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Go for a walk --- by Seth Godin

Friday, December 19, 2014

Go for a walk
The best time is when you don't feel like it.
Going for a walk when you don't feel like it will change your mood, transform your posture and get you moving.
And if you don't feel like talking with someone, bring them with you on the walk.

Posted by Seth Godin on December 12, 2014

This just really resonated with me today.

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SOOZIEQUE55 12/19/2014 8:34PM

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MELLYBEANS0919 12/19/2014 7:45PM

    Very good post. I agree that doing things when you are not in the mood is often exactly what you need!

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More winter weather left? What to do?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

10 Remedies for Cabin Fever
By Ana Maria Spagna
Published in the March/April 2014 issue of Orion magazine --

1. Shovel early, shovel often. Early winter. So exciting! Before the powder turns to ice, before your brain settles into stale-air mush, head out to gawk at fresh small-mammal tracks and silent still-white limbs, and make your paths. Remember to lift with your legs and pace yourself.

2. Go for a run. Jog gingerly in the icy tire tracks of pickups or the unplowed skiff on the road shoulder while flakes pile on your ball-cap brim and nineteen trumpeter swans glide across the nearby lake. Wave at the neighbors and schoolkids as you pass. You’re all in this together.

3. Schedule no-whining days. Make a pact with friends. Once a week, you’ll spend the day outdoors walking, skiing, swan-watching, hauling firewood—anything, anything at all—together and without complaint. On sunny days, sit hatless on foam pads and share the last of the garden pesto dip. On freezing days, wrap your mittened hands around a passed thermos lid of tea. (Apple brandy optional.) You’ll forget you ever wanted to complain.

4. Organize. Midwinter, when weariness encroaches, stay busy! Organize your files, your silverware drawer, the endless, strewn Ziploc baggies of first-aid supplies from summer hikes. Organize a dinner party or a book club or a weekly travel slide show. Who knew your neighbors visited Cambodia in the 1960s, the Galapagos in the 1980s, Panama by canoe, Antarctica with a sled?

5. Make art. Paint. Knit. Carve. Quilt. Sculpt. Scour the web for submission opportunities and send your creations around the world. Note that the range of what qualifies as art grows in direct proportion to the lousiness of the weather and your distance from town. A Halloween mask from wine corks. Fingerpainting. Writing your memoir.

6. Get political. Write your congressperson. Sign petitions, or start them. Fight for clean energy, clean air, and clean water. Fight against violence and torture and injustice. Read and write and think and rage. But not at your partner.

7. “It could be worse.” Late winter, when snow piles toward the eaves (the neighbors board their windows, but not you!), read about Shackleton, read Jack London, or the latest from Elizabeth Kolbert. Flip through photos of icebergs melting, creeks cresting, fires burning, tornadoes spinning. Consider real hardship while soaking in a steaming hot bathtub.

8. “This is better?” Visit relatives in LA or Houston and remember there’s something nice about driving an ice-free interstate, watching heat ripples rise from asphalt, swapping familiar stories with siblings. (It did not happen that way! Did too! Did not!) Remember, too, that there’s also something nice about having four seasons back home—snow sifting through the pines, swans on a silent lake.

9. “This is better!” Fly to Cancun or road-trip to Moab. The sky is blue, the ocean warm, the red rocks startling, the tropical fish surreal. Feel the sun on your skin—serotonin! endorphins!—and sleep tentless in the sand and remember you’re connected to the earth in some nearly inexpressible way. But be forewarned: once you get home, it’ll be months before you’ll be barefoot again.

10. Give in. It’s spring, supposedly. Your lettuce seeds have rotted in the ground, your crocuses crushed by slush. That’s it. Kick off your muddy boots, and stare at the wall. Even the swans have left town. But wait, is that the sun still streaming in the window at dinnertime? Step onto the porch in your socks and bask in the warm glow.

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I'll settle for just hanging on to the remnants of my sanity as we batten down for our next winter storm. (It's on the way, right now.)

I did see a pair of swans the other day, in the small patch of heated water that exists thanks to a manufacturing plant here in town.

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TIFALVA 3/16/2014 10:22PM

    Great ideas :-)

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Copied from Willow49

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Installing Love emoticon

Tech Support: Good Day, how can I help you?

Customer: Well, after much consideration, I've decided to install Love. Can you guide me though the process?

Tech Support: Yes. I'm so glad you called and I can help you with that. Are you ready to proceed?

Customer: Well, I'm not very technical, but I think I'm ready. What do I do first?

Tech Support: The first step is to open your Heart. Have you located your Heart?

Customer: Yes, but there are several other programs running now. Is it okay to install Love while they are running?

Tech Support: What programs are running?

Customer: Let's see, I have Past Hurt, Low Self-Esteem, Grudge, and Resentment running right now.

Tech Support: No problem, Love will gradually erase Past Hurt from your current operating system. It may remain in your permanent memory but it will no longer disrupt other programs. Love will eventually override Low Self-Esteem with a module of its own called High Self-Esteem. However, you have to completely turn off Grudge and Resentment. Those programs prevent Love from being properly installed. Can you turn those off?

Customer: I don't know how to turn them off. Can you tell me how?

Tech Support: With pleasure. Go to your start menu and invoke Forgiveness. Do this as many times as necessary until Grudge and Resentment have been completely erased.

Customer: Okay, done! Love has started installing itself. Is that normal?

Tech Support: Yes, but remember that you have only the base program. You need to begin connecting to other Hearts in order to get the upgrades.

Customer: Oops! I have an error message already. It says, "Error - Program not run on external components." What should I do?

Tech Support: Don't worry. It means that the Love program is set up to run on Internal Hearts, but has not yet been run on your Heart. In non-technical terms, it simply means you have to Love yourself before you can Love others.

Customer: So, what should I do?

Tech Support: Pull down Self-Acceptance; then click on the following files: Forgive-Self; Realize Your Worth; and Acknowledge your Limitations.

Customer: Okay, done.

Tech Support: Now, copy them to the "My Heart" directory. The system will overwrite any conflicting files and begin patching faulty programming. Also, you need to delete Verbose Self-Criticism from all directories and empty your Recycle Bin to make sure it is completely gone and never comes back.

Customer: Got it. Hey! My heart is filling up with new files. Smile is playing on my monitor and Peace and Contentment are copying themselves all over My Heart. Is this normal?

Tech Support: Sometimes. For others it takes awhile, but eventually everything gets it at the proper time. So Love is installed and running. One more thing before we hang up. Love is Freeware. Be sure to give it and its various modules to everyone you meet. They will in turn share it with others and return some cool modules back to you. emoticon

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ROSE_626 2/19/2014 6:07AM

    I love it! emoticon

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    I loved this.

My husband is a software engineer, and he has to do help-desk duty sometimes. If he weren't such a GUY, I'd share this with him, :D From now on, though, when he talks about the technical details of his job, this little dialog is going to playing in the back of my mind.

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Spark Diet in ranked by US News panel

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

It was ranked #13 by US News panel. I found the article in Yahoo Health. See here.

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TRI_BABE 1/27/2014 5:14PM

    Yeah my friend works for Spark and posted this to her Facebook. Great news!

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what to do, what to do?

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Eat less.
Move more.
Eat real whole food.
Cook at home.
Make lunch and snacks.

And a picture of my youngest love just to add a joy point.

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KNYAGENYA 8/9/2013 11:04AM

    This is true. Very cute pic.

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JEREMY723 8/8/2013 7:25AM

    So true. Wishing I could do the same more often as well:) I hope that your summer is going well! The cooler Cleveland weather has been nice though it leaves me no excuse for not running!

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