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See this image largerSee this image largerday 14 of my streak for "Log in to SparkPeople every day" earned 11/24/2018See this image largerday 25 of my streak for "Log in to SparkPeople every day" earned 12/5/2018See this image largerAnd to all a good night! :-)See this image larger(5 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerI love Peeps. Not to eat, but to play with. I enjoy photos of what people do with their Peeps. You all enjoy this one, too! :-)(2 comments)See this image largerI received this at 10:45 this morning. Bragging a bit... ;-)(1 comments)See this image largerMy other little bit for Earth Day (The first little bit was mowing with a reel mower. Wish we didn't have to mow at all, but there it is. Still, no gas, no oil, no emissions, at least. The butterflies and bees still fly in the yard!)See this image largerI promised a few photos from our trip; here's the double rainbow we saw the first evening, after a nice, calm rain.(1 comments)See this image largerOK. Last one, at least for a while. I don't want to take up too much off-topic space. Here's probably my favorite of the downtown art we saw; it's a tile piece of a St. Lucia commemoration. (Hope it turns back right side up, instead of sideways... )See this image largerGood night, all! We'll make tomorrow an excellent day! See this image largerHappy Saturday outdoor photo: this is part of our across-the-street neighbor's landscaping.See this image largerI took 3 photos of the outdoors here in town, and apparently each is somehow too big to post. I will get taking pics on this phone before it's time for an update-I will!! Meanwhile, enjoy a photo of our now-17-yo princess, Chrissy, when she was a bit younger. And everyone have a wonderful night, with peaceful rest! :-)See this image largerOn my way to take the computer to the shop, but it"s a decent hair day, so hello on May Day! #prioritiesSee this image largerI hope everyone decides to become what they will. Our dachshund Chrissy doesn't even bother with the stilts, btw. ;-)See this image largerOff topic: I found this shiny golden bug on one of my favorite blossoms on the front porch. DH says it's a member of the ladybug family, but is unsure of its name. The light spaces are seriously golden-they glisten like jewelry.See this image largerWell, it's getting a bit thundery here at the homestead, so I'm going to get off the puter for a bit. We should be fine; good words and thoughts are always appreciated, too! :-) I'll check back later if it isn't too late, or else in the morning. See this image largerHere's to a great day for all of us! Meet or even exceed our goals, acknowledge our worth to ourselves, take good care of ourselves, and exude the love to make as much space around us as bright as we can. We have this day by the tail, so here's to making the most of it! :-)See this image largerHumor seems to be called for, as much for myself as for any- and everyone else. Enjoy a good laugh, and pass it on! It burns calories. ;-D(1 comments)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerYep, it's this time of morning here. Enjoy, and do all you can to make it a great day! '“What better way to suggest friendliness – and to create it – than with a cup of tea?” – J. Grayson Luttrell' '“Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea? How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.” – Reverend Sydney Smith'See this image largerHurray-the boil water order is rescinded now. No contamination found at all, so purging evidently is not required, either. Joy!(1 comments)See this image largerEnjoying simple things this day.See this image largerPlanting these today, here in a bit. 🙂See this image largerDone!🙂See this image largerMeet our 18 yo dachsie, Chrissy. 😀❤(2 comments)See this image largerWell, off to school for the last day of Latchkey for this term. Everyone stay safe, kick tail, and love yourselves and everyone else! BBL. :-)See this image largerI get an email newsletter called "The What." Last week's, which I opened today(!), is all about sleep and how it can be elusive in middle age. I'm going to put 2 links here, one for info (not sales) about Evening Primrose, and one to the National Sleep Foundation; the writers say they visit that portal when they cannot sleep. FWIW to those who want to check them out. :-) http://thewhatlist.com/evening-primrose-oi
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See this image largerThis butterfly bush is very happy with the flooding rains we've been receiving with all the severe storms! 🙂See this image largerAnd here's a tiny flutterby who likes the green butterfly bush.See this image largerJoy in the morning.See this image largerThe lantana are beginning to show themselves!See this image largerThis is the butterfly bush where the butterfly was eating the other day. Not as purple as the other bush, but still looks at least lavender.See this image largerHere's our pretty marigold, still standing, just like all of us Sparkpeople! 🙂 Smells nice, too!! See this image largerTime to brighten the world at large. Or, maybe just tackle it...(1 comments)See this image largerThe "green" butterfly bush where the butterfly was eating earlier is blooming magnificently! See this image largerMy favorite summertime tea and water cup-12 oz. Stay hydrated, everybody!See this image largerGrateful for "ugly" zucchini and my spiralizer! How do they decide when a zucchini is ugly, though? 🤔 They aren't exactly pretty to begin with, really... 😀See this image largerMy Eternal Sunshine notif. for this morning, posted to shoutout to my friend @VEGANNATURELOVE , who introduced me to the ap: "Try not to measure your progress by time. Measure it by your heart's devotion and commitment to the thing you wish to achieve." Happy Monday, everyone! :-) :-)See this image largerIt is Wednesday already! #tomorrowIgetmyhairdone ;-) I know we're all going to crush our goals for the morning, then move on to the afternoon, and get it done! I hope everyone's day is just great, with lots of nice little things to keep us going strong. Keep Sparking! :-)See this image largerWoot! Look what I got while I was doing my squats! #incentive #neighborsnowknowI'mnuts Leaf lettuce, I think some mesclun, baby dandelion, radish, and even a couple of beet greens! The garden is coming back from the flood, it seems.🙂(1 comments)See this image largerOk. So, these are my version of one of those chopped salads that I love, but am skittish to buy anymore. There is cabbage chopped into the greens I harvested earlier; chopped raw beets, chopped yellow bell pepper, and chopped tomato. I threw in some GG cauliflower stuffing mixed veggies with cranberries, too. There will also be patty melts for DH, and mini turkey patties in lettuce "buns" for me. Now, if he'll just get back from the barber, we can eat!! 😃See this image largerIt's what's for supper at the Redford manse: tuna pasta salad. This is before dressing; DH will have creamy Italian, I'll have my new obsession: Newman's Own Sesame Ginger. This has tuna, chopped carrots, chopped sweet peppers, chopped radish and beet greens, and spaghetti squash. There will be tomatoes on top. What's for supper by you?🙂See this image largerI snagged this right here on SparkPeople a few weeks back, and now it's time to post it again. Thank you, whoever posted it before! :-)See this image largerAnother laugh for a hot Thursday. Enjoy!See this image largerToday has been one of those days, truly 10 minutes here, 10 minutes there, a few more here, a few more there. Ah, well, some days are like this!See this image largerI have plenty-please take one if you like or need!! See this image largerScreaming for nice cream!See this image largerScreaming for nice cream!(1 comments)See this image largerSaturday smiles-enjoy your weekend! :-)See this image largerWe did it! Let's make it a great one! See this image largerTakin' my tea on ice these days...😎See this image larger"I can take my time and still be productive. Success is not a race; it is a practice." The notification I just got from Eternal Sunshine. I thought it was worth sharing. Practice! :-) :-)See this image largerMy first Eternal Sunshine notification today: "There is beauty in our mistakes that cannot be seen in perfection. There is growth in our failures that cannot be garnered in success." I don't really believe in "fail" literally in regard to living our lives, but I agree that we are all beautiful!! Make it a great Monday.See this image largerSo, DH and I have been out of town for a few days. We went to Topeka to visit with his pension manager, to put our ducks in a row for his retirement. :-) We had a great time away, and I'll probably write more later about it, but it's still sort of vacation time. Meanwhile, when we went to check the garden, two of these greeted us! :-) #happyplace See this image larger"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' - Eleanor Roosevelt (I just saw this in an email; Mrs. R. is one of my top favorite wise people.)See this image largerSee this image largerThe Daily MUTTS Quote: “Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves.” Rudyard Kipling See this image larger"Write it down and plant the seed. Affirm yourself and watch it grow." -Eternal Sunshine notification(1 comments)See this image largerFinal for the day. I don't feel like I really did strength, but I did do pushups, and a good powerwalk with wristweights. (1 comments)See this image largerWell, I did another good powerwalk with weights, then some stairs (on the order of a step machine, but real steps that I run, supposedly for fun,) then some dancing to finish it all off. Kinda late getting back here, but it was a good day.See this image largerFrom my daily MUTTS email: DAILY QUOTE “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” - Dr. Seuss (1 comments)See this image largerSee this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerWell, today is National Tell-A-Joke Day. Some people can tell 'em-lookin' at you, @NANASUEH ! :-D -and some people can't (I am she.) So, I've borrowed a few from the Farmers' Almanac page about National Tell-A-Joke Day. Enjoy! "What do you call the door to a chicken coop? The hen-trance." "Where do chickens go on vacation? San Di-egg-o." "What do you call a chicken crossing the road? Poultry in motion."See this image largerOK, here's the final tally. I have the good fortune of having a laundry room that is off our carport, down some stairs, and I had a load this afternoon, along with some more garden puttering, doggie care, and a good 32 minute powerwalk (no weights today.) (1 comments)See this image largerI should have reported earlier; I'm sorry. Started out with old school calisthenics; stretching, pushups, situps; did some dancing as I prepared brunch (one of my favorite times of the week!), then did a great 40 min. powerwalk this afternoon. Thank you so much, it's been so much more fun doing this as a challenge! :-) (1 comments)See this image largerFrom my MUTTS newsletter: DAILY QUOTE “For one human being to love another...the work for which all other work is but preparation.” Rainer Maria Rilke (I am taking a few classes, getting in-service hours in prep for work in a couple of weeks, so I'm here on Spark, yet not here. Till later.)See this image largerWell, look who invited themselves over for breakfast! I loved that marigold, but I think its time is past, and this little squirrel is so brazenly adorable and not at all intimidated by my presence. Time for me a walk-hope everyone's morning is groovy! See this image largerWell, look who invited themselves over for breakfast! I loved that marigold, but I think its time is past, and this little squirrel is so brazenly adorable and not at all intimidated by my presence. Time for me a walk-hope everyone's morning is groovy! (2 comments)See this image largerWoot-woo!!! All classes finished, all exams aced, all certificates submitted! Time for a celebratory powerwalk with weights!! :-D :-DSee this image largerThe Daily Quote in my MUTTS newsletter: DAILY QUOTE “Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” - Eight-year-old See this image largerHappy International Dog Day, from the Redfords and Chrissy, who says, "Who is this Dog of whom you speak?"See this image larger:-) Well, I got my latchkey class enrollments today, so I've organized my notebooks, and my "bag of tricks" is ready. This time next week, I'll be going to work. See this image largerFrom my MUTTS newsletter today: DAILY QUOTE “I've always believed that you can think positive just as well as you can think negative.” - Sugar Ray Robinson See this image largerkeeps on dancin', yeah-dancin' and a'prancin', keep on-(1 comments)See this image largeris happy-dancing to "Casanova" by LeVert!(1 comments)See this image largerFrom today's MUTTS newsletter: DAILY QUOTE “Behind all this, some great happiness is hiding.” - Yehuda Amichai See this image largerAnother thing I just ran across; Busy Phillips says this: "“But the thing that I’ve found to be the most helpful is to remember to just go easy on yourself, you know.”See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerI just ran across a neat story about birthday cupcakes, and it seems share-worthy. Also, I think passing up these cupcakes would be easier than usual! The story is here (copy and paste into your browser, if you like.) https://blog.theanimalrescuesite.greatergo
See this image largerhas been powerwalking to TSO's "Beethoven's Last Night," and dancin' to the 80s!(3 comments)See this image largerA new photo of Chrissy; maybe I've mentioned her around here before :-D. Why, yes, that *is* a BarbieDisneyPrincess blanket on which she is relaxing! (1 comments)See this image largerHere's the Daily Quote from my MUTTS toon email today: “The heart that loves is forever young.” Greek proverb I hope all us Sparklers get good chances to love and be loved today-pass it on! :-)See this image largeris #FinishingSeptemberStrong with Isley Brothers, Billy Idol, and Momoland! :-) See this image largeris #FinishingSeptemberStrong with Isley Brothers, Billy Idol, and Momoland! :-)(3 comments)See this image largerI was reading earlier during breakfast, and saw this, thought it's Sparkworthy, so here it is: "The pain of discipline is far less than the pain of regret. -Sarah Bombell" See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largeris #FinishingSeptemberStrong with our annual hike/monarch tagging (and I know I will dance today, too!) ;-) (2 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerHere maybe you can see some differences from last year (and usual flora,) and today. The growth of switchgrass, and the change in the ground soil really made a difference, it seems.See this image largerHere's the gracious spider.(2 comments)See this image larger(2 comments)See this image largerOK! I finally got a number I'm OK with, even on a rest day. Whew! Here's to a great night's rest for all of us! :-)See this image largerI read this blog last night. Those who Spark-know me know I'm all about the health and ability, less about the appearance. @BEAGLEGIRL79 has posted a blog that is everything, and I think it's good for everyone to read and consider. (Plus, she isn't nearly as verbose as I am!) So, here's the link, take a look whenever you can-it's great! https://www.sparkpeople.c om/mypag
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See this image largerSmokey Robinson and the Miracles FTW! #FinishSeptStrongSee this image largerSee this image largerToday's MUTTS Daily Quote: DAILY QUOTE “The whole point of growing up is learning to stay on the laughing side.” - Lauren Oliver Here's to each of us finding this side, and never leaving it! :-) :-)See this image largeris happy to greet the Autumn! Time to dance!See this image largerI am grateful it is a cool enough day to wear over-the-ankle socks. @STILLSPARKLEIGH -how about these? :-) :-) (1 comments)See this image largerI have been having one of those weeks, and have only just now opened my MUTTS email for today. Here is the Daily Quote, which is awesome (to me, anyway; I hope to you, too!) :-) MUTTS DAILY QUOTE “As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.” - Henry David Thoreau See this image larger MUTTS DAILY QUOTE “Thank you. Thank you very much.” - Elvis Presley It's from my yesterday's toon, but it is just so random I almost spit tea, and I had to share it. Plus, I am grateful for all you Sparklers out there! :-)(1 comments)See this image larger MUTTS DAILY QUOTE “Every day is an opportunity to make a new happy ending.” - Anonymous See this image largeris dancin' with my broom, ohohoh dancin' with my mop, well I did some weights and some calisthenics, now I'm dancin' for my heart, ohohoh... :-D :-D(1 comments)See this image larger:-) Aaahh! Nothing like this first sip of well-steeped Irish Breakfast Tea!See this image largerTwo good quotes in my MUTTS newsletter today: DAILY QUOTE “The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.” - e. e. cummings ---- "You Are Never Too Small To Make A Difference." Happy Friday, everyone, I'm off to dance for a bit! :-) See this image largerFrom my 10/14 MUTTS Toon: DAILY QUOTE “Where there is love there is life.” - Mahatma Gandhi See this image largeris collecting and healthfully modifying some new recipes for the season! (2 comments)See this image largerHere, in time for Taco Tuesday, enjoy an interesting history of the taco. Copy link, and paste it into your browser. There are photos, too! :-) https://melmagazine.com/en-us/story/an
See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largeris collecting some changing leaves for a Latchkey project. Gotta get 'em while the getting's good!(1 comments)See this image largerToday's MUTTS DAILY QUOTE: “Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.” - GoetheSee this image largeris showing of some pics of our Latchkey autumn leaves project! :-)See this image largeris RREDFORD5 is showing off some pics of our Latchkey autumn leaves project! :-)(1 comments)See this image largerToday's MUTTS Daily Quote: “The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.” - Victor Hugo See this image larger MUTTS DAILY QUOTE “The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.” - Vincent van Gogh (1 comments)See this image largerToday, DH and I went to the zoo in Wichita. It's a trip we used to make each Fall and each Spring, but in recent years, life has intervened, and while we've been to zoos, we haven't been up to the Wichita zoo in around 3 years. Anyway, we had an awesome day: low wind, median temps good for hiking and walking, and we saw everything they have. Here are the 4 best photos. It's been a great day, and I hope everyone has had an equally great day, in your own ways! :-) See this image largerOK, @GRALAN, here's the cougar. I'm working on one that includes the lion. See this image largerHere is the male lion. Female was taking a break, napping in the grass, and I didn't even bother her. Chick power, and all. ;-) See this image largerI actually did fine yesterday (Sat.) I got 2 servings each of lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, and roasted asparagus. Just getting started today! I hope all goes well for everyone, and especially for Robyn and Neddie.See this image largeris preparing/hoping to make lots of kiddos happy this week. See this image largerI just ran across an awesome non-food reward. It's on my letter to Santa! :-) See this image larger(3 comments)See this image largeris looking forward to a calm November, with changing leaves, temperatures, and aromas.(2 comments)See this image largerThis is a notification from Eternal Sunshine; I'm sharing it for any and all who need it. "Nature loves courage, and the most courageous thing you can do is give yourself the love and effort you deserve." (1 comments)See this image largerTODAY'S MUTTS DAILY QUOTE “The world is what you believe it to be. It changes as you change.” - Byron Katie See this image largerA laugh for the evening. Everyone have a great night/day! (1 comments)See this image largeris ready for the upcoming week-gonna dance it out, and walk it off!(1 comments)See this image largerMUTTS DAILY QUOTE “If you can't find your inspiration by walking around the block one time, go around two blocks-but never three.” - Robert Motherwell (Personally, I go around as many as I need to, when I can, but 2 blocks are such a Godsend when I'm short on time.) See this image largerMUTTS DAILY QUOTE “In the arts, as in life, everything is possible provided it is based on love.” - Marc Chagall See this image largerSee this image largerAt 8:30 PM on a cold night, I am so grateful for cold cream to clean my face. Plus, it smells like my nanas. :-) Good night, everyone! See this image largerSo, as usual on Friday, I am late to the party, but that will refresh the supply of Kindness Confetti. I already had occasion to choose kindness rather than assertiveness, as I seem to be wearing the Cloak of Invisibility today, unaware. Meanwhile, I am looking forward to work this afternoon, when I can be kind to my kiddoes and help them have a better weekend. Then, I can Spark and do more here! :-) (1 comments)See this image largerHere's another, to increase the happy! (1 comments)See this image largeris getting around to head to our new shelter for volunteer orientation today. Squeee!! The animal shelter is almost open!!(1 comments)See this image larger(2 comments)See this image largerI ran across a cool article last night, and wanted to share it here but it was late. Here it is now, though. The link is safe; it's a preview tiny url so you can see. The article is called "Share Thanksgiving Dinner With Your Dog (Recipes Included!) on iheartdogs.com . Photo below is from the site. I plan to do a little of this, though I doubt Chrissy will help much, except the taste-testing. ;-) As the article says, we can have a yappy Thanksgiving! :-) https://preview.tinyurl.com/w5dfw9c See this image largeris walking it off, and dancing through the fall leaves. (1 comments)

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