GAYLLYNNE's SparkPeople Blog GAYLLYNNE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My daughter is 24!! 24 years ago I gave birth to the most beautiful child I had ever seen. I wish my sweet, accomplished, brilliant, gorgeous daughter the happiest of birthdays. Every day my pride in her grows and grows. I'm such a lucky mom!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:21:15 EST Taxes I have to get my taxes ready and there is just so much to do. I am still in court with the ex and I also have a hearing next month so it's double the work. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I realize you all must think I'm the biggest slob on the planet, but I'm really not. I just have to find things I didn't think I would need and get the stuff re... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 15:22:33 EST So sad :( <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is my beautiful Jenny. She crossed the rainbow bridge today. Stupid cancer. <BR> <BR> We did not think she would make it to Thanksgiving and here it is March! I have never loved a pet the way I loved her. She sat in my lap and purred and would never let me go to bed unless she came with me. <BR> <BR> I miss her... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:18:24 EST Remember when! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is just so true. I look back and think, "How could you have thought you were fat!!!" LOL - I can only laugh. Remember when....... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:00:53 EST Not as horrible as I thought This morning, finally, I got on the scale. I have been really horrilbe since Christmas time. I got so much junk food, especially all the goodies from my clients, that I didn't not stay the course. I don't know who could with boxes and boxes of Godiva chocolate in the house!! <BR> <BR> I had just lost 10 lbs and was so happy about that and figured I gained at least six. I didn't. Yes, I gained 4 lbs but I think I can get rid of that rather quickly. <BR> <BR> I have been really good abo... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:41:45 EST Happy Birthday Joshua <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It was 19 years ago today that I gave birth to the sweetest little boy on the planet. It's hard today because my son is in college and this is the very first time I haven't been with him on his birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm so proud of him. He got into hi... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:46:55 EST Happy Birthday Elvis <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today would have been Elvis' 80th birthday. Hard to imagine. He was always my favorite singer and will always be. It's tragic what happened to him. <BR> <BR> Today should be a holiday in the US. He gave so much to the world of music. RIP Elvis. No one will ever forget you!! Thu, 8 Jan 2015 09:48:15 EST Happy New Year!! Wishing all my SparkPeople a great new year. I hope it is filled with family, great health and most of all peace. Sending only my best wishes to you all!! Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:08:03 EST Great news!! Today was my anual mammogram. You must be thinking, "So what?" Well, I'll tell you. <BR> <BR> A few years back I went for a routine mammogram. They found something. I had to wait, speak to the radiologist then schedule a sterotatic biopsy. I was terrified. <BR> <BR> Had the biopsy done at the local hospital and it came back "inconclusive". Ugh, now I was quaking in my boots!!' <BR> <BR> I had to find a surgeon and have a lumpectomy. Then, I had to wait nearly two weeks for the res... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:14:16 EST Do my clients hate me???? This time of year I get lots of gifts and tips. I really appreciate the tips but YIKES the gifts are killing me. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure, but I think they want me fat and drunk!!!! Here are some, just some of the things that have shown up at my door! <BR> <BR> Here is a Panatone with candied chestnuts. It's enormous! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A Harry and David tower with Pears, chocolates, nuts, and truffles (chocolate) <BR> ... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:54:35 EST Tough time of year Sometimes, the holidays are difficult for me. This year may be the last year in my house of over 20 years. It was taken from me in the divorce. I am forced to move to another state as I can't afford to live here anymore. <BR> <BR> I am alone right now. My daughter, who graduated from college in 2013 lives about an hour away and has a life of her own. I'm incredibly proud of her. My son will be coming home from college later this week. It will be wonderful to see him and next Sunday we... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:31:59 EST Don't do this!!!! Last week I got busy making sure my house was ready for winter. My house gets really cold and it is so expensive to heat it that I have to figure out ways to keep in the heat. <BR> <BR> My living room and dining room are really cold so I put plastic up on the windows. It takes time and when it's really cold and the wind is blowing I can see that it blocks the cold air from coming in. <BR> <BR> Over the weekend I was cleaning my kitchen, the last of Thanksgiving things to put away. I ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 18:25:58 EST What a great time!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here we are!! Three old high school friends. We just talked and talked and talked. My friend Carol (middle) lives in California now. My friend Renee, dark hair on the end is a grandmother 3 times over and me, I still have a teenager!!! <BR> <BR> We had so much fun. I think we all look great for women who graduated high school in 1971! Yup, we are in our 60's!! <BR> <BR> We are at such different stage... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 08:28:30 EST What fun!! My son went back to SC and will be studying and taking his finals over the next couple of weeks. He will be back in a couple of weeks for winter break, so it's not horrible. I have to say I miss him already. <BR> <BR> My daughter left yesterday to see her dad and spend some time with him. She might stop by later on her way home. It's a little easier with her because she just lives about an hour away. <BR> <BR> Today, I have been in touch with some friends from High School. One is in to... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 11:50:48 EST Just so funny! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A friend sent me this and I thought it was hilarious! Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:33:52 EST New Jeans!!!!! A few month ago I realized that I needed to start losing some weight as it had gotten out of control after Rosh Hashana. I've been working hard. I even bought a pair of size 8 jeans to keep me motivated. This morning I decided to try them on and see how far I needed to go to get into the. Yup, I'm wearing them now!! Woohoo, makes me want to keep going!!!! Back into my "6's" by my birthday in May!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes, they are a little stretchy but a month ago, I would not have been able to... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:11:23 EST Growing!! Strange....had a few medical tests today, nothing bad, routine stuff. You know how most people shrink as they age?? Apparently, I've grown nearly an inch!! I have been 5'1" my entire adult life. They told me I was nearly 5'2". I made them check it 3 times by two different people! Woohoo, I'm finally growing (the right direction)!! Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:16:44 EST I am an addict... I think many of you have the same problem. I know I am addicted to sugar. I can go days and days without it, eating right, eating clean and then WHAM! I must have sugar. I try everything to stave off the desire but it's so hard. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I can get away with a sugar free cough drop, but sometimes not. I try and substitute protein but it just doesn't work. <BR> <BR> I gave in tonight, just a little. I had about a couple of teaspoons of jam in some cottage cheese. I know ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:49:35 EST Sudden stop I have been doing great for a while now. I was steadily losing about a lb a week. <BR> <BR> I have come to a sudden halt. I haven't lost so much as an ounce in the past, almost, two weeks!! Ugh...I hate when this happens. <BR> <BR> Intelectually, I know it's just my bodys way of adjusting and that since I'm staying on track, I'm going to be ok, BUT..... my brain is a total jumble of frustration!!! <BR> <BR> I want to see a loss every week but, of course, that's not really possible or re... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 10:10:22 EST Going in the right direction I continue to eat clean. 6 week, 6 lbs down!! <BR> <BR> I hope this will continue to and through Thanksgiving. It's the holidays that always trip me up. The last one was awful but I feel so much better now that I am eating right and exercising every day. <BR> <BR> I also make sure I do my 10,000 steps every day. <BR> <BR> Woohoo, I still can be 25 lbs down by my birthday!!!! Sat, 1 Nov 2014 13:59:37 EST Just keep walking..... I have been on the treadmill every day I don't work. That's usually at least 4 days a week, give or take. <BR> <BR> Today, I just didn't feel like it and decided to go over to the local lake. It's a beautiful lake, it was about 70 degrees and I walked the three miles around. When I was done I felt so invigorated !!! <BR> <BR> I have been full of energy ever since. I don't know why I didn't do this before. I used to walk the lake all the time but somehow just forgot how good it felt. <... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:30:35 EST Clean Eating After the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana I had so many delicious leftovers I lost myself. I ate everything I shouldn't have and was a mess. I felt awful and my clothes were getting really tight. <BR> <BR> I woke up and decided to eat much better. I've been eating almost no processed foods, no wheat or gluten products at all and as much raw as possible. Every day I eat huge salads with lots and lots of different vegetables!! <BR> <BR> I feel soooooo much better!!! I have much more en... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:00:28 EST Happy New Year Tonight starts the holiday of Rosh Hashana. It is the beginning of the Jewish New Year. It is the year 5775. Isn't that a great number?? <BR> <BR> <BR> I want to wish all my Spark People friends a very happy, sweet new year. I hope we find peace and prosperity and most of all good health. <BR> <BR> L'Shana Tova :) Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:54:43 EST My incredible pain :( <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is my precious Jennifer. She has been my constant companion for the past decade. I have been through tremendous trials and tribulations over the past few years and she has been my best friend, and greatest confidant. <BR> <BR> Jenny hasn't been feeling well the past few weeks. I took her to the vet and he just couldn't figure it out what was wrong so we had an ultrasound done. The news was bad, ve... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:29:27 EST Can you believe this???? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was on Spark People last night and suddenly this pop up comes on and my computer locked up. If you can 't read it, it says "National Security and Government something or other. <BR> <BR> It says my computer has been encrypted and I must pay $300. to get a code and unlock it. It is worded in such a way that I was so upset. It's called "scare ware". It's meant to scare someone and get money out of... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 19:07:17 EST The mother of all yard sales!! I am getting ready for the biggest yard sale I've ever been involved in. We have a flea market in Stormville, NY that is on an airport grounds. So much fun and it's on all the holiday weekends from Memorial Day to Columbus day. <BR> <BR> Once in the fall and once in the spring they have what they call the "Ultimate Yard Sale". You can buy a table and bring all your "stuff" from home and get rid of it. <BR> ' <BR> After 20 years here, two kids that have left the roost, believe me I hav... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 12:32:50 EST Summer's over??? How can that be?? <BR> <BR> Summer is my favorite season. I love the warm weather, the wearing sandals and tee shirts and the easy life summer seems to bring. It just goes to darn fast!!! <BR> <BR> Now that my son is off at college, I am preparing to figure out the rest of my life. I want to move and have pretty much decided to go south. I have lived in NY most of my life but I hate the winters. <BR> <BR> It makes me sad to say good by to summer. It was the most beautiful summer I c... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:03:26 EST This is a dorm room???? As promised, here are some pictures of my sons dorm room. When I went to college we had a single bed, shared a dressed and desk and shared the bathroom with the kids in the next room. <BR> <BR> My son lives in a suite. It's an apartment like room with 5 boys and four bedrooms. One is a share, the rest are singles. He has a single. <BR> <BR> The room consists of a full size bed, walk in closet, his OWN bathroom, a ceiling fan/light, dresser and desk. Unbelievable!!! <BR> <BR> <img src... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:40:31 EST What an ordeal!!!! I'm back! Taking my son to school was much more of an adventure than we anticipated!!! <BR> <BR> The first days drive was fantastic. We drove from NY to Richmond VA. It took about 8 hours including stops and that one little bit where we got lost LOL!! We had so much fun. We were singing and laughing and learning about each others music. I taught him about Janis Joplin and the Doors and Stones, and he taught me about Brad Paisley and Keith Urban. What a wonderful bonding experience!!! ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:49:44 EST It's time..... My son and I start the journey of his college life today. We have been packing like crazy for days and today we will load the car and be on our way. <BR> <BR> It is both such a happy time and a sad time. He is my "baby" and when he is gone, I will have no one home but the cats. I can't help but worry about him because, unlike my daughter when she went off to college, he just isn't that mature. Boys I guess, but I worry. <BR> <BR> We are taking two days to get there. It's 700 miles away ... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:09:05 EST What a bummer :( I have been doing great the past few months with exercise. I like to walk and since I bought my fitbit, I can't allow myself to go under my 10,000 steps a day. It keeps me honest. <BR> <BR> I have been having pains in the arch of my right foot. I was finally able to get to the foot doctor who took x-rays. He was horrified and said I had a HUGE heel spur which has caused me to have Plantar fasciitis. This is an inflammation in the ligaments of my foot. It was so bad I had to have an ant... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 09:27:01 EST Doing the right thing as a dog groomer I have been a dog groomer for over 35 years. I have a unique business as I make house calls in New York City. My clients are the rich and famous and it's a great job as I make my own hours and days I want to work. I work in conjunction with several vets who recommend me. <BR> <BR> Today, I got to a client's house whose dog has many skin problems. The vet, who I know, left a special shampoo that had been formulated just for this dog. ($120. for the bottle!!!). The shampoo had no instruct... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 19:33:30 EST Look who's leaving..... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hard to believe this sweet baby is leaving for college in just a few weeks. I love this picture because it reminds me of how adorable he was and how I loved to just hold him. I miss those days and just wonder how in the world all this time passed so quickly. <BR> <BR> He is my baby, the youngest. I have been a single mom with him and his sister since 2006. When my daughter left for college it was ok be... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:00:19 EST Leaving on a jet plane...... So excited. My son and I are leaving in about an hour for SC and his orientation at college. I get to do all the "Parent" things and he will be going to info meetings, meeting with his advisor, and taking a math placement test. He will be much busier than I will be but, I am hoping to see the rooms he will be in. <BR> <BR> I want to take some measurements so I can get curtains, rug and bathroom stuff. I'm such a mom LOL!! <BR> <BR> Very excited here. My first glimpse of the school as h... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 09:07:47 EST Busy week ahead! My son and I will be going to a huge flea market this weekend. We are trying to gather as much stuff as he will need for college in the fall. It can get costly so this will help. <BR> <BR> They need so much stuff. Linens, and towels and shower curtains and in my son's case, things for the kitchen because he will be in a suite. <BR> <BR> Since his dad is moving, he will get a lot of stuff from him but we're excited about shopping and picking things out. I have to say it's much easier... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 10:38:41 EST So sad, so tragic This week has seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. I have been so incredibly happy for my son, with his graduation and he is going to lots of parties. I have been invited to a few myself. This Sunday, I am throwing him a brunch with friends and family to celebrate. So many blessings. <BR> <BR> Today, I got a message from a girlfriend that has thrown me for a loop. We have been friends for over 40 years. I was the maid of honor at her wedding. I remember how she struggled ... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:40:21 EST He did it!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> He graduated!!! I'm so proud of my son! After so much work, so much heartache, he is a high school graduate. I was so choked up during the ceremony but it's over and he's accomplished something so special. <BR> <BR> My son has some (minor) special needs so this was even more exciting. We went to dinner at a VERY fancy restau... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:17:26 EST Happy Father's Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Father's Day to all. I miss my dad every day and feel like the luckiest girl on the planet to have had such a great father. This is the two of us from a very long time ago. He is gone 3 years now and I still miss him every day. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 09:50:20 EST So Proud! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This Friday is the prom!! I went through this 5 years ago with my daughter and now my son. We got his tux today and he tried it on so I could take some pictures. I cannot believe he is all grown up!!! <BR> <BR> Next month he goes to orientation at college and in August he enrolls college, leaving home. Ughhh my baby is leaving me!! <BR> <BR> I'm so proud of this child. He has had a very tough time an... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:18:43 EST What Memorial Day means to me This is the weekend of reflection. We remember our fallen heroes. Without them, we wouldn't enjoy the freedom we have in the wonderful country we live in. Most of all, I remember those I have loved dearly and fought for this country. My dad, (the best dad ever!) lost his right arm, just above the elbow in WWII. I never knew him any other way. This wonderful man came home, went to college, got married, got a job and raised his family. Wow, what a guy. I was so lucky he was my dad. He a... Sun, 25 May 2014 10:31:18 EST Happy Mother's Day! Wishing all the moms and the women who are moms to those they didn't give birth to a very Happy Mother's day. I hope this day brings you all peace, love and tranquility. <em>214</em> Sun, 11 May 2014 08:19:47 EST When it rains, it pours! So much has happened in the past couple of weeks. I turned on the spigot to the front of my house and the water poured out from the ceiling in my garage!! Arghhhh <BR> <BR> The plumber came and found three burst pipes. Two in my garage and one in my foyer. They cut holes everywhere!! <BR> <BR> The good news is that it's all covered by insurance (thank goodness) and I was able to get it patched and I got a new paint job in the foyer and all the way up the stairs on that one wall. It loo... Sat, 10 May 2014 21:17:57 EST life as I know it It's been a while since I've blogged. Time just seems to fly by. It has been a tough time for me. <BR> <BR> Next week we go to trial for my divorce. This has been a long time coming but it makes it no less painful. You think you know someone and find out you have no clue who they are. <BR> <BR> I hope it's over soon and I can move on. I am going to have to move, now I will have to figure out where. It's going to be quite a year next year!! Thu, 8 May 2014 19:46:00 EST Passover Next week starts the holiday of Passover. It is kind of a labor intense holiday . Special foods, special meals, lots of company. <BR> <BR> It is my favorite holiday but this one has special meaning. It may be the last one in this house and the last one with both my children here. When my son leaves for college he will be 15 hours away and won't be able to come home. I am grateful that he lives near my niece in S.C. and she will gladly take him in. Maybe we will all go there next year. ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:56:56 EST It was 23 years ago today..... I am finding it hard to believe, but it was 23 years ago today that I gave birth to the most beautiful thing I've ever seen! My daughter has been such a joy. Sure, there have been challenging times but I wouldn't give that up for anything. She now lives about an hour and a half from me. She has a great job and a boyfriend and a life. My college graduate!! I miss her but am so proud of the incredible woman she has become. I'm leaving shortly to take her to brunch with my son!!! (of co... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 08:35:59 EST He's in!!!! Yesterday was one of the happiest days of my life. My son, who really isn't a very good student was waiting to hear from the college he really wanted to go to. <BR> <BR> He applied to 8 schools. Right away, three schools said "no" and one school deferred him (which is pretty much a no anyway). He was really down and felt like he was never going to get into a school. <BR> <BR> We kept checking the status of his applications online every day but to no avail. They kept asking for more and ... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:33:38 EST The Beatles I am snowed in today and getting a chance to see things I have taped. I am currently watching the Beatle special. Wow!! <BR> <BR> I was very young when the Beatles came to America but I remember it. I was madly in love with George Harrison :) <BR> <BR> This special is so fabulous and the music brings tears to my eyes. Very nostalgic. If you haven't seen it or get the chance to tape it, do! No matter how old you are, you will love the music. There really were brilliant. <BR> <BR> I m... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:31:29 EST My winner!!! Yesterday, was the divisions wrestling tournament. It is a precursor to the sections tournament which will take place next weekend. You have to place within the top 4 in order to participate in the sections tournament. <BR> <BR> The top 16 schools send their top four in each weight group. When the wrestling season started, my son would say, "I don't care about any of the tournaments, I just want to win divisions". <BR> <BR> Well, he DID!! My son, who wrestles at 152 lbs., took FIRST P... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 09:39:46 EST Ouch!!! This morning I had a sonogram guided needle to put cortisone into my thumb joint. If you are wondering if it hurt, well YES!! It was awful!! He said, "You'll feel a little pressure"....anyone remember that line from childbirth?? Yeah, that translates to PAIN!! It's ok now, the cortisone should kick in in 2 weeks. I am then going for physical therapy to strengthen the muscle that goes from the thumb to the wrist. It will stave off surgery. Apparently, they can give you a new thumb joint, just ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 07:42:49 EST It's a start! I haven't been doing well on eating healthy and exercising. I just have so much going on in my life that sometimes I feel paralyzed. <BR> <BR> I have some stomach issues and when I do some walking it makes it a whole lot better. I have to go to court today (again) and get very stressed. I don't have much time but....I jumped on the treadmill, figuring that 10 mins is better than nothing. <BR> <BR> Half hour later, I'm done! Yes, I have to hustle now but I'm so happy I did this. Small s... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 08:09:21 EST