GINIEMIE's SparkPeople Blog GINIEMIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Down hill slide to progress...STOP!!! 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 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! 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 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! 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! 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 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! Monday was Erik's second day with Erik 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!!! 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. 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) 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 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 :( 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 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) 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!!!! 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=""> <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 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 Erik and I are Home from Europe-the first few days. We arrived in Brussels on Saturday morning (the 3rd) and no one was at the airport to greet us, I didn't realize we had landed an hour early, unheard of right! Got my car, rented a cell phone called my cousin's house and her daughter told me they were on the way-"you're early". That's when I figured out what happened. <BR> Followed them home, had a wonderful-high calorie breakfast-but I still tried to be good-only gained about 4 pounds while in Europe. Even with all the goodies and non-low f... Tue, 27 May 2014 08:07:54 EST Promised post! April was a big month and I was so busy, I failed to make time for blogging, SF, and tracking. My movements got tracked because I have a fit flex, and sometimes I was doing some heavy labor. <BR> <BR> I taught a little girl in the neighborhood how to bake a chocolate cake from scratch during her spring break. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I made a baby blanket for Erik's reading specialist's soon to arrive first grandson, she won't let us... Fri, 2 May 2014 07:45:27 EST Ending of March and first two days of April. So as a member of March's stash busters team, I actually busted some stash and more than just knitting too. <BR> <img src=""> These are finished but I have these that need fiberfill. However I'm turning all in on Thursday. Someone else can stuff them. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I also finished my second prayer shawl... <BR> <img src=" Wed, 2 Apr 2014 11:12:20 EST Bonne maman's March accomplishments. Okay I do need to relax and de-stress, so here is how I do it. In order not to eat, I make things. Mostly the knitting keeps my hands out of the food but it relaxes me too. Sewing and crocheting edges on receiving blankets helps to keep me from eating too, however none of these activities are helping me exercise. <BR> Here are some things I've made in the past few weeks to show what I do! First I have two different sets of animals I've made for the hospital. Forgot to take pictures of the fi... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 21:45:45 EST Bonne Maman's rantings! I do believe I'm going to make it. When it rains here it pours and I'm not talking precipitation although we've had our share of that lately. <BR> I've been very busy with different things, some of them should give me great pleasure and some of them did but the stress factor has been rising here. <BR> The rain & cold outside meant that the concrete contractors cannot come fix the slope of the patio yet. The water is running to the foundation wall of Erik's room-not good. I shoveled snow off, I've swept rain water away and I'... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:11:35 EST Bonne maman's Valentine High! SORRY I DID NOT GET TO SEND EVERYONE OF MY DEAR SF A VALENTINE-my keyboard froze up when I was of a mind to do it. What a trip. <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Okay as a widow, <em>51</em> I'm not too enamored with Valentines. Being half European means that I see the day for lovers, spouses etc. Having lived the most part of my life in the USA, I know that it extends to parents, children, grandchildren, friends and even church staff... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:31:23 EST from aargh to aaahhh Well Wednesday I posted a blog about my horrible behavior Tuesday and said I would work on it. Discussed with Janet last night that I had a much better day. <BR> 1. Prayers and scriptures read yesterday and today. <BR> 2. partial lists made-better than none. <BR> 3. tracked my food. <BR> 4 Exercised with Leslie Sansonne yesterday and went and shoveled snow and ice for 20 minutes this morning-Erik called me in to make his oatmeal, so I took a breakfast break. <BR> 5. result of a little exerc... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:01:25 EST Aargh! Okay, I'm feeling a bit more human today. Yesterday I was cranky, ornery and just plain disagreeable. So I started looking at myself and what was going on. <BR> 1. Cut my prayer time short-never a good thing. <BR> 2 failed to make my lists for three days <BR> 3. failed to track food-on SP and the yesterday even mentally <BR> 4. Hadn't done any exercise since Friday-never a good thing <BR> 5. Blood pressure up! <BR> 6 Temper up <BR> 7 productivity down <BR> 8. SAD attack <BR> So what am I goin... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:15:32 EST Stress! On Saturday, I wrote a blog about a less than good doctor's visit.<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597671 <BR> What I failed to mention in the blog is that on January 17, 1982 my mother passed away, now many years I make it through the 17th with no problems. Mom and I had a difficult relationship, she wanted the perfect daughter, the perfect lady, intelligent and academic as well as talented in many ways. Well, we worked out a lot, so when she pa... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:53:02 EST Not good results at the doctors Friday. I had my blood work done on Thursday, then went to the doctors Friday. Well I thought my appointment was 10AM, but they said it was 9:45-like the reminder call had said. I just thought they added the 15 minutes early to my scheduled time. OOPS. First of all I don't know who did what, but since Erik doesn't leave till between 9:25 and 9:40, I don't usually schedule anything earlier than 10. Wednesday of this past week Franklin showed up at 9:55 with no explanation. I had a 10:30 hair appointme... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 06:55:07 EST Procrastinator My dear sweet friend SHOOPETTE, thought it funny that I refer to myself as a procrastinator. <BR> So I decided to make sure I wasn't falsely naming myself. <BR> <BR> pro·cras·ti·nate verb \pr&#601;-&#712;kras-t&#601;-&#716;n&#257;<BR>t, pr&#333;-: to be slow or late about doing something that should be done : to delay doing something until a later time because you do not want to do it, because you are lazy, etc. <BR> pro·cras·ti·nat·edpro·cras·ti·nat·ing <BR> <BR> Full Definition of PROCR... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 12:05:47 EST My 14 for 2014-almost I'm really getting a slow start to 2014, I've been working on my list since I read about 14 for 2014 on Janet and Donna's pages, I'm modifying it to work on areas that I have not mastered in life. <BR> I'm a procrastinator and I'm paying for it, but I'm also paying for not being to access my PC when Erik was using my office as a bedroom from Sept. 18 to Dec. 21, 2013. Now that he's in his own suite, I can access my computer in the morning-my best work time. I have to have my Inventory and ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 19:20:55 EST Bonne Année! Happy New Year! Feliz Año Nuevo! In any language I wish all my Sparkfriends a very Happy New Year, or as my daddy used to say a 3 H New Year. Some of you already know what those H's stand for, not my last name here, but Holy, Healthy & Happy. <BR> 2013 is over, I've made it through another year, my 65th birthday and many joys and traumas also. I'm glad to be alive, have friends, family and church family. I'm grateful for the support and love from all, and I hope that y'all know that I think of you regularly even though I ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 12:46:47 EST Update on Vicky, my sister Vicky had her leg amputated to just below the knee the day after Christmas. The first amputation was not healing-gangrene had set in. The doctor was going to do emergency removal of the foot and ankle-then proceed further as needed until he learned of all my sister's health issues. Since the gangrene wasn't an immediate threat, he said they would wait until the 26th. He said the surgery went well, but he did not like the look of her tissue and bone matter. No clarification on that, so prayin... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 18:03:35 EST Finally! We are DONE, well mostly... The room is done, I see a few places where I'll need to touch up the paint, but that will need to wait until I've finished the Custodial Guardian's financial report for the courts. <BR> I had to put a third coat on the pocket door to meet with Erik's expectations of perfection- <BR> <BR> <img src=""> don't worry he was that way before his accident, but now it means I have to reach his expectations. How come it didn't work so well when ... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 17:14:34 EST San Antonio with Erik. Taking a mini break from cleaning while Erik's gone. I've been trying to get the house cleaned a little bit for Christmas, but Erik was interrupting with needing help with FB and wanting his smoothie made. Of course he complained because I did not blend it enough and he still had ice chips in it, aargh. BTW he does know how to make them himself, but not the half size. <BR> Yesterday I worked on painting his room, but that's for another blog-he said the bathroom door was "no good". I asked hi... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 10:48:55 EST I'm home and I hope this works. We had a good trip, relatively uneventful, not like some of our family members. But that's for later. Enjoy some bawdy and fun Christmas humor. Dog lovers not the dog one, I thought of you. <BR> OKAY it didn't work, some things you just cannot cut and paste Sorry, my dears. <BR> Ginie <BR> <em>198</em> <em>20</em> <em>39</em> <BR> <em>753</em> <em>742</em> <em>652</em> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 09:22:26 EST AWOL till Monday night or Tuesday Hey y'all headed for Lackland for my nephews graduation so I'll be missing for a few days. Erik and I are flying-scary for both of us. I love to fly, but have never had to go with a handicapped person before. Meeting my younger sister at ATL airport and we'll be flying to TX together. My darling nephew is the youngest of my sister Véronique, who passed away last year. Three of us siblings, and his older brother are going to be his family for this important day. My sister Véronique was in the... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:40:46 EST Not going to the wedding Ok travel with Erik stressor is gone. Dealing with both of our disappointment is rough. We had to call and cancel our reservations, all of our plans with family activities and a possible visit with a dear old friend. Ms. Marian was a friend of my parents and was 87 years old. I got a call Wednesday evening that she had passed away at 6AM, so we would not have seen her even if we did make the trip. I'm so glad I took the time to see her in August. <BR> So God removed a stressor, 24-34 hours r... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 10:37:06 EST The end is in sight-I hope Hello my friends, <BR> With Thanksgiving, Vicky, a court appearance and construction I'm a bit overwhelmed. That doesn't count the annual report due at the end of the month. <BR> With Thanksgiving, we had a nice time at both my eldest son's on Thursday and my daughter's on Friday. Our family started celebrating Thanksgiving on Friday about two years after Lisa got married so they didn't do two Thanksgivings in one day. But when Steven & Kim got married-she has no family so... <BR> Vicky is h... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 20:01:53 EST Vicky & Jerry situated for Thanksgiving. First let me wish all my friends in the USA a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. My eldest son and his wife invited us Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate that important holiday. <BR> <BR> Now for my sister and her husband, my niece got her Mom and step-dad into the same nursing home last night, so my sister can be with her hubby for Thanksgiving. They are on a special floor with no double rooms, but they are across the hall from each other. That family is grateful for some togetherness. The ... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 11:24:25 EST Tuesday, November 26, 2013 Okay my friends, woke up to freezing cold. Had coffee, scriptures and prayers then by 4:15 off to touch up, then put on the second coat in Erik's bathroom. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> At 9:25 the man came and started putting the floor tile in the shower and the bathroom. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good thing I was done painting by 7:20, tools cleaned by 7:40. Went to work ... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 19:47:35 EST Two days of burying myself in work Yesterday my sister, Vicky, had her foot removed she's in Ohio. Her husband had an accident Friday and was taken to ER real early Saturday morning because he was behaving abnormally, per his son. This morning he had surgery to drain a cyst on his brain and to biopsy it. This was going on in Ohio, while my nephew was having tests in Missouri to try and discern what's wrong with him as his lymph nodes under his arms are swollen. <BR> Since I could neither go to be with my sister & her husband,... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 19:00:24 EST November Good and Bad! November 18th would have been my mom's 95th birthday, if she was still alive, it still is my MIL's birthday. Today the 19th is the anniversary of Steve's death. He died in 2005. I've grown a lot since Steve's death and I've learned to handle a lot of things, but I've also learned to step back and let others take over. <BR> We were married 35 years and 9 months when Steve had a Cerebral hemorrhage, caused said the doctor, by neglected high blood pressure and diabetes. We were aware of the BP, ... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 21:38:06 EST Update on Vicky, Vernon is home. Vernon is home, no real update other than they must have gotten his BP under control. <BR> Vicky has Charcot foot, here is a description my sister Vanessa found on the internet. <BR><BR>cot-foot.html <BR> Since Vicky has neuropathy and diabetes, it looks like this follows. Her DH wants to take her to the Crystal Clinic in Akron, Oh, about an hour from where they live. <BR> <BR> Me: I'm thankful for my SFs and the prayer support, I'm also going to do m... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 09:17:25 EST Prayers needed for Vernon and Vicky I've asked them before but we need more, please. <BR> <BR> Vern was in the hospital yesterday with a BP of 200/120. Apparently this is caused by the meds they put him on for his eye. They were trying to get that under control last night. Vern used to have low blood pressure all the time so this is scary for all of us. <BR> <BR> Vicky is next on my list, she is the one with the heart issues +. I've written about her before too. She is not able to be a candidate for organ transplants because... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 11:41:35 EST We're working inside now! Inside of me, I'm also working to try and eat more vegetables and fruits, today wasn't a particularly good day. I had an emotional down turn, too many days of having to stay home I guess, I know this and have the stuff for healthy but it didn't happen. So, I'll dust myself off, work at balance, rainbows and healthier choices tomorrow. I'm done eating/drinking-except water for the day. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This past week we final... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 18:40:19 EST Veterans Day thanks to all Military Men & Women past & present. <em>652</em> <em>652</em> <em>652</em> <em>652</em> <em>652</em> <em>652</em> <em>652</em> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> . You may have seen part of this as a response to Linda's blog. <BR> My dad served on the European front, mainly in Belgium, Germany and Russia. He was a lineman so was there just prior to the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium. He met my mom in Belgium, and while she was not yet an American, she served us and our allies... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:20:14 EST Construction Zone-I'm managing better. Okay, thank you to Janet552 and our challenge I'm almost on track. I'm doing better about tracking food, staying closer to my calorie limits and trying to get out for at least short walks. <BR> I threw my back out again, which is painful, but after a visit with my chiropractor and getting back to the exercises the pain is manageable. <BR> For those who are asking about Erik's room, here are some updates-although we are at a standstill until Monday. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 14:21:45 EST Thank you for Prayers for Vernon Thank you for your prayers my friends, blogging to let all know how Vernon is doing and to thank all of you. <BR> My brother saw the doctor yesterday and the doctor removed the bandage, said it looked good, gave Vern a list of what to do and not do. He's not really good at doing what he's told to do, but a I said before, HE WANTS TO RIDE HIS HARLEY. That's not going to be allowed if he can't see. Vernon is number 2 of the 10 of us, I'm the first born. We have always been close, but of late he... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 07:14:32 EST Prayers needed for my brother Vernon. Vern had a second eye surgery for a retina that had been repaired and was re-detaching. Please pray for my Harley riding brother who fears life won't be worth much without his eyes. <BR> Vern is on the far right, this picture was taken October 2010 when the brothers made their Harley run from Ohio to help with some of Erik's affairs. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Thanks my dear SFs. <BR> Ginie <BR> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:01:42 EST Construction Zone-deconstructing me! <img src=""> <BR> This was my back yard by the back corner of my house, at the very beginning. Then we had Tony beginning and we had this: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The ground was prepared for the base of the room and the patio. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Finally on October 16th we got the concrete. <BR> <img src=" Sun, 27 Oct 2013 18:25:44 EST Mountain Retreat My friends have invited me and another friend to join them for a girls weekend at one of the friends "cabin". Last time I was there was just before Erik got out of the hospital three years ago. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, although her mountain retreat is more like a mansion or at least a lodge. <BR> I'm leaving tomorrow morning early and will be home Monday afternoon to welcome Erik back from transitional therapy. In order that I could go my eldest son came and got Erik today so I would hav... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 18:08:14 EST