Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Wow, I slept like a rock last night..... needed that!
I don't know what happened to the first part of this week, but here it is Wednesday already! I haven't had much Spark time (checking in with SparkFriends & teams) but have been staying pretty much on plan, well except for the pizza on Monday night. . . . but I didn't eat nearly as much of it as I would have a year ago! That is a major non-scale-victory!!!
I have GENTLY begun adding some ST and core to my daily routine. (And that's all I'm gonna say about that because I don't want to JINX it again!)
FOREST FIRE UPDATE: The forest fire closest to us has not grown measurably and is still guestimated around 2,020 acres. It's backed down the hill to the river on one side and topped out at some rocky craigs on the other. Crews cannot access it due to rough terrain and part of it being in a wilderness area (restricted, no motorized vehicles, etc.). Plus they are dealing with poison oak, rattlesnakes, hornets, wasps and all sorts of undesirable stuff.
Today weather forecasters are calling for a series of storms to begin moving in - some areas producing dry lightning - but measurable precipitation anticipated by the end of the week.
The air quality has improved (it's been at the hazardous level for nearly a week - Red Cross has been distributing masks) and though we still have a sifting of ash falling, I can actually see the forms of clouds above the haze.
Lots to do today . . . . hope you have a great one!!!
What have you been up to????
Friday, August 02, 2013
I came across this and I think it makes the point of how important it is to have Spark connections.
Know the Magic of Pulling Together
Not long ago, a friend sent me the story of “Old Warwick.” It brought a smile to my face, and I think it shares a wonderful lesson for every leader to learn.
A man was lost while driving through the country. As he tried to reach for the map, he accidentally drove off the road into a ditch. Though he wasn’t injured, his car was stuck deep in the mud. So the man walked to a nearby farm to ask for help. “Warwick can get you out of that ditch,” said the farmer, pointing to an old mule standing in a field. The man looked at the decrepit old mule and looked at the farmer who just stood there repeating,
“Yep, old Warwick can do the job.” The man figured he had nothing to lose. The two men and the mule made their way back to the ditch. The farmer hitched the mule to the car. With a snap of the reins he shouted,
“Pull, Fred! Pull, Jack! Pull, Ted! Pull, Warwick!”
And the mule pulled that car right out of the ditch.
The man was amazed. He thanked the farmer, patted the mule, and asked, “Why did you call out all those names before you called Warwick?”
The farmer grinned and said, “Old Warwick is just about blind. As long as he believes he’s part of a team, he doesn’t mind pulling.”
If you're not part of a great team . . . . go find one.
Check out your SparkFriends pages and see which teams they lead or are a part of and who their friends are.
Use the search feature to find SparkTeams or SparkFriends with similar interests -- things that you have a passion for - or your favorite sport or activity - or a group with others in your age group - or with the same amount of weight you have to lose -- the possibilities are endless.
Don't just sit there . . . go find a Spark!
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
WARNING: You might be grossed out by this, but if you have kids or pets, you'll understand. And it is a true story. It just happened a few minutes ago.
First of all, Bad Leroy Brown is the four-legged love of our life.
He loves to ride and often is our traveling companion. He's also a therapy dog, having worked with me with the elderly for several years. But most of all, he is a constant source of joy and laughter in our home.
I thought I'd share an example of that with you by relating something that just happened, just a few minutes ago.
It wasn't long after I'd come back inside after taking Leroy out for a few minutes to enjoy his sunbeam.
I had just sat down to check in with SparkPeople when I heard Leroy making his cute little chirpy chattering sound somewhere in the house. Which is weird because normally, he's right by my side.
So, I got up and headed towards the kitchen. Usually when he makes that cute little chirpy sound, I'll find him standing next to the cabinet where I keep his treat jar. But he wasn't there.
So I started down the hallway, thinking maybe he was in the bedroom wanting up on the bed to take a nap.
Then I heard him . . . .down the stairs. His chirping was coming from his indoor/outdoor kennel area downstairs where he goes to take care of 'business' when he's inside.
So I went down the stairs, walking towards his kennel area when I noticed he was standing next to where he had deposited a couple 'tootsie rolls'. But he was still just standing there, looking up at me with this helpless look on his face that clearly said "Mom, help me!"
I reached over to pick him up. That's when I saw he had a 'tootsie roll' caught in his fur a couple of inches from . . . well, you know from where.
I grabbed the roll of toilet paper I always keep handy and began to remove the offending thing, thinking I'd have to give him a bath immediately to clean him up.
But to my surprise, the 'tootsie roll' was not caught in his fur at all . . . it was just dangling there.
So, I began to remove it only to find that it was securely attached to something.
As I moved it away from him, it became clear that it WAS indeed connected - - - - by a very long silver hair.
Apparently he had somehow swallowed the hair and it had run the course along with his dinner.
(My hair is about 3 inches long, but my DH has a long ponytail.)
So that is the story of the Dangling Tootsie Roll.
Just another adventure in the life of Bad Leroy Brown.
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