BARB4HEALTH's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BARB4HEALTH BARB4HEALTH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Starting this Week with a Christmas Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836692 LORD, <BR> <BR> Bless the families of the earth as Christmas comes this year <BR> Bring hope to all your children, Raise their spirits, bring them cheer. <BR> <BR> Remind us that we're not alone no matter what we do, <BR> For you brought Baby Jesus to connect our hearts to You. Amen. <BR> <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * <BR> This prayer was on a Christmas card we received. <BR> <BR> "For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son . . ." John 3:16 <BR> <BR> <em>442</em> <e... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:50:59 EST Candy Canes and Peppermint! WooHoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835993 A Spiritual Teaching and a Candy Cane Smoothie <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l950944695.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Candy Cane Smoothie <BR> <BR> Adapted <BR> <BR> <BR> &#61504; December 15, 2014 | by Sarah Skalzub <BR> <BR> &#61483; Breakfast, Smoothies <BR> <BR> &#61463; Prep Time: 5 minutes | Total Time: 5 minutes <BR> <BR> <BR> This just might be your new favorite holiday smoothie. Our ever loved candy cane just got a littl... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:13:39 EST Jest 'Fore Christmas by Eugene Field http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834778 <BR> <BR> 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... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:06:54 EST Sharing "The Christmas Pageant" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834295 <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 blessed us with yet another son. <BR> The ... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:08:38 EST Try It Tuesday -- A Thoughtful Gift for Tea Lovers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833773 If you have a tea drinker on your list, this may be an idea to do something different. If you have an odd pretty cup and saucer -- or can find one or two in a thrift store or flea market -- it could be filled with a favorite or a variety of tea for the recipient. Clear cellophane gathered at the top and tied with a lavish bow could be a pretty presentable gift. An antique cup and saucer could be a lovely keepsake and a different cup each year could become a warming tradition for a dear... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:39:41 EST Carol, brothers, carol, Carol joyfully http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832717 Carol the good tidings, Carol merrily! <BR> And pray a Gladstone Christmas for all your fellow men <BR> Carol, brothers, carol, Christmas comes again! <BR> <BR> from the classic, The Birds' Christmas Carol <BR> <BR> ************************ <BR> <BR> Choose to Believe in Miracles. A miracle is the supernatural intervention of God in the problems of your life. You will either be forced to live in the potential of your faith, or with the consequences of your doubt. Dr. Mike Murdock <BR> ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:08:30 EST Sometimes We Need a Little Help from Our Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830931 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l470565838.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes we feel like we are in a tunnel <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1930871689.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Someone, please make me princess for the day <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2109576961.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let's share those cookies! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1997805318.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thanks for st... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:11:03 EST OK, Ok. you can dress me up but don't take me out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829488 looking like this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l963873335.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> My name is NOT Candy Cane! <BR> <BR> Have a sweet pepperminty Spark Day. Mon, 8 Dec 2014 07:13:04 EST The Over 50 Little Black Dress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828031 Was checking into retirement info and came across this from AARP: <BR> <BR> Dresses <BR> <BR> <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> •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> <BR> •Sleeveless sheath dresses worn with snug-fitting cardigans or jackets, which are perfect fo... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 09:46:50 EST Twinkle, Twinkle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827400 Sing to Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star: <BR> <BR> <BR> Twinkle, twinkle, glitter here <BR> Gifts and wrapping everywhere <BR> 'Tis the season carols play, Lots to do both night and day <BR> Twinkle, twinkle SPARKling on <BR> Keeping fit and having fun! <BR> <BR> Suppose to have three of the DGKs today for a class and a craft. Will know for sure after nine. Gotta clear the clutter from the dining room table so we can work. Been cleaning and decoration and the table seems to be the place... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 08:20:21 EST A Busy Few Days/Try Something New Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826820 It was quite a busy weekend! Saturday was my DH family Christmas party. Always held the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Ugly sweater contest, karaoke singing (Christmas songs), lovely door prizes (got a cute candy/cookie jar) and a large variety of food. Weook DH chili and I made some gluten free chocolate chip bars. They went over well! Had enough chili for Sunday dinner. <BR> <BR> On Sunday, DH, DD and I went out for birthday lunch. We had a good time. Then we came home and watched the... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 07:44:45 EST Saturday Satisfaction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824820 Such a nice family celebration today! it was the first time they had an 'ugly sweater' contest. DH's twin (sister) won one of the prizes for that. DH made his homemade chili -- we both had some for lunch -- and a sampling of lots of other scrumptious food! Could not even sample it all. He comes from a family of 13 and with all of the extended family there was quite a variety of food. We won a door prize of a peppermint candle and my SIL traded it for a ceramic candy jar that I admired. ... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 18:30:55 EST It is Time to Take Time for Concentrated Thankfulness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823741 Happy Thanksgiving! <BR> <BR> I am so blessed! Have a loving, close family. Have a loving, close Savior. Have made some great Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> Am so thankful to have accomplished putting that song on You Tube that my DH wanted me to do. If you would like to listen to it, just copy and paste the link below. <BR> <BR> Other things have been accomplished and with the setbacks -- fractured foot, mouse invasion, smashed finger (still healing)vehicle troubles -- we have still ove... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:08:56 EST Tuesday -- Thanksgiving Humor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822967 Let's take a smile break! <BR> <BR> Said the teenage daughter to her Mom after Thanksgiving dinner, "How do you suppose the <BR> pilgrims managed without Tupperware?" <BR> <BR> Said the practicing mind reader to a very large turkey, "Yes, I see it now. You will be spending Thanksgiving with a large group of people." <BR> <BR> If the pilgrims were alive today, what would they be most famous for? A: Their age! <BR> <BR> Why did the police arrest the turkey? A: They suspected it of fow... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:42:50 EST Over the River and Through the Woods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821507 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 wo... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:39:40 EST The Week Flew By to Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820510 I didn't realize I hadn't blogged since Monday. I am trying to do at least three a week. The week has moved swiftly along. I have been working all week on crafts to the craft show tomorrow. I have made some totes, scarves, valances and have a few more things to do. It will be the last show of the season for me, but I have some sewing to do for family. <BR> <BR> Must keep busy! Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:22:28 EST Remember Mr Ed? The Talking Horse? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818297 Based on its cute theme song (It's on You Tube) <BR> <BR> A pound is a pound, of course, of course <BR> And no one can talk to pound of course, <BR> I wish I could than I would say <BR> "Just be one your way!" <BR> <BR> But that won't work of course, of course <BR> This is a plan I can endorse <BR> To keep you on a steady course <BR> Just follow Spark People! <BR> <BR> People yakkity yak a streak with plans they say will work <BR> But Spark People has a plan to keep on your course! <BR... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:33:43 EST Thinking It Through Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816003 The following is from a Dr.'s blog. We must not blindly follow the crowd. <BR> <BR> <BR> Einstein: ‘Never do anything against conscience’ <BR> <BR> <BR> Albert Einstein, who risked arrest in Germany in the 1930s when he spoke out against censorship and persecution of minorities, said, “Never do anything against conscience even if the State demands it.” It takes strength to act independently. When the herd is all running toward the cliff, the one running in the opposite direction seems c... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:59:51 EST T is for Tuesday -- Time to Remember! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815014 <BR> Blessings to all our vets and their families! <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * * * * * <BR> <BR> Have you heard the story about the good-looking millionaire who married a plain-looking wife? It was the talk of the town, and as cruelty goes, they were saying, "She isn't up to his standard. Why did he marry her?" (My DH had a neighbor that thought he should have married someone better looking than me) When the millionaire came back from his honeymoon, it looked like he had another woman. The to... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:44:46 EST "M" is for Mondays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814028 Monday Myth Buster: MYTH: If you cross your eyes, they can stay like that. <BR> <BR> FACT: Crossing your eyes for amusement or humor will not affect your eye placement long term. When we focus up close our eyes naturally come together, so when you cross your eyes you are just exaggerating this natural response. <BR> <BR> <BR> Myth: Snacking Is Always a Bad Idea <BR> <BR> The good news is you don't need to starve to lose weight. "The idea that you shouldn't eat between meals is a myth," sa... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 07:39:40 EST Is Your Love Showing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813410 A Considerate Husband <BR> <BR> Mary was driving the new family car and made a wrong turn and sideswiped another automobile. In tears, she began fumbling through the glove compartment in an effort to locate the appropriate insurance papers. When she finally found the documents, she also found a small note attached in her husband's hand writing. It read simply, <BR> <BR> "Dear Mary, When you read these paper, remember that it's you I love and not the car." <BR> <BR> The Bible says that h... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 06:54:20 EST Turkey, stuffing, potatoes and gravy -- Oh, my! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812128 We have started eating turkey, think we are on a roll <BR> White meat and stuffing, (no pumpkin pie) but oh, oh, oh! <BR> It started just today for a union luncheon <BR> Turkey, stuffing, holiday fixings--good food for munchin' <BR> Coming up in November, four more celebrations, <BR> The one thing that is reducing is the turkey populations. <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong, I like the white of the turkey, <BR> Better than sausage or the popular beef jerky. <BR> But, how did we g... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 18:24:00 EST Heading into the "Sweet Treat" Season? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811165 Just a little advice and a new book. <BR> <BR> Story at-a-glance <BR> <BR> A new book reveals how and where sugars are hidden in your diet, and provides practical tips on how to wean yourself from this pernicious ingredient that will decimate your health <BR> Once you break free from sugar cravings, you’ll experience newfound energy and clarity of mind. To get there, you need to retrain your body to burn fat as its primary form of fuel instead of sugar <BR> Symptoms of a “high-sugar imp... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 08:03:09 EST Football Season! Raw, Raw, Raw! (pun Intended) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810705 <BR> <BR> Football, football! Rah, rah, rah! <BR> Veggies, veggies, Raw, raw, raw! <BR> Come on team, let's fight, fight, fight. <BR> All those urges to eat all night! <BR> Chips and pizza, No, no, no! <BR> Fruit and veggies, Go, go, go! <BR> Can we do it? Yes, we can! <BR> We can make us thin again! <BR> <BR> Give me an S ... Give me a P ... Give me an A.R.K.I.N.G. <BR> What do have! Sparking! Sparking! Yea, Team! <BR> <BR> Can we do it? Yes, we can! <BR> <BR> To all... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 12:31:13 EST Oh, No! Monday Is Coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809473 Monday morning was all I hoped it would be (borrowed from the Mamas & <BR> the Papas) <BR> <BR> Monday, Monday, can't trust that day, Monday, Monday, sometimes it just turns out that way <BR> Sunday morning gave me a warning of what Monday would be, Monday, Monday, how could those pounds stay here with me? <BR> <BR> Every other day, every other day, of the week is fi-i-ine <BR> But when the weekend comes, but when the weekend comes, you find me eating all of the <BR> ti--i-ime... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 17:20:22 EST Finally Friday and Feeling Accomplished http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807979 After the dragging of the beginning of the week, I am pumped! The project DH wanted me to do is completed. Worked about an hour moving boards off the porch in the ready for completing the project there yesterday. It was up and down the porch steps. Into the basement moving up and down the embankment, and carrying the cedar looking panels. Got quite a few calories burned with that. Great! <BR> <BR> Then, I worked some on a closet inside. Only one downfall yesterday, found mouse droppin... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:25:39 EST If you copy and paste this link you can view the song http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807685 What song? The one I have been working on. Written for my DH a long time ago. Some friends helped me get it all done. DO not have a link, but thanks to GEMINI-SKY, if you copy and paste this link on google, it will come up. It will not work on Bing or search on Spark's search. Here it is: <BR> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUyAnO2k<BR>8Xk <BR> <BR> Please let me know if this worked for you. It worked for me. <BR> <BR> Thanks GEMINI--SKY! <em>30</em> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:12:10 EST New URL Not Working http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807446 This song was written for my husband years ago and was finally done for You Tube. This is a new blog. The other URL didn't work. Please try again! <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks for trying. I tried to google and You Tube this and it worked: <BR> <BR> withmyharpnsong barb <BR> <BR> Something has to work, I hope! Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:31:51 EST Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807179 This week seems to be dragging on. Spent some time Monday and Tuesday with the DGDs. I helped one make a cake for her Mom's birthday. It turned out nice. She decorated it, too. Got home after 10:30 PM. The girls had fun on Monday with a friend making chocolate covered apples and caramel apples. They have had a couple of nice days. <BR> <BR> Today I went with DH to the Dr.'s to find out why he keeps having a cough. He does not seem ill, but the cough is wearing him out. Anyway, th... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:59:05 EST Thursday Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803436 <BR> ENJOY TODAY! <BR> DO SOMETHING FUN! <BR> BE HAPPY! <BR> HAVE A GREAT DAY! <BR> Remember, "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver." <BR> <BR> <BR> CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING: <BR> <BR> ~Your kids are becoming you . . . . . but your grandchildren are perfect. <BR> ~Going out is good . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming home is better! <BR> ~You forget names . . . . . . . . . . . . . .But it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you! <BR> ~Yo... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:32:53 EST WooHoo Wednesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803046 Made a wonderful trade today: <BR> <BR> Traded in the boot for this . . . <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l757500480.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> One boot for two penguins! What a deal! <BR> The fuzzy picture may mean that they are ready to 'waddle' on! Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:52:32 EST Try It Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802232 Meant to try a new recipe today, but was needed to be with the DGDs. Was gone from about 9:30 AM until 2:30PM. So, I am making a breakfast casserole for supper. Hey, that's new for me. Started sneezing and have a sore throat again. Hope it doesn't get any worse. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I go to the ortho to get this foot checked out. Hope I can get out of the boot. <BR> <BR> It is cold and rainy here again. We have a coal fire burning and it is keeping things nice. <BR> <BR> Didn't get mu... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:59:47 EST Follow Through Friday--10/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800084 WooHoo! Surgery for friend is done. She just called a little bit ago and all went well. She says her husband looks like a load of concern has been lifted from him. After suffering in pain for nine months and seeing and talking to so many different professionals, she finally has relief from the pain! PTL! Thanks to All who lifted up prayers for her. <BR> <BR> Project for You Tube is done. Had to prepare a channel to upload it and am hoping to complete it this weekend. So anxious to sh... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:54:02 EST So, This is Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799523 Time keeps traveling on . . . and on . . . <BR> <BR> Felt myself going on an emotional high yesterday and today. Not in a bad way. Yesterday, spent some time on the phone with someone I hadn't spoken to in quite a while. She needed some health counseling and, of course, I offered prayer, too. It concerned a sick child that couldn't find relief from her problem. Called her today and the child seems some better and she will take some advice I had given her to see if it will help also. <... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:56:10 EST Try It Tuesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797906 This is where I report something new I have tried this week. I made up my own recipe for what I thought would be a healthy cookie recipe. It turned out not too badly and I found out that choosing the right spice really does make the difference. I used mashed chickpeas instead of shortening, butter, or oil. Only one cup of sugar and almost all gluten free flours. It was a mix of rice, almond and spelt. Spelt has a 'small' amount of gluten. My DH is gluten sensitive and he can do spelt w... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 08:17:42 EST Move it Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797383 Walking and talking on the phone at the same time. It was so lovely outside in this nice weather that I went out walking. Had to be careful in the yard because of the boot. It was hard to track exactly. I put as close as I could to what the calories were. The tracker got the minutes, but put too few calories burned in and with the boot, my heart rate was elevated. So, I had to reclassify it as closely as I could with the different charts of calories burned. Did so enjoy being outside. ... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:19:43 EST Finding Out About Pumpkin Seeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795660 Sharing this. Interesting. <BR> <BR> Did you know the seeds are the most nutritious part of the pumpkin? Most people don't. Pumpkin seeds provide magnesium, which promotes a healthy heart, proper bone and tooth formation, proper bowel function, and relaxation of your blood vessels. They are also a good source of zinc, which aids in immunity, cell growth and division, sleep, and prostate health in men. We recommend eating them with the shell because it includes extra fiber. <BR> <BR> Pumpki... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:18:40 EST Thursday -- Thoughtful Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795096 Love rules without a sword, Love binds without a cord. <BR> <BR> Joy is Peace dancing. Peace is Joy resting. <BR> <BR> And, by all means, don't forget this one: <BR> <BR> Sweat is fat crying!!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 9 Oct 2014 07:54:38 EST Wornout Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794885 Very tired today or maybe not. I mean, I would try to do something and get so exhausted I had to rest. Couldn't even get in my exercise today. So much to get ready for the excursions on Friday and Saturday. Suppose to do a pottery class on Friday and a soup and sandwich fund raiser on Saturday at the church. <BR> <BR> DIL was here and brought April a new toy. Her dog, Harley, destroyed April's squeaky toy. This one is a chicken that squeaks. It is much louder than her old toy and at f... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 20:58:12 EST Sunday Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792665 Have you asked yourself why you do or don't worship on Sunday -- or the day that you do or don't choose? Lots of times I have heard Pastors say in church, "I would rather be here than in a hospital." And also, "I'm living, that beats dying." <BR> <BR> If for no other reason to worship today, give Him thanks for, "In Him, we live and move and have our being." <BR> <BR> He is Worthy to be Praised! <BR> <BR> <em>288</em> <em>296</em> <em>458</em> <em>459</em> <em>335</em> Sun, 5 Oct 2014 08:37:55 EST Wonderful Ladies Meeting. Info was mind boggling! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792385 The ladies one day event was quite an eye opener. A young lady called to the mission field in Spain was the speaker. She told us that Madrid, Spain, has 300,000 numbered prostitutes. Ninety percent of those were forced into it, or brought in from another country and sold into it. How awful! She will be working in a rescue network for these young women. I did not know about this problem in Spain and most of the ladies at the meeting did not know either. <BR> <BR> We had a light luncheo... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 18:23:07 EST Willing Wednesday to Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790514 I found this formula in a woman's magazine. Just a short column that got me to willingly try this. Love it when a plan comes together! <BR> <BR> Formula for Happiness (and it works, it said) <BR> <BR> Everyday, do some things you need to. <BR> Do something you 'want' to do (life is more than chores) <BR> AND something that WILL help you make your dreams come true! <BR> <BR> * * * * * * <BR> So, here's my plan. Everyday I need to care for the Hubby and the House. Not all the house hold... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 15:03:02 EST Tuesday -- Trying to do more! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789944 Today I set a goal for myself to do 30 minutes of exercise a day for the rest of the week. Also, decided I need to practice music at least 15 minutes a day. I feel as though these totals are low to some, but these are pretty big steps for me. With physical drawbacks, it has been 'challenging'. After I reach these short term goals, I want to make some long term goals. I mean, I have some, but not in these categories. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a sad day for me. I got a call from the son ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:19:39 EST Monday -- Thnking about Suffering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788882 Inspirational Notes from Chuck Swindoll: <BR> <BR> Honestly--have you said, "Thanks, Lord, for this test?" Have you finally stopped struggling and expressed to Him how much you appreciate His loving sovereignty over your life? I submit that one of the reasons our suffering is prolonged is that we take so long saying, "Thank you Lord" with an attitude of genuine appreciation. <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * <BR> <BR> One of my favorite sayings is, "This, too, shall pass." Four little words of h... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:02:42 EST Saturday is Scuttled! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788082 Sank my good efforts this week with going way over on my calories today. On a good <em>339</em> , category ranges were good -- just too much! Sat, 27 Sep 2014 21:16:38 EST Freaky Friday -- Oh, bother! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787279 Three little mice, three little mice <BR> Came for a visit, through the night <BR> Two got caught and one did run, oh, my dear, this is no fun <BR> Across the floor and out agin' <BR> Pray we find where they're coming in <BR> Oh, for no more mice, no more mice . . . <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * <BR> I hope it is too cold for a snake to show up again after the mice. The glue trap caught that one snake this summer, and now two more mice are caught, but one did get away! <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:44:37 EST Thinking it through Thursday and the 'boot.' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786626 Have been discovering that a lot of people have had to wear one of these. Oldest brother and his wife each had a broken leg (not at the same time) and had to wear one. A friend said she had to wear one and it was blue. They come in black, too. Hmm! Black and blue . . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1482138910.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This one matches my gray cane, which I need to help me walk on uneven ground. <BR> <BR> Thursday thought: If someone complains ab... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:42:12 EST Wednesday Wondering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786000 We have been having a mouse visiting us again. The cool weather seems to have brought them in from the woods. SO, a glue trap was set, a spring trap loaded with peanut butter, all in hopes of catching the pest! When I got up this AM, the peanut butter was taken from the spring trap without being sprung. A chocolate drop was taken from the glue trap without catching anything. However, I had some things soaking in bleach water in a pan in the sink and Lo! and Behold! there was a 'small' m... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:07:24 EST Tuesday Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785666 So, I am getting use to the boot. I have discovered that the extra weight of the boot makes my heart rate go up with simple exercise. So that is the best thing out of this. The lopsided walking seems to be irritating my back and my knee. I just have to remember that 'this too shall pass.' There are many people with things that have a worse time. <BR> <BR> Acorn squash for supper with a slice of garlic bread. Yum! <BR> <BR> Half a week of the challenge and it is a struggle to get the w... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:56:07 EST Thursday, 9/18 -- This boot is made for walking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782514 This is the first time I have ever had to treat a fracture with a boot. Nothing was done years ago for a fractured toe (nothing to do for that) or a fractured thumb (Dr. just said it was fractured) or a fractured/stoved(?) middle finger (splinted it myself with popsicle sticks. <BR> <BR> I keep telling people I would be having great health if it weren't for accidents! <BR> <BR> Anyway: This boot is made for walking! That's what I'm gonna do! <BR> May walk slow as a turtl... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:24:29 EST