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17th New Thing

Saturday, May 04, 2013

The end of the 17th week of 2013 drawing near, and I've continued my quest to do/try something I've never done before each week of the year. Sometimes I have to think hard to come up with something, and sometimes it just happens. Our local Kiwanis Club has a Prayer Breakfast every year where invite the public to join them for an hour before work for some prayer, song and a speaker. I have never attended the breakfast. This year, however, I was asked to represent my church by playing piano and finding someone to sing. I chose a young high school girl who sings in my choir and has a beautiful voice. With the help of her voice teacher, she chose a song, "You Alone" by Sarah Hart, which we rehearsed a few times before the breakfast on Thursday morning. It was a very nice event, and I was glad I'd been asked to attend, as I probably would not have done so on my own. All those in attendance joined in two patriotic hymns, we had a few short prayers and a light breakfast of fruit and muffins. The speaker was our Sheriff, who goes overseas periodically with a group of law enforcement personnel who go to small countries and train them to enforce law and order in their countries, most of which are in struggles within their government. The lesson he presented was that we should not judge people by their governments -- people are the same all over the world. A good lesson indeed. I was happy to have been able to be a part of the annual Kiwanis Prayer Breakfast, and plan to attend next year.

  
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UPPITYANN 4/8/2014 2:38PM

  I wish you would blog once a month or so just to keep up to date. You sound like a very interesting person.

Thanks for posting on my blog today. So you must be reading other people's work.

We will be "Chia friends"...the kind that grow fast!



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OTEN36 5/21/2013 12:39AM

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In the finally month of all our craziness. All appears to be in place for the weddings.
I'm looking forward to getting back on Spark and a calmer summer.
Hugs,
Dee

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MISSG180 5/9/2013 10:45AM

    What a great idea.

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EVWINGS 5/7/2013 8:44PM

    What a wonderful new thing for you. I'm so happy that you now have a new activity to look forward to doing.

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SENATOR9 5/5/2013 11:12AM

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KATHRYNLP 5/5/2013 9:30AM

    Sounds very inspiring for you, and for us readers. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 5/5/2013 3:14AM

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FRAN0426 5/5/2013 12:08AM

    Now that was a nice change for you, and a place for you to look forward to attending again. Wonderful new experience---good for you for taking on this something new every week.

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JOYINKY 5/4/2013 10:11PM

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UMBILICAL 5/4/2013 9:29PM

  Prayer!!!

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Kefir

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

We've now completed 16 weeks of 2013 and I continue my quest to try or do something new every week throughout the year. Week 16 found me buying a carton of Nancy's Lowfat Raspberry Kefir. I liked the tartness of it. I think it would make a nice ingredient to add to a smoothie. I've been drinking just half a serving of it as a snack. Basically it tastes better than I had expected, and I definitely liked it. I would describe it as "a yogurt smoothie". I think yogurt is a little more filling and satisfying, so I'll probably stick to that most of the time, but I'm glad I finally got a chance to try kefir, and I'll buy it again on occasion.

  
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DESERTJULZ 8/1/2013 3:39PM

    Hmmm, how about trying kale in a fruit smoothie? :D I put about 1/2 cup of chopped kale in the blender, get it is small as possible, then add the fruit & liquid. You don't even taste the kale and it adds a wonderful boost of nutrients.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 5/3/2013 1:50PM

    Good for you trying something new! You never know when you'll trip over something you love that you didn't know existed.

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KATHRYNLP 5/3/2013 8:49AM

    Anything that's sweet-tart is for me too. emoticon

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JOYINKY 4/24/2013 9:12AM

    Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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NEW-CAZ 4/24/2013 2:58AM

    sounds lovely.

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TRYAGIN 4/24/2013 12:07AM

    Cool idea to try something new every week.

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DUH! (a lightbulb moment)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

I've often been frustrated by the SP tracker when Iwould log something and the nutrition content wouldshow different numbers than those on my package of the exact same product did. Finally this morning it dawned on me -- Take a look at, for instance, a piece of string cheese that has traditionally always been 1 oz. My package now says .833 oz. Hence, the nutrition information entered earlier in time is going to have more calories, etc. than the newer packages where the producers are trying to trick us into thinking the prices have stayed the same or gone down, when actually we are just getting less product. And so, for all those times I've cussed at the food tracker for telling me there were 60 calories in my string cheese instead of the 50 the package was telling me, I humbly apologize!!

  
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MISSG180 4/26/2013 9:11AM

    I have taken to using a scale in cooking just so I know that I'm getting the right amount of ingredients!

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KATHRYNLP 4/15/2013 10:15AM

    They are tricky, tricky, tricky! emoticon

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SENATOR9 4/15/2013 9:22AM

    Price don't change but the size sure do.

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FRAN0426 4/14/2013 6:45PM

    I to have wondered about the differance in the total in calories. HoweverI just decided to put use the put a new food in once I see as differance in the calories so I can get 50 calories instead of 60. Sure is frustrating but hey, I'm entitled to put down whay I ate, not get cheated by packaging.

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NEW-CAZ 4/14/2013 3:35PM

    Have to agree with Joy! Buyer beware!

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WINTERRAIN 4/14/2013 1:25PM

    Interesting, makes ya think everyone should be paying more attention now.

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BARBANNA 4/14/2013 1:13PM

    The marketing world has many deceptions! emoticon

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JOYINKY 4/14/2013 12:34PM

    It irritates me when some of my old recipes call for a package of, say cream cheese, or some other ingredient. But the change in size alters the recipe! Or I end up having to buy more and have a partial package left over. Not much to be done about it. Buyer be aware.

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ANGELFMABV 4/14/2013 12:14PM

    They are tricky, tricky, tricky!


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JUNEAU2010 4/14/2013 12:00PM

    The marketing of smaller packages at the same price and the subsequent change in labeling could stub anyone's toe!
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Something New - Week 15

Friday, April 12, 2013

Yesterday I did something I don't believe I've ever done before -- something I neither enjoyed nor planned on doing. I shoveled a foot of snow off my sidewalk in April. And I don't want to do it again!

  
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KBEHNKE81 4/23/2013 11:28PM

    Your "something new" blog intrigues me. Do you mind if I borrow your idea for my own personal challenge?

I guessed your were a Minnesotan when i read this week's experience with the snow. We dodged the heavy stuff in my part of Wisc, but I've done my share of shoveling this year.

Here's hoping we both get some sunshine and pleasant weather soon!

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KATHRYNLP 4/14/2013 10:29AM

    Good Grief, you're really getting it bad there... emoticon emoticon

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ANGELFMABV 4/13/2013 3:46PM

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I know this stuff is crazy nuts! My dear husband has decided he is done shoveling. He figures mother nature is confused and will come around and melt the stuff soon enough.
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SENATOR9 4/13/2013 9:15AM

    We do have some in May here sometime.You're welcome to it.

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NEW-CAZ 4/13/2013 3:18AM

    Great exercise........but I wouldn't want to do it too often either emoticon

Have a great weekend MN emoticon

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AKATHLEEN54 4/12/2013 10:27PM

    Nobody ever wants to shovel a foot of snow and especially not in April!! Hope it melts soon emoticon

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Week 14

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Easter was approaching and my hubby was feeling terrible with an awful cold and coughing so hard it would hurt his sides and leave him short of breath. I did NOT want to catch it and get sick, especially with the holiday coming up. I decided to take a chance on something I'd never done before -- I got some Airborne, which is supposed to help minimize symptoms and duration of a cold. In addition to taking the tablets, I got rest and of course washed my hands every time I turned around! And then the day after Easter my daughter was diagnosed with strep, and I REALLY didn't want to get that! Now I can't say I've totally avoided the germs, because I've had a slight sore throat and off and on sinus headache; but so far I haven't been attacked too hard. Perhaps it's because I regularly take vitamins, exercise, and eat healthy, but I figured the Airborne couldn't hurt. Some people swear by these "preventives". I'm not too sure. What do you think? Have you tried any of them and did it seem to help you ward off a cold?

  
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JOYINKY 4/10/2013 8:18AM

    I agree with CAZ and think your overall good health and fitness may make you more able to fight off a virus and/or have a milder reaction to it. The good hygiene absolutely helps. But, I do have a friend that swears by Airbourne. I hope all symptoms are gone soon! Stay well!

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NEW-CAZ 4/10/2013 3:07AM

    I suspect keeping your distance and hygiene played the bigger part MN, when you think that colds are caused by a virus the more hygienic you can be the better.
Having said that, for getting over a cold I swear by Nightnurse night cold remedy for a good night sleep free of coughing so you can really rest and recover and fight the virus, 3 nights of it usually sorts me out.
And yes I reckon having a healthy diet and being generally fitter really helps you fight illness.

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