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The ball is in my court

Sunday, August 18, 2013

For the past few days I have been thinking about my weight loss being on the Spark plan. Even when it has been difficult I try to stay on program the best I can. Since June of last year I have maintained a healthy BMI. I gained a few pounds for two reasons: #1 my doctor wanted me to and #2 When the iron pills were added, they worked with another to add weight. As soon as I knew that I started taking my iron at least 4 hours after the others. I haven't gained a pound since then. I haven't lost anymore in the past month or so either, but I'm happy with how I am. I feel better and I know even with all my issues I'm so much better than I was when I was caring that other person around with me. When I was going to the doctor's this week I was thinking how very nice it is to have a seat belt fit me correctly and not have to worry about it cutting where my port is. That's a huge change for me. Have many of you had to think of such things either before or after being on the program? A plateau is ok as long as you are maintaining a health weight and feel good, don't you think? What are your thoughts about this? Do you believe being healthy and at a healthy weight is most important rather than how you look, what size you are, or a low number on the scale? My own opinion is too many of us think those things hold the answers to all our problems, rather than being healthy enough to lead an active life and being able to do what we wish. Granted I continue to have to use either my walker or power chair, but before I started the Spark program, I was in the chair daily. I hurt so bad all of the time, rather than just at times. I know my balance isn't the greatest, yet with the falls I have had, there isn't the amount before Spark. There us so much good, that I have forgotten some of the bad from before. At least part of time I do.

The ball remains in my court to keep things in this healthy quest I have reached. I have found staying on this site helps me to do just that. For those of you have reached goal and continue to be active in the community, what are your thoughts? For me, I know the information I have received along with all the support and tips from members have been what I needed. I knew a lot before, but I didn't really understand how much it counted for health either good (for doing) or bad (for not doing). Logically if doing this on the journey, it makes sense to continue so I don't go back and add that other person into my life. It's also been great to know not everything works the same for everyone. Having choices to try from the tips offered by members, has been an important part of this journey for me. Taking part in the teams (even though I have really slacked off this year) and doing this blog have been a great help for me, too. The blog has certainly been therapeutic as I have gone through all my "stuff". When I read the responses from all the readers, I know I have been doing something right!

Yes, the ball has been in my court for over a year now. Today I rarely eat meat of any kind and I haven't had any fried food since the winter of 2011. Both of those things give me fits if I even smell them anymore. Thankfully I can't tolerate much sugar or breads. This is not a bad thing at all as far as I am concerned! These things have changed little in two years, so I doubt it will change now. And you know, I don't even really miss much of that stuff.

Today starts the beginning of friendship week. I love to think of all of my Spark buds laughing and smiling and cheering one another on towards their goals. Especially when I spread the Spark, I get so excited in the telling, I can't say enough good about it. Mostly I believe in my buds here. I'm so proud of everyone who has started their journey to good health by signing onto the site. I still have a difficult time getting my brain around the fact that it is free! I am so thankful to Spark Guy for getting this all started and for his encouraging books. But all of you members, signing on is the first step and in many cases like me, the most important one. As my friends, I really do care about you and your opinions. I wish you would comment on your feelings about what I write.

As keeping the ball in my court, I have made a conscious decision to keep eating as healthy as possible with the proper portion sizes. I'm also committed to exercising at least 15-20 minutes each day. Those are the do's. The biggie is the don't. I refuse to go back and start turning to food when I hit an emotionally difficult patch. They call some foods "Comfort Foods" for a reason. Have you noticed how rich in cream sauces and fats in the dishes contain? Anyway, I believe those three things along with continuing to use the food and exercise trackers, will help me stay where I need to be - a health body and mind.

As I close this post, I want you all to know how much you are appreciated. Y'all are the very best and I consider my buds as sisters and brothers of the heart. Please don't ever change your helpful happy ways. And always remember to post your feeling on what I write in the comments. I read them all and take them to heart. If I can help anyone, if you don't wish to leave a comment, send me a message. I'll do my best to answer you or find you the answer. Also, if anyone wants to add me as a friend, please do so.

Everyone take care. Take the best care of your loved ones, too. If things get tough, remember you have people who love and care about you. I'm one and other members are, too.

Peace Love Cure
Ev

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/21/2013 12:15AM

    It's been a pleasure knowing you Eve. You have inspired me, and others many times. Yes, we all are in this together. Let's keep the cheers going, so we can all maintain. emoticon

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COACHPENNY 10/18/2013 12:32AM

    Peace Ev....You are one of those positive influences here on Spark. Not only because of your success, but also because of your struggles. No matter the obstacle, you push through and send off those great vibes to the rest of us.

Thank you very much!

Penny

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LOSTLIME 8/29/2013 12:11PM

    Wonderful blog,Ev! Thank you for sharing all your blogs. Your story is an inspiring one. emoticon emoticon I know that you can do it!

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JUDITH316 8/29/2013 4:52AM

    emoticon Blog and Great Plan Ev, you are focused and you are doing a good job in meeting your goals, keep up the great work, I cheer you on! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 8/26/2013 4:29PM

    Very nice, great blog

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AMEENA5 8/25/2013 11:51PM

    I just finished reading your Success Story...and now I've just finished reading your blog post. It brought me to tears.

You are an amazing woman.

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JANIEWWJD 8/22/2013 12:43AM

    God is good!!! Your positivity is amazing and you are truly an inspiration!!!!
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FLORIDASUN 8/20/2013 8:58AM

    Ev...you are a wise and wonderful soul. I have a friend who I adore and you would too that has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She talks about it and blogs about it freely and I admire that SO much about her. I'm going to tell her about you and I know you will enjoy meeting each other!

Thanks for being who you are...you are an inspirational blessing to Spark and especially to me! emoticon emoticon

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WISLNDR 8/20/2013 7:19AM

    It was great to read your blogs, thank you so much for sharing!!

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KARIDIAN1 8/19/2013 8:45PM

    Great Blog Ev!

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MEMARE 8/19/2013 4:35PM

    Great blog Ev! emoticon

Yes, the ball is in our courts isn't it? Let's all use them wisely. emoticon
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MARITIMER3 8/19/2013 10:21AM

    I had already added you as a friend before reading this blog, and really look forward to getting to know you.

Love your tulip picture. Have a wonderful friendship week,
Hugs, Gail

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SARAWMS48 8/19/2013 8:18AM

    Reading your blogs has often given me hope just when I needed it. You are truly an inspiration.


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CHERIRIDDELL 8/19/2013 1:35AM

    What a wise blog!

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FRANCES-AGAPE 8/18/2013 8:10PM

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EVELYN, you are such a
FANTASTIC example to the rest of us
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Have a Wonderful Week

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LOVE, PEACE and BLESSINGS !

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LINDA! 8/18/2013 7:57PM

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MOM2ACAT 8/18/2013 5:47PM

    Great blog Ev!
And it made my day to see your story featured as one of the top stories when I went to the main Spark page earlier today!
I am so proud of you! emoticon

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PMFISH 8/18/2013 5:24PM

    What a journey it has been! If anyone had told you in the beginning what the results would be you would not have believe them. Read your blog for Spark. Keep up the good work, kiddo.

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PEGGYO 8/18/2013 4:28PM

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1CRAZYDOG 8/18/2013 8:48AM

    So much wise information! Being a maintainer as well, I can surely say it would not at all be possible without the support of all the wonderful Sparkers.

You are an inspiration and continue on your path to healing and taking care of you.

HUGS!

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SANDRALEET 8/18/2013 7:21AM

    Our life health is a gift from God Live it the best you can and let nothing become obsessive

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NEW-CAZ 8/18/2013 2:38AM

    EV all I know is I now feel and look better on healthy food and keeping active. It's a no-brainer.
TO start with it was a "size....must get slim" issue, now it's more about healthy BMI and having clothes that fit right and being able to do what I want without being puffed out. I appreciate my health so much more, can't remember the last sausage or fast food meal I ate---eeewww, no thanks!

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KASEYCOFF 8/18/2013 2:19AM

    G'morning, Ev! Great blog, and just packed with so much - you've really got me thinking.

I couldn't tell you the last time I had anything fried either, and my fast-food of choice used to be KFC. Today, if I'm out and need to grab something quick, I might hit a Subway - or I'm just as apt to stop in at a supermarket and get a salad or yogurt.

I used to carry antacids in my pockets... in every handbag... in the glove compartment of the car. There were always some in the drawer of my nightstand and in a kitchen drawer, as well as in the bathroom. I generally used them at least once a day, yet never twigged to the fact that the food I was eating was too rich and too much. Comfort food indeed - I don't know why I thought I was getting any comfort out of indigestion, lol. A few days ago I came across an open packet of antacids that carried the expiration date of 2010. Guess that goes to show I don't tend to need them anymore, and in fact, I couldn't tell you the last time I used them.

Reading over your blog has gotten me to thinking: when we make a commitment to getting healthier, it may feel like such a sacrifice to give up this habit or that, this food or that. I don't think I envisioned a time when I wouldn't want certain foods. Yet a by-product of healthy choices (and not always consistently!) has been the loss of desire for those very foods that once I would've drooled over.

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How Do You Do It?

Saturday, August 17, 2013

....... spreading the Spark I mean? In these past few months I have had so many doctors appointments and seen so many health care workers that I have spread Spark to all of them! I find that if I can show them the site with the realistic and healthy way of doing things along with the trackers, they are much more receptive than my trying to explain it. The thing is, I love the Sparking. I get so excited about it. I don't know how often I have mentioned in my blog entries how much Spark and all my friends here mean to me. The day I clicked "register" was one of the best in my life as it has helped me to become much more healthy. Although I still have my physical issues, my life is 1000 times better. So, how do you spread the Spark?

Between getting behind because of not being able to move too well and having a day here and there to try to keep up, I managed to have my nails done again. I also got another haircut. This time it is very short. I asked her to use clippers in the back and on the sides. Sometimes it is too painful to lift my left arm long enough to use a blow dryer and/or curling iron, so this cut is easiest for me to handle.



Sorry I don't have one of the haircut, but the way I've been feeling, I haven't wanted my picture taken.

Bob and I had our 13th anniversary the 12th. I got a new exercise program for both of to use on his Xbox. I also got myself a new mat since I do so many floor exercises. Bob also got me a Vera Bradley purse I have wanted and a Bubba Mug!

Taking the advice of my one follower on these pages, I spent some time working on the book she suggested I write. This is my first attempt to do more than an essay that is non-fiction. As I get it closer to completion, most likely I'll be asking for volunteers to read it over and let me know what you think. You have all steered me right and I trust and value your opinions.

Many new things have come my way. I am continuing doing at least one new thing a week. Some of those are: writing the non-fiction book (or at least getting a good start), entering new contests, trying new exercises such as using hand weights, collecting new recipes for foods I have never tried, getting information about making an art journal - a way of journaling I have never tried, etc. Have any of you kept up with doing something new each week?

I must apologize to most of you for not being around and/or posting to my teams and individuals like I should. I have explained some of what has gone on to you. I think a lot of you know me well enough by now that you can read between the lines. I really do hate going over the same ol' same ol'. Some things have changed or I've received some good reports. I have a new doc for my bipolar. I have only met with him once, but I really like him so far. He reminds me a lot of Dr. S who left for a private practice. My quarterly checkup for the tonsil cancer had great results - everything is looking good. No one ever did find out where all that blood was coming from, but my ENT wasn't too concerned after he checked out everything. He did tell me if it happens again to get in to see him ASAP so he might be able to tell. We also got the signed paper work from my primary doctor to be able to be eligible for some elder care and services my insurance approved for me.

For each of my Spark Buds, have a very pleasant weekend. I love you all.


Peace Love Hope
Ev

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 8/26/2013 4:32PM

    Happy anniversary! What you should post on your teams is what you can post. No apology needed as we are here for you!

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/19/2013 1:33AM

    Congrats on your anniversary!

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OAKASHANDTHORN 8/19/2013 12:20AM

    Love the blue nails! Sounds like you are thriving. SO glad to hear it.

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PMFISH 8/17/2013 4:15PM

    So great to hear from you! Love you manicure. I just got my hair spiked and I know what you are saying, sometimes you just do not feel like having your picture taken. Ev have you ever tried a chi machine? That is the first thing I do in the mornings, gets the blood circulating and it is the closest thing I can do for aerobic. Just let the machine do it for me. Helps me keep my spine in alignment. Great to hear you are getting great reports from your Drs. emoticon

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PIMPINELLAN50 8/17/2013 1:58PM

    emoticon to you and Bob!I have mentioned SP to several of my friends and at least one of them was checking it out.Your nails are looking fabulous Ev! emoticon
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PEGGYO 8/17/2013 9:18AM

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SANDRALEET 8/17/2013 7:50AM

    God be with you and keep you safe emoticon

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GINNJEN1974 8/17/2013 6:07AM

    Sounds like you have a full plate and still find time to Spark! Good on you. Also 13 years together is wonderful. Seem people just don't go to far with marriage nowadays.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 8/17/2013 4:52AM

    It's wonderful to hear so many positive things happening, even when a few things are not going so well. Even though I am not as experience in life as you are, I fully understand the problems of holding your arms up for more than a few minutes. Many people with my genetic condition have that problem, so we tend to save the fancy hair and makeup for when it's really needed and stick to minimal or no 'primping' whenever possible. As long as you know your soul is beautiful then know that everyone else can handle if you're not putting in efforts that are beyond your current abilities.

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NEW-CAZ 8/17/2013 4:44AM

    emoticon on 13 years together!

Glad there is so much positivity in your world right now. Like you I spout on about Sparks to practically anyone with a set of ears; people who come into the charity shop and "admire" my slim figure, the checkout girl at the supermarket, anyone I get talking to really LOL
Not at length! Not to bore! Just to give the website address and say what a positive force it's been.

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It gets more difficult each time (Pictures)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I have only been able to be on the computer a little while each day. My exercise has been non existent. And my eating pattern? I'm embarrassed to say! Each time I fall, everything seems more difficult to do that I know are essential to Spark and a healthy lifestyle! This time I also bent a wired type office waste basket!! It wasn't a pretty site. But it has caused the start of it all. Now that I'm feeling better, I can hardly wait to get back doing all
I need to do. I have a picture of my face, but it isn't on this computer. We are staring to get another storm. When I can I'll post it.

The day I fell, I had treated myself to a manicure. I do have that picture. I'm really enjoying how different my nail tech has been doing them. I love being different and not having the same thing all the time. When I did nails, I had dozens of color choices and would put them together for my clients. Most really appreciated it, yet there were some who wanted the same color over and over. I'm too shaky now to be able to do a very good job and I hate to ask Cruzer all the time with as much as he has to do.



Noticed the ring finger? The colors are reversed on purpose.


I have decided to join the NaNoWriMo July summer camp and work on the book with all the things to do from Spark! They will mostly came from my blogs! I haven't come up with a name for it, so I'll have to put on my thinking cap to come up with one.

Cruzer sent me the picture of after the fall, so now I have it on this computer and I'll post it now. It shows only my face and not my knee, ankle, and arm. I'm sure you'll see how hard I hit and why I haven't been on the computer all that much.




June has been quite the month for us at Cruzes Cottage! I hope all of my Spark friends have had a better time of it than we have. I hope you'll all have some terrific plans for the 4th of July all of you US buddies. Remember, there are plenty of foods that you can have that are lower in calories and will keep you in your range. And if you do go over, you know what to do, correct? Start back as soon as you can and it will average out over a week. Whatever you do, DON'T give up! You are worth having better health!!

Peace Love Cure

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COACHPENNY 7/24/2013 9:59AM

    OMYGOODNESS! But your hand is BEAUTIFUL!

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TRACYZABELLE 7/15/2013 6:17AM

    OUCH! Feel better emoticon

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KAREN91 7/9/2013 6:39AM

    Ev, I'm so sorry about your fall. I'm glad you are still motivated to keep sparking but take time to heal too! Your nails are pretty! I hope you didn't break any bones when you fell! Take care of yourself! emoticon emoticon

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SAMMIESMOM13 6/30/2013 10:46AM

    Ouch, Ev. So sorry to hear about another fall again. Take care of yourself, and keep that good attitude. You inspire.

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HICKOK-HALEY 6/30/2013 1:51AM

    I know that hurt. I'm glad it wasn't worse. Hang in there. I hope you feel better soon! emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/30/2013 1:25AM

    Your nails are gorgeous! I hope you are feeling better.Hugs,Cheri

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IKACEY 6/28/2013 5:29PM

    I am so glad you are recovering emoticon Are the doctors offering you any Pt or other treatment to help you with your balance problems? Have you had your ears checked as a lot of balance problems come from the ear.
I have both a left lower leg amputation and Osteo Arthritis. Its not a good combination for balance either. But some balancing training with a PT did me a lot of good. Also I have to check the outer edges of my shoes to make sure my ankles are not rolled out which really affects my balance. And it helped me to build up quad and hip muscles before I started walking again. Best of luck with that emoticon
IKacey co-leader of the Chair Exercise Team

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PANSYLADY2 6/28/2013 2:15PM

    Ev, no matter what, I love your posts and I love the fact that you are YOU!! Your upbeat attitude is an inspiration. Thank you!

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PMFISH 6/27/2013 11:29PM

    So sorry you had such a bad fall. Hope you heal quickly. Love what you do with your nails, have tried to explain it to the girls that do my nails. Apparently I do not explain it well, they just smile and nod yes.

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    Hope you feel better soon. emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 6/27/2013 3:45PM

    Ev emoticon I'm sorry about the fall. I hope you get to feeling better soon. You are in my prayers.

Your manicure is beautiful! I'm glad you can treat yourself to them.

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NANCYPAT1 6/27/2013 9:59AM

    (HUGS) Praying for a quick recovery. I am so sorry about that fall - they can really sideline you for a while.

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WISLNDR 6/27/2013 5:13AM

    Oh, I hope you're on the mend from the fall! I loved your manicure photo and wasn't ready for the second one! I said "OHHHHHHHHH!" out loud when I saw it.

Have fun at summer camp!

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PIMPINELLAN50 6/27/2013 12:24AM

    O'Boy...That looks like a nasty fall.My thoughts are with you today and every day.And your manicure looks fantastic! emoticon

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1STATEOFDENIAL 6/27/2013 12:10AM

    Oh Ev! I hope you can start finding ways to keep upright so you aren't falling so much. Every time you fall I worry so much about you! I collapse constantly, but I often have a 3-5 second warning. I hope you take good care of yourself. Keep treating yourself to those manicures - you always get such great colors.

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KARIDIAN1 6/26/2013 8:41PM

    Love the nails-Looks like you were in one heck of a fight! That is a much better story than a fall. What does the other guy look like?

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MISSDAISY23 6/26/2013 8:11PM

    Hi Ev,

I am so sorry you had a fall! Hope you feel better soon! I do like your nails. Sending you emoticon emoticon emoticon and emoticon emoticon emoticon

Take care & have a fabulous day!

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JANIEWWJD 6/26/2013 8:07PM

    That was a bad fall!!! Take care of yourself and God bless you!!!!!
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SANDRALEET 6/26/2013 7:06PM

    A fall hurts Hope it dose not happen again emoticon God be with you and give you his peace

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NORASPAT 6/26/2013 6:19PM

    EV, I am so very sorry about your fall. I hope you will be better very soon. HUGS and much love EV Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDA! 6/26/2013 6:11PM

    I am so sorry, Ev. I hope you feel better soon. I know this had to be extremely painful.

BTW, your manicure is very pretty.

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KACAR51 6/26/2013 6:04PM

    Oh my! I hope you are feeling better! emoticon emoticon

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61INCHGAL 6/26/2013 5:40PM

    Looks incredibly painful.

Feel better soon.

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PAULA3420 6/26/2013 5:39PM

    emoticon ouch, that picture of you looks like you had one HARD FALL!! I think your blog is very positive, I'm afraid if it were me writing after I had been hurt so badly after falling, I would be complaining more. SO I reach out to give you a HUG and say GO SLOW give your self time to heal. Then, you will be able to get back on the Spark wagon again when you feel better and you will be back in the saddle again soon. Remember those baby steps and One Day At A Time.

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Any Day Without a Crisis Can Bring Sunshine to You

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Hello everyone!

Sunday we were fortunate enough to have our modem, DirecTV box, and our living room TV, zapped during a storm. IT was awful for both of us! We had to wait until Monday morning to call AT&T about our modem. They promised a replacement in 2-3 days. They sent it over night, but the new one didn't work either. More calls and two more days later, we got another and got it working properly! Now, you have to remember our phone also goes through the modem, so we were left with no phone service all that time, too. Everything had to be done with our cells and we don't have the greatest reception in this area, but we managed. A good thing about it is, Bob had gotten an insurance package to cover our electronics. When the guy came today to fix the TV, there was no charge. We are needing a new "board" for it. If it can't be gotten or fixed, they will give us a new one. So this is where we are. *sigh*

Monday I was to be notified about the contest for father's day. Since our phone and internet were down, I had no idea if I was in the running. Today when I got on-line, there was an email and.......... I made it!!! I wasn't the grand winner, but I was one one of the 6 winners. My story and the eternal Tribute to my father will be featured on their site over Father's Day weekend. I also got to designate $100 for the charity of my choice. I talked it over with Bob and my brother and we are all in the same page about it. The money is going to the Cancer Center where I had my treatments to be used to help women with breast cancer who need supplies or help getting to and from the treatments. I couldn't be happier. We had considered the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association (my dad had heart problems), but decided it was most important to know the money would be spent locally. They have been so wonderful to us, that I feel I am returning to others in some small way.

With being back in Roxie, all the trouble from the storms, and knowing we are going to have the storms until at least next Monday, it was difficult to see much sunshine in our days. But God does help us through the dark into the light and brought the sunshine with my win. I have been so excited to tell all of you about it! To all who read it and commented, again I thank you. It pretty much stayed the way it was. I had to make very few changes and the word count even stayed the same.

Of course Hercules has brought us all a lot of joy. Bob has renamed him "Slick" and he is the sweetest boy. He sticks to Bob and is his shadow, unless Bob isn't here. Then he is that way with me. He gets along great with the other boys, but especially with CoCo. I think it is because they are close to the same age and young enough to play as hard as they do. CoCo did an amazing thing about 4 days after Slick arrived. We had a bed for him and put it on a pillow under Bob's computer desk. Well, CoCo pulled it out for Slick and he has used the pillow alone ever since. Isn't that the sweetest? Have any of your pets ever done such a thing?

All of you remain in my prayers and I love you all for always supporting me no matter what.

Have a lovely weekend and even if you ar4e having storms, too, I hope you'll have sunshine to fill your heart.

Peace Love Cure
Ev


The picture with us , Dr K's nurse, and the frogs Bob made for them. They put it on their calendar for May this year. They have frogs all over because they are known as F>R>O>G> - Florida Radation Oncologists Group.


Our corner looking across the street. We are fortunate to be a little higher ground.


  
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HEALTHYLADY12 6/18/2013 1:40AM

    i told you you write well. Whats wierd is when I searched for you I got this ad for publishing. How are you?

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PMFISH 6/12/2013 12:33PM

    Congratulations on the contest. Sorry you had the problems with your electronics, but glad everything has been handled. Great to hear from you.

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MISSDAISY23 6/9/2013 7:35PM

    Hi Ev, emoticon

I am so glad to hear that you are one of the winners! emoticon
God is great. He is always there for us.

I have to go for now because I am sending you this message from Malaysia.

Take care & have a fabulous day/evening! (depending what time you read this)

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LINDA! 6/9/2013 4:11PM

    I am so happy for you with the win. Altogether, it sounds like things were taken care of after the storm. I wish you a wonderful week.

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ELSCO55 6/7/2013 11:09PM

    Congrats on the win.

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DRUIDPRINCESS 6/7/2013 6:13PM

    What a beautiful, positive attitude you have! I wish you a very peaceful weekend, and an awesome week ahead.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 6/7/2013 6:07PM

    Glad you have some great positives to balance out the negatives. It's wonderful you chose to use your prize win to help locally. I'm sure it'll be put to good use.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/7/2013 5:12PM

    Congratulations on the contest results! Awesome.

Glad you have your phone and modem working again. How frustrating.

Sorry to hear about the storms. **SIGH** Glad you're on high ground, though.

HUGS and smiles.

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BLUE42DOWN 6/7/2013 4:23PM

    emoticon on being in the running and great charity choice.

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MOM2ACAT 6/7/2013 3:34PM

    Congrats on making it into the top 6, and that $100 is going to a very worthy cause.

I hope you stay safe from the weather!

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CIERAPOET 6/7/2013 10:39AM

    Happy Friday Ev emoticon emoticon

What a beautiful blog! emoticon on your WIN! I'm sure your Father is looking down from Heaven with ALL SMILES! A great choice for the money as well. There's always a need locally. My brother actually works for The Cancer Treatment Center in Tulsa, Ok and his main job is transporting patients and their families. What a human thing your pup did. How very smart and CARING! emoticon

Remember God Shines BRIGHTER in darkness! emoticon His Love NEVER fails! GREAT is HIS Faithfulness!
Have a Blessed Weekend!
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SENATOR9 6/7/2013 9:31AM

    emoticon Glad things are getting back to normal

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AWESOMECHELZ 6/7/2013 8:12AM

    I am so happy you made it through the storm okay and congratulations on your win! Have a great weekend. Love, Chelsea emoticon emoticon

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SANDRALEET 6/7/2013 7:51AM

    God is good

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SANDRALEET 6/7/2013 7:51AM

    God is good

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WISLNDR 6/7/2013 6:03AM

    I loved your blog today!! (but then again, I love them every day!!)


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NEW-CAZ 6/7/2013 2:40AM

    emoticon on the win, wonderful that you donated it to such a good cause! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 6/7/2013 2:38AM

    That's great you were one of the chosen. Congrats. I bet the Cancer Center will be thrilled. Your such a kind soul. Love the name Slick. He is such a cutie! emoticon

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FLEMIDG 6/7/2013 12:56AM

    Congratulations on your win. Good for you for finding a good place to donate it.

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JANIEWWJD 6/7/2013 12:30AM

    You are such a good person!!!! God bless you for donating you $100.00 dollars to your charity!!! Have a great weekend!!!
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CHERIRIDDELL 6/6/2013 11:53PM

    Oh Ev you are a blessing to so many.The FROGS are lovely.Your tribute to your Father was amazing and your kind donation was heartfelt and I am sure your Dad's heart swelled with pride even in heaven he is telling all the others "That is my little girl" I feel honoured to know you! hugs,Cheri

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New member joining the family soon

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Just to let you all know, I've been hovering right around 130. I haven't gone down, but nor have I gained. To be honest, I've changed very little since I found out about the interference of the iron and the thyroid meds. I don't think it will make that amount of difference at this time. Not gaining tells me, what I'm doing is correct. Right now I'm about what I was in high school, so I continue to feel good about myself.

Now for the B-I-G news! Bob and I did a search on Petfinder. We both ended up picking out a little boy called Hercules. He is a mix of smooth haired doxie and long haired chi. We surprised each other that we liked the same dog. Anyway, Bob called about him today and found no one had applied for him. The worker at the shelter told him if we got an application in right away, we would be first to be considered to adopt. Bob got it completed and sent to them right away. Late this afternoon we got a call back and did phone interviews and were told he's ours. He is getting neutered tomorrow, so we can get him anytime after that. I'm not sure how long Bob will be able to wait to get him home. He's really excited and I think this new guy will help him past Rex better than anything else. I certainly didn't expect he would decide he wanted another so soon, but he's always filled with surprises! When he kept returning to Hercules picture, I asked him if he wanted him. He got this huge smile and simply nodded yes. This is the first he has smiled since Sunday. I don't blame him. Rexie was his pal and he has really missed playing and walking with him.

As for me, besides working on keeping on par and fulfilling my goals, I decided to enter another contest. This time it was to tell what had made my father so special in 1000 words or less. I wrote it like a story of him recalling the important things we did throughout our time together. I reached 997 word count! (It still takes me aback whenever I think about it, but I have already outlived him by 3 1/2 years.) This one is being sponsored by Tribute.com. The grand prize winner will receive a free eternal tribute to their father that will be the feature on their site Father's Day week plus $500 to be donated to the charity of their choice. There will be six runners up who will also get a free eternal tribute to their father with a feature of it on the web site at some point plus $100 for a charity of their choice. I'm excited about the money for charities. Even if I don't win, it will be nice to know $1100 will be going to charities because of someone's love for their father and their writing about that. The deadline is Friday and notification will be June 3rd. I'll let you know if I have a positive response. Also, if anyone is interested in reading it, let me know. I've never written like this before. I did the story about my mother, but it wasn't that long and I never did it for anything other than myself. I would love to hear from others of you who write and enter contests as I have. I had never done this before, so we'll see if I do any good. I appreciate everyone who took the time to read and comment on my short story. It was so fun to write! There is another contest coming up for telling your love story. That is something I love talking about!

Speaking of love stories, I enjoy hearing how others met their significant others and fell in love. Bob and I first met on-line. Has anyone else met their spouse/partner that way? I know there is a lot of negative thoughts about such meetings, but I believe if you are careful to first meet with other people you know and have the other person checked out, you should be OK. I would also recommend "talking" to the person via email for several months before meeting. Bob and I will have been married for 13 years in August.

Peace Love Cure
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This is Hercules. Isn't he a little doll?

  
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CAROLIAN 6/2/2013 2:08PM

    He's gorgeous xxx

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/31/2013 4:54PM

    Congratulations on Hercules and welcome to him! On line dating is getting all the rave!

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GEORGIAGIRL26 5/28/2013 10:18AM

    Congrats on the new fur baby.
He is a cute one he is!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good luck on the contest your entering.
Hope that you get it my friend.
Have a great day! Holly emoticon

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DEBSZOO74 5/26/2013 12:53AM

    Congratulations on your new furbaby! Hercules is real cutie, and I know he's going to bring so much love and happy times with him!
I would love to read the story you wrote about your dad. Good luck with the contest! emoticon

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PONYFARMER 5/25/2013 12:31AM

    Yep, Herc is a keeper for sure. What big beautiful eyes with loads of expression. His crazy wild hair speaks to who he is as well. So happy for you to fill the hole that Rex created when he left. Hugs!

I lost my precious JoyJoy in November at 18 years, and it broke my heart. I still have Puddles who is 12 and at 91 pounds, on her way to old age. Eyes and ears are already giving her trouble. I don't want to go thru loss again, so soon, hurts to much.

If you would allow me, I would love to read your story about your dad, and how do you find these contests? I write and would love to do something like you did about my father, well I am sure that one is over but I do love to write. I hope that you win

emoticon on the new addition to the family, you have given him a second chance at life.

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CHERIRIDDELL 5/25/2013 12:06AM

    I would love to read your story Ev I think you are a fabulous writer and I enjoy reading your thoughts so much! Hercules is lovely!

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HILDABRAND 5/25/2013 12:03AM

    Awww! He is too cute! Congratulations!

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SAMMIESMOM13 5/24/2013 10:39PM

    He's absolutely adorable! Good for you guys.

Yes, I and my DH met on Match.com. We've been married nearly 9 yrs. (June 12th) and together nearly 10. We are soooo compatible. It certainly worked for us- altho we "knew" with in just a few weeks. He asked me a month after we met!!! Seems to have been a good match. LOL. At least we think so. :)

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SENATOR9 5/23/2013 6:46PM

    He is going to a good family.He's a lucky dog

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MOM2ACAT 5/23/2013 5:22PM

    Your new furbaby is adorable!

I would love to read the story about your father.

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CAMEY13 5/23/2013 2:48PM

    I met my husband at a dance club. He was at the bar and headed towards me, as I sat with a bunch of friends. I told my friends that the man coming to our table was the one I was going to marry, I just had that feeling. We married in a year and God willing will be married 52 years this Sept.

I saw the ring I wanted in a magazine when I was l2, so we took the picture I saved to the jeweler and he made the set.

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SANDRALEET 5/23/2013 2:27PM

    WHAT A CUTE PIE

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HANOVERLADY 5/23/2013 2:22PM

    Hercules looks a little sad. I bet he will be sporting a big smile when he moves into his new home with his loving mom and dad! Give him a kiss from me! Best of luck with the contest. What a lovely way to honor your dad.

It's been fun to read the stories of how people met their spouses. Mine worked for me very briefly 24 years ago. We did not like one another at all and he transferred elsewhere in the organization. Years later we bumped into each other at a conference, seated next to one another in a very boring session. He passed me a note asking me if I wanted to sneak out at the break and go have dessert and coffee. We celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary Saturday!

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MISSDAISY23 5/23/2013 2:16PM

    Hi Ev, emoticon

Hercules is so adorable!

I am interested in reading about the story of your father.

Wow! We have one thing in common. My hubby and I met online too and this October 28 will be our 14th Wedding Anniversary.

Hope you are having a fabulous day!

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/23/2013 8:48AM

    He's adogable!

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AWESOMECHELZ 5/23/2013 8:46AM

    What a cutie! He looks like a puppy. How old is he?

emoticon and I hope this will help heal your loss.

Love, Chelsea

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PEGGYO 5/23/2013 7:08AM

    such a cute dog good luck with the contest

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WISLNDR 5/23/2013 5:50AM

    Hercules is awesome! I'm so glad that you're giving your love to a worthy shelter dog; I feel that you honor Rex by doing this. Enjoy your new family member!!

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NEW-CAZ 5/23/2013 2:29AM

    Hercules is such a cutie-pie.
Well done for entering another competition, hope you do well.

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PIMPINELLAN50 5/23/2013 2:06AM

    Hercules is a real cutie!It will be nice for both of you with a new pup in the house.
My DH and i met each other i Sweden,while he was doing a year of traveling around the world.After a year of phone calls and letters,i went to Canada for a visit.We got married and have been happily married for 36 years.

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RUTHEY01 5/23/2013 1:20AM

    Hi Ev. Your adopted son is so cute. We have a part Maine Coon cat who will be 4 years old on 7/4. He is both a joy and a trial.

Congrats on your 13th in August. We will be celebrating our 24th on August 9th. We met at Godfather's Pizza. He was there with shipmates and I was there with a few girlfriends. We met at the salad bar of all places! He asked if they could join us, I asked my girlfriends and they said yes. Both DH and I had both had really bad prior marriages and weren't looking for another relationship. God had other plans. A year later we were married and the rest is living history. For us anyway.

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FLEMIDG 5/23/2013 12:55AM

    What a cute dog. I'm sure you will both enjoy him. My dh and I met on a blind date, and were together for 29 years before he passed away.

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HICKOK-HALEY 5/23/2013 12:18AM

    Hercules is so cute!! He will be good for Bob.
DH and I were both working for Prudential Ins. Co. I worked in the west building, DH in the south. The company had a good size lot, and a soft ball field. DH and I ended up on the same team, and we played softball together for two years. He asked me out, and that was it! 30 yrs. in November.

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1BEACHWALKER 5/22/2013 11:16PM

    Now wonder you fell in love with Hercules-sooooo cute!! So glad you were able to get him!
Good for you entering a writing contest! Good luck!
DH and I met at church 42 years ago and believe me it was love at first sight (we both admit that)! Here we are married almost 39 years-going strong and never been happier!
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LINDA! 5/22/2013 11:06PM

    I think the new 'family member' is adorable. My hubby and I married after meeting in church. We have been married 29 years.

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0309COOKIE 5/22/2013 11:04PM

    I would like to read your story too.

Hercules is adorable! So cute!

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NORASPAT 5/22/2013 10:56PM

    I would love to read your writing. Just tell me what you need to get it to me. I never intended to marry DH but it is our 50th this year, gets better all the time HUGS and much love Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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