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/ 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. ... 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 Life's Many Passages http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993351 There is no such thing as a straight path to living. <BR> <BR> Every seven years, we go through a COMPLETE transformation. Our cells are new, our dreams are new, our interests are new, our living situation is new. <BR> <BR> Take a look at a tree. It doesn't have just one path, it has many more than can be counted. And each branch delivers its own beauty and learning. That is what makes a tree so beautiful, and such a wise teacher. <BR> <BR> Each time we look at a tree, we always look up... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 10:56:32 EST let's do Yoga with Bossy Daughter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986302 Some of you know that my DD (also referred to as Bossy Daughter by me) has a vicious brain cancer, and is in the fight for her life. She lives in Massachusetts. <BR> <BR> And my DH has Alzheimer's. We live in Washington state. <BR> <BR> To say this is HARD is the understatement of the year! I never know for sure who I should be with. I just got back from Massachusetts and am home for now. It is all getting much tougher for all of us. <BR> <BR> DD is beginning to show more signs of her... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:15:33 EST This is too important to miss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985344 I know we are not supposed to post political stuff here, but this one is simply too important to miss. It concerns one of our own vets. It doesn't matter who you vote for, just be informed as to what your candidate's morals and credentials are! <BR> <BR> <em>652</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> (Gateway Pundit) – Greta Van Susteren told her audience this week that it was true that Donald Trump helped out Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi after his release from a Mexican jail. Greta also said Obam... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 19:55:46 EST the 36 Hour Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964402 This is the name of the book I was referred to. I bought it the same day, and nave started reading it. <BR> <BR> The book focuses on the diseases of Alzheimer's, Dementia and Brain Damage. It is extremely insightful for me! <BR> <BR> As some of you know, DH has Alzheimer's, and DD has incurable brain cancer. They are both changing, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. <BR> <BR> I need more information so i can take better care of myself AND them. <BR> <BR> I attended a si... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:22:59 EST Why Did You Join a Team Anyway?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960310 I don't want to sound sanctimonious or that I am lecturing, but I belong to the Spirited Underdogs team and half of the team members are not logging in or waiting to just log in their weight on Saturdays. <BR> <BR> This is NOT TEAM SPIRIT!!! <BR> <BR> I joined the Underdogs several years ago, and because of it, I am at goal, and have been for some time now. The team was such FUN, and challenging all at the same time. <BR> <BR> I am still a member of the team, because even though I am at g... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 20:01:06 EST Yesterday's Break is Over, Today? Back to the Grind! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959071 My friend Irene invited me to lunch yesterday. It was the first break I have had for a while, and it was WONDERFUL!!!! We spent three whole hours of just sitting and chatting about whatever came to mind. We didn't even mention DH or DD. It was a true break for me!! <BR> <BR> I feel lighter today…….not pound wise……but emotionally and mentally. <BR> <BR> Alas, every day can't be a Break Day, and I am now back to the grind. <BR> <BR> DH is doing fairly well this morning, so I am... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 12:52:33 EST I'm Feeling the Burnout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953297 I can feel the burnout from giving so much care to daughter and hubby. I have been neglecting myself and proper rest time and "ME" time. <BR> <BR> It is showing in my physical strength, my mental capabilities and my emotional being. <BR> <BR> I go to my last class to day of Powerful Tools for Caregivers. I need that class!!! <BR> <BR> It is so difficult to find ME time, and quiet time lately. I must get back on track and do some things pleasant for myself again. I am doing too much for... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:51:53 EST Most Admired Woman http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932032 Hello Sparkies, <BR> <BR> I am back from a very difficult trip to Massachusetts. I was visiting with my DD, otherwise known as Bossy Daughter. She has a very rare type of brain cancer. <BR> <BR> I met a woman there I never knew existed. My daughter. <BR> <BR> I have always known her as kind of a "Strawberry Shortcake" type of gal…….sweet, gentle, funny, thoughtful and caring too much about others. She has been that way all of her life. <BR> <BR> Until now. <BR> <BR> The woman I... Thu, 21 May 2015 13:43:16 EST Getting all ready to go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924870 Today I am getting the house, laundry and some of the yard all ready for me to be gone. I leave on May 12 for Massachusetts to visit my Darling Daughter who has brain cancer. <BR> <BR> She and I will (her healthier and strength permitting) take a painting class and drive a long distance to see Granddaughter Ally graduate from college. <BR> <BR> We will also be doing her daily radiation and chemo treatments, eating a special cancer diet and getting in needed rest. She will also be having o... Fri, 8 May 2015 14:20:06 EST Busy Days Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923661 today I go to Quilt Club. That's a good thing. <BR> <BR> Today I am working on getting Benny's air transportation so he arrives on May 22 or May 23. <BR> That's a good thing. <BR> <BR> today I work on the plan for while I am in Massachusetts, visiting my DD who has brain cancer. I leave on the 12, return on the 22nd. <BR> That's "kind of" a good thing. <BR> <BR> There are lots of plans that need to be made for while i am there, as GD Ally graduates from college (that's a good thing), and... Wed, 6 May 2015 11:43:04 EST A Day for "VIGORATION" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907117 This morning I learned some sad news about Bossy Daughter's treatment modalities. She begins radiation and chemo therapy on April 14, and is really frightened about it. <BR> <BR> I wish I could do the "Mommy will kiss it and make it better" thing, but that is not to be. Instead,, all I can do is be by her side and loving her. <BR> <BR> She lives in Massachusetts and I in Washington state. DH has Alzheimer's, I still am not cleared for travel due to my shoulder replacement surgery, so no ... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 13:11:43 EST I'm getting Stronger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889869 This morning after my walk, I showered, dressed and did my hair all by myself. It took a lot of patience, huffing and puffing, and blowing out the pain messages, but I did it. <BR> <BR> Now I am all ready for my care giver to come take me to see the surgeon in Seattle. I am hoping, but not believing that he will allow me to keep the brace off. I honestly don't think I am ready for it, but what the heck. I will find hope where I can. <BR> <BR> Daughter is not doing well, as expected. ... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 12:34:59 EST Crocuses and Daffodils are blooming! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881873 Take heart, those of you covered with snow! On my walks today, and in my yard, I saw crocuses and daffodils in bloom. The trees are budding. <BR> <BR> SPRING WILL COME TO YOU!!!! <em>126</em> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:16:08 EST I'm on my way Back!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881196 Ok. So the surgery was a bit more intense than we expected. But today I can actually wiggle my fingers enough to try to let you know how I am doing. <BR> <BR> Than answer? TERRIFIC!!! <BR> <BR> THAT's how I am doing. Today DH helped me get a shower and shampoo. Then we got me dressed. I washed my face all by myself, got the paste on the toothbrush by myself, and brushed away. <BR> <BR> Then I went out for a walk……OUTSIDE for 30 whole minutes! <BR> <BR> I began cutting back on the ... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:47:31 EST Things to Make on a Monday Afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863187 Here is the first insulated bowl that I made today. It will be terrific for when putting something into the microwave, but the dish or bowl gets too darned hot to get out. Just put the bowl into the insulated bowl holder, pop it into the microwave, and when it is good and hot, just reach in, and viola! Easy to get out with no hurting your hands, no slipping potholders, and if you get food on it, just toss it into the washer!! they can be made into any size wanted. and I think I can figure... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:50:12 EST My Latest Creations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862287 As a lot of you know, I am having shoulder replacement surgery Feb. 10. I can't lift anything heavy, so can't work on the full size quilts. <BR> <BR> DH is acting out his Alzheimer's the past couple of days by laying corpse-like in his bed, wanting all the blinds closed. If that is the way he wants to spend his days, so be it. I can't force him to change, but I must admit, it drives me bonkers! <BR> <BR> So I have to do something to distract my mind. Here's my latest creations. <BR> <B... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:17:29 EST Making Adaptable clothing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844830 As most of you know, I am having a total shoulder replacement January 27, and of course, it is on my right side. It HAS to be my RIGHT side, of course, because I AM RIGHT HANDED! <BR> <BR> This will be a whole new learning curve, that's for sure. <BR> <BR> DH has Alzheimer's, and some days, he's pretty good, and some days he's pretty awful. I know he doesn't mean to be, but that's the way it is around our house. <BR> <BR> I am fully aware that I won't be able to count on him for helping ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 14:26:05 EST 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