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  • Sabbath Gratitudes

    12/8/2019 12:20:48 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Well... I'm thankful that I'm pretty certain this is NOT the flu. The intense fever went down, but I've been in low grade fever since then. And this morning, when I took a bath, I noticed an odd rash around my left arm. Not itchy or achey or anything. Just.... there.... But noticing other thin... Read more

  • Jumped Into the Christmas Spirit With Both Feet

    12/7/2019 9:06:50 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Gist of this eek... Bacon wrapped quail appetizers at a Christmas party that just happened to take place on my birthday...! Most gourmet birthday EVER! Spent yesterday helping a homeschool mom teach her FOUR BOYS how to make some folded paper Christmas ornaments for them to give... then s... Read more

  • Day Well Spent

    12/6/2019 11:56:53 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Kids can be so energizing! Their eyes so bright, and with such stimulating questions, they can really make you want to keep up with them! And kids can be so enervating! Just watching their unstopping energy and listening to their multi-decibel sound level can really drain you! I spent the ... Read more

  • it's friday

    12/6/2019 12:54:28 PM, by MOMMY445

    it started off snowing steadily here. now the sun is shining brightly and it is not snowing anymore. my daughter says hi to everyone. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a fabulous day, everyone and a terrific weekend!... Read more

  • Party Time!

    12/5/2019 11:52:19 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Today is my birthday.... but the party I attended tonight had nothing to do with me.... my friend, another widow, was supposed to attend a fancy dinner party in Austin, and she didn’t want to make the hour drive each way by herself so she asked me to go with her... and we had a lovely time. Tr... Read more

  • More gratitudes...

    12/5/2019 6:27:27 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Yesterday it was a nice day and I took our furrpuppy to the post office. Then we went to the city park. Geese were out on the pond (or ducks? I don’t remember.). Today I am very feverish. I have been asleep a few hours, and going back to sleep. I know there were some other gratitu... Read more

  • it's thursday

    12/5/2019 10:21:20 AM, by MOMMY445

    a day to take it easy here. my daughter is back to school today. she just took it easy yesterday. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! it's snowing here this morning and it is okay with me and with my daughter. have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Yikes! I Need a Plumber.... Again!

    12/4/2019 10:37:07 PM, by MCJULIEO

    In the category of When It Rains It Pours, I discovered another small lake in my yard... There I was, enjoying the beautiful 75 degree sunshiny afternoon, when I happened to notice a wet place in my side yard.... the closer I got, the wetter the ground got, until I could actually see the place... Read more

  • Review of November and Goals for December

    12/4/2019 4:45:10 PM, by ELLARIAN

    November was a hot mess from getting sick several times, and my kiddos also getting sick several times. I honestly didn't have the energy to fight myself to get myself to track. I didn't lose much weight, but I didn't gain either... and I count that as a victory. For December, I need to tackl... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    12/4/2019 10:54:44 AM, by MOMMY445

    i had a challenging workout with my personal trainer at the gym yesterday and i feel good today. my daughter says hi to all. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! i'll be doing some of my christmas shopping today. have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Good Day

    12/3/2019 11:55:49 PM, by MCJULIEO

    The weather was so gorgeous that I worked in the garage much of the afternoon.... it was sunshiny and 75 degrees, and since the garage is a hot-as-Hades No Man’s Land much of the year, I like to grab my opportunities when they present themselves.... Oh, my! What a mess! It seems that every time... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    12/3/2019 10:49:34 AM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful sunny day here today, we did get some snow yesterday. my daughter says hi. i will be going to the gym later on after dinner for a session with my personal trainer. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Little Gratitudes

    12/3/2019 10:00:37 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    141 My Little Pony(tail)! This past Sunday evening, I was mussing with my hair, and realized that I could now pull it back into a teeny tiny ponytail! That is the first time I’ve been able to make a ponytail in well over a year since I lost my waist length hair after chemotherapy... Read more

  • Back to Reality

    12/2/2019 12:04:56 AM, by MCJULIEO

    While visiting family, my son introduced me to his virtual reality headset and some programs that use it, and I am blown away by it.... my grasp of reality is certainly expanded, and perhaps shaken irrevocably... Besides the novelty of donning the headgear, and suddenly finding oneself in a pe... Read more

  • Brother

    11/30/2019 1:08:03 PM, by F8CONE8

    My brother was going to come for a visit this month but had to take care of other business instead. Usually, I go out with friends on Friday nights but in a wonderful case of serendipity he called me. We talked for 3 hours sharing family memories and discussing our place in this world. I feel so ... Read more

  • The Delicious Goes On

    11/30/2019 1:01:16 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Thanksgiving (the holiday) is over, but the good food keeps on going, and since there has been SO MUCH good to choose from, the leftovers have been fabulous! My daughter, the hostess, says that we were only about 15 people short, for the amount of food we prepared, but the really good news is... Read more

  • Smudged Slate, Not Clean

    11/29/2019 7:46:17 PM, by FRANCLYN

    An update for "where I am now" tracking and an insight to how Brain Injury is affecting me. I'm so tired of so many things. I'm tired of being tired. I mean that in all ways. I am tired of being physically fatigued but unable to muster the physical energy to have earned said fatigue with act... Read more

  • it's friday

    11/29/2019 11:43:02 AM, by MOMMY445

    a new day is well underway. my daughter says hi. it is a cooler day here today. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! i will be going to the gym later on today. have a terrific day, everyone and a great weekend!... Read more

  • A Happy Thanksgiving!

    11/29/2019 12:02:32 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Did you have a great Thanksgiving? Surrounded by all my children and all THEIR children, I did. With the precision and single mindedness of an army at war, we 7 adults managed to produce and serve a spectacular Thanksgiving lunch in time for another 3 adults and our own 9 children!!! And there ... Read more

  • Thanksgiving

    11/28/2019 10:56:17 AM, by F8CONE8

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  • it's thursday

    11/28/2019 9:56:49 AM, by MOMMY445

    a much cooler day here today. my daughter did her leadership thing at the school board yesterday and she really enjoyed it.both budgie birds say cheep cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Holiday Waze

    11/27/2019 9:20:12 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Last night I slept on the sofa at my son’s house so that we could get an early start on our trip to Fort Worth from Austin.....and the drive on I-35 is one of the busiest (and most dangerous) in the country, so it’s not a particularly fun drive.... BUT, we tuned into the travel app Waze, which ... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    11/27/2019 6:31:17 PM, by MOMMY445

    it was a mostly cloudy and windy day here today. my daughter took part in a leadership thing related to her previous school today and she enjoyed it. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Mr Rogers

    11/27/2019 9:40:50 AM, by F8CONE8

    The movie was not what I expected, thank goodness! I enjoyed it so much with the uplifting story of healing and love. Today I saw this quote which is a good reminder to all: "It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made t... Read more

  • O, Plumber, Wherefore Art Thou?

    11/26/2019 11:46:01 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Miracle of Miracles, my plumber called at 8am and said he was loading up his truck and heading my way to deal with the alarming unexpected lake in my yard that necessitated my turning off the water to the house yesterday afternoon, and living primitively for a time.... And O Frabjous Day! He wa... Read more

  • Snowy daze

    11/26/2019 12:58:32 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Weather forecast is for a Bomb Cyclone to hit the coast and move inland today, bringing snow and “historic” windstorms (gusts up to 70mph) So, I rescheduled my appointments in the big city which would require us to travel through several mountain passes as well as lots city and freeway driv... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    11/26/2019 11:22:49 AM, by MOMMY445

    it is a beautiful sunny and mild day here today. my daughter says hello. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! i will be heading for a long walk after lunch today. have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • I am not elderly

    11/26/2019 11:12:19 AM, by F8CONE8

    Age is just a number. I don't relate to terms like elder, old, senior, etc. Just sayin..... ... Read more

  • Terrible Year

    11/26/2019 12:38:04 AM, by FANCYQTR

    In January I lost my mare, Fancy. It was something expected with her, since she was 34 years old, but it still hurt. In August my sweet little dog, Cassie, was diagnosed with lymphoma. We fought for her and prayed for her, but on Saturday I had to help her over the bridge. She wanted to be with me s... Read more

  • Thanksgiving Week

    11/25/2019 9:53:27 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I’m giving thanks all week. 1) Because it’s Thanksgiving Week, and 2) Because it’s a good idea, and 3) Because it’s God’s will.... I don’t usually go around spouting “God’s will proclamations”, but just recently I’ve been reading the book of 1 Thessalonians in which Paul exhorts the Christian... Read more

  • it's monday

    11/25/2019 9:56:13 AM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter and i had a great time with my parents and my sister on saturday. she wants to see the new frozen 2 movie with me. she will let me know when she wants to go an we will go from there. my dad says thanks for all the birthday wishes. he had a great day. i have some grocery shopping to do la... Read more

  • Church Chili Dinner

    11/25/2019 12:29:47 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Church Suppers..... so many opportunities to go astray.... We had a chili supper after church today and I signed up for “Salad/Veggies” because I knew I could make something that would be perfectly acceptable for anybody watching their food choices.... and I was the only one who brought ... Read more

  • Articles on Healing Prayer

    11/25/2019 12:24:20 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    There's an overwhelming number of articles on the topic and I've only briefly looked at these. Mostly just saving these. Ya'll don't need to read them all yourself (unless you just really want to.). If it's a topic you don't agree with or believe in, feel free to just move along and not post anythin... Read more

  • Fresh Air? Oh Boy!

    11/24/2019 12:19:18 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Had a new experience (for me) today.... my son and his wife and kids spent the day as Agro-tourists, .....that is, we went to a farm that opens itself up for fun “farming” and a whole lot of other (farm related) activities, plus some other stuff, too... The owners were long-time friends of my ... Read more

  • Exercise

    11/23/2019 3:48:09 PM, by F8CONE8

    I really wanted to play in the studio today but we have sunshine and my yard is a mess. I decided since it will rain tomorrow, most likely, today I should mow the lawn and cut down some spent bushes. I will be glad I did when spring comes around. It cost me an hour of my time but I am very p... Read more

  • Detours Can Still Be Good

    11/22/2019 11:11:28 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Today didn’t turn out the way I had hoped, but it was still really good, when you take into account what SHOULD be my priorities.... I was making great progress in straightening my kitchen which is really , REALLY messy, and a friend called asking for a favor, which turned into a LOT more effor... Read more

  • Droned on for 50 posts

    11/22/2019 8:24:57 PM, by HULDEVON

    50 posts wow. Didn’t think I’d do this that long. I lost another pound down to 164.6. Not going to put to much stock into it yet. Have to see the numbers in the long term. I’ve been sick for almost a month now, making my weight go up and down. Finally saw the doc who’s sending me to another doc. May... Read more

  • Shoulda Woulda Coulda

    11/22/2019 12:10:07 AM, by MCJULIEO

    It was a gloriously beautiful sunshiny autumn day today, and I SHOULD have have made better use of it... And once squandered, it can never be regained!!! Now if I can just remember this, my life will be WAY much better... I could list all the things I could have done today, like plant... Read more

  • Must’ve Been Tired

    11/20/2019 10:53:49 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I slept for more than 9 hours last night.... and it was wonderful! Usually this time of year, right about the first of December, I come down with some kind of respiratory challenge....but I just go to bed and sleep for a day or so, and I’m always vastly improved.... it may actually be allergie... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    11/20/2019 5:55:45 PM, by MOMMY445

    i had a great workout at the gym today and i feel good. my daughter says hi. on saturday, it will be my dad's birthday. my daughter and i will be spending the day with him, my mom and my sister. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • A Tur-Kracken for Thanksgiving!!??!?

    11/20/2019 12:14:37 AM, by MCJULIEO

    If you are a foodie, you are aware of the trend to have a Tur-Duck-en for your fancy meals... Wikipedia describes it as: “ Turducken is a dish consisting of a deboned chicken stuffed into a deboned duck, further stuffed into a deboned turkey. Outside of the United States and Canada, it is known ... Read more

  • Personal Milestone - weight loss

    11/19/2019 9:39:11 AM, by MSPLACEDAGAIN

    Last week I realize that I quietly passed a personal milestone. Several years ago I lost 25 pounds and got down to 155. I was able to maintain that, until I wasn't. I regained to about 173. And that is OK. I worked out during my regaining, so I looked and felt better than I did at my higher weight y... Read more

  • 2020 Vision

    11/19/2019 1:59:46 AM, by WOLFKITTY

    "2020 Vision" has been my motto for 2020 for awhile now. I started a Facebook group right after gaining two years in a row in 2017, and barely used it. I just updated my yearly weight measurements on the front of my SparkPage. I’ve been feeling pretty down about it, about to hit my... Read more

  • Got Wrenching Memory and Tribute

    11/18/2019 11:43:52 PM, by MCJULIEO

    (in the stands at this week’s football game) Exactly twenty years ago today, a terrible tragedy shook the campus of Texas A&M University when the student built bonfire collapsed killing 12 Aggies, and injuring 27 in the early hours of the morning. An Aggie tradition since the 1920s, the ... Read more

  • Oh hai, it's holidays 2019

    11/18/2019 11:41:35 PM, by WOLFKITTY

    So I'm pretty sure the last time I cracked open my laptop was in July for that last blog post. I'm happy to say that through some expensive comfy shoes and a committment to stretching my calves, I've succeeded in bringing down my heel pain considerably! I had signed up for a 5k and couldn't m... Read more

  • “How Much Do You Weigh?” Video

    11/18/2019 1:51:02 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    SparkPeople has had a photo illustrating some of these issues and in trying to find original article using that photo, I found this video from “Blogilates” blogger Cassey Ho (sp?). (it’s captioned too!!) I haven’t found the other links so will update this later ... Read more

  • Christmas, ALREADY????

    11/17/2019 11:17:07 PM, by MCJULIEO

    LAST SATURDAY I went to the store and the Salvation Army’s Bell Ringers were already out ringing their bells and wearing Christmas stocking caps!!! I am not ready for Christmas bell ringers this early! And I am not ready for Christmas music in stores yet either! Am I just a grouchy ol... Read more

  • Sunday Stuff

    11/17/2019 10:11:55 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Actually I’m doing pretty good. Got a lotta stuff done today that I wanted to get done. Started out the day with a relaxing hot tub with hubby, followed by a great breakfast. Updated all 3 of my Etsy shops.... had fun playing around with the new Bigfoot displays for the necklac... Read more

  • Negativity

    11/16/2019 12:34:34 PM, by F8CONE8

    I am doing away with activities that do not bring me or others joy. 789 I am also studying more. I hope to bring my art and life to a much happier level this year. If it doesn't make me happy it can't make anyone else happy. So much joy to share and no need to burden others with woe. ... Read more

  • it's saturday

    11/16/2019 12:09:17 PM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter says hi to everyone. it is a much cooler weather day here today. a relaxing day is in store for me and for my daughter today. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • What I Should Be Doing

    11/16/2019 11:45:32 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I SHOULD be cleaning my house But instead of cleaning house, I’m going with friends 2.5 hours away to attend a college football game.... not just ANY game, but my beloved Texas Aggies hosting the Gamecocks of South Carolina.... and even though South Carolina has shown flash’s of gri... Read more

  • Warning... RANT! The CT Scan results are back!

    11/16/2019 1:18:18 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    So I had the total shoulder replacement surgery on Nov 7 2018... last year. 53 weeks ago. It’s still not working after 9 months of Physical Therapy, 2 or 3 times a week and Countless massage treatments (not covered by insurance). Orthopedic Dr tells me “it should by working” (duh!) Read more

  • Just Like That, We’re Back to Shorts

    11/15/2019 10:14:17 PM, by MCJULIEO

    This, THIS is the kind of day that rocks my world! After a few frigid days we were back to glorious sunshine and lovely warm temperatures, and I even noticed quite a few trees blazing in fall colors which doesn’t happen very often in our dry mostly hot climate (not every year do we have fall colors ... Read more

  • it's friday

    11/15/2019 10:36:20 AM, by MOMMY445

    in a while, i am off to spend some time at the national women's show that happens every year. my daughter says hi. she did really well on her midterm report card and she will continue to do so. she enjoys learning so much. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone and a great... Read more

  • Peppermint on Your Pillow?

    11/14/2019 11:22:52 PM, by MCJULIEO

    A friend, who is a professional singer, told me recently that she sleeps with a handkerchief with peppermint essential oil on it on her pillowcase so that her sinuses remain unclogged while she sleeps.... she tends to have allergies and this really helps her breathe clearly and cleanly at night.... ... Read more

  • Good Things to Do When It’s Cold Outside

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

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

  • it's wednesday

    11/13/2019 11:44:46 AM, by MOMMY445

    i had a good workout at the gym yesterday and i feel great. my daughter says hi. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a wonderful day, everyone!... Read more

  • Yep, It Got Cold!

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

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

  • Up down

    11/12/2019 11:23:07 PM, by HULDEVON

    I think it’s funny weighing in every day. I sure see the fluctuation. Up two pounds. Usually I have a little idea as to why when it goes up, but not this time. I think I’ll look at my history and see if this is normal for my overall weight logs. I’ve been picturing the scale reading 164, not 167. M... Read more

  • On Growth: Be Gentle

    11/12/2019 4:43:55 PM, by HOBBESIS49

    "Growth is an erratic forward movement: two steps forward, one step back. Remember to be very gentle with yourself. You will not be capable of great things on all days. Growth comes in spurts. You will lie dormant sometimes. Do not get discouraged. Think of it as resting." ~Julia Cameron... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    11/12/2019 10:54:26 AM, by MOMMY445

    i had a challenging workout on sunday with my personal trainer at the gym and i feel great. it is one of my friends' birthday today. my daughter says hi. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! i will be heading to the gym later on today, after supper. have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Brrrrrr

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

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

  • Game day pre plan

    11/10/2019 11:45:43 PM, by HULDEVON

    So I planned ahead for game day. I made pea soup for the pot luck. Drank water before going and ate a good breakfast s as nd lunch. I plugged in my calories and what I planed yo eat drink later. They have no cell coverage at the bar, so glad I did it ahead of time. I reduced my soda intake but allo... Read more

  • Ooops

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

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

  • it's sunday

    11/10/2019 4:29:06 PM, by MOMMY445

    i just finished a challenging workout with my personal trainer at the gym a while ago and i feel great. my daughter says hi. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Glorious Day- Nice Surprise

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

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

  • Refinishing

    11/9/2019 11:57:51 PM, by HULDEVON

    Refinishing my grandmas old dressers. Will be nice not using shoe boxes for my clothes. 13 years without a dresser. Can’t wait till it’s done. It was like karate kid, my arm is sore. Was upset my husband hasn’t done this for me, he had alll summer. I got mad and started it today. Got the body of the... Read more

  • Company maybe?

    11/9/2019 3:53:56 PM, by F8CONE8

    My brother called and is perhaps coming for a visit this month. I have been crazy busy so my house looks like we have a dozen 3 year old living here. Actually, we have a one year old cat who is as messy as a 3 year old. Anyway, I couldn't stand it any longer and today I straightened, duste... Read more

  • it's saturday

    11/9/2019 10:28:19 AM, by MOMMY445

    a pretty quiet day here today. my daughter is off to volunteer at the local library. she enjoys it a lot. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! today is my parents' wedding anniversary! have an amazing day and a great weekend, everyone!... Read more

  • Christmas Already?

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

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

  • it's friday

    11/8/2019 12:57:15 PM, by MOMMY445

    i'm having a great day! my daughter says hi! after dinner, i will be heading to the gym for a great workout. have a fabulous day, everyone! both budgie birds say cheep, cheep!... Read more

  • I’ve Given The Best Birthday Present to Myself

    11/8/2019 10:57:55 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    For as many years as I care to remember, one of the games I’ve played in my head around New Years was To tell myself I wanted to weigh “my Age plus 100 pounds” by my birthday in November .... that number has been 20 plus pounds, again for as long as I care to remember too. And the good news is... Read more