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  • PRAYERS PLEASE

    2/18/2018 2:04:06 PM, by SMIDGON

    I called the squad somewhere around 6a.m.. He is back in the hospital. Filling up with fluid aagain. He could barely breathe. Draining him of edema again. In running tests they found his engem zines in his liver was elevated. So that means more testing. As the liver wasn't in question b... Read more

  • Another, another countdown - 1 week until

    2/17/2018 6:59:10 PM, by TIZSLIM

    The Hen Weekend. It's all getting incredibly close now. Tomorrow daughter and I will hopefully manage to get together and sort out the wedding favours. A long time back now, I suggested to her I made some jam and/or marmalade to put in tiny little jars as wedding favours. She said she'd li... Read more

  • TODAY SO FAR.

    2/17/2018 1:44:32 PM, by SMIDGON

    It's been a rather nerve- tasking morning. Larry had a bad morning. He weighed then he didn't know if he could redress. I sat him on the bed. I made a mad dash for the bathroom. Till I got back he had gotten dressed. He spent the morning napping most of the morning napping. I was talki... Read more

  • Countdown - 3 Weeks Until

    2/16/2018 6:52:26 PM, by TIZSLIM

    The Wedding of The Century The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] gained a pound this week. How? Why? The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] is considering her options; 1) Kick one of the cat... Read more

  • SPEAKING OUT

    2/16/2018 1:30:03 PM, by SMIDGON

    There comes a time in everyone's life when it's time to stand up and speak out! Now is that time for me. I am a born-again Christian and proud of it. For me, down talking any ones Faith is a no-no! If it weren't for my God I wouldn't be here. The heart break I have suffered in my li... Read more

  • This Green Thing

    2/15/2018 6:59:14 PM, by TIZSLIM

    A little tale for all you youngsters who think you have invented the wheel [along with sex 'n' drugs 'n' rock 'n' roll]; Yesterday after shopping in our local supermarket, I was in the queue at the Check Out, and heard when the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should brin... Read more

  • MEMORIES

    2/15/2018 10:12:58 AM, by SMIDGON

    TODAY IS JOHNS 54 TH. BIRTHDAY,! Feb. 15th, 1964 ---Oct. 5, 2016. R.I.P. DEAR SON. YOUR BELOVED FAMILY DAD, MOM SISTERS AND FAMILIES BLESSINGS. Some day we will all be together once again.... Read more

  • Hitting a few rough spots

    2/15/2018 8:50:59 AM, by WINACHST

    I have been struggling these past couple of days. I am getting the munchies and wish my hubby would support my good intent rather than my bad. He just keeps encouraging me to eat junk. He buys some junk food, but I think he wants a bit of it and then it's his intent to pass it on to me. UGH! I ... Read more

  • Lentil Love

    2/14/2018 6:58:51 PM, by TIZSLIM

    What did I do with the kg of minced beef? Tbh I couldn't find any recipes I'd never made before that took my fancy, and that I had the ingredients for [or suitable substitutions]. So I re framed the challenge. Going back to old favourites but seeing how far I could make it stretch. Just how many... Read more

  • Happy Valentine’s Day!!

    2/14/2018 6:29:11 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    So this morning I was trying to load Some jewelry Onto the SisQartisans Etsy shop, And our Internet took a dump. Now I cannot get onto my laptop computer to send goodies to my spark friends. So to all of you, from Litlle ol me..... Happy Valentine’s Day ... Read more

  • Notes On Valentine's Day

    2/14/2018 11:44:30 AM, by ICANINSIGHT

    One thing I have discovered in this my third marriage is that you can become more in love the longer you are married. I have been married for almost 26 years. He gets sweeter every year and doesn't mind me calling him sweet. Speaking of sweets, the one thing that is terrible... he loves sweets. ... Read more

  • HOME!

    2/12/2018 8:34:09 PM, by SMIDGON

    Larry came home yesterday afternoon. Nurse to check on him tomorrow. Several dr. appts next week plus blood work. I am so exhausted! After I got my morning routine done this morning, we went to the cemetary, then ate at Bob Evans. Afterwards we went to the grocery. I hadn't gon... Read more

  • When I was younger

    2/12/2018 6:03:16 PM, by TIZSLIM

    335 When I was younger so much younger than today I never needed anybody's help in any way But now these days are gone and I'm not so self assured Now I find I've changed my mind, I've opened up the doors 339 I never had a major weight problem. Actually, I still don't. I'm borderin... Read more

  • My Future Self

    2/11/2018 6:56:49 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Yet again today the wind was howling and the temperature dropped below freezing. I had no commitments. No promises to keep. No arrangements made. No one I had to see. Which was good because I just wanted to wrap up warm and chill out. Oh Ok let's be honest - I wanted to slob. And why not?... Read more

  • Chocolate Festival today!

    2/10/2018 10:27:46 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    I'm still here..... I don't get on my laptop very often but rather work from my phone which does not give access to a lot of the regular SP features. Woohoo! We took the opportunity of this gorgeous sunny day to drive to the coast . . . . not only to get away for a bit, but to have lunch at ou... Read more

  • Another, another countdown - 2 weeks until

    2/10/2018 5:49:27 PM, by TIZSLIM

    The Hen Weekend. I can't believe it's a whole week since the Hen Night. I seem to have shifted into a whole new time zone. Weeks pass in a matter of hours, days in minutes. By the time I finish writing this blog, it may well be next Thursday fortnight! In which case The Hen Weekend will be ... Read more

  • Power of Pollyanna and Childhood Reading

    2/10/2018 3:29:18 PM, by TRESSWANN

    The SuperBowl has been on my mind as it has recently passed. My family weren't football fans but totally baseball mad. Tom watched it in full for the first time in decades. Anyway, my mind was just drifting along and I remembered "Heidi loves the Super Bowl". Yes, you have to be of a certain age... Read more

  • 5% Winter Challenge

    2/10/2018 9:18:52 AM, by WINACHST

    My, oh, my! I cannot believe we are at week 5 and I am still working toward my goal. My weight loss is moving very slowly, but then I don't expect it to go fast because I am attempting an experiment to see if I can get to my "ideal weight" according to the online calculator while following a whole ... Read more

  • Countdown - 4 Weeks Until

    2/9/2018 5:47:35 PM, by TIZSLIM

    The Wedding of The Century 4 Weeks? Only four weeks? How is that possible? Weigh in this morning and The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] had lost 4 ozs again. The Polly- Anna head is squawking in the background. Something about being grate... Read more

  • Change before you have to.

    2/9/2018 7:50:30 AM, by WINACHST

    My quote for the day is "Change before you have to." ~ Jack Welch Change is going to happen no matter what. That change will have an impact on me, whether it is a positive change or a negative change. This quote is telling me that today, I have a choice to change and I can decide if it will be ... Read more

  • Me And My Stubborn

    2/8/2018 11:23:25 AM, by ICANINSIGHT

    I fell in December in the shower. Yes, I was hurt, and in pain, but could walk. I did not go to the doctor. In a week the bruise showed up the size of a watermelon. Still pain, but I could still move and walk. In a few weeks the pain went away. Then last week, the pain came back. I got up l... Read more

  • Thank you Tesco - I guess

    2/7/2018 5:50:14 PM, by TIZSLIM

    It's rare for me to have an internet grocery delivery these days - you can't yellow sticker shop online! Every so often though I do book a delivery, mostly to stock up on cat food. I spend more on their food than my own at the moment. So I booked a delivery with Tesco, about 90% of which was cat f... Read more

  • WONDERING

    2/7/2018 3:53:19 PM, by SMIDGON

    Tomorrow Larry has an appt. With someone from the Heart Clinic. To date we know he is not eligible for open heart surgery. His heart function is decreasing, his lungs are effected, and his kidneys are going. Add to that his age is against him. The battery in his pacemaker / defibrillator ... Read more

  • The Aunties

    2/6/2018 6:59:25 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Well two of them - my mother's sisters. I was thinking about how I need to get back to sorting out this house when I read my friend Maringal's blog [A Home Within]. As I read, The Aunties came to mind. My mother has two younger sisters. Aunt D and Aunt J. Aunt D had a pristine home. Ever... Read more

  • SOME DAY!

    2/5/2018 6:11:39 PM, by SMIDGON

    TODAY it has been 16mos. Since Johns passing. It wasnt mentioned today, although I know it was on my mind all day. And, I know it was on Larry's mind also. He had a bad day yesterday. He didn't even feel up to going to Church. And, I wasn't comfortable enough to leave him alone. H... Read more

  • Getting My Act Together-Again!

    2/5/2018 4:07:40 PM, by BECCABOO127

    Well, I've played around enough. I didn't gain that much which is good. I lost five pounds, gained five pounds, and lost a pound. What didn't go well were my blood glucose readings. I must do lower carb. Period. That's it for me. The whole key. I don't know why I sabotoge myself in this ... Read more

  • Another, another countdown

    2/4/2018 5:59:08 PM, by TIZSLIM

    3 Weeks until The Hen Weekend Actually 2 weeks and 6 days to be precise but let's not be picky eh? I was busy last night after all. I have to say, Tasha who organised the evening did an excellent job. The 'Hens' organising the 'Hen Weekend' will have their work cut out to match it. Of cours... Read more

  • Upside of NP Visit

    2/4/2018 11:48:51 AM, by TRESSWANN

    Warning: this is a ladies only kinda post. So yesterday was my annual gyn visit. I have been seeing a nurse practitioner for years and have followed her to new practice. At this time, she only sees patients like me, one Saturday a month. Due to weather and other considerations, it's been ove... Read more

  • Another Countdown - 20 minutes

    2/3/2018 1:06:33 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Until my son arrives home ready to drive me to The Hen Night. Slap is on, hair is done, nails painted, handbag at the ready. Just need to get my shoes and coat on and I'll be ready to go. Can't believe how quickly it has come around. I'm really looking forward to it. I'm risking some heels ... Read more

  • Countdown - 5 Weeks Until

    2/2/2018 7:00:38 PM, by TIZSLIM

    The Wedding of The Century Another Friday, another weigh in. The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] lost 8 oz. Half a pound. Lets face it spark friends,The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] is not ... Read more

  • MORE PROBLEMS

    2/2/2018 3:39:17 PM, by SMIDGON

    Just when you think the worse has happened, something else comes along! Apparently, when he was called to reduce his diuretic, he found out that going along with stages he has Stage 2 or 3 kidney disease. In addition to his lungs and heart function decrease. I haven't mention it to him, but... Read more

  • Day 2 take two

    2/2/2018 11:55:44 AM, by BOOKLOVER17

    Well today is my second day of exercises. Yesterday I did full body cardio, today lower body leg strengthening. And boy are my legs and hips feeling it. Tomorrow will be the upper body and arm strengthening. And I'm drinking plenty of water afterwards.. It helps that a friend of mine is chall... Read more

  • A chuckle to help ya make it thru the day

    2/1/2018 9:02:59 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    A Mom is driving her little girl to a friend’s house for a play date. “Mommy,” the little girl asks, “how old are you?” “Honey, you are not supposed to ask a lady her age,” the mother warns. “It is not polite.” “Ok,” the little girl says. “How much do you weigh?” “Now really,” the mother says, “th... Read more

  • Another Countdown - 2 days until

    2/1/2018 6:57:34 PM, by TIZSLIM

    The Hen Night. I've been missing in action somewhat and haven't blogged for a few days. Hence I didn't do the 'one week' countdown. We're all grown ups so I'm sure we'll get over it. Frankly it has been a sh!ty few days. I have two options, 'deal with it' or 'give in'. As ever, I'm going... Read more

  • Keep Going

    2/1/2018 3:32:30 PM, by EARTHSEAME

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  • Day 1 take two

    2/1/2018 1:47:09 PM, by BOOKLOVER17

    Okay I have figured out why I'm not staying on my exercise plan, because I am telling you. You being others. So you didn't hear it from me. But today I the first and I am going to take it one day at a time for a month, one day at a time. Yes I said it twice because it is to remind me I can do anythi... Read more

  • blog post turn book

    1/31/2018 4:38:56 PM, by BOOKLOVER17

    I sat this morning and thought about my life and past. And for some reason the title Rocking it at 52 popped . ( which is my age) Each and every morning when I wake up, I wonder what my purpose in life is. There must be a reason, and I want to know what it is. I also thought about the fact it is al... Read more

  • Relax and Heal

    1/31/2018 12:52:45 PM, by EARTHSEAME

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  • Best preparation for tomorrow

    1/30/2018 9:36:30 AM, by WINACHST

    The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr. I found this quote and realized that it is something I need to apply for myself. I have been trying to get on a plan with my eating for what seems like forever. I am compliant most of the time, but allow myself ... Read more

  • Meditation Day

    1/29/2018 3:02:47 PM, by EARTHSEAME

    I got one major anxiety-provoking thing done this morning. Now I need to shift mental gears, leaving the anxiety behind, and attend to everything else in a calmer manner. Today might be a good day to listen to some guided meditations while get some routine tasks done. Monday is Meditation Day. :) ... Read more

  • Love Aprons

    1/27/2018 10:40:31 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    The History of 'APRONS' I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principle use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it ... Read more

  • Week 3 of 5% Winter Challenge

    1/27/2018 11:54:26 AM, by WINACHST

    Today is weigh in and as I am looking at my posting, I realized that I have lost 3 pounds. But then, the starting day was a bit high because of some bad eating a couple days before and my body shed the extra once I got back to eating on plan. I need to be careful and watch what I eat because I... Read more

  • Countdown - 6 Weeks Until

    1/26/2018 6:12:41 PM, by TIZSLIM

    The Wedding of The Century Weigh in this morning and The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] had lost 4oz. 4 ruddy oz. At this rate I'll be pushing up daisies long before I reach my goal. *sigh* Oh hang on, the Polly-Anna head is squeaking, I'll... Read more

  • The top 10 mental health apps for 2018

    1/26/2018 4:39:31 PM, by EARTHSEAME

    The top 10 mental health apps for 2018: https://www.medicalnewstoday
    .com/articles/320557.php 1. Calm Free for Android and iPhone Calm is designed to reduce anxiety, improve sleep, and help you to feel happier. It focuses on the four key areas of meditation, breathing, sleep,... Read more

  • Boot Camp Preparation

    1/25/2018 6:33:12 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Occasionally I've jokingly suggested I need to go to a boot camp - not that I have the money for such luxuries [I use the term very loosely you understand]. Even if I did have sufficient money, I wouldn't want to shell out loads of dosh to pay someone to basically boss me about and feed me inadequa... Read more

  • Resiliency: Internalizing Success

    1/25/2018 4:09:40 PM, by EARTHSEAME

    "It is also possible to be hurt and to rebound at the same time. We human beings are complex enough psychologically to accommodate the two. What the resilient do is refrain from blaming themselves for what has gone wrong. In the language of psychology, they externalize blame. And they internalize su... Read more

  • Lesson about Sodium

    1/25/2018 9:40:18 AM, by WINACHST

    I am tracking my food in chron-o-meter and from my listing for yesterday, I saw that I was over the limit for the sodium amount? What? I had no chips and I do not use salt when I cook. It seems that a lot of the foods I eat have sodium naturally. I was amazed at how it added up to so much. The... Read more

  • Weird Hours

    1/24/2018 5:41:47 PM, by TIZSLIM

    132 132 132 132 132 I've been following the Australian Open for the last week and a half. By following, I mean watching which isn't straightforward given Melbourne is 11 hours ahead of the UK time wise. It wasn't too bad last week. Play was basically between midnight and late mornin... Read more

  • Day ? of 28 day habit

    1/24/2018 1:15:56 PM, by BOOKLOVER17

    ooops, boy have I backslid. I started out so strong and hopeful and now I am several days behind and unsure where to even start again. So I start from here. I am currently reading several books on better health for both mental and physical living. What gets me though is reading about those who are ... Read more

  • Doctor Report

    1/24/2018 11:20:39 AM, by ICANINSIGHT

    I went to the doctor yesterday. I was kind of dreading the lab results but to my surprise, it was better! 6 months ago, my A1C (diabetes) had crept upward. He asked me if I wanted to get back on the diabetes medicine or try to lose weight and use diet to get it back down. Well, I did not lose w... Read more

  • Random Thoughts of my past week

    1/24/2018 7:26:49 AM, by WINACHST

    I cannot believe that I am maintaining this 5 pounds below my setpoint. But I have to be vigilant about what I am eating. That junk food sure does add up (in more ways than one) I am tracking my food in chron - o- meter because that gives me the breakdown of the essential amino acids. For the f... Read more

  • A FUNNY THING---

    1/23/2018 7:21:56 PM, by SMIDGON

    I don't know if you would call it funny or not. We had something to happen today that was different. The phone rang this morning. Hubby answered. There was what sounded like a young man and somewhat with our one GSvoice. There is a scam going around where someone pretends to be a child or... Read more

  • I'm a winner

    1/22/2018 6:36:53 PM, by TIZSLIM

    109 209 208 279 I've been helping to fund raise for a local respite centre for children. Actually, we're trying to save it from closure. A while back at one of the fund raising events we had a guess the weight competition. Turns out I won. So here's my prize. Time to g... Read more

  • Giving Up Fear

    1/22/2018 8:06:08 AM, by EARTHSEAME

    I found a beautiful piece of writing from Albert Camus: “She was breathing deeply, she forgot the cold, the weight of beings, the insane or static life, the long anguish of living or dying. After so many years running from fear, fleeing crazily, uselessly, she was finally coming to a halt. A... Read more

  • A date with my daughter

    1/21/2018 6:50:55 PM, by TIZSLIM

    My daughter and I had arranged to get together today so she arrived at my house about 9.30 a.m and off we went to................... Can you guess I wonder? I can hear those cogs whirring. For breakfast? For a coffee? To see a friend? Shopping? Church? No, no, no, no again and absolutely ... Read more