-SHAWN-'s SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=%2DSHAWN%2D -SHAWN-'s Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Green Labels http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630809 Food Politics, always interesting... <BR> <em>341</em> <em>262</em> <em>476</em> <em>466</em> <em>486</em> <BR> <link>www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-<BR>03/people-connect-green-packaging-heal<BR>thy-food-even-candy-bars </link> <BR> <BR> Research suggests people view green labels as being healthy. <BR> <BR> Which label looks healthier to you? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l873639867.jpg"> <BR> Of course the industry jumped on changing t... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 11:43:57 EST Fructose Consumption & Modern Disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618706 Agave syrup is at the top of the list. <BR> <BR> "Fructose Consumption and Modern Disease" <BR> <BR> "The government began to subsidize farmers to produce food products such as corn and soy. Due to sugar tariffs and these governmental subsidies there was great incentive to make sugar alternatives out of corn. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) burst onto the commercial scene in the late 1950’s and began to grow in the 1970’s." <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l19342757... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 14:22:23 EST When Your Mother Says She's Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572617 Dear Mum, <BR> I was seven when I discovered that you were fat, ugly and horrible. Up until that point I had believed that you were beautiful&#8202;... <BR> Click link to keep reading <BR> <link>medium.com/human-parts/bf5111e68cc1 </link> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l348973524.jpg"> <BR> <link>medium.com/human-parts/bf5111e68cc1 </link> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 22:40:10 EST Food & Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556890 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l181809115.jpg"> Wed, 4 Dec 2013 14:57:08 EST Awesome Life Tip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548064 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1747829778.jpg"> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:37:25 EST FOX NEWS AIRS THE NASTY TRURTH ABOUT GMO'S! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531102 This is quite SHOCKING. <em>54</em> <BR> FOX news aired the nasty truth about GMO's. Since 90% of ALL media is owned/operated by only 6 corporations, it's almost unbelievable. <BR> I NEVER thought I would say this, but: Way to Go FOX News! <BR> <link>video.foxnews.com/v/2797330754001/ca<BR>n-genetically-modified-foods-be-bad-fo<BR>r-our-health/ </link> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 16:55:58 EST 8 Foods Even The Experts Won't Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525989 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1336652965.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Food scientists are shedding light on items loaded with toxins and chemicals' and simple swaps for a cleaner diet and supersized health. Experts from different areas of specialty explain why they won't eat these eight foods. <BR> <BR> 1. The Endocrinologist Won't Eat: Canned Tomatoes <BR> Fredrick Vom Saal, is an endocrinologist at the University of Missouri who studies bisphenol-A. <BR> <BR> The problem: The re... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:43:01 EST Trader Joe's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524754 First off, I Love Trader Joe's! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l220050650.jpg"> <BR> Like people, animals should only be given drugs when they are sick. Animals should not be RAISED on antibiotics, growth hormones, etc. <BR> There has been a steady stream of news on how people are becoming resistant to antibiotics, and for doctor's to stop prescribing them unnecessarily. I wonder if any of our resistance could be from eating animals raised on these drugs...hmm Anima... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 16:29:58 EST The Gummi Bear "Cleanse" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516558 This Amazon Review of the Sugarless Gummy Bears, Has Me 2nd Guessing That Want. Not to mention it's the funniest review I've seen in years! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1445737632.jpg"> <BR> "Oh man...words cannot express what happened to me after eating these. The Gummi Bear "Cleanse". If you are someone that can tolerate the sugar substitute, enjoy. If you are like the dozens of people that tried my order, RUN! <BR> "First of all, for taste I would rate these a 5... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 23:47:34 EST Fun Times With Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513805 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1049176115.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1311949862.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1283601576.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l619234375.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1763535249.jpg"> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 00:53:28 EST Trojan Horse Vaccinations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490312 Yes they are now (and will more than likely always push the limits), and we are the guinea pig/test subjects. <BR> <BR> "Behold the future of the apple: If the gene inserted into this apple plantlet makes it resistant to the fire blight bacterium, it could help save apple growers tens of millions of dollars a year. Researchers are also working on an apple that could vaccinate children against a virus that is the leading cause of pneumonia." <BR> <link>environment.nationalgeographic.com/e<B... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:54:20 EST Egg Muffins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470013 This is the first time I tried making egg muffins, using nothing but eggs, crumbled bacon, cheese, red bell peppers & chives. <BR> As you can see they look great, however only the very top (the part you can see in my picture) contains the crumbled bacon, cheese, red bell peppers & chives (all ingredients except the egg rose to the top), the rest is just baked egg, not delicious at all. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l827207613.jpg"> <BR> So I'm going to try this again... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:56:34 EST CauliBake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435216 I made this last night and it was delish :-) <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 Cup Cream, 2 T butter, 1 Cup cheddar cheese, 4 ounces cream cheese, & 1 head of cauliflower <BR> Method: <BR> Break up a head of cauliflower <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l494440269.jpg"> <BR> Blanch the cauliflower <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1613827864.jpg"> <BR> Melt, stir, thicken the cream cheese, butter & cream <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 12:20:23 EST Bread in Biblical Times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419474 Does the Bible Say We Should Eat Grains? See this link to find out: <BR> <link>wellnessmama.com/2359/does-the-bible<BR>-say-we-should-eat-grains/ </link> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1583789210.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Small Snippet: "Though the Bible references grains, the grains consumed a couple thousand years ago bear little to no resemblance to the grains we consume (or don’t consume!) today. <BR> <BR> In Jesus’ time, there were only three major types of wheat in ... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 02:21:11 EST I Have a Boyfriend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415074 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l438416591.jpg"> Tue, 9 Jul 2013 03:03:08 EST Anne of Green Gables http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400688 One of my all time favorite stories is "Anne of Green Gables". I've read the books and own the 1986 & '87 movies made of the story. Until today, I had no idea there was a movie made of the book way back in 1934. I'm watching it now for the 1st. time. This pic is when Marilla sees that her brother has brought home a girl, instead of the boy they were expecting from the orphanage. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l6094564.jpg"> <BR> I've finished watching it, and enjoyed ... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 22:01:46 EST Waffle Experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382688 One of my spark peeps posted a waffle recipe using cottage cheese, oatmeal & egg whites. I'm not big on the oatmeal part (try to keep my grain intake low to none), so I used half the oatmeal called for in her recipe and half coconut flour. I nervously recorded what would be success or failure. The waffle came out great looking, and I was SHOCKED that it actually tasted MUCH better than the standard fare. <BR> <BR> Original recipe: <BR> 4 egg whites <BR> 1/2 cup cottage cheese <BR> 1/2 cup oa... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 18:12:58 EST Who Remembers Simon? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376834 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1023001652.jpg"> <BR> You can play it again! <BR> Here: <link>neave.com/simon/ </link> <BR> Work those fingers out <em>334</em> Mon, 3 Jun 2013 13:50:29 EST Oatmeal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376010 Grains, I knew were not all that great for teeth. Here is an actual study using only oatmeal, the subjects: children. Not good :-( <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1127433263.jpg"> <BR> "I'll start with diet 1. Children on this diet ate the typical fare, plus extra oatmeal. Oatmeal is typically eaten as an unsoaked whole grain (and soaking it isn't very effective in any case), and so it is high in phytic acid, which effectively inhibits the absorption of a number of m... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 21:25:37 EST See What Happens When I Shower! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369570 <em>262</em> Count the cans of V8 Juice... That's right SEVEN CANS! <BR> After my grandson Christian had a full lunch serving of chicken and vegetables (which included one can of V8). He, (without my knowledge, I shower in when he's eating, knowing he's safe & busy) opened and pushed another SEVEN CANS of V8 juice. <BR> <em>29</em> Hope there will be no bathroom ramifications! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l64360289.jpg"> <BR> Mon, 27 May 2013 18:09:18 EST My Daughter & I http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364963 This is my youngest daughter Audra and me. She flew up from Texas for a Pacific Northwest visit with family and friends. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l973575606.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2045156.jpg"> <BR> <BR> She is back home now, hope to see each other again next year :-) Wed, 22 May 2013 20:14:36 EST Healthy Food Cuteness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358706 Back in my younger days I actually did fun stuff like this. The appreciation to do so was taught to me by my Great Aunt Mable in Kankakee, Il. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1426736161.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l153489245.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1213445291.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1711869715.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Thu, 16 May 2013 15:03:54 EST Losing - Maintaining - ZigZag - Calculating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354137 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1024720564.jpg"> <BR> I love this calculator: <link>goo.gl/Arg8C </link> <BR> <BR> I put the info of where I am or my goal (maintain/lose), and it tells me how many calories I can have a day with the amount of exercise I do or if I'm in bed sick (doing nothing) it tells me how many calories I need in that basal mode too. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l382408146.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Sun, 12 May 2013 15:29:33 EST Carnival http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353239 After we picked up copies of "The Spark Solution" at Barns & Noble my grandson and I headed to the carnival that had just set up in the parking lot :-) <BR> May 10th, 2013 Sat, 11 May 2013 16:01:48 EST The Spark Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353202 Yesterday my grandson Christian and I went to Barns and Noble and purchased Sparkpeople's book: The Spark Solution. <BR> * He picked out a couple for himself too <em>203</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l432653392.jpg"> <BR> Our B&N is at the mall, and surprise surprise there was a carnival that had just set up. So we had to do that too ;-) <BR> * It's difficult to get a good pic of him due to his T.B.I. <em>175</em> Sat, 11 May 2013 14:52:29 EST I Cheated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347581 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1510880413.jpg"> Mon, 6 May 2013 15:25:53 EST How To Lose 20 Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327818 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1144570926.jpg"> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 16:50:40 EST The 'Monsanto Protection Act' Passed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307513 Monsanto Protection Act Passed, Signed into Law <BR> <BR> <link>gerson.org/gerpress/take-action-farm<BR>-bills-farmer-assurance-provision-thre<BR>atens-organic-farming/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1996928134.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have personally stopped and shrunk a non-cancerous tumor in my left kidney. The tumor was discovered about 10 years back and biopsied at that time. Recently it started to grow to a size so large it was causing me a good de... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 12:28:07 EST Paleo Candied Pecans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280793 I made these candied pecans, using the recipe from this link: <BR> <link>paleotable.com/2012/11/paleo-candied<BR>-pecans-2/ </link> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1912766090.jpg"> <BR> I have no clue what the 'egg wash' accomplishes, I'm going to make a small experimental few without the 'egg wash' to see if there's a noticeable difference. <BR> The stirring was a pain, I had to set the timer over & over for 15 minutes :-( <BR> It must be to make sure they don't s... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 05:00:15 EST Do You Have A Problem? We Had A Couple... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245193 My friends know my 13 year old post transplant brain injured grandson came for a visit over three years back, and he is still here. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1863434764.jpg"> <BR> He was placed on the adult anti-psychotic Risperdal at around 7 years of age. He was a danger to himself and others, not to mention the destruction of property. <BR> <em>273</em> The side effects of the drug Haldol (which is in the same family as the Risperdal my grandson is taking) ... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 14:30:29 EST Treating Food Addictions with Amino Acids http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235889 From the Wisdom of Maggie Ney N.D. See Link: <link>goo.gl/dp22z </link> <BR> <BR> 5-HTP: decreases carbohydrate cravings. <BR> <BR> Tyrosine: decreases food cravings triggered by fatigue or inability to concentrate. <BR> <BR> N-acetylcysteine: this amino acid turns into the neurotransmitter glutamate. Low glutamate levels have been associated with addictive behaviors and contribute to strong food and drug cravings. <BR> <BR> GABA: decreases food cravings associated with stress or an o... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 15:37:09 EST Why 80 Percent of People Worldwide Will Soon Stop Eating Wheat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229594 "Why 80 Percent of People Worldwide Will Soon Stop Eating Wheat" <BR> Prevent Disease: <link>goo.gl/sJJTC </link> <BR> <BR> Discovery News: <link>goo.gl/Ms9tM </link> <BR> "...the thought of eliminating (wheat) these staples from our diets seems wholly unreasonable, if not ludicrous. But a growing number of people are switching to wheat-free diets - and for very good reason. As science is increasingly showing, eating wheat increases the potential for a surprising number of health probl... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 00:26:27 EST Update: Apple Cranberry Crumble http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161069 Although this is an awesome recipe, it's very sweet and rich. It's a one slice will do ya! This more then makes up for apple pie for those who are cutting gluten/wheat from their diet or want to reduce the amount they're taking in. <BR> I baked up several more apples and scooped them in, to cut back on the sinful indulgence of this recipe. It begs for a scoop of ice cream on the side :-) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l636848838.jpg"> Sun, 9 Dec 2012 12:35:28 EST Dr. William Davis's Apple Cranberry Crumble http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159733 Trying out Dr. William Davis's Apple Cranberry Crumble recipe from his Wheat Belly Blog <BR> <BR> <link>www.wheatbellyblog.com/2012/11/apple<BR>-cranberry-crumble/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1538689692.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1131088559.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I used four apples instead of one, and just mixed them in with the filling. <BR> We'll see how it turns out :-) <BR> <em>56</em> <em>460</em> <em>471<... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 22:55:48 EST A Night of Dragons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159189 Dreamworks: "How To Train Your Dragon" <BR> I took Christian to the Dreamworks production of: <BR> How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular <BR> last night at the Tacoma Dome... <BR> <BR> Videos of the live show here (my grandsons youtube page): <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/user/christianleetuc<BR>ker </link> <BR> This particular one is cute, the dragons all had stinky breath, towards the end they are brushing and flossing the Dragons teeth...lol <link>goo.gl/J7vNF </link> <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 10:41:33 EST A Thought About Store Bought Juice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144307 O.k. life gets crazy busy with the (brain injured/post transplant) grandson to tend to. <BR> <em>100</em> <em>198</em> <em>40</em> <em>100</em> <em>198</em> <em>40</em> <em>100</em> <em>198</em> <em>40</em> <BR> I juice fruits and vegees. However in actuality I can't find time to do this as often as I would like, nor blend up all his meals (he is tube fed). At these times I give him 'fast food'. No not the food people get going through the drive-through at Mc D's etc. His 'Fas... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 14:12:49 EST Whipping Cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115798 I whip my own whipped cream, the only difference between homemade real whipped cream and say the store bought 'Cool Whip" is stiffness. Cool Whip is stiffer. <BR> <BR> There is a product called "Clear Jel" that can be added to the whipping cream and that will stiffen it up like store bought Cool Whip, however Clear Jel is a loaded carb...grrr. <BR> <BR> I use Xanthan Gum to thicken up my oil & vinegar dressing, so it doesn't just drip right off my beautiful salad and stand on the bottom of... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 16:42:16 EST Installed Bidet Fixture All By Myself ;-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114018 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1205092907.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l668942917.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I ordered it yesterday, it arrived this morning and I installed it in about 15 minutes! <BR> <BR> Luxe Bidet MB110 Fresh Water Spray Non-Electric Mechanical Bidet Toilet Seat Attachment: <link>goo.gl/Aacdv </link> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 18:59:31 EST Plant Water Bottle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106206 <em>58</em> I just learned this today... <BR> I took a DaVinci bottle, filled it with water and plunged it <BR> upside down into my palm tree. <BR> Now it's a self watering tree ;-) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1150028462.jpg"> Sat, 20 Oct 2012 16:31:35 EST You should NOT be allowed to know what's in your food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095297 You should NOT be allowed to know what's in your food because: <BR> Your Puny Little Head Would Explode! <BR> <em>272</em> Hilarious video here: <link>goo.gl/CNFWx </link> starring Danny DeVito, <BR> Bill Maher, Dave Matthews, & Kristen Bauer van Straten. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l783187710.jpg"> <BR> No-GMO Action Pack <BR> <link>www.foodrevolution.org/gmopack.html </link> <BR> <em>376</em> <em>369</em> <em>372</em> <em>376</em> <em>369</em> <e... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:09:18 EST Swim & Slide at the YMCA Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093236 Grandboy is all better ;-) Thank you all for your kind words and support. <BR> Tue, 9 Oct 2012 21:27:21 EST Bike Injuries This Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088288 <em>212</em> Thank you for all the kind and loving well wishes. <BR> For the few who don't know about my grandson Christian: He is brain injured, an injury that happened to him as an infant while in the hospital undergoing dialysis. <BR> <em>217</em> Christian had never owned a bike to my knowledge. It was evident he did not know how to ride this one, nor did he want to attempt to do so. <BR> He was dropped off in his own backyard, all streets he knows of are dead ends except for our s... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 19:40:04 EST Bike Accident http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083868 Yesterday after taking my grandson Christian in for his morning blood work/labs, I stopped at the store to pick up some toiletries. They had bikes out with signs reading: Layaway for Xmas. Christian rode his parents bikes while in CA. last month, he was unsteady as anyone would be when never have ridden; his parents sent me videos of his riding. <BR> <BR> I had planned on getting him a bike NEXT summer, no way for 'him' to ride here through winter and spring. <BR> <BR> Well he saw those bi... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 13:52:33 EST Pulled My Grandson From Public School http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078353 After 4 years in a CA school and 3 years in his local WA state school, I had to pull my grandson from public school. <BR> <BR> At the end of the 6th grade school year, he still didn't understand 1st. grade addition or subtraction. I myself had tried a few ways to teach math with no success, then I did them all at once, so he could see no matter how 5+3 was expressed you would always get 8, he understood instantly! <BR> <BR> I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to get the school to d... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 11:53:22 EST Pesticides - Ingredients - Chemicals - Diabetes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059606 Interesting podcast. The claim: "non toxic", means less than the term "all natural" and now a diabetes connection? <link>goo.gl/CDdwN </link> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 20:39:00 EST My Daughter and Me Saying Goodbye http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5030907 4 p.m. August 25th, 2012 <BR> I'm dropping my daughter Audra (my youngest) and her boyfriend off at the Ferry Terminal... <BR> It's goodbye till next years visit. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l566333397.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l966969614.jpg"> <BR> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 20:11:53 EST Stevia Plant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015345 I purchased 4 Stevia plants from WallyWorld. Only one grew (3 died). <BR> <BR> It grew to it's full height, approx. 2 and a half feet tall. <BR> <BR> I watched a video on propagating, so after sniping off all the leaves, I'm trying that propagating out, 'cause it sucks buying plants that die ;-( <BR> <BR> The leaves went into my $5.00 2nd hand store dehydrator, which sits outside under the awning. <BR> <BR> The leaves are supposed to be a heck of a lot sweeter when dried, we'll see. Th... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 15:18:19 EST Depression and Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5003421 I'm reading this article: <link>goo.gl/UUON4 </link> <BR> Below is a snippet, click the link above if you want to read the rest. <BR> <em>41</em> <em>39</em> <em>41</em> <em>39</em> <em>41</em> <em>39</em> <em>41</em> <em>39</em> <em>41</em> <em>39</em> <BR> "We do not catch a bacterial infection because we don't have enough antibiotics coursing through our blood stream. We do not get cancer because we do not have enough chemotherapy in our bodies. We do not get heart disease b... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 12:22:32 EST MSM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5001442 The open wounds on my arm have yet to heal from the blistery rash I have from the shingle shot. I purchased some MSM powder <link>goo.gl/RO91L </link> , it arrived yesterday. I put a couple tablespoons of the powder in distilled water and filled an 8 oz spay bottle. (I think two teaspoons would have been more than acceptable). I sprayed my sores yesterday and today, the open holes (like pock sores) have closed up! The arm I sprayed (L) is MUCH softer then the other too. I'm spraying my whole... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 00:49:40 EST Shingles Vaccination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4984934 On Thursday July 19th, 2012 I got the Shingles Shot at Walgreen's. <BR> <BR> On the 20th I found a wasp nest had developed on my front porch, & I dealt with it. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l911944936.jpg"> <BR> The next day, the 20th I had a large painful red lump, I thought: "Huh, I never felt the sting of a wasp". Then I remembered, oh the shingle shot, which was given in my R arm, (top, backside). <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l9756... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 13:48:10 EST