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The Kids, the Plumbing, and my Complete Breakdown
Sunday, August 02, 2015      5 comments

As a few of you may know, I had my daughter, her boyfriend and the cat move in a few weeks ago. A week ago, their entire quadrant of plumbing downstairs clogged (it has never happened before this). I called a plumber, and he "fixed" the ... Read more
The Willow Tree...and how it Changed My Life
Sunday, August 02, 2015      6 comments

My Weeping Willow tree was one of the biggest trees in my area. It had been there for MANY years, and if you looked up, you could not see the top of it. It was home to bats, many squirrels and many different birds. Just a little over a ye... Read more
Seven Rules for a Happy Life *the Eighth is more important
Saturday, August 01, 2015      5 comments

SEVEN CARDINAL RULES FOR LIFE 1. MAKE PEACE WITH YOUR PAST so it won't disturb your present. 2. WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK OF YOU is nothing you need to worry about. 3. TIME HEALS ALMOST EVERYTHING Give it tim... Read more
Why it is OK to throw away the scale
Saturday, August 01, 2015      7 comments

Do you get up every morning and step on the scale, and whatever it says determines what kind of a day you are going to have? If so, throw the darned thing out the window. Scales are a gauge, and can also be your worst friend ever. If you ... Read more
Raising daughters, and the perils of today's "model" women
Friday, July 31, 2015      8 comments

I have a daughter who is 24. I have worked all her life to make her love herself for her nice curves, and have tried myriad times to make sure she was not insecure about not being a size 0. Kids are mean, some are even cruel, and girls today t... Read more
If "weight" didn't exist, how would you know if your body was healthy?
Thursday, July 30, 2015      4 comments

First of all, you would know by how you feel. Your joints would not ache. Clothes would fit. You would not be out of breath walking to the car. You would have extra energy, and be able to accomplish many things. Going from fat to fit is... Read more
Exercises I learned from my personal trainer, for back, legs and abs...all done at home
Wednesday, July 29, 2015      5 comments

Dearest Sparkers: I just started with an awesome personal trainer, Diane, and she gave me some exercises for my legs, abdominals (stomach, abs), and lower back, that you can do at home. I'll give you five. I have limited mobility (two kne... Read more
Best joke ever...a perspective
Tuesday, July 28, 2015      9 comments

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN GUILTY OF LOOKING AT OTHERS YOUR OWN AGE AND THINKING, SURELY I CAN'T LOOK THAT OLD. WELL . . . MY NAME IS ALICE , AND I WAS SITTING IN THE WAITING ROOM FOR MY FIRST APPOINTMENT WITH A NEW DENTIST. I NOTICED H... Read more
We are each a Spark, and we can make an explosion...why you gotta be so mean?
Tuesday, July 28, 2015      6 comments

Luckily, I have an awesome family, live in a great neighborhood of friends, and have only received positive feedback about my 60 pound weight loss from all of them. Yesterday at the gym, a lady whom I have not seen in a long time came up to... Read more
Natural Repellent for Mosquito, Tick, Bee, Wasp, and Anything Else that "bugs" You
Monday, July 27, 2015      2 comments

I shared this with a very awesome Sparkperson today, as she hikes all over Europe it seems, and thought it might help her keep the ticks and other nasties away. I made up this all-natural bug bashing recipe to fight off insects, especially ... Read more
Wow...this is a COMMUNITY of friends, with similar goals. We also live in 2015 instead of 1885!
Monday, July 27, 2015      9 comments

Thank you so much for your nice posts. I have never realized before what a wonderful community this is, and how much it means to me. I guess I was so focused on myself, and my improvement, I forgot to look up. The Spark website, and the check... Read more
You could fry an egg on the driveway here...
Sunday, July 26, 2015      3 comments

It is SO hot today. I am sometimes so grateful for my furnace and air conditioning in Minnesota. The summers here are abysmal. I would seriously rather have it be snowing. ANYWAY, even though it is boiling, my knees ache, I still went to... Read more
Eating at the Fair....I've come a LONG way, baby.
Saturday, July 25, 2015      11 comments

Holy COW: I just got an email from my MARVELOUS Senator Al Franken (Minnesota). He is very funny, and is sponsoring a contest as to what he has to eat at the fair. I have NEVER liked fried and awful fair food but DO love the fair. Am I the o... Read more
They Can't Get Your Goat If They Don't Know Where It's Tied...
Friday, July 24, 2015      6 comments

I have been on an amazing personal adventure since May 10. I fractured my knee, had surgery Feb. 2, was in a wheelchair for two months, and while in it, I decided to change my life. I found Sparkpeople, joined, and have checked in every single... Read more
The Adult Kids Moved In....With Their Cat
Tuesday, July 21, 2015      5 comments

I have lived a great life, albeit with pain, but have survived two knee replacements, and finally a fractured knee, and I am ridding myself of all my excess fat, not through a diet, but through a lifestyle change. There is a HUGE difference!!!!... Read more

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