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  • Working too Hard in a Pandemic Panic

    4/6/2020 5:26:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have a problem. Every so often, I bury myself in my school work and the work of making masks and medical gowns and allow my home to get messy. I forget to do the regular cleaning until I lose something that I can't do without like my phone! Today is a day for me to look around and enjoy... Read more

  • Goals & Gratitude 4/5/20

    4/5/2020 7:12:30 PM, by DUCKTURNIP

    April's Goals: Fitness: 311 Walk around the neighborhood or doing walking DVDs 4 times per week. 323 Do strength training (body weight exercises or the hand weights I have) 3 times per week for 10 minutes. Nutrition: 265 Continue to track food daily, even if I go over. ... Read more

  • A new day

    4/5/2020 12:54:51 PM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to all. I went for a short walk this morning and I am feeling pretty good. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! Not much planned for the day. Take care and stay safe, everyone.... Read more

  • Singing to Mama!

    4/5/2020 5:12:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    For over a month I’ve been planning the celebration! Long before social distancing and isolation came on the scene, I was planning a special day for my mother. We have made many changes, but it will still be a very special day. We sang Happy Birthday and put our cards on her window. Mom... Read more

  • A mild spring day

    4/4/2020 1:37:48 PM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! My daughter and I will be playing monopoly in a while. I just finished a dance workout from you tube and I feel great. Have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Feelings Are Like Waves!

    4/4/2020 5:13:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I was hit with one of those negative unexpected surprises at work. I was left out of a training day that really could have helped me. In this emotionally fragile time, my first thought was to get angry. My second thought was that maybe there are things I do not know and ask about the tr... Read more

  • It's Friday

    4/3/2020 12:38:10 PM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to all. Another relaxing day here today. I will do some exercise after lunch. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep,cheep! Have a great day, everyone and stay safe.... Read more

  • 4/3/2020

    4/3/2020 9:35:28 AM, by MAMABEAR372

    I have not stepped on the scale but I am fairly certain I am again over 200 lbs. I have been having nightmares over the past several nights. Maybe it is from stress in my life cause my particular people, or the antihistamine I take to be able to sleep because of my allergies. Is anyone else deal... Read more

  • Focus On Learning

    4/3/2020 5:13:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    These past three weeks have been a time of extreme focus on learning how to teach students online. I have done pretty well, for the most part. I still have a lot to learn. I can get through my lessons without losing the attention of the class, and that is a good thing! I write down every sin... Read more

  • Sunshine

    4/2/2020 12:09:26 PM, by MOMMY445

    Another beautiful day here today. My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! A relaxing day here. Have a great day, everyone and stay safe.... Read more

  • 4/2/2020

    4/2/2020 9:43:30 AM, by MAMABEAR372

    Well i fell off the wagon again. I guess I can't fall off until I successfully am ON the wagon. Well let's see what is going on today. I had my 16 year old son signed up for driver's ed classes before all this happened and they were supposed to start mid April after school at the school. Sinc... Read more

  • Masking My Way Through Life

    4/2/2020 5:07:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I was asked; "why do you wear those masks anyhow?" I wear a mask every time I go out in public, and I’ve found it to be a very effective tool if not for medical reasons, definitely for psychological reasons. I’ve heard conflicting opinions on how effective this strategy is from scient... Read more

  • A sunny day

    4/1/2020 2:00:09 PM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep. Another relaxing day here. I will get a workout in later. Have a great day, everyone and stay safe.... Read more

  • 4/1/2020

    4/1/2020 10:00:31 AM, by MAMABEAR372

    Well, I fell yet again. But I rationalize it in what I consider to be acceptable. I did well yesterday. Stayed on track clear until after dinner. Then I really felt like I needed more fiber so I munched on some fiber cereal dry and drank water. TMI but it did it's job. Other than that I find m... Read more

  • Your Smiles

    4/1/2020 5:20:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    Your smiles are contagious magic- Just put one on your face! And notice the frown I have will suddenly erase. Your smile can bring me healing when I do not feel well. Your smile can bring me joy on a day that seemed from hell. Your smile can bring me comfort when all I fe... Read more

  • 3/31/2020

    3/31/2020 12:44:43 PM, by MAMABEAR372

    SIGHHHHH It is my oldest son's birthday today. He is 27 today. It is my 3rd birthday this month that has been disrupted by what is going on with stay at home orders. I have 3 sons all born in March. My youngest is 16, he still lives with us and we gave him his gifts and tried to make it specia... Read more

  • A cloudy day

    3/31/2020 11:38:22 AM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says thank you for all of the birthday wishes. She had a great day. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep. Have a great day, everyone. Stay safe and take care.... Read more

  • Sharing Homemade Soup

    3/31/2020 5:11:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    Good soup and good neighbors belong together. Both bring comfort and joy. The soup is on the stove to share with neighbors up the street Basil mushrooms and onions fill the air with my healthy treat This raw and rainy day makes me glad to stay inside Hot and hearty soup fills me with w... Read more

  • A cloudy day

    3/30/2020 2:51:37 PM, by MOMMY445

    It's my daughter's birthday today! She is doing well and says hello. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep,cheep! We are safe and sound. Have a great day, everyone.... Read more

  • Masked Heroes

    3/30/2020 5:12:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every extra moment we have, we work on our mask-making mission And pray that our masks will help those who need them most. We mask our fear with hope. We mask our anger with love. Mailing masks to those beyond our reach but not beyond our care. Using up our extra fabric, ... Read more

  • Wanted to try something different

    3/29/2020 8:53:13 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well I wanted to try something different in the sweet department for a change that doesn't include cake mix in it. I made an easy cinnamon roll coffee cake this morning. It turned out great and tasted great. It's been years (over 20 years before my mom had her last stroke) since I made something ... Read more

  • Sunny day

    3/29/2020 2:44:43 PM, by MOMMY445

    Another mild weather day here today. My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep,cheep. Stay safe. Have a great day, everyone!... Read more

  • Morning Walks on my Country Road

    3/29/2020 5:07:03 AM, by JSTETSER

    I live on a dirt road. There is no tar on this road, just dirt. It gets very muddy in the springtime when the snow melts and I sometimes track the mud into my house. I still like my country road because it is very quiet. When I go out for my early morning walks, no one can hear my footsteps on... Read more

  • Goals & Gratitude 3/28/20

    3/28/2020 8:49:07 PM, by DUCKTURNIP

    Not much to update with, really. My work is keeping me very busy. I am hard at work getting paperwork ready for tax clients who are having phone meetings with the boss. I also start two new assignments on Monday. I had a long training meeting over the phone & computer on Friday about it. I will be r... Read more

  • A mild day

    3/28/2020 3:20:25 PM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep. We are doing well and are taking it easy. Have a great day, everyone.... Read more

  • Spring Time Challenges

    3/28/2020 12:16:01 PM, by CEIGSTI

    Hello! I'm back. Probably will be on here more often now that I can't go anywhere. :) But that's a good thing and it will get me back in the habit of focusing on me and being healthier. I also am trying new fitness videos too. Our dog is loving it because we walk her every day at noon. We need... Read more

  • Sleeping In

    3/28/2020 6:37:26 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am a very busy early riser who sticks to a full schedule. Not today. Today is my rest day and I really need it. Every once in a while, I need to cut myself some slack and sleep in! I'm so good at sleeping, I can do it with my eyes closed! ... Read more

  • Sunny Day

    3/27/2020 3:06:25 PM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to all. We are doing well and are keeping safe. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep,cheep. Hope that everyone is doing well and have a great day.... Read more

  • Riding the Wave of COVID 19

    3/27/2020 5:29:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    Everywhere I look, I see more bad news about the COVID 19 pandemic. Finally, I had to turn off the news. There’s only so much bad news I can listen to. Last night I had a nightmare about the virus, and realized that I have had TOO MUCH BAD NEWS! "What’s in my dreams at night?” My mother in ... Read more

  • A cloudy day

    3/26/2020 4:06:21 PM, by MOMMY445

    It's a mild weather day here today. My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds say cheep, cheep. In a while my daughter and I will be playing a game of monopoly. Have a great day everyone!... Read more

  • The Marvelous Mask Makers!

    3/26/2020 5:16:57 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have not been alone in my mask-making endeavor! There are many more and I don't know all of those lovely people. Last week(3/20/2020) I received a request from my friend Babette to make masks for a hospital. I asked lots of questions and did my research before starting the project. By ... Read more

  • It's Wednesday

    3/25/2020 5:29:17 PM, by MOMMY445

    It's pretty quiet here. My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds say cheep, cheep. Stay safe everyone. Have a good day.... Read more

  • Unwanted Spring Snow

    3/25/2020 5:04:06 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday's snowfall amounted to 7 inches. This is not what I want or need, But it’s today’s experience. I shovel away this soft, white heavy, unwanted gift from God. My predictable world grows wild and exciting when I open my heart and accept this beautiful present. The burdens a... Read more

  • Revamped veggie soup

    3/24/2020 2:17:37 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I revamped my veggie soup today for lunch. It's the same soup that I posted the other day but I added mushrooms and sauerkraut to it. The sauerkraut was leftover from a Reuben Crescent Bake that I made last night for supper. It gave it more flavor. My veggie soups are never the same except for th... Read more

  • Finding the New Balance

    3/24/2020 5:22:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    I've had so many changes lately! Finding a new balance is difficult and I have become aware of how these changes affect my health! I am getting into a new routine with teaching at home. I find that it takes all my attention and concentration. I do best when I'm home alone and my husband is... Read more

  • A snow day

    3/23/2020 9:10:38 AM, by MOMMY445

    It's snowing here now. Then it is going to rain. My daughter says hello. Both budgie birds say cheep, cheep. Everyone is doing well. Have a great day, everyone... Read more

  • It's Spreading!

    3/23/2020 5:23:40 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have something more contagious than the Coronavirus, and You may have it too! It's faith, hope, and kindness! It is more powerful than any virus because you don't need direct contact. It is still powerful when masked. This is a time when we all need to be contagious with faith, hope, an... Read more

  • Goals & Gratitude 3/22/20

    3/22/2020 10:11:58 PM, by DUCKTURNIP

    Well this week has been full of firsts. My first quarantine, my first time ordering groceries online, and my first time ordering from a restaurant online. I am working from home full time now, and my home office is all set up. Thank God that is going well. On Friday night I was debating whether... Read more

  • A sunny day

    3/22/2020 10:12:48 AM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep. Have a great day everyone. Stay safe.... Read more

  • We're In This Together

    3/22/2020 5:26:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    Are you feeling alone and separated from family and friends? Join the party! We have to work together to make it through the pandemic. Our community is only as healthy as the weakest person. Each of us needs to give what we can! Call a friend and tell them that you're thinking of them. ... Read more

  • It's Saturday

    3/21/2020 10:49:01 PM, by MOMMY445

    I had a good walk outside earlier today. After dinner, I danced for quite a while. My daughter says hello. We are doing well with having to mainly stay in due to the corona virus that is happening around the world. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep,cheep. Have a great night everyone.... Read more

  • Veggie soup

    3/21/2020 6:37:08 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I made some veggie soup today since it was cold enough to make. I put a can each of peas, corn, green beans and black beans. I put 2 cans of chili beans (mild) and 2 cans of diced chilies (medium). I put a 32 ounces of vegetable broth in it. The chili beans and chilies were enough spice for the s... Read more

  • 3/21/2020 My inside thoughts, fears and my way of dealing and sharing it with whoever needs it too.

    3/21/2020 2:20:40 PM, by MAMABEAR372

    Focus on positive. I have been a wreck all week with a stiff upper lip and an outward appearance of bravery and logic. Inside I have been a mom, wife, mother, sister and friend that is very concerned, and not able to protect the ones I am used to protecting. I feel powerless. I have several very... Read more

  • Making Masks

    3/21/2020 5:19:53 AM, by JSTETSER

    My world changed yesterday when I got a call from my friend B who told me that hospitals are out of masks and I can help! I started immediately and made over a dozen last night. I've included a link to the pattern for my sewing friends. These are nonmedical masks and will help protect people unti... Read more

  • Keeping My Distance

    3/20/2020 5:31:30 AM, by JSTETSER

    We are in this together, and I want to keep my friends, neighbors, and family safe. I am a healthy person that the medical community fears the most. Someone in my household has a cough and cold, but I do not. I have s sore throat. I am an" asymptomatic carrier of the common cold." In years g... Read more

  • We Will Survive and Thrive

    3/19/2020 5:05:09 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yes, these are tough days. I’m home teaching my virtual lessons and making the most of it. There’s always extra stress when there’s a change of plans. My schedule has been turned upside down, and it’s uncomfortable for me. I’m figuring out how to teach and enjoy my students from a distance. ... Read more

  • Goals & Gratitude 3/18/20

    3/18/2020 11:46:19 PM, by DUCKTURNIP

    So despite everything being crazy, I have some excellent news. I am now working from home and will be working full time, 9 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday. And my boss said that I will go on the payroll around April 15th (tax day). I am so excited about this! I really love this job and would ... Read more

  • My Positive Pandemic Plan

    3/18/2020 5:21:58 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every so often, fear and stress show their ugly faces, and I over-react. Yesterday I got so angry at my husband after I broke my laminator. I needed to get some pages laminated for my students. Now I need to order another one or make the trip into Staples. I did not need to get angry, b... Read more

  • Take Good Care of Yourself!

    3/17/2020 5:18:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    This pandemic has helped me understand just how important it is for me to take good care of myself, and to become much more aware of any changes in my body. According to healthline.com, flu symptoms include the following: fatigue sudden fever (usually above 100°F [38°C]) scratchy or sore t... Read more

  • Teaching from Home & Staying Healthy

    3/16/2020 5:22:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    I'm a public School teacher, in the process of learning to teach from my home. For the next 3 weeks, I have no commute which will save me over an hour. I have a lot to learn since I've never done very much remote teaching. The teacher has a lot to learn before I can teach my students. Wednesd... Read more

  • Goals & Gratitude 3/15/20

    3/15/2020 8:09:26 PM, by DUCKTURNIP

    Well, never a dull moment, huh? I heard that the stores were running out of stuff, and I needed some things, so yesterday I went at 5:45 am. I'm glad I did! There was plenty of produce, which is mostly what I needed, but not a whole lot else. All the dry goods/canned goods, meat, dairy, bread, ... Read more

  • Pandemic Opportunities

    3/15/2020 5:21:18 AM, by JSTETSER

    The last few weeks have been difficult. I am unable to visit my mother, and she is getting anxious. The bus drivers in my family can't work and will not get paid. Tomorrow I meet with other teachers to learn if the school will be in session, and how it will be handled. In the middle of all... Read more

  • Jackie's Healthy Smoothie

    3/14/2020 5:36:30 AM, by JSTETSER

    Jackie’s Healthy Smoothie ⅓ Cup chopped kale leaves, oregano leaves, parsley or swiss chard ½ banana ½ cup blueberries ⅔ cup Vegetable juice (I make my own) 1 Tablespoon Flaxseed meal 1 cup of Kefir For the past 5 years, I have been making a morning smoothie. I drink... Read more

  • a windy and cloudy day

    3/13/2020 1:57:57 PM, by MOMMY445

    it is a cooler day here today. my daughter has started her march break from school. with the corona virus that is going around, public schools across ontario, canada, will be closed for two weeks after march break. she is gettng a longer march break than she realized. i am sure we can do something d... Read more

  • My Mom and The Corona Virus

    3/13/2020 5:12:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    I cannot visit my Mom because her nursing home is under a strict "No Visitors Until Further Notice" because of the COVID 19 virus. I think that Scott Wheeler, owner of the Quabbin Valley Healthcare made a wise and proactive choice. He closed The Quabbin HealthCare Facility to all visitors. ... Read more

  • a beautiful sunny day

    3/12/2020 9:59:53 AM, by MOMMY445

    the sun is shining brightly here today. my daughter says hi to all. she is looking forward to march break here next week. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Meditation and Knowing Myself

    3/12/2020 5:22:49 AM, by JSTETSER

    Meditation I look at my meditation as a time to find the wisdom that is within me. It’s as though I’m letting my heart preach a sermon to my mind. This is a time to listen and be still. Sometimes I hear the message of love, letting me know that I am who I am, and that is good! Other ti... Read more

  • a mostly cloudy day

    3/11/2020 12:59:48 PM, by MOMMY445

    it is a bit windy today, too. it is not as mild as it was the other day. my daughter says hi. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! i am enoying the zumba class i am taking. i have a few errands to do, then i am off for a long walk. have a wonderful day, everyone!... Read more

  • Another 3 pounds down

    3/11/2020 8:39:54 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I have lost another 3 pounds. In the last two weeks I have lost 7 pounds. I can't understand why though. I have been eating kind of crappy but in smaller portions. I might be doing that when I have lunch today. I am fixing beef and noodles in the crockpot. I put the beef roast in the crockpot ... Read more

  • My Secret Ambition

    3/11/2020 5:01:24 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's our ambitions that keep us moving forward and our life interesting. I have always wanted to go on the PBS TV show Finding Your Roots with Educator Henry Louis Gates Jr. My grandmother Harriett Bullard voted at town elections in 1902- long before women had the national right to vote. Here ... Read more

  • Goals & Gratitude 3/10/20

    3/11/2020 12:52:01 AM, by DUCKTURNIP

    Things are going well here, even though I'm not sleeping well. It takes me hours to fall asleep on Monday and Wed. nights knowing I have to get up the next day. Then when I do fall asleep, I wake up easily an hour or two before my alarm goes off. I wish I was a better sleeper, but I never have been.... Read more

  • a cloudy and windy day

    3/10/2020 2:32:33 PM, by MOMMY445

    there was some rain here this morning. the rain has stopped and the sun has been trying to come out for the past while. my daughter says hi. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Take Time To Evaluate!

    3/10/2020 5:18:02 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every 2-3 months, I take the time to review just how I’m doing with my control of T2D and my glucose numbers. I find that my own evaluations often help my doctor and my Diabetic Nutrition Counselor to help me. By taking the time to evaluate my progress, I know where my attention is most needed a... Read more

  • a mild sunny day

    3/9/2020 12:41:36 PM, by MOMMY445

    a mild and mostly sunny day here today. my daughter says hi to everyone. i will be going for a long walk in a while outdoors. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Tolerance for Others

    3/9/2020 5:09:02 AM, by JSTETSER

    No one sees exactly the same thing. Just because I see the 9 doesn’t mean that you will see the same thing from your perspective. Remember to give people the respect and space to have their own truth. See life through new eyes, and you will have a clearer understanding of what you see. Have... Read more

  • a beautiful sunny day

    3/8/2020 3:05:44 PM, by MOMMY445

    i went to the zumba workout this morning and i had a great time! my daughter says hi to all. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Grateful for Good Health!

    3/8/2020 6:44:53 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday visited my mother in the nursing home, and there I was surprised when I met a friend. Kim has been living at this facility for over a month, and will be there after she has major surgery as well. I was shocked to think about someone my age living in a nursing home. All of a sudden, m... Read more

  • Goals & Gratitude 3/7/20

    3/8/2020 1:03:20 AM, by DUCKTURNIP

    Today was a cooking kind of day, and it looks like tomorrow will be the same. Today, I made two meals, linguine with spicy shrimp (my favorite SP recipe) and Egyptian lentil soup. I also cooked a pot of bulgur for salads and made two salad dressings (vegan 1000 island and peanut dressing). I finally... Read more