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My newest piece of exercise equipment
Monday, November 21, 2016      6 comments

For those of us that live downwind of any of the Great Lakes we knew we would pay a price for our warm summer which left the lakes at or near record-setting high temperatures going into fall/winter. Then our dear neighbors to the north share a ... Read more
Today I'm laughing at myself
Friday, November 18, 2016      8 comments

Sometimes i just gotta shake my head and laugh at some of the stuff I do... if I even started to tell you the half of it this would be a very long blog. Fortunately, I can laugh at most of it (although sometimes I do slip and say something nau... Read more
Tribute to a nameless veteran
Friday, November 11, 2016      6 comments

As many of you know, my dog, Riley, is a certified therapy dog. We volunteer with a group that brings the joy and other wellness benefits of pet visits to others. This past week we met a gentleman, new to use, at a senior day center. He made ... Read more
Correction... and moving on
Friday, November 11, 2016      8 comments

There is a side of me (ok yes - it's the perfectionist but I have a reputation for accuracy unlike some others) that needs to correct a sentence from my last blog. The part about "election day came and the majority spoke..." Well that isn't a... Read more
Still love my country but I need a mental health day
Wednesday, November 09, 2016      12 comments

Every one probably has their own definition of what constitutes a mental health day. In my youth, I used to see them as a day to take a break from daily responsibilities. Well, I'm all grown up now and eligible for the senior discount at my fa... Read more
Decision Day
Tuesday, November 08, 2016      7 comments

It's finally here. As I looked at the morning newspaper sitting next to my now cold cup of coffee, I made several connections with the headline "Decision Day." My country's election is the obvious one. Then I thought of SP and my own heal... Read more
The pessimist, the optimist, and the realist
Sunday, November 06, 2016      10 comments

Which one are you? I know I have taken on each of these roles at various times. I used to be the eternal optimist to the extent that I've been... Read more
Four weeks later...
Saturday, November 05, 2016      8 comments

They are definitely becoming buddies or at least someone to roughhouse with and enjoy stealing toys from each other. I think Riley is still secret... Read more
A little sunshine makes everything better
Friday, November 04, 2016      8 comments

As beautiful as it is, living in an area graced by four seasons, there are stretches of gloomy, grey days which often include rain. After just so many of those days, my mood starts to reflect the sky. Yesterday, the sun peaked out for ma... Read more
Seasonal greetings
Monday, October 31, 2016      9 comments

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A good day to nest
Sunday, October 30, 2016      6 comments

Am checking in this afternoon from my sun room. I won't be able to enjoy it much longer as it isn't heated. As a matter of fact, I am sitting in front of the electric fireplace with a wool shawl around my shoulders but I couldn't resist one la... Read more
Have you trained your brain today?
Thursday, October 27, 2016      6 comments

One of the many miracles of our bodies is our brain. No matter your age, but especially those of us who have reached (and passed) a certain age, it's important to include a few exercises just to keep our brains at their best. What's even bette... Read more
Go ahead and laugh!
Wednesday, October 26, 2016      9 comments

It's true! Go ahead and laugh. There - don't you feel better already??!!There's even research on the health benefits of a good laugh. As a mat... Read more
Plans and patience
Tuesday, October 25, 2016      5 comments

Hello, my name is Barbara and I am a planner. A planner in the midst of a family of non-planners means we sometimes drive each other nuts ... Read more
Positive thoughts
Sunday, October 23, 2016      7 comments

Had some time today to read blogs from a number of Sparkers new to me as well as old SP friends. The fractious political season of selecting a new President of the United States was mentioned in a variety of ways. Emotions are running high. T... Read more

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