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For those of you who are Moms, Step-Moms, Grandmothers, Godmothers, Mother-figures, or Fur-Moms - I wish you all a very happy Mother's Day Weekend! Team Old Friends (with the emphasis on OLD!) came in 3rd place in the sprint triathlon. And to think that when I started on SparkPeople 8 years ago, I had never even run 1 mile. That's what Spark teammates do for us - they lift us up and encourage us to step out of our box and try something new. I will always be grateful for SparkPeople and the wonderful people here!That's what we do here at SparkPeople - light a fire!I had a little biking accident yesterday. I lost control of my bike on lose gravel in a construction zone & went over the handlebars. I'm pretty banged up - road rash on my knee & shoulder, & twisted my ankle. Fortunately I was wearing my helmet & gloves, so that saved my head, face, & hands. I'll be laying low with my leg elevated for a few days.It's so much fun to be a lifelong Cubs fan! What a wild game last night!I just read this on the Blue Cross Blue Shield website...Waking up to daylight was great! But not looking forward to the early dusk.Thank you, Vets. We owe a debt of gratitude to you for your sacrifice for our freedom.Thank you, Vets. We owe a debt of gratitude to you for your sacrifice for our freedom.My handsome Dad on the right. Thank you for your service, Dad. Love you and miss you, Dad! I stopped posting my Fitbit stats daily, because they filled up my photo page. Hoping this one won't go to photos page."We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."
#ThinkThinWishing everyone a blessed Thanksgiving! I am so thankful for Spark People! Let's finish this year STRONG!Let's finish this year STRONG!A little irreverent, but funny! Here's to a New REAR!Blessings to my Spark Family!Dream big and dare to fail.
-- Norman Vaughan February is heart health month. Do something positive for your heart each day!Thank you, Sparkers!Weâ€™re heading to Sedona & the Grand Canyon for a couple of days!Sedona Pink Jeep tour - what an adrenaline rush!Hiking at the Grand Canyon. What a breathtaking experience! The 40-50 mph wind gusts made it extra exciting!In all things, give thanks.Thanks for being my Spark!Amen to this!Amen to this!I choose to feel sore.What a great way to have perpetual spring!Baby steps.I needed to see this today.Trying to kick a cold to the curb...Today, I choose to be happy!Posted a photoA little Monday morning humor - especially after waking up to darkness, now that daylight savings time is here.Why not?Look for non-scale victories on this journey. Itâ€™s more about who we become on the way to our goal than it is about reaching the goal. I actually am part Irish, so I donâ€™t have to pretend!I had a vacation setback, but Iâ€™m back on track now.Eat food that spoils, but eat it before it spoils!Happy first day of spring!Where would you rather be?I love this thought...Yay for the weekend!Itâ€™s just a number...Hereâ€™s a photo to reflect on during Holy Week.My colorful lunch.We need more people like Mr. Rogers in the world.Letâ€™s do this!Don't worry, there is a protein shake with this colorful lunch!No greater Love...Thisâ€™s is a healthy idea! Easter doesnâ€™t often fall on April Foolâ€™s Day. Have fun with it!A little Peep with your milk?Happy Easter!Word!Make it a great day!Make it a great day!Have a blessed day!Cheese!I approve!I could use more Sundays each weekend.Another year older. I hope the world has enjoyed me all these years!This is what I love about SparkPeople! You are such encouragers. Thank you!Be childlike today - be happy for no reason!Never give up!Great advice!Lessons from the dog...Make some progress today, even if it's a baby step.Bring joy to the world today!Love these â€œnewâ€ definitions!The things we take for granted are usually the most important things..."Without gratitude, what was extraordinary yesterday becomes ordinary today. Without gratitude, a sense of entitlement takes over and begins to rot our soul. Without gratitude, we get old and grumpy, or even young and grumpy. Gratitude keeps us young. It anchors us to the present moment. It reminds us of what matters most and what matters least, and fills us with the resolve to carry on the great mission God has entrusted to us." - Matthew KellyThatâ€™s really cool!How is your attitude?Itâ€™s the first race day of the season - 5K today.Sunday was my first 5K of the season. I took 3rd place in my division - not bad for a senior citizen!I brought home some 3rd place hardware from my first 5K race of the season on Sunday. Not bad for a senior citizen!I know Earth Day was yesterday, but Earth Day should be everyday!
Man in his ignorance has always assumed that the earth would rejuvenate herself no matter what he did. But the earth can lose her resiliency. Her waters are polluted. Her soil is becoming dust; some of her trees are poisoned. Someday she may be beyond her ability to heal herself. But what we do to her, we do to ourselves.
#EarthDay #gogreenJust where I want to be!This cracked me up!I hope you laugh today!Why not?Happy Arbor Day! Here's some advice from a tree...You & your dog will benefit!Make a tree happy!Happy Monday!Which road will you take?We can do it!Wouldnâ€™t this be a hoot!Couldn't resist...I see a Margarita in my future today!The best thing...Whoever thought this day would come? LOL!We all have our own journey.Letâ€™s get on with the change!To all you teachers out there...thank you for helping to shape the minds of our young people!Which is greater for you - desire or fear?Eat the rainbow!There are all kinds of moms in the world - earthly mothers, heavenly mothers, step-mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, God-mothers, adopted mothers, and fur mothers. Let's not forget the mothers who are deployed & away from their families. And for all the mothers whose sons & daughters are serving in the military and will not be able to visit their moms on Mothers Day. Thank you for your service to our country! Happy Mother's Day to all the women in our lives!
#MothersDayI got to play in the garden yesterday!Just walk...Thatâ€™s my goal today - to do whatever it takes!Letâ€™s persevere!Especially be kind!Happy wedding day, Meghan & Harry!These are my college roommateâ€™s granbabies, Montgomery & Monroe. Montgomery is 5+ lbs & doing great. Baby Monroeâ€™s suckling muscles in the jaw are underdeveloped. He is struggling to eat & losing weight. He weighed less than Montgomery when he was born. Please say a prayer or send good thoughts for Baby Monroe. Thank you.Thank you for your prayers for Montgomery & Monroe, my college roommateâ€™s grandchildren. Monroe was able to suckle the bottle and gained 4 oz. Both babies & Mama are going home today.Thank you for the prayers for my college roommateâ€™s grand babies, Montgomery & Monroe. Monroe was able to suckle the bottle, gained 4 oz., & here they are with Mommy Kristen being released from the hospital yesterday. Kristen & hubby have 3 other children under 7 years old at home. Please continue to pray for the family. Thank you.I need to put this picture on my frig...I miss this...Who knew?Thank you to our veterans who gave their life that we might be free.Somehow, â€œthank youâ€ to our vets doesnâ€™t seem enough.Remember what this day is about...Todayâ€™s words of wisdom...Need any more reasons?Just say â€œnoâ€ to the cupcake & pick up those weights!We can do this!Itâ€™s only a number. The scale doesnâ€™t tell us how awesome we are!We went on a troll hunt at the Morton Arboretum this weekend!This really made me think ðŸ¤” I believe we can do it!This made me laugh.Yes I can!I hope you dance!What weird thing makes you happy?Dream big!Weâ€™re changing our lives.The celebrity suicides lately are bringing mental health to the forefront. Hereâ€™s some tips on how to look after you mental health...Letâ€™s do this!Got a shorter cut for the summer.This is what Iâ€™m talking about...Iâ€™m always trying to keep my thoughts positive. Amazing how much negative chatter goes on up there.We made it safely to New York City. We had dinner last night at Grimaldiâ€™s, world famous for their pizza. Then we walked around DUMBO - an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. This photo of my Sweetie, his son & daughter-in-law, was taken under the Brooklyn Bridge. What a beautiful summer evening in a beautiful city! The kids love living here, & I now understand why!Fatherâ€™s Day brunch at Tavern on the Green on the outskirts of Central Park followed by a walk through Central Park. Fabulous day!Letâ€™s move!Today, we visited Bryant Park, the New York Public Library, Empire State Building, and Grand Central Station. Great day sight-seeing in Manhattan. Visited the Statue if Liberty & Ellis Island today. Let freedom ring!Empire State Bldg is in this photo. Weâ€™ve done a lot of sightseeing while here! CitiyPass is the way to see the city, for sure.Manhattan lights - Iâ€™m going to miss this view. Flying home tonight.Final day in NYC was a bike ride in Central Park, where my Sweetie surprised me by proposing! ðŸ’ Oh, and I said â€œyesâ€ through tears of joy. I â¤ï¸ NY for many reasons now!Iâ€™ve read that the 80/20 rule applies to healthy living - 80% what we eat & 20% what we do.Hereâ€™s my next ride! I saw it at the Brooklyn Museum. How cool is this?Love this thought...Thereâ€™s nothing like the present...Hereâ€™s to a beautiful life!My greatest summer temptation is ice cream. I really need to keep my goals from & center at this time of year!Keep your pups close to you this week. If you donâ€™t have a pet, please be considerate of them & of our veterans who have PTSD.Proposal on arch bridge in Central ParkThis photo is of a quilted flag at the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Itâ€™s hard to see, but there are nearly 3,000 squares, each square is a photo of someone who died that day. Two graphic artists created this. This museum was a very moving experience for me. I cried through most of it. God bless America!Happy 4th of July! Today is my Sweet Liberty's birthday.Itâ€™s a constant battle, but one well worth the fight.Love your body exactly where youâ€™re at. This is sage advice...I'm working on good habits that will create a new lifestyle.Darn!When in doubt, be kind.Everyone has their own journey.I love this acronym. Think positive thoughts today!Great advice...Ahhh, canâ€™t wait to take in some lake life!As a triathlete whose weakest event is the swim portion, this cartoon just cracks me up!Yeah, why not?In all things, give thanks.I want to look healthy & radiant!We can all learn from our dogs!This is one race Iâ€™ll never give up on.I believe this is true. Since cleaning up my diet, I am healthier than I was 30 years ago.Get recharged by your device...Word!Believe in yourself!Weâ€™ve got this!It's ok to feel defeated. Just don't give up!I think its more like 5 miles a day for me!Looking forward to a fabulous week!Note to self...Check your attitude...I love seeing people's faces when you give them a random compliment!A principle to live by...Believe in yourself!I choose to be blessed rather than stressed!I choose to be blessed rather than stressed!Couldnâ€™t resist posting this one!Something to ponder..Let's be happy!Thank you, God!Letâ€™s do this!Iâ€™m planning a healthy salad for lunch.Just finished a 10K run at the lake.What can you change today?Optimism helps in most situations.I will use good & encouraging words today!What tough question do you need to ask yourself?In all things, be grateful!Keep trying. We are so worth it!Let's rock our goals this weekend!Make it a great day!Expect the best, but go with the flow.Spread some kindness today!Let go & let God.Love this!I especially need the long sleep!This cracked me up! But seriously, when I eat pizza, itâ€™s all veggies. Doesnâ€™t that count as a salad?Letâ€™s get better!Letâ€™s get better!I tried to stay awake to ward Monday off, but I eventually fell asleep.Moving day was last Wednesday. There are boxes to unpack everywhere! Clutter is definitely weighing me down right now. This, too, shall pass.Each one of us has our own path.I'm making time for exercise...I'm listening...Note to self...I believe this is true. Changed my diet about 25 years ago. I am in my 60s & not on any medications.Leave it to Maxine! I hope you are enjoying the holiday.For me, this has been true...For me, itâ€™s usually fear or regret that weighs me down.Oh, yeah...Small steps can lead to a beautiful new life!Why not?Keep up the good work!Oh yes we can! Don't underestimate yourself.Stay the course!We'll never know what we can accomplish if we don't try...Iâ€™ve been slacking on setting goals. Time to refocus.Sometimes the impossible doesnâ€™t take long. Just keep trying.Good advice...Itâ€™s not that bad anymore! Iâ€™m getting much better sleep now, but still not enough.Think BIG!Love & weirdness make the world go 'round.I appreciate all of you Spark People! We are on an amazing journey to better health - together.I am truly blessed.Great mantra to adopt...Why didn't I think of that?Must get more sleep...Oh, yeahhhhhh...Itâ€™s all about the love!The good news is, we get to choose our mood!Be persistent, no hard on yourself.I'm going to give it all I've got!I'm going to give it all I've got!I'm going to give it all I've got!I am responsible...I am responsible...Let's do this!The leaves are beginning to change. SparkPeople believe in each other until we believe in ourselves. Thatâ€™s why I keep coming back! Together we can do what we cannot do alone.Letâ€™s keep talking about this. Whom can you tell about SparkPeople this week?Iâ€™m trying to perfect the â€œeat halfâ€ part!You will make a difference in someoneâ€™s life today. Be present to the miracle!We see the world not as it is, but as we are. Words to live by...Be flawsome today!Donâ€™t be fooled. Take care of your side, & it will be just as green and real, instead of fake.Smile!Letâ€™s pack some great memories in our hearts!Sounds like a good idea to me!Be awesome today!Saturday's Heavenly Chicago Sunset
- Barry Butler Photography Chicago, The Birthplace of the Skyscraper
â€” Barry Butler Photography Something to think about...It's all about the journey.Make someone happy...break into a smile!Happiness is an inside job.Picked up our marriage license on 10/12/18.Don't worry, be happy!What can you do today that you couldn’t do 6 months or a year ago?I borrowed this graphic from @SJOYOUS. Iâ€™d love to do this & see what people say!I decide not to consume refined carbs today.I just have to trust God...He never lets me down.From the book, "The Four Agreements," I learned agreement #2 - Don't take anything personally.
- Nothing others do is because of you.
- What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream.
- When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering.
This "Agreement" has served me well for many years. I continue to work on my own healing every day.SparkPeople help me to hustle when I don't feel like it. Thanks! I need you guys.Oh, yeah!I'm grateful for so many things, especially for Spark Peeps! I found this on Facebook. The post said to start on Nov 1. Why wait? Sounds like a great challenge to me!Happy Halloween!I hate to spoil the fun, but I needed to see this today. Maybe someone else needs to see it, too.Can I do it today?Hugs to my Spark Peeps!And take that candy with you, you devil!And take that candy with you, you devil!Let's do this!Works for me.Love the daylight in the morning, but not at night.Funny how that works!Do your civic duty.Yeah!Yeah!Your success rate of surviving a bad day is 100%. We all have bad days. This, too, shall pass.In all things, give thanks.Make it a great day!With much gratitude, we remember those who served for our freedom.I had a hair & makeup trial for my wedding. The makeup/hair artist shot this photo afterward.I'm either green and growing, or ripe and rotten!Let's be masters at getting healthy. Sure, we're going to fail, but let's get back up and start again. We're too important to quit on ourselves!The answers are within...Love this...Love this...Today, I marry my best friend, the one whom my soul loves!Yesterday, I married the love of my life!My wedding party - sister & son-in-law.Another wedding photo.Pretty scary when chocolate is safer than a salad!Hope it was a beautiful day for you!Something to strive for...Happy Thanksgiving!Happy #buynothingdayBe joyful!Wish I had read this on Thanksgiving Day!God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.Who knew?We can do this!Sad, but true.Things to work on!For you creative folks...For you creative folks...Something to think about...Donâ€™t worry, be happy! ðŸ˜ƒ I hope that we all achieve our Spark goals. What are you hopeful for?Love this...Letâ€™s rock those yoga pants!It's great to be child-like at Christmas time!Drink up!Drink up! #h2whoaWe'll never regret it!Make someoneâ€™s day!Live in the present...Too many Christmas goodies already.Indeed!I'm withdrawing from sugar today. Holiday party at work yesterday had so many goodies. I've got a sugar headache today.Think fit today!This is awesome to think about!This is awesome to think about!This is comforting...Thatâ€™s my excuse!Lessons from our Christmas tree!Keeping it up!Poor Santa...So true! May we all be rich in our hearts...Well?Something to think about...Merry Christmas! Beautiful day for a gentle Christmas Day run. Sunny, 42* and hardly any wind. Merry Christmas one and all!Beautiful day for a gentle Christmas Day run. Sunny, 42* and hardly any wind. Merry Christmas one and all! Thank you doesn't seem enough...Healing from hurts is tough, but necessary work. Surprise your liver today - drink an extra cup of water!Let's do this - finish strong!Let's do this - finish strong!Just don't quit...Something to strive for...Good bye, 2019. Here's to a fabulous 2019!Happy New Year, Sparkies!Happy New Year, Sparkies!It's a new year. Let's do this!My mantra for this year - be quick to say "no" and slow to say "yes!"Thus the importance of thinking & speaking positive thoughts & words...Itâ€™s never to late to start again!Why is this?I love to spend time in a garden!I wrote this "reality check" to myself in Sept 2017. I think it still applies! It takes a 3,500 calorie deficit to lose one pound. It's not gonna happen overnight.I'm on a fruit & veggie cleanse this week. It's been easy to pass up the junk food - by the grace of God.I'm on a fruit & veggie cleanse this week. It's been easy to pass up the junk food - by the grace of God.Let's give it all we've got!Donâ€™t stare in the rear view mirror while moving forward - unless you want to go backward.Be intentional...Be intentional...Just decide!One day at a time...One day at a time...I decided not to eat refined carbs today. What will you decide NOT to do today? That's why we're SparkPeople!Letâ€™s do this! #moveitWell, not all the time...Let's do this!I am grateful!We've got this!I choose exercise...Dream big!Letâ€™s get this straight...These are the real questions...This is what I have to look forward to this week!Weâ€™re heading to negative 50* below 0 windchill tonight. Gonna get a lot of shivering calories in the next couple of days.I want to BE fit, not just look fit!Don't forget your water during this cold weather!Signs of the digital times...Signs of the digital times...We still need our water, no matter how cold it is!It's all about the decision...To help me pay attention to the game, my hubby gave me a bingo card that has a lot of different game plays in the squares. Problem is, it also has commercials in the squares! I might win on the commercials, because it's too hard to pay attention to what all the game plays are called.I can't tell you how true this is. I used to do nursing home ministry. I was shocked at how young some people were who were confined to a wheel chair or bed. Yes, some of them had an illness or disease that was the reason for their confinement. But others just plain didn't take care of their health. It was a wake up call to me.I want to be blinded by looking at the bright side of every situation!Missing my Mom. Yesterday would have been her 90th birthday.I was confused when the start page asked me to record my weight. I weigh in on Fridays.Marie Kondo has a series on Netflix called "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo." This is a photo of my dresser drawers after using the Kondo method of folding my clothes. I can find everything now!I can't imagine an angry penguin!I wish you all well!I need to remember this...Words of affirmation are as empowering to the giver as to the receiver of those words!I saw this in the hospital gift shop. I should have bought it!We've got this!Happy St. Valentine's Day! I love this image that I stole from @SPARKLINGME176 's January 2 blog. Check it out! She has tons of gorgeous photos.My sweet husband made me a cake from scratch for Valentine's Day! It sure tasted better than any box cake I've ever had. Ok, the frosting wasn't from scratch, but the cake was. He wasn't sure what frosting I would like, so he gave me a choice! His favorite is chocolate, thus the majority of the frosting is chocolate.Itâ€™s true!I've not been eating well lately. Time to recommit...I've not been eating well lately. Time to recommit...Hereâ€™s to having breakthroughs in our journey!Instructions to live by...Who wouldn't want to eat these! They're so cute.Oh, yes it is!Happy National Margarita Day!Up and at 'em!Let's do this!I really need to be more mindful when eating.I'm heading to Mardi Gras Galveston tomorrow! This photo is from the Knights of Momus parade.Change your thoughts & you'll change your life...Believe it!Come on, Spring!Let your words be sweet...â€œHomeâ€ for the next week - Galveston Island. Trying to keep vacation healthy.After 2 days of sitting 9 hours in the car, Iâ€™m ready to get moving. It hurts my butt to sit that long!Iâ€™m typically a rule follower. I should definitely heed these rules!Eat those veggies!What we think about, we bring about!I LOVE this!ðŸ˜‚Gonna get my dancing shoes on for the Tim McGraw concert at the Houston Rodeo tonight!I'm gonna put my dancin' boots on for the Tim McGraw concert tonight at the Houston Rodeo!Move one house to the right ðŸ˜‚
I must have an easy car clock to change. I can even do it without the owners manual!Move one house to the right ðŸ˜‚
I must have an easy car clock to change. I can even do it without the owners manual!Move one house to the right ðŸ˜‚
I must have an easy car clock to change. I can even do it without the owners manual!Move one house to the right ðŸ˜‚
I must have an easy car clock to change. I can even do it without the owners manual!Makes sense to me!I'm back from vacation. Time to get back on track! The scale definitely went up.We can do this!No matter what...This one cracked me up!Kindness looks good on everyone!Beware the Ides of March!Happy St. Patrickâ€™s Day!ðŸ€ This is the only flu shot that Iâ€™ll do ðŸ€Top o the morninâ€™ðŸ€ Iâ€™m grateful that I donâ€™t have to pretend that Iâ€™m Irish â˜˜ï¸ Be gentle on yourself. Be determined, be persistent, but by all means, be gentle.Let's do this!Indeed it does!This is not my creation, but isnâ€™t it adorable?Happy 1st day of Spring! It's raining here. That's what we do in the spring.The promise of Spring is here!What if...What if...Moving forward, one day at a time...Be kind to your body...Be kind to your body...Trust your hopes, not your fears...Today is the best day of my life! Until tomorrow...I'm working on better sleep habits.Lord, help me to love like thisâ£ï¸So for some reason, SparkPeople took this post down. What's with that? Because I captioned it "Lord, help me to love like this."So for some reason, SparkPeople took this post down. What's with that? Because I captioned it "Lord, help me to love like this."This made me chuckle - I'm a complicated house plant!Let's ROCK!Can you just see this happening? LOL!Be intentional...Maxine, youâ€™re so irreverent!Hello, April!Just something to think about...Do cats rule the world?It's ok...Just try, I might surprise myself!Here's to a great life!Kissing the earth with my feet - I love that thought!Spin & weight training classes today.I need to remember this!I need to remember this!Funny how age creeps up on ya!Love my naps on weekends!"Without gratitude, what was extraordinary yesterday becomes ordinary today. Without gratitude, a sense of entitlement takes over and begins to rot our soul. Without gratitude, we get old and grumpy, or even young and grumpy. Gratitude keeps us young. It anchors us to the present moment. It reminds us of what matters most and what matters least, and fills us with the resolve to carry on the great mission God has entrusted to us." - Matthew KellyNever, never, never quit."Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in raising every time we fall." - ConfuciousSomething to think about...An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure...An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure...An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure...day 2000 of my streak for "Consume at least 8 cups of water per day." earned 4/14/2019I choose happiness...And if you donâ€™t love yourself, how can you love another? Discover how much God loves you. Fill yourself with His love & see how everything in your life changes - including your body!Happy Holy WeekAnd now we know...Reflecting on how much God loves usâ£ï¸Happy Easter!Happy Earth Day!Champions were once beginners, too.Be kind to one another...PSA...Happy Arbor Day! Learn from the trees...
#arbordayYes, I am!What we think about, we bring about!Dr. Shaklee always said, eat the foods that spoil, but eat them before they spoil. It's the end of the month. Let's finish strong! It's never too late to have a good month - even if it's just today.Benefits of sleep. This is one of my top goals - to get more sleep!Donâ€™t worry, be happy! We can do whatever we set our minds on!Happy Derby Day, too!Dogs are so smart...Happy Cinco de Mayo! Happy Cinco de Mayo! Honest Abe had it right...Honest Abe had it right...Spark helps us to be different! Letâ€™s do this.True? Necessary? Kind? Ok, now I can speak.Enough said...TGIF!Happy Mother's Day in heaven, Mom!Love & miss you, Mom!I donâ€™t really do this, but I thought it was pretty funny!Think you can or think you can't, you're right!Happiness is an inside job...Letâ€™s do this!You gotta love those growth spurts...This is the house that Iâ€™ll be the docent at on the House Walk today. Built in 1925 by Robert Seyfurth for the Ashley B Smith family - a French Eclectic home.Let's do this!Words of wisdom...Namaste...I write my gratitude list daily and exchange it with my gratitude buddy.I can't say that I agree with all of Bob Harper's "Skinny Rules," but most of them are sound advice. I need to abide by #18 more often.Represent!Thank you to the men & women who gave their life for our freedomsâ£ï¸Thank you to those who died for our freedom. We owe you a debt of gratitude.Interesting...Love this!So true!So THAT'S how it works!Eat things that donâ€™t come in packages.It's a journey, not a destination.Would this help your kids to eat their veggies? I wouldnâ€™t want to hurt them!This is so true...Something to think about...My â€œto doâ€ list...Guard your thoughts...Wow, this puts it in perspective...In all circumstances, be grateful...Indeed!Talk about a direct line to God!Life is so much easier when I know what my job is...I'm learning this...Yeah, why doesn't someone invent this?Something to think about...God bless America!
#flagdayWeâ€™ve got this! We just need to get our thoughts on track.Missing my Daddy every day.Happy Father's Day to my husband Harry, my Dad & Godfather (both in heaven), my brothers, uncles, brothers-in-law, & father-figures in my life. I love you all! #FathersDayI try to remember these daily...My husband's brother had a stroke today. We're traveling in the morning to see him. Please keep Tom in your prayers. Thank you.Words to live by...â€œNormalâ€ is a setting on the dryer.Isnâ€™t that the truth...Yes!Let this be ALL of our stories!Happiness is an inside job!Yes, you will!Leave, change, or accept the situation. All else is madness...Best reason never to give up...Best reason never to give up...Let the countdown begin!Words of wisdom...Let's do this!Keep your fur babies close this holiday week. If you are not a pet owner, please be considerate of how fireworks scare animals, small children, and our vets who have PTSD. Please leave the fireworks to the professionals.Please be kind to our vets and pets. Leave the fireworks to the cities ^|& municipalities.Wishing everyone in the USA a safe & happy 4th of July!Excuse the language, but having owned dogs, this just cracked me up!Words of wisdom...Let's do this!Patience is a virtue...What we think about, we bring about...It's a constant struggle...I think Iâ€™ll head out now!ðŸ˜‚ This...I agree...That IS the key...I hope you have some great laughs today!Wisdom from dogs...Thereâ€™s always time for the things that are important to us.Happy 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon!Count your blessings, not your troubles.I'll be retiring in September, and I've got 3 extended trips already planned!It's never too late for a do-over.There was a time in my life that I didn't get this...Not gonna lie, there was a day where I would have preferred to be in the long line of "pills & surgery." But, I know that lasting change will only happen with lifestyle changes.I wonâ€™t!Yes, thank you, Lord!What a comforting thought!Don't text and drive...There is ALWAYS something to be thankful for!These are most SparkPeople! Letâ€™s always believe in & encourage each other.Yes, indeed!Yes, indeed...Ooops, I did it again. Running on a sidewalk is not safe - at least for me. Darn elevation changes. #iwantmymommyThat would be motivation!That would be motivation!This really put "all or nothing" thinking into perspective...There is great power in persistence. Never give up! We are so worth it.Sobering thought- this is the youngest Iâ€™ll ever be again!Ahhh, lake life at its finest!Much better than Skittles!The best advice Iâ€™ve ever had for the average person â€“ is donâ€™t be average! Go rock your day.Thoughts to live by...Embrace the changes!It doesn't matter if you're the tortoise or the hare, progress is progress no matter the speed.Hmm, think Iâ€™ll start sending more flowers!We can do this!Yesss!Can I get an "Amen!"Make it a great finish to the week!Words of wisdom...Words of wisdom...So much to look forward to...Me too!Perfect message on this rainy day.This was sent to me at work by one of my vendors for National Senior Citizens Day! #seniorcitizensday.
And so should we...Word...I spent time today cleaning out the garage in preparation of our move next spring.I spent time today cleaning out the garage in preparation of our move next spring.Never, never, never, never give up!Be a blessing!Be her!Enjoy the journey...Persistence pays off. Never give up!Finish the month strong. Give it a try!â¤ï¸ this!Happy Labor Day weekend!Have a fabulous day! I hope you get to take the day off.Good morning. Thank You, Lord!I'm a rule follower, especially the last one. How about you?I love this thought!Planning for healthy meals this weekend.Planning for healthy meals this weekend.Save a tree, use less paper towels or less paper anything. Or plant a tree!I choose joy!It's an ongoing process - planting seeds.Remembering those who lost their lives this day. May they rest in peace.Remembering those who lost their lives this day. May they rest in peace.Small steps taken daily add up to big results!Yep, I'm dressed up today...Yep, I'm dressed up today...Doing my best, one day at a time...Let go and let God...Let's do this!Love this idea!Instead of wasting energy on negative things, today I will turn it around & do something positive to move me toward my goals.Be a beautiful heart!Letâ€™s redefine beauty...Never underestimate the power of belief...May you see a miracle today!Happy fall!I need to internalize this more.Let's take chances!Today was my last day of work. I'm officially retired!Day 1 of retirement. Slept in til 8:45am. No more 5am alarms! But really, since itâ€™s Saturday, it just feels like a typical weekend so far.Do one small thing today for your future health...Last day of the month. Let's do this!Let's challenge ourselves this month!Today is a new day. Leave yesterday behind.I learn a lot!My coworker knitted this adorable bunny wearing a duckie inner tube because sheâ€™s always on vacation - just like me, now that Iâ€™m retired. I named her Regina Rabbit. Regina is on a road trip from Chicago to Phoenix with me & a friend. Weâ€™re playing â€œWhere in the world is Regina?â€ This photo is after our first 10-hour leg of the journey.We arrived safely in AZ this afternoon.Happy hour after a long day of shopping to set up my friend Nachiâ€™s new home in AZ. I ran 4+ miles before going shopping, discovering her new neighborhood. Itâ€™s so beautiful here!Iâ€™m enjoying running in AZ. Gosh, the scenery is amazing!Iâ€™m enjoying running in AZ. Gosh, the scenery is amazing! #moveitRegina Rabbit & I out for a wog (walk/jog) & we came across this horse looking over the wall a tree us!Chess/checkers anyone?The Adventures of Regina Rabbit: Today, we found the pool!Sunrise run this morning.Yes!AZ sunset behind the mountains. Breathtaking!Jus sayin...ðŸ˜ŽMine really is B+True!Guard your thoughts. You become what you think.Let go & let God.4.5 mile run today.4.5 mile run today.4.5 mile run today.4.5 mile run today.Happy Sweetest Day, my Sparkly friends!Did some sightseeing in Gilbert, AZ today. Couldnâ€™t pass up taking of photo of this building!Great to know!Itâ€™s a lifestyle, not a diet.Iâ€™m watching you!THE struggle is real...Letâ€™s do this!Just breathe...Regina Rabbitâ€™s first plane ride. She even got her picture taken with the pilot in the cockpit!The fall colors were spectacular this weekend!From 85*, shorts, & tank tops in AZ on Saturday to 43* & winter coats in Naperville today. Happy Halloween!Dare to leave your pet here! Happy howl-ween!Happy Halloween, Spark Buddies ðŸŽƒ ðŸ‘» I hate to spoil the fun, but I needed to see this today. Maybe someone else needs to see it, too.I hate to spoil the fun, but I needed to see this today. Maybe someone else needs to see it, too.I needed to see this today...And take that candy with you!
#allsaintsdayAdventures of Regina Rabbit: We arrived safely in the Big Apple ðŸŽ Turn your clocks back, if you choose!Letâ€™s do this!Wisdom from nature...Regina Rabbit goes to Times Square!Regina Rabbit goes to Times Square!Seems easy enough to understand...4-mile run in Central Park this morning. Found Belvedere Castle!4-mile run in Central Park this morning. Found Belvedere Castle!Fact!Never quit. Youâ€™re so worth it!Progress, not perfection.My handsome Daddy, on the right, was a Purple Heart Vet.T-Rex is at the Natural History Museum.Adventures of Bartlet: I think I found the Great Pumpkin ðŸŽƒ Charlie Brown!What you think, you are. What you think, you say. What you think, you do.Guard your thoughts, they become your physiology...My last day of dog-sitting. The kids return from Egypt this afternoon. On our run in Central Park, we discovered the â€œImagineâ€ mosaic in Strawberry Field, a place dedicated to the memory of John Lennon.Celebrating our first wedding anniversary today. Time flies when weâ€™re having fun!My last wog (walk/jog) in Central Park with my grand-dog, whom weâ€™ve been dog-sitting while the kids were on vacation.Spent our last day in NYC at The Met.If youâ€™re feeling strong, loan someone your strength today.Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Verse from â€œGet Togetherâ€
Song by The YoungbloodsMy poor little grand pup had to have his dewclaw removed. The nail broke had the base.Hereâ€™s my grand pup playing outside. He doesnâ€™t want to put the bandaged foot on the ground! He hates wearing booties. He thinks this is a bootie. He had his broken dewclaw removed earlier this week.Truth!Iâ€™m grateful for SparkPeople friends!Just kidding. Iâ€™m loving retirement! Getting some of the best sleep of my life. ðŸ˜´ ðŸ’¤ Wishing everyone in the US a happy Thanksgiving. Have a blessed time with friends and family.Thank you to all those who serve, protect, & care for us. THANKS for GIVING!My financial planner posted this on Facebook. Great advice! You won't catch me in a mall today.Don't worry, be happy!On this last day of Thanksgiving weekend, Iâ€™m reflecting on all the things Iâ€™m grateful for. Let's make it a great December!Let's make it a great December!Be adventurous today!I hope you had a great day!Are you working toward a goal?I meant to post this on Dec 1. Itâ€™s not too late to start!What a game!I believe!Celebrating my husbandâ€™s birthday with a pomegranate martini at White Chocolate Grill.â€˜Tis the season of hope!Interesting sky on my wog (walk/jog) tonight!My neighborâ€™s Christmas lights!I love this!Been thinking about my new month, new year, new decade goals. What I think about, I bring about.Iâ€™ll take it however I can get it.Stained glass window at my church depicts Bethlehem.Adopt, donâ€™t shop.WordI read an article on Facebook that my retro ceramic Christmas tree might be worth hundreds of $$$ I made this one myself!Merry Christmas Eve ðŸŽ„Merry day after Christmas ðŸŽ„Merry day after Christmas ðŸŽ„Missing my Mom & Dadâ£ï¸Choose joy!Kind of like retirement!This is making me think about my New Yearâ€™s resolution!Happy, healthy New Year! Letâ€™s do this!Happy New Year/decade!Reflection for day 2 of the New Year/new decade.Go easy on yourself...When you can be anything, be kind!Yes, it is!Be there for each other.Just quit it...Yep.Letâ€™s get our heads in the game.Make it a great day - no matter what!How bad do you want it?This is what I love about Spark Buddies! Thanks for the encouragement.Weâ€™ve got this!Let's keep at it...Remember, the tortoise won the race!One small change can make a difference.No doubt, Iâ€™m working out!Yes!Working late on tax preparation. Sleeping in tomorrow.Thatâ€™s all...A day late for the MLK holiday, but the message is timeless.Everyone has their own journey...Yeah, what if?Kindness counts.Hurts so good!I count Sparkies among my blessings!I count Sparkies among my blessings!Iâ€™ll wipe my face!Remember that - youâ€™re spectacular!Choose gratitude!Meet Flora Flamingo ðŸ¦©. Flora says â€œLetâ€™s fly south for awhile!â€ And so weâ€™re leaving the snow behind. #floridaboundfloraflamingo Meet Flora Flamingo ðŸ¦©. Flora says â€œLetâ€™s fly south for awhile!â€ And so weâ€™re leaving the snow behind. #floridaboundfloraflamingo ðŸ˜‚ðŸ˜‚ðŸ˜‚Amen!Have an attitude of gratitude ðŸ™ Have an attitude of gratitude ðŸ™ Sun shining through the cross in the church tower.Sun shining through the cross in the church tower.Bright sunshiny day!Bright sunshiny day!Flora Flamingo ðŸ¦© enjoying a pool day.I discovered this cute mailbox while out wogging (walking/jogging).Todayâ€™s cute mailbox seen while jogging.In keeping with the interesting mailbox theme...And another cute mailbox...Last nightâ€™s Sarasota sunset. Breathtaking!We visited the Ringling Mansion. Impressive!We visited the Ringling Mansion. Impressive!Give understanding a try...Another interesting mailbox...God may not give us what we want, but Heâ€™s always on time!Beautiful day at Anna Maria Island!Beautiful day at Anna Maria Island!Happy Valentines Day!I made this delicious Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quinoa vegan recipe from #eatyourselfskinnyrecipeWe went to the Sarasota Classic Car Museum today. Hereâ€™s a Flintstoneâ€™s era vehicle!Tonightâ€™s sunsetâ£ï¸This...Let's do this! #NationalDrinkWineDayHave an attitude of gratitude.The struggle is worth it!The struggle is worth it!We went to Circus Sarasota 2020! So much fun.Another lighthouse mailbox.It's National Margarita Day! No matter what your climate is, let's all act like Arizonians today. #nationalmargaritadayThank you, Lordâ£ï¸Touring in Key West.Beautiful sentiment. Thank you to all those who have encouraged me.Weâ€™re at the Ringling Circus Museum. Ahhh, the memories!Another Ringling Circus museum photo. What a cool place! Sure brought back memories.We visited the Marietta Whimsical Museum in Sarasota today. So many adorable works of art!Another photo from the Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy in Sarasota. Such a cool place! Iâ€™ve got a thing for flamingos.This is not fair!What we think about, we bring about.Lol ðŸ˜ Let go & let God...Stay true to you!Take the leap...Think positive thoughts...Come on, Spring!Move one house to the right - too funny! ðŸ˜‚ I must have an easy car clock to adjust. I donâ€™t even need the owners manual to do it.LOL!Just be you...Sign outside a store totally devoted to all things flamingo! ðŸ¦©Take Life Seriously, But Not Yourself â€” The Morning EffectIâ€™m showing up today!This is really the time to be grateful for what we have & to reach out to the vulnerable to offer help, if we are able.Letâ€™s do this - social distancing can stop the spread of the virus.Happy St. Patrick's Day. Be well.Happy St. Patrickâ€™s Day â˜˜ï¸ March Sadness ðŸ˜³ðŸ˜‚When this is over...#juststayhomeMy travel plans for the weekend...ðŸ˜·ðŸ˜‚Check the mirror before you leave home!Be smart, not afraid.ðŸ˜‚ðŸ˜‚ ðŸ•· You gotta laugh in these times...#stayathomeðŸ˜³#stayhomeFor all the teachers out there & those parents who have become home schoolers!Iâ€™m not really feeling this way, but thought it was funny ðŸ˜ #aprilfoolsday#stayhomeItâ€™s all about attitude...I went to pick up my online grocery order. Iâ€™m sanitizing all the perishables before putting them away. Non-perishables will stay in the garage for 3 days.
My phoneâ€™s facial recognition didnâ€™t recognize me! ðŸ˜·One of the benefits of walking after sunset, besides not running into any other people - Easter lights!#stayhome #savelivesLast nightâ€™s sunset - the promise of better days to come. Iâ€™m enjoying the simple pleasures from the safety of the car during this pandemic. #stayhome #savelivesThatâ€™s serious!Love my housemateâ£ï¸You gotta keep your sense of humor over this.The Last Supper during a pandemic.#GoodFridayAll dressed up, but no place to go.
(Not my dogs. This is a photo someone else posted in the past that I love!)A blessed day to all!If we wear these all day, itâ€™s kind of hard to stress eat.This works!Have an attitude of gratitude...Lol ðŸ˜‚ Good advice..."Without gratitude, what was extraordinary yesterday becomes ordinary today. Without gratitude, a sense of entitlement takes over and begins to rot our soul. Without gratitude, we get old and grumpy, or even young and grumpy. Gratitude keeps us young. It anchors us to the present moment. It reminds us of what matters most and what matters least, and fills us with the resolve to carry on the great mission God has entrusted to us." - Matthew KellySo true, during this time of being confined at home. I hope you have a delightful day!It's day 1 of our #EarthWeekChallenge! Today's challenge is to go paperless! Did you know, the average American uses seven trees a year in paper, wood, and other products made from trees?! This amounts to about 2,000,000,000 trees per year! Go paperless with bills, take notes on your phone or computer, send e cards, read news online. When it is absolutely necessary to print, do it on both sides of the page. And donâ€™t forget to recycle your paper when youâ€™re done with it!â€œThe environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.â€ â€”Lady Bird Johnson #EarthDayâ€œThe environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.â€ â€”Lady Bird Johnson #EarthDayDay 2 #EarthWeekChallenge is to fit all your waste today into a mason jar. â €â €â €â €â €â €â €â €â €
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According to the EPA, 4.40 pounds is the rough average of daily waste that someone creates. That's a lot of garbage! So, for one day recycle and compost as much as you can, and limit what you put in the trash. Every bit helps! Happy #EarthDay!! 50th year - WOW ðŸ˜® Today's #EarthWeekChallenge is something we hope you all do not just today, but for the rest of your lives! The challenge is to reduce your shower time. Shortening your shower time by just two minutes can save more than ten gallons of water. If everyone saved just one gallon, it would be two times more water saved than is currently drawn daily from the Great Lakes!
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#EarthDay #gogreenHappy 50th anniversary of #earthday!Today's #EarthDayChallenge is hopefully an easy one: go vegetarian for the day! It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a single pound of beef. And each hamburger that comes from animals on ex-forestry ground is responsible for the destruction of fifty-five square feet of forest. Going forward, you don't have to give up meat altogether, but it would be great to try to commit to one meat free day a week, like "meatless Monday". Weâ€™ve got this...Itâ€™s a yoga kind of morning.Yes!Last nightâ€™s sunset.Blessings on your day!Eat the foods that God made...Truth!â€œIsnâ€™t it appropriate that the month of the tax begins with April Foolâ€™s Day and ends with cries of 'May Day!'?â€ ~ Unknown.
I know, this is kind of dark, but it made me laugh!
#MayDay"God give me work, till my life shall end and life, till my work is done." ~ Epitaph of Winifred Holtby.
Today is the feast day of St. Joseph the Worker, as well as #InternationalWorkersDayGonna get out in nature today!Letâ€™s flatten those curves!#maytheforce#cincodemayoSure does make sense...Made me giggle...Have an attitude of gratitude!Happy Motherâ€™s Day to all the moms, grandmothers, Godmothers, stepmothers, dog-moms, mother-figures, & all the women who stepped in to mother me after I lost my Momâ£ï¸Happy Motherâ€™s Day to all you lovely people. Iâ€™m missing my Momâ£ï¸Lol ðŸ˜ We took a walk along the Riverwalk for a change of scenery, instead of walking around our neighborhood. My husband needs variety!Amen!I remember feeling like I was dying when I first started working out. Now I crave it!These made me laugh ðŸ˜† Only 80% of my laundry is workout clothes instead of PJs.Oh, wow ðŸ˜® Praying that this dust settles soon!Thanks to my friend @JOYINKY for sharing this!Kindness always works.... and disinfecting everything in sight!Last nightâ€™s sunset...Man, woman, or canine - thank you all for your sacrifice. We owe you a debt of gratitude for our freedom.Namaske - ðŸ˜‚Namaske - ðŸ˜‚This cracked me up!Need another reason?Watch your thoughts. They become your physiology.It took retirement to appreciate this!What better reason to think, say, & do positive things...Love one another...Wishing you peace...Out on my 25-mile bike ride, rode past these handsome guys!Out on my 25-mile bike ride, rode past these handsome guys!A photo from my bike ride.Start each day being grateful!My biking partners today - almost 23 miles. This little 6-year-old hung in there with us, although she complained that her butt hurt!Seen on our bike ride yesterday.Our thoughts become our actions. Our words have the power to build up, or tear down. Take care of both our thoughts & our words.I was able to return to mass today - first time in 11 weeks! Not gonna lie, I choked up & my eyes teared up when I received Jesus in the Eucharistâ£ï¸Be in a powerful place...Learning to love myself wherever I meet at on the journey.My tandem biking buddies & I rode 17 miles today. Lilly (6 years old) was tired, but she pushed through to see the horses!My mantra today - and every day!God bless America!
#flagdayI took a 27+ mile bike ride yesterday.True!Enough said...#thankfulthursdaySaw this on my 6.5 mile walk today.Enjoy #summersolticeHappy Fatherâ€™s Day to all the dads, granddads, great-granddads, stepdads, Godfathers, surrogate dads, and father figures in our lives. Love & miss my daddy everydayâ£ï¸I know thereâ€™s controversy around mask or no mask. I choose to protect others & wear it.Aging is not for sissies! Take care of your mind & body at all ages.This!I did not know this about sunflowers. @PELESJEWEL, can you confirm this while youâ€™re doing your sunflower research?Five great questions...Have a fabulous Saturday!Trying to be perfect is overrated.What next?Seriously, what more could happen this year?New month, new goals. Letâ€™s do this!Keep your fur babies close this holiday week. If you are not a pet owner, please be considerate of how fireworks scare animals, small children, and our vets who have PTSD. Please leave the fireworks to the professionals.God bless America!I am proud & grateful to be an American. ðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¸Great advice for times such as this!I am not ok! Touching elbows just doesnâ€™t cut it.I saw this tree on my walk today ðŸ˜·ðŸ˜œWhat a year itâ€™s been so far!Itâ€™s been one heck of a year!Have fun. Be safe!Word!The view from todayâ€™s bike ride.Great reminders!This morningâ€™s walk.Todayâ€™s run.True, unless youâ€™re one of nine children! Then you hope you everyone gets a serving.Heat advisory today. Heat index values at or above 105 degrees expected. Donâ€™t go commando!I saw this 12 spotted skimmer dragonfly on my walk today.Let go & let God.This made me laugh!Yes, there are always dogsâ£ï¸ ðŸ¶ A nap & a snack are good for the soul!Great question!Youâ€™ll have to do it with your smiling eyes, because no one can see your smiling mouth through your mask ðŸ˜·Hope itâ€™s a good day for you!I took a cupcake decorating class & made these picnic cupcakes.SparkPeople are my magical people!Be thankful for the little things.Please, August, only good surprises!Last nightâ€™s sunset. It looked like the sky was on fire ðŸ”¥ Let's do this!The struggle is real!This is really pertinent to me as Iâ€™m making decisions on what to keep & what to part with when we downsize our home.You gotta wonder what our pets are thinking ðŸ¤” The world needs more encouragers.True dat...Give it a try...Nice day to get outdoors.Handle with prayer...Itâ€™s all I need your perspective.While on my run, I saw this bicycle built for two being used as a planter in a garden. So clever!The hydrangeas are gorgeous this year!Words of wisdom...â¤ï¸ this prayer!...Itâ€™s moving day!We move into our new (to us) home today! Let the good times begin.Yes, they are!My 1st year as a retired senior citizen!
#seniorcitizensdayChillaxing at the pool after unpacking only the bare essentials. We start renovation in a few weeks. Our pool stays open as long as weather permits. This is where weâ€™ll be spending a lot time during remodeling.This is so true for me.Toasting my retirement Sept 30, 2019"What you get by achieving your goals is not nearly as important as what you become by achieving your goals."- Zig Ziglar
Do you believe this? Yeah, kind of like that!Covered bridge with fountain in the background on our downtown Riverwalk.Sounds right...Praying for all those in TX & LA ðŸ™Just a little â€œdog days of Augustâ€ humor!I beat the year just shy of 8 months! It took retirement to find the time & the focus.Iâ€™m only competing with myself.I caught this picture of the sun beginning to set while on my walk last night.Your thoughts become your physiology. Think good thoughts.Beautiful day for a bike ride!Another long bike ride today. Those 16 mph winds on the way back were brutal!Doesn't matter where you finish, you're still lapping the guy sitting on the sofa.Happy Labor Day!This cracked me up! ðŸ˜‚When the day ends, let it end. Try not to carry it into the next day.Itâ€™s about being grateful for what we have...I would end this as â€œHumankind...First. Humankind...Forever.â€Something to think about...In all circumstances, be grateful.Thank you, God!Amen!I joined the biking group in my 55+ community. Man, these people are serious bikers ðŸš´â€â™€ï¸ ðŸšµâ€â™€ï¸ ðŸš´â€â™€ï¸ From my walk today.Rest In Peace, RBG.My friend Cheryl & I climbed a 7-story toboggan hill a couple of times, then walked 2.5 miles around this lake. Took a 26 mile bike ride today ðŸš´ðŸ»â€â™€ï¸A rising tide lifts all the boats.Thirty-seven mile bike ride today. Another beautiful day for a 30-mile bike rideâ£ï¸Beautiful day! I took a 22 mile bike ride followed by a 4+ mile walk.Iâ€™ll take one if each, thank you!Todayâ€™s 20-mile ride with the bike group. Leaves are changing ðŸ Iâ€™m so confused ðŸ˜· Finish strong!Walked at the Arboretum today with a friend. The trail was lined with scarecrows decorated by local Cub Scout & Brownie troupes. Here is Baby Yoda scarecrow!Another scarecrow from my walk at the Arboretum. â€œHomes Coolinâ€ - great play on words!Hug the World - another â€œscarecrowâ€ from my Arboretum walk.We all have a purposeâ£ï¸Glamcrow!Another scarecrow from my Arboretum walk.Another scarecrow from my Arboretum walk.I need to take care of my spiritual being, as well as my physical & emotional being.Great philosophy!My grand-dog has been reunited with his mommy & daddy in Copenhagen. He had to stay behind in New York City for 3 weeks going through rabies protocol & quarantine, since they couldnâ€™t find the chip in his body that contained his records. Heâ€™s a little freaked out when they leave the apartment, not trusting theyâ€™ll come back again. But each day, heâ€™s adjusting. Heâ€™s got a window seat in his new house, so life is good!My grand-pup, getting settled in to his new home in Copenhagen. We canâ€™t wait to go visit him & his parents! Come on, Covid, cease & desist so we can travel ðŸ§³ It figures!My view this morning!My nephew & his first baby boy! ðŸ¼ I donâ€™t know what this bush is, but it is gorgeous!Covered bridge along the Naperville Riverwalk. Such a beautiful place to walk!The house remodel has started. Itâ€™s a lot messier than we thought it was going to be! Other than the â€œpiece of sheetâ€ costume, any of these will satisfy the requirement to cover your nose & mouth this Halloween ðŸ‘» Laughs for the season ðŸ¤ªYesterday would have been my sweet Daddyâ€™s 97th birthday. Heâ€™s celebrated the last 4 birthdays in heaven.Early voted âœ”ï¸ Four mile walk along the Riverwalk this evening. Gorgeous nightâ£ï¸Sunset walk on the Naperville Riverwalk.Oh, to be on a deserted island!Let go & let God!Let go & let God!Lol ðŸ˜‚ Yikes! Is that the Great Pumpkin behind me?Happy Halloween ðŸŽƒ ðŸ‘» Happy Halloween ðŸŽƒ ðŸ‘» Can I get an â€œAmenâ€ to this?And take that candy with you!
#allsaintsdaySaw this in the mall. Cracked me up!Four mile walk along the Riverwalk in Naperville, IL. Started out at 34*, but quickly warmed up to 40*. Plenty of sunshine felt great!Four mile walk along the Riverwalk in Naperville, IL. Started out at 34*, but quickly warmed up to 40*. Plenty of sunshine felt great!â¤ï¸ this!â¤ï¸Mom, 16 years ago today, we lost your physical presence. But your love, faith, and lessons that you taught us are forever in our heartsâ£ï¸Another saying that was posted on a store in the mall!Took a 4.5 mile walk along the Riverwalk this morning. The trees were in full color!Itâ€™s 75* in Chicagoland on November 8. Weâ€™re doing cartwheels, weâ€™re so excited!Sunrise this morning...A friendly scarecrow in my neighborhood.A friendly scarecrow in my neighborhood.This...We will remember...My handsome Daddy on the right. Thank you, Dad & all vets, for your service. â¤ï¸ & miss you every dayâ£ï¸Thank you, Vets! We owe you a debt of gratitude.Please be good to us, Friday the 13, 2020 ðŸ™Let the countdown begin!Let the countdown begin...Be kind. You never know what hat someone else is going through.Always choose kindness.Hereâ€™s something to consider!Hereâ€™s something to consider!Hereâ€™s something to consider!Hereâ€™s something to consider!Hereâ€™s something to consider!Hereâ€™s something to consider!Hereâ€™s something to consider!Hereâ€™s something to consider!What do you do on your 2nd anniversary when you have to get out of the house because itâ€™s undergoing a remodel? You go mall walking & take photos at Santaâ€™s Charlie Brown Christmas house, then buy new winter PJs because you never thought the remodel would take this long & you canâ€™t get to your winter clothes because everything you own is crammed in the garage during said remodel, then go to Hugoâ€™s Frog Bar for lunch. Now we need to find someplace to take a nap!Letâ€™s change the world!I agree!Silence is golden.Love this word!ðŸ˜‚Absolutely!Happy Thanksgiving!Just kidding. Donâ€™t do this!May your hearts be as full as your bellies!
Our house is still undergoing the remodel - no kitchen appliances or sink. Choosing not to go to anyoneâ€™s house due to Covid. But weâ€™re thankful for our family, our friends, & our health. Weâ€™ll probably order Cracker Barrel turkey dinner for carry out. Itâ€™ll be a Thanksgiving to remember, for sure!Words of wisdom...Let it be...Amen!Yes!Great tradition!Indeed!Make it a great mood Thursday!Saw these lights on a tree last night. They donâ€™t appear to be strung together. Trying to figure out if they are solar. I would love some! Wondering where to get them.Love these Disney themed Christmas decorationsâ£ï¸Snow man advice -
Be a jolly, happy soul
Spend time outdoors
Itâ€™s okay to be a little bottom-heavy
Live well, life is short!Snow man advice -
Be a jolly, happy soul
Spend time outdoors
Itâ€™s okay to be a little bottom-heavy
Live well, life is short!I love thisâ£ï¸Itâ€™s the season of hopeâ£ï¸This is my cousinâ€™s Christmas tree. I like it so much, Iâ€™m keeping the photo so I can replicate it next year!Lol ðŸ˜‚ Cookie of the year!Everyday is an adventure.Wishing you a blessed Christmas season ðŸŒ²I think I need to do this!Christmas blessings to you & your familiesðŸŒ²â£ï¸Random acts of kindness are the bestâ£ï¸Great visual of the importance of wearing a mask & social distancing.This is my excuse â›„ï¸ Good adviceâ£ï¸Choose kindness...Choose kindness...What an incredible thought!I have 5 siblings with red hair ðŸ˜‚Merry Christmas Eve!A blessed Christmas season to all!I agree!Joy to the Worldâ£ï¸I can do all things through Him, who strengthens me.Weâ€™re in the midst of a snow/sleet storm. So, yes, Iâ€™m ready for summer!Word!Happy New Yearâ€™s Eve!Out with the old, in with the new. Happy New Year ðŸŽ‰ðŸŽˆðŸŽŠI sure hope so!Whatâ€™s your perspective of 2020?My prayer for our Spark Family...Not really my tree, but very pretty!So funny ðŸ¥• Weâ€™ve got this!How habits are formed...Perspective...Striving to always have an attitude of gratitudeâ£ï¸Focus on What You Have. When you live your life from a place of gratitude for what you have, rather than focusing on what you donâ€™t have, you open yourself to being so much more. Happiness never flows from negativity. â€” Suze OrmanAlways!Failure teaches success. -- Japanese SayingVirtual Zoom wine tasting event tonight.The success rate of New Yearâ€™s resolutions drops to less than 50 percent by July. But those making a resolution are still 10 times more likely to make improvements like losing weight, exercising more or spending less money than those who havenâ€™t made a formal resolution. â€” New York Times, Jan. 8, 2012The world needs more men like MLK.#MLKDayJust be there...Be who you are!Happiness is an inside job.Oh yeah!â€œSometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.â€ - Winnie-the-PoohYikes! Drink water, folks!Really doesn't take much thinking. I'll take the water, please.You ARE significantâ£ï¸This...Iâ€™m thinking about an 80* sunny white sandy beach ðŸ–Saw this on my walk last night ðŸ˜‚Got my first vaccine.Got my first vaccine.Great advice...A Spark Friend posted this yesterday. I just had to pass it on! Happy, healthy February. Show your body some love & graceâ£ï¸I didnâ€™t take this photo, but apparently someone in our town built this snow bear & posted this photo on FB. So clever!Just 2 evergreens holding hands during a snowstormâ£ï¸I didnâ€™t take this photo, but this is what last nightâ€™s sunset looked like in Naperville, IL.I didnâ€™t take this photo, but this is what last nightâ€™s sunset looked like in Naperville, IL.Not my photo, but a beautiful picture of the river.I am gratefulâ£ï¸I am gratefulâ£ï¸WordA good reminder...Embrace life...I saw this in a gift shopâ£ï¸Enough of the cold & snow!Eat the rainbow ðŸŒˆ Happy Valentines weekend<3Happy Valentines weekend!Happy Valentines Dayâ£ï¸Have a beautiful dayâ£ï¸While much of the USA is under extreme cold & winter storms, we can still be kind. Iâ€™m seeing lots of stories of neighbors helping neighbors dig outâ£ï¸#AshWednesday begins Lent.Indeed!Ok!Psalm 34:4â€“5
â€œI sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.â€Interesting...This cracked me up. I wonder if itâ€™s still true during Covid times.It's National Margarita Day! No matter what your climate is, let's all act like Arizonians today. #nationalmargaritadayIt was a great day!Have a fabulous day!Trying to make small changes daily.Got my 2nd Covid vaccine.Just try...We need to give grace to all...Let your words be sweet...Guard your thoughts, for they become your physiology.I took a 4.5 mile walk today.Food for thought...Wishing you joy!Life is cyclical...Rest days are necessary.â€œBe kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.â€ â€” PLATOWishing you joy!â€œAlways keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.â€
â€• Andy RooneyHas anyone told you today that you are beautiful? If not, Iâ€™m telling you nowâ£ï¸#springforwardHappy Pi day. Make a pie, or order a pizza pie!
#pidayUh-oh. Happy Pi day!
#pidaySomething to think about...Happy St. Paddyâ€™s Day â˜˜ï¸May your troubles be less
And your blessings be more
And nothing but happiness
Come through your door.
â˜˜ï¸ Happy St. Patrick's Day! â˜˜ï¸Let the games begin!Lol ðŸ˜‚ Happy first day of spring!Got it!It was a beautiful spring day todayâ£ï¸Great advice...Trying to have an attitude of gratitude in all situations!Thank goodness! Healthy is empowering!What happens next?
WordTruth!Weâ€™ve done enough dusting while at home during this pandemic year. Time to get out & make memories!Lol ðŸ˜† Donâ€™t be fooled!And for you!Amen!The power of gratitude...I love thisâ£ï¸It sure is!"The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat." -- Napoleon HillThatâ€™s my story, & Iâ€™m sticking to it!I havenâ€™t done this yet, but this will probably be my reaction.#nationalpetday#nationalpetdayeverydayWhy not?Donâ€™t give up!Letâ€™s live!So many things to be grateful for...Word...We are overcomers!This has changed my life!I need to hang this on the frig...Quiet those negative voices. We are works in process.This cracked me up! Man in his ignorance has always assumed that the earth would rejuvenate herself no matter what he did. But the earth can lose her resiliency. Her waters are polluted. Her soil is becoming dust; some of her trees are poisoned. Someday she may be beyond her ability to heal herself. But what we do to her, we do to ourselves.
#EarthDay #gogreenWord!It's all about growth. Long term goals can be BIG. Then set smaller, short term goals to get the BIG goal.With persistence, we can succeed!Lol! Arenâ€™t we though? ðŸ˜‚Makes sense to me!When in doubt, be kind...Yes!â¤ï¸Blessings on your day!Happy International Workers Day!We stayed at this amazing Bed & Breakfast this weekend - Steampunk Manor in Spring Green, WI. Our hosts were so interesting, & were the most amazing chefs!We stayed at this amazing Bed & Breakfast this weekend - Steampunk Manor in Spring Green, WI. Our hosts were so interesting, & were the most amazing chefs!#maythe4thbewithyou#cincodemayoWe each have our own journey.LOL ðŸ˜‚ My Mom & I on 2003 - the year before she passed away. Happy Motherâ€™s Day in heaven, Momâ£ï¸"God couldn't be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers." ~Rudyard KiplingHappy Motherâ€™s Day to all the moms, grandmothers, Godmothers, stepmothers, fur mothers, & women who are mother figures to othersâ£ï¸â€œThe environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.â€ â€”Lady Bird JohnsonMarch 23 - sunrise over Lake Delavan, WI taken by a friend of mine. March 23 - we had the most incredible sunrise in Chicagoland this morningBusy vacation day! First snowfall is significant - 6" or more.45th HS class reunion45th HS class reunion committee2016-08 COD Award2016-06 Harry & NancyFinished in 1:54:46 - a PR for me for this race!Champion of Trees 10K Run - Finished 2nd in my division Happy Spring!2016-02 Newport Beach, CA Christmas 2015 Greater love has no one that this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. -- John 5:13 God bless our veterans!2015-06-14 Tri finish2015-06-14 A rainy triathlon2014 Christmas2014 Biking with Beanzie2013 Turkey Trot - Harry's 1st 5KPicnic cupcake decorating classI survived the open water swim at Pleasant Prairie Triathlon 6/23/13.Look on the Bright SideSnow Heart - photo by Danette LarkinWaiting for the Esprit de She triathlon to start on 6/9/13.OptimismMy New Years Resolution - to be more present in the moment!Live in such a way...Entering the track for the final push of first 5K race.I wrote my team name on my hand for inspiration.Matt, my 5K training coach. We both took 2nd place in our divisions.My first 5K race. Took 2nd place in my division.Celebrating the win with Harry.3D Valentine cookie for my Sweetie. My catering friend showed me how to do this.Well, when you put it THAT way...Feeding a stingray.2012-05-31 Harry and NancyMy inspiration for the race. When I looked at my watch, I thought of my Spark Friends, Dad, Harry.Pre-race shot of me and my race buddies, Rebecca & Cheryl. Yes, we planned the same tri suits!My first triathlon finisher goodies. It's all about the bling! I finished 5th in my division.People have asked me what kind of cookies I'm making. This is a sampling!Breaking the 150 barrier on 8/28/10. Pay no attention to that body fat %! I'm sure it's wrong! LOL!Breaking the 150 barrier on 8/28/10.Making cookies and candies until 1am on 12/7/10.2011-11-23 Harry and I at Starved Rock.2011-11-23 Starved Rock Lodge2011-11-23 Is Harry taking the leap for me?2011-11-23 Harry at Starved Rock Lodge.Christmas cookies 2011LibbyLibby & Barney playing tug of war with a rubber chicken.Libby (chocolate) & Barney (black) labradoodles sporting new haircuts. They know they look good!Libby (chocolate) & Barney (black) labradoodles in need of a haircut.Where's my mommy?I wasn't doing anything to him!
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