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day 14 of my streak for "Log in to SparkPeople every day" earned 11/24/2018day 25 of my streak for "Log in to SparkPeople every day" earned 12/5/2018And to all a good night! :-)I love Peeps. Not to eat, but to play with. I enjoy photos of what people do with their Peeps. You all enjoy this one, too! :-)I received this at 10:45 this morning. Bragging a bit... ;-)My other little bit for Earth Day (The first little bit was mowing with a reel mower. Wish we didn't have to mow at all, but there it is. Still, no gas, no oil, no emissions, at least. The butterflies and bees still fly in the yard!)I promised a few photos from our trip; here's the double rainbow we saw the first evening, after a nice, calm rain.OK. Last one, at least for a while. I don't want to take up too much off-topic space. Here's probably my favorite of the downtown art we saw; it's a tile piece of a St. Lucia commemoration. (Hope it turns back right side up, instead of sideways... )Good night, all! We'll make tomorrow an excellent day! Happy Saturday outdoor photo: this is part of our across-the-street neighbor's landscaping.I took 3 photos of the outdoors here in town, and apparently each is somehow too big to post. I will get taking pics on this phone before it's time for an update-I will!! Meanwhile, enjoy a photo of our now-17-yo princess, Chrissy, when she was a bit younger. And everyone have a wonderful night, with peaceful rest! :-)On my way to take the computer to the shop, but it"s a decent hair day, so hello on May Day! #prioritiesI hope everyone decides to become what they will. Our dachshund Chrissy doesn't even bother with the stilts, btw. ;-)Off topic: I found this shiny golden bug on one of my favorite blossoms on the front porch. DH says it's a member of the ladybug family, but is unsure of its name. The light spaces are seriously golden-they glisten like jewelry.Well, it's getting a bit thundery here at the homestead, so I'm going to get off the puter for a bit. We should be fine; good words and thoughts are always appreciated, too! :-) I'll check back later if it isn't too late, or else in the morning. Here's to a great day for all of us! Meet or even exceed our goals, acknowledge our worth to ourselves, take good care of ourselves, and exude the love to make as much space around us as bright as we can. We have this day by the tail, so here's to making the most of it! :-)Humor seems to be called for, as much for myself as for any- and everyone else. Enjoy a good laugh, and pass it on! It burns calories. ;-DYep, it's this time of morning here. Enjoy, and do all you can to make it a great day!
'â€œWhat better way to suggest friendliness â€“ and to create it â€“ than with a cup of tea?â€ â€“ J. Grayson Luttrell'
'â€œThank God for tea! What would the world do without tea? How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.â€
â€“ Reverend Sydney Smith'Hurray-the boil water order is rescinded now. No contamination found at all, so purging evidently is not required, either. Joy!Enjoying simple things this day.Planting these today, here in a bit. ðŸ™‚Done!ðŸ™‚Meet our 18 yo dachsie, Chrissy. ðŸ˜€â¤Well, off to school for the last day of Latchkey for this term. Everyone stay safe, kick tail, and love yourselves and everyone else! BBL. :-)I get an email newsletter called "The What." Last week's, which I opened today(!), is all about sleep and how it can be elusive in middle age. I'm going to put 2 links here, one for info (not sales) about Evening Primrose, and one to the National Sleep Foundation; the writers say they visit that portal when they cannot sleep. FWIW to those who want to check them out. :-) http://thewhatlist.com/evening-primrose-oi
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l-cure-all/ , and https://www.sleepfoundation.org/This butterfly bush is very happy with the flooding rains we've been receiving with all the severe storms! ðŸ™‚And here's a tiny flutterby who likes the green butterfly bush.Joy in the morning.The lantana are beginning to show themselves!This is the butterfly bush where the butterfly was eating the other day. Not as purple as the other bush, but still looks at least lavender.Here's our pretty marigold, still standing, just like all of us Sparkpeople! ðŸ™‚ Smells nice, too!! Time to brighten the world at large. Or, maybe just tackle it...The "green" butterfly bush where the butterfly was eating earlier is blooming magnificently! My favorite summertime tea and water cup-12 oz. Stay hydrated, everybody!Grateful for "ugly" zucchini and my spiralizer! How do they decide when a zucchini is ugly, though? ðŸ¤” They aren't exactly pretty to begin with, really... ðŸ˜€My Eternal Sunshine notif. for this morning, posted to shoutout to my friend @VEGANNATURELOVE , who introduced me to the ap:
"Try not to measure your progress by time. Measure it by your heart's devotion and commitment to the thing you wish to achieve." Happy Monday, everyone! :-) :-)It is Wednesday already! #tomorrowIgetmyhairdone ;-) I know we're all going to crush our goals for the morning, then move on to the afternoon, and get it done! I hope everyone's day is just great, with lots of nice little things to keep us going strong. Keep Sparking! :-)Woot! Look what I got while I was doing my squats! #incentive #neighborsnowknowI'mnuts
Leaf lettuce, I think some mesclun, baby dandelion, radish, and even a couple of beet greens! The garden is coming back from the flood, it seems.ðŸ™‚Ok. So, these are my version of one of those chopped salads that I love, but am skittish to buy anymore. There is cabbage chopped into the greens I harvested earlier; chopped raw beets, chopped yellow bell pepper, and chopped tomato. I threw in some GG cauliflower stuffing mixed veggies with cranberries, too. There will also be patty melts for DH, and mini turkey patties in lettuce "buns" for me. Now, if he'll just get back from the barber, we can eat!! ðŸ˜ƒIt's what's for supper at the Redford manse: tuna pasta salad. This is before dressing; DH will have creamy Italian, I'll have my new obsession: Newman's Own Sesame Ginger. This has tuna, chopped carrots, chopped sweet peppers, chopped radish and beet greens, and spaghetti squash. There will be tomatoes on top. What's for supper by you?ðŸ™‚I snagged this right here on SparkPeople a few weeks back, and now it's time to post it again. Thank you, whoever posted it before! :-)Another laugh for a hot Thursday. Enjoy!Today has been one of those days, truly 10 minutes here, 10 minutes there, a few more here, a few more there. Ah, well, some days are like this!I have plenty-please take one if you like or need!!
Screaming for nice cream!Saturday smiles-enjoy your weekend! :-)We did it! Let's make it a great one! Takin' my tea on ice these days...ðŸ˜Ž"I can take my time and still be productive. Success is not a race; it is a practice." The notification I just got from Eternal Sunshine. I thought it was worth sharing. Practice! :-) :-)My first Eternal Sunshine notification today: "There is beauty in our mistakes that cannot be seen in perfection. There is growth in our failures that cannot be garnered in success." I don't really believe in "fail" literally in regard to living our lives, but I agree that we are all beautiful!! Make it a great Monday.So, DH and I have been out of town for a few days. We went to Topeka to visit with his pension manager, to put our ducks in a row for his retirement. :-) We had a great time away, and I'll probably write more later about it, but it's still sort of vacation time. Meanwhile, when we went to check the garden, two of these greeted us! :-) #happyplace "You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'
- Eleanor Roosevelt
(I just saw this in an email; Mrs. R. is one of my top favorite wise people.)The Daily MUTTS Quote:
â€œTake everything you like seriously, except yourselves.â€
"Write it down and plant the seed. Affirm yourself and watch it grow." -Eternal Sunshine notificationFinal for the day. I don't feel like I really did strength, but I did do pushups, and a good powerwalk with wristweights.
Well, I did another good powerwalk with weights, then some stairs (on the order of a step machine, but real steps that I run, supposedly for fun,) then some dancing to finish it all off. Kinda late getting back here, but it was a good day.From my daily MUTTS email:
â€œSometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.â€ - Dr. Seuss
Well, today is National Tell-A-Joke Day. Some people can tell 'em-lookin' at you, @NANASUEH ! :-D -and some people can't (I am she.) So, I've borrowed a few from the Farmers' Almanac page about National Tell-A-Joke Day. Enjoy!
"What do you call the door to a chicken coop?
"Where do chickens go on vacation?
"What do you call a chicken crossing the road?
Poultry in motion."OK, here's the final tally. I have the good fortune of having a laundry room that is off our carport, down some stairs, and I had a load this afternoon, along with some more garden puttering, doggie care, and a good 32 minute powerwalk (no weights today.) I should have reported earlier; I'm sorry. Started out with old school calisthenics; stretching, pushups, situps; did some dancing as I prepared brunch (one of my favorite times of the week!), then did a great 40 min. powerwalk this afternoon. Thank you so much, it's been so much more fun doing this as a challenge! :-)
From my MUTTS newsletter:
â€œFor one human being to love another...the work for which all other work is but preparation.â€
Rainer Maria Rilke
(I am taking a few classes, getting in-service hours in prep for work in a couple of weeks, so I'm here on Spark, yet not here. Till later.)Well, look who invited themselves over for breakfast! I loved that marigold, but I think its time is past, and this little squirrel is so brazenly adorable and not at all intimidated by my presence. Time for me a walk-hope everyone's morning is groovy! Woot-woo!!! All classes finished, all exams aced, all certificates submitted! Time for a celebratory powerwalk with weights!! :-D :-DThe Daily Quote in my MUTTS newsletter:
â€œLove is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.â€ - Eight-year-old
Happy International Dog Day, from the Redfords and Chrissy, who says, "Who is this Dog of whom you speak?":-) Well, I got my latchkey class enrollments today, so I've organized my notebooks, and my "bag of tricks" is ready. This time next week, I'll be going to work.
From my MUTTS newsletter today:
â€œI've always believed that you can think positive just as well as you can think negative.â€ - Sugar Ray Robinson
keeps on dancin', yeah-dancin' and a'prancin', keep on-is happy-dancing to "Casanova" by LeVert!From today's MUTTS newsletter:
â€œBehind all this, some great happiness is hiding.â€ - Yehuda Amichai
Another thing I just ran across; Busy Phillips says this: "â€œBut the thing that Iâ€™ve found to be the most helpful is to remember to just go easy on yourself, you know.â€I just ran across a neat story about birthday cupcakes, and it seems share-worthy. Also, I think passing up these cupcakes would be easier than usual!
The story is here (copy and paste into your browser, if you like.) https://blog.theanimalrescuesite.greatergo
1568501529-934681699.1557543236has been powerwalking to TSO's "Beethoven's Last Night," and dancin' to the 80s!A new photo of Chrissy; maybe I've mentioned her around here before :-D. Why, yes, that *is* a BarbieDisneyPrincess blanket on which she is relaxing! Here's the Daily Quote from my MUTTS toon email today:
â€œThe heart that loves is forever young.â€
I hope all us Sparklers get good chances to love and be loved today-pass it on! :-)is #FinishingSeptemberStrong with Isley Brothers, Billy Idol, and Momoland! :-)I was reading earlier during breakfast, and saw this, thought it's Sparkworthy, so here it is:
"The pain of discipline is far less than the pain of regret. -Sarah Bombell"
is #FinishingSeptemberStrong with our annual hike/monarch tagging (and I know I will dance today, too!) ;-) Here maybe you can see some differences from last year (and usual flora,) and today. The growth of switchgrass, and the change in the ground soil really made a difference, it seems.Here's the gracious spider.OK! I finally got a number I'm OK with, even on a rest day. Whew! Here's to a great night's rest for all of us! :-)I read this blog last night. Those who Spark-know me know I'm all about the health and ability, less about the appearance. @BEAGLEGIRL79 has posted a blog that is everything, and I think it's good for everyone to read and consider. (Plus, she isn't nearly as verbose as I am!) So, here's the link, take a look whenever you can-it's great!
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles FTW! #FinishSeptStrongToday's MUTTS Daily Quote:
â€œThe whole point of growing up is learning to stay on the laughing side.â€ - Lauren Oliver
Here's to each of us finding this side, and never leaving it! :-) :-)is happy to greet the Autumn! Time to dance!I am grateful it is a cool enough day to wear over-the-ankle socks. @STILLSPARKLEIGH -how about these? :-) :-) I have been having one of those weeks, and have only just now opened my MUTTS email for today. Here is the Daily Quote, which is awesome (to me, anyway; I hope to you, too!) :-)
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â€œAs if you could kill time without injuring eternity.â€ - Henry David Thoreau
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â€œThank you. Thank you very much.â€ - Elvis Presley
It's from my yesterday's toon, but it is just so random I almost spit tea, and I had to share it. Plus, I am grateful for all you Sparklers out there! :-)
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â€œEvery day is an opportunity to make a new happy ending.â€ - Anonymous
is dancin' with my broom, ohohoh dancin' with my mop, well I did some weights and some calisthenics, now I'm dancin' for my heart, ohohoh... :-D :-D:-) Aaahh! Nothing like this first sip of well-steeped Irish Breakfast Tea!Two good quotes in my MUTTS newsletter today:
â€œThe world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.â€ - e. e. cummings
"You Are Never Too Small To Make A Difference."
Happy Friday, everyone, I'm off to dance for a bit! :-)
From my 10/14 MUTTS Toon:
â€œWhere there is love there is life.â€ - Mahatma Gandhi
is collecting and healthfully modifying some new recipes for the season! Here, in time for Taco Tuesday, enjoy an interesting history of the taco. Copy link, and paste it into your browser. There are photos, too! :-)
is collecting some changing leaves for a Latchkey project. Gotta get 'em while the getting's good!Today's MUTTS DAILY QUOTE:
â€œMagic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.â€ -
Goetheis showing of some pics of our Latchkey autumn leaves project! :-)Today's MUTTS Daily Quote:
â€œThe greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.â€ - Victor Hugo
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â€œThe more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.â€ - Vincent van Gogh
Today, DH and I went to the zoo in Wichita. It's a trip we used to make each Fall and each Spring, but in recent years, life has intervened, and while we've been to zoos, we haven't been up to the Wichita zoo in around 3 years. Anyway, we had an awesome day: low wind, median temps good for hiking and walking, and we saw everything they have. Here are the 4 best photos. It's been a great day, and I hope everyone has had an equally great day, in your own ways! :-)
OK, @GRALAN, here's the cougar. I'm working on one that includes the lion.
Here is the male lion. Female was taking a break, napping in the grass, and I didn't even bother her. Chick power, and all. ;-)
I actually did fine yesterday (Sat.) I got 2 servings each of lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, and roasted asparagus. Just getting started today! I hope all goes well for everyone, and especially for Robyn and Neddie.is preparing/hoping to make lots of kiddos happy this week. I just ran across an awesome non-food reward. It's on my letter to Santa! :-)
is looking forward to a calm November, with changing leaves, temperatures, and aromas.This is a notification from Eternal Sunshine; I'm sharing it for any and all who need it.
"Nature loves courage, and the most courageous thing you can do is give yourself the love and effort you deserve."
â€œThe world is what you believe it to be. It changes as you change.â€ - Byron Katie
A laugh for the evening. Everyone have a great night/day!
is ready for the upcoming week-gonna dance it out, and walk it off!MUTTS DAILY QUOTE
â€œIf you can't find your inspiration by walking around the block one time, go around two blocks-but never three.â€ - Robert Motherwell
(Personally, I go around as many as I need to, when I can, but 2 blocks are such a Godsend when I'm short on time.)
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â€œIn the arts, as in life, everything is possible provided it is based on love.â€ - Marc Chagall
At 8:30 PM on a cold night, I am so grateful for cold cream to clean my face. Plus, it smells like my nanas. :-) Good night, everyone!
So, as usual on Friday, I am late to the party, but that will refresh the supply of Kindness Confetti. I already had occasion to choose kindness rather than assertiveness, as I seem to be wearing the Cloak of Invisibility today, unaware. Meanwhile, I am looking forward to work this afternoon, when I can be kind to my kiddoes and help them have a better weekend. Then, I can Spark and do more here! :-) Here's another, to increase the happy!
is getting around to head to our new shelter for volunteer orientation today. Squeee!! The animal shelter is almost open!!I ran across a cool article last night, and wanted to share it here but it was late. Here it is now, though. The link is safe; it's a preview tiny url so you can see. The article is called "Share Thanksgiving Dinner With Your Dog (Recipes Included!) on iheartdogs.com . Photo below is from the site. I plan to do a little of this, though I doubt Chrissy will help much, except the taste-testing. ;-) As the article says, we can have a yappy Thanksgiving! :-)
is walking it off, and dancing through the fall leaves. In a quest to switch things up a little, I tried incline pushups today. I lovehatelovehatelove them, and they'll go into the mat routine for a bit. That is all.
MUTTS DAILY QUOTE:
â€œAll animals except man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.â€ -
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â€œKindness in giving creates love.â€ - Lao Tzu
is always grateful, and ready to share Thanksgiving.OK. Here is a thing I did yesterday, for dinner later on today. I cooked our 8# turkey breast (bone in) in our afore-mentioned air fryer. It took a few minutes over 2 hours at 350 degrees. I think it's a viable method-crispy outside, juicy inside, and all the fat landed in the bottom, which the turkey was above and not in.
I so hope every Sparkler here has a wonderful day today, whatever you're doing!
MUTTS DAILY QUOTE:
â€œWatch out for each other. Love everyone and forgive everyone, including yourself.â€ - Jim Henson
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â€œThe beautiful is everywhere.â€ - Fernand Leger
Especially on SparkPeople-good night!
is sending away an approaching cold! BuhBye!MUTTS DAILY QUOTE
â€œWhen you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.â€ - Ellen DeGeneres
Well, I've been trying to be gentle with myself, making sure I get plenty of water, using my zinc supplement, and being extra careful about nutrition, so that a cold does not grab hold of me. So far, so good. Meanwhile, some of the gentle activity I've done is put up some of our Christmas and winter decorations. I am by no means done, and everything isn't necessarily where it's going to be when I am done, but here are a few items as things are this evening.
is happy dancing-Joy to the World!I mentioned on one of @TEXASHSMOMOF3 's threads that we have a Goku action figure that the kid contributed as a tree ornament when he was a little, little guy. I got more stuff out, found Goku, and put him in front of one of our trees. He used to hang on the big tree, but our trees are small, now, so he goes Super Saiyan in front now. Enjoy! :-)is still dancing it out because it's my thing! :-)MUTTS DAILY QUOTE:
â€œNature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.â€ - John Muir
is looking forward to this next week, which though busy, is not as busy as this past week was. Happy dancing!is breathing deeply, keeping up fitness with dancing, strength work, and walking, and enjoying the season!Well, here's a bit of a thinker, though I'm taking it positively. From Eternal Sunshine:
"The heart and mind are constantly bickering. Only the breath can unite the two in peace and harmony - breathe."
is walk/running it off on my new rebounder! :-) Fighting through sinus headaches, but still enjoying the holiday!is truly thoroughly rested and restored, with some priorities in place as well as plans and tools to keep balance in my days.My first post of the year is from a doggie. Enjoy!
is ready for what the week brings. :-) This came up in my notifications this morning; why today and not 2 days ago, I don't know, ;-) but on this page is a recipe for Cauliflower Walnut Veg. Taco filling. The spices and seasonings can be adjusted so that one uses the seasonings of your own choice. I think this recipe is interesting, though I prefer beans as a veg. taco filling, but that's just me. It looks delicious and is definitely healthful, so here it is. https://pinchofyum.com/cauliflower-walnut-
I get emails from a magazine (tiny link below for this article.) I just opened it, and lo and behold, the timing is excellent. Here are 21 Late Night Healthy Snacks Under 100 calories!
od night!) Ahh. Got my stretching, some yoga, some weight-work, some calisthenics, and a good powerwalk. Time for some nice Cinnamon Express tea and Sparking!
Following the leader with @STILLSPARKLEIGH , here is today's MUTTS DAILY QUOTE:
â€œJoy has no cost.â€ - Marianne Williamson
Following the leader with @STILLSPARKLEIGH , here is today's MUTTS DAILY QUOTE:
â€œJoy has no cost.â€ - Marianne Williamsonis happy for some Winter this Winter!