BARB4HEALTH's SparkPeople Blog BARB4HEALTH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Mulling it Over Monday/Just in Case Things I do for 'just in case': <BR> <BR> Just in case some one might call, I take the phone to the bathroom with me. <BR> <BR> Just in case the sun shines, I keep a sun hat in the car. <BR> <BR> Just in case it rains, I keep an umbrella in the car and on the porch. <BR> <BR> Just in case I decide to grocery shop when I am in town, I keep a tote in the car. <BR> <BR> Just in case the sale items may not come back on sale for awhile, I stock up. <BR> <BR> Just in case someone wants to he... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 08:45:20 EST Wednesday--My Turn to Whine! Normally not a whiner, but its my turn to do so. There seems to be a lot of whiners around me, lots of problems everywhere. People call me for a shoulder to cry on, and that's OK. But when we have problems and I need a shoulder, those same folks minimalize our problems. A problem is a problem, no matter how small and I know we will get through all these sudden happenings. What do I want to whine about? <BR> <BR> During the last month: I found out I need a root canal; DH is facing surger... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 08:21:20 EST Try Something New Tuesday! Here's something new for me to try and maybe you would want to try it, too! <BR> <BR> <BR> Quinoa Patties <BR> <BR> Veggie Quinoa Patties are crispy and delicious veggie burgers that are sure to be hit in your house. Super simple and easy to make, these patties are perfect on a bun or eaten by themselves. You can grate and combine a whole array of veggies into these patties so you can sneak some extra nutrition into your diet as well as your kids' diets. Serve with your favorite french fri... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 10:43:54 EST Mystery Monday! What about that White Coating on Carrots? I have wondered about this and found this on the web: <BR> <BR> This white blush is caused by dehydration along the cut or peeled surface of the carrot. Carrots with white blush are not unsafe to eat, and we have not seen evidence that they are less nourishing. However, some manufacturers use a chlorine wash to help preserve these young, peeled-and-cut carrots. You can avoid exposure to these chlorine washes by purchasing whole carrots and cutting them at home. (If you purchase whole organi... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 07:54:30 EST Friday -- the Poison Ivy Itching is Toning Down Hate having such a reaction to poison ivy! Has been this way since I was a kid (many <em>31</em> ago). DH did tell me that the dog was digging near some poison ivy. Still think she rubbed it on me! Oh, well, incase any one else has ivy, knows someone with it, or is allergic, thought I would share this info from Dr. Weil. <BR> <BR> 1.Avoid touching other parts of your body. This is especially important immediately after exposure, since the irritating oils can be transferred to other ar... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 12:08:29 EST Walking Through Wednesday. Or Should I say Wading? June was a month of rainy, stormy weather. Local weather man said, I believe, that we had one or two days without rain in June. I know no more than two. Now here we are in July with rain, rain, rain! You know, of course, the weather man gives us percentages of how much rain and he is usually right. After all, with scattered showers and percentages, how can he go wrong? So, let's laugh at the weather and just keep going. God has a plan!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes you just have to... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 10:52:06 EST Try Something New Tuesday Because my DH is wheat sensitive, I have been trying different gluten free products. I was pleasantly surprised yesterday when I tried Breton GF original cracker with flax. It has a nice flavor and is something I will look for again. Awhile back I tried a biscuit mix from Aldi's and it was great! I am so glad that Aldi's is now carrying a lot of gluten free products. I am still making some of my own baked goods to keep the carbs down and have a better protein content by using a higher pr... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 08:08:57 EST Heartburn? Acid Stomach? Mmmm! From how people have described heartburn, I have never had it. My family Dr. eluded to it being, perhaps, a sign of a heart problem--if NOT a stomach problem. Anyway, I found this info on the web and found it quite interesting. Maybe it can help some folks. <BR> <BR> ***Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid, are severely overprescribed and misused for heartburn—a condition for which they were not designed <BR> <BR> •PPIs have been linked to an increas... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:38:36 EST Thinking it Through Thursday Yes, I have a sweet tooth--or maybe a few sweet teeth! So, an article about curbing that craving caught my eye this AM. Thought I would try this and maybe a few more things. This may help more than me: <BR> <BR> The mineral chromium really helps to steady glucose levels, thus beneficial in assisting to curb sugar cravings. When you’re going through intense and regular cravings for sweet goodies, maybe it’s a sign that you’ve low levels of mineral chromium in what you eat. To deal wi... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 07:29:37 EST Rain, soggy, rain, soggy, and on and on and on . . . The puddle is the thing . . . <BR> <BR> Puddle, muddle, puddle, muddle filled with muck and goo <BR> Little ones are playing there and ooze is claiming shoes! <BR> Muddy paw prints on the steps, dogs shaking out the rain <BR> This weather is for ducks, I mean, they will not complain. <BR> <BR> But, oh, the sun will return in the sweet by and by <BR> Yards and gardens and our pets will once again be dry! <BR> Looking to the day of sunny skies of blue <BR> When kids will splash in wading poo... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 07:54:32 EST Monday Musing about Eggs Have had some eggs in the frig that I know are not fresh, but didn't remember for how long I have had them. So, I found this: <BR> <BR> Some say that a day on the counter is worth a week in the refrigerator. Yes, keeping them at room temperature isn’t the best if you want to store them long term, but if you’re going to use them immediately, it’s probably fine. This can be reassuring if you forgot and left a carton of eggs in the car overnight. On the farm, eggs can sit in a nest on a ... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:10:56 EST Finding Friday! Finding things I had, but didn't know where they were, while cleaning storage room. Will be so glad when this is done. Worked about three hours with DD and DGD yesterday. Putting stuff in a box for St. Vincent's, throwing stuff out, and passing stuff on. <BR> <BR> I totally forgot to pack my DH's lunch this AM. I felt so bad, but I guess I am worn out from yesterday OR are my cognitive abilities messed up because of that bang on the head last week? Anyway, I put all the fixings in his l... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 08:00:20 EST OK, now it is time to pucker up! On a blog a little over a week ago, I said, 'stick out your tongue.' Now let's pucker up. On a few different sites on the internet (maybe even Pinterest) this recipe was posted to use as a window cleaner: DIY Window Spray <BR> Clean the windows and mirrors with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1/2 cup of vinegar and some water mixed in a spray bottle. Spray on and wipe off. <BR> <BR> <BR> The sites say it is 'streak free.' But some have tried it and found it not so. I may try this becau... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:33:45 EST Since the Last Time I Blogged Whew! What a crazy few days was last week! <BR> <BR> DGD's party June 2. Gave her the apron I made. Sent her a birthday card in the mail the Friday before and she has not received it yet. She lives twelve miles away. Post Office says there is nothing they can do without a tracking ticket. <BR> <BR> Met with all my brothers for coffee Wednesday then off to spend the day with DH for our Anniversary. One of our stops was for a retirement meeting with a counselor to plan what to do with o... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 07:02:47 EST Stick Out Your Tongue Thursday A Chinese medical practitioner wants you to stick out your tongue, but not to check your throat. I found this interesting. Hope you do too! <BR> <BR> Tongue Coating <BR> <BR> The tongue coat, which often shows up on the middle or at the back of the tongue, lets you know how well you are metabolizing the food you eat: <BR> •A light, thin, white tongue coat reflects healthy digestive function. <BR> •A thick tongue coat reflects an excess of dampness, or pathogenic fluid. The tongue coat... Thu, 28 May 2015 10:01:38 EST WooHoo Wednesday! Update on Prep for 30 Day Cleanse This new cleanse I signed up for is going to be tough to do. I may pick and choose what I am actually going to do. This is a list of things to NOT use. Please keep in mind, this is a cleansing diet--not a way to eat forever! <BR> <BR> Foods to Lose! <BR> • Sugar in any form (substitute stevia or Lakanto) <BR> • Flour products, including pasta <BR> • Caffeine in any form, including coffee, chocolate, or green tea ***(This is okay in the beginning. We will be gradually weaning off ... Wed, 27 May 2015 07:24:42 EST Try Something New Tuesday I like to take some Tuesdays to try something new. Today I am planning to bake a GF cake to take to DD's cookout. It is called a 'Do Nothing Cake' with rather simple ingredients. It will take some pineapple. so, it seems it will be a pineapple cake. Don't know if I will put icing on or not. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to some nice fellowship with the family. Have great day, All! Mon, 25 May 2015 08:54:08 EST Starting Some New Things! When at the ND's on Monday, I picked up some homeopathic medicine for my pancreas cause it showed being stressed on the natural scan I did. Can't believe the difference! I actually am not craving sweets with it. Also, she gave me something new to try to kill the infection that has been under control, but not completely gone. Looking forward to a good report on that, too. <BR> <BR> I signed up for a special 30 day eating-- healthy--detox thing on the web. It was free and figured it could... Thu, 21 May 2015 13:24:11 EST Inspiration, Green Tea, and a Smile or Two "When you starve your doubts, you can feed your faith." <BR> <BR> "Give yourself an edge. Think positive thoughts." <BR> <BR> <em>469</em> Drinking five or more cups of green tea daily lowers the risk of blood and lymph system cancers more than 40 %, reports the American Journal of Epidemiology. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> The biggest lie I tell myself is …”I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.” <BR> <BR> Wouldn’t it be great if we could put ourselves in th... Sun, 17 May 2015 08:45:35 EST Staying Fit From Dr. Mercola newsletter: <BR> <BR> *Skipping workouts for just two weeks can significantly reduce your cardiovascular fitness, lean muscle mass, and insulin sensitivity <BR> <BR> •When you skip too many workouts, the strength of your heart and lungs will fade first <BR> <BR> •When comparing 20- to 30-year-olds with 65- to 75-year-olds, the older group lost strength nearly twice as fast during six months of inactivity <BR> <BR> X X X X X X X <BR> <BR> Aerobic exercise is good fo... Sat, 16 May 2015 16:09:07 EST Finding Fitness in Two Minute Walks From Dr. Mercola ( <BR> <BR> Story at-a-glance − <BR> <BR> •People who walked for two minutes out of every hour spent sitting increased their lifespan by 33 percent <BR> •Excessive sitting is linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and death from virtually all causes <BR> •Ideally, try to sit for less than three hours a day; a standing workstation can help with this goal <BR> <BR> *******Fitting in two minutes every hour is something ma... Fri, 15 May 2015 16:11:31 EST Bluebird/Outhouse Boxes Finally Done! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These are going to a garden show on Saturday. Hope they sell! The outhouse ones are primitive looking on purpose. I call them "Ye Ole Outhouse." We went through some rough cutting and DH was just a wee bit frustrated when we were working on them. <BR> <BR> Glad they are done. DH has truck to work on, lawn mower to work, and a few other things! Going to go looking for some parts -- s... Tue, 12 May 2015 21:48:47 EST Mulling it Over Monday In reading some comments about 'weigh-in day', I have discovered that some weigh-in every day. I tried that for awhile. Also, tried weight every other day. I tried the weigh in every day again last month and discovered a 'delayed' reaction to my nutrients. It seemed that no change was in the scale for two days I stayed at the lowest calorie points or maybe a little lower. Then, by some fluke (weekend overeating LOL) suddenly the scale went down! I assumed it was from the prior lower cal... Mon, 11 May 2015 16:19:44 EST Today is International No Diet Day Always on May 6th <BR> <BR> International No Diet Day encourages us to appreciate the bodies we have. You could consider it a "Big" backlash against becoming little (err thin), people. This day is intended for us to appreciate the body we have. It encourages us to recognize that people come in all shapes and sizes....... and that's okay. <BR> <BR> Anti-diet groups exist to assist and support people who suffer illnesses like anorexia, in their efforts to shed fat and be thin. In addition ... Wed, 6 May 2015 07:36:12 EST May 5 -- a Day of Celebration Most people don't know that back in 1912, Hellmann's <BR> Mayonnaise was manufactured in England. In fact, <BR> the Titanic was carrying 12,000 <BR> jars of the condiment scheduled <BR> for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, <BR> which was to be the next port of call <BR> for the great ship after its stop in <BR> New York . This would have been <BR> ... Mon, 4 May 2015 22:06:01 EST Praying -- A Simple Way to Stay Sharp From Woman's World mag: <BR> <BR> Women who pray regularly are almost 50% less likely to have mild dementia or Alzheimer's. Experts theorize that the thought processes involved in prayer, and the content of the prayers, provide the protection. <BR> <BR> From the Bible: Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Is. 26:3 Pray without ceasing. I. Thes. 5:17. <BR> <BR> My direction for today: Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray .... Sun, 3 May 2015 08:47:12 EST Thursday and Friday -- Oh, bother! Even the best laid plans go awry! Setbacks of one kind or another happen. But, why, oh why, do they have to happen in double or triples? <BR> <BR> The truck broke down this week and while DH was under it working he saw that the frame was shot on it. No shame for it. It has over 200,000 miles and has put in some time in our nasty winter weather! He has another truck in the wings that needs work on it that we will have to put on the road after repair if we still want to have two vehicles ... Sat, 2 May 2015 08:07:40 EST Monday and Tuesday Was really busy yesterday sorting, cleaning, rearranging. We purchased a used entertainment center and I had to clear the old one all out before bringing it in. Worked for hours! Half one fairly large box of old records and videos to take to St. Vincent's. Hope they can get something out of them. My feet were really aching last night!!! All that work must count for something! Maybe a few calories . . . mmm ... <BR> <BR> Today I went along with DD to take the twins for a 'well' checkup... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:54:01 EST Thursday and Friday/WooHoo Steps! On Thursday we went out with DD family to celebrate the twins' birthday. It was Stromboli, loaded fries, and salad. I kept with the small plate servings and really felt accomplished at not over eating. No soda, only water and coffee to drink during the day. The girls wanted to go thrifting so we did. We went to an excavating business where they had three floors of household things and the bottom floor of collectibles and antiques. I didn't buy anything on that floor, but on up I bought ... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:27:01 EST Tuesday -- trying something new! DH picked up a jar of chili hot dog sauce we have never tried before. Planning to have gluten free, nitrate free, hot dogs for supper. Making some potato salad, too. Told him when he bought it last week I would try to plan a picnic meal. Guess this is the day! <BR> <BR> Bottomed out twice yesterday and didn't nearly get done what I wanted to. I blame it on the weather change. How about you??? <BR> <BR> Have a great rest of the week!!! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>521</em> <em>3... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:11:10 EST Saturday and Sunday, 19 and 20 Had a <em>244</em> weekend. Went shopping with DH on Sat for a few things and we stopped off at a Good Will. Found two blue luster goblets I have been looking for to match the set I have. Need one more to have enough for our family gatherings. That put a smile on my face. <BR> <BR> On Sunday, we girls of the family -- DD, DIL, four grand daughters -- went out to a breakfast buffet to celebrate the twins birthday. It was the only time we could all get together. The girls requested to... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:47:41 EST Just a Wee Bit Frustrated Got done logging everything in and I am under on my protein and fiber, over on calories! It was that <em>473</em> . I just know it. Dread the scale in the morning! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:01:38 EST Tuesday--Thoroughly Surprised! DH and I were out getting a few groceries today. I went to JoAnn Crafts to pick up some patterns and some beads for my new beading projects. Not sure when he did it, but when we got back to the truck, there it was -- a lovely bouquet of flowers with an encouraging note from my dearly beloved! What a sweetheart! He has not done anything like that for a long time. <BR> While we were at Martin's, I found a hot dog that was nitrate and gluten free. It was on sale plus a coupon off on it. SO... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:17:06 EST Friday, Saturday, Sunday Friday was son's birthday. After church service, we went out to eat with him and his family. It was a late night. Tried a soft taco the place had and I couldn't eat it all. Brought some home for Saturday lunch. <BR> <BR> Had a migraine Saturday and still got some walking in. Yesterday, joined the DGKs in their Easter hunt at the other grandma's house. Gave a lot of the goodies in the eggs to DGD. DH kept most of the root beer barrels. It was the first time in a long time we shared an Eas... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 09:14:00 EST