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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

As some of you know, my elderly mother fell in early October. She broke her shoulder in 4 places, her hip in 3 places and split her femur lengthwise.

She had an awesome surgeon who put Mom back together again in such a manner that he avoided cutting muscles, saved her rotator cuff and managed not to have to replace any joints. She will have full range of motion in her shoulder and her hip.

She was in the hospital for some time, then she went to rehab. In Rehab, Mom learned how to dress herself, how to walk with a 4 legged cane as well as other tasks those of us with everything working well take for granted.

Now she's here with my family. Our daughter gave her room to her grandmother with such a generous spirit it made me quite proud. She even packed up a lot of her things to make room for Mom's things and helped me rearrange furniture so that my mother could get around in there.

Our son checks on my mother every night (cuz I'm worn out by 8 or 9...LOL) to see if she needs an ice pack or anything else.

I'm so proud of my kids and their generosities - things that seem so small mean so much. Especially to my mom.

It's really weird to be in the position of helping my mother bathe and dress and stuff like that. I don't have to DO a lot - lay out the clothing, put the bench in the shower and get towels, etc. But for now, I need to be present to make sure she doesn't fall again and/or catch her if she does...

My sister has taken this opportunity to have Mom's house worked on to make it more accommodating when Mom goes home.

It's not easy. But so far, things are working out OK.

Mom has gotten quite a few really hilarious Get Well cards.

The inside says "Don't worry, you have 8-1/2 lives left!"

Have a great day emoticon

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JEWELMAKER1 11/9/2012 1:49PM

    Your family is absolutely wonderful. So glad your mother is healing and that the you and the kids are there for her.



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MARY1313 11/8/2012 12:37AM

    Wow you kids are AWESOME! They love their Gram. that is great. I know it's a big adjustment but you and your kids will always always be glad that you did. You are a wonderful daughter too kiddo!!!

Mary in Alabama emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 11/7/2012 5:54PM

    That is so wonderful that the kids are so willing to help their grandmother. That's heartwarming.

I am happy that she's recuperating . It is a long, slow process. It's so good you can help her.

HUGS and prayers for continued recuperation without problems.

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DEBBY4576 11/7/2012 4:38PM

    What a joy your children are. They are showing the inner selves with their treatment of Grandma. You have done a great job with them. Your care of your mom shows your inner self too. How old is your mom? My mom has fallen several times, but never like that. Minor injuries. She does live with us. Has for 10 years. She's 91 next week.

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LASKIE2 11/7/2012 2:38PM

    Wishing your Mother to emoticon !

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LADYROSE 11/7/2012 1:46PM

    HA! Love the card! So appropriate! :)

Glad that the whole family is helping out with your mom and even better that she's on the mend!

Many hugs!!!

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There is a time for everything....

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Take Time

Take time to think- It is the source of all power.

Take time to read- It is the fountain of wisdom.

Take time to play- It is the source of perpetual youth.

Take time to be quiet- It is the opportunity to seek God.

Take time to be aware- It is the opportunity to help others.

Take time to love and be loved- It is God's greatest gift.

Take time to laugh- It is the music of the soul.

Take time to be friendly- It is the road to happiness.

Take time to dream- It is what the future is made of.

Take time to pray- It is the greatest power on earth.

Take time to give- It is too short a day to be selfish.

Take time to work- It is the price of success.

There is a time for everything. . . .


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MISSPEACHES3 12/6/2012 12:35PM

    Like these time reminders. Thanks for posting.

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TRACIE-C 12/4/2012 6:57AM

    wonderful words! thank you for your support on my blog!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/6/2012 11:27AM

    I love this! Printing it out. HUGS and hope all is well with you.

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JEWELMAKER1 11/3/2012 10:43PM

    Right on!

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MARY1313 11/3/2012 10:26PM

    Love it!

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EBEAMS 11/3/2012 10:20PM

    I agree with all of that ... Thanks for sharing it!

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-LINDA_S 11/3/2012 7:21PM

    Thanks for the words of wisdom!

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Delectable Avocados...

Monday, September 17, 2012

I love avocado. Always have... likely always will... My favorite way to eat them is with a spoon and a little sea salt... LOL

During the summer, I lucked out and got a gonga deal on organic 'cados. One of the little darlings got buried under something else in the fridge and wasn't discovered until it was seriously in bad shape. Not stinky, but yeah, not edible.

So I made soap with it. Yeah... you read that right.

Hadn't even considered making an Avocado Soap until that point, so I carefully saved the flesh from the avocado, wrapped it up and put it in the freezer. Sometimes it takes me several days to fully calculate my soap recipes as I really do fully consider the total complement of fatty acids from each fat or oil added, how much of a superfat percentage to incorporate into the formula, etc.

By taking the time to be careful in formulating, I find that my soaps don't often need 'trial runs'. That's not saying there haven't been a few trial runs that my friends and family have had the fun of participating in! LOL

At any rate, the formula for this one is truly delish. My husband even likes it and he was the guy turning his nose up at my homemade soap in the beginning... LOL

All of these are Avocado Soaps - I just played around with earth-based colors in the darker bar while the lighter bars have no colors added. One of these will be the prize in the Great Soap Giveaway drawing to be held on October 1, 2012.

Tallow, Palm oil (sustainable), Olive Oil, Spring Water, Organic Aloe Vera, Goat Milk, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Avocado Fruit, Mango Butter, Shea Butter, Emu Oil, Coconut Milk, Lanolin, Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, NaOH, Lavender Essential Oil, Kelp, Organic Spirulina, Comfrey Leaves, Lemongrass Essential Oil, Sage Essential Oil.

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    Wow, you are talented. That is so cool.

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NORASPAT 9/19/2012 11:02PM

    I loved your Soy article. MY DH has Hypo and he takes levithyroxin and He eats soy and has most of those side effects THANKS I will read some more HUGS Pat in Maine.

Beautiful soaps by the way. I love hand made soaps I often react to the other kinds. I never use make-up but I do love soap and water. Pat

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1CRAZYDOG 9/17/2012 5:56PM

    Interesting!!! Don't know if I'd have the patience. But the soaps look beautiful!

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DEBBY4576 9/17/2012 5:43PM

    oh my. You are talented. I have never ever done anything with avocado but eat!!! Love the dark soap. I'd want to use it for decor tho, instead of on my body. I take it you make soap often. Sounds complicated.

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PICKIE98 9/17/2012 4:40PM

    I love the lemon and I use goat's milk a lot, but the avacado sonds good,, they look pretty too!!

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SparkTUCSON Rally 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

What an awesome day.

We had a much smaller group show up than the RSVPs reflected. I guess folks were scared of a little rain.. :) LOL In all fairness, I DO get it, being a desert rat myself... water evokes a strong reaction - some go dance in the rain, others hide from it. So if you were out dancing in the rain and completely FORGOT (LOL), it's OK. We had a good time and YOU MISSED IT! emoticon

First, I apologize for the lack of photos... Have become so accustomed to my son hauling the camera around (or grabbing a cell phone) and taking photos of everything that I've just gotten out of the habit... Remembered to take pics somewhere in the middle of this and only got a few...

Maggeriffic graciously and enthusiastically led a warmup (workout) and then she led the walk. We walked around Reid Park, well, MOST of Reid Park and clocked 2 miles. I wore flip flops (duh! FORGOT to grab decent shoes & that cost me a nickel-sized blister), but had a good time walking with everyone, especially my walking partner for the day, FITNESSBULLY.

We ate REALLY WELL! JEWELMAKER1 brought a quinoa salad that was AWESOME! recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai

PAYJAW brought a fruit salad that was super delicious!

We had an assortment of yummies - corn chips, kale chips, a veggie tray, dips. It was a very nice day.

Maggeriffic, PAYJAW and RETIREDAT60.




THANK YOU for making the SPARKTucson RALLY !!!


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ANGRITTER 9/20/2012 10:09AM

    That's nice that you get together like that. I haven't seen one happen in Jacksonville, FL yet, so maybe we need to make that a goal in November or something. Hmmm... will have to discuss with the team!

But good for you guys for getting out there and getting it done!

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LADYROSE 9/17/2012 2:47PM

    It was a super fun morning! Was great getting to know the folks who share our corner of the Spark world!

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Astronomical Events

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

On May 20, 2012, there was an annular eclipse of the sun.

My cousin is one of my most favorite people in the world. He's a computer engineer who has done work on a few artificial hearts that keep people alive, but his passion is photography. He's got a fantastic eye and he makes a little money with his photography, too.

We've been best friends since we were tiny. There's a great meeting of the minds between us and we let each other 'BE' - its always been that way and I feel lucky every time we get the chance to do something together with our families.

My 13yo son is a budding astro-photographer. He's gotten some pretty spectacular shots with the 2nd hand equipment he's managed to obtain.

We started planning for this 18 months in advance. We decided a great place to get some dramatic shots would be at Ship Rock in NM. As you can see, it's only a few minutes off the center 'track' for the eclipse.

My mom called us the Squint Squad, but I'm not really sure what that title is in reference to. She laughed when I said that.

At any rate, the trip to Ship Rock went well - my kids got to see the painted desert among other things. I really had a hard time NOT stopping and scraping up some of the oxide-rich soil. We got a lot of photos, however, and I made a list of the oxides that created each color and that was a lesson for my kids after we returned.

We enjoyed Table Mesa

Cathedral Cliff

We thought it would be nifty to get a shot of all the kids with their solar glasses on.

Back to the eclipse. As previously stated, we weren't right on the line (as indicated on the map) where the 'ring of fire' would be perfectly centered. However, we were close enough to get really good shots.

Here's one of the pics my son took through his telescope

Here's a composite my cousin took

Just after the sun set over the rock

After we returned to Tucson, there were two more events! An eclipse of the moon

And Venus transiting the sun.


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STARPESCADO 7/8/2012 7:33PM

    Love this blog and awesome pics! Ty for sharing!

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/8/2012 5:02PM

    I love how you describe your relationship with your cousin. That is such an awesome thing to have. The picture of your kids is wonderful.

Life is good. Cheers.


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CLAIRE_LEFT_SP 6/22/2012 3:54AM

    Beautiful pictures! What a great teacher you are.

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REN230 6/6/2012 9:20PM

  Julee: great pix. We were able to see the (partial) eclipse while we were in Tucson but we're back in Michigan now and missed the lunar eclipse (cloudy) and the Venus transit (cloudy). We can't plan 18 hours in advance for clear skies, let alone 18 months! (pout, pout)

Glad you had a great time and looks like your son is off to a good start!

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LADYROSE 6/6/2012 7:49PM


Love the composite pic! Need to have that one framed or put on some magazine cover.

(and love that you actually got a shot of K with out her making a face ;)

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1CRAZYDOG 6/6/2012 4:40PM

    AWESOME! SPECTACULAR! These are beautiful photographs. I do love the time lapse that your cousin did.

Thanks for sharing these! Brings back memories for me (The Painted Desert, etc.) as we'd visit my grandfather in Tucson often and stop to see the sights. The Painted Desert is one of my favorite!

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