BUGSMIMI's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BUGSMIMI BUGSMIMI'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/ WHAT I'VE DONE.. maybe you'll like it. : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526096 I needed some strength exercises tonight, and it occurred to me, that when I shut my account down, I don't have access to it. But, my BUGSMIMI account is no longer a favorable place for me. Feels more like a heavy wet blanket. So, I started a new account tonight, and it is well after midnight. I even posted on my last blog from my new account. <em>41</em> I am still going to shut this account down, and join the straw bale team again. Maybe see if the coaches will give it back to me if no ... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 00:53:54 EST The Time has Come... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523949 I no longer use SP, I haven't for quite a while. Not even as a social website. I've been here almost 7 years, and so many of you have helped me get to where I am today. I thank you for that. Several of you have been there for me, to help me get through the last year. I Love you for that. But, looking back on all of my blogs, my posts, and my whatevers that I say, it is all about what has happened in the last year. There isn't much in the way of being a team player on my part. I no longer trac... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 14:06:00 EST Today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509009 I have today off from work. This morning, DH asked me to take him outside and help him get a walk in. That made my heart smile. He was tired when we started, because he did a 3 minutes stand at the kitchen sink this morning. So when he went outside, his legs were already spent. But, for all the bellyaching he did, he did ok. lol. He got halfway down to the road, and he sat down. (I'm pushing his wheelchair behind him.) He said he was done. I told him to just go to the road. He said I was bein... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 13:34:32 EST Been over a week since I last blogged.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508255 Well, not worrying about DH threw me a fast ball. I got into the mindset that I won't worry. Well, the EMTs were here 2 times since my last blog, and one visit with them took DH to the ER for a 6 hour visit. He's been falling again. Seems his sugar was elevated again. Severely, to the point where he couldn't walk, even with the walker. It just kept him upright, and not going anywhere. It took 2 guys to get him in the car to come home, and I looked the doc square in the eyes, and asked what I'... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 18:57:51 EST We Got Through the Day OK... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500656 After I blogged last night, I took that Tylenol PM, and went to bed. It took about an hour for the pill to kick in, but I slept well. Till 2am this morning. I had to go potty, so I went. When I came out of the bathroom, DH was on the other side of the door, waiting to use the room. We passed each other, and I went to lay down till he finished, and I could help him back into the bedroom. (It is easier to come out than go in, in a wheelchair) I fell back to sleep. He had his walker, and instead... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:00:21 EST You Know, I Was Thinking.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499631 I think tonight I am going to take a sleep aid. I have some Tylenol PM. I will take one. It won't take much to knock me out. And I could sandwich my ears between 2 pillows, so I won't listen to see if DH is breathing. Just to see what happens, and to prove to myself that my worries are just that, worries. <BR> <BR> I got a touching sparkmail message from a friend today. She explained what is going on with me, and I promised her that after we get through tomorrow, I will give myself a coup... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 20:44:28 EST Another "I THINK"... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498608 And I do it every night, and several times. I wake up during the night, like something woke me up, and listen to see if DH is still breathing. Not sure what is waking me up, though. Is his breathing changing? Did he snore? Is he so relaxed that his breathing is quiet? Was it a car going by? I don't know. But, I lay still and listen. I even hold my breath, so I do not miss his. I hear it, and say "Thank you." I've been doing this every night since he came home from the nursing home/rehab in Ap... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 14:30:21 EST I've had a lot of "I THINK"s today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497997 And one that surprised me, was how I want to play down how much progress DH has made in the last several weeks. Don't get me wrong, I am grateful in how well he has been doing, and I am really proud of him. He is finally getting his appetite back, and is getting stronger all the time. How I would love for him to not be so dependent on me. And, he would like that, too. There are some things he still can not do, like walk unassisted like he did before he got ill in March. He is tired of staying... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 18:44:01 EST Finally, a low key day.. And a day full of randomness.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493808 Which I am much enjoying. I haven't finished waterproofing the deck, but it is just the sides that need to be done. We had rain yesterday, so, that project is on hold for a few more. I have a load of laundry going, but that doesn't count towards not having a lazy day. GS was here this past weekend. Now the house is a bit too quiet. We had a great weekend with him. I helped DH with his shower this morning, and it sort of soothed his mood. I'm thinking as the 30th approaches, he will get more ... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:18:57 EST Straw Bale Garden Update...My last update post for this season. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489430 Sunday, DH pulled up all the plants in the bales, while I waterproofed the decks and wheelchair ramp. They looked so bare after they were empty. Today, I grabbed the wheelbarrow and a pitchfork, and removed the bales. My lawn looks so bare. lol. But, we had a good Summer experimenting with them. Next year, I will not get 5 bales, like I did this year, but I will get 10! I've learned so much this year. There are things that worked and some that didn't. <BR> <BR> We did end the season with a ... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 15:29:22 EST I thought of this this morning.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485477 It was a year ago next Saturday, that I last saw and talked to our son. DH too. We were at GS's football game, and DS wasn't working so he went to watch for a while. GS waved, but didn't get a chance to talk to his Dad, because DS left before the game was over. He was a bit irritated with the noise. I was a bit irritated that he was so irritated. Come to find out later, that was the day he started not feeling well, and he never got better as the next week went on. He and I didn't see eye to e... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 15:20:07 EST I did it again.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484364 I just deleted a blog about deleting an0ther unfinished blog. lol. I get to a certain point in a blog, and I delete it. Been doing that everyday for over 2 weeks now. I even tried writing stuff down in a notebook. That didn't work, I just tear the pages out. I always have been able to sort things out by writing or typing them out. I wonder what my issue is... Maybe because they are not happy and cheery? That is the only thing I can think of. My mood needs a V8. <BR> <BR> 'til next time... ... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 08:32:58 EST My Rant... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482912 I must have started a blog a day since my last one. And I get to a certain point in the blog, and I delete the whole thing. Not sure if it is because it is of little interest, or because I haven't figured my problems out, and I have this need to make things appear that everything is ok. I think it is the latter, because I almost deleted what I've just typed out. I'm not going to do that. Not this time. I've been really blue lately, and I keep telling everyone I am ok. I made the mistake in te... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:39:57 EST First workout in months! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467014 DH is well enough now that I can take a chunk of time to get in a dvd. It felt good. I did a Leslie Sansone dvd. My niece lent me 4 of them, and I gave her 15 of my assorted ones. lol. I don't do them anymore, and she is working on losing weight, <em>345</em> , and we did a dvd swap. Some are just to spunky for me. I blow my knee out on the dance ones, and my tendons don't appreciate Tae Bo any longer. So, she brought me 4 Leslie dvds, and she got my stash. lol. <BR> <BR> What I found ir... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 16:36:33 EST Straw Bale Garden Update... Mid August..w/pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465112 The tomatoes are doing wonderfully. I have a "Juliet" tomato plant. I've been plucking those babies off the plant every day. Pluck and chomp... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l757950016.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My last blog had our watermelon paired up with a penny. Today, I paired it up with a dime. (Only because I didn't check first and thought I used a dime. lol) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1300144423.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our pumpkin is... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 18:55:02 EST Straw Bale Garden Update... Woo!! Hoo!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444188 WE. HAVE. WATERMELONS! haha...There are 2. Perfect timing, too. DH and I talked about going to the nursery today, to see if they have more veggies plants. These watermelon plants were in line for getting pulled out for not producing, and making room for other plants. Our trip to the nursery has been cancelled. lol. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1429890593.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Aren't they cute? I love that they have their stripes already.. <BR> <BR> 'til next tim... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 13:23:53 EST Being patient is paying off.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442563 They say, that you can't target your weight loss to certain areas of your body, and I have found that to be true. Over the last 6 and a half years, I have found that.. <BR> <BR> 1.. I now have no butt. <BR> 2.. My arms are thin, and I now have bat wings. <BR> 3.. I have stick legs.. <BR> 4.. and I've ALWAYS looked like I was pregnant. <BR> <BR> My waist size hasn't moved since my first year here on SP, till the last couple of months. <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I started Sparkpeople with a ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 18:15:22 EST It doesn't get any easier.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440023 They say it will, but it doesn't. But, it has only been 10 months. 10 months yesterday. I put a picture up of my son as my cover photo. I no longer keep a running tab post on FB of how long it has been. People feel like they have to comment or send me a hug. So, I just change the photo. I've also noticed, even the few days before he passed, and that a few days before the anniversary date (and I do not like that term, because you are suppose to celebrate anniversaries), that I feel like I hav... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:22:04 EST Straw Bale Garden Update... A tiny harvest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435485 And both of them were sooooo yummy... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1553197467.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That is Mr. Pumpkin plant. He is just loving that corner! haha.. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l442422095.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We've had quite a bit of rain the last couple of days. That inspired this drawing.. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l471105230.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've never tried drawing water before. I am happy with t... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 18:26:41 EST Straw Bale Garden Update...Second planting of the season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433455 Today wasn't 110 gazillion degrees outside, and we do have almost 4" of rain coming, so, I planted more seeds in the 2 1/2 bales that were empty. I planted green beans and peas in one bale, planting them closer together, because there was a lot of wasted space in the first batch. And, DH's aunt said they could be closer together. I figured she has 4 gardens, she must know. lol. In the second bale, I put carrot seeds, and the 1/2 bale, I'm trying cukes from seeds. I bought cuke plants this spr... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 19:02:41 EST Straw Bale Garden Update... Today's Harvest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428263 Before I start with that, here is a pic of Mr. Pumpkin Plant.. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1131052719.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's huge! That vine thingy (I am not a gardener, I have no idea what that long vine thing is called...) starts in the first bale on the far right. I haven't moved it to mow yet. Not sure I will get to that today. Maybe I drop a cloth or something, and just let it grow and curl up in the corner. I don't think I'll be getting that puppy back up on ... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 12:59:51 EST Straw Bale Garden Update... The Pumpkin Plant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427701 We've had severe thunderstorms the last 2 days. Which means the pumpkin plant "vine" thingy, that now spreads over 3 bales!, has rolled down the side of the bales, and rests on the ground. I had to mow tonight, and I went to put it up on the bales, and the vine thingy is like a porcupine. I needed tweezers to take the splinters out. <em>198</em> lol. I'm going to have to come up with a plan of action, should I not be able to get it back up on the bales. My next plan.. wear gloves. <em>18... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 21:45:09 EST Straw Bale Garden Update... Our first pick of the season...yummmmm. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424444 It's not much, but they sure are yummy! I also had one red tomato, and it was cut in two and shared with DH before the picture was taken, the pepper was sliced into strips and dipped in ranch dressing, and the green beans made it to the supper table... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l866260411.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 'til next time... <em>4</em> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:27:42 EST Straw Bale Garden Update... restucturing the tops of the bales. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420431 Some of the plants are doing marvelously, but some are not. Today, the ones that are not, are being removed. I'll be planting seeds in their place. I have time for new plantings, so I'm going to take advantage of it, and do test runs on seeds for next year. What is coming up are the cucumbers and strawberries. They aren't being very productive, so they will go. DH and I split one cucumber last night. After cutting the end off and peeling it, the meat part was all of 3" long. It was growing f... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 06:23:42 EST Straw Bale Garden Update...what you find when you start lifting leaves.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414626 A green bean.. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2091253378.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Pea pods.. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1923031306.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Beef Steak tomatoes.. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l156440029.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Green peppers.. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l107773663.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A 4" cucumber.. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l897220282.jpg"> <BR>... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 17:14:12 EST Straw Bale Garden Update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413660 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l993263285.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is coming along nicely. I water it 2 times a day. I wasn't able to fix the spigot nearest the bales, so I didn't go with a soaker hose. Which is fine. It gives me a chance to inspect and enjoy it's progress. <BR> <BR> My green pepper plant has many peppers on it. I have many tomatoes in various sizes, and the peas and green beans have flowers on them. I did lose a cucumber plant, and the pumpkin plant is huge.... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 21:42:07 EST Cat meets Dog.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405850 That is my cat Zeus. That is my niece's dog Angus. They met each other at the door. Now, Zeus is use to our friend's dog, who is smaller than he is. Zeus weighs 14 lbs. Being an indoor cat, he's never seen a dog like this before. In the glass, it looks like Zeus's body, but it is the reflection of Angus's head. Zeus is standing up with the help of the door. Their reactions were priceless. lol. This picture just cracks me up.... I've given this pic the title,,"GET OFF MY PORCH!" <BR> <BR> <i... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 22:26:40 EST Photos of the building of DH's ramp... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400441 Yesterday, my family showed up to build DH's ramp, so he can get into the house. 21 were here. 9 were kids. 12 adults. So we had 6 people building or holding boards as the were being cut, (that would be me and my sis) and the rest were here, just because. My whole family, except for 5, were here. I spent some time alone in the house because of the tears. When they dried up, I went back out. My excuse was, I was going to stir the spaghetti sauce in the crock pot. lol. Here are some pics. I did... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 16:48:49 EST It's a This and That kind of blog.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395581 My head is just a whirlpool of stuff. So, I thought I'd just blog them out... <BR> <BR> DH needs a wheelchair ramp. I said that to him last Saturday. Last Sunday, I mentioned that comment I made to him at my sister's. It was the topic of conversation for about an hour with everyone. This coming Sunday, my niece's hubby, my brother, my niece and I are building that ramp. The lumber is here, just waiting on my niece's hubby. It's his design, he's the lead guy. <BR> <BR> DH's wound is all hea... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:28:58 EST 'twas a good day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380724 Everyone at work was really chipper today. It made the work day much easier. DH had an appointment at the Wound Clinic, and he is all healed up, and was discharged as an outpatient from the wound specialist. She even gave me a thumbs up. That made me feel good. With the help of home healthcare, we've worked really hard on getting him this far. Now to get him motoring on his feet again. 2 times in last 10 days, he has fallen. He's not impressed. Me, I just plain ol' worry about him hitting hi... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 20:13:40 EST Straw bale garden update... A bit of SUCCESS!... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379380 A VERY YOUNG GREEN PEPPER! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l846602556.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm pretty excited! The green pepper plant dropped one blossom, so I've been holding my breath. <BR> <BR> And we have strawberry blossoms.. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1135124783.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And tomato blossoms. It was windy, so the pic is a bit fuzzy... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l56486113.jpg"> <BR> ... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 17:00:43 EST Setting dates for the Art Gallery... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378202 So far we have 3 weekends lined up. One this month, one next, and one in August. I need to hurry up and get some paintings done. I sold the last 2 I did this Spring. lol. I'm sure we'll come up with more dates. It's going to be an exciting Summer with my art class friends! <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> 'til next time... <em>268</em> Tue, 4 Jun 2013 16:46:51 EST Straw Bale Garden...June 1st. What a difference a week makes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374580 After a week of rain, we are now in the 85 - 94 degree range in the last few days. The plants are popping! They got a dose of Miracle Grow in their water this morning. I am very excited in it's progress! <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> These are the peas... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1065132338.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These are the green beans... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l434110160.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We now have 3 watermelon seedling... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 12:29:13 EST Straw Bale Garden update... May 24th w/pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366991 A lot of growing has been happening in the bales in the last 2 days... <BR> <BR> These are the peas. In my last blog, I had just one white, round sprout... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1514086685.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This one is a new sprout. A green bean sprout.. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l493971021.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Both the beans, peas and watermelons started as seeds. <BR> <BR> The green pepper plant has very small peppers... Fri, 24 May 2013 19:16:33 EST Straw Bale Garden update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364889 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l844472636.jpg"> <BR> ...after 4 days, we have a sprout! It's a pea sprout! Isnt it beautiful? <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> 'til next time... <em>214</em> Wed, 22 May 2013 18:30:35 EST Straw Bale Garden...the bales are planted... : ) w/pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360317 <em>244</em> We've been waiting a while to plant them. The plants I bought last Sunday were sick, so I went to a different place to get more this morning. Craig is here for the weekend, so he was excited to give a helping hand.. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1880587916.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And we bought some flowers to dress up the front of the bales... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l359932243.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've draped some plastic over t... Sat, 18 May 2013 15:00:07 EST Straw Bale Garden..The straw bales are staked, wired and ready... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356679 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1055203634.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In the book, it recommends steel stakes, or something like that. Well, trying to do it on a budget, I raided the garage today to see what I could use.I found some stakes from when we had an above ground pool and tried to make a fence. Those stakes look much better beside the bales. lol. <BR> <BR> They are all wired, nailed and strapped together. I just hope they stand up all summer. <em>40</em> I'll just have... Tue, 14 May 2013 20:12:50 EST Straw Bale Garden update... almost ready! : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353788 May 12, Day 9... Went to town yesterday, and got some 10-10-10 fertilizer for tomorrow. I also picked up 3 tomato plants, 4 cukes, 6 strawberries, 1 green bell pepper, 2 bags of Miracle Grow potting soil, and a partridge in a pear tree. lol. That should use up 3 to 3 1/2 bales, and I have seeds for peas and green beans for the other 2. I think I will check to see if I have enough room for the carrots somewhere. If not, I'll wait till later this summer when one of the other crops are done for... Sun, 12 May 2013 08:22:34 EST An emotional month... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350612 I'm having a really hard time of it this month. I just want to curl up into a ball and hide. I figured out yesterday what was really bugging me. Yes, you can have something bug you, and not know in your head what it is. Mother's Day is coming up. We've started selling flowers, cards, candy, you name it, at the grocery store I work at. Every thing, every where, is labeled "Mother's Day". My son never bought me flowers or got me a card, but every Mother's Day night, he'd call. I use to get so ... Thu, 9 May 2013 06:35:53 EST I'm itchy, itchy, itchy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349010 Had I retained all the information in the book I bought for the straw bale garden, I would have remembered that the bales go in a north to south formation. I had to move them this afternoon. They were heading west. lol. I should have worn long pants before moving them. Got some nice scratches and rashes on my lower leg, between my calves and ankles. Itchy, itchy, itch. I put Neosporin on them, but it just makes me feel like my legs are sweaty, and itchy. lol. Ugh. My grandson offered to help... Tue, 7 May 2013 19:48:56 EST My straw bale garden is set and ready to go... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344788 I got my straw bales for my straw bale garden today.. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l484450637.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And have them all packed up tight as I could in one row. Where I got them so late in the day today, I'm calling tomorrow "Day 1". <BR> <em>491</em> <em>258</em> <em>291</em> <em>373</em> <em>367</em> <BR> <BR> ...'til next time. <em>214</em> Fri, 3 May 2013 21:40:40 EST I started a new Spark Team! : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338447 ...On Straw Bale Vegetable Gardening. It is something new I am trying this year, and I am really excited about getting a garden going. You are more than welcome to join the team! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=60066 </link> <BR> <BR> 'til next time....... <em>368</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 17:04:22 EST Getting back on track isn't easy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337567 And just the title of this blog showed where my head is. lol. When I typed it out, the word "back" got typed out as "bacon". lol. <BR> <BR> I decided yesterday that it is time to get back on track. Things aren't completely back to normal here, but if I wait for things to get "back to normal", I'll gain everything back. The stresses have let up some, so there is no reason that I can't start taking care of me once again. I've been tracking my meals. NOT PRETTY! But, I'm tracking them. I'll g... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 18:42:44 EST Life here has been nuts... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333034 The last 6 weeks are one I would not want to live through again. I almost lost DH. He got an infection, which drove his sugar up, in just a few short days, he hit bottom. He had seen the doc just a week before, and it is crazy how one can go from doing good, to "seeing the light". The night I speak of, was The Biggest Loser finale night. DH told me he was ok, and for me to go to art class. And he was feeling ok, he had supper, two helpings, and was ready to spend 4 hours watching the local ... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:56:03 EST Empty headed.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264293 It's like I have a permanent brain fart. <em>198</em> Nothing but air up there. <em>40</em> I can't think, I can't concentrate. <em>234</em> I change my mind before a thought even forms to a solid thought. <em>58</em> I am...empty headed. I think I need some chocolate. <em>255</em> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> 'til next time... <em>214</em> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 06:36:55 EST "OH", he said... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249541 Our grandson was here last weekend. I got up before he did. When he got up, I was on the computer, on SparkPeople. He came out, and on his way to the bathroom, he said, "Mimi! Why are you on SparkPeople again?" (I was on it after he went to bed, and he asked what I was doing. lol.) I told him "I am helping people get healthy and lose weight. When I started on there, there were people helping me." "Oh," he said. And nodded his head as he ran by. When he came back out, he sat on chair next to ... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 20:00:59 EST Bitter/Sweet Day.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230730 Bitter..because it was 4 months today that our son passed away. We only had one, never was able to have more, and as the time goes on, it gets more and more real that we are a childless couple now. That brings up a whole range of emotions that I don't know how to put into thoughts, and thoughts that my brain doesn't even know how to process. I can't imagine how his son feels. If I'm lost for thoughts on it, I can't even imagine how his 10 year old mind processes it. <BR> <BR> The Sweet..in ... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:43:25 EST ReAdjusting and fine tuning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226045 I stepped on the scale today, to do a sneak peak before Wednesday's weigh in on BLC21. I was up a pound. So, I got to looking at the values that are set up in my meal tracker. Seems like everything is the same since the day I started, and from 50-ish pounds ago. Why would I need that many carbs now? So, I knocked the levels down a bit. About 40 carbs on each end. And my sodium max, I lowered that as well. It's been a while since I tracked what I ate, and in the time since I stopped, I had cha... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 19:29:12 EST How will I feel when I reach my goal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224047 I'm not sure. I've never weighed what I weigh now. From the age of 16 to 46, I fluctuated between 195-200lbs. Then I quit smoking. Got to 222lbs. Currently, I am 170, heading to 155. at 158, I hit what would be at normal weight. That is new to me. So, I don't know what to expect. When I was 16, i went to WW during summer vacation, and went from 199 to 166. Gained it all back though. But, I don't remember how I felt. That was a long time ago. Maybe I won't feel any different than I do now. <B... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 08:33:31 EST What I regret about my past... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223789 For BLC21 this weekend, we are writing blogs about what one thing we regret in life. One regret, is how, hmmmm, this is tough. hmm. I never took chances in life. I always played it smart. I never did things that would have me "put myself out there". I sang in a folk group for a while in church22 years ago. There were 2 of us in the group that sang harmony. One Sunday, my partner was ill. I sang harmony as a solo. A few older ladies came over after Mass, and said they got goosebumps when I let... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 23:22:29 EST