CARRIEANNE1027's SparkPeople Blog CARRIEANNE1027's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community And Then There Were 12.... I came home from work yesterday to find my cat Kat in labor.. She was acting pretty witchy the past few weeks and was eating up a storm, but then again she always ate like crazy. She was scheduled to get spayed in August with Mika and Zoe. <BR> Well, she had 7 more yesterday and through the night.. My house now has an even dozen critters in it. How did it happen? Well one time while I was at work and school, my son said she ran out of the house, but came back a couple of hours later. She had... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 04:43:30 EST Meet Mika (Meeka) and Zoe.. The kittens are getting big! They are litter trained and I will start them on solid foods this week. They love to explore my bed room and especially love to play on my Yorkie's doggie stairs. My dog Abbey uses the stairs to get up on my bed.. <BR> Mika is very fiesty and adventurous! She has such a personality! Just one look at that face and you just know she's looking to get into some kind of trouble! Zoe is more timid than Mika, and is more of a cry baby.. lol. They are just so so cute! If... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 07:47:26 EST A Big Thank You! I just wanted to thank you for the prayers for my daughter. A couple of weeks ago she had a wisdom tooth taken out. A day or two later she came down with cold/flu like symptoms, that went away within a few days. About a day or two after that, she broke out in a horrible rash on her extremities (hands and feet). We went to the doctor on Monday and low and behold she had a Staph infection. He put her on antibiotics and a cream and well, instead of getting better, she was getting progressively w... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 18:20:36 EST New Additions to the Family.. My cat Kat, had gave birth to 3 beautiful little ones on March 1st. One sadly didn't make it, but the other 2 are doing really well. I haven't given them names yet, as I have yet to figure out if they are male or female.. They finally opened their eyes this weekend, and as promised, I thought I'd share with you the new additions to the family. I can't keep them as I already have 2 cats and a dog, but my daughter has already found homes for them when the time comes. But for now, they are livin... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 20:27:44 EST Today I got one of the bestest gifts ever! Most of you know that I work as a home health aide. I absolutely love it! The pay stinks, the hours stink, but I love what I do. <BR> One of my clients is a 42 year old woman with cerebral palsy. She can't walk, can't talk, can't eat, and is very developmentally delayed, but we have the best time together! I do everything in my power to make her laugh and smile, even if have to make a huge fool of myself! I sing all kinds of crazy made up songs, I dance, I drop things on purpose.. because see... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 18:28:50 EST Back at the starting gate, but this time I am determined to win! First of all, happy new year to you all, and thank you for all the support you've given me throughout the year.. <BR> Last night I decided to take stock of myself, and realized, I needed a real life change.. 2012 wasn't a particularly great year, with 2 deaths (both under the age of 21), the hurricane, the shooting, James' eyesight, Ruth's dementia, starting a new job, my daughter wanting to drive (she goes for her road test again on Thursday..Yikes!), school, emptying my father's house and ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:04:22 EST Prayer Needed.. As many of you know, my boyfriend/fiance is an artist. If you haven't seen any of his work, take a look at the pictures in my gallery. Well, to be blunt, he is going blind. He grew up in a military family and they were stationed mostly in Taiwan. As a child he contracted some kind of infection/virus in his eyes, which wasn't discovered until he was an adult. The result was a lot of scar tissue from the virus eating the membrane of his eye. There are a lot of blood vessels which attach to the ... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 05:55:17 EST After the storm... again... Yesterday we were hit with another storm. We were supposed to get high winds, rain, and a sprinkling of snow. Well, we got the snow.. not a sprinkling.. we got SNOW! <BR> It took me over an hour to get home from work last night in the storm. I white knuckled it all the way. There were no salt trucks, no plows, nothing other than people driving like idiots and spinning off the parkway and into the woods...In spite of that, I made it home safely.. <BR> Then the power went out.. again. I reali... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 15:06:56 EST Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers... Hello all, <BR> Many of you know that I live at the Jersey Shore.. Ocean County to be exact. I just wanted to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers during this devastating and difficult time. <BR> My family and I are all safe. We had minimal property damage..Thank you Jesus! My town though looks like a war zone, as does most of New Jersey.. Trees down, telephone poles down, wires down, fences, trees through houses... Homes washed away.. <BR> Please continue to pray for us all... <BR... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 16:50:32 EST It's Official... It's official, I am now a CHHA.. (Certified Home Health Aide)! <BR> It's been an odd couple of weeks. My former boss, the owner of the preschool I used to teach at called me 2 weeks ago and asked how and what I was doing. I told her I was going to school for nursing, still handling my dad's estate, and that I was waiting for my CHHA certification to go through. The Board of Nursing here has been backlogged due to budget cuts, and I wasn't expecting my certification to go through until Novemb... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 07:39:43 EST Now I Understand... My father, when he was in relatively good health, used to go and visit people in nursing homes. He didn't know anyone there, he would just go and spend time talking with the people, reading to them, or just sit with them so they wouldn't feel all alone. At the time, I never really fully understood why he would do this every week. But now I do... <BR> This past week I've been working/training in a local nursing home. I so enjoy being there with the residents. But... I could never work there. I... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 07:30:07 EST Reviewing the Year.. 2011 Was One Heck of a Ride! It's amazing to me how much my life has changed in the course of a year. <BR> January-My Dad was in the hospital fighting for his life suffering from C-Diff. <BR> February-My Dad finally came home from the hospital. <BR> March-April-My Dad made great strides getting stronger every day. <BR> May-Another hospital stay.. My dad had a gall bladder attack. He wasn't a surgical candidate, so they treated him with antibiotics and put a drain in him. <BR> June-After being home less than 10 days f... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 07:04:25 EST "Like a surgeon.. hey!" Well, I finished up my first week of class, anatomy and physiology. I was advised by my academic counselor not to take any other classes with this one because it was real intense. Boy she wasn't kidding! The amount of information to be learned is just staggering. I've spent over 5 hours just reading through the first chapter and taking notes, and that's just in one of my A & P books.. (I have 2). There are also online quizzes to take. I took the first one and got a 100 on it, and I still have... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 21:35:10 EST From Status Quo to Life in the Fast Lane.. In the last 8 weeks I have lost my dad, registered for nursing school, gone to Florida for a much needed vacation, and got engaged to be married. <BR> I've gone from life being status quo, taking care of my dad, my kids, 2 households, to wondering what's going to happen next! <BR> It's been one heck of a ride so far! Wed, 10 Aug 2011 07:20:55 EST He Fought the Good Fight.. This morning my Daddy went to be with the Lord. I just wanted to thank all of you for the constant prayers these last few months.. Your kindness and concern will never be forgotten.. <BR> Fri, 17 Jun 2011 14:04:46 EST The power of prayer.. Last week, my new little niece Emma was born. On the second day of her life, she came down with pneumonia and her lung collapsed. I asked for prayers from my spark family and sure enough, those mighty prayer warriors came through! Emma, though still in the hospital, is getting stronger every day. God heard and answered our prayers.. <BR> I'm sure there are many naysayers out there who don't believe in healing or the power of prayer, but look at the pictures below, and think again.. <img src=... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 18:00:58 EST Smoke-free for a week... Well, it's been a full week since I last had a cigarette. I thought it would get easier as the days go by, but the cravings are still there. I used to be a "stress smoker", meaing, when things got tough, or didn't go right, or when I got frustrated, the first thing I grabbed was a smoke..I am sorely finding out that I need some new ways of coping with stress, which unfortunately my life is full of at the moment. Of course I pray and try to keep my eyes soley on God despite the way things look... Tue, 8 Dec 2009 21:47:08 EST Day 1 As A Non-Smoker Well, I must say today didn't go as badly as I thought it would. I figured I would have cracked by noon, and I didn't.. I haven't.. I have been a non-smoker now for almost 24 hours! There were several times when I would have given my right arm for just one drag on a smoke.. Not having any in the house helped, as well as running around all day, and keeping busy to the point of exhaustion.. My boyfriend.. not so good. He couldn't hack it and went and bought some, which is ok.. He wasn't ready t... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 20:16:20 EST Tomorrow I Quit Smoking... I was excited all day today about quitting smoking tomorrow. Now that the day is coming to an end, I am starting to feel a bit anxious.. Thoughts of how am I going to cope? How will I get through my overly stressful day without a cigarette? Will I be jumping out of my skin and jumping down my kids throats for no reason because I'm having a tough time? I've explained to my kids that I am quitting tomorrow, and if I seem a little grumpy for no reason or overly stressed, please be a little under... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 21:13:01 EST Blegh! I have been in such a mood lately! Lots of extra stress makes me want to just hide under the covers every spare moment. I am so touchy about everything I can't stand myself! I am in definite need of an attitude adjustment. I have not been exercising as much as I should be, and my sweet tooth has had a case of voracious ravenous-itis. Today I am making my teenaged kids (who are all slim and fit) hide their "goodies" in their rooms where I can't find them. I am making a vow to exercise more thi... Mon, 9 Nov 2009 06:11:53 EST Day 1 in Stage 2 I've just moved on to stage 2.. Not sure how I feel about that. I know I have decided and committed myself to making a lifestyle change..but.. I think I'm a commitment phobe! I fell off the wagon during fast track, and I really felt awful about it. Guilt, shame, the words "loser" going through my head.. Well, yes I would like to be a loser, just a loser of pounds! I have this awful fear of failure.. Always have.. I don't want to fail at this. I want my old body back. I want to be and feel hea... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 06:12:17 EST