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  • Plants that keep mosquitos away

    4/27/2015 11:11:03 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • A high school student over the PA said the Pledge of Allegance in Arabic...

    4/26/2015 5:35:42 PM, by CTUPTON

    Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic said over the public address system a high school. In a different newspaper article it said, "It said the pledge had been recited in other languages throughout the week." I challenge you to make an opinion about that. Maybe write it down. Then... read the fol... Read more

  • 75 SP recipes for spring time eating! : )

    4/26/2015 12:22:12 PM, by CTUPTON

    ◦The best time to harvest the greens is in early spring, when they’re young, before they begin to flower. As they get older, they become bitter, but can still be used if you boil or sauté them ◦The tenderest, sweetest part of the plant is the “crown”, the cluster of new buds th... Read more

  • Happy Sunday

    4/26/2015 9:08:23 AM, by -RESAMARIE

    I can't believe it, my husband coming home so we could go to church and go out for lunch. We have a new business and things get busy but today should be a day of rest. Have a wonderful day!... Read more

  • Insert blog title here

    4/25/2015 9:43:24 PM, by BUBBLEJ1

    Hi all. I'm back on my laptop! The husband managed to fix it for me. Speaking of husband, we celebrated our first wedding anniversary on Monday. We went out for dinner and then went home and ate freezer burnt wedding cake. It was a low key, but lovely, evening. I've started a new programm... Read more

  • This time will be different

    4/25/2015 2:20:23 PM, by NFSISTER

    How many times do we try to lose weight and fail, only to try again saying "this time will be different?" Too many in my case. I always start strong, believing this will be the time I finally reach my goals, only to hit a bump and give up. I used to be really good at losing weight. I had s... Read more

  • Beautiful Weather Inspires Me

    4/25/2015 9:19:30 AM, by -RESAMARIE

    The weather has been in the low to mid seventy's in the morning and it's very comfortable to go for a walk. My dogs love it! now I want to get my husband to join us.... Read more

  • Small Victories

    4/25/2015 2:15:38 AM, by JELLYBEAN007

    Let's get one thing straight right off the bat. I don't believe there's any such thing as a small victory. Life is hard. Success is not guaranteed. Every victory is something worthy of our attention and celebration. Actually, neurobiology studies have shown that, when we're practicing to learn a new... Read more

  • not much new

    4/23/2015 10:59:27 PM, by -RESAMARIE

    Working on my research is a bit stressful.... Read more

  • Need Help!

    4/22/2015 10:55:40 PM, by -RESAMARIE

    I gained 5 pounds and I am disgusted. Although. I eat lots of veggies and whole grains I pick at night. If I eat a lean meal I am so hungry! Any advice?... Read more

  • Kitty praying...

    4/22/2015 10:48:15 PM, by CTUPTON

    picture from DEBBIEDAY It is so purr-fect for me today! Thanks Debbie! chris... Read more

  • Help me Celebrate

    4/22/2015 9:58:14 PM, by JELLYBEAN007

    Well, I stepped on the scale this morning and I am down 2 lbs. That's good news. It seems to be a clear sign that I'm moving in the right direction. Can I be brutally honest here? 205 doesn't make me happy. I'm not doing the dance of joy. Yes, at this rate we'll be seeing results that... Read more

  • eat to Beat Cancer --web site link updated

    4/22/2015 9:54:26 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.eattobeat.org/... Read more

  • Hug a tree for Earth Day 2015

    4/22/2015 8:11:46 PM, by CTUPTON

    If you have never done this--and most people have not--try it, you'll like it. It makes you feel very strong and grounded. Yes, it makes you feel a little silly, too, but so what. It is way easier if you have kids to do it with. chris... Read more

  • just for funzies!

    4/21/2015 7:45:29 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Not much for today.

    4/21/2015 5:44:42 PM, by -RESAMARIE

    All the work I've been doing around the house wore me out...I need to take a day off!... Read more

  • From my ipad

    4/21/2015 1:37:10 AM, by BUBBLEJ1

    My laptop has died! So I'm updating from my ipad, which is far less convenient to type on! Working out has been non existent for the past few weeks. I went to Auckland (home) for a week and had planned on not working out that week since I tend to do a lot of walking around anyway. I ended up ha... Read more

  • Slow Down? Ha. Ha. Ha.

    4/21/2015 1:03:59 AM, by JELLYBEAN007

    It is 10:00 pm and I am just sitting down for a rest now. THe day is done, and I've been busy all day, going from one demand to the next. It's not bad - I don't do any single thing that's particularly difficult in a day - but it's exhausting. Because the day is over and, even with the greatest ... Read more

  • They always come crawling back....

    4/19/2015 4:29:29 PM, by LOS_ANJELOS

    It's April. I was more into being back here before I started typing. I don't trust I'll do anything differently. I'm not bummed, just kind of monotone on the inside. Ah...the word is FRUSTRATED. Yes, FRUSTRATED. THAT is what I am. ... Read more

  • First Flight 5k and Flying Pirate Half Marathon: complete!

    4/19/2015 4:06:02 PM, by DEPOTMODE

    Did the 5k yesterday. Walked to and from the race, plus walked the actual race. 51:12 time. Did the half marathon this morning. My watch came up with 13.2 miles, but whatever. We completed it! We walked this one too. 3:50:05 Nearly 19 miles of walking in two days. I'm tired. :) Planni... Read more

  • A New Day

    4/19/2015 3:07:20 PM, by JELLYBEAN007

    Last night I stepped on the scale. For the first time in my life, I am officially obese. 46 I guess it's not surprising. I mean, a girl doesn't pack on 30 pounds in 2 years and not notice. It's not like I woke up one morning and went "Oh my, where did THIS come from?" But still, it's not a fun ... Read more

  • frustrations of moving--have a ffew laughs...

    4/18/2015 7:31:59 PM, by CTUPTON

    I wish.... 1. You have to choose between spending the money and hiring movers or guilting your friends into helping you in exchange for a Papa John’s single topping pizza. The struggle is that if the movers scratch your coffee table, you’re insured. If your friend does it the only thing ... Read more

  • I have been getting more done lately by this method:

    4/18/2015 7:06:33 PM, by CTUPTON

    I find if I make a to do list for tomorrow--I get lots more done. In the morning I have energy but don't know where to start. So I have the pre-written list! At night I have lots of ideas but no energy to move things around. It is easy for me to just write down the ideas to be done the nex... Read more

  • Stuff I got rid of --yeah!

    4/18/2015 6:57:24 PM, by CTUPTON

    already gone -two vans full of trash from the basement to the dump, including old computer equipment -many tall kitchen garbage bags of my old clothes for the VVA truck pickup-my daughter forced me to focus on these and pushed me to get rid of lots of the clothes! I thank her for that. -man... Read more

  • Sucess

    4/18/2015 1:09:59 PM, by RABBITART

    I am happy to say the pain I was having from the antibiotic is just about gone. What is really making my day is another pound gone and more inches. 104 My tall boots are fitting better each time I try them on. I even had to retrieve a pair of jean I had put in a bag ready to give away because they... Read more

  • Working Outdoors

    4/18/2015 10:08:10 AM, by -RESAMARIE

    I love working in my garden but yesterday I actually worked with my husband's landscaping business putting down mulch. It actually was refreshing to do some hard work. Being outdoors feels great.... Read more

  • No pun intended--well maybe pun intended...

    4/17/2015 8:03:59 AM, by CTUPTON

    Which is your favorite? And do you have a favorite pun or play on words? Thanks for stopping by my blogs, chris Imagine living in China! China bans wordplay in attempt at pun control There really is an online articl... Read more

  • "Nicecream" with frozen cherries and frozen bananas

    4/17/2015 7:14:53 AM, by CTUPTON

    Recipe: Frozen bananas blended with frozen cherries, fresh strawberries, fresh raspberries, a tad of coconut water, and a dash of cinnamon! Nice cream for dayzzzz....Enjoy my friends! from the website Fully Raw... Read more

  • My thoughts --the moral bucket list

    4/17/2015 6:56:15 AM, by CTUPTON

    Mother Theresa and walking on water: As a teenager I had great aspirations. And I was said to always be "brooding." I was fairly unhappy and thought I should be saving the world. Dial ahead to now. I feel I am barely able to keep my own life together rather than out saving those starving peopl... Read more

  • The moral bucket list--this sure made me think!

    4/17/2015 6:23:39 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.nytimes.com/2015/04/12/opi
    nion/sunday/david-brooks-t
    he-moral-bucket-list.html?_r=0 In the realm of emotion, she is embedded in a web of unconditional loves. In the realm of action, she is committed to tasks that can’t be completed in a single lifetime. This is a philosophy... Read more

  • Question for fit bit users

    4/15/2015 7:18:54 PM, by CUPKAKE137

    So I have a fit bit and I do my best to wear it. Sometimes I do forget because it needs to be charged or something. Anyway my husband thinks I am cheating by putting it on my foot (aka attaching it to my shoe laces middle of my shoe so it won't fall off) here is my thinking I don't always remember... Read more

  • Herbs vs spices--who knew!

    4/15/2015 4:36:15 PM, by CTUPTON

    Only the green leafy parts of a plant are considered herbs. Flavourings from other parts are called spices. Thus, parsley, sage, rosemary, mint and thyme are all herbs. Seeds like nutmeg and peppercorns are spices, as are barks like cinnamon, buds like cloves, and flower parts like saffron. A few pl... Read more

  • Out to Dinner

    4/15/2015 8:09:35 AM, by -RESAMARIE

    I had a big salad for lunch so when I went to dinner I had eggplant parmesan but no pasta in a little bread. I gave in to something I wanted for a long time but I only ate half. I'm okay with it.... Read more

  • Shedding more than pounds

    4/14/2015 12:25:19 PM, by BEWELLMOM3

    In the past, I've allowed stress to get in the way of taking care of myself. Granted, I was homeschooling a child with severe health issues/needs - who also had more hours than a full time job of therapies and doctor appointments. That's just not the kind of stress that ever lets up. And when every ... Read more

  • Exercise Woes

    4/14/2015 8:50:18 AM, by -RESAMARIE

    When it comes to exercise I'm really good at working out just over 30 minutes but I need improvements for more consistency. Sometimes I don't feel well. For example, I had a bad headache for 3 days. Although I know exercise can relieve stress my head was not cooperating.... Read more

  • Cleaning out my basement for putting our condo on the market....

    4/13/2015 7:05:01 PM, by CTUPTON

    I had the truck pick up my donations!! 334 He took lots of stuff, including 2 dressers I had for my daughter when she was little. She is now almost 33 (May 29th!). I am sure I bought them at a flea market! 224 I painted one mint green and a pinkish color with a little yellow trim. the other I pai... Read more

  • Think my legs may just fall off.

    4/13/2015 6:48:48 PM, by CUPKAKE137

    So yesterday my hubby and I went for a bike ride on the abandoned turnpike. 18.08 miles! Yeah that is the longest ride on a bike I have ever done. I am so sore today lol. I mean it was worth it . But I hate bike riding with him. He is 9 inches taller than me so he goes so fast on a bike. And ... Read more

  • Soup for all Seasons

    4/13/2015 2:21:44 PM, by -RESAMARIE

    It doesn't matter to me if its hot or cold outside a good bowl of soup filled with vegetables of all kind is filling and delicious. Today I used my chicken broth I made for my rotisserie chicken with every vegetable I could find in my refrigerator. then I add a can of diced tomatoes with garlic, ore... Read more

  • Do you have a dishwasher you like?

    4/13/2015 10:42:13 AM, by CTUPTON

    Mine died in just a couple of years. I am selling the condo and I have to replace it. There is a store near me with used appliances that look new. I want to get one there. I don't' want to pay a thousand dollars! OMG! Please don't tell me your horror stories------- I need positive inf... Read more

  • Maine coon cat is very long and big--but we got him as a tiny kitten!

    4/12/2015 7:53:44 PM, by CTUPTON

    Native to the state of Maine, these good-natured, intelligent cats can grow to be quite large. In fact the "Guiness Book of World Records" (2006) lists a male Maine Coon cat as the longest cat in the world. He measured 48 inches long (120 cm), including the length of his tail, and weighed a staggeri... Read more

  • From FROSTY99-- about PINEAPPLES! Eat more pineapples!

    4/12/2015 5:58:19 PM, by CTUPTON

    A Simple Pineapple The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family. It is extremely rare that bromeliads produce edible fruit. The pineapple is the only available edible bromeliad today. It is a multiple fruit. One pineapple is actually made up of dozens of individual flowe... Read more

  • Why Man cannot form a humane society even after all these many years of wars and turmoil.

    4/12/2015 3:36:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have contemplated that question many times. I can't believe I did not come to a good answer. The book Utopia by Thomas More popped up on my computer. I read a bit about it and it got me thinking. Many societies have been engineered and fall apart. And obviously we are still producing wars at an... Read more

  • Hungry Husband

    4/12/2015 12:17:13 AM, by -RESAMARIE

    Oh boy! My husband works outdoors and he is always hungry. This is hard on me and I need some support.... Read more

  • 10 Healthy restaurant--including IHOP!

    4/10/2015 5:28:07 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.
    asp?post=10_diet_friendly_
    restaurants_stay_on_track_
    when_youre_onthego... Read more

  • Is Swerve Sweetner healthy and good tasting???

    4/10/2015 4:51:21 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.swervesweetener.com/about-
    swerve/... Read more

  • I am craving caramel sauce for my yogurt

    4/10/2015 4:46:26 PM, by CTUPTON

    The Best Low Carb Caramel Sauce Yield: About 1 cup Serving Size: 2 tbsp The Best Low Carb Caramel Sauce This is the only low carb, sugar-free caramel sauce recipe you will ever need. It's ooey, it's gooey and it stays pourable! Best of... Read more

  • Easy burrito baked casserole--I need easy!

    4/8/2015 3:47:19 AM, by CTUPTON

    Brown rice, lean chicken, and spinach up the health factor of this dish. Serves 6 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes Ingredients: 1 15 oz. can no salt added black beans, rinsed and drained 1 16 oz. containers plus 6 tablespoons of Wholly Guacamole (Classic), divided... Read more

  • Well I am not happy, I am frustrated

    4/7/2015 10:32:26 AM, by CUPKAKE137

    So I am not happy with myself. I let myself get back up in weight. I am where I was a few years ago so frustrating. I am angry with myself for getting back like this. Things like getting cancer and getting fired from my job did not help. It sucks that everytime the going gets tough I let myself... Read more

  • No means yes! Thanks, NJENGEN!

    4/7/2015 7:02:28 AM, by CTUPTON

    No means yes!! "No" to the cookie means yes to a healthier choice! "No" to chips or crackers means yes to better health, fewer joint problems. "No" to more nuts means yes to the ability to be more active more of the time! "No" to unnecessary food means yes to the kind of lif... Read more

  • Easiest face sun protection?

    4/7/2015 6:29:19 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am still lax putting on daily SPF creams -even though I had to have something removed from the center of my nose. 39 I was hoping there was a one step cream for this. I guess not. I thought I could use a tinted SPF protection cream. If you know a good one, please... Read more

  • largest immigrant population by state

    4/6/2015 8:26:13 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/
    2014/05/27/a-shift-from-ge
    rmany-to-mexico-for-americ
    as-immigrants/... Read more

  • Video: correct way to walk on stairs--who knew!

    4/5/2015 5:16:16 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.med-health.net/Knee-Pain-G
    oing-Up-Stairs.html... Read more

  • Lose weight to decreas pressure on each knee. Duh! Another reaso for me to lose weight.

    4/5/2015 5:15:32 PM, by CTUPTON

    From 3 fat chicks on a diet: Dr. Peyton comments, “Every additional pound you carry equals 3 extra pounds of pressure on your hip joint, 4 extra pounds on your knee joint, and about 9 extra pounds on your patella femoral joint (which you use going up and down stairs, ... Read more

  • Chemistry of synovial fluid. Very tecchnical! Just a link.

    4/5/2015 4:27:18 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.vri.cz/docs/vetmed/53-8-39
    7.pdf... Read more

  • More about synovial fluid. with a link

    4/5/2015 4:18:03 PM, by CTUPTON

    The inner membrane of synovial joints is called the synovial membrane and secretes synovial fluid into the joint cavity. The fluid contains hyaluronic acid secreted by fibroblast-like cells in the synovial membrane and interstitial fluid filtered from the blood plasma.[1][page needed] This fluid for... Read more

  • synovial fluid

    4/5/2015 4:13:10 PM, by CTUPTON

    Synovial fluid is a viscous, non-Newtonian fluid found in the cavities of synovial joints. With its yolk-like consistency ("synovial" partially derives from ovum, Latin for egg), the principal role of synovial fluid is to reduce friction between the articular cartilage of synovial joints during move... Read more

  • Cortisone shots for knee pain--a very complicated process to understand.

    4/5/2015 4:07:39 PM, by CTUPTON

    Cortisone can actually prevent healing! I read about it after I got my shot! I think I had to get it. My pain was awful. Having read up on it, I am doing some things to have it heal if it can. I am bending it to make fluid be produced there. That fluid from my body can help it heal. The sw... Read more

  • Peeps diorama : Peeple and Scott Walker

    4/5/2015 3:38:17 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am finding more and more peeps dioramas. They are really clever. I hate politics but this was kind of interesting, Peeple! chris... Read more

  • Add more veggies to kashi pizza--delicious!

    4/5/2015 2:20:36 PM, by CTUPTON

    This might save me from those pizza cravings! I added no salt (drained) diced tomatoes, green pepper, and more grated parmesan cheese. chris... Read more

  • Amazing changes in the last couple of weeks.

    4/5/2015 1:30:21 PM, by DEPOTMODE

    Today, we completed another 10-mile walk, our last before the half marathon on April 19. We improved on our time by over five minutes! I'm pretty pleased with that. Also pleased that I kept up a consistent pace the entire 10 miles, as opposed to fading in mile 8. That small distinction will be impor... Read more

  • Sugar addiction is real! The brain acts like addiction to

    4/4/2015 6:46:28 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.iflscience.com/brain/here-
    s-what-happens-your-brain-
    when-you-give-sugar-lent But we knew this already. Right? Lots of fun pictures are in the link! In short, this means that repeated access to sugar over time leads to prolonged dopamine signalling, greater excitation of t... Read more

  • 100 calorie snacks that fill you up--well maybe....

    4/4/2015 6:37:30 PM, by CTUPTON

    Healthy eating isn’t all about calorie counting. Nutritious foods are key, but sometimes it’s nice to know you can grab a quick snack that doesn't deliver an entire meal's worth of calories. The next time hunger creeps up when it’s least convenient (like 30 minutes before a dinner reservation)... Read more

  • I am not keeping a record of my exercise so no awards!!!

    4/4/2015 9:41:48 AM, by CTUPTON

    I changed the battery in my SPAT and after that it leaked in the pool. I dried it. It worked but leaked again. I asked on the message board. I got some direction. I am putting the little rubber O ring in the wrong place. the diagram is not very clear. I have not gotten around to fixing it yet. Way t... Read more

  • Misconceptions about aging--an excellent article!

    4/4/2015 8:06:44 AM, by CTUPTON

    I get emails from this website (agingcare.com). It is full of great information and even personal support from "people who have been there." I have several wweb sites that I regularly contact about being a caregiver, mostly. I list hem on my team postings as my signature. Hope this helps someon... Read more

  • Feeling Much Better

    4/3/2015 11:49:27 PM, by RABBITART

    I am very happy to say most of the muscle and joint pain is going away, I still have a little bit of pain in my calf muscles. I was able to see the doctor on Wednesday, he said for me to stop taking the antibiotic and he is going to send me for CT scan to try and find out why I am having so many iss... Read more

  • A new ailment! Come on-I have had enough! Bumps on palm.

    4/3/2015 9:12:16 PM, by CTUPTON

    These bumps have been developing for maybe 6 months. No pain mostly--on occasion a burning sensation. And the bumps are changing. Probably related to trigger finger but my fingers aren't acting that way. I have asked various professionals. They said if there is no pain--just leave it alone. ... Read more

  • I am liking this website "abouthome." This is another article from there.

    4/3/2015 4:24:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    housekeeping.about.com/od/save
    money/tp/9surprisingcleane
    rs.htm Using things like ketchup as a cleaning liquid! HUH! 40... Read more

  • Woolite laundry soap seems a bit expensive. Here are ways to make yur own.

    4/3/2015 4:20:34 PM, by CTUPTON

    I use Woolite for any hand washables even if I wash them on gentle in the machine. I really don't know which recipe is best here. The last ideas seem pretty good to me. I have a bar of Fels Naphtha soap in fact. Homemade Wool Wash #1 •4 cups soap flakes •4 cups boiling water •1 c... Read more

  • You surprised me--you read my statistics blog! Here's more...

    4/2/2015 10:00:31 AM, by CTUPTON

    enjoy! chris... Read more

  • Correlation is NOT causation! These are funny.... but it takes some brain power...

    4/1/2015 4:08:09 PM, by CTUPTON

    Don't let the formal "science" looking graphs discourage you. hmm--I'd better stop eating margarine! www.tylervigen.com/... Read more

  • Go howl at the moon or.....

    4/1/2015 3:38:21 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.tut.com/article/details/69
    -5-fun-and-safe-ways-to-ex
    press-your-inner-wild-thin
    g/?articleId=69 It got me thinking anyway! chris... Read more

  • Having A Setback

    3/31/2015 12:28:45 AM, by RABBITART

    Today was not a very productive day for me. I have been struggling with a sinus infection for almost 12 weeks now my doctor finally but me on antibiotics last week. I have discovered this past week in taking them it is not the right medication for me...Oh boy, I've been having the worst muscle pain,... Read more

  • Helpful info requested on an Elimination Diet?

    3/30/2015 11:53:11 PM, by JENNIW70

    The saying: "Sick and tired of being sick and tired" certainly applies to my struggle with CFS! And there are times where I am just desperate and will be willing to almost do anything to feel better. I have been in a bad crash for almost a month now. I am doing better, but still not up to par. ... Read more

  • SPRING

    3/29/2015 10:08:12 PM, by CTUPTON

    Enjoy! chris ... Read more

  • What to order at Panera Bread SP article

    3/29/2015 4:43:17 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.
    asp?post=food_on_the_run_p
    anera_bread I am quoting a bit of the article. There is lots of info in the actual article! "Panera has stepped up their nutritional game recently with their Power Menu, a selection of high-protein, low-carb entrees with some se... Read more