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  • What the weather man says

    4/21/2018 5:48:17 PM, by TIZSLIM

    335 Now I don't care what the weather man says, when the weather man says it's raining, you don't hear me complaining. 339 And when the weather man says it will be hot and sunny until Sunday, don't believe him. Or her. The forecast was for the hot sunny weather to continue until at least Sun... Read more


    4/21/2018 3:41:22 PM, by SMIDGON

    Emma is becoming a Diva like Lexie was! BLESSINGS JANET... Read more

  • Need a laugh? New dog cross breeds

    4/21/2018 12:59:46 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Having some sadness on the family front ... nephew is losing the battle. So Sad. Anyway, hope this brings a chuckle ... Read more

  • You can't make this #@!# UP!!!

    4/21/2018 7:50:51 AM, by _RAMONA

    (in some instances profanity IS the appropriate response... or at least the human/honest one) It's 4:00 AM and I'm writing a blog. Why am I writing a blog at 4:00 AM, you ask? I'm writing a blog at 4:00 AM because: 2:15 AM I was woken up by screaming in the stre... Read more

  • Big 7Tea Birthday Party

    4/20/2018 5:16:52 PM, by TIZSLIM

    I'm definitely going ahead with this. Planning has begun in earnest. It will be happening on Saturday June 30th and will take place in Elaine's wonderful garden. Lots of ideas whizzing around in my head. I've already informed the 'Birthday Brunch Bunch' as I shall be roping them all in. E... Read more

  • Physical Therapy

    4/20/2018 12:14:50 PM, by ICANINSIGHT

    Physical Therapy was yesterday. I put it off for a year because I had surgery and in-law issues last year. I like my therapist. I was also stronger than I thought! She gave me home exercises and I will be in the pool twice a week starting only one day next week because I had many thing... Read more


    4/20/2018 9:27:53 AM, by SMIDGON

    Thank you all so much for all the encougement. I really do need ones that have my back. Yesterday morning while getting my bath, I came the closet to having a total melt down! Today both hubby and I have dr appts. I had a lung exray. I've had collapsed lungs several times in my... Read more

  • Can you feel it?

    4/19/2018 5:19:58 PM, by TIZSLIM

    There's something in the air. Sometimes we sense change without knowing why. An obvious example is changes in the seasons. It may be yet another cold winter day, yet somehow we sense spring in the air. Or a hot summer's day but we hear the whisper of autumn. Sometimes without knowing why, we fe... Read more

  • Infusions and the Down Side of Skinny

    4/19/2018 1:22:05 PM, by TRESSWANN

    I get a several hour infusion every six months. In fact, it has been 2 infusions 2 weeks apart and then a six month break. Yesterday was my last one of those and starting in October, I'll only need to do one every 6 months. Now as brave and as strong I acknowledge I am about most things in my l... Read more

  • Data Protection

    4/18/2018 6:42:31 PM, by TIZSLIM

    We've all heard the dreaded words 'data protection' I'm sure. Don't get me wrong, I think it is a good thing that our private information is protected [except on facebook seemingly]. But there's protection of our privacy, and then there's obfuscation. At the last court hearing regarding my house,... Read more

  • Gained 5 lbs

    4/18/2018 5:32:20 PM, by HOPE4TODAY2

    Isn't the name of this game to loose the weight not put it on? Thought so,,, well I went to the doctor to start the year with check ups and what not and found I gained 5 lbs, the last time I weighed I was at 178. Well after talking to the doc, a doctor which is new because I am looking for a chan... Read more

  • Going With Ebbs And Flows

    4/18/2018 11:09:40 AM, by ICANINSIGHT

    Life is like that, you are up one minute and down the next. Let's hope it is mostly ups. Diets are like that too. You are up one minute, down the next. I prefer eating style now because of the "diet" connotation. This is a lifestyle, not a diet. I am vegan, 5 weeks now. I have learned... Read more

  • Something I really ought to know

    4/18/2018 6:52:57 AM, by WINACHST

    This morning as I was tracking my food in chronometer, I decided to add my weight for these past few weeks just so I could see the graph. Since December, 2016 I am down 9 pounds. I have had some ups and downs since then, but I seem to be holding about where I want to be. Tracking my food is an ... Read more

  • Bossy Brunch

    4/17/2018 5:53:47 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Yet another meeting of the Birthday Bunch Brunch today. So many of us have our birthdays in March and April that we have fallen behind. We still have two March Birthdays to celebrate. We were somewhat depleted in numbers again today. I pulled my bossy boots on and suggested we celebrate the two ... Read more

  • Windrush Children

    4/16/2018 5:49:23 PM, by TIZSLIM

    I don't often comment on political issues on these pages - it's not what Spark is for. However, I feel so strongly about this issue that I just have to vent a little. After the second world war, Britain needed to rebuild both our infrastructure and our society. We needed help and so, the Gove... Read more


    4/16/2018 10:44:49 AM, by SMIDGON

    I have given much thought to this email. I haven't felt well for some time, so, I guess some would say I am feeling sorry for myself! Maybe that is it. I have decided I am 'playing ' on your sympathy. And, this is not supposed to be about me! Forgive me! So, for now, m... Read more

  • Giving myself credit today (BDS Day4)

    4/16/2018 10:09:07 AM, by WINACHST

    I am going to do one of the Beck Diet Solution's exercise this morning and give myself credit because I actually finished reading the book The Pleasure Trap. I had the book for years and joined an online book club that was reading it. I even finished reading it on schedule. WHOOHOO! I am giving myse... Read more

  • When big sis says jump............

    4/15/2018 6:01:02 PM, by TIZSLIM

    My boys ask 'how high'? I've only ever known my eldest boy to tell her 'no' once. Even my youngest who can be a contrary bugger does as his big sis tells him. A few weeks before the Wedding of The Century, my eldest boy told his younger brother that he had to shave his beard off for the wedding. ... Read more


    4/15/2018 2:42:27 PM, by SMIDGON

    His pulse basically remains elevated. Meds aren't helping. I need to get to the grocery and get my hair washed. Due to being unable to keep my arms elevated I get my hair shampoo and blow dried at the "Great Clips". I have an afternoon appt to get a filling tomorrow. Of course my cell on... Read more

  • 7Tea Birthday Celebrations

    4/14/2018 5:48:29 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Good news. I rang Elaine earlier to ask how she was feeling. Definitely on the mend she told me. More importantly, she sounded very chirpy. I shall still be keeping a close eye on her [as I'm sure all the 'Bunch' will] but I do feel a little less worried now. She was talking about us starting g... Read more

  • Birthday Brunch

    4/13/2018 5:41:40 PM, by TIZSLIM

    The Birthday Brunch Bunch met up today to celebrate my birthday. I suppose I should really call us The Belated Birthday Brunch Bunch because we rarely meet on the actual birthday in question. Especially in my case as I share my birthday with my daughter so we do a 'family thing' which is lovely. ... Read more

  • Ode to Spellchecker - Friday Funny

    4/13/2018 11:19:21 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Ode to the Spellchecker Eye have a spelling checker It came with my pea sea It plainly marques four my revue Miss steaks eye kin knot sea Eye strike a key and type a word And weight for it two say Weather eye am wrong or write It shows me straight a weigh As soon as a mist ache is maid It nose... Read more

  • To blog or not to blog

    4/12/2018 6:17:35 PM, by TIZSLIM

    I don't mean here on Spark. I'm afraid you're stuck with my ramblings. One of the things I like about Spark is that it is rare to come across any outright nastiness. That's unusual. Pretty much every other forum or group I've used has an element of that to one degree or another. I'm a me... Read more

  • Killing for Profit -- The Corruption of Evidence Based Medicine

    4/12/2018 4:57:56 PM, by _RAMONA

    (...not to mention all of that "peer reviewed research" in which SparkPeople puts so much faith... doesn't seem so relevant in light of this, does it?) I was recently asked, in light of my current chosen course of action on behalf of my health, and with regard to my dogged pursuit of wellnes... Read more

  • I need to focus on my why

    4/12/2018 8:56:11 AM, by WINACHST

    I need to get back on track before the track becomes so overgrown it cannot be found. It is so easy to get lost in the junk food jungle. Too make it even worse is that the junk food does not even taste good to me anymore and yet I keep shoveling it in. It has to be because winter seems to be ha... Read more


    4/12/2018 8:17:03 AM, by SMIDGON

    It appears that I am always asking for something! Today it is mostly off the beat of my usual requests. How to transform our Victorian living room into a functional bedroom while keeping the Victorian living room feel. Is it possible to? The living room was my retreat. For a long ... Read more

  • The Birthday

    4/11/2018 5:37:41 PM, by TIZSLIM

    It's The Birthday today. So as is customary, we went to Ask for The Birthday Meal. We being me, my best ever birthday present - otherwise known as my daughter. Yes we share a birthday. In fact the year she was born it was also Easter Sunday so you could say she was also my best ever Easter prese... Read more


    4/11/2018 7:25:20 AM, by SMIDGON

    Yesterday he had his Urologist appt.. It appears that with each appt. comes a referral to a new set of specialists. And that goes on to more specialists. It's getting maddening! I actually got my dentist made! Now, just to get it fulfilled! That's the first 'on the back-burner ' app... Read more

  • Distracted

    4/10/2018 5:56:55 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Regular readers may recall my dash out to get replacement bits for my daughter's 'something old, something new' package, only for the original items to turn up in the nick of time. The weeks have flown by since then. Today I figured I should return the items and get my money back. First though I ... Read more

  • How many times can one start over?

    4/10/2018 4:21:09 PM, by HOPE4TODAY2

    I have started and stopped getting healthy so many times I m beginning to wonder if there will ever be a day I will make up my mind and stick to it. I'm (gulp) almost 53, and feel its too late or I will never get to where I want to be. Yes I want it all yesterday... I keep hitting myself over the h... Read more

  • Elf 'n' Safety innit

    4/9/2018 6:53:48 PM, by TIZSLIM

    I mentioned yesterday about the blocked kitchen sink. Tbh it has been a problem on and off for the last year or so. I have spent an inordinate amount of time today trying to sort it out. My friend POLSKARENIA suggested caustic soda. I know I've used it in the past for such things but not this ti... Read more

  • Lazy Sunday Afternoon

    4/8/2018 6:06:20 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Today was a designated Tennis Watching Day. I spent a very enjoyable afternoon watching the last two singles rubbers in the Davis Cup tie between Spain and Germany. Why you may be asking. On the other hand you may be thinking 'oh god, she's chatting tennis AGAIN'! Either way I'm going to tell yo... Read more

  • Follow the chi

    4/7/2018 5:10:56 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Let's just face it - I'm going to have to do it myself aren't I? It's not just cleaning either. There is clutter and mess and muddle which will have to be sorted out so I can move on with my life. There's no choice, I'm going to have to sell this place and so, it needs to be sorted. It's s... Read more

  • Catching up

    4/6/2018 6:16:06 PM, by TIZSLIM

    No waffling on about the latest news at Tiz Towers tonight. I'm 'catching up'. Or trying to. Normally when people comment on one of my blogs, I reply on their page. But for a while there has been so much happening that's caused stress, or not happening and therefore causing a different kin... Read more

  • IT'S ONE THING AFTER another

    4/6/2018 3:51:08 PM, by SMIDGON

    Hubby had his Cardiologist Surgeon appt. Yesterday afternoon. His surgery is mid week two weeks from now. He will get his 4th pacemaker /defibrillator set With each new set it's more iffy due to his age and health of his heart. And with other problems with various organs. Then w/o a doubt... Read more

  • Is it really all that time consuming to eat healthy at home?

    4/6/2018 9:21:53 AM, by WINACHST

    My meals aren't really complicated but I always start with onion, carrot, celery, and sometimes green pepper. It takes time for me to chop/dice those with each meal. I am not really complaining because my way of cooking is way better than a restaurants. I often say that in the time it took me to pre... Read more

  • Happy birthday from your proper little madam

    4/5/2018 6:37:24 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Today is the anniversary of my father's birthday. He would have been 96 today. The first time I ever thought to ask him how old he was, he answered [with a grin on his face] that he was 44. Lying b@stard was actually 51 at the time though obviously I didn't know that then. He could be a bit of a... Read more


    4/4/2018 7:50:34 PM, by SMIDGON

    Apparently on Feb. 6th number 2 GD was in an accident! I didn't know anything about it until Easter Sonday! She had told her Mom not to tell me, because Grandpa was ill and she didn't want to upset me. She showed me the pictures. THEN she sent them to me. A kid came out of a four-way st... Read more

  • Butch

    4/4/2018 6:27:16 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Those of you who are interested in football [or soccer as our American cousins insist on calling it] and who are maybe 40+ might recall Ray Wilkins. A few days ago he was taken to hospital after a heart attack. Sadly he died today. He was a British footballer of quite some talent. Played for maj... Read more

  • Something Always Breaks

    4/4/2018 10:39:51 AM, by ICANINSIGHT

    I recently read a book by Nora Ephron (RIP) "I Feel Bad About My Neck." In her chapter on exercise, she said she tries for 40 minutes a day 4 days a week. I am working my way up to 40 minutes and I plan to try for 6 days a week. I am at 25 minutes now... but "something always breaks." Not lit... Read more

  • Chinese Whispers

    4/3/2018 6:27:43 PM, by TIZSLIM

    This evening I did something dumb that is really unusual for me. I don't mean to suggest doing dumb things is unusual for me - just this particular dumb thing. I needed to pop over to my local shop. Because of the whole bailiffs nonsense I have to make sure every door and window is really secure... Read more


    4/3/2018 5:38:18 PM, by SMIDGON

    The first one is Stephanie and Daniels fur-baby, KittyKat. The other two is of Borris a little girl And, lastly Borris is now nearly 5mos. Old She is lying on the fleece blanket I had made for Stephanie when she played Soccer while in school. BLESSINGS 😊... Read more

  • Proper Mindset

    4/3/2018 9:37:03 AM, by WINACHST

    I often think that I cannot stick with a plan to reach a goal, but here I am, still sticking with my determination to live a healthy lifestyle. I have a certificate hanging on my wall that states my accomplishment of completing the 5k101 program. It is an 8-10 week program to get up to complet... Read more

  • A matter of trust

    4/2/2018 6:53:59 PM, by TIZSLIM

    A few days ago I blogged about hearing some shocking news regarding someone in my friendship group being in prison. Later that evening The Worker Friend happened to call and I spoke about it with him. Or more to the point I spoke about my being upset. I told him I couldn't give him any details re... Read more

  • I finally made my initial goal

    4/2/2018 1:53:27 PM, by BECCABOO127

    For the longest time, I had 240 as my initial goal. I finally made the goal and am maintaining it! I've lost and maintained 105 pounds! Small steps, many set backs, dietary and exercise habit changes were implemented. I am still implementing changes. These are lifestyle changes.... Read more


    4/2/2018 8:38:05 AM, by SMIDGON

    Here are two pics. Of eldest furry-grand baby. And, her Easter stash. Meet EMMA, Celeste's Pit Bull service dog. One dressy, spoiled pooch BLESSINGS... Read more

  • EASTER DAY - New Beginnings

    4/2/2018 12:57:08 AM, by JADEROSE1234

    4/1 Today is a great day to pray and ask God to resurrect your life. Today is a new start for me.... Read more


    4/1/2018 9:37:28 PM, by SMIDGON

    HE IS RISEN !... Read more

  • Just another Sunday

    4/1/2018 6:10:42 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Easter Sunday. Nothing planned. I'm not a 'believer' so it isn't a major day for me in terms of faith. But it doesn't seem so long ago that I'd make the weekend special for the children. Hot cross buns for breakfast on Good Friday. Dinner would be fish but as the children weren't keen on fish, ... Read more

  • Surviving Funeral

    3/31/2018 4:25:12 PM, by TRESSWANN

    My father-in-law died at the beginning of March. This was a much forecast death. My sister in law is a real Cassandra and has been telling everyone that he was dying for the last year. Despite this, we saw him this past summer in New York. DH spoke to him a week before he passed and he was his c... Read more


    3/31/2018 1:40:29 PM, by SMIDGON

    I just wanted to wish everyone a Sacred Easter, no matter how you celebrate it! BLESSINGS, JANET 👣... Read more

  • I Am Trying Intermittent Fasting Again

    3/30/2018 8:32:47 PM, by BECCABOO127

    I know Intermittent Fasting ("IF") works to lower my blood glucose. I've tried it before, and it worked! I got side tracked in trying out a new diabetes medication which appeared to be working welln. As most diabetes medications go, at least for me, they don't work as well after six months ... Read more

  • What was good though?

    3/30/2018 5:43:21 PM, by TIZSLIM

    It's Good Friday the traditional day to eat hot cross buns. I didn't buy any though. Deliberately. I couldn't really see the point just for me. Don't get me wrong, I don't mean to suggest I'm not worth it. Just that while I 'quite' like hot cross buns, they aren't up there with my favourite thi... Read more

  • Eating Healthy When No One Else Does

    3/30/2018 10:51:57 AM, by ICANINSIGHT

    I am cooking a meal to take with us to see in laws tomorrow. They are elderly and cause us many problems, but I won't go into that. I have gone vegan and before that was on the DASH Diet (low sodium, high potassium). So my solution is to cook the meal. I would love to get all my friends on boa... Read more

  • Your Hot Shot Amateur Legal Eagle

    3/29/2018 6:41:05 PM, by TIZSLIM

    As anticipated, Bonkers ex didn't sign the transfer form so today Your Hot Shot Amateur Legal Eagle lodged a copy at the Court along with copies of correspondence, proof the form was delivered to him a week ago, and a covering letter. Seemingly if it's dealt with under the original divorce case, th... Read more

  • Went to a gym instead of home workout

    3/29/2018 7:24:03 AM, by WINACHST

    I went to a gym yesterday and was able to run on a LifeFitness treadmill. It must be a higher end treadmill, much more than my cheap treadmill I have at home. Also, what a difference in the speed. 4 mph was like a 5 mph on my home treadmill. What a blow to my ego. Here I thought I was doing so ... Read more

  • Reeling

    3/28/2018 6:13:14 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Earlier today a friend called me to ask for advice on a computer related matter. I'm no computer expert but compared to most of my friends my age I'm a tech whiz kid - which says more about their lack of computer skills than my ability! During the conversation she let slip something because she th... Read more

  • So... I Went Vegan

    3/28/2018 1:26:26 PM, by ICANINSIGHT

    I have played around with this in the past, but did not do it right. I was caught eating potato chips, well, yes, it is vegan, but not healthy! This time around I am doing it the healthy way. It will be hard with a meat eater in the house who also LOVES sweets. I have tried to "rub off" on him... Read more

  • Not used to living like this!

    3/27/2018 5:51:07 PM, by TIZSLIM

    The Council are still driving me crazy over my so called Council Tax bill. Demanding yet more documents and information. I shall have to go back to the Town Hall tomorrow or Thursday. Meanwhile, they have set the Bailiffs on me who are sending increasingly threatening letters. The latest being t... Read more


    3/27/2018 9:58:03 AM, by WINACHST

    My advantage response card from the Beck Diet Solution I am focusing on this week is CELEBRATE: celebrate each day I stick to my plan. For me, I think this ought to mean for each day I stick with my planned eating. I think if I can plan and prepare I ought to be successful in sticking with the plan ... Read more

  • Marie

    3/26/2018 5:58:43 PM, by TIZSLIM

    It's the anniversary of my sister Marie's birthday. She would have been 64 today. It's so hard to imagine that. She died in February 1981 shortly before her 27th birthday. I have been without her for way, way, over half my life. Physically without her that is because of course she is still in m... Read more

  • Answers to recycling

    3/26/2018 1:59:19 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    You had some really good answers and I think Bonniemargay was the closest Number one began its life as strapping tape. Number two: yes in fact it is leather scrap. But not just any leather. These were dental chews for my dogs, Which I sterilized bleached and dried Numbe... Read more

  • Spring Forward

    3/25/2018 5:50:24 PM, by TIZSLIM

    The clocks went forward last night. Well, the early hours of this morning to be precise. It always surprises me when people don't remember if they are going forward or back. We have a little saying to help people remember - 'spring forward, fall back'. The only time we refer to Autumn as 'fall'. ... Read more

  • Recycling junk into beautiful stuff

    3/24/2018 11:46:03 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Sorry I haven't been around lately; my computer is as slow as molasses in Winter (as gramma used to say). We are switching from PC to a Mac . . . . class is tomorrow and I hope to learn how to use it (and unlearn a lot of bad words!) Anyway, I've been having some fun in the studio. One of th... Read more

  • There is no planet B

    3/24/2018 6:36:36 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Do you join in Earth Hour? I do - every year. I switch off all the lights and the computer, light a candle and just kind of contemplate for an hour. Obviously I don't use any other electrical items during the hour and I usually switch the freezer off too but not this year. This morning I woke up ... Read more

  • Friday Feeling

    3/23/2018 6:56:41 PM, by TIZSLIM

    It's kind of odd not to be counting down to The Wedding of The Century. I figured I'd try and catch up on the laundry today. Remember the second hand washing machine The Worker Friend bought and installed for me some time ago? Well it's never really worked. It kept filling up with dirty water ev... Read more

  • My lack of dedication is getting on my nerves

    3/23/2018 11:00:07 AM, by WINACHST

    I blew it yesterday. I bought a bag of wafer cookies and then munched on them mindlessly while I was waiting for my granddaughter to finish her activity. UGH! I should be more dedicated to the Beck Diet Solution activities. I am trying to figure out why I even bought those cookies in the first ... Read more