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Another Week Almost Gone - For Me!

Friday, April 15, 2011

emoticon I wanted to thank all the members of teams I lead, SparkFlorida - The Official Team, Ghost Adventures Crew, All Low Carbers Welcome Here, and Fact or Faked Paranormal Files, and all the teams I am a member of, for their fantastic contributions to both team and their own goal chasing. I know we are all getting closer to reaching our goals and it's fun talking to you via SparkMail, blog comments, SparkGoodies, threads, etc. So many ways to converse with each other and stay focused on reaching our goals, support each other through victories and missteps. Goals might be ellusive to others, but not SparkPeople.

Have a Sparkling Weekend, Everyone!

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GINNJEN2000 4/17/2011 8:48PM

    You too! You are always a hoot!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/15/2011 8:53PM

    Have a great weekend!!

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Another Blog on the Dubious Trio from Ghost Adventures Crew

Monday, April 11, 2011

I am leader of the Ghost Adventures Crew team on SparkPeople and every week I sit and watch the episodes so I can start a new thread on the teampage for the episode. I don't bother watching the reruns. They are on so much anyway that I can watch it tomorrow or next week again. However, a new episode does come out about every 3rd or 4th week all year long so I watch and then write the review, include some links for further review of any team member wanting to go see who built the structure, or whatever.

The Crew went to Las Vegas and the Venetian Resort (Impressive) to check up on the Rat Pack, Judy Garland, and others from the old Sands Hotel. I hope you enjoy the review. If you want to comment on the review of the episode, please do it on the TeamPage for the Crew.

While it was an interesting episode, you'll find my comments at the bottom of this blog, Enjoy.


They went to Las Vegas, The Venetian specifically, the Sands, in retrospect. Since the Venetian is now standing on what was originally the Sands (destroyed on Nov 26, 1996 by implosion), the new casino, hotel and resort now hosts some strange action not attributed to the new facilities.

Apparently, such noted deceased and extremely famous figures continue to host shows and parties in the original areas of the Copa and showrooms, which has been turned into Madame Trussaud's Wax Museum. Figures such as, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, Joey Bishop, Sammy Davis, Jr., Judy Garland and Peter Lawford, to name a few. (See below.)

As our trio is locked down in Madame Trussaud’s Wax Museum, (I, like Miss Piggy, learned all my French from French perfume bottles) and make their way through the pitch black darkness of the extremely large hall full of various deceased and living famous personalities done in wax, there were a few EVPs that rose to the top of the pot. One impressive one for me was a female voice that said, “Singing in the Rain,” and before they stated the link, I knew Judy Garland had sung that song many times at the Sands in the Copa. True, others had sung the song there, too, but Judy is gone, her daughter Liza’s figure is just outside the door of the Copa and the voice was female, following Aaron’s question, “When you were performing here, what song did you sing and did you perform it with 3 other people?”

Because he asked it in those specifics, I become extremely skeptical of the answer. He was so specific that it makes me feel that it was setup. Judy Garland performed the song with the Rat Pack, Frank, Dean, and Sammy (the 3 other people). Plus Aaron winked very conspiratorial just before the answer came along and then his remark of, “You know who I mean,” after the EVP. It all smacks of setup.

“Noah” was apparently captured by Nick at the base of the stairs. The white shirt and dark pants very visible, but still transparent in the darkness. I don’t know how they could “fake” this, but I’m not a techno-geek so it could be real or not. But I’ve learned enough about picture manipulation that I don’t believe any photo from today as being actual and truthful. Little wonder judges seem to disallow any pictures to be entered as evidence. I’ve done enough cutting and pasting of people’s heads to other people’s bodies during training lessions of Photo Shop, etc., to know what can be done. I’ve erased things and blended the erased area so you can’t tell something was changed, so I know that things are possible to “fake” on photography.

“Noah” apparently, had a discussion with our trio through the “spirit box” Ovulis II, a new spirit box. Words heard were, NOAH, PLAY, CORNER, TIED, CONTRACT, CAVE, DIG, THROAT, LASHED, and ALIVE. (All the upper case words are out of the spirit box.)

Our trio decided it was Noah telling them that he was caught playing with something (or someone) in the corner and (because he crossed the line), a contract was put on his head, so he was taken out to the desert, tied up in a cave, forced to dig his own grave, and left alive to die or find his way home. How does someone dig their own grave if they are tied up?

I have a hard time believing in the “spirit box”, old or new because it just seems to “handy” for the perfect string of words to come out at the perfect time. I can’t get past the feeling that it was pre-recorded to be played on cue by our fantastic (maybe faking-it) trio. You can’t say they don’t know how to be silly and do a lot of drama because they do it on every episode. I keep waiting for them to say, “Ha! We sure fooled you! We faked absolutely everything and here is how we did it!” Just so they can say, "we got famous and we got our money and all the while you were entertained.”

Anyway, fact or faked (no pun) here is what was left in the rubble of the Sands in my mind. I became so lost in all the changing scenes from early Vegas to today, from mob to today, from one dancer to another, and all the wax figures in the way that it was hard to keep track of what was going on and who was doing what. There seemed to be a lack of consistency and the flow was so erratic that I couldn’t follow it, even after several reviews. It seems that every time I review it, I find more stuff, and I become more skeptical. Not of ghost but skeptical that these three guys are digging out any evidence of the "Spirit World" or the "After life".

I would just like something much more evenly flowing so that I can follow it without having to back up and repeat the same section and wonder, “What?!”

Check out some of the links below and then let us know your thoughts on the latest episode.


http://www.pcap.com/sands.htm (Closing of Sands Hotel & Casino Notice)
http://www.google.com/search?q=The+Sands
+Hotel,+Las+Vegas.&hl=en&rlz=1I7GGLD_e
n&prmd=ivnsb&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=uni
v&sa=X&ei=XfuiTdfXKo2itgfbt8SjAw&ved=0
CD4QsAQ&biw=1082&bih=534 (Google Images of Sands Hotel & Casino)
http://www.vegas.com/lounge/implosions.h
tml (Vegas Implosions)

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/12/2011 6:46PM

    I've never seen it but it does sound interesting.

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GINNJEN2000 4/12/2011 9:26AM

    great recap missed the episode completely.

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LUCYTHERUNNER 4/12/2011 8:39AM

    GAC's lack of professionalism always makes me doubt their "evidence".

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MARTY728 4/11/2011 11:34AM

    I missed the episode and enjoyed the recap and your analsis! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Happy Sad! or Maybe It's Sad Happy?

Thursday, March 31, 2011

I don't usually find sad things in happy things, but today I have one. Yesterday, I got dressed and noticed, again, that my pants were getting too big. I pulled out an old belt, the kind with a fancy buckle, and slid it through the belt loops on my pants, then buckled it. It was still a little loose so I went to rebuckle and discovered I was past the last hole in the belt! Surprise! That had never happened before! I wandered around the house concentrating on the feel of my pants with the belt, as I don't usually wear belts. My pants still felt like they were going to fall off, so I took them off, checked the size and went to my closet. I know I have a pair of summer shorts at a smaller size. I got them one time by accident as I didn't check the sizes close enough at a sale. So they were hanging in the closet for over a year. Would they fit?

Sure enough they fit, and I didn't have any problems with them when I sat down, either. Didn't need the belt, fancy buckle or not, and was very proud of myself for having lost enough weight to finally wear, comfortably, the lowest size in decades! emoticon

Wow! Then the thought hit me and I stopped jumping up and down and sat down. This means I have to get rid of my clothes that are too big! Most people would think that was great but I felt sad. I just got those clothes not too long ago when the last bunch of clothes were too big. I always wear my clothes out. I never buy until they are really worn out! This was going to be a waste of money. My happy/sad or sad/happy feelings were swirling around confusing me rediculously.

I had to stop. This should be a happy time, but the problem is, we are at our lowest, financially, since we got married 34 years ago! I've been unemployed, except for writing a book, since the beggining of 2008 and my husband is working a straight commission job and while it has been tough, we have learned to make do and have felt okay because we certainly are part of the majority that are living on the edge of the abyss. What we don't have is money to go buy clothes, again. I get my hot water from a huge pot on the stove because the hot water tank decided to die this month. And I won't go into all the sorrows, everybody has enough right now.

Anyway, I looked at the older pants and wondered if I could alter them to a smaller size. I'm not much when it comes to sewing. I can do a hand hem job, but the sewing machine is a different animal. I can't sew a straight seam for all the tea in china, or anything else for that matter. But the problem is, I would have to rip the pants appart, totally in order to remake them. Not being much good on a sewing machine or anything else in the sewing world put that idea right out of my head.

So happy is; I've lost enough wieght to put me in new clothes, Sad is; it's too soon! I feel like I can't win! But that is what I am doing!

I guess I could be in Japan right next to number 4 or 6 reactor. I could be living in Japan without any clothes than the ones on my back and no food to enrich my body, never mind the reactors that are damanged and leaking all over the place. I could be living in Japan in a "ghost town with a closed down mine", no electricity, running water, or anything else to make life a little better than the cave dwellers had.

So what am I complaining about? Nothing! I still have a long way to go, and I am happy that I am making progress. I will find some way to handle this situation and be glad I'm not living in Japan without anything. I wonder if there is a neighbor woman that needs a larger pair of pants than I wear and is wondering where she will get the money to go buy new pants?

  
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CTUPTON 4/5/2011 3:26PM

    Congratulations!!! I am sure this is a problem you can enjoy solving. Enjoy your new size. Chris emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 4/4/2011 12:43AM

    I know the feeling! I am losing inches so much this past couple months, that I am running out of clothes too. And not only that Bob is too! So we have a double problem of finding money to buy new stuff. We too have had money problems since Bob's medical bills last year just about wiped us out! But, fortunately back a few years ago when times weren't as tight if I saw a cute shirt or shorts, etc that was on sale at a good price next size down I would buy it just in case. Do you know I am now in those - I am so grateful that I bought those! But, I still have the problem with Bob. Need to start checking our Goodwill or Thrift shops too, like everyone keeps telling me about. Also, one Spark friend mentioned shrinking them in the dryer-let them dry all the way through. Just an idea. Of course, if you can relearn the sewing machine that could work! I am like you-not handy in that way.
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COOKNKEL 4/3/2011 9:53PM

    I LUV drawstrings! Being home everyday, or when I do work I wear scrubs...blessing. I've had the same pair of jeans from 136 lbs to 180s and back to 150. I beleive they grow / shrink with me (low hips so fit under my belly/babies). Our thrift is very close. I call it the boutique! I've got evening gowns for 25 cents! Just can't be too picky, but sounds like you got the right attitude!!! Savor the healthier weight and don't let the enemy steal your joy.
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MISSILENE 4/3/2011 6:54AM

    I too had to change my size from 22 to 12-14. Yep I go to Salvation army on Wednesday. Things are all 50% off there. I also found a place called "Think Thrift" so I took my things there and they give $.25 per lb. I got $5.25 for 4 bags of size 2x pjs. They inspected every one with a fine tooth comb. It was hysterical. I think nothing of shopping there since they are so picky. I love shopping all the time. I gave up food for clothes.

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MDMNINA 4/2/2011 6:20PM

    Hey! I know some great thrift shops!! Let go shopping together. We are struggling financially too (who isn't these days?). And there is Bealls outlet on Senior discount Mondays as well.

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DJPG49 4/1/2011 1:05PM

    I feel the same way...especially because I am in the middle of the weight loss...not at my goal. I have been saving money for my shopping spree when I get to my goal...but I don't waste on clothes that will hopefully need to get rid of over the next few months...I have found that consignment stores are good or Buffalo Exchange. I am not sure if there is one your area or not. BE is pretty picky about what they will buy back...but they have nice clothes for really cheap prices.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/31/2011 11:46PM

    emoticon What a wonderful feeling!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/31/2011 11:13PM

    I don't like to waste money either. I'm going to try to alter some of mine that are like new.

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LIFEISSWEET2 3/31/2011 7:10PM

    Finding a local tailor for some of your favorite items can be economical.

Do you have friends who you could do a clothes swap with? Or do you have any good consignment shops in your area?

Keep focusing on the positive in this situation and it will bring good to you (and maybe some new clothes). You should be very proud of yourself!






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JUSTJO66 3/31/2011 4:12PM

    GoodWill and other thrift stores are great places to shop on your way down. Congrats on the new sizes.



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JANETLP 3/31/2011 12:32PM

    Being a Pastor's wife- I totally understand where you are coming from. Yes, check Goodwill and Thrift stores. Garage Sales are also a favorite place to find clothes at a very affordable amount. But, also- ask you family and friends! All women have more clothes in their possession than they will ever wear. My daughter and some other friends helped me through this last size, greatly! Just ask.
Congrats on the wt loss and the downsizing!
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MYSTERY4EVER 3/31/2011 11:44AM

    Check out Goodwill and thrift and consignment stores. Although I have bought new things lately, I have bought lots of things from those stores in the past. Possibly a consignment shop will let you "trade" your things for a small commission. Good luck. This is a great problem to have. You will find a solution. Keep up the good work.

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MELA1953 3/31/2011 11:24AM

    I took in most of my pants when I lost my weight last year.. It was not the most professional job, but I took them in on the inner seam and then on the butt seam... It worked out okay... Otherwise, see if you can find a tailor to do them cheaply or what TONYAWC1976 says- good to goodwill... Good luck with your Journey Pat...

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GINNJEN2000 3/31/2011 11:21AM

    Way to go!!! This is a good thing. I found a happy thing to a pair of jeans fit that I had to wrazzle with fit me and wont be long before I will need a belt with them.

Agrees with Tonya second hand stores will be your best friend at the rate you are losing.

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ALISHAB3 3/31/2011 11:04AM

    You can find a tailor to alter your clothing. A small dart will bring in shirts/jackets and I have had clothing taken in several times. I still have a jacket that was a size 22 to start with even though I'm in a 12/14 now. I couldn't afford new clothes either.

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STEPPYSUE 3/31/2011 10:57AM

    Yeah, I liked reading how Morticia went to the Goodwill.

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TAMPABOOKWORM 3/31/2011 10:03AM

    Not sure what size you are in or if you would even be interested, but I have a pile of gently used stuff that I have not yet gotten rid of. Send me a private note if you are interested (I am in FL too)

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TONYAWC1976 3/31/2011 9:34AM

  Look into second hand clothing stores. They buy gently used clothes. You won't get what you paid, but you will have some money toward new clothes. I will be praying that some one will come and fix your water heater, either free or at a fraction of the price. God Bless you.

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A well running machine!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I wish I could claim that victory and title, but alas, I am closer to that goal. I lost another pound since yesterday so it's been a pretty good week for me, down a total of 3 pounds with four more days to go. I wish I had the secret recipe, but there isn't one. I have found, through this long journey, that it is a personal recipe for everyone. My recipe is simple, now that I have it all sorted out and written down.

I eat every 2.5 hours so I have three meals; breakfast, lunch, dinner, that get 30 carbs each, or approximately 300 calories or less, then I have 4 snacks; one in the morning, 2 in the afternoon, and 1 after dinner. Those get 15 carbs or approximately 75 calories each. The last one is usually dessert so I have to really be picky about "dessert".

There is a slue of foods my doctor insists I eat every day and a couple of extras that MUST be eaten once a week. Fortunately, because of SP, I was already eating all of them and there wasn't a big change and learning process again. I discovered my doctor had no idea I was only eating 1200 calories a day and doing almost 100 minutes or more of exercise everyday.

With exercise, like walking or aerobics after every meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and extra exercise spaced in at convenient intervals, I'm getting the job done without dangerous pills or expensive drinks or foods from places that don't teach you anything.

Years passed, pounds established themselves on top of other pounds and then I moved to Florida. I was losing weight one pound at a time because of new found pool exercise and it being too hot to eat heavy food. But I did have a concern and that was diabetes. So when I finally found a good doctor, I was tested. No diabetes. About two years later, I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes 2. My quest was on for a simple calorie counter. I tripped over SparkPeople, which I joined because I was very impressed with the meal tracker which I have finally learned how to utilize fully after several years and as time progressed, the site has progressed immensely. What it was before is baby compared to what it is now. SparkPeople just keeps getting better - thank you, thank you, thank you!

So what has my journey shown me? A very well fed body runs so much better than one that is fed very beautiful sugary junky foods. Much like a sporty car. You put junk gasoline in it, the thing runs, but don't try to out run anything with it because it just doesn't run as well as a well oiled and tuned sports car with good fuel. Same with the human body. I have less naggy headaches, less aches and pains, less trouble making parts work because it is getting all the stuff it needs and it is starting to show in more ways than on the scale.

Eating more often, for me, means not being hungry and eating more often with healthy food means, for me, not having cravings or feeling like a slug looking for a nice shady cool spot to hide in. I am down to what I was years ago, I mean decades, and it's only going to get better as I keep losing to my intermediate goal of 198 and then my ultimate goal of 175. When I get there I will re-evaluate and decide, with my doctor, if I can go to 150. Having an Amazonian skeleton prevents this body from going below a certain weight and still be healthy. I don't want to look like I'm suffering from some flesh eating disease. I'm working to beat diabetes and SparkPeople, with all it's grand self-help trackers and educational/informational articles and videos and challenges and wonderful teams full of wonderful, very special positive helpful friends is going to make it all attainable and my dreams will come true.

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MAHEDAGO 3/31/2011 8:52AM

    great going, you have achieved so much and i'm sure you'll reach those goals in no time at all emoticon

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MYSTERY4EVER 3/30/2011 8:23PM

    Great job! Keep up the good work.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/30/2011 5:15PM

    I eat similar to you and it works well for me too. It helps keep my blood sugar stable.

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JUSTBIRDY 3/30/2011 11:32AM

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GINNJEN2000 3/30/2011 10:24AM

    Amen amen and amen on all counts. Spark has come a long way. I have been with the site for more years than I would like to count. Havent always utilized it as well as I should but am definately on track now.

Great blog!!

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MARTY728 3/30/2011 10:18AM

    GREAT! Keep it up! emoticon emoticon

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Feeling Compelled to Blog Consistantly!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I've never had the feeling that I needed to blog on a consistant basis until now and I'm not positive I want to do it, in fact, I really don't want to blog everyday. I'm a writer and a blog is just another form of writing. I can't write little bits and pieces unless I'm so depressed I can't stand myself and then I've got problems.

Most of the time, I'm feeling wonderful, or very good so I don't even feel the need to blog. But this morning, I'm feeling compelled to blog on a daily basis.

I've read other's blogs, they are all good, even those crying for help or just a listening ear with no words of comfort needed and I liked them all. One I especially like is a daily blog where the food is photgraphed and entered into the blog. I never thought of doing that, but it seem slike a grand idea and I was going to give it a try until I discovered my phone would not download them without having to type in the entire email address for every picture I wanted to send to my computer. What a pain! I know we bought a "card" for my phone, but do you think I can find it now? Grr!

Well, here it is...another long one and I haven't even found the meat of the blog yet! Guess I'll just keep swimming and eventually I'll find a landing spot. I hope.

Have a grand one, everyone!

  
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RONIE11 3/29/2011 3:29PM

    I hate to write but I have found that I really like to blog. I just put down what is in my head.. I don't give it a whole lot of thought unless I'm troubled by something.
I like to read blogs too.. I think I spend too much time reading blogs and I don't make it to all my teams.. oh well thats whats so much fun about this site... we can visit with each other and make friends through our teams and blogs... Have a great day... Ronie

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JUSTJO66 3/29/2011 3:18PM

    I agree with everyone that has already written a comment. I have journaled for years and just recently (since joining Sparkpeople) have started blogging. I am not a writer by profession...but I do find that writing out my thoughts helps clear my thinking and I just plain enjoy reading other's blogs. There are so many different personalities and styles of writing....I love the variety and all the choices we have. I am always really thankful when someone opens up in their blogs and lets me in to their lives and what they are thinking, feeling and experiencing. It helps me stay connected to the fact that we all are human....and there's nothing new under the sun.
I especially love blogs with humor. :o)

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JANETLP 3/29/2011 1:38PM

    I love to blog- It's my way of unloading! I agree with the others, it's a great form of therapy that helps me keep my mind together. With the kids and my schedule I need to just relax and let my mind go. Blogging is that for me.

Besides, friends who blog give me someone to post a comment, SP points!
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NAMAARI 3/29/2011 12:16PM

    I am not a writer and I do not like to blog, but I think it helps others to see that we all have the same struggles and successes. I was widowed at 33, and it helped me to read the posts/blogs of widows, because I couldn't articulate my feelings very well...it helped me to give words to my feelings, to identify with others and know that I wasn't weird or alone, and to see that the waves of grief would one day lessen as time passed. When I read here, it's nice to see how successful people are, and that I can be too if I just keep pressing forward, and get back on track when I mess up. It's also nice to see that others, who are also dealing with similar health issues, are making progress...it makes me feel less hopeless in those down moments and it's inspiring always.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/29/2011 10:07AM

    I like the food picture blogs too but it would put pressure on me to make my food pretty. I don't need more pressure or stress. LOL.

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MARTY728 3/29/2011 10:07AM

    You Rock! Remember swimming is the only form of excerise I know that you just suddenly stop, you will die. So please keep swimming until you reach land.
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GINNJEN2000 3/29/2011 4:19AM

    LOL. I adore blogging. It has been sure a great form of therapy even if it seems such randomness to mose folks. Pure silliness sometimes too. There always something I take away too from other peoples as well.

Hope your day is a great one.

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