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It's been a wild and wooly summer.

Monday, September 01, 2014

I ran away from SP in the spring when I inexplicably gained weight. I've since learned that that's a silly thing. The next week I'd lost it again, whether by whim of weight or scale. We weigh what we weigh - it has as much to do with our overall happiness as our specific gravity.

So...lessons learned...friends aren't necessarily those that you've had the longest. I "broke up" with a friend of nearly 40 years because when I asked something of her, for another person in serious peril, she refused, and I realized that if we met today, we'd be acquaintances at best. I miss her daily, but I don't see the point going back.

After a five - maybe six - year break from landscaping, I discovered that I can still do the work. Not as fast as I could ten years ago, but every bit as well. And when some 30 year old boy said that I didn't do as much of the "heavy work" as others, I had the sense to call him on it - what kind of 30 year old man says a woman old enough to be his mother, maybe his grandmother, doesn't do the heavy lifting as well as he? I can still do it, just not as fast, and the only reason that lad has a job is because I know this.

I've also realized that I am...humbled to admit it...I am turning 60 this year (2015). None of the other "milestone" birthdays hit me this hard. I want to book a trip to Mexico or the Bahamas or someplace where my daughters and I can celebrate my croning, rather than being alone in my snow-belt home. At first I thought this was frivolous, but the more I think about it,the more appealing it becomes.

Ive considered remarrying, but realize that, for me, marriage, like childbearing and rearing, is a part of my life that I loved wholeheartedly, but that is over. If I remarry, it'll be for money, and that'll be upfront.

I've decided that rather than take some stupid minimum wage job, I'm going to spend the winter writing my book - or finishing one of the half-dozen I've started - and give it a decent chance to succeed. APPLEPIEAPPLE, I can't tell you how much joy your comment brought to me.

I've sold off a hunk of my farm in order to pay for insulating my house. Last winter I literally cried - and if you know me, you know that I'm not a weepy sort - when I was cold to the bone day after day after day. The dog's water bowl froze over in the dining room. I swore I wouldn't do it again, and I won't. If I decide to move in the spring, so be it, but I won't be chased away.

I guess the most important thing that I've finally learned is that *everyone's* life is full of trials - that's the point, or the commonality, of being human.

I've tried to reach out to family that was estranged when i didn't hold a "proper" funeral for my husband. I've also realized that if they don't accept the olive branch, it's not my story, but theirs.

Other than learning the difference between a cistern well and a "dug"well, I guess that's my summer.

I hope yours was lovely.

Please, bring me up to speed on my cherished (truly) friends here on SP.

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MOM2ACAT 9/2/2014 6:29PM

    Welcome back!

Beautifully worded blog, and I think you should plan that trip!

I had my own "milestone" birthday last fall, when I turned 50.

My summer has been busy with medical appointments; seeing different doctors, and also a colonscopy and 2 endoscopies, and also bone and CT scans. Right now I am in kind of "limbo" because my oncologist is considering putting me back on I.V chemo, so I am awaiting his decision on that. Thankfully, this is a week with no appointments for me!

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 9/2/2014 10:26AM

    Fantastic! Your Back! Glad to hear from you. I am 63 and will turning 64 this December. I, too, might move a bit slower but can still get things done. Turning 30 was the toughest for me. I felt I was joining the enemy. LOL. The sixties gotta love them. But since then each decade has been just another year. Although I did just recently formally do my will, power of attorney, and living will.

I, also, had a longtime friend with which I cut ties. In my case, the friend, who always use me as her back up friend, made the mistake of using me to cheat on her husband and assumed I'd be ok with it. That is when I cut the cord.

Glad to hear you are writing again. I am now starting my second book. Thanks! emoticon

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FRABBIT 9/2/2014 10:08AM

  So glad to have you back.

I can't believe how quickly summer has passed.

I definitely think you should go away for your birthday. It is a celebration and you should not think of that as frivolous or if it is who cares. Life can not always be about practicality.

Took a cruise in June for my birthday and the disconnect from the stress is exactly what I needed.

Recently someone on Spark shared this quote.

Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement - BIll Watterson.
It really stuck with me though I haven't figured out how to do this as yet. That is my goal.

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BETHGILLIGAN 9/2/2014 8:57AM

    I can't tell you how happy I am that you are back!! I have missed you tremendously!! I am now 63 and the 60th also hit me hard. I had a lot of depression and began to notice my aging body more. Not pretty! I've come to accept what I have to but continue to struggle with that number. I have gained a lot of weight which is also making me feel old. I am working on that and hope to at least stop the gain and get more toned so I don't look/feel so old.
I've had a really busy summer---finally got to visit London and spent a short time in Ireland. Great trip!!! A life long wish of mine and finally fulfilled!! I can die happy! emoticon
I have few friends also. I just never seem to want to put in the work it takes to keep up the relationships. But, I complain that I don't have any friends! I've never much enjoyed girls night out or girls weekend, etc. My daughter and I have gotten very close and hubby and I do a lot together. I feel satisfied and content where I am.
So glad to hear you will focus on your writing!! That will make you much happier and, hopefully, will be financially good for you too!
I know how you love that farm. But, I have to agree with some of the others: do you really need it? Seems like a lot more worry, time, taxes, etc. Being warm is more important, I think.
Well, Scooter, I've "known" you a long time and it seems like you are in the best frame of mind ever. I can't tell you how happy that makes me!!!!

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DOKEYOKEY 9/2/2014 8:08AM

    Wow -- Thank you for your honesty and your vulnerability. I am hoping that all parts of your life get LOTS easier -- companionship, nourishment, funding, and work! I am rooting for you. And YES, write that book!!!

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_RAMONA 9/2/2014 12:10AM

    This is one of the most beautiful blogs I have read in a very long time. I subscribed just before you 'left'. I'm so glad you're back, and I hope that we may become friends.

I hope I can learn to be as gracious as are you.


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AJDOVER1 9/1/2014 11:35PM

    I'm so glad to see you! I love your blogs and I'm happy you're still alive and kicking!

Be well and please stay here

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AJDOVER1 9/1/2014 11:35PM

    I'm so glad to see you! I love your blogs and I'm happy you're still alive and kicking!

Be well and please stay here

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_UMAMI_ 9/1/2014 10:46PM

You're back! So good to hear about your changes, and, for this about-to-turn-fifty-year-old (2015), such words of wisdom.

Things have been really bad here, but, then again, there are such bright spots (my kids shining, my parents still alive and well, a huge oak tree does NOT fall on my house), that life continues to amaze me.

Yes! Work on your book(s)! You have a gift for words, and to withhold would be selfish. Now that you will have heat, tend to that inner garden of yours this Winter.

And I'm sure the critters will be much happier, too.....

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    Ah, so good to have my buddy back. You have been missed.

I can relate to the gaining of weight but not the losing of it right back. That doesn't happen for me. I practically have to donate an organ to lose. At any rate, the last sentence in your first paragraph is right on.

I broke up years ago with a friend that I have had the longest relationship with. Another friend who seemed to break up with me over and over for years on end may have broken up with me for good. The reasons for the former were mine. She has profound psychological problems and eventually she became very critical of me. I couldn't do anything right. I started to weigh everything I said to her like I was talking to a minister or the police. I finally saw how toxic things had become. I backed away and hid. The friend that broke up with me had psychological problems too. Do I collect these people? I finally realized that the relationship was important in my head only - obviously not hers. At my age I have come to feel that what will be will be. Hate the song but it is the truth. Maybe I'm not cut out to be a friend. I'm flawed.

I sometimes wonder if I could work back up to my former job speed but I seriously doubt it. I have reached a point where I have been there and done that and have no further need to prove myself. I think you are there too. A strong back isn't everything, as your 30 year old man with the weak mind will someday know.

Ah, 60. I had the same reaction. I didn't have to feel seniorish until that 60 year point. I don't actually feel a senior but I know I am one and I do avail myself of the discounts, meager that they sometimes are. I'm 62 now. I can no longer rationalize that my life isn't half over. LOL.

I don't know that if and/or when I lose my husband I will want another. I'm not really that hard to get along with but other people are. LOL.

I think selling part of the farm off to be more comfortable is the right thing to do. I know it hurts but what were you going to do with it? Sometimes I wish I had more land and a bigger house and then I think - Why? I don't need more to take care of. It's hard to take care of what I already have.

I think it's nice that you are trying to reach out to family. I make more of an effort too but when I put my hand out there I expect them to come half way. If they don't, it's their loss.

I am glad to see you getting back to your book.

As far as me, we spent 3 months nursing little Reekie to lose him on August 23. It tore part of hubby's and my heart out but he is better off now. Not suffering.

I'm fat and ready to get control of my life. Unlike most people who seem to start things at the first of the year I start things at this time so it's back to basics for me.

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/1/2014 9:08PM

    So nice to see you here again, Scoot. I have been through the mill in the past month or two, meeting landscapers for front and backyard xeriscaping. I never would've guess they'd be the hardest bunch of prima donnas I've ever met. I could write a book on them. As always, I've had similar experiences to those you've described in your blog. Remarry for money is the best. I've thought of that as well, but really don't want to do all the stuff that goes with taking care of a grown up child that many men are. It takes a special breed to deal with a strong, independent woman and I'm most certainly not going to meet him here in SoCal. Big hug.

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WILSONWR 9/1/2014 9:05PM

    Welcome back! I just turned 62 this year, and I can out-walk most of the 30 and 40 year olds. You're only as old as you act. Act like a kid, and you will remain young at heart. Happy birthday!

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NORASPAT 9/1/2014 8:43PM

    Scooter I am soooooooooooooooo!! Happy to see you come back.
I have had a Stressful year thanks to the DSS Upstate NY . I have blogged it almost every day.
You can catch it on my blog page but it will probably be very old news. Days change I have made them change.
I was hoping to have at least one trip in our RV instead it became home for our Plattsburgh grandson. Our Granddaughter was forced to go to Summer school and so after spending the last 12 summers with me I have had her for less than a week.
Our son drove over and he stayed 2 nights. First time he did not work till now.
Still too much to harp on but the minute I saw you are back I am a bit happier. HUGS and MUCH love Pat in Mainer. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 9/1/2014 8:40PM

    It's good to see you again. Go for it: working on a book should be challenging in all of the right kinds of ways and keep you in a mental place where you won't solace yourself with sweets.

Best wishes!

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CRUISEGAL55 9/1/2014 7:57PM

    Thanks for bringing us up to date. I am fairly new to SP. I, too, am a single woman sliding into 60 (April 2015). I appreciate your openness about releasing your friend of 40yrs. I recently released a 20yr friendship. I actually miss her less then I expected.
I highly recommend a warm weather trip for your birthday!

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I'm out - for a while anyway.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

This is just stupid and inexplicable, but after ten days of landscaping six hours a day, drinking tons of water, eating salads and very little else, Ive gained seven pounds. I don't understand how this is possible, but it's same scale, same place, same everything except amount of fat I'm lugging around. It's not muscle and it's not water retention - I've played those mind games before.

So I'm bagging the whole SP thing for a little while. I'm extremely busy anyway, what with spring clean-ups during the week and elder care on weekends, but it's mostly that I don't see how I can support other people when I'm such an apparently dismal failure myself.

I'm not quitting entirely, but I've got to take stock of what's going on here.

Not feeling very competent at writing at the moment either, so you may choose the closing line:

1) Gen. Douglas MacArthur: "I shall return"
2) Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Terminator: "I'll be back"

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SUSANNAH31 6/20/2014 2:47PM

    Being busy is good.
Warm weather is good.
Coming back soon will be good too.

Take care.


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_UMAMI_ 6/3/2014 8:39PM

    I missed your grand exit!

Please leaving me a calling card (on my SP) when you return.

You shall be missed dearly. I haven't been around a lot myself, obviously!
Life gets in the way.........

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FRABBIT 5/31/2014 6:03PM

  Missing your wisdom.

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KARENE10 5/26/2014 11:32AM

    Hope to see you soon!

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UUCEEJAY 5/16/2014 11:36AM

    I've taken my breaks from SP too and for much the same reasons. I'm back at it for a bit but not doing all that well. See you when you return. emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 5/12/2014 9:33AM

    I tend to agree with SLIMMERKIWI
"a) been gaining muscle"

I'll miss you here, but I know where you live.

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SUZYMOBILE 5/11/2014 10:51AM

    Well that just sucks! I understand, though. I'm working on 10 pounds myself, and it really sucks when the writing muse abandons you. Everything will come together, though. And Morticia is right. If only the svelte were allowed to give support here, we wouldn't get any.

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BETHGILLIGAN 5/11/2014 9:24AM

    I hate to hear this! I will miss you and, like MORTICIA said "you don't have to be perfect to hang with me"!! I love you for who you are, 7 pounds up or 7 pounds down, it's all the same. You know from past experience I will keep in touch and will not let you slip away!!

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OLIVIANIGHT 5/11/2014 6:14AM

    You've got to do what you need to do, but I hope you're back soon :)

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    You better come back or I'll have to hunt you down. LOL! I hope to see you back soon. You don't have to be perfect to hang with me, GF!

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SLIMLILA 5/10/2014 7:45PM

    I chose ARnold's comment.... he always brings a smile to me!

That is really weird, all that work and 7 lbs...I've got a broken ankle and am barely moving, so the scale isn't even entering into my reality these days.... just staying on this pity pot and counting down the days. til the cast comes off and then starting all over again. I just pray that I don't need physio and a walker and the whole summer to recover, that will push my patience further than I can handle...

my silver lining right now is that our weather is still miserable, cuz if it was beaufiful and spring-like out, like it should be, this cast would be hot and annoying and I would be so chomping at the bit to be out walking, this way, I sit and shiver and count down the days.

Hope you figure out what's going on, and better stil that it's just a little bit of adjust ment and then the pounds start falling off like you deserve and all the work should be earning you.

Take care and hope to see you 'lighter' and soon.

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SLIMMERKIWI 5/10/2014 6:46PM

    Quite likely with the work you have been doing you have
a) been gaining muscle
and therefore
b) also been retaining fluid for that muscle.

It WILL cause weight gain BUT it will sort itself out.

Being extra busy and obviously on your feet a lot also has a tendency to retain fluid. I found this when I worked every day for a year (except 6 days) as a caregiver, and then had some time off. I dropped loads of weight the first 3 weeks.

I like your choice of closing lines - LOL!


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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 5/10/2014 6:21PM

    Best wishes!

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AJDOVER1 5/10/2014 4:22PM

    You're in my prayers.
I'm going to miss you.
Looking forward to your return. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/10/2014 3:53PM

    How is the elder care thing going? I've thought of it, but never got around to it. Stay well.

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    Either line works as long as it is true. We await your rtetuirn

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Bucket Lists

Monday, April 21, 2014

My daughter, who is 23 years old, informed me this morning that she is building something called a cafe racer -apparently some sort of small, fast motorcycle. I was horrified, but that's beside the point. When I asked her (repeatedly) why she'd do something like that when surely there were other things yadayadayada, her reply was that it was on her Bucket List.

Ever since that annoyingly depressing movie came out, everyone I know has constructed a bucket list. So I thought I'd come up with my own.

Bad idea.

The only thing I can think of is "get all the laundry washed, folded and put away." Maybe "organize the holiday decorations." Not thinking big enough? All right, how about "get all four sides of the house painted at the same time"?

I've had accomplishments in mind over the years. Once I decided to read the Bible from cover to cover, but bogged down somewhere in Leviticus. I did better with the dictionary, but kept getting off track by their, "See thus and so" instructions, so I never finished that either. There's no point in reading the encyclopedia (yes, children, I still have a set) because most of the information in it is no longer relevant and all the countries in Africa keep changing.

People have "Travel!" on their bucket lists. I've been from Newfoundland to Key West, although for some reason I've never been west of Cleveland. I've thought about wanting to drive across the country, but so much of it is flatness and corn and dirt and rocks...I mean, why would anyone want to drive across Iowa or Texas? So you can get to the other side of the country and meet people who are just like the ones you know at home, only tanner?

I used to want to take a cruise somewhere, but I developed an ear thing and now get seasick really easily (I used to be virtually immune to motion sickness) so now a cruise sounds like spending three days feeling dreadful so I can get to a place where rum is $50 a bottle.

I've done lots of outdoorsy stuff, driven a ton of miles, met plenty of semi- and for real famous people, eaten exotic food, learned a foreign language, written books, driven cars really fast, painted (very mediocre) paintings, completed 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles. Am I really that boring that I can't come up with any Must See or Must Do things? Heck, they don't even have to be legal - I'm flexible.

Sure, I suppose Nepal would be interesting, but the chances of successfully arranging (and paying for) a trip there are pretty far-fetched, and composing a Bucket List of things I'll likely never be able to do sounds pretty depressing and self-defeating.

How do you feel about Bucket Lists? Do you have one? And if you have any suggestions for me by all means, let's hear them (and remember, SP won't let you post naughty words.)

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FLORIDASUN 5/10/2014 8:28AM

    I like the 'concept' of bucket lists...I just don't like the fact that once you go through the events you most likely promptly CROAK!

I would LOVE to get my hands on enough $$ (we'd have to think lotto winnings here) that we could hire a driver (a GOOD driver) and take a big ole' RV around to all of Josh's many friends that are spread out all over the world and visit with them for a few days and find out their dreams and hopes and then fund them into reality!

That would be the cat's meow!

I'd also like to have more time to go out and get all hot and sweaty and my hands dirty volunteering for Habitat for Humanity...what better way to spend your days then putting a roof over some deserving human's head.

I of course would love to actually follow through on one of my many writing projects and get ONE of my books completed that would expose the evils of the dirty rotten bankers that have successfully stolen homes away from trusting homeowners that fell for their "Yes...we are helping you...modifications that are a total rip off and end up just putting MORE money in their stinking pockets before they STEAL your houses anyway.

That story has been hush hush for some 6 years now and is still status quo. It reminds me of the Nazi's and the Jews...yet there is no outrage only submission all these many years later.

I'd LOVE to go back to Italy or the French countryside...or move to a country outside of the States but still be able to connect to my internet and see my first run movies.

I'd love to travel to all the reaches of the world and visit each and every one of my awesome Spark friends and have the $$ to fly them all down here to FL for a couple of weeks in the winter and rent a big fabulous house on the beach that all we had to do was get up, have our breakfast catered and then take off for the day walking the beach or traveling around the state playing tourist.

I'd love to get rid of all of the nasty food ads and fake food pop ups that appear on Spark and interfere with my concentration when I'm reading blogs...yet still have the site free for anyone who is wanting to join and use the many healthy tools they supply.

I'd love to have a bucket list that isn't called a bucket list...but a 'living la vida loca' list and allow each of us to be the exciting and adventurous humans that we have been put on this earth to be.

And yes...Scoot...that would mean drag gin you along for the ride too! emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 5/5/2014 8:30AM

    My dear Scooter...Bucket Lists (IMO) should not include reading the Bible, a set of Encyclopedias or the dictionary, but rather things that you just don't want to miss. For example, a friend of mine saw Leonard Cohen in concert and said it was a "must see" kind of thing, so that is on my Bucket List. Yes, I have a small list that I keep on my iPhone and started making it one day when we were travelling somewhere in the car and I had some time to think about it. Most of what is on my bucket list is travel related (I was inspired by the car ride I suppose), for example I would like to take the train from my hometown of Winnipeg up to Churchill just for the train ride and the experience of being up that far north and seeing Hudson Bay in person instead of just looking at its vastness on a map. And one of the entries reads: Meet Spark friends Scooter, Bobi, Stephanie....

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FRABBIT 5/1/2014 8:46PM

  I thought it was only me.

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WINDSWEPTACRES 4/23/2014 12:11AM

    No bucket list for me either. I couldn't have planned most of the things that have happened to me over the last five or six years. Sometimes life's surprises are a lot better than the things we had planned for ourselves.

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FITBIZZZ 4/22/2014 12:16PM

    lol. You've just created the anti-bucket list. ;-)

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NORASPAT 4/21/2014 11:09PM

    Great. Blog Karen. My walking buddies made up a bucket list where we all should go in Maine. Most of the Places they want to go to I already went with our kids. My walking Buddies have walked all over Europe.
I just like to get away out of the house but DH wants to stay home. He was in the army so he got go lots of places.
I did a lot of stuff in my youth. Our kids have mostly seen Maine. I just want to be happy and pain free. HUGS Pat in Maine. I guess I am boring too. Thanks for straightening me out. HUGS.

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    We are definitely sisters in another life - sharing the same bucket. I don't have a bucket list either but I loved some of yours. Organizing the holiday decorations would definetly make me happy. Getting all sides of the house stained at the same time would rock.

My hubby read the Bible twice and I felt and urge to do the same and they begating seemed to go on forever and I quit. I know it wasn't much of an effort but I'm not long suffering and I really wanted to get to the good parts. Hubby reads dictionaries and encyclopedieas too. Same problem again with me - short attention span.

I am ambivalent about travel. I would love to do it but I would have to leave home.

I thought I wanted to cruise too and then norovirus and SARS came about and other maladies and I was cured.I can get sick here and puke my socks up without having to pay for it.

Re Nepal? I have a friend who is from Katmandu and he left there anr really, really, really never wanted to go back. It's not a fun place. I'm not into mountain climbing.

My bucket list would be to get this place in some kind of order.

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CANDOK1260 4/21/2014 8:47PM

    i too don;t have a bucket list

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 4/21/2014 6:46PM

    Like you, I have a fair amount of contempt for the "bucket list" concept because I fear it creates snares and delusions. I sometimes envy the people who have so much passion that they have such strong desires.

Before I knew the term, I guess my "bucket list" was to go to London and I've done that. Right now if I had to say I have a "bucket list" it would be to read certain books that I know I can read easily and soon. My bucket list is to get my home cleaned so that I will leave a tidy corpse, metaphorically. "Things" and "accomplishments" matter less to me as I age.

My bucket list if I had to have one is to see my children occupied with something in life that goes beyond sheer drudgery and tedium.

Your blogs always provoke much thought. emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 4/21/2014 6:21PM

    I guess I'm fairly boring. I have no bucket list and no real desire to make one. I have traveled a bit; not my favorite thing to do. We are going to London/Ireland in a couple of months. It's my dream trip so I guess you could say it's on my bucket list (soon to be checked off). I'm content doing what I'm doing and living my life as positively as I can.

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AJDOVER1 4/21/2014 5:00PM

    No Bucket List for me -- I can't cope with a grocery list most days....

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SCOOTER4263 4/21/2014 4:24PM

    You all, as usual, have made me very happy. I actually hadn't thought of it as having lived my life the way I wanted to, as I came to it, but you're right - that's what it is.

My great-uncle (second uncle? removals? I don't understand those things...anyway) Al Close was a very good poker player and one of his favorite sayings was, "It's not the cards you're dealt, it's how you play them." I agree wholeheartedly.

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/21/2014 3:07PM

    As usual, you make me smile. When I read your title, I immediately thought of two things - 1. I think bucket lists are ridiculous 2) My main priority - maintain my sanity throughout today. Then I read what you wrote and it's similar. (smiling) Like you, I've travelled my little hiney off and done a variety of other adventures. Big hug, Scoot.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 4/21/2014 3:01PM

    Instead of a bucket list, I just do what I want to do. I live life in a way that gives me joy. There is not many if any places I want to travel. I did take a cruise in 2003 with a friend. It was just after I retired and it was something my husband wanted to do but we never could afford. But I chose to take the trip while I had the money to do it. I never thought of it as part of a bucket list.

Most of my life I just have tried to live in a way that I had few regrets when I died. If I felt if I did not do something I would regret it later--I would do it. So far I have very few things I have regretted. I guess the bucket list is a list of regrets you have later in life. If so, I do not have such a list. I have enjoyed my life even with the tears and pain.

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SHERYLDS 4/21/2014 2:28PM

    I've been following the South Korean Ferry cruise for me thank you. But I can't afford my bucket list. I would love to move to Hawaii. Unfortunately, I don't have that kind of money and I don't think I can earn a living as a hula dancer. emoticon

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SUZYMOBILE 4/21/2014 2:19PM

    I must be pretty boring, too, because I have no desire to have a bucket list. But I really enjoyed reading about your lack of one! emoticon

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LOLAINSC 4/21/2014 2:16PM

    If I have to force it, then it isn't worth putting on my bucket list. If it was something unforced that deserves being put on my bucket list, then I've probably already done it.

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MNNICE 4/21/2014 1:35PM

    I'm pretty boring myself. I do have a bucket list, but there's only one thing on it. I'm afraid to do it because then I would probably die! :)

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HARVESTER54 4/21/2014 1:27PM

    LOL you brought a smile to my day. I have a short BL I have taken my trip to Israel the main goal LOVED it. It is a joy to read that you are so content with your life and what you have achieved. Blessings.

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Quicky explanation of the term "blood moon"

Monday, April 14, 2014

Apparently some folks are concerned that seeing a "blood moon"means the earth is going to end or something like that.While I have complete respect to anyone and everyone's religious beliefs, this time science can come to the rescue.

There is a full lunar eclipse tonight. This means that the moon, the Earth and the Sun are all lined up with the Earth in the middle - the moon is in the Earth's umbra, or shadow. The moon isn't completely invisible though - because of the angle at which the light from the sun passes through the Earth's atmosphere, the moon appears reddish. This is where the name "blood moon"comes from. There will be another total lunar eclipse sometime this autumn - I forget exactly when. There are between two and five lunar eclipses each year, although not all of them are full eclipses.

Sometimes the full moon in October is called the Blood Moon. This, like another traditional name, the Hunters Moon, is referring to the fact that October is when animals were slain to prepare for the long winter ahead.

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FRABBIT 4/16/2014 2:58PM

  Thanks for the explaination!

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AJDOVER1 4/15/2014 10:37PM

    Thanks! I love stuff like this.

The world can't end today, it's already tomorrow in New Zealand....

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BETHGILLIGAN 4/15/2014 8:19PM

    Thank you for the info!!

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MOM2ACAT 4/15/2014 7:13PM

    I never heard about til this morning, until I was in my doctor's office and heard the staff talking about it. I wish I would have peeked out and looked at it last night, would have been a cool sight to see!

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 4/15/2014 10:58AM

    Educational. Thanks!

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WILSONWR 4/15/2014 8:31AM

    Thanks for the great explanation!

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KARENE10 4/15/2014 7:06AM

    Nice Science lesson~ emoticon

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MTRACHEL 4/15/2014 12:00AM

    so glad you reminded me to wake in the night tonight!

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MCJULIEO 4/14/2014 11:25PM

    Thanks for the explanation!

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_UMAMI_ 4/14/2014 10:03PM

    Here's a link to times, etc. for those interested:

And now I must go listen to Klaus Nomi.

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_UMAMI_ 4/14/2014 9:15PM

    Also, there is the thing where all four blood moons will occur on Jewish holidays (2014-2015?). Yes, the end is nigh. (Said she, who got married during the scary days of Y2K.)
I SWEAR I saw a blood moon when I was nursing my eldest, and my period came back (first post-partum), and it was really weird. Now I can't find anything that coincides with that. AM I CRAZY??? Hmmm....maybe it was second child?)
Anyway, enjoy it if you're having one of your sleepless nights. I'm going to attempt to rise mid-sleep, get my youngest up, and have a gander. Trying to muster my sense of fat-but-adventurous.


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    I wish I were up for the eclipse but it's right during my sleep time.

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SOUL2SHINE79 4/14/2014 7:31PM

    Hahaha! I didn't know about the blood moon..thanks for letting us know! I was wondering what phase the moon is in today though, because i've been a crazy lunatic! It's all starting to make sense! : ) emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/14/2014 7:09PM

    I also think some are concerned about the unprecedented number of them that are supposed to appear in a relatively short time? Thanks for the info, Scoot.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 4/14/2014 6:47PM

    Thanks for the explanation!

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POSITIVEHOPE 4/14/2014 6:36PM

    Thank you for the explanation and science lesson. You did a nice job without visual illustrations. I am not afraid that the world will end but it is nice to know.

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So...April goals.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

- Well, the first one is to walk 10,000 steps per day, although I recognize that the way my life goes I'm more likely to have 20,000 step days mixed in with 2,000 step days. If I get 50K or 60K in a week, I'll be happy.

- The second is to track the food, no matter what. I can do that for a month.

- The third, and final, is to do the Exercise of the Day, or some variation thereof.

I thought about making a big workout schedule, but I really can't - we all know I'm not going to lift on the same day that I split wood (and wood is weather dependent) or do other heavy-duty farm or landscaping jobs. I'd like to swear that I'll do yoga four times a week, but I may or I may not achieve that, and I refuse to promise things I doubt I'll fulfill.

I thought about resolving to eat clean, but again, we all know that one day I'll be on my way home from a really long day and I'll limp into a Subway for a Veggie Delight, which we also know I'll probably wash down with beer.

And there are a bunch more monthly goals that I haven't even mentioned because they have nothing to do, really, with eating and exercising. Goals that have to do with artistic aspirations and personal improvement of a more subtle variety.

I'd love to be all righteous and make loads of promises, but somewhere along the line I've gotten a little more realistic. Maybe this is setting myself up to fail, giving myself excuses - we'll just have to see how it works out.

Monthly goals seem a lot like New Year's Resolutions - all full of bright promise and all out the window in a week or so. I decided to only set as goals the absolute minimum - really, just to do my best every day - and then, in 30 days, see where I stand. And if that doesn't work, I'll try something else.

So far today I've done the Exercise of the Day and gotten a little better than half the steps. Hey, it's a start.

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FLORIDASUN 4/13/2014 8:59PM

    Honesty is a MOST valued strength and you've flexed LOTS of muscles with that!

I always have high spirits and fantastic goals then I don't achieve all of them and feel like a slump ~a~doo. emoticon

I now consistently aim to walk those damn 10,000 steps and eat clean. Anything beyond that is all gravy! I refuse to do the food tracker...always say I will...never ever follow's just who I me a food tracker rebel! emoticon

No WONDER I never have enough spark points to give out dazzling goodies to my friends. emoticon I think there is a conspiracy for higher spins and bigger bonus spins to those food tracker devotees..and bless their little food tracking hearts..they deserve em! emoticon

Good luck on your new goals...I'll be cheering you onward and upward! emoticon

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SUSANNAH31 4/6/2014 11:38AM

    I, too, hesitate to make a whole lot of goals -- for the week, for the month, and especially not for the year!
What I do is make suggested goals for the day - something I would like to do this day. That way, i can feel as if I have achieved a goal at the end of the day. And then each morning brings a new chance to achieve it again.

I am in total agreement with you about the need for being flexible.
Rigid structure makes me want to break free! LOL

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AJDOVER1 4/3/2014 11:18AM

    Sounds like you're off to a good start!
My daily goals are low, but my weekly/monthly goals are more ambitious -- who knows what's going to happen on any given day, but I can generally make it all average out.
Tracking food gets easier over time.
Best wishes to you!

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    Now that the weather MAY be getting better, setting goals is a good idea. I plan to begin with a calendar setting up a goal for each day.

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JUSTYNA7 4/2/2014 1:32PM

    Awareness and looking for opportuntities sometimes has a better effect on consistency than any plan. Happy birthday by the way. Just do it! emoticon

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    Goals for April:
Wake up every day.
Keep breathing.
Keep the house presentable -- make sure the phone numbers written in the dust are current ones.
If something is following me around the house, offer it food, water, or a hug.
Try to do one productive thing every day; hint: naps count.
If all else fail, remember that April is a short month.

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HIPPICHICK1 4/2/2014 9:52AM

    I've hooked myself up with a marketing club so I can stay on track with my business plans. One of the things we've learned is that we usually find something that gets in our way of achieving our goals no matter what the goals are.
They are:
Fear, self-doubt
tting stuck & having questions
Lack of support

I think I can relate almost every one of these things to every area of my life. If we recognize that we are procrastinating we can take measures to...for the lack of a better phrase...just do it. But then there are other areas like fear, lack of support and forgetting that are a little more difficult to overcome, yet if we are to improve our health we must try to overcome these obstacles.

I usually schedule things in, but like you often times things like splitting wood will happen on a strength training day, so it's not as if you will have the energy for both, however if you aren't splitting wood for several days then you CAN schedule in something for ST.

In my experience yoga can be a great ST session and it also stretches everything wonderfully, thereby taking care of two things on your list and NOT wearing you out for wood splitting.

I haven't done any weight training since my back injury of two summers ago when my RMT told me to stop running and lifting heavy weights. Now the only weight I lift is my own body weight while doing yoga and 50 lb boxes of clay. Let me tell you something. Yoga is the $hit. You should see my biceps! You should feel my quads and see my calves all cut and sculpted because of yoga. My back feels so much better too. In fact, yesterday I tweaked my back while twisting and bending over to pet the cat. I got up and I could barely walk. I did some yoga right away, babied myself for the rest of the day and then did some yoga before supper. JF ran the thumper on my back for 15 minutes last night and this morning I can walk without pain, but I can tell that I need to do some more yoga, twice a day if necessary. I have a really long week ahead that will last until next Tuesday or Wednesday now and I can NOT do it with my back in crisis!! Yoga to the rescue and yoga therapy balls too. And foam roller. Foam roller is also the $hit.

P.S. There is nothing wrong with a veggie delight washed down with a beer.

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LULUTU 4/2/2014 9:40AM

    I agree with you - there is new advantage (and a great deal of harm) in setting yourself up to fail. I'm with you - eating clean is great, but it's not going to happen all then time. I don't plan my exercise too far ahead because I know that my schedule might change. And as for 10,000 steps, like FRABBIT, I'm going for an average of 10K not 10K every day.

Your April goals are great - you can do this!


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    As a woman who has, perhaps, made a few too many April resolutions, I deeply appreciate the simplicity of your approach. You've got the important bases covered here. And I'm glad to hear that your thinking about your art too.


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FRABBIT 4/1/2014 11:24PM

  Great job being realistic. My big goal is to average 10,000 steps per day for the month. And I did track all my food today (even if I had pasta carbonara for dinner). Great job keeping realistic goals.

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TIME4DEE 4/1/2014 9:16PM

    I love your blog. Very smart to keep your goals simple and the fewer the better, You've got this! emoticon emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 4/1/2014 8:31PM

    I say the more promises you make the more you have to break!! I think you're being realistic! Why make huge promises that you know are not practical? I think this sounds great; realistic, doable and good for you!!!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 4/1/2014 6:45PM

    Yes, you can do it. As Morticia says, you don't have a lot of grandiosity. I love your wallpaper!

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    ROFLMBO!! I totally luv ya! You make me laugh. Thank God you aren't making a bunch of grandiose promises. I've read enough of those today.

I make simple ones, such as, I promise not to drink out of the toilet bowl. Of course I would never do something this gross but this ensures that I can successfully achieve one goal. emoticon

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