ALMMOM's SparkPeople Blog ALMMOM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Yeah! Finally the scale moved!! I've been faithful and seen miniscule results. Down a little over 2 pounds this week - really great. <BR> <BR> Mentally I know that the scale isn't everything - but it feels good that one measuring device has kicked in for me! <BR> <BR> Family day today and getting ready for a big celebration tomorrow. We will have all but one family who lives on the east coast present at mom and dads tomorrow. That will be neat. I will make a triple recipe of broccoli... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 08:42:48 EST Nice Weather Day Today The hot, hot weather is gone and we have beautiful weather. Just got back from my neighborhood group for a tour of antique sewing machines. What fun and informative!!! I immediately looked at information regarding an old sewing machine (my husband's great grandmas). It is an 1926 singer. I was planning on refashioned the treadle section for my serger. I'll measure how big I need the table top to be and add what I need. The machine itself isn't worth a lot - I probably will ... Mon, 5 May 2014 16:27:17 EST A Hot Day Today Uncharacteristic for the weather to be so hot here. We are expecting 97 degrees today. Looks to last this week. <BR> <BR> My sister isn't progressing well. She had had cancer for the last 8 years - kidney was removed. Spots have flared up in other parts of her body but have been contained somewhat. She now has blood clots all over and in organs. She is on a oxygen 24/7. <BR> For those of you to pray, ask for comfort for my sister. <BR> <BR> Long journey for my sister. Her op... Thu, 1 May 2014 11:08:19 EST I have come back After quite an absence, I came back to get accountable and organized and focused. <BR> <BR> My husband has retired. I have an adjustment with another one in the house and hogging the remote!!!!! My alone time is spent in my sewing room!!! <BR> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:18:39 EST Quiet Tuesday Morning My daughter spent the night with her friend last night. Quiet this morning. I got her school bus schedule last week. She goes to school at 8:30 now. For years and years she has gone anywhere from 6:30 to 7:15. At least she will be able to have a good breakfast before she goes to school. It starts next week on Thursday. <BR> <BR> We are going to TX in a couple of days. We fly out Thurs morning and will stay thru Tuesday. Anxious to see my son!!!! <BR> <BR> I have bonus mone... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 11:04:54 EST Tuesday Morning Gosh, out of commission blog wise for a bit. Been faithful on the site tho and tracking. <BR> <BR> Today is hair appt day for my daughter. She wants curl in her hair - so we are having a body perm for her and a hair cut. She is taking a picture of how she wants her hair. It is long and straight and most of the time she resorts to a low ponytail in the back. <BR> <BR> Tonight she is starting working at the karate studio for a couple of hours. That will give her 2 days of work outs... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 10:33:52 EST Saturday Morning House is quiet - nice. In a little over an hour I take my daughter to karate and then she goes to a friends for a couple of hours this afternoon. I have a chunk of time free - quite nice. <BR> <BR> I am looking at going to Lifeway Bible bookstore today. My Bible is falling apart - I'm looking at getting a new one. I'll see. <BR> <BR> Not much else planned today - I'll probably go to my santuary (sewing room) for a bit!!! Sat, 4 Aug 2012 10:32:56 EST Thursday Morning It is my daughter's last day of summer school today. She wants me to pick her get this - a totally fun summer school - bowling, museum trips, picnics and all - and she wants to celebrate!! Crazy kid - I'll pick her up and we'll get a fruitista at taco bell to celebrate. <BR> <BR> I went to my chiro yesterday - my leg is still hurting. He was trying to get why my leg was still hurting. The culprit may be my sitting habit on the couch. I like to sit with my legs curled to ... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 11:02:02 EST Tuesday Morning I feel a little "deja vu" this morning. When I went to get my hair done last Thursday, my hairdresser wasn't there. She had mistakenly have me down for the following day. So........I go this morning instead. I'm going to talk to her about a restyle. I'm tired of my normal hairstyle. I'll let you know. <BR> <BR> Today is my daughter's last day of P.R. in the teen group. She joins the adult group on Thursday. Will be a good move for her. She has the teen party tonight which s... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 10:38:42 EST Monday Morning It is a start of a new week. Nice!!! <BR> <BR> Went to the L.B. Quilt Show on Friday. Was total fun. Went with a friend who joins me going to the local shows - she is a delight!!! <BR> <BR> I make a new blouse in muslin - I'm going a size smaller today to see how it fits. Kind of a nice "problem" to have. We'll see. If I am unsure on size or whatever, I do the garment in a muslin first. <BR> <BR> Have therapy for my daughter at 2 and then karate for her tonight. Somewhat busy!!!... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 10:49:06 EST Thursday Morning Blessings. I was able to get my daughter to swim party on time. I was sweating it a little because of the distance from singing lessons and needing to grab her dinner and the swim party was a half hour before normal time for group. <BR> <BR> I called my husband when I got to the church after dropping my daughter off. We met at a local hole in the wall mexican place and split a chicken fajita taco a-la-carte. The fajitas are big and two to a plate is usually too much - perfect for ... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 10:55:51 EST Wednesday Morning Just got back from the Chiro. Looking good there. <BR> <BR> Today I plan on doing my exercise and do a bit of dusting and organizing. <BR> <BR> I have my daughter's singing lessons at 5 and then church group at 6:30 and then I have choir ar 7:30. Long evening. Choir performs on Sunday morning and then we are off to our month off both practice and Sunday morning. I can live with that. <BR> <BR> I'll talk to you tommorrow. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 13:52:41 EST Tuesday I'm a little sore today. I resumed by daily exercising after being off for close to two months. My chiro told me to lay off excercising until my leg/nerve situation healed up. Now, normally stuff that didn't affect me before, now does. <BR> <BR> I'll transition into this lifestyle change gradually. I am grateful that pound wise I haven't changed much - but toned up wise - I feel a change. <BR> <BR> Today is a Sako's night - turkey burger for me. My daughter is making the transit... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 16:17:58 EST Monday Morning Seems my days are full - I am glad to have a day of recouping and reorganizing today. Need to go to Sams later on but that is about it. <BR> <BR> On Friday went to the O.C. Fair. What fun it was. We had a family friend also go and had a ball. <BR> <BR> Saturday is karate day for my daughter and then her friend came over for the afternoon. <BR> <BR> Sunday we took a family out to lunch to get to know them. Gosh, really nice!!! Sunday nite was a presentation by our combined music cam... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 11:02:12 EST Thursday Morning Well, it is going to be a journey for my daughter. She had her first singing lesson yesterday and melted in a pool of embarassment. Half of the half hour lesson was talking to her. She ended up humming some of the scales. We sang two songs together - kind of. Hey, I don't like it either - I became a soloist also!!! <BR> <BR> This morning is my monthly Sew Fun club. I have that in an hour and a half. Don't know what they are featuring this month - but it is always enjoyable. ... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 10:31:11 EST Wednesday Morning Today may be busy....or not!!!! I talked to one of my friends at church - she may need help in the kitchen at music camp Wed or Thurs. <BR> <BR> My daughter starts her voice lessons today. We go for a half hour tonight. Teacher has taught Downs kids before. My daughter is beyond excited. Her dream is to be an actress and a singer!!! I'm looking for helping her singing on key. She sings her heart out with totally wrong notes most of the time!! <BR> <BR> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 10:40:19 EST Monday Morning My daughter had a beach trip on Friday nite with a bonfire. Her friend Anaya joined her and then stayed the nite. I took them to karate on Saturday morning. <BR> When I picked them up, they were bonfire smokey smelling!!! <BR> <BR> Today I have a chiro appt at 9:30. Tonight I have my quilt meeting - our friendship group is in charge of the fundraising. We have quite a bit to sell. Hope it goes well. A member of our group got donated lots of fabric and notions and patterns from a ... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 10:39:37 EST Thursday Morning I am going to the chiro again today. I'll be glad when I get done. <BR> <BR> Well, my sewing consisted of picking out the fabric for my sister's steno book cover. I had many odds and ends to get done yesterday and still have a couple to do today after my chiro appt. <BR> <BR> Hope I can get more done today!!! Thu, 12 Jul 2012 10:56:02 EST Wednesday Morning Ahhhhhhh. My computer is working today. It lost connection yesterday morning. My husband restored it this morning. <BR> <BR> Today is a day that is basically home. I have a visit to the P.O. later on and that is about it. I'm spending some time in my sewing room today. My sister in Fresno wants a steno book cover. She keeps one in her purse at all times. <BR> <BR> I got my serger thread yesterday in colors - purple, green and brown. One of my catalogs had serger thread th... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 10:46:19 EST Tuesday I went with my friend to a counselling appt this morning. I then went to escrow to take the paperwork for transferring ownership for mom's house. Since we own a third of it anyway, we put balance of money in to purchase the house. Should close escrow tommorrow or the following day - depends on title company. <BR> <BR> It has warmed up today - seems I brought the warm weather back from Fresno today. But, I understand that Fresno is even hotter!!! <BR> <BR> I'll touch base tommorro... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:35:15 EST Monday Morning Had an absolute wonderful weekend. Our family went to Fresno for the weekend. Our friends Shirley and Anaya went with us and we dropped them off in Tulare and picked them up on the way back home. <BR> <BR> We went to Bass Lake for a few hours during the hottest part of Saturday. It was about 10 degrees cooler. Nice drive. It was basically a turn around trip, but I feel that I've have a much longer vacation. Totally restful and fun. Seems visits with my sister the last few years... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 10:33:20 EST Friday Morning I got a call from my daughter's teacher that she wasn't feeling good. I drove to the McDonalds on Norwalk and Imperial - Laura was sitting outside with her head resting on her hand. She had just thrown up. Good grief!!! I brought her home, helped change her clothes and she slept for a few hours. She recovered after that. <BR> <BR> I cancelled her orthodontist appt yesterday and due to vacation of the dentist, today was the only day I could make it. We go this morning. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 10:27:03 EST Thursday Morning Somewhat normal day today. My daughter got off to summer school a half hour ago. Husband has the day off and is still sleeping. I love the quiet. <BR> <BR> My daughter had trouble getting to sleep last night with the fireworks going off - the noise and flashing lights scared her. She was really a tired baby this morning!!! <BR> <BR> Today I'm going to make dinner for mom and dad for my husband to take up there. Mom goes up and down - however, her "ups" are fewer and farther between... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 10:24:16 EST Wednesday Morning Happy 4th everybody!!!!! <BR> <BR> I just got done making the brocholi salad - and will leave in about 2 hours for the barbeque. Due to much happening this year and all I have only seen my buddies once since last October. We normally meet every two months!! Will be nice to catch up with everybody. <BR> <BR> Making plans to go to Fresno on Friday for the weekend. It has been 2 1/2 months since seeing my sister and husband. Instead of putting our dog in a kennel, we have someone c... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 15:31:31 EST Tuesday Morning Took my daughter to summer school earlier today and will get her in about 1 1/2 hours. <BR> <BR> My exercise was washing my car in and out today. A clean car - how wonderful. <BR> <BR> Before I get my daughter, I'll go to Sam's Club. I'll hit Vons after I pick her up. We have a July 4th barbeque we are going to tommorrow. I'll make a brocholli salad and need a few ingredients. <BR> <BR> My eye is somewhat better today - the blackness is starting to break up a little. I'll be so ... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 14:35:21 EST Monday I just got back from my neighborthood quilt guild. There was a husband who had boxes of misc fabric and notions and more that gave the whole kit and kaboodle to one of our members. We sorted and priced and organized for a sale at our quilt guild in a couple of weeks. We should make some money - will be nice. <BR> <BR> I have a therapy appt for my daughter at 2. I'll leave in about a half hour to pick her up from summer school and take her. <BR> <BR> Thats about it. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 15:10:58 EST Friday Morning Today my daughter comes home from high school trip. I'm ready!!!! <BR> <BR> My initial plans were to get so much done....hasn't happened. Guess I am a creature of routine and habit also!!!! <BR> <BR> I didn't go to my Sew News club yesterday. My eye actually looked worse and bad again today. I'm sitting with a heating pad on my eye trying to rush healing a little!!! <BR> <BR> I have practice tonight for the Celebrate America at church on Sunday. One of my favorite Sundays of the ... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 10:45:32 EST Thursday Morning My appt went well yesterday with the atty for conservatorship. He specializes in special needs kids and is very complete in the filings. I think he will be good. I main objective was to offer more protection for Laura when she is unable to do so herself. I will get it. It ain't over till the fat lady sings....but.... <BR> <BR> When my husband was leaving for work on Monday, he stated something. I got up to hear what he said. My dog ran between my legs and I fell hard hitting m... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 09:39:46 EST Wednesday Morning Well, no more calls from the high school pastor regarding my daughter. That is good news. <BR> <BR> I have an appt this morning for conservatorship after my daughter is 18. Due to issues with my ex the last 8 years, I'm seeing how I can protect her when she is a legal adult. <BR> <BR> I have a bit of ironing when I get back and such. Tell you the truth? I'm loving my time this week!!!!! Vacations are good!!!! Wed, 27 Jun 2012 10:39:10 EST Monday Morning Well, the first day of my daughter's mission trip went well. The night didn't. I got a call about 11:15 last night. She was upset and not able to sleep in middle of an exhausted group after an 8 hour drive. We'll see how she does today. I'm thinking they may fly her home, but I don't know. <BR> <BR> Today I have an appt for a hearing test. My hearing aids are out of warrranty by a couple of years and I'm not hearing clearly as before. May be time for an adjustment or new devic... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 10:46:16 EST Saturday Morning What fun we had yesterday. We took my daughter to Farrell's Ice Cream for lunch and had so much fun. I had a conservative salad with vinegarette for lunch but shared some strawberry ice cream for dessert. <BR> <BR> Today is a karate day. Also is a packing day. My daughter is going on a trip with her high school group to Novato in No. California for a missions trip. She will be gone a week. <BR> <BR> I will have basically uninterupted time until next Friday nite. We'll see h... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 10:37:14 EST Friday Morning My husband is still sleeping and I'm trying to catch the phone on the first ring to prevent waking him up. Carpet cleaning and lowering rates on credit cards - that type of thing!!!! <BR> <BR> I'm posting a picture of Laura in her grad clothes. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Going out to, well - breakfast is about over - I guess, lunch (or dinner depending on when my husband gets up)!!! <BR> <BR> Have a good weekend. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 14:08:37 EST Thursday Morning What fun the graduation was last night. My daughter was beyond excited for all the festivities. After the ceremony we met back at my daughter's class area. After congrats hugs, I heard a chorus of "Yea Laura". When I turned, several of her High School group at church attended the ceremony also. They were beaming at Laura's accomplishments. Totally special. <BR> <BR> Party at our house afterwards. We are all tired today....... I just got back from the dentist and am going to ... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 13:29:55 EST Wednesday Morning Good day today - my daughter graduates tonight. I'm excited for her!!!! <BR> <BR> Today I have last minute things to do to prepare for a gathering tonight. I will take a variety of sub type sandwiches to the graduation to eat before the graduation. I'm getting there early to save some seats and besides, my daughter needs to be in the MPR at 4:30 - I'll simply stay. <BR> <BR> I ordered a decorated cake - almost like strawberry shortcake to have here afterwards. <BR> <BR> Gotta go - I'... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 13:05:56 EST Tuesday Morning I'm leaving in about an hour for my quilt workshop. I absolutely love one of the things being taught today - a whimsical heart with flowers and ribbon. Not that I need another project!!!! <BR> <BR> My daughter has a half day today - so I'll be home for her bus. I have a cake to order today and preparations for the graduation get together tommorrow nite. I got a call yesterday from my daughter's teacher at about 2:30. She said "Are you coming to the tea?" I had no idea I was invi... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 10:36:05 EST Monday My daughter graduates this Wed. Busy thinking about a celebration for her. Depends on who all is coming. <BR> <BR> Weekend was really good. We had a Father's Day at my in-laws. Almost the whole family was there - was really a neat celebration time. I'm so grateful for all of them Our family is totally harmonious and we don't (unless it's me) have a "wierd uncle"!!!! <BR> <BR> I have a quilt meeting tonight and was asked to take over the workshop tommorrow due to illness of the wo... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 16:56:05 EST Wednesday Morning I'm sitting here with a yellow legal pad of things I need to get done today. My "day off" is going to be full of small items. Loose ends need to be finished. <BR> <BR> My daughter is preparing for a missions trip a few days after graduation. We wrote her tender and simple testimony last night for tonights preparation meeting. If we could all have a simple heart - the world would be a better place. <BR> She will be gone 4 days or so up north by San Francisco. She is looking forwar... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 10:42:38 EST Tuesday Morning I got my clearance from the chiro to begin my exercise again. Yeah!!!! He said to stop if I feel any pain - I'll start today and see what happens. <BR> <BR> I go to my daughter's class and do a Father's Day craft this afternoon. My last one since she is graduating!!! Not totally sure what to do yet - I have part of the supplies - they are foam can holders to decorate. I'll see what I can find for the decoration part. I'll either get decorations for the class to stick on or I wa... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 10:46:35 EST Monday Morning Looks to be busy this week. I have things going on every day except Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Today I have a chiro appt at 9:30. I'm kind of hoping that it is about done and I can be released to go back to exercising. I had about a week and a half off since my last appt. Only a small amount of discomfort in my lower back first thing in the morning. Sciatic nerve pain very mild located in one area rather than radiating. I guess he knows what he is doing!!! <BR> <BR> This afternoon I'... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 11:24:12 EST Tuesday Morning I have nothing on my agenda today - no appts. That means work around the house!!! I have bit of cleaning to do. My cleaning will end in my sewing room - it will be nice to get some things done in there. <BR> <BR> I had a good edea from the therapist yesterday for my daughter. She is really babying her ankle and was walking very slowly with much effort to Dr. Amy's. I told Dr. Amy that I personally think my daughter is "milking the system". She likes the pampering and atten... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 10:06:39 EST Ah......Monday My daughter went back to school today with a tennis shoe on the foot with the sprained ankle tied loosely. She took a walker with her for support. I pick her up early for a therapy session. She really didn't need the walker - but emotional support more than anything. <BR> <BR> Had a wonderful visit with my son. Short but very sweet. He texted me on his way back to S.A. - his offer was accepted on the house. He is beyond excited. He had one bedroom rented out already when he ... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 11:28:49 EST Friday Morning wMy daughter is home from school today - should be the last day. She will scoot upstairs the take a shower and wash her hair. We have a shower chair in the garage that she can use. <BR> <BR> Am so excited to see Richard - pick him up at 8:30 tonight. It will be nice to have a good visit. He is placing an offer on a house today and hope it works out. He doesn't have stuff to put in it yet - but it will work out. He and his girlfriend have broken up. They have until Aug on the lea... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 11:30:02 EST Thursday Morning My daughter is some better. A lot of the swelling is gone but her ankle still doesn't support her weight. She is propped on the couch again today. My chiro appt that I cancelled on Tues was moved to today. My husband is coming home so I can go at 11 am. I will combine the trip and get her senior pictures also. <BR> <BR> Can hardly wait to see my son tommorrow nite. I had paid for a ticket so he can escort Laura to the prom. We cancelled the prom due to her sprain but he is... Thu, 31 May 2012 10:34:33 EST Tuesday Morning My daughter's ankle is much better today - at least the swelling. Not much fun for her - her day is spent on the couch with her foot elevated. She'll stay home today from school and I'll cancel my chiro appt. <BR> <BR> The dream my daughter has for the prom is a chance to go dancing first of all. Everything else is secondary!!! One reader suggested a wheelchair for the prom so my daughter can go. If she can't participate, she'll not go - she may change her mind but doubtful. ... Tue, 29 May 2012 10:50:09 EST Monday Morning A day can change everything!!!! My daughter sprained her ankle yesterday at the park where the church gathered for an every year event. It was quite swollen yesterday and this morning it is about half of what it was yesterday. Bad sprain - this may alter plans for the prom - don't know - but quite possibly. My son is planning on coming out anyway which will be nice. I went yesterday to take my daughter's friend home and got a walker for my daughter's use. It is a life saver so f... Mon, 28 May 2012 10:43:09 EST Friday Morning Pray for my son today. He has three court cases with his job and two of his most difficult cases this afternoon. Because of him needing to be at court, he is unable to be at a forensic this morning - which is the same time as his hearing. He called me last night pretty torn up. It involves molestation of a 3 year old little girl. It brought back a flood of memories for his sister and what she went thru. <BR> <BR> I have an appt with the chiro today and then to my daughter's dress. ... Fri, 25 May 2012 10:15:23 EST Thursday Morning I have Sew Fun Club this morning. I wasn't able to go last month - but I'll go today. I do enjoy the outing. <BR> <BR> I worked a bit on the pattern for my daughter's dress yesterday. I'll finish it up today and cut the dress out and begin sewing it. I'm combining a muslin fit for the top and a pattern for the bottom of the dress. I was struggling o technique of combining two unmatched items. I laid it aside and "bingo" I figured out how to handle it. I love those "aha" momen... Thu, 24 May 2012 10:44:50 EST Wednesday Morning I have the fabric for my daughter's dress in the dryer removing the on-bolt wrinkles. You can guess what I'm going to be doing today!!! I'd like to get the lion's share sewing today and then work on the fabric flowers the rest of the week. That is my goal anyway!!! <BR> <BR> My daughter has early days all this week due to senior finals. I'll wait until she gets home and then do grocery shopping for dinner. <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 May 2012 11:39:04 EST Tuesday Morning I went to guild last night for the first time in a couple of months. Was nice to see my friends there. The speaker wasn't very least for me and the majority of the people in attendance. She is a graphic designer by training and her fabric impressions were all dyed by her. Didn't speak to a lot of people - we're not an "artsy" guild. Workshop today is gradient dying - I hope it is better. I'm helping out the current workshop chairman today. I'll take a book to read... Tue, 22 May 2012 10:30:28 EST Monday Morning Just got back from the chiro. I only go 2X a week this week, once next week and none the following week for a trial period. My nerve problem is quite a bit better but I am still to lay off doing any exercises for another few weeks. I'm probably about 70% better - <BR> <BR> My daugher is off early this week due to finals. Nice. Today I am readjusting her muslin and will combine with the other pattern later on today and measure amount of fabric needed. Maybe we can go select the f... Mon, 21 May 2012 13:09:35 EST