FRANCES-AGAPE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FRANCES%2DAGAPE FRANCES-AGAPE'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/ HAPPY AUGUST, Everyone ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210689 <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Yes, Dear Friends, I have been on yet ANOTHER hiatus. <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> But boy, how You All have been MISSED ! <em>382</em> <BR> Just because I have not been in much direct contact does NOT mean you haven't been thought of or prayed for. <em>129</em> <em>459</em> <em>458</em> <BR> <BR> I have been counting the days until the start of August so I could re-start Spark. <BR> Yes, restarting CAN be done at ANY TIME, but I feel compelled to beg... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 23:28:55 EST THERE'S A SNAKE IN THE HOUSE ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187890 <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I've been staying up so late for so long, now I can't get to sleep before 1 or 2 am. <BR> <BR> About 2am, I was finishing a crossword puzzle, relaxed, sleepy and about ready for bed. <BR> <BR> Then out of the corner of my eye, there was a movement. I turned my head. <BR> <BR> “That looks like a snake on the bottom bookcase shelf.” <BR> “That IS a snake.” <BR> “What's a snake doing there?” <BR> <BR> THEN the reality set in. <BR> <BR> THERE'S A SNAKE IN THE HOUSE... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 22:08:42 EST Sorry to take so long updating you all http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139502 <em>334</em> <em>458</em> <BR> <BR> HALELUJAH ! <BR> <BR> Final analysis : condition NOT BAD – yet <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> But Doc does not know exactly why the retina has been bleeding. <BR> He hopes it was just a one-time fluke because <BR> * Left eye is ok. So it was probably NOT from high BP, high cholesterol, running (LoL – no more than I do ! Interval training: 10 min Walk, 20 sec Run, repeat 3-8 times), or straining (moving furniture while doing spring cleaning).... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 23:16:49 EST THANKS For Prayers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136716 <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <BR> THANK YOU for your prayers for my eye. <BR> No cause of retina bleeding yet. <BR> Doc has to review all the tests <BR> BUT <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> He did say at the moment it does not seem to be urgent <BR> but I should not have waited to have it checked <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> REMEMBER, FRIENDS <BR> <BR> Do NOT be like me <BR> Don't mess around with vision changes <BR> GET YOUR EYES CHECKED <BR> <em>36</em> <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 22:52:30 EST I HAVE MISSED YOU ALL ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124815 <em>213</em> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> DEAR SPARK FRIENDS <BR> Well, I tried on my own and it was a TOTAL DISASTER ! <BR> <em>39</em> <em>2</em> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I NEED You All !!! <BR> <BR> And not just for weight loss/health. <BR> <em>26</em> <em>146</em> <BR> I have truly MISSED our Friendships. <BR> <BR> Breaking my 59 day exercise streak was HORRIBLE ! <BR> I did manage to get back on it today by taking THREE 10-... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 00:01:50 EST ONE DAY YOU'RE IN 10TH GRADE TAKING A SPELLING TEST http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117903 A friend from high school posted this on FB earlier this week <BR> <BR> Today SP friend LINDA!'s blog reminded me of it and I had to share <BR> <BR> Funny. Sad. True. <BR> <BR> Enjoy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f4f7d794-9fc1-4e5d-be98-832625e7e944.com"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Or Not <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a Joyous Sunday <BR> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <BR> PEACE, LOVE AND BLESSINGS! <BR> Sun, 13 Mar 2016 03:43:43 EST SORRY for being mostly MIA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080176 <em>213</em> <BR> SORRY for being mostly MIA <BR> Doing just minimum reading, posting, commenting, etc <BR> Trying to concentrate on diet, exercise, stress and getting right meds <BR> (Thankfully, I FINALLY got the 8 waters down pat !) <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <BR> Still think of and praying for all you Super Spark Friends – and always will ! <BR> So MUCH encouragement, love, advice and encouragement. You have always GIVEN more to me than I have to you <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 23:33:27 EST So Far, Pretty Good for 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066298 <BR> <em>213</em> HI, All ! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing well this new year <BR> <BR> I had been VERY GOOD <em>224</em> <BR> <em>347</em> <BR> logins - 7 day streak <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> exercise - 5 day streak of at least 10 mins <BR> <em>91</em> <BR> water - 5 day streak of at least 8 glasses <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> last night I accidentally found Jack's hidden cookies (I FINALLY got him to start hiding them!) <BR> ate 8 <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <em>495... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 23:52:09 EST Never Quit Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063587 <em>213</em> <BR> Hi, All ! <BR> Hope your year is going well. <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> Mine started BAD - home alone and VERY SICK for 5 days <em>527</em> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> <em>458</em> <em>459</em> THANKS to God, I am recovering nicely <BR> <BR> Honestly, I WORRIED about Jack (and Matthew) coming back to find me expired <BR> <BR> Anyhoo <BR> <BR> I am SLOWWWWLY catching up on emails, blogs, team news, etc. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> One opened today was from a wo... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 22:26:35 EST Merry Christmas to my Christian and Celebratory Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052273 <BR> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <BR> Merry Christmas <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>427</em> <em>501</em> <BR> Happy Kwanzaa <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>500</em> <em>499</em> <BR> Happy Hannukah <BR> <BR> My WARMEST hopes, wishes and prayers to EVERYONE <BR> <BR> I don't exclude anyone <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> all for being my Friend <BR> You all have helped me SO MUCH <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> PEACE, LOVE AND BLESSINGS! <BR> Thu, 24 Dec 2015 22:15:04 EST SORRY for being so SPORODIC on SP this fall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050960 <BR> <em>245</em> <BR> Yes, everyone has bad experiences, illness, family drama and emergencies. <BR> I SINCERELY APOLOGIZE for being AWOL a lot. <BR> Most days I had been doing a minimum of reading and tracking. <BR> <em>39</em> <em>2</em> <BR> Evidently, SP has made some changes in email. <BR> I postponed reading most of their email notices about blogs. I finally got back to them, BUT Spark never continued notifying me of new blogs, etc ! <BR> I finally had to go through my fri... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 23:16:15 EST UGHH! Another night of ONLY 4 hrs sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036953 <em>24</em> <BR> UGHH! Another 4 hrs sleep last night. <BR> <em>458</em> <em>459</em> <BR> <em>303</em> <BR> <em>459</em> <em>458</em> <BR> PLEASE say a prayer for Jack, Matthew and me. <BR> There is a family situation which I won't detail that is causing me great stress, worry and ANGER. It is not from any of us 3 but another close family member and has been going on for MONTHS and IT IS EATING ME UP INSIDE !! <BR> That's mainly why I have not been as active on SP lat... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 23:26:57 EST HAPPY OCTOBER ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007706 <em>2</em> <BR> OOPS. Just ranted on someone's blog. <BR> Prior to that emailed a Spark Friend with whom I share blog frustration. That's why I mostly just post to STATUS and not a detailed blog. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> I mean, how MANY ways and times can somebody say "I didn't exercise, I ate junk and I am disgusted with myself" ?!?!?!?!?!?!? <BR> <BR> When the negativity starts flowing, it's time to log off and go to bed! So I will shortly. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> But it IS ... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 23:07:55 EST FEELING FANTASTIC ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005236 <em>224</em> <em>334</em> <BR> I just got home from the Greek Festival. SO WONDERFUL ! <BR> I only ate a third of the gyro. Luckily, they were almost sold out of the marvelous Greek pastries. Jack did get a dozen Greek donut holes (Loukoumades.), 2 almond cookies (Kourambiedes, I think) and I got a dozen small, twisted butter cookies (Koulourakia). <BR> <BR> I guess it was the beef and lamb mixture spices in the gryro, but I have been SO THIRSTY! <BR> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> ... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 23:53:57 EST Dad is SO MUCH BETTER ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982917 <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Your prayers helped! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> My older brother stayed today. Dad was so much better, sitting up reading the paper for the first time in days. <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> But he was still barely eating. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> Did drink his beloved coffee again tho. <BR> <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> Since he was SO MUCH better, I took a break and only called 3 times. He IS sounding SO MUCH BETTER ! Halleluj... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 23:41:32 EST THANK YOU for prayers for Dad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982363 <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> THANK YOU ALL for praying for Dad. <BR> <em>458</em> <em>459</em> <em>458</em> <BR> By the time I left this evening, he was finally sitting up and talking a little. Still not eating though. Nurses are monitoring him closely in case it developes into pneumonia. <BR> Oh, how you hate to see them suffer, but it's still hard to let them go. <BR> With Mom having been gone 15 years, Mother-in-law 2 and Father-in-law 1......... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 23:38:15 EST AM NOW A MOTHER-IN-LAW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918209 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1769999377.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 4:20pm last night, I became a mother-in-law <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <em>303</em> <BR> Pray for everyone. I would not have chosen Tina, <BR> but I want Matthew to be HAPPY ! <BR> And I want to be a GOOD MiL <BR> <BR> Here is a pic (will post more tomorrow), L to R <BR> <BR> FAT me (yes, re-re-re-gained 15 lbs and MORE from stress!) <BR> Tina (10 years older than Matthew!) <BR> Jacob (Matthew's... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:55:34 EST HEAVEN HELP ME/US !!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763212 <em>39</em> <em>24</em> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I truly hate being a Debbie Downer <BR> all the time lately. <BR> Last week Jack told me of another <BR> family CRISIS, which he had been <BR> keeping from me for about a month <BR> <BR> LORD, LORD, LORD <BR> PLEASE GIVE ME STRENGTH ! <BR> <BR> I am not going into details, <BR> but when it involves your <BR> beloved, only child........ <BR> <BR> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <BR> PLEASE continue keep... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:32:10 EST Dear Oscar is in Heaven Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715339 Yesterday morning Jack found his dear father Oscar. <BR> My first thought was, "Well, Oscar is with Marie. He is happy." <BR> <BR> Matthew is taking it the hardest. <BR> <BR> They are 2 WONDERFUL Christians and people. Their shoes will be very hard - if not impossible - to replace. <BR> <BR> THANKS for all your Prayer, comments, etc. <BR> <BR> They still are needed during the next few months. <BR> <BR> Earlier this evening I was ruminating over the loss. <BR> Then God reminded me of... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 23:12:18 EST Sorry for the FB problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712430 Posted about today as a reply on yesterday's <BR> <BR> Let's see if I can post Matthew's pic here <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2138376703.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a Wonderful Weekend ! <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Peace, Love and Blessings Fri, 6 Jun 2014 23:34:38 EST Only 9 Hours Sleep in Last 60 Hours ! But also GOOD NEWS ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711678 <BR> <BR> Absolutely cannot handle things any more. <BR> <BR> Jack finally told his brother that we HAVE to get a regular daytime sitter for Dear Oscar. <BR> One starts tomorrow. She is an NA and will reheat food (still from us) and do light housework. <BR> WHEW ! What a Relief! <BR> IF... I can make it until tomorrow ! <BR> <BR> <BR> Matthew is with Oscar tonight. <BR> <BR> MORE GOOD INFO !!! <BR> <BR> 2) Oscar is walking most of the time with a walker instead of a wheelchair ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 22:58:21 EST MIXED DAY- FiL had BAD day. BUT Jack and I have a SITTER ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707700 <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Hallelujah ! <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> for all your Prayers/Good Thoughts <BR> <BR> Jack and I are BOTH at home tonight ! <BR> <BR> Jack's jerk brother's DiL (and her 10 mth old daughter) <BR> are staying with Oscar tonight !!!!!!!!! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> I am smiling as I write this. <BR> It feels SO WONDERFUL <BR> as if a HUGE weight is off my shoulders <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Besides horrible sinus trouble, dear son Matthew <BR> is al... Sat, 31 May 2014 21:32:08 EST !! WORST WEEK OF MY LIFE !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707139 First, Oscar started this week with BAD ALLERGY days this week. Lots of sinus drainage and coughing. <BR> UGGGHH ! He had been feeling and doing SO WELL ! <BR> <BR> Jack and Matt have it too. For some reason, mine has just been the usual normal aggravation. <BR> <BR> <BR> Then, Tuesday, Jack’s cousin (who keeps Oscar 730am-3pm) somewhere, somehow got MRSA, that contagious staph bacteria! (She also had it in Dec and was hospitalized for a week on iv antibiotics.) <BR> So she is out of th... Fri, 30 May 2014 22:56:45 EST UPDATE – OSCAR Fri 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702240 <em>244</em> <BR> FiL Oscar has had 3 GREAT days this week. He was feeling so good, he overdid it a bit with sitting up and doing therapy. He can turn over and sit up on the side of the bed without help ! <BR> He is up to daily round trips around the house (indoors) with his walker. Three weeks ago, I/we thought would probably never be mobile again. <BR> The last few mornings, Oscar wakes first. He lays in bed singing! Singing hymns, of course! <BR> <em>335</em> <em>339</em> ... Sat, 24 May 2014 15:43:45 EST UPDATE – OSCAR Wed 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695286 <em>244</em> <BR> Oscar is doing BETTER ! <BR> He is eating and drinking a little more. If he keeps this up, he should regain strength. We are hoping he will eventually be able to get in/out of bed alone and maybe walk with a walker again. <BR> <em>533</em> <em>360</em> <BR> <BR> He and I had a GREAT evening yesterday ! <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> He reminisced a lot about growing up dirt poor in Arkansas. His father was a sharecropper and there were 8 kids (4 each boys and... Wed, 14 May 2014 23:12:30 EST Dear Father In Law in bad shape http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693546 PLEASE PRAY FOR US ALL ! <BR> <BR> Naturally, Jack’s blessed father Oscar does NOT want to go to a nursing home (few do!). The last 4 of his 5 hospital days, all he did was complain about the uncomfortable bed and want to go home. Every day at home he has been remarking at least once, how GOOD HIS BED FEELS and HOW GLAD HE IS TO BE IN IT. <BR> The worst part is: Jack, Matthew, an ex-nurse cousin and I are the ONLY ONES TAKING CARE OF HIM! <BR> How can Jack’s brother and his younger wife NO... Mon, 12 May 2014 16:15:04 EST Quick UPDATE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659607 <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Still struggling, but had a couple of pretty good days earlier in the month. <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> But the last couple of weeks.... <BR> <em>39</em> <em>46</em> <BR> Just TOO MUCH ONGOING STRESS <BR> Dad has had some bad days of illness and mental confusion. <BR> Depressing daily calls wondering if it would be the last talking to him. <BR> Worse after visiting, if last time seeing him. <BR> <BR> Father-in-law Oscar (with cancer) progressively weake... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 21:47:38 EST Mama's bragging about son MATT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591767 <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Just HAD to post about Matthew's NATIONAL <BR> sports column. He officially worked yesterday's <BR> basketball game. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/<BR>gametracker/recap/NCAAB_20140111_TEXAM<BR>@TENN </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> Matt is working, but it is not steady or fulltime <BR> <em>303</em> <BR> keep praying for him to get regular employment <BR> and me ANY employment <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 22:55:12 EST SLOWLY getting back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569015 Yesterday I felt 75 percent. For the first time in a couple of weeks, I got in 8 waters and had a mostly-slow 15 min walk. <BR> Today I felt 85 percent and again had 8 waters and had a still-slow-but-faster 15 min walk. <BR> Hope to blog more soon. <BR> <BR> LOVE and BLESSINGS ! <BR> <BR> <BR> F Fri, 20 Dec 2013 23:58:53 EST I WANT A N-O-R-M-A-L DAY !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414929 <em>39</em> <em>24</em> <BR> Am tired and feeling a bit sorry for myself. <BR> So far Summer of 2013 has been a BIG DISAPPOINTMENT <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> There are a LOT of folks who have a much WORSE life <BR> <BR> <BR> Jack’s father Oscar starts his chemo tomorrow. <BR> <em>458</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Since the funeral and cancer stress, my eye has been <BR> bothering me more – LOTS more auras, streaks, etc. <BR> I am getting impatient to be WELL AGAIN <BR> I walked 10 mins... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 22:55:08 EST STARTING OVER - AGAIN - with SPARK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413757 <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> CUTENESS ALERT ! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1115902768.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here are all the Dixon men <BR> The pic was taken at our church luncheon after Marie's internment <BR> Left to right, they are <BR> My handsome son Matthew (he needs a full-time job and a girlfriend!) , <BR> my loving soul-mate Jack, <BR> Jack's fabulous father Oscar (see where Matt gets his red hair!), <BR> Jack's brother Rick, Rick's son Ricky, and in fro... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 23:46:05 EST THANK YOU, Dear Ones ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412746 <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> THANKS SOOOOO MUCH <BR> Your kindnesses during the last few weeks have been effective, <BR> felt and much appreciated. I/We would not have made it through <BR> EVERYTHING lately – 2 surgeries and MiL’s passing – without YOU ALL ! <BR> <BR> Spark Friends are <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Between the stress of this week AND the dreary, rainy days, <BR> I have been migraine-y all week. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> BU... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 22:07:31 EST Dear Spark Friends ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405913 <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <em>382</em> <BR> I HAVE MISSED YOU ALL SOOO MUCHHHHHHH <BR> <BR> My Beloved JACK is doing GREAT ! <BR> Although it did take him about 6 weeks to get over his surgery <BR> Therefore, the first couple of weeks after my retina surgery was pretty rough for both of us. <BR> But even while recovering himself, Jack was and has been a TERRIFIC NURSE! <BR> <em>304</em> Wonderful Hubby ! <BR> <BR> MATT also helped a LOT with mea... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 23:34:15 EST URGENT ! URGENT ! EXTRA PRAYERS, PLEASE ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363817 <em>458</em> <em>459</em> <em>458</em> <BR> <em>459</em> <em>458</em> <em>459</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> OH, My WONDERFUL Spark FRIENDS ! <BR> <BR> My Beloved Jack went to the doc today. <BR> He is still VERY SORE, urinating every <BR> 20-30 minutes and with bloody urine. <BR> Slowly but surely improving. <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Me, on the other hand….. <BR> <BR> I haven’t mentioned it or told anyone because Jack was my FIRST PRIORITY. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <e... Tue, 21 May 2013 19:20:21 EST JACK overdid it Friday - and paid for it today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360673 <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> HI, DEAR ONES ! <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> Again for all your prayers for Jack <BR> <BR> Nothing to do for him but to go <BR> to his 7 yo nephews Little League <BR> game yesterday. <BR> So today he has been sore and <BR> feeling bad. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l247523544.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hope you’re having a Wonderful Weekend <BR> Have a Super Sunday ! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> ! PEACE, LOVE and ... Sun, 19 May 2013 00:00:32 EST HORRIBLE NIGHT ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358051 <em>24</em> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> The longest Jack slept without waking up was 2 hours! Sometimes just 1 hour. <BR> He is TRYING to stick to the Loratab schedule, but sometimes he is just in so much PAIN. My poor, dear Sweetie! Wish it were me instead of him. <BR> <BR> I was afraid to go to sleep. I was afraid I wouldn't wake up if he needed me. <BR> <BR> We took several naps today, but are still EXHAUSTED. <BR> Evidently a person needs a good block of sleep to be refreshed. <BR>... Wed, 15 May 2013 23:54:59 EST JACK is sore, but doing pretty well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356922 <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> THANK YOU SO MUCH for you prayers/good thoughts <BR> and concern for the Jack, the Love Of My Life - It Worked ! <BR> <BR> <em>458</em> <em>459</em> <em>458</em> <BR> <em>459</em> <em>458</em> <em>459</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The surgery was harder and the stone was bigger <BR> than the doc thought. It took more time. <BR> <BR> Jack came home about 4pm, sore, tired and HUNGRY ! <BR> Matt got his pain and ... Wed, 15 May 2013 00:13:24 EST Jack Surgery at 11am EDT Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355806 <BR> <em>458</em> <em>459</em> <em>458</em> <BR> <em>459</em> <em>458</em> <em>459</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you think of it at the time, <BR> <em>303</em> <BR> pray for Jack's kidney stone surgery <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hope you had a Marvelous Monday <BR> Have a Terrific Tuesday ! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> ! PEACE, LOVE and BLESSINGS ! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <em>458<... Tue, 14 May 2013 00:02:30 EST Derby Anniversary with Jack ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345786 <em>244</em> <BR> Today Jack and I watched the Ky Derby. It was 35 years ago on a date when we first watched it together. MY! Time sure does fly when you’re having FUN ! <BR> <BR> I want to share this beautiful picture and thought <BR> from BraveHeart.com that inspired me <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2060085379.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and this quote from Tupelo Kenyon <BR> <BR> "You don't have to get it perfect - just get it going." <BR> <BR> The last 3 day... Sat, 4 May 2013 23:46:17 EST WOOHOO !! Perfect Weekend ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331136 <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Hope all of you had a Wonderful Weekend ! <BR> <BR> I did after FINALLY calming down a bit from the Boston and Texas tragedies. <BR> Found this quote from Frederick Buechner <BR> <BR> Here is the world. <BR> Beautiful and terrible things will happen. <BR> Don't be afraid. <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> Gave me comfort <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> Mostly GREAT weather in Tennessee this week – a little cooler but SUNNY ! <BR> <BR> <em>458</em> <em>459</em> ... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 23:24:34 EST PRAYERS for Boston http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324594 <em>458</em> <em>459</em> <em>458</em> <BR> <em>459</em> <em>458</em> <em>459</em> <BR> <BR> !! Sending up LOVE and PRAYERS to Boston !! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> In spite of everything, <BR> <BR> Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. <BR> Don't be afraid. <BR> Frederick Buechner <BR> <BR> BLESSINGS ! <BR> <BR> <em>458</em> <em>459</em> <em>458</em> <BR> <em>459</em> <e... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 23:10:09 EST SORRY! Still SO BEHIND on emails, thank yous, etc http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321372 <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> <em>245</em> for STILL being behind <BR> <BR> Until today, it had been in the 80s <BR> this week here in Tennessee ! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> So I have been taking advantage <BR> and thoroughly ENJOYING IT ! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Being outside as much as possible <BR> and getting a lot of yardwork done <BR> <BR> <BR> Got this link this week <BR> It is worth sharing <BR> <link>www.lifescript.com/soul/self/growth/<BR>3_simple_keys_to_success... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 23:55:19 EST WHEW ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319047 <em>198</em> <BR> Trying to recover from over-exerting myself working in the yard for 30 minutes in 85 degree heat ! I SHOULD have checked the temp before going out. I did, however, have enough sense to drink a glass of water first. Cut seedlings, pulled up vines. I was beginning to feel weak, light-headed and hot when I came in. (I also didn’t take a watch with me. Used to take my cell phone, BUT…………... See a previous post if you don’t know about THAT.) <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> Well,... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 23:13:34 EST WELCOME APRIL ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308245 <em>146</em> <em>126</em> <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> March was good, but am getting in gear to TRY HARDER in April. <BR> Winter with its cold, dreariness is over. <BR> Spring with its warmer, longer days is Finally here <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Setting SPECIFIC Goals this time <BR> * Continue at least 8 waters per day <BR> * Cut back on Colas, even caffeine-free diet <BR> * At least 5 fruits/veggies per day <BR> Was slack in March – LOTS of carbs instead <BR> * ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 23:31:15 EST TERRIBLE NIGHT = BAD DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304823 <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was warm(er) and sunny in Tennessee yesterday and I worked in the yard awhile, trimming shrubs and trees. With all I had handy - rusty hedge shears. <BR> <em>374</em> <em>378</em> <BR> It was harder than I expected, but I felt very proud and accomplished when through. <BR> <em>104</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> Later I paid for not letting a neighbor or my FiL show me how to sharpen them. <BR> <BR> By the time I went to ... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 22:40:51 EST OOOPS ! Tuesday CORRECTION !!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301527 <em>2</em> <BR> Well, I thought only 900 cals was too good to be true - <BR> And it was ! <BR> I had forgotten eating some cheese <BR> So the total cals really came to 1100 <BR> <BR> Still NOT BAD !! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Here's to a GREAT Wednesday <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> ! LOVE and BLESSINGS ! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <BR> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 02:49:23 EST UNBELIEVABLE DAY ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301407 <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Since finding out that I had lost (well, RE-lost) those 5 pounds, I have been SO PUMPED ! <BR> <BR> Busy day <BR> I only got in a 20 minute Walk and <BR> only 8 waters (plus 2 Large Green Teas). <BR> <BR> BUT in the EXCITEMENT of <BR> PROVING that I DO HAVE CONTROL <BR> I actually had to MAKE myself eat! <BR> Consequently I ONLY had 900 calories. <BR> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> HOWEVER <BR> <BR> I realize that is not only NOT HEALTHY <BR> BUT <BR> A leve... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 23:17:48 EST WOOHOO ! I have lost 5 pounds! AGAIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300219 <em>244</em> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> BUT before you all - and I - get TOO excited, <BR> unfortunately it is the same pounds <BR> I have yo-yo-ed a dozen times. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> PLEASE NEVER COME BACK THIS TIME! <BR> <BR> Do any of you ever go to WomansDay.com ? <BR> I get their free emails, but not the magazine. <BR> Well today’s had a link for <BR> “The Best Beauty Products Under $10”. <BR> Since THAT is about my price range, I clicked. <BR> Usually they have helpful ... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 00:02:19 EST DAD IS 97 !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298842 <em>224</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Younger brother can in from Texas for 36 hours just for Dad’s b-day <BR> <BR> Dad was SO HAPPY ! We all 3 kids were here. <BR> One more year and he will pass his Mother’s longevity. <BR> I look like Mom but HOPE I have Dad’s longevity genes <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> So, SORRY but I have been busy this weekend <BR> Am SO BEHIND on emails and THANKing you all <BR> <BR> This was in an email yesterday and it struck a chord with me <BR> <B... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 23:05:49 EST PERSONAL CRISIS ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290323 <em>40</em> <em>39</em> <BR> <em>46</em> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> You all know that I do not blog regularly, not even to get the extra daily points. Most of the time I just do not take the time to put down my thoughts. Several times when I have begun blogging, it took so long midnight came and went. I either posted on the next day or not at all, copying and saving for another time (which usually doesn’t come to pass). Another good deal of the time, well, I am just plain borin... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 21:09:25 EST