FLORIDAGHOST's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FLORIDAGHOST FLORIDAGHOST'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/ What I've learned today! The expensive way isn't the best way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205014 My doctor, the one I'm not happy with, sent me to a blood doctor at a cancer center. I went and spent a $50.00 copay, that I really didn't have, but needed to get his opinion. Before he did anything, he went over the records she had sent to him. He looked at all of it, highlighted a bunch of it and then looked at me and said, "Your hemoglobin is 11.5. Normal is 12 - 14. You're off by 1/2 point, which is nothing to be worried about. It could be anything that lowered it temporarily. How ... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:35:05 EST Blog #3 for week starting 07.10.16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201050 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a8aa1b2-ee27-4742-83fb-61cd13e90138.jpg"> <BR> This is the Northhead light at the mouth of the Columbia River. I'm from Washington, grew up seeing the Columbia wind Northward along the I-5 Corridor for a mile or so and never even knew it was the Columbia. At the point I am talking about, the river is only about the length of a oil tanker, but because the banks are fat with green grasses and the river itself is very slow and lazy looking, it ... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:44:24 EST Blog #2 for week starting 07.10.16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200602 <BR> <BR> I can't believe I've been doing blogs, trying for 3 a week right now, but due to a "badge" I want to win from the 5% Summer Challenge "Shooting Stars Team" (Go Team!), but I'm doing this. There's proof that practice makes perfect on just about, if not everything, you do. <BR> <BR> I've been working to sit up straight at all times. Slouching looks horrid, plus your lungs can't get enough air in them and you can get pneumonia easier by not getting air down into the depths of yo... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 21:07:01 EST Blog #1 for week starting 07.10.16 5% Summer Challenge 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199186 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/45031009-fda9-475a-9e09-73f35938fbd2.jpg"> FLORIDAGHOST coming out of the storm into the new day full of life and fun! <BR> <BR> Hello, My Friends! <BR> <BR> So going to the doctor turned out to be pretty good because I kept pushing. Now I find that I have only 1 nasty bacteria growing for a UTI instead of two. However, this nasty thing apparently grows stones. Going to be taking Cipro for a week as soon as the pharmacist calls me. But t... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:06:11 EST Blog #3 for the week starting 07.03.16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197406 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee541585-92ce-4ca1-a956-364f1ce0a432.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> 07.09.16 Saturday! <BR> <BR> Went to the doctor yesterday. Bad news first; I am diabetic with a A1c at 7.3 (has to be under 6.9 or less). So that means, even though it was a great week weight-loss wise, it wasn't good enough. I am not giving up! I will keep going with my lifestyle, even though she gave me a diet plan that has so many carbs in it I just about choked and I told her that ... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 08:20:59 EST My Weight loss on the Summer 5% Challenge 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196420 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a38a169f-9444-4c85-9b96-0ee82fcbfe01.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I talked about some of my growth, mentally - not physically, and today I want to...let's face it! BRAG! about my weight loss this week. <BR> <BR> I am down 4 pounds! That is a great jump for me in 2 days! Normally, I figure one pound is something to sing about, but this morning, I nearly started doing my "Snoopy Dance," which includes jumping up and down. My scale would not ... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 10:57:27 EST 5% Summer Challenge 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195920 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e01ba9a5-e5d2-4c52-8113-d820f20d69c1.jpeg"> Dizzying! Absolutely Dizzying! <BR> <BR> First, I went to Connecticut for a week to the family's wedding of the century (so far), 3 weeks ago.. It was a great wedding. Done well, Fun to be with everyone, etc. Since there was food in front of us at all times, we ate, nearly at all times. Somehow, I did not gain as much as I thought I would. I must have put the breaks on a few times. But I fee... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 13:34:42 EST Stairs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185115 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/59c1843c-0739-4611-8d1f-eda684c6df87.jpeg"> I hate stairs! But then, I love stairs. Stairs help you change levels and create challenges. Some staircases are beautiful, while others are ugly and only functional. Stairs can cause you pain or inspire you to new and higher levels far beyond your dreams. <BR> <BR> I spent the last two weeks at my sister-in-laws house. It's a beautiful multi-level house, which includes stairs all over the pl... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 10:32:33 EST Long Days Ahead! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046914 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b8ca0f9b-ee62-4cff-a742-433a23fddc4c.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> This week is going to be a bear for me. I've got two jobs this week, one continuing (and a 30 hour week for it - unprecedented) plus a new one just starting (with Training). <BR> <BR> My husband has a long week also and our calendar, together, looks like the biggest rat race of all time. It's a little hard to tell who is where and when. <BR> <BR> However, this all means one thing (w... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 15:26:41 EST Another Day To Be Positive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046006 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c86fe2bf-dba9-4eb2-b266-b9ada30d78a9.jpe"> Crystal loved the snow. She happened to live in Seattle, which rarely had snow for Christmas, but it usually snowed on Thanksgiving day, pretty much as soon as she put the turkey in the oven. It only frustrated her because she wanted to forget the turkey and go play in the snow. She wanted the snow all the way to the new year, then it could melt or get washed away by the usual rain, she didn't care... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 16:33:11 EST Santa's Already Stopped at My House! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6045349 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/33d8ac8c-97f9-45e4-b19a-e6df5df49c65.jpe"> <BR> <BR> I got a new job and I'll be starting it soon. I'm going to be working as a receptionist in a hair Salon. It's part-time for now, but the young lady that is currently there is going to cosmetology school and so when she graduates, she may quit the front desk to work at one of the chairs in the back, then I might be able to work full-time if I want it. It's a great little job, pays more tha... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 10:47:10 EST Another day away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6045011 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f1ad4743-8f5d-425e-966c-0c2b95b4655c.jpe"> Sometimes, I feel like I have spent the day literally refueling someone else's fire while mine burns lower and lower, attended and forgotten. However, I'm in there trying to throw some fuel on my own fire, so I can refuel the other fires I'm working on, too. <BR> <BR> It comes to the end of the day, and while my fire is burning low, I realize it is ripe for cooking on while all the other fires I ten... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 17:59:47 EST It's Almost Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043291 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/27d7e401-0952-435e-ab04-96cd9b0c2fa3.jpe"> <BR> I've been working like crazy lately. Crazy to get the Christmas decorations up before New Years Day. Crazy trying to find a job that pays, and gives me enough hours to make it worth going to work there. Crazy trying to learn new things. <BR> <BR> I'm tired, but there's a million things to do. No worry. I'll get them done because I can't sit still, which means it's time to get going again. N... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 14:53:33 EST Grains and Me Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009903 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b998a856-7f06-464a-9bae-07818ebd5636.jpe"> I know SP says kicking out food altogether is a recipe for disaster, but when it hurts you to eat it, I'm not eating it! What's the point! And I think SP would agree with that. <BR> <BR> Today is my first day without bread. Of course, the day is not done, but I am determined (more than yesterday) and I am not craving it as much as I was. Wish I knew the reason for that - I'd incorporate it into m... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 17:09:26 EST Changes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001842 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/519851bf-4f1a-4f5c-9523-d29aedb0788f.jpeg"> The changes to my journey! <BR> <BR> I have discovered a few things about myself recently. I am changing, not just working at it but I've actually seen a change in my habits, and my attitude (for lack of a better word) in my mindset on what I will automatically go to. The Junk-Food Junkie is pretty weak these days and while I wish I could say that me is dead and gone, I won't be that brave yet. B... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 03:54:16 EST Today! 09.03.15! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990261 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/03f8408e-ee5a-4a91-bf49-89acdbd0c24a.jpg"> <BR> Today, I'm feeling great! I'm actually chasing points on SP for a change. I've tracked my food so far today, something unusual for me - never could seem to get it onto SP, but I changed from logging it into my computer journal and put it on SP instead. My computer journal helps in a different way than SP Food tracker. I don't really need to know the calories and carbs, except the bottom line, ... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 11:50:31 EST Thank you 08.04.15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972071 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/303b59ca-d896-4411-bb1d-bb898fe34770.jpeg"> It seems like I cannot thank my friends enough! I keep trying, but never feel like I have thanked them enough. They are always with me and even though I cannot see them, I know they are there. <BR> <BR> Thank you so much. Tue, 4 Aug 2015 15:08:05 EST 07.15.15 Wednesday with the Ghost! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961284 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cb7f7532-0916-4710-97ad-92258b01a93c.jpg"> I gotta brag! Can't help it! Haven't been this "lite" in years - too many to count. <BR> <BR> I was standing on the scale to put the bath towels away. I've got 4 pounds of clothes on. Yesterday, I was 210. Today with 4 pounds of clothes on in the afternoon I am 208.5! Wow! I only have 9 more pounds to lose to fall into Onederland! I feel so good. My stomach isn't hurting, I've got a job I lov... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:26:01 EST 07.14.15 Tuesday with the Ghost! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960868 A visit with the doctor! Yuk! <BR> <BR> Went to the doctor and was told that the dizziness is normal, basically, and that he wants me to go to PT a couple of times to learn the technique for getting around the dizziness, like how to lay down and get up without the dizzy spell. I apparently am figuring that out on my own, but they have some way that they can "reset" your brain or "center" it and that's what he wants me to learn. Okay. I don't really want to spend the money on 2 visits, bu... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 20:26:14 EST 07.13.15 Monday with the Ghost! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960488 <BR> I was too tired to bother with a blog yesterday so I'm writing one now. It's 0447 Eastern time, or for those that do not understand military 24 hour time, it's 4:47 AM Eastern. I'm sitting in front of my computer, feeling like my head is slightly and slowly spinning. I should go back to bed, but I'm afraid I'd call in sick and I don't want to do that. I've a job to do at Dunkin', which no one else seems willing or capable of doing. I do it well and I'm proud of my contribution. Th... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 05:14:08 EST 07.12.15 Sunday with the Ghost! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959677 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6478a204-8b97-46fd-a48a-70756efde208.jpg"> I love this house with the lighthouse attached to it. Boy, are lighthouses a lot of work! Like most houses, there is something that needs to be done every day. I don't have a lighthouse, but sometimes this house feels like it should have a light attached to it because I am constantly cleaning it. <BR> <BR> Lately, I've been doing a lot of cleaning at Dunkin' and actually enjoying it. A restaurant... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 18:10:38 EST 07.02.15 Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955001 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a77f4452-5475-4e0d-b482-ca24b7edeeac.jpeg"> Happy July 4th! <BR> <BR> I thought I was going to have tomorrow off, but within the first half hour of work today, she asked if I would work tomorrow, same shift I worked today. I'll be home shortly after 11 AM so, "Sure," I said. got home and fund the hubby was working tomorrow, too. Since we don't go away or do a lot on 07.04, we ended up filling in for someone that wanted the day off. <BR> <... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 15:19:17 EST 07.01.15 Wednesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954055 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fc0fe43b-585e-4289-9d4f-9b00ac491b7b.jpg"> Here is where I work, 4 days a week, so far. I hope to grow into this job like never before. Today, I learned how to glaze donuts. I had other duties, too. As Restaurant Attendant, it is my job to wash the tables and chairs, align them perfectly, sweep the floor, clean the bathrooms, pickup the trash in the parking lot, and wash the tables and benches in the open air patio. I do my job quickly an... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 18:05:50 EST Last look at my Wednesday 03.11.15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891334 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2029292549.jpg"> <BR> We're never happy with what we have. <BR> <BR> My brother-in-law called and said he just looked at his phone and it said I was in 88°F weather. He wanted to know if it was sunny. We live in Florida, he lives in Connecticut. He had 44°F to my 88°. I had sun, he had grey skies. <BR> <BR> We tease them a lot. They always want to be here, I got to thinking. I would love to be in a frozen wasteland occasionally. I ... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 20:50:09 EST Last Look of the Day 03.10.15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890729 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1872720524.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am getting to a point where I realize what great friends I really have on SparkPeople. Sometimes, it only take a little blurb on a thank you post to my page that makes me so happy and makes me feel worth something and it motivates onward. It's amazing how it seems God always sends the right person along at the right time, with the right words to give me a boost. <BR> <BR> I certainly hope I can do it for my f... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 21:16:37 EST First Look of the Day 03.08.15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889256 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l805192638.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been busy cleaning 1 particular drawer in my kitchen. I emptied it and cleaned the drawer itself very well, let it dry and covered the bottom with vinyl self-sticking shelf and drawer liner. I do not usually use drawer liners, but the bottom of this drawer is ugly and I just wanted to have to work less hard to clean it on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> Then I washed the drawer organizer and dried it and put it ... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 14:00:12 EST First Look of the Day 03.06.15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887893 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1006814133.jpg"> <BR> I love St. Patrick's Day. Not really sure, except it's very green, I'm Irish, and its in March. <BR> <BR> My birthday is the 1st of March and I've always felt like March was my month. Not that I would ban anyone from enjoying March or even considering March theirs, too, but I've often wondered if people born on the 1st of any month feel like the month is theirs. <BR> <BR> It would be fun if enough people read this bl... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 04:58:22 EST Today's First Look 03.05.15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887377 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1080527409.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I am inspired by Ft Jefferson on the whole and the little lighthouse in particular. Ft. Jefferson is a fort built on a tiny rock in the Caribbean about 30 miles southwest of Key West Florida. It pretty much takes up the entire island and has it's own moat, although that escapes me, the entire Caribbean is it's moat full of sharks and other critters. But alas, it does have a moat. You can do Google Earth ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:54:58 EST The First Look! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886820 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1568195482.jpg"> <BR> I got up this morning feeling great for the first time in days. A cold knocked me down hard. <BR> <BR> Now it's gone and I'm left feeling stupendous. I looked out the window and saw the sun coming up to a clear blue sky and wondered what I was going to do with the day. Time for an outside walk! I dawned my jeans, t-shirt, socks and shoes and headed out the door to a wonderful morning returning to Florida. That n... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 10:08:28 EST Giving Thanks for the Small things! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849679 I am feeling on top of the world, not because I just made the gold run in the Olympics, but because I made a small discovery about myself and at the same time something else in my life changed to the good for at least a short time. <BR> <BR> Today, I could give thanks for the little things. It's almost like there was nothing of the big version to give thanks about so I gave thanks for the little things. Thanks that pop up in front of me with me only wishing it would happen. I know there a... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 17:41:45 EST T'was the Night After Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842246 T'was Night After Christmas! <BR> A short story <BR> <BR> Twas the night after Christmas and Santa loaded his empty toy sleigh with Mrs. Clause, all the elves, and put on the extra-long hitching reins to handle all his reindeer, including the red-nosed dude, Rudolph! He left the snowman in charge of the North Pole and turned out all the lights, locked the door, took one last look, waved at the snowman, and climbed into th... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 19:46:17 EST Something New! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840551 Today I am feeling so good, I almost can't believe it! After almost a month of not being able to hardly move due to the pain my back and left hip, I am so close to being pain free that I've gotta run and jump with the rest of the kids. Yes, I'll go slower but I'm considering myself well. <BR> <BR> So now my fitness is going up a notch, because I'm boosting it up. I'm doing 10-minute fitness times before meals, but I'm also adding 10-minutes of fitness prior to my snacks, too. Now, instea... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 11:51:24 EST My Goals for 12.26.14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838471 Tomorrow I do have some challenging goals mixed in with the everyday I am trying to make routine to the point of not having to think about it, just doing it. <BR> <BR> 1. Eat according to plan <BR> 2. Drink more water - have to take bottled water in the car tomorrow so I am not forgetting to drink it. <BR> 3. Continue to plan weeks food and grocery list <BR> 4. Give a SparkGoodie today <BR> 5. More excercise working on getting past issue with arthritis <BR> <BR> Have a great day, Everyone! Thu, 25 Dec 2014 19:25:15 EST My goals for 12.25.14 Christmas Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838106 My goals for today: <BR> 1. Send a SparkGoodie to someone Done <BR> 2. Eat as planned Done <BR> 3. Walk more than yesterday - you have to walk more, if only one more minute, but go for 5 more minutes. Done - 5 minutes more <BR> 4. Drink more water Done but struggling on 9-10 today <BR> 5. Enjoy more time with your husband Done <BR> 6. Lose some weight by working harder and eating less. ??? Monday <BR> 7. Avoid candy today - even the sugar free kind Had 2 Sugar Free pcs <BR> 8. Eat mor... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 20:32:42 EST My goals for 12.22.14 Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836808 My goals for today are: <BR> 1. Use the food tracker (big challenge for me!) Done <BR> 2. Use the fitness tracker (No challenge) Done <BR> 3. Plan my meals (No challenge) Done <BR> 4. Eat as planned (Challenging) Done <BR> 5. Walk for 10 minutes prior to each meal (challenging but required) Pain beat me out <BR> 6. Get reorganized and know where I'm going (Challenge today) Working on this <BR> 7. Work on new book Done <BR> 8. Make sure everything is set for Christmas Done <BR> 9. Get morning ... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:25:45 EST My Goals for the Week of December 15 - 22, 2015! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835025 I've decided I am going to post my goals and their status each day. This is for my own research and development on being committed this job of learning to eat and live Healthy, which is no easy task as I once thought it would be. <BR> <BR> Goals! <BR> 1. Commit to goals every day <BR> 2, Be determined to reach your goals this week! <BR> 3. Weigh on Monday 1.22.14 at 0630 <BR> 4. Follow your tested rules <BR> a. Plan your meals <BR> b. Track your food <BR> c. Make fitness your... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:06:03 EST Friday 12.12.14 TGIF! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831769 Today is Friday! <BR> <BR> We try to have fish on Friday, not because it's FRY DAY, but because F in fish goes with the F in Friday. Just makes it easier. <BR> <BR> I usually let my husband get the fish. He's good in the food hunt and I just enjoy watching him hunt it. I like watching him hunt more than I like to hunt. I'll go for shrimp every time. However, that has some inherent problems for me, like should I fry it, crust it in something, tempura it, and I think anyone can see where ... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 06:54:07 EST A Very Boring Blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827786 Yawn! Good night! <em>334</em> Thu, 4 Dec 2014 21:13:55 EST The Numbers Collector! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827061 I collect numbers. I am not a numbers cruncher! Although I have crunched many numbers in the past. Too bad numbers crunching isn't the same as exercise! I'd have the best abs around. What I found, though, is that numbers crunching is actually the opposite of crunching to great abs - is that really possible? You sit far to long crunching those numbers into some budget or bank account in order to get them all to come up where you need them, maybe not where you want them, but at least wher... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 15:39:07 EST The Numbers Collector! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827060 I collect numbers. I am not a numbers cruncher! Although I have crunched many numbers in the past. Too bad numbers crunching isn't the same as exercise! I'd have the best abs around. What I found, though, is that numbers crunching is actually the opposite of crunching to great abs - is that really possible? You sit far to long crunching those numbers into some budget or bank account in order to get them all to come up where you need them, maybe not where you want them, but at least wher... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 15:39:07 EST Sheets! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826629 Now that I have that new mattress coming, I need to go buy sheets and a mattress pad. So tomorrow, I'm off to the local store to check out the sheets. Sears told me to go online to get my correct size. I did and they want almost $100.00 for a set. Not what I saw in the store at $5.00 for a flat and $5.00 for a fitted and $5.00 for a pillowcase, not sets. Something that made me happy because I make quilts out of flat sheets and it is almost impossible to find single flats. I couldn't onl... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 21:16:00 EST What Fun?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826005 Today was a blast. I went out and bought a new mattress for my bed. I get it on the 8th or so and I can hardly wait. Currently, my pour mattress, long past due to be swapped out, is causing me nothing but problems in the joint department. <BR> <BR> Doing the testing program caused a lot of pain for my sacrum and left ilium as getting up is very painful. Laying down is much less painful. So after a few tests, I gave up. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I know I'm going to be feeling better soon. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 20:07:08 EST Happy Thanksgiving 2014! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823317 I hope all of you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving week! I am busy with all my own plans and preparations and still can't wait for the holiday to arrive! I know all of you are, too. <BR> <BR> Some of you are trying to get "Home" for Thanksgiving and it looks like the weather is going to create a stumbling block, or at least a challenge to make it home safe and sound and on time. So I am wishing each of you "holiday nomads" an uneventful, safely traveled holiday in both directions. The... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:24:55 EST Today I am striving to make the effort to reach my goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706702 I woke up this morning feeling great and almost my first thought was, This Is The Day! I almost did a Snoopy dance, I was so happy. Did I make my ultimate goal today, not yet, that's going to take awhile yet, but one thing I am doing to reach my goal is to do the daily food tracker. I have, until now, hated that thing, I could give you a book of excuses not to use it. <BR> <BR> Today, I woke up with the attitude of doing the food tracker if I didn't do anything else. Since I am an extrem... Fri, 30 May 2014 10:25:38 EST Alert: Doctor's Don't Tell You All The Facts! Dangerous Grounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691311 I wanted to let everyone know, not only were we foolish, uneducated, or misinformed, we were billed exorbitantly. <BR> <BR> My DH just had a stint put into a vein that leads to the back of his heart. Everything went well. I was there the entire time and spoke to the doctor asking all the questions I could think of, but bottom line was; All is Well. <BR> <BR> Now comes the bill. $2500.00! We are on Medicare so why didn't they pay. Oh! You didn't know? Patient was admitted for OBSERVAT... Fri, 9 May 2014 12:37:36 EST Spark Emails http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663187 If anyone has an answer to this, I sure would like to get it. My emails from SparkPeople (not the SparkMail but the emails - as in gmail) have stopped as of 4/1/14. If anyone else is experiencing the void of mail from SP, please let me know. I tried to send an SparkMail to one of the coaches but they are not accepting mail, according to SparkMail system. I am not sure what that means. <BR> <BR> Please - feel free to give me suggestions. I have checked my Email preferences and everything... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 06:09:18 EST Happy Birthday to me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634960 Saturday is my birthday. I don't usually celebrate my birthdays because it's just another day on the calendar and an arrow to older aged things that I don't feel like looking at or dealing with. <BR> <BR> Arthritis is rearing it's ugliness in various places, like both hands, hips, etc., but on the whole, I'm pretty healthy and that is mostly due to finding SparkPeople and reading, reading, reading, then working various angles to lose 46 pounds. My doctor was impressed. I want to lose ano... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 05:59:18 EST What's Down that Lane? - Chapter 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594666 The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas flew by. The decorations for Thanksgiving turned into Christmas without much help from me. The tree was decorated over the two stones as ordered, the landscapers put two men on cutting the grass back and scrubbing the stones and I set three huge poinsettias around the base of the tree. It was hard to get them in place because one planter insisted it sit almost on top of the newly uncovered stone. <BR> <BR> Since I knew Bridgett's husband wanted ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:40:19 EST What's Down That Lane - Chapter 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583074 I awoke one morning realizing that Bridgett's Plantation had been open and making money every day for almost a year. It was Thanksgiving again and Caleb was already in the kitchen preparing turkeys by the dozen. His crew was well at it when I wandered down for a cup of coffee around 8:30 a.m. and I stepped into the kitchen just far enough and long enough to shout out, "Good morning!" and get them back, plus a smile from Caleb. I left the kitchen and found my usual spot, closest to the kitc... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 14:05:02 EST What's Down that Lane? - Chapter 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562918 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l785049791.jpg">I had gone out to the grave stones everyday, looking at the small one for the woman so much that I had made a path through the grass to the site. The man's was lonely and ignored. For some reason I wouldn't bother with him, but she called to me everyday and I would go out and talk to her, ignoring him completely. It finally came to head one day when I knelt beside her stone and felt the pain of her anxiety over the fact tha... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 13:10:23 EST