1BEARWIFE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=1BEARWIFE 1BEARWIFE'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/ New Stocking Photos to See http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835013 I hope you will take a look at my photo page. I updated it with a FEW of the Christmas stockings I made for others this year. If you look at the photo of the cutting table, you will see in the background a big box that is filled with stockings for deployed troops. 65 in all. They will be taken down to a building where we fill the stockings, and then they are loaded on planes and shipped out to arrive by Dec. 24. <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas to all, and may your feet stay warm! <em>446</em>... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:34:20 EST Can I Leave Yet??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825200 Well, it happened. Yesterday Ted insisted on going to Sequim "to get some oil", despite all of my misgivings and argument against him driving. He made it down the hill, got on 101 and right after the Dungeness River Bridge hit black ice and wrecked his Jeep. Locked up tight on the side of the road and walked home. He was not hurt in any way. I called Triple A and learned they need the keys in order to tow it. It is 18 degrees out side, and our roads are iced over. So they can't tow it, ... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 13:38:24 EST Got My Appointments Scheduled!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816353 HA! Today I got the appointment for my MRI on my shoulder set for Monday, November 17. Then got my appointment with the surgeon for Dec. 3. <BR> <BR> By then the surgeon will have the results from the MRI and we will know the extent of my shoulder surgery and where that will take place. All that is left after that is the surgery date. <BR> <BR> This has been hurting so long that I am very happy to learn we are "on the road to recovery" soon. <BR> <BR> Oh sure, I know that I will have a ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:38:33 EST Walking for MYSELF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808655 For years, I had convinced myself that I was walking for Winnie. Now that he has crossed the Rainbow Bridge, walking has seemed so futile and lonely. <BR> <BR> On today's walk, I noticed a change in thinking. <BR> <BR> Yes, Winnie is physically gone from our walks, and the loneliness is still there. But something ELSE is there, too. <BR> <BR> The realization that I must walk and do my exercises for myself, and not just for Winnie. <BR> <BR> That may seem strange or silly to some of you,... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 12:04:41 EST Winnie Donates to Charity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805177 today is another day without my partner doggie, Winnie. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I called the people from WAG (the foster parent program for critters) and let them know I had 45 pounds of new kibble, a box of dog biscuits, dog bedding and doggie toys from Winnie. they were thrilled to get it all. <BR> <BR> They came at the appointed time, and the first thing they did was give me a big hug. then they loaded up everything, and said "Winnie would really be happy about this". <BR> <BR> I realiz... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 17:49:25 EST A Morning Without Winnie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803372 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1234209322.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thank all of you for your love, kindness and support over us all losing Winnie. <BR> <BR> Last night DH and I combed though Doggie Breed books to see about getting another doggie. I looked in the paper, and found an ad for Aussie pups. Called the guy and set up an appointment to drive 3 hours one way to see the pups. <BR> <BR> We've never had an Aussie, so don't have a clue as to what we are doing, other than... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:57:07 EST Winnie is all okay now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802155 Hi Dear Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Thank you all for being concerned and checking on how Winnie was doing. It is with great joy and relief that I can say he is back to "NORMAL"! <BR> <BR> He gave us a bad scare when he got sick. He had diarrhea and/or constipation, no eating, no drinking, no energy and a low grade fever. <BR> <BR> I called the vet to get him in, but was told we would have to wait five days before there was an available opening. <BR> <BR> So I took matters in to my own hands.... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:50:39 EST AHHH….ONWARD!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791128 We got great new on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> DH will have his gall bladder surgery on Monday, Oct. 6. We met with the surgeon, and feel very confident in him. <BR> <BR> Now this may seem to some who read this that this is not exactly the best great news. <BR> <BR> But for us here, it is. <BR> <BR> DH has Alzheimer's, and has been experiencing a lot of illness, pain and fatigue due to his gall bladder having stones. We went to several other doctors, and they all poo-poohed it, saying "it's... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 12:41:07 EST Fall Into the Habit!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783491 Most of us hear the word "habit", and it conjures up negative thoughts and images. <BR> <BR> It doesn't have to be so! <BR> <BR> We can develop new habits, and have fun doing so! <BR> <BR> Like working out!!! <BR> <BR> Get some really exciting music with a good strong beat, and put it on first thing in the morning. Turn the volume up. Notice how your body wants to move? Notice how much enjoyment your are getting out of the music and moving? Notice how your body is finding the beat and... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:12:37 EST Broken Ribs and Working Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776019 As some of you already know, I fell last week and broke three ribs. Hurts like the Dickens!! <BR> <BR> I would dearly love learning what kinds of workouts I can do without further injury. Got any suggestions? <BR> <BR> I can slowly walk my dog, Winnie, and can slowly climb stairs. But finding cardio is really quandary! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 17:30:05 EST Autumn, blackberries and Coping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771156 Happy First day of September! <BR> <BR> Winnie and I took a small bucket and headed out for out walk. <BR> <BR> The walk was for our bodies and over all health, and the bucket was for the blackberries along the road. <BR> <BR> Can ANYONE resist picking a sun ripened, warm blackberry when you see them? Somehow they don't taste as good once they are in the house. <BR> <BR> Picking and eating a sun warmed blackberry along the road reminds me of being a child again. It's like sneaking a b... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:40:48 EST Autumn, blackberries and Coping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771155 Happy First day of September! <BR> <BR> Winnie and I took a small bucket and headed out for out walk. <BR> <BR> The walk was for our bodies and over all health, and the bucket was for the blackberries along the road. <BR> <BR> Can ANYONE resist picking a sun ripened, warm blackberry when you see them? Somehow they don't taste as good once they are in the house. <BR> <BR> Picking and eating a sun warmed blackberry along the road reminds me of being a child again. It's like sneaking a b... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:40:45 EST I Am Falling Apart! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751061 I have a retina that is trying its best to detach in my right eye. It is affecting my vision, and that is annoying. <BR> <BR> I had all kinds of testing done on my right shoulder, and the results aren't pretty. I am in constant pain from it, and there in nothing there but bone on bone and arthritis. The only "cure" for it is to have the entire shoulder REPLACED. In the meantime, I am trying the steroid shots, which relieve the pain about 30%. That is uncomfortable. <BR> <BR> DH is gett... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 12:22:53 EST My Great Gramma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734592 many of us are going through losing our loved ones, and watching them slowly fade away from us. These are really mixed up times for us. <BR> <BR> On one hand, we want our loved ones to stay here forever with us, and be healthy and strong the way they used to be. <BR> <BR> On the other hand, we want them to be able to go quickly so they are not suffering and our own sense of powerlessness will end. <BR> <BR> Neither place deserves any kind of blame whatsoever, not does guilt have a place i... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:29:22 EST Errands and Alzheimer's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730874 today DH had a doctor appointment. So we get in the car, and he asks <BR> <BR> WHERE ARE WE GOING? <BR> <BR> "to your endocrinologist". <BR> <BR> I DON'T HAVE AN ENCROCLINIC. <BR> <BR> "It's not endroclinic. It is endocrinologist, and he is going to check you for Diabetes 3". <BR> <BR> DOES HE HAVE IT? AM I SUPPOSED TO FIX IT? <BR> <BR> "No, he is going to see if you have it" <BR> <BR> WHY DOES HE WANT TO KNOW? <BR> <BR> "Because I asked him to check you out." <BR> <BR> SHOULDN'T... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 21:31:57 EST ASKING FOR, AND GETTING HELP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729205 ASKING for help is one thing. GETTING help is a whole different thing. <BR> <BR> As some of you are aware, things are not very happy in my house right now. DH has Alzheimers, and I have Retinal Detachment going on. Not fun!! <BR> <BR> Last week I went to my eye specialist and got the diagnosis. While there, he asked about my home life. When I told him, he asked a bunch of other questions like "who does your yard work?" and "Who does your house work?" And "How often can you get away fr... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:21:36 EST Vitreous Detachment…….OH CRAP!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727715 Hello Dear Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Well, another little set back in my life of growing old. <BR> <BR> As some of you know, DH has Alzheimer's, and that has curbed my "GO FOR IT" way of living greatly. Let me tell you, it is a real learning curve! A whole new challenge of acceptances. <BR> <BR> So for the most part, I have accepted the new way of living with added stress. <BR> <BR> Until yesterday. <BR> <BR> I went to my eye doctor specialist because I was having pain, a sense of ripping ... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 11:58:10 EST Hand made for DD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724200 DD has a birthday today. Her mail hasn't yet arrived at her house, but here is what will be there for her Special Day. <BR> <BR> First, to celebrate her birthday, she ought to go shopping with her new bag: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l930956216.jpg"> <BR> <BR> She has started her own business called 'Great Plates by Chef Cindy", so I think she needs to have special double potholders too. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1774380561.jpg"> <BR> <... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:39:04 EST "A bump in the road" .... remember that calloused statement? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716535 <BR> This poem was written by a MARINE CORPS Officer (ANON) <BR> <BR> THE BATTLING BOYS OF BENGHAZI <BR> <BR> We're the battling boys of Benghazi <BR> No fame, no glory, no paparazzi. <BR> Just a fiery death in a blazing hell <BR> Defending our country we loved so well. <BR> It wasn't our job, but we answered the call, <BR> fought to the Consulate and scaled the wall. <BR> We pulled twenty Countrymen from the jaws of fate <BR> Led them to safety, and stood at the gate. <BR> Just the two ... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:46:55 EST Fixing Up the Fort http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708195 We have a wooden "fort" in our back yard that has jungle gym bars and swings attached. It looks like a log fort. <BR> <BR> Since we have no children, for the past seven years we have let it go. Berries and all kinds of trees tried to grow up in it, and the trees around it nearly covered it completely. <BR> <BR> Then I met Becky, Zane and Cale. Becky and Zane are both serving in the Coast Guard, and Cale is their "going-to-be-FIVE!" in October. <BR> <BR> They, like most military families... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 15:38:58 EST Bike and Rower http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706775 today early, DH and I did memory exercises for him. How many words can you think of in one minute that begin with the letter B? That is one of the memory tests they do on him. <BR> <BR> Last night we played Scrabble, and he only lost to me by 17 points. BIG improvement!!!! <BR> <BR> Today we are doing the stationary bike and the rowing machine. He has completed 10 minutes on the rower, and is now on the bike. <BR> <BR> I walked Winnie and did some extra stretching work, along with the ... Fri, 30 May 2014 11:57:50 EST Hiking for Answers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706290 Hey Sparkies! <BR> <BR> Today I hiked all over the place for over four hours, getting answers for DH's condition. Most of the test results are in, and so far, here is the diagnosis: <BR> <BR> MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment) <BR> Fluid build up on his brain <BR> <BR> It is not time yet for surgery to remove the fluid, and he has been put on medication that may help the MCI. The medication will not show much result or change for at least about 3 months, as it is slow acting. <BR> <BR> I... Thu, 29 May 2014 20:13:26 EST Appliances Purchased! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705211 I have been needing a new refrigerator and dishwasher for years, and just kept putting it off and washing those dishes by hand, wasting a lot of water, and defrosting the fridge every two weeks, and losing a lot of food. <BR> <BR> So for the past month I have been diligently studying up on those appliances, including Consumer Reports. <BR> <BR> So I finally got in the car, went out and bought one of each. Including the driving time, it took me a total of 45 minutes. a real whirlwind! <BR>... Wed, 28 May 2014 12:12:02 EST Obama takes a swipe at the founding fathers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702887 <BR> OBAMA NATION <BR> (Washington Times) – President Obama is taking a swipe at the Founding Fathers, blaming his inability to move his agenda on the “disadvantage” of having each state represented equally in the Senate. <BR> <BR> At a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago Thursday night, Mr. Obama told a small group of wealthy supporters that there are several hurdles to keeping Democrats in control of the Senate and recapturing the House. One of those problems, he said, is the apportionment o... Sun, 25 May 2014 15:32:11 EST Alzheimer's and Buying New Appliances http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702094 As some of you know, DH has Alzheimer's, and I am weary tired. But I must keep going and stay strong. <BR> <BR> It is a whole complete life style change when your loved one gets Alzheimer's. A whole new level of patience and tolerance must bd learned. Learning that expectations of understanding and consistency is a set up for a resentment. Being more watchful over the little things, and not getting upset when being yelled at, or blamed for things out of your control. The list goes on ... Sat, 24 May 2014 11:32:36 EST Why Can't We Congratulate Our Team Members??!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694346 I am a member of the Spirited Underdogs, otherwise known a SUDS, team on Spark. <BR> <BR> We are a hearty bunch, and have a lot of enthusiasm. <BR> <BR> Then I got the message that we can no longer congratulate our team mates for landing the plane. We can't do it "because other teams don't do it". <BR> <BR> WHAT????????? <BR> <BR> Somebody PLEASE tell me how us congratulating our team members hurts other teams. <BR> <BR> If the other teams want, or don't want, to congratulate their tea... Tue, 13 May 2014 17:47:38 EST There May Be Hope YET! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688122 Hi, <BR> <BR> for the past several nights, every time I go to sleep, I keep dreaming about Diabetes 3, which I didn't know existed. <BR> <BR> So today I spent the morning researching it on the web. <BR> <BR> It is fascinating what I learned. <BR> <BR> Diabetes 3 is located in the brain, and causes symptoms like Alzheimer's. It can be controlled by medication and diet. There is a lot of evidence linking Alzheimer's symptoms to Diabetes 3! Although we eat very healthfully, and take coco... Mon, 5 May 2014 14:43:16 EST Failing a Test is a GOOD Thing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684002 have you ever prayed to FAIL a test? I am spending a lot of time praying my DH fails some test. <BR> <BR> You see, he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and "another brain dysfunction". Whatever that means. <BR> <BR> We have been in a whirlwind of testing, and running from this doctor to that doctor, this hospital to that hospital, all trying to find if there are things wrong that medicine or surgery can fix. <BR> <BR> For example, he had a carotid artery test to see if his arteries wer... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:14:55 EST Conundrum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683203 <BR> <BR> The definition of the word Conundrum is: something that is puzzling or <BR> confusing. <BR> <BR> Here are six Conundrums of socialism in the United States of America: <BR> <BR> 1. America is capitalist and greedy - yet half of the population is subsidized. <BR> <BR> 2. Half of the population is subsidized - yet they think they are victims. <BR> <BR> 3. They think they are victims - yet their representatives run the government. <BR> <BR> 4. Their representatives run the govern... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:30:16 EST Potassium and Spark Information http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679472 Last week I had lab work done, and my potassium levels were dangerously high. That is not good. It can cause all sorts of problems. <BR> <BR> I didn't know much about potassium, other than it is necessary for the body. <BR> <BR> So I looked it up on Spark, and read about it. It was a very short article, but I did get the information to satisfy me. <BR> <BR> As a result of the test and reading the article, I have added potassium to my food tracker. <BR> <BR> AND I had another test do... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:21:07 EST Does This Say It All or WHAT!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678675 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2082580482.jpg"> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:12:30 EST and the Journey Continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677860 Yesterday I went to the Doc to have a general check up after having my lab work done the week before. Everything was terrific, EXCEPT for my potassium counts. They were really HIGH! We discussed what has been going on with my intake………..no new meds, and the ones I am taking I take as directed, religiously. <BR> <BR> So what has put my body into a dangerously high potassium count??!! Looking back, I remember that the week of the lab tests, I had bought a large bag of fresh spinach, and ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:47:41 EST Fit, Firm & Fired Up Days 3 and 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677065 Okay. So if you read my previous blog, you know I am once again challenging the Fat War. <BR> <BR> I had reached goal, and then got lazy except for walking the dog, and gained back some fat. My waist is flabby, my stomach is soft and my arms can once again take me flying without a ticket. <BR> <BR> Mind you, I didn't gain all the tonnage back. But six pounds of it since reaching goal. <BR> <BR> THIS IS NOT OKAY WITH ME! so I am doing something about it. <BR> <BR> I am back to working ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:20:17 EST Fit, Firm & Fired Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675732 Today I got on the scale and GAINED! THAT is NOT OK with me! So I sat and thought for a few minutes to figure out what I have and have NOT been doing. <BR> <BR> I walk Winnie miles every day. But obviously that is not enough, and my body has adjusted to it. So I need MORE! <BR> <BR> I had hit the goal mark, and was delighted. But I began to slack off with the other exercises besides walking. Sure enough, my body adjusted and began to gain weight again, in spite of staying in my calori... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:22:51 EST California http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675064 <em>652</em> <BR> <BR> LA Times Quote of the day - priceless <BR> <BR> Quote of the day by Dianne Feinstein........ <BR> <BR> Dianne Feinstein: "All vets are mentally ill in some way and government should prevent them from owning firearms." <BR> <BR> Yep, - she really said it on Thursday in a meeting in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee... and the quote below from the LA Times is priceless. Sometimes even the L.A. Times gets it right. <BR> <BR> Kurt Nimmo: "Senator Feinst... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:12:42 EST Being Green http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670396 The last line is PRICELESS. <BR> <BR> Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. <BR> <BR> The woman apologized & explained, "We didn't have this ‘green thing' back in my earlier days." <BR> <BR> The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations." <BR> <BR> She was r... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:16:20 EST Laws of Nature and Probability......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664261 <BR> <BR> <BR> Forget Newton and Galileo. Here are the real laws of nature: <BR> 1.Law of Mechanical Repair - After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to pee. <BR> <BR> 2. Law of Gravity - Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner. <BR> <BR> 3. Law of Probability-The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act. <BR> <BR> 4. Law of Random Numbers - If you dia... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 11:32:02 EST QUESTIONS THAT HAUNT ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648369 <BR> <BR> Can you cry under water? <BR> <BR> <BR> How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered? <BR> <BR> <BR> Why do you have to 'put your two cents in'... but it's only a 'penny for your thoughts'? Where's that extra penny going to? <BR> <BR> <BR> Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity? <BR> <BR> <BR> Why does a round pizza come in a square box? <BR> <BR> <B... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:38:41 EST 'DERELICTION OF DUTY' CHARGE LEVELED AGAINST VIRGINIA AG http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618649 I am posting this NOT as an example of my thoughts or opinions on gay marriage. Rather, I am sending this out as yet another demonstration of his administration's belief that breaking the people's law……..laws that were voted in by the PEOPLE……..is once again running rampant. <BR> <BR> I just don't get it. We vote our choices, and our choices are totally ignored. <BR> <BR> One might ask "Why vote at all??", but vote we MUST. We are on very dangerous ground, folks, of losing our voice co... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 13:08:48 EST Dr. Ben Carson Calls it Like it Is. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617946 I don't mean this as an endorsement for Dr. Carson, but he sure does have the moral fortitude to say it like it is. <BR> <BR> Isn't it about time we had an administration we could trust, honor and look up to with confidence?? <BR> <BR> Our very nation is being destroyed by this administration. Our freedoms, liberty, Constitution, health care, jobs, safety, military, privacy, education, elections, borders……………..all being flushed down the toilet! <BR> <BR> <BR> WASHINGTON – Dr. Ben Carso... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 14:53:25 EST Internment Camps will Happen Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616887 <BR> Supreme Court Justice Confirms American Internment Camps Will Happen Again: “It is the Reality” <BR> <BR> While President Obama and Congressional members have made an effort to convince their constituents that the provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act will never be used against citiz ens of the United States, the fact is that the laws clearly allow for the detention, arrest and detainment of Americans without charge or trial. The President attempted to assuage these fear... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 12:09:51 EST Most Godly Women on Earth Grapple with Obama Administration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585553 Of the dozens of lawsuits over the Obamacare mandate that employers and other groups pay for abortifacients, probably no other exemplifies the Obama administration’s dedication to abortion ideals – at the expense of the beliefs of many major Christian society segments – than the case against the Little Sisters of the Poor. <BR> <BR> The order of nuns, founded in the early 1800s, is dedicated to helping the poorest of the seniors, and act in Christ’s stead whenever they can. <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 11:37:16 EST Lavender and Honey Tea for Headaches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584464 I live in what is commonly termed as "the Lavender Capital of the World", and have learned a lot about using lavender. But I just found out another wonderful thing about it. <BR> <BR> Bossy Daughter and I both suffer from pretty nasty headaches of migraine level. <BR> <BR> The other day I told her about my two day long headache, and she said "Mom, make some lavender tea with honey in it. It will knock that headache right out." <BR> <BR> Sceptic me, I put it off in favor of Aleve. Two ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 14:38:40 EST Winter Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575557 so how am I REALLY doing?! <BR> <BR> That question is more than just what the scale says or what size clothing I am currently in. <BR> <BR> Yes, I have reached goal, and feel wonderful and AMAZED by it. I couldn't and wouldn't have done it without Spark! <BR> <BR> I'm no "Spring Chicken". but I am sure in better shape than a lot of people 20 years younger than me. Again, that is because of my daily check in with Spark. <BR> <BR> Sure, the winter brings its own challenges. The cold atta... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:14:46 EST Walking in the Fog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569291 When I got up this morning and looked outside, I couldn't see anything but gray fog. No trees, no driveway, no front porch. Just fog. <BR> <BR> So Winnie and I had a pow-wow, and decided we were going to take our walk anyway. On with the jacket and leash, we head out for the mysterious out of doors. <BR> <BR> It is REALLY foggy! Even Winnie doesn't want to go fast. <BR> <BR> We take our steps carefully, and watch our footing. Up the hill we climb, and onto the road. <BR> <BR> We ... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 12:12:22 EST It's Easy to Slide Back!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559970 I have reached my goal. <BR> <BR> And now the Christmas season has reached me. <BR> <BR> All those cookies, chocolates, croissants, specialty holiday breads, egg nog……….they all are calling. Especially those darned Danish Butter Cookies! <BR> <BR> I can eat my way through a full tin of them. <BR> <BR> But do I WANT TO?? YES!!!!! <BR> <BR> Do I NEED TO??? NO!!!! <BR> <BR> There is a difference between WANTING and NEEDING. <BR> <BR> WANTING can be a wonderful tool, or it can be ... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 19:33:43 EST Arthritis and Stretching http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559059 The cold weather here has really played heck with my neck and back arthritis! <BR> <BR> I awoke this morning all stiff as a board and in a lot of pain. <BR> <BR> So I did what Spark has taught me to do. <BR> <BR> Got out the mat, put in the Fit, Firm and Fired Up in 10 minutes a day video, went to the stretching and lengthening portion of the video, got on the floor and did the workouts. <BR> <BR> As some of you know, I am rather challenged in keeping my balance. I don't fall over; I T... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 12:27:40 EST DON'T LET THE FRIDGE CALL YOU TONIGHT!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552207 TWAS THE NIGHT OF THANKSGIVING, <BR> BUT I JUST COULDN'T SLEEP. <BR> I TRIED COUNTING BACKWARDS, <BR> I TRIED COUNTING SHEEP. <BR> <BR> THE LEFTOVERS BECKONED - <BR> THE DARK MEAT AND WHITE, <BR> BUT I FOUGHT THE TEMPTATION <BR> WITH ALL OF MY MIGHT. <BR> TOSSING AND TURNING WITH ANTICIPATION, <BR> THE THOUGHT OF A SNACK BECAME INFATUATION. <BR> SO, I RACED TO THE KITCHEN, FLUNG OPEN THE DOOR, <BR> AND GAZED AT THE FRIDGE, FULL OF GOODIES GALORE. <BR> GOBBLED UP TURKEY AND BUTTERED POTATOES,... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 11:49:48 EST Setting Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529996 some of you already know that I am not good at setting long term goals. They always seem to have a ring of impossibility for me, and I soon lose focus, which winds me right back where I started. <BR> <BR> This is especially true with this weight loss thing, as I call it. <BR> <BR> I can't tell you how many times I have started out, all determined to lose 20, or 30, or 50 pounds, only to get discouraged because I "only lost" 1 or 2 pounds in a week!! <BR> <BR> Then one day I took a perso... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 11:07:44 EST Got Facebook off my Spark!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522441 You must remember while reading this that I am nearly completely computer illiterate, and depend on my trusted Spirited Underdogs Team Leader Dianne to walk me through my woes with this #@&%&^*!!! machine. <BR> <BR> Ever since I found out Facebook thinks it can use the stuff on my page any way they want to, including my photos and other information about me, I have been determined to get rid of them. I mean!!! How about handing stalkers and other evil-doers all my information, even if I ha... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 16:17:06 EST