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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Happy Saturday to all my spark peeps! :)

More pics of my handsome grandson~ one month old now!























  
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BMW9295 8/26/2012 2:01PM

    Totally precious! Thanks for sharing

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HEYITSLISA 8/26/2012 12:08PM

    Absolutely adorable!

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DESERTJULZ 8/25/2012 11:11PM

    He's such a darling, Jackie!

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LINDAK25 8/25/2012 4:48PM

    Love the pictures! It's funny how you forget how tiny they are at this age!

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JACKIEANN1968 8/25/2012 4:47PM

    Beautiful pictures. What a fast month. Thanks for sharing.

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Where did the manners go?

Friday, August 24, 2012



I know, I know! Totally unrelated to SP and out of the clear blue sky, but I just had to blog about it! You know, hear your opinions on the subject. :)

While sitting at the bus stop this a.m. watching Piglet board the school bus a thought just popped in my head . . "Where did the manners go?" ~ What exactly are these people teaching their children? Last year Piglet was the only high school student at the bus stop. This year, two boys have joined her. I am guessing that they are 14-15 years old (probably freshman), but to me, that is no excuse for bad manners! After all, my brother was taught ladies first by probably age 5! I just couldn't help but notice that as they were all three lined up there that the boys walked in front of the only girl and boarded the bus first. Hmmm . . I thought. Where did the manners go?

  
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DESERTJULZ 8/27/2012 12:23AM

    Parents have to teach them. Apparently, those boys' parents did not... Bet if you meet their parents, they have no manners either.

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IDLETYME 8/24/2012 6:20PM

    My girls were taught manners by me, my husband and the grand parents. They didn't get away with anything!!!! emoticon emoticon

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BMW9295 8/24/2012 6:14PM

    Oh how true! It is everywhere, not just the teens/preteens...... I have run into older people in stores. All we can do it teach ours correctly and hope that others follow.

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HONEYPOT319 8/24/2012 5:39PM

    Thanks for all the great comments ladies!! Sorry Shilo, but I do not agree with the whole campaign thing. Every time I go out somewhere here in "little ol Plant City a gentleman will hold the door for me! And when I say "man" I mean between the ages of 25 and 80! :) It is the younger generation that is lacking! Although, I have found a few exceptions. Just the other day a little boy (about 7??) was with his mom and other children and they went out a door in front of me, yet he stopped and held the door! I smiled real big at him and said "thank you sir!" :) It is all in the raising!

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MIDORI_SPARK 8/24/2012 5:36PM

    Isn't it a shame? I see this happen every day, people seem to be so wrapped up in themselves.It's so rare that someone does something really polite (holds a door open, let's me onto the bus first, etc) that it really brightens my whole day. There's still a few courteous people out there :)

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IMSOOZEEQ 8/24/2012 4:45PM

    I am right there with ya! It is a total lack of home training! emoticon

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SHILOBOOTH 8/24/2012 10:04AM

    Perhaps the campaign for equal rights may have had an influence. Same reason men no longer hold doors open for ladies.

But there are examples of manners being lost all over the place. People can be very rude and ignorant.

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WAYSOFGRACE 8/24/2012 9:03AM

    I was just talking about this last night at the school orientation! A grandfather had brought his granddaughter and her friend. They were being loud and obnoxious in the parking lot, so he walked away from them. I don't blame him one bit! These are high school kids!

What amazed me is that my daughter, who was raised with manners but doesn't always use them around her friends, actually told the girls that they were making a scene. Now my daughter knows these girls and went to school with them since third grade. They are friendly, and I half expected my daughter to join in with them being rude, but she didn't. When one of them started speaking to her loudly, my daughter, who is NOTORIOUSLY LOUD, said very quietly that she was only 2' from her and there was no need to yell.

Needless to say, grandpa said I obviously knew how to raise my kid.

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LINDAK25 8/24/2012 8:36AM

    Hmm . . . when I think about it, you're right. That "I was here first" mentality. I see it at the store and on the road, too. No courtesy or common sense. I taught my son when he was young that you stand when someone enters the room and you offer them your seat. I can remember one Thanksgiving, standing in my sister's kitchen listening to her kids discuss getting a comfortable seat before everyone else arrived. I couldn't believe it! No, you're right, parents aren't teaching their children manners. Then again, maybe some of the parents weren't taught any manners either.

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WILSON1926 8/24/2012 7:19AM

    RIGHT ON!!!
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CMKARLS 8/24/2012 7:16AM

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LATTELEE 8/24/2012 7:03AM

  Good question

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Happy Thursday! :)

Thursday, August 23, 2012



Hello my sparklies! I hope that you all had a happy hump day yesterday! Mine was ok. Work has returned to its normal pace. My algebra instructor is good, so hopefully I can make my way through this class without too much pain! I have been steadily working on her assignments while dodging Pooh's bad attitude of late! Which brings me to sharing the following:

I guess a consistent mood would be too much to ask for! Not to go on a total rant (just a partial one) consider this my journal or Dear Diary entry, but I too have a lot of stress and yet you don't see me trying to ruin everybody's day! I have to admit that I struggle some days with sympathy for Pooh because of his attitude. And then I feel guilty!

I DO realize that having cancer can alter your whole outlook on life! I DO realize that it is difficult to look at the bright side of anything after you have been given a death sentence! I DO understand the frustration of sitting around all day by yourself with only your own thoughts for company! But I absolutely DO NOT understand how being a total @!$^&! to the people who love you the most is helpful or even necessary. :(

Maybe I am totally in the wrong here and just don't see it. But, I would like to think that if the situation were reversed that I would treasure the people and relationships that I have. That I would thank God for every extra day that he has given to me! That I would make amends for wrongs that I know I have done! That I would try to live every day to its fullest! I know that I would have bad days and be really sad and angry, but I still don't think that (if it were me) I would take it out on my loved ones. ~sigh~ But it is not me.

There have been so many days in the last three years (since Pooh's diagnosis) that I have been ready to throw in the towel, raise the white flag and say I have had enough!! But then I remember how much I love him and how he needs me and that feeling fades away. I worry that one day the feeling will not fade away and then what? Pooh will not get counseling. Pooh will not talk about his feelings. Pooh will not apologize for his behavior. I continue to pray for Pooh. I continue to pray for our marriage.

Anyway, that is where I am at this morning. I hope that all my spark peeps have a happy Thursday! I am off to get ready for work and school! Please pray for Pooh and for his previous good nature to return soon!

  
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DESERTJULZ 8/23/2012 11:40PM

    Ah my friend, I am sorry you're faced with such difficulties. I wonder if you just printed out what you wrote and showed it to Pooh, if it might make a difference at all. Don't know, just wondering.

Whatever you choose or do, you know that your sparkies are all here for you!

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LINDAK25 8/23/2012 10:58PM

    Oh, sweetie, I'm so sorry. I think if I were in Pooh's place I would be a real Queen B! And I would probably take it out on the people I love because they're there and I know they would be more forgiving. is that unforgivable? Okay, maybe I would only do that for the first week or two, in between the crying and feeling terribly sorry for myself. No, the truth is I have no idea what I would do. I guess you don't know until it's you.

I, like you, would find it a whole lot easier to talk everything out. I do know that would drive my husband crazy. Talking about it would just be a reminder! Is that just a guy thing? Oh, and forget about apologizing!

Maybe he's just feeling a little left out. Everybody else is off to school and exercise and work and dealing with a new baby and he's not feeling like he's a part of all that. I'll keep you both in my thought and prayers.

I think WAYSOFGRACE has the best comment here. Try to stay positive.
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JACKIEANN1968 8/23/2012 12:43PM

    I am sending love, hugs and prayers for you and your family. Hang in there.

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SHILOBOOTH 8/23/2012 11:57AM

    *hugs* It must be so difficult for you and Pooh. Will pray for you both xx

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HEYITSLISA 8/23/2012 10:35AM

    I would to tell you everything will get better, but of course I can't. No one would blame you for feeling like you just want to give up at times. I don't know how long I could hang in there. I'm sending you all of the strength, willpower, and postivie outlook I can muster. emoticon

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WAYSOFGRACE 8/23/2012 8:15AM

    I was a teenager when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. There alot of stages a cancer patient goes through, as I am sure you know. My mom was convinced she was going to die from it, and was severely depressed for a while. Then she got angry...VERY angry. Then it was back to depression for her.

When she went into remission 4 years later, we talked about that time. She told me very honestly that she was angry that life seemed to be carrying on as if nothing was wrong, when she felt everything had shifted. She was angry with us for being "normal". What she didn't know at the time was that we were working very hard at being "normal", so that she wouldn't become stressed out. We wanted to give her the ability to concentrate on her treatments, the time to rest and the time to pour all her energy into getting well.

She and I both vividly recalled the day that I couldn't take it anymore, and yelled at her. She was sitting in front of a mirror, crying while holding a clump of hair that had fallen out due to her chemo. I tried comforting her, but she wouldn't listen. I was all of 13 at the time, and I yelled at her. I told her that while she may not think it was fair that she was going through this, I didn't think it was fair that I had worry about her not being there, raising my little brother, schoolwork and how we were going to survive. I told her instead of acting like she was already dead, maybe she should spend the time actually living! It snapped her out of her depression, and put a whole new perspective on things for her.

She did eventually die from her cancer, but it took 14 years for it to catch up, in which time she saw her two daughters married, her son graduate from high school, and the births of both my daughters. She even began travelling, taking a trip to Disney with my father that we kids gave them for their anniversary.

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BMW9295 8/23/2012 8:13AM

    emoticon I wish I had and answer for you. All I can do is pray for you all.... and all I can say is I am hear to listen. emoticon I can't offer more.

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Foods for weight loss

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I saw this on yahoo this morning and wanted to share it with ya'll. :)

Foods for weight loss





For years scientists have searched for a magical ingredient that would help people shed fat. In 2008, Dr. Shalamar Sibley of the University of Minnesota put 38 obese people on an 11-week diet where they consumed 750 calories less than their estimated daily need. Study participants whose blood levels of D were higher at the study's start lost more weight than participants whose blood levels of D were lower. They actually lost a lot more--70 percent more, to be exact.

Based on the results of this study, by fueling your body with the D-rich nutrients it needs to stay out of a fat-storage state and in a fat-burning state, you can speed weight loss by 70 percent! Thousands of studies on vitamin D have been completed over a span of 40 years, and it's become clear that vitamin D is pretty incredible and effective. Still, it's not the only player on this fat-melting team. Turn up your metabolism and melt body fat adding vitamin D and these five fat-melters from The Vitamin D Diet.

Here's the link: http://health.yahoo.net/articles/weight-lo
ss/photos/burn-fat-fast-6-nutrients-fa
ster-weight-loss#0

  
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KATYDID412 8/21/2012 10:00PM

    Hmm, interesting. I take whatever vitamin D is in my multi, but don't take additional. something to consider. Thanks for posting!

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PUDDLEBY 8/21/2012 8:30PM

    I sporadically take calcium with vit D and magnesium in the summer. I try to be more consistent with it in the winter, because most Canadians are low in Vit D because of the weak sunshine at that time of year here (our bodies can make vitamin D as long as we spend some time in the sun, but we can't do that if there isn't any, lol). And yes, I also know Vit D is very important for our bones and that there is a blood test that can check your levels. I didn't know it was important for weight loss. Thanks for the link.

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JACKIEANN1968 8/21/2012 7:48PM

    It's true. Vitamin D is mega important. I had my vitamin D levels checked about 4 years ago, and my levels were EXTREMELY low. My doctor realized that it accounted for a lot of my aches and pains (aside from obesity) as well as feeling blue. When I started taking super high doses of a prescription vitamin D for 6 weeks, a lot of that improved. Now I take a multi and calcium with vitamin D.

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IRONBLOSSOM 8/21/2012 2:30PM

    Interesting. I take calcium but not vitamin D, I'll have to see if I'm getting enough with my daily multi..

Thanks for sharing!

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IDLETYME 8/21/2012 12:28PM

    Thanks for sharing the link!! I take multiple vitamins plus extra vitamin D.


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LINDAK25 8/21/2012 11:19AM

    Copied your link and read the article, thanks for pointing it out!

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DESERTJULZ 8/21/2012 10:32AM

    How very interesting! I know how important vitamin D is for bone health, it is interesting to read how critical it is for weight loss, too. Clearly, a very essential nutrient!

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BMW9295 8/21/2012 10:28AM

    Thanks for sharing...... and I have heard it too... but what I have read and heard is about diary products.... fat free or reduced fat of course and this might be because most are high in vitamin d.

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HEYITSLISA 8/21/2012 10:18AM

    Hmmmm....something to think about!

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TIBI183 8/21/2012 10:02AM

    I just read that article, too. For some reason I still get obsessed with reading everything that contains the word weight loss or diet in the title and then most of the times I already knew most things, but that was the first time I read about adding vitamin d to your diet.

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SHILOBOOTH 8/21/2012 8:44AM

    I've taken Vitamin D and watched my calcium levels for years and tbh I think the effect is negligible. But Vit D is a pretty good supplement if you had to choose one to take. Interesting article :)

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AUTUMNBRZ 8/21/2012 7:59AM

    interesting :)

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Back to school time!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012



So, today is the day! Back to school for both of us! Heading out to take Piglet to the bus stop in a few minutes. Should be interesting to see how long we will sit there waiting for the bus to arrive! This is what happens when you live back in the woods and the bus stop is on a main road! :)

I am hoping today is a little less hectic too! Yesterday was so busy and chaotic that it was unreal! Algebra starts at lunchtime. Woo Hoo! Not! I am ready though. Got all my ducks in a row and all that! :)

I hope everyone had a great start to the week! I will check in on ya'll later! ::hugs:: HP

  
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PUDDLEBY 8/21/2012 8:23PM

    If I remember correctly, I think I liked algebra better than calculus, but the funny thing is that now that I am done school, I don't think I remember any of it! Good luck with your course!
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JACKIEANN1968 8/21/2012 7:44PM

    My son goes back next Monday, the 27th. The bus usually arrives about a half hour late on the first 2 mornings and drops off an hour and a half late on the first afternoon. Hope you had a great day!! Hugs, Jackie

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LINDAK25 8/21/2012 11:25AM

    Hoping you have a great day! When I took college algebra, (I was 27) we got a study group together. It made it so much easier. In fact, I think that's why my grades were so good in that class!

Hope your day at work is more peaceful than yesterday! Have a great day!

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HEYITSLISA 8/21/2012 10:21AM

    Busy lady! School starts here for DD#2 tomorrow. Her first day of high school!

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