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  • Climbed the hump (day) fairly successfly.......then got hit in the gut by STRESS!

    2/26/2015 5:10:27 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    FINALLY got the long-delayed conference call out of the way - and NAILED IT, in essence! Other party seemed to understand what I prepared - will see how things go for me goin' forward......... DD threw me a curve last night by making a request that I wasn't particularly relishing performing - ... Read more

  • If We Weren't All Crazy....sing along!!

    2/25/2015 9:45:26 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

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  • Still dealing with tech "glitches".......

    2/25/2015 4:58:21 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    This one, while not critical, is annoying nevertheless - one of my other fave sites had an "ooopsie" this morning .......... seems to have - get this, now! - *lost my total point accumulation" (yeah, yeah, I know - what's up with Raspberry and points, eh?)...........soooooo, I sent an email to the c... Read more


    2/24/2015 4:59:50 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Needless to say, after a hellacious experience trying to deal with yet ANOTHER technical problem (4o-45 minutes or so) to get a badly needed problem resolved, the cookie demon took over ....... 198 This morning, as an added insult, I was woken up at 2:30AM by an Amber Alert phone message... Read more

  • Maintaining and weighing

    2/24/2015 3:03:54 AM, by ALIIDA

    Some people say weighing every day works best for them while others say it's better not to get obsessive about your weight; weighing once a week is better. Sometimes when I was trying to lose, and I was on a plateau, not weighing every day helped me to lighten up and not get obsessive. Or when... Read more

  • Monday......

    2/23/2015 6:47:48 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Did an unofficial weigh-in - looks like I might have lost a pound (I won't re-weigh in on an official basis until I get back to what I last posted - about 4 more pounds should do it)! Wasn't perfect on the eating yesterday (had a few cookies), but got a bit of sovely now shoveling done along wi... Read more

  • Mid-weekend review.......

    2/22/2015 8:35:08 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Family member doing fairly well - has a post-stay regimen of meds to work with for a getting back to the ol' cranky routine, griping about politics and the like......yep, back to "normal", as it were......... Got some groceries before this latest snow hit - this morning there's... Read more

  • Sheesh!

    2/21/2015 12:32:18 PM, by RASPBERRY56

    Day ended well (nice get-together, release of family member from hospital, good evaluation meeting for another family member) - but today was a bit of "another story" - a very bizarre (and embarrassing) incident occurred in the morning that I can't for the life of me figure out WHY it happened (it's... Read more

  • New weight tracking day and why!

    2/20/2015 8:57:52 PM, by GINIEMIE

    Okay, I'm contemplating doing Beck Diet Solutions, have been for some time thanks to GABY1948. I ordered the books when I did not get them for Christmas and am waiting for the workbook to show by the end of this month. Also at Gaye's advice I'm trying to get the court paper work done before starting... Read more

  • Still struggling and a bit uneasy.......

    2/20/2015 5:01:45 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Ate pretty well yesterday, and as it turned out due to choices I made previously, the remainder of my "free leftovers" turned out to be a full-on veggie selection - and I was surprisingly OK with - felt good after eating that, and I recall feeling light and relaxed through the afternoon (which was, ... Read more

  • What an Ash Wednesday! Only 2 things went according to plan!

    2/19/2015 9:08:22 AM, by GINIEMIE

    My plan was to start my Lenten journey early with prayer and meditation before the 6AM Mass. However I had a rough night not being able to sleep for fear of waking up late. I had bathed, set my hair etc Tuesday evening, so that was not a problem, the waking up almost hourly was. I woke up late 5:... Read more

  • Some turnarounds :)

    2/19/2015 4:40:04 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Got good news on two (actually, more like *three*) fronts - what a relief! Still have to deal with some issues, not the least of which is a computer conversion at work - I do NOT need any trouble there, so let's cross those ol' fingers! Even though I don't officially "do" Lent, I figured this ... Read more

  • A sunny day

    2/19/2015 1:26:16 AM, by ALIIDA

    We've had several days of cold (for here), dark, wet, dreary days. Not good for my favorite activity, walking. One day I went out with my umbrella, but the other days, I just did some indoor exercises. I'm quite behind with fitness minutes. I aim to do more than 1000 minutes a month, and this ... Read more


    2/18/2015 5:00:17 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    This post is a bit on the long and rambling side, so read at your own risk .......... 211 I would like to take yesterday back to the manufacturer for a full refund under any "lemon law" available - reasons being: * Addressing an emergency situation (HAD to do so - weather was a key ... Read more


    2/18/2015 5:00:11 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    This post is a bit on the long and rambling side, so read at your own risk .......... 211 I would like to take yesterday back to the manufacturer for a full refund under any "lemon law" available - reasons being: * Addressing an emergency situation (HAD to do so - weather was a key ... Read more


    2/17/2015 5:03:48 PM, by ICECUB


  • Fat Tuesday!

    2/17/2015 11:04:46 AM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    Fat Tuesday is the traditional name for the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It is more commonly known as Mardi Gras, which is simply Fat Tuesday in French. It gets its name from the custom, in many Catholic countries, of marking the day with feasting before the fasting season of Len... Read more

  • HORRORS continue :(

    2/17/2015 4:50:08 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Have a heating situation that needs to be addressed :( :( :( S N O W AGAIN! :( :( :( :( (Disclaimer: Yeah, yeah, I know, I know - I'm not getting an ice storm, I'm NOT in Boston, yada yada yada.........just need to vent, though...........$#!@# good thing I made the call to grab the comput... Read more

  • IT IS SNOWING NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2/16/2015 5:36:04 PM, by ICECUB

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  • HORRIBLE end to the week :(

    2/16/2015 10:44:54 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    * Spouse in hospital for cough issues....... * Sudden need to change work plans due to $#!@# weather.......... I. DO. NOT. NEED. THIS. STRESS! Seems like almost to the minute that I start to work on the stress, I get piled on almost IMMEDIATELY! 28 So much for a ... Read more

  • Mid-weekend review.......

    2/15/2015 5:01:21 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Yesterday was quiet and low-key, which is fine by me as a quick errand in before "hunkering down" for the weather - so far it's not a big snow event, but those temps are gonna kick in *big time* - and that's NOT a good thing! 198 This morning the wind AND ANOTHER PERSO... Read more

  • Walking Day 29-33

    2/14/2015 7:51:36 PM, by DRAGONFLYGALS

    I am still trying to get over the cooties. I do a walk every day even when I feel bad cause if I don't, I will not keep it up, so one foot in front of the other-- Yesterday we decided to go do our Valentine's Day Celebration as it was Husbands Saturday and we did not have to deal with the peop... Read more

  • Happy Valentine's Day Sparkers!

    2/14/2015 7:15:30 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    255 212 129 247 Happy Valentine's Day! On Valentine's Day we think of those Who make our lives worthwhile, Those gracious, friendly people who We think of with a smile. I am fortunate to "know" you, That's why I w... Read more

  • Cauliflower Soup for Healthy Comfort Food

    2/14/2015 4:09:57 PM, by WOMANWITHGRIT

    I adapted a recipe from Angela Liddon, author of the famous blog: Oh She Glows. Her recipe was for a Fettuccine "Alfredo" made with cauliflower and Braggs Nutritional Yeast, with maybe some peas and parsely added, to be served with whole wheat pasta. I didn't have the pasta, so I made a thic... Read more

  • Bummer of a weekend ahead.......

    2/14/2015 11:34:50 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    (vent mode ON) AHEM - I don't care much for this "no HTML" dictate when the carat is a LEGITIMATE character to use! LOST EVERYTHING OVER THIS - NOT NICE! (vent mode off) Now that I have to REDO everything, I'm sure this blog will be poorer quality than originally written.......... ... Read more

  • Gratitude Journals Team is alive and well !

    2/14/2015 7:05:31 AM, by MARION-S

    Just a few short weeks ago I joined a very small Spark team named Gratitude Journals. We have all heard that practicing gratitude can be life changing and powerful so I joined with great expectations. But in my excitement I did not notice that the team leader was not active. I believe... Read more

  • Friday the 13th and Maxines until VD

    2/13/2015 10:42:56 AM, by IMLOCOLINDA

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  • Tomorrow Friday the 13th and then VALENTINE'S DAY!

    2/12/2015 10:32:57 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

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  • NSVs

    2/12/2015 8:16:37 AM, by ALIIDA

    I'm getting towards the end of my sabbatical, and the spring vacation will soon be here. There were meetings at school today, which I don't have to go to, but I did because they're in preparation for next year. I've been wearing casual clothes nearly the whole year, of course, so I was pulling... Read more

  • Why Support Spark Teams

    2/12/2015 7:56:20 AM, by MARION-S

    I wanted to share this Spark article - I have never seen it before and thought others may have missed it also:
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    2/12/2015 4:53:24 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Thought I'd watch a fave show as part of my morning routine ALONE - but NOOOOOOOO...........someone decides to get up, do their thing and TRY TO ENGAGE WITH ME WHEN I'M KNEE-DEEP IN DOING MY OWN $#!@# THING! I KNOW this person would not "get" the program I intended to watch so I, sadly, gave up on ... Read more

  • Hello, Spark Friends!!

    2/12/2015 1:41:02 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    Hope you are all doing well. It has been nine days since I had a double fusion on my lower spine. Recovery is coming along, but sometimes you have to dig deep to get the will to roll over your legs and get out of bed. However, I am gradually working on just such movement. It is good to be rec... Read more

  • 3 Days to Go! Valentines at the Ready!

    2/11/2015 4:22:17 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

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  • Blah.......

    2/11/2015 4:32:23 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Not too much to say here..........viewing was well attended (the young man had a heart and soul at least *twice* his size) - the service was actually delayed by about 15 minutes to allow everyone to maneuver the reception line...........there will be a memorial service in about a month..........DD i... Read more

  • VD in 4 daze!

    2/10/2015 8:50:48 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

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  • Ice is NOT nice! :( :( :(

    2/10/2015 4:36:31 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    While many folks are dealing with yet another Snowzilla, I have a bit of an "Icezilla" going on - and it's scary! Having to move about gingerly when one has no mobility issues normally can give one significant pause - and not just in moving, either! This truly makes one painfully aware of how ... Read more

  • 5 Daze to VD!

    2/9/2015 8:14:34 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    Had to include this one to go along with the freezing rain just outside the window. By the time I get ready to go to work it will be snowing. I should wear my ice skates!... Read more

  • Walking Day 24-28

    2/9/2015 4:21:59 PM, by DRAGONFLYGALS

    I had a busy weekend, we are trying to get things in order to buy our house, on top of everyday life. Today I was getting ready to walk and remembered I needed my belt, I cannot find the one I usually wear so I found an old one that has not fit in quite some time, GUESS WHAT It fit, I am on the f... Read more

  • Leslie Sansone to the rescue.

    2/9/2015 7:51:26 AM, by ALIIDA

    It's late evening. I'm sitting here thinking I haven't been exercising enough recently. I did a Bollywood Cardio routine this afternoon, but apart from that, we spent hours this morning sitting around in hospital waiting rooms. OK so it's 8:30 pm. I could go for a brisk walk, but it's around f... Read more

  • Mixed bag again........

    2/9/2015 4:32:03 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Nice family meal yesterday - things seem calmer for now (and I'll happily take that)........ Reluctantly decided to go to a dance event last night (believe you me, I was *very, VERY skeptical* about doing so ......... gave spouse several opportunities to bail, since he has some health issues - ... Read more


    2/8/2015 5:22:15 PM, by ICECUB



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  • My Sunday Sermon-Spiritual Nourishment from your food

    2/8/2015 10:47:26 AM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    This article is entirely from the Cleveland Clinic. Just wanted to share it with you because of the spiritual aspect of food and the emotions related to healthy eating it talks about! "Spiritual Nourishment: How Eating Impacts Your Soul By Victoria Moran Published 10/12/2009 There is... Read more

  • Six days to VD!

    2/8/2015 9:57:08 AM, by IMLOCOLINDA

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  • Never a dull moment - when it comes to dealings with people!

    2/8/2015 9:21:27 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Had a full-on, though mild, family chat regarding certain behaviors - while there was some defensiveness, the reactions could have been worse than they were...........this talk NEEDED to take place - can't have more than one depressed person in a household and it's all I can do to avoid joining that... Read more

  • Happy Valentine's Week

    2/7/2015 8:01:33 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

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  • More things I can't stand........

    2/7/2015 4:30:36 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    (vent mode on) Actually, "more" as in "more of the SAME C**P"....... * continually stingy point allotments * continually nasty weather (or threats of same) * NASTY people (this one may make me RETHINK working from home :( :( :( ) 28 I swear, it's like the movie "Grou... Read more

  • Have you 'loved' anyone this much? Valentine's Day poem

    2/6/2015 12:24:12 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    When Elizabeth Barrett was being courted by Robert Browning in the 1840s, she wrote this amazing and famous poem expressing her love for him. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight... Read more

  • Ishigaki PS

    2/6/2015 5:36:26 AM, by ALIIDA

    I got my weaving in the post today. Of course the design is already made. I just did the horizontal threads. We went around the island by taxi, and the taxi driver took us to his home. His wife is a professional weaver. Their garden had a banana tree and a mango tree - very exotic for us.... Read more

  • OUCH! :(

    2/6/2015 4:22:55 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Taxes paid - 'nuff said on that! 198 And *now* - MORE SNOW and such? Sheesh! What is this, now - the "new normal" for Mondays? 198 198 198 198 At least now I can work from home - what a blessed relief *that* is! Nothing new or earth-shattering to report (just annoy... Read more

  • Snowy Thursday

    2/5/2015 12:01:52 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    Bet there are lots of you that can relate to this one?!!! We are supposed to be having a warming trend that will melt off the recent snow. I won't complain because I've gotten in plenty of fitness minutes...and could sure feel muscles in my waist and lower back that have been sleeping since my... Read more

  • Getting through......

    2/5/2015 4:55:18 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Got my concerns addressed via email - which was just as well, since I did NOT get to have the house to myself, which would have made phone chats more comfortable - not because of any privacy concerns, or any other issues, really - just a preference to be alone when talking.........have no real idea ... Read more

  • Walking Day21-23 of 2015

    2/5/2015 12:22:21 AM, by DRAGONFLYGALS

    Today I feel accomplished. I got some of the things around the house done that I have been wanting to complete. I walked! Came up with some plans to get things done. Lately I have been working on a budget, found a great site to help with that. I am retraining my brain the YNAB way. I always sa... Read more

  • HI

    2/4/2015 11:40:04 AM, by ICECUB


  • January Journey

    2/4/2015 9:18:19 AM, by FUNLOVEN

    I just saw that it has been 33 days since I posted a Status comment on my Start Page. Last year I had entered a blog every quarter, but this year I decided to try to put one together every month. It is my attempt at accountability and staying in touch. One of my goals for this year was to c... Read more

  • Relief - but now another cause for anxiety :(

    2/4/2015 4:15:57 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Did go in yesterday morning - no significant ice issues, but there were a few dodgy spots that were, thankfully, easily avoided......... FINALLY got the damaged vehicle dropped off for repairs (this was postponed TWICE due to $#!@# ICE) - how ironic since ICE was the cause of the damage in the ... Read more

  • Tracking, Yoga, and More Sleep!

    2/3/2015 7:06:22 PM, by WOMANWITHGRIT

    I am feeling better. Why? I am tracking what I eat, which always brings me into line within a few days. Healthier food choices. Fewer Calories. I'm continuing Yoga - three times this week. Amazing. And, I am making sure I am getting more sleep. ... Read more

  • Am I Aiming too Low?

    2/3/2015 10:35:11 AM, by POLARIA1

    9 Reviewing my 2015 goals (on my Page), it struck me that 20 pounds for the year sounds like such a small goal. Too Small? No, no....I'm thinking my real goal is not - minus 20 pounds; but a body that is toned, with new muscle added, a flatter stomach, and since most of my weight is in ... Read more

  • Ishigakijima 3

    2/3/2015 8:11:38 AM, by ALIIDA

    Ishigakijima Airport: A mangrove swamp. It had quite a strong small which the taxi driver told us was sludge. A red hibiscus: We went sightseeing by taxi - the most convenient way for DH. Now I've got to get back into the groove and get back to doing enough exercise eve... Read more

  • Ishigakijima Part 2

    2/3/2015 7:38:08 AM, by ALIIDA

    Last time we went, we spent the whole time in the hotel because of DH's limited walking. This time, I made sure to get a fast walk by myself, so I went out and walked/jogged for about half an hour. I took a few pictures. Wow! That worked, too. This is a tree which reminded me of banyan tr... Read more

  • Ishigakijima

    2/3/2015 7:13:36 AM, by ALIIDA

    I usually prefer to write blogs which have some connection with diet and exercise, but when I'm away somewhere with DH, I cut myself some slack with diet, and as his mobility is limited, my fitness minutes take a hit, too. Oh well! First I'm going to try to upload some photos but I don't actually wa... Read more

  • Not sure just what to do.........

    2/3/2015 3:32:44 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Talk is that there is "horrific icing" goin' on...........there was a face-to-face meeting rescheduled for great as it was being able to work from home yesterday, I'm not sure I can quite justify a second day as long as the weather has cleared........what a dilemma! 198 ... Read more

  • In Need Of A Positive Attitude

    2/2/2015 1:53:57 PM, by POLARIA1

    54 I've become lost in the winter doldrums. Just getting outdoors has become a chore. My skin is ashen, and I find it hard to smile. This a person whom my sister snaps, "Sometimes you can be just too positive!" So where are you, Positive Me? Positive Me: Get me outdoors, no matter... Read more

  • Love A Fresh Start

    2/2/2015 5:55:46 AM, by MARION-S

    Don't you just love a fresh start? New week, new month, new year 249 What would we do without them....... allowing us to forget about what's behind us and offering us the opportunity to start again with a clean slate!! So Happy Monday, Happy February, Happy Fresh Start 410... Read more

  • Let's see how this goes, eh?

    2/2/2015 4:50:11 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    About an inch of wet snow so far - and there appears to be a sleety/rainy mix right now........not all that biting cold, but still - it looks like doin' the work thing at home will be the way to go........soooooooo - let's see how that goes! 101 I won't have those mid-morning snack issue... Read more

  • Walking Day 18-20 of 2015

    2/1/2015 11:26:47 PM, by DRAGONFLYGALS

    I am not sure what happened to my back. I woke up and could hardly move or breath my back hurt so bad. I got up moved around it lessened some but it still hurts tonight. EVA and I walked which was not so easy as she must have know I was feeling rough, she pulled. She is about to be on restrictio... Read more

  • A "funny" thing happened at the Furniture store

    2/1/2015 10:59:25 PM, by GINIEMIE

    Okay, I take Erik to various stores to get him and me out of the house and close confines. Weekends can be long since most of his friends are long gone due to his brain injury. This past week due to his fall we had an enormous amount of time together. Thank God Steven came and got his brother Friday... Read more

  • An Honest Assessment

    2/1/2015 5:18:36 PM, by WOMANWITHGRIT

    I weighed in at 263 today. First time on my new scale - my previous one was old and new batteries didn't seem to work. Worse yet, my former husband bought it and had stepped on it and I just wanted it out of the house. So, this one is mine -- and I have gained 9 pounds. So be it. I'm very sad,... Read more

  • February Goals

    2/1/2015 11:57:37 AM, by GINIEMIE

    After reading Spark Guys blog and e-mail asking how we did in January I realized our New Year's resolutions could actually be broken down into new month's resolutions. Calories goal 1,884 - 2,234 1,835 SUN 1/25 1,699 MON 1/26 1,936 TUE 1/27 2,084 WED 1/28 1,862 THU 1/29 2,0... Read more

  • Weekend report.......

    2/1/2015 6:17:48 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Good extended workout, a refreshing (though longer than usual) mid-day nap, and a bit of decluttering/cleanup work - didn't bother to leave the house, which was fine since there were no plans nor errands that needed to be done...... Today is another matter, though - have a food pickup and an ad... Read more

  • Linus? Really? *Seriously*, dude?

    1/31/2015 7:09:16 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    So *you're* the one who's gonna wreak more havoc on people this weekend, eh? *Really?* *Seriously?* You're goin' around with a blanket semi-permanently attached to you..........did someone give ya grief about givin' that sucker up? Eh? 246 Heh, heh - *this time* I'll be ready f... Read more

  • Mistakes

    1/30/2015 7:06:14 AM, by MARION-S

    Mistakes and failures are such a very important part of learning. When we learn to see them for what they are they can hold no power over us.... Read more

  • Dusting of snow overnight.......

    1/30/2015 3:47:31 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    ......I think I can tolerate that....... 211 Awaiting the equipment I need to be able to work remotely - can't wait to get *that* started! There's talk of some more bad weather soon, but it's too early yet to tell wrt impact, but I've read reports of New England getting more grief.........y... Read more

  • Walking Day 17 of 2015

    1/29/2015 6:44:37 PM, by DRAGONFLYGALS

    Well today I talked myself into walking outside and was sprinkled on. I don't like doing that because the cold and wet makes me hurt so bad and possible immobile tomorrow. Hopefully not and I can finish my month on a good note. I have to say I am very proud of myself I went from a very bad place ... Read more

  • Closer to Friday!

    1/29/2015 4:36:57 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    More talk about some rough weather :( - sigh............could use a break! Hopefully in the next two weeks or so I should be well positioned to be able to work remotely.........halleluia! Nothing more to add here - the usual struggles are still with me :(............ Enjoy your Thursday, ... Read more

  • For all you NURSES out there...

    1/28/2015 6:41:17 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    You know you're a nurse if... You would like to meet the inventor of the call light in a dark alley one night. You believe every patient needs TLC: Thorazine, Lorazepam and Compazine You live by the motto, "To be right is only half the battle, to convince the physician is more di... Read more

  • Walking Day 12-16 2015

    1/28/2015 1:56:16 PM, by DRAGONFLYGALS

    Well I have not noted on my status for a few days. I have been busy and productive. I have cleaned my house almost from top to bottom, floors, stove, dusting bathrooms walking. We are working on lots of walking this week. Getting ready for a visit from family. Not sure if I slept well last nigh... Read more

  • Climbed that "hump" *before* Wednesday actually came!

    1/28/2015 3:39:54 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Relief beyond belief! At least the financial damage was staved - from a potentially scary flow to a relative trickle - can't ask for much more (especially when compared to those who are still struggling) will be a day for special reflection (when I can get some quiet time - actuall... Read more