GINIEMIE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GINIEMIE GINIEMIE'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/ Fun, fun, fun....but I don't have a T-Bird for daddy to take away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920750 I'll find it soon, fun that is. <BR> Erik's birthday was April 17th and he wanted a new grill, so mom chipped in and made sure he got one. I remember sharing that he said he wanted a charcoal but kept looking at the gas ones, which would have been easier all the way around, but his older brother and brother-in-law convinced him to stick with charcoal. Sooooo <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l253630296.jpg"> Here it is and Erik is trying to light it. He cooked Sunday and we a... Fri, 1 May 2015 11:00:05 EST Raindrops keep fallen on my head... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912299 Don't remember the rest or the artist, but it's still dreary, drizzly and now chillier. THink I'm turning the heat back on for the day. My bones are achy but I have a smile on my face...Raindrops on kittens---Oh well music is good for the soul, just need happy tunes when the times and weather are not right! So Smile and Make someone happy-another tune bouncing in my head. Thanks for the hugs, sunshine, encouragement and love. Will share a picture of my project started yesterday as soon as I f... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:52:02 EST It's been a blue blue day, I feel like running away.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911742 Bobby Vinton-I believe. It's so dreary and wet outside and I needed/wanted sunshine today. I do want to run away, but that costs money and I don't want to try to schedule Erik's care for 3 weeks-besides a day or two is already hard enough. <BR> Then I let me cell and fitbit go down to a very low-at least not dead this time. I'm supposed to be working and all I want to do is go back to bed and sleep-I know 4 1/2 hours is not enough, but if I sleep now I'll probably have trouble again tonight. ... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:31:54 EST Erik John 42 on the 17th. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910403 Erik will be 42 this Friday. He is at once amusing and annoying, interesting and difficult to understand-this is not his fault. He is on one had generous and on the other selfish-never know which way that is going to go. Actually Erik's accident almost five years ago has had an impact on him. He actually has a relationship with his older siblings and visits with the younger ones when they are around. <BR> Erik's accident left him with Expressive Aphasia and some paralysis on the right side-e... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:09:19 EST Trip to Unicoi Park a trip down memory lane and yet a new experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906384 Yesterday's blog was about the last weekend in March, including Palm Sunday. Today I want to talk about our trip to Unicoi State Park, where you can find the beautiful Anna Ruby Falls. I've been before, with my DH; with my daddy in 1995-he was already having health problems; with my sister and my nieces; and with my cousins from Belgium. This time Sara and I were both remembering being there, in fact the last time I took my dad was 20 years ago and I remembered being concerned at the fact tha... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 11:35:43 EST Joyeuses Pacques, Happy Easter, Feliz Pasquas, Frohe Ostern http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905760 I saved this blog for today, because I knew I would have time on Easter morning after attending the 6 am Mass. It was beautiful but very cold for GA 37 when I was on my way home. The sun is out now and Erik is sleeping all is blessedly peaceful. <em>288</em> <em>458</em> <em>449</em> <BR> As many of you know I spent time preparing for my nieces and great nieces arrival. They were spending part of the little ones spring break with Erik and me. We had a wonderful time and spent a lot o... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 09:54:35 EST Glad the weekend is behind me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889753 ONEKIDSMOM's blog Deep with in a cave spoke to me this morning. I've had a weekend. <BR> My struggles started when Erik became ill Wednesday afternoon and was in a desperate hurry to get home from the grocery store. He insisted on eating what he wanted and ended up losing it as soon as I went to bed. Although he "cleaned up" I still had a clean up job on my hand Thursday morning. I let my Lenten volunteer baking crew, the Prayer Shawl Ministry, the instructor for a workshop I was planning ... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 10:02:08 EST February EOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884117 End of month <BR> I started February at 172.5 and ended the month at 168 (unfortunately not on my reporting date). <BR> I have also lost an inch and a half this month with 3/4 of an inch being from my waist. It's a NSV for me, and I plan on keeping up with my walking. <BR> I've made a challenge to myself to beat the steps made in the previous week. For instance on <BR> Sunday the 15th I had 10,330 steps and on Sunday the 22nd I had 11,234. Monday was a bust I actually did less-that's when ... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 08:32:12 EST New weight tracking day and why! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879608 Okay, I'm contemplating doing Beck Diet Solutions, have been for some time thanks to GABY1948. I ordered the books when I did not get them for Christmas and am waiting for the workbook to show by the end of this month. Also at Gaye's advice I'm trying to get the court paper work done before starting, amazingly that's due the 1st of March. I had hoped to get involved with a group trying to lose 10 # in February, but with my stress over the court work, the neurologist for Erik and podiatrist f... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 20:57:52 EST What an Ash Wednesday! Only 2 things went according to plan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878630 My plan was to start my Lenten journey early with prayer and meditation before the 6AM Mass. However I had a rough night not being able to sleep for fear of waking up late. I had bathed, set my hair etc Tuesday evening, so that was not a problem, the waking up almost hourly was. <BR> I woke up late 5:17, I was scheduled to be an EM so I should have been ready to leave at 5:25, that of course didn't happen. Due to the weather I dressed warmly, brushed my wayward hair-twice-oh well I was weari... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:08:22 EST A "funny" thing happened at the Furniture store http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867520 Okay, I take Erik to various stores to get him and me out of the house and close confines. Weekends can be long since most of his friends are long gone due to his brain injury. This past week due to his fall we had an enormous amount of time together. Thank God Steven came and got his brother Friday afternoon and kept him till Saturday lunch. <BR> Okay so Erik wants a new, bigger TV. For a guy who used to own his own home and had plenty of space for too much having just a suite is an adjustm... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 22:59:25 EST February Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867117 After reading Spark Guys blog and e-mail asking how we did in January I realized our New Year's resolutions could actually be broken down into new month's resolutions. <BR> <BR> Calories goal 1,884 - 2,234 <BR> 1,835 SUN 1/25 <BR> 1,699 MON 1/26 <BR> 1,936 TUE 1/27 <BR> 2,084 WED 1/28 <BR> 1,862 THU 1/29 <BR> 2,074 FRI 1/30 <BR> 2,237 SAT 1/31 <BR> <BR> <BR> My caloric intake is NOT where I want it to be, I’d like to hover around 1750-1850 when I’m getting all my ste... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:57:37 EST My latest NSV and Erik update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863777 My Cholesterol is down to 265. I remember when it was much higher, actually in the 300. The HDLs are at 97-which is an increase and the LDL s have gone down. My kidney and thyroid levels are good too. My doctor is happy about that but he is concerned about my rising glucose, it's been climbing steadily the last few years, since I started putting the weight back on. I feel that once I drop 20+ pounds that'll get back into line, especially if I keep up my steps and add a bit more exercise. How... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:00:34 EST Procrastination is not a good habit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859714 I'm seeing a pattern here, back in January a little over a year ago I confessed to being a PROCRASTINATOR in a blog. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582925 <BR> Here I'm going to admit I'm still a PROCRASTINATOR. Not only that I am a miserable book keeper added to a a computer that died at Christmas time I'm in a pickle. I sure hope I can figure this out sooner than later, my eldest son will be coming over this weekend and will have to hook my pri... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:51:25 EST I'm drowning in paper work, but I lost weight!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851225 Woohoo, went from 172 to 169.1 on my Aria scale (169.5 on my daily scale). <BR> I am no where near ready to hand over my report to the courts, and running Erik to the prosthetic clinic to have his brace strap fixed took up some of my time as did volunteering. I have a doctor's appointment Monday and Erik has an eye appointment Thursday. I hope to get 20 hours in on the paper work by Thursday because weather permitting I'll be off to see my youngest sister for the weekend. Erik and my eldest s... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 18:04:57 EST How to make a broccoli Wreath http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845916 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1730160659.jpg"> <BR> Yes BrooklynBorn it's made with broccoli crowns! <BR> Needed Broccoli crowns, 1 red pepper, and cherry or grape tomatoes-I also put some snap peas in mine for added interest and cause I like em. <BR> <BR> Put a large pot of water to boil. <BR> Cut broccoli into short pieces <BR> Wash broccoli, red pepper, tomatoes ( & sugar peas if using them). <BR> Take a Red pepper cut a bow out of it. I had to make it in three pi... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 18:47:07 EST My New Years Day/& the 8th Day of Christmas. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843914 Went for two walks, a real short one and then a longer one. Went to church for the 10AM Mass on New Years Day and had left Erik at his brother's. That meant I got to hang around and talk to some of my friends a little longer. Cleaned up my desk where the computer used to be so I'd have a clean space for this laptop. Started reading my Beck Solutions book, read the intro, and several pages of chapter one. But stopped to get Erik and go shopping with him. Bought note cards for Beck, and yarn fo... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 13:25:47 EST 7th Day of Christmas/New Years Eve Day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842075 Today, I'm thinking about 2015. Last night I got a Skype call from my cousin in Austria, this morning I called my 92 year old aunt. Tomorrow after Mass I'll call my 86 year old aunt. My elders are the important ones. I have a cousin in Middle France, who is 77 but he only has a cell phone and I won't cost him roaming charges by calling. I may call his daughter over the weekend to ask her to convey my wishes to her parents. <BR> Now here's what's rolling around in my head for 2015. <BR> 1. Bec... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 15:03:00 EST 4th Day of Christmas-a few successes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840083 Good evening friends. Today I had an interesting day. As some of you know I had some stomach issues the day after Christmas and was not feeling very human the 26th or the 27th. We ate left overs or didn't eat depending on what I felt like at meal times. I did track yesterday and was mostly reasonable. Not a stellar day, but I was trying to get back on TRACK. <BR> Today I planned what I would have with my friends at breakfast after church. We eat at a place called Papa Jack's. The food is fil... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 19:16:27 EST 12 Days of Christmas. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839206 Yesterday for the first time in a while I did not feel well. When I got up, I thought that's what you get for eating sausage balls and fudge on Christmas.Really I made some poor choices on Christmas Day. I ate a lot of veggies because I took a broccoli wreath-sorry cannot down load pictures on to the laptop-gotta learn, it doesn't look as if I have a choice. I also made a veggie platter with carrots, squash, celery, red peppers and sugar peas. I ate quite a few of those without a lot of dip. ... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 09:05:49 EST Best made plans of mice and "wo"men! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833051 This morning started out ok, when I came home from church and brunch Erik was still in bed. So I started bringing in the Christmas decorations. Erik got up and wanted to know where his decorations were-probably in the storage unit Erik, ask your brother. So he called poor Steven and had to pass the phone to me because he wasn't expressing himself very well. So I told my eldest son what his brother wanted and he didn't seem too interested in going to the unit-so I put it out of my mind. About ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 20:49:02 EST Treadmill is occupied! Sorry folks!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831891 Erik's gifts are ready and since the tree is not, I put them where he can see them when he's in the sun room 50% of the time. The available space, so I can still clean the floors is the TREADMILL <em>246</em> . I wrote before I prefer walking around my house than getting on that noisy thing, so I found a temporary use for it. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1743197970.jpg"> He did all the labeling, picked the paper and cut the scotch tape for me. I wrapped his gi... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:57:31 EST the Nutcracker GIRLS? day out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831857 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1051105075.jpg"> Do you see why the question mark, the row behind my GD's guest, my eldest GD, my daughter and DIL? Well here is the next row... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1702139668.jpg">. <BR> A year and a half ago, I went to a silent auction to raise money for Children with special needs, where I made a few bids. I bid on this basket that contained a t-shirt from the Lady Bug shop-I love lady bugs, 2 tickets for t... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:48:00 EST ADVENT-where are you going? or CHAOS reigns in my house! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831292 I am about preparing my heart for Christmas and gifts for the family right now. I am not worried about the tree being up, it is never up before December 1st anyway and rarely before the second Sunday of Advent. Well Steven put up the tree Sunday before we "girls" went to the Nutcracker (blog later on that) and it is sitting in it's spot with not a single ornament on it. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l858204220.jpg">Erik is getting concerned. <BR> Today is hopefully a st... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:25:19 EST Thanks Sparkfriends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827988 First: All of you! I want to <em>304</em> from the bottom of my heart for the encouragement. Sometimes I see the progress Erik is making, but not how I'm improving in my skills at interpretation or Charades. Actually I think I missed a step in Erik's explanation of what he needed, He grabbed a trash can and made <em>33</em> gagging sounds over it when I didn't catch on fast enough-he got a bowl right quick I can assure you! He is doing much better. He slept a lot yesterday, and is not u... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 08:23:52 EST Revelations this morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827409 First of all I found a napkin with 3:30 and 4:15 on it, my deduction Erik was letting me know he's been up during the night. <BR> Secondly, since I knew he wanted a Jimmy Dean biscuit for breakfast I looked into the freezer to make sure it as accessible for him.-It was missing, found the wrapper in the trash. So he ate whilst he was up. <BR> Next he comes out calling me, so I came from my prayer corner to see what he wanted, guessing he did not want to volunteer after not sleeping well. OKAY... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 08:32:20 EST Raking Leaves in December http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826977 I have a lot of trees on my 1/2 acre lot, not a problem usually right. But I have an HOA that does not consider leaves as mulch so I must clear them out of the front and side yards so I don't get a warning or worse a fine for not keeping my property up. Now I know this, I learned it at closing in 2006, but to economize I've been doing most of the yard work myself and just hiring for jobs I cannot/won't do. Now under normal circumstances I like to rake leaves, but I have 5 aprons to make for S... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 12:27:42 EST Sargent Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825424 Why? My husband had the album when we were young and I've been missing him something fierce this past week. Well let's say I've been feeling extremely lonely even at my son, Steven's house. My DIL is wonderful and I enjoy working with her in the kitchen and decorating her tree-ours doesn't usually go up until the third Sunday of Advent. One season at a time for me. First Thanksgiving, then my daughter's birthday the 1st, then Advent and okay prepare my heart then the hearth for Christmas. Bot... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 22:04:01 EST What a day, I hate seizures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816244 Okay yesterday in my feed I wrote that Erik had a seizure. This is not the first one I've witnessed for my son, that happened in Austria last May. Erik isn't the first person I've seen in a seizure, I was a HS teacher and had had first aid training and twice I got to use it for a young lady who had seizures. It was scary then when it was another person's child it's worse when it's your own and you feel like you don't know enough anymore. I made sure Erik was protected so he could not hurt him... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:58:06 EST Benefits to being a Sparker. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815461 I have several real encouraging SFs. Janet552 has been one of the best friends a girl could have with challenges and encouragement. Buttonpopper has been encouraging and patting me on the back too. But lately, I've answered a call by GABY1948. We are not doing exactly the same things but we are trying so hard to maintain a streak that we began with another sparker, a friend of Gayes who is in this with us. We are together on day 31. And I am on day 41 for logging in and doing the trivia ques... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:26:31 EST Veterans Day 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814719 I am not bargain shopping today. That is NOT how I wish to honor our Veterans. I will say extra prayers for those currently serving that they be safe, and that their families have the support they need. I will also pray for those who have come home injured physically, emotionally or mentally. I will pray for this Nation of ours, who I feel has forgotten the precepts on which we were founded. I will pray for all Vets and young people discerning the service. <BR> I will especially pray for tho... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 08:27:12 EST Grouchiness explained-Miss you Nique http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812427 Yesterday I posted that I was grouchy, last night my son and DIL were grouchy too, the only one in our small group not out of sorts was Erik. As I drove home I decided it was the full moon, then I got up this morning and realized this is the day I lost my sister. Of course as is usual for me, just before the anniversary of a loss of one of my dear loved ones, I get out of sorts. <BR> I made it through the day yesterday not thinking about the date, just that it was Thrusday and it was a volun... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 08:28:22 EST Struggle to stay on top! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810526 Okay, bad evening yesterday...Erik was pushing candy and for some reason I had a sweet tooth. I suggested we get it out of the house to one of my teacher friends to use as rewards. Erik's response "my buy it, not giving it to ...." Some days he's so good about eating healthy and others.... oh just like mom. However mom does get rid of danger foods. <BR> I had a lovely lunch provided for our county's retirees. We put up with the politicking for the food. A lovely salad, choose your own dressi... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 08:29:55 EST Down hill slide to progress...STOP!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802029 Hello my dear friends. I've been on the slippery slopes as far as taking care of myself, how I eat and how I get out and move. I could cop out and say I've been busy but that's not entirely true-well not anymore than usual. <BR> When I went to Europe to see my family I knew I would be eating foods I learned to love when living there, not all of them necessarily good for me. But more than the what I ate, I started eating too much. When I got home the damage was not too bad, but I did not STOP... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:58:56 EST Time to razz Ginie some more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775685 I got a plea from the director of volunteers to make some more stuffed animals. Happily she had some cut out, but she gave me more fabric too. I, crazy person that I am, went to Hancock Fabrics and bought a few more pieces for variety only to come home and locate fabric I had left over from my last batches. I was looking for the patterns and oops more material. So I started my sewing frenzy. <BR> At about the same time I realized we were having a September stash buster so I gathered yarn tha... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:30:41 EST RICE! This recipe is worth trying! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768586 Good morning friends! <BR> This week we had another guest, one of our deacons lost his wife and we invite him every so often to eat with us-well I invite him, Erik enjoys his visits. <BR> So my dilemma was what to serve that is good for me and tasty for someone with different tastes. We had a pork roast (he told me almost everyone serves him chicken + it's something he's comfortable cooking), rice, green beans (from the garden) w/almonds, and a salad with tomatoes from the garden. Thankfull... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:03:53 EST Pastor's dinner a success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764077 Dinner was a success <em>244</em> ! Thanks for the encouragement <em>304</em> , I don't like fussing but I like to make a good meal. Funny because I'm frequently trying new recipes on my guests this time there were two new recipes. That's not usually wise but it insures that I'm extra careful in the preparations. <BR> The dessert I chose was a Three-Berry Kuchen from my Motts applesauce cookbook. It had 1/4th of a cup of plain yogurt and two tablespoons of butter, the only milk products I... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:57:56 EST Pastor coming to dinner-Help needed with MENU! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763351 Father Eric doesn't like onions (specially raw), can't eat coconut and is mildly lactose intolerant. <BR> <BR> I've come up with: Apple-Pecan roll-up chicken which contains brown rice, <BR> zucchin- I might just roast it with italian seasonings ( I have two from my garden) <BR> steamed broccoli, <BR> salad ( thought of spinach, strawberry & almonds but I might be overdoing it) <BR> ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:02:46 EST Early Birthday celebrations! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761612 Okay my sweet friends! <BR> I went to the chiropractor Saturday morning, she fixed my back and my knee and massaged some of those pesky stress knots away-Thanks Doc! <BR> I hired someone to do my yard for a change! <BR> While he mowed I took that huge zucchini cored and shredded it and made Zucchini bread with part whole wheat flour and brown sugar. I modify my recipes to make them somewhat healthier. I ended up with 5 loaves, so at my party I gave one to each of my children who live away fr... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 19:32:45 EST Please let me on the Merry-go-round and off the Roller coaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760101 Okay, so as my eldest son says "you do it to yourself mom, why do you schedule so much in one week" <BR> Last week the painters began by patching, moving furniture away from walls and moving stuff in general in the four rooms being painted. I had already removed stuff from on top of the mantle, the desk, etc all over except my coffee pot and Erik's in the kitchen. It was pointed out to me that Cuckoo would have to come down Monday morning and my bookcase needed to be emptied so it didn't brea... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:43:33 EST Wow, what a week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756193 Monday was Erik's second day with Sara and according to him, she works him like a dog! <em>224</em> Sarah is good for Erik as he accepts her corrections and his trying to do his best-show off for her. I think the walking up the driveway Saturday and Sunday had something to do with proving to all what he's able to do when he puts his mind to it. <BR> Monday, while Erik was gone, I went and did errands and got my emissions checked on the car-my birthday is around the corner, funny 66 doesn'... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 08:26:25 EST Monumental change in Erik!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753446 Okay, it's monumental to me. Erik refused to walk up and down my driveway saying it was scary. Well for a while now he's been using the incline setting on the treadmill at Transitional Therapy and it paid off. <BR> Saturday, Erik wanted to go to the neighbor across the street's garage sale , but I was already there with my DIL. Steven told his brother he was busy and couldn't/wouldn't accompany him as he was busy doing something for mom. I looked up from talking with Miss Jerry and who do I... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 08:08:28 EST Slipped up Saturday, starting over on Sunday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752080 Yesterday I started my day very early at church for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by Mass, then a garage sale. During the garage sale a man asked if we had a bike I said yes, but it was still at the storage unit, he wanted to know what kind it was so I went to my computer to try and pull up a picture-computer froze up and I had to shut it down again. I never logged in to SP, facebook or e-mail accounts. <BR> While managing the garage sale Erik would periodically come out and c... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 07:18:53 EST Annual review(Physical for working persons) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750295 The ratio for cholesterol is better than it has been, my doctor was not distressed by the overall 262 total cholesterol. My tryglycerides are low ant the HDL is high. My vitamin D could be a little higher-guess I put too much sun-screen on. <BR> My TSH is good, my sugar at 113 is a little high-he recommends more exercise, ergo I've decided to start a streak of walking-apart from behind the lawn mower-of 30 minutes a day <em>361</em> . I have a two day streak. Funny I got out of bed this mor... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:10:22 EST Student chauffer/companion for Erik http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747988 Sarah is not a caregiver, she is a student wanting in on sports medicine-physical therapy will be her focus in grad school Meanwhile starting Friday, August 1st I have some relief until she begins her program probably in May, then I'll start a search all over again. <BR> Thank you for your prayers my friends. <BR> Praise God! <BR> Ginie <BR> <em>304</em> <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <em>458</em> <BR> <em>753</em> ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:02:55 EST Trying to catch my breath and get back on track :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746785 Okay my sparking days have been splotchy at best. I'm like the heat rash that comes and goes... <BR> Since our trip to Europe I've struggled with trying to get my new windows in-not yet completed; make my dress for my nieces wedding-finished; and get a new care-giver for Erik-have an interview Sunday afternoon, please pray that this is the one. I'm ready to toss the company that we've dealt with for about three years. They don't respect Erik and I enough to let us know when someone is leaving... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 07:35:58 EST June flew and July entered and I'm scrambling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734049 I started back to tracking several weeks ago and had hoped to stick with it, well I have to start again. <BR> On June 28th I was to have new windows installed so I had to have the alarm disconnected from all of the windows, and remove all of the drapes/curtains and blinds. Some of my new windows actually were installed. But there was an error in the measurement for one, someone transposed 57" and got 75"-which of course won't fit. In addition to that the double window for my kitchen was brok... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 19:47:31 EST Europe part III (Belgium & France) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721977 Okay, I have to finish this up. I've left my dear friends hanging. First of all on Monday, May 12th we left my cousins in Vervier, Belgium and I drove to Torgny, a little village at the Belgian/French border-not too far from Luxembourg. <BR> Torgny is nestled in hills and has an old church and a real old Chapel, which is where my 93 year old aunt lives. She has a room above the chapel which she can no longer use, and two very small rooms and a tiny cellar behind. I didn't take many pictures o... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:25:16 EST June 17th!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719726 Today is the 4 year anniversary of Erik's brush with death. <BR> This is the way he looked June 17, 2010 after his motorcycle accident. Erik was driving to work, doing the speed limit and was cut off by someone who turned left in front of them. Although he tried to stop he was unable to. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l171280988.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After several surgeries to relieve the pressure on his brain and to fuse his burst T-6 vertebrae it was determined th... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:35:22 EST Europe part II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714799 This might be a three part blog. I struggled to get back into a routine, but I'm not there yet. I'm trying to get back into eating better and tracking, got my yard caught up, now for the house, sewing and other things...But first back to Belgium <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> As I said we stayed with my cousin, Fréderique outside of Brussels for a week. They invited others to join us for dinner so we could see more of the family. My cousin from Austria and her husband joined us at their house Tues... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 08:55:50 EST