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Misha, the "new baby". Lost a couple cats in the past year, so abducted this sweeie from the barn.

This is Sonsie, my 25 pound baby cat.

Lucy, my walking buddy.

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I just discovered that SP considers changing your page background to be "updating." Interesting.

I kept my exceedingly wordy introductions from previous years. I should probably update them - I'm not as whiny as I used to ...





I just discovered that SP considers changing your page background to be "updating." Interesting.

I kept my exceedingly wordy introductions from previous years. I should probably update them - I'm not as whiny as I used to be. However, I am still every bit as lazy, so I guess for now, they stand.
A practical introduction from a blog post I wrote about how I don't particularly care what I eat and am not all that interested in variety or serious menu-setting:

I don't particularly enjoy cooking, so I tend to make what's fast and easy, and if it makes a huge pot of whatever, I'll happily eat it all week long. During and well after college, I worked in a lot of restaurants in many different capacities, so I know how to cook big, fast and delicious but not in the least healthy.

I'm alone now. (Not tossing a pity party - just explaining.) A few years ago, when I had a husband and a couple of kids and their friends and a couple workers around, I felt the same way I do now, only the result was different - huge pots of carbonara or Alfredo, a couple pepperoni pies, strombolis, beef bourg with lots of potatoes, lots of sausage with anything, and always, at the end of the day, having a couple beers with the guys.

At the same time I was making all this food, in the beginning anyway, I was working as a landscaper, so I burned it all off, and more. Then, gradually, circumstances changed but my cooking didn't, and over time, slowly - literally like ten pounds a year, but for six or seven years - it started to pile up. I didn't notice, and if i did, I didn't care - too much other stuff going on.

And that, my friends, is my story

(The old story is below and the updated one is in the recent blogs, for any of you who are interested in The Continuing Saga. Don't feel bad if you aren't. Even I'm starting to lose interest, and it's my saga.)

This was the part I wrote right after my husband died:

The condensed version is this: I've gained ten pounds, my house is a disaster, and I have no idea what happens next.

I've learned not to assume I know where I'm going or what I'll be doing a year from now, and that this isn't necessarily a bad thing. The best laid plans and all that.

I know I need to be creative and get lots of fresh air. I know I need to get my house in order (my physical house and my mental house.) And I know I want to feel better and have more energy, and to that end, I need to lose a bunch of weight and get my muscles back (again, both physical and mental muscles.)

And as my mother used to say, there's no time like the present to begin.

This was my initial introduction:

I dug some photos out last night,(they're in the Gallery) and that was really the first time that I saw, side by side, just what four years of massive stress can do to a body (or lead the body to do to herself.)

The sob-story details are in the blogs somewhere (or on, which repeats what's here occasionally but not often) but basically I just quit paying any attention whatsoever to myself. I had no immediate crisis, or so I thought, and then one day turned into the next and here we are, 60+ pounds heavier, living in chaos.

I'm blessed with good health and a strong body which I freely admit I've abused the hell out of. I want my old one back, or at least a reasonable facsimile thereof. I'm concerned, for the first time in my life, for my health and the possibility of not being around for my children (and their children, I hope, some day.) Stress alone can cause big-time illness, and when you add in this sort of weight gain (built largely out of white flour, sugar and alcohol) I feel like the poster child for Impending Doom.

So I'm overhauling my life. The weight thing comes first, because everything depends upon having the health and energy to enjoy my life. I quit working outside the home in order to take care of my husband and try to generally get things under control.

In general, I need to learn balance. And perseverance. And that things can be nudged into position, rather than steamrolled (my usual method.)

And SparkPeople seems like the ideal place to start. In the last few months I've made some real friends and have felt the Hand of Fate (or whatever you want to call it - I'm mostly pagan, but happily respect all paths) quietly setting up a nice future for me - all I have to do is reach out and accept it.

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My Goals:
- eat more healthfully

- lose the weight, regain my strength and fitness

- enjoy my world (and still get my 200+ yr old house at least cleaned up, if not totally up to 21st century standards...)

My Program:
- More vegetables and fewer cocktails

- actively scheduling time each day for exercise, creative work and meditation instead of just "working it in".

- get outside for at least a few minutes each day, even if the weather ... leaves something to be desired, as it often does here in the wilds of upstate New York.

Personal Information:
-my actual name is Karen, but Scooter has been my nickname for almost thirty years - I don't even remember where it came from any more

- mother of two daughters,both graduated from good colleges and currently living in Pittsburgh.

- widowed in Oct 2010 after 28 years. He'd been chronically ill for some time, but he wasn't supposed to die.

- mostly vegetarian, but I will eat meat happily enough at an event where it is served - and I'll even cook it myself occasionally, especially in winter.

- writer, mixed media artist, amateur naturalist

- dual Masters in psycholinguistics and philosophy - that and a dime, baby.

- organic farmer - mostly field crops, branching out into herbs and perennials. No shrubbery.

- professional gardener/landscaper

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other writing at:

Other Information:
Favorite movie...probably The Lion in WInter.

Favorite book - too many to choose....Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is what comes to mind first. I read mostly non-fiction in winter, but n summer I like a "cozy" mystery in my back pocket.

I have several favorite quotes, actually:

-'Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?' said Piglet 'Supposing it didn't,' said Pooh. After careful thought, Piglet was comforted by this.
-- A.A. Milne

Gilda Radnor: I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next.

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1/19/2015 12:17:05 AM

Per yer avatar....and owls...I have a question about BARRED owls or BARD owls. (It's the former, right?) I thought you might have some input.

We've had electric company sub-contractors around in the past few weeks, cutting down limbs and disrupting birds' lives, and a few times I've heard more owls than I've EVER heard in one night. It's like they're having a water cooler discussion about the state of the neighborhood, except they're about a half-block apart during discussion. Very odd. Hooting distinctively different hoots, and very opinionated.

Sadly, they've been silent for a week. I hope they haven't moved on. One of my only "blessings" from my locale and old house is that there are many old trees, and some wildlife.

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1/15/2015 5:23:57 PM

Of course...sweet darling! Haylie Pomroy's Fast Metabolism Diet...check out her Facebook page and get on her e-mail list. You can also check out her website and grab her book. She has a newer one out that I've been thinking about...something about "The Burn" I'm going to peruse it next time I get a half a sec to go to Barnes N Noble...if it isn't as 'cook EVERYTHING' intensive I might try it again. YES...GREAT success...and TONS of much your pretty little head will spin...check's ALL good and one of my dear sparky friends (I call her my virtual daughter) that I recommended it to is STILL going strong and she has lost a ton of weight where she never could before.

I even sent her the Fast Metabolism Cookbook because she was SO discouraged before she took up this diet.

Check her out too...CathyGetsFit...success SHALL be THINE!


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Oh...and another GREAT help...her pinterest page and check mine out while you are there Bobbi Anne's Found stuff that pinterest...VERY cool stuff! emoticon

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1/14/2015 9:33:00 AM

Watertown is ALWAYS a nightmare of ice and snow, lol... I really wonder how my ancestors did it. I am a sixth-generation Jefferson-County-ite. While I grant you they didn't need to commute forty miles for their jobs, they also didn't have R-factor insulation and Gore-Tex jackets. I think they were of more hardy stock than their latest offspring.

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1/12/2015 2:09:55 PM

Wow, we are twins!

I have not slept for more than 15 minutes at a time in the last 4 years - maybe even longer. I read every night in bed. Get sleepy, fall asleep and am abruptly awake again within 15 minutes, sometimes sooner. Most nights, I simply close my eyes, yet lie awake the whole night long. It sucks.
Anyway, the other night when I was really sick and coughing my head off, I took some PM cough syrup and slept maybe for 4 hours. The next night, it didn't make me sleep at all. It is something that no one could ever understand unless they have actually experienced not sleeping for years. And, nothing helps - Nothing ever has - Not even my own versions of Old Overholt. Lol!

Well, one good thing, we are both feeling better. So here's a goodie to celebrate that one small victory.
Yeh, it's a freaking globe. Thought you could sell it at your next garage sale.

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1/11/2015 1:59:48 PM

Dang, I called Goodies Emoticons. Hey, I'm sick, so I'm excused.

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