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A city girl goes country (Part 5) - Taking pride in your lawn (or not)
Friday, May 10, 2013      25 comments

Between the city and the country, we did our time in suburbia. The house was more important to us than the yard, but the yard and a lot of grass were part of the deal. An old friend sent me this picture. ... Read more
An improvement in “anti-mugger” speed or maybe it was the rain
Thursday, May 09, 2013      20 comments

My “anti-mugger” pace refers to the burst of speed I could manage over a given distance if I’m ever faced with an emergency requiring it. Back in February before my March respiratory illness sidelined me for 2 weeks, I posted a 4:33 half mi... Read more
For $50 I can be a “Bombshell” too!
Wednesday, May 08, 2013      26 comments

I watch the TV show “Smash” since I like musicals and Katherine McPhee was a finalist on the last season that I ever watched “American Idol.” (Why I quit AI could be another blog) “Bombshell” is the name of the fictional Broadway show abou... Read more
Seated workouts – not just for the mobility challenged
Tuesday, May 07, 2013      13 comments

I run over 20 miles a week, but when seeking a spark video I turn to the seated workouts first. I know the importance of moving your whole body. My whole body moves a lot and quite happily too. Exercise was never my problem. I just ate e... Read more
“It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish”
Monday, May 06, 2013      17 comments

Thanks to Dovesyes whose spark page reminded me of this song. We all started in different places and have our eye on a different finish line. As the lyrics say: It's not where you start, it's where you finish, It's not how you... Read more
Whose fault is it that ice cream has turned into “frozen dairy dessert?” Mine!
Sunday, May 05, 2013      17 comments

Maybe yours too, at least according to the people at Breyers. The “howls of outrage” at the change are representative of a “tiny, tiny minority.” “Ice Cream’s Identity Crisis” www.nytimes.com/2013/04/
17/dining/remembering-... Read more
A city girl goes country (part 4) - the 3 dollar pepper
Saturday, May 04, 2013      21 comments

This is my hopeful solution to the high price of one type of organic produce. This may be the first plant I ever bought and it was an impulse buy as I left the supermarket. ... Read more
“Why women should not run” and “Men are scum!”
Friday, May 03, 2013      20 comments

These two titles really have nothing in common except both mention gender and both were written by men. It’s important to read beyond an attention getting headline. I’ve written several times about that. The warning about women ru... Read more
Do they still have captains choose teams anymore?
Thursday, May 02, 2013      16 comments

Many sparkers have described that experience as a personal trauma. Sports is big business in the USA. How does this correlate with the activities of childhood? I know that competitive sports for kids is serious stuff. Two of my 3 chi... Read more
Gardening in the inner city – Making the “food desert” bloom
Wednesday, May 01, 2013      8 comments

As DH & I (ex-city people) work on our country garden, I found this article very inspiring. Pick up your shovel; grow a better city www.cnn.com/2013/03/19/o
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When you’re not a good cook, you have to be creative (or have a coach)
Tuesday, April 30, 2013      12 comments

One of the benefits of SP beyond the obvious weight loss/workout info is the connection with sparkers who give you personal guidance. While I do check out the spark recipes, I especially like those posted by sparkers who can personally vouc... Read more
A city girl goes country (part 3) – discovering new vegetables
Monday, April 29, 2013      16 comments

For someone who grew up expecting the Jolly Green Giant to supply her vegetables it’s an experience to realize the variety that is available. Parsnips, rutabagas, turnips - oh my! Now that DH has prepared our soil and tilled in some of ... Read more
The toughest 5K course I’ve ever run.
Sunday, April 28, 2013      84 comments

But nothing compares to the “course” memorialized at this site. This is the National D-Day Memorial located in our town because Bedford, VA lost more men per capita on ... Read more
The impact of the baby boom - society was never ready for us at any stage
Saturday, April 27, 2013      25 comments

Certainly not when the first wave (born 1946-47) showed up for school. I actually remember frantic adults at our local public school. They were trying to figure out wh... Read more
A city girl goes country – You bought WHAT?
Friday, April 26, 2013      23 comments

This is part 2 as I document our efforts to raise our own food. In my first installment I mentioned that our soil is hard and not fertile so perhaps I should have expect... Read more

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