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/ Invitation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338945 <BR> <BR> <BR> We cordially invite you to attend a Memorial Service for Ted Collins, aka Edward Collins, IV. <BR> <BR> Ted transitioned to Heaven March 23, 2017 after a long, painful illness. <BR> <BR> He is survived by his Wife, Sandra Collins, Daughter Cynthia Collins, Grandson Gabriel Fanning and his Wife Katie, Granddaughters Alacin and Christine Fanning. <BR> Ted was great-grandfather to Tessie Fanning. <BR> <BR> Ted was a graduate of Rensaleer College, New York. <BR> He proudl... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:02:42 EST The End is very Near http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336416 Ted is in his last stages of the death process. He is reliving all his technical life, and it is heartbreaking and amazing the things he is “making”. He is walking through his life, sometimes with frustration because “those idiots don’t know how to do this, and they keep f**king it up”. He is also recounting obvious days of his youth. (Leighton, I am finding out about some very interesting escapades you two have done, so be nice to me and I won’t report it!). <BR> <BR> All medications ot... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:30:35 EST Reality Can BE a Very Sad Event http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327511 Today I took DH to the doctor again. It was a very sad time. <BR> <BR> DH has lost 33 pounds since January when he had his last visit with this doctor. <BR> <BR> DH doesn't want to eat, has no appetite, and is sleeping 17-18 hours a day. <BR> <BR> The doctor and I agree that we need a few new tests done, which will happen on Monday. <BR> <BR> The purpose of the tests is to determine if it is "time". <BR> <BR> Both Ted and I have been strongly in favor of the Right to Die with Dignity fo... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 01:40:41 EST another Sunny Day in the Alternate Universe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6324062 Today my DH woke up and told me "My wife died". I asked him to say it again, and he repeated it. So I told him I was sorry to hear that, and he thanked me. <BR> <BR> Then an hour later, as I was getting ready to go to my Caregiver's Support Group, he told me to hurry home so we won't miss the movie. <BR> <BR> Now I assure all of you, his wife (ME) is not dead, and we are not going to a movie. <BR> <BR> I learned from the caregiver's group that it is probably time for me to call in Hospic... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 16:56:42 EST Alzheimer's, Pain, and the Red cloth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323471 Okay. Here's a new insight for those of you who have not lived with Alzheimer's on a day to day basis. <BR> <BR> DH has Alzheimer's, lives at home, and is constantly teaching me new ways of thinking, both in attitude and action. <BR> <BR> DH (bless his heart!) sits on the sofa all scrunched down into an almost prone position. He puts all of his body weight.......the little he has left........on his tailbone. That makes his tailbone hurt all the time. <BR> <BR> I give him a couple of Ale... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 13:51:20 EST Beating The Mounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318427 I was feeling frustrated and sad over DH's Alzheier's, Benny decided he was going to pee in the house, and I couldn't get to my Breakfast meeting this morning. <BR> <BR> The Mounds candy bar was sitting in plain sight on the pantry shelf. A total set up! <BR> <BR> So I put a load of clothes in the washer, got out the mop and cleaned up Benny's pee, then dust mopped the main floor. Went to the frig and got out the pre-cut fruit salad and some Ritz crackers, along with a glass of milk. Sat ... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:14:55 EST I Have Been Shoveling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312301 Oh Lord, yes. I have been shoveling snow indeed. <BR> <BR> For two days I have been shoveling, and there is still more to go. <BR> <BR> It's cold outside, so I have decided to wait a bit to see if it warms up at all. right now we are having snow flurries and wind. <BR> <BR> I'm going to stay in and get some stretching done. Then I am going to work on some lond neglected quilting. Quilting makes me think I am warmer. <BR> <BR> I have gotten a lot already done this morning. Was up at 6... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 12:14:43 EST New way of Rewarding Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311276 <BR> Hey, I have been thinking about our goals stuff, and want to submit my ideas to you to see what you and the other leaders think. <BR> <BR> Rather than have just "goal setting", how about "setting goal and achieving it". It is very easy to SET a goal, but it takes work to COMPLETE a goal. Just ask ME! I set goals every day, and sometimes finish them, but most of the time I don't. So I don't think we should earn points for just SETTING a goal. <BR> <BR> The other thing is the NEE (... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 15:35:11 EST Bribery is Not Dead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305028 today I am taking DH with me while I get the car's oil changed and a general check up. <BR> <BR> DH used to do it, but his Alzheimer's doesn't let him remember how to get the job done. <BR> <BR> Nevertheless, he still balks at the thought of me taking the car to the pros to get it checked out. <BR> <BR> SO! I am reduced to bribery. <BR> <BR> I bribe him by asking if he wants to go to the Asian Buffet, which is one of his favorites. It is also right across the street from the car pla... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 11:51:39 EST I Just Noticed..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300090 I like myself and the rest of the world a whole lot more after I have done yoga stretches. <BR> <BR> I know, it sounds weird. But before you join the Doubting Thomas Club, give it a try. <BR> <BR> I was kind of grumpy today. Then I ate a bowl of fruit salad. Felt a bit better. Then I went to Flicka (my computer) and signed in to Spark. <BR> <BR> There was Day 1 for a new team, and the workout today was to do yoga stretches. <BR> <BR> "Oh Good! I don't feel like doing any of those stu... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:03:30 EST What the Hell Week are We ON??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290445 As some of you know, I have been snow and iced in a lot this year. That is very rare for my area. <BR> <BR> At first, I saw it snowing, and I quickly got on the jacket and grabbed Benny so we could go out and walk in the snow. It was wonderful, and very beautiful. Benny did sledding all the way down the hill. We had a great time. <BR> <BR> The snow turned to ice. I still kept going for our walks (when you have a doggie you can't avoid the walks!), but was watching the path I was on car... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 13:49:54 EST I CAN Finding Ten Minutes for Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282499 I have a very full plate. <BR> <BR> My DH has Alzheimer's and lives here at home. There are only the two of us, so all work and decisions must be made by me. <BR> <BR> DH has always been a hoarder, and that hasn't changed with his Alzheimer's. Example, he thinks he should save the empty roll of toilet tissue. I can go on from there, but I think you get the point. <BR> <BR> I used to love doing a 120 minute workout every morning. Can't do that any more. <BR> <BR> At the beginning of... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 13:25:20 EST HAPPY THANKSGIVING and HAPPY NO LEFT OVERS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271214 About 20 years ago we made a major decision about Thanksgiving. I cleaned and cooked and baked and polished for a week before the "big day". It was common for us to have 20+ people as guests. <BR> <BR> By the time the "DAY" came, I was low on thanks givings and wanted the guests to leave before they arrived. <BR> <BR> No one noticed any of the work I did, and I didn't point it out to them. I was too tired of it all to make many comments at all, and certainly not to talk about all the wor... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 14:45:25 EST Puppies Change the Day Big Time!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267884 Good Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> I know we aren't supposed to be posting political stuff or advertising stuff, but this one is simply TOO GOOD to not share!!! No Politics could ever make anything this much fun! <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't know about the # of food but this is a great video. <BR> <BR> <BR> Purina is donating 1 pound of dog food to a shelter for every viewing of <BR> this video. Please forward it on! <BR> <BR> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/embed/SJoE_lNQdH<BR>U Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:07:33 EST Post Election Drama http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265772 I can't believe what people are putting themselves through because of the election results. <BR> <BR> I mean! GROUP CRYING???!!! <BR> GROUP SETTING FIRES TO OTHER'S PROPERTY??!! <BR> PEOPLE THREATENING TO LEAVE U.S.???!!! <BR> PEOPLE GETTING TRANQUILIZERS FROM THEIR DOCTORS??? <BR> COLLEGE ADULTS (well okay, I will be more honest) KIDS TOO TRAUMATIZED TO TAKE FINALS???!!! <BR> <BR> Come ON already! Get over yourselves already.... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 16:38:54 EST Apple Crisp for 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253494 Apple Crisp For Two Recipe <BR> <BR> TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 45 min. MAKES: 2 servings <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 1 large tart apple, peeled and sliced <BR> 1 tablespoon lemon juice <BR> 2 tablespoons brown sugar <BR> 2 tablespoons quick-cooking oats <BR> 2 tablespoons butter, melted <BR> Dash ground cinnamon <BR> <BR> Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, optional <BR> <BR> Nutritional Facts <BR> 1 each: 217 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 121mg sodium, 29g... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:32:51 EST Perfect Time of Year to Bake Apples! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252975 I never feel a meal is complete without a dessert. Some of my old "go-to's" have been Oreos, chocolate covered mangos, dark chocolate covered almonds, ritz crackers, mounds candy bars. <BR> <BR> Then I gained 1/2 pounds this past week. Not good. <BR> <BR> I need a change of diet to remind myself that I AM A SPARKIE, therefore have tools. <BR> <BR> This is prime apple season, so let's capitalize on it! <BR> <BR> Today's tools will be a baked apple. If you have never had them, you are in... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:56:29 EST Going Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238054 I have a rowing machine in my office. I go in spurts as to how often I use it. But this year has been pretty difficult, so haven't taken the time to row my way to a strong healthy body. <BR> <BR> Today I changed that. The change is completely due to the article about 10 minutes a day. I joined that team, thinking "Heck! I can do 10 minutes standing on my head." <BR> <BR> Maybe so, but I sure got a lesson from the rowing machine today. <BR> <BR> I started rowing right along, got to 1... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:46:58 EST Herky-Jerky Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237416 OK. So I put my Bob Marley CD on, get it started, and get my body ready for my full body workout. <BR> <BR> I'm doing great on my wall pushups (after finishing the wall squats with ball) and DH comes in. <BR> <BR> Some of you know DH has Alzheimer's, so my days and nights are certainly full. But he wants to talk, so I stop my workout and listen to him. He's not making much sense this morning, but still I listen. <BR> <BR> Then he leaves the room, and I return to my workout. I'm doi... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 13:22:11 EST My Daughter's Cancer Saga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223809 Written by my DD <BR> A lot can change in a year <BR> So, my friends have pointed out repeatedly over the course of the last two weeks. <BR> <BR> For example, when I was visiting one of my friends the other afternoon and he handed me a Striped Zebra Cake. You know, those little cakes that are sold in packages of two, white cakes with chocolate stripes. At first I started to say, “No, thank you, I shouldn’t because of my…” and I stopped mid sentence and looked at him and took the cake. The en... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:20:55 EST Savoring Wonderful Memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218344 The time has come for us to sell the airplane. <BR> <BR> DH has Alzheimer's, and is not safe to fly any more. I have my license and have been flying for over 30 years, but I don't know airplane mechanics well enough to service my own plane, so I am willing to sell. <BR> <BR> We have had wonderful times with that plane! <BR> <BR> I SO enjoy some of our air plane experience stories. We have quite a number of them. <BR> <BR> Like when I landed the plane on a pasture in Mexico and when we ... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:24:00 EST Will Power or Planned Determination? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207029 Today one of lovely team leaders directed us to the article about WillPower. So I read it, and too be truthful, got nothing out of it. <BR> <BR> I have lived too long with my Will Power to trust it. As quickly as I state "I'm gonna do this" or "I'm NEVER going to do this again", I have set myself up for failure. Will Power shows up and says "Oh yeah? Well, watch THIS! I am not going to leave you alone for a SECOND without the thought of what you think you are not going to do! I RUN THI... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:54:15 EST It Takes a Village to do a Quilt Show http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202117 If you've ever been to a quilt show, you probably only noticed the beautiful, stunning quilts and felt surrounded by color and talent. <BR> <BR> Well, you were! <BR> <BR> But how many visitors of the quilt show ever stop and look beyond the quilts to see what it takes to put one of these shows on?! <BR> <BR> I'll give you a brief glimpse at how to put on a quilt show. <BR> <BR> 1. You must start the planning one year ahead of time. <BR> This requires a dedicated group of people who me... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 17:31:41 EST You MUST Read this if you want to believe in MIRACLES!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189421 Some of you know that my daughter has "incurable brain cancer". She was given a 100% death prognosis. <BR> <BR> She has had tumors removed from her brain, went through chemo, radiation and a whole host of very nasty medications that have ugly side effects. <BR> <BR> She put herself on a ketonic diet, forced her body to exercise, does spiritual practices every day, researches any way to treat her body in a healthful way. That includes meditation, medical marijuana for pain, aroma therapy, ... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 13:34:51 EST Too Much Stress Makes Sandy Have heartburn and deep chest pains http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183697 Hi Sparkies, <BR> <BR> This is the easier way I can find to let you all know at one time what has been happening to me all day. <BR> <BR> I have been having deep chest pains and heartburn all afternoon. Not a good sign for women. <BR> <BR> I am under a lot of stress, as some of you know. <BR> <BR> My only living child, my daughter (lives in Massachusetts) has incurable brain cancer. <BR> <BR> My hubby has Alzheimer's. We live in Washington State. <BR> <BR> I must choose where I am all... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 22:40:14 EST So There I was, exercising away, when the phone rings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182103 I almost didn't answer the phone when it rang. <BR> <BR> I was doing my workout. <BR> <BR> Curiosity won. <BR> <BR> I picked up the phone, and it was my dentist's office regarding my 10 A.M. appointment today. <BR> <BR> CRAP!!! I had forgotten all about it! <BR> <BR> They had called me to see if they could RESCHEDULE the appointment on such short notice. <BR> <BR> HECK YEAH!! <BR> <BR> I sounded very nice over the phone, mainly because I was trying not to laugh out loud. <BR> <... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 13:11:18 EST Cleaning House with Alzheimer's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163145 So today I decided that I needed to clean the main floor of our house. I mean, REALLY clean it. <BR> <BR> It's not so easy to keep a house clean with an Alzheimer's person living in it. They become notorious hoarders. Stuff gets "saved" all the time. Even if it has no value whatsoever, it gets saved. Used up batteries, old juice bottles, magazines that are over a year old, ads from newspapers about stuff we don't want or need………the list goes on and on. <BR> <BR> Today DH noticed I was ... Sun, 15 May 2016 01:01:38 EST Positive Self Talk = Positive Self Attitude= Positive Self Actions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162261 I signed up for the Realistic group,and today's challenge was about Positive Self Talk. I smiled when I saw it, because I happen to understand that and have practiced it a whole lot in my life. <BR> <BR> Life doesn't have Thomas' Rules of Order, nor does it care if we get what we want or what we can go through. <BR> <BR> Most of you know that my husband has Alzheimer's, and we live in Washington state. Our only living child, our daughter, has incurable brain cancer. She lives in Massach... Fri, 13 May 2016 15:43:49 EST Apple And Orange Salad with Walnuts and Feta http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148026 Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 3 Oranges <BR> 1 Red Apple <BR> 3 T orange juice <BR> 2 T olive oil <BR> 1 T lemon juice <BR> 1/4 t coarse sale (sea salt) <BR> 1/8 t ground black pepper <BR> 1/2 C crumbled Feta or Bleu Cheese <BR> 1 c candied walnuts (recipe following at bottom of page) <BR> 3 C Romaine lettuce (or more) chopped into small pieces <BR> <BR> INSTRUCTIONS <BR> <BR> Whisk 3 T orange juice, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper with orange rind. Add the craisins or raisins to the dre... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:04:45 EST Eliminating Stressful People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140929 Some of you know that my only living child has incurable brain cancer, and my DH has Alzheimer's. These are true stressors. <BR> <BR> So let me brag a little about something I did today that removes a lot of stress for me. <BR> <BR> I eliminated my two sisters!!! <BR> <BR> Of course there is a story behind that, so here goes: <BR> <BR> years ago, I had a little son who was very ill. I let my family know and asked them for support. I heard nothing from any of them. After my little guy ... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 18:39:14 EST GET THIS!!!! He failed and they gave him a new test date!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6100723 For those of you who have been following my saga with DH and his Alzheimer's, there is yet another incomprehensible result. <BR> <BR> He has failed his road test twice now, and today was the road test again. He failed it. <BR> <BR> "That's good," I thought. i was all ready to breathe out a huge sigh of relief. <BR> <BR> But NO! The instructor told me he failed the test. Then we got to listen to the instructor talk for about 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> When I caught the instructor in bet... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 18:15:50 EST Alzheimer's, the DMV and Insanity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090395 Yesterday was DH's driving test. He has Alzheimer's, and it ain't getting any better, nor will it. <BR> <BR> So the DMV sends him this notice that his license is suspended until he takes a written and driving test, which are scheduled at different times. <BR> <BR> I take him to the written test, and couldn't believe it!! He PASSES! I am sure he marked the answers with no idea what he was even being asked. <BR> <BR> We get to the DMV, he gets behind the wheel, and the instructor tells hi... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 21:04:25 EST Eating and Alzheimer's challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088475 DH has Alzheimer's, and I am seeing so many changes in him coming on fast. <BR> <BR> Just an example: He used to be a big time veggie and salad eater. Now he has instructed me to not make him any salads. He only likes onions baked potatoes, Costco blueberry muffins and broccoli now. <BR> <BR> For over a month, all he would eat was pork. I'm not sure if he is past that because I have been trying to make more interesting meals. <BR> <BR> He refuses to eat the healthy Apple Waldorf Salad.... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 11:19:56 EST Making Choices for ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087693 Yesterday we went to Costco. <BR> <BR> DH was out of his blueberry muffins, so that was the "primary" reason we went. That, and to pick up milk. <BR> <BR> I added celery, walnuts and Fuji apples to the cart. <BR> <BR> I knew I had some low fat cool whip in the freezer and some dried cranberries in the pantry. <BR> <BR> I decided that I haven't given myself a treat for quite a while other than those sneaky-eat-more-Oreos, and I am tired of them. <BR> <BR> DH does not like Waldorf Sal... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 13:13:04 EST Bad News, Good News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082501 A lot of you know that DH is in mid-stage Alzheimer's. <BR> <BR> Because of that, the DMV suspended his license until he got a form filled out by his doctor. <BR> <BR> Took him to the Doctor, had him examined, and told the Doc about the form. I thought for sure he would say he couldn't supply it. <BR> <BR> But NO. <BR> <BR> Doc had the required forms in his office, filled it out saying Ted was okay to be re-tested for his license. Then the Doc's nurse faxed it to the DMV. <BR> <BR> DMV... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 16:10:24 EST Doing It MY Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077917 I used to think I needed a pattern created by others to complete any task. <BR> <BR> The key phrase is "USED TO THINK". <BR> <BR> I cooked according to recipes. <BR> <BR> I dressed according to magazines and fashion. <BR> <BR> I wore my hair in the latest styles…….sometimes a good thing, but there are a few past photos of me that I can only say "Oh, MY!". <BR> <BR> Yes, I wore those platform shoes and fell off of them. <BR> <BR> I read the books everyone else was reading <BR> <BR> I wa... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 14:38:37 EST Wonderful Supporters in Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072656 I wrote a blog about getting rid of stress-producing people. I didn't expect such wonderful strong support, but I sure got it from Sparkies! <BR> <BR> Wouldn't it be absolutely wonderful if we could all meet "live", and spend a week just loving each other in person!! <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:57:29 EST Declaration!!! I will NOT let any Added Stressors Get in to My Life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071072 As most of you already know, I have huge stress in my life right now. <BR> <BR> Our only living child lives in Massachusetts and has incurable brain cancer that is getting worse. <BR> <BR> Husband has Alzheimer's and all that goes with that. He and I live in Washington state, clear across the country from our daughter. <BR> <BR> I never know where I am supposed to be, or who I am supposed to be taking care of. <BR> <BR> Just to let you know what is going on in my life, and why I am decla... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 14:14:01 EST Finally, a Day at Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070401 I feel like I am a long distance car driver. I have been going from doctor to doctor, hospital to hospital, clinic to clinic all week long. <BR> <BR> Lots of appointments for DH. His heart beat rate went up to 188 per minute, so there were a whole lot of tests, doctors and such to get to. Due to his Alzheimer's, he wasn't all that aware of what was going on, and I feel just a tiny bit envious of him for that. <BR> <BR> But today all is forgiven. We are HOME today. And I mean HOME!!! N... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 17:31:07 EST Darkness has Fallen on my World Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064846 Got the news yesterday that DD's cancer is once again growing. She has brain cancer…….one of the types that cannot be cured. <BR> <BR> After having brain surgery, radiation and chemo, along with vitamins, eating right, doing her yoga and anything else that she could do to fight this monster, it is back again, with a vengeance. <BR> <BR> I am trying to solve the travel riddle about where I am supposed to be. Here in Washington state with DH who has Alzheimer's and still lives at home, or i... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 11:52:58 EST Getting Things Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061198 DH has Alzheimer's, as most of you know. <BR> <BR> Some days that causes no time for working out or doing the things I WANT to do. So I came up with a new strategy. <BR> <BR> Make out my "must Do" list before I go to bed. <BR> Get up about an hour and a half before he usually wakes up. <BR> Attack the list with fervor, and take that as my ME time. <BR> <BR> The list includes cleaning, laundry, walking Benny, working out and get a jump on today's menu. <BR> <BR> Walking Benny is the ... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 14:48:31 EST The Weigh of the Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048895 Yep. This is "THAT" time of year. Folks making cookies and giving them as gifts, others asking you to join them for meals (which ALWAYS includes desserts), Tempting foods right at your fingertips in the grocery isle. <BR> <BR> Parties to attend where the tables are groaning with weight of food dishes that simply CALL us to them. No, NOT the veggies……they behave themselves, but all those cookies, candies, cakes, pies and appetizers that are simply BURSTING to the brim with calories and fat... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 13:07:13 EST My Daughter has brain cancer and wrote this so we can understand http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026004 <BR> Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm glad to see that you are awake! This is your brain talking. I had to find some way to communicate with you. I feel like I barely survived WWIII and am still not quite all in one piece. That's why I need you. I need you to take care of me. <BR> <BR> As time passes and you and I feel better and better, people, even doctors, will tell you that we are fine, "it's time to get on with life." That sounds good to me and probably even better to you. But before you go rushi... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 11:57:36 EST Metabolism Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020386 Our very own Sheri sent out the Metabolism Advice information, and it is chock full of good stuff! I learned a whole lot from that site. Metabolismadvice.com. I am doing more research on it, and learning all kinds of things new!! thanks, Sheri! Sat, 24 Oct 2015 12:23:54 EST Sol Duc Falls and Old Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013724 Sol Duc Falls are in the Olympic National Forest, and for ME, the most Spiritual place on earth. My soul rests there and allows healing. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had a visit from a very dear friend. She and I have been close friends for 25 years, and even though we live in different areas of the country, we have never lost touch with each other. <BR> <BR> I live on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula, and in Las Vegas. I get the mountains and lots of water, and she gets the dessert. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 11:48:25 EST Pears and apples and plums oh MY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011014 I have fruit trees. I mean, I HAVE FRUIT TREES! I have given so much fruit to the Senior Center, the food bank, women's shelters………..and I still have fruit left on the trees. <BR> <BR> This morning while walking Benny, I was minding my own business, trying to dodge raindrops, when BOING! A big Bartlett pear plops on my head. Ouch. That hurt! Then a smaller one dropped in front of Benny. <BR> <BR> Benny grabbed his pear and started munching, so I followed suit and munched mine. <BR> ... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 12:29:14 EST Yesterday was a Day From Hell http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008052 <em>198</em> <BR> Have you ever had a day that you are CERTAIN will never end??!! I had one of those yesterday. <BR> <BR> It all started when my friend called me and said she wanted to come over. But I needed to pick her up. <BR> <BR> OK. I get to her house, and she is sitting around in her pajamas, talking on the phone to who knows who, and didn't even get off the phone when I got there. So I walk around her house, and make her bed while she is talking, talking, talking. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 13:39:25 EST I can't Resist Passing this on!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004401 I hope you are Hunky dory after you read this and chuckle... <BR> <BR> *WORDS AND PHRASES REMIND US OF THE WAY WE WORD* <BR> <BR> by Richard Lederer <BR> <BR> About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology. These phrases included "Don't touch that dial," "Carbon copy," "You sound like a broken record" and "Hung out to dry." A bevy of readers have asked me to shine light on more faded words and expressions, and ... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 11:07:44 EST More on Turmeric Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997945 Was it just me or did anyone else have a bit of a time this week? All I know is that I was definitely not all here, maybe not all there either. All in all, I was feeling mighty unsettled and so I turned to the herbs with a vengeance. I was looking for something that might ease my spinny mind, my knotted tum tum, and perhaps help me get my feet back onto the earth and into the here and now. <BR> <BR> Lots of people have their go-tos when feeling out of sorts. I have my teas. In keeping with t... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 13:19:08 EST One Recipe for Turmeric Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997937 Healthy Turmeric Tea <BR> turmeric tea <BR> A spicy dish of Indian biryani and a hot dog purchased at the ball game may seem to have little in common, but both feature a liberal quantity of turmeric (Curcuma longa). In the biryani, the spice is an essential part of the curry mixture that gives the dish its distinctive zing. In the dog, turmeric is what makes the slathering of American mustard bright yellow. <BR> <BR> The good news about this cross-cultural spice is that elderly villagers in ... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 13:06:00 EST