Saturday, February 27, 2010
Hi there everyone. I know you all missed me over the last two weeks. Thanks for the cards and notes! I know you love me so that's cool.
Well, you guessed it. I went for a ride with Daddy last night. Mom was sneaky about getting me into my taxi this time. I didn't even see where she was carrying me too until it was too late. I'll get her later. Mom didn't go with me last week and Dad said I did well and didn't put up much of a fight and that I was quiet to and from Dr. Gail's. Of course I was quiet. I was trying to disappear. Then someone got the bright idea that maybe Mom was transferring her anxiety on to me. Humans can do that, you know. Yea, I think she does that 'cause she loves me soooo much. I'm her baby. ( I know Daddy loves me too but he doesn't baby me as much as Mom does. ) Anyway. my blood sugar last week was 345. That was my first week on the new insulin called Pro-Zinc. I was only on 2 units twice a day. So we didn't think that was too bad for me. So we upped the insulin to 3 units twice a day.
Ok, about last night's report. My sugar was 344...at least it was down a point. So we are going to 4 units twice a day. Dr. Gail wants to check me every week which in my case is on Friday's, to make sure I don't get too much of a build up of the insulin in my system all at once because this is a slow-acting insulin. I yelled this time. My friend Nick wasn't there and Dr. Gail and Louise took my blood. They sent Daddy out of the room. I missed Nick.
Oh, the other night I scared Mom real bad. I didn't know it would scare her. When she was on the other side of the living room, I began to drink from her glass of Chocolate milk that was on her table by her chair. Well, she stopped me from doing that real quick when she saw what I was doing. Darn it...it was sooo good too. But Mom said I could die from chocolate. Well, as you can see, I didn't. She said she'll be watching more carefully now when she has something on her table. Another time I sniffed at Daddy's club soda. Nothin' in it but ice. No lemon. Oh well, he didn't let me drink from his glass. Oh well. Guess I have to stick to plain water.
Well, that's all for now folks. Have a great weekend and be extra kind to your furry friends. and babies. Yes, I mean those things called DOGS too. I had one visit me not too long ago and he was really ok. He stayed in his Mommy's lap and I laid on the floor.
Monday, February 22, 2010
I get these weekly and thought this was very good this week. It can work for anyone..whether in a 12-Step program or not. Many of us reach our " bottoms" when we decide it's time to lose weight and get healthy. Hope you enjoy this.
February 22, 2010
Quote of the Week From 12 Step Rooms.
"When you get to your wit's end, you'll find that God lives there."
Before recovery, when I got to the bottom I just moved over and started digging another hole. I would leave jobs, relationships, and even states looking for a different solution. I didn't have a God in my life, so there was no turning it over. It wasn't until I had broken my shovel and hit my final bottom that I was ready to admit complete defeat.
When I came into the rooms, I heard a lot about God. I didn't like it. I had given up on Him a long time ago, and I was sure He had deserted me. What I came to find out was that God was always there to help me when I hit bottom. What I also learned, years later, was that He was there for me all along - I just had to ask for help sooner.
What I now know is that I don't have to wait until I'm at my wit's end to reach out and get help from God. He lives in me and is with me every step of the way. The key that opens the lock is and always has been willingness. And today, I'm much more willing to be willing.
Today, I know I don't have to reach my wit's end to find out where God lives.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
This is so interesting. My Mom sent it to me. Enjoy--Elayne
This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!
The year is 1909.
What a difference a century makes!
Here are some statistics for the Year 1909 :
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The average life expectancy was 47 years.
Fuel for the 1090 Ford car was sold in drug stores only
Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles
Of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!
The average wage in 1909 was 22 cents per hour.
The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year ..
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
A dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME .
Ninety percent of all doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which
Were condemned in the press AND the government as 'substandard. '
Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used
Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from
Entering into their country for any reason.
Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
4. Heart disease
The American flag had 45 stars.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!!!!
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea Hadn't been invented yet.
There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write and
Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school..
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, 'Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind,regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health'
( Shocking? DUH! )
Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help..
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE ! U.S.A.!
Plus one more sad thought; 95 percent of the taxes we have now did not exist in 1909
I am now going to forward this to someone else
without typing it myself.
From there, it will be sent to others
all over the WORLD - all in a matter of seconds!
Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.
Friday, February 12, 2010
When Your Heart Longs to be Romanced
Let me guess. You are a woman who doesn't look forward to Valentine's Day! Whether you are single and without a special someone in your life, or married and tired of being disappointed from unmet expectations on the "Day of Romance," you are not alone.
Surveys show that countless women feel frustrated every year and let down on February 14th primarily because of unmet expectations. Women look for expressions of love that will meet their preconceived romantic notions. And many times, even well-intentioned men can't possibly compete.
In a recent study of what makes married women happy, it was found that the biggest predictor of women's happiness is their husband's emotional engagement. The extent to which he is affectionate, to which he is empathetic, to which he is basically tuned into his wife was the most important factor in predicting the wife's happiness. The study also found "if the wife had to choose between having a husband who is taking half the housework and having a husband who is really making a conscious, deliberate effort to focus emotionally on his wife, the emotional focus is much more likely to be a paramount concern."
That speaks volumes of what women want and expect. And men, who tend to be more action-oriented in how they show their love (by helping with the chores, repairing the garage door, and bringing home a paycheck) can miss the mark with us when it comes to trying to express their affections on Valentine's Day, or any time, for that matter.
That said, fulfilling a woman's idea of romance is not something most men, in particular, specialize in. In fact, many men struggle with how to convey their feelings in a way that their wives or girlfriends will understand and appreciate. And often times, what they think will impress you, doesn't.
But what if this year you took the man in your life off the hook? What if this year you focused not on your expectations or the disappointment that the "Day of Romance" tends to bring, but on the Author of Romance, Himself, and what He's been trying to show you day in and day out about how cherished you are in His sight? In other words, what if this year you looked to God to meet your expectations first and then let the man in your life (if you have one) do what he can and see it as an added bonus?
For instance, look at the tender words God says, in His Word, to and about His people:
• He calls you unforgettable: "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! (Isaiah 49:15).
• He says He has always loved you and always will: "...I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness" (Jeremiah 31:3).
• He calls Himself your Husband: "For your Maker is your husband - the Lord Almighty is his name - the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth. The Lord will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit..." (Isaiah 54:5-6a).
• He says His love for you is greater than anything you'll ever find on this earth: "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13). And then Jesus did just that -- He laid down His life for you...one He calls "friend."
• He promises He'll never leave you: "...Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5b).
• He assures you in His Word that He has chosen you as His own: "For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight..." (Ephesians 1:4).
• He assures you in His Word that nothing will be able to separate you from His ever-pursuing love: "... neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:39).
Reading verses like that, over and over, is like re-reading portions of a love letter that resonates with our hearts. And when our emotional tank is filled - by recognizing that we are valuable, loved and pursued in the sight of an all-knowing, all-loving God - we can then receive whatever our husband or boyfriend has to offer as the "cherry on top." Or, if nothing else is offered us, we still know we are loved and we are more able and stable to deal with whatever does - or does not - come our way.
So go boldly into Valentine's Day this year, my friend, and celebrate it because of how loved and cherished you are in the eyes of the Living God. And if you have a husband or boyfriend who makes an attempt that isn't quite to your expectations, thank God for him and bless him anyway. Your "True Husband" will be watching!
February 9, 2010
Cindi McMenamin is a national speaker and the author of several books, including 'Letting God Meet Your Emotional Needs' and 'When Women Walk Alone.' For more on her Southern California-based ministry, see her website: www.StrengthForThe Soul.com
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