CHRIS3874's SparkPeople Blog CHRIS3874's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community More bad news but perhaps I learnt something this time. Well as some of you might know, (at least I thought I had alluded to it one time or other here), my Dad died 7 years ago after a battle with Alzheimer's (amongst other demons- its a terrible evil disease), Now I found out my Mom is getting sicker, I suppose that might be why I am trying to be a better son and trying to let go of some of the (on going) feuds and resentments, Sometimes it is REALLY hard for me as they were very overbearing and critical (to the point of almost failing grades fro... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 01:03:03 EST Some bad personal news I went to donate plasma today but the machine screwed up (its supposed to stop collecting plasma into the bag before it begins to draw red cells) well it didn't do that and as a result if their machine screwing up and THEIR protocols, I cannot donate for the next 8 weeks, Not happy as I have given them a not insignificant portion of my Tuesdays, Not to mention the nurse today was terrible ended up with a needle in both arms (one didn't flow well) Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:07:51 EST more "interesting things" in the wonderful world of sparkpeople. I know I may be putting things here that either irritate make the reader think I am totally obnoxious or worse. Only I have probably a different (and drier ) sense of humour perhaps a keener sense of irony. I notice that a LOT of the emails from this site WILL NOT AWARD points even thought some of them I have only been getting for a very short time. I got what I considered a rather odd reply to my complaint about this (more like a brush off) . Gee sorry to be rude guys but if you say you a r... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 22:03:51 EST 2017 For what it's worth I would like to wish all a Happy and Prosperous New Year. May all of your losses be on the scale. Sun, 1 Jan 2017 19:50:57 EST An overwhelming sense of Ennui I don't know if its just advancing old age but it seems like every New Year is just the same as the last one with less and less to look forward to. I guess I am mostly to blame for my rut but that doesn't make it any better. I just recall feeling a lot more optimistic back when I was a kid and had the whole world ahead of me. It funny how life changes people- I can recall not understanding why my parent and other grown ups were the way that they were. Now most everything seems dull and old ha... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 22:05:17 EST A family emergency possibly averted My mom phoned me up as she had been out of hospital for the last week but was given multiple prescriptions and was getting confused so I took her to the pharmacy and fortunately she was able to get it straightened out and she is going to get her things blister packed from now on which I think is a good thing, Wed, 28 Dec 2016 22:54:50 EST Oh lungs mine enemy !! Well I am NOT sure what I did when I bought this contraption on Ebay ( can I say that out loud?)- from the stern warnings from the manufacturer's it made it sound like only " duly authorized" persons could own this (you would think I was buying a fully auto firearm or something. It was only an incentive spirometer - for those unfamiliar with it its a device that basically shows how well you can forcefully exhale and also for how long. I cannot recall off of the top of my head what I paid for... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 23:27:01 EST Another Lazy Day It was Boxing Day up here (one of the only holidays "we" get as a consequence of being a Commonwealth country I suppose but you in the US still get MORE than we do per year). <BR> I guess I am going to have to get into something of a routine even though I am off all week - I don't want to spend a lot of it just parked in front of the television. I was watching " A Christmas Story" yesterday with my daughter and I commented on the diorama that hey had in the Higbees department store. I can re... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 22:23:41 EST Merry Christmas I would like to wish ALL of my friends on here (especially those who actually regularly read these) a Very Merry Christmas and you can worry about overdoing it in the new year. Sun, 25 Dec 2016 00:02:00 EST turned up again Made supper again I was told that was good yet again I was the only one eating even though I thought it was healthy, Sausages with black beans, canned tomatoes, mushrooms and sauerkraut (not a lot just a partial jar) Claimed it was "burnt" seemed OK to me and not to mention she could have shut it off as well. Talk about 54 going on 12. Thu, 22 Dec 2016 22:21:08 EST not a lot to say Well it finally warmed up here (was actually above freezing as opposed to what it was last week (--22 F with the wind chill- gee that sounds warmer than metric does) I could stand it being a little bit colder as the streets get slipperier when its too warm- besides a few degrees below freezing isn't that bad. As for my thumb it started out with a blue smiley at the bottom of my nail now I see its almost covered my entire lunula. NICE. Oh well I suppose I had to expect that after all the BLU... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 21:59:44 EST one step forward ten steps back Was starting to clean up some things including an ancient broken tool bag (an attaché style tool bag mad in Quebec by j e lortie ) why I kept it this long I do not know _ I had it since I brought it home from work in 1988 It was had a broken lid (cracked in the middle) and the only reason I took it home was because I had gotten a new one from my employer and I sort of needed it at the time. I decided I wanted to save some of the hardware and to cut it up into smaller pieces so I could put in ... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 21:57:04 EST Took today off Took today off as I have had enough with work and the cold. Ended up going to the hospital as my Mom has been in since Tuesday. She is doing much better as she had fluid in her lungs and was put on medication and had up until today oxygen. Stayed up for over 3 hours. Glad I went Fri, 16 Dec 2016 22:40:07 EST not a good day In spite of all the crap I usually have to contend with at work etc., it really hadn't started out being that bad of a week all things considered. But then I got word my Mom is in emergency as she has fluid on her lungs (amongst other ongoing health problems) - spent more time talking to BOTH sisters than anything else this evening. I guess they are keeping her in overnight which in my opinion is a good thing. They seem to want to punt people out too fast nowadays. Wed, 14 Dec 2016 22:02:04 EST more woes Still didn't sleep all that great last night- also my shoulder is really starting to act up (not sure I want the inconvenience and cost of going back to physiotherapy but it doesn't feel like its getting better) I thought laying off the weights might help but it doesn't seem to be. Sun, 11 Dec 2016 20:56:04 EST freedom The daughter went to BC for the weekend to visit friends - so that's one stressor gone for a bit. Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:52:14 EST cold today Its cold here for the next 2 weeks with the high hovering around -4 to -8 degrees F. Plus a wind not pleasant. Should warm up near Xmas - can't wait. Mon, 5 Dec 2016 20:53:46 EST friday issues Not much to say - getting real irritated with them changing stuff on this site - seems to me its just a cash grab for one of the changes, Wouldn't put it past them to take away the free option. Fri, 2 Dec 2016 23:40:32 EST stuff Well I decided to try and be more active than usual this weekend- which included stepping more out of the comfort zone viz a viz my bad shoulder aka rotator cuff tendonitis or whatever it really is- was nice to be able to pick up my 30 lb dumbbells again (even if it was only for a few reps ). I managed to do some tasks around the house that have been on and off bones of contention for years - like the sliding door into a cubbyhole that the cats discovered was a GREAT way to get into the basem... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 21:05:57 EST not a lot to say but some (sort of good news) I finally set up an appointment for yesterday with the surgeon for my hernia after seeing him last December as he told me at the time I could leave it if it wasn't bothering me and as long as there were no other complications ( strangulations etc). Well long story short with all the other "joys" of accumulating an "advanced" age (YEAH it feels like it some mornings although some still regard me as being young(ish)) I decided that it was one "friend" I could do without. He (the doctor) seemed ... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 22:10:26 EST reached another milestone I reached another milestone donating blood today but I will not say as I do not want to seem boastful and I am only giving thanks to my Saviour for allowing me to be healthy enough to have done it. Tue, 22 Nov 2016 22:25:41 EST stuff Wow a whole 10 points for bonus spins(I'm underwhelmed). Oh well on Wednesday I get to see my surgeon about my hernia operation. Sun, 20 Nov 2016 21:04:53 EST saturday mumblings Not too much to say had a hard week and I don't think next is going to be any kinder to me. I must have been tired today as I ended up falling asleep watching tv this afternoon which I normally do not do - I generally am not a napper unless sick or really tired (or both). Looks like winter has finally arrived for good now, Sat, 19 Nov 2016 21:28:13 EST NO POINTS (ANYONE ONE AT SP.COM LISTENING?) I clicked on 5 or 6 emails for bonus points and only got 3 !! Anyone else have this problem? <BR> Maybe they should fix the problems with this page instead of constantly fiddling with it and taking away things. What good is a site that ties you down trying to get points when we should be ACTIVE ??!!!!! Sun, 13 Nov 2016 15:18:57 EST Remembrance Day Thanks uncle Steve and uncle Sam (WWII vets Sam was actually my Mom's uncle) both deceased <BR> Thanks Uncle Wayne retired RCAF <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 11 Nov 2016 20:59:15 EST not a bad day I guess Well it was an interesting day at work very busy and I am sure I am going to pay for it tomorrow ( so much for enjoying the day off ), Wed, 9 Nov 2016 21:53:51 EST Just a short one. Was really glad for the variable points today as I have had really low spins lately but managed to hit 260 pts today with the help of THIS. Have a good week . Sun, 6 Nov 2016 21:35:09 EST Truly Blessed I recall someone once opined that it wasn't how many friends had that mattered but the quality of friends. I was feeling kind of crappy (not a good day at work but then should I be surprised??) but I went and read some of the blog comments and the spark goodie comments and I felt better. Thank you all. Thu, 3 Nov 2016 21:16:27 EST another update on CHARLIE I guess he must be mostly over his cold as he is up to his usual stuff like "joining" me for supper ( usually lays on the table today he jumped up while I was eating and he wanted a piece of chicken) - not coughing yet tonight at least not for me got to go - garbage day tomorrow. Wed, 2 Nov 2016 21:03:25 EST just a short one doing this and haven't finished supper yet and also went and booked a dental appt. for Dec. <BR> I don't personally care for it as its contrary to my personal beliefs but I hope everyone has a good " All Saints Day Eve" which is in fact what it is. Mon, 31 Oct 2016 21:00:39 EST An Update on Charlie. He seems to be doing a bit better today he is not sneezing as much and he didn't cough today (at least I can't recall hearing him do so), He just laid around and slept most of the day (yeah yeah I can just hear all of the dog people out there saying how can you tell the difference?). He still seems weak but at least he seems to have turned the corner. Sun, 30 Oct 2016 20:56:16 EST Charlie is sick. Poor Charlie he has a cold (I hear him coughing and sneezing last night so I hope its a cold and not anything more serious) . Cheryl wanted to take him to the vets that is open until 10 pm. Waited for her to go get the carrier AND put it back together (why was is in pieces anyways??) so I went and got the bag of cat treats out (kind of a bad move as now ALL the others think they "need" them also - fortunately only Oliver showed up, Then I tried to put him in I guess the sides weren't latched ... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 23:26:08 EST Its enough to make me shake my head till it falls OFF I was suckered into yet another episode of the game this site plays namely "changing answers" I had a SPARK TRIVIA QUESTION ABOUT DIABETES (INSULIN ACTUALLY) <BR> so I went and found the results from the DIABETES QUIZ . I gave THAT answer and was MARKED WRONG WTF GIVES?? <BR> That is TOTAL TOTAL CRAP. <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:38:34 EST friday Didn't go to work today as I had it with one of the dickheads at work. Finally had had enough not sure what my boss is going to do as I phoned him up to day I wouldn't be in and told him what this person had been doing . SO I don't know if I am just pissing this guy off more or what will transpire except I know I didn't want to put up with his BS anymore. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:44:51 EST not a lot Often when I write these I fell guilty because I am not that longwinded or articulate. It was nice to see the sun finally today and most of the snow is gone. The lawn looks incredibly green (not sure if its from the snow or from just having whatever it had on it washed off), Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:53:03 EST More snow woes Well its still here sort of. Its supposed to warm up starting tomorrow so we should be OK. Had snow melting and dripping down my back at work not pleasant. <BR> <BR> <BR> GO JAYS GO Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:39:54 EST Winter too early We got a dump of snow on Friday (not fun at all) not to mention its at least 3 weeks early. Supposedly it is going to warm up next week so perhaps it will be gone for a while yet- in spite of the stereotypes there have been several winters where we did not get snow until Christmas. Sun, 16 Oct 2016 21:02:28 EST Happy Thanksgiving (or Columbus Day) Well its "our" Thanksgiving Day here today. Had some family over last night was OK ., Very tiring and also had to try to unplug the vacuum as it was clogged right full and hadn't been emptied for a while. I think it needs its filters cleaned as it still didn't seem to work all that great. (Cheryl is ordering herself a Dyson next time -t oo bad they are made in Malaysia instead of OLD BLIGHTY- still its got to be better than the endless stream of worthless plastic crap vacuums we had - FANTOM.... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 21:34:12 EST Rick Well today was RIck's last day. He was a retiree that came back to work contract over the summer (this was either his second or third time) , Its too bad as he is one of the few people there that are decent and today was his last day as he wants to travel this winter (he is going to Vancouver Island). He doesn't think he will be back as they are trying to hire 2 more bodies (WHY I don't know there is no ROOM for them - personally I think one of the manager's pay is linked to having more peopl... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 20:42:18 EST Monday Well it isn't here YET but I still feel its effects. I know that it wasn't the same when I had a "real" job and worked with nicer people. But I always look forward to work with a mix of loathing and trepidation., Its nice to work with mature, professional and grown up people - I really miss those days. Sun, 2 Oct 2016 19:15:51 EST irony How is it every time I need to take a day off and or its the weekend the weather seems to turn to crap? Its COLD and wet here . What I really hate about fall. Sat, 1 Oct 2016 20:45:34 EST just a short one You know I finally figured out how to use the bonus spins too bad NO body connected with running this site BOTHERED to give a proper explanation about what they were and HOW to use them . Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:57:32 EST Is it just me or is Sears trying ot commit suicide? I cannot comment on what Sears is like on the south side of the 49 th parallel. I can recall as a kid it seemed that "Simpson Sears" (as it was originally called when I was younger) seemed tro carry a lot more things and the staff seemed to be able and WANTED to help you . Fast forward to 2016, they USED to have a REPAIR and PARTS depot in the west end of the city (actually basically about 7 miles north and a couple of blocks east of where I lived) Of course good OL' Sears Canada had to cut... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:28:52 EST another weekend shot to hell Well it never ceases to amaze me how FAST weekend, holidays and vacations go by as opposed to workdays. It feels like I just left a 4 pm Friday and tomorrow its Monday already, <BR> I know its going back a long ways but I can recall having summer jobs where I can hurt myself or strain a muscle and feel generally good the next day. Now when that happens its like my body has a "Vacancy / NO Vacancy" NEON sign on it as the thing seems to take up PERMANENT residency almost. (SIGH). I know its g... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 22:52:46 EST Not a lot to say. I hope everyone is having a good day. <BR> I wish I could fulfil everyone's need <BR> I would give several of my friends meaningful and long term employment <BR> Others I would exonerate their family members wrongfully being punished by the state. <BR> I would give everyone back their health and vigour and peace of mind. <BR> I cannot only God can do that. <BR> Sometimes its frustrating being human. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 21:35:05 EST sept 11 I suppose this is getting beaten to death in the news today ( I haven't watched any live tv too much stuff on the pvr) but I can still recall like it was yesterday what I was doing 15 years ago when I first heard about the World Trade Centre disaster, I am sure that's true for most of us even though at times it almost sounds like a cliché. I just hope the truth comes out some day. Sun, 11 Sep 2016 14:53:14 EST sept 11 I suppose this is getting beaten to death in the news today ( I haven't watched any live tv too much stuff on the pvr) but I can still recall like it was yesterday what I was doing 16 years ago when I first heard about the World Trade Centre disaster, I am sure that's true for most of us even though at times it almost sounds like a cliché. I just hope the truth comes out some day. Sun, 11 Sep 2016 14:53:12 EST an observation Its "interesting" to see how they no longer allow us to COMMENT on their ADS (oh sorry I meant to say "sponsored blog" my bad ). I guess they didn't like the pushback Tue, 6 Sep 2016 21:36:00 EST Some good news but not on the job front I finally got up the gumption to get some parts to fix up my old Raleigh Record 10 (actually apparently they don't make 5 speed rears anymore so its actually a 12 ) speed bike that I used to use a fair bit in my thinner days. I am just kicking myself for some of the things I did to it prior to abandoning it to the garage (like running into the front wheel with my GMC pick up) that ended up COSTING me NOW. They had to special order in a front wheel as I did NOT want a quick release one; Sun, 14 Aug 2016 00:10:43 EST Crazy stupid Things are sort of in a state of flux at work and it seems as the years go by it seems (to me) that its crappier and crappier (not my first choice of words) => have to start applying more outside of here but I would have thought that there would be MORE jobs with my current employer with the change in Ottawa, So much for the Liberals. My shoulders are still hurting on and off but they seem to be a bit better I was given some different exercises to do and they seem to be helping not 100 per ce... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 21:42:30 EST