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8/3/21 5:49 P

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emoticon 8-3-21 Today Been walking, food shopping, & swimming, before the heat 110, right now! This photo is from my last SP LV Santa 5k. I did it in 2020 & because of the pandemic, it was 'virtual' & on our own. I will miss playing like this for SP. BUT I will be continuing for many more years. Already signed up for this year & will promote the nature preserve. That is where this photo was taken! With our LITTLE RED, once again!









Edited by: SPARKLINGME176 at: 8/3/2021 (17:53)
"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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emoticon ALMOST! 8-2-21 I am down another #. 9 #'s back to goal. As SP land fades into the sunset, I thought I would share a little of my 'journey'. Way back in 2011 I went to a VIP Disney Legends event, with my forever friend. My 'before' photo is what inspired me to 'as'k for help with my health, I weighed 53 # more! I joined SP 10 minutes after seeing the 'ad' in Woman's World. March 16, 2012.Meeting ALL of you, has helped change my life. emoticon NOW that we are getting ready to 'graduate' emoticon I am seeing many of us, who have staid to the end posting more & more, of their journeys, too. emoticon

I have been asking for personal emails & adding them to my 'real' email list of SP friends. I have also joined the Google group: Many of us are there. Join in if you feel it is good for you, too! I am taking the summer off to enjoy NOT being on the internet DAILY. As of Aug. 17 I will have been here 3,441 days EVERYDAY. I made a promise to myself, if I found the answer to my health, I would do it daily. I missed camping &&& because I couldn't get internet access. BUT my health is more important than anything. I can now walk a 5K or more in 1.5 hours, swim for an hour when the temps are good. Do Sheppard Pilates, dvd, SP Nicole's seated core workout 12 minutes, (It is saved in my yahoo list) , dance ZUMBA, & enjoy nature like never before!

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My goal is to exercise/play for 200 minutes a day. I KNOW I will keep that going. It was hard to get to at first. I also eat 'real' foods, the rest I call 'pretend'. I have a VERY active life, now. I have Chris Downie's cd's & listen to THE SPARK emoticon several times a week & will continue to do so. I might join the Spark America 360, not sure yet. Taking my life 1 day at a time. DH is doing ok with his health challenges & I help him as much as I can. My Mom is 93 this year & is 5 hours away. We speak on the phone several time a week & email almost daily. She is just starting dementia, I help where I can. She has AMAZING caregivers that live with her.

ANY WAY: It has/is been an ineradicable time in my life. With the tools & help from my SP friends in the 'real' world, who I can also help support, I'm off to it! "Be the health you want with what you have to work with, & I will too!" a quote by me all these 9+ years. My motto. See you on the flip side!


(my before)

(Halloween At goal 2015, IF I listened to the 'charts' I would have 45 MORE # to release. Listening to my body, not charts! LOL, 9# needed back to goal)

(Me Halloween 1993, at goal & very happy. 20 years before SP, then after this photo I added 100#)

(LV Santa 5K, 2019 promoting SP with LITTLE RED, mom made her)

( 7-24-21 after a 5K, trainning for the LV Santa 5K, 2021)

(Mom & I laughing, as we always do! Mother's Day 2021 Mom made the Goddesses behind us)

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"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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7/31/21 3:42 P

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emoticon emoticon JULY! 7-31-21 I hope to see my mom, after SP closes. Mid Aug. When I talk to her on the phone, it takes her a minute or 2 to realize who I am. I usually sing her a song, from 1 of our shows & that brings her back to her self. She's not very bad, with dementia yet. Her amazing live in caregivers give her lot's water & now the B1 vitamins seem to be help her. PRAISE GOD! Also, she really doesn't like water. So pop cycles help too! emoticon emoticon

Today I went for a hike in the Nature Preserve, before the heat REALLY hits. emoticon I DID sweat enough to release a # or 2. BUT I DO drink water & electrolytes so I'm re hydrated. It was beautiful out there, today. The temp was only 88 with 44% humid. We are at the beginning of another heat wave, (boo hoo) Will be 106 this week. So walks are VERY early! I also swam. emoticon SO FUN! I love my Saturdays. Lot's of exercising in nature! emoticon Today is Soup emoticon & Salad day emoticon & some Olympics.

DH is doing ok. Went to get a review with his sleep chip, the doc says he is doing emoticon SO glad he is & can still take care of himself. Date night was fun. I made pizza, LOT's of veggies, little cheese & I don't eat the crust. Also big bowl of broccoli with a squeezed orange on top. (My favorite way to eat it!) We watched some of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, but then turned on the Olympics. The gymnastics were great! emoticon GO USA. (I saw today that New Zealand won, too! emoticon )

Since it the last day of the month, I am off to back up my computer emoticon onto my external hard drive. I was told it is IMPORTANT because I have an old machine.I take a lot of photos, & am saving things from SP &&&& of course DH business things. ANY way hope you all do good this week & KNOW I am here for you till the end.....

(This is called the middle pond)

(I call this 1 Bees having breakfest)

"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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emoticon 7-29-21 I KNOW you maybe tired of these LV Santa 5K photos. With SP land closing I wanted to share them all! Here are some from the 2018 race. (2 more years to share, another time!) I walked "JACK" (in the box He pops up out of the box), the whole way. He was created by MY Fairy God Mother, for us. He is so cute! I use him for my shows, still!

Been busy at work land. Glad for it, but it IS cutting down my time on SP. I walked & swam today, before work, Sheppard Pilates DVD, later. Feeling good, yesterday was a VERY hard day, in the field. BUT I got home safely & happy to be home! I truly hope YOUR world emoticon is fun! emoticon You deserve it, too! You would not have joined SP, if you didn't want a better life for yourself, right? emoticon IF you want to stay 'friends' SP email me with your 'real' email address & I will add you to my personal list. I am NOT on FB, but have joined the Maintenance group on Google. STILL trying to find the time to figure it out. eMail is the best way right now. emoticon As we all scramble to figure out our next steps, remember Chris gave us the tools! Let's use them! IF you haven't read his book, THE SPARK, I think you can buy it on eBay. That 1 book changed my life! emoticon emoticon Chris. As I have said, I am taking off the summer, after 'graduation' emoticon I've been here EVERYDAY for 3,422 days! Want to enjoy not being on the internet for awhile! LOL!











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"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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7/26/21 4:59 P

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emoticon 7-26-21 THX, it took me awhile to learn not to go into a flood. The motto is TURN AROUND-DON"T DIE. Sure says it, right? We had 67 MPH winds last night! YIKES! it is 92 degrees right now, 70% humid y. The pool is still at 90. When I went swimming, I had to take out thousands of pine needles from the park. (I love those trees, so not mad about it!) emoticon

I'm going to bake Teriyaki chicken thighs & tiny potatoes. BIG salad of course & broccoli. Now that the oven is working, again. I'd rather Spark, our days are getting shorter! IF you want to friend me, send me a SP email with your info. Several people that contact me almost daily, still are not in my 'real' personal email list.



"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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emoticon 7-25-21 5 months to Christmas.... thought I would share with all of you! I didn't make REDMOND-DAVENPORT, but DID turn him into an apple tree! (For the LV Santa 5K 2016) We/DH/My Mom/family- make most of our marionettes, though. About 5,000 to date. I have about 150 of them, still using! SO fun to bring JOY TO THE WORLD!

Yesterday I walked & shopped for 5 hours. VERY muggy day, & swam. emoticon Lot's of rest in the afternoon, watching the Olympics. Synchronized swimming is my favorite ( I practice the moves in our pool) & Gymnastics, on later this afternoon!

(2016)



(Our Santa & MRS. CLAUS, Santa is over 3' tall! Made him in 1979.Weighs about 20#.... what was I thinking? Mrs. C was made in 1960 or so!)

Edited by: SPARKLINGME176 at: 7/26/2021 (16:58)
"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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emoticon 7-23-21 Happy Friday, everyone! It's date night, after work. We will probably watch the Olympics with Panda Express. LOT's of veggies. Had light GREEN drink for breakfast.
I walked 30 minutes, swam for 60, gardened & cleaned up house a little, washed my hair & gave myself a pedicure. Fun 'spa' day. The pool felt FABULOUS! Although it is 91 degrees! But it is 103 outside so felt ok.

This photo is of me & my TREE puppet, from the LV Santa 5K 2016 promoting SP. ( I have done this 5K for many years, at the encouragement of Spark Guy! ) THIS year I will promote the nature preserve. It IS for charity, after all! 8,800 other Santas' too! Since YOU won't be here for Christmas, I thought we could have Christmas in July! HAHA!

(Finish line)

(At home before going to the event)

Edited by: SPARKLINGME176 at: 7/26/2021 (16:57)
"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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7/21/21 12:47 P

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7-21-21 emoticon . Off to grocery shopping & errands! Be happy & have fun!

"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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7/20/21 2:04 P

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7-20-21 I have been promoting SP for many years. Mainly at the LV Santa 5K. I always take a puppet or marionette with me. There are about 8,800 other Santas. SO very fun. Before SP I couldn't have walked that far. But now I can walk 3.2 miles in about an hour. I will miss doing this for SP, but I have a nature preserve I can promote, for the Santa 5k. Volunteering helps me so very much! Recommended by Chris Downie! emoticon THIS 1 book, helped me learn the SP method. (I found it on eBay). Happy Tuesday!!!! I'm back to it! Sheppard Pilates is on my workout list today. Already walked & swam! Fun day!

2015 With Tree





Edited by: SPARKLINGME176 at: 7/26/2021 (16:57)
"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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emoticon 7-18-21 This is what I wrote on the message boards, today, about SP closing: Please read my latest blog, I have added to it & will continue to add till the end!

I, too, am so sorry for SP closing. Today is my 3,411 days of SP land, EVERYDAY. BUT, what would have happened IF Chris had lost his life, a few years ago? We wouldn't have heard so many grumbles, about SP closing, right? ALSO, I have MANY projects I would like to do, but just can't afford them right now. (1 would cost me $10,000.00 a month, yes it is special, but I just can't do it) I have been promoting SP since the beginning. Through walking for various charities, The LV Santa 5k, I have done yearly for 13 years. Chris inspired me to continue. I have THE SPARK on cd's & listen every week. Chris's ideas about HOW to get healthy, his tools are there for all of us. I am still with SP, till the end. I am SO amazingly grateful we had several months to 're-group'.

Once it closes, I am feeling like it is graduation! emoticon I am taking the summer off & may re-join later. I am here for the 'community'. I share & support. I'm not of FB, nor do I care to be. I have been adding my 'real' SP friends to my 'real' email. By invitation. I read 'somewhere' by a SP member, HOW CAN THEY DO THIS TO ME? Closing isn't something DONE to you. I hope that person figures out HOW to continue their life, in more joy, than this statement shows. I thought about trying to convey this thought to them, BUT not my job, right? They need to find their way, just as ALL of us have. I truly hope EVERYONE has a blessed life, going forward with the tools we have so graciously been given! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



(Me & WILD THANG, 2014)

Edited by: SPARKLINGME176 at: 7/19/2021 (16:35)
"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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emoticon 7-16-21 Because my Mom 92 yrs, is starting dementia, I have been searching about it. 1 of my SP friends, SLIMMERKIWI (THX!) said THIAMINE really helps. I just found out vitamin B1, Thiamine, is in beef & pork. Suppose to be good for memory! As well as: (THX MILLER-S "Food sources of thiamine include beef, liver, dried milk, nuts, oats, oranges, pork, eggs, seeds, legumes, peas and yeast. Foods are also fortified with thiamine. Some foods that are often fortified with B1 are rice, pasta, breads, cereals and flour." Funny thing is she never really likes any of these foods, except maybe a White Castle mini burger. Funny how our body's react to foods, right? She does take a multi vitamin. (I do too. & I eat well, but not much hoofed animals or fish. I DO eat whole grains & legumes. Might start considering more fish) Hope this info helps you, too!

I will SO miss this community postings from SP! Glad you are ALL still here! SP email me if you want to stay 'friends' with your 'real' email & SP name & I will add you to my list! (If you haven't & want too!)

It is FRIDAY, date night. DH is working on a huge project for his business, we haven' t made plans yet. BUT I bet a movie is happening! Tomorrow is a hike, before the heat hits. Going back up to 110. Errands before 9 am! Happy day, happy weekend!


(photo from Mother's Day, 2021, I finally got to visit her! She lives 500 miles away.)

(Little Red & Me promoting SP at the Santa 5k. !2-2-2017)

Edited by: SPARKLINGME176 at: 7/16/2021 (14:41)
"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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7-14-21 YES! It's been hot & trying to live my active life with in it! We DID get a little rain!!!! emoticon .05 inches. Pool temp today was 92, YIKES! I'm swimming anyway, but again YIKES! Our oven was not working, the guy came out did nothing & now it is fine. I told DH put his food on a tray & stand outside with it. Just to give you an idea, of the temp. I do not dry my clothes. I am tall & don't want them to shrink. PLUS it is hard on the fabrics. (That's why I have clothes from 1968, that I made! No kidding) In the winter it takes about 3 days to dry, in the garage. Now it is 30 minutes. Yep that is hot!(My computer stopped before I could send this message! But I found it! Here it is for 7-14-21

emoticon 7-15-21 Today with the temps going down, emoticon I was able to Walk, swing & swim, before housework & regular work. 117 was brutal! I couldn't turn on my AC in car, it was too hot, YIKES! It's 106 today. Yep, that is still hot, but makes a HUGE difference! Off to PILATES DVD & errands before the heat! Be happy, be safe & I will too! emoticon

(here are some pineapple flowers for you! I have been making 100% pineapple juice pop cycles, DELICIOUS!)







Edited by: SPARKLINGME176 at: 7/15/2021 (12:58)
"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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emoticon 7-15-21 Today with the temps going
down, emoticon I was able to Walk, swing & swim, before housework & regular work. 117 was brutal! I couldn't turn on my AC in car, it was too hot, YIKES! It's 106 today. Yep, that is still hot, but makes a HUGE difference! Off to PILATES DVD & errands before the heat! Be happy, be safe & I will too! emoticon

(here are some pineapple flowers for you! I have been making 100% pineapple juice pop cycles, DELICIOUS!)


7-14-21 YES! It's been hot & trying to live my active life with in it! We DID get a little rain!!!! emoticon .05 inches. Pool temp today was 92, YIKES! I'm swimming anyway, but again YIKES! Our oven was not working, the guy came out did nothing & now it is fine. I told DH put his food on a tray & stand outside with it. Just to give you an idea, of the temp. I do not dry my clothes. I am tall & don't want them to shrink. PLUS it is hard on the fabrics. (That's why I have clothes from 1968, that I made! No kidding) In the winter it takes about 3 days to dry, in the garage. Now it is 30 minutes. Yep that is hot!(My computer stopped before I could send this message! But I found it! Here it is for 7-14-21 AND 7-15-21

Edited by: SPARKLINGME176 at: 7/15/2021 (12:44)
"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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emoticon 7-11-21 So, I've cleaned 2 bathrooms emoticon , changed sheets, swam emoticon , & did my Sheppard Pilates DVD. emoticon After I Spark, I will rest for the rest of the day. Inside of course!!Temp is 114, right now! emoticon DH & I are also working today. Tomorrow I get a hair cut emoticon , luckily it is at 10 am. I read on AAA, IF your car over heats, turn on the heater, to help cool it down. Nothing like sitting in a car that is about 125 degrees. BUT if it saves the car, I would do it. We do not go out unless it is NECESSARY. So tomorrow is Hair, Sam's Club & pick up our mail. (We don't get it at home, kids steal it!) Hope to be home by 1 pm. Stay safe everyone! PLEASE send some rain here! I might just do a dance emoticon for it, Haha!

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"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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emoticon 7-10-21 Yep! Up before the crack of dawn! A guided hike with the beavers! SO fun. I watched 1 playing & swimming. He was BIG, about 50 pounds! Walked about 2 hours, before the temps went up to 106. Then came home & pretended I WAS a beaver in our VERY hot pool. 90 degrees. Lot's of exercise! Ready to rest after SP. Have a fabulous time!

(sunrise)

(beaver under water, Haha!)

(Just for fun, from the internet!)



Edited by: SPARKLINGME176 at: 7/10/2021 (16:04)
"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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emoticon 7-9-21 THX for your comments about my BDay, ladies. emoticon You are the BEST! emoticon I've been REALLY working out hard today. Up at 5 am to walk, it was 91 degrees. Going up to 116 today, YIKES! The park had the sprinklers on, so I walked through them. VERY fun! Hand watered the plants in front & back. Then made us GREEN drinks, for more energy! Swam for about 30 mins. But the pool water was 90 degrees. So didn't feel that refreshing. I also pulled out the dead star Jasmine. We had it in planters, but it didn't make the heat. It use to cover the wall, about 30 feet by 6 feet. There is 1 left & it's doing great, but is in shade most of the day. The others were in full sun. VERY dry I didn't want them to catch fire! I've been working with DH business for a few hours. & SP. I DO need to do my Sheppard Pilates DVD, but rather tired. My body aches for it, though, so I'm getting the gumption up for it. Tonight is date night. (DH is ok, another Retina doctor exam soon). Not sure what, but NOT outdoors! Maybe a movie, we watched the BIRDS, last week, I didn't remember it being so scary. Won't make that mistake, again! Still have bad dreams about it. emoticon

Tomorrow I am getting up at 3:30 am so I can go to the nature preserve with a group & see the Beavers playing. There are about 82 of them. They are HUGE! 50 pounds or so! emoticon I only do it 1 time a year, it will be fun seeing my friends again. It's been TOO long!

So I am resting most of the day, near the AC. We keep the house at 85 degrees. I KNOW that seems hot, but with 116, it isn't! Stay safe everyone! I will too!

THX for being my SP friend! I will miss SP SO VERY much! emoticon

(night light Humming birds from DH for my BDay! They change colors, too darling)

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"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
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🍴 Ate a healthy food or meal #healthyeats

THX goes out to all of you! emoticon I have never felt such love from SP emoticon for my Bday! emoticon Because I was born in July, our schools never celebrated the summer kids. emoticon BUT YOU all did that for me, thx for the well wishes. I will miss you, forever & send you loving ((((((((vibes)))))))), always! emoticon I'll see you in the cosmos! THX again! Today is my 3,400 days of SP EVERYDAY! Woo Hoo!

(yesterday)

( I KNOW it looks like I wear this jacket, alot! But I have 6 in this color! So pretty!)

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"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
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"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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🍴 Ate a healthy food or meal #healthyeats

THX goes out to all of you! emoticon I have never felt such love from SP emoticon for my Bday! emoticon Because I was born in July, our schools never celebrated the summer kids. emoticon BUT YOU all did that for me, thx for the well wishes. I will miss you, forever & send you loving ((((((((vibes)))))))), always! emoticon I'll see you in the cosmos! THX again! Today is my 3,400 days of SP EVERYDAY! Woo Hoo!

(yesterday)

( I KNOW it looks like I wear this jacket, alot! But I have 6 in this color! So pretty!)

"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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emoticon 7-6-21 emoticon On this my BDay celebration. A new year for me to find new goals! emoticon I love SP & sharing my life with you! emoticon I couldn't have come this far with out you! NO KIDDING! I am just so grateful we have had all this time to learn the 'rules' to health. emoticon THX SO much to Chris Downie, emoticon for sponsoring SP for all these years. (Today 3,399 days of SP for me EVERYDAY!) I couldn't afford to! I have several projects I would love to do, but they are WAY too pricey for me, at this time. I WILL keep the faith & IF I am to do them, the money will come. In the mean time I am sparking to the end. emoticon THEN taking the summer off to explore my next steps. emoticon I walked emoticon , & swam emoticon & made us green drinks emoticon & played with DH emoticon & opened presents emoticon & worked & am getting ready for a late lunch with family. First time in a restaurant since 2-2020, except on my visit with my Mom, but we ate outside. "Be the health you want , with what you have to work with, & I will too!" A quote by me! emoticon

(me at goal 1 year after I joined SP. (2013) 9# back to it, right now!)

(Mother's day 2021)

( I have 6 Fairy God Children, this is just prefect! Love Helen)

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"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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7-5-21 Off to Sheppard Pilates DVD! Nothing like it, right???? Down several inches & 11# since restarting the DVD, 3-24!

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"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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emoticon 7-4-21 Happy Independence Day to the USA! Sending good ((((((((vibes))))))) to the rest of the world! emoticon DH & I are BBQ today, chicken & asparagus. Lemon meringue pie for desert! Swim & play today! emoticon We are staying HOME! 300,000 people visiting, YIKES! Today is my 43rd year of doing my marionette business! PLUS 19 years before that with our family marionette business! Not sure how that is possible, I am only 22! Haha! I am down another #. 10 # to goal hope to reach it before SP says emoticon emoticon . Long hike yesterday! Here's some photos from it!






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"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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emoticon 7-4-21 Happy Independence Day to the USA! Sending good ((((((((vibes))))))) to the rest of the world! emoticon DH & I are BBQ today, chicken & asparagus. Lemon meringue pie for desert! Swim & play today! emoticon We are staying HOME! 300,000 people visiting, YIKES! I am down another #. 10 # to goal hope to reach it before SP says emoticon emoticon . Long hike yesterday! Here's some photos from it!






"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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emoticon 4-3-21 I had a long walk today! Time to rest! emoticon

(from today's walk)

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"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
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emoticon 7-2-21 I've been walking, cleaning house & swimming, most of the morning. Now at computer & Sparking, working & getting ready for date night. The movie we will probably watch is THE BIRDS, Hitchcock. Haven't seen is quite awhile. My friends FIL, worked on it. Also PANDA EXPRESS. I LOVE their 'greens' & string bean chicken. ! serving feeds me for 3 dinners! DH loves their walnut shrimp. (I do not like fish, of any kind, usually) Plus SP Nicole's' seated core workout. Tomorrow is hike in nature preserve. Tuesday is my BDay, emoticon we are going to get together at a restaurant with DH Sister & family. Our first time since the pandemic started. We will celebrate DH BDay, too. We couldn't go because of his retina exam. Should be fun. A little scary for me, though. I'll wear my mask for a little security. (Happy almost BDay MILLER-S on the 9th! emoticon )

We will stay home for the 4th. The illegal fireworks have been going off, for about a week. (we have millions of Vet's in town, with PTSS. I do wish the fireworks didn't go off.) They land on the house & in the pool. Police can not keep up with all of them. So we will be CAREFUL! The strip is expecting about 300,000 people. YIKES! emoticon We do not go near there! Too bad, cause the hospitals are full right now with covid patients. People think, since they are vaccinated, they can stop wear masks (indoors) & keeping clean & 6' apart. So after the HUGE opening of the latest & new casino, first 1 in 10 years, MANY people flew in for the opening. Are still here, sick. Probably more info than you need, sorry about that!

I'm back to it! Happy safe weekend everyone! emoticon
PS... Remember I asked everyone how to keep wild cats from pooping in our yard? Turns out the pine cones is what worked the best! emoticon We can get millions of them in the park behind our home! YEAH! THX for your help! emoticon

(Fairy God Son with his friends & cake. Again YIKES! Too much sugar! Candy filled cake, what no chocolate? He loved the gift we gave him)

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"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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emoticon 7-1-21 Happy emoticon Day! I celebrate my sp friends to my north!
I had a wonderful swim, emoticon & walk emoticon before work, today! Happy, healthy July everyone!!!! DH is off to get his last crown, topped. His eyes are OK, keeping my fingers crossed he gets better. emoticon Today is my Fairy God Son's 8th B'Day! emoticon I sent him a "Explorer Pack" I created myself. He will love it!

(with his sister, last week)

(THX to NANHBH)

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"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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emoticon 6-30-21 As ROSEWAND said, "I will miss my everyday rituals of Spark; it is so integrated into
my life. At the same time, I am excited to learn of the new opportunities
I would have missed, if I were still in the Spark life."

With so many new ways to connect with my SP friends...glad to have your 'real' email.(I need to take the time to learn about all the new websites). I will be keeping up with some of my SP rituals, just not daily. I have been sparking 3,393 days everyday. I'm pretty sure not everyone would care about my streak. BUT I made a promise to myself, after I said this simple prayer, once I found an answer to my health situation, I would be committed to it, daily. 10 minutes later I read an article in WOMEN's WORLD about SP. That was March 2012, my joining date! I feel like it is graduation, emoticon I have the tools & now I get to fly! emoticon So here I am, still blessed, still 'playing' with my healthy lifestyle AND sharing my joy with YOU! emoticon emoticon DH had yet another Retina exam today. We have been gone most of the morning. THIS is his 'real' Dr. Been a busy day, he is ok, but time to rest! I walked in the rain & swam in it too, before we left the house. RAIN is so rare here.(about 4 inches a year) I bless EVERY drop. emoticon

Have a wonderful evening/morning, see you on the flip side! July starts tomorrow! My BDay month, the 6th. emoticon emoticon GREAT to see so many posting, MANY have already left. I'll be here to the end! emoticon

(Walking the Santa 5K, 2016, promoting SP)

"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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emoticon 6-28-21 I saw the SUNDAY morning show, yesterday & because the migrant field workers are having a hard time at the southern borders, with visas, in Oregon a farm that grows most of the asparagus for the country, put the call out to everyone in the area, to come & pick it for free, to take home.So it wouldn't just rot. PLUS the workers do not want to hassle getting through the border, even though he pays $16.00 an hour. He said if something is not done for these people, soon. The USA will not have fresh fruits & veggies in about 2-5 years. Shopping locally, from little gardens will be the only way to get fresh. I had no idea how direr this situation is! I LIVE on fresh, emoticon more than anything else. (because of SP, teaching me how to eat) Thinking of trying to create on top veggies beds, to put on the concrete. To at least try to grow lettuce. BUT with the heat, they might not grow. Did YOU see this show? What do you think? Kinda scary for us City folks! emoticon

Also, I am putting out a request for FOOD ART. IF you have any photos you would like to share, PLEASE do! My SP friends find the cutest things!



(THX to MILLER-S for this lovely photo!)



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"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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emoticon 6-27-21 I swam emoticon & had a lovely morning house cleaning. emoticon I LOVE things clean & tidy. Yes! I do live a VERY fun life! But please know, I don't write about the problems very much. There are quite a few. Mostly with DH health. (He is getting his hair cut, right now, actually ALL of them, LOL) emoticon I try to be uplifting emoticon to everyone in SP land. I share Life's Up's & Downs. emoticon emoticon Try for the ups, mostly! Sure will miss everyone! It is just so easy to connect with all of you through SP. I will miss the photos & memes too! Here are some from SP land!







(Thx MILLER-S)


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"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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emoticon 6-26-21 Lovely Hike emoticon today in nature preserve & then swim at home. emoticon
Last night DH & I emoticon had date night. Picked up OLIVE GARDEN, it makes 5 meals for us, no kidding! & for DH B'Day last week I gave him MARY POPPINS, he had never seen it. It was the 45th anniversary edition. LOTS of bonus features. He loved it! Richard Sherman was a personal friend of ours. We performed for his family many times. GREAT man! I'm Feeling GREAT! Hope you are too! emoticon


(from my hike)

"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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6-25-21 Happy Friday! I swam, walked & am having a fun morning! & worked. Date night!
For some reason, our Costco doesn't have good produce. They always pick too early! But Sam's is always perfect! The apricots were SO amazing! Reminded me of my childhood. I had a small wading pool. I put it under the apricot tree & let them drop. I ate WAY too many. We also had a plum tree & I did the same thing. I can't find that type of plum, anywhere. They are VERY dark on outside & pretty red inside & VERY juicy. I would make coffee cake & cut them in 1/2. & nest them into the cake. Their juice permeated the cake in pretty swirls. Childhood memories, right? I'm salivating! Have a fun weekend! Hike tomorrow!



(THX to my friend MILLER, for this food art!)

"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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emoticon 6-24-21 I woke up VERY early this morning & it was cool enough to open the windows!!!! 77 degrees & 34% humidity. PERFECT for me! Lovely 3:34 am, this was the view from our Bedroom window, upstairs! Happy full moon! Also, after Sam's club yesterday I had to take this photo, of just the fruits! I LOVE apricots, my favorite! What is your favorite? I also bought a lot of veggies, not pictured. This is about 2 weeks worth. I may freeze some! Right now, it is RAINING, hard! YEAH!!!! 1:30 pm. We only receive 4 inches a year, SO happy for it! Walked, swam, house cleaning & now working. PILATES DVD later today! emoticon I might lose electricity... I'm flying! emoticon





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"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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emoticon 6-23-21 Today I swam for 40 minutes, (temps went down 20 degrees to 96) emoticon Made my famous veggie packs, ready to grab & go lunches, & getting ready to shop at Sam's for organic veggies. emoticon They have the best! DH is better, finally! Life is good as I learn to take my health back into my own hands, graduation day is Aug. 17! Today is 3,386 days of Sparking DAILY! Looking forward to the summer , 'off'!

Hope you are happy & keeping to your goals, TOO!
I truly hope you have a fabulous day!







"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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emoticon 6-22-21 The temps are going down!!!!! YEAH! Tomorrow will be a high of 96, last Wednesday it was 116! THAT difference is HUGE! We decided to put the watering system on, daily, (I was trying to keep it lower, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday) except Sundays. IF we are caught not following the watering rules, it is a $160.00 fine. BUT the plants can't handle it only 3 days a week. Hope they bounce back, soon! I think they will, plus I won't need to hand water as often. I water their leaves, as we only get about 4 inches of rain a year, no kidding! SW NV is a desert! Lot's of hot wind in summer & lot's of cold wind in winter. I'm back to work & indoors activities. I went for a long swim this morning. Pool went down to 84. Felt great! I LOVE being outside. I WAS a couch potato before SP. DH is feeling better, day by day! YEAH! emoticon

(I've decided to share Photos from my past, before SP closes. 2011 with forever friend & friend Alice Davis. She created the costumes for 'SMALL WORLD, DISNEYLAND" & Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Her hubby was Mark Davis, 1 of Walt's original 13 men, the sweetest lady, ever! This was a party for her)

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"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
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emoticon 6-21-21 I've been trying to keep our garden growing, with water rationing & time frames, (not between 11 am till 7 pm, never on Sunday). 115 for a few days! Going down to 109, I'll take it! My sweet plants are wilting even with water! YIKES! First day of summer/winter, welcome everyone to fun play days! emoticon emoticon

(our pool Memorial day, I've shared before... but)

(Fiary garden, yes! I've shared before.... but)

(Our LUCY dogs, memorial spot, in Fairy Garden, I miss her so much! She passed 4-8-21 @ 16.5 yrs. Boo Hoo!)

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emoticon 6-19-21 emoticon Just in from a 3 hour hike. It started out at 91 & was 102 by the time I finished. Not too bad, really. I KEEP VERY hydrated emoticon & also eat cucumbers for re hydration. I am a bit tired & will rest most of the day! Out of watermelon emoticon will pick up next week when I shop!

I truly hope you are doing emoticon emoticon Feel free to contact me anytime, just send me a SP email with YOUR 'real' email & I will reply with mine, IF we haven't already! emoticon PLEASE include your SP NAME! emoticon I am treating the closing of SP as graduation. emoticon SCHOOLS OUT FOR SUMMER! I will re-group in the autumn!







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emoticon 6-17-21 THX for the good wishes for my DH B'day emoticon & eye exam. emoticon We canceled his party for tonight. He needs to heal. He's ok, just being careful, what an ordeal, especially in the heat! The temps are over the moon! 119 today! I couldn't even get out to walk before heat. It went DOWN to 90 last night, yuck! emoticon Praying for rain! emoticon I still love SP land & you! emoticon Yes! I'm savoring each day, too! emoticon

(I'll be flying even after SP closes!)

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emoticon 6-15-21 It's been HOT here too! 120 yesterday at 12% humidity. I get out as early as possible! Walk about an hour & then swim another hour.(all before 9 am) Since we put the pool motor on at night, the temp in water went down! Yeah! It's at 80 now. Was 90! Electric company is asking us to keep air conditioner at 75. We keep house at 85, days & 80 nights. Yes! It IS hot, but when it is 35 degrees hotter outside, feels good! I do not like be stuck inside all day. But not much choice, right? This is VERY unseasonable!

Other than that, I am back to working emoticon & Sheppard PILATES DVD, emoticon this afternoon. Hope YOU are all doing good emoticon . I KNOW there is a lot of changes going on, on with our lovely, SP community feeds. emoticon I still think it is great we at least had time to figure out other ways to connect emoticon , if we want to. I am blessed to have gotten to know you & share my world with you. I LOVE hearing about you & how you are, too! Sharing, that's what it is all about, right? emoticon

(Our pool & back yard, Memorial day, 2021)

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emoticon 6-14-21 Yep, it's 115 degrees right now. At 3 pm. emoticon going up to 117 today. YIKES! I went for my walk 2 miles & swim before 7 am. Then off to hair cut. I like it short. Came out 'sassy'! Been trying to peek at the google maintenance team I joined. REALLY need more time to even start to figure it out. I need to work today & get to SP. DH Birthday is Wednesday. I'm taking him to get his retinas checked. In the old days, I would have gone camping with him, LOL! We are meeting his sister & nephew for a birthday gathering on Thursday. It's been over 19 months since we have seen them! Have fun everyone! Stay safe & KNOW you are doing a GREAT job with your lives!



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emoticon 6-12-2021 In response to 2BDYNAMIC's last blog:

I've never heard of the 5 stages of grief.... but I have had them all, over SP closing. Our precious LUCY dog passed over in April.... still VERY sad. SP gave me the courage to move forward. I became much MORE involved in SP with the pandemic. It was my safety net.

Like you I have made many SP friends. Some I have invited to my 'real' eMail. (I won't check it everyday) Now, I am looking at SP land as graduation. emoticon Today is 3,375 (I joined just after you, March 16, 2012) I have been here EVERYDAY. Never missed a day, as that was my promise to myself. I will be here till the last day, to help support my friends, if they need it. My life's mission is to bring JOY to the world. SP helped me share that! emoticon emoticon I keep thinking maybe 'someone' could buy SP from Chris. After all he started SP with the money he gained from selling his little business to eBay. I don't blame him for not having the money to keep it open. There are several projects I can not afford, either. He-you-everyone helped my life- my health more than I can ever say. I am so thankful & grateful for all of you! When Aug. 17 comes, I am going on 'summer' vacation. Just like the song says.... "Schools out for summer". I do not know what I will do in the autumn, but I am sure it will be fun. NOT being tied down to checking in everyday, will be a relief for me. Stressing always trying to find internet access. I can even go camping in the mountains if I want! I have joined the google maintenance

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But haven't learned how to use it, yet. Taking time to be 'me'. & continue SP.

THX for this, the last blog, 2B. I love you! Have a happy life & I will too!
My quote, I wrote about 2016 "Be the health you want with what you have to work with & I will too!" emoticon I am off to hike, I CAN because of SP & the lessons I have learned here!

(my SP PR head dress)



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"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
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emoticon 6-11-21 Photo from my past (2017) promoting SP, at Santa run, I walked it 12 times! & will continue this year, too! Promoting a different organization. Hope you are all ok. I DO wish 'someone' would buy SP from Chris......




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"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
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emoticon 6-9-21 I am VERY happy I have 'time' to re-group my goals, my SP friends. I am blessed to have learned how, thx to Chris Downie! I am now taking off my training wheels! Aug. 17th is graduation for me! emoticon Eat your veggies & flowers & fruits & I l will too!! My quote for all these 9.2 years (day 3,372 of SP EVERYday) : "BE THE HEALTH YOU WANT, WITH WHAT YOU HAVE TO WORK WITH & I WILL TOO!" I am Sparking till the last day, living in THIS moment! emoticon









(me at Oscars & at goal, ((10 pounds back to it!))2013 this photo is 1 of my inspiration photos)



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"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
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emoticon 6-8-21 About cat poo..... thank you to so many of you, helping me with the wild cats, (these are neighborhood cats that we have 'fixed', don't want to hurt them!) pooping in our Fairy garden! Seems Orange peelings ARE helping! Also suggested: pine cones; bags from oranges net; wire mesh; water motion detector, (never heard of this!); bury plastic forks, points up, (I won't do this, it might hurt them); egg shells; wood chips; coffee grounds; water spritzer with vinegar, (I would have to see them doing it); a new dog. The past 8 months of LUCY's life, (she passed over 4-8-21) was VERY expensive for us. We need to recoup before a new pet is in our lives! THX for your continued support! Happy Sparking for a while longer!!!!!

(Fairy garden)

(Lucy's last photo)

Me at GOAL, (10# back to reaching it again!!)

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6-8-21 HI! There is a new google group forming. Here is the info! I am just SO happy we have time to get it together!!! I will miss you, too! I am not on FB or any other social media. SP saved my life, 9.2 years ago! I'm not giving up on myself! Haven't decided about Spark360/SparkAmerica, still in a bit of shock. But Chris has to do what he has to do to stay in business. I am VERY blessed he started SP!

4A-HEALTHY-BMI started a new group: Copy & paste into your browser. IF you can't get in, contact her, she will send you an invite.

http://groups.google.com/g/maintaining-w
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"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
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HI! There is a new google group forming. Here is the info! I am just SO happy we have time to get it together!!! I will miss you, too! I am not on FB or any other social media. SP saved my life, 9.2 years ago! I'm not giving up on myself! Haven't decided about Spark360/SparkAmerica, still in a bit of shock. But Chris has to do to stay in business. I am VERY blessed he started SP!

4A-HEALTHY-BMI started a new group: Copy & paste into your browser. IF you can't get in, contact her, she will send you an invite.

http://groups.google.com/g/maintaining-w
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ABOUT SP closing. I'm not on FB at all. Can't stand the drama. BUT I am open to learning how we can continue to learn from each other. . Now that we are going 'real' let's be happy we had this time to get it together, before the final day! I have always kept a paper log, of my monthly weight & measurements. I'm going to make a chart of my "other goals" that are appropriate on this my 3,369 days of SP EVERYDAY! That streak is huge for me!!!! Started March 16, 2012. I also LOVE SP Nicole's 12-minute seated core work out. I might make a list of those movements, so I can keep up with that. I also have several SP DVD's. That's also, how I follow Sheppard Pilates.

SP changed my life. I am SO much healthier because of it. It is the friends I have made & the blogs that I will miss the most! BUT Chris has to do what he feels he CAN do. I'm still in shock, so I will wait a few days before I start anything, new. But I am sure as new ideas emerge, we will all be glad we had the extra time to prepare. They could have just closed off, today! Right?

Until August, I am 'here' for you!

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emoticon 6-5-21 Long VERY hot hike today! emoticon Started at 90 degrees & went to 99, in a few hours. I even got there at 7 am! LOT's of water! Salad & celery & peanut butter emoticon (my snack after hike) in my future! It was fun, even thought it's so darn hot. BUT humidity is only 7%. I might go swimming, but the water temp. is 88! YIKES! emoticon (SP won't let me add photo right now)







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emoticon Hello, wonderful SP friends! emoticon 6-2-21 Does anyone know how to keep feral cats out of my garden? Since LUCY dog passed over, emoticon they think of our yard as their kitty box! I've tried coffee grounds & now powdered cayenne pepper. I heard they both work. NOT so with coffee grounds! I try to be as natural as possible. Photo today of Fairy Garden, after weeding & cat poo removal. Pee U!
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emoticon 6-1-21 Our grilling session was delicious! DH felt ok. Can't wait till his neck is better! Darn vaccine shot, March 2 is a long time ago! But we worked through it & enjoyed our dinner. I must have eaten about 1# of grilled asparagus! SO WONDERFUL!!!! emoticon too! I swam in the later afternoon. The 3 pm world wide "TAPS" playing was lovely, too. We don't have a bugle to join in, so I asked Alexa, haha! Really meant the world to me to join in. Many people in my life passed over because of being in the service. 3 of them, Purple hearts. I am blessed for the freedoms I have! Including our pool, even though it will be 102 & today! Happy, healthy June everyone!









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5-31-21 emoticon We are so blessed to have our freedoms! May your Monday bring you all the joy your heart can hold! emoticon I am being thankful to all who helped make my life FREE! emoticon emoticon I just got in from a long walk, before heat hits, 100 today. PLUS, Swimming is in my future! emoticon I DID swim for 40 minutes, yesterday. Got REALLY tired. It's been many months. I just thought I could start where I left off.

emoticon DH didn't feel up to grilling yesterday. Better today so we are off to it! emoticon emoticon Asparagus with parm cheese, pineapple, chicken sausages, chicken thighs, & watermelon for desert! I DID buy a pre frozen lemon meringue pie. emoticon NOT our usual brand. We tried a little last night, YUCK! SO sweet, 67 grams of carbos, 1/4 of it was sugar. I didn't read label. Its going back to the store! YEAH for me!

I truly hope you are all doing REALLY great! Happy Memorial Day for those who celebrate. BUT, don't we ALL celebrate our freedoms? emoticon emoticon



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"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
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emoticon emoticon 5-28-21 Happy Healthy Friday!!! I'm off to Pilates emoticon & swim emoticon & work emoticon & play emoticon & garden emoticon . Our gardenia bush put out the first flower of the year! 3 weeks early. Date night, too! emoticon FUN way to spend my life! How about you? I truly hope it is a GREAT day!



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emoticon 5-27-21 I'm happy on this beautiful Thursday. I Love Thursdays, a GREAT catch up day at Work! I walked in the park, before the heat.98 at 2 pm. We stay inside for this temps! I walk early in morning! I might swim, this afternoon. emoticon BUT the pool guy came today, so chlorine is high. I might wait till tomorrow.

I spoke to my Mom, today. Here caregiver called me. She isn't drinking enough water. She gets dehydrated quickly. I called her & reminded her how important it is. Hope she gets the hint! I hope she doesn't end up in er, because of it. She has before. I'm keeping her in my heart & hope she listens to her helpers! emoticon emoticon
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon (10 a day, for me!) PLEASE drink your water, & I will too! Have a great day!



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"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
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emoticon 5-24-21 Handy Hints for lunch from Sparkling:

LUNCH: I'm getting better at preparing before I go. Pack lunch in my lunch small, soft box with small frozen ice packs, usually veggie packs I make & 2 hard boiled eggs. Sometimes I will use Peanut butter on celery, instead of eggs. emoticon emoticon I freeze a little filtered water in the bottom of two 12 oz bottles. Then add fresh water to the top & take with me, too.Helps me get through a long store visit. It get VERY hot here, but my lunch pack lasts for about 3 hours in the car.

AGING: I KNOW how hard it is to 'swallow' aging pills. Lucky we found the perfect people to live with my mom. They are her caregivers. They get room & board & cook for her, clean & take her places to 'play'. Like going to the horses. She's having fun, & living a great life, we are all so blessed, as I can't be there with her. Nor can my brother.

CLEANING supplies: I buy all of my non toxic cleaning supplies from a company, on line Melaleuca. Including 99.9% antibacterial. I've been with them since 2002. I am a member. I also get my vitamins from them. I am not promoting them to you. There are NOW toxic free cleaning in stores now. "GREEN", etc. 'They' are finding that many people including children, are getting asthma from 1 use of bleach, that's what I have learned from the health food industry.

(my veggie packs & green drink, a weeks worth I pack them 1 time a week & live on them!)



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emoticon 5-23-21 Yesterday's hike was lovely! Perfect weather, so happy to be outside! No wind! Has been 55 MPH, yikes! I watched many lovely birds! Today is 3,355 days of SP EVERYDAY! emoticon Hope you are all great!!!










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emoticon 5-23-21 Yesterday's hike was lovely! Perfect weather, so happy to be outside! No wind! Has been 55 MPH, yikes! I watched many lovely birds!










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emoticon 5-21-21 Yesterday I made a HUGE batch of Veggie-Chicken soup! 14 big servings. Froze a lot of it, single servings. Easy to grab & go on a trip & heat defrosted when I arrive to the Inn at home too, of course! Broccoli; celery; carrots; peas; green beans; yellow squash; yams; potatoes; cauliflower; cabbage; little onion; Italian seasons; liquid smoke; 21 salute, (salt free seasonings from Trader Joe's). Oh and chicken, haha! emoticon How are YOU doing? I LOVE SP land!

(FOOD art, just for fun!)







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emoticon 5-20-21 Hi! Everyone! It gets between 32 degrees in winter to 117 in summer! We do not heat the pool very often. The temp of water is whatever it is at night. Right now about 76. It's VERY fun to swim, almost daily! DH put it in, as his hobby. He is not walking or doing stairs much these days. So we have a 'pool' guy. (back surgeries didn't go well).

I made a HUGE batch of soup. Mostly veggies with Chicken. My favorite way to eat veggies! I miss making this for our sweet LUCY, who passed over last month, after 16.5 years. emoticon

About Jeans. I am 5'9" use to be 5'10". I can never find my length. I wear TALLS for my black exercise pants. I live in them. Jeans are just so hard to find.

( our pool & yard since you asked!)



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emoticon 5-18-21 Pretty day here! emoticon I played in our Fairy Garden! Hope yo are doing good! I'm off to swim first time this year!

(before)

(after, I plant pretend flowers among the real ones!)

(looking west)

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"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
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emoticon 5-16-21 Mom gets to go to a horse estate, about 30 horses,almost daily! I took her on Mother's day.... talk about a smile! She's never been much of an outside girl. Usually making marionette horses, instead. It is SO fun seeing her connect to them, they love her, too!






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"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
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emoticon 5-14-2021 Lot's of catching up with DH business, today. Also, gardened, walked, played on swings, Sheppard Pilates DVD & getting ready for 'date' night! Busy times before & after a trip, right? Hike early tomorrow, 100 degrees, YIKES! Hope you are all doing GREAT!


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emoticon 5-5-2021 Happy Cinco de Mayo if you celebrate! Here is a Flowering tree in "our" park, so pretty! Welcome Spring! Been working & playing & packing for trip! Lot's of details, it has been so long since I traveled! emoticon


(This is a desert Willow, in 'our' park!)





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5-4-21 Today I went walking in 'our' park & swang on the swings! About 1/2 an hour reaching for the sky! emoticon

When I was a pre-teen I would put on 'shows' for the neighborhood. Singing & dancing & preforming marionettes I made. I served Fizzes & popcorn. I mostly performed 'circus' shows. Since I stared working with our family's marionette theater, when I was 6 years, this was much later. These were MY produced shows. Funny! I am still producing & performing them! emoticon The Circus theme is still my favorite! Has anyone see the movie, JUMBO? Most of the music from that movie, was in our marionette theater shows.. ALL the marionettes from the first 1 in 1968 are still in my storage units, 5 hours away. They have been in hundreds of performances, for thousands of people. Yep! I'm living a fun life, why not, I'd rather have fun, than to be grumpy! emoticon emoticon


(1975 preforming the 'floor' trapeze to song, SWING HIGH, from JUMBO i'm in my wedding dress, singing & preforming at our reception)

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"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
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Great Gina! Fun finds!

Medina Spirit won! I was 'betting' on him. (But not with real money!)

emoticon 5-2-21 3 of My recent accomplishments: Finish the Fairy Garden, spot, where LUCY is RIP. Make the decision to actually go on a trip to see my mom. It's been since 11-2019. Give away my old printer to a couple who will know what to do with it. (I've been thinking of doing this for 3 years!)

I have been having a REALLY hard time of it this past week. I keep not eating at the correct times, then feel like I will faint. I've lowered my calories & added more exercise. Still learning how to balance it all out. It is hard! You may not realize it, but this is about the only team I actually 'chat' in!

I'm working & getting ready to go see my Mom, I leave next Friday. So I KNOW it will be fun. But a lot to do before then! Also, strange things keep coming up that need my attention. I AM trying to take it slowly, but I am kinda like a race horse. Always chomping at the bit to get it done. I truly do not know how to just stop & rest. Hopefully on the trip I will find some 'me' time. But I have 2 storage units 10 ' X 20' each.in mom's area. Have since 2008. I need to go inside & make sure they are doing ok. I KNOW that seems like a lot of time, but they are mostly the marionettes of our marionette theater, from shows from 1968-1977. I'm not able to part with them, they are irreplaceable. & no room for anymore, here at home. At 1 point DH & I were going to buy a home in the area, but that idea fell through, (In hind site so happy we didn't! No money for 2 homes, now!) So I will be spending free time, organizing. I'll see how it goes, hope to find rest time, there, I have a room in a quaint motel, there for 4 nights. Mom can't really have me stay with her. To much disruption for her with her dementia. It's ok, I need rest, after our visits, anyway! Anyway, I can tell by what I am writing, I need rest, lol! So after laundry 6 loads & will!

(from yesterdays hike. It was HOT & windy, but I got done by noon)

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"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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emoticon 4-30-21 Busy day! I walked in the park & came home & gardened for a few hours. Such a pretty day! The high on Wednesday was 68, today is 98! emoticon Almost time for the pool!

Been planning my trip, to see my Mom. SO excited! I leave next Friday. Lot's to do before then. I haven't traveled since 11-2019! Hope I remember everything! I'm off to date night & put away Costco stuff! Hope to hike tomorrow, before the heat hits!!!! emoticon Have fun everyone!

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"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
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emoticon Because we ARE!!!4-28-2021 May your Wednesday bring you all the joy emoticon emoticon your heart can hold! Then share it & I will too! emoticon



(This is me, my FAIRY GOD MOTHER costume 2015 at goal, playing hard to get back to it! 13# to go! Today I put on my 'fat' pants when I was at goal. Finally there is room to move! Yeah! I had gotten to the point they were too tight)

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"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
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emoticon 4-25-21 To WATERMELON: about your blog: WHY IS IT SO HARD.....
Baby steps for me. emoticon I AM living an amazing, fun, mostly happy life. I CHOSE it to be that way. It IS hard sometimes because of 'life' happening. But generally speaking I am excited to wake up in the morning & work & play & figure out how to bring more joy to myself & everyone in my life. emoticon emoticon Including you, reading this! With the recent passing of our sweet LUCY dog- baby, emoticon it has been a challenge to keep going. BUT I made a promise to her, several month ago, that I get back to my goal weight, so I can take care of her & DH, (he is still struggling with a reaction to covid vaccine, March 2, EXTREME pain at shot site). I originally released 50#, then 24 of them crept back up. I'm down 10# since 3-20-21 with 13# to go. For today, my baby step is to eat correctly, all day. I did a lot of fun hiking emoticon yesterday & over did it. But ate at all the wrong times. Light in the morning & then too much for dinner. I just couldn't stop feeling hungry, even after the water 'trick'. It IS only 1 day, but I NEED to learn how to balance emoticon myself ALL day. So I don't become a wilted flower in the evening. The AT GOAL & MAINTAINING, team has helped me, even though I am NOT back at goal. I STILL am living my life & love the support & teachings of this team. It helps me focus on my future health. A GREAT group of people, too! Join us, it will help you, I promise! emoticon

I'm back to my world, emoticon go out & "Be the health you want, with what you have to work with, & I will too!" (a quote by me) emoticon


(yesterday's hike)

(a beautiful day in the neighborhood!)

(my favorite 'secret' spot in nature preserve, I saw a beaver there 1 time!)

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"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
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emoticon 4-23-2021 Yesterday I played in the garden for several hours. Created a memorial spot in the Fairy section of our garden for sweet joy dog, LUCY. emoticon emoticon a lovely way to spend Earth day.

(before after weeding)

(after)

(Fairy, LUCY in background)

(from above)

(LUCY with the 'kids')

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"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
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"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
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emoticon 4-22-21 A letter to SP friend, Hi! CATWMNCAT

I KNOW what you mean about the SP spin tracker. Mine didn't record 1 time. SO I use my SPARK POINTS=Bonus=every 30 days you have been active on the site= to give me the number of days I have been ACTUALLY here! Daily! I'm with you! EVERYDAY on SP land makes my life healthier! Today is day 3,324. I also SO agree with you about not jest lower calories.... BUT REAL food! I have been a "REAL" food person for many years.... now with tracking every bite, I can see where I was over doing it! Today for my yummy green drink, emoticon I thought they were 400 cals each. BUT with all the slurping & extra spoon fulls of yogurt & coco almond milk, etc. I was getting about 650-700 for this 1 drink! YES! Healthy but almost half or less of daily cals. emoticon

I am off to work, emoticon walk emoticon & play on the swings in the park & also garden. emoticon emoticon It is beautiful here! emoticon No wind, YEAH! It was 55 MPH yesterday! Happy Earth Day! I celebrate the earth EVERYDAY, but just wanted you to hear it from me! emoticon emoticon

(from a SP friend)

(my favorite tree, Red Wood)

(our pool & yard 4-15-21)




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"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
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emoticon 4-21-21 I am back to REALLY tracking EVERY bite. emoticon Down 8# in 30 days!!! YES! For me! emoticon SP works, just follow it. emoticon THIS 1 book, by founder Spark Guy, Chris Downie has/is keeping my health in check. I can't recommend it enough. There is even a SP team about it. emoticon 14# to get back to goal! I made a promise to our Dog LUCY, that I would get back to goal, for her & my DH. She has passed over, but I am keeping my promise.
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Today= emoticon = emoticon = emoticon = emoticon = emoticon =working emoticon Have fun!

(LUCY's last photo, Easter 2021)

(hugs baby)

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"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
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"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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emoticon 4-20-21 Hair cut yesterday. Looks 'sassy' as my beauty guy says! Today I am catching up with work. My pile is getting big!

I am down another 1/2#. (I finally stopped following the "CHARTS" & am doing what I feel my body needs. I am NOT a # on a chart. In the mid 1980's I was briefly a model for a magazine called BIG BEAUTIFUL WOMEN. It helped me understand people are not all what others think. Health is my goal, always, now. I am almost back to my high goal weight. 8# to it. IF I went by the CHARTS, I would be 54# over weight. I have been at that weight, but could only keep at it, by eating under 1,000 calories a day! Made me weak. I am 5'9" tall & very active. It is just not enough food for me. Lately I have been REALLY focused on eating in balance, by my food tracker circle. I ALWAYS eat GREAT foods, just too much of them. So I am stopping that. emoticon ) I truly wanted to get outside in the garden, plus walk & swing in the park. BUT the air quality is VERY unhealthy, emoticon smoke from another state. So inside DVD's Zumba emoticon , house cleaning, emoticon & SP Nicole's 12 minute seated core workout. emoticon Really need more cardio, so I might do ZUMBA early, today. Have a blessed day! You are all so important to me!

(I like myself with makeup, none here when I go to him)

(hard to see I am down 8#, but it will show in the next 8#!)

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"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
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"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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emoticon 4-19-21 Yesterday after several loads of laundry, (I like doing our laundry, like to play with fabrics! I'm weird!) & Sheppard Pilates DVD 34 minutes & cleaning 2 bathrooms, I was getting ready to dress for a walk, I had a lovely hike on Saturday 4 hours of movement. Talked with my lovely Mom about our upcoming visit emoticon I was so tired & hadn't eaten enough at the correct times. I've been keeping at about 1,400 a day. It was about 2 pm I had only eaten 200 cals for breakfast. I skipped the walk & went downstairs & had my Sunday Brunch. About 600 cal for that 1 meal. I was feeling like a wilted flower. But felt a little better after I ate. Then several hours later had Naked POP corn & dried mango. I thought I was going to gain weight. BUT I released another 1/2#!!!! So in the last 30 days I have released 8#. With 9# to go to high weight goal.The human body is so fun, right? I just need to keep my timing a little better, over the day.

Today is hair cut day & I'm running late..... more another. Stay happy, stay safe & I will too!!!

(for MILLER)

(I am thriving because of this quote!)

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emoticon 4-17-21 THX everyone, your support is HELPING! emoticon ! Date night was Olive garden. I ate with in my food tracker & went DOWN 2 oz today!!! (DH is still hurting from vaccine spot. 3-2 REALLY hard on his neck. I checked the spot yesterday, there is a bump growing there. YES, he has been to several doctors. My close friend can't get vaccines, because where the shot is, grows a huge growth. She has to have surgically removed. She thinks that is what is happening to him.) But he DID come downstairs for our lovely dinner. I skipped lunch, knowing we would be having take out. Parmigiana chicken & salad, no bread sticks for me. I get 4 servings from this 1 meal! The we watched YOUNG SHELDON & BULL. Talked & relaxed & missed our LUCY.

I am REALLY being focused, in honor of LUCY. emoticon I promised her I would get as healthy as I can. So I can take care of her & DH. Several months ago. (I even added a task on my Tracker goals- other: "I will honor our LUCY pup & find joy in everyday" 4 times a week. It IS helping!) She was so full of JOY, daily. Even her Vet came & talked to me about how everyone in the office loved her. It will be hard to replace that kind of loving spirit. But we are actually thinking of getting a new rescue, in a few months. I KNOW I go on & on about her, but grief takes on it's own life.

I'm off to hike & go grocery shopping today. The nature preserve store is opening, again. masked of course. But it is a start!

(a cute idea on SP)

(YES!)

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emoticon 4-16-21 I LOVE my water room temperature. I guess I'm kinda boring! HAHA! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon My green drink: Ice; 1 serving chocolate protein powder, 1/4 cup unsalted pumpkin; 1/4 cup non fat Greek yogurt, 1 cup chocolate unsweetened (40 calories) almond milk, 2 TB. Super greens powder. (sometimes black coffee) YUMMY! emoticon

Happy TGIF, Date night with DH! I'm off to walk & garden, in LUCY's emoticon Fairy Spot. Beautiful day in the neighborhood. Be happy & I will try to do so, too! Day 9 years & 1 month Sparking, EVERYDAY 3,318 days. Down 7# emoticon from last March 16. REALLY tracking EVERY bite. (I DO wish I didn't have too, but it seems to be the only way for me to stay at GOAL! As SP always say! 10# more to high goal, 16# to actual goal, emoticon AND stay there!)

(before of LUCY's Fairy Garden spot, panorama)

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emoticon 4-15-21 emoticon it's been a week today emoticon still trying to keep my vibes up. & remember the life all around me. There is SO much to appreciate. emoticon Hard stuff. emoticon

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emoticon 4-13-21 I've been in the backyard gardening, today. After my hour walk. Taking out weeds, getting ready to pick up "LUCY" pup ashes, today. & Making a memorial for her in the Fairy Garden section. BITTERSWEET. Also, DH & I are working for his business, in the field, this afternoon. Before the winds arrive.... 55 MPH expected. YIKES! emoticon Hope everyone is doing great today. Make good choices for your body & I will too!

(our pool today, looking towards the Fairy Garden Spot)

(This flower is on a plant that is over 20 feet tall! The birds & bee's love it)

(bougainvillea on back fence)


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4-12-21 emoticon everyone for your AMAZING support & love of our cherished LUCY, in dogie heaven emoticon emoticon emoticon . SO many of us, have been in the same place. I would not have given up 1 day of her 16.5 years, for anything. Our sweet JOY dog. emoticon SP community has become more & more important to me, especially since the pandemic started. Between ALL of you, my devoted DH & our precious LUCY angel, I have come to this point, a little easier. My gratitude goes beyond language. Again, emoticon

emoticon I walked in our beautiful park this morning & played on the swings emoticon SO VERY fun. I used my CORE, as Pilates teaches. emoticon Then got into our backyard garden. emoticon Mainly removing weeds from the 'fairy' emoticon garden spot. (I'm going to put LUCY's paw placket there, when 'she' arrives back to our home.) emoticon I also planted some pretend flowers, yesterday. Read my latest blog 3-16-21 if you want to learn more about me, this past 3 weeks. emoticon emoticon emoticon I'm back to work & still have Sheppard Pilates to do today. emoticon I made chicken soup... so ready for the week! Have a GREAT 1 everyone. IF I can help you in anyway, just ask!

(Love goes across the universe)

(I believe in this SO much! Food IS our medicine)

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emoticon 4-11-21 I've been walking emoticon 2 hours, gardening emoticon 1 hour, shopping home depot, lot's of walking, doing laundry & just being happy with the weather. emoticon I have 'planted' some tiger lilies. In hopes that the will help inspire the Bird of Paradise to bloom. It's been 4 years & still nothing. (they are from the Dollar store! Haha!) Keeping busy helps me keep my mind off of LUCY, dog. I also made her favorite Chicken soup, (I needed it too) emoticon So we are set for the week! Strange to make it without her. Anyway, we are getting through it. With YOUR help! emoticon

(lucy's remembrance spot for now)


(before tiger lilies went in)

(after)

(another after)

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emoticon 4-10-21 Still grieving, miss LUCY dog so much. sad face {;~( emoticon going for a long hike in nature today. Hope it helps. emoticon emoticon

(This VERY graphic xray, before & after is not me. BUT the obese woman weighed 280#' s I think. Sorry I don't remember who shared it. WOW! Talk about a wake up call! I started SP at 238#)

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emoticon all for your support emoticon 4-9-21 emoticon Down 2.2#'s this week. 198.8 (HIGH goal is= 189.0, medium goal is= 184, & low main goal is= 179)
I believe nothing dies,but not being able to hug LUCY emoticon is hard,
{;~(

(10-10-2019 our walk in the park)

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emoticon 4-8-21 Our beloved dog, baby, LUCY, passed this morning. Thank you for all the support. This website is the MOST compassionate. emoticon emoticon emoticon

(Lucy smiling)

(Lucy & the doll my mom made for her)

(Angel dog)

My favorite photo of her, Xmas 2017)


Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. Her bright eyes are intent. Her eager body quivers. Suddenly she begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, her legs carrying her faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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emoticon 4-7-21 Today has been VERY hard, so far. LUCY dog, fell down the stairs. She just doesn't have the hip mussel to lift her, anymore. It is so sad. She's ok, right now, but we are defiantly needing to decide about her quality of life. She was good on Easter, even came upstairs & went for a walk with me. She walked yesterday, too. But it was hard for her. She seems ok in every other way. 16 years is old for a dog, I keep hearing, but she has been doing good, so far this year. emoticon emoticon sorry to share this with all of you, you have your own situations you are dealing with. Thx for 'being there' for me.

(1-1-21)

(4-4-21 Easter)

(4-4-21)

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emoticon 4-6-21 Happy Spring! emoticon I am DOING IT! Down 5.4 pounds since March 16, my 9th Sparaversary. emoticon for me! Baby steps, right? emoticon Tracking EVERY bite & EVERY fitness minute! I was tracking, just generally, over the week. But for now, it is everyday, every bite. emoticon At lest for 21 days. Happy I am feeling the difference. ALL info from emoticon & Spark Coach emoticon

I truly hope you find the WAY to YOUR goals! I'm here to help you, just ask! emoticon

(wink, wink)

(Fairy Granddaughter Easter)

(Fairy God Daughter & Fairy God Son, Easter, hope to see them 1 day soon!)









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emoticon 4-5-21 MY DH is STILL hurting from first vaccine March 2. It's been REALLY awful! LUCY is not standing well at all. Yesterday, before her magic pill, she couldn't even stand. I put some adhesive strips near her dog door. That gave her traction. Once the med kicks in, about 1/2 hr later, she can stand. We went for a walk this morning, then I brought her home & went for another 45 minutes. Also did 33 minutes of my Sheppard Pilates, DVD. Those are HARD minutes. BUT I can tell, already clothes are fitting better. So I am a little tired from all the things going on at home. Also, laundry.

We had a lovely Easter. Grilled chicken; asparagus; pineapple slices; & 2 deviled eggs. Rainbow carrots for an appetizer. Lemon meringue pie for desert. I kept the calories REALLY low as possible. We ate about 3 pm. I didn't eat anything afterwards. Up about 1/2#. Then, just before bedtime, DH surprised me with another Easter gift. (I didn't pick it out, haha!) A HUGE Reeses Peanut butter egg, 800+ cals. It WILL go into the freezer. Can't even see it, with out salivating! Also, a lovey Guarding Angel for my car's visor. AND a darling card. I was VERY surprised & VERY happy! I stayed true to my health, yesterday. Glad for it!!!

THX for reading! Hope your world is doing GREAT! Have a good week! emoticon





Our Easter table




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emoticon 4-2-21 I had an opportunity to preform yesterday!!!! emoticon First time since 2-2020. It was for a PSA for the nature preserve. SO fun & lot's of exercising! Just a few children, we were outside. SO happy to be able to bring joy this way! emoticon

Also, release 2# this week!!!! FOCUSING is really doing it for me! I'm off to Sheppard Pilates DVD! Already gardened & housework. Tonight is DATE NIGHT. Going to "Panda EX" I will be VERY careful all day. They are high in calories. I will break my meal into 3 servings. Ordering Greens(as side dish) ; string bean chicken; orange chicken (REALLY careful here) & Mushroom chicken. Whole brown puffed rice sticks for desert as well as, unsweetened pineapple! emoticon YUMMY! Have a great FRIDAY, everyone!!!!





(geese on the pond, on hike after PSA)

(humming bird on trail)

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emoticon 3-31-21 My goals for April, to continue to release weight, I'm down 5.4 pounds for March!!!! It's been years! 11.4 pounds back to goal! I am measuring EVERYTHING, once again!!!! EVERY single bite. That is why my weight is balancing out!
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(me balancing, haha!) I have also been adding little bursts of exercise here & there. It is all working for me, since my emoticon Sparkaversary March 16!

200 SP minutes a day & 200 fitness minutes a day. As usual!

emoticon emoticon Happy 'playing' with your goals. Play is my only way to be healthy. IF I think of things as exercise, I won't do it! emoticon emoticon Tomorrow I am doing a PSA for the nature preserve. Sure would like to be back to goal, for the filming! Oh well, I AM doing good! emoticon emoticon

(photo taken 11-2019 on a trip with my beautiful Mom, this is 'who' I am taking tomorrow, The Scarecrow. We made him in 1968! photo 19 pounds above goal emoticon l)

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emoticon 3-29-21 So, YES! I am so happy to be getting back to my 'old' normal, as far as SP land goes! I've re-started measuring & that has helped! When I cook, I wear a mask, so I have to take it off, if I want to eat something. Little bites all day long, (SP coach talks about this all the time, I am finally listening!) REALLY kept me over goal! HAHA! Also increased exercise, watching my numbers on my START page, I've been here 3,300 days & never looked at it! I'm down another almost 2#, since Friday's weigh in. I eat ALLOT of veggies. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon But am adding more when hunger hits between meals, green tea emoticon as well as my regular water. emoticon Sorry to go on & on, but I've been waiting years to feel this way again! emoticon

The weather is beautiful, so getting outside is easier. Except the huge Pollen pods, I'm wearing double masks, so not to get it into my sinuses. There is yellow pollen EVERYWHERE in our neighborhood. It only last 2 weeks, but I want to get out side & garden. Patience is not that easy for me, but we live in paradise, can't really complain! emoticon

Another AT GOAL photo: 9-28-14 walking miles through Wild Animal Safari, San Diego CA 15 pounds to go to get back to it!!!! GREAT inspiration!


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"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
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emoticon 3-28-21 I DO seem to be figuring it out. For me it is about fun & frolic! More than having to exercise. emoticon emoticon AND eating GREAT energizing foods, emoticon just not too much of them! HAHA! emoticon In the past 12 days I have released 3.2 #. (since my emoticon Sparaversary). I did NOT like that I was over my goal weight, by 13-19# for several years. SO.... I have been REALLY focusing on every bite. Re -measuring etc. I've been eating REALLY good, since I joined SP, just too much. I also measured myself, first time in almost a year. 4" bigger in my hips. (Pilates REALLY works for me, with measurements) CHANGING-TURTLE pointed out to me, that on our START page, it shows how many calories I have eaten & how many I have burned up with exercise. I realized I have been keeping at my high calorie range, but exercise burning has been less. Focusing on this tiny key, has changed ALLOT for me this past 12 days. I am VERY proud of myself, saying no, more & more. REALLY listening to my body if I am hungry, or have exercised too much. I do that quite often. I have been eating at the lower end of my tracker AND added Sheppard Pilates, for strength. It IS working! I am playing at getting back to my goal, by Mother's Day trip to see my own. emoticon emoticon It has/is changing my life & other's around me. emoticon for being my SP friend & sharing your journey with me. I can honestly say, I couldn't do it with out you! On this my 3,299 days of Sparking, EVERYDAY! Have a blessed week, ahead! emoticon


(yesterday's hike in Nature Preserve)



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"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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3/27/21 1:32 P

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RUTHIEBEAR

WHIch will we choose? It is entirely up to us to decide.
LEt's go for healthy today! WHo is with me?
Ruthie

"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
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3/26/21 1:52 P

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emoticon 3-26-21 Day 2 of beginning Sheppard Pilates!!!!! This time 30 minutes & rest afterwards, on computer. WOW! Intense! But feels good! The saying' use it or lose it' comes to mind! My goal is 3 times a week for the entire hour. (2 years ago I could do it 3 times a week, Intermediate & 1 hour. PLUS my hip measurement was 4" less! LOL! ) BUT today is emoticon steps! My body remembers from 2 years ago, (after healing knee from ZUMBA jumping), but my legs didn't want to move that way. Need LOT's of stretching & focus, especially in my knees. emoticon emoticon because I AM! THX for the en-couragement! emoticon

Date night tonight. I have been REALLY focusing on EVERY bite, down 2.5 #'s from last Friday, my weigh in day! emoticon So I am making in crock pot, my pasta sauce with turkey meat balls & pumpkin & spinach, over Cauliflower. We each get 1/4 of the cauliflower, (it is the most beautiful 1 we have ever had! Only $2.50 at Sam's club!) no pasta. DH favorite! emoticon Have a GREAT weekend when it comes! Hope to hike tomorrow! emoticon depends upon weather. We had blessed rain last night & 35 MPH winds..... zoom!


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"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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emoticon 3-25-21 yesterday I re-started my Sheppard Pilates DVD. 2 yrs. ago I hurt my knee JUMPING in Zumba. emoticon I had a real fear emoticon of not being able to get off the floor, or worse, hurting myself again. I have been doing SP Nicole's 12 minute core workout, 3 times a week. BUT, my measurements (I measured myself today, could be a prettier picture! emoticon emoticon ) prove I need the floor exercises, too. I have been walking a lot more, instead. I know my heart & legs are strong. But for me, NOTHING helps my measurement like this Matt program. SO I hope to get back into it, 3 times a week. At this point I am only up to 22 minutes. But the full hour is in sight! I will take it VERY easy & not stress my body. I had not planned on sharing this with you, but it will help with my en-couragement! It WILL take courage on my part. I'm off to it, thx for reading! THX for your support! emoticon

(my Sheppard Pilates body pre-injury, & Fairy God Mother costume, 10-31-2015)

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"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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emoticon 3-24-21 Day 3,295 SP everyday! I had a navel orange, yesterday, from CA. It was 2.5 servings of fruit! emoticon As big as a grapefruit! Today, Breakfast was My homemade green drink! Chocolate protein powder, unsalted plain pumpkin, non fat Greek yogurt, super green powder, almond chocolate milk 40 cal. a cup. Yummy, satisfying & energizing! emoticon

Also, I have bought something from my 'bucket list'! A small digital piano, to learn about music! Fun! It is arriving today! Woo Hoo! (1 of my bucket list, accomplishments was walking a 5K! I do this several times a week! emoticon )

1 of my SP friends suggested I put the dryer 'lint' into the yard for the birds. emoticon I had a 'net' from apples & now I have it hanging from our big pomegranate tree. I keep watching, but no takers yet. What an amazingly wonderful idea!

DH got his 2nd vaccine shot, yesterday. The Doctor also did MANY x-rays on his right side, neck. Since his first shot he hasn't been able to move. March 2. REALLY sucks! Hope he heals soon.

The wind is calming down from 45 MPH emoticon to about 10 MPH, later. Hope to get out to walk LUCY dog & me! I miss being outside. I double mask when I go out, because of the VERY thick pollen. I do not take medications, just vitamins, so preventive for me is the way to go! I also, oil down my sinuses before I go out. A couple drops of olive oil into each nostril & then a little water to move it into the deeper parts. REALLY helps me!

Hope your day is FABULOUS!!!!!

(photo of my lunch a few times a week)

(I try to eat the rainbow!)

"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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emoticon 3-23-21 YES! Spring is HERE, in the SW! Yesterday I had my hair cut. emoticon My hairdresser, gave me a pink bunny & some" Peeps"(luckily I don't eat them, I told him I wouldn't but he said it's Easter. Splurge. I won't they make me feel awful!!) He is so wonderful to me. We have become friends. emoticon
Afterwards I went to Sam's club; emoticon asparagus; cauliflower (SO beautiful, it is like a pretty white flower! I will make pasta sauce with turkey meatballs, & put over the top of it, after I steam it. DH favorite! A little Parm cheese on top.) ; salads; yams; broccoli; bananas & huge oranges. A great day for fresh veggies! Greek yogurt & frozen mixed veggies. Then to local grocery store for organic bread; rainbow carrots; celery; potato; canned pumpkin; & turkey patties & things to round out meals. About 2 weeks worth of veggies! emoticon

I also 'played' at the dollar store. $6.50 I bought some silk flowers, daffodils emoticon & tiger lilies, & butterflies, to put into garden, while waiting for flowers to bloom. So fun, so pretty!


(photo from my friend, just before she gave her Spring equinox sermon! SO beautiful!)





"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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emoticon 3-21-21 to 1 of my Fairy God Daughters! She is 37 years old. A LOVELY woman! Got to 'see' her on Skype. emoticon

Today is house cleaning. Laundry; bathrooms; kitchen, etc. The sun emoticon is out & it IS actually Springtime, here. Not much wind!

Unfortunately, our neighborhood, has MANY Fruitless Mulberries trees, (1 of my favorites) . For 2 weeks they spread thick blanket of yellow pollen, everywhere. These trees were planted in about 1975, when the houses were built. They are AMAZING shade trees. SO BEAUTIFUL. They are illegal to plant now & for about 20 years, because they cause such bad air quality. Even with masks, I can get some pollen into my sinuses. Not good for LUCY, either. With yesterday's winds, the pollen is EVERYWHERE. So IF I do go for a walk in the park, it will be double thick masks. I'll see how it goes. Welcome to Spring in the desert! I love living here, learning to adapt!

Have a great Sunday everyone!

(our Mulberry from our upstairs bedroom, last year)

(from the internet)



"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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