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Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts My Hope for the Future is in my Freezer
Friday, November 27, 2020      97 comments

The official day designated for being thankful and eating lots of food is over. Our children and grandchildren stayed in their own nuclear families. Their in-laws, who regularly included us in their HUGE family celebrations, let everyone kn... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts 11 Years of Maintenance – “Back to the Future” Spark Edition
Tuesday, November 24, 2020      80 comments

How ironic to be celebrating maintenance the very week we are being urged to celebrate with food. While I can’t travel to my alternate future like Marty McFly in that 1985 movie, I can imagine where would I be now if I hadn’t had that AHA mome... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Thinking about Sacrifice on this Sunday Morning
Sunday, November 22, 2020      48 comments

When I woke up yesterday I was shocked and dismayed to discover that my glasses had only ONE LENS. Somehow while on my night table, the plastic strip underneath had broken and now the lens was nowhere to be found. Obviously, when I reached for ... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts “Would you give up Thanksgiving with your family for $10,000?”
Friday, November 20, 2020      84 comments

That was a survey question years ago and I was surprised at the number of respondents that said “NO.” The same question could be asked this year not in terms of money but health and safety. Note that the question referred to that ONESPECIF... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts The Last Piece of the Puzzle – on my Table AND in my Spark Journey
Tuesday, November 17, 2020      79 comments

I’ve been working on a 1000 piece puzzle of our lake (A huge lake and a huge puzzle) I blogged about it on October 19th so I’ve been working on it for about a month. Sometimes consistently, sometimes I left it alone for days at a time. ... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts My virtual motivation
Friday, November 13, 2020      47 comments

This is a quilt I made for my daughter many years ago. When she was a college freshman, she ran her first marathon at the urging of her older sister. She won her age group and her time qualified her to run the Boston Marathon. That was 1990. ... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts My Toughest Spark Challenge Yet
Tuesday, November 10, 2020      68 comments

Is it the challenge of eating healthy food according to my caloric and nutritional needs? No, even though in the past DH has called me “ravenous woman” and “bottomless pit,” I’m managing the tracking quite well. Is it exercise? No, I’... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Once ordinary men left their ordinary lives,
Friday, November 06, 2020      103 comments

went off to save the world and returned to their ordinary lives. Their journey has finally come to an end I knew this had to happen but the arrival of the final reunion booklet hit me hard. The crew of my Dad’s WWII ship, The USS Phila... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts When I find myself going down the wrong path, Spark brings me back.
Tuesday, November 03, 2020      74 comments

Just like a GPS "recalculating, recalculating" (quite literally thanks to the trackers) Since COVID upended our lives and before returning to... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts “Each of these Days is Just Like the Others”
Friday, October 30, 2020      87 comments

emoticon Imagine me singing a parody of an old Sesame Street song. Why? I didn’t FORGET that I had ZOOM chor... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Everything I need to know I learn from Spark Friends
Monday, October 26, 2020      115 comments

After 11 years as a sparker, the last 3 mostly MIA, I appreciate the information, resources, trackers and philosophy of the program. Still, it’s the spark friends, old and new, that make it real for me. It’s not like listening to a famou... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Preparing for Winter on the Lake and Remembering our COVID Summer
Friday, October 23, 2020      90 comments

Our power boat is winterized so now we can only experience the lake in our “quiet boats” For me that will mean bundling up if I don’t want to freeze. We are not as sturdy as our Canadian friends. Once a visitor from a town called “Medicin... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Daily Mental Exercise - as important as the physical
Monday, October 19, 2020      72 comments

I live on a lovely lake with 500 miles of shoreline. It was created in the 1960s when a power dam was built on the Roanoke River. I bought this 1000 piece puzzle as a stay-at-home Covid activity, provide mental exercise and also to support a l... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts One of my “Grenades” is Missing
Friday, October 16, 2020      78 comments

These are not dangerous, as you can see from the photo. In fact, they are the necessities that keep me going on longer treks whether running or walking. My fuel belt accommodates three flasks, but now I can only find 2 of them ... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Confessions of an “Active Couch Potato”
Monday, October 12, 2020      49 comments

A change of direction thanks to a Spark friend and some neighborhood squirrels. As my spark page explains, I was always active and fit even as I packed on the pounds. If I had been able to control my eating, I may never have needed Spark i... Read more

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