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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

It will make your day. Awesome observation written by a fabulous woman and writer.
Amazing Bodies

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ERIN4771 8/21/2011 8:25AM

    thanks for sharing this ink jan, it was an amazing read, and brought a huge smile to the start of my day...thank you....

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TURTLERASKIN 8/17/2011 8:44PM

    Ditto! Great blog, and great comment on it!

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KAMAPERRY 8/17/2011 2:56PM

    This brought tears to my eyes, that and your comment. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CANNIE50 8/17/2011 2:35PM

    You ARE Oprah. You surprised me and made me weep. Wait, are you going to give me a BRAND NEW CAR?! Just kidding. I do have tears in my eyes. You are the sparkliest of them all, my dear. I cannot possibly thank you enough. emoticonps I came to read your blog before I read the comments on mine so I hadn't seen your comment yet, when I posted the above. I cried when I read about your beautiful girl. I agree with the other poster - that was the best part of the blog - we are a good team, Mama! With love from me, to you.

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BADASSBLONDIE 8/17/2011 2:26PM

    That blog was beautiful. But I think it was your comment to it that made my day. *hugshard*

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Dinner was really yummy!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I tracked it and all my food all day and I was golden, baby!
Even with lasagna, even with Garlic bread!!

Then MIL pulls a chocolate cream pie out of the frig (OJIBWEEQUAY, did you CALL HER???).

Yea, I ate it and yea, I went over my calories and fat. Who cares. I dont do that very often and I dont regret it.

Sorry I made you all crazy for lasagna. I bet you can all come up with a delicious recipe that wont even make you feel guilty!

I put the rest of it in the freezer so I can have some more in another 3 months!. God I hope I dont think about it till then!

You say I make you laugh, well you guys crack me up on a daily basis. I love that about us!

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CANNIE50 8/16/2011 11:02PM

    Oh great, now when I look at my kid I can only see a chocolate freaking cream pie where his cute little face should be. Gee, thanks for THAT, Mama - I am having sugar hallucinations.

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/16/2011 10:46PM

    Pie is one of my favorite 3-letter words.

Well done!


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KARIRDH3 8/16/2011 8:22PM

    YUM!! Glad you let loose and enjoyed. We DO deserve that every now and then. It's keeping those frequencies in check is what it's all about. You rock! emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 8/16/2011 3:08PM

    Fortunately I do not like chocolate cream pie, but I love lasagna!

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FANGFACEKITTY 8/16/2011 11:34AM

    You are so funny! I am glad lasagna & chocolate cream pie are not trigger foods for me or I'd be in trouble. It sounds delicious. Food is meant to be enjoyed; everything in moderation.

Just warn me if you ever start blogging about pizza though 'cuz moderation & pizza seem to be mortal enemies in my world lol!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 8/16/2011 10:43AM

    Oh chocolate cream pie!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dang I am coming over in 3 moths with Peanut butter cream pie(Paula Deans recipe of course) and we can chow!!! Yum! emoticon

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HEALTHYASHLEY 8/16/2011 6:22AM

    Your lasagna blog was hysterical. Glad you enjoyed it!

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DAISY443 8/16/2011 6:20AM

    OH, right! You apologize for the lasagna thing, then you throw in chocolate cream pie! You are a very bad girl! Love ya anyway!

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Lasagna on my mind...

Monday, August 15, 2011

Last night, I made a lasagna so we can take it to Frank's Grandma today. We are going to see how she is doing and if there is anything we can do to make her safe since I do not think my MIL will be staying much longer and I dont think she is going home with her. I called the newspaper to have them deliver it to her door instead of up her 20' steep driveway and am working on getting the mail delivered to her door too, but ya know, these things take time.

Anyway, so I made a lasagna last night. Lean ground beef, lots of cheese (2% but still) and it smelled so good! I made it after I had eaten dinner so smelling simmer sauce for hours was setting me up! I made one for home too, since I cant make just 1 little pan of it). The kids were all gone all weekend (and it was sooooo nice!!!) but they both converged on us at the same time along with Kady's boyfriend and 17 year old sister right as I was cooking the lasagna. They were hungry (big surprise) so they ate some that I had made for our house.

"OMG, MOM, this is SOOOO good" (still smelling that shizzle!!)
"This is the BEST you ever made" (I am drooling now but still in my chair)
"Is this all there is? Did you make more for us??" (Ok I am up and in the kitchen now)
I had 2 bites. It was delicious!! So all night, I resisted to go eat some more. I woke up at midnight and I could still smell it (cause they were microwaving it for 2nds) and I woke up looking at it this morning.

All day I have been thinking about eating it. I had my usual Luna Bar for breakfast, had some fruit about noon, going in soon to have a sandwich but really, all I want is that stupid lasagna. It is ridiculous the power it has over me. It is crazy to be thinking about this in the back of my mind while I am working. I literally can NOT wait for dinner. It is haunting me!

I am happy I havent caved and eaten some but it is horrible that I am looking forward to it that much. I guess I need to accept the fact that I love food, I always will and that is the way it is. If it was cookies, I would never have lasted this long, so that is something I guess.

Did I mention how much I am looking forward to dinner tonight? Oh. I did? Sorry if I am repeating myself but I am just soo looking forward to dinner tonight... damn. I did it again. I hope you guys enjoy your dinner tonight as much as I am going to. Ya know, eating that lasagna I made and all. Yep, yep. Really gonna be good. mmm, mmm, mmm. Lasagna. ME. Tonight. We have a date. A dinner date.

Wherever you are, between 5 and 6 tonight in California, Jan is gonna be a happy girl. Cause I will be eating Lasagna. That I made. For dinner. Tonight. Yep. Tonight. Lasagna and Me. Together.

Have a good day. I will cause I know that later, at dinner, I will be eating Lasagna.

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KAMAPERRY 8/15/2011 11:32PM

    Slurp!! YUMMO!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 8/15/2011 10:18PM

    emoticonsuch will power you have!!!! AND you are such a wonderful person to make some for Gram! I hope you took her pie also! emoticon

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LUVDOGZ 8/15/2011 9:29PM

    Yummmmmm, enjoy! emoticon

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MISSMINDY6 8/15/2011 8:44PM

    LOL - great blog! Tho I agree with the above posters - you should've eaten more during the day to make u not feel so deprived! But AMAZING willpower! 'Cause a really good lasagna is one of my all-time fave meals!

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CANNIE50 8/15/2011 8:29PM

    Okay, I have to tell you, if I had only eaten a Luna bar for bfast and a piece of fruit for lunch I would be tackling Grandma and blocking Frank if they got anywhere near that amazing pasta extravaganza, and that entire pan of lasagna would be mine, all mine. You have shown amazing restraint.

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CHAR1970 8/15/2011 8:24PM

    You are too funny! Hey Jan, would you like some lasagna for dinner tongiht? LOL!

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/15/2011 8:22PM

    LOL. Resisting lasagna is a toughie. Pasta, cheese and sauce - like come on! I think you showed rock star resistance to yumminess. Well done.


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KARIRDH3 8/15/2011 8:04PM

    YUM! Enjoy! :) emoticon

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CELLISTA1 8/15/2011 8:01PM

    I hope you two (Jan & Las) will be very happy together.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 8/15/2011 7:57PM

    Wait.... what are you having? When? LOL!!! Enjoy every delicious, cheese filled bite!

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COLUMBINE2 8/15/2011 7:13PM

    Oh my gosh! I wish I could invest in tomatoes, lasagna noodles & cheese right now...I'd be a millionaire! You've got us all drooling. I LOVE lasagna and always croak when I track it. I guess a person could eat less than I eat though....if they had someone yank the fork of their mouth!!!!

Have a splendid evening with your lasagna! Suggestion: drink a couple huge glasses of water 1/2 hour BEFORE you eat to take the edge off your mania, I mean appetite! LOL. That was a low blow...I'm just green with envy!

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COOKWITHME65 8/15/2011 6:41PM

    Now I want lasagna! I would have had to duck tape my fridge with a sensor alarm to keep me a way from it till tonight. Good for you!

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KRAWRS 8/15/2011 6:39PM

    You are HILARIOUS! I loved this. Of course, it made me want lasagna. Gah! I bet it was super yummy. ENJOY IT! You're allowed. As long as you don't eat truckloads of it tonight, you're golden. :p

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CULAINA 8/15/2011 6:36PM

    Oh, you are excited about dinner? What are you having? Anything nice? *grin*

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DAISY443 8/15/2011 6:26PM

    I have some lasagna noodles, but now, because of you, I have to go the store for hamburger, tomatoes and whatever else because, did I mention how much I want some lasagna now?

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    ok when i saw your status about a new blog, i should not have gone on to read this! omg Italian food of any kind is my weakness. lasagna, manicotti, spaghetti, fettucini alfredo. i'm a pasta FIEND. oh, come on. talking about incredibly delicious, cheesy, mouthwatering pasta is totally off-limits. devote your next blog to talking about brussel sprouts! i hate those.

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This is Jan! emoticon

I made spaghetti last night, which is always better the next day, and I couldn't resist seconds at lunch.

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GRACEISENUF 8/15/2011 4:58PM

    One of my favs too. Yes....I LOVE FOOD TOO.

Have I told you I love you today? Cuz I do! Thanks for always making me laugh.

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JOMAMA99 8/15/2011 4:49PM

    Enjoy your Lasagna! I must go put that on my menu for next week cause now I'm craving it too!I am no where near California but I am imagining how good that smells!
Savor every single bite!

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SEESTARS 8/15/2011 4:28PM

    toooo funny Jan! there is something magical about the combination of bread/pasta, cheese, and tomatoe sauce! I love it in every form. And no kidding, over the last two weeks I slowly ate my way through a stovetop skillet lasanga which my husband kept forgetting was in the fridge. Alllll miiiiine!! Muhahhahaha! (but I use ground turkey and lots of veggies as filler to drop the cal/cup)

Enjoy your dinner tonight!

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WATCHMEGO2 8/15/2011 4:19PM

    So funny, I just finished eating dinner and then decided to check SP. Yep, we just had lasagna! It was awesome if I do say so myself. Enjoy!

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MNGIRLIE 8/15/2011 4:17PM

    You're stronger willed than I! I know how it is though. I made some damn kick ass zucchini bread the other day and brought two smallish pieces to work to have after I'd eaten my lunch. I was hungry come 10am so I let myself have half a piece. Well, any resolve I had immediately flew out the window and those two pieces of zucchini bread were gone by 10am.

You know... you might have to share that recipe now that you've made us all drool over lasagne.

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SLFRISBEY 8/15/2011 4:13PM

    Dang it! Now I want lasagna!!! :) Delicious roasted tomato lasagna... yeah this is going to have to happen, and soon!

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BECOMING_HOLLY 8/15/2011 4:12PM

    LOVED this blog! I am glad that you are resisting temptaiton and planning a good day so that you can enjoy your dinner tonight. I bet it will be good because now I am craving lasanga!

Thank you for making me smile this afternoon!

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94 vs 49

Thursday, August 11, 2011

This isnt about weight loss so feel free to skip it. It's about me and Gramma.

My hubby's grandma is 94. I am 49 (for another month anyway). She lives alone and does pretty well. She fell on sunday and ended up in the hospital. We went to see her straight from coming off a 5 day camping trip and she stayed in the hospital for 2 nights. I went to see her again on Monday. There was nobody else to do it. One SIL moved across country last week, another SIL and MIL were camping (and were not going to give up their plans to come. I wont get started on THAT since it is Grandma's DAUGHTER!) and Hubby had a big roofing project we HAD to start on Monday. SO that left me.

Now see, I beleive in family. You do what you gotta do and when someone needs you, you GO. That is how I was raised. That is what we always did so it didnt seem weird for me.

I have been in this family for 25 years and I have known them for 35! Grandma and I have always been friendly but not close. She can be kind of, um, how should I put it? Mean? lol.

Anyway, she was hurt and vulnerable so I stayed with her monday and helped her out at the hospital, updating the family via texting. Tuesday they released her so I took her home (in my giant red truck!!) and stayed over night.

Frank kept apologizing for me having to stay and thanking me for doing it.

I took bottled water, a book, a few luna bars and figured I would be fine.

Let me just say this about old people. If we all ate like them, we would be super thin! I looked in the frig and the cabinets and said, "OMG! IM gonna starve to death here!" Then I texted Frank and told him to bring me a bottle of captain and a bag of potato chips.. He just laughed at me! Oh well, I was gonna have to get through this so at lunch, she wanted a sandwich.

Here is the recipe:

1 slice of Potato bread (been in the frig for at least a week) toasted (because otherwise you could not possibly eat it!)
1 slice of very thin deli, prepackaged turkey. (the kind you can see through!)
1/2 a slice of provolone
3 mini caramel rice cakes

(It was too much for her and she couldnt finish it and did not eat the rice cakes).

Anyway, I took care of her all day and saw things I can't share with you cause I dont want to give you nightmares but let me just say, I am changed forever.

I hope I am that "free" with my body at 94. Hell, I wish I was NOW! (I know I used to be at 19 but that was a different time).

Frank called me at 4 and said he was coming to visit and I was soo happy cause he said he would bring dinner. The thought of sharing a pepperoni hot pocket was NOT appealing. Good thing she has a sweet tooth cause she has a freezer full of the cookies I make her (she eats 1 a day) and I was gonna just sit down with a zippy bag and go to town on 'em).

He came and brought a rottiserie chicken and some mac and cheese ( I actually was looking forward to some sort of veggies but that was not to be) and we had dinner together. (she could not even finish a drumstick and she ate literally 3 peices of macaroni!). He also bought a lemon cream pie (her favorite). That little woman perked up like the sun had just came out and she asked for a "little peice". As I was cutting a tiny peice (based on how much she eats), she told me "well, make it a little bigger!" so she ate a normal slice of pie...hmmmm, seeing a pattern here. Real food, um no. Sweets? YES PLEASE!!!

So finally Frank left and I got her in her pajama's and she told me it was time to watch tv so we got settled in and she turned it on. NOPE. It didnt work. SO I tried. NOPE. There was no power to the TV. She starts telling to call the cable company and I was trying to figure out the problem. Anyway, long story short, I had to firmly explain that I was QUITE capable of handling the situation and since the tv in kitchen worked it was not a cable issue and they would not be able to help.

So she finally settled down and I went to work. Ultimatly, I called Frank and he told me to hook up an extension cord and he would fix it when he came back in a day or so and that is what we did. She was so happy we got it going.

So we could watch "little house on the prarie" till 9:00 when the news comes on and she could watch the weather. And then it happened.

Gramma: Are you tired?
Me: Not really, are you tired, Gramma? You have had a long day!
Gramma: well, I go to bed after the weather.
Me: Ok, well I can help you to bed
Gramma: Ok, turn off that light, the tv (blah blah blah)
Me to self: HOLY CRAP! She is making ME go to BED! I wanna get my laptop and spark! What the hell!?
Me to Gramma: Ok well lets get you in bed

When I got her settled, and I was in my twin bed with 14 blankets on it, I decided to just read instead and then Kelly started texting me and we were laughing about everything that had happened. She told me thought I was wonderful to do this and she loved me. I went to sleep happy.

Till 12:30 when I heard Gramma clumping around with her walker (after I gave her strict instructions to not get up without me!) took her to the bathroom and went back to bed till 6:30.

Made coffee for her (instant) but I did it wrong cause I didnt use the kettle on the stove, I microwaved it (she had never done that in her life! But she said it was Then breakfast, one scrambled egg and 1 peice of toast and jam.

Then I got her dressed and we sat at the kitchen table and I asked what she usually does so we paid a couple of bills and then we talked and talked. I am sure it was refreshing for her because everyone else in her life has heard all her stories and I have fresh ears and was interested. It was really nice.

Her daughter ( my MIL) was coming that morning to take her to doctor on Thursday. In Gramma's words, "Finally, she is coming! I am mad at her. She didnt care to come when I was in the hospital. Camping was more important. I wish you could stay. You have taken such good care of me and you know just what to do. She wont do it right!!I will just be quiet and pretend my feelings are not hurt).

SO at 11, my MIL got there and I filled her in on everything. I got a weird vibe but too bad. I really dont care. A, I did it for Gramma and B, I was going home so booyah!

At 12, Gramma wanted lunch so I said I was going. She was so upset I wasnt going to eat lunch first and I kept refusing so she said I had to take a cookie at least! So I told her she was bad for me and we laughed. I hugged her goodbye, (it lasted for 5 minutes) and she cried and thanked me so much for being there and she loved me and she didnt know how she would get by without me).
I hugged her back, got teary, told her I loved her, would come anytime she needed me and that she was going to be allright) and then I drove away.

I went to taco bell, got 2 fresco taco's and a diet pepsi, ate it driving over the bridge and called Frank. I felt such freedom! (and a little sad. I am actually gonna miss her!!) and drove home. SOO happy to see my girls and of course, my Stitchy.

We are so worried about what is going to happen and Frank has been trying to have a conversation with his mom about her but all we get is "we will see" and other blow off comments so I am not sure what is going to happen. I know she should not be alone but I really dont have any say in the situation.

I learned alot about Gramma and she learned alot about me. No matter what ever happens, I am going to treasure my time with her. It was precious and special. I will have wonderful memories of her to look back on and I got to know her in a way that many others people in the family wont.

This is probably not the last time I will need to be there for her and that's ok. I will know better what to bring next time and maybe I can make her something for dinner she might actually WANT to eat. On the plus side, I lost all my weekend weight plus another pound so the GRAMMA DIET works!

And one final thought,

Little house on the prairie was a pretty good show, actually.

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SARAWALKS 8/15/2011 7:56PM

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GRACEISENUF 8/13/2011 12:08AM

    I need a kleenex now, shucks! What an awesome person you are Jan. I truly wished you lived in my neighborhood. I know we would be good friends.

What you did for Gramma touched my heart.

I LOVE THIS BLOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It felt like I was there in the room watching Little House on the Prairie with you and Gramma.

I found out yesterday a dear friend of mine who is in the hospital has more cancer than first thought. She is in her eighties. I may need to step up to the plate and help her as she will need rounds of chemo soon. She has a hubby but he has Alzheimers (early stage). This blog encouraged me Jan, thanks. Yesterday sucked...wish I had found this blog sooner.


May the love you share come back to you ten fold sweet spark Sista!

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CANNIE50 8/12/2011 1:22AM

    What a sweetheart you are. Imagine being 94 and sick and vulnerable and alone (and feeling abandoned) and, who swoops in to save the day? Our very own sparkly Superhero. Actually, I think you traded your cape for angel wings on this one, honey. PS Aren't you just feeling like the springiest spring chicken right about now?

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SEESTARS 8/11/2011 4:00PM

    What great quality time to spend with Grandma. Glad you got a little closer to her after 35 years. Always a surprise around the corner.

It is so amazing how little they eat. My hubby's great aunt is the same way. And still loves her sweets, but she is so silly even at 102 she still thinks she needs to wait until the end of the meal to eat dessert. I'm like, "honey, if it's the only thing you want to eat, just eat it first and enjoy yourself." LOL

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 8/11/2011 3:48PM

    You are awesome, but I knew that ; ) It's always great when you can spend time with older folks. They know and have been thru so much. You'd be surprised at wheat you can learn. LOVE the gram diet. I'd starve to death!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 8/11/2011 2:04PM

    Awe I love gramma! I never had one and the girls live states away from any family! I hope I can be as kind and loving as you! Gram rocks! Oh and I agree with her on lemon pie! More please! emoticon emoticon

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CELLISTA1 8/11/2011 1:39PM

    Jan, I learned two things from this blog:
1. Being old is not fun.
2. You are an amazing, profound human being.

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KAMAPERRY 8/11/2011 1:22PM

    How sweet she sounds, sure made me miss my mom.

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SLFRISBEY 8/11/2011 1:19PM

    I love to spend time with people like her. She's probably only mean because she's scared and hasn't had a good support system. My husband's grandma was in her 90s when she passed but shortly before she came to Ohio for a visit, which was the first time I'd met her. She told me sotries of her life (she was always feisty! lol) and of my husband as a small boy and we talked all afternoon. Hubs and I both still talk about how it was such a wonderful time we got to spend with her. So glad you got to have some time like that too!

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BADASSBLONDIE 8/11/2011 12:41PM

    Heck YES Gramma diet! :D This is a really beautiful entry. Thank you for sharing.

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CULAINA 8/11/2011 12:40PM

    Family is the most important thing in the world to me so I fully understand why you felt that it was so important to look after gramma. You've done a lovely thing, a very kind deed and you've had a nod from the karma kings that your totals have just gone up, I'm sure. How lovely for your gramma to know that someone does care and that there's someone at the end of the phone who knows how she likes to do things. You are truly awesome xx

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LUVMYCRAZYKIDS 8/11/2011 11:43AM

    Love your blog! Love Gramma!

I, too, miss my Gram. She passed when she was 77 (the summer b/w my freshman and sophomore yr in college). I was about 15 when she began to get sick. My mom took care of her in our house. We had a hospital bed in our living room.
Before she got sick, she was always very "proper" and happy-go-lucky, had her hair "done" weekly at the salon (this involved a TON of aquanet hairspray and a bouffant looking hairdo). She always wore lipstick and NEVER washed her face with soap (God forbid!) She put Pond's cold cream on her face every night and wrapped her hair with toilet paper and clips (so it wouldn't get messed up!) She made tea and toast every night. I would sit with her at the kitchen table and relish the strawberry jam on rye toast. It was just her and I...

You are a great lady and a great example...Life is about doing good things for those in need!

Good luck for continued success on your journey!

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DEBBIE19580 8/11/2011 11:34AM

    that was a awesome time. you'll always remember it, and she will never forget it. it sounds like you bein there for her meant sooo much to her. at that age, there so happy with company!!! 1 scrambled egg!! wow, i laughed when i read that, i dont think i ever ate 1, i think once when there was just 1 left!! great story. emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYASHLEY 8/11/2011 11:28AM

    When my grandmother passed away in November let me tell you that I will be haunted forever by what I saw. She had lost all caring about what she flashed around to everyone lol. My uncles kept hiding and freaking out. She was a riot right down to the end. This blog makes me miss her. All she ate was toast and dove bars. Toast being pretty much a garnish. You are an awesome person to love Frank's family this way but I already knew that about you.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/11/2011 11:21AM

    I had a similar thing happen. My MIL got diagnosed with a brain tumor many years ago, she has since passed away. I was without a job and I volunteered to stay with her. It was one of the saddest things in my life, but at the same time it was one of my most cherished times. We connected like we had not done prior.

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DAISY443 8/11/2011 11:20AM

    What a great story! How nice that you will always have such nice memories of grandma. Keep in mind that she has made it to 94 diet and all! I think I like her!

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TREASURINGLIFE 8/11/2011 11:10AM's nice that you had the opportunity to be there from Gramma. And it's really nice that you two were able to bond. You're lucky.

I hope things work out for her, with regard to her health and safety. She sounds pretty independent and if she's anything like Boyfriend's grandma, then she's staying put in her own house, come hell or high water. Her feeling is that if she falls or something and ends up dying, then she'll be happy because she'll have died exactly where she wants to die - not in a home somewhere. Oh - she's a character, I tell ya. LOL.

Anyway, great job on losing that weekend weight, plus one! Woo-whoo!

Have a WONDERFUL day!

- Michelle

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I wasn't gonna blog but...

Monday, August 08, 2011

I just read your comments from my status when I left for camping about behaving and it made me laugh. You guys know me so well!! We had a fantastic time! I got there Weds am early and met a few of my buddies and we were lu cky enough to score our favorite camping spot in this great little cove that is pretty private but with lots of space which we needed because I think we had about 50 people at the highest count.

Kady came and brought 10 friends, Kelly came with about 5, there was various tents, trailers, campers, family, friends, kids everywhere! Assorted mayhem and chaos. I love it.

I was a bit concerned about brining Stitch because last time, she was very overwhelmed with too many (friends) dogs so this time, I just told everyone to keep the dogs leashed. There was only 1 there when we got there, a sweet, fat lab named Bud. So I kept them away from each other and then we went for a walk with the two of them and when we got back, they were best friends. The wrestled and played and went on the boat. Then only 1 other dog came on friday so we had no doggie drama which was great and everyone had fun.

I drank (alot) of Captain but I kept away from the deadly conconcotions the kids were making (smoothies with vodka) and during the day, I just refilled the guys cups and kept myself busy.

I towed a mess of kids around the lake on the tube for hours every day and we had so much fun.

Evenings? Well, that was adult drinking time and we danced and laughed and had so much fun. It was a great time. Here is a picture of my neices, daughters and a few of the girl's friends. It kinda represents the weekend, rofl.

As we were packing up sunday am, we got a call that Frank's 94 year old grandma had fallen and was in the hospital. We are the closest family members so we came home and dropped off the RV and the boat and headed to see her (she is about an hour and a half away). She was slurry, and bruised and had started a new medication that they beleive is the cause of the problem and they kept her overnight. I will go back there this morning to be with her (Frank has to go to work) and so hopefully, she will be better and be able to go home.

By the time we got home at 9:30 last night, we were exhausted and just fell into bed. I HAD to come and check on you guys so wanted to update you with what was what. Yea, I am up those same 4 pounds I usually am after a weekend involving alcohol but I will get those off and move forward.

Hope you guys are all well and I will be back online more in the next few days. Love y'all!

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GRACEISENUF 8/13/2011 12:13AM

    Glad you had such a great time camping. You are right those pounds will drop off so fast. I picked up several at the lake and they are toast already.

Read your Gramma blog first and saw you'd already dropped a few. I sure loved that blog Jan.

Spark on Beautiful!


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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/11/2011 11:10AM

    Sounds like you had a blast!

I hope Frank's mom feels better today.

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IMIN2GENES 8/11/2011 9:33AM

    I'm so jealous! Looks like everyone had a fabulous time. Sounds like you've found a perfect place for camping.

Hope grammy is okay! I'll keep her in my thoughts!

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DAISY443 8/11/2011 3:24AM

    Still jealous! Glad you had such a wonderful time! Hope grandma gets better soon! Hugs!

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KIMBANN 8/10/2011 8:46PM

    It sounds like a wonderful break - welcome back!

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BIGMAMAT 8/10/2011 7:47PM

    Glad your back! emoticon

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    I feel ya about those same old f8cking pounds.

WAY TO BE AWESOME AND NOT OVERINDULGE (too much)!!!! :D So proud!!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/9/2011 6:38AM

    Awesome! Sounds like a blast.


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CANNIE50 8/9/2011 12:35AM

    kids, chaos, camping, laughing, and "fat labs" - nice combo, how could you NOT have fun?

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CHAR1970 8/9/2011 12:34AM

    Looks like a lot of fun!

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AHEALTHIERME44 8/8/2011 9:19PM

    Those pictures are great! Looks like so much fun. Prayers going out to your grandma!!

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CULAINA 8/8/2011 7:46PM

    it sounds like you had an amazing time and really enjoyed yourself. great news. hope grandma feels better soon x

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RIGBY31 8/8/2011 2:58PM

    Love hearing about the chaos and laughter! (Hope grammy is ok).

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OJIBWEEQUAY 8/8/2011 2:05PM

    You are the most fun person I know! HA! Sorry about gram!! emoticon

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    Glad you had fun.

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KAMAPERRY 8/8/2011 1:20PM

    How fun!!

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VAMANOS 8/8/2011 12:46PM

    Would you adopt me? Your family has so much fun!!!

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JOMAMA99 8/8/2011 12:33PM

    Sounds and looks like you had a great time. That is my kind of vacation! Welcome back.

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SAMPSONPKA 8/8/2011 12:12PM

    Glad you all had a great time!

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DEBBIE19580 8/8/2011 11:40AM

    sounds like a awesome time. that alcohol gets me every time. love/hate thing with me. i hope your hubby's grandma is hanging in there. have a great day. emoticon emoticon

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CHELEMIA 8/8/2011 11:33AM

    I am so glad you had a sanity break!! It is so wonderful to see people loving life!! And if anyone needs to celebrate life it is you!!! YOu have had many traumatic things since June hopefully this fall things will settle down!! Weight is always there, moments of celebration of friends, family, and life isn't. Relax, enjoy what you have, to heal what is lost and fixed! Luv always!

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LADYJ6942 8/8/2011 10:50AM



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    Looks like you had a GREAT weekend!! :) I too would love to go camping with you -- it looks like it'd be a blast!

I hope grandma is okay today...

- Michelle

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 8/8/2011 10:23AM

    I SO want to go camping with you! Glad you had an awesome time!

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