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Conversations that Feed Me

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

My husband and I start and end most day with a little conversation. In the morning we read the newspaper and chat over coffee and at night we collect our 'stories of the day' and catch one another up on what's happened. We've done this for as long as I can remember, even when we had children.

I consider this time as necessary and as essential as food and water to nourish and restore ourselves. I suppose we could say we are 'working on our relationship,' but really we are just having a relationship that blesses us both.

I'm wondering what other Sparkers do to sustain and nourish their lives on a daily basis?

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JANTHEBLONDE 7/24/2014 8:50AM

    Wow! My husband and I do the same thing! Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs and love!
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DALID414 7/23/2014 4:25PM

    Every morning one of us asks the other how well/if we slept. Everyday after work (despite working together; job #2) I'll ask him how work went.
It's the small things.

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MICKEYH 7/23/2014 11:00AM

    Be patient for each other and sometime with love tap! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 7/23/2014 8:19AM

    talk over brekkie, lunch and dinner and hug often.

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KANOE10 7/23/2014 8:03AM

    Mornings are often hectic. However, dinner and afterwards is spent catching up on the day. You have a lovely caring relationship with your husband and continue to nurture it.


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2BDYNAMIC 7/23/2014 7:56AM

    Wow!!! ....... You will not believe I was thinking about this last night! ........... My hubby and I do the same .......... We love our 'chat' time ............ and I have a blog in progress I am posting tomorrow on the subject ................ so I hope you stay tuned. Good thoughts in your blog ............. so important!

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KELLIEBEAN 7/23/2014 7:54AM

    Love it! We do the same thing but what I really love is we fall asleep holding hands, every night.

DH works nights and he tells me even though I'm out cold when he gets home, I still grab his hand when he comes to bed.

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RIDLEYRIDER 7/23/2014 7:45AM

  I think I'll start a new tradition with my hubs. Thanks!

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WDIPIM 7/23/2014 7:15AM

  You are very blessed to have such a good husband. God Bless you both

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EDLEAR 7/23/2014 7:13AM

    We do this too. My day just isn't the same if I haven't sat outside under the stars with my coffee and my big guy and connected. Some mornings we barely speak, just sit there together. Some mornings I'm in a rush to get going on something or other, but I force myself to slow down and sit and connect with him. I'm his refuge, and he cherishes and supports me.

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SANDICANE 7/23/2014 7:11AM

    Very very similar to you, however, in between those "husband" conversations, I now seek out "female" interaction to fill the void the passing of my dear friend Ana left in my life.....

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Health Report Card: IDEAL

Monday, July 07, 2014

Something fun happened today. My health care provider, Kaiser Permanente sent me a "Health Log." It said that my blood pressure was within the IDEAL range, that my BMI was within the IDEAL range and that my last LDL Cholesterol test was within the IDEAL range.


I thought you would never ask. It is very cool. It has not always been so. When I started with Spark, now conming up on two and a half years ago, those numbers were anything but ideal. I was in TROUBLE. But no more.

I am also up to date on all th screenings I need for my age: mammo, colon cancer screening, pneumonia shot, bone density. This means I am taking care of myself, as we all need to.


I thought you might ask that. Yes, I am fortunate, lucky, blessed. It's not all our doing. Bad things happen to people living a healthy life style and we don't control everything. So I am grateful.


I'm giving it my best shot to live a healthy life and "Spark along" each day. It's so worth it to do what I can to be healthy. So worth it. And my plan is to never take my health for granted. It's not all up to me, but it's what I can do.

And by the way: YAY!!!!!!!

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ALIIDA 7/18/2014 9:28AM

    Good for you on reaching ideal health, and I absolutely agree. Not everything that happens to our health is up to us, but if we do our best, we stack the cards in our favor for sure!

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GORIANA 7/9/2014 12:26AM

    emoticon ...mAy i suggest one more thing? If you are over 50 and haven't already, you might consider a shingles vaccine. My mom just got shingles and we are all super miffed that no one suggested this for please give it some consideration. Shingles is terrible! (off my soapbox)

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KANOE10 7/8/2014 8:45AM

    That is a wonderful lab report. You are living as healthy as you can! You have improved your life to a healthy one. Way to go, my friend. Being in the Ideal range is an excellent accomplishment.

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KELLIEBEAN 7/8/2014 7:50AM

    That is WAY better than any number on the scale. Congratulations! That is what it is all about!

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NEW-CAZ 7/8/2014 3:35AM

    emoticon so pleased for you!
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SANDICANE 7/7/2014 10:52PM

    I say YAY for you too! How wonderful you've been able to make all those changes, and yes, it's not all up to us, but doing what we can to live healthy, happy lives is what we can do.

And, thanks for stopping by my mean a lot to me!


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TANYA602 7/7/2014 10:52PM

    What a fabulous update! I can't wait to get into Kaiser and have my tests run!

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SWEDE_SU 7/7/2014 8:53PM

    emoticon great report! you're doing it all right!

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DALID414 7/7/2014 8:17PM

    emoticon on the emoticon report card

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JANTHEBLONDE 7/7/2014 7:30PM

    That's awesome news ... that your bloodwork came back excellent! Woo hoo! Let's do the happy dance! I'm so proud of you! You are with Sparks is all about! You are such an inspiration!
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WAY2GOCAT 7/7/2014 6:07PM

    Very emoticon Congratulations! I know it took a lot of hard work!

I also had some lab tests done last week and went to the doctor today to get the results.


I continue to struggle with hypertension. I take 1 BP med already and my Doc added another. She also told me I needed to exercise more,but what I'm doing is a good start. Cholesterol is high. I had once gotten it under control with diet and exercise and to work on that again. Well meaning, my DH likes to feed me a hot b'fast in the mornings, the way his mom did him 60 years ago! But it includes WAY too many eggs that need to go! My preferance: Fruit and non-fat greek yogurt and cereal I love it! I can't take Statins because they causes an elevation in my liver enzymes, a problem I'm having as it is I'm again overweight at 165. I'm working on that!

GREAT NEWS though! Unbelievable news actually! @5 years ago.I was diagnosed with Kidney Disease with low kidney function. My PCP sent me to a Kidney Specialist who confirmed the results and told me I was in Stage 2 (of 5) Kidney Disease. He also told me it was incurable, would never get better and only get worse over time. TODAY MY KIDNEY FUNCTION IS NORMAL WITH NO SIGN OF KIDNEY DISEASE!!! To say this is less than a miracle would be denying the power of a Healing God! That is the only explanation!!! emoticon

Thanks so much Hon, for listening! I guess I made this about me, when it is all about you! I do tend to do that! emoticon

Today is day 13 returning to Spark. I do hope that with this program, changes to my lifestyle, and hard work I too can turn the numbers around as you have! You've given me new HOPE! Thanks for sharing your terrific news!! emoticon

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HOLLYM48 7/7/2014 5:18PM

    I hear you and totally agree. Everything that I can do to stay healthy is what I need to do. Somethings are outside our control but I am in charge of certain things and my weight and what I eat is one of them! Spark on! and congrats on being in the ideal range!

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Four Things I Want to Give Up this Summer

Thursday, July 03, 2014

1. Worrying about things that are not my responsibility, even when it involves my children. (only those without children will think this is possible! But maybe in time????)

2. Friends who think eating healty and working out are silly, compulsive and show-offishy. (I'm noticing how these folks are simply falling off my radar...and nothing terrible has happened yet!)

3. Double Scoops. (One is plenty, delicious and satisfying).

4. Thinking that needing the support of Spark makes me 'less than.' What a nutty idea, don't you think? Instead, I intend to continue to celebrate the fine people I have met here and continue to meet here. How good it is to know all of us belong here, in good times and bad.

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    Love this blog post! And I love all of your goals. Number 1 will take practice and time, but it's definitely doable.

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KELLIEBEAN 7/5/2014 2:37PM

    I can relate! That is a great list.

My children are adults and I still feel their pain and feel responsible for all of their challenges like they were still five years old!

Here's to a peace-of-mind summer!


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VTORIA3 7/5/2014 10:46AM

    Great list....really can appreciate #1, having children myself. No way could I do this journey without the support of Spark; I am grateful for the support I get each and every day. Let's face it, those around us that are not a part of Spark, can become tired of being good listeners. We sparkies know what it takes to look away from a chocolate, or just get in an extra 5 fitness minutes.

Thanks for stopping by my blog....apppreciate the support and always enjoy seeing a new face.

Hope your holiday is relaxing, healthy and fit!

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SANDI92167 7/4/2014 2:35PM

    This sounds like a good list and I have issues with 3 of 4 of these. The double scoop is not an issue for me, but i could replace that with second helpings as one should be enough and if I get hungry later a small protein snack should do it.

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MICKEYH 7/3/2014 10:31PM

    This 1-4 all apply to me especially 1 and 3. emoticon emoticon

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MM11113 7/3/2014 7:50PM

    Great list, I'm going to try, too.

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TINAJANE76 7/3/2014 6:42PM

    Super list for summer!

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SWEDE_SU 7/3/2014 6:29PM

    excellent list of things to give up for summer!

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DALID414 7/3/2014 6:11PM

    Great list!

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RUTJAM 7/3/2014 6:10PM

    Good things to give up. Let me know how it works with #1!!! I have 3 grown children, 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren! I think I will try to do that! Boy will they be surprised! LOL emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 7/3/2014 6:04PM

    Those are four awesome things to give up this summer! You can do it! Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful day! Hugs!
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Life Is Full of Interruptions

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I write a "to do" list every morning. But at the end of the day when I write in my journal I often notice that the best moments are unplanned. Some of my very best moments might even be called, "interruptions."

A friend calls and asks me to go to coffee. My husband calls about an office conflict and we sort it out. A fat squirrel hangs upside down on the line that holds the feeder in front of my kitchen window. He eats in greedy bites. I think I can see him grow fatter while I watch.

We make our lists and our choices, but it is not all up to us. Life delivers it's own graces. I need to pay attention!

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LIVIN4LISH 6/29/2014 10:01AM

    “The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one's 'own,' or 'real' life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one's real life -- the life God is sending one day by day.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Collected Works of C.S. Lewis

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JANTHEBLONDE 6/26/2014 1:05PM

    Awwww...... I love the picture of the squirrel! Too cute! Awesome blog! I hope you have a wonderful day! Hugs!
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SWEDE_SU 6/26/2014 6:20AM

    a good reminder to live in the moment!

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KANSASROSE67 6/25/2014 8:13PM

    Like you, I love my lists and plans. Thanks for the reminder to "live in the moment."

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MICKEYH 6/25/2014 6:28PM

    I can say that life is a full of surprise and interruption. emoticon

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JAMIRBLAZE 6/25/2014 4:29PM

    I have to remember this when my planner nature starts to take over.

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DIPLOMOMMY 6/25/2014 4:09PM

    Very nice. I am a fantastic list maker and planner, but not so great at doing. This reminds me how important it is to live in the moment. Thanks!

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SPEEDY143 6/25/2014 3:53PM

    Little joys that bring big rewards.. well said as usual... your thoughts always bring a smile to my day. Thank YOU sweet "Interruptions" emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 6/25/2014 3:41PM

    emoticon little moments in a day like that are meant to be enjoyed and savoured!

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The One Canned Good I Cannot Live Without

Friday, June 20, 2014

This is my choice. I need them a lot for my recipes. Fresh tomatoes are so "iffy" at the store, but canned tomatoes rock. They are saturated with tomato taste. I'm not advertizing Hunts here, but just diced tomatoes. Adding them to zucchini and onions tonight.

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KANSASROSE67 6/21/2014 10:24PM

    I've never tried them because I can my own tomatoes but I agree that canned tomatoes are a staple! When I saw your blog title I immediately thought of the canned good I cannot live without: tuna. It's my go-to for low-calorie, high-protein meals. Sadly, neither of my kids like it, though. :-(

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KANOE10 6/21/2014 11:57AM

    You are so right. We buy cases at Costco and use them all of the time.


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NELLJONES 6/21/2014 7:06AM

    They are a pantry staple in my house.

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NEW-CAZ 6/21/2014 2:48AM

    Thanks for the tip

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SPEEDY143 6/20/2014 10:51PM

    Can't cook without them... I'm going to be looking for them packaged in glass or cardboard since their acidity leaches bad toxins from cans. It's my next big step towards healthier eating... tomatoes rock emoticon

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SANDICANE 6/20/2014 10:36PM

    I have never eaten them...but gotta try them now! Thanks for the tip!

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KELLIEBEAN 6/20/2014 10:21PM

    We always have a few cans in the pantry. Tasty and versatile.

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MICKEYH 6/20/2014 9:47PM

    Thank you for sharing. Great idea. emoticon

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DIBANANA 6/20/2014 9:17PM

  Look delicious!

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WATERMELLEN 6/20/2014 8:59PM

    A staple at my house too -- always in the cupboard, often used in soups!!

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JANTHEBLONDE 6/20/2014 8:23PM

    Your dinner sounds like it's going to be absolutely delicious! "enjoy!" I hope you have Nice and relaxing evening!
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2BDYNAMIC 6/20/2014 7:42PM

    emoticon ...... Yep ........... yummy ............ emoticon I'm on my way ............ emoticon

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GINNABOOTS 6/20/2014 7:03PM

    I love them too, I add them to chicken breasts with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. They are so good for you too!

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