BARB4HEALTH's SparkPeople Blog BARB4HEALTH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Last Week Good news on the X rays that were taken. For my age, I am doing fine! No osteoporosis or arthritis in my back. Of course, the damaged disks haven't changed. There is a "very small" curve almost in the center of my back that may have come from the last fall. Chiropractor thinks that the back pain in the middle may be from some bone spurs starting to form. <BR> <BR> The knee exercises are working to help me with moving my knees. Just wish it didn't take so long. <em>24</em> <BR> <B... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 18:21:03 EST This Week so Far Sunday was a wonderful day of blessing! Our son came to our church to worship with us and then we took him out to lunch to a place he had not eaten before. We returned home and he and DH watched football. All in all we had a lovely visit. First time in years we spent that much time together one on one. <BR> <BR> Monday, knees were aching badly. We ran a few errands, but I didn't get much else done. <BR> <BR> Today, I had the final series of injections on my knees. People have asked if... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 18:19:32 EST I Thought They Lied, but . . . then I realized they just didn't know about their products. Let's start at the beginning. <BR> <BR> We purchased a few new things this month and all did not got smoothly. The new .9 cu ft microwave was on sale -- nice plus! <BR> <BR> The can opener we bought at WalMart had to be returned. We brought it home and when I took it out of the package, found that it was actually rusty around the cutter and the top of the can opener. So, we took it back. The lady at the counter looked at it an... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 21:04:51 EST Try Something New Tuesday Actually, I am reporting something new I tried yesterday. I made a lemon poppy seed bread w/o the poppy. I subbed chia seed. More healthy. More protein. Have to calculate it yet on the recipe calculator. It was a GF cake, too. I also made an alfredo pasta casserole with rice pasta. Trying to keep DH as GF as possible. DD and family really liked the lemon bread and pasta dish. Sent some home with DD for her DH for his work lunch today. <BR> <BR> Have lots to get done, but with these... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 06:47:24 EST It has been difficult, but . . . I am still hoping for great results. I have only missed one day of therapy (suppose to do everyday at home) and this has been a test of discipline. The knees do seem to be moving a little better and I can almost kneel down now. That is a wonderful improvement from two weeks ago! Today, I had my first series of protein (Euflexa) shots for my knees. It is suppose to help as we get older to keep our joints from becoming bone on bone. <BR> <BR> Got into a little discussion with the Dr. toda... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 18:54:30 EST January in the Olden Days The first guest to arrive at someone's home was believed to hold good fortune. They believed it should be a man bearing gifts, such as coal for the fire or a loaf of bread for the table. The guest will enter through the front door and exit out the back. Any guest who shows up empty handed or unwanted will not be allowed to enter the home first. <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * <BR> Found this read interesting, but could not a time frame for when it was practiced. <BR> <BR> The tradition of a kiss o... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 23:49:32 EST What a Disappointment! The dumb old internet was out yesterday and I missed my streak of logging in. I had 1,351 days of logging in now I have to start all over again!!! So disappointing!!! <em>24</em> Wed, 6 Jan 2016 08:34:23 EST Therapist today . . . Had to learn certain therapy to do for this patella femoral syndrome. It was explained to me that my knee caps are not staying on track and that is where the pain is coming from. So, I need to do flexible training sessions everyday to combat this. Ouchy flexes! Hopefully, it will feel better as time goes on. <BR> <BR> A little tired out today. Finally got some walking in -- through the pain! DH begins his first full week of retirement. We went out and got some bird seed for the feeder... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 20:19:18 EST The Christmas Pageant! A Lovely Story to Pass On: <BR> <BR> My husband and I had been happily married (most of the time) for five years but hadn't been blessed with a baby. <BR> <BR> I decided to do some serious praying and promised God that if he would give us a child, I would be a perfect mother, love it with all my heart and raise it with His word as my guide. <BR> God answered my prayers and blessed us with a son. <BR> <BR> The next year God blessed us with another son. <BR> The following year, He blesse... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 06:27:28 EST Jest 'fore Christmas . . . Father calls me William, sister calls me Will, <BR> Mother calls me Willie, but the fellers call me Bill! <BR> Mighty glad I ain't a girl---ruther be a boy, <BR> Without them sashes, curls, an' things that 's worn by Fauntleroy! <BR> Love to chawnk green apples an' go swimmin' in the lake--- <BR> Hate to take the castor-ile they give for bellyache! <BR> 'Most all the time, the whole year round, there ain't no flies on me, <BR> But jest 'fore Christmas I 'm as good as I kin be! <BR> <... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 00:07:26 EST Have A 'Berry' Nice Day! The Berry of the Season! Ah, cranberries! <BR> Cranberries are loaded with antioxidants and are famous for treating and preventing urinary tract infections. In addition, they offer protection against cancer, stroke and heart disease. Cranberries are rich in polyphenols, which might inhibit the growth of human breast cancer cells and reduce the risk of gum disease and stomach ulcers. <BR> <BR> The best way to eat cranberries is to eat them raw and whole. Commercially prepared cranberry juice is loaded with sugar, whi... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 19:57:01 EST Have A 'Berry' Nice Day! Oh, let it "B"! Blueberries are one of the most powerful antioxidant-rich foods on the planet. Researchers at the USDA Human Nutrition Center (HNRCA) have ranked blueberries #1 in antioxidant activity when compared to 40 other fresh fruits and vegetables. One of the beneficial phytochemicals is anthocyanin, which is what gives blueberries their deep blue color. They also contain vitamins A and C, zinc, potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium. <BR> <BR> Blueberries offer many health benefits, including prote... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 07:52:46 EST Have a Berry Nice day! "A" berry! The acai berry started to garner some attention a few years back when Oprah talked about the little berry being number one on Dr. Perricone's top 10 Superfoods list. However, many people still aren't aware of its wonderful health and beauty benefits. <BR> <BR> The acai berry is a berry that is primarily grown in the Brazilian rainforest and it's approximately the size of a grape. Dark purple in color, the lone seed within the berry makes up more than 75% of the fruit. Acai berries are used ... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 15:11:09 EST Have A 'Berry' Nice Day! The topic for a few days will be berries. <BR> <BR> Berries are among the best fruits on the planet. Not only do they taste great, they are densely packed with a variety of potent phytochemicals that can do wonders to normalize and improve your health. They are high in fiber and low in sugar, so they won't cause drastic insulin swings if eaten in moderation. <BR> <BR> The best way to eat berries is in their raw, natural state, since heating and freezing can damage some of the antioxidants. ... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 12:25:39 EST Party Pizza today! Family gathering! We usually meet each year about two weeks before Christmas -- all my brothers, wives ,kids, grand kids -- about 51 of us this year. I did not know who some of the great grand kids belonged to, but made some educated guesses. This was the first year pizza was chosen for the main course. It was ordered and DH had to be careful about the gluten, but ate some anyway. I didn't join in any games, but watched DGDs and others play. It was fun watching, too. I was sitting thinking about all the ... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 19:04:26 EST Saturday Smile -- Holiday Humor Ms. Terri asked her Sunday school class to draw pictures of their <BR> favorite Bible stories.She was puzzled by Kyle's picture, which <BR> showed four people on an airplane. She asked him which story it was meant to <BR> represent. <BR> "The Flight to Egypt ," was his <BR> reply. <BR> Pointing at each figure, Ms. Terri <BR> said, <BR> "That must be Mary, Joseph, and Baby <BR> Jesus.But who's the fourth <BR> person?""Oh, that's Pontius - the <BR> pilot!" <BR> <BR> <em>535</... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 07:59:23 EST Finally Friday! Feeling like this week was a month long! So much pain to deal with, it just wore me out. DH says he is only going to work one day next week. Two of those days he will be taking me to Dr.'s appointments. Seeing the ortho on Wednesday and the nutritionist on Friday. That will be the longest appointment. It is an hour to get there. Some tests when I am there. Seeing the Dr. and then an hour home again. Through these two appointments I am trusting the Lord for strength to get through the... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 21:02:23 EST Walnuts! Part IV--Choosing and Chewing This is the last in the series info on walnuts. Hope you have enjoyed reading all about walnuts <BR> <BR> If you're purchasing shelled walnuts in bulk, avoid those that appear shriveled or smell rancid, or that you cannot verify are fresh. Walnuts should be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator or freezer, whether they are shelled or unshelled. <BR> <BR> Phytic acid, which is found in the coatings of nuts and seeds, is an "anti-nutrient" responsible for leeching vital nutrie... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 19:22:30 EST Walnuts! Part III--What About the Fat? Eating too many nuts/seeds of any kind can make us go over our fat limits for the day. However, this is interesting: <BR> <BR> Weight Gain Typically Not an Issue <BR> <BR> Several of the studies already featured noted that participants added walnuts to their diets daily but didn’t gain any weight as a result. Taking this a step further, walnuts may even help you to lose weight as long as you don’t overeat them. <BR> <BR> In one review of 31 trials, those whose diets included extra nuts or... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 09:52:40 EST Walnuts! Part II Had to add this to the first blog on walnuts. Snack on a few while you read this, OK? <BR> <BR> <BR> Walnuts May Fight Chronic Diseases Like Diabetes and Cancer <BR> <BR> When you add real foods to your diet, you’re adding in a multitude of beneficial compounds, from healthy fats to antioxidants. As such, you’ll find they tend to benefit your health in multiple ways as well. This is certainly the case with walnuts. In addition to potentially boosting your heart health, the beneficial diet... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 17:10:08 EST Walnuts! Who Knew? My Darling Hubby loves to have nuts put into brownies and cookies. If they are not there, he will ask, "where are the nuts?' You know, similar to "where's the beef?" (He likes his burgers, too?") Anyway, I saw this info on the web and decided to share it here. <BR> <BR> Walnuts Have the Highest Level of Antioxidants of All Nuts <BR> <BR> <BR> Antioxidants are crucial to your health, as they are believed to help control how fast you age by reducing free radicals, which are at the heart ... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 18:35:16 EST Last Week -- WOW! What a week! Last week I celebrated my birthday with a friend and family. I went shopping with my DH and friends and found some good bargains on GF items for DH. Then our friend treated us to lunch. For dinner, we went to DD's and my DGD made an orange jello cake just because I wanted one. She also gave me a lovely birthday card with a wonderfully encouraging note. DD gave me one of my favorite gifts -- a box filled with little gifts. One of the gifts was a framed picture of me and my dear friend at... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 21:12:17 EST Uploading Crafts Whew! Finally figured it out! I needed to download Microsoft Essentials with the Photo Gallery. I had it on here and for some reason, it just disappeared. Anyway, here is a picture of the infinity scarves, wrap scarves, and various sizes of totes I make. The very large tote is a cargo/grocery tote that can hold two large grocery bags or probably a sleeping bag and pillow or pillow and blankets for traveling. I gave it a reinforced bottom and it is washable. The pic may not do it justic... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 19:45:27 EST Over the River and Through the Woods . . . . . .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 fun, and when we're done, Spark People... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 18:51:20 EST So This is Tuesday Just in case you have lost track of time. I have done that from time to time. Sometimes I just need to take a time out. This is Tuesday. Time to try something new. <BR> <BR> Today I am trying to incorporate some lemon cleansing into my diet. Lemon is suppose to break up mucus and since I had that cold last month, it seems to flare up. I do believe the RAD (reactive airway disease) is acting up. <BR> <BR> Also, looking for an easy pattern for a hobo bag. Have some fabric I think wou... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 08:32:56 EST Computer Woes/Ticks Aplenty! Took laptop to get fixed. Using PC now. It is OK, but didn't want to put anything else on this thing. Oh, well, it is what it is. <BR> <BR> Taking ticks off April weekly--almost daily. Hope she doesn't get reinfected with Lyme's Disease. <BR> <BR> Cold -- Brr! Ready or not, here it comes! Swirling bits of snow wandering around our area. Not quite finished with the fall work yet. Hope we can get a few more days in soon. <BR> <BR> Hurt my knee on Wednesday last week -- possible spr... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 22:27:21 EST Autumn Quote and a Riddle Come ye thankful people, come, Raise the song of Harvest-home; All is safely gathered in, Ere the winter storms begin. Henry Alford <BR> <BR> ***************** <BR> <BR> Q. Why couldn't the skeleton laugh? A. He lost his funny bone! <BR> <BR> ***************** <BR> <BR> We are about to change our four-letter-word 'rain' for the four-letter-word 'snow'. Are you ready for this???? Ready or not, here it comes!!! Sat, 31 Oct 2015 07:44:40 EST So, that's what they do! I called the pharmacy to see what the Dr. had ordered for me for the possible 'Lyme's' from the tick bite and was told it was doxycycline, 100 mg, two. That's right 2 (two). So, that was such a little amount that I just told the person on the phone that I would wait for a blood test to see whatever, if anything, would develop. So, she is putting it back. Now I am not a good pill taker anyway when it comes to meds -- am not on any meds right now. I do take supplements and herbal formulas ... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 15:42:07 EST Oh, no! Not again! Another tick bite!!! Plucked a tick off me and the dog yesterday morning. Unfortunately, last night I saw a bulls eye around it. Though I have been bit by ticks before, this is the first time I have seen a bulls eye. Talked to Dr. and have some stuff here to take and some on the way. This is what I need while still having a bit of a cough and some sinus congestion. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dr. said ... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 17:06:33 EST Think About It Thursday Truth be told, happiness is not the absence of problems, but the ability to deal with them. Imagine all the wondrous things your mind might embrace if it weren’t wrapped so tightly around your struggles. Always look at what you have, instead of what you have lost. Because it’s not what the world takes away from you that counts; it’s what you do with what you have left. <BR> <BR> Accentuate the positive. Live well. Laugh often. Love much. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>521</em> <em>38... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 07:17:03 EST Finally, Fair Pictures! Oh, what Fun with Family! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 13:09:14 EST Really like the GF lemon loaf Over the weekend I made a new recipe, 'lemon loaf,' and an old recipe 'Emergency Cake.' The cake is an old recipe I got from a friend years ago. I converted it to GF and it turned out well. Really a nice fall cake. I like things lemony and orangey, so I Itried the lemon loaf. You start out with a GF yellow cake mix and go from there. I took both to our church dinner on Sunday and had some left to share with DD and her family. DH took a piece of the cake for his lunch today. I am gla... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 07:49:44 EST A Cold Caught Me To say I 'caught a cold' disagrees with my psyche. No way was I trying to catch one! So, it chased me down and plagued me with sore throats for over two weeks and finally developed into what seems to be the 'common cold." I was reading up on the virus that caused these symptoms by a Dr. Clark. She believed it wasn't a human virus, but a parasitic virus. She did some research with parasites, and parasites in humans and discovered that when parasites died --for whatever reason -- in humans... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 21:14:25 EST It is Not Enough to Believe . . . let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth I. John 3:18 <BR> <BR> "Should I become cold and shiver, I put on a sweater or turn up the thermostat. I believe I am cold because I am shivering, but if I did nothing to remedy the situation my belief would do me no good at all. To believe in something, one must take action on that belief to own it as his own." from Dishpan Devotions, used by permission <BR> <BR> We must change our actions to comply with our ... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 06:55:57 EST Were You a Sponge? Still Soaking Wet? An excerpt from, "Dishpan Devotions": <BR> <BR> "Ministers love to see sponges in their churches. But they know if the sponge (is never squeezed) never gives anything away, the church will not grow. There is also the danger of the sponge being no longer wet, but damp. When the sponge is only damp it becomes stale . . . <BR> <BR> "A sponge needs to be rinsed out once in awhile to stay fresh. We need new revelations to share and new understanding to grow. New adventures on the road of ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 08:07:31 EST Finding Answers???/ Survey Question Did you know that almost everyone is a stress eater? No? I didn't either until I had my annual checkup (that I get every two or three years). Yes, I had gained weight--again. And yes, I was doing a bunch of stress eating--again! When the Dr. mentioned weight (he usually does), I told him about a few things that were going on, especially the loss of my best friend to cancer, and that I was 'stress eating', he responded that almost everyone is a 'stress eater.' So, now I wonder, was he s... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 18:44:33 EST Ahh! Autumn! The back doors shut because of the heating; dirt boxes brought into the veranda; cats let out when they ask to be. Not very often: they seem happy enough with an indoors existence when it is cold. Doris Lessing <BR> <BR> When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not a pastime to her more than she is to me? Michel Eyquem de Montaigne <BR> <BR> One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives. Mark Twain <BR> <BR> <em>240</em> Happy Fall... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 15:13:08 EST Thinking It through Thursday Two weeks ago today, I lost my very good friend to cancer. I want to keep in contact with the family, but don't know when would be the right time or what encouragement to give. There were so many things we did together and so many things she did for me. One of the things I was thinking about today was how she would get organic beef and let me purchase it from her so I would not have to travel to get it. I know that is a simple thing, but to me, it was a kindness. For a few years, she wou... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 07:54:05 EST And then there were four . . . Through the years, three friends, my daughter and I have shared some wonderful times with our 'tea' parties. Maybe not quite like others may have, but we had tea! We five at times would invite others to join in the fun, but there was always us five. Once we celebrated with some Hawaiian flavor and called it our Hawaii celebration. My husband was off work and put a black wig on and draped a server's cloth over his arm -- red and white with pineapples on it -- and acted as our waiter. It w... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 17:47:37 EST To Every Thing There Is a Season . . . Fall is a beautiful time here in PA. So enjoy the leaves and warm days and cool nights. <BR> <BR> One other good thing about fall: <BR> <BR> Leg shaving season is almost over! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Sun, 13 Sep 2015 08:32:33 EST It Wasn't Meant to Be Our dear friend, Connie, lost her battle with cancer today. She is in the arms of Jesus! <BR> <BR> Thinking of the devastation of this dread disease, the terrible curse that it is, will not deter me from praying for others. My God is still all powerful and All Things are Possible with Him! <BR> <BR> This is difficult for friends and family. We were friends for about 30 years. A long time with many good memories to cherish! She was a most gracious, beautiful Christian lady with lots of... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 11:05:50 EST All Things are Possible My daughter and I visited a friend yesterday who has been diagnosed with fourth stage lung cancer and blockages in her arteries at the same time. Two are 100% blocked, one 80%, and one 90%. She is so weak from the battle she barely has any strength. DD read scripture and played some music from the You Tube. We anointed and prayed with her and for her. Her DH was there from work and such a piece filled the room that they both fell asleep. We slipped away quietly. <BR> <BR> Her DH is tor... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 13:51:28 EST Root Canal Done After doing a lot of research on the internet about root canals, I was very apprehensive! So many dentists were saying that the tooth needed to be pulled. This was my front tooth on the right side and that was not appealing to me. I know I could have had a bridge for it, but nothing is quite like the real thing. I also know that now the nerve is dead and the dentist did say that my body will try to discard that tooth without a nerve. He was very kind and took time with me. He was using ... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:21:17 EST Little Black Dress Update/Dress Info From previous blog: <BR> <BR> Was checking into retirement info and came across this from AARP: <BR> <BR> Dresses : <BR> Dresses make everyone feel pretty and sexy, and there are three styles that flatter women over 50 best, no matter our size or shape: <BR> <BR> �Wrap dresses, especially those with long or three-quarter-length sleeves � knot the belt on the side, never in front, and do not tie it in a bow! <BR> <BR> �Sleeveless sheath dresses worn with snug-fitting cardigans o... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:48:54 EST Recovery Going Well DH went for his follow up after surgery on Wednesday. Dr. he is progressing well. He will return to work in two weeks and then will have two weeks of light duty. Dr. said at his age (tongue in cheek), he shouldn't be doing as much. When I told the Doc he is retiring at the end of the year, he said try to get as much light duty as possible, "you don't want to blow your back out or something before retiring." DH does have some sick days to use up before the end of the year, so he may be wo... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 07:04:11 EST Interesting About Windows 10 Windows 10 isn’t really free. Realizing why and how it isn’t really free can help you understand why installing the operating system on 1 billion systems by 2017 is such a big deal for Microsoft—and why this version of Windows is very different at its core than Windows 7 and its predecessors. <BR> <BR> Let’s get the “free” part out of the way before we dive into that, though. <BR> <BR> Sure, you can go snag a free Windows 10 upgrade right now if you’re running Windows 7 or W... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 09:15:35 EST First Blog in a Week This was one of those tiring weeks when things just had to get done and my strength was waning, though not my fortitude to get stuff done! With dog sitting and caring for DH my normal routine was disrupted. I wanted to get some crafting done, but time was limited and energy was low. This dog 'Harley' is hyper!!! April and he got into it a few times, but just on each other's nerves, no real fighting. Harley kept wanting to eat April's food so I added a little of April's to his and that ma... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 21:00:10 EST Hubby's Surgery went well Thanks for all the prayers. Dh's surgery went well. He is now doing some walking. Could not get through to his surgeon yet for his follow up. Will call again tomorrow. <BR> <BR> April is missing her ball-playing buddy. I played some with her, but she didn't play long. Don't know if it was because of the heat, or missing my DH. <BR> <BR> Son is coming tonight to drop off his dog to dog sit. Harley and April will play some, but he irritates her after awhile. So, this weekend I will ... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:52:15 EST Another Week--So It Begins Greetings, Spark Friends! It is dawning a nice day with possible showers. Had a lovely weekend. Found two of the Gooseberry Patch books I didn't have. That was my yard sale find of the day for me! <BR> <BR> DH is having surgery on Tuesday. Please remember him in prayer. Thanks! <BR> <BR> Taking oldest DGD to church with us today and lunch afterwards. Looking for a nice time! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Sunday! Sun, 26 Jul 2015 07:48:00 EST Try Something New Tuesday & Banana Peels So, I actually made this yesterday, but am talking about it today. I had some bananas that were really ripe and didn't want to use the oven the bake anything. I went on a quest and 'googled' for a recipe using bananas in a mug cake recipe for the microwave. Lo, and Behold! There were a few of them. Since DH is gluten sensitive, I wanted one GF. Found that, too. So, I found one using coconut flour and a few other ingredients. Had those, too. What I didn't have was a lot of luck. I th... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:52:32 EST