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The beautiful view from our dining room door. Elenora and Leda.

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Joey left a beautiful message on his way to Heaven.

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    Mine doesn't have any sounds but that would be fun.
    9 hours ago
    That's so funny, I've been doing the same thing with word games! It started out, I'd been doing the New York Times crossword puzzles for years (you can get a yearly subscription to the crosswords app for $30 without subscribing to the paper, which I cancelled a few years back over disagreement with their political coverage) and anyway about a year ago I discovered an extra daily feature on the app called Spelling Bee, and have become totally addicted to it for just the reason you describe - it gives me an absolute escape from everything else.

    Spelling Bee is a pangram - you have a circle of six letters and a seventh letter in the middle, and you see how many words you can make but they all have to use the letter in the middle. I get so engrossed in this, shuffling the letters until I see new words. It's the kind of intense focus, oddly, that I also get into when painting.

    Anyway, it soon became clear that one of these a day was not enough to support my habit so I downloaded a $1.99 generic pangram app on my tablet where you can do as many as you want all day long and you play against other people. Some of the games are timed and some open-ended. You can't see who the people are or communicate with them in any way, but you can see their screen name and their score going up as they find more words. There's one person on there, ywe, who I feel like I have a weird anonymous relationship with - we always jump on when the other one is there and try to outscore each other, and it's always very close. I imagine ywe to be a young Asian woman but of course I will never know. Sometimes I wish I could tell ywe how much I've enjoyed competing against them.

    I probably spend about two hours a day doing pangrams at various times, and it's totally my escape and relaxation and has been for the entire pandemic.

    Funny to think of you reading my autobiography as it were. I went back and read the divorce part when deciding what to save, but I haven't looked at the rest of it. There's no reason we can't keep writing our thoughts in our fatsecret journals, though it's definitely not as attractive for that visually. But I think we'll get used to it. I won't be starting until Spark goes down.
    18 hours ago

    Comment edited on: 6/20/2021 10:55:04 AM
    My dear, thank you for your nice comment on my blog. I wish you all the very best as we all continue this journey of a healthy lifestyle when SP dims the lights.
    21 hours ago
    Hi Carolyn,

    I hope you are having a great weekend!

    I am still trying to decide what site I want to use to track my food and exercise when SP does shut down. At least I still have some time left. I am more of a PC user than one to use an app on my phone. There are just so many sites that have different pros and cons. We shall see.

    Anyway, just dropping in to say Hi and wishing you a great week ahead,



    1 day ago
    I'm glad you like the food tracker too. I never was able to track with Spark on my phone, always had to drag out the laptop every time I ate, and this is so much more convenient. I think the simpler interface really helps.

    Also, while I know a lot of people have to transfer over their favorites and saved meals and it's a lot of work, for me it's actually nicer to start with a blank slate because the last time I tracked in Spark was two years ago and many of my favorites and saved meals are things I'm no longer eating. It was discouragingly cluttered.

    How are you doing on the health front? I got a $35 version of a smart watch to monitor my heart rate, just to ease my anxiety because I was spending too much time wondering if my heart was beating too fast and feeling my pulse. Yesterday after it arrived and I put it on, I was just sitting there on the couch reading and my rate was fluctuating between the 50's and 60's, then all of a sudden it shot up to 121. So I did what I'd been reading to do when I researched afib - I did some slow deep breathing. And it was amazing, I could see the number go down right in front of me. Deep breathing is more effective than I realized! So this gives me some sense of control. I mean, it wouldn't stop a full-on afib episode but it's something. Maybe I will have to try the yoga class at the Y. I've always said I wasn't the yoga type, too impatient, but maybe it makes sense now.

    The watch also has a handy alarm to remind me to take my evening pills, because I've never had evening pills before and there is no way I'm going to remember them.
    1 day ago
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