BARB4HEALTH's SparkPeople Blog BARB4HEALTH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community First Things First Friday and Flatbread Pizza Went to my DD today to give the twins their birthday cards with a little money. Will celebrate with them on Monday with a lite lunch and some cake and ice cream. They are such sweethearts! They are old enough to drive, but don't want to yet. They may be trying to save their parents some money, or may be anxious about learning. Only they and God know for sure. <BR> <BR> I was anxious to get home to make DH some lunch, but my daughter wanted me to read some of the novel she is working on.... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:59:08 EST Wondering, Wandering Wednesday xylophone, Xander, xylitol . . . <BR> <BR> Wondering why we don't just spell some 'x' words with a 'z'. Discovered when I was checking this out a bunch of info came up with even points tallied for playing Scrabble. Guess that's the main reason we have 'x' words. Lots of points in Scrabble. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Wandered on up to the Senior Center today to teach Bible Study. We stayed for lunch. It was a nice lunch--lots of good food and fellowship. Another nice thing about eatin... Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:27:47 EST Monday Thoughtful Moment 4/2018 <BR> Thought of the Moment <BR> <BR> If you wonder about a life purpose, consider experiences <BR> that have hurt you. Once you have found a path to healing <BR> and have travelled on it long enough to have found substantial <BR> peace, share with others in any form that leaves you feeling <BR> grateful. Dr. Ben Kim <BR> <BR> Feeling a little ill today. However, I did get in forty minutes of walking today. <BR> <BR> Working on cutting calories. Trying to eat and wait to see if I need ... Mon, 9 Apr 2018 15:39:22 EST April 5th whew! What a day yesterday! Didn't stay on track and didn't get exercise in. <BR> Did Bible Study in the morning at the Senior Center. Home for low starch vegetable soup (this was a good thing!) Off to get haircut in the afternoon. Home for a quick snack and a little rest. Off to school function -- Bowls for the Hungry -- where we paid for a soup supper and came home with a ceramic bowl for our donation ($10 each). That is where I messed up. Had to sample some soups, you see. They ... Thu, 5 Apr 2018 09:15:46 EST April 1st, Happy Easter! I am so glad April is here! I know that calendar says 'spring' while we are still having cold weather tomorrow -- and the forecast says snow -- but 'spring' is in the air. The days we have sunshine is so invigorating! <BR> <BR> April Quote: Spring makes the world a happy place! You see a smile on every face! Flowers come out and birds arrive! Oh, isn't it grand to be alive!?! <BR> <BR> APRIL weather lore: Moist April, Clear June <BR> <BR> APRIL Riddle: If April showers bring May ... Sat, 31 Mar 2018 17:23:07 EST Craft Show I did not set up at the craft show today, but did attend. I bought a few things and chit-chatted with the man who makes bird houses. He had a few new designs this year. We enjoyed talking about all the different kinds of birds we see. It was sad in a way that I did not set up. I had been doing this show for quite a few years. It has gotten smaller and smaller. So disappointing to see so few vendors. Oh, well, the fall show is usually better. Hope to set up at that one! <BR> <BR> Got... Sat, 24 Mar 2018 22:58:13 EST Tuesday -- Tea Day for me! Just wanted to share a little information I read in Woman's World magazine. Interesting! <BR> <BR> Ginger tea -- Sipping ginger tea daily can rev up your metabolism and flush trapped fats, toxins, and salts from your body, relieving bloating, says Brooke Albert, RD, coauthor of "The Sugar Detox." <BR> <BR> Rose hip tea -- This tea may help ease joint swelling and inflammation and improve flexibility in just three weeks. How? By blocking the breakdown of cartilage and helping to reverse j... Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:39:37 EST Bird Watching -- What a Hoot! DH and I have been having great fun watching the birds who come to our bird feeders -- and scaring away the squirrels. I believe I have counted at least six pairs of blue jays and six pairs of cardinals. Numerous junkos, and lots chickadees. Some olive colored birds are flocking after the thistle and I am waffling between a couple of identities. <BR> <BR> However, today, we had the common grackle showing up. What a beauty with his iridescent blue head gleaming in the sun. This is what... Mon, 19 Mar 2018 22:23:02 EST Wed through Saturday On Wednesday, my daughter and I did the "Mary, Mother of Jesus" program for the Senior Center. It was well received. On Thursday, DH and I ran some errands. Yesterday, I hosted our sibling "coffee klatsch". All of my brothers attended, and three spouses. That was the most there has been for awhile. I made a GF jello cake. It was my eldest brother's birthday -- he turned seventy. I asked my brothers to share some stories about the eldest. It was a fun time. My brother was in quite a... Sat, 17 Mar 2018 18:39:23 EST Weekend On Saturday, we went out bent and denting with daughter and husband. Got a great buy on some protein powder and some no nitrate/nitrite hot dogs. Oh, some protein bars, too. When we returned home, there was a message on the answer machine from our Pastor. He is under the weather and wanted me to take care of one of his charges on Sunday. <BR> <BR> A lay person from his other charge will take over for that one. The 'chapel' church, where we were, has refreshments after the service with... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 19:08:21 EST Oh, No! My flip-flopping soul! Hubby and I went to a Senior luncheon yesterday. We both wore boots -- cowgirl, cowboy. I hadn't worn them very much since I had trouble with any kind of a heel when my knees were being awful, These boots had a small heel, but not flat. It was a luncheon at a church and other churches were invited. We saw so many people we knew and had great fellowship. <BR> <BR> Suddenly, my left boot sole (soul, LOL) was flip-flopping and it was difficult to walk. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Wed, 7 Mar 2018 19:12:59 EST Just Thinking . . . While we are trying to add the proper amount of fruits and veggies to our daily nutrition, why not add the fruit of the spirit? Gal. 5:22-23 <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> <em>277</em> <em>459</em> Tue, 27 Feb 2018 22:26:23 EST Annual Family Get Together Tonight Some years ago, I started doing a "love dinner". My kids and grandkids celebrating Love. I get the grandkids something (which is getting harder with all but one a teenager). The four grand daughters get a heart necklace this year. And all get a small valentine treat. Last year I had an <BR> Italian food theme. This year I did a Tex-Mex theme. My daughter brought a Mexican wedding cake and my DIL brought taco salad. The high point was when I asked the kids to draw a picture depicting "... Sat, 24 Feb 2018 23:12:36 EST Emotional Upheaval Last Week It was such a tough week to go through all the motions of being normal. Our dog, Lady, went missing and we have been unable to find her. We have resigned ourselves to the fact that she will not be found. She liked to roam our hillside, as well as the connecting hillsides of our neighbors, and went out roaming with her buddy, Fuzzy. We are in a rural area and folks around here sometimes get an itchy finger with a gun. One neighbor in particular does. He shot a hole through our home once.... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 08:53:21 EST From Christmas DH surprised me with a set of gingerbread dolls for Christmas. I decorate some with gingerbread items for the holidays. Even let some out all year round. He said this was my 'surprise' gift because I would never guess he would get me these. He gave me the usual new slippers and socks and one new Christmas top to wear. What a darling! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 13 Jan 2018 17:45:30 EST Almost a Week of Challenge Done It has been a good week with my steps. Got my fitbit up and working again. Because I am working on getting more steps in, the calories I am burning has me satisfied. It is difficult to get a hard workout in just yet. I want to get back to the walking tapes. There are a few moves that are difficult for me yet, but things are getting better. Glad for that! <BR> <BR> Planning to go to the chiropractor tomorrow. It has been awhile since I have been there and he was able to help me greatly... Thu, 11 Jan 2018 23:16:33 EST It Was Years Ago, AND still brings tears to my eyes. We were poor, but didn't know how much because like my Mom said, "At least you never went to bed hungry." We never did. <BR> <BR> One Christmas I was excited to get my brothers something. I had saved some of my 'huckleberry money' from the summer. We would pick berries to have a little money. Mom, and all us kids -- five brothers and me. (Eventually there were six boys and I was exactly in the middle.) Anyway, a few days before Christmas, I went with Dad to the local grocery store to m... Thu, 21 Dec 2017 10:19:47 EST Baking Spirits Bright!!! Just made two kinds of cookies tonight. Tried a new recipe from a cake mix. letting them cool. <em>24</em> Suppose to be snickerdoodles, but don't know about how they look . . . <BR> <BR> Service went well on Sunday. Spoke about the 'light of the world.' Sunday evening met with brothers and their wives for a family dinner. Found out one of my younger brothers is having some difficulty with his heart. He had two stents put in a few years ago and now something new that has developed... Tue, 19 Dec 2017 23:59:06 EST This Was a Busy Week! Monday--Went to chiropractor to help get rid of back pain. He said my hip was locked and that was why it was so painful. He worked on it quite awhile and got it to move. We took our oldest grand daughter with us because she needed to do some Christmas shopping. That took quite a bit of time. <BR> <BR> Tuesday--we went caroling with the church to senior homes. Pastor was depending on me to most of the leading, but my throat still isn't done healing from those terrible swollen glands and ... Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:44:51 EST My Thanksgiving Tradition/Over the River Over the river an through the woods <BR> to Grandma's house we go. Hubby will drive the four wheel drive, thru the white and drifted snow--oh! Over the river and thru the woods, hoping for homemade rolls, When warm and toasty with butter on, the kind that warms the souls. <BR> <BR> Over the river and thru the woods, there's lots to eat at Gram's, It's portion control, and eat it slow, so we can have the ya--ams! <BR> Over the river and thru the woods, it's pumpkin pie for me, Hurray for f... Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:47:43 EST Monday 11/13/17 Decided to go to the Dr's today. I have sinusitis and pharyngitis. I will be doing a course of antibiotics and hope this stops the pain!!! <BR> <BR> Way off on my eating and exercise due to this illness and trying to set my house back in order since laying the new floor. So much stuff to move around! However, have found a few things to get rid of. Amen to that! <BR> <BR> Hope all is well with my Spark Friends!!! <em>426</em> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:51:24 EST Sunday 11/12/17 Missed church because of still having a sore throat/swollen glands. I am doing lots of stuff to get rid of this! I read on line that swollen glands can last up to four weeks!! Oh, bother! <BR> <BR> Listened to some Gaither Christmas music on You Tube today. Some Pastors with good words. Also, threw out some more paperwork today. The house and porch are still in a mess, but the floor is down in the living room. Not back in order yet, but working on it! <BR> <BR> Have a family coffee k... Sun, 12 Nov 2017 21:46:41 EST First Blog This Month It has been a busy month of celebrating with more to go. The 14th we had a wedding and reception. It was done in a gazebo with the reception in the barn near by. Lots of good food. We brought home an Amish donut to share and a few cookies -- no bakes especially for my DH. The next day was a special luncheon for our Pastor after Sunday service. Then the 18th, we had coffee and donuts at the local Senior Center with friends. Some left, then three of us had lunch there. Two dollars a me... Sun, 22 Oct 2017 16:45:02 EST Great weather for our last camping adventure! Such a lovely weekend for our last camping adventure this year. The fall festival had lovely weather -- though quite hot in the sun! Hubby and I shared an Amish peanut butter filled donut. It was very good. And that's all I'm gonna say about that! <BR> <BR> Sold a few crafts. Have cute sparkly pumpkins left and one sparkling snowman angel. Not sure when I will do the next show, but hoping to do at least one more. <BR> <BR> Hurt my ankle before we left so I didn't get as much walking i... Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:07:17 EST Good Report for Hubby! Though a few things showed up on DH's MRI, it is nothing serious. The neurologist believes his problems are stemming from tension headaches. He ordered a drug for him to try. Even he wasn't sure exactly how it would work. So, we'll see . . . <BR> <BR> Still planning some time away this weekend at relatives in Ohio. Hoping DH is really well for this trip as he does all the driving. It's about two and one half hours away. <BR> <BR> We have a neck traction contraption to put on a door... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 17:53:24 EST A couple of thoughts . . . People don't care how much you know until they know how <BR> much you care. <BR> - Theodore Roosevelt <BR> <BR> <BR> You know you need to change your attitude if someone says to you, "You are like my favorite blood test -- always negative." <BR> <BR> Have a great week! <em>381</em> Mon, 4 Sep 2017 21:54:57 EST Tired Out Tuesday! This AM, Hubby was off to therapy and then this afternoon he had his MRI. I didn't think it would take so long. We got back too late to go to Bible study. We will probably get the results of his tests next week. <BR> <BR> i was having a bit of trouble with my digestion for a few days. Don't know what was up. Feeling some better tonight. It could be from stress. I was using some slippery elm and some enzymes to try to clear things up. My eating was off so my tracking was off. Hoping ... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 20:23:00 EST Camping -- Again! On Friday, we had some downpours that kept us from packing our camper early. The day before, there was a leak around the vent in the middle of our little 17 ft camper. We decided we would go camping anyway. But we also decided to put it up for sale when we got back. <BR> <BR> we enjoyed a lovely dinner with DD and family at the campground on Friday. The chili hot dog casserole I made was a hit with all. DD made some cuke salad to go with it and a lovely fruit dessert. nice time. The... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:21:02 EST All those sore throats! Have awakened with sore throats a lot this summer. Am working on killing viruses in my body. I think maybe the window being open for days on end in the bedroom may have something to do with the sore throats because of all the dampness! Dr did say I seem to have some lymph congestion. Maybe when that is cleared out, the sore throats will be gone. Things to consider. <BR> <BR> My physical exercise has been way off lately. Also, have been lazy tracking. I do much better when I am in a ch... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:12:41 EST Another Week Gone! Last Friday I saw our ND. We ate out on the way home and DH was not feeling well. I have been on a new supplement program to get rid of viruses and boost my immune system. Yesterday was the first day in a long time I felt almost normal again! PTL! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Monday and Tuesday I had been recovering. Wednesday and Thursday I was doing some sewing for my daughter. We are taking care of their dogs while they are camping this weekend. <BR> <BR> Was out to chiropractor t... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 18:31:41 EST Darling Grandkid Adventure Today Now this was a much nicer adventure than the camping one. We took son's two kids to the baseball bat factory (Brookville) and then off to Scripture Rocks (Heritage Park). We missed some of the trail, but it was too hot to backtrack. We had breakfast and lunch out together. On the way home, we stopped at a Sheetz and got two milkshakes. One for DH and I to share and one for darling GD. DGS was too tired to have anything else. All in all, a great adventure! <BR> <BR> <em>300</em> ... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:54:01 EST Our Weekend Camping Adventure We left Friday afternoon and the section of 219 we needed to travel on was blocked because of flooding. A pickup truck driver thought we could make it anyway. We could not see the road, but it was not a large portion of the road. So, we followed our SIL through the waters -- we were both pulling campers, of course. Since it was not a four inch depth. <BR> <BR> On Saturday, we attended the 100 mile yard sale near the campground. We did not travel 100 miles. We purchased a few things, bu... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:24:19 EST Another Busy Week! Thought for today: Your life is like a canvas: every morning it's up to you to decide if you like to keep on painting the same old picture or create a new on. Dick & Joy Williams <BR> <BR> Tuesday: DH had an apt with the orthopedic Dr. and he diagnosed him with a 'frozen' shoulder. Therapy is still needed, but it has to be more aggressive. <BR> <BR> Wed: DH had an ear Dr. apt. He got his aids adjusted again. We have to go back in July. To the other Dr., too. At least, this time t... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 19:38:58 EST Thoughtful Thursday <BR> Thought of the Moment: <BR> <BR> I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate <BR> him. <BR> <BR> - Booker T. Washington <BR> <BR> Love is Kind! Thu, 8 Jun 2017 21:46:18 EST MRI back for DH Hubby's report came back that it is a tear in the flesh that covers the shoulder ball and socket. Not in the muscle as we had thought. Also, he has some inflamed tendons. The PA wants him to see a specialist for a second opinion. I thought a tear was to be healed -- not exercised. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, we had a lovely time out shopping and lunching with a friend for her birthday. We went 'bent-and-denting'. You know, the stores that have bent cans and some outdated (not ... Wed, 24 May 2017 07:37:03 EST Happiness! A wonderful goal. Today, for my happiness, I wanted to pick up a few things for a very good friend for her birthday next week and for my DGDs turning 13 in June. I so enjoy getting small gifts for friends and family that I think they will enjoy. Sometimes I make small gifts. <BR> <BR> Suppose to go to DD later for stromboli. Looking forward to that. <BR> <BR> Have a great night and a blessed Sunday! <em>593</em> Sat, 20 May 2017 17:31:17 EST Friday and Saturday -- 12 & 13 Friday -- DGD did my nails for me for Mother's Day. They are pink and pretty. Was able to cut some calories, but didn't get in my exercise. We had a low cal stirfry with grilled chicken. In the morning, we had a fairly high protein breakfast. I have discovered that the amount of carbs Spark wants us to have is not right for me. <BR> <BR> Saturday (today)--Went to a church give-away to which I gave and got. Also, helped pack up after all customers were gone. It is a neighborhood church... Sat, 13 May 2017 19:40:23 EST Wednesday/Thursday . . .and the challenge goes on! Not losing much this time. Only the week I was sick. DH was at physical therapy again today. I thought when there was no improvement they would send him for an MRI. Instead, they want him to do more therapy. I looked 'muscle tear' up online and if that is what it is, now is not the time for therapy, but rest and compression. Since they are not sure what it is, we continue on . . . <BR> <BR> Was out yesterday most of the day with my youngest brother and... Thu, 11 May 2017 19:07:08 EST Monday and Tuesday Monday was another therapy session for DH. His injury is no better. Today he had another session. He will have one more before he probably will be scheduled for an MRI to see what actually is going on. <BR> <BR> On the upside, I got my exercise in while he was a therapy yesterday w/o interruptions. Got a few other things done, too. <BR> <BR> Today, I wore both my Fitbit and my Up Move. They are not the same. When things slow down -- mmmmmmm -- I just may have to see if I need some ad... Tue, 9 May 2017 22:22:29 EST Power Outage -- Monday 9 PM until Tuesday about 4 PM. Oh, my, how we rely on our modern tech thing-a-ma-bobs. What I really missed, though, was water and heat. we had our gas stove so I could cook. I snuggled up in my clothes and comforter this afternoon and just couldn't get warm. The wind and rain has seemed to die down. PTL <BR> <BR> I didn't get to sign in last night and go to the 10% challenge thread. I will try to get caught up. I was frustrated today and had a lot of things to get done when the power came back on. <BR> <BR> Hope ... Tue, 2 May 2017 21:42:59 EST Road Trip to Warren, PA We left after a light lunch around 1:15 and got home around 9:30. It was a lovely day and we met with some splash downs in Warren. DD and family asked us to go along. They went to look at a camper they were interested in. It was a long trip, but they are pretty sure it is what they wanted so they will probably make the trip back to get it. We stopped on the way back and got a sandwich and a drink at a Sheetz. <BR> <BR> It was a nice day filled with a lot of laughs. We have not spent a ... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 22:18:27 EST Saturday -- April 29/ Animals, Rain, Ticks Weigh-in today <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> Nutrition today <em>4</em> Lots of fiber! Homemade bean soup for Lunch and Supper. <BR> <BR> DH not feeling well today. We had to cancel our trip to take Fuzzy and Lady for their rabies shots. It was raining today. A tick popped off April today -- it was gorged. Yesterday, too. I seem to be missing them in her double coated fur. <BR> <BR> I have ordered a different natural spray for ticks and fleas from Amazon. Hoping this one works bette... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 19:44:18 EST Reports are back. As usual, DH blood work revealed high cholesterol levels. My LDL- 76 and HDL -72 were "unremarkalbe". I guess it is a little unusual to have each one almost the same. Will have to check that out. <BR> <BR> Got some sheets done today and DH hung them on the lines for me. Took a few ticks off April today. Hate the tick and flea season. Nothing to be done about it you live in the country with critters and wooded areas all around. I need to find something natural that will work for April... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:35:50 EST Last Night at Twins Celebration It is hard to believe that our oldest DGDs are now turning sixteen. It was a family celebration. DD made dips and had different breads, chips, and a punch called 'swamp juice'. There was a corn hole tournament and young and old alike played. We came home early -- without having cake and ice cream -- because DH had not been feeling well most of the day. <BR> <BR> We had our blood work done yesterday morning. It was the annual thing we fit in when we can. DH usually has issues with chole... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 09:39:48 EST Tuesday to the Dr.s. Went for my 'well' checkup and the PA gave me a prescription for amoxicillin. She thinks this thing I am fighting is a sinus infection. <BR> <BR> On the <em>49</em> (up) side, April is much better. She started taking off her bandage so DH finished taking it off yesterday and he said it made her very happy. Though she is still favoring that leg, she is no longer hobbling on it.The sun is out and that is a good thing! <BR> <BR> Hoping to feel better soon! <BR> <BR> <em>126</em> <... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:46:35 EST April has a Boo Boo! Our Sheltie loves to be outside but gets into some trouble. Don't know how she did it, but she injured her leg. Thank God it wasn't a break. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:41:59 EST Ill Today Spent most of the day in bed. Aching all over, sore throat, headache, stuffy nose . . .Just had tea an toast today and that was for supper. Oh, well, maybe I will lose some weight! That would be a good thing. <BR> <BR> Have a good Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Friends! <em>593</em> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:51:14 EST Spring Craft Show DGD went with me today to set up and she sold some of the jewelry she and her sister made. I sold very little and do not think I will do the Spring show at this church again. The vendor participation is way down and so were the shoppers. Will still try to do the fall one, though. It is usually better. Sat, 8 Apr 2017 20:14:04 EST Thursday through Sunday These were some trying days. Hubby's brothers are both home and niece is finally showing some improvement . One brother, though home, is still not doing well. <BR> <BR> I think I twisted my knee in some fashion this past week and could barely walk for a couple of days. It was all swollen -- front and back -- and hurt to bend. Walking was almost impossible without a cane -- even in the house! <BR> <BR> On the up side, we are planning a family get-to-gather for my DH this week because he ... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:30:16 EST Sunday Inspiration Calvary was a miracle. God's mercy and forgiveness are proof that he cares. Today is not permanent. Your worst circumstances are subject to change. You are never as far from a miracle as it first appears. (Read Is. 40:4-5) <BR> <BR> Blessings!!! Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:47:53 EST