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/ 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 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!!! 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 Erik and I are Home from Europe-the first few days. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704133 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685532 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l126519902.jpg"> <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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662566 So as a member of March's stash busters team, I actually busted some stash and more than just knitting too. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1876893964.jpg"> 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1207714731.jpg"> <BR> I also finished my second prayer shawl... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l274113879.... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 11:12:20 EST Bonne maman's March accomplishments. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654902 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651903 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626314 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622999 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622194 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601074 On Saturday, I wrote a blog about a less than good doctor's visit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j<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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597671 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582925 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581139 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577869 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574866 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574824 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1338614053.jpg"> 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568622 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566361 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562273 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558986 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557053 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