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  • Mixing it up a bit

    3/31/2020 11:12:26 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    I am one of the fortunate ones - quarantining in a home with resources and comforts, and in a wooded area with lots of outdoor space as well. However, my energy level is still not up to par after the long hours and weeks spent at my mother's hospital bed just a short while ago. But, as ... Read more

  • Song of the Times to Perk You UP!

    3/30/2020 6:46:51 PM, by --KREN

    We have to keep laughing and smiling through these crazy days!
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  • Getting lost in a book

    3/30/2020 12:48:18 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    It was a grey, rainy Sunday, so I decided to be elsewhere -- engaged in an interesting book. My favorites are mysteries, and today's book was an historical fiction mystery: The Beekeeper's Apprentice. The premise is not one I would have preferred - a smart teenage girl, Mary Russell, who dev... 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

  • Discovering Qigong

    3/28/2020 11:11:41 PM, by BLESSEDBEING

    I've been trying new workouts to stay active, and was intrigued by a related one out to the right on YouTube. When it showed up on my recommended offerings on the TV today, I tried it and fell in love with these gentle, energizing, balancing movements. Daily Qigong Routine by Yoqi Yoga & Qigo... Read more

  • Today's Fun Fact

    3/28/2020 1:04:43 PM, by BTRFLYDOG

    Supai Village is located at the base of the Grand Canyon within the Havasupai Indian Reservation. Inaccessible by road and with a population of just 208, it is the most remote community in the lower 48 states, and is the only place where mail is still delivered by pack mule. ... Read more

  • Zoom

    3/28/2020 9:34:05 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    I am about to try a new communication application: Zoom. It is a platform that allows members of a meeting to sign in, have their faces appear on the screen, and participate in online meetings. Some folks have described their personal use of Zoom for having a virtual dinner party with frie... Read more

  • Focusing on what I can do

    3/27/2020 10:50:12 PM, by BLESSEDBEING

    It's a challenging time when so much is happening and disrupting our lives that is out of our control. It's easy to get caught up in fear and frustration over everything we can't do. Just like with losing weight or organizing, focusing on what we want and on the choices we can make is more motivatin... Read more

  • Togetherness & Gratitude

    3/27/2020 11:34:55 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    During this time of physical isolation, my dh and I are spending all our days together - just the two of us. We talk on the phone or Face Time with our family and friends; he attends his meetings that are now online; and I interact with the photo club members online. We are cooking and eating me... Read more

  • Virtual Tours

    3/24/2020 4:10:12 PM, by SUSANNAH31

    During 2008-2009, my dh was assigned to work in London, in the UK, and so we spent the year living in that wonderful city. Some of my favorite museums are in London, and I have discovered that now there are virtual tours available online for some of them. (Many of them are currently closed bec... 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

  • 2nd Blog.......Ever!!

    3/24/2020 11:50:07 AM, by PBVHCCVH

    This a letter that I sent to all the Teams on which I am the Leader or the Co-Leader. Several people asked if I would post this where anyone could read it, so here it is. Even if you're not on the Teams, I still care about you! MESSAGE TO ALL TEAM MEMBERS During this time of turmoil i... Read more

  • Today's Fun Fact

    3/24/2020 9:20:14 AM, by BTRFLYDOG

    Roadrunners don't go beep beep! Male Greater Roadrunners make a distinct co-coo-coo-coo-coooooo in a series of 3–8 downward slurring notes to attract or contact a mate and mark a territory. Beginning before sunrise, the cooing can be heard up to a quarter-mile away, and often elicits a response... Read more

  • Sunday Ramblings

    3/22/2020 4:45:56 PM, by SUSANNAH31

    Today, Sunday, reminded me of what Sundays were like many years ago during my childhood. Except, that is, for the church service that I followed online this morning. What a good idea live streaming is for those who cannot attend church. I think it should stay around forever as an alternat... 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

  • Today I am grateful for...

    3/21/2020 5:31:13 PM, by SUSANNAH31

    Today I am grateful for... -- the deep breaths that I am able to take. -- the sun that started to shine through the clouds this afternoon. -- the birds that are calling to each other among the trees. -- the signs of springtime budding all around. -- the House & Garden television c... Read more

  • Today's Fun Fact

    3/21/2020 3:36:10 PM, by BTRFLYDOG

    In folklore, Saturday was often viewed as the best day to hunt vampires, as this was the day of the week when they were restricted to their coffins. It was also believed in the Balkans that if somebody was born on a Saturday then they could see a vampire that was invisible to others, and that these ... Read more

  • Being Happy - and Grateful

    3/20/2020 3:05:55 PM, by SUSANNAH31

    One of the last things Mom said to me was, "LIve" and "BE HAPPY " I am taking that as a directive - a command. Fortunately, there is a lot in my life to be happy about. So, even though I have said good-bye to my mother, and I am feeling sad... I am focusing each day on t... Read more

  • Today's Fun Fact

    3/19/2020 9:11:28 AM, by BTRFLYDOG

    The Birth Flower for the month of March is the Daffodil Happy 1st day of Spring!... Read more

  • Today's Fun Fact

    3/17/2020 9:21:43 AM, by BTRFLYDOG

    It has been said that St Patrick combined the Christian cross with the pagan sun to give the newly converted followers the idea of the importance of the cross by linking it with the symbolism of the life-giving properties of the sun, while others say that placing the cross on top of the circle repre... Read more

  • Today's Fun Fact

    3/14/2020 5:15:46 PM, by BTRFLYDOG

    Fred And Wilma Flinstone were one Of the first televised couples to sleep In the same bed. Yabba Dabba Do! ... Read more

  • Today's Fun Fact

    3/12/2020 9:22:46 AM, by BTRFLYDOG

    This is from the NYT archives. This was in the 1930's and 1940"s Are you superstitious about Friday the 13th? Personally, I love black cats (all cats really). And Friday the 13th is still Friday so also ok by me.... Read more

  • Today's Fun Fact

    3/11/2020 9:19:02 AM, by BTRFLYDOG

    Apples are a member of the rose family. ... 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

  • Today's Fun Fact

    3/10/2020 9:17:18 AM, by BTRFLYDOG

    As of 2017, there were 455 million telephone numbers for the United States' 325 million residents, or 1.4 per person. About three-quarters of those numbers were tied to mobile phones, a little over 10 percent were for old-fashioned landlines, and the rest were for internet-enabled phones Tod... Read more

  • Today's Fun Fact

    3/9/2020 9:08:59 AM, by BTRFLYDOG

    Doug Engelbart invented the first computer mouse in around 1964 which was made of wood. ... Read more

  • Today's Fun Fact

    3/7/2020 10:30:32 AM, by BTRFLYDOG

    New research reveals that graying may be from a build-up of hydrogen peroxide in the hair cell, which causes the hair to bleach itself on the inside. Cells naturally have a small amount of hydrogen peroxide in them, but it’s kept in check by an enzyme called catalase, which converts the hydrogen per... Read more

  • On the final stretch...

    3/7/2020 9:07:28 AM, by ALLEYCATTUS

    I finally took the plunge and filed for early retirement! I still can't believe I have started down the road of finishing with work and finally having some ME is sure going to be first, I wasn't sure if I could cope being at home, but as I think more about it, retirement isn't... Read more

  • March Can't Make Up Its Mind

    3/6/2020 7:49:30 PM, by LADYCALICO

    "It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade."-- Charles Dickens ... Read more

  • A Passing

    3/5/2020 11:57:46 PM, by SUSANNAH31

    Mom passed tonight. I was with her all day when she was in the hospital. I was there when they took her by ambulance back to the nursing home. She struggled with her breathing, and it only got worse as the day went on. I reminded the nursing home staff that she needed the morphine so sh... Read more

  • March Blusters

    3/5/2020 9:06:23 PM, by LADYCALICO

    "The stormy March is come at last, With wind, and cloud, and changing skies, I hear the rushing of the blast, That through the snowy valley flies." ―William Cullen Bryant ... Read more

  • Getting the weight back off

    3/5/2020 8:44:15 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I gained the weight that I lost on here plus another 3 pounds. I have been at 243 pounds for a couple of weeks. Now I am down to 239 pounds. I was at the 243 pounds on Monday when I checked my weight. So I lost 4 pounds since then. I have been doing a lot of walking and cleaning around my 1 be... Read more

  • Today's Fun Fact

    3/5/2020 8:09:28 AM, by BTRFLYDOG

    A typical saguaro cactus can live between 100-200 years. When full grown they can weigh a ton. ... Read more

  • Marching Along

    3/4/2020 9:41:52 PM, by LADYCALICO

    “By March, the worst of the winter would be over. The snow would thaw, the rivers begin to run and the world would wake into itself again." -- Neil Gaiman ... Read more

  • Today's Fun Fact

    3/3/2020 8:18:03 AM, by BTRFLYDOG

    Saint Patrick Used the Shamrock to Teach About the Holy Trinity ... Read more

  • Hello March!

    3/3/2020 1:49:41 AM, by LADYCALICO

    "March came in that winter like the meekest and mildest of lambs, bringing days that were crisp and golden and tingling, each followed by a frosty pink twilight which gradually lost itself in an elfland of moonshine."-- L.M. Montgomery ... Read more

  • Anybody Want a Challenge?

    3/2/2020 11:53:26 PM, by LADYCALICO

    Now would be a great time to sign up for the Spring 5% Challenge. There are four seasonal challenges held each year where your exercise minutes and healthy lifestyle challenge points earn your team air miles to race around the world to a new destination each week for 8 weeks, while you try to lose 5... Read more

  • Today's Fun Fact

    3/2/2020 8:28:19 AM, by BTRFLYDOG

    The March birthstones are aquamarine and bloodstone. Aquamarine is blue or blue-green — its name comes from the Latin word aqua marinus, which means water of the sea, referencing its tranquil blue color. Bloodstone, also known as heliotrope, is dark green with red specs, hence its name.... Read more

  • Birthday with Mom

    3/1/2020 7:59:31 PM, by SUSANNAH31

    Since my last blog about Mom, there have been many developments. Home care with part-time aides was not sufficient when Mom was released from the hospital -- even with the hospital bed, oxygen, and wheelchair that was supplied to us. It turns out that spending eight days in the hospital ... Read more