ASHENPOND's SparkPeople Blog ASHENPOND's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sunday 12th May 2013. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all the beautiful Sparkpeople! Sat, 11 May 2013 19:53:42 EST Back on track! - 15/04/2013 I have managed to settle down again after all our trauma. The roof is being done on Thursday and all is back to normal again. <BR> <BR> During the time I have been so frustrated with meals I have done quite a lot of research into various diets that are around, because of this I have found that in the past a calorie diet was not really successful for me and high protein and low carbohydrate seemed to suit me best so I have decided to try the South Beach plan and started it on Saturday - I f... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 22:12:46 EST Better day - 09/04/2013 Today has turned out to be better. We have organised to have 2 quotes on fixing the roof and have worked out how we are going to pay for the repair. <BR> <BR> Ted really got "his nightie in a knot" yesterday and having that to contend with as well just made me worse. <BR> <BR> Today has dawned brighter for us and we have most things under control. At least the toilet is fixed and I have a new toilet roll holder. <BR> <BR> These are all my problems but I want to thank you for putting up w... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 21:30:40 EST Disastrous weekend........ 8/4/13 What a disaster it has been over the weekend. <BR> <BR> #1 the toilet roll holder broke and cannot be mended. <BR> #2 The roof in the loungeroom leaked even although the tarps were over the roof - we had a very heavy shower and the rain got in under the tarps and started running all over my antique table and down the light fitting - so I am without power there. <BR> #3 the toilet started leaking and covered me with water and now needs to be replaced. <BR> #4 Finally the "icing on the cake... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 02:46:28 EST Easter!!!! We have decided to stay at home instead of going up to Ballarat to Gareth's place. We are awaiting a person to "tarp" our roof before the insurance company fixes it. In the nasty wind last week tiles shifted and rain would get in - as we are now expexting rain over the next few days I want to be here. <BR> <BR> Rain is falling now but, at the moment, it is only very light but it is very steady. <em>27</em> <BR> <BR> HAPPY EASTER everyone! Wed, 27 Mar 2013 16:44:42 EST Back again from Barwon Heads. We have just returned from our short holiday at my daughter's at Barwon Heads - we were "dog sitting" her dog Darcy whilst they had a few days away. They say "a change is as good as a holiday" and I certainly agree with that. It was wonderful to be back near the ocean again but the heat has certainly hit me hard. How you girls that have it all the time manage I will never know. <BR> <BR> Any way back into the program again as while away everything came to a "roaring stop" she has no inte... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 19:07:00 EST 16th January. Yesterday was a day of frustration. I had no internet. I rang my modem company and after 3/4 hour of not able to understand because of not understanding them talk I got to understand that my telephone company was out. So then I rang them and was understood in less than 5 minutes. Last night I came on line again. Talk about "withdrawal symptoms" <BR> Now today I have to catch up with all I missed yesterday. <BR> Quite a lot ahead of me as I missed the weekend as we went away. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:38:50 EST Eyes. My eyes seem a lot better - at least I can keep them open longer than before. I can now keep my glasses on as the irritating spot that caused me to take them off after 2-3 minutes seem to have disappeared, <BR> <BR> Hurray, this is the greatest Christmas pressie yet. <em>244</em> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 16:35:07 EST Eye Specialist. I am off to see my specialist about my eyes this afternoon for more treatment. My left eye is shut now and is very hard to open. <BR> <BR> I can't win - I went to see this guy to have my eyes open and now they are shut on one side - as I said I can't seem to win. <BR> <BR> Hope he can do something about it. <BR> <BR> Bye for now. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 16:03:48 EST SPARKGOODIE! <em>244</em> I received 100 sparkgoodie points on the bonus wheel to day so I bought myself a new handbag to celebrate my little victory the other night! Sat, 8 Dec 2012 19:33:38 EST Sabotage!!!! Ted gave me a piece of his Swiss Roll with my cuppa last night and I said NO. I know that he is trying to sabotage my efforts of losing weight. <BR> <BR> It felt so good then this morning I found it was the message that Sparh Coach gave us. <BR> <BR> Thank you Spark Coach. Fri, 7 Dec 2012 18:21:06 EST Day's outing. I have recovered from my bad day by surpassing it with a great day. <BR> My Personal carer that I had for respite took me to do my Christmas shopping at Fountain Gate shopping centre. We had a great time with many laughs and most of my shopping done with her to make suggestions of the things I should get. <BR> We finished off having a nice apple juice drink at the juice bar. <BR> I am exhausted now as I did a fair bit of wheelchair walking. <BR> I am so glad that she is a really nice perso... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 04:53:08 EST Bad day.... I had a really bad day today - Thursday. After dinner I was famished, nothing worked water, getting up and going to another room etc, so I succumbed and had a cheese sandwich - it was scrumptious. <BR> <BR> I felt so guilty afterwards - so it is back on track today, Friday. <BR> <BR> Hope I can do it. Thu, 22 Nov 2012 17:24:36 EST ME time..... What a peaceful and quiet time I am having... Ted has gone away overnite and I am on my own. <BR> <BR> I can do what I want, when I want , eat what I want (within reason) at the time that I want - in fact:- <BR> <BR> It is definitely the ME TIME that I need. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I only wish that my "Boofy" was still here with me. I miss him even after 5 years. Thu, 20 Oct 2011 00:14:27 EST After the ....... May be I didn't do as much damage as I feared over the weekend - I only put on 100 grams. <BR> <BR> Today has been a very busy day what with going out with a couple of friends - we visited Robert Gordon Pottery as they have a cafe on site and we all needed a cup of coffee after all the shopping was completed. I bought a birthday present for my best friend - whereas before I hadn't a clue what to get her. Being a suprise outing I enjoyed myself immensley and found that my outbreak over the ... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 05:39:17 EST Saturday..... What a disaster today has been. I have undone all the good work that I had done in losing weight over the last 2 weeks. I have not even touched my nutrition tracker My eyes have been really sore and I cannot see most of the time - hence I hate myself and am really annoyed because I have eaten and eaten and eaten - all the things that I shouldn't Even now I would just like to tuck into something - what I don't know, but something that will damage me. Where these feelings come from I don'... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 02:20:10 EST Roses... My favorite flower is the rose, so for our 25th Wedding Anniversry Ted gave me a Mr Lincoln standard rose. I have kept it for over 26 years now and it has had some very near escapes - 2 years ago the possums ran along the ledge of the patio and ate the buds and new shoots. They also ate the parsley, basil my chives. The next year I had all the pots moved into the centre of the patio and the possums didn't annoy us. <BR> <BR> Last year I noticed that all the bark was coming off the stem of... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 07:30:27 EST Wisteria... This year Ted forgot to prune the Wisteria and I now have it growing through the roof of the carport and internal stone garden. It looks lovely, but it has gone very pale as to what it used to be. Does anyone have any hints re coloring up a Wisteria? <BR> <BR> Just been out for coffee with my new Docare visitor. We sat by the lake in Lakeside and watched the birdlife on the lake - there were swans, ducks, water fowl and others - now to get dinner ready. <BR> <BR> Love and hugs to all. ... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 01:23:52 EST Tuesday. Fairly quiet day - my eyes seem to be a lot better. Tomorrow is my shopping day and I have the M.S meeting and lunch that we have monthly. <BR> <BR> Early bed again as I am still tired. <BR> <BR> Goodnight all. <em>102</em> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 05:20:14 EST Eyes again..... I am still having trouble with my eyes so I am going to have an early night. <BR> <BR> Good night all. Mon, 10 Oct 2011 04:58:04 EST I did it..... This morning I fitted into a smaller pair of jeans - yes, I had kept all my big clothes - but now each time I go down a size I intend to heave the old ones <BR> <BR> Thank you to all that helped me. <em>244</em> Fri, 7 Oct 2011 21:41:12 EST Respite Trip My carer from Mecwa took me to Fountain Gate today and I did a little of my Christmas shopping - now, that is Martin out of the way. I have to think of 2 birthdays as well. Ted's in early December and Donna's at the start of January. <BR> <BR> We watched a Ruth Rendell Mystery tonight so now I am off to bed. <em>102</em> Wed, 5 Oct 2011 08:22:43 EST Food and Nutritients. Today, Tuesday and I am gradually getting all my nutrients right but I am still having trouble with my Protein and Fibre. I am all over the place with them. Can anyone give me any clues how I am to right this. I am trying so hard this time. <BR> <BR> I hope you all had a good day - I am off to bed after I have drunk my 3rd cup of green tea for the day. <em>102</em> Tue, 4 Oct 2011 05:15:44 EST FRIDAY ALL DAY! A quiet day. Going to watch a bit of tele on our new television before I go to bed. <BR> <BR> Night all. <em>102</em> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 06:22:25 EST New TV. We got our new TV today, after lunch we went down and purchased it. The salesman was very good at explaining how we were to install it ourselves - I just looked at the blank look on Ted's face (he is not very good with electrical appliances) and knew that the installation and setting was up to me. <BR> <BR> 5 hours later and after many " spats and angry words" we turned it on - and it worked - I hadn't mucked it up. Thank you Lord. <BR> <BR> We had both absolutely "had it" when we finish... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 07:09:44 EST Wednesday..... Off to bed now - had a very busy day. What with shopping with Elizabeth and Martin coming for dinner. <BR> <BR> Sweet dreams everybody. <em>102</em> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 07:45:39 EST Electric Wheelchair !!! What a day.... I have had the O/T here with a gentleman from Linds Rehabilitation with an Electric wheelchair for me to try out. What a comedy of errors - honestly I come up with some "bobby dazzler" ideas. After about an hour I got the knack of it. We have some very narrow corridors in this place and, as I have been losing my mobility slowly I thought that I needed a chair instead of my walker whilst inside. <BR> <BR> Well, I was assessed as needing one and all the paperwork was comple... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 06:02:35 EST What a beautiful day .... I have been out in the garden weeding since this morning - 3 1/2 hours all told. It is a lovely feeling to dig in the dirt and I feel that I accomplished so much - there is still a lot to do, but it is a start. <BR> <BR> Ted came out too and started taking the ivy off our tree fern and he has had another fall - not hurt thank goodness. I think that his "blundstone" boots are making him lose contact with his feet, Diabetic problems, his feet are OK but I think the boots may be to heavy and ... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 02:00:05 EST Sunday After last nights debacle today, I have just sat around and listened to a book. There is no television because of the fact of ours "being on the blink". Very quiet in this place so it gave me time to think - I also read Emmabe1's blog and that also was enough for me to digest. What a marvelous woman she must be, such faith and determination in herself. May be one day I will have her strenth too. <BR> <BR> Night everyone as I am off to bed now. <em>102</em> <em>253</em> Sun, 25 Sep 2011 06:14:30 EST TV.... Today our TV up in the loungeroom went on the "blink". Have you ever seen purple faces and green everywhere else. The peoples faces are purple - they look like "purple people eaters" from the song that was way back. I turned the old TV in the kitchen on and it is OK so I can only summize that it has gone to meet its maker in the sky. MORE EXPENSE. <BR> <BR> Other than that we just had the usual Friday. I will just stay here on the computer for awhile and then go to bed. <BR> <BR> Night... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 05:57:04 EST Good night! I am off to bed now so I will say goodnight to everyone. <BR> <BR> Sweet dreams and God bless. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <em>253</em> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 08:15:37 EST Changes Once again changes are happenng. Elizabeth will be with me for my respite shift on Wednesday and then my Homecare on Thursday. Apto have co-opted me out to Mecwa for my personal care on the other 3 days. Mecwa were my carers before so I am pleased about that. <BR> <BR> I am all at 6's and 7's at the moment. so I am going to have an early night and sleep on it. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> and <em>253</em> for now. Wed, 21 Sep 2011 06:28:17 EST Saturday's blog Doing a daily blog is just "not my cup of tea" I am lost as how to start and then finish. I find the middle just seems to flow. Oh well here we go again. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow , Sunday, we are having visitors in the afternoon - I am not sure that I want anyone here, but I have been trying to organise my menu for afternoon tea. May be I am getting lazy as I used to love having people around. This girl is a cousin and she has just moved to Victoria from Queensland. May be I feel this way b... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 01:54:25 EST wednesday..... Today was my respite day with Elizabeth. After getting a few food items that I needed at Coles we headed for Bunnings. We wandered and I mean wandered round in there for what seems like hours - there are many weird and wonderful things in there. I am sure that Ted could spend thousands of dollars in there if he were let loose with a pocketful of cash. <BR> We then had a cuppa at a side walk Cafe in Lakeside and came home. I must admit I was really exhausted after my outing so I am going t... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 07:06:04 EST Saturday night..... We went into Donna's place following Beach Road from Mordialloc to Port Melbourne where she lives - right on the waterfront. <BR> <BR> I knew we would go past the beach at Hampton, so camera in hand I decided to take a picture of any Hampton Beach signs just for Ruby. Imagine my disappointment when none appeared and the beach also looks to have gone. I spent many days there when I was a youngster and that is where Ted and I started going out together, so I was really disappointed that all... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 22:31:41 EST Weekend I had just finished a blog about my weekend - when I must have pushed the wrong button - and whosh - no blog. Grrrrrrr. <BR> <BR> I was so frustrated that I just stormed outside and took my frustrations out by weeding for at least half an hour , <em>245</em> but I cannot think of what I had said as I am still upset about how silly one can be. <BR> <BR> I hope that everyone had a good day. <em>253</em> Mon, 5 Sep 2011 06:11:14 EST Weekend.... We are having a "sleepover" with Darcy this weekend (my daughters dog) as Donna has told us. Donna Martin and Gareth are taking us out for dinner on Saturday night so we are spending the weekend in the city. This will be a belated birthday present from the children. <BR> <BR> This afternoon we have been to the library and now I am relaxing until I start on dinner preparations. <BR> <BR> I hope that you all have a good weekend. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 2 Sep 2011 01:49:09 EST Tuesday.... Ted arrived home at lunchtime, spent a good afternoon but tonight he is in quite a lot of pain so he has gone to bed early. I gave him some stronger pain killers. They say op sites are usually more painful on the second day. I think I have done the right thing - he has 6 stitches and they are pulling. <BR> <BR> Now I have seen for myself that he is alright I have relaxed. I was really strung up with worry about him. <BR> <BR> Sleep well girls as I also am off to bed. <em>253</em> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 06:29:32 EST Jasmine! This is a photo of a small part of the Jasmine that we have. It was taken through my computer room window. <BR> <BR> No wonder I have "hayfever" <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 27 Aug 2011 22:34:34 EST Yesterday at Fountain Gate! What a day we had yesterday at Fountain Gate. Elizabeth and I decided to use the "travelator" and neither of us had used it before. We started off and I nearly came out of my wheelchair but for the man in front of us who swivilled round and caught me and put the brakes on. My legs are so sore today and I think it was the pressure I applied to stop from falling. We asked a cleaning lady about any other way of getting up a floor whilst the lift is out of action due to the extensions that ar... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 22:48:42 EST Fresh air..... Today was a fairly uneventful day, I just sat out in the gorgrous sunshine for a couple of hours and breathed in the fresh air all around me. I watched the birds as they flew over and just sat in the peaceful quiet . <BR> <BR> Then I came inside and finished my book, had dinner and watched a bit of television. <BR> <BR> Another early night is called for as I have a busy week again next week. <em>102</em> Sun, 21 Aug 2011 06:08:32 EST Today The sun <em>67</em> is shining brightly so I think I will go out in the garden this afternoon. I have a Bavardia tree that needs a good prune and a few weeds need pulling out, so I will take heed of the beautiful weather we have here at the moment. Ted has mown the lawns but I cannot expect him to do much because of his heart complaint. <BR> <BR> I hope that you all have a great Saturday. <em>253</em> Fri, 19 Aug 2011 22:30:39 EST Nothingness Today, Friday - it has been a nothing day. Apart from my exercise bike, washing that had to be done, I just relaxed and got over what I had done earlier in the week. <BR> <BR> This afternoon I got into listening to my latest book and tonight I watched a bit if TV. <BR> <BR> Now I am off to bed so see you all in the morning. <em>253</em> <em>102</em> Fri, 19 Aug 2011 08:03:27 EST Podiatrist This afternoon I have an appointment with my Podiatrist - I go every 12 weeks as I find it very hard to reach my toes. Ted has the same problem so he comes too. Afterwards we will go and get Gareth a birthday present and Ted wants to go to the chemist. <BR> <BR> See you later. <em>253</em> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 22:18:16 EST Wednesday and a nice Cuppa.... Off to do my fortnightly shopping at Aldi and Coles. We will then have a "CUPPA" at the cafe in the shopping centre before going to the Chemist Warehouse. Tue, 16 Aug 2011 21:46:36 EST Tuesday 16th. Well half of my busy week is over, now I only have my food shopping tomorrow for 4 hours - coffee at the end of that at a little cafe at the centre that we go to. Then the Podiatrist on Thursday and it comes to an end. <BR> <BR> THEN RELAXATION. I am so looking forward to that, I think I will be in bed early tonight as we have a ghastly night on TV, so dishes, a drink and then bed. <BR> <BR> Goodnight everyone. <em>102</em> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 05:15:15 EST Busy week ahead... A busy week ahead of me - something doing each day. It never rains but it pours. <BR> <BR> Because I slept poorly last night I am off early tonight. <BR> <BR> Good night everyone. <em>102</em> Sun, 14 Aug 2011 06:12:44 EST A long time Today is Saturday and we have been living in this house for 23 years and 10 months - we only came here as a stop gap and intended staying for 2 years (tops). A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then and we are still here. <BR> <BR> When we came there was a 50 acre paddock out at the back of us - <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and now we have - <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 01:47:47 EST Bedtime! I am off to bed now - seems that I am always in bed, but I am very tired. It has been a very busy afternoon - a neighbour called in and we talked the afternoon away, it was very tiring for me as I like the peace and quiet. <BR> <BR> Any way I am off now. <BR> <BR> Goodnight all. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 07:38:47 EST Thursday 10th Aug. Not nice here today - freezing cold outside. Eliabeth has just gone and I have a nice clean house. <BR> <BR> I think I might have some nice fresh asparagus for my lunch when I go up to the kitchen then I will listen to my latest book "The Widow and her Hero" by Tom Keneally. <BR> <BR> Further down in Gippsland we have floods again - I feel sorry for the people as the last ones have just gone down and now it is here again. Our weather sure is horrid. <BR> <BR> As Dorothea McKellar s... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 23:21:04 EST