COUNTRYBUMKIN65's SparkPeople Blog COUNTRYBUMKIN65's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community HUGS!! I saw this video on FB this evening... I was moved to tears.... Not by this particular video, but because I work with a Hospice Team, and I visit homes and Assisted Living Homes... There is this one place I visit.. I have become Friends with the folks that are not folks I assist... But yet... They have become a part of me.. One lady... Francis... She loves the gas fireplace in the common area. But the people working there just push her in her chair to the common area and not to the warm firep... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 23:15:06 EST Just A Thought The Hospice Social Worker came by my work and as we talked about certain things, she came up with a Great analogy when it came it people in our lives and how they see things.. It goes something like this... <BR> <BR> Would you rather look back in the rear-view mirror and live by that or would you rather look forward to what is to come.... And Make The Most Of That??? <BR> <BR> Me... I'm Looking Forward To Each And Every New Day and Challenge.. I Am NOT Going To Look Back.. I'm Looking And M... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 22:56:56 EST Sharing Storms Birthday:) Even our furry friends should get to celebrate their special days. Storm just turned 7 years old. He is the ultimate protector and friend. Of course he had cake (Twinkie) and ice cream and yes a birthday hat. There is so much love in that furry body:) <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-... Thu, 9 May 2013 13:07:17 EST Simple Acts Of Kindness I know with all that goes on in our world and what we strive for, there is always time for a Simple Act of Kindness. I have this friend, and it seems where ever she goes she always shows such kindness to others. Whether it be pushing a grocery cart to it's station or back to the store or simply helping a perfect stranger by giving her a ride home. We should all practice such Simple Acts of Kindness:) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=share </link> Fri, 3 May 2013 20:40:06 EST Me overcoming a Fear.. The first step or Note in my case, Is the hardest.. My hubby and I were relaxing tonight and we found this video from a couple of years ago. I still can't believe I fought and overcame my fear of singing in front of people. I feel like if I can overcome that massive fear, I can overcome more that I had Originally thought I was capable of at that and this time... <BR> <BR><BR>&feature=em-share_video_user <BR> <BR> You know my Friends, We Are Stron... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 02:24:47 EST Your Choice:) ~You hold the Key to your Happiness, it's your Choice to Open the Door~Unknown <img src=""> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:10:47 EST After The Storm ~And once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in.” ~Haruki Murakami — with Jackielynn Noel. <img src=""> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 16:14:20 EST How about a chuckle I saw this and had to share it. How many times have our parents embarrassed us, and we our parents? A Lot!!! LOL!! <img src=""> Thu, 4 Apr 2013 13:03:55 EST Keep your thoughts Positive <img src=""> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 21:10:12 EST It's not always about the scale ;) <img src=""> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 15:35:35 EST Little by little This is why it is so important to be consistent. The small little things we do daily to reach our goal are the stepping stones to our success. <BR> <BR> ~ Christel Diamond — with Elden Castillo. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> On Face Book check out Fit Chicks. Lots of Tips and Inspiration to be found:) Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:44:45 EST Passion I am learning more and more every day that if I am passionate about something, whatever it may be, I need to work at it ALL THE TIME! And, more times than not, when I CHOOSE to let my positive self-talk and motivation outweigh and outvoice my negative self-talk, what I am doing doesn't FEEL like work!! <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 08:23:43 EST See the difference What can you do TODAY that you couldn't do two weeks ago? <BR> <BR> What is your goal to do two weeks from now that you can't do today? <img src=""> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 13:55:14 EST Imagine ~“There is nothing more beautiful than seeing a person being themselves. Imagine going through your day being unapologetically you.” Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:39:15 EST The people on my shoulder I just read a blog where this lady hears a voice saying "Get Off Your A%$!!! WALK!!! <BR> <BR> When I read that part what instantly came to my mind was My Two Voices.. Actually they are two people that seem to come sit on my shoulder when I'm about to eat something that's off my life style food change, and the other person is the one that is there sitting on shoulder when I wake up at 3:50 to go to the gym by 4:30. <BR> <BR> Those two people have helped me keep to the changes in my life.. T... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 15:37:08 EST Country Snow Bumpkins I had the best time building this snow woman, I had some great music playing on my iPod, the weather brisk, and all the while I'm thinking I'm 45 and still got it!!! LOL!!! <BR> <BR> Turns out she was as country as I.. <BR> <BR> So here's my pic of a couple of Snow Country Bumpkins:) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 14:08:21 EST Help Storm Puppy Find TOY:) Hey everyone, I'm on a quest to find Storm Puppy's favorite toy. Last night I gave him the one I had put up for keepsake. It's got a a tear and doesn't squeak anymore. The reason I gave it to him last night was because every time he walks into the room, he'll sit there a stare up at it sitting on the cabinet. <BR> When I gave him TOY, he walked around the house with it, whimpering, crying, talking to it, giving it lick baths, and when he laif down, TOY was right beside his mouth and he'd gi... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 13:35:19 EST It's Rubbing Off:) Since last October I've been working on being healthy. I'm exercising daily, I'm eating healthy. And all through this my husband Scott has been watching,.. But little by little he started joining in. <BR> <BR> Scott use to eat a steak egg and cheese biscuits, or sausage biscuits for breakfast every work day, and bacon, eggs and toast on the weekends. I use to fix separate meals for us. I fixed my healthy foods, and I would fix what Scott liked to eat.. <BR> <BR> And little by little he star... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 13:14:41 EST I'm Healthy!! I'm Healthy!! That's the first words I said to Butterfly when I called her right after the results to my Physical:) <BR> <BR> I'm always nervous about going to doctors as I know so many people are.. Heck we don't want to hear bad news right?? <BR> <BR> Well I hadn't had a full physical in a bit over 2 years and the last time there was a false alarm so I was almost terrified to go and find out what my results were.. Did I have the C word? Am I Diabetic or Pre Diabetic? Those and some other... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 13:09:42 EST A B C's of Mary ABC's of Mary <BR> <BR> A - Age:44 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: king <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: Cleaning the Commode <BR> <BR> D - Dog's name: Storm and Heidi <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: Scrambled egg on toast <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: Blue <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: Silver <BR> <BR> H - Height: 5'4" <BR> <BR> I - Instruments you play: Piano, some guitar and Violin <BR> <BR> J - Job title: Private Caregiver <BR> <BR> K - Kid(s): 1 <BR> <BR> L - Living arrange... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 12:20:14 EST Our Weight Watcher Walk-It Last week I posted the Blog "Floating Above Cloud 9" That blog was about a Dream, a Goal I wanted to not only challenge but conquer. I did that!!! <BR> <BR> Last week I was Floating above Cloud 9, and yesterday, Monday, My Best Friend and I literally were walking on and in the clouds. This was Our WW5K Challenge. <BR> <BR> We started early in the morning at Fort mountain. The drive up the clouds were so low you couldn't see much in front of you. I had the thought.. I'm still In The Clouds ... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 15:31:41 EST FLoating Above Cloud 9 Last week I was floating high above cloud 9. The reason.. Well I'll get to that in just a minute. First I need to tell you a bit about the way I was 7 plus years ago. <BR> <BR> At that time in my life, I was a mess.. I suffered from severe anxiety and panic attacks, they had gotten so bad I couldn't leave the house. Anything and everything set them off. I became isolated and my hopes and dreams were at that time lost to me. <BR> <BR> When it became to much I prayed, every time I felt one co... Tue, 25 May 2010 17:24:27 EST Looking For Input On Spondylolisthesis "Spondylolisthesis describes a condition of a forward slippage of one vertebra over another.) <BR> <BR> Hey all, I was informed Monday that I have Spondylolisthesis and it was in the 2nd Stage. I knew I had this condition, but not in the 2nd stage. <BR> <BR> I have been googling away on finding the right exercises to keep this from going further. So far the gym has been a wonderful help. But I would like to know from those who has this condition what works for them. Has your condition impr... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 15:46:56 EST Don't Be A Judge, Be A Witness.... I always like to read the church signs as I pass. There are always a few that really hits home at a specific moment. Well this one hit home when I, my hubby and his parents went out to Chili's for dinner. By the way, the Mediterranean Salad is Wonderful!!!! <BR> <BR> Anyway, as we sat there and enjoyed our food, I was casually looking around. I saw so many people there that needed to eat healthier, and maybe exercise. What got to me was the small children and the children reaching their teen... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 14:36:18 EST Honey & Cinnamon... Good For Health Hey All.. I got this in my email and thought I should pass it on to you all. I have heard so much before this about the benefits of Honey and Cinnamon, but this is the first time I've heard of mixing them together... It's kind of long, but worth it if it helps.. <BR> <BR> Spark Hugs!!!! <BR> <BR> You may want to print this out and put somewhere to refer to on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> Cinnamon and Honey <BR> <BR> Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. It w... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 12:22:52 EST Something I noticed:) I have really been doing the power walking with my Furry Friends Storm and Heidi. Storm is great to walk with, but he is so long that when I walk normal it is way to slow for him.. So there was my motivation.. I had to bump my speed up a notch for him to have a good walk as well.. <BR> <BR> I have noticed as we go on our 3+ mile walks, that my legs felt like they were having to learn to walk again. My legs felt so ungainly, hard to move in the right ways. Lots of sore muscles trying to get t... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 16:14:32 EST When Did That Happen!!! So I'm walking yesterday with Storm and Heidi. We are doing some major power walking and I find myself grinning like an idiot. Here I am almost through with a 3 mile walk and I catch myself wishing for a longer safe place to walk.... <BR> <BR> Now when did that process change. Was it not a few months ago a mile walk was everything I could get my lazy butt to do??? <BR> <BR> And then.. <BR> <BR> While at the gym yesterday I ran into someone that started a day after I did. She is of the ti... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 15:08:26 EST I know My Body:) or maybe this is just a blog letting off steam:) Hey all:) <BR> I've not been able to be on that much this past week, which feels truly longer. But between a lower back injury from some morons trying to run over me and my Furry Friends a couple of weeks a go, and the lady I care for being in the hospital, I was in pain, stressed, and extremely exhausted. <BR> <BR> My Chiropractor told me I needed to do less workouts, and easy ones at that.. So I slacked off...Which made me miserable, and to be honest, made my back muscles hurt more. Plus... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 13:43:44 EST Noah Scott Biorkman Hi Sparkies, <BR> <BR> I can't help but share this with you all.. As I am sharing it with coworkers and family. There is hope it will become a school project too:) <BR> <BR> Noah is a sweet little boy who may not make it to Christmas. The next line is from an email that was sent to me by a very special friend. She has the biggest heart.. As in her email you can tell. <BR> <BR> "A friend of mine sent me this today. I checked it on and it is real. This little boy may not live ti... Fri, 13 Nov 2009 12:36:22 EST October Verdict Is In Ok.. I know it's a week into November, but for a certain reason, I have to wait a week after the end of the month..LOL.. If that makes sense.. <BR> <BR> Ok here I was so excited because I Just KNEW I Had Worked Hard!!! No doubt about It... <BR> <BR> So here I go and get on the scale first thing this morning.. Justing knowing I'm going to see at least a 10lb difference.. So you can imagine how disappointed I was to see only a 1 lb difference...I honestly felt like my world just ened.. All t... Fri, 6 Nov 2009 12:21:33 EST September Verdict Is In.. Ok.. Yesterday I commented about today. I said I hope for the best, because I did my best. <BR> <BR> Well after the weigh in and measurements, I thought to myself. Maybe I did my best "at the time", but I can do better.. I'll not complain about what I lost, but be proud of the fact I did lose. <BR> <BR> In Pounds I lost right at 2 pounds, in Inches, I lost 7 1/2. This makes my total from two months at 4 Pounds and 19 Inches. <BR> <BR> Now how could I be upset with that? I lost but didn't ... Fri, 9 Oct 2009 21:35:54 EST I have a question...kinda And No I'm not crazy..laughing here.. <BR> <BR> I had a dream, and in that dream I was awake telling some people that I could dream and go back in the past. So in the dream, I dreamed of the house I grew up up in Turtletown. But what is weird I saw things that I hadn't remembered till the dream. <BR> <BR> I'm trying so hard to explain it, but trust me, as weird as it may seem to you, it has truly blown my mind. I've never had a dream like this and so vivid. I dream every night, but nothing... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 14:02:40 EST New Gym Update:) I didn't get to join the gym Friday like I wanted. Due to problems it wasn't possible. <BR> <BR> But this morning even though I came up with so many excuses not to, like allergies, puffy eyes, muscles sore from charlie horses, and my nervousness working out in front of men..etc.. I made myself go in. There was Donald nice as can be, and helpful. The ladies there hollered out welcome and told me their names, the gentleman on one of the ellipticals, was nice and we chatted as we worked out. He... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 13:49:33 EST My new Gym In August I rejoined Curves. The machines made me feel great, but the workouts during the week were hurried because of things needed to be done at my Inlaws, and my home. Only on Monday, Friday and Saturdays did I have a Great workout. But this Curves are now closing on Saturdays and I would be left with only 2 decent workouts. <BR> <BR> A friend told me of this other gym in Chatsworth that I was not aware of. It's on my way to work, It's open 24 hours 7 days a week, has a lot of strength t... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 10:00:29 EST Could This Be You Too? "WEEDS ARE FLOWERS WAITING TO HAPPEN" <BR> <BR> When I was a Manager/Guide at a riding stable in Tennessee, I had the great opportunity to watch the seasons change in the mountains. <BR> <BR> There is this place we called the grassy slope. At the top you could see the mountains of three states. That was a nice view... But the place held more for me... I liked to go from the bottom and ride to the top.. I had named little parts... The Dragon Fly Alley, because during a season it was swarmi... Wed, 2 Sep 2009 21:47:33 EST Curves 2 weeks ago after thinking long and hard about my workouts and lack of being able to do as much as I wanted at home and even at the mini gym I created at work, I came to the conclusion that even though I was trying, I wasn't getting the full benefit from my workouts. <BR> <BR> So in came the thought that I needed a workout space to just get lost in and let go. No time limits... Just go as long and as hard as want. I joined Curves a while back, and stopped because of certain issues, and also... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 10:43:23 EST The Right Place At The Right Time.... For Someone Else Saturday was to be "my" day. I had plans of wading though a creek and if wind permitted, I was going to fly a kite. Just out in nature with my 2 fur buddies hiking and having a great time... <BR> <BR> well... That didn't happen. But that's ok... Something good did come out of the day. <BR> <BR> Have you ever been in the right place at the right time... for someone else? <BR> <BR> Scott and I were at lowes getting a part for our pressure washer, and he went off with an employee. I sat down ... Tue, 28 Jul 2009 15:37:17 EST Annie Mae, Hidey Ho I thought I would share some footage of My Friends getting Aquainted... I love watching them play:) <BR> I hope this brings a smile to your faces... <BR> <BR> HUGS!!!! Fri, 24 Jul 2009 10:27:14 EST How Long Has It Been? I love sitting out at night on my porch or swing listening to the sounds of the night. It is at this time I "Think". <BR> <BR> Last night I was out on my porch. I was listening to the night bugs, admiring the Firefly's, Seeing something move out of the corner of my eye and seeing a huge frog.. Another movement was bats flying past the corner light catching their dinner... <BR> <BR> And then the thoughts started rolling in... <BR> <BR> I thought of things I enjoyed... Things that I let Tim... Thu, 23 Jul 2009 15:32:11 EST The Bumkin Coming Out I went into a Marathon Gas Station/Store Saturday. As I walked in, I looked to the left where the cashier was standing behind the counter. I had such a sad feeling come over me. I asked her how her day was going, and I thought she was going to bust out crying. I went over to her and asked what happened?? She then proceeded to tell me that as a child she was diagnosed with a mild form of retardation, and even though everyone wanted her to "Draw a Government check, she said NO! She Wanted To W... Tue, 21 Jul 2009 14:51:20 EST A Different Perspective A lot of family has been coming for a visit this summer. Every time a new set announces they will be coming at a certain time, I find myself starting to dread the visit. It's not the people I'm dreading, I love them all. What I am dreading is them seeing me. I start becoming more self conscious of my weight. I let it consume my thoughts. I USE to start a fad diet where you lose fast but gain it back even faster. <BR> <BR> This last group that is in, is one of my favorites. 2 weeks ago when t... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 12:41:55 EST What a Wonderful Time I went horseback riding for the 1st time 2 years. I have been afraid to go because of lower back issues, and my Chiropractor telling me I shouldn't ride horses, or even a riding mower. But.. I went any way. I had the BEST time!!! The guides were great!!, and the trail?? Was even better. All in the National Forest... so relaxing.. The first lope I got into actually gave me chills. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed riding. At the stables, the work shadowed the joy. I have found the joy again!... Tue, 14 Jul 2009 23:58:29 EST If You Need a Chuckle:) A friend sent me this link.. There are a few laughs.. Especially the Dog <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I Prefer To Laugh Than Cry... <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, Tuesday I am going horse back riding. I haven't been in 2 years, and have put on a few pounds since.. I'm excited to say the least. I use to ride at the stables I worked for 8 to 10 hours a day..I use to hope I made it through the day....Now I'm hoping this stables has a horse with a bigger butt than mine... Mon, 13 Jul 2009 23:03:54 EST Was Yesterday Friday The 13th???? This was my day yesterday... <BR> <BR> I went to work at 6:00am.. worked till 12:30, then left to go pick up the "puppy" <BR> <BR> Here we go all excited to see the purebred GS.. right? and a puppy right? kinda shy with new people.. right?? <BR> <BR> Well here we go.. we got there and there she was.. Almost grown.. No way she is purebred.. lot of mixes going on there.. Ugly thing.. and the shyness was actually Ferrel.. which means wild. Scott wanted to get her anyway..I would not have take... Sat, 11 Jul 2009 21:52:04 EST A Chuckle For Every One I hope you all enjoy... I had to share this <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> AND THAT'S HOW THE FIGHT STARTED : <BR> <BR> One year, a husband decided to buy his mother-in-law a cemetery plot as a Christmas gift. <BR> The next year, he didn't buy her a gift. <BR> When she asked him why, he replied, "Well, you still haven't used the gift I bought you last year!" <BR> And that's how the fight started..... <BR> <BR> *** ********* ********* ********* ***... Fri, 10 Jul 2009 11:10:53 EST "From my Friend Daisy Dukes2010 to Me" DaisyDukes2010 aka Karen aka Kooky Karen sent this to me. I felt the need to share it with others. What a Special Friend she is to see so much in Me.. <BR> <BR> She wrote.... This is You...... <BR> <BR> One Flaw In Women <BR> <BR> <BR> Women have strengths that amaze men. <BR> They bear hardships and they carry burdens, <BR> but they hold happiness, love and joy. <BR> They smile when they want to scream. <BR> They sing when they want to cry. <BR> They cry when they are happy <BR> an... Thu, 9 Jul 2009 14:14:33 EST My First Power Song:) "Bring On The Rain" This song is how I met Daisydukes2010. It is her and I both's power song.. We have become great Friends.. <BR> <BR> Bring On The Rain by Jodee Messina <BR> <BR> Another day has almost come and gone <BR> Can't imagine what else could wrong <BR> Sometimes I'd like to hide away somewhere and lock the door <BR> A single battle lost but not the war ('cause) <BR> <BR> Tomorrow's another day <BR> And I'm thirsty anyway <BR> So bring on the rain <BR> <BR> It's almost like the hard times circle 'r... Wed, 8 Jul 2009 22:21:18 EST My Past, Present and Future Pack/Family Osh <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Such a Beautiful Girl. She was with me for 10 years. She was like my shadow. She went everywhere with me:) Such a Sweetie... <BR> <BR> <BR> Storm <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Storm has been my friend for 3 years. I hope to have him with me for lots more years. He is so Handsome:) The Ultimate Protector.... I fear nothing and no one when he is with me:) <BR> <BR> Hei... Wed, 8 Jul 2009 15:01:34 EST Meet Heidi Hey Everyone, Meet Heidi:) <BR> <BR> Heidi is going to be a new addition to the Family. She is a 5 1/2 month old German Shepherd. I was approved just a few minutes ago over the phone from the adoption place. I owe my life to a German Shepherd that save my life as a child. Here is my chance to save a life of the breed that saved mine. I shall for ever be loyal to the German Shepherd Breed. I can't wait to see how much Storm is going to love her. He is so great with other dogs, and now he will... Wed, 8 Jul 2009 14:47:14 EST My New Power Song Every time I hear this song, I listen to the lyrics and I see my life. I know there is always going to be another mountain... But whatever it is... I'll climb it...Because... I Know I can!!!! <BR> <BR> Hugs to All <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Climb lyrics <BR> Songwriters: Alexander, J; Mabe, J; <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I can almost see it <BR> That dream I am dreaming <BR> But there's a voice inside my head saying <BR> "You'll never reach it" <BR> <BR> Every step I'm taking <BR> ... Wed, 8 Jul 2009 11:28:04 EST