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Crafty Shoes

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

"Nonna Camp" is now officially closed for the summer. Each of my four oldest grandchildren (ages 10, 9, 7, and 6) come to visit me at separate times each summer, and it's a special time for us to make crafts, cook, work puzzles, have tea parties, swim, play golf, watch for falling stars and generally just spend quality time with each other. I always say that I don't know who enjoys our time together more -- the kids or me!

Before I leave tomorrow to go to my daughter's house to take care of her three children for the remainder of the week, I wanted to post a few pictures of one of the crafts that my seven-year-old granddaughter and my ten-year-old granddaughter and her friend completed while they were visiting me these past few weeks.

The girls each found white sneakers on sale at WalMart for $3 a pair. I purchased fabric paint, and the girls spent hours painting their shoes to match their new school clothes.

Here are my seven-year-old granddaughter's glittery shoes:



Next are my ten-year-old granddaughter's shoes. Unfortunately, she bought them a little snug, and after she painted them they shrunk a bit. She ended up giving them to her little sister.



I later added white dots to those shoes just to try something different:



These shoes were painted by the ten-year-old friend of my granddaughter:


The girls were really proud of their creations, and I was very proud of all the girls!





  
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SKINNYPAT62 9/9/2010 11:10AM

    How cute the shoes are! I have been looking at old craft books a friend gave me and now have more ideas for what to paint on glass ornaments and other stuff! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GETFITTER7 8/25/2010 2:02PM

    I am always looking for things to do with my grandchildren...this is a great project! Very inexpensive and rewarding! Thanks for sharing the ideas!

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GLITTERSPARK 8/24/2010 7:02AM

    These are super cute!

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MARILYNJB1 8/22/2010 4:02PM

    The shoes turned out just beautiful & how fun it must have been to all get involved.Great 2010 summer memories & pictures. emoticon

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ALLIEINSHAPE 8/19/2010 1:32PM

    I am sure the girls had fun and can't wait to show theem off at school. What a great art project to involve kids in art and make something useful too.
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I sigend up for an intermediate acrylics painting course for this Fall and hoping my back is better in another month. A slow process but improving! Thanks for your comment on my page.

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PENNYAN45 8/18/2010 9:26PM

    What a great idea! The shoes look really good! Those kids have a talented grandmother to make that happen for them!



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KPDRMNG 8/17/2010 8:34AM

    Their sneakers look great! I know they will remember these times you spent with them forever.

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MCJULIEO 8/17/2010 8:34AM

    Wow! Those ALL look GRRRRRREEEEAAAT!

And I especially Love the white dots, Nonna Lou! That was a terrific idea and it really makes them pop!

Somehow I don't think this idea would be as cute on my size 10 clodhoppers... emoticon

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JBINAUSTIN 8/17/2010 2:19AM

    I bet the girls love wearing the custom sneakers they made with you. What a cool idea!

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SPARK-A-LICIOUS 8/17/2010 1:32AM

    what a neat idea! i have just begun "crafting". My two newest items... breastfeeding covers for moms who breastfeed, flower hair clips and blanket covers for infant car seats. Crafts can be a lot of work, but so fun at the same time!

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A Walk to the New Grocery Store

Sunday, August 01, 2010

A new grocery store just opened near my neighborhood on Friday, and when I first saw the start of the construction, I decided I'd walk to the store as soon as I could. Last night was the night.

After a late dinner, my friend and I got on our walking shoes, took the security gate remote control, gathered a couple of shopping bags and my rolling cart, put new batteries in the flashlight, and set out for the store. The new shopping center is about a mile from my door, so that's just the right distance for a good walk.

The new market was more upscale than the other grocery stores in our town and contained many features that the other stores do not have. Since it was late, the deli, the sushi bar and several other specialty stations were closed for the evening. And, because it was late, the aisles were filled with employees restocking the shelves. I bought only a few items last night and I'll wait until the crowds settle down before I shop during the peak business hours.

Our walk home, pulling the cart, was only a few minutes longer that the walk over to the store. Adding my steps up and down the aisles of the large building, I logged over 2 1/2 miles on my little jaunt last night.

I'm looking forward to the weather getting a little milder so that I can walk over to the shopping center during the day. What an enjoyable way to exercise!

  
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SPARK-A-LICIOUS 8/17/2010 1:34AM

    did someone say SUSHI! YUM!!!!!!

I heard its been hot as heck there. Stay cool :D

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KAMEA81 8/4/2010 11:15PM

    That's awesome! Our Wal-Mart here is right outside my backdoor (literally) about 2 blocks away. I never walk there, but I also never shop there if I can help it. It's just a bad Wal-Mart to shop at. I envy you! Keep up the good walking!

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PENNYAN45 8/2/2010 8:55PM

    A new grocery store with new and different options will be a fun destination for your walking. Enjoy!



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MCJULIEO 8/2/2010 10:24AM

    Great job! I think that you are going to LOVE having it so close by! Did you see the bulk spices section? How about the fresh ground peanut butter and bulk nuts and grains over by the pharmacy (I didn't notice this until my fourth visit- last night)?

The only thing it doesn't have is a place to sit and schmooze with friends over a cup of coffee or whatever... (but they didn't ask me- go figure!)

Have fun with the precious grand daughter!

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A Fishy Story

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Last night I started a blog entry about my granddaughter's 10th birthday party that I attended on Sunday. She wanted a family celebration out at the family farm where we could all go fishing and have a weiner roast.

I had written quite a bit last night, but only a few of the pictures would upload -- and none of the birthday girl. So I finally gave up and quit.

Tonight I tried to upload the pictures again. No luck. Even resized them, in case that was the problem. Not a one of the pictures loaded tonight.

We all had a great time at the party, and my granddaughter caught two HUGE catfish. Maybe I can try posting the pics to my page instead of this blog to prove this isn't just another big fish story! *** News flash!!!--- See pics below. I tried again and it worked! ***

I drank a Dr Pepper, and ate a hot dog and a small brownie, so I was able to stay within all my nutritional ranges. Beautiful weather, and I really enjoyed being with all my grandkids.

Hope everyone is having a good week...

Who knows what's different, but I tried again, and finally got a few of them uploaded. Here's the birthday girl:




Here's a picture of her fishing:




Here's her biggest catch of the evening (shown with her uncle, my son):















  
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NEENSTER1 8/11/2010 10:47AM

    Hi, Proud Grandmom. What a wonder birthday. She is so cute. emoticon She did a good job and caught a Big emoticon Take good care of your grand baby. emoticon

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KAMEA81 8/4/2010 11:17PM

    Dang! I need to get some fishing tips from your Granddaughter!

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SCOOTER4263 7/30/2010 8:01PM

    Wow! Nice catch!! emoticon

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GLITTERSPARK 7/29/2010 8:08PM

    Woah! That's a huge fish! And, your granddaughter is adorable :)

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EIKOOW 7/28/2010 11:50AM

    So glad you were finally able to share the pictures! She's just lovely and darn good at fishing too emoticon
~Peggy

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MCJULIEO 7/28/2010 10:38AM

    Enormous fish! Great catch!

Very cute birthday girl!

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LUNADRAGON 7/28/2010 12:06AM

    Nice Catch! That would make any fisherman proud!

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JUSTBIRDY 7/27/2010 11:57PM

    That's a pretty big fish!

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ALLIEINSHAPE 7/27/2010 11:46PM

    Glad we finally got to see your pictures of your grandaughter. Very pretty, such a great age at 10! Looks like you all had a lovely day, and caught some fish!

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Drowning Looks Different Than You Think

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Last Saturday when I took my two grandsons swimming at the local pool at the park, one of the lifeguards sounded an alarm, dove into the pool, and pulled out a young boy who looked to be about 12 or 13 years old. I didn't see the boy flailing or exhibiting the signs of distress that I would have expected of a person who was drowning. His head and eyes were above the water, but I don't recall seeing whether his mouth was above or below the water. Although he was staying in the middle of the pool and wasn't progressing toward the side, he looked calm to me, and I wouldn't have noticed there was a problem. Apparently (thank goodness!), the trained lifeguard saw something I didn't.

The boy was okay, and I was impressed with how fast the rescue team came from the office area and how the other lifeguards got everyone else out of the pool during the incident.

Just a few minutes ago I came across this article titled "Drowning Looks Different than You Think." If, for some reason, this link doesn't work when you copy and paste it into your browser, try doing a yahoo search with that title. It's definitely worth reading and sending to your friends and loved ones who go swimming.

http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/parenting
/drowning-looks-different-than-you-thi
nk-2010225/

  
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SCOOTER4263 7/28/2010 9:32AM

    Very interesting. I've been a parent for a lot of years and am a thoroughly trained, card- carrying first aid person, but I did not know this. Thanks for sharing this - you never know but that you saved someone's life today.

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LUNADRAGON 7/28/2010 12:07AM

    I read that this week too. I took added interest because my 17 yr old son just became a life guard and has rescued a little girl during his first week working. It was eye opening to say the least to read that article. emoticon

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MCJULIEO 7/24/2010 11:00PM

    What a sobering experience...

Working as a lifeguard always sounds like it would be a lot of fun... except when something like that happens...

It makes me want to count my blessings, for sure!

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CANDYXPERT 7/22/2010 3:25PM

    We have a pool in our yard and it's one of my great fears. Thanks for sharing this.

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LAGREBE 7/22/2010 3:06PM

    Thank you for sharing this!

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I'm Making Progress -- And It Doesn't Involve the Scales

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I'm making progress!

I had fasting lab work done this morning to check my cholesterol, and my total cholesterol is lower than it has been since I started on medication over two years ago. My LDL ("bad" cholesterol) levels were so low that the machine didn't register the number. All other numbers were in the normal range, so I'm very pleased with the results.

When I first got the print-out from the office this morning, my total cholesterol number showed to be higher than my last three check-ups. I was pretty much concerned, knowing how much I've been exercising these past six months that I've been on SparkPeople and knowing how much healthier I've been eating. So I came home and started looking on the Internet for normal ranges for the various other tests that had been run. As I was checking the other numbers on my flowsheet, the non-HDL reading didn't match the formula of total cholesterol minus HDL equals non-HDL. When the nurse called this evening to go over my readings with me, I questioned her about the results. She hadn't noticed that the numbers weren't calculated correctly until I pointed them out to her.

After checking the machine print-out with what was entered on my record, the nurse discovered that the aide who had input the results had transposed the last two numbers for my total cholesterol. My total cholesterol was actually quite a bit lower than what was printed on the flowsheet I had brought home. And with the corrected number, the non-HDL formula added up correctly, too.

While I'm relieved that the first number I saw for my total cholesterol reading wasn't the right one, I'm concerned that the mistake was made in the office. I'm so glad I took the time to do my own research and make my own calculations that revealed the mistake. Otherwise, my medications would have been needlessly increased.

I've decided that I will call the office manager tomorrow morning to report the error, in hopes that the aide will take more care and this won't happen to some other patient. I realize that human errors like this frequently occur, so some of the best things we, as patients or patient advocates, can do are to be informed and to be proactive in questioning matters about our health.

WooHoo! All my exercising and my nutritious eating is paying off -- after only 6 1/2 months on SparkPeople! I still want to get my weight down, but knowing that I'm now at a lower risk for a heart attack or a stroke will help keep me motivated to reach my other goals.

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(Well, I started writing this on Monday night, but it took me so long to finish that it is posted with the Tuesday date!)

  
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ALLIEINSHAPE 7/20/2010 10:51PM

    Great results on your cholesterol numbers. So glad you are knowledgeable and spotted the error. I think hospitals and labs should have people double check any calculations or lab results. We have to do that in accounting before we publish our numbers and boy we would get in trouble if we made a typing error like that. These are peoples' lives affected by careless mistakes!! You definately need to report it and demand that they have a better procedure added where calculations are checked before they are released. Who knows how many other errors were made by this aide or others and caused the wrong medication and dosage to be prescribed. A weak "I'm sorry" does not cut it, they need to smarten up there or should be reported to some medical authority.

I am afraid of getting this knee replacement done but at least if they make a mistake and do the wrong knee, both need it done anyway.

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MCJULIEO 7/20/2010 8:56PM

    Excellent progress! I know how hard you're working, and this is FANTASTIC news!

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JUSTBIRDY 7/20/2010 12:53PM

    Good for you to think of checking.

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PENNYAN45 7/20/2010 11:52AM

    Kudos on finding that error on your cholesterol numbers! You are so right that we have to be our own advocates when interacting with the medical establishment.
You, the patient, should not have had to find that error! Somebody in the office should have noticed it.

And congratulations on reaping the health benefits from your new SP lifestyle!! This is what it is all about!!

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ROSES4UN4ME 7/20/2010 10:22AM

    thats not good when people you trust makes a mistake like that... especially something this important but at least the count is better now so thats what is important....
my choles is high also hoping this eating healthier and excercising will lower it....


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MAGNOLIA416 7/20/2010 9:28AM

    Happy for you! Signs like this are so good to remind us why we're doing this. Have a great day!

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