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/ 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 This, too, shall pass. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780819 Off to see the orthopedic Dr. today to see what is to be done about this fractured foot. Maybe a boot? Maybe a cast? Maybe . . . Though this will curtail my exercising, 'this, too, shall pass.' <BR> <BR> Have you heard it said, 'Time heals all wounds?' Return comment: If time was all it took to heal, it would be unnecessary for God. <BR> <BR> God can heal with or without time. But, oh, how we hate to wait! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <em>67</em> <em>465</em> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:14:17 EST Monday, Monday, Can't Trust that Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780511 Update from family Dr. on the x-ray from ER. It is a fracture and I must see an orthopedic Dr. tomorrow to see what he thinks should be done. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l673432516.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I joined the Fall challenge and was so looking forward to it because I did a challenge before and was pleased with the results. Now what do I do? Most of the exercise challenges will probably of limits to me. <BR> <BR> Think I need comfort from a cookie! <em>... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:19:20 EST Weekend Review--Friday, Saturday, Sunday-- Fall, Fair, Falling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780142 Friday was a day to remember for my oldest grandchild. <BR> It started out a cool day, but it was a pleasant one and mild. <BR> Out for a school outing, hiking up a hill <BR> Then she slipped and lost her footing. Goodness what a spill! <BR> Twenty feet! Flipping and flopping, tumbling down like Jack and Jill! <BR> And when she hit the bottom, she lay there . . . very, very, still. <BR> Momma and twin sister, got to her just as fast as they could. <BR> Wow! Not a bone was broken! Our God... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:41:37 EST Thinking It Over Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778183 The Wonder of Walking: Just going for a brisk 20-minute walk can relax muscle spasms, soothe pain, and speed healing as effectively as a pricey professional massage, reveals a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. <BR> <BR> Due to some joint problems, walking is what I do most for exercise. Uneven ground irritates an injured knee, so I do a lot inside. Leslie Sansone is good for me! <BR> <BR> Quote of the day: "If we did all the things we are capable of, we would li... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:31:04 EST Update: The Verizon Tech Came http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776764 After checking a lot of things out, he discovered it was the modem. He had one in his truck and we are good to go! I did not know that all of the knew modems have wireless tech built in so I no longer need the Netgear router. This was the first time I got something for the computer that I did not have to hook up. Our dollar a month protection plan on the modem covered it and the installation. <BR> <BR> I mentioned to him that we watch videos on the internet and he could not believe it be... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 19:17:39 EST This Is My Second Blog Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776018 Was having so much trouble with the internet being slow and the modem shutting down that I had to contact Verizon. I hate to do that! Almost always takes an hour or more to get to the proper reason of "why" things are not working. Sure enough, more than an hour. But I did it by internet this time just in case the things started acting up while I was on there. It was slow, but did not shut off. Yesterday, I was trying to watch a video with DGDs and the modem 'red-lined' about four times ... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 17:29:29 EST Move Over Mac and Cheese Monday! Make Way for Veggies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775689 "A vegetable- rich diet can help protect you from arthritis, heart disease, stroke, dementia, cancer, and can even help slow down your body's aging process." Dr. Mercola <BR> <BR> Oh, how I want to slow down that old aging process! <BR> <BR> Anyway, lots of reasons to eat your veggies: <BR> <BR> Vegetables benefit your skin and bones by supplying highly bioavailable nutrients that work together synergistically for optimal health and beauty <BR> <BR> Besides slowing down cellular aging an... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:34:26 EST Friday/Saturday/ Uninvited Snake! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774653 Set up a table at DD yard sale. Didn't have a lot of folks. But a snake showed up today! Only sold a little over $3 worth. Gonna try again next Sat. <BR> <BR> Oh, the snake looked like a king snake and when DH was putting our folding table down, he said it seemed to drop from underneath it. It wasn't there when we put it up yesterday. It kept jumping and striking at him. Quite a fright for DGDs! Glad it was so small. <BR> <BR> Local twp fair starts tomorrow. DH calls it the world'... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 15:18:39 EST Wednesday, Thursday Sept 3 and 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774157 Doing well this week on my nutrients this week == since Monday at least. Did that black bean pasta again and it is so good for my tracking. I set my nutrient levels differently so I would be having more protein and less carbs. Left the fiber the same because that does not change. Don't always get that in each day, but when I do beans or bean pasta it seems to be easier to get. <BR> <BR> Still trying to lose one to two pounds a week. Hoping I reach that goal this week. That half pound a... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 18:48:46 EST Try It Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772094 Today I tried mixing powdered PB Slim, powdered PB with chocolate and half a banana in a protein shake. <em>39</em> I liked it better with a whole banana. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Resting up from trip today. Have a bunch of things to catch up on this evening. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 18:53:43 EST Ode to Burger King (9/1)--Hold the mayo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771389 Had a safe trip back from Ohio. Only gone since Friday, but was beginning to miss home. Picked up April and I am sure she is glad to be home, too. Almost all unpacked. <BR> <BR> Stopped and had a Jr Whopper and when I heard some customers special ordering their burgers it brought back memories of something I had written about two years ago. I had to look this up and share it again. <BR> <BR> Ode to Burger King <BR> <BR> Hold the white bun, add more lettuce. <BR> Full fat mayo will... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 20:09:08 EST Religion is Following the Times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770396 The elderly priest, speaking to the younger priest, said, ''You had a good idea to replace the first four pews with plush bucket theatre seats. It worked like a charm. The front of the church always fills first now.'' <BR> <BR> The young priest nodded, and the old priest continued, ''And you told me adding a little more beat to the music would bring young people back to church, so I supported you when you brought in that rock 'n roll gospel choir. Now our services are consistently packed to... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:23:42 EST Weekend Vacation and Messing Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770096 Our hostess bought us a DQ Blizzard today and I should have stopped there. Oh, no, had a burger and mac salad for supper, too. <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l819464765.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fell off the wagon or out of the tree. Whatever! Better going next week! <BR> <BR> Hostess says vacation is a time we usually mess up. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm! Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:46:14 EST Thinking It Over Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768636 Had something already done, but lost it completely! Here is a shorter version due to lack of time. <BR> <BR> Thinking about tech things: <BR> <BR> A kindergarten child asked the teacher as he looked at a pic of a corded phone from the 70's, "Teacher, did our cell phones use to have tails?" <BR> <BR> A high school student was asked, "If you saw a mad dog chasing a young child, would you (1) take a pic on your cell; (2) try to rescue the child; (3) call 911?" <BR> <BR> Said the priest to t... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:11:34 EST Sunday , Monday, Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767581 Sunday-- Spent most of the day on the couch. Extremely fatigued! DH helped get lunch. <BR> <BR> Monday-- Went with DH to get parts to work on car after he got home from work. Had supper cooking in the crockpot for when we got back. Made cabbage, onion, turkey soup and topped it with creamy basil and garlic sauce. Yum! Leftovers for DH lunch. <BR> <BR> Today/Tuesday -- The seventh day of DGD and my sugar challenge. Looks like we will both finish with a tie. <em>244</em> Funny th... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:30:08 EST Friday, not feeling so good. But a fun dream! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765745 Went to the chiropractor yesterday (Friday). Was not feeling well when I went. Needed my neck adjusted and when the Dr. did that, he said I turned white. I was already a little dizzy and I guess that movement made it worse. It got better after awhile. Still sore throat and feeling a little rough today. Finger is much better, though still swollen. <BR> <BR> Now for the dream. I rarely dream of food but I think this 'sweet' challenge got into my subconscious and I dreamed about chocolat... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 22:55:44 EST Thinking It Over Thursday, August 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764179 Been checking into the issue of artichoke supplements. I understand it was mentioned on Dr. Oz, though I didn't see it. Thought I would share a few things I have read: <BR> <BR> <BR> "Composition <BR> <BR> According to the “Physicians’ Desk Reference for Herbal Medicines,” artichoke leaf contains caffeic acid derivatives, most notably cynarin. The leaf also contains rutin, a flavonoid closely related to the antioxidant quercetin. Other compounds found in the leaf include sesquiterpene la... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:20:21 EST WooHoo Wednesday! Willing to try. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763411 Today I begin an adventure with my DD and DGD. I challenged my 'sweet tooth' and that of my DGD to a 7-10 day challenge. Here's how we are going to do it. Neither one of us have gone a full seven days w/o sugar in some form -- sugar in my tea, in protein bars, having a cookie, a chocolate -- so, we are allowing ourselves ten days to get seven out of the ten w/o sugar. Since it is so difficult for each of us, we allow us some leeway in trying to go seven out of the ten. Here are the rule... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:32:11 EST Try It Tuesday! Aug. 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762887 This is the first time I tried powdered peanut butter. 2T only has 1.5g of fat and 6g of protein. I put it in my pea protein shake along with non alkaline cocoa powder and a teaspoon of xylitol. Definitely not sweet, but tolerable. I think this will be a new way to add protein to my nutrients w/o a lot of fat. Also, I read that the unsweetened cocoa could help reduce inflammation. I am all for that! Next time I think I will add a banana or some organic cherry juice for a little more fl... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:25:39 EST My WooHoo Weekend turned into Weekend Woes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761997 Before we even left for the campground, DH had the car jacked up for another adjustment on the brakes. Of course, he didn't have the right tool again and had to borrow it. We got there about an hour later than we wanted to and didn't get to visit with our son before he left for work. He was called in for work Sat and Sun. <BR> <BR> There was lots of family there that were mostly in-laws, cousins, aunts, uncles -- whew! A lot of folks concentrated pretty much on the camping side we were o... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:41:30 EST Saturday, August 16--Camping! WooHoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760739 Still having some upper back pain. Do believe it is a pulled muscle. Used a massage machine yesterday and it seemed some better. <BR> <BR> Off camping with kids and grand kids overnight. Taking April the dog with us. It may be the first time she has gone camping in her young life. Hope she fairs well. <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * <BR> Whaddaya know? It's off to camp we go! <BR> Someone pack the hotdogs and buns <BR> Salad and beans, oh, what fun! <BR> <BR> Mountain pie fixings, finger li... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 08:32:05 EST Friday, August 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760313 Was having a painful upper right back yesterday and today. Think I pulled something while moving some boxes around. Did not get much done today. Upper body movement has been painful. <BR> <BR> Planning to try some zucchini casserole for supper. It is a layered dish with sauce and cheese. Looked good on the internet. We'll see. <BR> <BR> Recently subscribed to GMovies on the internet. A monthly subscription is $6.99 and they are all "G" movies. We have watched a couple of the comedy ... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:19:52 EST Wondering Wednesday -- Willing Myself to Keep Going! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758752 Just where has the week gone? Well, Sunday I had a headache all day. Monday, I rested from Sunday. Yesterday, I finally started feeling normal again and did some sewing and some baking. Yes, baking. It was finally cool enough to do some of that. <BR> <BR> Tuesday is my 'try something new day' and I tried a new chicken casserole recipe and a new GF chocolate chip cookie recipe. DH liked the chicken salsa casserole and I put leftovers in his lunch today. I was doing some emotional eat... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:07:19 EST Fooling Me Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755724 Here we are in PA expecting great weather for the weekend in this part of the state. The sun is out and it is almost noon. So, why am I having trouble getting warm? I have shoes and socks on and my feet are cold. I have a short-sleeved shirt on, and my arms feel cool. Even April is content living on the carpeted floor instead of being near the door or on the porch. Just can't figure out what is wrong with this picture! <BR> <BR> I am going to go cover up and get some rest. Then I shou... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 11:36:47 EST It's Thursday -- Just in case you lost track of time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754917 Losing track of time? Mmm . . . Why do up suppose we track time, anyway? I know, I know we have to. Get to work on time -- track it; get to bed on time -- track it; hours you worked -- track it; time it takes to get from here to there (GPS makes this easier) -- track it; on and on ... <BR> <BR> The most wonderful vacation we ever had was when we didn't track things. So relaxing. Did not have to hustle around to get stuff done on time. Did not plan anything in particular. Just let ti... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 08:24:45 EST Mulling it Over Monday with Maxine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752713 <BR> <BR> Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized? <BR> <BR> <BR> Why do people run over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it and then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance? <BR> (I have done this. LOL) <BR> <BR> Why is it that no plastic bag will ever open from the first end you try? <BR> <BR> <BR> How do those dead bugs get into the enclosed light fix... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 08:02:10 EST Thursday Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750197 Maxine and I are still thinking and just wondering. Have you thought about these? <BR> <BR> <BR> What hair color do they put on the driver's licenses of bald men? <BR> <BR> <BR> Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? What are we supposed to do, write to them? Why don't they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen can look for them while they deliver the mail? <BR> <BR> Is it true that you never really learn to swear until you learn to drive? <B... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:15:54 EST Think It Through Tuesday -- with Maxine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748822 I have questions! These came from Maxine. <BR> <BR> <BR> Why isn't the number 11 pronounced onety-one? <BR> <BR> <BR> If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea...does that mean that one out of five enjoys it? <BR> <BR> Why do croutons come in airtight packages? <BR> <BR> Aren't they just stale bread to begin with? <BR> <BR> <BR> If people from Poland are called Poles, then why aren't people from Holland called Holes? <BR> <BR> If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled? <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:46:25 EST Use Your Dashboard to Bake Cookies? Think it Over Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745481 I never heard of this before until clicking on a GF newsletter I receive. I don't know if I will try this or not, but the author, Sarah Menanix, gives very good directions. Those who live in really 'hot' climates and own a car may enjoy this 'solar baking' idea. <BR> <BR> Think it over. Here is an excerpt from Sarah's blog at SnixyKitchen.com. Let me know if you are going to, or did, give this a try. I am going to 'think it over.' Wish I would have known about this when I lived in AZ! ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:48:14 EST Wednesday Wisdom -- Chew on This, OK? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744718 There is a lot of wisdom out there now about the idea "It's not what you are eating, it's what's eating you." Distress and stress can mess with our digestive system. My DGDs did a very cute song at church on this very subject. Anyway, I wanted to share an excerpt from a newsletter from Dr Ben Kim. I appreciate his insight on doing things naturally to help us get healthier. Hope you "chew on this" for your good health. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Adopt Eating Habits that Facilitate Optimal D... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:35:53 EST Tuesday Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744003 I like to call Tuesday my "try something new, Tuesday." Today I am going to try to fix my DGD watch band. It can not be replaced. Took it to the jeweler's and he could not fix it. <BR> <BR> Today's inspirational thought is, "Each morning comes with its own gift: a brand new day." <BR> <BR> Hope we are all able to look back at today and say it was a day well spent. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>214</em> <em>67</em> <em>184</em> <em>67</em> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:13:05 EST Today is a Clean Slate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743214 Make this Monday special by making sure past mistakes have been erased. Disappointments in ones self, others, or plans that failed are gone -- merely chalk dust! The setbacks are in the past, that was in the yesterdays. Once chalk becomes chalk dust there are no remembrances of past failures and the past struggles we have come through have only made us stronger. <BR> <BR> Blow the dust away! Get out a piece of new chalk and begin writing on the clean slate. <BR> <BR> A brand new day. ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:51:02 EST Raining again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742266 It has been raining off and on -- mostly on -- since early this AM. Kids and GKs camping and having not so nice a time. <BR> <BR> DH and I went to a church rummage sale and I got a few bargains and we had lunch there to support the church. We had BBQ ham sandwiches and I had some halushki. When the time hit about 12:30, anyone there could buy a bag of anything for $1. If something would not fit into a grocery bag, it could be bought for half price. I bought some things for crafting an... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:50:41 EST The 100 Mile Yard Sale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741676 Today in PA, Route 879. DH and I went about checking this out. Oh, my goodness the people from Shawville up to Karthaus! It was such a lovely day for riding around and I did find a few things to purchase. We were gone almost eight hours. We did have to travel a ways to get to where the yard sales were all over. Some stops there was nothing to buy and our GPS sent us to a dead end road -- more like a rocky path -- when we missed a turn. That was scary!!! All in all, it was a pleasant ... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:21:21 EST Wednesday, July 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740379 Had a wonderful day with all the DGKs today! Went over on my cals and nutrients, but I got all my steps in. We participated in the Conservation District's Family Day. We learned the proper way to paddle a canoe (all but one of the GKs Liked that! They got to go out on the lake), they got to build a blue bird box, "tried" to learn how to use a compass, and learned about West African dancing. A busy wonderful day with all the GKDs, DH, and DD. <BR> <BR> Had dinner with daughter-in-law a... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:51:18 EST That was the Day that Was! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736515 I am again thankful that Thursday has been completed. I bottomed out yesterday and felt as though I didn't even have enough energy to breathe. Lasted longer this time than usual. I finished the quilt I was working on and have another one to get started. I am glad that stress is over. <BR> <BR> Planning to go on a little outing today with DD and DGD. We always have a great time. This will cheer us all up as we have had a rough week. Hopefully, we will find some bargains at a local sale... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:44:28 EST Row, row, row machine, gentle on the knees http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735663 Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily out beneath a tree! <BR> <BR> <BR> Read an article this past week on how a rowing machine is low impact, but a full body workout. On Saturday, we found one at a yard sale -- very used, no do-dads -- for only five dollars. We sat it up outside under a tree in the yard. I did just a few minutes today. It is not easy! I will work my way up to more (hopefully). If it doesn't bother my body weaknesses, it should be good for me. <BR> <BR> Still have my 17... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 22:36:26 EST Around 2 AM, Thursday and Saturday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732646 we were awakened by two different incidents. On Thursday morning shortly before two AM, a car's headlights came streaming into our bedroom window. It was open and the dogs tied outside were going crazy. The car backed out of the driveway, but a little while later, came back and did the same thing. DH got up to see what was going on and said it was our neighbor. Then, the drove up and down the road shining a flashlight along the road and up our driveway and in the trees near by. Then the... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 17:52:23 EST 'Tis Thursday, Thankfully! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731085 Looking forward to a cooler weekend. The days have been sweltering! Sitting in front of the fan to try to cool off. Not much luck. So glad to go on an errand yesterday with DD in her air conditioned vehicle. The air isn't working in ours and I have an errand to run in it today. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Had a great time on Monday with the grands. When I asked them if they had a good time, my DGS made my day when he said, "I had a very good time!" Monday evening we watched DGD in... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 07:16:51 EST They won't envy this position . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728229 Trying to keep up with the Joneses is something humans still try to do. <BR> <BR> Here's a position that is usually not coveted: On your knees before God Almighty. <BR> <BR> May we bow our heads, bend our knees, and pray for others who have needs. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Sunday! Sun, 29 Jun 2014 09:09:44 EST Thursday, Friday, Saturday . . . time flies when you're having fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727885 Had a lovely time at DD on Thursday evening. Nice fellowship, good food, and the sprinkles of rain didn't spoil the fun! <BR> <BR> Off to run some errands with DH after he came home from work. Home a little later than we wanted to be. I made some stir fry with chicken breast, peppers and onions. Added some honey and barbecue sauce and called it supper. <BR> <BR> Today DH and I went to some town wide sales and it was fun! Saw an old acquaintance that moved to Maryland quite awhile ago a... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 18:38:12 EST Whining? Winning? Wonderful Wednesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725839 I could choose to whine my way through the day, but I shan't! <BR> I would love to say, 'today was winning, but I can't! <BR> <BR> I like to say it was a day well spent, but I just can't lie! <BR> So here I am with more opportunities that just slipped by! <BR> <BR> But there were a few things I can be proud of <BR> Like the inspiring email from one I love <BR> Prayer with a friend who was feeling down <BR> Who seemed very glad that I was around. <BR> <BR> I have chosen not to whine, but to... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:06:34 EST Try it Tuesday! Beans, oh, boy, Here We Go Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725082 My Mom's old saying: Beans, beans, the musical fruit, the more you eat the more you toot! <BR> The more you toot, the better you feel, so let's have beans for every <BR> meal! <BR> <BR> Well, there are ways to tone down the <em>335</em> of music. That being said, get this. <BR> <BR> 'Try it Tuesday' been a battle cry of mine to try something 'new.' SO, today, I incorporated something beany - although not musical, I think - to try. Garbanzo bean flour. High in protein, which many ... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:19:49 EST