DAWNWATERWOMAN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DAWNWATERWOMAN DAWNWATERWOMAN'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/ Pittsburgh in Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137275 I won't be able to post all of my pictures because I am a bit of a picture hog... but I will post a few special ones. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b935f6b3-7823-4faf-9ec0-5820ebf5f0a5.jpg"> My precious "Serious Sisters" Deb & Di <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f590bd70-3cbc-4eff-b271-148b2394e198.JPG"> The 3 of us together <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a5ef6828-4866-4d6e-be03-966514e05842.JPG"> Starry Night <BR> <im... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 16:30:44 EST Pittsburgh with my Serious Sisters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134517 It's been an awesome 2 days here in Pittsburgh. I rode up here with a pool friend on Saturday. We took the scenic route through western Va, WVA & PA. It was a glorious sunny day so the view was lovely. I got to Deb house about between 3 & 4pm. Di was already here and let me tell you, seeing these precious ladies standing on the porch watching me walk up the lawn was TOTALLY wonderful. Even though the ground was a bit soft & uphill, it felt like I was RUNNING to them. LOL. It's been nothing bu... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 07:56:43 EST Thank goodness for my LOVELY LIMES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132103 Honestly, time passes me by so quickly that I can barely keep up with myself. If it were not for the Lovely Limes team family, I would probably be lost to my program. Being the leader of this awesome team helps to keep me on task. I don't want to let the team down, so I don't give up or give in. The accountability I get from the team family is what is helping me to reach the goals that I have set up for myself this challenge. I NEED the team as much as I hope that they need me. Doing the News... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 22:42:01 EST Happy Saint Patrick's Day 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6121680 Today I am frustrated. It was my weigh day and the scale shows that I have gained 6 pounds this week. REALLY? I have been able to exercise a good amount of minutes. I have cut way back on carbs. My calories are within range. The only thing that I can figure out is that where my knees are swelling so badly, the fluid may be a part of the problem. It doesn't make me feel any better about myself though. GRRR. <BR> <BR> Oh well... I will not be discouraged. I will move forward and try harder. H... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 19:35:24 EST Time flies.... fun or no fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6120560 It never ceases to amaze me how time will just fly past me and I have no idea where it goes. I promise you that it really IS my intention to blog daily. Then, the days rush by and I have no idea where the time goes. I can't believe that I am sitting here on Wednesday wondering how I could have forgotten to blog the past 2 days. <BR> <BR> A portion of that happens because I work weird hours and am tired in between. Not an excuse, just the way it works. I teach water aerobics in the mornings.... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 11:16:22 EST Time Change TIRED!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118491 As soon as I finish writing this I am getting into my pjs and going to bed. I'm pooped. <BR> <BR> Today has been a busy but good day. Church this morning. Board meeting to follow. Taught 3 hours of swim lessons this afternoon. (took 3 of the granddaughters to the pool to have fun while I was teaching). Dinner with the family. Created & sent out the Lovely Limes Ledger (our weekly Newsletter)... been Sparking along a bit. NOW BED!!! <BR> <BR> Thanks for taking the journey with me. Bright bl... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 21:16:13 EST Spring Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117849 Don't forget to turn those clocks ahead. I already did the one in the van just because I know I won't be going any where now & I might forget to do it in the morning and then think I have plenty of time at some point, when I won't. <BR> <BR> It's always tough with the new time change for awhile. Losing an hour of sleep is just a big deal to me now. LOL Tomorrow is going to be a long day & I know that my butt will be dragging by the end of it. I'm looking forward to the longer days however.... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 23:12:35 EST Tired but Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117118 Tonight I am tired but happy. I was in the water for 10 hours. I taught swim lessons to both children and adults. Some private some group. I taught water aerobics. I exercised. I am TIRED (and a bit waterlogged). I am happy. I am always happy when I spend a lot of time in the water. My knees are still hurting but better than they were. I guess when they are as bad as mine, it's all relative anyway. Just depends on how high my tolerance for pain is on any given day I suppose. <BR> <BR> I am ... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 22:34:34 EST Dragging along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116445 Well, I have discovered that if i drag my foot along the ground or floor instead of lifting my foot, I can basically keep the knee from going out of place. It was rough most of the day but once work was over and I was home to elevate, it has been better. I did get the first grade swim lessons done, mostly hopping on one leg in the water... thank goodness for weightlessness in the pool. My son was a big help and I used the lift chair to get in and out of the pool. Where there is a will there i... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 23:45:15 EST Tomorrow is Weigh Day... GO LOVELY LIMES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115473 The LOVELY LIMES are ready to start the SHAPE UP FOR SPRING BL CHALLENGE. We've been chit chatting about our goals and our plans of active. Everyone is getting more and more excited about the possibilities we are being offered. I really believe that this is going to be a very successful challenge. Not just for the Lovely Limes but for all the teams. There seems to be an air of POSITIVITY floating about and I am grateful for it. <BR> <BR> It was pretty upsetting to me that I set the goal t... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 20:14:13 EST Breaking Bad Blog Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113725 It really upsets me when I forget to blog or just get too busy to blog. Blogging helps me. It keeps me focused and helps me to stay on track. It's so easy to break away from blogging. That baffles me. When I sit down and write out a blog, I always feel better. It helps me to feel "worthy" because I believe that someone out there cares enough to read what I have to say. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I have something important to say. Well, at least I think it is important. Other times, I just feel lik... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 19:06:10 EST March 3, 2016... debate anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6110606 Well, it's March 3rd. Everyone around here is talking about the debate tonight. I am thinking that I will probably not even watch it. I'm pretty discouraged with the way the debates go. I hate to see adults acting like teenagers. If I want to hear a bunch of bickering, I'll hang out with my older granddaughters. We had our "super Tuesday" vote and I voted. I did my duty despite the fact that the person that I voted for did not win our state. I am still in awe of the way that the votes are goi... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 19:59:50 EST March 2, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6109877 It's been a pretty good day. The weather changed and is colder. Now I am achy and feeling a bit rough. Not sick, just reminded that my joints are tired. LOL My food is good today. Below my caloric range, carbs are good. My exercise was lower but I have learned to take care of my knees when they tell me to. My granddaughter is not feeling well. I hate to see her sick. <BR> <BR> If I haven't mentioned it before.. I have been lax. We are settled into our new home. It is really awesome. It's cle... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 22:38:30 EST MARCHing forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6108994 Can you believe that it is March 1st? How in the world is MARCH already here? Didn't we just finished dealing with the food coma's of Thanksgiving & Christmas. UGH... I'm still paying the price. <BR> <BR> Today has been a good day. I took DH to work at 7:30. Went to work & taught 3 hours of classes. Stopped by the voting place & cast my vote (for what it was worth... VA is NOT using it's collective common sense) Came home & took my family out (the exterminator was at our house for the month... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 22:33:47 EST Happy Leap Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6108102 Today begins my commitment to LEAP back into the healthiest & best way of living. I am getting back to good exercise time...not just my classes but extra exercise time for ME. I am getting back to my low-no carb food plan and tracking everything that I eat and drink. I have also decided to just work between the caloric range that SparkPeople set up for me and NOT connect my exercise tracker to it because I believe that it pushes my caloric range up too high. I am feeling good about all of th... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 23:31:08 EST It's great to be a Lovely Lime http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6098010 Today my blog is about my awesome Biggest Loser Challenge team family.... THE LOVELY LIMES! We may not always be #1 in the standings but we are definitely #1 in team family spirit. We love & support one another, no matter what. Our Lime Team Challenge this week is to write about how the Winter Challenge has helped us. I would have to say that it has helped me from wallowing in depression. I have a problem with depression and Winter is the worst time for me. I always have problems with my eati... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 09:10:30 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057525 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7df5a9e9-139f-4dd5-b3d9-c02dc9f34435.jpg"> <BR> This is my goal for 2016.... to become more of a prayer warrior. <BR> <BR> Here's hoping that everyone had a wonderful & Happy New Year's day. Mine has been really nice. I started the day off with an OA meeting. We read Step 1 in the 12&12 and had a nice discussion. Afterwards, DH & I had a nice lunch & met my "daughter" to give her a ham to fix for dinner tonight. Then we came home and relaxed.... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 23:10:32 EST Dec 26-30th.... playing catch up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055479 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1b1818b2-749e-4a56-b3ee-49b4a41d4144.JPG"> <BR> I don't know if this picture is real or not.... what I do know is that it is BEAUTIFUL. I would think that it would be too cold for a spider to be spinning a web in that sort of snow & ice.. but maybe it got caught in a surprise storm. That's the way that I feel right now... like I am caught in a surprise storm. LOL Might as well look for the beauty in it. <BR> <BR> Moving is so much harder than... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 15:54:36 EST Merry Christmas 2015... a picture a day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052664 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f47ba38d-ef1f-4239-b01e-8747d9aeb073.JPG"> This is Aurora with Peppa Pig. She oinks, giggles & talks when hugged. A big hit! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d353deb1-b877-402d-a22f-60122bbf5fb7.JPG"> Kaydon was in Star Wars heaven today. He takes after his daddy. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dc16891e-b920-451e-b364-ffe69d72597b.JPG"> The children gave their dad a Star Wars, The Force Awakens shirt.... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 23:12:25 EST Christmas eve 2015: a picture a day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052281 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4df3c54d-ceb5-4015-955b-b7fb8f87f2c8.JPG"> <BR> As is our family Christmas eve tradition, the children opened their 1 gift each... New PJs to wear to bed so that their Christmas jammies will be in the Christmas day pictures. Here are Kaydon and Aurora in front of the Christmas tree. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b710bde1-bde6-4e91-822d-9b519af53c4c.JPG"> <BR> This is a picture of the end of our Christmas Eve candlelight... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 22:45:40 EST December 23, 2015: a picture a day blog (LATE) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052277 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ed3781cf-4ff1-4497-9a29-173aa5dc9642.png"> <BR> After the joyful two days that I just had.. this picture seemed to be very appropriate for me. <BR> <BR> Wednesday was a good day. I taught 2 hours in the pool. Had a nice lunch with my friend Gail. Came home and did some Sparking & relaxing. Spent some quality time with the grandchildren and watched some tv. All & all it was a really good day. I am blessed. Thu, 24 Dec 2015 22:35:21 EST December 22, 2015, Tuesday (LATE) a picture a day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051757 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ccc8c73-a56c-4c70-8587-6c7952f3b277.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/73e873c8-6bbd-429f-bddb-1a59e7ef7897.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a5af4cc2-7293-48e0-832d-445bfc6521f1.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/adeb9905-2a60-47d1-aba6-bfa1ab411320.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f523cf36-34b1-4b38-b81c-8caa05942872.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Again my camera does weird stu... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 17:20:29 EST December 21st, 2015, Monday: a picture a day blog (LATE) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051746 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9a06ef72-5d7a-493b-b8b2-8f07c7511e12.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/929077f6-68c3-4a9b-99d9-44b2ef122cd2.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7b56d569-1148-4a30-8901-79efc0080b44.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2e60e9db-e9f3-4dae-be2d-842d61ae2a1b.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I made a whirl wind trip to Norfolk to pick up some Christmas presents that my youngest son had made for me to give to th... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 16:35:21 EST December 20th, 2015, Sunday...a picture a day blog (LATE) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051741 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8c7ff1ef-c215-4009-be5d-8bf6cef9066b.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a52fc997-2c74-4a69-a208-3d7c1529bd27.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/575a28c2-124e-4660-b48b-bb81214cf672.JPG"> <BR> These are pictures of 3 of my grandchildren (Aurora, Kaydon & Savannah) with our Pastor. He's a pretty good "Santa". <BR> <BR> We had a lovely Sunday. Got up early & picked up DH from Kmart where he had worked from 1... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 16:13:56 EST December 19th, 2015: a picture a day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049979 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7534f96d-5b49-4c70-88bb-9ca02989d382.JPG"> <BR> This is a picture of my granddaughter, Chloe, and the tree that she is decorating at my son, George's house. They had a nice morning decorating and sent me this picture. I will get to see them on Monday. WooHoo! <BR> <BR> Today was another long but good day. I started teaching swim lessons at 9am. I was supposed to leave the Y at 11 but a lifeguard called in. I did LifeGuard duty from 11-2:30 an... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 22:00:02 EST December 18, 2015 : a picture a day blog (late) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049974 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f8b5b768-ef08-4602-8970-290e5981a7f1.JPG"> <BR> Not a particularly good picture of the house but here it is. I think that we are going to like it. It is closer to both the Y and Kmart and about 1.3 miles from AutoZone so that is a good thing too. <BR> <BR> It was a good day. I had my OA meeting in the morning and then taught swim lessons from 11am until 8pm. It was a long day but a happy one. When I got home, I lay back for a minute... and sl... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 21:53:23 EST December 17, 2015: a picture a day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049135 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/68913ad4-163d-48df-b3a3-565c11abcb97.JPG"> <BR> When the very first Star Wars came to theaters. I was there. Back then we didn't have video or dvd's so I PAID to see it a total of 157 times in the theaters. My grandson couldn't understand why I would go so many times until he was reminded how many times that he has watched the Jurassic Park movies on dvd with me. He & his father have been watching all of the previous Star Wars movies together o... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 00:49:09 EST December 16, 2015: a picture a day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048612 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e598e115-460e-4647-8355-89cd7261aa5a.jpg"> <BR> I found this picture funny. I love hippos. I love chocolate. The picture cracked me up. Do you sometimes wonder who it is that keeps creating all this new "such and such" day business. It seems that every time I turn around some NEW special day is listed on FaceBook or other calendars. Many are just plain ridiculous. <BR> <BR> Today was a GREAT day. I taught 2 hours of classes. Stopped in to the... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 21:39:26 EST December 15, 2015: a picture a day blog (LATE) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048605 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ceb57812-6f3b-4089-8efc-24daac50e8f7.jpg"> <BR> These are my grandchildren Gabriel & Liliana. They were in a Christmas play/program on the 15th. Their mom sent me pictures and some videos of them. I really miss these two. I haven't seen them in a long time. I hope that we can see them next week.... maybe <BR> <BR> It was a good day. I worked a lot of hours. I found out that our rental application WAS accepted. Then we found out that a murder w... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 21:29:31 EST December 14, 2015: a picture a day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6047655 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2dcf59c5-132e-477b-865e-5faaae2518b1.JPG"> <BR> This picture made me smile. I would like a tree like this. We do not have a tree up. We do not have any decorations up. I think we should just NOT put them up. It's late now and we are not able to do gifts this year so what's the point. I would rather focus on the who Advent celebration and celebration of the birth of Jesus instead of all the trims & sparkles. <BR> <BR> We are going to have a "S... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 23:56:53 EST December 13, 2015: a picture a day blog (Late) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6047330 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/86891059-a99d-4c62-9e49-d82472c90074.JPG"> <BR> This picture hit me like a ton of bricks. It is supposed to be a picture of what Peter would have seen when he when out to meet Jesus, who was walking on the water, and his faith faltered. It hit me for so many reasons. I can't tell you how it has touched me. <BR> <BR> Sunday, the day I saw the picture and the day I was SUPPOSED to be typing this blog, was a good day. Church was good. The board ... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:04:39 EST December 12, 2015: a picture a day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046631 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2aa969b5-0df3-4de5-a8f3-225df560c3b2.jpg"> <BR> I cannot tell you how many times I have thought about Christmas cookies today. I have NOT seen any. I have not eaten any. BUT... I understand what "visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads" is like. We do not bake at my house. So far, none of the events that I have been to this season have had cookies. I'm lucky. LOL <BR> <BR> Today has been AMAZING. It's Dec 12th and it almost reach 80 degre... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 23:47:59 EST Dec 11th, 2015, a picture a day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046123 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a684a4a4-9db7-4f20-896c-755f362df5a8.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5c197069-991b-4112-a3fd-83d1bd5265cb.jpg"> <BR> These are pictures of my granddaughter Mallory at her first chorus concert. I wish that I could have been there but she lives in Poquosin VA. She's on the left in the picture of just 2 and in the front row of the group picture. I haven't seen her for over 2 years. I wish that I could see her more often. She'... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 22:13:53 EST Dec 10, 2015: a picture a day blog (late) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046113 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/09a92002-36de-4d68-83c7-6b89021b004b.JPG"> <BR> this is NOT a picture that was taken today (it's from a couple of years ago).... but I am posting it because we had our RED HAT Christmas party the evening of the 10th. I am happy to say that I had coffee when everyone else ordered dessert. I am happy with my choice. <BR> <BR> It was a good day. I taught 3 hours of water aerobics. Went to get a mammogram. Went to my red hat Christmas party. Went... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 22:03:30 EST December 9, 2015: a picture a day blog (late) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6045249 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5b4b4600-ac95-4d1c-9eb8-a2eb8317c3d5.jpg"> <BR> Dec 9 is Donny Osmond's birthday. As a young teenager, I was going to grow up & marry him. We were going to live happily ever after and have 9 children. Yep. I was nuttier then than I am now. Anyway, Happy Birthday to him. He just signed a new contract in Las Vegas. Glad to see that he's still singing. I still have a tiny crush on him.. I admit it. <BR> <BR> It was a good day. I stayed home and ... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 07:42:27 EST Dec 8, 2015: a picture a day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6044568 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a4f6ae79-fd25-4021-9b2b-eb38fdb409e8.jpg"> <BR> It's hard to believe that 35 years have passed since John Lennon was shot. I can still remember the shock and sadness that so many of us felt. Considering that he was so a Peace loving person, it was hard to believe that someone would shot him. My husband just told me that 1.15million Americans have been shot since that day. That's not even because of war. It's because of hate. Sad really. "Imagin... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 22:58:31 EST December 7, 2015: a picture a day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6044010 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/80a381b9-0cfb-492f-8bac-49ee1218a635.JPG"> <BR> I saw an ad today for a new movie coming out based on the story of Mother Teresa. I have always admired her very much. I am looking forward to seeing the film. I don't know when it is supposed to be released. <BR> <BR> Today has been a pretty good day. I had my follow up appointment with Dr. Wood (the ophthalmologist) this morning. He said that my eye is healing nicely. No tears or holes. That m... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 21:41:58 EST December 6, 2015: a picture a day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043457 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/08a84efb-74e8-4dc7-abba-8529ba0aae61.JPG"> this is a picture of the pulpit area of the church where we had our District IV Advent Service this afternoon. The Pastor in the front is also the father of the young man in yesterday's picture. He's an awesome man. It was a good service. I loved the stained glass windows in the church. They were lovely. <BR> <BR> Today has been a very emotional day for me. We had an excellent Sunday School service. ... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 21:17:55 EST December 5, 2015: a picture a day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042925 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cbb29949-864e-4584-84ea-4426d71ef7c6.jpg"> <BR> This is a picture of 2 of my precious swim students. I normally only teach them in private lessons. However, because of the pool schedule being messed up with swim meets, we decided to put them together and see how it worked out. They are autistic and it is always unpredictable. Typically Randall will spend 20 minutes swimming laps back and forth then he is done. Typically John will stay in the wa... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 21:21:56 EST December 4, 2015: a picture a day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042517 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0fe1cd94-255f-4a5e-85d0-3c26087fd436.jpg"> <BR> This is a picture that one of my good friends posted on FB tonight. It struck me as very funny. I can hear the song FUNNY FARM in my head. I've always felt a bit "crazy" in so many ways. <BR> <BR> Today has been a mixed bag of tricks. I got up early & took Paul to work. He had to work at Kmart from 6am-6pm. I dropped him off and came home to sleep another couple of hours. I had my OA meeting thi... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 23:10:24 EST December 3, 2015: a picture a day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6041993 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/842043d8-afdd-49d8-8810-45e0e0292445.JPG"> <BR> This is a picture of my Pastor, the Rev Mike Carrow. He helped my friend MaryHelen and I with the Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army today. He was dressed in his Santa hat. The cutest part of the day was watching little children run up and call him Santa. He allowed several people to take pictures of their children with him. It was fun. I think that we were very successful today as well. <BR> <... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 22:19:55 EST December 2, 2015: a picture a day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6041417 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a75f5a90-f8e8-442c-9fb2-a07627724927.jpg"> <BR> These are the Angel Helpers that were there to help me today with the First Graders. My picture is fuzzy because I took the picture through a plastic bag to keep from getting my phone wet. I love these wonderful people. It never ceases to amaze me how much fun the children have and how excellent these people do when working with them. <BR> <BR> Today has been a good day. I got some work done. Sp... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 21:06:51 EST December 1, 2015: a picture a day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040942 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5dc5a3fd-0e1e-4ebc-9cf0-4707ef2a157f.jpg"> <BR> Today I decorated my SparkPage to reflect my Lovely Limes team spirit as well as "winter". I loved this picture. Check out my sparkpage and let me know what you think. <BR> <BR> Today was a better day. I worked for 5 hours. I am tired but happy. We have a good group of 1st grade swimmers this week. Not many "angel helpers" due to illness & travel... but it was fine. <BR> <BR> My son is better.... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 23:42:15 EST November 30th, 2015, a picture a day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040357 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c5a05004-eba4-427a-a1ff-0ddd09b055ea.JPG"> <BR> This is my son George. He called me tonight in a state of despair. He just got thrown out & is homeless tonight. He already has had a lot of problems this year. He was talking about suicide tonight. He has tried to do so many times in the past. Always they just release him from the hospital after they fix him up because he has no insurance. I wish that he'd just sign himself into the hospital and ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 23:56:48 EST November 29, 2015: a picture a day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6039619 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/689a9089-0717-4bc2-ba21-348fd05edbf2.jpg"> <BR> Usually I do not talk about football. My family are fanatics about it. Every week they ask me for my picks and we have some sort of a "thing" going that keeps track of who ever made the best picks each week. Believe me, I am not on top. LOL. However, the one thing that my who family knows is that I will ALWAYS choose the JETS. When I was growing up, Joe Namath was in his glory. I had a #12 Jersey... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 18:20:07 EST November 28, 2015 (late) a picture a day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6039612 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2913ad9b-f885-4413-a723-3bfb9ce1090c.JPG"> <BR> This are a couple of my adult swim ladies. It was good to be back to work and to have some great time swimming with my adult swimmers. We had a 2 hour class. They are all improving so much and I am very proud of them. <BR> <BR> Other than teaching swim lessons. I did get some other stuff done. I rented a storage unit and got my son & Son-in-law to get the totes that I had ready taken over to the... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 18:02:08 EST November 27, 2015: a picture a day blog (late) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6039610 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f059efa7-7155-4b76-994f-84f5f941bdb7.jpg"> <BR> This is a picture of me at my largest weight (460+). This is how I felt on Friday after our Thanksgiving feast.... and all the leftovers that I ate Friday. It was a quiet but good day. I really did nothing but pack up stuff preparing for our move. Sun, 29 Nov 2015 17:56:31 EST November 26 Happy Thanksgiving 2015: (late) a picture a day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038615 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7ddad9d2-b82e-4092-a56e-fac359ee60e0.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e9a358a0-3ccf-4d3f-a795-8f7c7933237a.jpg"> <BR> Once again I am late. Time gets away from me too easily. The first picture is my "daughter" Sarah & her honey James. They hosted Thanksgiving Dinner at their home. The second picture is my eldest Granddaughter, Savannah (Sarah's daughter) and my eldest Son, Michael & I. They were being silly. They were each ... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:30:49 EST November 25, 2015 (Late) a picture a day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038112 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/78bce5a2-d6d9-4a59-8740-767b129a0698.jpg"> <BR> I chose this picture because my precious Lovely Limes team family is really foremost on my mind lately. I have been sending out invitations ans reminders about setting up weight/stats threads. I always do my best to make folks feel welcome and "a part of" the team family. I have high hopes that our Winter challenge will be a very successful and fun one. I am hoping that I will have everyone all si... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 09:52:56 EST November 24, 2015: a picture a day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037416 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5e177903-2c52-488f-bf8c-5b8f14a26857.jpg"> This is my picture of the day. No biggie. It was just my annual physical. Pap smear, breast exam, hep C screening, tdap shot.. blah blah blah. All seems well pending the results of the exams. They are making an appointment for my mammogram. I don't have anything weird going on so all is well, I am confident. For those who are interested.. my eye is still basically the same. My regular doctor said that... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:03:57 EST