DETERMINEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog DETERMINEDJANET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sunday, 3/18/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's activities: <BR> <em>288</em> church <BR> <em>368</em> lunch <BR> <em>528</em> finished a plan draft ( disk drive quit right after) <BR> <em>253</em> said goodbye to the rats -- they are adopted out to a new home <BR> <em>46</em> Tim wasn't able to access my disk drive either (next stop-computer shop) <BR> <em>103</em> watched some of the play sk... Sun, 18 Mar 2018 21:57:00 EST Saturday, 3/17/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The day began with a drive for hair trims with Maegann. Afterwards we stopped for breakfast/lunch before coming home. My first task was sweeping the floors and then I got my desk work organized and headed to the kitchen table to offer support and encouragement to Maegann while she worked on two essays. One for English and one for Biology. She did a great job! Google helped her all... Sat, 17 Mar 2018 21:48:52 EST Friday, 3/16/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> After I dropped Maegann off for school I came home and slept for another hour. Figured Isaac could use the extra sleep as well. Then he was off with Patrick about 10 and I got busy on the finances. Needed to get payments made online that are due Monday and then I balanced all the accounts to make sure where we are for the coming month. Felt great getting the credit card and line of... Fri, 16 Mar 2018 23:54:18 EST Thursday, 3/15/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, things took quite a turn about 6 pm Wednesday. Maegann had another brain crash and we can definitely point it towards an escape from stress as she was working on two essays that were overwhelming her and concerned about a test that was coming up. We worked with her all evening to get things calmed down and thankfully she did wake up in the morning with the crash gone other than... Thu, 15 Mar 2018 23:49:55 EST Wednesday, 3/14/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I wish I knew why I was running on tired lately. After I dropped Maegann off at school I came home and slept on the sofa for another hour. Had 10 minutes and then I was off for a massage. <BR> <BR> I think an hour-long massage is the way everyone should begin their day! Just work on the spots that are bothering. I had to try a different therapist today as mine had moved out of sta... Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:43:52 EST Tuesday, 3/13/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A very quiet day here once again. I loved only having to leave the house two times today. What would have made it better? Not being so tired and needing a long nap and then having zero motivation to do anything. I did finally get through a little paid work that had to be done and managed to throw tacos together for supper (So tough, right?). I actually spent time messaging with Jo... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 23:36:14 EST Monday, 3/12/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A good day here, but I was tired when I woke up. I got a decent power nap though so hopefully tonight I will sleep soundly. Here's my day: <BR> <em>150</em> school with Isaac (I did some Sparking while he worked) <BR> <em>102</em> nap for 20 min. <BR> <em>433</em> errands <BR> <em>180</em> "fun lunch" with Isaac <BR> <em>528</em> paid work - mostly on the phone <BR> ... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 20:48:32 EST Sunday, 3/11/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A wonderful day watching God's Hand at work! <BR> <em>26</em> The teen class subject was great preparation regarding Jesus' choice of disciples. <BR> <em>26</em> Maegann asked one of the teen leaders to talk with her after class. We had asked this leader for advice regarding the current faith research happening at our house as she lived it first hand. <BR> <em>26</em> The sermon w... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:19:53 EST Saturday, 3/10/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Slept in this morning -- NO ALARM!! -- and everyone needed it. We've all been running on fumes lately. After breakfast I headed to the grocery store to just get a few "fill in" items for the next few days. Laundry was next on the list (4 loads done) and then I planned to Spark, but for some reason my desktop was acting up so spent time getting it back in place (mostly) and then took... Sat, 10 Mar 2018 23:59:38 EST Friday, 3/9/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I can't wait to see the beauty come out of a current family situation! <BR> <BR> This morning I assisted Isaac with most of his schoolwork before he left with Patrick for a couple of hours. I did a couple quick tasks and then took a nap. Hadn't slept well and woke up exhausted. Spent the night having bad dreams. When Isaac returned he was crying and I was able to find out that there was... Fri, 9 Mar 2018 23:53:02 EST Thursday, 3/8/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I enjoyed a quiet morning at home today as Isaac was with Meg. I did manage to get an eye appointment at 8:30 and I'm glad I went in as I am not fighting an infection. I can't remember the name, but basically I have dry, cracking eyes. The prescription eye drops weren't filled by afternoon so I called to have the resend it since it wasn't received. I held off on starting the other over-t... Fri, 9 Mar 2018 00:06:32 EST Wednesday, 3/7/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We are in a type of battle right now and spiritual armor is definitely a priority. We had our first study tonight with the kids (mostly for Maegann to compare faiths) and it lasted 2 1/2 hours. God's truth is already showing itself and we now have to research ways to answer back on at least one question as there will be no moving forward for her to see the cracks otherwise. It was g... Thu, 8 Mar 2018 00:41:21 EST Tuesday, 3/6/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And that describes my day. It was a good day. Just had moments of mega emotions and I finally crumbled tonight, but it created the need for a family meeting and we all came away closer and with a plan to rebuild some weak spots that had found their way in over time and through some events. I am feeling relief from trying to hold it all together for so long. I told them I can't do it on m... Wed, 7 Mar 2018 01:08:58 EST Monday, 3/5/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Back to the routine! Dropped Maegann off at school, ran a quick errand and then home to get Isaac moving on schoolwork. We did take a break for the vet visit and "fun lunch" before finishing up. While we watched the videos on World War 1... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ...Ellsworth practiced peace! ... Mon, 5 Mar 2018 23:08:49 EST Saturday, 3/3/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I got ditched again for Elijah! He was going to come over here to study for a few hours, but his mom said "We need to get to know Maegann better before you go over there." She was willing to go if it means she can get freedom for him to be over here once in awhile. I hesitated with my decision to say "okay" but I feel that it was the right thing to do and my spirit was calm. We hav... Sat, 3 Mar 2018 19:48:15 EST Friday, 3/2/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have had much of this day to myself and no complaints on this mini-vacation! Here's my day: <BR> <em>8</em> took a 90 min. nap (8:30 a.m.) <BR> <em>8</em> swept the rest of the house addition <BR> <em>8</em> cleaned up the kitchen <BR> <em>8</em> ran a couple quick errands <BR> <em>8</em> paid work while listening to some interesting faith videos on YouTube <BR> <em>8</em... Sat, 3 Mar 2018 01:13:43 EST Thursday, 3/1/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lots of questions in our house right now and it's a good thing as the outcome will be Maegann finding her own faith. Many discussions happening right now with a friend at school who is of the Mormon faith and I appreciate that he is willing to discuss her beliefs too. I did find Tim's books on different faiths that compare and contrast the doctrines. If you are a praying person...please p... Thu, 1 Mar 2018 23:38:07 EST Wednesday, 2/28/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's about 11:30 pm and finishing up Survivor before sleep. My day was mostly transporting kids to different things. Here's the list: <BR> <BR> **Neuro appointment for Maegann <BR> **DMV with Maegann (she passed her written test) <BR> **lunch and then taking her to school <BR> **Isaac to school for his final basketball game <BR> **took Maegann for her driving skills test (another pass) <... Thu, 1 Mar 2018 01:26:17 EST Tuesday, 2/27/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I keep this thought close when discussions happen regarding different beliefs than mine. We are currently having discussions with Maegann about different faith beliefs as she is making friends at school. Never with the goal of "ignore this person", but rather just to understand them a little better. <BR> <BR> This morning was a bit rough around the edges as Isaac was in "annoy everyone" ... Tue, 27 Feb 2018 13:44:50 EST Monday, 2/26/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The snow this morning was beautiful, but I believe the snow-blown sidewalk and driveway were just as beautiful. LOL Nice having all of that off and melted without any effort! The drive to take Maegann to school was slow going as there was so much ice as the snow had started to melt and then the temperature dropped. <BR> <BR> Once home it was time for school with Isaac and other than math... Mon, 26 Feb 2018 19:34:23 EST Sunday, 2/25/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am thankful that my headache has subsided quite a bit and I do need to take a break from reading (aka Sparking) soon as it is causing eye strain from the inflammation. Between ibuprofen, saline spray and essential oils (Breathe, Wintergreen, Deep Blue & Past Tense) I think I'll survive today. <BR> <img src=" Sun, 25 Feb 2018 17:32:58 EST Saturday, 2/24/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Woke up today with the same headache and it has not eased yet. Trying everything I can to combat it, but the minute I get up to do anything the pain increases for awhile. Had Tim massage my shoulders and everything is very tight and inflamed so I've been sitting with the heating pad off and on tonight. <BR> <BR> This morning I got busy and prepped meals for several meals. Then I sp... Sun, 25 Feb 2018 00:08:12 EST Friday, 2/23/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Other than a headache (either from eye strain or sinuses) and the usual sore knee/foot combo, I had a good day. Here's the breakdown: <BR> <BR> <em>150</em> school with Isaac <BR> <em>433</em> dropped Isaac off with Patrick & then went to the DMV for a handbook <BR> <em>790</em> organized the frig/freezer & cleaned up the kitchen from breakfast <BR> <em>102</em> took a na... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:50:23 EST Thursday, 2/22/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A lesson we've been trying to teach Isaac in his dealings with the basketball team. He is living in the negative and it shows clearly at game time when you know that's where his head is at each day. I am glad this season is about over as it has been brutal due to his negativity which basically stems from "self". Not going the way he envisioned it so it isn't positive. Only two more games... Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:16:25 EST Wednesday, 2/21/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I got my quiet day!!!!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dropped Isaac off at 10 this morning and he didn't return home until about 1. I expected him about 11:30. I just kept working and taking advantage of the total quiet. I got my PT exercises done first and then dug into the receipts/bills and paid work. ... Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:32:07 EST Tuesday, 2/20/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My day didn't completely go as hoped, but lots of good came out of it other than a very sore knee and foot due to the lack of getting my PT exercises done again today. That is now scheduled for about 10:15 tomorrow morning after I get back from dropping Isaac off at the church for time with Patrick. <BR> <BR> After making pancakes for breakfast it was time for Isaac's schoolwork. Wh... Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:52:17 EST Monday, 2/19/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was one of those days that seemed like it would never end even though all was fine. A busy day too. <BR> <em>338</em> errand to get dog food <BR> <em>214</em> bought flowers for Maegann's birthday eve <BR> <em>150</em> school with Isaac <BR> <em>433</em> errands with Maegann <BR> <em>198</em> had to come back by the house as Isaac was in a panic about the dog <BR... Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:28:27 EST Sunday, 2/18/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A good morning of worship and a new sermon series has begun. This is how it began: <BR> <link><BR>zaQ6i8A </link> . Marvin Gaye's version of the National Anthem. Purpose: To look or do something in a different way than usual. <BR> <BR> This afternoon I've been listening to Maegann read more of "Night" and she got through the sections needed f... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 17:20:19 EST Saturday, 2/17/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Got to sleep in this morning until 9 although I did wake up at the usual time first. Thankfully I got back to sleep without any problem! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After breakfast it was time to hit the grocery store before the rest of the world go there. It took me longer than usual just because of this... Sat, 17 Feb 2018 17:58:40 EST Friday, 2/16/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've had another quiet day. School with Isaac and then got two client plans submitted for approval and cleaned up the kitchen. <BR> <BR> I picked Maegann up early from school in hopes of getting her written driving test finished up. We made it to the clerk with one minute to spare after waiting for almost an hour in line. She almost turned us away, but then just processed her for t... Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:15:11 EST Thursday, 2/15/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was a very quiet day. I had four hours to myself this morning and got 3 loads of laundry done, veggie soup created, cleaned up the kitchen and then did some paid work. After lunch (bbq'd chili cheese dogs for Isaac) I did more paid work and I think I have this plan re-write ready for edits. Going to look at it one more time in the morning. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be school wi... Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:49:19 EST Wednesday, 2/14/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Results from the hearing test this morning: no issues. The technician told us that Maegann might benefit from the next test which is auditory processing so we scheduled that in March. <BR> <BR> After I dropped Maegann off at school I headed to the grocery store and then home. Thankfully Isaac was up and had cleared the kitchen counter and finished his schoolwork. Wasn't the best e... Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:18:40 EST Tuesday, 2/13/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am finally on the sofa watching the Men's Half-Pipe while Sparking. Today was another quiet one, but I got things done too. Here's the list: <BR> <em>150</em> school with Isaac <BR> <em>320</em> PT exercises (Isaac was with Patrick) <BR> <em>528</em> receipts and bills updated <BR> <em>579</em> put supper together and in the oven <BR> <em>542</em> swept the floors <B... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:40:42 EST Monday, 2/12/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I had a good day. School and fun lunch with Isaac, PT exercises and paid work. I did keep Isaac home from basketball as his cold was worse today and knew six hours (away game in Oregon) would set him back. Once Maegann was home we ran a few errands and then it was time to get the steaks ready to barbecue and make a salad. <BR> <BR> Tonight we tried to watch Olympic coverage, but tu... Mon, 12 Feb 2018 23:06:51 EST Sunday, 2/11/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The right decision was made this morning to have Isaac stay home. He's still coughing so much and not feeling that great. I worry that the cough is too deep already so expectorant will be the deal tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Church was good and Steve closed out his Created for Intimacy series. Next week we begin the Lenten season. Wasn't it just Christmas? <BR> <BR> My afternoon was watc... Sun, 11 Feb 2018 21:07:47 EST Saturday, 2/10/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of those was celebrated this afternoon. The service for Curt was done so nicely and had everyone tearing up and laughing. Many memories shared by his boys and through a video show that must have been 10+ minutes long. Truly showed the caring friend and family man he was to many and his main belief on this earth was to live each day as if you would always be living. <BR> <BR> We saw m... Sat, 10 Feb 2018 23:56:08 EST Friday, 2/9/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning I went to the grocery store, ATM and post office after dropping Maegann off at school. After breakfast I worked with Isaac on his school lessons and then we went to the chiropractor's office to pick up some supplements for Tim. After the science video and a 30 minute nap for me, I had time to get one plan submitted for approval before it was time to take Isaac to basketb... Sat, 10 Feb 2018 00:15:44 EST Thursday, 2/8/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was the calmest day I've had in several weeks. I had the place to myself all morning so chose to get my PT exercises done first. I actually fell asleep during the icing phase. After that I cleaned up the kitchen, got all my phone calls made (medical appointments, meds) and then worked on receipts and bills. A quiet day at a slow pace. Much needed. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is gro... Thu, 8 Feb 2018 23:10:32 EST Wednesday, 2/718 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Feels so good to be able to write that this has been a great day from start to finish. Here's the rundown: <BR> <BR> <em>150</em> School with Isaac <BR> <em>102</em> Nap <BR> <em>528</em> Paid Work <BR> <em>299</em> Taxi to/from basketball <BR> <BR> The coach did allow Isaac to start the 2nd half. Guess he saw a huge change (so have I) and he rewarded it. Definite boos... Wed, 7 Feb 2018 23:46:36 EST Tuesday, 2/6/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> And the saga continues.... Isaac headed to practice with his uniforms in hand to return. He said the coach told him to hang onto them until after practice. Isaac asked which team he wanted him to practice with and the coach told him "the A team". He then went and apologized to all the players of that team for his behavior and then they got down to work. End of practice the coach t... Tue, 6 Feb 2018 22:22:38 EST Monday, 2/5/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The day was quiet and going so smoothly and then the phone call came from Isaac's coach. He was letting me know they were on their way back from the game and that he needed to talk with me tonight. Lots of negatives happened before the game and during--even towards the coach. All I can say is Isaac is lucky that this coach offers grace and forgiveness. I was disappointed that Isaac... Mon, 5 Feb 2018 22:18:46 EST Superbowl Sunday 2/4/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A great time of worship this morning and then home for the day. After lunch I did some paid work until game time. Neither team playing is one of "my" favorites, but I'm definitely rooting for the underdog...Eagles. They are playing well and giving Patriots a tough fight! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I will stop at the grocery store for a few items after dropping Maegann off at school. Then ... Sun, 4 Feb 2018 21:08:07 EST Saturday, 2/3/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And that is how Curt lived his days here on earth. The joy that is coming. We received the news this morning that he had passed about 10 Friday night with his family around him and his favorite Christian music playing. For all the pain, all the tests and all the procedures he endured over four years time with his cancer, what shown through was his joy for his family and his Savior. Tim s... Sun, 4 Feb 2018 00:16:25 EST Friday, 2/2/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I truly believe that the fatigue and stress of being the parent of a child with autism is at times put into attack mode by the enemy. Tonight is one of those for sure. A negative social behavior that repeats itself time and time again. NOT going to win evil one! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The morning w... Sat, 3 Feb 2018 00:34:49 EST Thursday, 2/1/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a message I am trying to get Isaac to understand in regards to the coach situation. He is just sticking with "I'm right" and not really giving the coach a chance. Knowing that Isaac often hears a word and misses many more and then forms an opinion about what he heard and/or is the only one from a group who sees a situation differently makes me think this is at the root, but t... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 22:08:18 EST Wednesday, 1/31/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was better overall, but Isaac is still holding onto "I'm right." firmly. I had a good conversation with the basketball coach and got a completely different version of the discussion the two of them had on Tuesday. If what the coach says is true then it all hinges on Isaac being unhappy that he doesn't get enough game time. I saw a difference with the coaches today at the game ... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 00:16:22 EST Tuesday, 1/30/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a scripture that I've been discussing with Isaac this evening as we are in the middle of the need to be kind, etc., to one who is being hurtful. I told him I needed this on a shirt to wear to the game tomorrow.... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The coach of the "A" team was verbally unkind with Isaac at practice ... Tue, 30 Jan 2018 23:14:41 EST Monday, 1/29/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> So ready to get to Tuesday as I will not need to sleep the day away. Sunday night was not kind in that regard thanks to Patches the hamster and the rogue mouse who is very good at avoiding the snap trap. Patches was very noisy remodeling his cage (he's a nut) and the mouse that has taken up residence behind the washer/dryer (utility room is the temporary master bedroom) and last nigh... Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:41:17 EST Sunday, 1/28/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another very quiet day. Church, lunch, entered receipts and then got three plans started. That will sure save time once I get the info from the families! While I did that Tim was packing things for his work trip, Maegann was cleaning hamster and rat cages and Isaac was over at Nate's. Tonight we watching "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers". <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I will drop Tim off abo... Sun, 28 Jan 2018 22:17:13 EST Saturday, 1/27/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Spent a cloudy day that brought some snow and some rain off and on inside getting paid work accomplished. I did get my PT exercises done first thing and then since both kids were occupied and Tim was rewiring the kitchen, I chose paid work. All the "little" odds and ends are now done that I started on yesterday. RELIEF. I then got one plan draft off for client review and another on... Sat, 27 Jan 2018 21:21:05 EST