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  • Understanding

    4/27/2017 7:29:30 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    I must understand that I am human. That I have limitations and I must respect that. I know I will be better soon. God bless you all.... Read more

  • I'd like to know... What Keeps YOU Going?

    4/27/2017 10:00:15 AM, by VEGGIE_DEB

    I understand motivation is different for everyone BUT... what keeps you going after the motivation has worn off?... Read more

  • How do I deal with this person?

    4/26/2017 9:40:25 PM, by CTUPTON

    One resident in our senior apartment complex is driving me crazy. She often sits in the lobby/library with her dog on a leash. I enjoy sitting in that area, too and so does my husband who is in a large motorized wheelchair. First she reported him sleeping there. There is comfy furniture and a f... Read more

  • Still

    4/26/2017 7:19:30 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Still fighting the fatigue but, I am getting the rest i need.... Read more

  • Still

    4/26/2017 7:19:28 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Still fighting the fatigue but, I am getting the rest i need.... Read more

  • Yeah! Condo is sold!

    4/26/2017 1:29:33 PM, by CTUPTON

    This has been on my mind for about 5 years. Lots of decluttering and some serious problems along the way. But it is DONE! I have only one residence now to pay for! chris 436... Read more

  • Sun Shine

    4/25/2017 5:53:09 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    What a beautiful day. The sun is shining, the clouds are like running wild. The breeze is soft. And the birds sing high into the sky. How great is life, no! Have a wonderful day.... Read more

  • Hope

    4/24/2017 7:55:48 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    A day that brings all of us a chance at a new beginning. No matter how we mess up we can start a new.... Read more

  • Boy do I need to follow this rhyme for organizing!

    4/24/2017 7:21:49 PM, by CTUPTON

    9. One Place for Your Lists Straight into a binder, all TO DOs and lists go Wondering what to do next? You'll always know. chris 195 ... Read more

  • Rhymes to help me get more organized

    4/24/2017 7:16:01 PM, by CTUPTON

    Copied from USMAWIFE--Thank you! I have never seen these rhymes before. Very clever! chris10 Organizing rhymes Tuesday, October 04, 2016 10 Organizing Rhymes Let's have a little fun getting organized. I've found that when you approach making changes with a grin, they tend ... Read more

  • Sooo stormy

    4/23/2017 7:04:14 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Watchful Pumpkin above, chill Peaches sleeping. Yesterday my phone blasted out a warning, there was a tornado in the area. Yikes! Having only lived here since October, I really didn't expect that. Within the next 30 minutes my husband and I both got two more warnings with the same blasting a... Read more

  • Life

    4/23/2017 4:40:35 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Sitting here, I feel so blessed. For the people that made this app. For the people who use this app. We all give and we all receive.... Read more

  • Resting?

    4/22/2017 2:51:57 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Making homemade yogurt. Am I really resting? Homemade is better than any store brand to me. Back to work. Many Blessings ... Read more

  • Starting over

    4/22/2017 10:08:42 AM, by DEPOTMODE

    Well, I've now had another round of three epidural steroid injections in my lower back (L5-S1), and it's just been in the last week and a half I've been able to walk without limping. I did have a cervical MRI done--I've had some tingling in both my hands on and off for a year now, but there was noth... Read more

  • Lost hearing aid! I am frantic!

    4/21/2017 9:35:09 PM, by CTUPTON

    Yesterday I lost one hearing aid!!! 46 I went out shopping for an exercise top yesterday. I think I had both hearing aids in at that time. But.. this week a couple of days I actually forgot to wear them! So I am not positive about having them in the store. Our apartment was cleaned today... Read more

  • Wow

    4/21/2017 2:23:09 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Not feeling good but, a friend came to get me to do some dancing. It was really fun. What a way to spend the day.... Read more

  • Trying really hard (x 2days)

    4/20/2017 9:53:01 PM, by MBETTIS3

    Ok, yesterday I made up in my mind to cut out all this mindless eating and snacking, and get serious about planning and eating what I planned. For the past week I would just track everything, and all the junk (like that was doing anything special) and then I would get frustrated when the scale wasn'... Read more

  • Climb

    4/20/2017 7:32:51 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Here I stand on a road with two paths. Both good and bad. Which to take? Life is truly never too bad it's just the emotions that get in the way. Have a great day.... Read more

  • Down

    4/19/2017 9:21:08 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Have not been feeling well. But, I am grateful that at least I made my class. Thank goodness.... Read more

  • tiny moments of encouragement

    4/19/2017 2:28:59 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    That's me, Mrs. Storytime today. It went well, and I already surpassed my daily walking goal (5000 steps), and we still have Bible study tonight. I did the Very Hungry Caterpillar, a coloring page, a paper plate craft with pom poms to make a caterpillar, and round stickers for eyes. The... Read more

  • I did not get my hyacinths this year! that is a bad sign for me.

    4/19/2017 7:28:19 AM, by CTUPTON

    I have been way too tired too many days. I ALWAYS get hyacinths for Easter. It does not feel like Easter to me till that fragrance is in the house. It is very hard to rouse myself to go driving. Many days I have not had a shower. A couple of health issues have been bothering me, itchy skin, it... Read more

  • Is alcohol or another addiction making life troublesome? A great SP team to get support!

    4/18/2017 1:36:04 PM, by CTUPTON

    Friends In Recovery 173 Members "WELCOME! You are among friends. We offer support for anyone in recovery. When someone reaches out for help, this group will always be there. Together we celebrate health, growth, joy and sobriety! " This team is greatly needed source of support but .... Read more

  • beleaguering the briefest bbblog

    4/18/2017 9:20:05 AM, by LUNADRAGON

    Looking out my window, forget the rose colored glasses, I've got lace, and it is green out there! Good morning, I won't take up too much time. Although I got up early, waking in some pain, I got more sleep than some days, but never enough. I finished a work project yesterday, am ready to e... Read more

  • To recap where we are now living.

    4/17/2017 10:06:37 PM, by CTUPTON

    It is a senior independent living apartment complex. About 100 apartments. Over 65 and at least one spouse has to be independent and able to care for the other spouse. (with or without paid aides) It is on the grounds of Brothers of Mercy and the brothers live in a huge house here. On the grou... Read more

  • Distractions diversions and dimples

    4/17/2017 8:48:27 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    So along the way, there are always things to distract us from our goals i.e. Real life. Kids Kats kars katastrophes. Excuse my alliteration and lack of spelling corrections, it just looked fun. Trying to juggle so many balls leaves one on a short leash. That's me at the moment... freelance work, pa... Read more

  • Monet's Pond Video--relax!

    4/17/2017 7:34:22 PM, by CTUPTON
    8h4rs... Read more

  • I am proud of myself!

    4/17/2017 7:08:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    I ordered a little end table and I assembled it! Yeah! Of course this is not a hard job, but most times I don't have the energy to do it and/or other chores have piled up and make me crazy. Also my computer mouse is not working right. I found a video online to fix it. The wheel does not scrol... Read more

  • Notes from the universe, Mike Dooley, and channeling with Frank for over a year

    4/17/2017 12:14:36 PM, by CTUPTON

    Mike Dooley says: "For over a year, I've been corresponding with Frank, through channel Tracy Farquhar, whose civilization was once facing many of the same challenges we face, yet for changes made, they were catapulted to a place of incredible success and prosperity. " "... if you had the chanc... Read more

  • Someone I just met. Oh wow!

    4/16/2017 10:08:23 PM, by CTUPTON
    sonal.php I am very lucky to have this doctor to chat with! I have asked her for one of her books to read. I can't wait to start it. After this morning's brunch with her, I went poking around the internet. I could... Read more

  • Art that floored me at Whitney Museum. I only read about this.

    4/16/2017 2:02:29 PM, by CTUPTON
    inks-and-then-some/ From the above article. Now read the artists reason for the piece: "The piece focuses on how entire groups of people with a collective identity can turn abstract through ... Read more

  • Easter

    4/16/2017 9:58:07 AM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Today the lord has risen and so do I. I wish you all a wonderful day. Take a moment to be kind to one another. Enjoy all your friends and love ones. Many blessings... Read more

  • I am happy with...

    4/15/2017 11:59:24 AM, by CTUPTON

    chris... Read more

  • The only thing that has worked (a bit) for me is setting a timer.

    4/15/2017 11:49:18 AM, by CTUPTON

    I have tried every trick in the book(for 0ver 60 years!0 . Nothing stops me from snacking between meals. But... a friend taught me about setting a timer before I can enter the kitchen again. This has worked a couple of times now. I have forgotten about the food I craved. the timer goes off and... Read more

  • Today

    4/15/2017 11:19:42 AM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Just a nice day of rest. Family visit's tomorrow. Wishing all a wonderful day.... Read more

  • Doing Easter in a fulfilling way. Thank you all for your comments. Very helpful to me.

    4/15/2017 2:52:25 AM, by CTUPTON

    I know to make a holiday special I need to figure out what that means to me. Growing up, Mom made the holidays--by cooking and cooking and cooking. This was how she showed us love. And she was a d@mn good Polish style cook and baker! I have never been able to do that. And I moved 400 miles fr... Read more

  • Weekends

    4/14/2017 7:28:44 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Just wishing all a great weekend. Enjoy, love and laugh. We all desire some fun.... Read more

  • Easter is not my favorite holiday. Maybe I don't do it right?

    4/14/2017 11:41:34 AM, by CTUPTON

    Growing up Mom cooked a great deal--hence my continued weight problem. Church was big all Holy Week -that was Ok, but I have a hard time keeping that up. Now that hubby is in a motorized wheelchair, it is even harder. The family stuff never worked out and now I don't know how to do that yet aga... Read more

  • I got to exercise class and I got myself to the great music last evening, too!

    4/14/2017 11:11:06 AM, by CTUPTON

    The music was a guy on a big keyboard. Very upbeat and lively. Polkas, other ethnic fast dances, tarantella, Umpapa songs, Irish dances, and plenty of jokes interspersed. He asked for Polish foods--I sure knew those. (Spellings??)Kapoosta, golumpki, ruscheeki, charneina (duck blood soup), etc.... Read more

  • Tiny drops in big buckets

    4/13/2017 12:25:10 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Life is like a carousel, It goes round and round and round, and up and down. Little drops matter, tiny steps in the right direction become great strides. Today Here are tiny drops I did 6 minutes of gentle back stretches. I slept a little better. I am walking more. I packaged ... Read more

  • Daily exercise classes are just downstairs daily M-F.

    4/13/2017 10:53:55 AM, by CTUPTON

    30 min. of stretching and meditation and deep breathing. I am so glad I went. I have no excuse. It is just downstairs. 10:00 am daily M-F is some sort of an exercise class. chair exercises usually. Or standing if you want to. And the fitness machine room is there, too. Ok. Ok. I wi... Read more

  • What a day

    4/12/2017 10:30:36 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Busy, workout, yoga and reflexology. What a day. Am very grateful. Hope you have a great day too.... Read more

  • First time in a long time

    4/12/2017 2:21:33 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Probably one of my very last story times in 2010.... Prior to my back surgeries, Prior to my recoveries, Prior to my current editing/proofing freelancing I was a librarian. I mean, I still am, but I have been a librarian in a box, a librarian without a library home. Today for the... Read more

  • Just what I was looking for. NOT!

    4/12/2017 1:36:19 PM, by CTUPTON

    Industrial style holder for rolls of toilet paper. Holds 4 rolls! chris... Read more

  • two QUINOA RECIPES from SP--Do you have a favorite quinoa recipe?

    4/12/2017 10:29:57 AM, by CTUPTON

    I will put up some MORE favorites HERE soon, chris 1. QUINOA VEGGIE FRIED RICE --see SP RECIPE FOR DETAILS PLEASE 4
    =2395841 Olive Oil, 1 tbsp Garlic, 2 cloves minced Onions, raw, 1 large chopped Mushrooms, fresh... Read more


    4/12/2017 10:29:51 AM, by CTUPTON
    _quinoa_and_how_do_i_eat_it I will put up some favorites soon, chris... Read more

  • Wondrous

    4/11/2017 8:28:57 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    A great day. Worked out feel good. How was your day?... Read more

  • Focusing on Moderation

    4/11/2017 1:09:38 PM, by ALYASLIMDOWN

    The Average American Diet is 2,000 calories. I am working hard to never eat this much while I'm losing weight unless I'm exercising enough to get the calories after exercising to be lower by the exercising calories that I've burned. This way if I feel like I need to cheat, I can eat the food that I'... Read more

  • Just because

    4/11/2017 10:36:16 AM, by LUNADRAGON

    There are good and bad things that happen every day. To each of us. All the time. We need to remember that, because as we deal with our daily struggles, we need to remember, keep in mind, be thoughtful, that every single one of us is dealing with something that feels insurmountable. This is a ... Read more

  • Yoga

    4/10/2017 4:59:20 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Finishing touches and I will be on my way to teaching class. I truly enjoy all my students. I feel such great joy when I am getting ready to teach. Many blessings... Read more


    4/10/2017 3:38:45 PM, by CTUPTON

    It took 2 appointments and a trip today just to pay them and to sign papers with hubby . It took several days in the weeks before that to get papers together. The move did not make this any easier than other years, of course. chris 104 334 104 334 104 334... Read more

  • Water exercise pictures are now a slide show screensaver.

    4/9/2017 9:50:33 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Joyful

    4/9/2017 8:10:45 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Life is such a gift. Learning new ways to be more healthier. Hoping all had a great weekend. Hoping for even a better week. Many blessings ... Read more

  • Update

    4/9/2017 5:04:11 PM, by BRENNA84

    I injured my left knee last month after slipping in the snow 2x. It was painful. I'm up to around 265 pounds and today is the first day where I've actually been able to workout gently with very little pain or discomfort. Right now what I'm doing is a gentle warm up, walking workouts (I may add ... Read more

  • Thoughts make things. So, another hack to encourage my brighter future.

    4/9/2017 1:39:19 PM, by CTUPTON

    2. Screensavers, Backgrounds and Wallpapers If you’re like most manifestors, your vision board is either nonexistent, outdated, or buried in the back of a closet. But you can let your eyes feast on your desired results by putting your digital screens to work. Whether it’s a phone, a tablet, a ... Read more

  • Smiling Sun

    4/8/2017 5:59:45 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    The sun seems to be smiling today. The rays are so wide. The brightness is so blinding. Like a child playing in the sun. I see the sun smiling. The sun makes me smile too. I feel the warmth and love of the sun. Having fun with this great wonderful sun. I am a child, enjoying the lov... Read more

  • LONG

    4/7/2017 5:58:02 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    A day full of running around. Feel totally done. At times all I want to do is my fitness and forget the rest. Hope you all had a great day. Let the weekend began! Have a great weekend also.... Read more

  • More: To attract good vibes from the universe. Another idea.

    4/7/2017 9:28:50 AM, by CTUPTON

    I need to change my bank password. I will try this technique today. chris Passwords Change your password; change your life. Yes, a password really is that powerful. Or it can be, when you use the right ones. Turn one of life’s hassles into an alignment boost by making your password a pow... Read more

  • Hard?

    4/6/2017 8:30:54 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Unable to update states. Can anyone help? Maybe missing something? It was easier on the phone.... Read more

  • #6 hack to tune in to the wonderfulness of the universe. I like this one, too.

    4/5/2017 6:31:39 PM, by CTUPTON

    6. Greetings We habitually ask each other, “How are you?” and “How’s it going?” but a more powerful question steers the conversation to higher vibrational territory. Instead of asking how they are, inquire “What’s going right?” or “What’s the good news?” With friends and family who kn... Read more

  • No change

    4/5/2017 5:26:10 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Went to the doctors. She loved my fitbit. My heart is doing well. Did not lose or gained weight. Feel really great. How was your day?... Read more

  • Daily hacks to connect with the universe. by Mike Dooley

    4/5/2017 1:40:00 PM, by CTUPTON
    u-manifest/?articleId=445 I just might try one or 2! chris... Read more

  • Random Babblings 4/5/17

    4/5/2017 10:03:46 AM, by MBETTIS3

    It is Spring Break. We are at home in the cold and rainy weather. The kids are bored and I am trying to be productive. Some people from school shipped out to FL on last Friday. Being from Florida doesn't make me want to go to FL every Spring Break but it might have been a nice departure from doin... Read more

  • cont Botanical Gardens South Buffalo, NY

    4/5/2017 1:47:28 AM, by CTUPTON

    Corpse plant which was not blooming when I visited. I am sort of glad it was not blooming. It stinks! And 10,000 visitors went to see it last time it bloomed. Well, it is Buffalo. And the freak 2 storm in a row 2014 almost wrecked the Botanical Gardens! The ... Read more

  • Botanical Gardens South Buffalo,NY

    4/5/2017 1:38:16 AM, by CTUPTON
    v=sUS-GQ8CvSk This was a bus trip from Montabaur Heights, our new home. More photos in the next blog. All photos from the Internet.... Read more

  • Another one in the books

    4/4/2017 11:55:22 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Literally. I've been working on proofreading, but my stamina is rather "eh", because I woke early exhausted and back hurting. Grr. So I did maybe 3 minutes of stretching my ham string and did not make my walking. Tomorrow I have a lot of work to tackle. I rue that I haven't gotten back on the wii ... Read more

  • Still

    4/4/2017 5:13:22 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Still learning and growing on the road to a better me.... Read more

  • A first in a VERY long time

    4/4/2017 3:06:09 PM, by ZUMBANERD

    I have a date coming up for this weekend and I started thinking about what I could wear for it. I decided to try on a dress that I've worn a few times now that has fit just fine. It's a cute black dress that hugs me to show my small waist. I put it on and it's strangely fitting. As if it's too big f... Read more

  • CTUPTON is asking for prayers for a friend having spinal surgery April 4th.

    4/3/2017 8:52:56 AM, by CTUPTON

    It will be taking off many bone spurs from her neck and shoulder area vertebrae. The surgeon would give no guarantees this would cure her awful pain or give her full use of her arm which is now numb. And he said danger of paralysis is ever present. I know my many spark friends will respond... Read more

  • Alternating Sleep

    4/3/2017 6:40:39 AM, by LUNADRAGON

    Observation: My sleep varies from night to night. One night good, one night bad. I don't like it, but at least I am figuring it out. I wake with back pain of one sort or another, want to sleep, but can't with the pain, so get up, walk, sit down for a while. Then try to sleep again. I am at t... Read more

  • Health

    4/3/2017 12:10:09 AM, by DRAGKULENIA

    We are all about good health, for ourselves as well, as for our love ones. But, why do we abuse our body's with bad foods? Could we be enjoying the pain of our sufferings? It gives one pause of how mindless we all can be. May you all have a blessed night and a great week. ... Read more

  • A belated National Procrastination Week photo

    4/1/2017 7:50:09 PM, by CTUPTON

    I was going to make a library display for National Procrastination Week (Mar. 1-7) but...... Read more

  • Why sparkguy supported the changes in the start page and Community feed..

    4/1/2017 1:09:54 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • Meaning of female

    4/1/2017 12:46:16 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • MOVIE: Manchester by the Sea

    4/1/2017 12:16:01 PM, by CTUPTON
    anchester-by-the-sea-2016 I watched the middle of this movie with a friend. Huh? I didn't get it at all... Roger Ebert had written it is a comedy. Huh??? He suggests to see it and then see it again with someone seeing it for the first tim... Read more

  • Well

    3/31/2017 4:58:21 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    The day a great one. My you all have a great weekend. Many blessings... Read more

  • Fast Friday

    3/31/2017 11:13:50 AM, by LUNADRAGON

    First - I slept. Got up once, hurting, but was able to walk it off, then go back to sleep. Now, it is Friday. Ate my healthy breakfast - the usual - oatmeal, banana, blueberries, coffee with cream and sugar. And finally - I have a ton of work to finish, no time for anything else. Not sure what I... Read more

  • Tired Thursday

    3/30/2017 7:50:58 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Ok, I am just getting a handle on things. I had to really think. Regarding my wii fit, after my back surgeries in 2011, I did not get back on the wii fit as much as before. I think that might be the problem to my back pain. I will aim to get on it every other day. I had a bad night sleep last nig... Read more

  • Results of the condo inspection by the buyers.

    3/30/2017 10:57:02 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am so frustrated! Picky, picky, picky! I can't believe all the things they want done! When will this end? And it is causing anxiety for DD because she is living there alone-having to make appointments with various workers to fix "piddly" things! A stain over the washer/dryer ar... Read more

  • Hubby

    3/29/2017 11:52:27 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    I am very proud of my hubby. He played a game. With other people besides me. What a great moment. ... Read more

  • Thinking

    3/29/2017 8:29:51 PM, by CUPKAKE137

    Sometimes this is the worst thing I can do.. Did some more updating on my spark page today. And I looked at my old account (because I am friends with my old self) may sound dumb but it helps me to see where I was (which may also be part of my undoing). But I looked at that person and I see how muc... Read more

  • Working it Wednesday!

    3/29/2017 9:56:38 AM, by LUNADRAGON

    Good morning! Sleep - check Wii fit 22 minutes - check Healthy breakfast - check Ready to rock my day - check Making it happen one day at a time, one step at a time, getting healthier is my job. But now I have work to do! Working at making healthier decisions. The roast turkey breast last night w... Read more

  • School is my nemesis

    3/28/2017 11:26:14 PM, by MBETTIS3

    I have told you all for years now that school and teaching is anti-weight loss for me.... and here I am back at my heaviest in the middle of the school year. Actually we are nearing the end with about 9 more weeks left. I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to be in a different place when graduation comes aro... Read more

  • Frustrated

    3/28/2017 9:21:07 PM, by CUPKAKE137

    Just frustrated... Probably for stupid reasons but that is ok it's how I feel. Didn't see any movement on the scale. Makes me sad because I'm still in the early portion of the restart and I don't want a set back already.. And I seriously strained some muscles when doing yard work on Sunday. So I... Read more