DUSTYPRAIRIE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DUSTYPRAIRIE DUSTYPRAIRIE'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/ it does rain in Southern California http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934234 So far it has rained either day, night, or a little of both since I got here. no matter, it's not hot! perfect weather to rest up for the couple of hectic days ahead! Mon, 25 May 2015 22:13:48 EST I brought raim! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932646 (stuck key - please bear with me) <BR> <BR> I had a fabulous flight to Cali. Durimg my first might here I woke up to the soumd of raim hittimg the wimdows. So relaximg. Whoever asked me to brimg raim to Cali - I did some durimg the might amd a little more the mext a.m! <BR> <BR> Two of the gramds figured out I was comimg but 2 were surprised. it was a happy reumiom. <BR> <BR> I got here just im time to see the 4th graders class play. it was amazimg! Everyome participated im 1 way or t... Fri, 22 May 2015 17:00:43 EST One More Sleep and I'm Off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930638 Tomorrow is the big day. I''ll be flying out of Denver to sunny California. Only grown-ups know of my plans. What a fun surprise for the grands! <BR> <BR> The only thing I have left to do is pack and make a fabulous dinner for dh & I this evening. Due to circumstances he won't be along with me on the trip so this needs to be a special evening. <BR> <BR> it's pouring here as a hearty storm system is passing through. While my "me time" is working in the garden it looks like that is not g... Tue, 19 May 2015 08:01:30 EST Hectic Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930061 I have been cooking, freezing and canning for the past 3 days. i'll be leaving for dgs's hs graduation on Wednesday. All the produce needs to be dealt with. At least the canning is done but there are still a few freezer meals to prepare. <BR> <BR> dh will be on a short trip of his own so I have to make arrangements to have the animals taken care of and get self watering systems in the garden. <BR> <BR> It will be crazy a dd's home. She has sold her house and will be moving just a few da... Mon, 18 May 2015 09:42:34 EST Trying to be, and stay positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918676 I connected with someone from my past this afternoon. never did I expect to find out friends had passed on. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:44:05 EST Get Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908847 Have you been feeling pain, down or had some serious symptoms you've tried to put aside? <BR> <BR> A family member had this happen recently. he put off going to get physical help which led to emotional downfall. he was literally at the edge and somehow felt he deserved it. he could no longer work - something he did from a pre-teen. it took it's toll. <BR> <BR> There are folks that care about you. There are so many here at sp that care even though they don't know you personally. <BR> <... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:03:56 EST Thinking of So Many Spark Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907806 There are so many folks I'd love to say hello to and thank for their support and encouragement. Some aren't on SP anymore and one passed. Everyone has had some sort of impact on my life. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>41</em> <em>304</em> <em>244</em> <em>247</em> Wed, 8 Apr 2015 15:14:43 EST Off and....crawling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905473 I'm trying to get in exercise even 5 minutes at a time trying to build back strength. Getting my 8 glasses of water is no problem because liquids are a key to recovery in this household. <BR> <BR> We have an unusual Eater meal planned - stuffed jumbo shrimp. Easter is usually my special lamb, my annual treat. Trying to find it around here, let alone at a sale price is a feat in itself. It works out considering dh and my energy levels. So quick and easy and special! <BR> <BR> dh doesn'... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 19:03:40 EST Ready, Willing and Able http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904622 For the spring 5% challenge I will start off a little turtle-like as I get over this respiratory infection. That's ok. There are <em>134</em> <em>134</em> , <em>172</em> <em>172</em> , and some in between. <BR> <BR> The important thing is committing to ourselves and helping others help themselves once they have committed. <BR> <BR> I am convinced this particular challenge is going to bring me through things I never expected. I have already made friends with many members of m... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 07:47:20 EST Delays Far & Near http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903701 On the way to the doc's yesterday our car had mechanical problems. We ended up missing ou doc appnts. This upset me because the quicker we heal the quicker we can visit with my brother. He needs us. I have to believe the situation is in God's hands. <BR> <BR> db's surgery was postponed until this morning. This is the 3rd postponement since Saturday. Again, it's all in God's hands. <BR> <BR> The hospital will only tell us "he's not in his room". That can mean in the recovery room. Th... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 17:17:18 EST Tuesday of a Strange Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902851 Yesterday my db was due for open heart surgery. All I know is he is in a hospital in Utah, assumably unable to communicate. While nothing in comparison, dh & I are fighting a respiratory challenge and feel like we're living in a balloon. <BR> <BR> Today doc appnt's and a round of antibiotics, we hope. As soon as we are not contagious we'll have details on when and where we visit him in the coming month. <BR> <BR> Continued prayers are welcome. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:50:20 EST Strategize http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901096 In preparation for the Spring 2015 5% Spring Challenge this blog comes with honesty with myself and soul-searching. <BR> <BR> 1. List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past. <BR> <BR> This past winter was sedentary most of the time. Some was genuine due to medical issues, some was just plain laziness and lack of motivation. Some personal circumstances were excuses not to pay daily attention and denying that I was he... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:02:35 EST Illness Interferes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900039 Cold and allergy season. What started as a head cold advanced to a horrible cough and chest cold. I tried herbal solutions including teas and topical meds, steam and menthol rubs. <BR> <BR> it is hard to get into exercise when I end up coughing the more I exert myself. The spring 5% challenge starts 4 April. I hope to be ready. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:46:24 EST A Jump on Spring Cleaning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894434 These past few weeks I have taken charge of my home instead of the other way around Each day I work on one or two projects, pecking away at them as the day, and sometimes middle of the night, wear on. <BR> <BR> Some areas even got a deep clean. When my new vacuum arrives in a few days things will be even better. I can clean up the messes I made i.e. dust and those little bits of paper and dust balls that find their way under and behind furnishings. <BR> <BR> <em>126</em> Spring, you ... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:42:27 EST A Wonderful Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890967 Yesterday I had one of those much needed days when things just went right from the time I got up to the time I went to bed. <BR> <BR> The highlight of my day was being blessed meeting up with a dear friend. We went to a buffet and chatted. Lunch hour came and went. There weren't very many patrons. Otherwise we wouldn't have spent 3 hours chatting! And that didn't include in front of the restaurant or in the parking lot! <BR> <BR> We all need those days. <em>104</em> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 08:52:31 EST A Wonderful Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890966 Yesterday I had one of those much needed days when things just went right from the time I got up to the time I went to bed. <BR> <BR> The highlight of my day was being blessed meeting up with a dear friend. We went to a buffet and chatted. Lunch hour came and went. There weren't very many patrons. Otherwise we wouldn't have spent 3 hours chatting! And that didn't include in front of the restaurant or in the parking lot! <BR> <BR> We all need those days. <em>104</em> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 08:52:07 EST A Wonderful Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890963 Yesterday I had one of those much needed days when things just went right from the time I got up to the time I went to bed. <BR> <BR> The highlight of my day was being blessed meeting up with a dear friend. We went to a buffet and chatted. Lunch hour came and went. There weren't very many patrons. Otherwise we wouldn't have spent 3 hours chatting! And that didn't include in front of the restaurant or in the parking lot! <BR> <BR> We all need those days. <em>104</em> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 08:50:17 EST A Little Space http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889189 I have had some time on my hands. During the past week I worked in short spaces of time towards some goals at home. Things that were overwhelming to me got chopped into little, achievable bits. While it may not look like it to someone who came into my home, I know I have come a long way. <BR> <BR> In the process I am learning that baby steps apply to many areas of life. In taking the time to do it this way I am more relaxed, my mind is clearer, and at every task accomplished there is an a... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 12:03:18 EST A Little Space http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889188 I have had some time on my hands. During the past week I worked in short spaces of time towards some goals at home. Things that were overwhelming to me got chopped into little, achievable bits. While it may not look like it to someone who came into my home, I know I have come a long way. <BR> <BR> In the process I am learning that baby steps apply to many areas of life. In taking the time to do it this way I am more relaxed, my mind is clearer, and at every task accomplished there is an a... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 12:03:18 EST Change is in the Air http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882976 Ever feel like something significant is about to happen? That's me today. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:26:38 EST Shiney Snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882463 We're between snow squalls. right now the snow is meling from the bottom and top. The sun is shining which makes that melting top layer shimmer and shine. So beautiful. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:51:09 EST Comfort Food Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879736 Tonight I plan to serve a chicken, sweet potato soup. It's a comfort food but oh, so healthy. <BR> <BR> I have to be careful with my portion sizes. Comfort foods are so easy to indulge in. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 06:01:26 EST The Weather Roller Coaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878692 <em>67</em> <em>259</em> We still on the weather roller-coaster, as is much of the country. 75o today, sunny and just gorgeous. <BR> <BR> Don't be jealous. The meteorologist just informed us that my area is in the bulls-eye of the coming weekend storm. By Monday night we should be under 2 feet of snow. <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> There is also supposed to be high winds. <BR> Run over the emergency list (reminding self) Meds, water, animal food, people food, ... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:34:30 EST My Newest Grand Arrived! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874965 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1707838484.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The newest member of my family tree arrived in the wee hours of the morning yesterday. This picture is of Shawn and his daddy, my son. I am so excited! <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:41:37 EST Snail Mail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868390 I am proud to say that I am forming the habit of getting letters and cards in the mail to family and friends. <em>104</em> Folks appreciate the personal touch. <BR> <BR> Some will be shocked to know I do not text unless I'm at an airport. I will do the occasional IM. There's something to be said about living in the last century. Tue, 3 Feb 2015 05:28:53 EST Crazy with Avacados http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867700 <em>376</em> This week avacados are on sale for 49c each. For you all on the west coast that is not impressive, but here it is. I bought 8, dh 2. The avacados went from "eat today" to rock hard. <BR> <BR> The first couple were additions in salads and sandwiches. Wonderful! <BR> <BR> Two were intended for our Superbowl salad. Saturday night they still weren't quite ripe. Sunday - yes! They were ready. The guac was tasty! <BR> <BR> Here's the crazy. ALL of them suddenly became ... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 08:29:03 EST Giving ourselves permission.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867015 ... to eat healthy portions, no matter what the food. <BR> <BR> It's Superbowl Sunday. So many folks have given themselves permission to indulge. The better word is be a food gluten. It's become tradition. I heard one talk show hostess say that calories don't count today. Too many of us have that mentality. <BR> <BR> dh & I have a plan. Nacho salad, the nacho chips being the indulgence. We will stick to one portion. The salad will be topped with fresh salsa (home-made), avocado, let... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:06:18 EST Rainbow Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865784 Today is produce stock-up day. purple eggplant, red tomatoes, orange/yellow/green citrus, yellow bananas, greens. Can't leave green avacados off the list. That's just some of my list! <BR> <BR> Brown rice is on sale for 69c a pound. I'm bringing a big zipper bag with me. I am shocked I ran out of rice! <BR> <BR> Wish me great bargains! <BR> <BR> <em>265</em> <em>277</em> <em>284</em> <em>485</em> <em>267</em> <em>258</em> <em>370</em> <em>372</em> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:04:17 EST Team Effort http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863721 dh decided to take charge of the clutter in the parlor. I was overwhelmed. he put stuff out on the porch and laid a new rug. I am in the process of sorting it all. <BR> <BR> The house already feels larger! Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:35:42 EST Towel Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856869 SP has a great towel workout. Going out-of-town this is convenient at hotels and no equipment to lug around. <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp<BR>?post=the_towel_workout_makes_toning_easy <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Jan 2015 05:00:06 EST BPA Free Utensils http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856186 I got it in my head to make sure my cooking utensils are BPA free. That spurred dh on to check them out. He loves shopping more than I do. He was not happy with the pricing but agrees it's an important step to our health to replace our current items. <BR> <BR> If anyone knows of a place that carries them we'd be appreciative to have your recommendations. Quality products make a big difference! <BR> <BR> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 04:36:18 EST Simple Blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854984 it's still early but so many things have already blessed me. <BR> <BR> Watching the puppy play with the peanut butter container. he never actually bit the plastic (I watched to make sure) but exercised his tongue getting every last tiny bit. <BR> <BR> opening the icebox to see that dh had put away last night's leftovers. <BR> <BR> The sunrise - it was gorgeous. <BR> <BR> puttering in the kitchen. I got to prep the fresh produce. Sauce is already made for eggplant parm! The aroma is ... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:47:53 EST i am so thankful.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823736 ... I get to celebrate this day with my hubby. he's been out-of-state during the past couple of years. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:58:45 EST Stew night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818138 lots of veggies and a little elk. It's so durned cold again. <em>550</em> hope y'all are staying warm. <BR> <BR> <em>298</em> Exercising my imagination thinking beach! Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:13:38 EST exercise with Leslie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817086 I haven't been walking outside so put on a Leslie Sansone dvd for exercise. 5 fast miles. oh my. it was hard for me to get through mile one. I did it, though, and went on to mile two, then three, then four. just one more to go so I did. <BR> <BR> I'm a bit sore this morning but have that great feeling of achievement. I even worked one of the miles with the band. Would you believe it snapped in half? I think the cold weakened it. Time for another! Sat, 15 Nov 2014 06:07:09 EST If shivering burns calories.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815988 .... I'd be skinny as a rail. it was negative two when I got up this morning. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking shepherd's pie for dinner. i'll make it as healthy as I can with what I have on hand. I don't plan to drive to town in this weather so the taters will be real (not those wonderful faux ones made with cauliflower) Comfort food! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:34:08 EST Seasonal Adjustments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812421 We've been blessed with mild temps here in southern Colorado. in fact, up until yesterday I still had tomatoes on the vine, albeit green ones. <BR> <BR> Soups are on! They can be my downfall as they simmer in the slow cooker. In keeping with the South Beach plan they are even healthier than last year's so it's ok to "taste". <BR> <BR> Earlier this week it was lentil soup. it was served for dinner and a hit. I had planned on some soup lunches. It was a surprise to find hubby had take... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 08:06:02 EST Change in Diet - Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762021 Turns out not only do I have low sodium levels, I have low sugar levels. <BR> <BR> The new menu is a bit of a trick. While the plan is similar to a diabetic one, there are some differences. So I am the opposite of hubby. <BR> <BR> The good news - I get to eat grahm crackers again! And pickled things! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:12:11 EST CQ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736656 Hubby is in the army reserves. He's doing annual training for the month of July. Last night, for the first time in about 13 years, he pulled CQ (charge of quarters). It's a 24 hour duty. <BR> <BR> How strange for me. I've seen him through deployments, off to schools and other annual training out-of-state. CQ, though, is something he hasn't done since he was regular army. It was strange having the house to myself for just one night. He said I should be happy it is only one night. To ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:48:32 EST New Class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736242 I'm trying to keep balance in my life. I know the spiritual aspect is out of sync. The physical is getting better. My spirits are better, partially because the new meds seem to be working. <BR> <BR> I guess the mental part to work on is learning to cane. So far I am at the very basic. I am cleaning a very old chair and prepping it for next week's class. Then I will actually start the process of caning. <BR> <BR> That's my progress report so far for July. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:33:01 EST So Many Blessings on Friday the 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717376 Things have been falling into place today. It's amazing! <BR> <BR> During break of line dance class I signed up for a chair caning class. <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> I made it through the entire dance class. I can even do two of several fairly well now. That makes them all the more fun! <BR> <BR> Off to an errand for dh I spotted a sign for a yard sale. The lady gave me a whole bunch of lilac starts! Free! <BR> <BR> Of to Fort Carson to get rid of recycles. Then to the commissary. ... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:07:35 EST A Box Full of Kisses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714795 <BR> A Box Full of Kisses <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The story goes that some time ago, a man punished his 3-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and he became infuriated when the child tried to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree. Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to her father the next morning and said, "This is for you, Daddy." <BR> <BR> The man was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, but his anger flared again when he foun... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 08:54:08 EST A Life-Changing Revalation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713329 Yesterday I went to an expo for seniors, caretakers and family members. I now fit into the senior category at 56 (still tying to get used to that). <BR> <BR> I brought home lots of useful goodies and info. The most important thing was getting a hearing test. The tech said I had perfect hearing. I told him what was going on - words seemed too fast for me to understand, I felt like I wasn't hearing it all. He said he wanted to try something else. He ran some more tests. <BR> <BR> Tur... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 09:35:44 EST Health Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711142 The fire the other day made my blood pressure soar. I was checking my bp every few hours. Yesterday morning I had a doc appnt. I got there 2 hours early. I figured if something happened that would be a good place to be. How, I don't know. <BR> <BR> By the time I got up the stairs into the office I thought I was going to pass out. The nurse took my vitals. Would you believe my bp was low? Of course that can be a bad thing, too. <BR> <BR> There was a huge fluctuation from the night be... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 09:19:02 EST Fire too close to home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709956 What an afternoon. The winds picked up as the temp went up. Next thing I know there were all kinds of emergency vehicles racing down the street. The were heading in the direction of the fire station, though. <BR> <BR> Turns out it was a grass fire just a few miles away. The wind was blowing it in my direction. Scary, scary. <BR> <BR> The wind direction changed blowing it away. The confusing crawlers on the local news gave conflicting coordinates of the fire. Then they said evacuation... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 19:00:10 EST Puppy Antics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709015 Sorry but I have not learned how to get pics out of my cell onto here. Hope you have a good imagination as I tell you what got me to laughing hard this morning. <BR> <BR> The puppy loves the border collie. She is very tolerant of him. She puts up with a lot. <BR> <BR> This morning the puppy locked his teeth into her tail. She decided to walk away from him. How funny to see him hanging off her tail being dragged out of the room. Mon, 2 Jun 2014 14:29:09 EST Feeling Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704366 Finally, a clear head. Still a little weak but getting into a routine. I have no choice with the new puppy. <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the encouraging words. <em>134</em> Tue, 27 May 2014 12:39:08 EST Puppy Naps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702091 <em>338</em> It's like having a newborn in our house with the arrival of Cocoa. He's a mix and looks like a short-haired guinea pig when he sleeps. Adorable as can be! <BR> <BR> What a lot of work they are. Most of our dogs were older when we got them and were potty trained. Getting up with this 6 week old every 2 - 3 hours is work! <BR> <BR> I plan to train him with the clicker method. I've never done that before. I'd love to hear your experiences using that method. <BR> <BR> He... Sat, 24 May 2014 11:30:32 EST Happy Memorial Day Weekend!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701337 <em>652</em> Thank you to all the vets and families who help keep freedom a "norm". <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 23 May 2014 09:10:20 EST Balloon Head http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699721 That's me today. The question is, allergies or a spring cold? <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> A good day to try out the new hammock. Wed, 21 May 2014 06:45:17 EST