GAYLLYNNE's SparkPeople Blog GAYLLYNNE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Finally Finally someone noticed!! I just lost 12 lbs and today was the first time anyone noticed. Hooray!! 23 more to go! Mon, 12 Jun 2017 20:46:15 EST Old photos I have been finding all kinds of old photos. It's fun and makes memories swirl in my head. <BR> <BR> Found this one of my grandfathers and I when I was quite young. This is a pretty rare picture. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 3 Jun 2017 21:02:04 EST My Birthday! Yesterday was my birthday. (no, I won't say how old I was!). My son drove up from S.C. to NY just to spend a few days with me and take me out. We went to my favorite restaurant and had such a wonderful time. He worked really hard to save up to take me out. I'm such a lucky mom!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 19 May 2017 19:01:49 EST Fabulous Mother's Day My daughter surprised me with a fabulous dinner and then she took me to the theater to see Hamilton. What an absolutely fabulous night! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 13 May 2017 17:16:08 EST A colorful day I have been grooming dogs for nearly 4 decades. I'm getting ready to retire soon. Today, after all this time, I finally got to use a little color on a dog. Just as I was ready to take the picture, she put her tail down but you can still see the little, pink powder puff tail. Her owner loved it!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 2 May 2017 19:44:55 EST Anniversary <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Me and my father from a very long time ago. This is the anniversary of his death. I miss him every day and think that I must be the luckiest girl on the planet to have been raised by such a wonderful, loving father. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:37:30 EST Awesome Know what's awesome? Getting a notification at 11 am from fitbit that I am just 2200 steps from 10,000!! No question I will get there and then some!! Woohoo....feeling fit! <em>236</em> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:14:15 EST National Pet Day! Actually every day is National Pet day. I've been encouraging everyone to post a picture of their pets. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> These are three of my wonderful pets. My precious loves, Pancho, m... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 22:12:38 EST 26 years ago today! It's hard to believe that 26 years ago I gave birth to the most beautiful little girl I have ever seen. So proud of my daughter who has grown into a beautiful, successful young lady. <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:05:51 EST Snowed in It's been snowing all day! Can't wait till it's over!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Thu, 9 Feb 2017 17:37:54 EST 21 years ago Today my baby is 21. My youngest, my baby is being considered an adult. How did that happen?? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:53:36 EST It's so cold!! I really hate the snow and the cold. Hopefully, this will be my last winter here in NY. If I can get my house sold, I'm moving south. Can't wait! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 8 Jan 2017 11:22:14 EST Home for the Holiday! My daughter came in yesterday. We barely had 24 hours together before she went to see her dad then going to Pennsylvania to spend time with her boyfriend. Whirlwind!! But, it was wonderful to see her. <BR> <BR> My son arrived late last night. Now I get him for almost an entire week!!! That's pure joy! <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday, whichever one they celebrate!!!! Family is the best part! Sun, 25 Dec 2016 09:49:34 EST Can you believe this???? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Can you believe one of my clients gave me a 4 POUND box of Sees chocolate. So far I have given a lot of it away but OMG, I love chocolate!! f <BR> <BR> I laugh and say my clients want me fat and diabetic!!! Thu, 22 Dec 2016 21:59:27 EST Can you believe this???? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Can you believe one of my clients gave me a 4 POUND box of Sees chocolate. So far I have given a lot of it away but OMG, I love chocolate!! f <BR> <BR> I laugh and say my clients want me fat and diabetic!!! Thu, 22 Dec 2016 21:58:32 EST They're coming home!! My son is coming home tonight and my daughter will be home later in the week. I'm so happy to have my children under my roof even though it's just for a little while. Feels wonderful!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 19 Nov 2016 17:47:54 EST I voted today Did you??? I have never not voted. It's everyone's right as an American. <em>232</em> Tue, 8 Nov 2016 20:59:47 EST Hard work at home Been working on my house to get it ready to sell. Just finished my steps. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is how the looked to start. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here they are, almost done. I'm pleased!! :) Sat, 29 Oct 2016 19:50:57 EST Adorable Halloween Pups As a dog groomer, it's times like Halloween I get to make my clients adorable!! Take a look :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Aren't they adorable?? Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:34:28 EST Yom Kippur Tonight starts Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish religion. It is the day of atonement. We don't even eat for 24 hours. Here is my prayer. To all my friend, I wish you an easy fast and a peaceful, healthy new year. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 20:39:05 EST Happy New Year Happy Rosh Hashanah to all those who celebrate. The start of the New Jewish New Year. Wishing you all a happy and healthy :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 2 Oct 2016 20:47:30 EST Don't get me angry!!! <img src=""> Sun, 18 Sep 2016 13:05:34 EST I love September This month, so far, has been just beautiful. I am lucky enough to live near two beautiful lakes that I can walk around easily. I three mile walk with beautiful scenery on a gorgeous day. What could be better. I wish this could last all year!! Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:10:25 EST Police Women Today is Honor a Policewoman day. I am lucky enough to have a good friend who is a policewoman. Her job is demanding and difficult, yet, she goes out and does it brilliantly every day, I have nothing but respect for these women!!! <BR> <BR> Today is their day to be recognized. Thank one!! Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:23:59 EST Today is Feral Cat Day! <img src=""> <BR> Simon <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Jenny <BR> <BR> I have always taken care of feral cats. It's important to trap them, vaccinate them and get them neutered. I have been able to place the kittens because they can easily become tame but the adults, very often can't. <BR> <BR> Be kind to all animals. We share this ea... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 09:50:27 EST Something to remember <img src=""> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:19:33 EST It's National Dog Day!!! In honor of National Dog Day I am posting some pictures of the dogs I've had over the years. They are all Bedlington Terriers and all were rescues. The first one, Pancho, came right off the streets of NYC. I was never able to find his original owners but he lived with me until he was nearly 17 (or so we think). I was hooked on the breed ever since. I adopted all the rest of them! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Panch... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:59:11 EST We can't always get it right.... <img src=""> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 21:07:14 EST Leaving already I can't believe my son is going back to college tomorrow. We are driving from NY to SC. It's a long drive but I love spending time with him. We laugh, we sing, we talk. We are close my son and I and I will miss him. Watching him grow up has been a privilege. I can't believe he will be 21 in just a few month. Wow, time flies. Sometimes, I want it to slow down!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 19:58:43 EST Smile, it's the weekend <img src=""> Sat, 13 Aug 2016 08:47:20 EST a smile to start the weekend! <img src=""> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 10:18:41 EST Hey, it's a start! <img src=""> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 14:40:39 EST Spanx!! (you can laugh) This one is for the my women friends. Through most of my life I was small. It wasn’t until children, emotional upheavals and old age that I got fat. I promised myself I would lose this for my nephew’s upcoming wedding but I didn’t. So, for the first time in my life, I bought spanxs. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? I took a few different styles into the fitting room. Put on the first one, and got it up to my hips. From there on up, it was like giving birth! I’m pulling and pushing and grunting. I finall... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 09:34:03 EST For those dog lovers... Anyone who has ever had a dog, especially a puppy, certainly can relate to this! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 3 Aug 2016 17:32:30 EST All or Nothing Today is "All or Nothing" day. It's also Coffee Milkshake Day and as much as I would love a coffee milkshake, I have decided nothing is better. My arteries will thank me! Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:57:48 EST It's Clear The Shelters Weekend Many animal shelters around the country are having a "Clear The Shelters" weekend. Fees are being waved and pets are being adopted. What a great weekend to get the pet you've been wanting. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have empty shelters??? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my Jenny, rescued from a cat hoarder. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:57:58 EST smile.....dieting is hard :) <img src=""> Sat, 16 Jul 2016 09:14:16 EST Remembering I went on Facebook this morning and this picture popped up from way back when. This is my daughter, age 4, holding her newborn baby brother. She thought of him as her own personal doll!! I miss these little ones all the time. They are both grown, my daughter 25 and my son 20 and in college. <BR> Looking at this picture I know that this is what it's all about! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:50:08 EST Kids and cats <img src=""> Wed, 6 Jul 2016 15:28:48 EST The newest dog This is a Pumi. It is the newest dog that has been admitted to the AKC. I have loved this breed for years but most don't know about them. Aren't they adorable?? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:36:56 EST Something to make you smile These are just so adorable. Hope they make you smile :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:44:05 EST Happy Father's Day I never missed a chance to spend Father's Day with my dad. The sad thing is that this is the only picture I could find with the two of us on Father's day. I miss my dad every day. I know he is looking down, smiling :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 07:25:36 EST The Yankee Game Every year, for many, many years, my son and I go to a Yankee game together. Now that he is away in college, it's even more meaningful. He is home for the summer and we went to a game last night. It was so much fun not only to see our favorite team win, but to spend time with my son that is getting fewer and fewer moments. Here we are at the game :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 10 Jun 2016 10:33:40 EST Tired of being fat It was raining when I got up today. I was so disappointed I couldn't walk around the lake. So I had a couple of cups of coffee and checked out Facebook. I figured I would get on the treadmill later. <BR> <BR> I looked up and saw it had stopped raining. I ran upstairs, put on my "walking" clothes and zipped over to the lake. I was one of only three other people there but I did it!!! <BR> <BR> I'm so happy I was able to be outside enjoying nature and fresh air instead of on the treadmill... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 11:54:29 EST Memorial Day This is my dad. He was a WWII vet. He served in that horrific war, got a purple heart when he lost an arm. Of course, he was lucky because he came back. He married my mom, had two children and earned a living helping others. He passed away in 2011 at the age of 87. I miss him every day. <BR> <BR> Let's remember on this Memorial Day that freedom isn't free. We need to remember those that never came back from battle and honor those that did. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:11:23 EST Happy Birthday to me!! I'm so excited. If all goes well I will be picking up my new car today! What a great birthday present to myself. Yesterday, when I went to start my car it gave me a hard time!! Talk about in the nick of time LOL!! <BR> <BR> Yay, I can't wait! I'm also going out with my son tonight. I'm so happy to spend this day with at least one of my children! Wed, 18 May 2016 09:52:02 EST My new car!! I just bought a new (used) car. It is a 2015 Chevy Trax. It's like a little SUV but it's adorable and was the showroom model. Has 17,000 miles on it and is pretty loaded. I'm getting it next week. So excited as my current car is falling apart!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 14 May 2016 08:59:12 EST Happy Mother's Day! I sit here with my second cup of coffee, enjoying the silence yet thrilled to be with both my children later today. My daughter told me she wasn't coming up (she lives 3 hours away) but I know she will :) She sent me these. Aren't they gorgeous? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wishing all a Happy Mother's day either with children or fur babies. We all should celebrate!! Sun, 8 May 2016 09:30:34 EST My beautiful walk <BR> These are pictures from my local lake. Isn't this the best way to exercise, walking around this beauty! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:02:58 EST She's 25 Today!!! 25 years ago the Dr. handed me the most beautiful baby I'd ever seen. The past 25 years have been a whirlwind of joys and ups and downs and just the enjoyment of raising a wonderful child that turned into a fabulous woman. I'm so proud to be her mom!! She is as beautiful inside as she is on the outside. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 23 Mar 2016 15:17:50 EST