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Now here’s something you don’t see every day – A HOUSE in the road!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It was right at the end of my driveway. That prompted a change of running route. I watched with neighbors for a while then ran in the opposite direction. I returned in time to see it proceeding on its way.

There it goes!

The house was on a farm behind us which will now become a housing development. Many neighbors opposed the rezoning, but it’s OK with me. If some earlier farmer hadn’t sold his land, MY house wouldn’t be here. So, I’ll graciously welcome the newcomers.

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MARYJEANSL 11/26/2014 2:51PM

  I hope you will get new neighbors that you will like. I am always sorry to see family farms go (although you didn't mention whether it was a family farm or a factory farm), but surely the only constant in life is change.

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SMILES4383 11/26/2014 10:02AM

    I've seen a mansion moved ... It was HUGE and quite an experience to witness.

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KANOE10 11/26/2014 7:52AM

    I am living on ex farm land also. Interesting picture. Happy Thanksgiving.

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PHEBESS 11/26/2014 3:09AM

    Moving entire houses has always amazed me!!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/25/2014 9:05PM

    Not something you see every day, for sure. It's a fascinating process, moving a complete house! Hopefully it will have a new home and be loved!

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WALLAHALLA 11/25/2014 7:58PM

    Brings back memories. When I was 4, my parents bought a 6 bedroom house for $3,000.05. They only won the bid because my dad had added the nickle on the end being funny. We had to move it to our farm and it was an all day affair. 2 flatbed semi's had to drive side by side in perfect sync, and the utility and phone company had to go with us to lift the wires.

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WATERMELLEN 11/25/2014 6:17PM

    What a sensible attitude!!

We moved a couple houses about 28 years ago -- and it was a fascinating project --

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GABY1948 11/25/2014 4:54PM

    emoticon and there are always people that oppose progress That was a neat sight...wish I had been there!


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1STBUCKETITEM 11/25/2014 4:39PM

  emoticon Actually in southwest retirement land we see houses moving quite often!

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SUBMOM2 11/25/2014 1:37PM

    It's fascinating to me how they can move a house like that.

I admire your attitude about the rezoning. No wonder you seem so healthy!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/25/2014 1:15PM

    No, not something you see everyday!

I love your attitude about the rezoning. I'm reminded of people who are SO against immigrants coming to the US -- like ALL our forebears weren't immigrants at one point!

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WIFE49 11/25/2014 1:10PM

    Yes, sometime progress is painful. Like you attitude.

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DR1939 11/25/2014 11:34AM

    Our house faces a river with a small acreage bordering it. For the first 20 years it had horses and a very old, rundown barn. It was sold 2 years ago and now has dump trucks, cats, graders, and piles of gravel. We're not very happy about it, but that's what happens when you live in an unzoned area.

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GINIEMIE 11/25/2014 11:23AM

    I understand both points of view. I don't like overcrowded subdivisions, but many of our homes would not exist if the land we own wasn't parceled.
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Over 2 years ago I posted a blog asking “Who are these people who always get 100% in Spark Trivia?”

Monday, November 24, 2014

I was lucky to see a “passing” grade. On the scoreboard you would have to scroll 50 to 80 pages to find my name.

I persisted for quite a long time. I know I could have googled the information before answering a question, but it was a personal choice to see what I knew on my own.
I drifted away and gave it up for a few years.

Then in September a spark friend invited me back.

I’m a much better student now with my monthly score hovering around 90%

However, just like a high school or college student whose GPA continues to reflect a slow start, my all time score is stuck at ‘C’ level.

My data driven mind has just computed that I need to get the next 23 questions right to raise my all time score 1 percentage point (75% to 76%).

Strangely, I don’t mind. My improvement shows that I’ve learned a lot just being connected to Spark People. It also validates the power of persistence.

Persistence in following the plan, continuing to try and just plain hanging in there.

Weight loss, maintenance, exercise streaks, nutrition goals, learning new information – whatever your goals – just hang in there.

Note: Here’s my original blog from October 14, 2012

and thanks to SunnyWBL for the invitation that got me back on track.

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WATERMELLEN 11/25/2014 8:23AM

    Hilarious!! I am so petulant about not being able to score Trivia A student consistently -- or anything remotely close to consistently -- and I keep on trying. Oh well oh well. I justify the "American bias" of some of the questions (American candy calorie counts, Girl Scout cookies we don't get here in Canada) etc. etc. But doing Trivia has taught me a lot and kept me humble too!!

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BA5454 11/25/2014 8:11AM

    Argh, the trivia. I'm the Queen of it, just not the stuff SP finds for me to answer! I have not done it in a while, but will take a crack at it again today. I do learn things from it, lol.

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KANOE10 11/25/2014 7:21AM

    Your persistence is paying off! Well done. I am glad you found support.

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GARDENCHRIS 11/25/2014 7:03AM

    i too felt the same thing! now I hover between 75-80.... keep learning

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MARYJEANSL 11/24/2014 11:55PM

  I like doing the trivia, but I get frustrated sometimes because some of the questions are badly worded, or sometimes the answer is, and then there are two questions I know of, for which the "correct" answer is flat-out wrong, according to the explanation given. One of those questions I answered correctly at least three or four times (the same questions are used over and over and over), and every time it was marked wrong, so I made a mental note to never, never, never answer that question but to refresh the page when it comes up.

That said, it is a satisfying feeling to get three questions in a row right, and so I keep playing.

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1STBUCKETITEM 11/24/2014 11:27PM

  emoticon emoticon I've been lamenting about the same kind of scores from myself. It occurred to me that either their are a lot of nurses, science teachers or whomever that are really intelligent, or that some people may have looked up the answers before answering. But, I want to know how "dumb" I must be... after all you can learn from your mistakes because the right answer then becomes embedded in your recall for the next time the question pops up. emoticon emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/24/2014 8:53PM

    I play the trivia so rarely that a very few right questions has a big impact... as do a very few wrong ones. I obviously do not take it seriously! But it's fun every so often. emoticon Good for you, improving!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/24/2014 3:29PM

    Ha! I'm a solid "C" student as well! I too try to make my best guess and don't care to google answers to score perfectly.

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WALLAHALLA 11/24/2014 2:54PM

    It took me awhile, but I started recognizing info from the spark articles I had read, and the quizzes. Now I do pretty good most of the time. I have also discovered several questions were different spark articles give conflicting information. Makes is harder to know which answer they want.

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SUBMOM2 11/24/2014 12:26PM

    This is funny because I quit playing trivia, too! I should be a good sport and get back to it, but I'm also trying to minimize my computer time. Decisions, decisions... emoticon

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PHEBESS 11/24/2014 10:02AM

    LOL - I wonder about the people who are still at 100% this late in the month. I'm lucky if I end the month with 90% or so - I'm usually in the 80s. (But sometimes the computer cheats and loses my right answers, and I have to start over. Grrrrrrrr!)

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POINDEXTRA 11/24/2014 9:05AM

    So where is this SparkTrivia? I'm not familiar with it, but it sounds fun (and enlightening).

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GABY1948 11/24/2014 9:03AM

    GREAT blog! emoticon I always wondered that too. I have on one Trivia day gotten 3/9!!!!! I agree we could Google it but what fun is that? I'm not PROUD but I AM honest!

Thanks for this...I AM going to check your earlier blog too!


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GINIEMIE 11/24/2014 8:55AM

    I've been trying to work at bringing my monthly scores to above 70. A day of 100% like today, makes me feel somewhat competent about my knowledge then another question another day throws me for a loop. I've been trying to log in DAILY, do Trivia DAILY, eat a minimum of Freggies DAILY and log all my foods DAILY, I've been at it for over 40 days.
I kind of fell away too then I saw someone I know's name on the leaders I am back to trivia. Wow, I wouldn't have thought about googling the answers -really. I want to know what I know, not what I can look up.
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WILSONWR 11/24/2014 8:51AM

    I remember that blog! Like you, I do much better now than when I began, but it does take forever to move a single point because of my previous poor scores. Oh well, at least I'm learning new things!

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Gee, Eileen got FAT! - Remembering a Thanksgiving Day comment.

Friday, November 21, 2014

It was a family dinner sometime back in the 1980s and that observation was loudly expressed by my aunt.

I’m pondering that memory today for several reasons.

Thanksgiving week marks 5 years of maintenance for me.

A Spark email this morning informed me that I am today’s SparkPeople Motivator.
Wow, thank you everyone. That alone is so motivational for me.

I re-read the information on my page which really hasn’t changed much in all my spark years except to add to my list of blogs.

I often call myself a spark oddball because in spite of my weight gain, I always thought I was doing just fine. I was healthy, active and fit. I still wore the same size I did in high school (see note below)

Friends and family all echoed that positive view I had of myself. EXCEPT for Aunt Anna.

Was she trying to be helpful? Pushing me to admit the truth?

Not exactly. Since the women in my family all fell into the “pleasantly plump” or more category, Aunt Anna was simply welcoming me to the club.

How did I react?
I looked around the table and responded “Compared to Whom?”

It took me another 20 years to admit the truth and get serious. That’s got to be a record for denial.

I wrote about my “Aha moment” in an earlier blog because I have a picture of the instant it hit me.

I applaud all the younger sparkers for getting serious about healthy living. It’s never too late to change, but the earlier the better.

Any journey is easier with friends. Hang in there, everyone.

Regarding my ability to gain weight and still wear the same size.
Check out the measurements for women’s clothes back in the 60s.

A size 10 woman measured 32 ½ -25- 34 ½ back then.
I added 4 to 6 inches to each of those measurements and still they called me a size 10.

That’s “sizing creep” done to increase profits while making us feel better about ourselves.

Dress pattern makers haven’t gone to vanity sizing.
Here’s the link to what size you would wear if manufacturers hadn’t so generously added more inches to each size.

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CRAMPERELLA 11/23/2014 2:05PM

    You really are an inspiring motivator! Maintaining a weight loss is extremely difficult, so kudos to you! Your hard work and persistence have paid off and now you get to inspire the rest of us! Congratulations and THANK YOU! You help keep the rest of us on track!


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LINDAKAY228 11/22/2014 10:02AM

    That's a great record for maintaining! Congratulations. And the sizes have changed so much over the years!

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PHEBESS 11/21/2014 11:24PM

    Congrats on all the achievements - maintaining, being the Motivator of the Day, and showing Aunt Anna what's what!

But - ugh, I don't think I want to know what size I would have been in the old sizing. Plus sizes have always been too big on me; regular sizes are sometimes too small, or a designer just doesn't make the items I like go up to size 14 or 16 or whatever. Shopping for clothes is miserable, no matter what size the manufacturer makes it. And thing is, I love fashion!!!!! Just frustrated with what the designers or manufacturer's think we should wear.

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/21/2014 8:36PM

    That size chart is a real eye-opener, isn't it? I am in a "size 2" pair of jeans, size 4-6 in some other items I own, but the pattern size puts me firmly at a 12 to some measures a 14! Which is about what I was back in high school, moving toward a 16 and thought I was fat. If fat means that the arm and shirt-waist measure are out of proportion to your bust/waist/hip measures, I WAS, even then.

And yet, for years, I thought that was the best I could hope for without extreme effort. My current size tells me I have found my natural, well-nourished size. And it is good. It isn't the size that matters, it's the health and well-being!

Congrats on your featured motivator day, and on your five years of maintenance. You are a rock star! emoticon

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SUBMOM2 11/21/2014 5:24PM

    Congratulations on five years of maintenance!! Your post has me thinking about my own denial. Also, I think we all have an "Aunt Anna" in our lives. The one I know can dish it out but sure can't take it!

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GABY1948 11/21/2014 5:03PM

    SO glad you are motivator! Yes, I agree about the sizing. When I was REALLY fat, I wonder what size that would have been? I DON'T even want to know!

Most of the time unless I am thin, I NEVER get new clothes because I can't FACE the SIZE. But vanity sizing really doesn't help does it? It IS still what it IS!

GREAT blog!

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1STBUCKETITEM 11/21/2014 2:36PM

  emoticon for the "60's size chart." Something more concrete to figure out where I really was on the fitness chart when I say I remember "when I was a size 12." ...and then dreaded how I crept up on size 14, 16, 18, .... to 24+ through the decades. Hm-m-m! You gave me a lot to think about this weekend. Curiously, I'm not overwhelmed or sad about those wasted decades. I guess with age you find an acceptance of "not crying over spilled milk." If anything, I feel more determined and resolved now that I have made my health a priority. My life now is learning to embrace change and make wiser choices through good nutrition and habitual exercise.

By reading and listening to other Spark Friends these last few months I have learned I'm not alone in this journey of self-awareness and weight loss. This experience of joining SP has definitely helped me examine my emotional issues, spiritual issues, weight issues, motivational issues, esteem issues, and much more. Confronting and resolving or "putting to rest" some of those issues has helped me to embrace a new lifestyle. It's a healthy lifestyle I can live with and enjoy in my "golden years." emoticon

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MJZHERE 11/21/2014 1:57PM

    Congrats on being a Motivator! From my observations, what was fat once is no longer considered fat now... and that is not necessarily healthy for our society as a whole. Just like a model's "thin" - not healthy.

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BBEAGAN 11/21/2014 12:47PM

    Ha! My 'Aunt Anna' was my maternal grandmother. We grew up on a farm, eating all home-produced, organic food, drinking tons of milk, eating REALLY well. None of us were fat, but we certainly weren't scrawny. My grandmaother would visit from another province and glance scathingly at my sisters and I and say "My aren't they looking ... (pause)... healthy." As a visit wore on she'd get less polite in her phrasing!

The sizing creep is wild. Luckily I don't shop for clothes often enough to really remember what sizes I wear now, let alone years ago! But even now, I know in one line of clothing my partner can wear a size 14 and in another a size 6. Crazy!

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TERI-RIFIC 11/21/2014 12:05PM

    About the sizing- true that! Great blogs. Very motivating.

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JAMIRBLAZE 11/21/2014 10:45AM

    Thanks for the link. I wear a 2/4 today, but I'm a 12/14 by those measurements.

My mom is our family's Aunt Anna - and she's probably 100lbs overweight herself.

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 11/21/2014 10:08AM

    Every family has an Aunt Anna by any other name. As to sizes, the changes over the past three-five decades would be comical if they weren't so insulting. It was also interesting to note that, while doing some unrelated research, I spotted some of Saks 5th Avenue's weekly ads in "New Yorker" issues from the 1950's: fashionable dresses commonly ran from sizes 10-18. I demand a recount!

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GINIEMIE 11/21/2014 9:26AM

    Relatives are unique bunch, my sister was angry with me for showing them up. Mother of five and smaller around than all of them when Patrick was just a toddler. Now I'm working to catch up -down to my baby sister who is at a great weight and size for her height.
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JANET552 11/21/2014 8:34AM

    Sizes are so funny! What is it about Aunt Annas? I had one like yours. Loved the woman dearly but she said what she thought and that wasn't always welcome, even if it was the truth. Funny how that works too.

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NELLJONES 11/21/2014 8:33AM

    I have often commented about vanity sizing. I have a size 8 skirt in my closet from 30 years ago when I was working and it's tight around the waist. Today I have to buy a size 0. When I sew I need a size 12 pattern. Go figure.

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KANOE10 11/21/2014 8:22AM

    That is great that you are a motivator and congrats to you on 5 years. That clothing size thing is crazy, I wish people did not feel the need to comment about other people's weight.

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WATERMELLEN 11/21/2014 8:17AM

    Congrats to you -- as Motivator and as maintainer.

And yup, I'd be a 14 for sure. My mum was PROUD to be a 14. Or a 16. Same as Marilyn Monroe!!

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My “brush” with an SUV

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What’s going on? For the 2nd time in a week a driver almost ran me down. Last time while on her cell phone, the woman didn’t even notice me. This time the driver saw me and either couldn’t judge distance or just didn’t care.

Here’s the location - a school driveway that’s the start and finish of our local 5k coming up in 3 weeks.

I wanted to run the course ahead of time to get used to the hills.

At the end of my run, as I was passing the parked school bus and hugging the right hand curb as you look at this photo, I was “brushed” by an SUV. There was enough room for a car to pass the bus, but not when a pedestrian was present. Perhaps the lady was annoyed that I was taking up some of HER road?

I was startled. I didn’t hear the car at all and I NEVER wear headphones so I can always be aware of my surroundings. Of course she was moving slowly at driveway speed, but if I had taken that moment to move over a few steps, she would have run me over.

Maybe she was late for something important at school?
Maybe she had a sick child?

As I stretched afterward, I watched her proceed to the parking lot. She took the time to back into her space. Her problem was NOT lack of time.

I wondered why she couldn’t have waited for me to clear the bus area. How long could it take me to run past the bus? Maybe 5 seconds?

What if I were a child? Would she have squeezed through anyway?

We have to watch out for ourselves. Many people are not watching out for us.
Be careful out there.

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PHEBESS 11/20/2014 10:13AM

    Wow, how frightening! I hope you're doing okay and aren't too freaked out!

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CRAMPERELLA 11/19/2014 10:25PM

    I am glad she missed you! In a school zone too!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/19/2014 8:21PM

    Amen! I would have been sorely tempted to confront her or at least THUMP her fender!

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MARYJEANSL 11/19/2014 7:13PM

  It truly is frightening to watch some drivers. I'm very glad you weren't hurt.

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DR1939 11/19/2014 6:15PM

    There is nothing like running or walking to make you realize how bad many drivers are. I've been almost hit a number of times by people turning right on red and by people not stopping for zebra crossings.

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GABY1948 11/19/2014 2:07PM

    It is TRULY scary the drivers that are on the roads! I am so glad that you were not hurt!

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MJZHERE 11/19/2014 1:43PM

    I also almost got run down last week. I was so angry I told the driver, you almost hit me (of course calm and quietly lol). He never responded, not even a sorry. In our city, you have to drive defensively at all times and be extra, extra watchful as a pedestrian.

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 11/19/2014 12:09PM

    "I was 'brushed' by an SUV" -- You don't mean that the car actually touched you??? No, you'd have called the police I hope. The woman should be taken to task in any case. I wish your "brush" had been more like mine, when I won an SUV sort of thing and owned it for 30 minutes before signing it over to my buyer and heading home with a check..

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JAMIRBLAZE 11/19/2014 9:33AM

    Glad you are okay! I've had a couple of scares lately as well - I definitely run the crosswalks faster these days.

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FORZACHANDMATT 11/19/2014 9:11AM

    So scary - it's amazing you didn't get hurt! People are so impatient

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WILSONWR 11/19/2014 8:39AM

    That is scary! There is absolutely no reason for a person to do that! I'm glad you're ok.

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FEISTYLIZARD 11/19/2014 8:35AM

    I'm glad you're okay! It seems there are people who drive who are openly hostile towards people who exercise outdoors- this kind of thing happens to cyclists all the time. But yeah. Stay safe!

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KELLIEBEAN 11/19/2014 8:33AM

    So many drivers are in their own little world, not taking the time to notice their surroundings! As a motorcycle rider and a runner, I see this all too often!!!

I lived a mile away from my previous job so many days, I walked or rode my bicycle. I always had to hesitate as I got to the right turn lane when crossing one street. Almost every day, someone would sail through the turn on a red without looking at the traffic they were getting into, let alone me about to cross in front of them.

I'm glad you are okay!

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WATERMELLEN 11/19/2014 8:33AM

    So glad you are OK!! Why don't people understand the sanctity and preciousness of life? I would have been tempted to take down her licence number and call the police . . . but oh well oh well oh well.

You are OK. The main thing!!

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GINIEMIE 11/19/2014 8:28AM

    As was said there always people who are NOT paying attention or focused on their thoughts. Glad you didn't get injured, too bad the bus driver wasn't in the bus, they sometimes will make comments to unsafe drivers around the school-at least ours used to. May the good Lord protect you from the self centered people. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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POOKASLUAGH 11/19/2014 7:58AM

    Wow. That's insane. Glad you weren't hurt!

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TERI-RIFIC 11/19/2014 7:54AM

    That is scary. Some people are just crazy. Once I stopped at a crosswalk to let a woman cross and some idiot woman tried to whip around me and almost hit her. I looked at the driver and she motioned that the sun was in her eyes. Well, when you can't see anything what a good reason to be whipping around another car. I reported her license number to the State Police but they did nothing. Even with being really careful, you do take a risk running where cars are. My daughter worries about me running on the main road and I worry about her, well basically everywhere, but we don't worry about ourselves. Stay safe.

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KANOE10 11/19/2014 7:47AM

    Be careful my friend. There are always people out there who are not paying attention and who are careless. I am so glad you are OK.

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Sometimes you just gotta eat the cheesecake - Choices for 4 days on the road

Monday, November 17, 2014

This was a combination trip for us.

We drove to the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina to:

Check on my 94 year old MIL in her assisted living facility

At MIL’s request, visit the old family vacation/retirement cabin a few hours drive further on

Attend a meeting of Carpatho-Rusyn Society – a heritage group very helpful to me as I sought my East European roots during the last decade.

Visit the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, one landmark we had never seen before.

MIL is doing as well as can be expected. However, her weight is making it difficult to walk more than a few steps and she spends most of her time in a wheelchair. I remember a physical therapist telling me that it was easier to get my 110 lb mother back on her feet than a 220 lb woman (my MILs weight).

We found a nice hotel central to all our plans in the town of Dillsboro, NC. It was about a 2 hour drive to the cabin over curvy mountain roads. We hadn’t seen the place in nearly 30 years and it’s in need of a lot of work. There’s more building going on in the area now, but still quite remote – no cell phone service.

It was a good time to visit Biltmore, all decorated for Christmas but not yet very crowded. Supposedly tourism increases after Thanksgiving.

I had mixed feelings about the place. It was very nicely decorated and efficiently organized for visitors, but I thought it was overpriced. You only got a booklet with brief explanations included in your entrance fee. An audio guide or tour guide was extra. As you walked around, you could hear the tour guide’s explanations anyway without even trying.

It was interesting to see how “American royalty” lived in 1895 in their “castle.” The tour included a nice variety of the nearly 300 rooms. The booklet mentioned that there were 43 bathrooms at a time when “MANY” Americans didn’t even have one. I would amend that to say to MOST American homes didn’t have one at the end of the 19th century.

I know I’m in the minority, but I found the place unnecessarily and conspicuously ostentatious. I felt that Vanderbilt should have BiltLESS not BiltMORE. A 7 story high banquet hall? 43 bathrooms?

The conservatory was very interesting as was the winery.
This is still a family owned estate operated for profit, so they charge what the market will bear
My heritage society meeting provided quite a contrast as we watched a video of the lives of my immigrant ancestors in the USA at the time of the opening of Biltmore.

I shared my recent trip to Slovakia connecting my children and grandchildren with their roots and the relatives whose ancestors stayed in the old country, not taking a chance on an uncertain future in America.

From a Spark perspective I did pretty well. There was a lot of walking although at a touring pace, not high intensity at all. One good run with the temperature at 19 degrees made me feel very righteous.

I had healthy snacks in the car and a supply of water. Restaurant meals were the best choices available.

I did eat the homemade ethnic pastries provided during my meeting – one of each type.

Then there was the NY style cheesecake. My MIL ordered it ahead of time to be delivered to her at the facility because “she knew we liked it” and “this bakery makes it just like we used to have back in NY.”

There was no Spark excuse I would make in that situation, valid though it may have been.

Sometimes a situation arises when you just gotta eat the cheesecake. A healthy lifestyle is able to accommodate something like this.

I am 1.6 pounds heavier than the morning I left. Most likely the salty restaurant food.

No problem. I’m home now. It’s back to real life.

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/18/2014 8:54PM

    I would have eaten the cheesecake under those circumstances, too... at least a small piece! And now you're home, back to real life!

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MARYJEANSL 11/18/2014 12:15AM

  I love the sound of the remote mountain cabin. That is my idea of a wonderful vacation, away from it all in the beautiful mountains. It sounds like it was a good trip, and that you got a lot of things accomplished. And I would have eaten the cheesecake, too, in that situation. Hearing about your mil's being wheelchair bound, and her mobility made harder because of her weight, gives me an added boost of motivation to keep working on keeping my weight down. Thanks! ;-)

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MARYJEANSL 11/18/2014 12:07AM

  I love the sound of the remote mountain cabin. That is my idea of a wonderful vacation, away from it all in the beautiful mountains. It sounds like it was a good trip, and that you got a lot of things accomplished. And I would have eaten the cheesecake, too, in that situation. Hearing about your mil's being wheelchair bound, and her mobility made harder because of her weight, gives me an added boost of motivation to keep working on keeping my weight down. Thanks! ;-)

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WATERMELLEN 11/17/2014 7:44PM

    Sounds like a most interesting trip -- and I agree, sometimes there is no avoiding the cheesecake. Didn't do much damage anyhow -- just a temporary blip!!!

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1STBUCKETITEM 11/17/2014 7:03PM

  It sounds as if you really had a nice journey. So, it shouldn't be a problem that you may have had to emoticon a little. At least you made MIL emoticon happy and you are now in control. Sometimes situations are unavoidable. emoticon You know your priorities you had the good sense to know when to emoticon . You'll be back to normal in no time. emoticon Have a great week!

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JODROX 11/17/2014 6:52PM

    Agreed. Sometimes you need a little indulgence. Not every day. That's why it's special.

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WALLAHALLA 11/17/2014 6:17PM

    And if you're gonna eat the cheesecake, you may as well savor every little bite. Life is too short to deny yourself small indulgences now and then.

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MJZHERE 11/17/2014 11:30AM

    There is a beautiful poem about "if I had my life to live over again...I would relax...I would eat more ice cream...I would travel lighter than I have.." at

Your blog brought it to mind so I searched this morning for it...thank you for the reminder cuz sometimes we get to eat the cheesecake.
I am with you - a bitless - quite a bit less of stuff and more of life - it truly is "more blessed to give than to recieve."

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TERI-RIFIC 11/17/2014 11:22AM

    I agree, sometimes you have to. I've been to the Biltmore. I agree with your assessment. It reminds me of the joke about the guy who gets to heaven and Saint Peter tells him he can have anything he wants and he says that he wants a huge pile of pure gold. Peter grants his wish, and turns to an angel and says, can you believe it-anything he wanted and he chose paving material?

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DR1939 11/17/2014 11:19AM

    Food choices when traveling can be quite difficult. Australians have streets lined with bakeries and they are very, very good. Luckily they come in small sizes. What surprised me about Australia was the size of their restaurant meals. Portions were as large or larger than US.

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FEISTYLIZARD 11/17/2014 10:46AM

    I don't think I am capable of turning down cheesecake. Quite the opposite- if my grandma has cheesecake for dessert, I'm a bloodhound for it. I have to avoid it at all costs, except on my birthday when I seek it out, and on the holidays, usually only at Christmas. Since I'm not doing anything on Christmas, I should be in the clear. Haha!

You made some pretty good choices on your trip! I too would have tried all of the cultural desserts- after all, how often does an opportunity like that come up? And getting in a run on a road trip? That's inspiring- I use travelling as an excuse to indulge in the rich foods not available in my city, and to visit the landmark restaurants. I seriously don't know how I zip my jeans when I'm in Toronto. I'm curious to see what travelling will be like when I'm Sparking though.

Anyways, hope you're well!

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FORZACHANDMATT 11/17/2014 10:14AM

    I would never have been able to turn down the cheesecake but good for you for keeping up the healthy habits

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/17/2014 9:21AM

    Good choice! Just grin and eat it.

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MILLEDGE2 11/17/2014 8:57AM

    Yes, there are times when we need to just eat the cheesecake and to sample the variety of dishes at a once-in-awhile gathering of a group we enjoy. Being healthy other times evens it out and still means we'll be able to avoid the wheelchair awhile longer.

People seem to have either black-or-white reactions to Biltmore House. I, too, don't get a real thrill out of "homes" that look more like big hotel lobbies and demonstrate what is possible if you just spend enough money. Interestingly, they only barely mention that George Vanderbilt overspent even his own fortune. Then he died! His widow was a bit smarter and in getting her finances in control, she created some homes and jobs for the less affluent people whose labor supported the estate.

If you think my reaction to Biltmore is a bit negative, you should hear me at Versailles!

Enjoy being home!

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KANOE10 11/17/2014 8:19AM

    There are times when you need to eat cheesecake. I would have had a bite also as your MIL was so sweet to order it for you. You are reminding me of Jrs in New York that had the optimum cheesecake.

You are staying positive and known those up pounds will come off.

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GABY1948 11/17/2014 8:06AM

    Sounds like a FABULOUS trip. Nice to see MIL and all the places you went sound so interesting.

But, I agree, we always have to come back to real life!!!

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WIFE49 11/17/2014 8:02AM

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing.

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SWEETNEEY 11/17/2014 7:43AM

    Sounds like an awesome trip. I love visiting historical landmarks.

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PHEBESS 11/17/2014 7:25AM

    LOL - I have cheesecake at the Carnegie Deli whenever we're in New York. Because yes, sometimes you DO just have to have the cheesecake.

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GINIEMIE 11/17/2014 7:14AM

    Love the blog, you are so right if your MIL says eat cheesecake-it better get eaten. At least a few bites, til I say-my stomach doesn't handle these rich foods the way it used to. Erik would gladly eat mine and his, his once emaciated body October 2010 is no longer. He acts like he doesn't understand calories when my eldest son and I mention them....
Glad it was only a little over a pound, you'll get it off quickly.
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KRISZTA11 11/17/2014 7:02AM

    Great blog - I loved the title!
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