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Lost a dear friend last night

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Our friend Larry who was a good buddy of ours died last night. He and his wife Sheila were in the same yacht club with us and we went on many boating vacations way up into Barkley Sound in the Pacific Northwest. We used to have so much fun anchoring out and having theme parties. I remember how much fun Larry used to have...he even wore a grass skirt to one of the themes that was an Hawaiian night. Larry had congestive heart failure and was having so many complications such as kidney failure and was in a lot of pain. He and his wife decided yesterday to bring him home from the hospital and to stop all treatments. It was fortunate that he passed so soon and is no longer in any pain. My DH and I scanned these photos of better times and emailed them to Larry to see yesterday to share the memories of better times. As time goes on, it is so hard to lose those that we care about.
RIP dear Larry.
Hope all my sparks buddies are doing well. Enjoy your Sunday.
Sallie

  
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DANCINGGRAM 3/22/2012 8:07PM

    My I add my condolences also here. It certainly isn't easy to say good bye to those whom we shared ourselves with. emoticon

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GAYEMC 3/19/2012 6:41PM

    so sorry for your loss Sallie. One of the sad things about getting older, loosing friends and loved ones.

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 3/18/2012 8:22PM

    Sallie, I'm so sorry to hear this - it's never easy to lose a friend!!
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JOANNS4 3/18/2012 6:32PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Remember the good time.
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IILAAD65 3/18/2012 6:07PM

    Oh sweetie I am so sorry! But you are right to keep those memories close to your heart...

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MEXIHOLIC 3/18/2012 6:00PM

    Our Thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family. Sorry to hear about your loss. emoticon

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IRP1114 3/18/2012 4:58PM

    So sorry to hear of your loss Sallie. Good friends are hard to find. Glad you had a chance to remind him of good times.



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JUDY1676 3/18/2012 4:04PM

    It is so hard to lose a good friend but it's always good when there is no more pain. Prayers for the family amd for you, too. emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 3/18/2012 4:00PM

    I am so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful and dear friend. Thank you for sharing these pictures of happier times. Looks like you all had a wonderful friendship. emoticon

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N_STITCHES 3/18/2012 2:01PM

  Sorry for your loss, Sallie. (((hugs)))

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RUNNER12COM 3/18/2012 1:59PM

    I'm so sorry to read about this. My thoughts are with you and your friends at this rough time.

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PAMNANGEL 3/18/2012 1:42PM

    Condolances on your loss. He left behind a lot of good memories for friends and family to cherish.

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BUTEAFULL 3/18/2012 12:55PM

    emoticonLarry looks like a wonderful companion

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WENDYSPARKS 3/18/2012 12:50PM

    Sorry....you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 3/18/2012 11:57AM

    So sad, but a good life! emoticon

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DOOBRIE 3/18/2012 11:54AM

    So sorry that you lost such a dear friend, who looked so jolly.
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GMAHOSS1 3/18/2012 11:53AM

  sorry to hear about your loss. i hope that everyting will be alright with you and yours please send my deepest sympathy to all


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NISSANGIRL 3/18/2012 11:35AM

    I am so sorry for your loss Sallie, he seemed like a wonderful person! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 3/18/2012 11:24AM

    My deepest sympathies Sallie.
It sounds like he was a good friend to your DH and you, RIP Larry.

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MADLYINLOVE 3/18/2012 11:01AM

    Oh Sallie, this is heart-wrenching. I'm so sorry. I hope you can be comforted today by all of the wonderful memories you have of your friend and all of the beautiful times you shared together.

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MEADSBAY 3/18/2012 10:59AM

    RIP, Larry.
So sorry, Peanut.
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CITYZOZO 3/18/2012 10:53AM

    i'm so sorry --he looks like he had so much fun.. best, zo

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Happy St. Patty's Day!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Hope all my sparks buddies have a terrific St. Patty's Day. My DH and I went out for lunch yesterday and had bar food so we are going to stay home today and eat light. I am going to try something new and grill some eggplant and eat it on toasted Nopal tortillas (only 20 calories each) with Laughing cow light cheese, and tomato sauce. Sounds interesting. Will let you know how it turns out.

Living in Mexico and not having all the products that you have in the States presents interesting challenges. I am constantly looking for easy quick meals that I can make. I miss some of the products you can get that make cooking a bit easier like egg whites, egg beaters, soy cheeses, and such. It keeps me thinking all the time so I guess that is a good thing. Keeps the brain sharp.

I would love to know how to make the yummy pizza/pasta sauce that they serve at both the Pizza place and Italian place down here. The folks are from Northern Italy and their sauce is just so good. It's light and very flavorful. I am going to research some recipes and see if I can't find an easy one to make. Jarred and canned sauce has so much sodium that I think I could do better if I made some on my own. And the tomatoes here are so cheep and good that it shouldn't cost too much to make. So if anyone has a good easy recipe, please let me know.
Have a terrific week end.
Sallie

  
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LIS193 3/18/2012 1:32AM

    The tomatoes in Mexico are so much better than up north, you should be able to make a really nice sauce. Good luck!

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GAYEMC 3/18/2012 1:20AM

    I love eggplant. My fave is to grill and at the end sprinkle with parm cheese. I so miss ripe tomatoes right now. Never heard of Nopal tortillas, are they corn?

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ROCKMAN6797 3/17/2012 11:13PM

    Happy St. Patrick's day Sallie! emoticon
BTW, I am still looking for those nopal tortillas.... emoticon

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 3/17/2012 4:53PM

    Let us know what you discover that works - I'd love to make pizza sauce, too!

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MEADSBAY 3/17/2012 2:07PM

    Try this:
dice fresh tomatoes and cook with a bit of salt and garlic-
cook until reduced and a nice consistency- maybe 20-25 min-
add some dried oregano and a drizzle of evoo.
Great on pasta or pizza.
Wish we had access to more good tomatoes up here.
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CITYZOZO 3/17/2012 1:18PM

    sounds like a good experiment.. can you keep adding spices to stewed tomatoes until it tastes good, that is what i try

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BUTEAFULL 3/17/2012 11:43AM

    I'm sure Chef Meg of SP has several recipes, and you can tweak them a bit for what's in your area (herbs wise)

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Good time with Mom yesterday

Friday, March 16, 2012

Had a nice time with Mom yesterday at our favorite burger place. I had the bacon blue cheese burger again.....so yummy and so very filling. I had had my protein drink in the morning then the burger, fries and some onion rings, oh and 2 beers. i was so full that I didn't eat another thing all day or night. Was surprised that the scale had me the same weight...no weight gain. What is up with that? It will probably show up tomorrow. But today it's back to eating light. My sister arrived late last night (with a cold...poor gal). so the preparation for the "big move" is underway. We will spend the next 10 days organizing Mom and her things for moving.
Hope all my sparks buddies are having a good day. Enjoy your week end!
Sallie

  
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NISSANGIRL 3/19/2012 7:09AM

    I have got to have one of those burgers!!! U look like u both had a great time Sallie!!! Love your photo's! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIS193 3/18/2012 1:33AM

    Two beautiful ladies :)

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 3/17/2012 10:35AM

    You and your mom both look so happy so it's clear you're having a great time - I hope her flight is safe and wish her the best with her 'new life'!! emoticon

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NATNOEL 3/16/2012 7:31PM

    I love your outfit...your mom's too, she is very cute.

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DOOBRIE 3/16/2012 6:04PM

    Lovely photos - looks like you both enjoyed yourselves with those big smiles!

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GAYEMC 3/16/2012 6:04PM

    I love your blogs when you add photos and the 2 of you look like you are having a wonderful time. And Sallie, if you don't look Hollywood glam in that hat and glasses!

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BUTEAFULL 3/16/2012 3:00PM

    posing with Marilyn...perfect...three cuties

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ROCKMAN6797 3/16/2012 1:49PM

    I concur, you do look amazing Sallie! Your Mom looks so happy, perhaps because she will soon be with her male friend?!
Have a great weekend!

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PARKERB2 3/16/2012 12:55PM

    Moms can be fun and it looks like the two of you are enjoying yourselves. Have a great day.

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FROSTIERACES 3/16/2012 10:53AM

    Those burgers look soo good! and you and your Mom are just cute! Love your hat, shades and outfit! emoticon

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IRP1114 3/16/2012 10:31AM

    Aww : ) you look amazing by the way. You probably ended up staying within your maintenance range since you didn't eat the rest of the day. Glad you got to enjoy a nice lunch with your mom Sallie.
Happy Friday!
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Facial Thursday and then burgers with Mom

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Today Mom wants to go to the best burger place for her last time. I am looking forward to it but know that the scale will be up tomorrow but then I will get right back on track again.
I was a bit disappointed today when getting on the scale as I have been eating light for three days knowing that this burger day was coming up. Anyway the scale told me I was up a half pound from yesterday. I know it's just water weight, etc. but I felt I ate light. I did eat the Kirkland canned chicken which I know has a lot of sodium so I am blaming that. Why not.
Today it will be the last time Mom and I will get out alone before she heads up to Pennsylvania to live with my sister. My sister arrives tonight. I am getting a facial first but then will just throw on my sunglasses and hat and off we will go to eat burgers. i am looking forward to the blue cheese bacon one again. Gosh I haven't had a burger in like a year and all of a sudden it will be twice in one month. So happy knowing that I will enjoy it and get right back on track again.
Hope all my sparks buddies are doing well.
Have a great Thursday.
Sallie

  
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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 3/15/2012 10:58PM

    Have a great time with your mom - you'll remember that a lot longer than you'll remember what the scale says!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 3/15/2012 9:34PM

    I love how you share your little secrets of maintanence!

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GAYEMC 3/15/2012 6:06PM

    emoticon emoticon Give that scale a boot I say! Have fun today.

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BUTEAFULL 3/15/2012 4:42PM

    just eat half of it and you won't feel any guilt, now...I want a facial

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ROCKMAN6797 3/15/2012 1:26PM

    Enjoy your day with your Mother Sallie, and, most of all, enjoy the best burger in town!

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MEADSBAY 3/15/2012 12:59PM

    I had my first burger (with gorgonzola cheese) in a long time the other night and was very disappointed- barely ate half- out of the bun, of course.
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PAWSINAZ 3/15/2012 11:48AM

    Sallie,
Enjoy your day (including the burger) with your mom. Being with your mom, is worth a little weight gain. I wish I could have one more bowl of ice cream with my mom.
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IRP1114 3/15/2012 11:31AM

    Don't let the scale bring you down. Your efforts will show up soon enough. Plus some times high calorie days are actually beneficial to the metabolism. Enjoy the facial!!! I am jealous lol ; )! And have fun with your mom today too! Hope your day is long enough to enjoy time with her.
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LIS193 3/15/2012 11:12AM

    Have a great time with your mom. Don't worry about the weight - it will go again in a couple of days.

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MADLYINLOVE 3/15/2012 10:51AM

    Sodium will do that! Not to worry if you don't see the results of your lighter eating patterns today, it will show up somewhere in the coming week or two. If all else fails, a little micro change in your routine again will help... it's a journey to find what works :) Have fun today Sallie!! Enjoy this moment - she'll soon be so far away from you! I hope you have the BEST time!

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N_STITCHES 3/15/2012 10:32AM

  Enjoy your day, Sallie......Patti
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Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Still eating light to offset the steak dinner. Down another pound today so that is good. I will be able to eat light again today but then tomorrow will be eating lunch out with Mom. It will be our last lunch out together alone down here in Mexico since my sister arrives tomorrow night. Won't be long until my Mother is all packed up and leaving Mexico to live with my sister.
I do have mixed feelings about it but as many of you know, my Mother and I have had many issues and I think it will be so good that she will live with my sister. She has lived down here 6 years and for the first four years it was okay as at that point my DH and she hadn't had the big "fight" and I included her in things. But after the big fight my DH didn't want to be in her company so he hasn't seen her for almost two years. I understand. They are both at fault and just don't like each other. So I think the distance will be good. I think I understand that what I will miss I wouldn't be able to have anyway...........and that would be a better relationship with my Mother but we just don't see things the same way. The good news is that I had heard Dr. Phil talking one time about his relationship with his father and that they fought all the time...big loud arguments and such. But Dr. Phil decided one day that he just wasn't going to fight with his father anymore. And that was it. His father who still tried to push his buttons said to him one time when he didn't get upset by something said "you aren't going to fight with me anymore, are you?" and Dr. Phil said "No" and that was it....they never fought again. Dr. Phil said he would just not enter into those topics that pushed his buttons as he would change the subject. So I took that to heart and every time my Mother tries to push my buttons, I change the subject. The good news is that we haven't had an argument for a long time and she will be leaving here and I know that we have, to the best of our abilities, enjoyed some good times out for lunches. I made her a picture book of places down here and photos of us out for lunches. She seemed to enjoy that. Family dynamics sure are interesting some times.
Hope everyone has a great Wednesday!
Sallie

  
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BUTEAFULL 3/14/2012 11:56PM

    oh the sweet and sour of family dynamics
this will be a good change for everyone I think, and if you get too lonesome for her you can visit for short time to get a fix

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WHITEANGEL4 3/14/2012 11:26PM

    Yes you will be missing your mother. That is only natural. You will be seeing her from time to time and she may feel different about you DH when she is with your sister. So many mixed feelings, but the love will always be there.

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DOOBRIE 3/14/2012 7:01PM

    Sounds like you're going to miss your mum a bit, as she goes off on her new adventure. Hope she soon settles with your sister.

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GAYEMC 3/14/2012 5:44PM

    Good that you have made peace with the arrangement between you and your mother. Enjoy your last Mexican lunch. And fill us in on man friend details.

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ROCKMAN6797 3/14/2012 2:53PM

    What a wonderful technique! Sounds like it has worked wonders with regards to your relationship with your mother.

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LIS193 3/14/2012 1:20PM

    Enjoy your last few weeks with your mom. Family is a tricky business - remember the good and forget the rest. You will miss her company but there is always Skype!

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N_STITCHES 3/14/2012 12:37PM

  Good blog, Sallie. Gives us something to think about. Enjoy your lunch with your mom tomorrow......Patti

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IRP1114 3/14/2012 12:33PM

    Yep family dynamics can be crazy. A lot times I feel like the glue holding little pieces of the family together with every one around not speaking to each other for one reason or another. It would be easier to not care! But that truly is a hard thing to change in ourselves. All we can do is think positive and find the good side of the situations we are in.

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MADLYINLOVE 3/14/2012 11:02AM

    I need to learn from this Sallie! I am so used to answering questions when asked that I have the hardest time remembering to change the subject when the inevitable uncomfortable questions surface! Great blog, thanks for putting things into perspective!

Hope YOU have a great Wednesday too :)

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LOSE4LIFE47 3/14/2012 10:53AM

    I know a lot of us have strained relationships within our families & it is hard!! Hang in there!!

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