BARB4HEALTH's SparkPeople Blog BARB4HEALTH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday <BR> Sunday-- Soup and sandwich lunch at church. Was very nice. DH made his requested chili. <BR> <BR> Monday-- off to our friends' house for lunch. it was cold out, but our fellowship warmed the heart. We had sandwiches and salad for lunch. It was good! <BR> <BR> Tuesday-- DH's brother was admitted to the hospital with bleeding from an unknown source and chest pain. His daughter (41) was released within the same 24 hour period. She is still recovering from the stroke. <BR> <BR> DG... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:05:43 EST Thursday and Friday! Went out 'thrifting' with a friend on Thursday. Got some nice tops for 25 cents apiece. May have to get pics and post! Went to lunch at a local hospital cafeteria. I had turkey, some potatoes with skins with sour cream, and a nice creamy cucumber salad. It was just a little over four dollars. The sun was shining beautifully in the AM. Got home before it got bad! <BR> <BR> Brother's surgery was today (Friday) and he came through it well and is suppose to come home tomorrow. PTL!!! <BR... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 22:21:33 EST Friday through Monday Friday--Lovely supper and game night at the DD. The other grandparents were there, too. Laughs! I sort of kinda was speaking about how one could use a dry cow patty(lots of farms with cows around here) to make a little boom. Actually had son-in-law thinking we could maybe make a little boom. Here's what I was thinking: Find a large dry patty. Poke holes in it and then pour in some oil or fuel. Then lite it up and see what happens. lol It was just one of those crazy thoughts on a... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 21:16:48 EST Today was a Better Day! Rarely do I get to say this: I met my nutrition tracking goals today! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> It was a tough week. So glad to start a new one. Physically, things were not right. I am taking some supplements for stress and something extra for my circulation now. I have been concerned about DH. He has been having some physical problems and stressers going on with him, too. Youngest brother is having surgery tomorrow because of cancer. A forty year old niece had a stroke. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:34:29 EST Tuesday -- Thinking Thighs "The thigh muscles are the largest in the body and need to be exercised both aerobically and with repetitive exercises. I have found that as my patients with diabetes increase the muscle mass in their thighs, their blood sugar typically decreases." Don Colbert, MD <BR> * * * * * <BR> "Thin thighs (less than 24 inches in circumference) are associated with significantly increased risk of death and cardiovascular disease. The risk increases as thigh circumference decreases. This makes it im... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 22:32:41 EST Friday, Saturday, Sunday On Friday, I had an apt with the Nutritionist/ND. There are a few things I have to work on. She gave some suggestions for my painful knee-- one is usually worse than the other. She also suggested a few supplements. One i have never tried before is a detox deodorant. You put in on at night and shower off in the morning. She said some people have had some good results with it. Guess toxins and adrenal weakness is what has been having me so tired lately. She wants me to let her know how ... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 19:35:17 EST Disappointing First Week of Challenge Didn't even lose a pound. Hoping to do much better this week. Tried to get my walking and some walking aerobics in and had two days of painful knees at night. <BR> <BR> Oh, bother! Thinking I should try some chair exercises this week. Maybe that will work better. Have a successful week Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> <em>593</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:20:44 EST God Bless Friends Poet William Carlos Williams wrote: <BR> <BR> When trouble comes your soul to try, you love the friend who just stands by. <BR> Perhaps there's nothing he can do--the thing is strictly up to you. <BR> For there are troubles all your own, and paths the soul must tread alone. <BR> Times love cannot smooth the road, nor friendship lift the heavy load. <BR> But just to know you have a friend who will 'stand by' until the end <BR> Whose sympathy through all endures, whose warm handclasp is always... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:45:08 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> <... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 12:52:51 EST Thanksgiving We had a great time at son's home. I took my yearly favorite of sweet potato/apple casserole. This year I took a GF chocolate cake with peanut butter icing. I am out of sugar and low on brown sugar. Not that I use that much -- just at this time of the year. Things to make for gatherings. Saturday is one of our family's parties and we are taking a crock pot of DH's chili and an apple pie (not mine, bought). I also have an apron order to finish to take. <BR> Did not do well at the craft ... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 22:14:08 EST Thanksgiving -- Over the River . . . ... and 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 fun, and wh... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:50:10 EST Difficult, but still Determined! The sciatic and knee problem has kept me from doing too much exercise on this challenge. SO, the therapy exercise has counted toward my exercise. Because it is difficult to sit, stand, walk and lay down, I have to move from one position to another. I am learning to <BR> pace myself. Today, the therapist tried a new thing on my back for the low back pain. It is some kind of flex tape that is suppose to help ease the pain. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I have learned to cut back on certain fo... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:11:29 EST Some Finished Projects <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We had a birthday celebration last night for SIL. The guys watched football and we ladies played games -- and ate too much! No ice cream. The DGD made cupcakes and cookies. It was a lovely buffet dinner. <BR> <BR> Have much sewing to do for the craft show this weekend. The jewelry is for that same show and I posted it on my face book page, too. <BR> <BR> Have a great week and a great ... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 06:48:18 EST Friday and Saturday Friday we were out with friends and ate at a buffet. I went over my calories yesterday. Did much better today. <BR> <BR> The five per cent challenge will be ending next Saturday with my final weigh-in. So far, I have lost more on this challenge that any I can remember. I tried to stay near the lower portion of the calorie chart and found that fewer carbs than suggested were better for me. I cut way back on sweets, desserts. and bread. The hardest part of this challenge for me was setti... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 22:17:50 EST Tuesday -- November 8/Voting, Therapy, TENS unit Glad this is the last day of ads and phone calls. I voted. I am done! <BR> <BR> I thought this would be the last day of therapy, but I scheduled one for Tuesday next week. I also got my TENS unit today. The therapist showed me how to use it. Planning to use it on DH tonight. Hoping to use it on my back, too. I want to use it at least once a day before I go back next week to see if it will actually help my back. <BR> <BR> Started two autumn necklaces and hoping to get them done soon. ... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 19:41:11 EST November in Overdrive!!! November is usually one of the busiest months of the year for me. We have two birthday celebrations, two family holiday celebrations, and my sewing and crafting for the holidays. Also, usually in November I do my largest craft show for the year the weekend before Thanksgiving. Due to the problems with my back and knees, I am way behind in my crafting. The fitting in of therapy has taken a toll on my time, too. In all of this, the therapy has added to my exercise program. I think I will ... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 06:38:50 EST Saturday Spills -- not thrills This AM I was getting ready to run some errands and dumped my gallon distiller all over the kitchen floor. What a flood! Then, when we came back, DH broke a glass gallon of jug of milk in the kitchen. What a mess! Milk all over and glass all over the counter. We worked diligently to get it all cleaned up. DH is concerned that if it ran somewhere we didn't get to, it will make an awful 'spoiled milk' smell. Oh, well, we didn't cry over spilled milk, we just cleaned it up. <BR> <BR> Sm... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 15:54:54 EST The Week That Was -- Glad it is over! Last week was a week of roller coaster rides -- mostly downs! Pain from therapy; dd's kitty got run over; DD got some bad news from the Dr. that had most of us crying. The after surgery healing was suppose to be four to six weeks, but is now four to six months. She is a home school Mom and a very hard working wife and mother. It is going to be very difficult for her to be off her feet. We are praying for a speedy recovery. I missed a day of therapy because of being so very tired from l... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 18:24:59 EST Another Day of Therapy At therapy today, I mentioned the problem with the knees and the exercise was changed. It seemed to be better. But that one and a half hours wore me out. I could barely get lunch ready because I was so tired. After lunch, I took a long nap. Woke up too warm because darling DH had built a small furnace fire on. Have the fan on at the moment while watching NCIS. <BR> <BR> Going with DH on Friday for a Dr.'s apt. It is an hour to get there, two hours there (intake, testing, exams, going o... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 20:10:32 EST Therapy! Oh, bother! The hour and a half at therapy left my knees worse than when I went. The last time I did therapy for my back, something bugged my bad knee. Now both of them are a little out of whack. I decided that if this keeps up, I will talk to the head guy and see if he can figure out what is going wrong. <BR> <BR> We were at friends' house today for lunch. We took some deli salad, cinnamon rolls, and a can of Bush beans. They had the fixings for sandwiches and coffee. Had not seen them for quite a... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 21:53:15 EST Goodbye September! Looking forward to October! September was a month of mixed emotions due to a lot of physical things going on. Bouts of dizziness and the sciatica had gotten worse. I started therapy for my back last week. I applied for a handicap plaque because it has gotten harder to walk a distance without something hurting or going numb. God has been so very good! Our insurance will pay for the therapy and the stretching worked the last time and I am hoping it will work this time. <BR> <BR> We had a great weekend away visiting f... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 22:33:43 EST Try Something New Tuesday--new snack I made some pepper jam last Thursday and decided I would like to have it on a Wasa rye cracker. I put a T of low fat cream cheese on the cracker and half a T of pepper jam on that. I like it! The calories are less than 125 and the cracker gives me two grams of fiber. So much more than regular sodium crackers. <BR> <BR> Last week had been a busy week and I was not feeling well for some of it. We went to watch our DGD at the band production at the grange fair. First time I saw her in her... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:23:53 EST A Monday Mistake Made Good It was the opening night of the grange fair. We went to see our DGD perform in the marching ban. We visited with some folks while walking around and then my hubby wanted to see some of the garden tractor pull. When I went to sit down at the bleachers, I was trying to protect my knees by avoiding climbing and ended sitting on the foot part instead of the seat part (didn't want to climb anything with these crazy knees). My son pointed that out, but I wasn't about to move. Anyway, this mist... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 22:21:05 EST Sunday Praise, Some Wisdom. "Now" Hope "From the rising of the sun to its going down the Lord's name is to be praised." PS.113:3 NKJ <BR> <BR> Country wisdom: The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. <BR> <BR> Now hope does not disappoint . . . Rom. 5:5 "Now" makes me think that we should hope every moment because we are always in the 'now.' Isn't it funny how we always live in the now? "Now" never passes so hope must not pass. Hope does not make us ashamed but brings forth faith -- af... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 17:47:09 EST Mixed Message Monday/Trees Down Tuesday/Woozy Wednesday While looking through a woman's magazine I found mixed messages just a few pages apart. <BR> One said, "You can get really hungry if you skip your meaning meal, and may make unhealthy food choices later that can contribute to health issues linked to heart disease, like obesity and Type 2 diabetes," cardiologist N. Goldberg, MD. <BR> Another said about avoiding snack attacks, "Eat a protein-packed breakfast, and it'll be far easier to resist sweet and fatty treats. . . or skip your a.m. meal a... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:02:57 EST Hope for the Season Please be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of the Creator, and none can say why some fields blossom while others lay brown beneath the harvest sun. <BR> <BR> Take hope. Your season will come! -- From a 17th Century Sermon <BR> <BR> I filled in for a local Pastor today and I spoke from Nehemiah. He had a lot to say that we can glean from. It was a 'Prayer Battle Plan' that I had learned from the words of Nehemiah years ago. Two friends were in attendance. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 21:47:24 EST Oh, Bother! A bit under the weather this week. Actually, it started last week with reoccurring sore throat. Throat seems to be better, but now I am just so easily fatigued. <BR> <BR> Am working on getting more protein this week. It seems to be working, but now I am low again on fiber. It is so hard to balance this out. When I try to fill in with beans for protein and fiber, then my carbs are out of whack. What a place to be!!! One of these days, and it won't be long, I will have this figured o... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 18:02:22 EST Friday, Saturday, Sunday -- Going, going, going! Friday, DH and I went on a part of the 100 mile yard sale north of us. It was interesting. My best buy was probably a new pair of shoes I paid $1 for. It was a long, hot day. While we were gone, we left a few things at my DD yard sale for sale. The girls were able to sell one item for DH. <BR> <BR> Saturday, we went to a local town wide sale. Not much going on there. It was a small town. I did purchase a few things. Then we went to another small town and a church was having a 'grea... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 22:26:11 EST Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday -- WooHoo July! Saturday, DH's Family reunion. They do tickets for prizes to earn money for next year. DH won the largest prize. A bistro table and two chair set. It was what he wanted to get. <BR> <BR> Sunday, Fourth of July lunch at DD's. I took leftover beans and cupcakes from Saturday's reunion. The beans were a hit! <BR> <BR> Monday, DH put final touches on the shed door as we stayed home. Kids and DGKs had plans with others. Got the yard cleaned up some and made some shelves for the shed. <BR... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 20:32:46 EST Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday wisdom Monday, off to do some errands. Tuesday, finally, the shed is done! Then Tuesday evening we had a mess to clean up under the kitchen sink. The drain had sprung a leak! DH had it back together around 8 PM. We just let it sit overnight to let the new glue dry. Today, I was disinfecting stuff and sorting and throwing out some things. Still have the floor to scrub and today's dishes -- and a few others -- to get done. <BR> <BR> Today has been a painful day. The knees and back are in an ... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:58:22 EST Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday A lovely Father's Day lunch at church on Sunday. I took a crockpot GF dessert. Still have some left. It was like a berry cobbler. <BR> <BR> More frustration on Monday with the shed. Found out two panels were missing. Oh, bother! <BR> <BR> Tuesday, out with youngest brother and his wife for shopping and lunch. We had a great time! <BR> <BR> A stay at home day except for a short trip to DD's. DGD still has a purplish-blue swelling where the bee stung her on Saturday. Feel so bad for ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:05:36 EST Friday, Saturday, Sunday--A Slab, A Funeral, A Birthday We were busy all day Friday getting a slab ready for the shed. I went up and down the steps to and from the porch so much, my knees are still hurting! Planning to work on the shed this week. <BR> <BR> Saturday we said our last good byes to a friend. Have known his wife for over forty years. She has quite a transition to make now, but I am sure the church and her two sons and families will help her through this tough time. Got to speak to some of the family members after the funeral at t... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 22:24:14 EST In case you didn't see it . . . Last Friday we celebrated our 44th anniversary. We had breakfast and lunch out. In case you didn't see it, or would like to see it again, there is a song I wrote and sang for my DH on you tube. You can view the video on you tube @ withmyharpnsong. <BR> <BR> Darling hubby has been under the weather a bit later. Praying he gets better. <BR> <BR> He makes a great pot of chili and wonderful dippy egg breakfasts. I am one blessed woman! Scripture says, "He who finds a wife has found a g... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 08:34:12 EST A Very Full Week -- in More Ways than One! Sunday -- Filled in for a local Pastor. Small congregation. Good to be there. <BR> <BR> Monday -- Memorial Day picnic at darling daughter's. Grandparents from both sides were invited. This was a 'full day' for me. Still itching from the sun--not a burn, though! We played quite a few games of a game similar to corn hole. The name had to be changed so as not to infringe on the rights of the first corn hole game. We all took turns playing. The SIL was the one who won the most. I thin... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 21:41:55 EST Thursday -- Nice Day! Lots of walking in today. Though I was walking, I don't think it was 10 minutes continually so no exercise minutes. Was walking with a cane today to help my knee feel better tonight. We took our friend out to celebrate her 75th birthday. She gets around great and we really like to do the same things. We checked out an antique mall today that we had not been to in years and years. It has changed hands since then. It is great fun to look around and lots of steps. Then we went to a St. V... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:30:11 EST One Crazy Week I have nobody to blame but me! I own it. It has not been a good week for being healthy. Oh, yes, I tried, I keep trying. I am still off on the protein and fiber. Think maybe I will eat nothing but beans and lettuce salad next week. I tried to up my walking a few days and ended up in back with the damaged disks in my back. I must keep trying though. I have seen the Spark People TV and am anxious to check out more of the less moderate exercises to avoid pain. Next week WILL be better!!... Sat, 21 May 2016 10:09:21 EST Thursday Out running errands today. Stopped and got an early dinner at Hoss's. We got there in time for the senior discount. Took the bird houses to town and met the lady who is taking them to try to sell. She says there is going to be more competition this year. I told her that was OK. When you make crafts without orders you always take a chance at what you will sell. All together we took nine bird houses and the two decorative garden hangings. <BR> <BR> We had to order our shed from Sears ... Thu, 12 May 2016 21:16:24 EST Ready for the Garden Show This Spring's Birdhouses: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Some cute hangings: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This was a productive day. DH and I took some junk to the junkyard. I worked on the garden hangings. It was good to be outside without cold wind or drizzling rain. Had a nice walk in the yard. Hope to be a... Wed, 11 May 2016 18:25:18 EST A Few Happenings Thursday: Had a great visit with some long time friends of ours and their son was in, too. Went through a lot of crafting things my friend was giving away. Have some things to sort and go through and find a place for. Must really get busy on my sewing. She gave me some doll heads and arms and patterns that goes with and they make the cutest dolls!!! Some fabric and some odds and ends. She says she is done with crafting that she is old and tired! Sad. . . <BR> <BR> Friday: Went to th... Sat, 7 May 2016 19:26:15 EST Working Wednesday DH and I worked on the bird houses today. He did the cutting out and I did the layouts. They are sanded and now we need to put them together. It was a fruitful day for us with our work. <BR> <BR> I have not been doing so good with the eating. Still tracking, though, and drinking my water! <BR> <BR> Doing exercises yet for my knees. Hoping they will improve more. Seem to be at a standstill with them getting any better. <BR> <BR> Suppose to visit with some friends tomorrow and have lun... Wed, 4 May 2016 20:39:18 EST Wednesday Words We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. Ursula Calvert <BR> <BR> Lord, fill my moth with worthwhile stuff and nudge me when I've said enough. (I had this one posted by my phone.) <BR> <BR> Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding . . . Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. Prov. 3:13, 17 Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:15:52 EST TUESDAY--Tell it like it is! Every man thinks that every woman's dream is to find the perfect man . . . <BR> <BR> Oh, please! . . . <BR> <BR> Every woman's dream it to eat without getting fat! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>15</em> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 20:56:15 EST Mulling it Over From the Voice of Reason: If our country is going to be sue happy, I guess they will try to pass a bill allowing people to sue gun manufacturers when someone uses a gun to kill someone. For that matter, let's sue the car manufacturing companies when someone kills someone in an car accident. . . and the alcohol distributors when a drunk driver causes a fatality when behind the wheel . . . and all the fast food restaurants who use hydrogenated oil and someone gets clogged arteries and has a h... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 14:45:02 EST