ALIALI2013's SparkPeople Blog ALIALI2013's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Update Wow, another long time since I've "escaped" rl, imagine that. Actually I've had to stay away from the computer because the Doctor doesn't want my foot swelling up from sitting there so much, so I've had to cut back on that. Still working with the playground, and we're getting a lot of local businesses behind us. <BR> <BR> The head of the parks dept also found a business (in CA, but a distributor in IL) that makes the same type of plastic/board materials that we need for the decking and p... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 14:34:33 EST Kittens, Grandpup, and neices/nephews. Wow, again, I've been gone forever. Between getting the plans closer to being done for the accessible playground rebuild, and "injuries" I've been trying to heal, I'm going nuts. <BR> <BR> I spoke before of 3 injuries to the top of my left foot, my left shin, and my right inner ankle before. Well my foot and shin are healed, but now my ankle is having problems. I've got infection in it, and it hurts constantly, so finally I went to urgent care (my own foot doctor was gone along with his sta... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 11:53:16 EST Busy again. Wow, can't believe it's been that long since I've been here, but rt is keeping me hoping. <BR> <BR> I have a new great-niece, Emma, born 1/31, and a fundraiser (meat raffle) which we raised $4,000 about, not to mention I have that sore on my ankle that seems to be getting worse. <BR> <BR> Today, in bed, it felt fine, but I got up and it started hurting so bad I told my son that on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the greatest pain, mine was 9. Yes, it hurt that bad. Normally I can handle pa... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 15:23:46 EST Wish it'd slow down. Sorry about not being around a lot, there is just so much going on, again!! <BR> <BR> My nephew was in a car accident, but thank God, he wasn't hurt. He had a seizure and slowed his car down (this is the way I understand it, I could be wrong), because he felt "strange", somehow when he had the seizure, he hit the gas and the car took off, hit the curb, went airborne, flipped twice and landed on it's wheels in a space between two semi's that was just barely wide enough for his car. (This wa... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:05:17 EST Lots of fun and games. Another busy week, most of it good. <BR> <BR> Not a huge lottery winner, of course, but I did win $8, and our daughter won $12 this week, and $4 last drawing. <BR> <BR> However, we did get our donation last week, and it ended up being a total of $100,000. Can you believe it?? One foundation gave $50,000 and another matched it with another $50,000. Plus, I'd gotten another $8,000 donation from another foundation. Now we're up to $318,500. not far from our goal of $400,000. (The city r... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 21:09:49 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR First, thank you everyone for the comments below the last post, I'm sorry I've not had time to answer each and every one of you, but please know that I enjoyed your comments, You gave me my smile for the day! <BR> <BR> I've been horribly busy, again, but I did find some time to celebrate New Years with my Husband, kids, and brother. Some friends, our nephew and his gf, daughter and her hubby, and our son went out to eat and it was delicious. We then stopped at a local bar, and then daught... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 00:00:28 EST God has strange ways of making things work. Our Christmas was pretty good..though it seemed like a disaster at the time. I'll explain. <BR> <BR> My brother, sister, and their families have gone to Mom's house for years..well..since we all got married and moved away. We enjoy the early afternoon having our lefse dinner, then play some games, and just relax, then we all go to candelight service at our church. <BR> <BR> On the way home, my husband and kids stop at the cemetery to wish Dad a Merry Christmas, and then back to Mom's to... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 11:35:15 EST Lots of Fun. THE WORLD'S GOING TO END...I'm here two days in a row. *L* <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a wonderful day; have my doctor's appointment today, so heading out in a bit. <BR> <BR> Things went great at the Quilt Drawing at McDonalds. (nope, didn't eat there.) The guy who won, he and his wife (who was 8 months pg at the time), lost their baby, and he always takes his 2 year old to the playground we're rebuilding. He was going to give the quilt and stand to his wife. I was so happy for ... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 11:22:43 EST Not Slowing Down. Things are just getting more hectic here; with the holidays, the playground, people being sick, you name it... <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had my great-niece's baptism, then went shopping with our Daughter because she'd not had a chance to do it with being so sick. We left after the church baptism (11:30) and I didn't get home until around 6. Lots of walking, that's for sure, and 10 or so stores. Least she got it all done, her hubby would have helped had he still not been home sick with pneumoni... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 11:03:46 EST What should I do? Thank you, everyone, who loved the decorations; those are just our inside ones, I didn't even get a pic of our outside ones. :D <BR> <BR> Things have been smooth the last few days, at least here. Our Daughter wants me to ride with her 3 hours tomorrow to pick up her bengal cat. I wouldn't mind, but it's 3 hours up, and 3 hours back, 6 hour car ride. But I don't want her to go alone either, so I guess I'll go up. <BR> <BR> We're waiting to see about 2 grants we're up for; I've not gotten ... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 14:14:06 EST Better but still busy. This has been a hectic couple of weeks, 2 fundraisers, 2 doctors appointments with 2 more appointments next week, and a conference call on Monday. <BR> <BR> I'm keeping my fingers crossed because one really influencial businessman is working with our organization and I sent him a LOT of information he needed to speak to them. He did hint that if he got the two grants he's working towards, we could be very near our "goal" of $360,000 to rebuild the Playground. Currently we have raised $205... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 14:59:26 EST LoH CAMDEN Fundraiser.. Well, I started to get my voice back on Monday (this last Monday), but after today, I'm back to squeaking and all. Why? Because I was going to stand at the door at the Harley Davidson store and hand out brochures, tell everyone who came in what was going on (craft sale, bake sale, for CAMDEN), and when I asked 6 board members to do it, because of my voice, only 1 would help out. The others had "excuses" including Camden's mother, my sister. <BR> <BR> It irritates the heck out of me that... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 19:55:45 EST Happy Thanksgiving Today isn't bad, seems I'm getting a regular cold, now. Been sneezing, runny nose (still), cough hasn't gone away, BUT I can talk a little more. Slowly it seems my voice is coming back, but by the end of the day, it's gone again. But least I know I have one. <BR> <BR> I hope you all have an enjoyable Thanksgiving and that you find something you are thankful for tomorrow. I'm thankful to have friends like you all who have been with me through this illness..I have been blessed. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:03:15 EST Snow Well, still have the cough, and yes, still tossing cookies at times because of it. And still no voice, which is great when having a golden retriever that I have to take out at least twice a day. I can't call him, so I have to put him on the leash, which means going out in 20" of snow that's still falling, and the cold. Not fun at all. <BR> <BR> And I'm not sure if I have a cold, or if it's just from the coughing so much. Oh, and no voice yet, either. And I can't get into the Doctor un... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 14:49:25 EST Lost: 1 voice Good grief, it seems like all I've been doing is complaining about being sick. I'm sorry for that. <BR> <BR> Still no voice, coughing yet, but last night I took honey, some old prescription cough syrup I had on hand (just a little left, so finished it off), and cough drops. It helped a little, but not enough. Today I'm freezing, but no temp..that's just me, I guess. <BR> <BR> I had to let the Vice President run the meeting last night, and I got the guy from the City to do the speech on ... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 17:12:39 EST Why bother. They FINALLY called me back, when I last spoke to the nurse (Friday) she said they were rearranging people's appointments to try to get me in. She called today, and my appointment is Dec 9!! Really? Four weeks AFTER I was to have my 2 week now instead of a 2 week check up, I have a 6 week checkup. So glad they could reschedule people to get me in within the "2 week checkup" period. ARRGGHHH. <BR> <BR> I just don't get it, if they were rescheduling people so I could get in... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 13:03:19 EST Getting There. I've been sleeping a little more, the two things I still have going on are coughing so much I actually toss cookies in the middle of the night (which also leads to lack of sleep and over-tiredness); and no voice. <BR> <BR> Two weeks I've been unable to do anything but a forced whisper, and it's a pain when the phone rings and you try to talk to anyone. <BR> <BR> I missed my Doctor's appointment yesterday; it was set for 4 pm and I'm so used to morning appointments, I'd thought about it in t... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 15:16:08 EST Almost There's been a while, but I've spent the entire time in bed, I've been so sick. <BR> <BR> Went to the Urgent Care the Saturday after my last post and they said "you have symptoms of every flu there is, maybe not all, but the majority of them. We're not sure what you have, but it's a virus." <BR> <BR> Really? They didn't give me anything, said it should be better in 7-10 days. Last Wednesday I finally went to the ER; I had have constant temps of 104+, barely eating at all, sleeping const... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 16:15:12 EST Ewww Day 2 days ago I started shivering, and my entire body ached and was week. I wasn't sure what was going on, so that night I took my temp and it was 102.1. I haven't had a temp in eons, but I took a shower this morning and it was down to 99.8 (YAY), but then I checked it an hour later and it was back up to 101.3. <BR> <BR> I've been freezing, and it's almost sounding like the flu but for the fact I haven't got anything else but what I listed above, so I don't know what's going on. <BR> <BR> T... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:48:12 EST Movie and fun. Today was pretty good, got my pumpkin done yesterday, so that was nice. Did a bunch of emails, calls, etc, because a couple of our board members failed to tell me they'd be at the open house tomorrow for the Festival Foods check presentation. And they wonder why I am under stress. Everyone was told to let me know by last Wednesday, so I had to make sure it was alright for them to come, now. <BR> <BR> I spoke to our Daughter, and since my son-in-law and my Hubby are going up north, we're... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 20:24:09 EST Halloween Party, sans extended Family.. Thank you all, I love the wraps, in fact I've never had some that glow so much. I went to bed after putting them on, and wow..they really were lit up. <BR> <BR> The sore on top of my foot has been keeping me awake because it hurts so much around it. (not on it, that doesn't even hurt). It's been there since July and I still don't remember what I did, because I have a sore on my shin on the same leg, and I know what I did was at the same time. That one doesn't hurt, though. The one on my fo... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 13:56:27 EST Wonderful! Another day, more work done, but hey I've been having a great time. <BR> <BR> I got all the emails, calls done for the CAMDEN events so far, and I even had the chance to put my Jamberry Wraps on, I love them, I'M NOW OFFICIALLY HALLOWEEN READY!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On my thumbnail is a skeleton, and some of them GLOW IN THE DARK!! How can I go wrong. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I have to do most of the ba... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 16:48:00 EST Busy, but fun week. Had a lot going on, the CAMDEN Meeting went very well. We have a fundraiser in December with the Ladies of Harley; the ongoing Quilt Raffle, and now in January (31) we have another meat raffle. YAY. <BR> <BR> I made sure to contact the city guy so he would HAVE to be at this next meeting, so frustrating when he hasn't made one for the past 3 months. He's just no where near as involved in our Organization as the last one was. He was an angel. This new guy seems like he just doesn't care ... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 22:31:49 EST Long Week Our daughter got her costume, and Gator's in the mail this weekend. She didn't try hers on, but she put Gators on, so cute *L* <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She says he takes it off all the time, too funny. Love that pup, he's so much fun. <BR> <BR> This week is the Halloween Party on Saturday, the CAMDEN Meeting tonight, my doctors appointment and pictures taken on Wednesday, Groceries on Thursday (because... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 14:42:10 EST The final touch, and movie night, YAY I finally finished my outside decorations, and after I put them up, I realized how much our large bush looks like a big jack-o-lantern. Nope, I didn't plan it that way, it's just how it came out. I love it. <BR> <BR> My Husband and I are watching Halloween 1 & 2, both our favs, first time he's sat and watched a whole movie with me since after we got married (33 years ago). That's one good thing about being sick. <BR> <BR> We both have the flu, he was up tossing cookies all night, and I w... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 19:49:58 EST Working on lots..but my Halloween Decorations are making me smile the most. I really love decorating for the different Holidays, but unfortunately I can't do all my Halloween decorations until the AC is out of the window, so hopefully this weekend.Our son and Husband are doing that this weekend. <BR> <BR> So here are my dress and spider, done. Oh and the fire pit, too. Can't wait until I can get the grave yard in there and my flying ghosts, etc. <BR> <BR> I hope you enjoy this day, it's sunny, for now, but cool. But still not a reason to stop you from going out... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:57:26 EST Fun day in Town Was back to another busy day, today, dentist appointment, from there I picked out my birthday gifts (Son, Daughter, Son in law gave me $75 to spend at the Halloween store..they know me way too well. *L*) I had such a great time, then I hunted down things to make for Halloween. Finished one of them, working on the others. I can't wait until I'm done. <BR> <BR> Firepit and Milk Jug spooks: <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 20:57:54 EST Birthday weekend Everything went well this weekend. <BR> <BR> Sorry for the break, but my nephew's birthday was the 2nd, my sisters (his mom) was the 3rd, and mine was the 4th. We had a birthday celebration weekend. <BR> <BR> My nephew is the one who the playground is built because of, and we all had a great weekend together. <BR> <BR> I hope your week turns out with lots of love, joy, and fun and that you have lots of memories to share. <BR> <BR> My echo came back normal YAY!! I was so relieved, what... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:49:27 EST Eh.... Where do I start... <BR> <BR> Had my echocardiogram, now I have to wait until next week (or whenever the doc sends the letter) to find out how it was. No IV, thank goodness! <BR> <BR> I went onto FB today and the first thing I saw was my cousin's post regarding the death of her brother. What a shock; our family hadn't been called until around 4pm. It happened Sunday, but they just found him this morning. I hate FB for those reasons; anymore people post invites to things, and stuff like t... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 19:59:43 EST Shield Still working on candles, and getting fundraisers arranged for the playground. Think we'll be doing 2 more at the other McDonald's here and a meat raffle at the bar we had the first one at. <BR> <BR> I'm having so much fun with these candles, not sure why, but I love doing them. Just having trouble thinking of triple combinations for them, but I'll get it done. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if I mentioned the way to recognize larger donors at the playground (possibly those who donate over $10,00... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 17:14:59 EST Garth, Gator, Candles..which one doesn't belong? Oops, I forgot to post the picture of the Packer Candles, so I'll do that now. Sorry, everyone! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I got the stuff to put what I want on the other candles, but it didn't work. Not sure why, but I'm going to find out, this drives me nuts. It worked on one of them, then that one wrinkled up. Not the day to be doing candles, so I gave up and just made more. *L* I'm going to have so m... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 17:47:41 EST Candles and more candles..and other stuff... Wow, this week has been so hectic, just as the weekend was. Seems like I barely get time to sit down anymore..yes I know what the doctor would say, but I'm still working on less stress, thank goodness it's working. <BR> <BR> Monday I had the CAMDEN Meeting; Tuesday a doctors appointment which I stayed in town to do some other running for the playground event. Then that evening I wrote my speech for the Wednesday meeting. <BR> <BR> Wednesday, today, I had a speech to give in regards to the... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 00:09:33 EST Fun Fun Fun Leaving for the weekend, had a fundraiser last night that was a complete flop. Though we'd handed out a lot of flyers which were to be brought to Texas Roadhouse (it's how they do their eatout fundraiser. the diners have to bring in a flyer that states they'll give 10% of their meal to CAMDEN Fundraiser); I only saw 8 of them..during the 4 hour period I was there, so I'm thinking we may have only made $10 during that wasn't worth it. We did have a donation jar out and we did get $... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 16:59:05 EST Canning, etc. Spent a lot of time picking tomatoes, cleaning, and canning them. I enjoy doing that with my Husband, he's such a big help and besides, he gets all the juice squirting on him when we crush the tomatoes. *LOL* Though once in a while he does get me, too! <BR> <BR> We had a ton of cherry tomatoes, so we even picked as many of those as we could and used them, and they actually gave a lot of juice. We only ended up with 9 quarts and 1 pint, but we'd done about 4 quarts and 1 pint before, so t... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 14:01:35 EST Canning, etc. Spent a lot of time picking tomatoes, cleaning, and canning them. I enjoy doing that with my Husband, he's such a big help and besides, he gets all the juice squirting on him when we crush the tomatoes. *LOL* Though once in a while he does get me, too! <BR> <BR> We had a ton of cherry tomatoes, so we even picked as many of those as we could and used them, and they actually gave a lot of juice. We only ended up with 9 quarts and 1 pint, but we'd done about 4 quarts and 1 pint before, so t... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 14:01:15 EST The finished Candles Back from the trailer, have been so busy, but had such a great time. <BR> <BR> Went on a scouting trip with my Husband, Son In Law, and Brother in Law on Saturday, think we walked about 3 miles, total in that heat and humidity with no breeze. We were between corn fields for the most part. My husband and I broke off from the rest and we went entirely around the field towards the woods where we went up and down some hills. I had to stop a couple of times because I'd not been exercising that l... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 00:26:10 EST Fun with Candles Well, all this afternoon my SP page wouldn't let me post photos, not sure why, but I'm trying again, keeping my fingers crossed. <BR> <BR> I've decided to try making some candles (think they're called "tea candles" and put the initial of each of my Great-nieces/nephews on each. I've never made candles before, but they're not too bad. <BR> <BR> I may decorate them up a little more, but i'm going to look online see what I can find to put on them. The parents probably will have the "eh" att... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:11:42 EST New books, Etc. Just an addendum to yesterday's post: I guess the thing that bothered me the most was the fact that my Mom lives a few blocks down from my sister in law & brother (my brother was in Indiana, working, until he arrived after the birth). <BR> <BR> She called every member of her family plus her own best friend (the sil's best friend), 21 people in all, to be there for the birth, yet couldn't call my Mom, the Great-Grandmother, and let her know so she could be there, too. Not one of our family ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:04:18 EST Moving ahead again! I tried my old exercise routine (one of them), the walking one, and it wasn't too bad. Got a little tired, but it's been a while since I'd done that one. It's an aerobic walk, so it involves a bit more than just walking. Going to do the yoga one in the afternoon, that way when I'm more tensed up, it'll relax me. <BR> <BR> Got up and checked Facebook before doing everything, found out on there (instead of getting a phone call like I should have gotten) that I had a new grandniece who had be... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:27:14 EST Exercising What a beautiful day, yes it's a little cool, but still it's a wonderful day. <BR> <BR> Not much is going on, I did begin my exercise routine (a new one) today which includes chair Yoga (because I can't do anything that involves getting down on my knees); and a cardiac routine that was set out by a hospital in Missouri. Together they're around 35 minutes or so, and you can increase it, so that'll be great. <BR> <BR> Have a great day, everyone, and remember to share those smiles...oh and gu... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:28:02 EST Fun Times At Open House. Back from the open house; Plover is such a pretty town. We went to the Shrine of Mother Mary (just a curiousity stop) on the way to Necedah Wildlife Refuge on the way home. It was absolutely beautiful, and the story behind it was really interesting. (A woman claims to have seen Mary, mother of Jesus in that spot, it's really amazing just to go through.) <BR> <BR> We only saw 5 deer in the refuge, but I couldn't get any good pictures of them; the 3 I could have, a truck was coming from the o... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:58:58 EST Pictures Galore and fun. I forgot to add yesterday that our daughter had thought about not taking Ty, her buckskin Shetland, and when people found out they were sending her messages and calling her. Ty has a huge fanclub at Boone County Fair, and they weren't going to allow her to leave him home. <BR> <BR> It's so funny, one guy in particular wants to buy him so bad, but she's not about to sell him. Ty has such a great personality, you can't even tell he's a stallion, and like I've mentioned before, the first time s... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:51:16 EST Back from Boone County Fair We had such a great time at the Boone County Fair; I was just trying to remember how long Brande had shown down there; and she started when she was a Freshman in High School and she's now 28 years old, so it had to be 14 years, wow. <BR> <BR> Anyway, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the weather was miserable. Upper 80's, lower 90's and HIGH humidity. It had rained Friday evening, and Saturday which made the humidity even higher. But thank goodness we were in the tents; inside the barns it was... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:10:14 EST Boone County Fair Time. Been preparing for going to the Boone County, IL Fair for a week, well, 5 days, where our daughter shows her Shetland Ponies. One busy week, with a lot of waiting while she shows. Hopefully it'll be nice and cool, we're in the tents, and they've taken away 1 stall from her, so one of the ponies has to be in 1 stall instead of 2, making it crowded for her. Keeping our fingers crossed that's good enough for her. Maybe the neighbor won't show up. <BR> <BR> Have a great week and see you Monday ... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:04:58 EST and my Grandpup Hot today, didn't get the chance to go out and swim, to busy chasing bees out of the house. For some reason they've found a way to get in, just one at time they'll come in, we open the door and they fly out. It's kind of a game now. The black ones, but they don't ever hurt me, so I'm good with it. Just wish I could figure out where they're getting in. <BR> <BR> I'm tempted to turn on the AC right now, but hey, it's evening, not sure if I should..maybe I will, our Grandpuppy's here, and he'... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:09:10 EST Good news! Had my Doctor's appointment today, my blood pressure was 122/62, which was GREAT!! I found out why I had to go br so much, Lasix medication I'm on is the reason!! It helps stop fluid retention by getting rid of it!! ARRRGGGHHHH. *L* <BR> <BR> Oh well, I have to have an Echocardiogram (I think it's called) in September and an other appointment with the heart doctor in 6 months. <BR> <BR> But the GREAT news is I can GO SWIMMING!! *dances* It was 88 degrees and humid, I came home, and afte... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:53:27 EST Moving ahead. Still falling asleep a lot, but hey, least I'm getting the sleep I need. Haha. My doctor's appointment is Monday, can't wait, just hoping they don't have to take blood..though I'm sure in order to find out about the enzymes, they'll have to at one point or another. Hoping and praying if they do, they'll be able to get it out of the good spot, instead of jabbing me all over like they did in the hospital. <BR> <BR> We have a fundraiser next Wednesday, and then another August 2nd, one of th... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:35:50 EST Better and better each day. Things have really been different, though I did have a radio interview on Monday and a meeting monday evening, and I've got another Fundraiser next Wednesday, a Doctors appmnt Monday (with the Cardiac surgeon who did my heart catheter), and then another fundraiser on Aug 2, I did tell everyone on the board that they had to start doing more..and they will be. Got a lot of volunteers to sign up for helping on the fundraisers, which is great, so that takes a lot off of me. <BR> <BR> I swear ou... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 02:56:35 EST Escape from ICU I never thought I'd say this, but doctor's orders. <BR> <BR> I spent this past weekend, starting Friday about 5 pm, in ICU. Starting at 10 am, when I went to pick up soda/water at the local service station at 630 am, then up to my uncles bar to get the ice (with my brother in law and one of the harley guys) then back to the State HOG rally to unload all of that and fill the tanks with water, ice, pop, and beer to prepare for the Rally, and start selling the stuff for the CAMDEN Accessible p... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 23:35:06 EST Another busy day. Back from my meeting, yep another one, this one for the State HOG rally this weekend; or I should say, to meet with the vendor who's buying pop/water from us. Though we got enough for us to sell, one of the vendors is buying some from us, so we're buying it from Sams and then selling it to him for profit. <BR> <BR> Well we were supposed to meet at 4..I waited there til 5:30 and finally drove over to the Harley place and found him there. He'd apparently tried to send me a text (which my pho... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 20:48:37 EST