darned Wyoming bugs!

My day has been full. The husband of my sister in Maryland died last night. He has been in failing health for a long time. I talked to her a bit and then to our youngest sister who is in Florida. This afternoon I got back the good news from my sleep study that my CPAP is doing the job we hoped for and I can return the big, noisy, clunky oxygen concentrator. I started that process (paperwork with doctor's orders and oxygen company) and will hopefully get it out of here in a couple days. This evening I got a reply from one of the Ancestry people I reached out to. Apparently this lady and I crossed paths at a family reunion picnic in the early 1960s. Small world.

Today I am especially grateful for my SparkPeople teams that have kept me coming back to Spark even when I struggled with my weight. My daughter, who introduced me to Spark, is trying to get back on the program. She now has 2 days in a row of following her plan and logging on. And my teams have kept me here so I could be available for her when she needs me. THANKS FRIENDS!

Sleep well and have a good Friday.

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Just a quick check in for me tonight, too. I'm hurting a lot these days. It's ridiculous. I even had a hard time just getting out of bed this morning. Ended up 5 minutes late. But oh well. We missed another accident, it seems. There were 4 or 5 cars and a bus. And 2 or 3 of those cars were definitely totaled. It's too bad, but I'm relieved it wasn't me. Guess that was the reason for my pains today. But yeah, my arthritis has been really bad the last couple of days for some reason. And my back/shoulder isn't helping at all. I'm thinking my back problems are coming from that cyst thing on my shoulder that keeps growing. It's putting added pressure on my muscles, I think. Cuz they're just burning and tired almost constantly now. Kinda like I've been doing a back workout for hours on end. The only place I"m really comfortable anymore is bed where all the pressure gets taken off. I really need to find me a doctor here soon and get it checked and probably just straight out removed since it seems to be causing so much discomfort. I was talking with my best friend about it earlier and she told me I've put it off too long as it is. I dunno. Maybe she's right. But yeah. Anyway. That's all I have to add tonight. Nothing new or interesting otherwise.

Thank you for always commenting on my statuses, Carol. I always appreciate knowing someone reads them. :)

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Depression is anger without the motivation.

I think depression runs rampant in society today because we are all so obsessed with making a living instead of living our lives.

Live your dreams, it's not as hard as it may seem...On your hopes you must lean...From your fears you have to wean yourself.


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A quick check in to say hey. Hope everyone is well. I spend so much time between logging food and exercising twice a day that I don't spend extra time on boards. My husband demands a lot of my time so I'm busy lately. I have been making an effort to walk outside a little bit each day, regardless of the weather. Later in the afternoon I use my bike in the basement (I bought myself a Paris-Giverney Bike-O-Vision DVD). Blessed be to all.

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Merry meet, all,

Having a low energy day, today, I think I caught a cold or some other virus and I've been fighting it for several days. I'm VERY tired and have a headache but working through it.

I really can't recommend Debbi highly enough. She's a really incredible person and she knows SO MUCH about essential oils. I can't promise but it MIGHT happen that if you tell her I referred you she MAY give you a small discount on your first purchase. I know my hairstylist does that.

My mom's doctor recently recommended marjoram oil for pain relief and I sent her to Debbi. I don't know how the oil is working (she hasn't really been using it long enough) but she said her experience with Debbi was wonderful. And I know I can't wait when I go in for my tri-weekly massage. Debbi does all of Joe's massage products and, not only do they smell delightful, but I love the therapeutic properties of some of the essential oils he uses during the massage - like arnica salve and a proprietary immunity blend that she's come up with. In fact, I wish I'd had some of it when I first started feeling this virus - if it doesn't help shorten the actual virus, I can tell you it DEFINITELY makes the symptoms more tolerable.

Have a wonderful day, all.

PS. I found this info on uses for coconut oil - number 38 specifically addresses sore nipples of nursing mothers. I don't know that we're all mothers - but those of us that ARE know that they hurt because they're chafed. And number 69 specifically mentions chafing (though it targets inner thighs).

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Another busy day. My sleep study went well last night. I took some melatonin at bedtime, which I only do occasionally, and I got in a steady 7 hours of sleep. It will be interesting to see what results come back about using the CPAP vs. using just oxygen.

Tonight I am grateful that we have our tax accountant from Colorado still working with us on our taxes. Today I finished up our end of things, pulling together numbers and documents, and got them sent off in the mail. It's good to get that off my shoulders.

Hope everyone has had a good day and is sleeping well tonight. Have a great Thursday!


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Hi everybody. It's good to see several posts. Please forgive me if I miss somebody here.

Evon I hope everything works out for the young lady in Wyoming. You are a treasure to drive all that way to help her.

To everyone in the skin care discussion, it's good to hear all the ideas. I'm learning a lot.

Tiffany, good luck with the vitamins. I don't remember prenatal vitamins being that much more expensive than regular ones. You might want to check to see if you can use the generic or if there is at least a less costly alternative. Good vitamins should not be that expensive. Good luck!

This morning I found my DNA test results from Ancestry.com in my e-mail. The ethnic breakdown was pretty close to what I expected. And then they started to provide screen names of people who are close matches to me. One exceptionally strong one had no other additional information. A second one had a very strong match and a family tree that looks as though it might contain the name and family history of my biological father.

Today my gratitude is that Ancestry.com provided this service and also that they have an internal mail system similar to our SparkMail. I have sent notes to both possible matches. I may be able to find my father without paying the Ancestry experts the large amount of money it would cost to have them do some research for me. Something to be very grateful for indeed! I'll keep everybody posted on the progress.

In addition, the oxygen company brought me a pulse-ox testing machine for me to use tonight to see how effective my CPAP is. The company will pick it up in the morning and I should have results from the test within a few days.

I hope everyone is sleeping well tonight. Have a great Wednesday.


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Yes, Evon. You should do it. Lol. I have no regrets. Sure, it doesn't smell the greatest until it dries, but oh well. My hair certainly feels healthier since I've been doing it. I also add in 6 drops of peppermint essential oil. The menthol tingle is awesome. Very relaxing for me. And makes the vinegar smell better. Tried it once with lavender, but wasn't a big fan. I love lavender, but that wasn't something I'd personally want to repeat.

Nothing much to share today. Enjoyed my long weekend and now it's back to the grind. Better hope I don't get sick again anytime soon. My prenatal vitamins are going to be the death of me. Since they're brand name, they're not covered under the Walgreens discount program and cost me over $108. I had to borrow that from the rent. I actually found after the fact a prescriptions savings card thing that got mailed to me a while back. I'll have to check next time to see if that'll take some of the sting out that cost. Anyway, I think I'm off for the night. My back isn't too happy tonight. I'm wondering if it has something to do with the way I sit or something cuz my upper back hurts most days that I am at work. Goodnight!

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Depression is anger without the motivation.

I think depression runs rampant in society today because we are all so obsessed with making a living instead of living our lives.

Live your dreams, it's not as hard as it may seem...On your hopes you must lean...From your fears you have to wean yourself.


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Good evening!

Nice to be here. Sadly, my work place blocks sparkpeople, so it's going to take me a while to get on. Something about "social content" but it's a school, so I guess I can understand...

That info about your local essential oil source is really helpful. I'm looking for some help with my son's anxiety, and have heard that oils can help. so Thanks!



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Good afternoon, ladies,

Nightsinge, I would steer clear of the tea tree oil. It can be helpful but it's VERY drying. Since your skin is chafed already I'm assuming it's quite dry. My massage therapist/Reiki Master is married to this WONDERFUL lady who does essential oils - much more reasonable than, say, Doterra or Young Life and she's ALWAYS happy to educate folks for free. Feel free to contact her and ask any additional questions.

debbisaromatherapy.com/

Carol, would your BIL consider New Mexico? It's absolutely gorgeous, has a reputation for tolerance and, as long as he stays away from the upper elevations (i.e., Sangre de Cristo mountains) the weather tends to be quite mild. I've also heard (though I haven't done any research) that the cost of living is reasonable.

Tiffany, my hairstylist recommends a weekly regimen of a coconut oil mask, water rinse and then apple cider rinse. She says it closes the cuticle and makes your hair look sleek and shiny. I keep meaning to try it and always forget. I even have a big bottle of apple cider in my linen closet waiting for me to get to it, lol.

As for my foster kids - I've never done it through an organization. All the kids I've fostered have been "off the books". For instance, the one in WY, when she was 13 her mother went to prison for a couple of years, her step-father abandoned her and she didn't know her biological father. She and my daughter were friends at school and it broke my heart to know she was locked in a house, alone, without food (her step-father's instructions) or anyone to watch out for her. I suggested she ask her step-father (who had moved in with another woman) if she could spend the night at our house with her my daughter - then a couple of nights, then the weekend, then the weekend and a couple of days and I would make sure she got to school. Then I had her contact her mom in prison and explain what was going on and tell her that I was willing for her to come live with us until her mom got out of jail. Then I talked to her mom and got a notarized document that I was the girl's legal guardian until her mom was able to care for her again.

Same thing with another foster girl that lived with us for some time. She was a friend of my daughter's, her parents had kicked her out of their homes (both drug addicts, separated from each other, both living with other addicts). Same thing with a young couple that are currently staying with us. Parents kicked them out in the streets. I just really don't understand those kind of "parents".

Every single one of the kids that I've taken in has been a friend of one of my daughters and they had no where else to go.

If I ever win the lottery I'm pretty sure I'll wind up setting up some kind of charity to house abandoned teens/kids.

Have a great afternoon, all, and I look forward to seeing your posts tomorrow.

BTW, Nightsinge, it's really great to have another regular in our chats! Thanks for joining us!


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Let's see what I can remember.

Nightsinge, it's good to have you with us. I hope you get those skin issues resolved soon. I have tried to talk my ex-BIL into coming into our area but he's not interested. He wants somewhere warmer and farther south because he's really into bicycling. No winter rains for him, thank you.

Evon, you were really a gem to go all the way to Wyoming. I know you have an Interstate up into Wyoming but that's still a long drive and I remember the stretch from north of Denver to Fort Collins can be dark and narrow and hazardous. I'm glad you made it all right.

Tiffany, I hope your neighborhood settles down. You don't need any extra stress right now.

I spent the day working on organizing our tax information for out tax accountant. We had it all together in one place and I have a spreadsheet on the computer I use every year. It went more smoothly than I expected. I should have my part finished by tomorrow - unless my regular grocery shopping gets in the way somehow. Also I completed another Richard Simmons workout today. I really do want to get back into the groove. For awhile I was completing 250 workout minutes a week or 1000 minutes a month. I'm not up to that at this point but that is my goal. It comes to an average of 50 minutes 5 days a week. It's my own personal challenge.

Today I am grateful that the tax issues weren't too difficult. My sanity is reasonably intact.

Hope you are all sleeping well. Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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Wooot! Ladies!

So happy to find this circle of good people. emoticon

Thanks Evon and Tiffany! I will try these things. Glad to have some natural options because I no longer use honey or have it in the house.

Evon -- I love that you're a good foster mom and stay in touch long afterwards. I worked briefly in therapeutic foster care (kids who had been sexually abused) and my heart hurts for those little guys, and how they get tossed about in underfunded systems. Bless you. And bless her. And thank you for making that trek. I would have come along and sang at the top of my lungs! Or.. maybe not?

Tiffany, I freaking love apple cider vinegar, but to drink! I think my skin is too raw to use something that acidic on it right now, but will consider when it's healed a bit more.

Sage - You are a rock star. Thanks for being so helpful and supportive to your relatives! You probably already know that Seattle has a large and excellent trans* community, eh? Wishing you and them blessings.

Me, I'm hanging in there today. Not moving as much because my skin is raw but keeping some forward motion.

I'm likely to think everyone hates me when they don't return my texts - well I got a good reminder from the Universe about that today. All of my texts over the weekend were ignored. Today, 45 texts came back to my phone as "undelivered." Ha!

Trusting people and believing the best about everyone at all times is one of my Life Lessons. How about you?

Wishing you all a lovely Monday!





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Good evening everyone. It sounds as though this is a knowledgeable group on several subjects. It's a pleasure to "hear" women helping other women. I don't have any expertise in this subject to I'll stay out of the way and admire. And maybe try a couple ideas.

I spent last evening and this afternoon talking to a couple relatives - my 16 year old grandson and my ex-brother-in-law who is a transgender I have stayed close to over the years. Grandson has to try to figure out where to go to college and what to study. He's currently a high school sophomore but the questions and decision time are coming close. My ex-BIL has taken early retirement and is trying to move out of the miserable weather of the Chicago area. He has to figure out how to sell his present house and buy a new one in a strange city. The commonality between them is that well-meaning friends/family give them good general ideas and expect them to follow up. But the information provided is minimal and it's a big unknown world out there. So I talked with them about their relative specifics. It was my day to be a walking/talking life coach I guess.

Anyway, my gratitude for today is that I was able to do this, to use some of my own experience to help loved ones start to find their own ways. I'm grateful that even from my little house in this remote town I can make a good difference in their lives. It's a good feeling.

Hope everyone is sleeping well. Have a wonderful Monday.


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I'm really glad you were able to see her, Evon. I hope everything works out well for her.

Night, I agree with Evon on the coconut oil. I've heard a lot of good things about that. I know it helps my dog and his damaged skin. Another skin remedy I use is apple cider vinegar. I have psoriasis on the back of my head and instead of using shampoo and conditioner, once a week I'll do a vinegar rinse and have had absolutely no recurrences. You use between 1/2 cup to 1 cup of vinegar and 2 cups of water. The water does not change, always use two cups. For me, I just pour it in my hair and massage it in and let it sit for a few before I massage again and rinse it out. Considering the location of your problem, should you choose this method, I'd recommend the lowest of the vinegar and just pour it on and let it sit. It'll probably burn like crazy, but you'd be amazed at how well that stuff works. But again, considering the location, coconut oil is still probably your best bet. Or jojoba oil. I've heard tea tree oil is really good for healing skin problems, too.

Tiffany

Depression is anger without the motivation.

I think depression runs rampant in society today because we are all so obsessed with making a living instead of living our lives.

Live your dreams, it's not as hard as it may seem...On your hopes you must lean...From your fears you have to wean yourself.


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I've had an extremely busy weekend. Before I get into it, though, Nightsinge, try some lavender essential oil or at least some coconut oil on your skin, that should help.

Now, in other news, my favorite foster texted me Thursday that her real dad had kicked her out of the house. She's nearly 20 but had never even met her dad until she was 17. He doesn't know how to deal with a young adult and he has his own issues (there's a reason I fostered her). Friday she texted me to say her dad had been arrested and is in jail for a felony for which he's likely to be in prison for some time. I asked her if she was ok and she said "not really". It's a five hour drive from where I am in the Colorado Springs to where she is in Wyoming but as soon as I got off work on was on my way. I didn't even go home to pack a bag. I spent Friday night and all day Saturday with her then drove back last night. She's hanging in there. She found a friend to move in with and they're going to be roommates for a while and see how it works out. She's very worried about her little sisters - one is five and one is less than a year. Her "step-mother" (her dad never married the lady for tax and public assistance reasons) doesn't know how she's going to manage on her own with two little ones. My foster daughter is torn about whether to go back and help or to get stable on her own two feet. Of course, I'll support her whichever way she goes.

It was so wonderful to see her. She's been gone to her birth mother's and then to her dad's since June of last year. Of all the kids I've fostered, she's my favorite. I truly love her like she's my own.

Anyway, I hear the dryer buzzer so I have to go fold clothes. Have a wonderful day, ladies, and I'll catch up tomorrow.

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Hey all:

I'm about to get a little real and personal with you. Skip if TMI. (It's nothing gross or super serious.)

When I went to the mammogram this week, I thought the technician was pinching me with her nails. Nope. Turns out that I have some very raw skin under my breast, like completely chafed raw. The water in the shower this morning made me wince.

I've put some antibiotic ointment and gauze on it today. Was wondering if you wise women might have some naturopathic/herb ideas for topical treatment? Suggestions for future prevention? I imagine the bottom of my bra was too tight or rubbed me the wrong way?


Very grateful for feedback, if you have it. Thanks for listening!

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Thanks, guys. I feel that it sounds selfish, but I'm right there with you. I'm glad that it wasn't me or my husband who hit the kid. I know I had the close call, but I'm glad I didn't actually hit him. And it's really not a bad area. It's actually a really good area. Kinda high brow a little bit. Not hoity toity and gated like some, but it's not a slum, either. Not the world's greatest drivers, but what gets me is that these guys don't scare me half as much as the people back in our old area did. That's the insane part. But I haven't heard anything new since that post, so we'll see. I know it's been quiet tonight. Haven't heard any motor bikers running around tonight. I still feel bad for the kids, but I do hope that they learned their lessons in safety. You really can't behave like that and expect to come out unscathed.

Anyway, I think that's it for me. Nothing really new to share besides that. Although I did make a homemade red velvet cake. Icing included. Not the healthiest, but oh well. I haven't made one before, so this is a real treat. Hope everyone is enjoying their weekends.

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I think depression runs rampant in society today because we are all so obsessed with making a living instead of living our lives.

Live your dreams, it's not as hard as it may seem...On your hopes you must lean...From your fears you have to wean yourself.


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Good heavens, Windsong, I'm so, so sorry. No matter whether they were headed down that path, it's horrific, eh? Hugs to you. Blessings to their families and friends.

WesternSage, same mild up at the top of I-5! Lovely sun today until the rain set in. But blessings there too, as we've got the green to surround us. (Erm, that was not a legalization reference.)

I've had a lovely, lovely mellow day. Coffee with a beloved friend, time to read, journal and chat. Hope everyone is breathing easy and has a peaceful Sunday!

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That's quite an area you live in! I'm sorry to hear people got hurt. Unfortunately that is the only way some people learn life lessons, big or small. I'm just glad you were not hurt.

I hope everybody is doing all right for the weekend. We spent our usual Saturday reading the weekend newspapers and doing the various puzzles. I'm blessed that my hubby does the same and does not mind when housework doesn't get done. He has offered to make his special omelets for breakfast tomorrow morning for Valentine's Day. And he will be surprised when he sees the card I have gotten for him.

My gratitude today is having this wonderful arrangement with my hubby that lets me exercise my brain every Saturday.

Hope everyone is sleeping well tonight. Have a good day Sunday.


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So I looked up the news of what happened last night this morning and it would seem that I was correct in my guess. Which, again, is really too bad. I know that everybody was at fault, having my own experience with those kids and being almost T-boned a few times by other drivers who don't stop at the intersections to look or take up the whole road and speed around or whatever. I know it's really mean to say, but I do sincerely hope that the driver of the car learned his lesson about stopping to look and the same for the teenager on the motorbike thing. You can't run around after dark with no bright colors on and speed around like you're invincible and not expect to get hit sooner or later. Blessings to all involved. Here's a small article about it www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas
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I think depression runs rampant in society today because we are all so obsessed with making a living instead of living our lives.

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Sounds like a tough time with the family, there Carol. I hope everything eases off for all soon.

Just a quick check in for me tonight. It's getting fairly late. At least for me and my internal clock it is, anyway. Hubby and I just got home from date night. Watched Deadpool. Funny movie and full of lots of Ryan Reynolds yumminess. Indeed :D. Anyway, We get home and they have our block completely blocked off and tons of lights flashing and all that. Not sure what happened, but I'm just about willing to bet money that one or both of those bloody kids who've been running around on their motorbikes the last couple weeks like they're invincible just got hit. And I don't think it was pretty if they've got all of that blocked off. It's a shame. It really is. But they shoulda figured it out by now. I almost hit one last week trying to pull into my driveway cuz he appeared out of nowhere and just kept going after giving me a death glare and his buddy was right behind him a few seconds after I pulled in. And one of my neighbors said he almost hit one pulling out of his driveway only it was the second one he almost hit that time cuz he thought the first one was the only one. I mean, it's terrible. But if they survived, I hope they learned their lesson about safety. There's no stop signs in the neighborhood and not everybody stops to look like they should... It's really too bad.

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I think depression runs rampant in society today because we are all so obsessed with making a living instead of living our lives.

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Today was quiet again here. I spent a lot of time on the phone with my son who called to talk about changes on his job. Then I spent a long time talking to my sister in Maryland whose husband is moving into a hospice situation. Missed connections with a good friend in Colorado; I will talk to her tomorrow.

My gratitude tonight is that our weather continues to be relatively mild, even if still somewhat wet. I see the news reports about the bitter cold hitting the eastern part of the country and give thanks I don't live any longer in the Cleveland, Ohio area where I grew up.

Hope everyone is sleeping well. Have a fabulous Saturday!


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Hello everyone,

It's been a quiet day here. Hubby left for the fishing/sportsmen's show and I had 3 hours to myself. I loved having the house to just wander or do chores without having to account for every step I took. Unfortunately for him, he never got there. First he got lost, then he found traffic backed up beyond words and parking lots all full. I'm really sorry he didn't get the information he was looking for. He's been really good about this move to Oregon but he loves to fish and hasn't been able to find a place that is accessible for him and also has good fishing.

My gratitude for today is that I did have that time to rejuvenate myself.

I hope everyone sleeps well tonight. Have a great Friday!


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Hey, Tiffany!

Have you heard of Ray's song? The preacher whose daughter was having a rough day at work so he wrote a song for her to hum silently when she was pissed off?

Ray wrote this to "give her some encouragement."

Please, please give it a listen!

youtu.be/pdz8vqdegXY

Ray says "you may not be able to sing it out loud at work, but you can hum it to yourself."

If you like it, you can find all kinds of remixes here:

https://soundcloud.com/zefrank/sets/whip
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Not much to add tonight, guys. I'm hoping your tarot is right, Evon. I'm hoping mine is right, too. I keep drawing various pentacle cards. It's very interesting. We shall see. emoticon .

Isn't it horrible that pretty much all of us have been in abusive relationships? It's really sad. But at the same time empowering to know that we all came through it alive and better and stronger than before. That's very wonderful.

Had an interesting day today. Having issues with this other chick at work. I am so glad she's in Ohio because I might just end up in jail for assault cuz I wanna slap her so very bad. Sick of her crap and her thinking she's so perfect and can't do no wrong and needs to micromanage the team and she's not even a bloody manager! The real manager is awesome (obviously) and she trusts us to get our stuff done and if we need help to just ask. I love that. This b**** needs to back off. I'm telling you. So I've been fuming about her today because today must've been piss off Tiffany day, but it got better in the afternoon. They handed out some Valentine's cards out to people. I guess they sent an email (I never got it) to send these out to people from you. I got two. I was very touched. Just to know that they remembered me. It was touching. I normally really hate this "holiday" because I only have one good memory besides this one of that day. The rest are mean or depressing memories. So I found that awesome and just very sweet. Definitely turned my day and my mood around.

Well, that's all for me tonight, guys. I'm gonna head off and eat dinner and stretch out. Hope everyone had a decent day. Goodnight!

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Depression is anger without the motivation.

I think depression runs rampant in society today because we are all so obsessed with making a living instead of living our lives.

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Hey there, wise ones:

Thank you for the very kind welcome! I'mma settle in with yet ANOTHER glass of water and chat a spell.

(Chat a spell, see what I did there? Oh I slay myself, I really do..)

Tiffany et al: So admire and appreciate your honesty and vulnerability here. I too was in an abusive relationship. Then I got my power back, was all "no more of that!" And I fell right into similar patterns in work relationships.

Do you all know the acronym, AFOG? It's my life theme, I swear. Hurray for lessons. Thank you, Universe!

Evon, there was a game we used to play as young teens, where we would ask questions and turn the cards one by one until we got a king -- it was supposed to predict what kind of man we would wind up with (very heteronormative and monogamonormative.) I think it was called "4 Kings"!

Your interpretation is most important, of course, but what I got reading that was that you are in a place of mastery in all elements of your life, romantic, emotional, material, mind, It sounds like a super positive message to me!

Well, I've been wrestling with my inner Willamina, who has been demanding very rich, creamy foods. I'm imagining that means I'm a little too strict with the beans and lettuce, and need to swing back toward more "normal" eating before my body devours the entire cupboard. Still here though! If sparking = exercise, I'd be a stick.

Blessings of the day!

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Hello Nightsinge. Yes, by all means, jump in! And jump in on any topic. We're a diverse bunch but we share good hearts and non-traditional spiritual beliefs. We're happy to have you.

More later.

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Thank you, everyone, for your support. It's truly appreciated.

In the past week I've gotten every single one of the Kings when I do my daily cards, obviously there were a couple of other cards in there - a Queen, two of wands and Wheel of Fortune. I've NEVER gotten all four Kings in such a short period of time. I'm not sure if it's telling me that someone's coming or that I've got this all handled on my own and don't need anyone.

Well, whatever it is, I know that I'll get over this feeling eventually and be able to get back to my more relaxed self. As they say, though, the only way to get over it is to go through it. Trying to avoid it or deny it will just make it hang around longer.

Like you, Tiffany, I was formerly in an abusive relationship - MANY, MANY years ago. It's what I grew up with - watching my dad abuse mom, abuse us . . . so when I got out on my own I just thought that was normal. Then I got with a man who was so abusive and who threatened to kill me if I left him, that once it was over I just decided I'd rather spend the rest of my life alone than be in another relationship like that. Since then only one man has even come close to raising his hand to me.

My ex-husband was in a severe motor vehicle accident where he was blinded and received a traumatic brain injury (3 oz of his frontal lobe were destroyed). Right after he came home we got into an argument and he pushed me. Once calmer heads prevailed I told him that in spite of his disabilities, if he ever did it again we were through. He never did.

Nightsinge, we are DELIGHTED to have you join in here. This is not, by any means, a private chat. All of us realize that if we put it out here in the forum it's fair game for anyone to comment on. In fact, I can't speak for others, but that's WHY I put it out here. I realize others have different view points and they may be able to help me see things from a different perspective which can be extremely helpful. And if they don't have a new perspective, at least they can sympathize or empathize. Sometimes just the mere fact of writing it down can help lighten the load.

Have a good day, all, and I'll try to check back in later. I'm working a super long day today and will probably need a break late afternoon/early evening.

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Hey all, is it okay to just jump in here mid-conversation?

I wanted to say that I so get it, Evon. Was it Phil Collins... no maybe Robin Williams who said that you can be lonliest in a relationship?

Even though I don't actually know people on SP, I have been getting some comfort reaching out here. Though I find that when I haven't been on track like the last few days, I can compare myself to others as a way to beat myself up. Argh. I know better than that!

Wishing everyone a lovely tomorrow...

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Hey Tiffany. Glad to hear things are back on an even keel. And I'm really sorry you had to go through that previous relationship. Those things are so damaging both physically and emotionally. Hope your hubby gets to stay home and not go to VA.

Evon, I'm sorry to hear about the loneliness.Maybe it is romance-wise, as you say, and maybe it is missing the emotional support that a romantic partner would bring. I really hope the time is coming soon when you can clear out your house and move your life in a new direction. Need to make room for that partnership you are looking for.

Our house has been quiet again. I did a really tough Richard Simmons workout this morning. Hubby is going to the fishing show in town tomorrow morning and I hope to get in another workout then.I finally got one project completed in the office cleanup process. I went through the Christmas cards I received, verified the return addresses for my list, made notes on any photos or letters received and/or important details from them, then I shredded the envelopes and recycled the cards. It's amazing how much desk space opened up.

My gratitude today is for a body still able to complete that workout. It was the original Sweatin' to the Oldies program and it's a killer! Maybe there is still hope for getting the weight back where it belongs!


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Thanks guys. And we're fine now. Back to being silly. But no, Carol, nothing physical. I've already been there and done that. And he knows that I won't do it again and would leave him if he ever did raise a hand, not that he would, but he knows it. My ex used to beat me and it was just a horrible relationship. The one and only time I ignored my instincts and I paid the price. But yeah, we were just yelling at each other. And we don't fight like that very often. Maybe once a year? So that much is nice.

I'm sorry you're feeling lonely, Evon. You're probably right about why you feel that way. And maybe it's time you're going to find someone to spend time with. Not necessarily romance-wise, just in general. Maybe a good friend is getting ready to enter your life. Who knows? Maybe just by recognizing this, you're opening the door for a relationship of some kind. Good luck!

Nothing really new or interesting to share today. Been a fairly quiet day, all things considered. Hubby might be going to Virginia for work, but we'll see. It probably won't happen. He said they were figuring out the problem, so he might not have to go after all. Works for me. Not sure if I want him going out that far. Anyway. I think I'm heading off for the night. Goodnight!

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Depression is anger without the motivation.

I think depression runs rampant in society today because we are all so obsessed with making a living instead of living our lives.

Live your dreams, it's not as hard as it may seem...On your hopes you must lean...From your fears you have to wean yourself.


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Good afternoon, all,

Tiffany, so sorry to hear about the fight but I'm so happy for you on the job front! I've been in temp positions before that became regular and I know how that really feels like a victory!!!

Carol, congrats on the info from Ancestry. I dabbled there a while ago trying to find something on my dad's side and I did get to see a single document on my grandfather and nothing else. It was very disappointing. On the other hand, my mother's side has multiple geneologists and we've traced a branch of her family all the way back to a tiny village in Slovakia in the 1400's. That's kind of cool.

I've been feeling very lonely lately. Odd, when you consider I have a house full of people. But I think it's a romantic loneliness. And I'm tired of being nothing but a paycheck to everyone in my life. If I can't pay their bills or buy them what they want I'm apparently not worth wasting time on. Most of the time I can just accept it and move on but the last week or two it's been making me sad.

Sorry to be a downer. I hope everyone has a wonderful day in spite of it.

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Hey Tiffany, sounds like a great day in terms of that job probably opening up. I'm sure they will be really lucky to have you. You needed some good news after the fight with hubby. I trust the arguing did not move to physical events. I had 2 marriages with yelling like that. It can be so good in between the fights and so bad during the arguments. Hubby #3 (current one) had a first wife who used to break furniture over his head and grind out cigarettes in his bare legs in the summer when he was driving. Maybe we are just getting old, but we figured we were tired of it and would make every effort to settle our differences quietly. Apparently we have had at least one other past life (maybe more) to work out any issues. Anything that could generate yelling was really something to be paid attention to. Good luck on getting your issues resolved. You can't yell like that when you have a baby in the house!

Hope everyone had a good day today. Sleep well and have a great Wednesday!



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Sounds like a good day indeed, Carol. Glad to hear things are progressing.

I'm just going to make a short check in tonight. I have a tension headache and my eyes feel like the desert I now live in. Had a major fight with hubby this morning. We usually just argue and that, but this was a big fight. Yelling and all. Pretty sure the neighbors heard us this morning. We're doing fine now, but it still wasn't pretty and I'm just drained by it. There was a good bit of news today, though, I suppose. My boss asked if I'd be interested in staying on full time when my contract is up and I said that I'd love to. I don't always love the job, but I'd love the stability of not having a contract deadline looming and some of the other perks will be awesome, too. So we'll see if they do hire me full time now that I've said that I would like to stay.

Hope everyone had a good Tuesday. Goodnight, all. emoticon

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I think depression runs rampant in society today because we are all so obsessed with making a living instead of living our lives.

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Hey Tiffany, really glad to hear your good news. It gave you another day to rest your shoulder before heading back to work - or shortened your day if you did go in.

I've had a really good day - some answers from Ancestry.com about my father's relatives, a good talk with my son (including hearing how well he is doing), celebration for the Broncos, my astrology magazine finally arrived, and finishing up on a complicated chart reading I have been preparing for several days.

So my gratitude today is for an especially good day. Most days are not bad but this was was exceptional. They are few and far between, and I give special thanks for them when they do happen to come along.

Hope everyone has a good night's sleep. Have a great Tuesday.


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Hey guys. I'm here tonight. Sorry for being invisible for so long. Just been in a mood, I guess. And thank you so much Sage for your well wishes and for passing along the message. I'm perfectly fine. Nothing to worry about. I got there and I waited and I got back and after a few questions, mostly about me giving birth, the nurse figured out that there was a massive mix up. I guess another woman, I'm assuming she shares my same first name and possibly even my birthday, gave birth not too long ago and was supposed to be there for her post natal check up. So whoever set up the appointment must have chosen the wrong name or something. They were investigating when I left. But it's all good. At least it wasn't what I was fearing. I'm just grateful for that.

What gets me is that when I got the notice about the appointment last week, I called to confirm that I actually had the appointment because I didn't think I had anything until January unless I needed to go in sooner, which I thought I would be the one to initiate. I called and the lady I talked to said that I did have the appointment and that it was a follow up. I figured it had something to do with my last appointment where I had my checkup and something was wrong.Had she said the rest, the part about it being a post natal follow up, I would have said that something was wrong with their system right there and saved myself a week of worrying and a day full of anxiety attacks. Lol. But like I said, oh well. Things happen for a reason, right?

I'm just relieved that all is well and I hope that whoever should have had that appointment gets her appointment and is well and finds the humor in it like I managed to. So that's what happened. I hope everyone had a good Monday.

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I think depression runs rampant in society today because we are all so obsessed with making a living instead of living our lives.

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Hey Evon - Yippee on the Broncos from me too!!! It was a fun game to watch. Of course we jump up and down and yell and carry on. We swore our daughter could hear us; her house is 3 miles away. I texted and asked her if she could hear us but she said no because she was making too much noise herself!

This morning we enjoyed the news programs and then my son called with a bunch of good news from his job and then I got another note through Ancestry.com providing even more information on my great grandfather and his family along with a link to a site that may have more information - once I figure out how to translate the German! The sun is shining and skies are blue for a change - a good Monday all the way around. Hope everyone else is having a good day too.

By the way, I caught a note on my status stuff that Tiff has a doctor's appointment that was requested by the doc's office. Let's all send her some good energy for whatever is going on.

Eve it's good to see you jumping into this bunch.

I hope everybody is having a good day. I'll drop in later for more news.

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Yaaaayyyyy Broncos! Woohoo! What a way for Peyton Manning to go out - though I noted he was careful to NOT answer the question (put to him multiple times) about whether this is his last game or not. He had a pat answer about kissing his wife, kissing his kids, celebrating with his family and drinking a lot of beer and not planning anything past that.

Carol, I'm so sorry to hear about the nightmares. I hate it when my CPAP slips around, too, but it's never given me nightmares. Usually I find that if I tighten the headgear just a smidge it stays in place better. I use the nasal pillow type so if I tighten it too much it gives me sores right inside my nostril. I have to be really careful about that.

Eva, I'm so glad to hear that your daughter had a good time. How did your husband feel about it? I was a single parent most of my adult life and when my oldest daughter was younger my brother used to take her to the Daddy-Daughter dances that were hosted by the city. They both loved it. I wish he had been able to do it with my younger daughter as well but the city quit hosting it and I never heard of anyone else picking it up.

It looks like Tiffany must be very busy. I hope things are going well in her world. In case you're lurking, Tiffany, hugs!

Have a wonderful day, all.


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Good Morning!

Sage I'm sorry to hear you had nightmares. Does that happen often when you CPAP slips?

The Daddy-Daughter Dance went well Friday night. Bug's (my DD) hair held up well and she liked the corsage I made her. So it was a good night in mommy world too. Tonight we have Key club awards at school. It's kind of like a student of the month award for good citizenship.

We've had a blustery cold front to move in here. For the south it's really cold in any case. About 20 degrees below our normal.

Have a good day!

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It's been a great day. My Broncos won the Super Bowl - couldn't ask for more. Heading for bed soon and hope I sleep better than last night. My CPAP machine slipped and slid on my head and then when I slept I had nightmares. Tonight should be better after the game.

My gratitude today is that my Broncos won and I can celebrate vicariously. It's been a tough several months and it's nice to have something good to think about.

Hope everyone is sleeping well. Have a great Monday.!

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It's been a quiet day here. We went to my daughter's for a late birthday celebration for our grandson. Her SO made bbq'd babyback ribs - YUM! At my grandson's request I made him a cake - spice cake with apples in it. Had to improvise with the box cake but it came out well. I'll have to remember it for future events.

My gratitude today is for a lovely evening with my daughter. Times like this remind me why we moved up here when we retired - to be close to daughter and her family.

Hope everyone is well and having a good night's sleep. Enjoy Sunday - go Broncos!



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The day has been a little nutty but with a couple high points. I picked up my 16 year old grandson and took him to school this morning - his mom and her SO both had other obligations. And then I picked him up after school, took him home to let out their dogs, and then brought him here. He wanted to play an old board game with us, one we have played with him all his life. I'm glad he still enjoys this time with the old folks. When I was getting out the game he saw my old Ouija board in the cupboard. He asked about it, how it worked, and wondered if we could try it. I said sure. He and I sat at the board; my hubby (who has never used one) sat and watched. Well, it only took a few seconds for the planchette to start moving. Our spirit seemed a little unsure of the process and we didn't stay on too long, but we definitely had contact with someone, and when we got finished my grandson was absolutely beaming. "That stuff if real!" was his exclamation. He has heard me talk about spirit contact but was skeptical because he had never experienced it. Now he wants to try more. And he knows Grandma is not just making it up. I have read his chart for him on a few occasions but he has still wondered, but apparently no longer. My husband also wants to work with the board too. It really was all very rewarding.

My gratitude today is, obviously, for my grandson's acceptance of the spirit world and his beginning interest in experiencing it for himself.

Hope everyone sleeps well. Have a great Saturday.

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Thanks for the good wishes all. The storm actually dropped a couple of feet over three days. Those of you who have never lived in the area probably think that's common here but it's really not. In our area it's not uncommon for a storm to drop a foot or so of snow in one day but then the sun usually comes out and warms things up quickly and the entire amount of snow is generally melted within 48 hours (other than some patches in deep shadows).

I live in the foothills at the base of the Rockies - not actually up in the Colorado mountains where snow on the ground all winter IS common. Granted we're only a couple of hours from the major ski resorts but the way the mountains break up weather systems, what we experience is far different from what they get.

The weekend is supposed to warm up into the 40s here and then into the 50s over next week so hopefully we'll get rid of most of the snow. Some of the drifts here where the snowplows have gone through are over six feet high!!! We'll probably be seeing those for awhile.

There are five military bases and about a dozen school districts in the area and every single one of them was closed both Monday AND Tuesday. Again, something that's exceptionally rare around here. The last time I remember the town being shut down for two days or more was back in the fall of 1998.

My computer is acting stupid and won't let me see what everyone else has posted over the last couple of days so that I can respond. And I'm exhausted, I only got about three or four hours sleep last night. I'm going to give up for tonight and try again tomorrow.



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Evening, guys. And happy Friday. Sorry for disappearing all week. Been feeling just super introverted and not up to talking to anybody. Sorry. I've been lurking, though. Looks like everyone is doing fairly well. I hope you can dig out soon, Evon. I heard about that storm and it sounds like a doozy.

Thanks to everyone who inquired about my injury. It's doing much better. I have full movement in my arm again and the only time my neck/back area hurts now is if I let my neck drop too far forward, so we're definitely getting there.

Anyway, I'll just keep this short. I'm going to go watch a movie or two and probably head to bed. Feeling sleepy tonight for some reason. Enjoy your weekend!

Tiffany

Depression is anger without the motivation.

I think depression runs rampant in society today because we are all so obsessed with making a living instead of living our lives.

Live your dreams, it's not as hard as it may seem...On your hopes you must lean...From your fears you have to wean yourself.


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good Morning!

Evon I'm sorry to hear you've been buried in the snow! I have a friend that use to live in Denver. He said the snow there was a beautiful pain. He was teaching at the time and said getting to campus was hazardous to his health.

Sage, my grandmother talked about box and potluck socials thrown at area churches. Here the dance is a yearly even, a fundraiser for the middle school band. This is my daughter's 3rd year of attendance and she loves it. I think it's the dressing up aspect of the whole thing.

Tiffany I hope you feel better.

We are in for a cool but very sunny weekend. I'm hoping to get to the park tomorrow afternoon with the DH and the kiddo.



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Eva, I almost envy you with your daughter at age 7. That was such a fun time with both my daughter and then her little girl as well. And a Daddy-Daughter dance? How wonderful. I only had one of those in my life, an evening box social (we all took homemade box meals, before McDonald's!) and then we square danced. I hope you daughter enjoys her dances with Dad.

Evon, it's good to hear from you. Glad you found your way out of the snow. At least you'll have a weekend to get caught up with the on-line communications.

Tiffany, I hope you are feeling better and getting back your range of motion.

Not much else going on here. More rain. The weather forecasters are saying we have a few dry days coming over the weekend. I'll believe it when I see it.

Hope everybody else is also happy and well. Sleep tight and have a great Friday.


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Hi, all, we've been in the middle of a massive snow storm here in Colorado. My internet was completely down at home and my workplace was closed so this is the first time I've had the opportunity to get on line.

Carol, thank you so much for taking the initiative and starting the February thread.

I have so much to do to get caught up both personally and professionally but I'll try to get back with a good solid check in within the next day or two.

Blessed be, all.

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Good Morning!

Sage I remember being 19 and trying to find my footing in the adult world. It can be a bit overwhelming. It's nice that your granddaughter has you to guide her.

My daughter is 7 and tomorrow night is the Daddy-Daughter Dance. I have my plate pretty full tomorrow. I'm making her corsage this year, as out local florist retired without notice. I've always done her hair. That's tomorrow. Today I make sure that my husband's suit is in order.

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it's been a quiet day here. I spent a couple hours talking to my granddaughter. She is 19 and struggling to find her way in the world. I received an e-mail from a man (my daughter's age) who I used to work with and who helped us load the moving truck when we left Colorado. I had done an astrology reading for him and he seems to be doing well professionally but struggling personally. I offered what I could and offered another reading if he can give me a clue as to what is going on. More and more my readings are being called on to help people with difficulties in their lives. I'm glad I figured out that being an astrologer was what I wanted to be when I grew up. I just wish it had not taken so long to find it!

My gratitude today is that I have a good relationship with my granddaughter so that she calls me to talk. We had some ugly times when she lived with us during her sophomore year in high school and it's good that we have been able to resolve those issues and move on.

Hope everyone is well. Have a good night's sleep and a great Thursday.


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Just a short note tonight. Good news today is that my hubby has found a place to ski other than Mt. Hood with more appropriate slopes for his skills and also less expensive. He has made reservations to be gone March 1-4. He's as excited as a little kid. Another piece of good news today is that I talked to the Ancestry Expert people. They could do the job I want; their price is reasonable for the work and they can get to places in records that I cannot. But it's still a lot of money. So I am still checking the budget before I commit to having the work done. (For the newer folks, I was adopted at birth and am trying to find my father. I found my mother a few years ago and she took my father's name to her grave, but I know it is out there somewhere.)

Tiffany, I hope you are feeling better and able to increase your strength and flexibility. Crazygrad, congratulations on the new house. It's always like making a fresh start in life; best wishes to you as you move forward. GBRAL, sorry to hear about the problems with the candle holders. I hope you get that situation resolved soon. Is there another message you might have coming to you from the situation? A meditation might be useful for finding out. Evon, are you out there lurking? I hope you are all right. I think I forgot someone - mea culpa.

My gratitude today is that my computer screen is readable again. I was having trouble with it the other day and played with the settings - and made it much worse. Some other changes I made this morning have taken care of most of the problems, hence the gratitude.

Hope you all have a great night's sleep and a super day on Wednesday.




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So, for Imbolc I thought I'd clean up the altar. I took down my Hekate and Cernunnos statues and moved them above the fireplace, and put some nice abstract reverseable lord and lady statues I had on the altar. I rotated in a different athame I had and removed the clutter.

I intended then to bless candles.

Well, maybe it was moving Hekate and maybe it was bad luck, but then things went downhill.

I was cleaning wax off my candle holders and dropped one, and it broke. Then I went from store to store looking for any taper holders. This was in the evening so anything open nearby. Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Grocery, dollar store, Target; no one had anything but Target, and they had three choices: $15 dollar marble things, some things that looked sort of like wooden milk bottles, and some terrible looking gold sprayed things.

I debated buying two bottles of that chianti-in-a-basket but decided I might make poor decisions after draining them to make candle holders.

I went home defeated. I remembered I had two other candle holders SOMEwhere, and looked for them, and found them, but one was broken. It still had enough of an area to hold the candle but I'm keeping an eye on it.

Going to World Market or the local rock store tomorrow to see what I can find. Meanwhile, I am thinking of putting Hekate back where I found her.

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Sage, enjoy the journey. What blessings we can find with modern technology.

My husband and I bought a house last month and I'm working on cleaning the apartment we are out of on Friday and finding/organizing things in the new house. In the mean time I decided no more excuses from me or hubby, time to exercise more. I made 3 months of calenders for our DDP yoga. I told my husband we are getting through then all. A lot of rebirth!

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Morning. Just saying hello and hope everyone has a good Tuesday. I'm feeling rather proud of myself that I'm not letting my injury get in the way like I normally would. I think I might be gaining the upper hand on my all or nothing mentality. I've exercised and done good the last few days. Today I did bike, so not much arm movement there. And yesterday I did a Leslie Sansone walk at home deal and when it came to the arm work, I just either modified it to where my range of motion was about half of what I'd normally do or I'd just focus on leg work. Very proud.

Sage, I'm sure you'll figure it out and I wish you the best of luck!

Tiffany

Depression is anger without the motivation.

I think depression runs rampant in society today because we are all so obsessed with making a living instead of living our lives.

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Evon, I know you have been busy and it was getting late, so I took the liberty of starting the next thread. If you want to do something different, please just go ahead - thump me upside the head, and I will transfer over.

My day was quiet. I spent most of the time working on my family trees on Ancestry.com. I am making one tree for my adoptive family and one for my biological family. I have information on my mother's side of this latter one and hope that in working with Ancestry I can find my father. One of our other Sparkers let me know if worked for her, so I am hopeful. My astrology chart indicates that this could be the year I finally complete my family research.

My gratitude today is for computers and the Internet which helped me find my mother and now may help me complete the last piece in the search for my roots.

Hope everyone sleeps well and has a great Tuesday too.


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