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A new mall to walk

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Today a new mall opened about two blocks from you condo in the city. It is spectacular. Fountains designed by the designer who did those for the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Stairs everywhere (also escalators and elevators for those who need them. Amazing stores that are new to our area. There are, in fact, about 80 stores anchored by Macy's and Nordstroms. I enjoyed looking at Tiffany's, H&M, etc. etc. However, it was the walk to the mall and all those steps up and down as well as on the level from place to place in this large space covering a full two blocks with a beautiful walkway over the street. I know I will be motivated to walk there more and more as the weather improves and as my excuses get packed away. The novelty will wear off eventually, but for now I love having a new place to walk with new sights to see on the trek. It made me smile from head to toe. I did pick up a couple small things I needed while there, but spent very little money, mostly just calories...I hope. Not so sure how to calculate, but the steps added up to over 13,000. Hooray for new avenues of motivation! Have a great day everyone! emoticon

  
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CANDY58 3/24/2012 8:31AM

    emoticon emoticon i love to mall walk when the weather is bad outside.
Sounds like a great mall to walk around in.

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TIDESONG 3/23/2012 11:49AM

    Sounds great! I need to find something similar for myself. I've been walking outside, but the weather's going to start getting to warm for me to do so. Your post has inspired me to kick it into high gear to find a new place for myself! :)

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MJ7DM33 3/23/2012 12:50AM

  That is really great! emoticon on getting over 10,000 steps in!

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NURSNANA 3/22/2012 9:27PM

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Sounds wonderful Barbara!! :)

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Keeping on...

Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring is just around the corner as I reflect on where this year has taken me so far. Then I stop in mid thought. Stop thinking that the year is taking me anyplace. Yes, there have been many challenges, both great and small, but the bottom line is that I get to make my own choices along the way. So, for this moment, I'm logging off for a bit to get myself downstairs to the gym. I know that will inspire me to accomplish more on every front. Whether I'm on my knees or trudging up the stairs or even running those inevitable errands, this is my opportunity to take myself in the direction that I choose. Have a great week everyone!

  
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MEADSBAY 3/19/2012 5:46PM

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A bit more focus!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI've been so scattered lately that I feel I'm doing nothing well. As I hope to be a comfort to my mom after I watched my brother die, I realize that is a hard thing to do from 750 miles away. Since she refuses to get new hearing aids it is really difficult to communicate with her by phone. Since she is blind, letters are out of the picture these days. She had her 98th birthday a few days ago. Seems such an unlikely event with so many systems not working well in her body and mind. I also try to support our daughter's family that is living in our house for a few years during a critical caree fellowship for our son-in-law who is a neurologist. I never expected a big mortgage at this point in my life, but since we still have the big house anad have downsized to a small condo in the city, here we go again. Their youngest, a darling two year old girl is such a joy. She has been so shy, but this week she finally warmed up to me again. So I babysat one day, took her to Build A Bear workshop another, and played with her at my condo on another. We supported her brothers by cheering them at tae qwon do half the day today. And the list of stuff goes on and on and on. This afternoon my dh and I got down to our gym for a good workout. That was the first time all week that I felt that me focus propelled me towards goals I keep telling myself are I'm portent. Hmmm... Actually, rewind - all of those things that are part of my life ... Bills, babies, shopping, reading, cooking, marriage, study, church family, illnesses and even death ... Every one of them deserve my time, attention, focus. A road trip with our son's family in August is something to look forward to, but not something to consume a huge part of me rit now. All in due time. I will turn 60 late this year, but that isn't something to waste time and energy on just now. I do hope to be stronger, lighter, more energetic by then, but to get there I must focus on the details before me today and all the todays yet to come between now and then. Life is an adventure and I want to experience all of it to the fullest, whatever that means. My Irish heritage today reminds me to notice the four leaf clovers, enjoy the rainbows and use my small pot of gold wisely. Have a most blessed St. Patrick's Day everyone! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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SARAHTAIT 3/19/2012 10:12AM

    Be thankful that you have so many people to help...God is surely using you to a great extent. You are taking the best approach....take good care of yourself so you can be well enough to help those you love. Praying for our Father to give you the strength you need to deal with each day.
Hugs,
Sarah

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MEADSBAY 3/17/2012 9:16PM

    I know exactly what you mean!
I am WAY too busy and wish life would be more peaceful but at the same time there is nothing on my to-do list that I would wish to give up!
Take care of yourself, Barbara.
Find the moments of quiet and peace and solitude whenever you can.
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NURSNANA 3/17/2012 8:48PM

    Hey Barbara, Good to read a blog from you again. I have missed your blogs. I know you have been through so much my friend. I will pray for you, and your mother. I know how hard it is to not live close enough to help her on a regular basis. Just take life one day at a time. God has a plan for you. May He hold you in the palm of His hand.
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Another loss

Monday, February 13, 2012

I came to help my nearly 98 yo mom as she struggles with the death of my younger brother in January. No sooner had I gotten here than an email arrived letting me know my birth father had just died. I had planned to go visit him this week. Now I know I dare not even attend his memorial as it would be upsetting to his widow. So sad. I spent 6 hours in the er yesterday due to some issues relating to gastritis and costochondritis that made my usually very low bp soar to 207/133...yikes! Thanks to some meds for the problems I actually got a decent amount of sleep for the first time in over a month. I'll still need some follow-up when I get home later this month, but for now I think things are under control more or less. Weight loss? We'll have to see how it goes. I have some struggles staying on track when I'm cooking for my mom. Also, I have trouble getting in all the exercise I want. Hopefully I can at least maintain. Stress is not my friend. emoticon emoticon

  
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BETHJRN 2/19/2012 8:09AM

    So sad to hear of this loss. You are going through such a difficult time. My prayers are with you.

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JENNIW70 2/18/2012 11:40PM

    Oh my! You are going through so much! I pray for the Lord to give you the strength you need for each and every day. Cling to Him! emoticon

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SARAHTAIT 2/14/2012 11:12AM

    I'm sure stress helped play a BIg part in your trip to the ER. Bless your heart...sounds like you are having a really rough time right now. Praying for you!

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NICU-RN 2/13/2012 8:45PM

  So sorry to hear about what you are going through. Will be praying for you and yours.
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MARGIE4230 2/13/2012 7:17PM

    emoticon I am so sorry for your loss.

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MEADSBAY 2/13/2012 6:21PM

    Oh, my- how much stress can one little lady bear?
I am so sorry.
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Google shock

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

After reading what some of my Spark friends had to say about locating pages via google or other means, I decided to edit my own page. I also edited one of my blogs to protect a family member's privacy just in case someone still could get in there. I did not realize how exposed we can be. I love my Spark friends and felt safe here. Now I've limited access just to friends and when I googled this morning I didn't find my page so readily accessible. I hated having to make a change, but I'd promised to keep grandbaby photos private and I never wanted to share info broadly about health scares of others when that info was not made public by the family member. So I'll try it this way for awhile and see how it goes. The internet is certainly both friend and foe. I so appreciate all my Spark friends out there and pray this change won't interfere with our interaction. Have a blessed day everyone. emoticon

  
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MEADSBAY 2/3/2012 10:36PM

    I was shocked, too, and will be more careful about what I reveal.
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JTREMBATH 1/31/2012 1:10PM

    It does make you wonder just how venerable we really are.

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MRSJERRYBUSH 1/31/2012 11:24AM

    Too bad we have to do this!

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KAILIIA 1/31/2012 11:12AM

    A sensible idea in this day and age.

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