ALIALI2013's SparkPeople Blog ALIALI2013's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Busy Month ahead. Found out I'm going to be gone starting tomorrow, until Sunday evening, then on the 6th until the evening of the 10th of August, then the 15th until the 17th, wow..a busy month coming up and I'm not sure I'm ready for it or not. <BR> <BR> Especially the almost full week..that's a lot of work. I mean I love going down for the pony show, but once again this year the "friends' of ours who always seem to back out on us, after making promises to be there, once more backed out. <BR> <BR> They'v... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:09:31 EST Bank Rant Went for my walk today and it wasn't bad, almost wore my tee shirt, then walked outside and said nope, sleeveless is great. And I'm glad I did, I was so warm when I returned. That breeze, like it's been for quite a few years anymore, was soooo cool, I'm sitting here now and want to put on my tee shirt, or at least a long sleeved one over this one. Cannot believeit's like this. I love the breeze, but I'd rather it be a true summer breeze instead of a spring/fall one. <BR> <BR> Oh my gosh,... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:17:52 EST Hot...Humid...Heavenly It was so humid and hot today, I took my walk waaaaay early, then as soon as I got back, I jumped in the pool. Though it felt cool (because my body was hot and the air was hot and humid), once I got used to it, boy...heaven. <BR> <BR> I couldn't stay in long because someone was coming by to change the tanks, but at least I got a good 45 minutes in there. <BR> <BR> I could tell I didn't have the bandages on, my lower back was hurting today and my foot where it had been hurting. My legs di... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:32:10 EST Foot Feats this was my DOH weekend.... <BR> <BR> I got to the Doctor's office today, sat down in the chair and the nurse asks me about how my feet were feeling, my legs, etc...I asked her if she wanted me to take off the bandages...... <BR> <BR> (time stops, at least in my mind)...she looks at me and I know darn well she was trying not to laugh...she says "you had them on all this time?" <BR> <BR> I said, yep, no one told me to take them off, so I figured I had to have them on until I came bac... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:34:10 EST Beautiful Days. It is sooo nice outside, unbelievable, it's nearly the perfect day out there. A little breeze, warm..I cannot believe it. If I didn't have these dang bandages on my heels, I'd be in the pool in an instant with the radio on and something cold to drink, the unbrellas on the deck, and my cushions on the deck benches....hmmmmm heaven, I swear, or at least close to it. <BR> <BR> Now I'm getting anxious to get these off, I'm so tired of having to take a sponge bath and all that trash, it almost ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:10:58 EST Smiles All Around Spent most of the day today just making fake birch bark for our daughter's wedding vases, that's what they decided they wanted for their centerpieces for the tables. I've got all the bouquets done but for one, and that's only because they ran out of daisies at the store and their warehouse and don't know when they'll be getting more in. I hope soon! I really hope and pray they don't run out totally!! <BR> <BR> I need to get the rest of the bouquets in the boxes and put downstairs to keep ... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:23:19 EST Busy Day. Had a DUH moment at the Doctor's office and now I'm not sure I should call and tell them or not. He'd asked if I had any back problems, well at the time my back wasn't hurting, but today it was, and I'd totally forgotten that yes, my back had been hurting at times. I just never thought about it at the time because well, it hadn't been hurting at the time. I think I'll just tell him when I go in Monday. What a dork, I'd been having pains in the middle of my back, I have a feeling he was ask... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:27:32 EST A little confusion I want to thank everyone for putting things in perspective. Yes, things could be a lot worse, and who knows, things aren't decided yet, the drops could work wonders, and as for my feet (foot), I'm not really liking these bandages, they already are coming off, and the thought of not showering/bathing..just isn't setting well, guess it's a hand bath for me for this week until Monday. *L* Ewww...but for some reason, the front of my leg (shin) hurts more with these on, as does the inside of my r... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:05:26 EST Bandages...really? I'm getting so tired of going to the Doctor and hearing..."it's not caused by your diabetes, but your age"! REALLY, I worked so hard to have a great older age, and now the Eye Doctor says I could be getting glaucoma, not because of my Diabetes, my eyes are in perfect health otherwise, but because of my age. <BR> <BR> Today I went to a foot doctor because I'd had this little pain in my heel, and he tells me "it's not because of your Diabetes, your feet are well taken care of, but .... " So... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:23:23 EST Flowers and cold Last night we were sitting in the living room and the scent from that beautiful Lily was everywhere. It is so fragrant, I love that flower, and am so happy our kids got it for me last year (Mother's Day). I thought it was going to die because the place had cut off the top and it didn't do anything last year, but this year it's really grown. <BR> <BR> What a beautiful flower, thank you to my kids and soon to be 'kid", Scott, Brande, & Dan (daughter's fiance). <BR> <BR> It's really chilled ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:17:52 EST Lily has bloomed! Well, missed another day here, sorry, I was busy yesterday, but not too busy to get my execise in, never too busy for that! <BR> <BR> Let's see, we mowed, cleaned the pool, put the solar cover on (considering it's supposed to be only in the upper 60's the next couple days, BOOOOO!!). <BR> <BR> Oh, our lily finally bloomed, it's about 6' tall, cannot believe it's that big, but the flowers are beautiful. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:43:07 EST Flowers, rain, and sadness. It was very humid today, I was hoping to get to see that "Supermoon" tonight, but instead we're getting thunderstorms. Seems that happens everytime there's something exciting to see; aurora borealis, comet, etc, etc. Frustrating, but last night's moon was beautiful. <BR> <BR> Stopped at a bar and of all people, saw someone who used to babysit for us...she has 3 grandchildren now, DANG! I couldn't believe it when she told us that, bout floored me! She's not that old, I'd say, well in her... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:42:12 EST Not much. Not much happening today, it's beautiful out, got that cool breeze again, but still it's a great day. <BR> <BR> I have to go to the courthouse to pay taxes, and then to the bank and a few other places because the hubby won't be home from work early enough. I should get going, he was supposed to call us, but never did, so either I'm going to have to call him and find out what's going on, which I probably won't get ahold of him, or guess. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend everyone and stay sa... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:16:46 EST Brewer Game Bird The game was so much fun, seats weren't where I thought...they were behind the Phillies dugout *LMAO* so I SCREAMED LOUDER FOR THE BREWERS!! It was so funny, but a lot of fun. I kept searching for our neice and brother in law, and finally found them, with my camera. Hilarious. I wore my white jersey, so I think in one of her pictures, you can see me standing behind the dugout. <BR> <BR> They were actually first row seats (because of the dugout which would have been the first 3 rows), so ... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:29:21 EST Frustrations yep. Well, what to say first; <BR> <BR> The hospital cancelled our daughters HIDA, after putting her in a cancellation, which she'd have an appointment in late August otherwise, because the dang insurance company never got back to them as to whether or not they'd cover it. SERIOUSLY???? She got in because of a cancellation, and now she'll have to wait until September for another appointment. WHAT IDIOTS! You know, if I had been the hospital, I would have either, A. called my daughter and let h... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 13:06:18 EST Weather and Brewers What an absolutely wonderful day, it's a cool breeze, warm air...just perfect..too bad we weren't having a picnic. *LOL* <BR> <BR> We had 1", nearly of rain last night. some thunder and lightning, but it's all gone, and even the humidity isn't that bad today, I thought it'd be a lot worse. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we're going to the Brewer's game, I hope they start winning again, I don't know what's going on with them, they were doing great, and now slowly, they're going downhill. We've got tick... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:50:11 EST AC's and pools. Wow, it's so humid out the sun is shining, and that makes the humidity horrible, I'm definitely going out swimming today, which is great. We never did put the air conditioner in this year, which in a way I'm glad, but then in another way I wish we had. <BR> <BR> Glad because where the computer is, it's right across from where it's sits and I get blasted with cold air constantly, meaning I have to wear my jeans and long sleeve shirt and I'm still COLD. <BR> <BR> Wish we had because..well.... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 14:11:13 EST Band, weather, and building. Went to watch Shotgun Jane (band) and fireworks last night, but once we got there, found out the fireworks weren't going to happen until next weekend. Not sure we'll make those then, we had great seats for the band, though. <BR> <BR> Went up to ask one of the lead singers if she could play a song (actually mentioned a couple since I wasn't sure they knew them), and found out, while taking about Bon Jovi and how I wasn't really a country fan (which is a lot of what they play), and I mentione... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 13:54:03 EST 4th Celebration Had a wonderful 4th of July with friends, family and music. It was gorgeous out, BUT it did get cold after the sun went down, luckily I'd brought my denim shirt. No mosquitoes, which with the infestation we seem to be having, was lucky. <BR> <BR> We waited until a lot of people had left, so it was smooth sailing getting out of town and back home. <BR> <BR> Had such a great time, only thing missing were our daughter and her fiance, but I'm sure they were having a great time, too. <BR> <BR... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 12:27:32 EST Celebrations Walk--check <BR> Pool--yet to do <BR> Grocery shopping-check <BR> <BR> Wow, that was a short list, but it's just the start of the day, too. I hope this 4th finds you with something to celebrate and remember as the year moves forward. <BR> <BR> Remember, never let anything stop you from doing what you need to get to that goal. We are all in the same boat and we can do it, TOGETHER. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful 4th of July, and stay safe! <em>195</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 11:53:17 EST 4th You know, I actually thought it was going to be cold out today, like yesterday, but when I went out to vacuum the pool, I was nearly sweating. That sun had really come out hot, though there was a nice little breeze, I was glad we had the breeze. <BR> <BR> I'm so tired, still not sure I want to go watch fireworks, daughter and her fiance will be gone (first time ever) and son is working, so it's just not the same. <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a wonderful fourth, and stay safe. <em>283</... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 00:59:32 EST Cool air, change. Got my walk in, despite it being cold out and little spinkles, not many but once in a while, but I did it. Almost just wanted to stay inside, but decided no, I wanted to go out, no matter what, at least it's not overly hot and humid, and besides, I wanted to read more of my book. What incentive. :D <BR> <BR> Going to see if I can post the picture of Nora and her kitten that I didn't yesterday. I thought it was so cute. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 2 Jul 2014 11:28:43 EST Dog Day afternoon...or is it Kitten Day? Ok, you knew this was coming..a picture of the actual Hank & the plush puppy I got. (Thank you, Scott) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So there you go, introduced to the adorable Hank, named after Hank Aaron! <BR> <BR> I hope this day is wonderful for you and takes away all sadness leaving only smiles that last a lifetime. <BR> <BR> Oh, daughter has some ... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 12:11:36 EST Buts & Pups Well, some great..only one not so great. Had my eye doctor appointment today, he said my eyes don't even look like I've had Diabetes at all, let alone since 1975, which is fantastic. BUT, I have to start taking eye drops to try to reduce the pressure in my right eye. Nothing having to do with my Diabetes, it's an age thing. He said if you catch it early, you may be able to not end up with glaucoma. Don't want to have taken care of my body/eyes all this time to have something having to do... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:10:53 EST Grandpuppy and flowers. Quiet here today, Hubby is working, son's at the Brewer's game and I'm here enjoying the nice cool breeze. Did my walk, which I was so glad about, when I sat here this morning I really almost didn't do it, then said, YES I'm doing it, and off I went. Thank goodness it didn't rain (I read and listen to the radio while walking and I'd really hate for the book to get wet (hardcover, autographed Jim Butcher "Skin Game", part of The Dresden Files series. I love those books, and even though I've... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 14:36:20 EST Grandpuppy Fun Thank you all, I needed that, and I really appreciate all you've said. I have an eye doctor appointment Monday at 10, so I won't be able to find out what the Doctor said until I get back from about more wait. :D <BR> <BR> We have the Grandpuppy this evening and tomorrow while they go on a short vacation out of town, so right now he's just lying on the floor behind me. He is such a card. We got him a little plastic tub with a lid, to put his toys in, and like a little kid, he ha... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:07:46 EST Ultrasound results...kind of Went with our daughter for the ultrasound on her stomach to find out what's going on, and she said they said there were 3 black spots on it. I'm hoping and praying that's gallstones, or even cysts would be much better, but of course they can't say at the ultrasound. Now she'll have to wait until Monday to find out (HATE THAT) anything. So a weekend of worrying, but I'll try to keep it off my mind, I hope she can, too. <BR> <BR> <BR> Anyway, that's the update, please continue to keep her ... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:06:14 EST Castles and situation! Not a lot going on today, Brewers won, YAY! Still in second place all around, so that's great, I hope they keep it up. <BR> <BR> I designed a shirt for our organization to sell, if they like it, that is. Anyways, I figured the accessible playground is always known as "the castle playground" because it has a large, very large castle in it, which is also a stage on one side, and the other has a dragon coming through it, and a moat with a life size sea turtle and alligator. So...below is what... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:22:07 EST Hammy and Brewers Well got a couple pics of "Hammy", our daughter didn't put them on the net, but a couple and I grabbed them up. <BR> <BR> Hammy photobomb with his sister (he's peeking over the food dish): <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And this is Hammy just being a ham: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm so ready to take a nap, but it's too beautiful outside to do that, a bit humid, but it's got a co... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:03:49 EST Pains of Internet loss Well, hate the internet, at least our service, if you want to call it that. Been out for some mysterious reason since last Friday afternoon. They never did say exactly why, only that they had "people working on it". I really began to doubt they had anyone working on it during the weekend, because they didn't "find a second problem" until Monday. <BR> <BR> THEN when I called again today (which I'd done every single time the time passed they'd said it'd be fixed, which was 1pm, 430 pm, 6pm,... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:51:25 EST Lazy Days Today is one of those days where you just go....hmmmm....don't really feel like doing anything...just want to rest...allllllllllllllllllllll day. <BR> <BR> Though you know you can't you have a ton of things to do, but still. <BR> <BR> Had a great chat online with a young lady (same age as our daughter) from Colorado who is involved in the filming of the books I'm reading. She plays the character I really love in the books, Susan, and does an incredible job of it. She loves the Character... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:27:12 EST Blessed, a Sign that Life Does Go On. No bad storms, or if there were, I slept through them, but for once when I woke up, it was thundering and I think I saw one flash of lightning, but I went right back to sleep, so it wasn't bad at all, and no limbs, PLUS we had power this morning, so that was a huge PLUS. <BR> <BR> It's been raining off and on today, so it's not as bad as they'd predicted, unless that 5" is going around us, or expected for tonight. I'm hoping it's just going away, period and no one gets that. <BR> <BR> Some... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:39:20 EST Not bad. Well, another storm, another power outage, luckily it wasn't as long as yesterdays, but this was caused by another tree down...or a few. <BR> <BR> There were 5 confirmed tornadoes yesterday, 2 in Platteville, Verona, Blanchardville, and Madison; none last night, it was peaceful until I got up. Of course I couldn't go walk, so did my video exercise, which made me sweat like crazy being in the house, everything closed up, and it being warm. Rather be out walking. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I hope t... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:53:14 EST Storms all around Wow...those storms were dangerous, had trees down all around us, lots and lots of branches and leaves all over the yard, electricity went off and finally stayed off around 430 am and didn't come back on until 1:45. Had to start the generator, luckily the basement didn't fill with water, but the pool did, and it will probably run over with the storms coming, that's not good. <BR> <BR> They said 5-7 tornado touchdowns were reported from Platteville, Verona, between New Glarus and Mineral Poin... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:51:46 EST Beautiful Days! Oh, on yesterday's blog, for that "blurry' picture of the police car, all that orange behind him are sponsor flags, each one is an individual flag on the back of different bikes, so you can see there are a LOT of them there. (yes, horrible picture, what can I say, I was watching for traffic, too *L*) <BR> <BR> Today is an incredibly beautiful day, so nice and a light breeze, what a day, I wish every day of the summer could be like this, wow. <BR> <BR> I tried a recipe from the net using bis... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:48:22 EST MDA Tub Run and Grad Party I've decided I remember why I hate having my picture taken, don't think I'll do it until I've lost some weight. *L* <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday went so well, we had a great time on the run, the second couple I was with as Road Guard had problems in both places they were at with people who'd been made to stop while the 1000+ motorcycles rode through, with complaining. In fact, at the corner I was at with them, the father ... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 15:11:46 EST Blood test Joy...kind of! Had to go back to have my blood checked again, I waited (even though it said ASAP, because there's only one place (besides the back of my hand) where they can get blood, and I wanted the bruise to go away first), and when I got there, they put the needle in, moved it around, moved it some more......................................<BR>.....and nothing. <BR> <BR> So they took it out and asked about taking it from my finger. and I was like..."like I do when I test my blood sugar?" and she said ... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:59:30 EST Garden work It's a rainy day, so I went back to my exercise videos, finished them and I feel great. <BR> <BR> My husband has been picking strawberries from the garden so that's been my treat a night, fresh strawberries (nothing else) and they are SOOOOOO good, small this year, but still good. He's been having radishes from the garden, too., those are the only things that are ready, so far. We've given one ice cream pail 3/4 full of strawberries to our daughter and have a full pail in our fridge, tha... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:41:22 EST Decisions, again. I'm just a little confused, I was talking to our neighbor, and I was just stopped in my tracks for a moment, unsure of how to respond to something she said, I guess because, 1-she has such a strong personality, and 2-I totally wasn't prepared for what she said. <BR> <BR> She's an incredibly nice lady, but I never thought she was an athiest. She told me today her mother was such a strong Christian, and then went into "how can anyone believe a snake talks to people and someone turns water int... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:47:30 EST Great fun these past days. Well, I wasn't here yesterday, had my Neice's/Goddaughter's, and 2 cousin's graduations (thankfully at the same school) yesterday. Such beautiful weather, too. I am so proud of her, thankfully she and the guy I'd spoke about a while ago (the one who doesn't believe in God), are no longer together so I'm hoping the influence is gone. I mean, he was a nice guy, but you could tell even he was questioning his own beliefs, when he'd walk away and not even try to answer questions posed to him, b... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 17:06:30 EST Still unknown. It's so funny watching our daughter trying to figure out what sex the kitten is, last night she lifted up her tail and took a picture of that, asking others what sex he/she was. I about died laughting. It's not as easy as it seems, but it was hilarious, and she still doesn't know. <BR> <BR> <BR> She's trying hard to get a photographer, even a year ahead of time they're all booked up and half of them don't answer their phones, so that doesn't help. One she'd been working on trying to get a... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 14:29:16 EST Still unknown. It's so funny watching our daughter trying to figure out what sex the kitten is, last night she lifted up her tail and took a picture of that, asking others what sex he/she was. I about died laughting. It's not as easy as it seems, but it was hilarious, and she still doesn't know. <BR> <BR> <BR> She's trying hard to get a photographer, even a year ahead of time they're all booked up and half of them don't answer their phones, so that doesn't help. One she'd been working on trying to get a... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 14:29:11 EST Sleep, Photographers, and Weddings. Been working on finding a photographer for our daughter's wedding, the one we'd wanted to get which our daughter and her fiance wanted got out of the business and is only into advertising type photography (think I told you all that), so they're back to the blackboard. Because they're both working, I'm having to contact people, because the businesses are only open from 8-5 and our daughter and her fiance don't get home until after 6-7pm and leave around 7 am. <BR> <BR> Found one place that... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 16:08:22 EST Blessings of the Day/Night....a newborn Bengal Kitten. Had been so busy on Thursday, didn't get the chance to breathe..ok, so I did, but still. <BR> <BR> Was up early to go to town, had to do a fasting blood sugar, among other blood tests (everything came back good, but for one which was ..high, but it didn't make sense because they wanted to increase my was for my levothyroxine (spelling), something about to lower it they had to increase my meds. I found out, while talking to the nurse that the Levothyroxine I was taking AND the synth... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 01:37:09 EST A Great Day! It was a wonderful Wednesday, stopped at the Cemetery and read to my Dad from his Favorite book, I'm nearly 3/4 of the way through the book I promised him I'd finish reading to him as he was dying (Lonesome Dove, his favorite book in all the world which he had started reading before they found the brain tumor). It was raining a little, but I put plastic over the book to protect it, so it was all good. <BR> <BR> I then went to the pool store to pick up some supplies and was a little irritat... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 17:21:48 EST Great Tuesday I am SO GLAD we had the cool breeze, it's not that it's horribly hot out, but I have a feeling if that breeze hadn't been blowing, it would have been a lot hotter out. Maybe the humidity from all the rain, I'm not sure, but it seemed hotter than normal and it's only 78 so far at 10:39, and that's not that bad. <BR> <BR> Oh well, maybe it's me, too. :D <BR> <BR> Not much planned for today, got the cover off the pool the other day, and it's already turning green, but then that was expected b... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 11:45:37 EST Pools And Summer Wow, got more rain today, didn't get my outside walk, but did do my indoors video exercise, which, surprising to me, tired me out. I would never have believed it, I was ready to quit halfway through, but I DIDN'T! I decided no, I'm not stopping, I'm going to finish this, and I did. I'm actually proud of myself, plus I walked through the house for a few minutes more. I wanted to do the slower walk down, the video I did, didn't do the slow down, and I wanted to make sure I did that. I'm re... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 12:32:56 EST Tired and sore. It's been a beautiful day so far, but I'm so darn tired today, not sure why, but wow...I just feel like if I closed my eyes, I'd be asleep in no time. You know, this happens anytime I go to bed earlier than normal. <BR> <BR> This is going to be short because I don't even feel like I'm able to sit here long enough to type a lot, but I'll do it tomorrow. I have a doctors appointment on Wednesday, and I need to ask him about that plus the reason why the bottom inside of my heel is feeling lik... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 13:40:07 EST Shoes Well, found out why we've not gotten a response (because, yep, they responded), it's because they're getting out of the wedding photography business. But he has been very helpful in suggesting other businesses, so I sent them to our daughter. Hopefully she'll have time to contact a few. <BR> <BR> Now trying to get through to the one who's supposed to be doing her shoes, I've already paid for them, BUT they're in the process of getting a divorce, and the photo of the shoes that he says he i... Sat, 31 May 2014 11:48:45 EST Baby Birds and Photographers Been trying to get ahold of the photographer that our daughter wants for their wedding, but he's not returning her calls and when I tried, he didn't answer the phone (got a voice mail), so sent an email, and tried his facebook page (he'd been on there on the 16th of the month). But am thinking he's busy with weddings, etc. They want to get their engagement pictures done soon, so am hoping all the messages, etc, he'll get back to them. <BR> <BR> Have no clue how much pictures cost, but he's ... Fri, 30 May 2014 14:04:10 EST