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Silly Pome of the Day 1

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Okay. Time to get silly. (See my blog from November 29, 2013 for the importance of silliness.)

To the tune of "The Star Spangled Banner"

There are kitties in here;
And they drank my root beer;
And they ate all my chips
And devoured all my dips.
All my cheesecake is gone;
And the stereo's on.
They are dancing around;
And the cookies can't be found;
'Cause they ate them all up;
And they tied up the pup!
Oh, those cats are so wild
Like a two-year-old child.
Oh, say, have you seen those kitties with my cake?
'Cause they ate everything else, and I have a headache!


  
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TENNESSEEWALKER 9/13/2014 6:55PM

    Did you write that? You have a great comic touch!

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WALLAHALLA 9/10/2014 7:38PM

    emoticon Love it!

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WHITECAT19 9/10/2014 3:34PM

    Thanks! I'm glad it was a joke! Not sure where he got it, but I didn't see any emails about it.

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TRAVELGRRL 9/10/2014 12:30PM

    Cute poem!

Your husband is wrong -- you can't buy medical marijuana food items with food stamps. Here's the link if you want to cut and paste it to read the whole article.

http://www.snopes.com/polit
ics/satire/potfoodstamps.asp>

The original story appeared in The National Report, which is a site that specializes in political satire. (It was a JOKE!)

Here's what the National Report says on their "disclaimer" page:

"National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental."

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EVIE4NOW 9/10/2014 9:51AM

  That is weird. lol. Medical marijauna is now considered a food?

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An Open Letter to My Cats

Monday, June 09, 2014

Oh, my darling kitties. It was so wonderful when you met us at the door when we returned from the ER. Yes, your poor, sweet Human-Dad was sick again. I'm sure your tender ministrations have contributed to his feeling better already. It seems that you think outside the box when consoling poor, helpless humans.

Imagine my chagrin, then, when I discovered that . . . while we were at the ER . . . you were not thinking outside the box. No, you were peeing outside the box! It was such a nice touch to conclude a truly outstanding evening! I so enjoyed cleaning it up, especially since it was after midnight when I discovered it. It is probably a good thing that I did not know which of you did this deed! It was especially helpful because of how it delayed my nice, relaxing bubble bath. (I had to use the bathtub in the cleanup process and then disinfect it before I could use it.) I know that you were just trying to be truly outstanding kitties, but you do not need to prove how wonderful you are again!

Whew! Glad to have that off my chest! Now that I have written it, I am glad you cannot read. Because . . . if you really knew how I felt about this home-made gift, you might give such gifts to me more often!

Yours truly,
Your Human-Mom

(It's good to laugh, ya know!?)

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MIAJOEB 8/10/2014 3:38PM

    Oh, I know how it feels but I am lucky and have found that Archie and Jinks like the crystal litter and I keep it clean several times a day. But I have had other cats that hated it. So finding what your kitties like is job one.



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TENNESSEEWALKER 6/14/2014 6:30PM

    I have a bunch of boot trays, too. Well! Problem solved! Next?

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WHITECAT19 6/12/2014 12:58PM

    I had a mat down, but it escaped the mat. Now I have a boot tray under it. My husband had one of those under the other litter box, and it almost always catches the accidents. I had to get a different litter box because the one I had for them would not fit well on the boot tray. They are worth all the trouble!
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TENNESSEEWALKER 6/12/2014 10:31AM

    Maybe you can put a "welcome mat" at the door to contain the damage. Puppy training pads come to mind.

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WHITECAT19 6/9/2014 10:51PM

    We live in a small apartment, so that is not a good option for us. Too cramped already. I always wear my Croc knock-offs or something any time I walk around because one of the cats likes to barf in high-traffic areas from time to time. Yes, I still love my kitties! They more than make up for the occasional accidents, and I really would hate walking a dog in the rain.

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WALLAHALLA 6/9/2014 10:02PM

    This would be why I invested in the world's largest litter box. It is so huge it put an end to the problem. Takes up floor space, but beats surprises discovered with bare feet in the middle of the night, and all the necessary disinfecting. emoticon

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WHITECAT19 6/9/2014 12:53PM

    I'm pretty sure it was unintentional. It happens from time to time. Someone faced the back of the cat pan and didn't get their bum down low enough to miss the open doorway. The one that gets the occasional UTI exhibits very pronounced strange behavior when she needs a vet.

I was pretty upset when this happened because of how tired and stressed-out I was. By the time I wrote the blog, I was laughing my head off!

Still a cat-lover! emoticon

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TENNESSEEWALKER 6/9/2014 10:44AM

    Are they looking for attention, or a trip to the vet to treat a urinary tract infection? (Voice of some experience.)

This is when it gets hard to love a cat. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 6/9/2014 8:03AM

    Yuck! Kitty urine is so toxic, too! P-U!

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SUZANNE65203 6/9/2014 4:39AM

    Oh dear! Are they looking for attention?

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ZRIE014 6/9/2014 12:37AM

  nice

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Help! Gotta sleep better!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Okay, on Sunday I set a new goal of being in bed no later than midnight. I did go to bed before midnight Sunday, and I slept pretty well. Last night I went to bed before midnight again, but I could not sleep! Several times recently I have read that if you are unable to sleep, you should get out of bed, so I did. I felt like maybe I could sleep around 3, so I went back to bed. But although I was very tired, I still could not sleep! So I got back up and was up until after 5. Finally I was able to get to sleep.

I was tired when I went to bed, so why couldn't I sleep? Main reason: another stress-filled afternoon and evening spent at the ER. When Charles is sick, my body does not cooperate very well with me. I did some bad eating and even had a fully-loaded Cherry Coke. Not a good idea!

The reason for setting a bedtime was to try and improve my sleep schedule. But maybe that is doing it backwards. Theoretically, I have more control over when I crawl out of bed than I do over when I can actually fall asleep. So I am trashing the bedtime goal and setting a wake-up goal instead. Maybe if I can get the wake-up time in place, the bedtime will follow.

So, new goal: Drag my buns out of bed no later than 9:00 each morning! I may set it earlier in the future, but for now that seems ambitious enough.

This will be much more difficult than the not-eating-at-the-computer thing. Thanks for cheering me on through that one!

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UPPITYANN 3/13/2014 11:43AM

  p.s. With the breathing technique do it all slowly of course.

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UPPITYANN 3/12/2014 9:55PM

  Here is something I learned decades ago.

Take ten deep, deep breaths Inhale-pause a second- exhale.
On the tenth breath inhale and hold it as long as you can.

If this doesn't work repeat.

One can repeat a third time but I never got past one and a half.

The air 1) relaxes your muscles and 2) sends a great burst of oxygen to the brain which somehow relaxes the mind too.

This usually works for me.

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PURPLEPEONY 2/20/2014 8:48AM

    It`s hard to rest when you have a lot on your mind. emoticon

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GSAC56 1/14/2014 10:58AM

    Be gentle with yourself. Sometimes warm milk can help and a little TLC toward yourself. My problem is that I don't want to go to bed, and when I do, I don't want to leave my bed. Then it is all about the circumstances, the stress, and turning off the mind. I am wishing you peace. Gail

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MIAJOEB 12/31/2013 7:55PM

    It may be the time of the year and less sunshine.. I have started trying to get out while the sun is out and walk. So far it has not made a difference... I often cannot sleep at night. emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 12/10/2013 7:49PM

    I think that's a great way to tackle the problem. After a few days of getting up earlier, you definitely should be able to fall asleep by midnight! Good luck...

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WALLAHALLA 12/10/2013 4:03PM

    I am so NOT a morning person. When I have to get up for work, that's one thing, but on days off I really like to sleep in. Then I can't get to sleep at night, especially if I have caffeine. It didn't used to effect me, but as I get older, it really does. Good luck with your new goal!

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HENABELLE 12/10/2013 3:29PM

    It is hard to sleep when things are going as they should (sick hubby and ER creates an active mind that won't settle down to sleep). Back your wake-up time up and you'll maybe be sleepy at night. But then again, even when I'm overtired, I still can't sleep. I find that mis-eating is my downfall for night sleep. I hope you can get a handle on this, otherwise you''ll end out exhausted. emoticon

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TENNESSEEWALKER 12/10/2013 2:58PM

    Well, dearie, you are not off the hook on the no-eating-at-the-computer deal. Hmph, hmph, hmph.

Here's my take. I was recently in an ER with a loved one, and I was the worst kind of jazzed even without caffeine. So, first off - I wouldn't give myself a whole lot of demerits for not falling asleep after an emergency. It's an emergency, all bets are taken off the table.

Second - Good for you for trying some coping techniques when you couldn't get to sleep. I have my own techniques that don't involve drugs. You'll find what works for you. Giving yourself a definite time to get up is a technique you came up with yourself, and that's a good sign.

All right, if you're still awake through all of this bloviation, I dunno what I'm gunna do with you. You're a big girl, and we're your friends. Get your buns outta bed by 9am, or, or or ... we'll make you start your streak over.

These are for you
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MJEFFERSON23 12/10/2013 11:18AM

  I hear you. I've had trouble sleeping, too. These helped me; warm bath, light reading, a little herbal tea, soothing music (w/off timer), and absolutely no TV!

Best wishes, MJ

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Thank you to my silly friends

Friday, November 29, 2013

Some people might think I am "wasting" too much time participating in "silly" threads and looking at blogs that include mostly comics and cute animal pictures. I appreciate the inspirational blogs I read, too; but the funny ones are what help me most in dealing with my life right now. There are lots of studies that show that laughter is good medicine . . . for physical problems and for the anxiety that many of us face.

When I go to sleep at night, one of the last things I usually think about is whether or not my husband will still be alive in the morning. On my good nights, I am able to leave the question in God's hands and go to sleep. On my not-so-good nights, I find it difficult or impossible to go to sleep. And sometimes I am awake because Charles is moaning from the pain in his feet and legs . . . or because he is coughing . . . or because he is having dreams about Vietnam and thrashing around in his sleep . . . or because he is in the office or the living room because HE cannot sleep.

When I wake up in the morning, I check to see that Charles is still breathing. I look at his legs to see if they are swollen. If he looks feverish, I check his temp to make sure his fever has not sky-rocketed again. I remember the day I found him on the floor in the office in a diabetic coma. When he does his morning check of all his vitals, I quiz him about whether he has gained fluid weight over-night. If he has gained a lot, then we have another run to the ER. Every time I wonder if it is the last time.

I have some medical issues of my own, but they are nothing compared with what Charles goes through every day. Still, they do add to my exhaustion.

So . . . I want to thank all my Spark friends who participate in my favorite "silly" threads. I want to thank my Spark friends who post comics, jokes, and pictures that keep me laughing. Other than prayer, it is the single most valuable support I get here. Yes, it is even more valuable than the support for forming better eating habits and being more consistent about exercise. It gives me relief from the stress of life and keeps me smiling.

So, my dear, "silly" Spark Friends . . . Thank You!!!!!

  
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CTUPTON 5/8/2014 9:05PM

    I love--and need--the silly stuff that people post! Don't feel guilty! Everyone, keep those jokes and cartoons coming. Mostly we have to laugh or else life just gets too hard.

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BAMAJAM 12/12/2013 12:24PM

  I am touched by your words... and I understand that we need a "release valve" for our difficult times. Humor is wonderful medicine indeed, and how sad for those who cannot enjoy Silliness--- and who don't have a sense of humor.
Sending you a gentle hug, warm thoughts, and a friendly smile!
God bless you and your husband.
( ... I am Silly too )

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HENABELLE 12/10/2013 3:31PM

    emoticon there are silly people here



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KIWIANN 12/1/2013 9:52AM

    What is good for you - body or soul - is never a waste!! Thanks for taking the time to find laughter in a situation where so many might not even bother to try! Right now I don't have as much time to spend on the "silly" threads, but I do understand how uplifting the laughter they provide can be!! And you are definitely a joy to interact with on this site, so a big emoticon right back at you!!! emoticon

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DEE107 12/1/2013 12:02AM

    fits all the caretakers ...love this thank you

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WALLAHALLA 11/30/2013 11:13PM

    I must admit that silly posts and funny blogs do far more for my morale than sp articles.

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CILLALILLY 11/30/2013 11:17AM

    Who is silly? I'm not silly. emoticon emoticon
I confess, I normally don't read blogs. I read/type for a living so I get tired of all the reading. lol ...but I love our "silly threads!" :)

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TENNESSEEWALKER 11/30/2013 9:59AM

    Thanks for your post. I don't feel so silly any more. emoticon

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RENEEAQUA 11/30/2013 2:17AM

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SUSANBEAMON 11/30/2013 12:28AM

  laughter is sometimes the only medicine that we can give to ourselves that helps. i can't imagine what you go through, but i would never stifle you need to laugh. emoticon

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I Just Need a Little Help From My Friends!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Okay, I've been threatening for two days to write my first blog. Why? Because I need help! I started my journey toward better health back in early March when I enrolled in a weight-loss program at the Veteran's Administration with my husband. By the time I joined Spark in April, I had already lost 10 or 12 pounds. After joining Spark, I lost another 15 or so. Then I got sick, stopped exercising, and plateaued. When I don't exercise, I also don't eat right. I would get better, start exercising again, and eat better, but I was still on a plateau. This happened a couple times, and then I got sick again. This time, I started gaining a little of the weight back. Oh, no . . . I don't want to do that! I worked too hard to lose it! Now I'm feeling better again, but my eating was getting out of control in spite of the fact that I was exercising. The worst day was this past Thursday, when I ate a small milkshake, a small order of fries, 6 servings of candy (!), an entire bag of microwave Kettle Corn, and 4 frozen fruit bars. All that in addition to the healthy food my body needed!
When I started this journey, I made a rule against eating at the computer, but that rule had gone by the wayside. Since I started eating at the computer again, I consistently ate extra servings of carbs and treats. Soooooo . . . my first step was to reinstate the rule against eating at the computer. Friday and Saturday I have done a much better job of keeping my eating under control.
Kiwi, I thank you for posting your "snack-free" days on your status. I am going to start posting my "no-eating-at the computer" days on mine. Maybe that will inspire me to keep it up!
There are some other things I need to improve, too, like my schedule and such. But for now I am just going to concentrate on the discipline of not eating at the computer. And, of course, I will continue to exercise as much as I can within my health limitations.
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MSGRANNYMAE 11/19/2013 7:29PM

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TAMMYAND 11/12/2013 12:50PM

    All the best as you rise to this challenge. You can do it. I am a firm believer in celebrating each and every success no matter how big or small. So celebrate your first blog and your commitment to your goal. emoticon I think tracking your goal is a stellar idea. You will build momentum and see more positive changes. Keep up the good work, and remember God loves you!

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TENNESSEEWALKER 11/11/2013 4:10PM

    Just checked your status, as of 4 PM, and it's showing Sunday. Is today your fourth no-eating-at-the-computer day? I hope you are feeling well enough to sit in front of your computer and be typing away to your old Sparking buddies. Are you going cold turkey on the no-eating-at-the-computer or can you work on drinking your 8 cups of water? Tell you what, drinking all that water will make you get up and walk away from that keyboard. emoticon

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 11/11/2013 9:49AM

    May God bless your success on this journey we all share.

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DWROBERGE 11/11/2013 12:17AM

    Keep focused for success. You can do it. Go for it.

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WHITECAT19 11/11/2013 12:04AM

    Eating mostly at home has helped me a lot! My husband's dietary restrictions are so extreme that he really cannot enjoy eating out. So our eating habits have improved a lot just because of that. I guess even illness can have a silver lining!

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WALLAHALLA 11/10/2013 11:00PM

    We are all in this together. That is a great goal to start with. Hubby and I just made a pact to eat more meals and home and quit buying unhealthy snacks. Little monkey wants to keep his weight down for wrestling season, so he is on-board with the healthy eating...for now.

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TRAVELGRRL 11/10/2013 9:30PM

    I have tackled my bad habits one at a time. My worst one was eating in front of the TV. I was eating ALL my meals in the den, and none in the kitchen! I have completely changed that in the past year and now I only eat sitting at the kitchen table. YOU CAN DO it, and I'm glad you blogged! It's a great tool to keep yourself accountable. Keep checking in and letting us know how you do.

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WHITECAT19 11/10/2013 8:01PM

    Thank you all for your encouragement! I have not eaten at the computer today, and the day is drawing to a close. So that will be three days!

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BARBANNA 11/10/2013 6:35PM

    It's takes a lot of patience and time to change bad habits. It will happen if you want it to! emoticon emoticon

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KIWIANN 11/10/2013 6:00PM

    I think that it is smart to focus on one thing at a time.... once you master not eating at the computer, you can move on to the next healthy habit!!
You CAN do it!! And I am confident that you WILL do it!!
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HENABELLE 11/10/2013 3:36PM

    Okay, here I am... emoticon emoticon If you got a munchie right now, emoticon get up and put it back but if you don't emoticon emoticon emoticon I'm at a similar place right now too. I did so well for a month and a half and now I'm wallowing in food again. I just nibbled some chocolate chips and a cookie while sitting here at the computer. Funny how when the exercise gets "tabled" the food on the table becomes excessive. emoticon

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JLEMUS1 11/10/2013 3:32PM

    Just take it one goal at a time until they all come together!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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