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Getting back to "normal" life...what a great feeling!
Tuesday, August 16, 2011      11 comments

I've been "home" in Illinois for four days now after spending the summer in Tennessee caring for my dad. Yesterday was the first day that my husband went off to work and I could begin to really get back into my "normal" routine. Certain... Read more
Homer's Odyssey...Great Cat Read
Monday, August 15, 2011      5 comments

I am an avid reader and usually don't mention it in my blogs. I've been reading a book that is so good about a cat that I think even non-cat lovers would enjoy. It's called "Homer's Odyssey" by Gwen Cooper. It's a true story about a blind ca... Read more
Early morning musings....life and death
Sunday, August 14, 2011      17 comments

It's 4 am and I just couldn't sleep anymore, so I decided to get up and have a quiet relaxing time to myself. I am sad right now because one of my Sparkfriends, NINJALINDA, is going through a terrible time. Her husband has brain cancer and is... Read more
More fun with black spray paint...
Saturday, August 06, 2011      22 comments

In my last blog, I wrote about how my husband and I had used a can of black spray paint and some $6 pillows from Walmart to help pull our living room decor together. What really got us started with the idea was that the week before, we had been... Read more
What to do when trapped?..HGTV your space!
Thursday, August 04, 2011      20 comments

I feel like I've been absolutely trapped in my house since my very sick father moved in and started living with us 24 hours a day almost a month ago. My husband goes out every day and runs errands, but I stay at home and care for my dad. I've ... Read more
More about my dad.....and mom...
Wednesday, August 03, 2011      24 comments

It's 5 am in the morning, and I'm hoping I have some time before my Dad wakes up to get in a blog. I've been really depressed the last couple weeks since I wrote my last blog. At that time, my brother and I both thought my mom was willin... Read more
Mom MAY go into assisted living!!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011      25 comments

In my last blog, I wrote about all the changes going on in caring for my dad with his dementia. My brother or I have been caring for him every night at my husband's and my "second/retirement" home for the past couple years and Dad's been stayi... Read more
A week of tracking and Caring for my Dad
Sunday, July 17, 2011      16 comments

I tracked my food and exercise every day but one this past week. It's been a good thing to get back on that band wagon for me. With the changes that SP has made in the tracker, it's been really easy to do. Honestly, my heart hasn't been i... Read more
5% summer challenge
Wednesday, July 13, 2011      11 comments

I've become very lax in my "Sparking" lately. I haven't tracked food or tracked exercise consistently in months since I reached my goal weight. I know my weight is creeping back up again so I decided to join a 5% challenge team. The goal is t... Read more
Got to Meet a SparkFriend from Tennessee
Sunday, June 26, 2011      22 comments

Yesterday, I got to meet one of my wonderful SparkFriends, BMCTRB (Bonny), for the first time in person. It was awesome! We have been getting to know each other for quite some time now through the Middle Tennessee Spark team. Each day, t... Read more
Shelfari anyone?
Thursday, June 09, 2011      6 comments

I was wondering if any of my Sparkfriends are on Shelfari.com as well. It's a place where you can keep track of the books you read and rate them. I can be found at www.shelfari.com/simplel
ife4real if you want to be friend... Read more
USDA is getting rid of that terrible "food pyramid"
Wednesday, June 01, 2011      17 comments

I'm so glad the USDA is getting rid of that terrible food pyramid and is replacing it with a plate. It appears that the new recommendations will be as follows: Half the plate is supposed to be filled with fruits and (non-starchy) veggies, ... Read more
How someone's death can be a wake-up call....
Tuesday, May 31, 2011      16 comments

My husband called me this morning to tell me that his sister's husband, Bill, had died suddenly. I'm sorry to hear of Bill's passing, but quite honestly, I wasn't at all surprised to hear he had passed away. He was a nice man, but took horri... Read more
My Brother Bob
Friday, May 27, 2011      8 comments

I have a very talented brother who works as a computer guy by day, but is an awesome guitar player. He does it just for fun. Most of what he does is classical guitar, but he also does jazz. Here is a youtube video of "Stand by Me" he just put... Read more
So long to the Oprah Show ;(
Thursday, May 26, 2011      4 comments

I have to say that Oprah is probably the top person on my "people I admire most" list. I didn't watch her regularly because for most of her 25 years on the show I was working full time. Even after I retired, I didn't watch regularly because I ... Read more

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